Forced marriage & marriage of convenience are two of my favorite tropes and this story hit all the high marks in what I think these tropes should be. The narrative/voice of this author made the story tangible and the characters jump out of the page.
Emily has always been a dutiful, obedient daughter so when her father tells her she must marry the manager of one of his mills she reluctantly acquiesces to her father’s wishes. I liked her character a whole lot. She gave the illusion of being a meek woman however she was never afraid to speak up when in disagreement or when someone pushed her limits.
Adam had this quiet confidence that made him both endearing and appealing, and I think his greatest flaw was his pride because he always thought to be right. On the other hand there were times I felt bad for the poor guy, what with him having to deal with an expanding empire, his new bride, family disputes, and old flames trying to destroy his marriage. But even with all the burdens that were suddenly thrown their way, Emily and Adam managed to create a joyous if not perfect marriage. The chemistry between the two was not exactly “explosive” but it was believable and real, what a real marriage should be like, especially when it started the way it did.
The suspense, real-life hardships, emotional scenes, and well-defined characters, not to mention a true historical setting feeling, made this story a highly enjoyable read. Oh, and that man on the cover of the book, so-very Adam!
*I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.*
This was so much better than the first book. Before I knew it, I had read over 70 % of the story and couldn't stop.
The storyline was heartbreaking but beautiful, the exciting parts kept me at the edge of my seat, and there was more about the family and club members in this story.
Sy was an amazing hero. At first he seemed such an asshole but reading about his past and how he helped Holly, I fell in love. Holly was so spunky at the beginning of the series, so it was difficult to see her struggle, but on the other hand I couldn't put the book down because I needed to know what would happen next. Holly and Sy were amazing together. They took time to get to know each other and their main concern wasn't ripping each others clothes off. They did that too, of course, but hot sex was just part of the story, not the story itself.
I'm not sure I can explain it well enough. Let's just say, that I read Nix and Kadence's story a few days ago and I've already forgotten big part of it. But I remember every scene about Holly and Sy. Now after reading Holly and Sy's story, I'm sure I won't forget it. Their story made me laugh, sigh, blush, and cry. I enjoyed it so much. Can't wait for Jesse's story.
Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, as good as he ever was at being a true Private Investigator, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency--except for Ada, office gal and super-computer, the constant voice in Ray's inner ear. Ray might have taken up a new line of work, but money is money, after all, and he was programmed to make a profit. Besides, with his twenty-four-hour memory-tape limits, he sure can keep a secret.
When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find a missing movie star, he's inclined to tell her to take a hike. But she had the cold hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own.
Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen--and this robot is at the wrong place, at the wrong time.
I read this to fill the Modern Noir square of my 2018 Halloween Bingo card.
I became kinda fond of Raymond Electromatic by the end of this novel. He’s a robot with a heart for gold and limited short term memory. The author made it clear that he was a great admirer of Raymond Chandler and the noir detective genre, but that he was trying to write “Raymond Chandler’s lost science fiction novel.” Unfortunately for Mr. Christopher, it is extremely difficult to write as beautifully as Raymond Chandler. However, I can tell that he had a good time trying.
Things get a bit complex and confusing about 2/3 of the way through, but everything sorts itself out in the end. There are more books in the series if you’re a fan, but I think I know Mr. Electromatic well enough at this juncture. A fun Halloween read.
I'm currently working on The Mysteries of Udolpho, which pretty much demands that you take things slow and gentle. I feel like I've been reading forever, and the girl isn't even an orphan yet. And she must be an orphan for this to be gothic! It's one of my Halloween Bingo choices, so I've got to persevere.
I've got two more Halloween Bingo books waiting. I've read a few pages into Made to Kill, but I'm making myself wait to start Evil Librarian.
And I've got two books from my planned reading list for the year, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I've heard very mixed reviews on the former, but the latter should be a reliably good read.
Also on my schedule is a performance of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, which I'm attending on Sunday. Our city's Shakespeare Company is doing a season centred on Hamlet, which this play kicks off. Next up will be Hammered Hamlet, followed by Hamlet, a Ghost Story. The fourth play is The Hamlet Frequency, but I've got my fingers crossed that I will be in France at that point.
I still need to get my Science Fiction & Fantasy books organized--maybe I can squeeze that task in as well.
Have a great weekend!