Hi everyone! I used to be a former Goodreads lover. Who has decided to move to BookLikes due to the recent changes to the GR site: that is, the decision of the management to delete reviews that talk about bad author behaviour.
It is important that we know of bad author behaviour and actions. We buy their books. I want to know whether Author A has decided to harass Reviewer A or encouraged fans to stalk Reviewer B.
I want to know this, the same way I wanted to know that a well known sporting good company had been using child labour in the production of some of its products. The same way the WHOLE WORLD wanted to know.
It is irrelevant that the author writes well, or that the said sporting good company produces good quality sporting goods. Our ethics and morals MATTER!
Now to discuss my reading habits:
I am very picky when it comes to books. I am a feminist and I think that shows in my reading list.
There are many things that bug me to death. But I'll always make an exception if the boy-girl standard is reversed. Dear world, that is MY double standard. I respect and champion authors who have the guts to do something different.
Firstly, I hate infidelity in novels.
Secondly, I hate it when the heroine is a virgin and the guy is an expert and skilled lover. I hate it when the heroine, for fated reasons, saves herself for someone who has been sowing his oats. It's not only overdone, old-fashioned and pathetic, but it also grosses me out like he is violating something so sacrosanct.
Thirdly, I might enjoy the occasional alpha-hero tendencies, but my true love lies with beta-heroes. Guys who are loving and sweet. Who don't feel the need to push around their women to make themselves feel more manly.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
When I started this book, I was expecting an okay-ish read. But I was pleasantly surprised because of the characters' three-dimensional existence.
Maddie Callahan lives a mediocre existence after the death of her daughter. She has thrown herself into work from doing wedding photography to forensic CSI work to framing pictures. She has little time for anything else. But when she is mugged and her camera taken, she finds herself embroiled in a FBI investigation case.
Brian Beckmann is one of the FBI agents involved in the case. From the first moment, readers are let to know that Brian is very much interested in Maddie. But from the get go, the poor guy gets the brush off because of his age. He is a couple years younger than Maddie. Not to mention the fact that Maddie has willingly closed herself from the joys of life. But Brian has patience, a lot of patience, and he slowly worms his way into her life.
For me, the suspense plot was secondary to the development of the characters. However, just as a warning. The romance is very slow to develop and you need lots of patience
ARC Courtesy of Edelweiss and PocketBooks.