46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2005
I had to pipe in. I'm about 1/2 way through this book and although I will finish it b/c I want to see how it ends, I would never recommend this book and I am embarrassed to tell anyone I read it!
Dialogue in this book is AWFUL!!! Although I admit that you can never be confused on who is talking and who they are talking to. Ive never read a book where EVERY sentance said by a character to another character, they use the persons name. As if we readers just cannot follow along.
On the other hand I like the dogs, b/c I learned about them more than I learned about the characters.
I thought it EXTREMELY weird and far fetched that Lucy, being a high power successful attorney would stupidly agree to marry somene who she sees every once in awhile and has never been to his apartment. Also the accident where she bumps her head and can read people's minds, very far-fetched, the story could do w/o that part completely.
I like Fern Michaels, but this book I would say is for someone who wants to kill time and does not want to think AT ALL! Easy to follow!
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2005
Ever read one of those books that has you rolling your eyes every other page?
This is one of those, unfortunately.
I think Fern Michaels had a decent idea for a story line, could have been interesting if she knew *how* to tell it.
There are so many discrepancies it makes you wonder if she has anyone proofread or edit before printing.
Some people might call those "little things", but i find it truly difficult to get the image of the story playing in my mind while reading when the characters and storyline are contradicting themselves.
The characters are quite weak. The main characters Lucy and Wylie are both attorneys. Lucy is often considered weak and stupid, even by the Feds investigating her. Wylie is just all over the place. Some moments he's the strong tough guy, other times he's a sniveling wimp. Very little consistency that destroys any reader attachment to the characters.
An example - One moment Wylie is telling Lucy how he had to learn to cook because his ex-wife didn't. Then a bit later he explains he had a big family and they all needed to do their part so he learned how to cook growing up. I just rolled my eyes. ;)
If the author can't keep her characters straight, how are the readers supposed to?
Another thing i found quite irritating was they way she made the characters express themselves. Seriously, who "guffaws" anymore? And as often as she had Lucy "bursting out in laughter" you start to wonder if she belongs in Bedlam. The story never once even made me smile, nevermind laugh out loud.
Weak humor, weak characters, decent storyline that falls apart, contradictions, a weird obsession with dogs, and a general lack of writing "style".
I was quite disappointed, and would recommend not bothering with this book.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2005
I thought it was just me. but was relieved to find another reviewer with the same sentiment. This book wanted serious editing and revision work.
I should say that I enjoy Fern's books, but this one causes me to pause. I wonder if she, in fact, wrote this book or had someone else write portions because of the inconsistency in the writing pattern. It was rushed. It wasn't edited. Character development was weak at best. Continuity was poor. Dialogue was stiff and awkward at times which made me wonder if she was the one writing this (ergo my earlier statement).
I love animals, but to spend paragraphs (which acts as great filler) on the antics, behavior, personality of the dogs was overkill. Also, dated jargon, and doesn't do her research properly. Since when does a Ph.D.candidate write a thesis? or was Wylie doing a Master's?
Want to talk about the "elaborate" security on Jonathan's safe house? Okay, I won't go there. It's as though Fern had someone do little snipets of research and then just plop them into a book.
Readers are better educated and sophisticated than, perhaps, Ms. Michaels gives them credit for.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2005
I usually don't leave negative feedback, preferring to let others make their own decisions. However, if I feel something is positive, I'll certainly share it. Unfortunately, while I'm not a professional critic but am a huge fan of reading, I feel I'd be doing fans of romance novels a disservice if I didn't weigh-in on this particular book. This was my first time reading Fern Michaels. The story was just hard to believe. I realize romance books are usually more fantasy vs. reality, but this one didn't have anything appealing except for the dogs! Come on, were supposed to believe a highly intelligenct, prominent attorney totally misses "clues" of her sinister fiancee? I know love can be blind, but blind AND stupid? Plus, the editing was bad. At one point, "Wylie" changed to "Wiley". Because I was starting to lose interest, I thought at first she was introducing yet another uninteresting character. And speaking of characters, we're supposed to believe that Wylie just happens to know a parapsychologist who can help Lucy; the parapsychologist just happens to know an expert in security who can help Lucy....and all these experts can just drop everything, during Thanksgiving AND the worst snow-storm of the century, to fly/drive to where they are? Come on! Most disappointing, though, was the dialogue. The back-n-forth conversation was disjointed. A character would start out talking about one thing and end on something totally different within the same quotes. This isn't a quote but an example, "Good morning, I slept well. Wow, it's still snowing. Are you changing the oil in the car this weekend?" Does Ms. Michaels suffer from Adult Attention Disorder? This novel was forced. I've read some of the other comments left and learned that this book isn't Michaels' best work, they too believed she had a ghost-writer. While it wouldn't surprise me, I'll never know for sure if Michaels' other works are better because this book was my first and last.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2007
I love to read all different types of books, and I unapologetically sometimes enjoy a "light" mystery or romance, especially for a vacation or beach read. Howver, there is a difference between "light" and downright ridiculous! The plot had so many holes and inconsistencies that it almost seemed as if it were written by a teenager as a first attempt at being an author. The only reason I gave it 1 star is that there is no way to choose "zero" star rating. It is the only book I have ever read in my life that I promptly threw in the garbage.
This was my first Fern Michaels book, and will certainly be my last!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2006
This was my first Fern Michael book, probably my last. I hate when you can see the ending from the first chapter. The main characters just meet and fall in love...the never even have normal discussion. Also, I will never forget their names, Lucy and Wylie. You know why? Because they say them over and over. People just do not talk like that. Try having a conversation with your husband or friend, anyone you know well. Do you say their name in every sentence? Do they say your name 20 times during the conversation? Nope. It is very stange and annoying to read.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2005
I've read Fern Michaels books for many years off an on and have never been as disappointed in any book as I was this one. I truly had to make myself finish the book only because I paid for it. I seriously considered taking the book back and asking for my money back if I could've found the receipt, but alas, it was long gone. This book was truly just dumb. Sorry, I hate to write anything bad but feel this book needed this.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2005
All right, first of all, I enjoy romantic suspense, and I enjoy supernatural or paranormal suspense/romance, but this book falls flat in both categories. First of all, the main character Lucy, who in the first chapter is longing to be with her handsome, charismatic fiance', and is kicking herself over missing an opportunity to be with him, has absolutely no qualms about falling into both a physical and emotional relationship with a man she just met, while still engaged to the first guy. Granted her fiance' turns out to be a creep and a killer, but she doesn't know that at first. The FBI approaches her, lays some disturbingly suspicious information about her fiance' on her, and she immediately writes him off. Within a day of this information, wedding invitations still on her dining room table being addressed, Lucy becomes interested in her neighbor, and fellow dog owner, Wylie. For a woman who has just had the emotional rug pulled out from under her, and who has been lied to in so many ways, as well as being incredibly stupid(especially for a top notch criminal attorney,)allowing her fiance' to get her drunk apparently every time they are together, and then having her sign papers she doesn't read and which later implicate her in his illegal financial dealings, she trusts her new neighbor, and lets down her guard awfully quickly.
Add to this the bizarre and inexplicable turn of a fall on ice where she bangs her head and suddenly can 'hear' the thoughts of others. Then we have the staggering convenience of her new love interest Wylie having a close friend, Jake, who is a parapsychologist who immediately drops everything and comes to stay with the two lovebirds, and Jake has an ex-navy seal friend, (again conveniently)who helps Lucy, Wylie and Jake break into Lucy's fiance's house to see what he might be hiding. Puhleez, give me a break. While generally willing to suspend disbelief to some extent, this book asks you to throw all common sense out the window. I found the relationship between Wylie and Lucy trite; basically they see each other and are immedaitely smitten, no reservations, no waiting to get to know each other, no dealing with personal baggage or trust issues, just bang, they're in love. Add to this the, in my opinion, ridiculous telepathy bit, which doesn't even turn out to be pivotal in the story and is apparently used simply for the purpose of Lucy 'hearing' that Wylie is in love with her after knowing her for about 24 hours, and giving her an additional reason to freak out, and you have a book that stretches believability beyond the breaking point. Okay, sorry about the rant, but I was so disappointed in this book. I haven't read Fern Michaels in a few years and if this is any indication of her latest work, will probably not pick her up again. As for fans of paranormal romance, let me just say there are plenty of authors out there who know how to get the mix just right.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2005
Ok, my first question (because I just got through reading it) is Who exactly had the thoughts "Harvey. Talk about stupid, dumb luck. Damn cold. Just wait it out. No crash and burn for you, buddy. So close. So very close. Return to fight another day. Wait it out. Relax...." yadda yadda yadda, on page #335?? Because I know it couldn't have been Johnathan...he was on his way to Wylie's house at the time....why would he have been thinking this? And if not him, then who else would be thinking"...I'm going to get you, Lucy. ...Spend your days looking over your shoulder..."??
The conversations and interaction between characters was horrific, the jumping from one character's thoughts to another was crazy, & the story had no flow what-so-ever. Who talks like these people?? What man acts like Wylie?? Some big buff man acting and saying things a little girl would say for crying out loud!! Also, the fact that this lady's next-door neighbor was best friends with the parapsychologist, who was friends with the security guy, etc., was so far fetched it was ridiculous...the whole story was simply a waste of my time.
This was my first Fern Michaels book and I seriously hope the rest of hers are better than this one. I'll certainly read the personal reviews before buying another.
And can someone please tell me who the hell was Harvey??
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2009
This book is not worth the time. I found myself wondering how it even got published, and whether the auther just thinks her readers are stupid. The dialogue is ridiculous and annoying, the characters and situations are inconsistent. The ending wraps up way to easily and quickly. I can suspend my belief to get behind reading minds, but what I can't get behind is an author that doesn't even research the details of her book. The security system stuff was confusing and ridiculous. I finished it only because I cannot put a book down with out finishing it. When I was done, I wished I could have had the time back!