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- Publication date : August 31, 2015
- File size : 12441 KB
- Print length : 824 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- ASIN : B013ZWMB5Q
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #242,749 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First, the books are about the Wilde brothers and the women they want to call their loves. Males are alphas, of course, and very wish-washy about their feelings. They jump to conclusions about the women without really knowing much about them. Most of the brothers continue this attitude once they finally begin a serious relationship with the women. Most of their personalities are not very attractive.
Second, the women never really stand up for themselves and their feelings and needs. They are portrayed as clumsy, silly, hysterical, and generally not mature or reliable. Not women I want to meet, for the most part, and call my friends.
Third, most of the stories seemed incomplete and rushed. I’m sure the author plans more books around this family, like the Friessens’ series, but would have liked my stories to have seemed more complete for right now.
Some explicit sexual situations.
The One: This book is as bad as all the reviews say it is. The heroine, Margaret, was/is a doctor - hard to tell - made a career ending mistake. Now, this was a young woman with a huge future, all this education behind her, and it was, evidently - just over. It’s human to make mistakes, agonize over it, feel guilty; otherwise we’d probably have no story, but is it necessary in fiction you read to enjoy, to totally destroy and waste the future of a character? I had a hard time with that. But it was free, good thing, I would have been unhappy to have paid for that book.
I read the reviews on the short story following this book and decided to buy the collection.
The Honeymoon: This one was better, not as funny as I had hoped, but better.
Friendly Fire: This book I enjoyed. Our hero Logan is human and likeable. Our heroine Julie is justifiably cautious of Logan’s problems without getting neurotic about it. A nice little story with an interesting mystery about good people with a happy ending.
Not Quite Married: A short story follow up to Friendly Fire, was as readable as the book.
A Matter of Trust: Here we go again. Our heroine, Carrie, is an idiot. The fact that she is young and naive is somehow an excuse for being irrational and stupid. She reacts before thinking, doesn’t listen to anyone, and spews the first thing that falls into her mouth at anyone who will stop for one second. Why a man would fall in love with that just beats me. Our poor hero, Ben, has his career ended because of the nit wit actions of Carrie. So Ben is looking at a fresh start - somewhere - doing what? Because of this idiot woman child, no one in his industry will ever hire him again. But he loves this idiot woman child and we are supposed to be ok with this crappy ending. Now, I am at a loss with this author. Why does she destroy the futures of her characters?
The Reckoning: This was a good catch-up story. The whole family gets together for Christmas. This was dysfunction right out of the textbooks. It was so real, it was embarrassing. One of the things I didn’t like was Margaret was still sort of, kind of, maybe a doctor. I kept hoping something would come through for her, like the tumor was such that the “accident” could not have been avoided, or the tumor was the fault - not the surgeon. But no, we’re still suffering with Margaret and her boneheaded husband. Speaking of Joe, I would like to see him get some kind of financial opportunity. He’s still poor as a churchmouse. The other thing I didn’t like was Ben still floating around in unemployment land with no prospects. Carrie, Ben’s girlfriend, stayed quiet and that was a blessing. Raymond, the dad, got his apologies in and he and Logan are maybe bridging the gap in their relationship, not sure. Mom and Dad were both kind of “out there”.
Traded: When I started this book, I went “Uh, oh another career ender”, but I was pleasantly surprised. This brother actually got to keep his job. He got himself a decent woman. Jill, though, is acting like a confused slut. Sorry to say, but there it is.
Unforgiven: This brother didn’t get to keep his job, but he seemed to do ok for himself anyway. Jill redeems herself and you actually start to feel badly for her. But, it was a good story, flowed well, and was believable. An ok wrap up for the series.
Overall: I would have liked a happier conclusion for Joe and Margaret, that one was still iffy to me. There were plenty of opportunities to resolve this in other books. Ben and Carrie - Carrie wasn’t ready for marriage and then they run off. I guess they are going into the hotelier business, not clear. Jake and Chris - I guess they are still playing football. Logan and Julie, I felt Logan was the only character who was really fleshed out. There were jumps in time frames that weren’t explained. One example - Chris, in Traded, went from a GED to living with her brother and working, to somehow college.There were other references and jumps in these books that were unclear, but I didn't take the time to list them. Whoever is reading for this author, needs to read more carefully for details. I liked the way all of the characters were brought in and out of the stories. More time should be spent developing characters and bringing them to resolutions, Carrie for example. I almost gave this series a three, but for the most part, I enjoyed it. And, by the way, stay away from Diana Palmer.
Top reviews from other countries
I am now halfway through with the first book in the series. Joe and Margaret. I don't know how to put it another way. Joe is a prick. He honestly doesn't deserve Margaret. And I'm really sorry to say this, but he is a terrible father and doesn't even have a good excuse.
I'll try to give the other characters a chance.