“I suppose this book was pleasant and enjoyable in the moment, but i currently find myself shocked that i just read it earlier this month and already cannot remember much of it. So it was not very memorable! I suppose that this makes me less qualified to write an accurate review with any further details. It was short and easy to read and i may read it again in the future -especially since i cannot remember it already! ”Ginger3.14 wrote this review Saturday, December 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
This is not one of my favorite Christina Dodd books. It was decent, but I expect more than decent from her. I think it's a timing thing. Being an extremely moody reader, it's hard when I read something and it doesn't fit what I am feeling at the time.
The Not-So Good:
*I never fell in love with the storyline, to be honest. I didn't like how Roberto and Brandi got together. She picked him up to make herself feel better after her fiance dumped her. Imagine her telling her grandkids that story. I don't like the fling/hook-up/one night stand storyline at all. Furthermore, I just couldn't get behind Roberto as a glitzy, celebrity count who happened to be a jewel thief (and the subsequent reveal on this). I couldn't suspend my disbelief on that one. And the connection between that and the men who were stalking Brandi was highly tenuous.
*Love scenes were too short, not satisfying to me. Christina Dodd writes good love scenes, but these didn't set this book on fire for me.
*The suspense part didn't work for me. It was a bit too thin and didn't come together well.
*Roberto didn't blow me away or hit me hard like many of Christina Dodd's heroes. He wasn't a bad hero. He just didn't do much for me, except for his beautiful gesture at the end, and how he stood up for Brandi with her ex-fiance'. Those were a few sigh-worthy moments on his part. It might be that I am just not into the Italian allure when it comes to guys. They don't do much for me. And I especially don't go for the high profile ladykiller type like he was.
*Sometimes I didn't get Brandi. She acted in ways that didn't make sense and didn't seem like something a logical, goal-oriented type person would do. She had some esteem issues from her dad and I could see that in her. On the positive side, I respected her for taking control of her life and helping out her mother when her father failed them.
*This was a quick, fast-paced, breezy read, which is nice if you want a quick pick-me-up.
*The humor was good
*Smart, independent heroine
*I loved Roberto's grandfather. He was adorable!
*Despite not liking how Brandi and Roberto met, I did like their chemistry together, although it didn't grow as fully-bloomed as I would hope. This read like an expanded short story instead of the full-fledged novel it was.
*I thought Brandi's relationship with her sister and mother added to the book, but her father was a full-on jerk. (view spoiler)[ I'm glad she washed her hands of him. He doesn't deserve to have a relationship with her (hide spoiler)]
Would I Recommend This Book?
Honestly, I would say avoid this one if you haven't read any Christina Dodd. I think she has written better. If your expectations aren't very high, you will probably find it to be a serviceable read, and you might enjoy it. I just expect so much more from her, and maybe I wasn't in the right mood when I read this. It's like ice cream. If the ice cream tastes pretty good even if it's not great, it's still better than no ice cream at all. But you'd rather eat really good ice cream if you're going to splurge on those calories. That's how I would describe this book.
Rating: 3.25/5.0 stars.
“good read and the hero was so hot!”Bianca wrote this review Tuesday, June 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“4.5 stars”Liz (Bugetta) wrote this review Monday, March 7, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Predictable... but are there many romances that are not predictable? Very funny and enjoyable.”Saga.of.Dreams wrote this review Thursday, January 27, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fast read, somewhat predictable. Not a complete bodice ripper. Fun read if you are looking for a romance novel.”Shayna F wrote this review Monday, January 10, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“At first I didn't really enjoy this book at all, but after a while the characters and book grew on me and I have to say I ended up liking the story. This is the first book I have read by Christina Dodd and think I will give her another try :o)”Book-Tart wrote this review Monday, November 22, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a fun, fast read that just screams to be finished in a sitting. You'll laugh, you'll grit your teeth and you'll feel for the heroine when things don't look right, but in the end you'll wish your guy had a little of the hero in him too. ”Tanya N wrote this review Wednesday, October 21, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was an ok read, not to be taken seriously. I appreciate the plot and I found the ending quite corny. Characters didn't develop much, although there are bits and pieces of their history, I found a lot of elements missing. Not that I didn't enjoy this novel, I did but I've read better Christina Dodd novels. Love scenes are in short supply here as they weren't described vividly and they're more of foreplay. There is only one major scene and it's a quickie. Brandi tries too hard to prove her father wrong but she doesn't do it for herself, Roberto surely redeemed his character in an unpredictable way. I think this is Ocean's 11-inspired although the story didn't delve much in details. The writing style is fluent but every time something gets interesting, I find myself reading a dead end. The plot and storyline is really promising, but as I mentioned before, there are a lot of details missing. 3 stars only.”Joy Yap wrote this review Thursday, July 23, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No