Tuesday, November 19, 2013

More book reviews - romance and explosions. Not the same.

I got horrible headaches nowadays due to my eyesight. Can't see very well nowadays and I hope with the new and improved specs I will get very soon, it will correct itself. Sakit kepala weh. Went to one kedai spek mata and they got my prescription power tu completely wrong, and went to another shop because I no longer trust that shop. Husband said I should at least get a refund. Can I do that? It cost a bomb taw. Grrr. Lepas ni I will only go to kedai yang I know can do their job properly.

Synopsis for The Lost Duke of Wydham...

The Lost Duke of Wyndham (Two Dukes of Wyndham, #1)Jack Audley has been a highwayman. A soldier. And he has always been a rogue. What he is not, and never wanted to be, is a peer of the realm, responsible for an ancient heritage and the livelihood of hundreds. But when he is recognized as the long-lost son of the House of Wyndham, his carefree life is over. And if his birth proves to be legitimate, then he will find himself with the one title he never wanted: Duke of Wyndham.

Grace Eversleigh has spent the last five years toiling as the companion to the dowager Duchess of Wyndham. It is a thankless job, with very little break from the routine... until Jack Audley lands in her life, all rakish smiles and debonair charm. He is not a man who takes no for an answer, and when she is in his arms, she's not a woman who wants to say no. But if he is the true duke, then he is the one man she can never have...

The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Julia Quinn is one of my favorite romance authors. Love her style. Her writing simple, precise, and the dialogue is witty. Most of the time.

I won't say much of the plot because like much of romance novel it goes the same way.. meet, attraction, conflict with some sex embroiled in it, ending with happily ever after.

However this is not one of my favorite. Maybe because I am like.. pbtthing Jack problem. He seems like a brat to me. I am not fond of brat. Grace could do better...

I don't feel invested in their love affair. If they end up together or not , could not care less. Grace is a wonderful girl, but I just ain't feeling it with Jack.

Synopsis for Mr Cavendish I Presume

Mr. Cavendish, I Presume (Two Dukes of Wyndham, #2)
Amelia Willoughby has been engaged to the Duke of Wyndham for as long as she can remember. Literally. A mere six months old when the contracts were signed, she has spent the rest of her life waiting. And waiting. And waiting ... for Thomas Cavendish, the oh-so-lofty duke, tofinally get around to marrying her. But as she watches him from afar, she has a sneaking suspicion that he never thinks about her at all ...

It's true. He doesn't. Thomas rather likes having a fiancee --- all the better to keep the husband-hunters at bay --- and he does intend to marry her ... eventually. But just when he begins to realize that his bride might be something more than convenient, Thomas's world is rocked by the arrival of his long-lost cousin, who may or may not be the true Duke of Wyndham. And if Thomas is not the duke, then he's not engaged to Amelia. Which is the cruelest joke of all, because this arrogant and illustrious duke has made the mistake of falling in love ... with his own fiancee!
Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This story run concurrently with the book Lost Duke of Wydham. I guess this is an experiment by the author, but I think she would do better to combine the 2 books to one.

Like a few other readers mentioned before... it gets tedious. Some of the scenes are the same, albeit with different perspective... but we had gone through this before, and since I read this right after reading the other book, most of the time I skipped some of the scenes because I already know what is being said and done. The thought process are different, but it really does not vary much.

So this book gets a little bit hard to finish because I already know how it goes, the journey, the conflict.

Like I said, would be much more satisfying if she had combined to 1 book as I really do like Thomas... ( and have a secret wish that he should have ended up with Grace.. pbtth)

Scarecrow (Shane Schofield, #3) Synopsis for Scarecrow

 It is the greatest bounty hunt in history. The targets are the finest warriors in the world-commandos, spies, terrorists. And they must all be dead by 12 noon, today. The price on their heads: almost $20 million each. Among the names, one stands out. The enigmatic Marine, Shane Schofield, who goes by the call-sign "Scarecrow." Schofield is plunged into a race around the world, pursued by a fearsome collection of international bounty hunters. The race is on and the pace is frantic as he fights for survival, in the process unveiling a vast international conspiracy and the terrible reason why he cannot, under any circumstances, be allowed to live!

Scarecrow by Matthew Reilly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this book I am now starting really like Scarecrow. Before this he is kinda lukewarm to me. Mother had always been my favorite badass here, but Scarecrow had now blasted my ice wall ( That is what he do. He blows stuff up..). And Aloysius Knight seems like a sexy beast...

And I really, really like this book. I love that OTT castle of torture. And the chases that involved, rally cars, sport cars, rigs, armored cars, helicopters, fighter jets!!, warship!!!!!... it is just so ridiculously Michael Bay-ish it that you just have to join in laughing while reading and trying to imagine Michael Bay trying to top this in his film and just can't.

Matthew Reilly, I do love you. Never change.

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