The Bequest by Candice Proctor
This book was quite a disappointment. My first and only Proctor (excluding her new mystery) was Night in Eden which I absolutely adored. So I had high expectations on this one choosing not to believe all the negative things I had read about it. Well, damn, everyone was right. It wasn't horrible but the plot and characters were just so trite. The virgin inherits a whore house (of course, a virgin) who wants to turn it into a school (yeah, right), the hooker with a heart of gold, the evil villain, the dark hero. It all seemed so ordinary and flat. Even the dialog was hackneyed and had me rolling my eyes. What a contrast to NIE's unusual setting, wonderful 3-D characters and interesting plot. TB wasn't bad but I expected so much more.
My grade: C
Granite Man by Elizabeth Lowell
This was CLASSIC Lowell with an uber-alpha jerk. I used to really LOVE these male characters she writes but I think I have grown up because I wanted to kick his a** at
My grade: D
Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie
Light and fluffy with a bit of suspense. The funny snappy dialogue along with the adorable dogs made this book a fun read. This was your typical story of heroine whose life is in danger and hero cop moves in with her to keep her safe. I wasn't too crazy about the ditzy heroine. The cop hero was only OK until he does something that just melted me. He sees a filthy starving stray dog, buys a hamburger and coaxes him to eat. He takes the stray home to the heroine, just because he knew that's what she would want. He had me right there. I have a huge soft spot for big macho guys who are kind to animals.
My grade: B-
Dark Knight by Donna Kauffman
This book starts out very well. Heroine is the commander of a special forces group (Dirty Dozen - silly name) and she breaks into a cabin to neutralize a possible threat to their most recent operation. This threat is a gorgeous hunk asleep naked in the cabin's only bed. After a brief tussle she injects him with a drug and handcuffs him to the bed. This guy is no dummy and manages to turn the tables on her. In between there is lots of very witty dialogue and I really liked both characters. Somewhere around the 2/3 point when they both start revealing their pasts to each other, it started getting boring and lost its freshness. Too bad, there was lots of good potential. Very steamy too.
My grade: C