Currently Reading: Finished Watermelon by Marian Keyes, and I'm glad I didn't read this one first. The story was fine; I wasn't particularly fond of the overly-introspective parts. But it did 'fill in' a few blanks about the Walsh sisters, and now I'm looking forward to Helen's story, whenever it comes out or whatever it's called. I'll start Sabrina Jeffiries' How To Woo A Reluctant Lady after I finish a childhood favorite, #3 in the Trixie Beldon series, which I found in a box headed for Goodwill. This particular book disappeared from my possession at age 13.
E-Books: Finished Not An Angel, and was thrilled to see it does NOT resemble my current wip in any way, shape, or form! And LOVED Kellie Kamryn's Monkeys, Sex, and Other Birthday Surprises. Recommended Read:) (yes, I'm a teensy bit favorable to Kellie's books, lol!) Next up: The One That Got Away by Kerrianne Coombs:) So far, I've only read the prologue and liked it:)
Yes, I know; I've jumped ahead of myself. Blame the fact I waited a week to read more, then hurled it across the room (okay; to be fair, my phone rang and I tossed it on the bed.)
Pg 331: Be honest; if you woke up and realized you were meeting his parents, would your first thoughts be 'He just worked me over with a riding crop....'? Maybe she needed to get a word count in or something? He clearly stated back in whatever chapter it was...he doesn't leave marks. So what the hell does this have to do with anything?
Pg 332: She's freaked out about C having her panties. Then, in a 'fit of rebellion', she decides not to ask for them back and go commando, 'because this will drive him crazy'. Ummm, he's probably going to be THRILLED with the knowledge she's commando, and this will be their little secret.
And how does she know she's smiling 'sphinxlike'? And 'knows' he's waiting for her to say something about her panties?
3 'murmers' on pg 333.
Pg 334: Three (3) paragraphs devoted to her 'freaking out' over being panty-less. Who the hell is going to know unless you TELL them you're not wearing any? Come on...like you're six...'but I'm not wearing any underwear!'
And why the hell can't she ask C what's on his mind? Oh wait....the driver might realize she's not wearing any panties....
Pg 335: Why is she concerned with 'there's nothing I can teach him'? He's the one with the experience, dumbell....you're there to learn from him, and then find a way to surprise him! That's what happens when two people become lovers.....or didn't anyone TELL you that? And yet another panic attack about the panties? Seriously? Shut up about this already!
Why does she think her anger and jealousy at Mrs. R is 'irrational'? She just pouted because Mrs. R taught him everything already! That's justifiable....
"Bottom line, I want to be with him." So quit obsessing over everything! Oh wait....this is only halfway through the damn book.....(sob...I'm only halfway through this damn thing??? And yes, you can take that as 'son-of-a-bitch' or I'm in tears, lol!)
Pg 336: I don't know how much time has passed in the last four pages, but now they've arrived and C askes if she wishes she wear wearing her panties. Her response? 'Crap...I forgot I'm not wearing any.' SERIOUSLY???? She's been obsessing over it now for FOUR PAGES! If someone goes commando for the 1st time, I doubt it ever leaves their mind, especially to a dinner party!
Pg 338: She's unnerved by everyone staring at her. This didn't bother her during graduation? Oh wait...she was in a cap and gown, and had her panties on.....
Why does she assume C was 'trapped' into bringing her to this family gathering?
Pg 339: She wishes K would 'show some dignity', because she has the audacity to be happy her new boyfriend is going on vacation with her. Dignity....and who's not wearing panties again???
Pgs 340-1: She mentally tells him to give her back her panties. Then is jealous of the maid?
Pg 342: K has mentioned two things A hasn't mentioned to C yet, and A's furious. And wonders if C will punish her. Then remembers she's not signed the contract yet, so maybe he won't. Or she'll stay with her mom a bit longer. If you're afraid of him and what info comes out of your friends' mouths, why the hell are you still wanting to be with him??? Not a sign of healthy relationship.
Pg. 343: Why is the sight of his parents obvious affection embarrassing? And if she's watching the maid, how does she know C looks 'quizzically' at her?
Pg 344: Does A speak fluent French? If not, then how does she know what the conversation is about?
Pg 345: He's tossed her over his shoulder and she's wondering why's he mad. This isn't good....see pg. 342 comment.
Things are pretty much okay until pg 354. "Because I love you and you just see me as a toy." Pretty much sums up the fact she's not ready for his idea of fun.
And that's the only issue I have with this chapter.