October 21, 2010

Review: Sending Rupert Home by Tracy Fabre

Leanne Kendrick has turned down the womanizing English Lit professor, Rupert Arbery, countless times. She secretly has her eye on the photography instructor Noah Jaynes. Noah on the other hand doesn't have the guts to ask her out. He was hurt by his former wife who cheated on him countless times before her death. But even if he did, Leanne would turn him down too. Ten years ago Leanne was humiliated in front of her friends and family the night before her wedding when her ex decided that the easiest way to dump her was to bring a hooker to the rehearsal dinner.

One afternoon Noah comes into the library where Leanne works and asks her for help with a difficult microfilm reader. While getting Noah situated Rupert happens upon the pair and tells them he needs their help with a special project. Mystified they agree and Rupert runs off again.

What they learn the next day rocks them to the core. Rupert died the day before he approached them in the library. Beyond shocked they aren't expecting Rupert to show up again but when he does he explains that he needs their help to move on. Noah and Leanne embark on the mission with very little help from Rupert. The more the work together the more sparks fly but can they each overcome their own insecurities to find true love?

Sending Rupert Home was one of those reads that had me cheering as I turned the pages. I got so engrossed in the love lives of Noah and Leanne that I was flipping the pages late into the night. The book is a little bit mystery and a lot romance and Fabre weaves it all together in a very enjoyable read. I just wished there was a little more to Rupert's final task. It was a little bit anticlimactic but I understand that the story's focus was more on Noah and Leanne than Rupert so it's forgivable. This is a recommended read for anyone who loves contemporary romance.

BookBlips: vote it up!

October 3, 2010

Review: Me, Myself and Why? by MaryJanice Davidson

Me, Myself and Why?

Sweet and innocent with a twist of girl-next-door, Cadence Jones is not your typical girl and certainly not your typical FBI agent. Just ask her sisters, Shiro and Adrienne. (Wait. . .best if you don’t ask Adrienne anything.) But it’s her special “talent” which makes Cadence so valuable to the FBI and it never comes in more handy than when she and her partner, George, get tagged to bring down the Threefer Killer. A serial killer who inexplicably likes to kill in threes, leave behind inexplicable newspaper clippings, and not one shred of decent forensic evidence, soon starts leaving messages that seem to be just for Cadence and her sisters. Could it be that this killer knows all about Cadence’s special “talent”? In the meantime, love blooms in the most unexpected place when Cadence meets her best friend’s gorgeous brother who is in town visiting—and she discovers that he knows her secret too! When attraction burns hot between them her best friend isn’t thrilled with the romantic development and this time Cadence just might agree!

I was so disappointed in this book. I am a HUGE fan of everything else MaryJanice has written including the YA series she writes with her husband but this one is too confusing and disjointed to be good.

I get that it's somewhat choppy because of Cadence's Multiple Personality Disorder but besides those shifts in the middle of sentences the storyline jumps all over the place too and it was disorienting. I found myself having to re-read several pages to understand what just happened.

In addition I felt that it was just too predictable. I figured out the ending way to soon and I'm sad to say this one is not something I could recommend.