December 11th, 2016


Book Critique 2016 – 08/01/2016: James Patterson's Bookshots: Little Black Dress

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Prologue: Go here
For Review of all books in this series: Go here

Stars: 2.5 / 5
Recommendation: A quick read with less to reminisce of the story later and more of just finishing it.

It was a very bad return trip from CA to CT that July. First night I had my flight cancelled and I spent at my cousin's home. The following the flight had technical issues and it was grounded with a flight for the following day. That night I ended up stranded at the airport, didn’t have patience to go back to my cousin's home again. So what do I do stranded there, other than making friends - buy a book (cause I was not carrying any with me in my carry-on this time around) and read through the alone time. Not wanting to put much brain to what I was reading, I bought two books from the new James Patterson Bookshots series - stories written at the speed of life.

Bookshots are short and fast paced stories under 150 pages and still give the same experience as of a regular novel. James Patterson started this series co-authoring with other authors - some new, some settled and some upcoming. They include James Patterson's some is favorite characters too like Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, and the Women’s Murder Club.

I am not a huge fan of James Patterson books except for some of his Alex Cross books. So, here you go, for what's worth here is my review on one his Bookshots.

Little Black Dress is co-authored with Emily Raymond and published in July of 2016. A plot focusing on Jane Avery - Magazine Editor - and her escapades in a little black dress.

Jane Avery is a Metropolitan Magazine editor, divorced for two years and with little to no social life, much to the disappointment of her sister Mylissa and her best friend. However one day she looks into the window of Bergdorf sale rack a Little Black Dress that charms her. Despite it being a bit pricey - even on sale - she takes it. The dress makes her feel totally different which she puts to test on a lunch-time rendezvous with her colleague Michael Bishop at Four Seasons. What two years of therapy sessions with her therapist Dr. Alex Jensen hadn't done, this little tryst did - liberated her into a totally different world. Then she chooses and picks men at random places - some she flirts with, some she just hands out and with some she has the magnificent nights. Of course she has rules that she never crosses. But one day she goes into Red Room - the famous sex club that has everything from A to Z and beyond it. Did she make a mistake? Would she finally end up on the wrong-side of the street? Where are these trysts leading to?

The plot not only gives you taste of fantasies in sex, but also gives you a chill that has nothing to do with sex but everything to do with shivers and scares. A very fast reading story that certainly keeps you hooked even if it is for just a couple hours. What disappointed me was where was the author going with all this? It was a hotch potch of rendezvous that don’t tie anywhere during the course of the plot. If not for that, it was a decent read for a 100 pages story.

Spoiler Alerts:

1) The author mentions that Cacti can be killed. I was surprised about it. Well, perhaps they would be.
2) A similar scene to how Richard Gere picks Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, the heroine gets picked - but here she gets a lift in a cab on a very very rainy day.
3) The heroine is also a fact-checker and she can remember stuff that no one would think of. For instance - Cab services dates back to 1600s; as to why the cabs are yellow; etc. Impressive and Interesting.

Book Critique 2016 – 08/02/2016: James Patterson's Bookshots Flames: Learning to Ride (Sunnybell #1)

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Prologue: Go here
For review of all books in this series: Go here

Stars: 3.5 / 5
Recommendation: A very quick read with a lot of romance, urge to live life and finding the one in your life.

Learning to Ride is another Bookshots book by James Patterson but this time along authored by Erin Knightley. James hadn't co-authored this book. It's a Texan romance between Rodeo king Tanner Callen and a hot Yankee Madeline Harper. This is the first book in the Sunnybell series under Bookshots Flames and was published in July of 2016.

Madeline Harper comes to Sunnybell, TX on a merger and a transfer to take care of the business there. After a week of work and cooped up at her hotel, she walks into The Rebel Yell - a local honky-tonk. Tanner Callen - the local golden boy and a rodeo king - watches her enter and feels his want for her shoot up immediately. A dance and a hot kiss after they both end up at Madeline's room for a night of adventure. Tanner assumes it's only for once since she was an out of towner. And Madeline things no one would have noticed. But then she becomes the talk of the town the next day, much to her frustration. And when Tanner comes to know that she would be staying in the town, his first instinct was to run as far away as he could, cause he wasn’t looking for gossip or a permanent situation. However, when Madeline makes the first move in telling that what they had was just one night and nothing, his pride gets hit and he pursues her. And slowly falls for her. But she has her life in New York and he has his heart set in Sunnybell, TX. Will he go after her? Will she stay back? Will he convince her to stay? Will she love enough to stay?

A speedy novel as promised by the Bookshots series and the plot really charmed me. However, it reminded me so much of Nora Roberts early novels. The flair was not as rich as Nora Roberts, but the plot, the scenes and situations very pretty close.  All in all a very good and sweet romantic story.

Spoiler Alerts:

1) Chris Evans gets a mention in the plot. Of course the hero has to have a rugged version of Chris Evans. :P
2) Sometime during the plot, Madeline and Tanner have a conversation about the careers and paths they choose. Madeline says, "What I want is corporate success, to be respected, and to retire with enough money to live well for the rest of my days." To which Tanner responds, "Don't you want to live well now?" How many times I have had the same argument with myself and my family. And some days I feel I am just moving through the motions. Oh well, that's life I guess. :)
3) I believe Erin Knightley will be in my list of authors to read now. This little bookshots charmed me really good.