Zehme is also a wizard of context and perspective. Where is the celebrity in his or her career? What are the trends going on in the larger culture that this person is taking advantage of or becoming marginalized by? Is the subject playing a lot of games during the interview itself, putting on a performance that has someting to do with his or her essential appeal? These questions are always asked, and answered for us in a way that is never obvious or pedantic. In summary, this is great magazine writing, easily worthy of study in graduate journalism programs -- and yet lots of fun for the casual reader.
Was slightly disappointed in this collection of old magazine articles that try to delve in to the personal life of several famous celebrities. Most of the articles were written over 10 years ago! On the flip side, Zehme's writing is concise and the book zips along. Still, Zehme seems to be holding back the good stuff for himself, perhaps that's why he seems so accessible to the stars. See all 3 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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Also by Susan Lewis. Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. Taylor drew this out with just the right amount of tact and patience. Hannah and Nicholas's storyline developed in a parallel to their intense feelings for one another, something only a talented author can accomplish. Taylor has the gift of the pen, use of language, and character development. As I read, I felt as though I was given a look into the lives of real people struggling with big issues.
Her presentation of character history is just enough without delving into their past, allowing the story to stay in the moment. May 14, Laurie rated it liked it.
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I hate to admit it, but I related more to the male character in this book. Hurt and betrayed one time too many to allow himself to trust, Nicholas was suspicious when Hannah wandered into his life. Did I mention that Nicholas had a dark past and built himself a fortress in the woods? Some might consider him paranoid, but he prefers to just consider himself cautious. Suddenly a stubborn, petite woman with a shapely hour glass figure arrives at his door and he finds himself aroused just looking a I hate to admit it, but I related more to the male character in this book.
Suddenly a stubborn, petite woman with a shapely hour glass figure arrives at his door and he finds himself aroused just looking at her. Hannah is fairly inexperienced with men and finds herself confronted by an adonis Plus he's got the whole bad boy thing going on. It doesn't take long before they give in to the electrical charge that passes between them. The scenes depicting their carnal desires were more graphic than I am used to and I could probably have read this book in the dark, the words illuminated by the glow of the blush of my cheeks.
I'm not a big fan of romance novels and am starting to wonder if I should stop reviewing them.
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I do it primarily because they are popular and many people do enjoy them and want to hear about them. But I really doubt that I do romance books much justice. The writing was good, with very few editing errors. The characters were believable and very likable. There was no guy gets girl, guy loses girl, girl hates guy because of a misunderstanding I guess I have just gotten too cynical in my old age to be much of a rommantic.
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Instead of finishing a book and envisioning the characters living happily ever after, I give them less than 12 months before her constant chattering, which he teases her about, will be driving him nuts. She will realize that she knows practically nothing about him.
And the spark of chemistry that they had enjoyed at the beginning really is just lust after all. If you enjoy romances that border on erotica, you will probably really enjoy this book. Dec 22, Diana Hockley rated it it was amazing. I congratulate the author, because it is extremely difficult to find a different angle for this genre.
Laura Taylor has created great sympathy for her hero - a battle-scarred and grieving former mercenary - and a complementary career for her normal heroine, Hannah. Not only has Ms Taylor given her heroine warmth to counteract the hero's cold shell, Hannah carries no dreadful angst from her past- alcoholism, guilt, addictive personality - with which many authors inflict their main characters. She is shown as a very practical teacher of abused children and as such is able to recognise the symptons of grief and shame which are slowly ruining Nicholas Benteen's life.
The romance is charming, the sex hot but not offensive. The ending is satisfactory for the lovers, but what is interesting about this novel is that the other main strand is given hope, but not a chocolate box ending. I don't want to give a spoiler, so I shall just say - this novel is tightly written and well worth reading for its unique slant. Feb 26, Michelle [Helen Geek] added it Recommends it for: I'm not going to give this one a star rating. Too many disconnects early in the story for me, but others may not notice and may like it. I think the story would be good.
I just can't abide emotions that seem outside the characterization the author is trying to develop. When it doesn't make sense, or I think the characters acting "out of character", I have issues. So, no rating on this one. I did not finish it. Just bothered me too much in the first 5 chapters or so and wasn't in the story at that I'm not going to give this one a star rating.
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Just bothered me too much in the first 5 chapters or so and wasn't in the story at that point, questioning the behavior too much. I wouldn't recommend, but like I mentioned, I tend to dissect my stories a bit much. Some don't have the same issue and may like it just fine. Hope you like it View all 7 comments. Feb 25, Anne OK rated it really liked it Shelves: This Amazon freebie was an extraordinary read full of intrigue and romance.
A new-to-me author, Laura Taylor weaves a tale of love, hope and joy in this captivating and intense romantic suspense. Quality writing on every front. The only complaint I have with this book is that the ending seemed rushed. Jan 05, Sara rated it it was ok Shelves: Generic "misunderstood but really secretly a nice tough guy" redeemed by the hardheaded woman who is attracted to his misogyny. Jan 31, Connie N.
This romantic suspense story started out great, with some wonderful interaction between Hannah and Nicholas, but it kind of fizzled. Don't get me wrong--the sex scenes were hot and the characters were great, but the story didn't really go anywhere. The first scenes, with Hannah trying to get into Nicholas's strongly-secured home, were amusing and suspenseful, with an undertone of sexual tension. But as their relationship developed, the mystery surrounding him and her brother faded away and weren This romantic suspense story started out great, with some wonderful interaction between Hannah and Nicholas, but it kind of fizzled.
But as their relationship developed, the mystery surrounding him and her brother faded away and weren't really replaced with anything particularly satisfying. It all turned out to be typical romance with an alpha male and a happily-ever-after that didn't really seem believable. The turnabout was too quick, as though the climax had been reached and the author just wanted to finish things off quickly.
Definitely great potential that just didn't come together for me. I liked it but was left feeling less than satisfied. Mar 05, Katya rated it really liked it Shelves: An emotional Beauty and the Beast Story. Emotional Beast that is. Nicholas is ex-mercenary with a price on his head Lives a lonely life watching over his shoulder and shunning the public. He lives in shame of his previous life army sharp shooter turned sanctioned assassin turned private for hire assassin.
He is also the key to Hannah finding her older brother, Sean, 3.
He is also the key to Hannah finding her older brother, Sean, who lived the same dangerous life as Nicholas view spoiler [and now suffers the same shame and depression as Nicholas. And even more debilitating, he suffers form a bad case of Post-Tramatic-Stress-Disorder. Nicholas cares for his old friend and provides a home on his land for Sean.
He stays away from everyone and lives a very secluded lonely life in the woods on Nicolas's land. They have no idea where he is. Hannah and Sean's mother is very ill and asking to see Sean. Hannah sets her mind to find him and bring him home and follows leads and clues right to Nicholas's compound where she forces her way into his life and heart while trying to obtain information about her brother. I am a sucker for any story where someone needs forgiveness and redemption.
Nicholas feels he is beyond the care or attention of other human beings. He lives with shame of how he led his life every waking hour and finds it difficult to understand Hannah's caring for him. It is hard to forgive anyone and often forgiving one's self is the most difficult thing of all. Sometimes it takes another person who accepts and loves us for what we are, warts and all, to show us that we deserve to let things go and be happy in the NOW. Nice feel good story with a HEA. Jan 05, Bridget Bowers rated it really liked it Shelves: I picked up this book because Nicholas Benteen is an ex-mercenary who has carved out a private retreat on tens of thousands of Nevada property to protect himself and his friends.
I have a hard time resisting a bad boy, and Nicholas didn't disappoint. With the arrival of Hannah Cassidy on his doorstep, we see Nicholas in action as the gruff mercenary who shuns society and nearly all contact with the world outside his retreat. He doesn't trust anyone seeking him out because he and his friends have I picked up this book because Nicholas Benteen is an ex-mercenary who has carved out a private retreat on tens of thousands of Nevada property to protect himself and his friends.
He doesn't trust anyone seeking him out because he and his friends have been targets of assassins over the five years they have settled down. Hannah is simply a young woman looking for her long lost brother. She's a school teacher and an advocate for abused children, she couldn't appear less threatening. Yet, it is that innocence that both attracts Nicholas and repels him. In his world, no one can be that innocent. As the book continues we see the inner strength of both characters. We find the steel that drives Hannah to reach out to all those around her and heal their hurts.
We understand the compassion and loyalty Nicholas has for his friends. While their desire for each other grows, they both understand that what drives them as individuals is what is standing in their way. I loved the pace of the book as we watched Hannah upset the comfortable cocoon that Nicholas built for himself. My only frustration with the entire book was that the ending seemed to come at light speed.
I'd of much rather had the final chapter broken up into at least two or three more to expand the ending as thoroughly as we eased into the beginning. Sep 15, Hannah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Got it for free on my kindle. Yes Yes Yes, I wanna read more. While the beginning was going back and forth between Hannah and Nicholas, I felt as if I was in the book beside them. I was waiting for something to happen and it happened. The constant fighting between 2 strangers turned into something Got it for free on my kindle.
The constant fighting between 2 strangers turned into something more. Nicholas didn't want to trust Hannah and she knew that he was something special. After Hannah stayed a few days with Nick, she told him that she loved him. He kept pushing her away, but she broke through his wall that he had up. The way she put their loved making I personally think it was an amazing read! Sorry, im not better great at writing reviews Oct 11, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: It's been a while since I read a book without werewolves, vampires, or supernatural beings.
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I wasn't sure if I could read anything "normal" anymore. This book put me straight. Nicholas was a wounded soul still a big soft spot of mine his ice cold exterior hid a soul tormented, and a heart yearning for love. It drew me in, and kept me there till I finished. I had wondered it the author had written anything on Sean a secondary character and had hoped she could do a series in the sou It's been a while since I read a book without werewolves, vampires, or supernatural beings.
I had wondered it the author had written anything on Sean a secondary character and had hoped she could do a series in the souls living on nicholas' hideaway retreat. It was a free read I will read again and again. Oct 14, Charlotte Howard rated it it was ok. From the way the story starts, I have to say that I was expecting something so much more than I got.
Laura Taylor is clearly a talented writer hence 2 stars instead of 1 , but unfortunately the storyline was bland and cliched. When it came to the more adult scenes, there was far too much of the "I-will-I-won't" toing and froing to keep me interested, and then when the characters did finally succumb to each others charms, the sex was too overly described. If you're looking for a quick read I rea From the way the story starts, I have to say that I was expecting something so much more than I got.
If you're looking for a quick read I read this in one day then it's okay. Feb 10, Grannyvango rated it it was amazing. Hannah Cassidy goes looking for her brother ,her mother is ill and wishes to see her son who has not been seen in 15 years.