2 Stars

To Die For – Linda Howard

To Die For (Blair Mallory #1) – Linda Howard (2004)

To die for

2 Stars (2 / 5)

Good audio funny romance” I asked Google… TO DIE FOR – LINDA HOWARD! Was an overwhelming response… Next time I won’t ask Google. This book started off well enough, I actually was enjoying it. And then it took a turn and couldn’t recover.

Blair Mallory is a confident blonde bombshell with an inner monologue to put any angsty teen to shame. She is a successful woman with her life nicely organised, running her own gym and driving her Mercedes convertible. Until someone who looks exactly like her is found dead outside her gym. Then she soon realises someone is out to kill her. Enter lieutenant Wyatt Bloodsworth, to help her find the killer, and of course re-ignite some mega sparks that he has with Blair left over from a few years earlier.

So, I enjoyed the first few hours of the audio version. I quite liked the narrator and the cute southern drawl. I enjoyed the banter between the characters and even though it was corny, I was enjoying the story and Blair’s character. That is, until she got together with her man and all of a sudden it became the most annoying thing I’ve ever listened to. No woman complains that much. Her stupid and pathetic behaviour was laughable, yet I found myself listening on because I wanted to know who was out to get her.

And then, when we finally do discover the perpetrator, it was the biggest and stupidest climax to a book I can remember reading (or listening to in this case). I literally cringed! Ekk! Yet if the book had just cut out about 3 hours of her jabbering about her stupid thoughts, I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

And Ms Howard! What on earth was with the sexism?? It was everywhere! So painful. This one was a definite miss from me.

Would I recommend To Die For?

Nope, some of her others are much better!

I purchased the audio version of To Die For at my own expense via


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The Selection – Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection #1) – Kiera Cass

The Selection

1.5 Stars (1.5 / 5)

Sometimes I consider myself to be quite a YA fan. I’m not even sure what I like about the genre. I guess it depends on the novel. I like the adventure when someone is just growing up and is thrust into a world that they have to learn how to deal with, even though they have limited life experience. It reminds me of growing up I suppose. As I become older, growing into an adult becomes more and more of a memory and part of me yearns for the innocence and naivety of youth. Wow, that was deep. Ok enough of that. Lets cut a long story short: I hate “The Bachelor” on television… I have no idea what possessed me to listen to this audio book and think that I would enjoy it.

America Singer (yes, that’s actually her name) is a teenage girl growing up in a dystopian world, where people are divided into numbers based on class. The upper classes are wealthy, and never have to want for anything. The lower classes are starving, and work hard to stay alive. The prince needs to find himself a wife, so they run the bachelor. Its actually called the “selection” but its the darn bachelor television show but getting around trademarking. A bunch of women must compete for the love of the prince, he must eliminate all but one… Blah blah blah… And of course he is drawn to the beautiful lower class America, because she is “witty” and “stands up to him” and “brave”. But she is already in love with someone who is  of a lower class than she is. Oh what? A love triangle in a YA? Nooooo.

I actually didn’t dislike this book too much at the start. I was listening intently, enjoying the story. However the problem was, that the WHOLE BOOK was just the start. I knew that it was a series, what I didn’t realise was that the actual selection GOES ON for the whole series!!! Who does he choose in the end? No idea, there are another TWO books to get through first!!! Stuff that! I’m done. I have no doubt he will pick her in the end and that she will dump the lower class boyfriend for the handsome rich prince (that is not a spoiler, I honestly have no idea!)

Anyway, perhaps the 14 year old me would have enjoyed this a lot more. But it was just way too “oh woe is me, oh I love him, but I also love HIM”. Yes, this will end in heartbreak, which is exactly what my wasted hours listening to this audiobook has turned into.

Would I recommend The Selection?

Um no, I don’t think I would even recommend it for teenagers. I prefer books that describe love in a healthy way.

Mike drop.

The end

I purchased this audiobook from at my own expense.

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The Obsession – Nora Roberts

The Obsession – Nora Roberts – Audio Version

The Obsession

2 Stars (2 / 5)

Well, I haven’t given a book such a low rating in a while… I am such a big fan of Nora Roberts! I don’t know WHAT happened with this one!! Yet, I seem to be the minority as it gets shining reviews on GoodReads.

Naomi was only 12 years old when she saved a young woman from one of the most notorious serial killers the country has ever known. He was also her father. As an adult now, Naomi moves from place to place and hasn’t been able to settle down because people find out her true identity – as the daughter of a monster. When she decides to buy a house in Sunrise Cove she finally thinks she has found a place to call home… But there is a new killer out there, and he has his sights set on Naomi.

Now, where to begin? It was off to a great start, Naomi as a young girl saving the woman and discovering that her father was a viscous serial killer. But when it skipped to her adult years it really dragged on for me. It was way too drawn out. I felt as though 70% of the book was discussing interior designing and colours of the house she was renovating and I actually began to dread when she walked into another shop to look at stuff to buy for the house.

The love interest was promising, until he started bossing her around, verbally abusing her and being a total a-hole to her at times because she needed to “get over it”.

And the stupidity of the characters… “Oh there is a serial killer after my girlfriend? That’s ok, I’ll just go to work and leave her all alone…” or “Gee that guy over there looks suspicious, I’ve never seen him before… He matches the description of the serial killer who is out to get me, and he is staring straight at me… Oh wait its probably nothing, I’m overreacting” or “Its ok, you can leave me alone with a serial killer after me, I’ve locked these GLASS DOORS, nobody is getting in..” Sigh.

I think this book was a 3 star read for me up until the end with the dog in the hospital. I actually yelled “YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!” as I listened to that part and decided to deduct another star for sheer stupidity!

The audio version went ON AND ON AND ON AND ON AND ON. The narrators monotone voice didn’t help. I didn’t enjoy her portrayal of the other characters, especially the males, which sounded exactly like the females and exactly like each other.

The killer was EXTREMELY predictable. My number one pet peeve!

I’m sorry Ms Roberts for this terrible review! I truly am a big fan! Just not of this one.

Would I recommend The Obsession?

Nope, see above…


If you enjoyed The Obsession, you may enjoy:

imperfect strangers   Black Hills   black eyed susans


Tangled – Emma Chase (Review)


2 Stars (2 / 5)

I wanted to see what all the fuss was about Tangled… There is a lot of fuss about this book…

Just looking at the reviews, I don’t seem to see much under 4 stars. And I see a lot of “OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS BOOK!!”

Well I didn’t love this book. I less than liked this book. Two stars for me is pretty poor, to get one it’s got to be a train wreck.

Ok what did I LIKE about this book?

The totally male POV was definitely a different perspective for the romance genre. It had it’s moments where it worked really well. Moments mind you…

It was extremely easy to read and I thought it was well written, that and the knowledge that this is the authors debut is what pushed it up to two stars for me. Yes UP to two stars.

What I hated about the book?

Drew. Yes I said it. I hated the main character! Aside from having an obvious sex addiction, he is a total moron. A completely horrible person. But of course Kate falls hopelessly in love with him… Of course…

What is it with some romance books? I love a good romance don’t get me wrong, but why do these girls who are supposed to be intelligent and self dependent, fall for these egotistical jerks? And people love reading this crap!???

When Drew first meets his love interest Kate, he had just finished getting a blow job in the bathroom of a club, from a women who he treats like garbage. Classy. Isn’t that how we all want to meet the love of our lives?

Oh but she “CHANGES” him!! He stops sleeping with anything with a pulse (eventually mind you, it takes him a fair while to stop) and wants to be with her and he gives her multiple orgasms and it’s so “ROMANTIC”….
Kate finds she is in love with him.
In the real world I think Kate would find that all she has is chlamydia.

I get it, it’s a book… A romance book. It’s not meant to be the real world. But I just can’t help but be scared for the young women reading this, who think that this is ok. That the sex crazed bad boy is going to fall hopelessly in love with them, suddenly become monogamous and live happily ever after.

And don’t even get me started on the obsessive “I want her back so bad I’m borderline stalking her at work and at home” section of the story. Cause of course that’s what any girl dreams of..?? Sigh…

Still beats 50 shades and twilight I suppose…

Do I recommend? NOPE

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