Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Play Dirty by Sandra Brown

October 21, 2015

Sandra Brown books have been my guilty pleasure for years. I started reading the romance (sex) novels when I was a teenager. They are easy reads. Everybody needs the easy read books.

Her books transitioned from her earlier work of strictly romance to more crime dramas or something with a bit of mystery. Of course - she still has the romance and sex. I still find them easy to read, and I always enjoy them. I like them better now, that they have more substance. 

Play Dirty by Sandra Brown

This one seemed different than some of her others. The story was less romance and less mystery at the start. 

The biggest mystery for me was the characters I knew would eventually get together. (You always know in Sandra Brown books). I didn't know how they'd end up together when she was married to a devoted man.

I also didn't really find their love story to have any romance at all. The story isn't romantic, and the way they got together wasn't romantic. I find it strange when a couple can fall in love without talking or having a conversation. I guess they had a connection deeper than talking (sex)? 

Either way, eventually, things started to unravel in the novel, so they could be put back together, and the explanations made sense. The mystery became a little more of a mystery to be solved. Kind of.

The more I write, the more I realise: I didn't love this novel. In the end, I did fall for the love, but the story was really disconnected, and they didn't explain or even try to solve a mystery until it was solved.

It was still a book I had trouble putting down (an e-book in my case), but I think I won't be reading it again. I've read better. I like the crime drama. I like the mystery. This one didn't really have all the things I love. 

Oh - and this is book 8 of the year. My goal was to read 13 this year. I'm behind by two books. And a bit embarrassed that I haven't read more than 10.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Jason Priestley - a memoir

October 15, 2015

I chose this book for a very simple reason. I saw it in the Google Play book section for under 2 dollars, and thought, 'sure.'

Strange that his is the second book I've read this year by a celebrity. That makes two books in my life. Although - I bought Mindy Kaling's book Post Here because I thought it would be hilarious. I didn't think Jason's book would be.

Jason Priestley - a memoir

Where do I start? This book is basically his life story. The good, the bad, the love, and the 90210 years.

It's one of those books that I don't like to admit I'm reading or read, but will anyway.

Jason tells a VERY matter of fact story about his life. He's apparently good at everything, and even while doing bad-ass things, he still adds his own level of perfection. (This kind of reminded me of Brandon Walsh - the character he tried so hard to get away from.)

I'm still unsure if I liked the book. He gave us a lot of information without really giving any details. 

Here are some of my thoughts:

It's interesting that he was honest about things we already knew about. Shannon's attitude on 90210 being one of them. Yes, he did talk about her, but I wouldn't say he gave any more information. As terrible as it is, I kind of wanted more gossip. Something interesting.

I think his wife was amazing to him. She moved places for him, she supported him, and she raised his babies. I'm sure he helped in the raising, but it just seemed like she gave up a lot for him. I guess that's love.

He name drops a lot. He knew people before they were famous, and makes sure to let us know.

Lastly, I think the parts I liked best were about his dogs. Spoiler - he talks about the deaths of his dogs, and those were the most real parts in the book. Possibly because I will never have the 'celebrity' problems he does, but the love for a dog is universal. 

That's it. If you want to know more about an actor from Canada, (I especially enjoyed the time he changed the spelling of honor to honour) who did so much more than acting, read his book. He's done it all, and apparently met everyone.

And--- that's the post for today. On to the next book.

Oh - and this is book seven. My goal was to read 13 this year. I'm behind by three books.

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