Theo is the brooding and mysterious hero, who is also her ex-stepbrother turn crush turn bully. He is now a famous writer of horror story, who is secluding himself in the island's manor. Annie is convinced he is a total psychopath for what he did to her two decades ago. The hooded eyes, the whole bloody arrogant thing. Who is the one trying to drive her off the island? Livvia, the mute girl 4. They are just too entertaining. I won't insult you like that.
The sex scene are kinda hush and short. Totally not satisfying at all. But at least is better than fade to black. Is saying a lot that I can enjoy the book without the dirty stuff. Her multiple alter ego. Annie is a ventriloquist who tends to talk to herself. At first I found it really annoying especially in the beginning, but their part was tone down a little towards the middle and I started to warm up to them too.
We got Scamp, Dilly, Peter and Leo. The way he sneer. Peter sounds like a douche. The mystery just keep me guessing who will be the main culprit, I had my suspicion but I often got it wrong. I love the slow revelation of Theo's true nature and his history.
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Initially he was described as Lord of the Underworld, but later we get to know the responsible and compassionate man who was deeply affected by his past. Overall, this is the kind of book that make me have a huge smile on my face and close the book with a big satisfying sigh. View all 35 comments. Jun 10, Jess rated it it was ok Shelves: Happily Ever After - Reads Blog rating: As the truth comes out, her feelings for Theo change no matter how hard she tries to fight it. Annie was a struggling actress for years and has since starting using puppets and being a ventriloquist as a way to pay the bills.
This is especially bad in the beginning when almost all of the conversations on page are between Annie and her puppets. Thankfully, as Annie starts to meet people and get more involved with Theo, her talks with her puppets dies down, although not completely. I like that it served to bring Theo and Annie closer together, but the resolution to this storyline felt a bit weak and easy.
I struggled with the romance. In general, I was left wanting a lot more not only when it came to their romance, but the relationship in general. I just never bought into them as a couple in love with each other. I was ultimately letdown with this story. I enjoyed Theo and seeing his progression on page. The first half of the book was struggle to get through as the pace felt incredibly slow. The second half picks it up a bit, especially when more about Theo comes out, but it ended up being a book that was easy to put down.
View all 11 comments. Jun 05, Duchess Nicole rated it liked it Shelves: Far, far from SEP's best. It took about half of the book for me to even get a inkling about the hero. The heroine is a bit obsessed with her puppets I know they are meant to be her sort of conscience or something, but I just found them annoying. The story with the little girl and the goings-on in that arena really brought the story up to a more interesting place, but it was too little too late for me to really love it.
Entertaining, if fo Oh View all 4 comments. Como siempre sabe hacer SEP, poco a poco empieza a conquistarme con la historia. Punto fuerte del libro: No es nada significativo pero capta perfectamente la magia que SEP sabe plasmar en una escena insignificante. Me parece tan bonito lo que la protagonista de la historia decide hacer con ellos Aug 26, Pixelfish rated it liked it. First up, let's get the compliments out of the way. Didn't stop me from breezing through the entire thing and going to bed just shy of five o'clock. SEP's forte is precisely this sort of over-the-top romance with reluctant lovers, sordid pasts, personal wounds, and dramatic settings.
She runs at this novel full-tilt, and there's a lot to enjoy if you dig contempo First up, let's get the compliments out of the way. She runs at this novel full-tilt, and there's a lot to enjoy if you dig contemporary romances with a streak of larger-than-life joie de vivre. We have a down-on-her-luck heroine whose only home is a tiny cottage on the lands of her former, much larger home.
We have a mysterious and hard-to-find artistic legacy that would keep our heroine in funds if she could only find it. We have two lovers with a past that includes one of them being incredibly cruel to the other. And a dark brooding writer with a penchant for the dramatic, who is stuck creatively. With all these echoes of Ain't She Sweet, which took unusual risks in making SugarBeth, the heroine, a real manipulative person in her past, frankly Heroes has a lot to live up to.
Heroes, alas, falls short. The SugarBeth storyline worked because it was unusual. Inverting the dynamic so that the hero seems to be the one arcing from manipulative to loveable plain doesn't work as well in modern romance--it requires an Idiot Plot to keep up the dynamics. While I get that SEP was trying to do a deliberate call-back to Rebecca, basically all the tension is largely because the two main characters, and most especially, our Hero, don't bother to talk out their past.
Five minutes of conversation would have derailed this entire plot--and in the meantime, our Hero looks like a certifiable psychopath on the thinnest of pretexts. There's no need for the Idiot Plot in Ain't She Sweet--SugarBeth's past is undeniable and manufactures enough trouble to maintain the steam for most of the book. I wanted to have him have a more clear-cut reason for rebuffing her and not telling her, and it never really materialised. Modelling a book on a romance classic also comes with downfalls. If you know the plot of Rebecca, you know certain elements before the characters do. Certain things will happen.
The tension comes from wondering HOW they happen, and honestly, I'm not sure that SEP was able to pull it off completely, as I felt certain elements were entirely predictable, and I felt frustrated that it took the characters so long to figure it out or address various issues. The final point is something of a personal nitpick and less a structural one: The conceit of Annie's puppets talking out her issues grew old rather quickly for me, and more than a little twee at times. I felt the story picked up more for me when the puppets stopped talking so damn much. As I said, I felt this was a large retread for SEP in many respects, but I still enjoyed the hell out of it and read it into the wee hours.
She's a fun writer and even when she recycles a plot and grafts it onto Rebecca, it's still a fun ride. But I really do feel that the over-all structure and plotting and emotional arcs in Ain't She Sweet trump Heroes and it's hard for me to read it and not have that colour the experience. Mar 09, KatLynne rated it really liked it Shelves: The gothic feel at the beginning makes this different from SEP's prior reads. As the heroine, Annie returns to the isolated, small island off the coast of Maine, she's bombarded by painful memories.
At first, I was wary as Annie worked out her problems through brief conversations with her puppets. However, as the story unfolds, they fit perfectly. Of course, the root of her most painful encounters is the hero, Theo Harp. His psychotic behavior when they were teenagers was another cause of concern The gothic feel at the beginning makes this different from SEP's prior reads.
His psychotic behavior when they were teenagers was another cause of concern. But once again, SEP's talented writing produces a very compelling hero. Mystery, suspense, and a sexy, dark, brooding hero all work to make this a very good read. I enjoyed the sassy banter between Theo and Annie as well as the fantastic epilogue. View all 24 comments. And I sure did love Heroes are my Weakness. You are the shining star on the top of my favorite authors tree.
I know what you are thinking. Another five star book. How can that be? Quite honestly I just love the way she writes. Her creativity and wit allows for her magic to happen which only makes it is easy to fall in love with her characters and let your mind drift away with the story. While there were similar SEP threads within this one there was a mysterious thread too. For me this was different. There was something about the hero that appeared a bit forbidding. SEP balanced him off with a heroine that was sweet and funny so it provided for a rather entertaining and dare I say tender story.
His past broke my heart. She stole my heart. Such an enjoyable story. It was different yet the same if you know what I mean. View all 40 comments. I found the start of the book creepy with Annie using the puppets voices to talk to herself. It seemed like she did it all the time, to the point that I was about to give up on the book.
It did back off, so I kept reading. Later in the book I did like the role that the puppets played, loved how Theo took some liberties with the puppets and created some fun scenes for Annie to come home to. I had a hard time buying into the romance, that Annie and Theo had the connection as kids, then it stopped, but picked right up as adults.
For some reason I was amused with how Annie was at the start with Theo, loved that she antagonized him. Another part of the book that I had a hard part with was how the islanders treated Annie, especially at the end and how Annie let them and did nothing in return. Overall I felt like this book wasn't one of the author's best.
View all 10 comments. Y los personajes me parecieron adorables y muy bien construidos. Theo y Annie me encantaron Dec 23, Eilonwy rated it liked it Shelves: After taking care of her dying mother, Annie Hewitt is at the end of her resources. She has no steady job, no place to live, and no immediate way to pay off a mountain of debts.
But there is one place she and her puppets can go -- a cottage on an island off of Maine that her mother won in a divorce. The cottage is nice in the summer, but not so great when Annie arrives there in February. Sparks fly … but can two flinty people ever really warm up to each other?
The isolation of a small town on an island in winter was sharply drawn, and the townsfolk and the issues they faced all felt very real. I appreciated the depth of all the supporting characters and their complex interactions with Annie and each other. And I admired how all the subplots did eventually come together and get resolved. Susan Elizabeth Phillips works a beautiful plot, with no thread left hanging. But at the same time, the minuses of this book made for uneven ground.
The biggest one was that I never felt any real chemistry between Annie and Theo. Maybe that was because I never really saw them as a good match, not even after all the revelations at the end. I felt that I was being pushed to like Theo because he was the Designated Love Object, but I never found him all that likable.
I did not like this treatment of mental illness at all, and it really took away from the story for me. I would have especially preferred view spoiler [that Theo had turned out to actually have been the total twisted jerk he came across as as a teen, and just apologized for it. And while I understand that every character was wrapped up in their own problems and not really inclined to care about anyone else, the abruptly-ending-conversations-so-no-one-could-ever- reveal-what-was-actually-going-on-with-them, or just- refusing-to-be-curious-and-ask-questions behaviors got really overused.
All that said, I did read this book quickly and breathlessly, because the writing is excellent and the pacing is mostly good. Sep 16, Yodamom rated it it was ok Shelves: She talks to her dolls, acts weird, avoids honest conversations, bends over backwards to keep everyone OK, sleeps with someone she shouldn't and gets shot at.
I do not like talking dolls, and dolls that people con Audiobook- 1. I do not like talking dolls, and dolls that people converse with are just creepy. I know, that is what a ventriloquist does, dummy! No, this was more, she talked with them when they weren't even there, when she was alone, as her confidants, her friends. In the beginning of the story it was so overpowering I was just shaking my head muttering "this chick is wacko".
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There could be arguments that the dolls did have a positive spin, therapy dolls. Why was it so dominate in the story? Was there romance, sure a very predictable step by step one. Was it sweet and made my heart flutter? No, I was hear Scamp or Leo or some other freaky voice while things where getting waned up which ruined it for me. She played games, she couldn't manage to speak her mind on matters of her heart, she was a bender, no solid back bone.
View all 7 comments. Apr 21, Karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book had some mixed reviews, so I thought maybe this one will bring me back to reality. SEP takes us to a desolate and rugged island off the coast of Maine during the dead of winter. Where our heroine, Antoinette Hewitt must spend the next sixty days of her life in order to fulfill an obligation she inherited from her mother, who has recently died.
But surviving the harsh winter on this rugged island may just prove to be the easiest part of her obligation. It seems that some demons from her past that she left on the island years ago are back to remind her of a time she would just as soon forget. A time that almost took her life. Theo Harp is the villain in question.
Theo what have you done? What kind of warped mind writes such gruesome and horrifying stories? There were also those mysterious deaths in his past. Was he really as insane as she suspected? I really loved all of the creepy imagery in the story. And her puppets never really leave her thoughts or her company. I know it sounds bizarre, but it was actually quite endearing. She was also strong willed and independent to a fault. She was used to looking out for herself and those she loved even at her own cost. The supporting cast was fabulously odd and perfectly woven into the story.
The writing was beyond creative. The love story between Annie and Theo may have started when they were teens, but there was no love lost between them now. The trust issues between them were insurmountable. In fact, let's just say that finding any trust between them was nearly impossible.
After all, her last memory of him involved a near death experience. And his current behavior definitely had her questioning his sanity. Ticktock goes the clock. But despite the fear and mistrust, there was still something there between them, and they both knew it, and it had both of them wanting to run for the hills.
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There was a good bit of mystery woven into the story which kept me guessing throughout the book. And I was almost never right in my predictions. But then, a few moments later I would find myself laughing out loud. Yours were homicidal nutcases! Many of her books follow a certain theme, this one was a bit different, and I loved it just as much. View all 14 comments.
Jun 15, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oh how I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips!!!! More Gothic-y than I ever remember SEP ever being, the mystery fueling this romance had me turning the pages until my contacts were stuck to my dry eyeballs. And man, the love scenes were so well done!
I often scan or entirely skip love scenes in other romances, but I got wrist-tingles from this passion,as per usual. Worth waiting for; please keep them coming Ms Phillips!! Sep es mi escritora favorita y fueron sus libros los que me volvieron adicta a la lectura. Y si es cierto que no me ha decepcionado, pero tampoco ha cubierto del todo mis altas expectativas.
Theo Harp creo que es la gran sorpresa del libro. Pues porque con el suspense SEP me ha enganchado. Jan 11, A. The dead of winter, An isolated island off the coast of Maine, A man, A woman, A sinister house looming over the sea. Casi casi 4 estrellas. Aug 26, Ian rated it really liked it Shelves: Down on her luck, but with the promise of a legacy from her now deceased mother, Annie travels to a remote Island off the coast of Maine. There she must stay in a rustic cabin that sits in the shadow of an ominous gothic mansion.
With some serious debts she needs to find the thing her mother left her but it seems someone on the island has it in for her Theo tried to kill Annie when they were kids and now that they are grown he doesn't seem any less cruel. What h Down on her luck, but with the promise of a legacy from her now deceased mother, Annie travels to a remote Island off the coast of Maine.
What has changed is that Annie is now willing to stand up to the man who has haunted her nightmares. But with someone on the island out to get her, she may need to turn to the man she fears the most. Heroes are my Weakness is a fairly clunky title, and the first few chapters of this book are a little shaky. It really seemed like SEP was trying just a little too hard with the puppets and Theo dressing up in period costume and riding his horse around the place.
Thankfully the book settled down and became one of the better SEP books I've read. I actually liked the main characters in this book and the transitions from enemies to friends to lovers were much more natural than I generally expect. However in recent years Stephen Morris in particular has remixed several newer artists.
All tracks are newly remastered. The liner notes feature commentary on the tracks by the artists and the members of New Order. And she has unequivocally done that here, with an album of stunningly original songs—minimalist yet brimming with energy, emerging from a wealth of life experience, great emotional depth, and years of honing the craft of singing.
She sings of the religion that weighs heavily on her past and the world, of the imagination of myth, of the cruel nature of life and love. The defiance that permeates Memories Are Now is both a product and necessity of a career that has been independently driven and self-funded from the beginning.
Behind Closed Doors — Exit Lines: With the political climate in the country changing, the old guard is speaking out again. Young, at the age of 71, put together an album of topical songs ranging from Standing Rock, to hair-triggered policing, to paranoia. The album was recorded in 4 days with only star sessions men, Jim Keltner on drums and Paul Bushnell on bass to accompany Neil on electric and acoustic guitar and some really nasty harmonica screams.
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Taj and Tim first connected in the mids as Tim was establishing the foundation. The foundation is dedicated to preserving Southern roots music by directly supporting senior artists in need, while documenting their music and sharing their stage and recording talents with the world. Tim invited Taj to his place in rural Pinnacle, N. Meanwhile, Tim, sensing an incredibly rich opportunity, was hauling along with the tour, high-end recording gear. He set it up in hotel rooms hoping to capture an impromptu session. One night in Houston, magic happened.
The tape was rolling. When the music got going, Taj would play some piano, bass, harp, banjo, mandolin and whatever else was needed. Now is the time for these immortalized sessions to be heard. So here they are on a solid piece of wax. Packaged in a Stoughton Printing tip-on gatefold jacket. Come on in and listen to the new Metallica at noon on Friday. While supplies last we have a limited edition poster free with purchase. They are all housed in a beautiful textured canvas box.
As the majority of these records were never released on vinyl outside of limited pressings, this is a boon to longtime fans and new listeners alike. After the dispersion of Late of the Pier, whom Connan supported on tour in the first time the two met , Sam traveled in the far east, Africa, Europe and elsewhere, spending time inventing his own instruments, producing and directing. Connan meanwhile released the albums Forever Dolphin Love and Caramel and toured the world extensively, working with artists such as James Blake, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Vince Staples.
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Who are these masked musicians? Are they truly members of the Arctic community of Korpilombolo? Are their songs part of their isolated communal heritage? Western exports may have dominated the consciousness of international rock fans for the entirety of the 20th century, but our increasing global awareness has unearthed a treasure trove of transcendental grooves and spellbinding riffage from exotic and remote corners of the planet.
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