Saturday, January 1, 2011

Tribute 18+

The following review is for 18+ readers
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author presents her latest blockbuster novel, the story of a big-screen legend, a small-town scandal and a young woman caught up in the secrets and shadows of both.

Cilla McGowan, a former child star, has found a more satisfying life restoring homes. So she comes to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to save the dilapidated farmhouse that once belonged to her grandmother—a legendary actress who died of an overdose more than thirty years ago.

Plunging into the project with gusto, Cilla’s almost too busy and exhausted to notice her neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyer. Determined not to carry on the family tradition of ill-fated romances, Cilla steels herself against Ford’s quirky charm, though she can’t help indulging in a little fantasy.

But it’s reality that holds its share of dangers for Cilla. A cache of unsigned letters found in the attic points to a mysterious romance in her grandmother’s life—and may be the catalyst for a frightening, violent assault. And if Cilla and Ford are unable to sort out who is targeting her and why, she may, like her world-famous grandmother, be cut down in the prime of her life.


Tribute is about an ex-star named Cilla who buys her grandmothers house and fixes it. Along the way she meets Ford and in the process she is finally able to find out what really happened to her grandmother and her true inner strength. Cilla is a really likable woman, she is strong with a great sense of humor, yet she has an inner vulnerability that only gets seen by those close to her. Ford is interesting, he is an artist and comic geek, yet he is not feminine nor is he shy. He has strong opinions and a wonderful sense of humor. He balances out Cilla's larger than life personality and when things get tough he is right there with her. While Cilla is fixing up the house she has someone sabotaging her project, someone trashes her bathrooms and calls to change her orders. There is a mystery behind Cilla’s grandmothers’ death, her and Ford try to find out who her grandmother was having an affair with before she died. This book is one of my favorite Nora Roberts, it starts out as a lazy day read and I kept telling myself oh I'll put it down after this chapter. This book really sucked me in and before I knew I had finished it. 
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Grave Sight

This book does contain some sex, but nothing graphic.

Grave Sight (Harper Connelly, #1)
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Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who's passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she's providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living - but she's used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother Tolliver as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she's become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it's always urgent - even if the dead can wait forever.


Grave Sight is the first book in the Harper Connelly series; Harper can find dead people and can see their last moments. Her and her brother Tolliver get paid to help people find their dead loved ones or tell them what their last moments where like. Harper is weird and not the good kind of weird. Nothing about her makes sense and I found myself not really caring what happens to her. I couldn't connect with her at all, she was dull and at times I thought that she was just plain stupid. Her relationship with her brother Tolliver was just not healthy, he is in the middle of getting it on with some chick and he kicks her out so that he can go sit with his sister during a storm. I know that Harper has problems with storms but really, that’s just not normal. I couldn't connect to any of the other characters either and when I got done reading the book my response was what the hell this book was even about. It didn't even take five minutes for me to forget about it. I know that Harris is a good writer, but this book really did not show it.
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