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Kat Martin

Autor/a de The Bride's Necklace

109+ obres 11,226 Membres 261 Ressenyes 18 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Kathleen Kelly Martin was born July 14, 1947 in the Central Valley of California. She obtained a degree in Anthropology and History from the University of California in Santa Barbara.She is an American writer of romance novels under the pen names of Kat Martin, Kathy Lawrence and Kasey Marx. Martin mostra'n més is a member of the Romance Writers of America. To date, she has been published in England, Spain, Italy, Greece, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Russia, South Africa, China, and Korea. She has written several series which include Southern Series, Garrick Family Series, Kingsland Series and Litchfield Series. Her novel titles include Magnificent Passage, The Secret, and Secret Ways. She made The New York Times Best Seller List with her title Into the Firestorm. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

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Obres de Kat Martin

The Bride's Necklace (2005) 378 exemplars
The Devil's Necklace (2005) 315 exemplars
The Handmaiden's Necklace (2006) 308 exemplars
Against the Wind (2010) 295 exemplars
Heart of Honor (2007) 268 exemplars
Against the Law (2011) 266 exemplars
Scent Of Roses (2006) 245 exemplars
Silk And Steel (2000) 241 exemplars
Against the Fire (2011) 240 exemplars
Heartless (2001) 224 exemplars
Rule's Bride (2010) 223 exemplars
Midnight Sun (2003) 206 exemplars
Wicked Promise (1998) 205 exemplars
Royal's Bride (2009) 205 exemplars
The Fire Inside (2002) 202 exemplars
The Secret (2001) 201 exemplars
Nothing But Velvet (1997) 200 exemplars
Heart of Fire (2007) 198 exemplars
Devil's Prize (1995) 193 exemplars
Innocence Undone (1997) 192 exemplars
Against the Storm (2011) 191 exemplars
Reese's Bride (2009) 189 exemplars
Hot Rain (2002) 187 exemplars
Gypsy Lord (1992) 187 exemplars
Against the Night (2012) 185 exemplars
Bold Angel (1994) 185 exemplars
The Summit (2007) 183 exemplars
Deep Blue (2005) 176 exemplars
Heart of Courage (2009) 173 exemplars
Fanning the Flame (2002) 169 exemplars
The Silent Rose (1994) 168 exemplars
Desert Heat (2004) 168 exemplars
Night Secrets (1999) 168 exemplars
Perfect Sin (2000) 166 exemplars
Season Of Strangers (2008) 162 exemplars
Against the Sun (2012) 157 exemplars
Against the Edge (2013) 150 exemplars
Against the Wild (2014) 150 exemplars
The Dream (1985) 146 exemplars
Sweet Vengeance (1993) 145 exemplars
Creole Fires (1992) 143 exemplars
Against the Odds (2012) 138 exemplars
Secret Ways (2003) 130 exemplars
Midnight Rider (1996) 122 exemplars
The Christmas Clock (2009) 121 exemplars
Against the Tide (2015) 121 exemplars
Against the Sky (2015) 121 exemplars
The Last Goodnight (2021) 117 exemplars
The Conspiracy (2019) 116 exemplars
Against the Mark (2013) 116 exemplars
Dangerous Passions (1998) 115 exemplars
Savannah Heat (1992) 113 exemplars
Into the Fury (2016) — Autor — 113 exemplars
Beyond Reason (2017) 100 exemplars
Into the Whirlwind (2016) 87 exemplars
Beyond Danger (2018) 83 exemplars
Natchez Flame (1994) 82 exemplars
The Last Mile (2022) 71 exemplars
Into the Firestorm (2017) 71 exemplars
Magnificent Passage (1988) 58 exemplars
Pivot (2020) 51 exemplars
One Last Chance (2022) 51 exemplars
Captain's Bride (1990) 49 exemplars
A Song for My Mother (2010) 44 exemplars
No Place Like Home [Anthology 4-in-1] (2013) — Autor — 39 exemplars
Tin Angel (1989) 39 exemplars
Dueling Hearts (1989) 32 exemplars
The Ghost Illusion (2023) 30 exemplars
Lover's Gold (1991) 28 exemplars
Peril (2023) 24 exemplars
Wait Until Dark (2018) 23 exemplars
One Last Kiss (Blood Ties) (2021) 11 exemplars
Embrace: A Romance Collection [Anthology 8-in-1] (2012) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
The Duchess of Carbon County (1997) 3 exemplars
The Haunted West, Volume 1 (2018) 2 exemplars
Reese's Bride [and] A Wickedly Pleasurable Wager (2013) — Autor — 1 exemplars
Teuflischer Verführer. (1997) 1 exemplars

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Five Golden Rings [Anthology 5-in-1] (2000) — Col·laborador — 88 exemplars

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This was bad. The author seems to have a poor understanding of period facts and details: for example the mansion of an Earl, originating from the 15th century with 50 bedrooms and 10 drawing rooms, located in Cornwall - seriously? Or an Earl having not the least interest or sense of duty to marry and produce an heir, claiming his younger half-brother should produce one - who isn't even wed nor seems to be on the lookout for a wife himself.
Generally, the integration of several plot points feels rather forced, whereas very obvious solutions to the problems or issues of the protas are just ignored for the sake of getting to the plot points the author wants. Both FMC and MMC have tendencies towards TSTL and cavemannish behaviour respectively. The plot makes several larger jumps which I personally felt jarring in the way they were done.
But the worst was the clichéd treatment of the MMC's injury or rather disability and the ableistic treatment of the issue, including the clichéd miraculous recovery. But lo and behold, even then the FMC and MMC don't get together because the MMC continues to be totally dense about things, and it needs another forced plot point to make him see reason, realise his feelings, and finally get the girl - or let the girl have him.
There's a lot more wrong with this book, the characterisations and treatment of the protas and their actions, but I'll keep it to what bothered me most:
Half through the story the MMC is injured aboard his ship and ends up paralysed - although with his bodily functions intact. He instantly turns into a picture book caveman who also completely lost any of his previous character traits, like for exampel he seems to have lost any sense of responsibility and caring he had in abundance before - and of course the injury/disability is shown as the end of his life.
The injury brings the FMC back to his side and she sacrifices herself and her happiness for his sake and to make him better, and even though both rekindle their love and desire for each other, no attempt is made to do more than kiss, and of course nothing more is possible, too. Then a young doctor with different ideas appears who is convinced the MMC would be able to walk again, and of course this happens. Once MMC is back on his legs his life resumes, he can have sex again, and everything is nearly as before, including his blatant disregard of the FMC.

It really bothers me when a character with a disability or similar is depicted in this way, as having no worth, no options, no means of leading a good and successful life, no chance of finding a loving partner or having sex, but instead showing so clearly that the only way to happiness, fulfilment and a relationship is through an able body. Even considering the time the book was written this was already an outdated notion and shows poor research, and it's rather surprising that the author has got the description of the MMC's recovery down in such plausible-sounding detail (I'm no pro so I can't say for sure), but gets the other part so wrong, which makes it feel like a deliberate choice.
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YnisAinu | May 24, 2024 |
4 stars for the mystery and the writing of the story. Less stars for the "romancey" stuff (it's just not my preferred genre).

Kade Logan owns a ranch in Colorado. His wife, Heather, was murdered years ago. He hires Ellie Bowman, a private investigator, to find out who killed his wife. Ellie moves into the ranch as an assistant in the kitchen in an attempt to get to know the other employees and conduct her investigation.

When strange things start happening at the ranch - two steer are shot, water holes poisoned, etc - Kade and Ellie start wondering if these attacks are tied to the recent discovery of Heather's car. During the investigation, Ellie discovers that there were a couple of other murders with similar circumstances and wondering the murders were all committed by the same person.

I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of this story but at times it also felt like I was reading a Hallmark movie or a Harlequin book.
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Cathie_Dyer | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Feb 29, 2024 |

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Obres
109
També de
1
Membres
11,226
Popularitat
#2,100
Valoració
½ 3.7
Ressenyes
261
ISBN
767
Llengües
9
Preferit
18

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