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Wild Ride by Jennifer Crusie

Wild Ride (edition 2010)

by Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer

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Title:Wild Ride
Authors:Jennifer Crusie
Other authors:Bob Mayer
Info:St. Martin's Press (2010), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 368 pages
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Normally I really enjoy Jennifer Crusie's books but this never grabbed me.

All of the characters were stereotypical and if Crusie and Mayer had just stuck with that they would have produced an undemanding thriller which would have been perfect holiday reading, or in my case listening, however the addition of the demons changes this story from being daft to plain stupid.

Jennifer Crusie is one of my favourite authors but this is not her best work. ( )
  KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
The story for me was slow to get started, but picked up and was quite funny. Not a romance but there is a lot of coupling going on. This is a hard book to review, it is action and yet not, not really romance, a mystery maybe, so much going on.. I don't know how to describe it. I did enjoy it, the characters are very three dimensional and quirky!
It is a good easy ,fun read when you are looking for something different. I like the male/female mix with the authors. ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |

Challenge: Romance

Plot~Spoiler~Whatever (sans conclusions)

Mary Alice Branningan (Mab, Batty Brannigan) is restoring the rides & features at Dreamland.... Unbeknown to her, Dreamland is a "keep" for the five most powerful Etruscan demons known as the "Untouchables": Fufluns (FunFun) the Clown (only evil somethimes); Tura the Mermaid (Destroyer of Betrayers); Vanth the Fortune Teller (sometimes evil, sometimes nurturing); Selvans the Strongman & Kahros the Devil (Head Demon).

Then there are the five park keepers, who in reality are the "Guardia". It is the life "calling" of the Guardia to keep the demons locked in their iron clad prisons forever, thus keeping humanity safe. Each "Guardia" has a job: Trickster , Sorceress (Glenda), Seer (Delpha), Keeper (Gus) , & Hunter.

The Trickster& Hunter have long since died. The Tricker replaced by his own son, Young Fred, (with the ability to shift) and the Hunter soon to be replaced with the Sorceress' son, Ethan who has just returned from a failed Special Ops assignment. The Seer is murdered and leaves Mab as her sole heir....including her position in the Guardia.

Mab's Uncle Ray, mayor & 1/2 owner of Dreamland is under the thrall of the Head Demon with plans to take over Dreamland & the world. To make matters worse, Mab has accidentally loosed one of the Demons...who has loosed a second....and all Hell is breaking loose!

Then there is Weaver & her Special Ops FBI partner & Cindy who runs Dream Cream, ice cream & waffle shop...comedy & romance......

The plot & characters were a bit much to keep track of and it just didn't all come together as smoothly as I would have liked. Cruise & Mayer just were not as funny as usual.....and the story, well this just did not live up to the usual good reading level as her previous books.... I was disappointed, but not completely unhappy. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
Wickedly funny, as usual. ( )
  EleniK | Dec 25, 2015 |
This was a cute, fun, read, extremely enjoyable. I like that the male and female protagonist didn't end up together (cause of course that would be incest in a bizarre kind of way). I think having these two authors write together works and that their styles match well. This is another book that has a strong message about living your life and the importance of family. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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Mary Alice Brannigan sat on the roof of the Dreamland carousel at twenty minutes to midnight and considered her work in the light from the lamp on her yellow miner's hat.
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Mary Alice Brannigan doesn’t believe in the supernatural. Nor does she expect to find that Dreamland, the decaying amusement park she’s been hired to restore, is a prison for the five Untouchables, the most powerful demons in the history of the world. Plus, there’s a guy she’s falling hard for—and there’s something about him that’s not quite right.

But rocky romances and demented demons aren’t the only problems in Dreamland: Mab’s also coping with a crooked politician, a supernatural raven, a secret government agency, an inexperienced sorceress, an unsettling inheritance, and some mind-boggling revelations from her past. As her personal demons wreck her newfound relationship and real demons wreck the park, Mab faces down immortal evil and discovers what everybody who’s ever been to an amusement park knows: The end of the ride is always the wildest.
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When Mary Alice Brannigan comes home to Ohio to restore the Dreamland amusement park, she doesn't expect to fall in love with a clown. Nor does she expect to find that she's the newest recruit in the Guardia, an elite team of demon fighters formed centuries before to guard the five Untouchables, the most powerful demons in the history of the world, now imprisoned right there in Dreamland.… (more)

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