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During the record-smashing hurricane season of 2005, a deadly game of cat and mouse unfolds and a stormy love affair is complicated by polarized politics, high-strung Southern families, a full-on media circus, and the worst disaster management goat screw in US history. As Hurricane Katrina howls toward the ill-prepared city of New Orleans, Dr. Corbin Thibodeaux, a Gulf CoaDuring the record-smashing hurricane season of 2005, a deadly game of cat and mouse unfolds and a stormy love affair is complicated by polarized politics, high-strung Southern families, a full-on media circus, and the worst disaster management goat screw in US history. As Hurricane Katrina howls toward the ill-prepared city of New Orleans, Dr. Corbin Thibodeaux, a Gulf Coast climatologist and storm risk specialist, preaches the gospel of evacuation, weighed down by the fresh public memory of a spectacularly false alarm a year earlier. Meanwhile, Shay Hoovestahl, a puff piece reporter for the local news, stumbles on the story of a con artist who uses storm-related chaos as cover for identity theft and murder. Laying a trap to expose the killer, Shay drags Corbin into her agenda, which goes horribly awry as the city's infrastructure crumbles.The Hurricane Lover is a fast-paced tale of two cities, two families, and two desperate people seeking shelter from the storm.The author, a NYT bestselling ghostwriter living on the Gulf Coast, writes knowingly about the dramatic megastorms, weaving in authentic meteorology and riveting transcripts of actual emails sent and received by FEMA director Michael Brown (later released through the Freedom of Information Act.) . . . . . . . . . . . .FROM TRISKELE BOOK BLOG"The Hurricane Lover is the story of two former lovers from polar ends of the deep political divide who collide – sexually, emotionally and in every other way – as Hurricane Katrina rolls over New Orleans and a predatory serial killer called Queen Mab takes advantage the ensuing chaos. Corbin is a meteorologist, one of the best hurricane forecasters around – a liberal, a Democrat and an alcoholic. Shay is a small-time TV presenter, fobbed off with stories about ice cream and Ziploc bags – a former beauty queen and daughter of a wealthy and influential Republican. He is on the trail of Katrina and she is on the trail of Queen Mab. I have never been to Louisiana or to Texas (where part of the action takes place), nor have I ever lived through a hurricane. But there is a filmic quality to the writing that means that the book played out in my mind in a series of vivid images. Rodgers has an ear, too, for the rich language of the Louisiana: colourful, gutsy and laced with Old French. Katrina, of course, provides a gift of a setting for any thriller. No one reading it can doubt that the jeopardy of the hurricane is real – no need here for writerly exaggeration. And Queen Mab is a frighteningly plausible killer – a modern take on an old nightmare, using the Internet to lure her victims into traps she baits with their own lusts. Shay and Corbin have a chemistry that flies off the page. They are an impossible pairing, striking sparks off each other at every encounter, yet you find yourself rooting for them to find a way past their differences and be together, because they are also perfect for each other. The book has an undoubted political edge. It’s hard to miss the deep underlying anger at the woefully inadequate response to the hurricane. It comes through in Corbin’s railing against head-in-the-sand attitude of the authorities, and also in the verbatim reproduction, as chapter headings, of published emails to and from the Head of FEMA – the organisation charged with preparing for and coping with the disaster. Yet Rodgers avoids polemic by giving the ‘opposition’ their own rounded, sympathetic characters. This is a powerful book that deserves to be read both for the yarn it spins and for the real-life story it uncovers.Highly Recommended."...

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  • Barbara Sissel
    2018-10-31 08:52

    The Hurricane Lover, in part, is a story about bad, murdering weather. Weather that’s named Katrina in this case, and what happens when people, when entire cities, don’t pay attention. It’s about how some people get off on danger. They want to go out and howl. They want to hurl themselves at it and into it. As an entire city is brought to it’s knees by some of the most dangerous weather ever, they use it to make something and take something … like some hapless victim’s identity, even their life. Shay Hoovestahl just wants to report it. You know, the pretty details, like how to lash down your patio furniture so the big wind won’t blow it away. Shay’s got no idea as she does the last of her puff pieces before the lights go out what’s ahead of her when the big wind reaches its full terrifying force, the levees break, and the filthy, debris-choked gulf water rises in the city’s streets. She is as ill prepared as New Orleans and when she finds herself on the trail of a psychotic killer, she’s got to face facts: that puff just won’t cut it. 
Gulf Coast climatologist Dr. Corbin Thibodeaux tried to warn her. Prior to Katrina’s landfall, he struggled to get folks to understand the massive threat Katrina posed. But few listened judging from the alarming tone of inanity and ineptitude that’s indicated in the spate of email correspondence that came down from FEMA head Michael Brown. And not even Corbin realizes the unwitting role he’s playing in abetting the killer’s plan as they play hide and seek in the churning walls of one hideous monster of a storm.This is a taut, seductive thriller that reads like the finest in docudrama. The atmosphere is eerily real and the characters are fully and richly drawn. Relationships are poignant and compelling with an undertow of dark humor that comes on like the best of surprises. Joni Rodgers is a masterful storyteller with a gift for writing dialogue that will leave you breathless. I loved this book and highly recommend it.

  • Debbie
    2018-10-19 09:47

    4.5 stars! I really liked this book a lot! Although it grossed me out really thinking about what was in those waters after the hurricane hit in New Orleans. I guess I knew it was bad, but I never really actually thought about what could be in it. Gross! As that was such a historical event, I'm sure we all have our own Hurricane Katrina or Rita stories. That was such a weird summer. The book really did a good job of describing the destruction and how the people actually dealt with it going through the storm. When Shay went out on her own and the things that she saw and went through were spot on.For the most part, the pages just flew by with all the threats and the warnings. The e-mails from Michael Brown were especially humorous. He gets an e-mail with a list of things that are wrong and his reply is "Anything I can do?". What a mess! I do think the ending was a little long trying to catch the con artist, but it wasn't bad. Just a little slower than the rest of the book.All in all, I really enjoyed the book a lot and am telling all my friends, especially down here on the Gulf Coast, that's it is definitely one to read.Thanks to BookBuzz and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I'm really glad I request and received this one!

  • Elizabeth Emily Browne
    2018-11-18 06:44

    Okay.. I feel bad about giving this three stars because it was a good book, however. There is far too much going on. The serial killer plot is almost irrelevant. So much so that I forgot that was happening at one stage and felt thrown when it was mentioned again. I felt like it would have been so much better if they had just focused on the disaster of the hurricanes because they were bad enough and it took away from it a little. However overall this wasn't a bad book and I enjoyed reading about the hurricane, the disasters they cause and the fact that most people stayed and ignored the fact anyway.

  • Loraine Oliver
    2018-11-03 06:40

    The Hurricane Lover by Joni Rodger is an awesome and outstanding read that starts up on the first page and does not let up until the very last page! The main story is about Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the devastation of life and home and hope it left behind in its horrendous wake. The story caught me in its grip early on and I found myself holding my breath when one of the characters, Shay a young woman, has to get herself to safety after the flood has started and she sees dead rats, snakes, people floating by her and dragging her under the filthy water rushing down the streets. Between Shea who is a journalist, and her on and off again boyfriend of several years, Dr. Corbin Thibodeaux, a Gulf Coast climatologist and storm risk specialist, who has been telling all the people who are supposed to do something that everyone needs to get out, it is a frustrating situation to say the least, for him. On top of this Shea has stumbles on the story of a con artist who uses storm-related chaos as cover for identity theft and murder, and the next victim is Corbin's brother, so Shea thinks, but it actually is their friend that has just used the brother's photo! This causes a huge fight between Corbin and his brother who does not even know what Corbin is getting upset about! So while Shay has gotten Corbin into the mess the whole city of New Orleans is flooding all around them.What is also one of the problems is that Corbin Thibodeaux is a 5th generation member of the family, taking care of his brother from the time he is 13 as their mom and dad are both gone. Now his brother's wife is going to have a baby at any time during this storm and that would have made the 6th generation of family born in their home, but they do evacuate to Shea's parent's home in Houston, while Shea and Corbin keep fighting with her Dad who loves her more than anything and even though he is a powerful oilman from Texas, his soft spot is his daughter and he wants to kill Corbin and has for several years. So we have two warring families.The author used actual news bulletins in the book that were authentic and it made it even more scary and when the levee did break the characters see it in full detail, and Shea almost gets killed in the water.At the end of the book there is a huge showdown and two people almost lose their lives, and then Corbin and Shea have some unexpected news themselves, which is another twist to the plot!All I can say if you like fiction that is more real than fiction, love stories and a murder or two thrown in you will love this book! I gave this book 5 stars and will be reading more by this author!

  • Lori Petticrew
    2018-11-06 13:52

    This book really hit home with me. Being a born and raised Louisiana Coon-ass, I totally related to the book. Having to see and listen to the terrible Katrina news and lived thru Rita, those storms are something I will soon not forget.Dr. Corbin Thibodeaux, a man of number and hurricanes and Shay Hoovestahl, a news reporter.Starts right before Katrina hit New Orleans that frightful day in 2005.Ends after hurricane Rita wipes Cameron Parish off the map.Chasing a murderer and falling in love, this story is well written and something relatable to the people of Louisiana and Texas.

  • Laura Ellen
    2018-10-28 10:04

    Breezy, sexy, lots of wit. This is a romantic thriller, and while my tastes in murder books tend to run a bit darker, I'm really happy to have discovered this book, mainly for Rodgers' jazzy take on a city I love. Really enjoyed how she frames the fiction with actual emails and reports--such a blend is tricky, but in this case the fiction is genuinely enhanced. Probably the best "work" Brownie ever did.

  • Richard Philbrick
    2018-10-29 07:02

    Having lived in New Orleans for 10 years (WAY pre-Katrina) I love books about the city. And I've also lived most of my life in hurricane zones (Cape Cod, New Orleans and south Florida) so the Hurricane Lover was a "must read" for me. Not "literature" by a long shot, but for me it was an enjoyable read, especially Rodgers descriptions of the flooded city.

  • Maureen
    2018-11-04 14:39

    The storyline was good, but a bit disjointed. I really enjoyed the details on the events of Katrina though. Well-written.

  • Chris
    2018-11-08 07:48

    A good beach read. The story was interesting enough, although a bit predictable.

  • Shay Kwiat
    2018-11-01 11:46

    will keep you up in the night to finish it!

  • Renate
    2018-11-04 08:00

    A post Katrina murder story, pretty good

  • Ieleen
    2018-11-01 06:55

    Made me want to go back to New Orleans. I like a good mystery with lots of suspense.

  • A Reader's Heaven
    2018-11-07 09:03

    (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)During the record-smashing hurricane season of 2005, a firebrand meteorologist and an ambitious journalist come together to catch a con artist who uses chaos as cover for identity theft and murder. A deadly game of cat and mouse unfolds alongside their stormy love affair, complicated by polarized politics, high-strung Southern families, a full-on media circus, and the worst disaster management goat screw in US history. As Hurricane Katrina howls toward the ill-prepared city of New Orleans, Dr. Corbin Thibodeaux, a Gulf Coast climatologist and storm risk specialist, preaches the gospel of evacuation, weighed down by the fresh public memory of a spectacularly false alarm a year earlier. Meanwhile, Shay Hoovestahl, a puff piece reporter for the local news, stumbles on the story of a con artist who uses storm-related chaos as cover for identity theft and murder. Laying a trap to expose the killer, Shay drags Corbin into her agenda, which goes horribly awry as the city's infrastructure crumbles.*3.5 stars*There was a lot to like about this story. Most of us love a good 'disaster' story and this one is right up there with the best of them. Excellent characters - especially Shay Hoovestahl - that bring the horrors of surviving through two mega-storms to life. There are moments when the lives of Corbin and Shay are intertwined and the descriptions of what happens around them are quite graphic. A really strong part of the novel. Also thrown into this story is the plot of Shay and the story she is uncovering. While it could have been a really good story on its own, it seemed to detract somewhat from the overall telling of this disaster novel. There was one moment, about halfway through, that I actually forgot there was a killer on the loose and it took me a few moments to remember what was happening.I would really have liked a stronger ending. It was like once Corbin and Shay get out of N.O., the novel stops and there is just a weak ending just to wrap up some plot arc that I must have missed while reading.Worth a read but it can be just a little frustrating.PaulARH

  • Kathleen Jones
    2018-10-24 11:39

    Anyone like disaster movies? Did you watch the Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, Volcano, Deep Impact? I have to admit that I did and - even more shocking! - have even watched repeats, wrapped up in a blanket and dosed with flu remedies. Written by Joni Rodgers, an experienced novelist and ghost writer, the Hurricane Lover would make an excellent script for another and I’d probably watch that too, with or without the honey and lemon. It’s based on the phenomenon of the two mega-hurricanes Katrina and Rita which piled into the Gulf coast within a few weeks of each other, and it gives graphic descriptions of what it was like to live through them. Very topical in the wake of the recent New York disaster. This isn’t my normal kind of reading, but I’m a sucker for documentaries about storm-chasers and was eager for a bit of light reading after ploughing through piles of lit-crit for research purposes. So, I put myself in James Bond mode, disengaged the brain and the reality check and prepared to be entertained, scared witless, and finally have the universe returned to normality - a bit like a ride on the Tower of Terror roller coaster in Australia, but at £1.94 it’s a lot cheaper. There are two feisty central characters. Shay, a ‘smile’ girl on daytime TV, longs to do some serious journalism. Her ex-lover Corbin is an expert on hurricanes and earns his living predicting them and advising companies and governments how to minimise the damage. Hurricane Katrina brings them together again after a long period of bitterness and acrimony. Shay has uncovered a website that lures men into bizarre sexual encounters that result in identity theft, financial ruin and murder. She believes that Corbin’s much loved brother, Guy, whose wife is 8 months pregnant, is going to be the next victim. The perpetrator, known only as Queen Mab, is known to operate under the cover provided by hurricane chaos and Shay believes that Katrina is going to be the backdrop for her next strike. Corbin, having predicted the horror that Katrina is likely to bring, leaves the safe haven he’s created for himself, Guy and his wife, to follow Shay out into the storm in pursuit of Queen Mab. Conditions worsen, Shay almost drowns in rat-infested water, is separated from Corbin by the storm, but survives despite everything. And even though she has initially failed to pin down the murderess, she has a story about the victims of the hurricane that networks are going to compete for. Guy is safe, but the victim proves to be another member of their close family. Corbin wants revenge. He also realises that he is still in love with Shay. Hurricane Rita builds out in the Atlantic and it becomes clear the Queen Mab now has someone else on her hit list. As Corbin and Shay close in on her, their own lives are increasingly at risk. There are some chillingly authentic descriptions of Shay’s interviews with people who refuse to leave their properties and she has to leave them to face what she knows is certain death as the water level rises. At one point she bumps into an obstacle in the water and realises that it is the body of a young woman. Later she is challenged by a terrified policeman holding a rifle and threatening to shoot her because he believes she’s a looter. The hard choices that survivors had to make are illustrated in one scene where Shay has to drown a caged dog to save it from an even slower and more painful death. Based on personal accounts of what actually happened in New Orleans on the night the hurricane made landfall (Joni Rodgers was actually a volunteer), this isn’t a novel for the faint-hearted. It’s the inclusion of these elements of reality that lift the novel into a different league. The chapters are also interspersed with emails (in the public domain) from the disaster management team at FEMA and they make sickening reading. If Nero fiddled while Rome burned, then the FEMA management’s inaction should also be immortalised with a similar saying. The novel contains all the elements of the disaster movie genre - the fast pace, the superhuman escapes from near death experience, the ability to have sex anywhere, at any time despite having broken several ribs, been stabbed, kicked in the nether regions and recently knocked unconscious! You have to suspend disbelief, but it all adds to the fun. This novel is well outside my usual comfort zone in terms of genre. I love thrillers, but rarely read this kind of hybrid, though I have to say that it carried me along like a tidal surge. The only thing I struggled with was the American vernacular. English English and US English seem to be diverging at the speed of light. Shamefully, I didn’t know what a ‘goat screw’ was - I obviously don’t get out enough! The novel is set in the deep south of New Orleans where residents still speak a version of French. The author has included just enough simple French phrases to give a taste of the New Orleans dialect and that didn’t give me any trouble. It was the fast-paced vernacular that puzzled, as it sometimes does these days in US movies and TV series. I got the gist however, and it didn’t deter me. It was quite late when I finally put out the light. And I won’t be moving to the Gulf coast of the US any time soon!

  • Jack
    2018-10-25 12:56

    Romantic thriller set against the backdrop of the dreadful hurricane season of 2005. Starring Katrina and Rita with a good supporting cast.

  • Kelsi H
    2018-10-21 13:44

    Please check out all of my reviews at http://ultraviolentlit.blogspot.ca!The Hurricane Lover is set in New Orleans during the summer of 2005 – it is hurricane season, and the novel is heavy with tension because we as readers know that Hurricane Katrina is on its way. The novel focuses on the experiences of two people, along with their families – as the storm builds, during its climax, and as they bear witness to the horrific aftermath.Corbin is a Gulf Coast climatologist who begs the citizens of New Orleans to evacuate, but many refuse because of false alarms in the past, which resulted in expensive hotel stays and the looting of homes, with no real damage from the storm. Instead, those citizens who live on high ground throw “hurricane parties” to wait out the storm. Meanwhile, perky blonde weatherwoman Shay makes light of the situation on the news, reporting that she will “shelter in place.” Her flippant attitude about the impending hurricane upsets Corbin, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend. On the morning of the storm, Shay reconnects with Corbin because she has uncovered some startling information about his brother – she thinks he is involved with a shady website called “Hurricane Lovers” in which anonymous people make plans to hook up during major storm systems. It seems harmless, until some of the men don’t survive their meetings with one particular unknown woman. Of course, she is the one Corbin’s brother has plans to meet during Hurricane Katrina.As Shay and Corbin set out to warn him, the hurricane hits full force and the two are trapped together in various extreme situations. They are struggling to survive, but emotions get in the way, and Shay takes off on her own. I felt that this was the strongest part of the novel, in which Shay uses a handheld camera to record the horrors of the storm. The city is truly post-apocalyptic at this point, and the scenes are shockingly graphic. Ten years later, it’s still hard to believe that these events really took place in the United States. Rodgers holds nothing back in her descriptions of the ruined city, and it was the first time that I felt I truly understood what people went through in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.One of my favourite things about the novel is that the story is interspersed with actual news reports, speeches by then-President George Bush, and emails to and from Michael Brown, head of FEMA. Some were so horrifically comical that it’s hard to believe they really happened – for instance, as displaced people are starving in the Superdome, Brown’s staff are sending him urgent emails to roll up his sleeves when on tv, in order to seem more involved in the recovery effort. As I said, the parts of the novel set during and immediately after the storm were by far the most powerful, but the story carried on much longer than it should have. The settings and characters after the storm were unrealistic and contrived, especially Shay’s clichéd rich southern family. I wish it had wrapped up sooner, because the romance/family drama tropes were a disservice to the earlier, more powerful aspects of the novel. Meanwhile, the thriller/murder plot dragged on to the end, although it was superfluous to the Hurricane Katrina story, and completely unnecessary. For most of the middle of the novel, I had actually forgotten there was a killer on the loose. It felt like two different novels were being forced into one, and it didn’t help either one to develop. The Hurricane Lover is certainly worth the read, but you can safely stop reading once Shay and Corbin escape New Orleans, and get more out of the novel that way than if you finish it.I received this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Áine
    2018-11-11 06:44

    To use the vernacular, The Hurricane Lover blew me away.While some of us were sitting high and dry watching the coverage of Katrina on the wide screens, Shay and Corbin (and Ms.Rodgers) were wading through the fetid brackish sewage in what was left of "Nawlins;" Rodgers as a Red Cross volunteer, Shay and Corbin as the well-drawn main characters in Ms. Rodgers's entertaining retrospective of Katrina followed closely by Rita.The Hurricane Lover is a murder mystery, a thriller, and an exposé of "Heck of a job Brownie," Halliburton, Nagin, Dubya, Fugate, FEMA, Homeland Security and all the others who failed us as taxpayers and left the drowning residents of Louisiana gasping for breath and dying on their roof tops. From August 26 through September 27 of 2005, we follow an ensemble cast of rich and poor, babies to Nammas, including the grand old trees dripping with Spanish moss, the brocade sofas in the parlors, the sculptures, the art collections, almost all submerged by the power of that storm.The scenes are terrifying: "...she lost her footing and stumbled backward, the fetid current closing in up to her neck. Flailing against an unknowable snarl of God knows what—spider legs, cypress roots, rats, shrunken heads, voodoo hair—she fought for her feet, gasping, gagging, slapping at the twigs and piano wires and unidentified, terrifying shit that tangled in her ponytail and clothes. Trapped between the woman’s backpack and a tree branch, she went down again, grinding her knees against a submerged row of pointed pavers that lined the sidewalk..." Just remember: no lights, no potable water, no dry beds, no privacy, no food, no toilets for days on end, even for those "lucky" enough to get to the Superdome.The plots and subplots are complex. The villains (and there is at least one) are ruthless. And there are surprise twists and turns. Who was that caller near the end who identified himself as "Halliburton?" But I must say, the Steel Magnolias steal all the scenes. "Mommi and her church ladies were doing pedicures for women at the Astrodome.” The men have their bourbon and Glenfiddich and mathematical models, but are they really predictive? And what about a woman's predictive model? You'll find out.Meanwhile, the verses of a Cajun lullaby, like the assurances of FEMA (not), initially lulled us into thinking FEMA would take care of our fellow countrymen and women. “C’est la petite poule blanche, qui a pondu dans la branche, un petit coco pour mon bébé faire dodo …” (A little white hen laid in the branch a little egg So my baby could sleep) Now we know we are all on our own, should disaster strike, except for the kindness of the Red Cross, our local charities, and the random act of kindness of which Shay and Corbin found themselves capable.Shay of the Houston Hoovestahls and the Dallas McKecknies had a dream of getting a really gritty hard news story to impress her boss and get a serious job at the television station. Dr. Corbin,of the Louisiana Thibodeaux family, would rather be correct than sorry. The two managed to achieve détente as well as copious "engagements", despite the reality that she's from a devout Republican family (in the way of Southern Baptists, perhaps) and he a "goddang" liberal who "preached the gospel of evacuation. Preached it like a Baptist." "Hurricane Lover" is just one of the delightful double-entendres sprinkled throughout the book, some en Francais, some in English.We get a revealing peek at the Deep South in 2005. Ms. Rodgers is a skillful, very humorous and powerful writer and all the other characters: Char and Robert, Mickey, Guy, Bonnie, Millie, Watts, Sykes and Louisa live on her pages. My advice is to buy and read this book!

  • Catriona Troth
    2018-10-29 14:49

    The Hurricane Lover is the story of two former lovers from polar ends of the deep political divide who collide – sexually, emotionally and in every other way – as Hurricane Katrina rolls over New Orleans and a predatory serial killer called Queen Mab takes advantage the ensuing chaos.Corbin is a meteorologist, one of the best hurricane forecasters around – a liberal, a Democrat and an alcoholic. Shay is a small-time TV presenter, fobbed off with stories about ice cream and Ziploc bags – a former beauty queen and daughter of a wealthy and influential Republican. He is on the trail of Katrina and she is on the trail of Queen Mab.I have never been to Louisiana or to Texas (where part of the action takes place), nor have I ever lived through a hurricane. But there is a filmic quality to the writing that means that the book played out in my mind in a series of vivid images. Rodgers has an ear, too, for the rich language of the Louisiana: colourful, gutsy and laced with Old French.Katrina, of course, provides a gift of a setting for any thriller. No one reading it can doubt that the jeopardy of the hurricane is real – no need here for writerly exaggeration. And Queen Mab is a frighteningly plausible killer – a modern take on an old nightmare, using the Internet to lure her victims into traps she baits with their own lusts.Shay and Corbin have a chemistry that flies off the page. They are an impossible pairing, striking sparks off each other at every encounter, yet you find yourself rooting for them to find a way past their differences and be together, because they are also perfect for each other.The book has an undoubted political edge. It’s hard to miss the deep underlying anger at the woefully inadequate response to the hurricane. It comes through in Corbin’s railing against head-in-the-sand attitude of the authorities, and also in the verbatim reproduction, as chapter headings, of published emails to and from the Head of FEMA – the organisation charged with preparing for and coping with the disaster. Yet Rodgers avoids polemic by giving the ‘opposition’ their own rounded, sympathetic characters.This is a powerful book that deserves to be read both for the yarn it spins and for the real-life story it uncovers. Highly Recommended.Joni Rodgers in Conversation with Catriona Troth: http://triskelebooks.blogspot.co.uk/2...

  • Dwight Okita
    2018-11-15 09:41

    The cast of The Hurricane Lover by Joni Rodgers is relatively small. But the author gets a lot of mileage by creating two interesting, likable, compelling lead characters. Former lovers Shay Hoovestahl and Corbin Thibodeaux come together during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. One witty description says, "Shay Hoovestahl was not a reasonable person, he told himself. Common sense couldn't sway her any more than a red plastic fireman's hat could ward off lightning." The dialogue in the book is great.The book started a little slow for me, but it comes most roaring to life as Katrina makes its appearance. During Katrina, I watched hours of CNN coverage, but this book totally put me into those houses filling slowly with water, into the watery streets with dead bodies bobbing up next to me like lost boats.At times the book feels as much like a love story as a page out of current events. And that works well. Shay and Corbin are sexy and witty and flawed -- and I never stopped rooting for them. As a reader I was aware there were two hurricanes they were navigating: Katrina and the emotional storm between them. I enjoyed the scenes were we meet Shay's quirky family too. Rodgers made the experience of Katrina new to me, made me wonder the choices I would've made faced with such a disaster.Here is one passage I loved: "Purple afternoon shadows crept like kudzu up the delicate pinstriped wallpaper in the living room where Shay lay sleeping on her red leather sofa, smooth and pale as a swamp orchid...She stirred slightly but didn't awaken as water seeped under the door, through the mail slot...floating her up above the well-appointed furniture and the preaching television and the ticking clock." Wow. Terrifying. And lovely.

  • Danielle Urban
    2018-11-11 08:50

    The Hurricane Lover by Joni Rodgers will perk readers'interest from the first page until the last. The suspense of what's happening builds up with every page. Readers will be drawn into each character's life as the story unfolds. Joni Rodgers definitely knows how to create an educational, realistic, yet thrilling read. Readers will get a weather education, while experiencing hands-on the adventure and culture of this stunningly well-written plot. I could not believe all the reserch that went into this novel and how perfect it came out. I could feel the sense of danger, the fear and the determination of both Dr. Corbin and Shay. Plus, the excitiment of chasing after a killer will readers with goosebumps. The Hurricane Lover, is a fictional thriller that gives readers a real glimpse into the life of people, who live in areas, where hurricanes hit. We see how the community works to prepare for such natural disaster and how stubborn many are about not leaving their homes. Even, if it means keeping them alive. Joni Rodgers has magnificently given readers a taste of the culture, ethincity, and language of the characters. I found it remarkable and intriguing. It was like I got a trip to go to the place within the novel and experience it all in person rather than from the pages. The Hurricane Lover is a thriller and a story about survival. Will the killer be caught and most importantly will the main protagonists survive? Overall, I highly recommend reading this novel. I look forward to reading more by Joni Rodgers in the future.

  • Charli
    2018-10-28 14:40

    How do I put this without seeming like I'm being a whiny brat? I really don't like this book. And I'll be honest, the reasons I don't like it are that for a mystery/thriller it moves quite slowly and the characters just, well, suck.First, the pace of the book. Come on. I'm over half-way through the book and they literally JUST discovered the dead body and who the dead body was. What? A mystery/thriller that doesn't have a murder victim until after the half-way point? Granted, the guy was killed before the half-way point, but come on - I was 55% done with the book and found out at about 52% who was dead? No.... I get that the story centers around events happening during/after Hurricane Katrina but good grief, the story could move a bit faster.As for the characters - they lack depth. Shay has little to no back story at all. Corbin has more back story than Shay but even then it's still very little. These are the two characters we see the most of and honestly, they're not worth reading about. I prefer characters that have some substance to them - not a rich brat who works because she wants to, not because she has to and a "doctor" who is a hurricane specialist. The characters just don't work for me.The plot was a good one, just not well executed time-wise and the characters just needed to be more well-thought-out.**I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.**

  • Gretchen
    2018-11-02 08:01

    This is the story of a paleoclimatologist and a TV reporter in New Orleans, Houston, and Galveston during Katrina and Rita in the summer of 2005. He’s a PhD hunk with a drinking problem. She’s an assertive beauty with a rich daddy. Though the plot is totally improbable, there are many plot twists that kept me reading (barely), and the meteorology is interesting, though there’s too little of it. Descriptions of being within the flooding in New Orleans are detailed and believable. There is no character development, and no depth. And way too much gratuitous sex. Oh, and there’s a murder mystery interwoven with it. This is a fast-read chick-lit beach book. Nothing more. Only read it if that’s what you’re in the mood for. It’s only in eBook format (Kindle, maybe others).

  • Melissa
    2018-11-16 14:05

    2.5/5 This book centers on a ragtag group of fairly unlikable characters and hurricanes. Oh yeah, and there's a serial killer. The author throws in the serial killer bit when the plot's getting slow, but it isn't the main focus of the novel, which is strange to say the least. The best part of the book were when the author worked in real emails from the FEMA head and news reports. Too bad these drop off after the Katrina section of the book.I'm not really sure what else to say about this book. I studied hurricanes as part of my masters degree while living in New Orleans and I'm a big fan of thrillers. And yet this book still didn't appeal to me.

  • Paul Allard
    2018-10-25 06:44

    Thriller based on the hurricanes of 2005Corbin Thibodeaux, a paleoclimatologist and hurricane expert, warns the powers-that-be about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans. Other characters such as his brother, sister-in-law, ex-girlfriend also feature as the impact of Katrina destroys New Orleans.At the same time, someone is targeting hurricane lovers, having sex with them, killing and robbing them.The writing is engaging and descriptive and the plot pulls the reader in as it recounts the disaster that was Katrina hitting New Orleans and the subsequent hurricanes of that summer.Recommended to those who like a thriller with a difference.

  • Tequila
    2018-11-16 10:51

    This book is alright. I've been into thrillers a lot lately so the description of the book caught my eye and I had to check it out. I like the idea of the plot, but for me, it took way too long to get into any real action and by the time it got to the exciting stuff, I wasn't as interested as I was in the beginning. I could not stand Shay at all and I found myself wanting to punch her in the face. I feel that for this being a thriller that the middle of the book was slow and lagging with no real excitement. It was a quick, easy read with some plot twists at the end.

  • Victoria**
    2018-11-15 14:07

    Once I start a book I like to finish it. This book was a little slow in the beginning, then I got hooked, then I started to lose interest but I did finish the book. All in all I enjoyed the book it just seemed to jump around a lot.

  • Michael
    2018-10-21 07:01

    Enjoyed...written well by a long time friend.

  • Kimmi Bailey
    2018-10-27 06:52

    I really didn't finish this book...I just couldn't take another second of it...

  • Therese
    2018-11-19 07:07

    $0.0