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REVIEW: Out of Control by Julie Miller

Dear Ms. Miller,

book review Well, this one certainly lives up to the “Blaze” standards of sex, more sex and ultimately true love. And the heroine has a cool profession/trade as well as there being a hot cop hero.

Jack Riley is just looking for someone to arrest to take the edge off his anger at almost blowing a drug king pin take down. Being called “grandpa” by a hotshot new officer on the Nashville Police Department didn’t help matters either. When he sees a young woman being harassed by two college boys, he dives in to help.

Alex Morgan hasn’t had many romantic interactions with men since a disastrous event in her teens. Now these two drunk guys as well as the cop thinks she’s a hooker. Once they get run off, she and the cop get a chance to check each other out and quickly satisfy the explosive heat between them.

Months later, Jack finds himself in the small town of Dahlia, looking to avenge his fallen partner by busting the drug ring who’ve been smuggling drugs into the area and discovers the young woman he’s had hot nights of fantasies about. Alex hopes Jack is there to discover what really happened to her brother the night he was murdered. And she wouldn’t mind a second, or third, encounter like the one she remembers well.

From “hello” to “how was it doesn’t have to take long.” Wow, did they even say hello before that truck scene in Nashville? Which was some scene, by the way. Talk about fogged windows… Good job for including dialogue from Jack making sure that he and Alex were on the same page as far as both wanting this encounter. And for having Jack admit that what he and Alex had done was against lots of police procedures. And for him making sure that Alex will have a way home once she refuses his escort.

But parts of the opening scene are a bit hard to swallow. Would Alex really not realize that she looks like a cheap hooker? Makes me think of something Dolly Parton once said, that she always admired a woman from her small hometown who had the men’s attention. It wasn’t until she grew up that Dolly realized that the reason men liked this woman and paid her attention is because she was the town hooker and dressed accordingly.

I’ve come across a plethora of unusual employment for heroines lately. First a tattoo artist and now a female mechanic. Not that I’d know much of what she’s talking about but you’ve done a great job in making me think Alex knows what she’s talking about.

Jack quickly picks up on the fact that Alex is hiding behind her clothes and her tough talk and it breaks his heart once he discovers what is at the heart of the matter. His first thought, to pummel somebody, is all guy reaction. Even though Jack’s a police officer, he heartily approves of what George Mason did to punish Hank Buell.

Jack unknowingly gets an express entry to Alex’s heart by actually listening to her fears and intuition about her brother’s death unlike the other men in her life who shushed her or closed themselves up in their own grief.

Good job that Alex isn’t shy about seeing to her own needs since she hasn’t had a man in her life. Jack doesn’t have any slick sex moves. What he does have is open, honest communication about it and a willingness to see to her needs as well as his own thereby slowly building Alex’s confidence in her own feminine power. Up til then, she’s only experienced men out for their own gains who’ve used her appearance against her.

These two get beyond fantasies and down to the nitty gritty of a relationship. Alex tells Jack that he far exceeds Fantasy Jack – the character she’d used in between first meeting him and their actual reunion and Jack warns her that real men have trouble living up to women’s fantasies and romance novel dream. I needed this bit of real life since this relationship goes from 0-60 so quickly.

She’s got an amazing amount of courage to stay in this small town with all the rumors and innuendo in addition to facing the very men who so badly and publicly hurt her as a young woman. The scene in which she is harassed and almost assaulted was written well. Well, enough that I could feel her fear as the situation raced out of control.

What impressed me in the story is that, by the end, Alex is still the same basically the same person with the same interests – cars and drag racing over baking and home making. Though she does have more confidence in herself, her instincts and her femininity. I’m kind of amazed that a town as small as Dahlia would have lingerie in her size beyond the basic white, over the shoulder boulder holders. I also gulped when I read her cup size. EE? A woman that short would risk tipping over! She’s Dolly Parton on steroids.

Also brava that by the end of the story, George Mason has come to accept and appreciate his daughter for who she is – not as who he wants her to be. Though he might not understand Alex all that well, George does love her, supports her, defends her and believes in her. I did feel for poor Jack having to answer to an ex-Marine father with a loaded gun. After that, I know he really loves Alex. B

~Jayne

This book can be purchased in mass market from an independent bookstore or ebook format from the Sony Store and other etailers.

Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.

26 Comments

  1. waiting for anti-gravity floaters
    May 20, 2009 @ 04:26:05

    EE Cups?

    I got two words for our poor intrepid heroine: back pain

    *sniffles*

    As a doubly delicious woman, I’m kind of surprised a small town has any bras in her size. I don’t even see EE at Fashion Bug.

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  2. Jayne
    May 20, 2009 @ 07:26:48

    Me too! And she supposedly finds some slinky, sexy stuff which floored me. My two words for her would be: breast reduction.

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  3. Debra Date
    May 20, 2009 @ 08:28:43

    Good lord, I have E’s and like ‘em, but what the hell would EE’s look like ??
    Four year old children strapped to your chest ??
    That’s special order all the way..

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  4. Jayne
    May 20, 2009 @ 08:52:34

    Special order and space age construction. Maybe an arrangement of lifts and hoists….

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  5. GrowlyCub
    May 20, 2009 @ 08:54:23

    I saw a documentary a while back about women who were severely depressed by either their very large or very small breasts to the point where the physical/mental issues were taking up all their thoughts to the detriment of their everyday lives. The documentary followed their efforts to find the finances to have surgery.

    One thing that stayed with me was the incredible relief the young woman with the severe back pain and very large breasts felt after her reduction surgery, but also how incredibly scarred and, quite honestly, ugly the breasts looked afterward.

    It had never occurred to me that there would be significantly more scars associated with a reduction compared to an enlargement. The woman in question thought it was a very good trade-off, and I was glad for her, but I was also very glad that this was never an issue for me one way or the other.

    To bring this back to the story, I haven’t found a Blaze in a while I was interested in and this one sounds like it might need to go on my TBB list. Thanks for the review.

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  6. Victoria Dahl
    May 20, 2009 @ 09:36:37

    Eh. I’ve never had any physical trouble with my… bounty. But the cute bra thing? Huh-uh. Not gonna happen unless you live in LA or New York. Even then…

    Still, it’s a fantasy, I suppose. Maybe I’ll write them into one of my books too. *g*

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  7. Keri M
    May 20, 2009 @ 11:44:45

    lol @ Victoria, yes make them with really pretty, delicate material…lmao…@ jayne for the space age construction. Maybe you could call this store Victoria’s Really Big Secret. :-) As I have DDs (man i would cry everyday if I had EEs)I know of what I talk about. I am not a cat reader of any sort, but this Blaze has kinda peaked my interest on how a man handles a pair of EEs with finesse. I will have to check this one out.

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  8. Victoria Dahl
    May 20, 2009 @ 13:20:26

    My understanding is that DD is the same as E, so EE would only be one size up. (Anyone know for sure?)

    Heh. Can’t believe I’m obsessing over these details. Anyway, it sounds like a fun read!

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  9. Debra Date
    May 20, 2009 @ 14:10:17

    E is the next cup size up from DDD (Trust me, I know of what I speak :). They then go into F, G, H, etc. Thus, my o_O at the EE’s.

    I’m totally obsessing over this too..

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  10. Janine
    May 20, 2009 @ 14:42:48

    Maybe you could call this store Victoria's Really Big Secret.

    ROTFLMAO!!!

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  11. Jayne
    May 20, 2009 @ 17:41:19

    I saw a documentary a while back about women who were severely depressed by either their very large or very small breasts to the point where the physical/mental issues were taking up all their thoughts to the detriment of their everyday lives. The documentary followed their efforts to find the finances to have surgery.

    One thing that stayed with me was the incredible relief the young woman with the severe back pain and very large breasts felt after her reduction surgery, but also how incredibly scarred and, quite honestly, ugly the breasts looked afterward.

    Years ago I saw an Oprah show about heavily endowed women and what they put up with. One woman mentioned that most of the females in her family were large breasted. I sat there, looking at these poor women and wondering what they had to go through daily. Some of them were ginourmous. My bras cost a lot since I’m a curvy woman too but I can’t imagine what they had to pay.

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  12. GrowlyCub
    May 20, 2009 @ 18:02:19

    Jayne, the young woman (early 20s) in question was a GG, if I remember correctly. There was no doubt in my mind that she was very, very happy with the reduced weight, the fact that she could buy bras in a regular store and that she didn’t have the health issue any longer and she didn’t seem to mind the scars. I think it helped significantly that she had a boyfriend and that he was very supportive.

    I was really very surprised at how much more scarring there is than with enlargements. That was just not something I expected.

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  13. Gennita Low
    May 20, 2009 @ 18:11:19

    And she’s also a mechanic?! That’s hard work for EE Cups!

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  14. Too Much Fun
    May 20, 2009 @ 18:32:45

    EE is a size term not used by most bra manufacturers, thus our confusion. But where it does exist it would be just another term for DDD, or about a six inch difference between the band and breast measurement. See http://www.braexperience.com/SizeChart.htm for many major bra companies who don’t use EE. Also, regarding buying cute bras, did it specifically say that she bought them in a store in town? Just sayin’ b/c there’s lots and lots of places online and in this day and age we don’t need to assume someone is going shopping at the local Sears.

    Anyway, apart from saying that, I just want to add that I find some of the comments inferring back pain, difficulty standing up, etc., etc., a bit much. I’ve personally worn DDD bras and never experienced any of these problems, and while I do know others in my size range (or smaller) that have had back pain, don’t you guys feel any compunction about essentially making fun of people with bigger breasts?? I mean, yeah it’s all in good fun, right, and you don’t mean to otherize these people, but seriously. Some of this is taking it too far. (As an aside, I think a lot of the comments above are from a position of ignorance, with you all picturing that EE is twice as big as E and four times as big as D or something… Anyway….)

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  15. Victoria Dahl
    May 20, 2009 @ 19:10:14

    @Too Much Fun:

    At least some of us are coming from the same place you are. As I said before, I’ve never had any physical problems, so those problems shouldn’t be assumed. And I totally agree that EE isn’t as large as people picture. But the author should’ve known the image she was conveying with stating that size. That’s a real issue.

    And cute bras? Yes, you can find lace & flowers, etc, but at my size, they lose any semblance of “cute”. And you really can’t avoid the less-than-delicate straps. Nice bras, yes. But cute? *g*

    But I do apologize to the author for getting hung up on the issue!

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  16. Victoria Dahl
    May 20, 2009 @ 19:14:09

    I’m going to be obnoxious and reiterate this. In writing, something might be totally legit and not convey well to the reader. For example, using the word “technology” in a 19th century historical. It was a real word, but it throws people out of the story, so you sigh and take it out. Just like size EE breasts! ;-)

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  17. FD
    May 20, 2009 @ 20:38:13

    I’ve read this, it was… sweet I think the impression I was left with.
    The lingerie was bought from a Victoria’s Secret type independent store IIRC.
    I believed they might carry pretty undies in bigger cup sizes – La Senza here carries up to 38G and M&S up to 46G.

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  18. KeriM
    May 20, 2009 @ 20:40:42

    Well if I offended anybody I apologize, not my intention and to make it up to the author for getting off topic, I went and purchased her book after work. Looking forward to the read. :-)

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  19. Anony Miss
    May 20, 2009 @ 23:11:47

    Good lord, I have E's and like ‘em, but what the hell would EE's look like ??
    Four year old children strapped to your chest ??

    As a naturally well-endowed woman who also happens to be petite I don’t much appreciate all the snickering comments here on the EE bra size. I’m 5’4′ and a size J, and I’m in no immediate danger of toppling over. Thank you very much.

    I’m also not digging on the general “OMG EE breasts! what a freak!” tone in almsot all these comments. I get looks like that every day in my real life and I really didn’t appreciate encountering the jokes and mockery on this website. It feels like being stripped naked and laughed at.

    So, please, ladies, let’s have a little sensitivity here and stop with the big breasts comments. They are more hurtful than you probably realize.

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  20. Jayne
    May 21, 2009 @ 07:20:36

    Gennita – yes Alex, the heroine, is a mechanic and a very good one. Or at least she sounds like a good one to me. The hero is impressed with her mechanical skills

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  21. Debra Date
    May 21, 2009 @ 08:08:23

    I’m not going to apologize for my joking. They’re Boobs people, we’ve all got ‘em. I’ve got more than most and I’ve learned to love them. Finding frilly frou frou’s to fit them just doesn’t happen without an epic struggle.
    It’s one of those things that would throw me out of the story just as much as bad characterization and dialog. At that point the book would have a meeting with the wall.

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  22. Anony Miss
    May 21, 2009 @ 08:17:23

    I'm not going to apologize for my joking. They're Boobs people, we've all got ‘em.

    Yeah, but mocking people who’ve got more than the average in such an over-the-top, insulting manner is more than a little insensitive. Judging by your last remark, though, it doesn’t surprise me you wouldn’t understand just how offensive the “small children” comment above is.

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  23. Debra Date
    May 21, 2009 @ 09:14:17

    Anony Miss, you’ve got me there.

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  24. Trini Tee
    May 21, 2009 @ 10:41:02

    I happen to know Debra Date personally and I also happen to wear DDs.

    Here’s the thing … like Debra said THEY ARE BOOBS … as women we ahve them and we have them in all colours, shapes and sizes darlings … and as a result we tend to joke about them. Those of us with more wish at times that we had less and vice versa.

    It’s like hair colour and texture … we ahve straight we want permed … we have permed we want kinky … we be blonde, we want red and on and on and on.

    We joke because laughter is the great uniter … and there is no need for apology here because the comments that have been made while i have been monitoring this ahve been harmless and made by women to women and about women.

    Let’s try to take ourselves a little less seriously people … laughter is usually the best medicine for everything … except in the cases when you need antibiotics, ROFLMAO!!!

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  25. Anne Douglas
    May 21, 2009 @ 18:16:31

    Ahhh, Big boobs. What I could tell you about big boobs and bras. Or at least about how many women are wearing the wrong bra. Seriously. Being that there is only one damn bra in the world (really, not joking there) that fits me other than something custom made (and I went as far a field as the company in the UK that makes bras for the Queen!! $200+ bras = PAINFUL to my bank balance!!!) I have learnt my stuff.

    THE INTERNET. That’s where you get pretty over shoulder boulder holders. Fantasie of England is a good starting place – ohhh how I wish I was a skinny wee thing to fit their bras.

    So for me, other than EE is kinda of a very odd bra size anywhere in the world (and they do differ between countries and manufacturers), a naturally well endowed heroine is my cup of tea! I’ll have to go look this up.

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  26. jillyfae
    May 23, 2009 @ 22:38:08

    As a side comment about the breast size and bra-shopping issues…

    I knew someone with H sized breasts, who qualified for insurance-covered breast reduction for health reasons. She didn’t scar too badly, (I helped her shop for her wedding dress lingerie a few years later), but before hand, she could find bras her size, in stock, at JC Penney’s. In a medium sized town in WI, so nowhere special. They didn’t have anything EE, as I’m pretty sure they went from E-H, but every store she tried pretty much had a different sizing/labeling scheme.

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