A Scandalous Proposal is the first book that I have read by this author. I know it won't be my last. I definitelOriginally posted on From the TBR Pile
A Scandalous Proposal is the first book that I have read by this author. I know it won't be my last. I definitely enjoyed reading this historical romance. In it, Cooper and Dany find themselves in the same predicament. Someone is blackmailing them and if they don't find out who it is in time, the scandal would be devastating.
The thing I liked most about this one was the characters. Dany was a breath of fresh air. She is how I would have liked to have been during that time. Not one for social norms, she speaks her mind and isn't afraid to think or "be" outside the box. I thought she was a great match for Cooper. The banter between the two was amusing and fun to watch. The peripheral characters were equally as strong and entertaining. The race to find the blackmailer was really fun to read as well.
I definitely recommend giving this one a try. It is the second in this series, but I thought it held up well as a stand alone. ...more
Return of the Bad Boy is the fourth book in this series and only the second that I have read. I read the first book, but somehow missed the ones in beReturn of the Bad Boy is the fourth book in this series and only the second that I have read. I read the first book, but somehow missed the ones in between. I'll have to remedy that soon. I will say that this did hold up well as a stand alone book. but I am sad that I missed seeing the other couples in the books get together. In this one, Gloria and Asher have circled each other for years and, finally, Asher is making his play to get her for good. Gloria is really resistant to let her heart go.
I remember Gloria and Asher from the first book and I was pleased to see that Asher had kind of grown up a lot. He now has a son from a one time hook-up and he wants to do right by him. I liked seeing him with Hawk. Seeing strong men with little kids can melt anyone's heart! I also loved how he plowed his way through Gloria's defenses. Becuase, she had some big walls he had to break down. This story was a bit angsty as Gloria really resisted the fall, but I was totally rooting for Asher to win her over in the end.
One Summer is a book that I was hoping would grow on me as I read it. In the end, it ended up being a just OK read for me. I was torn because there weOne Summer is a book that I was hoping would grow on me as I read it. In the end, it ended up being a just OK read for me. I was torn because there were a few things that I didn't like. Rachel was Johnny's teacher 10 years before, so he was 17 to her 22. It's not unusual for a student to have a crush on his teacher, so that didn't bother me, especially since nothing was ever acted upon when he was a minor. What did bother me was the speed at which Rachel and Johnny fell in love after he got out of prison. Talk about quick. I'm still not exactly sure when it happened. Maybe it was the great sex? The other thing that bothered me was the constant reminder that Rachel was 5 years older. Is there really a huge gap between 30 and 35? It got a bit old.
The mystery of what happened to Johnny's girlfriend years before was kind of OK. I felt like there was more emphasis on the way the townspeople treated Johnny upon his return than there was on the murder. I mean the reveal kind of came out of nowhere and was really strange. There were no hints or clues really for the reader to even guess.
There are a few bright spots in the book. I did like how Rachel stood up for Johnny with the townspeople and her mother. I also ended up liking Johnny a lot. His character was funny and came across as really intelligent. This isn't a bad read, it just was longer than it needed to be. She has a lot of better stuff out there, so don't feel badly if you skip this one....more
300 Days of Sun is actually like two books in one. You get the present story of Joanna who is staying in Faro as a language student. She is recruited300 Days of Sun is actually like two books in one. You get the present story of Joanna who is staying in Faro as a language student. She is recruited by Nathan to use her reporter skills to look for the truth behind his adoption. Interspersed throughout the story are long excerpts from a book, The Alliance which is a fictionalized account of Esta's time in the Portugal during WWII.
I was initially sucked into the Joanna's story and was eager to follow the mystery to the end. However, I didn't end up loving this book as much as I wanted to but I did find it somewhat enjoyable. I found that it dragged in places and the insertion of Esta's book excerpts disrupted the flow of Joanna's story for me. It was hard to figure out what relevance the excerpts had to the mystery until close to the end of the book and that was frustrating. It just took too long to get to the point. Had there been more clues earlier on, I think I might have enjoyed it more. The resolution was one that makes you wonder what is real and what is a lie and I was a bit dis-satisfied with the ending.
When I picked up this book, I had no idea what the title was referring to, but it refers to Portugal having "300 days of sun" a year. The one thing that I did like about the book was the writing. The author's descriptions of the countryside in the book made me feel as if I were there. I would love to add the area to my travel bucket list. ...more
Ride Hard is the first in a new spin-off series by Ms. Kaye. The series involves the Raven Riders, the motorcyclOriginally posted on From the TBR Pile
Ride Hard is the first in a new spin-off series by Ms. Kaye. The series involves the Raven Riders, the motorcycle club that helped the guys in the Hard Ink Series win back their reputation. If you are a fan of the Hard Ink series, you will love this book. In Ride Hard, Haven has found sanctuary at the Raven Riders compound. She and her friend Cora are on the run from their fathers and the Ravens are set to help them make a new life. Because that is part of what they do. Dare didn't intend to fall for Haven, but fate sometimes has other plans.
I loved this book. Loved these two together. I think that their similar backgrounds made it so that they could find peace in their uncertain lives. I loved Dare's protective streak. I always love seeing a big bad-ass alpha find his sweet and softer side.
For those who like action, there is plenty here as the Ravens go up against a new gang and the threat of Haven's father looking for her. I was excited to see some familiar faces from Hard Ink show up to join in the battle. This is a great start to a new series. I can't wait to read Maverick's story next! ...more
Nightfall was an interesting story that I ended up wanting more from in the end. The people of the village on this small island live through 14 yearsNightfall was an interesting story that I ended up wanting more from in the end. The people of the village on this small island live through 14 years of daylight and have to leave the island for 14 years once nightfall comes. Marin, her brother Kana and their friend Lock are accidentally left on the island when everyone leaves.
I did enjoy the characters. The friendship between Lock and Marin and their dedication to one another was something that kept me reading. There was also a good creepy vibe going throughout the book. It was enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. But, it wasn't overly scary and would be good for any middle grade reader.
As I said, this was an interesting idea, but I felt like the world building was lacking a bit. Once the kids are in their main part of the adventure, I still didn't have a sense of the reason for the 14 years day/night and what really lurked in the darkness. I was left in the end with more questions that I was happy with. I would almost love to have a sequel in order to get more explanation because the epilogue was kind of disappointing.
I think this is a book that middle graders would like. It's pretty clean and not too scary. ...more
I usually like this author's books, so I was eager to read this early one as it is being reissued this week in print and ebook form. In Her Best FrienI usually like this author's books, so I was eager to read this early one as it is being reissued this week in print and ebook form. In Her Best Friend's Lover, Lauren has been in love with Dale for five years, but he has kept her in the friend zone. He has never been able to get over his first love from high school. One night changes everything for both of them.
Normally, I like friend's to lovers stories. But, I had a hard time getting behind this one. Their first time together Dale is totally drunk and doesn't remember who he slept with. I thought it was a little icky that she cleaned up the evidence so that he would never know. Then she finds out she is pregnant and keeps it from him. Even after he realizes he loves her and marries her. I'm not really a huge fan of secret baby story-lines in general. I also never felt the connection between Dale and Lauren.
This isn't a bad one, but it's not her best. Her later stuff is much better....more
The Decent Proposal has interesting premise. Two random people are summoned to a lawyer's office and told that they will each get half a million dollaThe Decent Proposal has interesting premise. Two random people are summoned to a lawyer's office and told that they will each get half a million dollars if they spend two hours every week talking face to face with each other. Who would pass that up? In the end I liked the book, but didn't love it. There were parts that did and didn't work for me.
As I said, I liked the overall premise of the book. I liked how both Richard and Elizabeth ended up reading and discussing books together and watching movies as a way to fill the time. It turns out is is actually hard to fill up two hours of conversation with a complete stranger. Their budding friendship is one I was eager to watch grow.
And there in lies the problem...I would have liked to see more of them together. I ended up feeling in the end that the book spent more time with the two main characters and their outside relationships than it did with just the two of them. There was supposed to be a love story, but I just didn't feel it. The ending left me wanting more. I felt like Mike's and Orpheus's points of view didn't work for me in the story. It was supposed to be about Elizabeth and Richard, not Mike's jealousy and feelings for Richard.
Don't get me wrong, it's an interesting read. I liked the writing style and I loved Richard, I just wanted more of the story I thought I was getting....more
Darkness was non-stop action with two great main characters. I really enjoyed this latest book from this author. Gina is on an island in Alaska researDarkness was non-stop action with two great main characters. I really enjoyed this latest book from this author. Gina is on an island in Alaska researching birds, when a plane falls out of the sky right near her boat. She rescues the lone survivor (Cal) and realizes that he is a dangerous man and her only chance at survival.
I thought this was a solid adventure. There wasn't a lot of mystery really, it was mostly thriller. The little bit of mystery kept me guessing until the reveal right at the end. I was surprised that the one twist I was waiting for never showed up. So, maybe that was a twist in itself? I enjoyed Gina and Cal together. Even thought their attraction was fast, it wasn't filled with a lot of angst. Their loves scene were some of the hottest ones I have seen this author write in a while. I loved the part where Cal points out that how she acts is "you with me". Such a sweet line....more
I had heard a lot about this series, but for some reason never got around to picking it up. I'm kicking myself for waiting for so long. I thought thi I had heard a lot about this series, but for some reason never got around to picking it up. I'm kicking myself for waiting for so long. I thought this was a refreshing paranormal story. I was worried it was going to be a lot like the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and didn't want a repeat of that one. I wanted something different. In ways they are similar, but instead of vampires. we are dealing with demons and gods. The guardians of the gods opened Pandora's box and released the demons inside. Each of them now share a body with a particular demon.
Maddox is Violence. He also has a double cursed because he has to die every night in the same way Pandora did and spend the evening in hell, only to rise again. Ashlyn has ventured to Budapest in search of "angels" who might be able to help her learn to control her gift. She can hear voices from the past. I have to say that I loved these two together. I liked that there was a reason for them to have an insta-love. They each calmed the other's troubles. And let's just mention the sacrifice in the end! It really made me sigh.
I liked the world that this author has built. There are some great characters, definitely some laughs and really hot love scenes. Being the first in the series, there was a lot of information to take in, but I am hoping it becomes a little clearer as the book progress. I already have the next book waiting in the wings! ...more
I bought into the hype over this book. I have seen rave reviews everywhere. I also have read in numerous places that you did not need to read the GrisI bought into the hype over this book. I have seen rave reviews everywhere. I also have read in numerous places that you did not need to read the Grisha Trilogy by this author to read this one. That is not true. From the start, you are thrown right into this world with NO background on the world or on the different factions. There isn't even a little bit of an overview. I got halfway through and while I could kind of figure out what was going on, I found I didn't care about any of the characters or about their heist. If you are going to market a book as a stand alone, then help your new readers out and make it a stand alone. ...more
I thought Getting it Back was a very sweet second chance at love story. I haven't read the first books in the series, but it stood up very well as a I thought Getting it Back was a very sweet second chance at love story. I haven't read the first books in the series, but it stood up very well as a stand alone. Misha and Amy were a great couple and deserved to find happiness again. There is not only a second chance at love in this book, but a second chance for Misha to connect with a long lost parent. They also have a chance to get back to the careers that they both love. I don't think you need to be a lover of ice skating to enjoy the story. Although after reading the book. I did find myself looking up certain things like a jump harness and what a quad looks like in real time. I do recommend picking this one up....more
Perfectly Broken is a great title for this book. Everyone in the book was broken in one way or another. The book focuses on Grant who is a former rockPerfectly Broken is a great title for this book. Everyone in the book was broken in one way or another. The book focuses on Grant who is a former rocker, stay at home dad and uncertain about the future. His wife has lost her job and they have decided to move out of the city to try to get back on their feet. I was a little wary of this book. I wasn't sure if I would like the story. But in the end, I found that Grant's story relatable in some ways.
This book isn't exactly uplifting throughout most of it. In fact, everyone in it is kind of a mess. But one thing I liked about this book was the writing. I felt like the author did a great job of putting me in Grant's shoes. It's 2 years after 9/11, when everyone was still iffy about the future. I could really feel Grant's uncertainty about his marriage and being a father. You know...when your life hasn't ended up where you thought it would. How do you make peace with the past and figure out how to love your present and future? I've also been through that panic of turning away for one second and your kid is gone. It makes you wonder if you are really cut out for the job. I think a lot of parents go through that when they first start out.
The characters are really what drive this novel. I really hated Grant's choices, but I was really rooting for him to figure things out. I hated Beth's choices as well, but I found myself rooting for her as well. In fact, I found myself rooting for everyone to figure things out. I was about the same age as the characters in this book in 2003. It think that is why the book really spoke to me. It made me feel really nostalgic for the late 80s and 90s. Even though I wasn't a fan of 90s music in general. Music is something that make memories more vivid in our minds, right?
I hope you will give this book a shot. I was surprised at how much I ended up liking it. I look forward for more from this talented writer in the future....more
Once again, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed When I'm Gone. I was worried that it would be too much of an emotional book for me to reaOnce again, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed When I'm Gone. I was worried that it would be too much of an emotional book for me to read, but that wasn't the case. Don't get me wrong, it is an emotional book, but I found myself quickly sucked into Luke's story and unable to stop until the end. Luke has just lost his wife Natalie to cancer. He has to now begin life as a single dad to his three kids at the same time handling his own grief. He starts to get letters from his dead wife in the mail. Through those he begins to learn that he might not have known his wife as well as he thought he did.
What I did like about this story was the way the author didn't hold back on the reality of what one goes through when losing a spouse. I thought the feelings and emotions that Luke had came across as very real and very raw. Especially once he starts learning how to move on without feeling guilty. As he begins to unearth Natalie's secrets, it made me think about how well you really know someone. I also had to wonder at Natalie's motivation for slowly revealing everything over time in letters after she died. In a way, it kind of seemed like a slow torture, but maybe it was better since he could slowly get used to them. I'm not sure what would be better.
I'm not going to go into too much of the plot. There are a few twists and surprises that the reader really should learn about along with Luke. My only complaint was the ending. For me it was too abrupt and kind of left me hanging. I'm never a fan of those. Despite that, I do recommend this one. It's an emotional ride, but definitely one worth taking....more
A great historical romance to warm your heart. I loved the characters in this book. Ethan and Roselyn were perfect for each other. I liked the "SpareA great historical romance to warm your heart. I loved the characters in this book. Ethan and Roselyn were perfect for each other. I liked the "Spare Heir" society idea. It was refreshing to read about the second son finding love and acceptance. I definitely want to continue with the series. ...more
I really enjoyed this mystery. I thought the whole story was well planned out with a big twist in the end. I really wasn't expecting the reveal in theI really enjoyed this mystery. I thought the whole story was well planned out with a big twist in the end. I really wasn't expecting the reveal in the end. I like Ellie's character a lot. Even in her rookie years, she still had the same determination and smarts that I found in her in her later books. It was nice to see she stayed consistent.
My only complaint with this throwback was not in the story itself, but in the audiobook. The story is told form a female point of view (Ellie's) yet the narrator was a male. That was just odd to me especially since he didn't have a great female voice when Ellie was speaking. Not a big deal, but it still got to me a bit....more