Lucy and Ian come head to head over the fate of a children’s camp. Lucy wants to save her beloved camp and Ian is purchasing it to develop the land. ALucy and Ian come head to head over the fate of a children’s camp. Lucy wants to save her beloved camp and Ian is purchasing it to develop the land. As they fight for what they want chemistry enters the picture and they find themselves attracted and at odds.
I liked Lucy’s character and I enjoyed Ian’s as well. I liked their story and the story of the camp, and their back stories. What kept me from loving this book were all the side characters and stories. I believe side characters add to a story, but in this case they added too much. This isn’t a lengthy novel and so much of the focus was on Lucy’s sister, Ian’s sister and all the drama that came from both, that I felt like Ian and Lucy didn’t get their full story. There characters and relationship didn’t develop as much as they could have if the focus would have been more fully on them.
It’s an easy book to get lost in, and I would like to see what happens to all the characters in the book, side and main. I just hope in future books we get a promise of a future story from the side characters instead of them sharing the main characters spotlight. It was a nice way to spend a few lazy hours!
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I had reservations about reading this book. It sounded heavier than what I am used to with Kristan Higgins writing. The subject matter of both Jenny aI had reservations about reading this book. It sounded heavier than what I am used to with Kristan Higgins writing. The subject matter of both Jenny and Rachel’s storyline is disturbing to me, Rachel’s especially, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to read her heartache. I read Kristan Higgins’s books for their humor and happily ever afters. So I really hesitated to read something I was sure was going to make me feel miserable for the players within.
That being said… I ended up loving this book. Yes there are some emotionally draining moments – but thankfully Kristan’s humor is present enough to balance the scales. The book isn’t an easy mindless read; in fact it’s the opposite. I found myself questioning decisions made within and learning that maybe I am not so black and white on certain matters as I thought I was.
The hero of this story, to me, is Leo. I adored him. I loved his snark and his contradictions. I loved his rough exterior and tender heart. I loved the way he and Jenny were just themselves together, imperfections and all.
These characters grew throughout the story, adapted with their circumstances and learned to be a different kind of them. Their personas didn’t change – just evolved. It was a reminder to me how much things can affect you. How we continue to everyday to become more of ourselves.
I cried through the better part of the end of this book. I was so invested in these characters, their lives, I felt like I was a part of their world. This isn’t a book that will leave you feeling miserable; there is plenty of happy on the horizon – just different versions and chapters of happy.
It was an excellent read and I am glad that I talked myself into it – I wouldn’t have wanted to miss this.
Cherise Everhard, August 2015 Book provided by and reviewed for the Amazon Vine program....more
Ginger and Matt have had serious heartache in their previous marriages. Ginger is starting to come back to herself when a drunken Matt gropes her at aGinger and Matt have had serious heartache in their previous marriages. Ginger is starting to come back to herself when a drunken Matt gropes her at a wedding. You’d think that would be the end of their relationship right? Wrong. That night starts a beautiful friendship.
I loved the start of the book, meeting was hilarious! A great “the first time we met” story to share with folks years later and laugh about. I loved their friendship. How they ended up being two people with more in common than they thought and how they found it so easy to open up to one another.
I loved their romance. It wasn’t rushed, it didn’t feel forced or fake. It felt right.
So why only 3 stars? Somewhere along the line it got kind of boring and I lost my focus. Somewhere around the ¾ mark I think the pace stalled and I found myself easily setting it aside. I started out laughing and thinking this would be another favorite… Unfortunately it fell a little flat.
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Maisey returns to the island she grew up on to recover from a divorce and to help her brother, Keith, heal. She left the island years ago to get out fMaisey returns to the island she grew up on to recover from a divorce and to help her brother, Keith, heal. She left the island years ago to get out from under her mother’s thumb, and going back isn’t easy. Her relationship with her mother is strained, her mother is a hard woman to please, but the island is where she needs to be.
She takes up residence at one of her family’s beach rentals that have been damaged and are recently being remodeled by the live in handy man, Rafe. He’s a man fromMaisey’s past and while he’s working on the rentals, he uncovers some of Maisey’s family secrets and Maisey’s heart.
This book is really equal parts romance and equal parts mystery. With the discovery of some old family photo’s Maisey becomes engrossed in uncovering her past, clearing her brother’s name and learning to trust Rafe and learn to love again.
The characters are well defined and story kept the pace moving and the pages turning. The mystery had me guessing and second guessing myself up until the end and I was sure I had the answers and was blown away by the ending.
My one complaint about the story was the ending. While it’s not the conclusion that I have issue with, it’s the tidy way it all played out. It just seemed too easy and too accepted. It seemed to me that the players would have more to hash out, or work through.
I’m interested in seeing where this series takes us. As a huge fan of Novak, I’m never surprised by but always delighted in the new ways she finds to entertain me.
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First, I love this series. I love Fool’s Gold, the crazy cast of characters and the Pollyanna type do-good vibe the town stands for. I crave these stoFirst, I love this series. I love Fool’s Gold, the crazy cast of characters and the Pollyanna type do-good vibe the town stands for. I crave these stories so I can catch up with the people and get wrapped up in new people.
Second, I was just not into this one. I didn’t care for the last one, either. I was hoping the last one was a fluke but 30 or so pages into this one and I was inwardly aching for the series I love so much. This book is better than the last, but still far from my favorite. I didn’t like Zane and could not for the life of me figure out how he was supposed to appeal to me as a hero when he said things like “She was an animal-loving ditz who would bond with a rock if given the chance.” And then proceeds to say she’s “sincere, a patsy.” Gee, be still my beating heart!
I liked Phoebe, she was quirky and sweet…. But both of their stories were odd to me. They didn’t mesh well and there happily ever after was way too fast and not at all believable. I never warmed up to Zane – didn’t get why she was so enamored with a man who grunted his responses and seemed in a terrible mood all the time.
Like the story before this one, it was wrapped up too fast and I’m left with unanswered questions.
The thing that saved this book for me was the side characters and the animals. The steer and Phoebe’s horse had more personality than the hero.
I’m hoping Thrill Me will be better than the first two, because so far this threesome is mediocre at best.
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To Tyrell Brown, Victoria Westin is the coldhearted lawyer who has put him through hell on the stand. She has been making him relive his wife’s deathTo Tyrell Brown, Victoria Westin is the coldhearted lawyer who has put him through hell on the stand. She has been making him relive his wife’s death and the heartache he has lived with in the years since she has passed. But on a long flight to France they begin to see past the courtroom over a few drinks and forced togetherness. In the light of day some of the same reservations and hostility resurface. But when they turn up at the same wedding, they hatch a plan to keep bride and groom happy and the fact that they are enemies a secret.
The more acting they do, the more they learn about one another and the more they like.
I really enjoyed this book. I appreciated all the dynamics that made up these complex characters, their families and the many relationships that are woven within. I found it hard to put down and impossible to forget. I am ordering the next books in the series because I was so bummed when this one ended and I am so curious to see what is going on with the others.
Definitely a great read. The story moves nicely and the characters seem real.
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This book was given to me by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is a series of werewolf serials put into one book. There is aThis book was given to me by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is a series of werewolf serials put into one book. There is a different werewolf pack starring in each book – though you will hear all the pack names woven in and out of the stories, since each pack is aware of the others.
I really liked this series and I think this set is the way to read it. Once I figured out that each story was actually a set of super short series combined to make it one read, I decided that I had lucked out discovering them this way. I think having to read one separately, or while waiting for others to be published would have driven me nuts. I am glad I got to read them in their entirety all at once!
I really enjoyed this take on the werewolf world and the little things that made it unique for me. I liked how each pack was very different in their culture. The only thing they have in common is there werewolf/shape-shifting abilities.
My one problem with this story was the editing. There are some very easy to spot and fix mistakes. One of the bigger ones is that in two separate stories the author calls a main character the wrong name, several times. This confused the heck out of me. I was like “Who is Rhiannon?” “Who is this Nic?” And it caused me to go back and reread – thinking I missed something crucial.
Other than that I was totally immersed in this world and I am going to start her dragon series, next.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Finola Malley is having a really bad night. She just broke up with her boyfriend, gets callI received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Finola Malley is having a really bad night. She just broke up with her boyfriend, gets called into work and then gets attacked by some men and approached by a white tiger in the parking garage. It kind of makes your bad days look good in comparison, doesn’t it?
When all is said and done she finds herself face to face with a breathtaking and very naked man. The attraction is instant and puts a serious effort into making a bad night end really well.
I blew through this book in about an hour… maybe a little more. To say this is a short story is an understatement. It’s more like an appetizer than a short story, though I am still hungry for the main course, I am happily satisfied while I wait. It was a delicious first course.
After reading this book, I immediately had to purchase the next one – I am dying to read the next chapter in Finola and Sebastian’s life. I discovered that their story has been divided up in to 4 stories. Had the other two been available I would have snatched them up as well, but it looks like I have a month or so to wait. Uhhhhggg!
There was a what I thought a kind of big editing boo boo, but I am hoping it will be easily fixed otherwise I found this tale practically perfect.
This is an enjoyable sexy read and will leave you wanting more.
Grace has been in Thunder Point making a new life for herself as owner of the local floral shop. She has a best friend, Iris, but manages to keep herGrace has been in Thunder Point making a new life for herself as owner of the local floral shop. She has a best friend, Iris, but manages to keep her life as a champion figure skater a secret even from her. She leads a quiet life, like she’s on the outside looking in.
Troy a local high school teacher and also a friend of Iris – never paid much attention to Grace, until one Halloween night, then again one New Year’s Eve. He elects himself her fun coach and soon discovers they have a lot more in common that he would have thought – and he likes Grace. A lot.
Grace and Troy have fun. They have chemistry. And when a bit of Grace’s past creeps up unexpectedly their relationship is put to the test, again and again. There are laughs, there are tears. There is heat, there is romance. I keep thinking one of these days these stories are going to get old or repetitive to me, but this Thunder Point series is having the opposite effect. It’s getting better and better with each book and character. Cementing her place, ever permanently, in my automatic buy list. The stories are engaging me more and more, and at the end of this one I was so mad to find out I had to wait until July to read the next in the series!! The set up for the next story has me crazy with anticipation. It seems unnecessarily cruel!
I love this author and I am loving this series. July cannot come fast enough!! Cherise Everhard, March 2015 I received this book to read and review as part of the amazon vine program...more
Phoenix Fuller was always the odd girl in school. With an overweight mother who can’t leave the home and who has hoarding issues – Phoenix’s lack of sPhoenix Fuller was always the odd girl in school. With an overweight mother who can’t leave the home and who has hoarding issues – Phoenix’s lack of stylish clothes was the least of her worries. But for one shiny moment she felt love. She fell hard for Riley and thought he felt the same. Then everything went horribly wrong and she was left alone, scared and pregnant. Then eventually she had her baby in jail, serving a sentence for a crime she swears she didn’t commit.
Phoenix is finally free. Although most folks in Whiskey Creek would rather the murderess didn’t come back to her home town, she has nowhere else to go. She can’t leave her mom, and she is dying to get to know the son she has had no contact with since birth. She is determined to do everything right, to make this transition as easy as she can on everyone.
Riley hasn’t done anything to foster a relationship between mother and son. In fact, he has done the opposite. His number one priority has been to raise Jacob and make sure his best interests were taken care of. But now that Phoenix is back in town he can’t help feeling that maybe she deserves a second chance, and Jacob is definitely happy to get to know his mom.
I have been dying to hear Phoenix’s side of the story!! Brenda could have easily turned her into a martyr, but didn’t. Phoenix’s heart is genuinely caring, cautious, apologetic and wanting to please others. She’s not looking to be sainted, she’s not seeking apologies. She just wants to clean the slate and start over. She wants a chance with her son, she wants a life. She is willing to work hard, she isn’t looking for handouts.
Riley’s transition from the young kid who rejected her to the father of her son and then to a cautious ally and finally friend, was natural and heartwarming.
This story has been a longtime coming and well worth the wait. Phoenix was aptly named and her rebirth triumphant. Phoenix, Riley, Jacob and the Whiskey Creek crew that we know and love made this story incredibly warm, sometimes heartbreaking, but always rewarding. It was excellent
Cherise Everhard, February 2015 I received this book from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review
This is one of those books I have been seeing all over the place over the past year. I don’t know why I was reluctant to try it, but I was. Now that IThis is one of those books I have been seeing all over the place over the past year. I don’t know why I was reluctant to try it, but I was. Now that I have read it I am kicking myself for waiting so long!
Becca’s only living relative has gone missing. She’s determined to find her secretive and paranoid brother, Charlie. She doesn’t want to lose her only family. A cryptic message from Charlie has her seeking out one of her deceased father’s soldiers at his tattoo parlor. Nick Rixey wants to turn away from Becca, the help she is seeking, and the bad memories of his last mission and her father, but something about Becca won’t let him walk away.
With a cast of unforgettable side characters this story sets the tone for what promises to be an exciting romantic suspense theme. Nick and Becca have an easy chemistry and partnership. His brother Jeremey and Jess add color to the tattoo parlor scene. While the men from his soldier past bring adventure, and a whole lot of future Alpha Male leads. I am excited to read each of their stories.
Locating Charlie and solving the mystery behind his disappearance created an exciting story that made the book hard to put down. The romance that was woven into the adventure added just enough spice and heat. It was a fabulous combo.
My one complaint would be that with the introduction of so many characters, at times I got confused as to who was who. Sometimes the character was referred to by last name or nickname, sometimes their first name. Even Nick in the beginning confused me as he was referred to as both Nick and Rixey, it took me a minute to figure out he was the same person.
I’m definitely sorry I waited so long to try this series, but am excited that now I can dive into this series with the couple of books that follow that have already been published! Sometimes procrastination pays!
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It pains me to write unfavorable reviews for books written by favorite authors, and Susan Mallery is definitely one of my favorites. But as painful asIt pains me to write unfavorable reviews for books written by favorite authors, and Susan Mallery is definitely one of my favorites. But as painful as it is for me to write this, it was just as painful to read it.
I must state that yes, I knew this is a re-publish of a much earlier work. I was expecting the book to have less polish than her newer ones, I like it when authors re-release oldies that I missed the first time around. I wasn’t expecting a literary masterpiece. I was expecting a harlequin type soft and fluffy easy Christmas read. What I got? Frustrated!
Molly is at a crossroads in her life. In one short week her life completely unraveled and while she waits for more bad news (because our Molly is a pessimist) she decides to go on an adventure. When Molly was a girl she had a huge crush on her older sister’s boyfriend, Dylan. When Dylan and her sister broke up he left her with a ring and a promise for adventure. She decides to cash in on that deal. And although he hasn’t seen Molly in forever, he joins her.
OK, so the plot sounds unbelievable, but that’s what I wanted. A little Christmas magic. Unfortunately there is little to no Christmas and zero magic. What the book is about is a whiny, self-pitying, repetitive woman who is too annoying for words. There isn’t one aspect of her life where she isn’t ‘poor Molly’ yet as she’s relaying tale of woe after tale of woe she constantly states that she’s ok, or over it, and the hero keeps telling her how brave and amazing she is. I just wanted to scream “If it no longer bothers you why are you boring me and poor Dylan talking about it!?! Oh, yeah, she’s also a tease so not only does Dylan have to listen to her grip, he walks around blue and in pain half the book. She also has a spectacular habit of running off like a 5 year old to cry.
Granted, she’s going through some serious stuff, but the way all of it was handled and laid out was just too much. I couldn’t stand her. Their relationship never develops, the whole adventure seemed so one dimensional and it lacked any chemistry. Had I not been obligated to review this book, I would have quit reading it. As it is, it took me way longer to read than it should have. I kept having to set it down while I tried to regroup and find my happy place again.
Definitely not a fan of this story, I am very disappointed. If you’re looking for a feel good read, this isn’t it.
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Ok, in my review of The Promise I stated that I thought Peyton and Scott were my favorite couple in Thunder Point… I was wrong… Seth and Iris are, forOk, in my review of The Promise I stated that I thought Peyton and Scott were my favorite couple in Thunder Point… I was wrong… Seth and Iris are, for sure, or at least until the next book!
Seth and Iris had been best friends since they were small children. Seth was always looking out for his friend and as they got older that friendship didn’t fade. Through high school Iris counseled him with his woman troubles and he helped her and her single mom anyway he could. Then prom came along and the friendship that had been through so much, that had meant so much, was over.
Seth’s never known why prom ruined things permanently, Iris has kept her distance. After a short-lived professional football career that was destroyed in a car accident Seth has been in law enforcement and is back in his home town with a new job. He wants to make amends with the neighbor girl who had been such a big part of his life… but she’s not going to make it easy.
This was such an amazing story. I grinned like an idiot the majority of time while I read it. Seth’s attempts to woo his old friend made my insides warm and gooey. Their story made me cry and laugh, and laugh and cry. Iris’s every emotion is written so eloquently that it’s so easy to feel – it’s like you are her. There is no pain like a broken heart, but having it broken by your best friend is deadly. I could feel her hurt.
During the entirety of the book you can see the chemistry and connection that kept them best pals all those years. Watching them find that rhythm again was a joy. Reconnection stories are one of my favorites and this one was done wonderfully. Seth and Iris were funny, sexy and real… I’m still smiling!
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Eve Harmon has given up on happily ever after. After watching all her friends hook up and get their HEA, and after being dumped last year by a good frEve Harmon has given up on happily ever after. After watching all her friends hook up and get their HEA, and after being dumped last year by a good friend, she’s pretty sure this is it. On her 35th birthday, when all her friends are busy, she goes out to the local bar to have a good time and forget that she’s usually the good girl, the responsible one. Mission accomplished when she wakes up a little foggy headed and with a stranger in her bed.
Rex isn’t into relationships, he has way too much of his past always licking at his heels. One night with the pretty Eve is all he can have. So he gives her a fake name with intention of never seeing her again. Unfortunately that plan goes to hell when he finds out he is staying at her B&B.
I have been dying to read more of Rex aka Pretty Boy from the Bullet Proof Trilogy. I loved his character then and I loved it even more now. He has grown up since last we saw him, though he is still troubled, scared and untrusting with good reason.
I love Christmas time, not because I am religious, but because there is a feeling in the air, a tangible goodness, hope. This story captures that feeling. Eve and Rex are just what each other needs and with a few surprises here and there, they are forced to make some decisions that Rex otherwise would have avoided by disappearing without a trace.
There is more than the Eve/Rex romance going on. There is the mystery of the ghost that haunts the B&B and glimpses into the lives of the previous Whiskey Creek heroes and heroines. The story is hard to put down and is definitely a page turner.
The story gets a little hokey and unbelievable towards the end – but isn’t that what the Christmas spirit is all about? The impossible possible, believing and seeing that belief come to fruition? Definitely a must read for the Whiskey Creek series fan – and anyone needing a guaranteed happy ending Christmassy book!
Cherise Everhard, September 2014 I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review ...more
Peyton is a Physician’s Assistant that comes to Thunder Pointe after her she loses her job and a little bit of herself in the process. She wants to rePeyton is a Physician’s Assistant that comes to Thunder Pointe after her she loses her job and a little bit of herself in the process. She wants to regroup, and in the meantime work for a few months doing what she does best.
Dr. Scott Grant can’t believe his luck when the beautiful Peyton agrees to work in his family practice. She’s clearly overqualified, and although she can only commit to a few months he is not stupid enough to turn her away.
Scott’s been raising his two kids, essentially alone, since his wife’s death years ago. He’s ready to move and while he’s attracted to his new assistant she’s making it clear she’s off limits. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is to stay strictly professional.
I am a huge fan of Robyn Carr and her stories and characters and the warm sense of community her stories exude are at the center of my admiration. This book had some surprising laughs for me. I don’t think of Robyn Carr as writing funny scenes, but there were quite a few that made me laugh. I love the chuckles these two coaxed out of me. I think they are one of my favorite couples.
Peyton happens to be of Basque decent and I enjoyed searching the internet researching the foods and wines she mentioned and the people and its culture. I love it when books lead me to wanting to learn and read more.
Another strong book in a fantastic series.
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The last time Laine was in Thunder Point she was rescuing a young child from a cult and she was shot in the process. After the rescue, she has had a dThe last time Laine was in Thunder Point she was rescuing a young child from a cult and she was shot in the process. After the rescue, she has had a difficult time recuperating with her father’s negativity and constant disapproval; she longs to put space between the two of them. So she leaves Boston behind and heads back to Thunder Point. To the views that have been calling to her, to find some peace.
Eric is in Thunder Point trying to get to know his teenage daughter and nurturing his business, a service garage. He has had a shady past and the last thing he expects is to fall for an FBI agent, but their chemistry can’t be denied. They are honest from the start and their friendship builds and grows.
There is something about a Robyn Carr that hyst soothes the soul. Her characters are real and honest. And this romance has the maturity and the believability that rings true from two people who have lived life, that are beyond the games young people play. It was romantic and fun and they had me in their corner from page one.
There is also some side stories that help the story along and a fast pace. The side story of Laine and her family, mainly her father. Long time Thunder Point resident and everyone’s favorite realtor, Rae Ann is featured a little more intimately in this story. We also meet some new residents that will have a permanent place in your heart, Al and Justin.
Robyn Carr’s books are formula enough to make you feel safe in purchasing one, but diverse enough to keep you entertained. I’ve already dug into the next installment, I love this series!
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It’s London 1830 and Abigail Hale isn’t your typical gentile single lady. She is the daughter of a renowned surgeon and she aspires to follow in her fIt’s London 1830 and Abigail Hale isn’t your typical gentile single lady. She is the daughter of a renowned surgeon and she aspires to follow in her father’s footsteps. The Aldersgate School of Medicine, along with other medical schools, is in danger of closing as they do not have enough cadavers for the students to dissect, study and learn from. So what is a young woman to do? She hires a gang of resurrection men, aka grave diggers, to get a corpse for her school.
Even though she thinks she has taken every precaution and is prepared to take on the dangerous and shady men who work in this field, she is taken by surprise and then robbed by the group. She plans on getting what’s hers and ends up a captive of one of the grave diggers.
Max has his own agenda that has brought him to this gang of resurrection men… And the intriguing Ms. Hale could quite easily ruin the trust which he’s worked so hard to maintain. He holds her captive in order to protect his own plans, but soon finds himself mesmerized by the unusual Abigail.
I loved this book from start to finish. Abigail is quite simply hilarious. She’s kind of a geek – she knows nothing of human emotion and tends to be clinical and brutally honest in her speech. It made for some shocking and funny conversations. She’s absolutely adorable. Her and Max were about as opposite as they come, but fit together perfectly. I loved their friendship and romance.
This book is a little darker than traditional Brenda Novak historical – but not gloomy and is wonderfully entertaining. It has everything and the plot and the characters are perfect.
I really enjoyed every part of this story and it had me laughing, sighing and crying. Definitely a keeper!
Cherise Everhard, September 2014 This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Thinking Lucky Harbor is just a temporary pit stop in her newly uprooted life; Becca is pleasantly surprised at how soon she is taken with the town anThinking Lucky Harbor is just a temporary pit stop in her newly uprooted life; Becca is pleasantly surprised at how soon she is taken with the town and its people. She finds herself taking in the sights, mainly of the Sexy Grumpy Surfer, as she has named him, and supplementing her income with a job, or two.
Sexy Grumpy Surfer, aka as Sam, knows Becca has her secrets, but he can’t stop thinking about her and the chemistry they conduct. Sam has rules about mixing business with pleasure and he tries to follow his own rule, only to succumb – happily.
It’s no secret that Jill Shalvis is one of my favorite writers and that this series has held me a willing captive since day one… so when I received this new book I giggled as I opened it and grinned like an idiot while I read it. I wish I could find another word to describe the warm fuzzy feeling I get when I read a story and love it this much, but I can’t. I loved it. I loved them, I love the town and by Goddess I love Jill Shalvis for writing stories that DO make me feel and warm and fuzzy - content and happy and positively aching for the next one.
If I was a poet I would write an Ode to Jill – but I’m not, so I won’t… but it’s the thought that counts anyways, right? So Jill, I thought about it.
If you don’t love Becca and Sam you need to rush to the ER and demand a heart transplant ASAP! Yours has gone defective! They are practically perfect in every way. I love their friendship, their passion; I loved them separately and as a couple. I love their friends and the stories they have coming, you can tell they are going to be good ones – especially Olivia’s!
Lucky Harbor is a series you need to visit. Every story is worth the read – every book a keeper.
Cherise Everhard, July 2014 This book was given to me by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
First of all I love this series and this author, I always feel like I have to say that before I give a not so favorable review. 3 stars aren’t bad, buFirst of all I love this series and this author, I always feel like I have to say that before I give a not so favorable review. 3 stars aren’t bad, but it’s not that great, either.
Larissa has been the personal assistant and masseuse to hunky ex-football star, Jack. Recently relocated to Fool’s Gold with Jack’s business and partners, Larissa has embraced Fool’s Gold and its people. She and Jack have an interesting dynamic. Not only are they co-workers, they are charitable partners and best friends. They depend on each other for so much. They balance.
That is until Larissa’s mom comes to town and tells Jack that Larissa is in love with him. Suddenly these two are looking at each other in whole different light. Could Larissa’s mom be right? And what could that do to their already perfect relationship?
Since the beginning of this threesome of books, I have been eager for this story. I liked the glimpses of Jack and Larissa I have read previously and their story had real promise. Unfortunately the closer they got to their romance, the less they seemed like who they were. Their characters morphed into something I didn’t really recognize. They both had their hang ups with the past but it got old real quick and the level of hurt and cruelty that was dished out, by multiple characters, to each other was ridiculous.
Basically what started off strong and had me excited took a detour and changed the way I felt about their story. Sure you get your happy ending, no surprise there, but it’s the conflict between Jack and Larissa, Jack and his ex and co-workers, that took this 5 star story down to a 3. Luckily the conflict was short-lived. Had I not had such high hopes, this may not have bothered me so much. Still a good story, just could have been better.
Cherise Everhard, July 2014 Book provided by and reviewed for the Amazon Vine program...more
Living in the small town of Plum Orchard, working as a phone sex operator and fending off the moral patrol on a daily basis wouldn’t seem like an ideaLiving in the small town of Plum Orchard, working as a phone sex operator and fending off the moral patrol on a daily basis wouldn’t seem like an ideal situation. But Marybell Lyman has had one hell of a life – and no one knows the depths of her secrets, not even the women she considers her best friends/family, her fellow “call girls.” For the past 4 years she has hidden behind what she calls her shield – a colorful spiky Mohawk hairdo and enough Goth makeup and clothing to put Marilyn Manson to shame. She has a heart of gold – but most people stay far away, except Tag Hawthorne. He seems to have made it his life’s mission to get to know the untouchable Marybell. And he is the one person in the town she needs to keep hidden from.
When I first started this book I was pleasantly surprised by the steamy sexual situations and witty banter. I was intrigued by Marybell’s mask and past and found myself wanting to know more. I even had decided to order the first books in the series so I could get to know the other side characters better and the back story more. The more I learned the more curious I was to know how it all started. I was convinced this was going to be a 5 star rating and I wanted more!
But then somewhere along the way, I began to lose the enthusiasm and excitement. As Marybell and Tag got closer, the feel of the book changed. Things got a little cheesy and dramatic and then the momentum of the book slowed and suddenly I was more focused on just getting through this one, no longer interested in reading anymore. By the end of the book I was happy with the result, but not elated or blown away. It was a good book and although it wasn’t as great as it started, I still enjoyed it. Am I interested in reading anymore in the series? Maybe, but I’m not in the hurry that I once was in.
Overall it was good.
Cherise Everhard, June 2014 I received this book through the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review....more
Judy Gardner has been trying to ignore the chemistry that has been bubbling between her and Rick since they met. She has just graduated college and isJudy Gardner has been trying to ignore the chemistry that has been bubbling between her and Rick since they met. She has just graduated college and is afraid acting on that attraction will derail her career goals.
Rick refuses to give up on Judy, he’s been patient so far, and he can wait a little while longer. When she moves into her Movie star brother’s house it only increases their interaction and attraction. When she is attacked, he refuses to leave her side. He’s done playing!
My Goddess, who isn’t in love with Rick? I have been charmed by his dimples since he first appeared in this series and his book only added to his charm and my love. Why must fictional characters be so delicious? Damn you authors for making it impossible for mortal men to compare!!
Rick is Yummy with a capital Y! He and Judy create enough heat to burn the reader’s hands! LOVE THEM! Everything about this book was great, the characters, the mystery, the sex, by Goddess, the sex. In my previous life I would have devoured this book in an afternoon. But now that I am a working girl I have found that it’s frowned upon to read while punched in!
I love this author, this series and this book! Who will be next? Meg? Whoever it is, the book, like this one and those before it, will be fantastic. Can’t wait.
Cherise Everhard, May 2014 I won this book from the author in an online contest; I was not under any obligation to write a review....more
Angel is scarred on the inside and out. Living in Fool’s Gold has been good for him. It reminds him of the kind of town he grew up in and he wants toAngel is scarred on the inside and out. Living in Fool’s Gold has been good for him. It reminds him of the kind of town he grew up in and he wants to get more involved with the community. When he sets his sights on Taryn the chemistry is palpable. Taryn has a past not even her ex-husband knows about. She has trust issues because of her past and is pretty sure she isn’t capable of love.
It’s no secret that I love this town and the folks that live there. This series has stolen me away from my family time and time again. This book was equally as wonderful. Angel and Taryn have heat and humor and their story was hard to set down. Both of them have relationship issues for very different reasons and I found myself tearing up over and over again.
I can’t wait to read the next books in this series, I met a lady and little girl in this book that I hope has her chance at a happily ever after soon.
Cherise Everhard, May 2014 Book provided by and reviewed for the Amazon Vine Program...more
I don’t know what it is about these books that scare me. I always find myself putting off reading them like I am NOT going to enjoy them. It must be tI don’t know what it is about these books that scare me. I always find myself putting off reading them like I am NOT going to enjoy them. It must be the heavier than normal subject matters. I was hesitant with the first two, yet ended up loving them, and still hesitated with this one… and loved it.
Nina has been living on Blackberry Island her entire life. Once she had big plans to leave the island, go to medical school and become a doctor, but family obligations kept her home. Now she is a nurse, still living at home with her mother and her mother’s partner. She starts dating one man from her past when her first love comes back.
Averil is the younger sister of Nina and seems to not know how to make up her own mind. Living with a husband who adores her she can’t understand why she feels discontent. She heads home to Blackberry Island to find herself.
Reading the dynamics of this family it was easy to compare my own family here and there. Everyone has a Nina and an Averil in their life. Everyone knows the adult who is perpetually stuck in Teenage Town, choosing to live recklessly without plan. I saw a lot of myself in Nina - the control freak constantly running around trying to prevent disasters where she can, and mop up after the ones that happened anyway.
I am always impressed with the character depth and detail in her books. This was another wonderful read and a great addition to the series. I enjoyed watching the 4 woman live in the same households and figure out there place and positions in the family. They all changed and grew a little bit from the experience and it made for a very enjoyable read.
Jenna has her share of secrets. As a teenager she was no stranger to reckless living, she was the town bad girl, until an unexpected pregnancy had herJenna has her share of secrets. As a teenager she was no stranger to reckless living, she was the town bad girl, until an unexpected pregnancy had her changing her ways. She’s 24 now with a 5 year old son, and although her and her two sisters are closer than ever, she is still keeping secrets.
Matt has secrets of his own, and the biggest one is what is holding him back from acting on the mutual attraction he and Jenna have been feeling for months now. When they finally come together, it seems they can’t stop falling for one another.
As the two of them get closer, we learn a bit more about what has kept us interested in these two characters over the past two books. I know I was dying to get my hands on this book; Jenna has been an intriguing character from day one. Her sorted past combined with her wonderful mothering and loving heart has kept me wanting to know more about her.
I flew through this book. I found myself making that “I will read one more chapter and then…” deal with myself, repeatedly. And I think I reneged 99% of the time. I had to find out what happened next.
Matt was super sexy… loved the dirty talk, that was hot, but he was also adorably romantic. Their romance had everything. There is one scene when Jenna is supposed to be studying that I found particularly clever and fun.
When their pasts and secrets are uncovered things get ugly, but the entire journey was enjoyable. I’ve really enjoyed this series and I am sad to see the end of the Sorentino sisters, they were fabulously entertaining.
Cherise Everhard, April 2014 I received this book from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review
Grace has stayed on Salt Spring Island her whole life. She loves the island and the people, but lately she has begun to feel a little lonely. Her twoGrace has stayed on Salt Spring Island her whole life. She loves the island and the people, but lately she has begun to feel a little lonely. Her two best girlfriends are in relationships and no longer on the island.
When Colin was barely a man, he took his younger brother off of Salt Spring Island and never looked back. He was protecting his brother and leaving behind an alcoholic father and his abusive friends. Now he is fast becoming the next big celebrity chef. He has restaurant plans and his brother is helping him with a calorie counter. When his brother tricks him into returning to the Island, he is less than happy.
When they were in school together Grace followed Colin around like a lovesick puppy. He isn’t interested in relationships right now. His career is taking off and needs all his focus and he has a crazy stalker ex he is still trying to get rid of. But there is something about the Grace that pulls him, and he finds himself looking for an excuse to say on the island that holds so many ghosts for him.
I really loved Grace and Colin. Their friendship and attraction was fun and believable – their love story sexy and warm. I flew through this book in one sitting and when it ended I was bummed there wasn’t a book four ready for me to read. Along with Grace and Colin there is also a host of characters that helped make the story so wonderful. Colin’s brother, Porter, his family, and Grace’s friend, Toni. They added so much to the story. I hope she writes a book 4 featuring Porter and Toni - they deserve their happily ever after.
Cherise Everhard, March 2014 I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Isabelle fell in love with Mateo as a little girl. She followed him around and never kept her feelings secret – she let him know every day that he wasIsabelle fell in love with Mateo as a little girl. She followed him around and never kept her feelings secret – she let him know every day that he was the one. Mateo tolerated the little, but fell in love with the woman that she eventually became. They had big plans to go along with their big love – until Isabelle called things off.
Years later Isabelle is still single and caring for her wounded veteran brother, when she takes him to their family lake home where she hopes to heal his broken spirit. With some good intentioned interfering from Isabelle’s mother and Mateo’s niece, they are forced to confront the past and the fact that they haven’t gotten over one another.
I love reunion stories so this story really appealed to me. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up liking it very much. For one thing finding out why Isabelle broke up with Mateo took way to freaking long. And once I knew the why I could totally sympathize with the young girl who made the decision… but I had trouble empathizing with the adult Isabelle. I thought she could have handled things differently.
Isabelle and Mateo’s characters weren’t very interesting; in fact they were frustratingly immature and annoying at times. I found myself looking forward to the short bits of entertainment that the niece provided. I ended up being very disappointed in this story, it just didn’t come close to my expectations.
Cherise Everhard, February 2014 Book provided by and reviewed for the Amazon Vine Program...more
Former Navy seal and suspected jewel thief, Ian Dunn, has been in prison for over a year when he is approached by two lawyers with a rescue mission ofFormer Navy seal and suspected jewel thief, Ian Dunn, has been in prison for over a year when he is approached by two lawyers with a rescue mission offer that could mean his freedom. Phoebe has only been at her law firm for a week when she is asked to act in Ian’s interests and accompany the attorney representing the United States government and their deal. She is sure that once Ian hears of the rescue mission he will jump at the chance to help and to have his freedom. But that’s not the case and Phoebe quickly learns the man is far more complicated than she ever imagined.
Forced together by circumstance and danger Phoebe, Ian and his ‘team’ embark on a rescue mission on multiple levels.
Once upon on a time I fell in love with Suzanne Brockmann’s SEAL’s teams. There is something about the heroic folks she writes about that made me giddy with anticipation. But her last couple books were hard for me to read as paragraph after paragraph jumped all over the place from character to character, setting to setting. I would be thinking I was still reading about one situation only to discover in a short paragraph I was suddenly someplace else, with someone else! It made a wonderful story hard to follow and herky jerky. It really began to ruin my book love. This book brought back the love!
I am so excited about this series. I feel like someone has breathed new life into one of my favorite authors! Phoebe and Ian were fabulous and I loved their chemistry and the way they worked and played off one another. The side characters were just as intriguing and I am really looking forward to reading more about Francine and Deb. Those are two women who have big stories! I can hardly wait.
It’s a fast paced book that moves seamlessly and for me, flawlessly. I can’t wait to read more!
Cherise Everhard February 2014 This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review...more
While living in Whiskey Creek, Presley never really fit in. Befriended by bad boy, Aaron, the two of them shared a friendship that was heavy on sex anWhile living in Whiskey Creek, Presley never really fit in. Befriended by bad boy, Aaron, the two of them shared a friendship that was heavy on sex and drugs. Presley followed Aaron around and oozed the adoration she felt, feelings he didn’t share. But when Presley left Whiskey Creek two years ago, she had hit rock bottom. Her mother had died and her drug and self destruction went from bad to worse.
An epiphany in the form of the unborn child that she carried forced her to make some changes. Now she is returning to her home town a new woman with goals and dreams. She is determined to stay clean and be the kind of mom her son needs. The last thing she or her heart needs is to constantly run into the man who still has the power to break her heart and discover her biggest secret.
I flew through this book in a day and loved it so much it made me want to start from book one in the series and revisit the characters and the town I have spent so much time in. I wanted to reread Cheyenne’s story… where we get to know the troubled Presley and Aaron.
Brenda Novak can write emotion like no other author can. From page one I was feeling everything Presley was and holding my breath in anticipation of the next scene. Presley has had an ugly past but the woman she has become is admirable and strong. Watching her and Aaron reconnect now that they are both very different people was exciting and fulfilling. It wasn’t an easy transition, by any means, but it was real.
My one point of contention is the storyline involving Cheyenne and Dylan. At first I hated it! It made me nuts, and made my tummy unsettled. I don’t like deception of any kind among favorite characters – and this level of deception is off the charts. Not only is it dishonest, but it’s all entangled in a whole heap of other things that don’t sit right with me. Normally, when I read something that irks me so much, I will lower the rating, because well, I’m petty like that! I’m invested in this town and its characters, damn it, their conduct and actions needs to fit my vision!! So why is my rating still so high? Because she made it work. I’m still not fully happy with the goings on – but all the characters involved seemed mentally on board, so who am I to argue with the Master of Manuscripts? I have a feeling I’m not the only one who wasn’t comfortable with this bit of the story, but as long as everyone in Whiskey Creek stays happy and satisfied… I will too!
This series is outstanding! I encourage everyone to visit Whiskey Creek, but start with book 1. You don’t want to miss a page!
Cherise Everhard February 2014 This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review...more