On her way to her new family home in Scotland 5 years ago, Victoria had something happen to her and she hasn’t been able to overcome her fears. The in...moreOn her way to her new family home in Scotland 5 years ago, Victoria had something happen to her and she hasn’t been able to overcome her fears. The incident has made her a recluse and she has been a prisoner in her home, too terrified to take a step out of the door. Her mother and sisters head to London for Christmas leaving Victoria behind with 2 of their servants when a man who has been shot gets brought into her home. Victoria is forced to care for the stranger while he recovers and the two form a friendship and an attraction.
Jonathan has his own issues. London is still talking about the scandal that rocked his family and he is more than happy to be in the company of a woman who enjoys him for his person, not his title nor his money.
I really enjoyed this story. I love that the reclusive spinster sister creates scandalously beautiful undergarments to sell and support her family. I love that Jonathan and Victoria’s relationship is based on friendship and builds at a natural and rather romantic pace. There is a scene on Christmas morning that was so silly yet so sweet and romantic you couldn’t help but sigh aloud. These two characters are a perfect pair.
There is some sinister happenings going on in this book and for me, it got a little old. Why no one beat the crap out of the annoying Earl I will never know… hopefully in a future book? There is a brief glimpse into the next book at the end of this one and it has me practically giddy with anticipation. I am DYING to know what has Juliette so skittish and running from her friend, Paul.
This was a wonderful historical romance – just the right amount of heat mixed in with all the love.
Cherise Everhard, February 2013 Book provided by and reviewed for The Amazon Vine Program(less)
Jane Pearson is a Book Doctor. She helps authors keep on task, and organizes their thoughts and notes. When she is assigned to Griffin Lowell...more3.5 Stars
Jane Pearson is a Book Doctor. She helps authors keep on task, and organizes their thoughts and notes. When she is assigned to Griffin Lowell she arrives at Beach House No.9 expecting a hermit but finds her new author surrounded by 20somethings and the host of party central. Griffin doesn’t want to work, Jane needs the work. The fun begins.
First I have to say I am a Christie Ridgway fan. I love her books and her characters. I loved the characters in this book but found myself getting frustrated at their obstacles and struggles. With the side story of Tess and David, I loved them and their brood, but found that their relationship resolution would have been a hell of a lot quicker had Tess went into a wife like rage like any normal woman would have done. She was way too calm and composed.
The story is romantic and heartbreaking at times. Their chemistry is undeniable and sexy. The pace moved a little slower than I would have liked, but in the end it was worth it. This is the first of a three book series and I am excited to read the next two. This book does a great job of introducing you to the players and setting up the next books. I am especially excited for Skye and Gage’s story.
Cherise Everhard, February 2013 Book provided by and reviewed for the Amazon Vine Program(less)
Callie has a liver disease. She is deteriorating fast and if she doesn’t get a donor liver soon she will be dead. She hasn’t told anyone what is ailin...moreCallie has a liver disease. She is deteriorating fast and if she doesn’t get a donor liver soon she will be dead. She hasn’t told anyone what is ailing her. She hasn’t told her friends, or even her parents. She wants to enjoy her last days; she doesn’t want to be surrounded by sadness or pity. So she moves into her grandparents’ farm where she spent so many happy days and begins her slow goodbye.
Levi shows up on Callie’s doorstep battered and bloodied. He has his own demons and secrets so the last thing he expects is to be taken in and trusted by this sweet woman. They create a tentative friendship and soon find themselves fighting their attraction to one another.
I fell in love with this story from page one. Callie and Levi are characters you instantly bond with and want the best for. I started this book yesterday morning and found it impossible to put down… I just didn’t want to leave Whiskey Creek and I needed to know what was happening next. The characters rang true, their struggles were heartbreaking and their approach to life and how to deal with things only made them more real.
To say that this story is emotional is an understatement. I cried about a zillion times while reading this book. Sometimes I was crying because things were sad, but a lot of the times I found myself crying because I was just that moved or touched by Levi, Cassie and her pals. It really is a beautiful story. This is one of those books you love so much you want everyone to read, but at the same time you don’t want to share your copy. You want your copy to remain safely on your bookshelf where you know you can grab it and reread it at anytime.
This is my favorite book in the Whiskey Creek series, so far. I can’t wait for the next one!
Cherise Everhard, January 2013 Book provided by and reviewed for the Amazon Vine Program(less)
Jack French is back in his home town after a two year prison sentence for a crime he didn't commit. He's attracted to the new cafe owner, Kat...more2.5 stars
Jack French is back in his home town after a two year prison sentence for a crime he didn't commit. He's attracted to the new cafe owner, Kate LaFond, though he knows from the start she is probably trouble. But the two of them soon form an alliance of sorts and start digging around in the past.
I really had high hopes for this series as the premise promised great things. Ultimately I feel let down. There is just so much negativity and deceit surrounding the characters of these books, that it's a wonder that the whole town doesn't just drink the kool-aid and end it already. Romance plays a very little role in these books and that's a shame to me when the characters could have been so much more. Instead we are treated to layers and layers of mystery heaped on to multiple characters. The mystery/suspense portions of the story are good, but too plentiful. If the author would have focused just on Kate's it would have been perfect, but to add in the sherriff's and Jacks...It just was too much for me.
Again, as in the book Unforgiven, we are left with questions unanswered and I am wondering why certain plot points were even brought up? What purpose did they serve?
I was really interested to know what would happen with Carson, but I don't think I can handle reading another story where everyone has a grey cloud of gloom hanging over their heads.
Cherise Everhard, January 2013 Reviewed for and book provided by the Amazon Vine Program(less)
After reading the short story, Fallen, that introduces us to the characters and storyline I was very anxious to read this book and to find out what ha...moreAfter reading the short story, Fallen, that introduces us to the characters and storyline I was very anxious to read this book and to find out what happened to poor Ginny. I also was eager to know what was happening with those she left behind.
Reading more like a mystery/suspense novel than a romantic suspense book I was a little disappointed with how the author chose to play things out. She pretty much casts everyone, with the exceptions of Rylan and Gentry, in an unflattering light and added suspicion where it didn't need to be. It was too much. This book had the potential to be so much more.
A few questions remain unanswered for me and a few scenerios and people were introduced to no purpose at the end of this tale. Will they prove purposeful in the next book? I will have to wait and see.
Rylan and Destry get their happily ever after but it came too late for me. There wasn't any relationship building in between all their amateur sleuthing. There weren't enough sparks for two people who have spent the last 11+ years longing for one another.
I hope now that the big mystery has been solved Redemption will prove to be more well rounded and less sinister.
Cherise Everhard, January 2013 Book provided by and reviewed for the Amazon Vine program(less)
Lizzy Croft has a job mending and making costumes for the local theater company and has an agreement to marry her best friend and neighbor, James, eve...moreLizzy Croft has a job mending and making costumes for the local theater company and has an agreement to marry her best friend and neighbor, James, eventually. When the future of the theater company becomes uncertain, she tries to convince James to marry her sooner rather than later. But, James refuses. He has some things to take care of that he’d like to keep secret from Lizzy. So he leaves town with the promise to be back as soon as he can. He also leaves her in the care of his older brother, Rafe. Rafe can certainly see Lizzy’s appeal, but Lizzy remembers Rafe from her childhood and she is more than a little afraid of him.
Forced together by unimaginable circumstances Rafe and Lizzy feel the pull of attraction, but try to keep their distance.
I am not sure what to say about this book, except that I wasn’t wowed. It’s not bad by any means; it’s just not fabulous either. The characters, plot, writing…everything was just OK, nothing stood out or really pulled me in. I hadn’t read the other books in this series, and this book really read as a standalone. After reading a book belonging to a series, I normally feel compelled to read the ones that preceded it and the ones that will come after – I don’t in this case.
Fans of the author and this series may feel differently, but to me this was just an average historical romance – I liked reading it, it served its purpose. But it isn’t anything I’d read again or pass on to any friends.
Cherise Everhard, January 2013 Book provided by and reviewed for the Amazon Vine Program(less)
Roses came to the Ogilvie clan as a young girl adopted by a childless couple. She was loved by her mother and father but always felt like an outsider....moreRoses came to the Ogilvie clan as a young girl adopted by a childless couple. She was loved by her mother and father but always felt like an outsider. Not only was she not technically an Ogilvie, but her light blonde hair and green eyes set her apart, too. When her parents die she is brought into the laird’s house as a servant and the object of his unwanted attentions. Dressing in baggy men’s clothing isn’t enough to deter the laird’s leering. Forced to defend herself and virtue she stabs her laird and flees her home running for her life.
Just when Roses thinks she may have a caught a break – she ends up coming face to face and sword to sword with Wilkie Mackenzie. Once blood is drawn and identities revealed a sort of love at first sight takes place, but the road to happily ever after isn’t easy. Roses is a stranger with a mysterious and unknown past and is hunted by her Ogilvie clan. Wilkie has an obligation to marry for the good of his clan, but can’t get his fair Roses out of his head.
I was really pleasantly surprised by this book. I had read a few negative reviews after I received this book that had me reading with prejudice. This is one of the times when I am happy to be proven wrong. I thought this was an excellent romance, not just for a debut author, but any veteran author. The book immediately held me as a willing captive and I loved every moment I spent in its pages. I love romances of all flavors and really appreciated the fact that these two knew what and who they wanted from the start and didn’t play any games. Their relationship was steamy and sweet… and his caveman possessiveness was made charming by his public overtures of tenderness and love.
This book looks to be the first in a series and I have already added this author and the book Highlander Taken to my books to buy/authors to watch list. I can’t wait to read more about the Mackenzie men and their big…….hearts. ;)
Cherise Everhard, January 2013 book received and reviewed for the Amazon Vine program
Tara Kendall left her big city life in New York to come to Parable, Montana and start over after her divorce. The hardest part of the divorce wasn’t l...moreTara Kendall left her big city life in New York to come to Parable, Montana and start over after her divorce. The hardest part of the divorce wasn’t losing her selfish ex-husband, but his twin daughters that she practically raised. Now living as a chicken farmer in the country, her ex-husband sends the twins to stay with her for a bit.
Sherriff Boone Taylor was raised in Parable. He met and married his high school sweetheart, had two boys and then lost her to Cancer way too soon. He never really recovered after that loss and his boys have been living with his sister in Missoula ever since. But when his brother-in-law has an accident that is going to require surgery and extra care from his sister he finally brings his boys home where they belong.
First I have to say I absolutely LOVE Linda Lael Miller’s books. I wait in breathless anticipation for every new release. But this series, so far, has been mediocre at best. The first book, Big Sky Country, was OK, but it started out a little slow. The second book, Big Sky Mountain, I actually really liked and now this one, again, was just OK.
Here you have two people reunited with children who desperately need real parental love. One who is bound by blood but has been separated by choice the other is a step parent who was separated by forces unstoppable. I guess my main problem with this book was Boone. I never got over the fact that when his boys needed him most because their MOTHER died, he shipped them to a different city to live with an aunt because he couldn’t cope with his WIFE dying. That is just the most incredibly selfish and mean thing I could think of a parent to do. Essentially those boys lost both their parents that day. He took way too long getting his crap together. Then the reasoning for the forced reunion was flimsy at best. They made a knee replacement into more than it needed to be. They acted like the injury was life threatening and altering.
Tara was an amazing heroine and I really admired her spirit and loyalty. The relationship between her and Boone moved a little too quickly from enemies, to friends to getting married without ever having a real date. The progression to friends seemed natural and easy enough with the kids as a buffer, but I would have preferred a little more alone time before talks of housing, marriage and babies were brought up.
The kids, the dogs and the side characters were as charming as ever and I am really looking forward to reading Casey’s story, Big Sky Summer, I think she will prove to be an interesting heroine as she is already shrouded in secrets. I just hope the book lives up to its potential and like the second one proves more likable and more up to Linda Lael Miller’s usual talent.
Cherise Everhard, December 2012 Reviewed for the Amazon Vine Program (less)
Many, many, moons ago Shelly Fredman contacted me about her book, No Such Thing As A Secret, and asked if I’d be willing to read and review it. After...moreMany, many, moons ago Shelly Fredman contacted me about her book, No Such Thing As A Secret, and asked if I’d be willing to read and review it. After reading the synopsis I dove into the book and I have been a fan ever since. I have made other readers in my life fans as well. There is just something so loveable about Brandy and these books; they’re just the right kind of comfort reading. I always feel like I am reading about and visiting with good friends.
In this 5th book, Brandy is witness to a cop being shot and while trying to save him she is forced to defend herself and ends up shooting the gang member who later dies. This gets Brandy wrapped up in 100 kinds of trouble. Luckily, the hunky men in her life, past and present, are there to help pick up the pieces and kiss the hurts. (If only we all had a Nick and Bobby at our sides *purrs*)
While there is a healthy dose of humor, this tale was more emotional to me. I don’t know if my empathy levels are off the charts but I was crying and worrying and feeling everything that Brandy was feeling. Some of it, like the jealousy and the hopelessness and doubts, wasn’t easy to swallow, but so real to life and true to the integrity of the book and characters; it only enhanced my reading experience.
Every time I read one of these books, I am left grinning and wanting another one, soon. The author, unfortunately, likes to torture me with long waits between books! That’s OK though because I’ll enjoy rereading these while I wait.
If you’ve never read a Brandy Alexander Mystery, do yourself a favor and start with the first book in the series. If you, like me, are a returning fan, you won’t be disappointed. Shelly Fredman makes a habit out of topping herself. I loved it!
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