Maya and Del were in love and once upon a time were to be married. But Maya left Del heartbroken and they both went their separate ways. Years later tMaya and Del were in love and once upon a time were to be married. But Maya left Del heartbroken and they both went their separate ways. Years later they are both in their hometown again for different reasons and forced to collaborate on a city project. They’ve both changed, a lot, but as they work together they find that even though they’re different people now some things like their chemistry and attraction haven’t changed.
This threesome in the long running and for me, much loved, Fool’s Gold series has not been my favorite. When this one started I thought I was going to really love it. I love old loves reunited and given the second chance. It’s one of my favorite story lines. This book started out pretty strong, compared to the previous two, so I had high hopes that this book was going to make up for the mediocre previous two… but for me that loving feeling soon fizzled out and while I found myself liking the story I wasn’t wowed and I didn’t love it.
Part of the problem was the conflict in the story was strange to me. I didn’t get why Del’s mom was doing what she was doing and it seemed odd and selfish and screamed “I’m a martyr!” Then when the conflict comes to light Del’s reaction was over the top and mean. I didn’t get that, either. I didn’t like that part of the story and it was unnecessary filler.
While I like Del and Maya… I never fell for them like I have for previous characters in the story. They were OK – nothing special. The story wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either. I’m glad I read it as I still haven’t lost my love for Fool’s Gold or this series, I have high hopes that the next threesome will bring back the greatness I expect from this author and series.
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!
Cherise Everhard, September 2015 I was given this book in exchange for an honest review ...more
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.
Cherise Everhard, July 2015 Received from and Reviewed for the Amazon Vine Program...more
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.
Cherise Everhard, July 2015 I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review ...more
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.
Cherise Everhard, June 2015 Book Provided by and Reviewed for the Amazon Vine Program...more