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!
Cherise Everhard, October 2014 This book was given to my by and reviewed for the Amazon Vine Program ...more
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.
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