I’ve been disappointed in the last couple of Fool’s Gold books, so I was a little leery about reading this one. Luckily, I ended up liking this one!
ShI’ve been disappointed in the last couple of Fool’s Gold books, so I was a little leery about reading this one. Luckily, I ended up liking this one!
Shelby has had a rough past. Some of townspeople and her brother rescued her from a terrible situation and brought her to live in Fool’s Gold. She’s had some time to heal and most people see the improvements but there is one area of her life she can’t seem to fix – she can’t trust men.
Aidan runs an adventure touring company and sleeps with one tourist after another. One night stands are his specialty until a disgruntled partner sheds some light on his bad behavior. He realizes he’s become something he’s not proud of. Shelby sees this and devises a plan to help them both - a 6 month friendship with no sex or romantic entanglements. She can learn to trust a man and Aidan can have a relationship with a woman that lasts longer than his orgasm.
I really liked the Aidan and Shelby and the guy/girl things they took turns doing with each other in order to expand their horizons and build their friendship. Even though I knew eventually they were going to end up happily ever after, the journey to get there was well worth the read. They had plenty of chemistry and their friendship and affection toward one another was genuine.
There was some unnecessary cheesiness built in – Mayor Marsha’s intervening and the cockamamie idea she came up with. Nothing came of it and it was just like I said, unnecessary. The intervention of the man friends at the end was really cheesy and not at all what any of those characters would behave like - it just didn’t ring true, especially with Angel.
That being said, I am really glad I liked this one. It feels like the end of Fool’s Gold and I think it’s time. I couldn’t see where there were any new people she could hook-up in another story for this series. There are Aidan’s brothers who have relocated to a town called Happily, Inc. I am hoping they will be our next books, I think we need a new setting and series.
Cherise Everhard, April 2016 Book provided by and reviewed for the Amazon Vine Program...more
I love stories that make you want to read faster, and chuck the real world out the window whilst you escape in the exciting pages. This was one of thoI love stories that make you want to read faster, and chuck the real world out the window whilst you escape in the exciting pages. This was one of those reads. I happily neglected my motherly and wifely duties while I promised myself just one more page.
India lost her husband tragically and feels partially responsible. While she rebuilds her life in Whiskey Creek, her daughter is staying with her in-laws until she has everything settled. She’s lonely and in need of a friend. In steps neighbor and bad boy Amos brother, Rod. She doesn’t want to fall for his ‘type’ but the two just click.
As they fight to put closure on India’s past – they just get closer and as things get more dangerous they realize how much they have to lose.
I loved India’s background and her story. I loved the idea that someone could come from nothing and make the life she had with her husband. I thought Ms. Novak poured even more truth into the pages showing how the past constantly finds its way to the present and even the best people have to defend and explain actions they’ve paid for over and over again. She and Rod had that in common. The Amos family has a rep, Rod is no stranger to trouble, but he’s a good man – a great man.
They had great chemistry and a true relationship. They were honest with each other from the start and I loved the way they took each other as they were - flaws and all, no apologies.
There is a side story that is barely an appetizer in size – yet the content is huge and I devoured it and enjoyed it like my last supper. I craved the little snippets that she gave me and felt like a giddy kid at Christmas with each one. I can NOT wait for Natasha and Mack’s story. I’m practically salivating over here. Bravo, Ms. Novak, for expertly enticing me and torturing me at the same time. It’s quite a gift you have!!
Cherise Everhard, March 2016 I received this book from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review
Was kinda confused when I started this one because in the last book in this series - Harley already works for cooper and has a mad crush on him - she'Was kinda confused when I started this one because in the last book in this series - Harley already works for cooper and has a mad crush on him - she's all pissed off at her sister for kissing him at a bar. Yet that part of this book doesn't happen till close to the end. We start this book and she has another job entirely and doesn't work for Cooper. Weird. ...more
I’ve been a little in love with the mysterious Connor O’Rourke since he first graced the pages. I’ve loved his relationships with the people in his liI’ve been a little in love with the mysterious Connor O’Rourke since he first graced the pages. I’ve loved his relationships with the people in his life, especially his sisters. I’m a sucker for an Irishman – and even more so for one that can cook. His story, to me, has been a long time coming and had to be special. It was.
Connor has been in love with Jessica Dunn for as long as he can remember. There on and off again affair has been years and years in the making and he’s ready to take it to the next level… But Jessica is not seeing things his way, so once again they are off.
I really loved their story. The background on both characters only made my love for Connor grow and cemented the fact that he and Jessica were made for each other. Jessica has had such a tough life and she didn’t always make the wisest of decisions. She’s created all these walls and rules and expectations around what she thinks she deserves and needs and basically puts her bother before and above all us. She’s a wonderfully perfect sister, but a seriously flawed human being. I alternated between wanting to hug and nurture her to wanting to slap her silly.
The characters that make up the cast of the Blue Heron series are one of a kind. Catching up with them makes me want to revisit their own stories. Colleen and Connor crack me up – so much love and teasing. They are twins, business partners and best friends. There is plenty of humor at the expense of the other. So much of the greatness of her stories stems from the amazing people she writes.
Their journey is not an easy one. It’s a difficult, emotional and sometimes painful path to happily ever after. But that journey makes the ending all that more satisfying. They earned their happily ever after and you know they will fight to keep it.
Cherise Everhard, February 2016 Book provided by and reviewed for the Amazon Vine Program...more
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Mia is still in high school when she is forced to leave her childhood home, mother and abusI received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Mia is still in high school when she is forced to leave her childhood home, mother and abusive father. She leaves Texas and heads to Boston with very little money, life experience or hardly any idea of what she is going to do. With the help of a friend’s older sister in Boston she secures a place a stay and soon a job. For someone who has lived her life sheltered under her father’s version of the bible and rules – she gets a crash course of the real world and adapts rather quickly.
This is two rather short stories placed together in a boxed set. I read each of them in a day and felt the flow was fast moving. I liked the story, and enjoyed the read well enough but I wasn’t wowed nor did I love it. Mia and Damien are likeable characters but I felt everything about them was rushed. I don’t feel like I have a decent picture of them in my head their descriptions weren’t vivid and didn’t make them come off the pages at me.
Some of the story seemed tedious or immature. The whole Caroldactyl part of the story I could have done without. I didn’t like the character, but the way Mia treated her seemed out of character and it was needless filler for a story that could have used more detail elsewhere.
I feel like I am writing all negative things about a story I didn’t hate. I just feel that there was a lot of room for improvement. I think the author has talent… she kept me engaged; I just think this story lacked the polish of a good editor. There was too much conflict from different sources and not enough development into the characters.
This was a quick and enjoyable read, the author kept you turning the pages – I just see her potential for so much more.