A cute contemporary sports romance, it even had an interesting secondary romance. The author has a nice writing voice for this genre and I would readA cute contemporary sports romance, it even had an interesting secondary romance. The author has a nice writing voice for this genre and I would read more, but this one lacked a bit on the story. I'm not a fan of secret baby romances, especially when the secret tends to linger far too long. It wrapped up with a good ending, so I'd recommend it if you like light contemp romances and don't mind the 'secret baby' plot device. ...more
3.5 - If you like 'Beauty and the Beast' romances, you might enjoy this one. (It is free today too.)
After six-months of non stop snow and rain that is3.5 - If you like 'Beauty and the Beast' romances, you might enjoy this one. (It is free today too.)
After six-months of non stop snow and rain that is causing her village to slowly starve, Triselle ventures out of her cottage and finds herself at Earl Vanir's castle. Rumor has it him and all of his servants have not been seen for six-months, but what she finds there startles her.
Lord Vanir was a cold-hearted and uncaring Earl before his curse, but six-months of solitude and misery as a cursed beast has made him all too aware of what a monster he truly was. So when a beautiful young woman stumbles into his curse, he can't help but desire her.
This was a cute fairytale type romance with a few steamy scenes. At only 40 pages it was an enjoyable twist on the Beauty and the Beast story. ...more
A light BDSM erotica short story with an older woman and younger man. She's never been a sub, and he has a thing for being a dom. This had some prettyA light BDSM erotica short story with an older woman and younger man. She's never been a sub, and he has a thing for being a dom. This had some pretty good chemistry and sizzle for only being about 10-15 pages. ...more
A cute romantic tale of two people meeting and finding some hot attraction.
This veeeerrrrry short book would actually make a great chapter 1 to a fulA cute romantic tale of two people meeting and finding some hot attraction.
This veeeerrrrry short book would actually make a great chapter 1 to a full size book. In these six short pages I already fell in love with the small Montana town, and the H/h had much to like too. You could feel the heat building, but sadly that is where the story ends. Very cute though. The author has a nice writing voice, I could read more by her. :-)...more
4.5 stars. This might be the best freebie I’ve read all year. Score!
Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash (love that name!) was a great heartfelt contempo 4.5 stars. This might be the best freebie I’ve read all year. Score!
Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash (love that name!) was a great heartfelt contemporary romance with some suspense, humor, and fun banter between the H/h. I loved how the steamy tension kept growing from a slow burn to a hot sizzle as the relationship between the H/h could no longer be denied. Oh, this was my kind of romance. The writing was top notch, the pacing kept me glued, and the characters all felt so real. I would have loved an epilogue, but that is because I felt so invested in their journey. I am hoping the author will write another story in this town (maybe Colin’s story?) so we get more about Derek Burke and Jenna Murphy.
The story is set in a small town of West Virginia, where newcomer wealthy businessman Derek Burke has taken over the Three Brooks Equine Center, a facility for horses to heal and get long term treatment. The facility has been poorly managed and employees are taking advantage of the center left and right. He immediately has a rough start with his new staff, but finds himself oddly intrigued with the local horse masseuse Jenna Murphy. She just stole a bag full of horse vitamins from his facility! But he soon realizes she is an expert at her job, loyal to the bone, and an asset to help him smooth the way with other employees. He finds himself drawn to this beautiful lady, who happens to live in a broken down trailer just down the road from his new digs -- the large estate owned by Three Brooks. What he doesn't know is she keeps a lot of secrets, including fudging her college training as a masseuse. New management requires a college degree, so her 11th grade education needed to be fudged in order to keep her job.
When Burke begins shaking up things at the facility, including not allowing locals to receive free or reduced price treatment, Jenna takes matters into her own hands. Her aging old pony Peanut needs treatment that only Three Brothers can provide, but since he is a two buck mangy steed without proper vaccinations Burke doesn’t want Peanut mingling with the clients horses. At first she could justify going against Burke, but as their relationship heats up she finds her loyalties splitting.
I loved this story so much, and I will read more by this author. I had a hard time guessing how they were going to get their HEA, but I was pleasantly surprised how the author wraps it up. And while the setting might be around a horse training and healing facility, the author doesn’t bash the readers over the head with endless and useless information about horses. If you love a good heartfelt contemporary romance with a light suspense twist, a believable romance, and some good dialogue this is a great book to try. ...more
I loved the unique American historical setting and the factual references to the monumental work that went into building rail system across the SierraI loved the unique American historical setting and the factual references to the monumental work that went into building rail system across the Sierra’s, but as a romance this story didn’t work quite as well for me.
The Iron Horse King is loosely based on the actual Charles Crocker, a rich mogul who began life poor and selling oranges to help feed his family than grew up to accomplish the unthinkable – he built the Central Pacific rail in the mid 1800s across the treacherous Sierra Nevada mountains and linked the western Pacific rail line with the Eastern rail line. People called him a fool for trying, and he risked all that he had to buKild the rail despite having nothing more than a 9th grade (or so) education level.
Jacob Ramsey is in Sacramento on a stop to pick up supplies and additional workers when he meets the beautiful and proper suffragette Mary Rose and her friend Lucy. Desperate the find her missing brother who started work for Jacob months earlier, she realizes he must have left the hard laborious work of building the rail and is most likely now panning for gold. When Jacob refuses to allow her to join them so she might look for her brother, she disguises herself as a young man and joins the work crew.
Their first meeting had me hopeful of a great romance story as it began with some fun sparks between them. Jacob is a surly man, twice the age of Mary Rose, and he enjoys a good bit of fun.
“What kind of business......ah, yes, I see now what you ladies are about.” An idea dawned that sent a delicious smile stretching across his face. “Did Linda send you two to me? I told her I don’t need that two-woman business…just isn’t my style. Just one pretty girl is all I am looking for. A man needs to give a woman his full attention don’t you think?”
Unfortunately, the romance stalls as we spend a few months in the Sierra with Mary Rose pretending to be Martin, and Jacob seemingly none the wiser. The young lad is a sissy and quickly rejected by the white workers, so she finds herself befriending the Chinese. Jacob remembers what is was like to be young and picked on, so he takes young Martin under his wing for tutelage. To protect Martin from the bullying, Jacob insists he share his small cabin room with him.
When Mary’s secret is finally revealed, Jacob continues to protect her from the other men and she remains staying with him in his cabin. However, nothing really heats up much, but we do realize these two are falling for one another. When the rail is finally finished and these two return to civilization to a grand parade celebration in San Francisco, they realize that Mary Rose is assumed to be his ladybird and her reputation is ruined.
I won’t go into more of the story from there, but it felt as if the author struggled with writing the ending. The dialogue and pacing change from sharp and witty, to stilted and boring. These two end up in a dangerous situation that only an author can write her characters to safety. In real life, they’d be dead! And the few sex scenes were steamy, albeit with some odd conversation and comments that made me snicker (and it wasn’t meant to be funny). And the storyline about the brother takes a backseat and I never understood why the author resolved it the way she did.
But my BIGGEST complaint about this book was the lack of POV from Jacob himself. This story could have been great if we could see the story from his perspective as well. I don’t believe this was just Mary Rose’s story to tell, Jacob could have been a much more interesting character if only we could see inside of his thoughts. We never really know what he is thinking and feeling, and toward the end that was peril for me to accept and forgive his actions. There were many times I asked myself why did he do what he did? He does explain himself in dialogue to Mary Rose, but these explanations comes much later in the book. Too often I wanted to know what he was thinking.
Finally, the ending was a bit pat. Mary Rose flipped flopped on her suffragette beliefs, her ideas on marriage…etc. Jacob’s actions were making little sense to me. Major spoiler: (view spoiler)[When Jacob finally makes it to Paris to rescue Mary Rose and Lucy from an impending war, he immediately checks himself into a grand hotel instead of taking the final steps to find Mary at her new dress shop. I really wanted to know what he was thinking!! Why wait? It was just one more part of his actions that made me question if he truly ever cared for Mary Rose. If we had some of his POV I might have understood, but without it my adoration for him waned and waned. (hide spoiler)]
In the end this was a pleasant read. I loved the historical setting, especially in the first half when it focused on building the railroad. There were some great moments between Jacob and Mary Rose in the beginning too, but unfortunately the romance never gelled into anything solid. If it had included Jacobs POV and changed up some of stilted dialogue toward the end, it could be a much better story. Since this is an indie book, I should also mention that the writing, editing and formatting were great. She clearly believes in giving the reader the best reading experience and took the time to make sure it was well edited. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
A really good light medieval romance with plenty of cheeky humor and intrigue. Great H/h! Steam level mild (fade to black only) but the tension and roA really good light medieval romance with plenty of cheeky humor and intrigue. Great H/h! Steam level mild (fade to black only) but the tension and romance high. It was fun watching them fall in love around their misguided notions and beliefs of curses. 4.5 stars...more