4.5*, great historical romance. I never thought I'd enjoy a story about a courtesan this much. Mark was delicious too! He may have been a virgin, but4.5*, great historical romance. I never thought I'd enjoy a story about a courtesan this much. Mark was delicious too! He may have been a virgin, but not without a lot of burning desires. Loved it. ...more
Such mixed feelings!! Sigh. I’m still a fan of the series as I LOVE the world building, but I was a wee bit disappointed in the romance part of Storm’Such mixed feelings!! Sigh. I’m still a fan of the series as I LOVE the world building, but I was a wee bit disappointed in the romance part of Storm’s Heart.
3.5 - 4 stars.
Short summary: Niniane/tricks inherited the Dark Fae throne and now someone is out to stop her from becoming the Queen. When she goes missing, Wyr sentinel Tiago volunteers to find the spry little fae.
My Thoughts: In truth this was better than I hoped and it started off great, but once the romance took off I found myself slowly not caring. It became harder to stick with the story toward the end.
Tiago and Tricks started out with a great deal of tension between them and I loved how protective he was of her, but then they turned into a sappy couple which ultimately didn’t work well for me. I had high hopes for these two characters as individually they were such interesting and fun people full of life and pithy comments. But toward the end, I just wanted to slap Tricks for all of her over thinking, and slap Tiago for turning into her doormat. I can’t imagine him truly being happy in his new life, which is partly why I had issues believing in this couple.
The story read more like a suspense than a romance, so we spend a great deal of time trying to guess who wants to kill Tricks. This part of the story was well done, and the end surprising. For the romance, Tiago essentially claims Tricks. It was romantic, but then instantly they are now a devoted couple. The rest of their romance is focused on should-they or should-they-not mate for eternity. It didn’t feel much of a mystery to me as we know darn well they will, and I didn't really see the obstacles they supposedly saw.
Despite not loving Tiago and Tricks, I absolutely loved the world building and think this series has such great potential. There are some great characters I want to see more of. One of the reasons I have trouble getting into many PNR series is I find too many flaws with the world building, but in this series it all fits. You can tell it is well thought out and plotted, and for that I look forward to more in this series.
This was a GREAT opposites-attract, steamy, HOT romance suspense. Jared and Mia may be my favorite couple yI'm so sad this series is over!! Nooooo!!!
This was a GREAT opposites-attract, steamy, HOT romance suspense. Jared and Mia may be my favorite couple yet in the series. Their chemistry was just off the charts fun and HOT. He is a serious minded, stoic man of few words, while she is a bubbly, talkative and genuinely happy person with an infectious laugh. Talk about opposites! Initially he finds her reckless and incompetent, but as they work closely together to catch a baby-snatching bad guy, she proves herself every bit as strong and capable as him. This story had a great mix of suspense, humor, heat and nail biting action.
Sweet Reward was a great ending to a fun, sexy romance suspense series. I enjoyed every book, ever character, and will really miss these guys. Reece is one of my few auto-buy authors, and this book kept her firmly on that short list. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!! ...more
Started strong, but the story meandered too much. While there were a lot of cute little moments and a likable H/h, I kept waiting for the actual storyStarted strong, but the story meandered too much. While there were a lot of cute little moments and a likable H/h, I kept waiting for the actual story to happen. I was close to giving it a four-star rating as it was entertaining despite being light on substance, but the ending felt off from the rest of the books light and humorous tone and left much unexplained. Ah well. ...more
I debated between 4 and 5 stars, but it ended so well I just had to bump it up to 5-stars. It was a really enjoyable steamy PNR story that never had aI debated between 4 and 5 stars, but it ended so well I just had to bump it up to 5-stars. It was a really enjoyable steamy PNR story that never had a dull moment. Loved the H/h, the world building was solid, the humor was wicked fun, the steam hot, and the side characters were all well done too. My only issue were the rapid mood swings between the H/h toward the end. While they were understandable, it was jarring in places. I look forward to reading the next in this series. Highly recommend to PNR fans. ...more
Contemporary romance set around a `Survivor' type game show. Funny, sexy and clever. I really enjoyed it.Contemporary romance set around a `Survivor' type game show. Funny, sexy and clever. I really enjoyed it....more
WOW it was good. One of those books that make you wonder why they don't write like this anymore. A love blooms between a Jewish man and Christian ladyWOW it was good. One of those books that make you wonder why they don't write like this anymore. A love blooms between a Jewish man and Christian lady. Powerful stuff....more
Awesome! It was melt-the-heart kind of good. Sean and Emma made a great couple. The romance felt believable, the heat was just right (steamy!), and thAwesome! It was melt-the-heart kind of good. Sean and Emma made a great couple. The romance felt believable, the heat was just right (steamy!), and the laughs were frequent. A great feel-good romance. ...more
A surprisingly good romance suspense with a perfectly matched H/h, the kind I love to route for. Loved them both. Garwood did a great job of balancingA surprisingly good romance suspense with a perfectly matched H/h, the kind I love to route for. Loved them both. Garwood did a great job of balancing a steamy romance, honest passion, and a suspenseful storyline with plenty of twists -- just how I like my romance suspense books.
The first few paragraphs sucked me in and I never lost interest. We learn quickly that Ellie is a prodigy surgeon who witnesses a crime that nearly killed a man, and Max is an FBI agent determined to keep her safe - and in his bed. Their attraction is honest and real, and easily the best part of the book. The dialog between these two was sharp and even humorous at times, including some great teasing banter.
The suspense part of the story was multi-tiered, as Ellie's past issue with a stalker who tried to kill her years ago resurfaces. So now Ellie and Max find themselves faced with two dangerous elements to contend with, both past and present dangers. I enjoyed the clever way Max and Ellie were able to unravel the mystery aspects in order to stay safe, but if I am being honest I would say the storyline of the stalker from her past did feel a bit over the top. It just left me with a lot of little questions about its plausibility. Luckily, it's not a big part of the story so this issue is minor.
Max is a rough around the collar kind of guy, says what he means, and wants to keep his personal life simple and uncomplicated. He begins the affair with Ellie believing it's to scratch an itch, but he is unprepared for the intensity of what happens between them. Ellie is ready to begin a new chapter in her life, but she is smart enough to realize that falling for Max is out of the question for many reasons - yet she can't resist him.
Overall, this a great romance suspense story with steamy passion, great characters, and clever twists. And while I thought the main romance and suspense storyline was 5-star worthy, I only gave it 4-stars mostly because of the secondary plot lines with Ellie's sisters. They were identical twins who are polar opposites - a nice twin and a self-centered twin. While it worked in the context of staging and solving the mystery, the individual story lines (especially the one with the 'good' twin sister Annie) were both given super-speedy resolutions that didn't jive for me. (view spoiler)[ I was honestly hoping that Annie's story line was a setup for another book, which I would have loved to read! So I was disappointed in the quick resolution for her HEA. Bummer. (hide spoiler)]
And on a funny note, I can't help but finding it a bit odd that the book is titled "The Ideal Man" when the storyline is primarily focused on Ellie, including her safety, her past issue with a deadly stalker, and her family members trying to pull off a wedding with minimal drama. Not that Max wasn't the Ideal Man, because he really was, but the story wasn't even centered around him so we don't get to know him nearly as well as we do Ellie.
I've read, re-read and loved all of Julie Garwood's historicals, but I only read one contemporary by her (Killjoy) and swore never to read more. I am so glad I broke that rule! She really can write a great romance suspense, and I will continue to read more.
This is a stand-alone book not related to her other Buchanan series. I received it as an ARC copy by Netgalley.com. ...more