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
Fans of The Sopranos or mafia and crime dramas will especially enjoy this one. It definitely read more like a crime**FREE** today on Kindle!!! (10/13)
Fans of The Sopranos or mafia and crime dramas will especially enjoy this one. It definitely read more like a crime drama and not so much a romance, but there was definitely a burning chemistry between the H/h too.
Set in the NY City area, the story focuses on bringing down some of the worst organized criminals. The story includes the most unlikely H/h romance you can imagine: he’s a federal agent that investigates sex crimes, and she is a former high priced call girl.
The bad guys get plenty of screen time in this story. It was interesting to see them plan and operate, which is why I think fans of the TV show The Sopranos would enjoy this one. The suspense was a bit predictable, but it really kept me interested. The mysterious death of a call girl early in the book was easy to guess, so I wasn’t the bit surprised when the bad guy was revealed and the plot thickened.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed a former call girl as the heroine, but she was great. Tawny was smart, witty, and sincere. She never apologizes for her past, but is certain it will not be her future. Although she is forced to help the Feds bring down an organized sex ring, she was never their puppet.
Linc was a solid good guy too, but not so perfect he can’t resist all temptation. Tawny drives him mad with desire, but if they are going to work together he needs to keep it professional. He learns to respect her despite her past, and you know he will never be the same person again. Together they make each other better people, which made their eventual HEA totally believable.
I knew this wasn't going to be an erotic read, but I had hopes that this would be some good steamy scenes, so I have to say I was a bit disappointed in that department. It started off with great sizzling chemistry with plenty of sexual tension, but that faded out as the crime aspect took more center stage.
The sexual tension and desire between the H/h blooms into a strong emotional bond which was great to experience, but unfortunately that initial heat level faded out. Oddly, the bad guys get more sexual play in the story than our hero, which is why I would classify this one as a crime suspense drama and not a true romance suspense novel.
While I did feel the story was long winded in several places and could have benefited by some editing cuts to shorten a few areas, overall this was a great crime drama with a romance element. IT was fast paced, the H/h had great chemistry, and the suspense elements were dark and seedy.
As a crime suspense novel, it deserves a solid 4-stars. But as a romantic suspense novel, it’s closer to a 3 star read. ...more
Sigh. I devoured this series. It was the best kind of romance candy. The kind with hot highlanders, steamy sex, fierce battle scenes, feisty women, imSigh. I devoured this series. It was the best kind of romance candy. The kind with hot highlanders, steamy sex, fierce battle scenes, feisty women, impossible odds, high stakes, and teary moments. While each book had a different hero/heroine, the trilogy had an underlying story as the McCabes prepared for war against their fierce enemy Duncan Cameron. I loved how the brothers were always main characters in each story, and how the heroines became important to the clans survival. While you could read the books out of order, I recommend that you don't.
In the first book In Bed with a Highlander, the romance was of enemies-to-lovers, and in the second book,Seduction of a Highland Lass, it burned hot and fast. In Never Love a Highlander, the romance was slow and snuck-up on them as it built over time. Two strangers find themselves wed in a marriage of necessity, not of love, to unites two clans and build an alliance strong enough to defeat a looming war. Love was never important to either of them, their marriage was simply just an arrangement of necessity.
Betrayed by the woman he loved eight years earlier, Caelen did not trust himself to love again. He was the hardest and coldest of the three brothers, devoted only to duty and family. Rionna McDonald is the daughter of a neighboring laird, and has been betrothed (or nearly betrothed) to all three of the McCabe brothers. If Caelen doesn't marry her, the humiliation would be too much. She is not a typical well mannered and dainty lass, but one who enjoys wearing trews and wielding a sword. Caelen doesn't know what to make of her ways, and tries to get her to be more feminine in both behavior and appearance. And now that Caelen is Laird of McDonald's clan, he has much to prove to gain the trust and loyalty of his people.
The war with Duncan Cameron gets closer, and the brothers come together for the ultimate and final battle scene. I couldn't guess how the final battle was going to unfold, but I enjoyed it immensely. A fitting ending! I'm sad the trilogy is over, but I look forward to more books by this author. I do hope she writes more highlander historicals some day. ...more
A light and quirky “Cowboy meets City Girl” kind of romance that I got free from the Amazon.
Laci Dalton, a sassy and sexy reporter from Denver, landsA light and quirky “Cowboy meets City Girl” kind of romance that I got free from the Amazon.
Laci Dalton, a sassy and sexy reporter from Denver, lands a chance to interview the handsome widower Cade Tyler, ex-Rodeo star and owner of the Flying T ranch in Deep Creek, Colorado. Cade is trying to make a go of his business, but he is burdened with heavy debts brought on by many odd accidents around the ranch. So despite his hatred of reporters, he agrees to let Laci have her story if she agrees to work as a ranch hand for a few weeks to help him out.
Laci is out of her element working on a ranch. Her clothing is more suited for a call girl than a cow girl, she has no interest in rising at the crack of dawn, and she can’t tell the difference between a cow from a bull.
Cade and Laci do not start off well. He is still dealing with the loss of his career and the sudden death of his wife Karen two years ago, and he has turned into a bitter and cantankerous person. His doesn’t trust Laci because she is a reporter, but in time he sees how hard she is trying.
There are some funny and silly moments to the story. It even had some emotional moments too. We learn more about Laci's grandmother, Cade's first wife, and why the ranch keeps having accidents.
Overall, I thought this was a fun quick romance read, albeit predictable in many places. Cade’s mood swings didn’t always ring true, and Laci was such a mess at times I had trouble understanding what he saw in her. Well, besides her hot body. For much of the book I felt the relationship was more focused on the physical and not so much the emotional, but that isn’t to say they didn’t have some great interaction scenes. I just had a bit of trouble believing a man like Cade could change his ways and fall for a nutty lady like Laci in only a few weeks. Still, if you can stretch your beliefs and are in the mood for some sexy fluff reading about a hot cow boy, this could be a winner. The steam level picks up in the last half to a nice warm sizzle, and didn’t disappoint. ...more
Thank God for good endings, otherwise I’d be kicking myself for reading this one. In the end I ended up nearly loving it, but it wasn’t until the lastThank God for good endings, otherwise I’d be kicking myself for reading this one. In the end I ended up nearly loving it, but it wasn’t until the last third of the book that I found myself fully engaged in the story and characters. So what began as a ‘Hunger Games’ de-ja-vu kind of read, did turn into a unique and (dare I say it?) riveting story towards the wee end. Heck, I may even read the sequel too.
The first third of this book sets up the world building and introduces us to the many characters living in a dark futuristic Chicago where factions control peoples actions and beliefs. We discover that 16 year old Beatrice is a Divergent -- a person who has personality traits from all the factions. And this is a bad thing. Bad, bad, bad. Sadly, I don’t know why it is bad, or why I should care. Honestly, don’t know.
The middle of the book we spend a lot of time reading about the characters while they go through a rigorous boot camp training that transforms people into drones for their new faction. Beatrice/Triss learns to dress trampy, fight like an action hero, inks herself up with some tattoos, and get a big ol’ boy crush on a hot and mysterious 18 y/o trainer named Four. We learn who the good and bad people are now, and a mysterious plot starts to unfold. We also begin to understand why being a Divergent is so dangerous for Triss. And while I’m still not sure why I should care about these people, the story is now getting interesting.
The last part of the book is where it finally all gels together, the plot thickens, and several unpredictable twists of events has me glued to the rest of this book. Surprisingly this was not a simple good vs. evil type story, as it actually had layers and layers of well-developed plot. I just didn’t see it coming until the final third of the book. So now I not only like Triss, I love Triss. I get her, and hope her crush on Four turns into something great for her. Because I now care! Yes, I now care about these people. Whew. ...more
4.5 stars. This book should have a half naked, sweaty military guy on the front cover. :-) What a great romance suspense story, you can tell the autho4.5 stars. This book should have a half naked, sweaty military guy on the front cover. :-) What a great romance suspense story, you can tell the author really did her research. It was a great mix of military muscle tactics to thwart terrorism combined with a small town life set in the upper Washington state area. The romance was well done too, I just wished the heat was turned up a notch. Great secondary characters, especially Jeannie's friend Montana, (who I assume will get a book soon too?)
4+ stars. Another Guy’s Bride is a light, humorous, historical road-trip romance romp through Egypt. I loved the high adventure, mayhem, and colorful4+ stars. Another Guy’s Bride is a light, humorous, historical road-trip romance romp through Egypt. I loved the high adventure, mayhem, and colorful characters. Overall, a fun read! ...more
2.5 stars. My final thought when I finished this: Tony is going to get his heart broken, and Adam is just not worthy.
I **loved** the Troubleshooters2.5 stars. My final thought when I finished this: Tony is going to get his heart broken, and Adam is just not worthy.
I **loved** the Troubleshooters series. I devoured it to the point I thought of the characters as real people, which is partly why I didn't care for this romance between Tony and Adam. I hated Adam in the previous books, and I didn't think he was redeemable as a hero. And turns out he wasn't. Adam made life miserable for Jules and Robin, (who I love and consider some of my closest friends. Nuts I know, but again this series does make you believe they are all real people).
Tony was a much smaller character in the series, but what we saw of him we learned he was a great person. Honest, true, and loyal. Anyone would be proud to call him a friend, gay or straight.
I went into this book knowing Tony had a huge crush on Adam, and wishing I could talk him out of it, but Tony had that love-at-first-sight thing going on and sadly it was aimed square onto douche bag Adam.
So when Adam agrees to a hookup-only situation with Tony, I wanted more for Tony. But I have to give Tony credit for laying his intentions out there and not wavering. He came off a bit desperate, but he knew what he wanted. He saw something in Adam even Adam didn't see, and some how he got Adam to believe it too.
The story is short so I didn't expect a long courtship, but I would have liked either more time spent together or them taking slower steps toward the end. The commitment between them given all that was between them was just too much to buy. This could of been a better case for 'less is more'.
And speaking of 'less is more', the sub-plot of this little story is heavy handed with a DADT (don't ask, don't tell) agenda. I was all for its removal and supported the rights for the military to come out if they so chose, but the preaching is HEAVY in this story for a casual read. Some will love that, but others will feel a bit bashed over the head by it.
On the plus side it was great to see Sam and Izzy again. I love those guys. Dan G and Jay L were both in the story too. And while they are awesome SEALs, they are not in the same class as Sam and my dream boat Izzy. (BTW Izzy and I were going to get married, then Ms Brockmann messed it up and wrote Breaking The Rules where Izzy falls for Eden. I'm still heartbroken). This was a good story to reconnect with the series and see some interesting characters, but the romance wasn't for me. Tony deserves better. ...more
Loved it. Just as good as Beg for Mercy. A GREAT steamy hot, nail-biting romance suspense series, so glad I finally took everyone up on their recommenLoved it. Just as good as Beg for Mercy. A GREAT steamy hot, nail-biting romance suspense series, so glad I finally took everyone up on their recommendation to read this one. Alden writes quite a bit of her stories from the male POV, and I love that. More please!!...more
A fast action romance suspense, impressive for a debut. I think fans of Catherine Mann or Nina Bruhn will especially enjoy.
Albeit a highly implausiblA fast action romance suspense, impressive for a debut. I think fans of Catherine Mann or Nina Bruhn will especially enjoy.
Albeit a highly implausible story, it was entertaining! Lt Commander Zane Winters has a history of seeing visions of events to come. Though they are never clear and detailed, they are always accurate. So when he gets flashes of danger on the airline him and his SEAL team 7 buddies are about to board in 90 minutes, they all know to take him seriously. But just as they are putting a plan into action, a shiver of awareness hits Zane square on. The woman meant for him (aka ‘mine, mine, mine!) has just walked into the flight lounge area. What he doesn’t know is that Beth is there to find him too.
Beth has been having dreams over the last 24 hours, and much of it is coming true. A warehouse fire…etc. really happened, which means the terrorist who plan to take down a flight from Seattle to Hawaii and divert it to South America will likely come true too. In her dream she sees Zane and his two officers, so out of desperation she goes to the airport in hopes these men are real and can help.
What unfolds is a fast action cat-and-mouse chase, plenty of thrill and bloody action, and finally a nice hot steamy closet scene with Zane and Beth. The timeline is a quick one day, but given the context of the story it felt believable. We meet many interesting characters, and have to guess who is the bad guy. Typical, yes, but still fun.
While there are PNR elements in the story (psychic visions…etc.) it is not a PNR. You are just going to have to go with it or you’ll never make it through the story. I especially liked how the author used their special gifts at the end of the story, no matter how implausible it really is. It was about the entertainment value, not the realism.
Several reviews have eluded to the cliff hanger ending, and while it does have one I saw it more as a setup for the next book. (At least, I assume it’s a setup otherwise it really was a crazy ending.) I don’t doubt Zane and Beth get their HEA, so that is not a worry. I didn’t feel cheated one bit by the ending, so don’t let it stop you from reading it.
loved it! Listened to this one on audio. This one is more suspense then romance, but what romance was there was quite believable. This is a story wher loved it! Listened to this one on audio. This one is more suspense then romance, but what romance was there was quite believable. This is a story where you can't tell who is the good guy and who is the bad guy, and it makes you second guess every thing said and done. Kept me riveted! When it was over I wanted to scream, "One more chapter, PLEASE!!" ...more
4+ stars. I love the Virgin River series, the stories work for me on so many levels. While each book has a unique hero and heroine, and some are more4+ stars. I love the Virgin River series, the stories work for me on so many levels. While each book has a unique hero and heroine, and some are more entertaining than others, we can always count on visiting with many of the town folks from previous books, hanging out at Jack’s bar, and seeing what Preacher is cooking for dinner. I honestly feel like the main characters are real, three-dimensional people that I consider friends. Crazy, I know, but I think that is what appeals so many readers to this series.
In Hidden Summit we meet several new characters, including Connor and Leslie, the H/h of Hidden Summit, Katie (Connor’s sister, and heroine of the next book) and her young kids. There is a new guy name Walt who rides a Harley, and I think we’ll see more of him too. We also meet up again with Nora Crane, the heroine of the upcoming Sunrise Point. You will remember her from ‘Bring Me Home for Christmas’ as the young mother abandoned and alone in a broken down home with no heat, refrigeration or food.
Connor, aka Danny, is hiding in Virgin River in the Witness Protection Program. He witnessed a brutal murder by a powerful businessman in Sacramento, and soon became the target of death threats. When his family’s Hardware store burned to the ground, Connor and his sister separated and both went into hiding with new identities. Connor takes a job with Paul Haggerty working construction, and soon finds himself undeniably attracted to the new office manager. To his own surprise, he finds himself going out of his way just to see her.
Leslie desperately needed a new start away from her cheating ex-husband and all his drama, so she leaves Grants Pass, Oregon to take a job in Virgin River with her old friend and co-worker Paul Haggerty. Emotionally beaten from years of trying to please a husband who only focused on himself, she finds life in Virgin River to be the best decision she ever made. While not ready to start a new relationship, she can’t help but find Connor’s charming antics at wooing her utterly irresistible.
The romance between Connor and Leslie was so utterly charming, I just loved them. These two sold me 100% that they belong together. They had me laughing and smiling quite a bit, and when things got steamy – well, they got steamy! Robyn Carr’s books are not centered around sex, but when it’s appropriate she doesn’t close the door either.
The story unfolds with Connor getting ready to testify, and his struggle with not being able to tell Leslie his true identity. As his feelings grow and he realizes he wants Leslie in his life forever, the struggle gets deeper. I won’t tell you how it was resolved, but I will say I thought it was done perfectly. This is how a great couple works out issues.
Leslie’s ex-husband is quite a clueless character, and makes several unannounced (and unwelcomed!) visits to VR in hopes of keeping a friendship with his ex. Through this we learn why Leslie needed to escape Grants Pass, and why her self-esteem was so low. To see her give her ex just what he deserves was great to watch! I loved how she got her backbone and wouldn’t cave under the pressure.
While we see many of the VR regulars, this story was nearly all focused on Connor and Leslie. There wasn’t much of a story arch for other characters, just a few introductions. I can’t wait to read more about Connor and Leslie to see how they are doing. The ending did leave me wanting more. Overall, another great read for Virgin River fans. ...more
3.5 - 4 stars. Overall good, but definitely a 'Twilight' for grown ups. Instead of teens at a high school, they are adult professors at Oxford Univers3.5 - 4 stars. Overall good, but definitely a 'Twilight' for grown ups. Instead of teens at a high school, they are adult professors at Oxford University. He is a vampire, a she a witch and his obsession. This is just part one (of an unknown number?) in a series where the H/h's story will continue. Many questions remain unanswered. The pacing reminded me a bit of Outlander with its rich details of each character and surrounding, detailed accounts of past events...etc. But for me it was too much (I didn't stick with Outlander, btw.) In places this story moved so slooooooow I thought of quitting. It's 600 pages (24 hours on audio) and so I expected more things to actually happen. Still, I was intrigued by the core story (view spoiler)[ of a lost magic book and a war looming (hide spoiler)] enough that I may actually continue with this series. ...more
3.5 stars. Told in first person through the eyes of the heroine Abby Abernathy, Beautiful Disaster chronicles the college freshman journey of two very3.5 stars. Told in first person through the eyes of the heroine Abby Abernathy, Beautiful Disaster chronicles the college freshman journey of two very young, emotional charged, highly idealistic but oh-so-clueless people trying to act like grown up lovers. I honestly did enjoy it, but I think I am just too old to really care about so much self inflicted angst. They were young with raw and unchecked emotions, too prideful to say what they really wanted to say, and loved those dramatic exit scenes every single time they had a fight (which was OFTEN!) I'm glad I read it, but wont be searching out more books like it. In fact, I would probably avoid any book likened to this one.
The hero, Travis "Mad Dog" Maddox. Age 19 or 20?: A tortured and tattoo'd mega stud that all women want and all men fear, prefers brutal and violent solutions then using logic and clear thinking, gets straight As with little studying and lots of whiskey drinking, and suffers from severe OCD when it comes to Abby Abernathy:
He was the worst kind of confident. Not only was he shamelessly aware of his appeal, he was so used to women throwing themselves at him that he regarded my cool demeanor as refreshing instead of an insult.
His amazing communication skills shines through:
“Don’t you fucking look at her. Look at me you spoiled shit stain.” Parker focused on Travis’ eyes and waited. “If you so much as breathe in her direction, I’ll make sure you’ll be limping through med school.”
POW,POW,POW!!! Blood squirts everywhere!! POW, POW, POW!!! Repeat a few chapters later. (Yawn, that got old. And he never gets in the slightest trouble with the school or law? Yeah right.)
The heroine, Abby Abernathy (aka Pigeon) Age 19: She a good girl with a MYSTERIOUS past, she both loves and hates being the center of everyone's attention, gets PO'd really fast about anything and everything, and is desired by all men -- but only when she is with Travis.
First she cares what every one think...
I was certain the gossip had soared to a new level since Travis had kissed me in full view of everyone in our History class, and I dreaded walking out onto the stage the cafeteria presented.
Then she doesn't care what they think...
“We don’t care what they think, remember? You can’t start now,” I said, smiling with confidence. I had more of an effect on him than I ever thought possible.
The she cares again...
“You know that’s a bunch of bullshit, right? It’s not true.” “I’m sure that’s what everyone is thinking,” I grumbled, noting the interest of those walking by. “Then I’ll prove them wrong.”
The endless fight, angst and drama. Oh, and plenty of PDA make up scenes! Here's just a sample:
“Pigeon,” he said, taking a step toward me. “Get OUT!” I said, grabbing the glass from the night stand and throwing it at him.
“You’re going to have to tone down the jealous boyfriend-thing, Travis. I didn’t do anything wrong.” Travis shot me an incredulous look. “I walk up here, and some guy is buying you a drink!”
“I’m sorry, Pigeon, I didn’t know he had a hold of you.” “Your fist was two inches from my face!” I said, catching the oil-stained towel Shepley had thrown at me. I wiped the blood from my hand, revolted. The seriousness of the situation darkened his face and he winced. “I wouldn’t have swung if I thought I could have hit you. You know that right?” “Shut up, Travis. Just shut up,” I said
“We’re leaving!” “What?” Finch yelled over the music. “Travis is in a pissy mood! We’re leaving!”
He nodded. “I’ll do anything you want. Just…tell me you love me.” “You know I do.” “I need to hear you say it,” he said, his brows pulling together. “I love you,” I said, touching my lips to his. “Now quit being such a baby.”
“We are dysfunctional, Travis. I think you’re just obsessed with the thought of owning me more than anything else.” “That’s not true. I love you more than my life, Pigeon,” he said, hurt. “That’s exactly what I mean. That’s crazy talk.”
The secondary characters seem to under stand what Travis and Abby do not:
"You two are a disaster.” I smiled at the ceiling. “It doesn’t matter what or why it is. When it’s good, Kara…it’s beautiful.”
“I wish you and Travis would just get your shit together! You’re a goddamn tornado! When you’re happy, it’s love and peace and butterflies. When you’re pissed, you take the whole fucking world down with you!”
What a great start to a highlander series! I’ll be honest, until now I instantly dismissed any Maya Banks book. After reading, (and not really liking)What a great start to a highlander series! I’ll be honest, until now I instantly dismissed any Maya Banks book. After reading, (and not really liking), her erotic ménage book ‘Colters’ Woman’ a few years ago, I just knew she wasn’t an author for me. But, never say never, right? Right. Despite so many of my online friends repeatedly saying her new series are great, that they are nothing like her earlier erotica stuff, I still held off reading them. But I love a good steamy highland novel, so last week I finally cracked and read this one. Wow, I so enjoyed it! I just picked up the rest of this series. It feels kind of odd to consider Maya Banks as a ‘must read author’, but that now seems to be the case. I’ll also have to try her KGI series too.
In Bed with a Highlander was a fast paced story where the heroine, Mairin, is the main pawn in a game of power, greed and revenge. After spending year in hiding for her own protection, she is kidnapped by a fierce enemy who plans to wed her for her massive dowry and land rights. After a grueling escape, she is taken to safety where she meets Ewan McCabe, laird of the McCabe clan. Knowing she must wed to protect herself and her land, Ewan seems like the right choice.
I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The romance was passionate, sexy and always center to the story, while the action kept me guessing and guessing. There were several ‘OMG, how are they going to get out of that?!’ moments. The end was a bit rushed, but it worked for me. We meet Ewen’s two brothers in the story, and I look forward to reading the Alaric’s story next. I agree with many reviewers who said if you like the old Julie Garwood highlander historicals, you will enjoy this series.