4.5 stars. Tangled Up In You is the story of Mick and Maddie, which takes place in Truly, Idaho, the fictional town from the book "Truly Madly Yours"....more4.5 stars. Tangled Up In You is the story of Mick and Maddie, which takes place in Truly, Idaho, the fictional town from the book "Truly Madly Yours". (It is now seven years later, and yes, we get a sneak peak into the lives of Nick and Delany!)
Maddie shows up in town to write the story of a murder / suicide that took place 29 years earlier. Mick is the owner of two bars in town and a former helicopter pilot for the military, and not the least bit happy that the desirable Maddie is un-earthing the story of his parents' death. But she is unlike any woman he has ever met, and they find themselves drawn to each other despite the obstacle of her book.
Maddie is a great heroine. I just loved her outlook on life, her sense of humor, and even her obsession with over indulging in "hedonistic" desires such as carbs, cheesecake, scented lotions and, uhm, sex. Mick is a classic Rachel Gibson hero. He's a bit rugged, handsome as sin, and pursues his heroine in a way that just make your knees weak! Together, these two really steam up the pages. This is definitely one hot and sexy book, and the passion scenes are very well done.
There was a bit of a mystery to the story, but it is not a "who did it?" story. The romance is the main focus of the story, which was great. There were a few minor parts of the story that bothered me, but they were minor. The biggest one being Meg, Mick's sister. I just didn't get her. I am just glad she wasn't in the story all that much. She remains "damaged" from her parents death, which makes you want to scream GET OVER IT!!
The ending was also wrapped up a bit to neatly. Without spoiling anything, all I will say is that I would have liked to see more emotion on both their parts given what happens prior. In short, I can't help but feel that Maddie would have made Mick work much harder for the happily-ever-after. But that goes to show just how much I connected with the hero and heroine. By the end of the book, they felt real and very three-dimensional. A great contemporary romance read with plenty of yummy steam. (less)
Great book. I really enjoyed this one, and there is so much to like about this book. For me I think the best part of this book is how well the author...moreGreat book. I really enjoyed this one, and there is so much to like about this book. For me I think the best part of this book is how well the author gives the town and the characters a real three-dimensional feel. The hero/heroine (Rob and Lindsey) were so likable and great together. Lindsey is a city girl who loves fashion, but I was very happy that the author didn't turn her into a twit. She is grounded, smart and very funny. Rob is yummy on a stick. He writes letters to someone named "Gina", and I LOVED how this really helped us see who he really is as a person despite his outward persona of a reclusive non-sociable person. The romance between Rob and Lindsey was amazingly hot and very believable. They build a real friendship too, which really added a lot to this book. I can't recommend it enough to fans who love steamy contemporary romances. (less)
! Just as awesome the second time!! I first read this book several years ago and it blew me away, and so far this series (and the author’s other books...more! Just as awesome the second time!! I first read this book several years ago and it blew me away, and so far this series (and the author’s other books) have not disappointed. SURRENDER is one of those books that leave you utterly breathless when you finish the last page. The H/h are up against incredible odds, the risks they face monumental, and the passion burns white HOT. With Connor’s story finally coming out next month, I am re-reading the first two (SURRENDER and UNTAMED) in anticipation.
SURRENDER is the story of Iain MacKinnion and Lady Anne Campbell (Annie). This is an emotionally gripping story set in the rugged American frontier between 1775 and 1778 when American land was being fought over by the British and French, both sides using Indian scouts to aid their war efforts. I cheered for the MacKinnions and Annie, cried at the loss of their comrades, wanted to scream at Lord William Wentworth, and wished a painful death on her uncle.
British commander, Lord William Wentworth, spied the MacKinnion brothers rescue a whore from an abusive customer. Admiring their quick speed and great strength he enlists Lieutenant Cooke to learn more about them. In need of ruthless scouts familiar with the territory to help aid the war efforts against the French, Wentworth sees the MacKinnion’s as the answer he has been looking for.
Framed for a murder he didn’t commit by the cold and conniving Wentworth, Iain MacKinnion faces two choices: the gallows or lead a group of Rangers against the French until the war ends. His brothers Connor and Morgan agree to join and fight with him so Iain will avoid the trumped up charges, but this life or death decision now means he will sacrifice much. His dreams of marrying Jeannie, a local farmers girl, and raising a family of his own is no longer a viable option.
Three years later Lady Anne Campbell of Scotland spies her uncle kill her mother. When she tried to escape his clutches, he finds her and brands her inner thigh with the letter “T” for thief, then allows her to be wrongly accused and exported to America where she became a slave with a 14-year indenture.
After three months of servitude, her new American homestead is ambushed by the enemies – French soldiers and their Indian scouts. In a wild attempt to escape, this brave girl fights desperately to get away by running barefoot through the snowy woods. Six Indians are trying to capture her, with rape and torture imminent. Iain spies this helpless girl and desperately wants to help, but strict orders require that he remain still and do nothing to aid the girl. He is on a scouting mission and cannot risk being exposed to the enemies, or their mission will be blown and many more lives will be in danger.
After rescuing her despite the great risk, they face days of hard survival in the wilderness as they try to stay one step ahead of their enemies. When they do make it to safety, he faces severe punishment while she faces exposure as a thief. Desperate to start a fresh life, she changes her name and embellishes a story of how she came to live in America. But her secret isn’t as safe she hoped, and Iain will need to fight to protect and keep from losing her.
Sigh!!! I loved re-reading this story! It is such a fantastic American historical romance, the kind of read that is hard to put down. If you like heroes that are brave warriors with a Scotish brogue, heroines who are smart and will risk all her man, stories that are gripping and believable (no big misunderstandings or brain-stretching!), and smoldering tension with some smoking HOT sex scenes, this is a MUST READ.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Surrender.
“You’d tempt a saint, lass. But I am no’ a saint.”
Annie gasped and covered her breasts with her arms.….“Y-you ought no’ be watchin’.”
“You ought no’ be naked.”
His rage broke like the tide against the shore, and before he could think, he pulled her hard against him, held her, stroked her hair. “You foolish, brave woman! Why do you no’ obey me?”
“What the bloody hell is he doin’?” Connor asked from somewhere behind them.
Morgan answered. “I think he’s punishin’ her.”
“If he tries this on the men, they’ll mutiny.”
Connor turned to Morgan. “Tell me, brother, do you think it’s the quality of the farmer’s seed and the strength of his spade that make the crop, or is it the richness of the field he’s plowin’?”
Morgan and Joseph broke into laughter. Then Morgan answered. “Surely, ’tis a bit of both, though in this case, I’d have to say I’ve seen our brother’s spade, and it’s no’ so strong nor so big as mine—”
“Nor mine,” Connor added.
“—so it must be a fine field he’s been plowin’, a fine field, indeed.”
Then he passed the flask on to Connor, who had an impressive black eye and a row of stitches on his cheek. “You look bonnie.”
“And you.” Connor grinned, raised the flask, and drank.
“’Tis clear out of the three of us whose face God favors most.” Morgan took the flask back, his smile flashing white in the gloaming. “Not a scratch.”
Connor gave a snort. “I think the Almighty confused your face for your arse and wanted you to be able to sit.”
I wont review the plot as so many have already, but I will add that I too thought this was a wonderful historical romance - one of the best in this gr...moreI wont review the plot as so many have already, but I will add that I too thought this was a wonderful historical romance - one of the best in this great series. The hero and heroine make this story come alive, as both are filled with humor and passion that compliment each other so well. The writing is wonderful and it kept me enthralled while never taking unnecessary or unbelievable turns in the story. You can feel these two slowly fall in love, and when they finally come together it is a smoking hot moment. One thing JAL is great at is building a believable and beautiful relationship with her hero and heroine before the 'consummation', and then delivering a very emotional and powerful (and heated!) coming together. JAL writing is top notch in this novel. Loved it just as much the second time through. Sigh. (less)
I love Sandra Hill books as they are always funny, steamy and most often includes a romance that is surprisingly real despite the far-fetched plot of...moreI love Sandra Hill books as they are always funny, steamy and most often includes a romance that is surprisingly real despite the far-fetched plot of her books. Rough and Ready is a great example of her writing at its best. I described this book to my husband as a mans fantasy sex story written from a comedy point of view, and a romance tossed in that melts the heart (as well as the bones!) This story was laugh-out-loud funny, very hot (OMG steaming fun scenes!), and it had a lot of heart. I was really ruiting for this couple, and felt they got a perfect story. If you can deal with the unbelievable, i.e. time-travel and other farces, and enjoy a good dose of naughty humor, Sandra Hill is your author to read.(less)
I am not always the easiest critic for Lisa Kleypas books, but I will admit when one just works extremely well. And this one was great. What I think I...moreI am not always the easiest critic for Lisa Kleypas books, but I will admit when one just works extremely well. And this one was great. What I think I loved the most about this series, and especially about Hardy and Haven's story in BED, is that Kleypas has found a way to break the predictable romance novel mold and deliver a fresh story telling style. It really is original, at least to me, and I loved it.
I have read most of her historicals, so her historical fans should beware that she has stepped into a new writing style with these great contemporaries. There is a bit, and only a bit, of 'chick lit' styling in them, as we learn much more about the heroine's full life than what is typical in a straight romance. If you can deal with a more serious non-fluff topic in your romance, but not so deep to be depressing or distracting, I really recommend this book (and series.) Kleypas does deliver a yummy and sexy alpha male (OMG is he sexy!), and a heroine to relate to and love. And with no TSTL moments, not even one!
So what didn't I like about this book? Well, not a lot actually. It was hard for me to get used to the first-person dialog, but I couldn't imagine this series any other way now. I am glad I read Sugar Daddy first so I better understood Hardy's character, but for those who have yet to read Sugar Daddy know that this is a stand-alone book and can be read in any order.
Overall, a great contemporary romance read with a great couple, a compelling story, and a sexy as all get out relationship.(less)
A wonderful conclusion to the 'Sam and Alyssa' storyline. Their story really begins in book 2, and heats up fast. I would recommend reading the earlie...moreA wonderful conclusion to the 'Sam and Alyssa' storyline. Their story really begins in book 2, and heats up fast. I would recommend reading the earlier books first, but there is enough backstory provided to make this a stand alone read. The secondary storylines were also very interesting. We have Max and Gina, who later get their own book (in 8 I think). The WWII story didn't dominate as in previous books, which I really appreciated. I don't always care for the WWII storyline, but this one was interesting and directly tied to Sam. Jules (Alyssa's partner) continues to be gem. His attitude is priceless and we get to see plenty of him in this book. Love him! This is a great series with a few misses, but so worth reading. (less)