This book's theme was second chances. Jessica Champlin and Sebastian Hess are divorced but have joint custody (their idea) of their goldendoodle, Baxt...moreThis book's theme was second chances. Jessica Champlin and Sebastian Hess are divorced but have joint custody (their idea) of their goldendoodle, Baxter. After a trip to the dog park with Jessica, the two become an instant media sensation and local celebrities overnight after Baxter saves a little girl from being hit by a car. Jess is a stylist who starts an accessory dog line that becomes wildly popular, that she loves and in turn helps her land new styling jobs with dogs.
Even though the two are divorced, Jessica wants to start living again, and the two are pretty amicable. Sebastian is a serious war reporter and doesn't like all the media attention that his dog receives. He thinks its not real news, but he does relent when he sees it helps Jess' new business. Everyone loves "Super dog," Baxter's nickname since the heroic incident.
Eventually Jess meets a new love interest, Gavin who seems wonderful. Expect Gavin and Sebastian when thrown together are totally oil and water. An event happens that really makes the reader emotionally invested, especially in Baxter. I won't give any spoilers away, but once again we see a second chance. And again at the ending.
I really enjoyed all the dog related bits in the book. After all, that is what drew me to the book. I have enjoyed devouring animal related fiction lately.
I recommend this book to anyone tempted to try, its more animal centric than other similar books, on the market, but I recommend it. I am interested in what Caldwell has in store next. This book releases July 29th.
*Thank you to Harlequin for providing me a copy of this book via Netgalley.(less)
I tried really hard to like this book. I loved Grace Cabot as a fiery supporting character in book one, but was left puzzled with this one. Grace goes...moreI tried really hard to like this book. I loved Grace Cabot as a fiery supporting character in book one, but was left puzzled with this one. Grace goes to Bath to trap a friend into marriage after learning of her family (sisters and mother) will be forced to move out after Grace's stepbrother remarries and wants to set up his own house.
Grace's wildly impulsive plan goes off with several hitches, mostly being the fact that she traps the wrong man into marriage, The Earl of Merryton. Both have personal demons that they must face, but reading about both character's constant belief that they were not good enough, frankly drove me batty. I became disinterested and had a hard time slogging through. I am still interested in reading the younger Cabot sisters books and hope that they are in the same tone as book 1, The Trouble With Honor.
*Thank you to Harlequin for providing me with a copy of this book.(less)
This is the first novel by Julia London that I have had the pleasure to read. The first book of The Cabot Sisters series, "The Trouble with Honor" is...moreThis is the first novel by Julia London that I have had the pleasure to read. The first book of The Cabot Sisters series, "The Trouble with Honor" is about the beautiful, bold, and slightly scheming Honor Cabot.
Honor's stepfather is on the brink of death and Honor knows that her step-brother's fiance Monica has put it into Augustine's head to have Honor, her sisters, and her mother move out once they are married. Said marriage is postponed because of the Earl's poor health. Honor knows she must do something to delay the marriage so her sisters and her mother will be taken care of. Honor's mother was in a carriage accident that altered her memory and sometimes temperament. She fears the ton will shun her and her family and deem her mother crazy.
George Easton, illegitimate son of a duke, nephew to a king has a devil may care attitude he presents to the world. He has amassed a fortune to prove to the ton that he is worthy and does not need society. He invested in a risky venture and could possibly be on the brink of ruin. Honor meets George at a gaming hell and decides that George could be the answer to her problems. After all, he's not socially acceptable, but good looking and a ladies man, perhaps he can seduce Monica away from marrying Augustine.
George eventually agrees to Honor's scheme. But the two become friends and fall in love. They learn together what is really important in life. There are many road blocks to the two's love and even some rejection, but eventually they decide that love is more important that society or material things.
I really liked both Honor and George even though they were frustrating at times. Their love was believable. I enjoyed reading about Honor's sisters as well. Book two will be about Grace Cabot. The ending of this book hints at some trouble she has ended up in. And I am anxious to read her book. I even didn't mind Monica in the end. I definitely will read more of London's work. I recommend this book to all historical romance fans. Fans of the author will not be disappointed.
*Thank you to Harlequin for providing a copy in exchange for a review!(less)
Reading a Kristan Higgins book is such a treat and "The Perfect Match" was no exception. Honor Holland has been in love with her childhood friend turn...moreReading a Kristan Higgins book is such a treat and "The Perfect Match" was no exception. Honor Holland has been in love with her childhood friend turned friend with benefits for years. Only Brogan doesn't feel the same way. Honor figures this out after an impulsive marriage proposal because, well she isn't getting any younger and neither are her eggs. Brogan was such an ass, but Honor's life drastically changes in many ways as a result. She starts to date to find a potential husband that would be good father material too. Her responsibilities at her family's winery, Blue Heron changes. She gets a dog. She wants to be more than boring, reliable Honor.
Tom Barlow, I love! He's a British engineering professor that tries to do everything in his power to stay in the U.S. to be a role model for his almost step son. Tom was engaged once, but his fiance past away. Tom wants to be there for Charlie in any way he can even if it means marrying an American for a green card. Honor's grandmother had a connection to Tom's great aunt a long time ago and fixes Honor up with Tom. It couldn't have gone worse. Honor continues unsuccessfully dating, but these two are not done with each other.
Circumstances throw the two together and they try to give it a go together and see if it develops into something more permanent than the required two years. They have great sexual chemistry, but their relationship isn't easy. I loved how their story unfolded and the interaction with the rest of the Holland family. Contemporary romance fans of will enjoy this second edition of the Blue Heron series. The first book does not have to be read first, but will provide a deeper understanding about some of the Holland family. "The Perfect Match" is my favorite of the series so far and I look forward to reading the next in the series.
*Thank you to Harlequin for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.(less)
"Lost in a Royal Kiss" is an introduction to Kelly's new series, The Renegade Royals. It has a refreshing premise that will tempt fans of historical r...more"Lost in a Royal Kiss" is an introduction to Kelly's new series, The Renegade Royals. It has a refreshing premise that will tempt fans of historical romance to download this novella.
Linnet St. Clare has her hands full raising her brother and sister while her mother is busy as a royal governess and living apart. Nevermind potential spinsterhood. Linnet has secretly longed for Sir Anthony Tait, a powerful man at court that she crosses paths with often. One night she arrives on his door step with Dominic, an orphan boy raised with the royal princes to teach the princes how to relate with all stations. Dominic is in a world of potential trouble after trying to beat Prince Ernest after flirting with and impregnating his only friend, Chloe the Latin Tutor's daughter. Linnet needs Sir Anthony's help to keep Dominic out of trouble.
Even though this was a novella and an introduction to a series, there is so much emotion involved between the characters. It was believable. Linnet really cares and wants to help others while shouldering a mountain of burden upon herself. Sir Anthony loves Linnet too and wants nothing more than to help her and must convince her that they belong together.
Linnet is stubborn and independent but discovers at a house party that Sir Anthony wants what she wants. Love, marriage, and a family but not at the cost of Linnet's family. He sets out to seduce her and then convince her they want the same things. The two reach their happy ending. Chloe is sent away to have her baby but we will see more of Dominic in the next couple of books. I can't wait to see how he has grown as a man. He becomes a chief spymaster and has a personal mission to help the royal illegitimate children find their place in society. Griffin Steele, the baby of Chloe and Prince Earnest will get his own book (Book 2, "Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom"). I own a couple books by Ms. Kelly, but have not read them yet. This was her first work that I have had the pleasure of reading. I simply cannot wait for the release of book 1, "Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard!!"
*Thank you to Kensington for providing a copy of this novella in exchange for a review.(less)
This book is the second in Ms. Campbell's first series, Sons of Sin. I read this one first, I couldn't wait once it arrived, and I wanted to mention t...moreThis book is the second in Ms. Campbell's first series, Sons of Sin. I read this one first, I couldn't wait once it arrived, and I wanted to mention the caveat that it doesn't have to be read in order. The hero and heroine from the first book, (Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed) are mentioned briefly a couple of times. I never felt lost or that I was lacking in general information. The Sons of Sin are three friends with questionable heritage that made them all illegitimate in some way. Instead of letting this label cripple their lives, these men have risen above what society expects.
Genevieve Barret, our heroine is a beautiful bluestocking. She quietly pursues an academic hobby in medieval history. She wants nothing more than to break gender barriers, become a public and notable historian and be free to lead an independent life. She expects to gain her entre into the academic world by writing an astonishing paper on the Harmsworth jewel.
Rector Barret, Genevieve's father is an easy character to dislike. He is selfish, childish, has a dubious academic career focusing on Edward IV's disappearing princes. He puts no one's needs or concerns above his own, least of all the protection of his daughter.
Sir Richard Harmsworth is the notorious Harmsworth bastard who leads an idle life, but still has trouble with society's label. He can prove his worth if only he could locate the missing Harmsworth jewel. An artifact that was passed down among his family that proclaims the heir. Of course obtaining the jewel is much harder than expected.
Richard masquerades as a country gentleman curious about studying history with the Rector. He knows of Genevieve and sees her as no major threat to obtaining the jewel and if seduction is needed, so be it. He quickly discovers that he has met an intellectual match wrapped up in a beautiful and fiery country woman. There is more to Genevieve and Richard then first meets the eye. They both are dimensional characters as revealed over time.
There is slight mystery to this story, attempted murder, a local country lord that is smarmy that you will read a lot of. What I loved about this book is the fact that it didn't take the hero and heroine forever to realize that they loved each other. No long drawn out cat and mouse games, just two lovers exploring love together and realizing that they can get through anything to be together. Campbell's story is written in a lighter vein, but it is very engaging. The love scenes are somewhat steamy. A Rake's Midnight Kiss is my favorite book by far from the author. She writes loves stories like this one exceptionally well. I plan on reading the first book of the series next. I recommend this book to all fans of the author and fans of historical romance. (less)
The Next Best Thing is a book I have wanted to read for awhile. A contemporary romance about a young widow and cat owner who discovers a new and lasti...moreThe Next Best Thing is a book I have wanted to read for awhile. A contemporary romance about a young widow and cat owner who discovers a new and lasting love that was in her life all along. Lucy had many bumps in the road but finally accepted her destiny. It was interesting seeing Lucy go through terrible date after terrible date trying to find a safe guy. And rediscover her purpose in life as well.
Widowed at 24 after eight months of marriage, Lucy Mirabelli is just going through the motions of life. Convinced that a part of her has died when her husband Jimmy was killed in a car crash. She exists as a bread maker at her family's slowly failing Hungarian bakery. After her sister has a baby she decides she needs a husband and wants children. Just no scorching love. She wants someone boring and safe so she doesn't have her heart broken again.
Ethan Mirabelli, Lucy's former brother-in-law is the perfect package, and boy did I love him. He is Lucy's rock and best friend, friend-with-benefits, and secretly in love with Lucy even when they first met in college. Ethan moves back home to be near his son, a delightful little boy, Nicky. His mother, Parker a one time fling of Ethan's was a likable character too. I am glad she gets her own story in, Somebody to Love. Ethan is patient with Lucy, even when she says she can't try to be in a relationship with him and would rather be safe and miserable.
The cast of secondary characters is wonderful, making this story that more enjoyable. I mentioned Parker, the Black Widows are fun too. They remind me of those eccentric or slightly crazy, slightly nosy aunts that everyone has in their family. A fun pun, the Black Widows are all widows from Lucy's mother's side, named Black. Her mother, aunts and herself are all widows. All work and have part ownership in the family bakery and all but Lucy are excited to have readings done by a psychic who contacts their deceased husbands. This provides an interesting element to the story whether the psychic really had ability or not, she gave the widows comfort.
Lucy eventually finds a nice guy who happens to be a Jimmy look alike, there just is no grand passion and Lucy must come to terms with what she really wants in life and who she really loves. Sometimes I wanted to shake her and tell her to pick Ethan and not choose to make herself miserable, but this reader enjoyed her journey. The ending was sweet and satisfying. Lucy had to face some hard truths that her husband was not as perfect as she thought, but that was okay because he was in her heart and in her past and this helped her realize that Ethan truly loves her and she truly loves him.
I recommend this book to fans of the author, fans of lighter humorous contemporary romance, and readers who want to try a book by Higgins. This is my first book by the author, and I have already purchased and plan to read more in the near future.
*Thank you to Harlequin for providing a copy of this book through NetGalley.