**spoiler alert** The romantic cover captured me immediately and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book! It's been years since I read a contempo**spoiler alert** The romantic cover captured me immediately and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book! It's been years since I read a contemporary romance with a race car driving hero (the last was Overheated by Barbara Dunlop) and a while since I read a multicultural romance.
Sharleen had me cracking up at times with some of her internal one-liners. As a fellow crocheter, I LOVED that she crocheted as well (we don't get many crocheting heroines in romance these days)! I would have loved to see her make Emilio something. I liked how her determination (although blowing off her uncle's retirement party to one-up her office rival with Emilio did raise an eyebrow) turned to a desire to help Emilio through his pain. Emilio himself reminded me of the "Beast' inspired hero from Christmas Belle. In fact, I kept imaging Nicholas Gonzalez as I read the book! Emilio's icy demeanor comes from the crippling guilt he felt from the death of his nephew. He's a man who feels deep and I liked seeing his progression as he allows himself to fall for Sharleen as they both overcome past tragedies.
Although I enjoyed reading Seduced by Mr. Right, there were a few things I didn't like as much. Since I dove head first into sweeter/clean romantic reads, I tend to lean more toward emotional reads that tug at my heart strings rather than the physical descriptions trying to turn me on. One thing that bugs me about HQN Kimani books is they tend to lean toward more lustful attraction than romantic which, in my opinion, makes the characterization suffer a bit. The moment Sharleen sees Emilio she goes into full on TMI lust mode and Emilio sees Sharleen again he's already growing hard. I would have loved to have read more about their hearts and emotions especially as Emilio's heart began to melt and Sharleen's interest grows. I tend to prefer emotions fluttering rather than body parts reacting and appreciated their characters independently (which made them stronger characters) rather than whenever they were together. The former makes me think the couple is in a fly by night relationship rather than something romantic in the works and I want that dreamy, fall-in-love-, swoony feeling! :-) Books that can balance the sensual with emotion are hard to come by these days, but I love it when the story achieves that sweet spot. Sadly, this couple tipped too far in the opposite direction for me as I wanted more sweet and romantic moments like the scenes during their outing at the convention. It could just be me not connecting with Kimani books as this seems to be the SOP, especially since I noticed it in the last Kimani book I read, but readers of the line may come to expect and enjoy it.
I also wished Emilio stood up for Sharleen and told Brad off. I especially wanted this since he meets him in the scene after we find out the horrible things Brad is doing to women in the office. I was hoping for a major slamdunk comeuppance to put Brad in his place and Sharleen to help Jocelyn get her life back together, but most of the money shots directed at Brad stayed in Sharleen's head. For instance, she thinks "Brad was a jerk, nothing more than a bully in an Armani suit, and she’d had enough of his self-righteous behavior." I wish she'd have said this and mentioned blackmailing his clients (and sexually harassing the other women in the office) out loud in front of the boss! Instead, the evidence of the harassment against the women is brushed under the table when his phone is destroyed. I can't help but wonder how the next women he encounters at his next job will be affected, especially since he's even more of a loose cannon. Sure he's going through a tough time with his family situation, but it doesn't excuse his harassment at the workplace. I had a hard time enjoying the ending after that. ...more
I really enjoyed Cassie and Noah's story! Although the cover depicts their story as a light hearted romance, there are some pretty dramatic moments anI really enjoyed Cassie and Noah's story! Although the cover depicts their story as a light hearted romance, there are some pretty dramatic moments and themes in the book especially dealing with Cassi'es late husband and her family. I also loved the fact that Cassie and Noah didn't just seem like characters in a romance novel, but people you would tend to know in life. Rachel Anderson writes the story of love, loss and love regained in an engaging way. I liked how even the characters grated each other at times and didn't even like each other at first, but learned to break through their walls to trust. Romance readers looking for more than just a fluffy story will love Rachel Anderson's books. I'm always on the lookout for her works and can't wait to work my way through her backlist. Great story!
I'll be checking out the other books in the Meet Your Match series. ...more
As my tv is set to the Hallmark Winter movie marathons, my candy cane cocoa and pumpkin spice creamed coffee is on hot, this is a great collection toAs my tv is set to the Hallmark Winter movie marathons, my candy cane cocoa and pumpkin spice creamed coffee is on hot, this is a great collection to add to the mood. I recommend this book to any clean winter romance fan in the mood for those warm comfortable nights with some great stories and wonderful authors. I'm adding each author in this collection on my list to check out more of their other works. If only I had a fireplace......more
Friends to loves? Check! Heartwarming romance during the winter season in time for Hallmark Christmas Movie season? Check! Adorable Geeky hero? Check!Friends to loves? Check! Heartwarming romance during the winter season in time for Hallmark Christmas Movie season? Check! Adorable Geeky hero? Check!
How much do I love this novella? SO much! Kenzie and Ty played off each other so well that you couldn't help root for them to get together. Ty is adorably geeky and even though he bored Kenzie's elementary class to near tears, I loved how passionate he was about software programming, to the point that he made a reference later on in relation to how he got to Kenzie's heart. SO awesome. I liked that Kenzie was hesitant to break things off with her fiance and even when she started having feelings toward Ty, she wanted to be faithful and honorable. Both characters were likable with awesome chemistry. I found myself smiling at the end when they got together.
There's also an interesting subplot involving Ty's estranged mother which not only makes this a story about love but also about forgiveness and compromise. If you're in the mood for a wonderful heartwarming story, do yourself a favor and pick up Twist of Fate to read with your hot cocoa. I'm a bonafide fan of Rachael Anderson now. After adding her works to my TBR list, I'm glad I started with this one and can't wait to read more of her other books as well as the other All I want Holiday Romance anthology books. I highly recommend this read!...more
Wow! I just finished this book and it's still on my mind and I'm still in shock! Bravo Ms. Hogan for such an awesome, pulse pounding read! This is theWow! I just finished this book and it's still on my mind and I'm still in shock! Bravo Ms. Hogan for such an awesome, pulse pounding read! This is the second book in the Christy series but I read it because it precedes Hotwire which I plan to read and post about for Cindy Hogan's upcoming blog tour.
There is a lot of suspense and mystery in this book and the amount of situations our heroine Christy gets into has you wondering how she will get out. The blurb description of the mad man is no joke. The villain Sterling lives up to his name as he kidnaps teens and brainwashes them to carry out his twisted deeds of justice to whomever he believes has violated his believe of " A world without smut. A world without indecision. A world without lawlessness. A world without greed.” He truly believes his convictions and will go through any length to carry them out. Christy is careful but makes a few mistakes as she goes undercover to infiltrate a few thrill seeking high school clique groups that love doing death defying stunts to chase danger and dodge death. She nearly falls for one and all through the book I couldn't wait to see how he will take knowing the truth about her when it comes out.
Although the book is indeed clean in the sense of no language and sex, there are a few cringe worthy scenes of violence involving the villain which adds to the visceral nature of his actions. Mature young readers would be able to take this but parents may want to give this a reader for younger suspense fans. You guys won't be disappointed! Adrenaline Rush is definitely has it all! I don't want to give too much away because the beauty of this book is not knowing much about it going in. Very little of it is predictable and each moment always has something going on. I was bummed whenever I had to put it down because I was always wondering how Christy is going to get out of her situation. Awesome job, Miss Hogan! Once I detach from this story, I'm going to hop right into Hotwire. First, I need a mental break from the rush!...more