**spoiler alert** This was a dnf for me. It started out interesting with the different cultures thrown in but there was just too much scheming too man**spoiler alert** This was a dnf for me. It started out interesting with the different cultures thrown in but there was just too much scheming too many related half mistresses throughout the hero's family, illegitimate children who belonged to different families, etc. It was just too much to follow. The hero was dead set on a revenge marriage because the heroine's father didn't claim his sister who was born from an affair from his mother and her father. And I think she committed suicide? So he decides to marry her and seduce her to get her father's name and take over her company and so on and so forth. The heroine falls for the hero in like two days and they get together. I didn't feel anything for the characters (does disgust count?) so I didn't feel like reading on because both characters were pretty annoying. Too much drama for me. ...more
The heroine was a spoiled brat and the hero was a bit wishy washy and ran hot & cold. But sue me, I liked this book lol. The chemistry between theThe heroine was a spoiled brat and the hero was a bit wishy washy and ran hot & cold. But sue me, I liked this book lol. The chemistry between them is hot and it was a fun quick read. I'm definitely going to try other Palmer books....more
Lindsay Ellison returns home after calling off her wedding while working in London. She comes home to find her father in the middle of a mid-life crisLindsay Ellison returns home after calling off her wedding while working in London. She comes home to find her father in the middle of a mid-life crisis, her mother desperately trying to hold on for control in her life and the man she has always loved, her godfather and father's best friend, Walker Carr to be the one rock in her life that will help her mend things with all parties.
A great story that not only focused on a burgeoning romance but also a commentary on getting older, the passing of youth into adulthood and the essence of marriage and staying with the same person over the years. I really liked the characters in this story and, although at times predictable, the storyline worked toward a satisfying resolution....more
I was a bit iffy whether or not I would be able to get into this story if it was NASCAR heavy but the sport just served as a backdrop to set the stage I was a bit iffy whether or not I would be able to get into this story if it was NASCAR heavy but the sport just served as a backdrop to set the stage and lives of the characters more than serve as a center. Crystal and Larry are a cute couple and I really loved that Larry was a mathematician/rocket scientist who worked for NASA. Crystal was a bit too feisty at times but seemed at her best when caring for her family or dog.
The drama between Crystal and her family felt more developed and focused than the romance with Larry. Love scenes were kept "offscreen" and behind closed doors which would appeal to sweet romance fans looking for some good ole fashioned romance (although there's a good amount of witty sexual innuendo and banter between the hero and heroine). I wish there was a bit more chemistry developed between Crystal and Larry and perhaps it could have had the chance in a longer story. I felt kinda like Larry did every time they kept getting interrupted! Despite these minor flaws, I enjoyed reading their story as well as seeing how Crystal came into her own as a person and within her own family. The niece and nephew were too cute! ...more
On my hunt for May/December romance reads I came across this little charming book that was a reissue from the Harlequin Silhouette Intimate Moments liOn my hunt for May/December romance reads I came across this little charming book that was a reissue from the Harlequin Silhouette Intimate Moments line. Boy I'm glad I came upon this line! Right away it read like it could be a 50s movie starring a young Audrey Hepburn and an older William Holden and then I realized it had a very Sabrina type of feel to it even though the story was different.
Lauren Howard is a young women recovering from a car crash that ended in her gravely injured and ending her brother's life. She blames herself for it and for losing out on a rising dancing career. Despite the accident, Lauren keeps her compassion and strength while she works as a secretary for one of her mother's friends. She even continues dating a certain man who will lead her into the path of a man whose brother will soon capture her heart...
Jason Kenyon is a big business banker born of privilege. He lives in high society and living although he would much rather sit on the outside observing things around him. He hasn't dated much since his wife died, instead he's thrown himself into work and has shut down in a way. Until one day he sees a woman in a white coat across the way of his building. He tries to run and catch her but misses her. As fate would have it, he meets her again later as she is introduced as the date of his younger brother, Tony.
I loved the characters in A Time to Keep! Jason and Lauren are very much alike even from the start as they are more fitting as outside observers. They stand out from the surrounding characters like a splash of color against a black and white painting and their relationship builds from mild attraction and friendship to full on romance with ease.
Tony is the polar opposite as the younger brother. An extrovert all the way as the author describes him engaging the dinner party as "He was like an endearing small boy, who greedily took all the cookies and knew no one would scold him". While Jason is described to "hold an aura of quiet power. He didn't say a lot, but seemed content to sit back and observe, even prefer it".
I loved Ms. Matlock's way with words, description and characterization. I found myself wrapped up in their lives and rooting for them all the way as the story went on. I even was emotionally involved in ole Felice there who wanted to get her grubby, social climbing claws into Jason (and I didn't like her one bit).
I can't say I blame her. Jason is a dreamy hero and although he isn't "grr, me man you woman" all out Alpha, he's a quiet man but definitely not a pushover. He takes care of Lauren when she suffers a fall and although she wants to do things herself, he's quick to take things over and urge her to relax (with a nice gruff edge of urgency). He tells people what's what in a manner that gets the point across. Lauren is the same way which cements their perfect match.
I wish Ms. Matlock would have taken the time to show more of the dialogue and scenes. Sometimes it felt jumped and jarring when you're in one scene and then she describes their location in the next paragraph. Thankfully it's not a common occurrence in the book and considering it's a category, the time frame and focus is more quick.
In any event, this was a great read I'm definitely adding to my keeper shelf. I wish Harlequin would put all of their backlist in ebook format rather than focusing just on the current releases. There's a lot of goodies and considering the publishing company is going into its 60th year anniversary this year, it's a great way to celebrate their legacy....more