Having enjoyed the previous entries in the Meet Your Match series, Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity was like coming home to old friends and meetingHaving enjoyed the previous entries in the Meet Your Match series, Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity was like coming home to old friends and meeting new ones! I love the opposites attract theme and this series has hit all the right buttons! I love love love the beginning where we are introduced to our new heroine, Sam, as she comes home from college and we get to catch up with the couples from the first two books before jetting off to see Sam meet Colten. I love how it's Colt who's the stick in the mud with Sam being spontaneous because it's usually the big city girl who has trouble adjusting before falling for the free-spirited cowboy. Sam was more than eager to dive into everything country from line dancing to riding a horse right down to purchasing her own pair of cowboy boots and hat.
Stick in the Mud had me laughing at parts, especially when Sam and Colt verbally sparred. One part in particular I liked was when he was teaching her to ride. I could really hear the changes in tones of their voices in my head which made the story come alive.
I'm not sure if there is more in this series but if there is I'm eager to read more! Stick in the Mud is a fun, flirty light-hearted clean romance that is perfect for a summer day, especially for the readers out there who love cowboys and contemporary western themed books. You guys will definitely enjoy this one!...more
First of all I love, love, love this cover! So gorge!
I was generously gifted this book by Ms. Perry andThis review is for Lisa Marie Perry's Unraveled
First of all I love, love, love this cover! So gorge!
I was generously gifted this book by Ms. Perry and I couldn't wait to read her heroine because I love Lisa's way with dialogue! She always writes characters in ways that shows their personality through dialogue and description. Her heroines have a particular way of being funny and interesting that makes it so fun to follow their journey.
Unfortunately with Unraveled, I'm going to have to step away from it as I don't think I'm the target audience for it. As I read on, some of the aspects of the story pushed my comfort and pet peeve button. What I did read had me chuckling as I think Lisa has a knack for writing rom coms and I love her flair for dialogue. Although this book isn't for me, I think it would definitely fit readers looking for more steamier, erotic style reads. As I enjoyed reading her last book Midnight Play, I hope to sample some more of her books in the near future....more
How adorable was this story! Kathy rec'd this to me on Goodreads and after seeing her thoughts on it, I just had to get my hands on it.
How adorable was this story! Kathy rec'd this to me on Goodreads and after seeing her thoughts on it, I just had to get my hands on it.
Both Grace and Ashton are total spitfires and bounce off each other so easily that I could see why their talk show was really popular. I love the fact that each had their own relationship in the beginning. Most romances feature two single people who fight their attraction toward each other but after a nice dosage of my favorite channel's movies which feature their main characters in rocky relationships, I wanted more books to tackle this. Thankfully, Ms. Pratt's book did! This also features one of my fave tropes, enemies to loves, and with that trope mix plus the dichotomy of the relationships (romantic, work and then romantic again), I could see why Grace and Ashton were drawn to each other.
I love the fact that Grace was latina! I would have loved to have known what her culture was, but reading on I was able to put my own imagination into her character. At first Ashton turned me off with his obnoxiousness but as we come to find out, there is more to the surface of our hero and it really comes out later in the book when he has a serious talk with a listener concerned about her son. During that conversation, Frank and Grace weren't the only ones with their mouths open! I love that the characters jumped off the page and felt like real people.
There are some really fun and entertaining moments in this book. I loved Chapter Five because of how imaginative Ms. Pratt was in showing each of their instagrams. I can definitely tell she had fun putting it together! With the pop culture references, the social media mentions in how they worked and why they are needed, I couldn't help identifying with the characters and their world. I don't come across many romances that feature radio DJs so that was a refreshing change as well. I loved the banter not only between Grace and Ash but also between her best friend Esme. There were some really good lines I wanted to quote in my review but I had a hard time choosing just one.
This is a great introduction to Ms. Pratt's writing and I'll definitely be on the lookout to try her other works. I recommend this one!...more
**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
What a sweet and charming story! Although it took a while for me to get into the story, once I got used to the style I was taken away by Maddie &What a sweet and charming story! Although it took a while for me to get into the story, once I got used to the style I was taken away by Maddie & Arthur's story. I liked how Ms. Raney presented their love story like an old fashioned romance in the style of an old timey historical romance. There is a misunderstanding between the two from which a friendship blossoms all the while an attraction grows when they see each other not knowing who the other is. I liked how they communicated through letters and this is where the old Jane Austen style comes in.
It's predictable, sure, but the way the story unfolds is perfect for folks looking for an easygoing, sweet and squeaky clean romance on a lazy weekend afternoon.
This is why I LOVE reading YA! Rewind to You is a sweet romance with such awesome lyrical writing that I couldn't help but be swept up in the feelingsThis is why I LOVE reading YA! Rewind to You is a sweet romance with such awesome lyrical writing that I couldn't help but be swept up in the feelings of the characters. Austin was such a sweet yummy guy I could see why any girl would fall for him. I really felt the pain and guilt at Sienna's tragedy in connection with her father's death. There were some parts where I wanted to yell at my Nook for her not to do certain things (some choices she made were not very smart) and I loved how Austin brought them to her attention but I chalked it up to naivety of youth. I really enjoyed this read and would give it to my daughter if I had one. It's a sweet, clean YA romance that anyone can enjoy and it will inspire some great heartfelt familial talks in connection with grief, family relationships, young love and forgiveness. The beautiful prose alone is worth it but the story and characters make the icing on the cake! Highly recommend this one!...more
Love love love this book! As a newbie to the New Adult genre, I was apprehensive about reading about tons of sex with bad boys and indecisive good girLove love love this book! As a newbie to the New Adult genre, I was apprehensive about reading about tons of sex with bad boys and indecisive good girls and tons of bad language spread throughout. Thank goodness for Jennifer Comeaux's books! I love that she weaves a good story with sweet and endearing characters you can't help to fall in love with. She carves a nice niche out in writing about the competitive world of figure skating and being a huge fan of the sport since I was little watching the Olympics with my parents, Crossing the Ice was a dream come true.
Josh was my kind of hero. Sweet, a bit shy but definitely endearing and a gentleman. I couldn't wait for him and Courtney to get together and I loved the way they got to know each other. It was like falling in love again which is why I love reading romance books that really focus on the romance. They had sweet chemistry that really made me see why they cared for each other and how good they would be together. I couldn't help gushing!
Years ago I bought Life on the Edge and it's been waiting for me to dive in. I don't know why I took so long especially since a young Emily and Sergei appear in that book and are the coaches of the young figure skaters in Crossing the Ice! Love that! It makes me even more eager to read back sort of like a prequel to lead up to the events of this book.
Thanks Jennifer Comeaux for this wonderful series!
Content: Clean book except for a few minor curse words sprinkled throughout....more
The Fourth Wall is one of those books where I read the blurb and think I know what I'm getting into but once I start reading, I have no idea! ThisWow!
The Fourth Wall is one of those books where I read the blurb and think I know what I'm getting into but once I start reading, I have no idea! This is a good thing! After a while of reading similar books, The Fourth Wall is a welcoming change. If I had to tell someone what it was about, I'd tell them "it's about a young girl cursed or blessed (depending on how you view it) with the gift/curse of lucid dreaming to overcome the death of her mother and her broken family". In a nutshell that's exactly what it is. Though I feel like I'd be leaving out a chunk of what makes this book so unique.
Ms. Naranjo's young adult novel features a YA protagonist but some very mature subject matter with death, mourning and moving on. There are small elements of fantasy in our protagonist Marin's dreams. Although I'm a huge fantasy fan who loves the all out fantastical elements, the way it was used here was a companion to the Marin's inner struggle rather than leading the story. Let me tell you, it fit. The true champion in this tale is the Marin's journey to trusting others and facing the everyday with school, schoolmates and family interactions.
I love the way Ms. Maranjo wrote this story with such detail and emotion that made me feel what the characters felt and I rooted for them to overcome their tragedy. I'm looking forward to seeing wha tother stories she has up her writer sleeve!
Fans of realistic fiction would love to dive into this book especially if they are looking for a YA book that falls in the realistic fiction genre.
Content Warning: Some adult language and adult themes...more
The Husband Maker sounded intriguing when I first heard about it. The idea of a girl who somehow inspires her boyfriends to marry their next girlfrienThe Husband Maker sounded intriguing when I first heard about it. The idea of a girl who somehow inspires her boyfriends to marry their next girlfriends made me curious not only for their situation but also the character's themselves. I didn't get a chance to read the first book before The Match Maker, but I definitely hopped on this one.
The Match Maker took me by surprise because I thought it would be more of a romancey romance, but it turned out to be more of Charlotte's journey through her love life. I had a hard time connecting with Charlotte because she was like that friend who gave out good advice but never took her own which made you want to shake some sense into her. Kudos to the author for conveying this through much emotion because it made Charlotte real to me. I found myself talking back to the story much of the way and I had a few surprise along my reading. I'm a huge fan of Scottish heroes in romances and that is one big reason this caught my eye. I don't want to say too much to ruin the surprise but although the targeted love interest may not be who I thought it was in the beginning, I couldn't help but start cheering the possible-to-be. I couldn't connect to the story at first, but the author's writing drew me in to continue reading. I liked the San Francisco sights (it made me miss the city!) but it may have been a tad too detailed for my taste. I did LOVE the Scottish sights and wanted to visit as I followed Charlotte's sightseeing. Ms. White had me glued to the end to find out Charlotte's choice and she has me on the wire waiting to see how it all turns out with The Husband Maker coming in February. Thanks for the fun story!...more
This was a sweet story! My only gripe was the heroine held on to the generational curse thing a little too long and it was fuzzy exactly why it was aThis was a sweet story! My only gripe was the heroine held on to the generational curse thing a little too long and it was fuzzy exactly why it was a curse. I felt sorry for the poor hero Marcus because he was just dumped and the heroine was trying to friend zone him to make herself feel better about being close to him. Eek! Poor guy! I can understand why he would want to leave town.
Loved Marcus! There's something very yummy about a hero who gets down and dirty working with his hands and I loved reading about how he took care of his cars. I felt like the tension and conflict could have been fixed if only they talked their issues out! Unfortunately, this trope is one of my pet peeves so it kept me from fully diving into this story. I loved St. Amant's writing style and the ending was definitely worth it. I'm definitely looking forward checking out more of this author's works. ...more