Great, not to mention HUGE (length wise - may not fit on your shelf) book for fans of historical facts and authors of history who want to keep up withGreat, not to mention HUGE (length wise - may not fit on your shelf) book for fans of historical facts and authors of history who want to keep up with major events that happened all over the world from 4000 B.C. to 1990. Mixing great graphical depictions of the events in a visually captive format, this is one for the reference shelves. ...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
Another Brockmann winner! I love the way she writes dialogue and combines it with very realistic and varied characters. This was a great read that tooAnother Brockmann winner! I love the way she writes dialogue and combines it with very realistic and varied characters. This was a great read that took me a bit to get into but when I did, the ride was awesome. Of course this means I now have to read Wes's story cause I want to see him get his HEA. Next to Jake Robinson my faves on the team are probably Bobby and Wes. This is a great series....more
I really enjoyed Missing Lily! Maybe I've been stumbling across way too many explicit reads lately but this was a breath of fresh air because it focusI really enjoyed Missing Lily! Maybe I've been stumbling across way too many explicit reads lately but this was a breath of fresh air because it focused on characters getting to know each other before anything romantic followed and the strength of its characters made the story come to life. I also loved how the story started right in the middle of the action. Lily (real name Princess Lylin) was a strong character in the sense that I got her angst, motivation and she had me rooting for her safety all the way. I hadn't read Just Ella but this book makes me want to search it out and read it if it's written as well as Missing Lily. The romance was nicely paced and right from the beginning when Lily met Rhys, the chemistry was there as he really cared about and respected her. There's a twist that comes later on with Rhys and one of Lily's sisters that I won't reveal here and even though I wanted to see Rhys stand up and fight to have Lily, I can understand the predicament he was in. Poor Lily even had to grow up with such a bratty sister and parents who didn't hide their favoritism between the two sisters (out of a total of seven). It made me root for her even more.
I can't say enough things about the writing. Ms. Larsen penned such an intriguing tale with an array of characters that really stand on their own apart from the other characters. And she tells such a great story that is a 100% clean for all ages and all parts of the family! For anyone who has daughters who love princess stories with a sweet romance on the side, this would be great for them! I know I'll be saving this to share with my future daughter. I look forward to following this series very closely and adding Missing Lily to my read again shelf. I'm happy to add this as on my best of 2014 reading list!...more
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
Characters are the driving force in storytelling. For those writers who like to build their characters' backgrounds, appearance and history this is aCharacters are the driving force in storytelling. For those writers who like to build their characters' backgrounds, appearance and history this is a great resource. The book also includes a bit of a thesaurus for character descriptions of everything from eye, skin, hair and even meanings of names across different nationalities. Highly recommend this book for all writers....more
This is my first read of a Suzanne Brockmann book and now I know what all the fuss was about! The Admiral's Bride is a reissue from her Silhouette IntThis is my first read of a Suzanne Brockmann book and now I know what all the fuss was about! The Admiral's Bride is a reissue from her Silhouette Intimate Moments edition and it's a meaty one. I grabbed this because I was looking for some older heroes/younger heroines contemporaries and since I loved romantic suspense I thought this would be a good start. What an awesome story this turned out to be. I had planned to only read it in between my others but I ended up devouring it in one day!
Where can I find a guy like Admiral Jake Robinson? A complex, sexy, strong, resolute alpha male who's not afraid to be sensitive show his feelings and tell what's on his mind will go on my list of memorable heroes. He matches well with Zoe a headstrong, whip smart biochemical weapons expert whose father was saved by Jake in the prologue. The connections are weaved from the beginning and the suspense, thrills and romance both progress nicely as the story unfolds. I was bummed when this story came to an end!
I also love the chemistry and camaraderie between the SEALs team. From Star Trek and X-Men references to the way they worked and joked with each other, they felt real and like peeking in on old friends. I found myself laughing out loud at their sayings.
I'm definitely going to check out more of Ms. Brockmann's works as I've good things about her Troubleshooters series (especially the couple of Sam and Alyssa) but first I'm going to dive into Taylor's Temptation. I hope that story has a scene to rival the scorching hot shower and rooftop scenes!!...more
Wow. I really enjoyed reading this book. It is very rich in scenery, language, world-building and characters. It kind of reminded me of Vampires of thWow. I really enjoyed reading this book. It is very rich in scenery, language, world-building and characters. It kind of reminded me of Vampires of the Scarlet Order in that it deals with a group of vampires throughout the centuries but there in lies the only similarity. Sort of Anne Rice's vampire world-building with the language of Gabaldon's Outlander presenting a new addition to classic gothic literature. I mention this because I love books of this kind that takes vampire lore and creates a whole world around it. A world seen through their eyes as they live parallel to humans. In the world of Blood Tears, vampires are called the Dark Kind.
It's hard to pinpoint the exact storyline. It's not a high concept one where 'a and b meet c and therefore d happens' but it's more along the lines of 'there are these characters living in this particular world and this is their life through the ages'. Azrar is the Dark Prince of a small country called Isolann and he takes in a young mind reader named Khari. The story unfolds as Khari grows into her powers and learns of the world while offering her gift to help Azrar keep one step ahead of his enemies as the threat of 20th century technology and WWII is on the horizon. I really liked the dynamic between Azrar and Khari. Although he offered her a home and somewhat raised her, she falls in love with him and I had to say I was kind of rooting for them to get together. Although the end was contrary to this, it worked as Khari ended up with someone who shared her mutual love (although the Epilogue raises some interesting questions that may deter that possibility). Another Dark Kind, Eshan, also fell in love with Azrar and tries to warn the young girl that Dark Kind don't fall in love as humans do. Once Azrar did and suffered greatly for it.
There's a certain poetry within the characters because they feel like they are living and breathing. Garan, a Dark Kind who defies Azrar and choose to live by his own rules, is ruthless, a bit arrogant and rebellious but he is likeable at the same time. Sandor is the young abused worker with whom the story opens and his kindness and love for Khari and her mother figure Ileni is infectious. There's also a few side characters that have an agenda of their own amidst the Dark Kind and Ms. Dane takes great care to explore their desires, dismay and complexities as well.
I loved that Blood Tears took place in across the centuries throughout the large world wars and big events that really tie into historical reality. Every time I cracked open the book to read just a little bit I would find myself entranced in the story and the characters. I'm definitely going to check out the rest of the series to see what happens after the events of this book.
Although this was published in 2006, this is definitely going on my best reads of 2009....more