The story was a bit flat and predictable and the characters went from hating each other in one paragraph to active dislike, to hugging, to making o2.6
The story was a bit flat and predictable and the characters went from hating each other in one paragraph to active dislike, to hugging, to making out a few chapters later. It wasn't very realistic or well paced but for a Harlequin book, it's better than expected.
The problem was there were so many things that could have made this a better book. Plot lines that were teased at but never explored.
If you get ot for free go ahead and read it but I wouldn't go out of your way....more
I will go ahead and say that I read and own the Maisey Yates story, so I didn't re-read. However, I did enjoy that book and fully recommend that se2.5
I will go ahead and say that I read and own the Maisey Yates story, so I didn't re-read. However, I did enjoy that book and fully recommend that series.
Ok, so on with the show.
I didn't love it.
I usually don't mind the Creed books, they are a good beach read or mind relaxer but this one had some issues. The characters weren't very developed, there was insta-lust, it seemed slightly old fashioned even though it was modern, there were some major discrepancies (view spoiler)[ Steven saying that he had never seen Nathan Carter when a few chapters back, he helped get him out of jail, for one (hide spoiler)], and the biggest issue that Mel and Steven had wasn't really even explored (them fighting for two different sides of the law).
If either character had been better fleshed out and if Melissa had been a better character (imo) then maybe I could've gotten behind this story. As it stands....I'm not feeling it.
Issues by breakdown:
It was formulaic, but that's how these books go, but the problem was that it was sooo formulaic that nothing outstanding or eye catching happened. Frankly, the most interesting thing in this book was Tom and Tessa followed by seeing Brody and Connor.
Matt was way too grown up at the age of five, 'special' 'advanced' or 'genius' standing notwithstanding.
Melissa had two sides. One very annoying, jumps to conclusions, biased, and bitchy lawyer and the second was vulnerable, insecure, scared of commitment, jumps to conclusions woman.
If you love the O'Ballivans and the Creeds, you will most likely like this book. I'm not partial either way but I did enjoy previous ones. This one? Well, read it if you have it but skip it if you don't.
ARC received by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
This is a cute, pretty clean, second chance romance. The only thing it really suffered from was being a little too short and Kendell not dropping someThis is a cute, pretty clean, second chance romance. The only thing it really suffered from was being a little too short and Kendell not dropping some serious truth bombs on Brent a few times (view spoiler)[ she really should have been a little more "Fuck you Brent for leaving" instead of "OOOO, water under the bridge, I'm gonna fight for you even though I'm really stretching here with the whole, "I think you still want me"." (hide spoiler)].
However, Kendell is super sweet and a little naive and Brent is a masochist in my opinion. Neither one of these people have much of a backbone (they sure didn't fight for each other when they had the chance) but I will say that their hearts are in the right place.
The only part that really really annoyed me was the end. It was unnecessary. It was a nice gesture but it was also a little patronizing. Brent couldn't or wouldn't trust Kendall because of his own issues and instead of saying "I know my own mind and what I want is you and if you can't accept that and you don't trust my instincts, then maybe you should go to hell." she complied. That irked me because Brent deserved a little hell.
That leads me to the one true flaw of this novella. It's only a novella!!! I wanted more! I think with a longer story some of these issues would've been ironed out and fixed. It's still a cute story and I finished it in one day. I recommend this one.
Received this as an ARC thanks to publisher and NetGalley all in exchange for an honest review.* ...more
I never realized how bitchy and unpleasant Kate is and I found it extremely hard to root for her or give too many fucks about her struggles. I read thI never realized how bitchy and unpleasant Kate is and I found it extremely hard to root for her or give too many fucks about her struggles. I read this for Jack. He was the better character and frankly I thought he deserved a hell of a lot better than Kate.
For most of the book.
I still think he deserves better but Kate slowly becomes someone you can see with Jack. I won't say you suddenly love her and want to be her best friend but she is a lot less irritating and asshole-ish than the first half of the book.
As you can tell this isn't my favorite in this series but I do love this author and I really did like the first two books in this series....more
I'm not entirely sure where I stand with this book. Parts of it I adored, parts of I hated, and parts of it I liked.
I won't go into too much detail asI'm not entirely sure where I stand with this book. Parts of it I adored, parts of I hated, and parts of it I liked.
I won't go into too much detail as this is a fairly new book but suffice it to say I didn't feel that it should have been a two couple book.
You get Katrina (I do not like that name) and Josh and then you get Beau and Shannon. Honestly, I liked Beau and Shannon far better than I liked Katrina and Josh and there were a few times I wished that they were the main couple.
But dammit, there were parts of this book I loved! I loved when Katrina and Josh were bantering (even if it wasn't always harmonious), I loved the whole Beau and Shannon story, and I liked Millie.
I liked that the town seemed like most small towns I've seen and read about, I liked that there was a mention of the Northern Lights, and I liked that we saw a woman being in charge of her life (and of all of the repairs).
I hated that the side characters weren't really developed, I hated that toward the end (view spoiler)[ Katrina suddenly got all weird with Josh when he suggested that they live together. Now, granted, we are inside of her head so it makes complete sense but it would've come out of left field if we weren't granted that grace. Also, Josh was brought to a realization due to this overreaction, but still. It was like Whoa Katrina, what the what? (hide spoiler)], I hated that I didn't quite love Katrina and Josh but in the end they worked well together, and I hate that we didn't have a full story of Beau and Shannon (which I mentioned).
I would read this again but I would still be mad about certain things. Sheesh Ms. Lowe, what have you done to me? I'm anxiously awaiting Millie's story but I'm also hoping that there is no subplot which may surpass the main.
Would I recommend this? Absolutely.
Will you feel the way I do? No telling but I do think you should read it....more
I couldn't finish this book, the writing was really getting to me and the lack of any development on Shelby and Foster's parts knocked me right out ofI couldn't finish this book, the writing was really getting to me and the lack of any development on Shelby and Foster's parts knocked me right out of the story. Too many things were glossed over and in the hurry to get the two of them together Lizzie disappears for awhile.
I really wanted to like this file several reasons but all of them failed me.
Didn't love this like I thought I would. The POVs were too frequent and from characters thst, while interesting, were not necessarily necessary (2.5-3
Didn't love this like I thought I would. The POVs were too frequent and from characters thst, while interesting, were not necessarily necessary (the exception being Doctor Sound and maybe Sophia) and made the plot more convoluted than it needed to be.
I needed more Books and Braun. And more of a natural approach to their relationship. Eliza was a bit of a jerk to Welly which made it hard for me to understand their end. Not to mention, Welly was an excellent agent in the field and I would've liked to see more of him and Eliza working together.
I will say that the last twenty or so pages were awesome. The way the whole book should have been.
There was something about this book that pulled at me. I knew going in that there would be a lot of POVs and once I reconciled that fact, I was a3.678
There was something about this book that pulled at me. I knew going in that there would be a lot of POVs and once I reconciled that fact, I was able to enjoy the story.
Getting past the overlapping stories (sometimes the reader would go back a few skips in time in order to tie everything together) and the repetitive information (when you work with a ton of POVs I suppose it's necessary), I really fell for the characters.
Everything centers on Reagan; last name unknown until she walks into the Blue Moon diner in Harmony, Texas, a place she had heard about from a woman that has died. The town called to her, she reflects in the first few pages. A place to call home. She decides to take the name of the woman she had formed a bond with and becomes "Truman".
Through her we meet Hank Matheson - the volunteer Fire Chief, Alex McAllen, the hard and flawed sheriff and Jeremiah Truman, a man she will claim as Uncle if he'll claim her.
As Reagan discovers what family means, what friendship can do and what love ultimately is, we get a glimpse into the heart of Harmony. Every person we meet, from the lonely but kind funeral director (Tyler Wright), to the gypsy blooded Stella McNabb and Noah McAllen, Alex's younger brother and boy on the cusp of manhood, is part of the town and the story. They all bring elements that wouldn't have worked as well with one narrator. There are layers here and each layer needs a voice. Each voice brings a perspective that completes the whole.
This is coming from the person who is not that big of a fan of multiple POVs.
There are subplots that make up a plot in this story. Hank and Alex (short for Alexandra) have a history that is rife with pain due to the fact the only thing that have in common is the murder of Warren McAllen; Hank's best friend and Alex's older brother. Alex holds a debilitating guilt that is breaking her more than helping her and her path of self-destruction collides with Hank's more often than not. Hank sees her as the little kid he's always known but also a woman. Alex seems to hate him and Hank keeps coming back. At first you can't tell if he's a masochist or if he really loves Alex. Or if Alex is just a selfish stone cold bitch or if she's almost damaged beyond repair.
As the story progresses, you see the complexity of the characters and your heart goes out to them. I still see Hank as the more sympathetic of the two, I have some issues with Alex that will be carried on to the next book, but you warm up to both of them and through them you see the harder heart of Harmony.
Tyler Wright's story is just so pathetic, heart-warming and brave that you have to read it. I think there's a soft spot for Mr. Wright in my heart.
Noah McAllen is a fresh voice and a boy on the verge of becoming a man. He and Reagan are both 16 and while Reagan has been hardened by life, Noah is open and warm. Perhaps if Reagan had been born in Harmony maybe this is what would've happened. Noah is tied to the land, like Hank and Ol' Jeremiah Truman and he wants nothing more to stay on his homestead and build it into a working ranch like Hank's. Like the Matheson's and the Trumans, the McAllen's are one of the three families that settled the town. Harmony was willed to the three families by Harmony Ely, a man waiting for his family to show.
Noah is also a cowboy. He's a rodeo man and he's not that great at first but he wants to get better. With his determination, it's easy to see how he brings out Reagan's warmer side. His ardent devotion to Reagan is cute but it's also a bit sad because well, while Reagan is the same age, she is mentally about twenty years older. We don't know too much about Reagan's past but the fact that she never wants to date and is scared, at first, that Noah will turn into a "werewolf" if they are alone at night, she's had some bad experiences.
Being so damn resilient and adorable, Noah respects the boundaries but also tries to help her conquer her fears.
I'm holding out for Noah and Reagan because he's just so damn adorable. Seriously, I would've loved a friend like him as a kid.
There is a mystery here, a crisis that brings people and the town together. In the end, the town triumphs (how could it not) and to be honest, the mystery is really only there to show how a town can be brought together.
All in all, this book has some issues but nothing that will stop you from reading. It's engrossing and engaging and if you're the sentimental type, you may even find your eyes leaking :D...more
Listen, you're not going to go into this book expecting a work by Hesiod but this short Harlequin romance does its job. Boy meets girl, they are attraListen, you're not going to go into this book expecting a work by Hesiod but this short Harlequin romance does its job. Boy meets girl, they are attracted to each other, slow build-up, conflict, they realize they have feelings for each other, pushing away by one or both parties, misery because they live each other, and then the HEA. This hits most of those points pretty well. The reasons were valid, the family drama was real, and the two mains were clearly meant to be together.
I will say that I think I love Naddy and this book should be re-released as an Avon novel so that we get more character depth and development as well as more Naddy. It would also be nice to see Brodie on a happier situation....more