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A one-weekend stand seven years ago resulted in a kid. A kid with a dead father...Only that father s...more***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
A one-weekend stand seven years ago resulted in a kid. A kid with a dead father...Only that father seems rather alive as he's wrestling (not in a kinky way) with the nanny in their kitchen.
If this was longer than 85 pages it would've remained unfinished. Because although it tried to come up with a plot about a ghost operative secretly watching over the woman he loves and his child, while also trying to apprehend a similar ghost operative who're apparently stolen some top-secret shit...I just didn't buy it. It read more like a not-very-well-written PWP short story, catering to readers who like spank-related "storylines", badly disguised as a romantic suspense novella.
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Yet another book I just couldn't bring myself to finish. But with this one I admitted defeat even ea...more***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
Yet another book I just couldn't bring myself to finish. But with this one I admitted defeat even earlier. I just couldn't get into the story. The heroine has issues from the get go. Especially with chauvinistic men. Since the hero didn't strike me as that much of a chauvinist, the result was skipping to the middle of the story. There I discovered the depth of heroine's issues, so I skipped to the end (thinking that maybe she comes around in the end and that'll make me read the entire book from the start). Nope. I went with chapter 13 (out of 16) and was slapped in the face by the same issues. And then she ran. She blamed her father, she blamed her ex, she blamed everybody for her issues but herself...And I wanted to choke her. She finally came around at the very end and even then the hero came to her and not the other way around.
Sam Kelly, Marine sniper, died five years ago in Afghanistan. The same day Sam Kelly died, Jack Stone, NSA operative was born. New face, new identity,...moreSam Kelly, Marine sniper, died five years ago in Afghanistan. The same day Sam Kelly died, Jack Stone, NSA operative was born. New face, new identity, new past...Old memories. Filled with one woman, Sophie Moreno. The same woman who now works for a company the NSA is investigating as being possibly involved with smuggling of biological weapons. Jack is called in. To get close to Sophie, his boss orders, and find out what she knows.
It seems she knows a little too much since someone is taking shots at her...
Sometimes impulse buys pay off, and this book is one of them.
Well-written, well-paced, great characterization (the hero was just so 'wow', and though the heroine turned a bit annoying toward the end, I'm glad she wasn't whiny and swoony in the middle of all the action), wonderful action, good intrigue, nice romance...What more can I ask from a romantic suspense novel? I especially liked the new identity/new face ploy. And the fact she (or her subconscious) recognized him. Awww. Be still my romantic heart.
I'm looking forward to the next books in this series, hoping Jack's friend Levi gets his own story. And yeah I think, Wesley Burkhart, the big bad boss, deserves his own book as well.(less)
Two years ago she split after their one night together and his confession of love, now she's back in...more***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
Two years ago she split after their one night together and his confession of love, now she's back in town, and despite everything that happened, despite knowing her, he's pulled back into her orbit...
This was a cute little story with one important distinction from the rest of romances out there (view spoiler)[—there was no sex until the end (hide spoiler)]. The story flowed nicely, though I could've done without the few scenes involving Jett's (the hero) sister, but those were probably groundwork for the next book (as Jett and Nikki's 'one-night-stand' featured in the first book in the series, or so I've gathered from the reviews), the romance was sweet and cute, the added suspense mini-cameo served its purpose nicely (to make the heroine see reason), and the characterization was very good.
Now, speaking of characterization, and this being me, I have to talk about the heroine. Because Nikki Logan should be featured in the dictionary alongside the term 'issues'. Yes, plural. The girl had ISSUES. Self-destructive, self-deprecating, using anger and spite as protective mechanisms, completely blind to the real feelings people might hold toward her, utterly convinced she didn't deserve kindness or love...And like all such heroines, she needed a near-death experience (literally!) to make her see reason. For the better part of the story, I was rooting for her hero, Jett, to pull his head out of the sand, see what she was like, and run for the hills. Of course he didn't, which makes him the perfect romance hero (at least perfect for this book and for this heroine). Because he's loved her for years, he stuck around, and once she sashayed back into town was determined to keep her there. By any means necessary. Even mastering 'the most boring game in the world' (his words, not mine).
Once I realized that any reaction toward the heroine (even dislike) was better than none, and glimpsed the real Nikki her through Jett's eyes, I ended up really enjoying this story—Nikki's bristly nature, Jett's composedness (seeing him lose that cool was something else...wow) and protectiveness, their interactions and relationship...This really was a wonderful story.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Written in first-person POW which I mostly hate (not count...moreI read the first chapter and went "Oh...Wow".
Read the rest of the story and went "Oh...Eew".
Written in first-person POW which I mostly hate (not counting the Fever series), no plot to speak of, one-dimensional characters...Okay, it's erotica smut, so who needs plot and realistic characters, right?
Well, sorry, but I do. When I read something, I expect for it to have a meaning and it was not written just so the author could write bad porn filled with dominance, submission, and punishment themes, crude language (less is more, people!). I might have given it a higher rating (a star more, maybe) if the 10-inch meat sporting hero would not have STOLEN the heroine and conditioned her to stay with him. Stockholm syndrome, anyone?
Sorry, it just wasn't for me. And if it wasn't that short I might not have even finished it. *shudder*(less)
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A year ago he broke her heart, because he decided to take care of his dying mother, now he's back......more***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
A year ago he broke her heart, because he decided to take care of his dying mother, now he's back...And they end up together.
That's what I was able to glean from what I read. Because I was unable to finish it. I started it, stopped, and read the last few chapters. That's it. I just couldn't get into it. Maybe because of the whole backstory between the two, maybe because of the unbelievability of the backstory between the two (the part about them never sleeping together while they were actually together was just too much out there for this day and age, but maybe I'm just jaded)...Maybe it was just the author's voice that wasn't up my alley. And then the final few chapters introduced the 'other side' of the heroine, the hide-behind-a-wall type that doesn't emerge from behind that wall until it's almost too late...Such a cliché. I guess we were lucky there was no near-death experience involved.
This was a cute little novella that serves as introduction into the author's Renegade Royals series t...more***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
This was a cute little novella that serves as introduction into the author's Renegade Royals series that will feature four (?) bastard sons of the princes of England...And the person that will connect the four books together, spymaster Dominic Hunter.
Dominic is only a fourteen-year-old in this novella and doesn't get much 'screen-time', and though the series will apparently deal with spy-stuff, there was no intrigue, no suspense, no murder, no traitors in this little introduction. Just your 'usual' historical romance.
A historical romance with two wonderful protagonists and a little twist to the template-y historical romance plot of boy-meet-girl-they-fall-in-love.
Cute, sweet and just long enough to satisfy yet make the reader interested for what might happen next. And the blurbs for the next two books are there at the end, oh-so helpful. ;)
P.S. I had a little problem with the title, though. Yes, we are talking about the Renegade Royals series and the future books will feature illegitimate sons of said royals...But the protagonists of this novella weren't of royal blood (pure or diluted). So what's with the title?(less)
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Kate and her two friends at Kinnections matchmaker agency have recently signed a ne...more**spoiler alert** ***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
Kate and her two friends at Kinnections matchmaker agency have recently signed a new client. But with that client come additional baggage in the form of the client's overprotective older brother. An older brother who's decided the ladies working at Kinnections are all frauds and is ready to sue them if they don't render the contract with his sister void.
Well, Kate can't have any of that, so they compromise. She'll find him a match, too, and convince him love exists in the process. Oh, if only it were that easy.
This book started off great. The characters were nicely fleshed-out, cute, and quirky, the plot was interesting, the narration flowed wonderfully, making me turn the pages, curious as to what might happen next.
Unfortunately by the middle of the book, my enthusiasm was all but gone. There were just too many issues combined between the hero and heroine. And while I could see his point, I just couldn't get her. She was co-owner of a matchmaking agency, she believed in love and all that jazz, yet was afraid to let herself go with this particular guy that made sparks fly (almost literally) every time he touched her. Then, for a time, they finally saw reason, issues sprouted up, they broke up, and, since this is Romancelandia, got back together quickly. Cute, right? Might be if it ended there. But no, they had to go through the same process once more. And that was the final nail in the coffin for this book to get more than a three-star rating. I like some decent push-and-pull between the protagonists, but only to a certain point. These two crossed that proverbial line in the sand.
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Ten years ago, during a family vacation, Lily's sister drowned. And now, on her way to college, Lily...more***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
Ten years ago, during a family vacation, Lily's sister drowned. And now, on her way to college, Lily's car breaks down on the outskirts of the town where tragedy had struck.
I really hate not finishing books. Hate it. But in a way I did finish it, I just skipped the middle. Actually I skipped most of it. I read the ending to see whether I'd be compelled to go back and read the book in its entirety.
It just didn't work for me. Mostly because it was written in first-person POV, which more and more appears to be my nemesis. It's just too limiting for my taste, granting the reader only a limited view of the story, a view through only one eyes. And that, with only one exception, really bugs me. And the fact the story was told from a twenty-year-old 'girl' didn't help matters. But it wasn't just the first-person POV that bugged me with this story. The author's voice simply didn't appeal to me, making the narration and flow of the story stiff.
The mystery was also very disappointing to me. First of all, it took too much time to get to the point, to what the mystery actually was, and since I stopped reading at the end of chapter six, I also didn't get the entire picture. And I stopped at chapter seven because of the above-mentioned 'issues' and the fact I realized who the killer was. Of course I didn't believe I was actually right, so I went and read the final few chapters. And lo and behold. I actually nailed the killer's identity. And since I discovered the killer in chapter six (of 56!), that doesn't really seem a very good incentive to go back and continue reading from chapter seven.
I'm sorry to say this just wasn't the right book for me.(less)
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Val Grayson has been the rock of his family, sacrificing everything, even sometimes h...moreThis is a very short version, for the full review, visit my blog.
Val Grayson has been the rock of his family, sacrificing everything, even sometimes his personal life, for his brothers, after their parents died. He’s the staid, calm, and silent Grayson brother, the oldest one by just a few years, but more of a father figure than brother to Cole, Seb, and Theo.
And even now, when they’re all grown up, leading their own lives, happy with their women by their sides, he still thinks like a daddy. Keeping them focused, keeping them centered, building a nest egg “just in case”. And they know it, they love him for it, but they all feel it’s time he thought of himself first and of them second.
If I had to sum this book up in two words it’s be something along the lines of: Oh. Wow.
I know I gushed about the first and third book in this series being great. But they don’t even come close to the older Grayson boy’s story. And, sorry Seb, Theo, and Cole, where I’m concerned, you simply cannot compete with your older brother.
I was looking forward to the suspense angle of this story, the resolution to the drug-trafficking case that was first mentioned in the first book, brushed against in the second, and featured more prominently in the third book in the series.
And the same goes for the Lorelei mystery and the three keys Lexie, Avery, and Julie found. The discovery was nicely done (maybe a little deus-ex-machina-ey) and I’m glad Ms. Barrett decided to go a different path than the full-on treasure chest.
As the previous book, the writing and narration were great, and the characters wonderfully drawn. The plot was tight, the different elements (romance, suspense, shipwreck) were well-woven in, and I loved every single page, every single minute I spent reading this story.
I’m sorry to see Star Harbor, its people, the Grayson brothers, and their women go, but I’m sure I’ll re-visit them soon.(less)
Cole Grayson, current sheriff of Star Harbor, has no time—or patience—for getting involved with a woman deeper than for a few nights of pleasure. Ther...moreCole Grayson, current sheriff of Star Harbor, has no time—or patience—for getting involved with a woman deeper than for a few nights of pleasure. There's his job for one, keeping the people of Star Harbor safe while trying to put a stop to the drug dealers and smugglers obviously using the small town as the center of their operation. And then there's the 'little' issue of his PTSD. Though the nightmares have finally stopped, doesn't mean he might not snap at any minute. His temper is a very frail thing.
So, what the heck is he doing sniffing after Star Harbor doctor Julie Kensington? Isn't she the one who slapped him when he tried kissing her in high school? And she's too classy, too sexy, too gentle, too beautiful...too everything to dally with him. But he just can't stay away. And when she starts returning his kisses, matching his passion with his own, Cole slowly starts to believe he just might be worthy of her...
Yes! Yes! Yes! I loved Seb's story and I was disappointed by Theo's story so I was rather apprehensive about reading Cole's book, fearing it might end up the way the second one did. Or the heroine might have as much (or more) issues than the previous two (though Lexie's were legitimate and understandable).
So you can imagine my delight when I realized Cole's story was (so far) the best in the series. Another winner, if you ask me—as I said, my favorite book in the series so far. And although it ended, and I was very satisfied with how it ended, I just wanted to keep reading. I'm glad there's the last one still waiting to be read, because I've fallen hard for the Grayson brothers...And the little town of Star Harbor.
Kudos to Ms. Barrett for her wonderful narration when it comes to the descriptions of the town and all its nuances (including the people). Every time the narration shifts from the characters to their environment, I feel like I'm there with them, experiencing the town alongside them. I've seen it in autumn, winter, and spring. Now lets see what summer brings.(less)
I tried. I swear I tried, but I just couldn't bring myself to care what happened to the two protagoni...more***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
I tried. I swear I tried, but I just couldn't bring myself to care what happened to the two protagonists. She was annoying as hell, and he came off as an utter idiot. I didn't feel the connection between them, didn't get the animosity she felt toward him...And the plot about the ghost in the woods wasn't appealing, either.
I gave up somewhere in the middle, but read the last few chapters, hoping a good ending might help me change my mind and finish the book properly. Unfortunately I didn't get my wish.