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The four Grayson brothers have gathered in their home town of Safe Harbor for the anniversary of the...more***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
The four Grayson brothers have gathered in their home town of Safe Harbor for the anniversary of their father’s death. Sebastian Grayson, the famous chef, was the last to join them, and he’s feeling a little cranky without proper coffee. So the Grayson four fill into LMK (Lexie Meyers Kitchen), the local diner/restaurant, where Seb is immediately taken by the owner, Lexie Meyers...And her amazing coconut cake.
Lexie knows who Seb is. She also knows of his reputation with the ladies. So there’s no chance in hell that she’d give in to his seduction. Her last relationship has made her gun-shy and, well, there’s also the fact Seb’s living in New York City. There’s absolutely no future for them, right? If she was willing to give it a shot, that is.
Well, she never counted with Seb’s determination, that’s for sure.
Boy am I glad I requested this on NetGalley. And the publisher accepted that request. Otherwise I probably never would’ve read this one. And that would’ve been a pity.
One word came to mind as I deleted it off my eReader. WOW. I loved it. Absolutely loved it.
Wonderful characters (especially Seb *grin*), great story-telling, rather tight plot, some culinary delights (I wouldn’t mind tasting that incredible-sounding coconut cake), all safely tucked into the wonderful, cute little community of Safe Harbor. There’s just something about (some) small-town set books I adore. Everybody knows everybody, everybody butts into everyone else’s business, and the townspeople take care of each other. And every small-town in fiction has one or two bad boys that somehow find their way back into the bosom of their hometown, meet the right girl, and “mend their wicked ways”. And Safe Harbor in this instance apparently has FOUR of those bad boys. And I’ll most certainly read their books. Because if this first book in the series is any indication, I’ll love each and every one of them.
Because this one was almost perfect, with just a few hiccups that bothered me a little along the way. Like the whole stalker thingie that ended up in a ‘huh?’ moment or the psycho-angle that somehow didn’t fit into the overall story (did we really need the suspense sub-plot when everything else seemed to work just fine?), and the produce-warehouse serving as something else (that yet again somehow didn’t fit, but will feature in the next books, judging by the blurbs).
Still, these were little hiccups that didn’t prevent me from enjoying Lexie and Seb’s story. They were great together, the chemistry was palpable, the hotness super-hot, and the slow slide into love a real treat to read.
Another NR winner for me. Though I haven't read a real book in a while, this one truly felt like 'it's like riding a bicycle' book. I dived into it, i...moreAnother NR winner for me. Though I haven't read a real book in a while, this one truly felt like 'it's like riding a bicycle' book. I dived into it, it grabbed me, and it didn't spit me out (figuratively speaking) until the very last page.
Don't get me wrong, it had its weaknesses and weak moments. Like the heroine whom I couldn't bring myself to love, I simply liked her, because she was there, I just didn't feel for her. She was too tough, too stubborn, too everything for me to realy emphasize with her. Sure, she witnessed a murder, sure, she lived in hiding, sure, they hunted her, but still, lighten up a bit, trust a little, live a little, love a little.
But that's just a very NR thing to do, create a character the reader feels strongly about—whether in a good or a bad sense. It's useless creating a bland character the reader will forget about the next day.
The hero, on the other hand, was the usual NR fare. Protective, sexy, hunky, persistent, an irresistible Alpha/Beta mix one just wants to find on their doorstep one morning. ;)
What was unusual was the suspense part. It was rather bland, in my opinion. It wasn't on-the-edge-of-the-seat suspense, but that's not what I expect from Ms. Roberts. I expected something a bit more than what I got in this book. It seemed like the real threat was always somewhere far on the horizon, never really that close, never really that dangerous. And that was quite disappointing after the last few suspense-y NR books I've read lately.
But this was still in a league of its own compared to the rest.(less)
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Erica Kesling has almost remade and redeemed herself. A year ago she lost everything—her money and h...more***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
Erica Kesling has almost remade and redeemed herself. A year ago she lost everything—her money and her reputation. There’s nothing to be done about the money, but she can restore her reputation. And she will, as soon as the stolen artifacts go on display and she can whip out the photographs she’s taken a year ago on a treasure-hunter’s ship.
Clean and simple.
Unfortunately there’s a complication. In the form of a 25-year-old, slacker of an intern named Lee Scott. He’s too sexy for comfort and he knows it. And he’s also made it his mission to get her into bed with him.
Which wouldn’t be a problem if she trusted him. Or if he trusted her...
This book started off great. Nicely plotted-out, ‘fluent’, intriguing...And yeah, hot, when Lee had a scene. It was twisty and turn-y and for about the first 40% of the story I loved it to bits.
Then it all went downhill from that.
I simply didn’t get the heroine’s motivations. Didn’t get her reasoning. Sure, she wanted to make the guy who destroyed her life and reputation pay. Okay, nothing wrong with that. But her methods...She boggled the mind. I had no idea a person’s reputation was more important than their life. Okay, I don’t move in the archaeological world and I don’t live in the US. But with so many law-enforcement agencies out there, she couldn’t go to one? She needed to play the hero first by unmasking the baddie before she went to the FBI or whatever? She thought she could take them alone? All the while almost fainting every time she laid eyes on the bad guys? And all the while believing the bad guy’s word that he would protect her unless she tattled. Uhm, he’s the bad guy here! What’s to say he’d keep his word?
Then there was the twist-and-turniness of the plot that at the beginning drew me in so much. Toward the end there were too many twists to keep everything straight. And some of them seemed forced, written for the sake of higher page-count, and for the main couple to suffer through yet another bout of suspicion and anger. (And these were truly getting annoying toward the end—haven’t they heard of TALKING?)
Without those two peeves (which are probably just my peeves), the book would’ve been amazing and worthy of a 5-star rating. The writing was great, the plot tight, the suspense edge-of-the-seat gripping, the characters nicely drawn-out, the ‘secrets’ intriguing, and the chemistry between the main protagonists sizzling.
A good debut novel, but I cannot get past the above-mentioned ‘hiccups’. But since there is space for improvement, I’ll definitely pick up the next two books by Ms. Grant. The blurbs are promising.(less)
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So cute! This is one of those stories that you read with a constant smile on your face. I just could...more***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
So cute! This is one of those stories that you read with a constant smile on your face. I just couldn't help it. Whether it was the hero's blog posts or the hero's attempts at coming clean with the heroine...I just smiled.
It was cute, it was sweet, it was short, and it was PG (don't judge this one by the cover). I didn't mind the blog post chapters (not all of them were like that). The only problem I had was with the heroine (but the problem was minor, more of a hiccup). I didn't get her reasoning—at first, she didn't want a jock, then she panicked when she thought the guy hated sports. Talk about running hot and cold.
Another good installment in the Dark Legacy series, mostly due to the hero. I just adore JAK/AQ/JC heroes, don’t you?
Well, it wasn’t just the hero, be...moreAnother good installment in the Dark Legacy series, mostly due to the hero. I just adore JAK/AQ/JC heroes, don’t you?
Well, it wasn’t just the hero, believe me. The whole story worked. The instant connection between Gwen and Judson, Judson’s dreams (the prologue was chilling and a great way of pulling the reader in), the suspense (though I suspected how it might all go down), the quirky town-folk, the romance, the intrigue...And that (too short) glimpse into the Coppersmith family. I love that family and I cannot wait to read more about them.
Yes, a wonderful addition to the series and to the entire Krentz/Quick/Castle writing opus, I just wish there wasn’t such a long wait between books in a certain series. I want to read more. ;)(less)
Second winner in a row, I'm really on a roll here. ;)
I can always count on Nora Roberts (in all her incarnations) to deliver a solid, gripping read th...moreSecond winner in a row, I'm really on a roll here. ;)
I can always count on Nora Roberts (in all her incarnations) to deliver a solid, gripping read that will keep me entertained, guessing, sighing, cursing (sometimes), and flipping the pages yearning to know what happens next.
And this new installment in her writing opus sure didn't disappoint. Actually it surprised me. Surprised, because she chose a different path to her story. In the way of the hero being the center point of the plot, in the way of the hero being the main character, in the way of the hero being in danger, in the way of the hero being the most damaged, the most brooding, the most hurt of the pair. That spot of the 'main' character the plot revolves around is usually (in mostly all romance novels, be it straight romance or romantic suspense) reserved for the heroine.
Not this time and I'm really glad for it. This 'new' offered a nice respite from the template, if I dare call it that way, and it offered a nice respite from being constantly stuck in a female's mind—this story is (mostly) told from a man's point of view through a third-person narrative, so we get to see what the not knowing, being in danger, having the world turned upside down, having the rug pulled from under the feet...feels like from a male perspective. I'm not sure I make much sense with this, but hey, I felt (read) the difference.
Also, Ms. Roberts also freshened up her story by not having her usual 'I'm tough, I don't need anyone, I don't lean on anyone, leave me alone' type of heroine. Those were starting to get a little old and tiring, so Abra was truly a breath of fresh air. She was bubbly, optimistic to the point of being slightly annoying, new-age-y, pushy, adorable, slightly know-it-all type of person that one cannot help but love from the get go. And I did love her. I'm not saying I wouldn't slap her (tenderly) if she was a real person and I knew her, because she did have a tendency to be annoying at times with her optimism and her positive energy and positive thinking and her mothering, but still she was endearing and adorable and a complete opposite of Ms. Roberts' other heroines.
And I'm more than thankful she didn't turn her hero into one of those heroines. Yes, he was broody, yes, he wanted to be left alone at the beginning, but being accused of murder, being dogged by an asshole detective, being the center of gossip and media attention for a year, probably does that to a person. He didn't keep being a broody-leave-me-alone kind of guy, he let the heroine push, mother, and annoy him, he let her in, and he let her help him heal her.
God, I loved the story, as you've probably realized already. ;)
Enough with the romance aspect of the story, which was sweet, sexy, adorable and fun to read, let's get to the suspense part of the story. Which was also great, let me tell you. I had no idea who did it, though I had a pretty good idea who the other one, the intruder was, but I had no idea who killed Eli's wife. And I still have no idea how he figured it out, and that bugs me a little, but I'll get over it, because I'm glad I didn't spot the murderer from the get go. I always suspected the lover, but I was wrong, and I'm very happy about it. I also felt the other sub-plot, the intruder, the obsession, etc. remained a little loose around the edges, I needed some real closure on that, but hey, it helped solve the real question, the first murder, so let's not nitpick.
All in all, a great NR story, gripping, intense, sexy, suspenseful, romantic, 'tight'...I could've done without the large print though, but that's on me. I learned my lesson, read the description thoroughly before purchasing a book online. ;)(less)
Seth Quinn. The last Quinn brother. A Quinn by blood and not just by name.
His artistic endeavors have made him travel around the world, but now he's f...moreSeth Quinn. The last Quinn brother. A Quinn by blood and not just by name.
His artistic endeavors have made him travel around the world, but now he's finally back. Back home. With his family, where he belongs, ready to spend the rest of his life in St. Christopher. And he has an inkling as to whom he might like to spend it with.
If and when he gets rid of the burden that he's been carrying for more than a decade.
With Seth's story we've reached the end of this series. In more ways than one. All the Quinn brothers are accounted for, they all have their stories and their happily-ever-afters. And the past has finally been laid to rest. So to speak. And maybe not finally. But Quinns being Quinns they'll deal. As is the Quinn way—together. One for all and all for one.
It was great seeing the Quinns doing what Quinns do best in this book as well—at the top of their lungs, curses and insults flying, people flying in the water, punches and hugs evenly distributed...What a great, loud, warm family they are. Full of love, and full of heart. Nowadays you don't see such families in real life so its great at least to be able to read about them. They're a unit. Indestructible, connected by bonds that transcend blood. And it was amazing having spent these past few days in their company. (Yes, I know their fictitious!)
Well, I'm rather at a loss for words with this one, so I'll keep it short and simple. Nora Roberts knows what she's doing. There was drama, there was romance, there was laughter, there were tears, there was angst...All wrapped up in a nice package of tight plot, wonderful characters, great 'landscape', and fluid storytelling.
I know this was Seth's book, but his life and his story was so intrinsically enmeshed in the overall family unit that were the Quinns, that I think of him, of all of them actually, not so much as separate individuals, but Quinns. Simply Quinns. And I'm glad Seth, and the others, found wonderful heroines that fit into the family so well.
And what I loved best about this story? Beside the family and the humor? The fact the romance didn't suffer from a road-block toward the end of the story. There was no separation, no big argument, no threats of leaving...Dru and Seth did face a hurdle, but they overcome it, rather quickly and smoothly, making me breathe a nice, deep sigh of relief.(less)
Phillip Quinn. The urbane one. Advertising executives, Armani lover, wine connoisseur. The only one of the Quinn brothers who was partly responsible f...morePhillip Quinn. The urbane one. Advertising executives, Armani lover, wine connoisseur. The only one of the Quinn brothers who was partly responsible for what happened in his childhood, deciding to make the best of it. The last adult Quinn brother to be brought to St. Christopher.
After months spent juggling his job and his responsibilities toward his youngest brother, Seth, something good has finally happened. Something good wrapped in an aloof, distant package. But he knows there's more to Dr Sybill Griffin that meet the eye. And he cannot wait to discover what lies beneath. The question is, will he be able to handle it when truth finally comes out?
I know there's another book, the final book in the series, still waiting to be read, but this one was sort of an ending to the older Quinn brothers era. And I'm glad it succeeded in improving my opinion of the series (as a whole) after the fiasco of the second book. Still, nothing cannot come close to Sea Swept, the first and best in the series.
Yet again we received a great glimpse into the Quinn family dynamics, this time with two added Quinns by marriage, but it was the interactions between brothers (Seth included this time) that had me riveted once again. As said in the review for the fist book, these guys were a real hoot. And a real pleasure to read.
Thankfully the pacing also got a nice boost in this one, and the story flowed almost hiccup-free, letting the characters (all of them!) guide the plot forward.
Unfortunately, the heroine ruined the experience for me. The secrets, the hiding, the half-thruths really bugged me. I'm all for keeping secrets when need arises, but in this one, I simply didn't care for it. Maybe it was because I 'couldn't relate' knowing the entire sordid story, but the bottom line is, I didn't like it. And the fact she did feel guilty about lying didn't compensate one bit. I simply didn't get her reasoning. Knowing her sister the way she did, she still had reservations about calling her a liar from the get-go. Nope, I don't get it. I was prepared to let the emotional 'handicap' would bug me, but it didn't. Go figure.
All in all, it was a good story, a vast improvement from its predecessor yet failing to reach its potential or come even close at achieving what the first book in the series did.(less)
Ethan Quinn. The quiet one. The steady one. Always staying close to home, living on and for the water. Because of his past and dark secrets buried in...moreEthan Quinn. The quiet one. The steady one. Always staying close to home, living on and for the water. Because of his past and dark secrets buried in that past, he's decided long ago never to marry, never to have a family. And because of that he thinks he can never have the one woman he loves, the one he's loved forever—Grace Monroe.
Unfortunately he didn't consider his sister-in-law's stubbornness. Or Grace's determination.
While the first book in this quartet, Sea Swept, delivered on the promise in the blurb and made me giddy to read the next book, Ethan's story turned out to be quite a let-down.
It sure was Ethan's story, slow just like its hero. "Slow as a lame turtle with bifocals" Cam described him to his wife. And while I love me some slow moving stories, the slowness sometimes helps in keeping things real, this one was just too slow. Any slower and it would've been going backwards.
Nothing happened. Sure, things happened between Ethan and Grace, but I simply didn't care. Because I didn't care about them. While Cam and Anna were exciting, funny, and sexy, these two were just meh. I really could not have cared less whether they actually ended up together. Beside Ethan and his slowness that had mostly to do with Grace. Proud, stubborn, annoying...stupid. Yes, I hate that word, but that's what came to mind with Grace and her 'fantasies'. Sheesh.
Also there was no camaraderie between brothers, the interactions I came to love in the Cam's book. They barely spent any time together. And two big problems I had with this book were Seth (though he was a bit tiresome in the first book, he's escalated in this one—shouldn't be the other way around?—I kept waiting for someone to kick the crap out of him, because he deserved it) and Anna (I loved her in the first book, in this one she was just too annoying to bear).
And the biggest problem of them all? It arises quite often, but I manage to swallow my complaints because usually the story keep me interested, here...Not so much. I'm talking about the whole marriage thing. What's with that?! So Ethan didn't want to get married. So what?! I mean, who's to prevent the two of them from shaking up together? Is living together without the ring and the paperwork suddenly a sin? And what was with the need to procreate? She wanted to have his babies. What if he couldn't have them (not wouldn't, but couldn't)? Would he still be the big, bad Ethan? Didn't the idiot woman ever hear of adoption?
Argh. Frustrating. That's what this book was. Frustrating. And disappointing.(less)
Cameron Quinn. Thrill-seeker. Speed-lover. Living on the edge. He loves it fast and impersonal. Especially with women. And he loves living in Europe....moreCameron Quinn. Thrill-seeker. Speed-lover. Living on the edge. He loves it fast and impersonal. Especially with women. And he loves living in Europe. Alone, doing what he wants, when he wants and how he wants it. Away from home, from his two brothers, from his father. No responsibilities, no accountability except to himself.
Then, one night it all comes crashing down with a fax message. His father has had an accident. And after years of staying away, Cam finally has to come home.
Though this is categorized as romance, I didn’t love it because of the romance. In fact, I could’ve done without the romance in this case. Not because the book didn’t have a good romantic subplot (it did, I loved Cam and Anna together, they were rather like two peas in a pod), but because everything was overshadowed by the Quinn brothers and their interactions with each other.
The Quinn brothers, Cameron, Ethan and Phillip were a real hoot to read about. Grown men, each independent, employed etc., but when they were together they acted like teenagers—throwing one another off the dock, kicking the car seats, throwing insults here and there, kicking the crap out of each other...Laughing like lunatics together. Despite them not being brothers by blood, they were family and it showed. Yes, we were shown not told, which is something I love about Ms. Roberts’ writing. And because they were family they were willing to put everything aside and join forces to keep their last promise to their father.
This book had great characters, multi-layered and flawed, which for me makes them that more real, good writing, which isn’t surprising because of the author, good story (though I’m more used to Ms. Roberts’ suspense novels, I like something more ‘normal’ from time to time), and great character interaction (which was, as noted before, what I loved most).
A great, heart-warming, funny, laugh-out-loud, sweet story. I just hope the other books keep up with the expectations.(less)