This is a short, sweet novella that is a part of the Due South series by this author. Even if you have not read any of the Due South series, you can sThis is a short, sweet novella that is a part of the Due South series by this author. Even if you have not read any of the Due South series, you can still enjoy this quick read. (Although, you won't get the background that comes from having read the other books in this series, you can still enjoy the wonderful writing of Ms. Alvarez. But reading the other books in this series greatly enhances the enjoyment of this book and makes things a little less confusing.)
It is about the wedding of Shaye "Cupcake" Harland and Del "Hollywood" Westlake and the week leading up to their wonderful, slightly zany wedding.
Shaye has been planning her wedding since childhood like most little girls dream of. But she has a very detailed plan for her wedding to the love of her life, the "Italian sauce to his meatballs, the chilli to his con carne, the frosting to his cupcakes", Del. But as you can expect with something highly detailed, Mother Nature delivers some hiccups into her plans.
Do they get married? Well yes but it is the hiccups that make this novella fun. And for those who have read the other books in this series, Boris the sea lion makes a grumpy appearance as well....more
This book is not a “normal” Rosalind James book. The book is a lot edgier and steamier than her other books. Fractured is book 2 in a 3 part related sThis book is not a “normal” Rosalind James book. The book is a lot edgier and steamier than her other books. Fractured is book 2 in a 3 part related series and the story makes a lot more sense if you have read Fierce already since the characters are introduced in that book and the plot line introduced.
Fair warning that if you are not into steamy sex that not just dips its toes into BDSM but wades into it knee deep, this book is not for you.
While I liked Fierce and the characters as they developed in there, I am not quite as thrilled with Fractured. Hope is a young woman who has overcame difficulties and managed to catch the eye of a Maori business man in the fashion industry named Hemi. All normal and such except for the fact that Hope is comes across as a submissive and Hemi is definitely a dom.
Although I am fan of this sub-genre of romance books and frequently read them, this book didn’t quite do anything for me except to make not like Hemi. Based on his physical appearance, he is very interesting and compelling. His actions and behavior? Not likable to me. Hope waffles between being strong and than weak which makes her a confusing character to decide if you like her or don’t.
To me, the stand out characters in this book are Hope’s younger sister, Karen, and Hemi’s Koru or grandfather in Maori. (Although my Maori dictionary says the word koruua or tupuna tāne for grandfather.) Karen is a typical teen ager and sounds like some one I would love to know. Hemi’s Koru is the salt of the earth and a man to admire. Hemi could stand to learn a lot from his grandfather in my opinion.
Is the book well written? Yes. Are the characters well developed? Yes for the most part. I just personally do not like Hemi in this book.
This book ends in a cliff hanger which will be resolved in the final book. Will I give the third book a read? Yes. I hope that Hemi becomes more likable in book 3 like he was in book 1. And that Hope will find her feet and be able to stand tall and be able to work everything out....more
Clay Pickett is a former U.S. Navy SEAL and he needs to find a wife and get married in 40 days. He is part of a community of former Navy SA SEAL’s Vow
Clay Pickett is a former U.S. Navy SEAL and he needs to find a wife and get married in 40 days. He is part of a community of former Navy SEALs who are trying to create a sustainable community in rural Chance Creek, Montana.
Nora Ridgeway is living on the same ranch as Clay and the rest of the SEALs. But unlike Clay, Nora and her friends are there to try and reawaken their old passions for the arts. They have all given up their modern lives in exchange for living like the ladies of Jane Austin’s novels. So no jeans nor modern clothing. Instead they are all wearing stays, day dresses and petticoats.
When Clay and Nora meet, there are sparks but Nora is not interested in getting married so fast. She wants to take time to getting to know anyone she is interested in romantically. She is leery of getting involved with anyone following some issues from her life back East, including a stalker.
The sparks fly when things heat up. And there are several twists in this story to make it a wonderful fun read. This novel was a great weekend read for me and it will be for you as well. So find your favorite iced beverage and settle down into a comfy, cool spot and lose yourself in this novel.
This is book 2 in the new series by Cora Seton called SEALs of Chance Creek. Each book can be read as a stand alone but reading them in order does allow you to get to know the characters who are all part of the community.
I did receive a free advanced reader copy of this novel in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Not that I would not have purchased this book anyway since Ms. Seton always writes a fun read....more
“Love’s not just about saying it. It’s about showing it.” - Aaron
Birdie, aka Bridget, Hitchcock was ready to marry her long time on/off boyfriend, Mal“Love’s not just about saying it. It’s about showing it.” - Aaron
Birdie, aka Bridget, Hitchcock was ready to marry her long time on/off boyfriend, Mal, when he decides right before they are to exchange vows that he can’t do it. Birdie has always been the good girl and always taken him back. But this was the final straw for her and she takes off in her wedding gown down to the quay. While she is standing there at the quay in the rain, Aaron Reed and his delightful son, Mat, pass by and being a gentleman, he and Mat rescue her by taking her back to their hotel room to give her a chance to dry off and figure out what she wants to do next.
Aaron is dealing with his own issues with his ex-wife who wants to take their son back to her home land of Spain. While he is perfectly happy with his life as a vet up on North Island, Aaron wants to do what is best for Mat even if that means moving to Wellington. Even while trying to figure out what she wants, Birdie and Aaron have a connection. Aaron, ever the gentleman, doesn't want to take advantage of Birdie’s mixed feelings immediately following being stood up but he hopes to be able to get to know her better. He invites her to spend some time up in Northland after she decides that she is going to take the time she had planned for her honeymoon exploring the North Island.
Birdie ends up visiting Aaron and falling in love not just with Northland but Aaron. Both have been in relationships before that ended badly but they decide to take the time to explore their feelings and see where it leads them.
This is a quick paced book with very well developed characters. This is book 4 in the Four Seasons series. Each book can be read as a stand alone or out of order. Reading all of the books in order though does allow you to discover the wonderful characters and landscape of friends and their falling in love.
I did receive a free advanced reader copy of this novel in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Not that I would not have purchased this book anyway since Ms. Woods always writes a fun read....more
"Turn Me Loose" is the latest book in the Paradise, Idaho, series by the talented Rosalind James. Although this book is book three in a series, each b"Turn Me Loose" is the latest book in the Paradise, Idaho, series by the talented Rosalind James. Although this book is book three in a series, each book can be read as a stand alone. The topics touched on in this series are a bit more edgy and dark than her lovely En Zed rugby romances.
Rochelle Marks has turned her life around after leaving a bad marriage and working to overcome the assumptions made by those who can not see past her 50s cover girl curves. She has been working her way up as an administrative assistant to a dean at the local college. And one day, in walks a man she hasn’t been able to forget from a let loose night several months ago.
Travis Wayne Cochran is a burned our Silicon Valley type who has accepted the job of teaching a few classes for one semester at a small college in Idaho. He is looking as a chance to regroup and figure out where he wants to go next in his life. Travis is just as surprised as Rochelle when he walks into her office to realize that here is the woman from a one night stand who he can’t forget.
This sets up a slow burning romance that builds and simmers as the story progresses. There are twists and surprises all along the story. The characters grow and become more human with faults and all. Both Travis and Rochelle grow and learn to lean on each other as they follow their hearts and overcome the issues that are both driving them apart and pulling them together. One of the biggest issues both have is learning to trust not just each other but themselves.
The underlaying theme/issue in this book deals with the growing issue of prescription drug abuse and the issues faced by those who are addicted and the ensuing problems in the community. This issue is not a problem limited to the big cities or the suburbs. Prescription drug abuse is a growing issue that hits harder in rural communities where the support system to deal with addiction are not as well developed.
Of the three books in the Paradise, Idaho, series, I have to say this one is my favorite. Why this one is my favorite is hard to say except that the characters are struggling with issues that I can relate to. The issues of prescription drug abuse and the resulting problems that follow it are something I am familiar with having run as an EMT before.
Disclaimer, I did receive an advance copy of this book in exchange for fair, unbiased review....more
Bree and Harley, with their complicated history, are the focus in this latest book in the Due South series by Tracey Alvarez.
Bree Findlow leads a veryBree and Harley, with their complicated history, are the focus in this latest book in the Due South series by Tracey Alvarez.
Bree Findlow leads a very ordered life with everything in its place. But her seemingly perfectly ordered life is about to erupt into complete chaos when Harley Komeke comes back to Oban to try and find his muse again among other things. And Bree has secrets she wants to keep secret but she also soon realizes that she still loves Harley no matter how much she wants to deny her love for him.
Harley Komeke is a complicated man with issues going all the way back to his early childhood that still haunted him. But these demons from his early childhood are also his muse that has inspired his art that catapulted him to international acclaim. But Harley is slowly coming to terms with these demons that have driven him and inspired his art. This coming to terms with the demons of childhood mean that he is searching for a new muse who appears in the form of his long ago lover and childhood friend, Bree.
Some of the topics in this book are ones that have been mentioned in previous novels in this series but are dealt with a very sensitive manner. All of the characters written by Ms. Alvarez are very well developed and multi-dimensional fully formed with faults and all. They are people you actually would like to meet and sit down have a flat white or a pint with in the pub.
The beauty of the South Island of En Zed and the fictional small town with the wonderful cast of small town characters draw you into this enticing novel. ...more
When a book starts with ‘Pru Harris’s mom had taught her to make wishes on pink cars, falling leaves, and brass lamps, because wishing on something asWhen a book starts with ‘Pru Harris’s mom had taught her to make wishes on pink cars, falling leaves, and brass lamps, because wishing on something as ordinary as stars or wishing wells was a sign of no imaagination,’ you know you are in for a fun read.
Pru Harris is a captain of a tour boat in San Francisco harbor. She has a conscience that means that she believes and feels that she needs to make amends for an accident that her parents caused. Even when it is to her own detriment.
Finn O’Riley owns a local pub that Pru likes to visit. Strictly for the fact that Finn makes her virgin drinks since she avoids alcohol. Finn and Pru are friends which is always a great place for a romance to start. Starting out as friends means that you have already seen each other at your worse and still want to speak to each other. There is no faking or pretending to be someone you are not when you start out as friends.
When an author starts a new series, you worry about things such are are you going to like the new community, the locale, the food, the main characters, and more important, the back ground characters who tend to provide the commentary. But when the author is Jill Shalvis, you never need to worry. She has introduced us to wonderful communities like Lucky Harbor and Cedar Ridge and now, a small neighborhood in San Francisco. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.
I was provided with an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for a fair, balanced, honest review....more
Okay first of all, let me get the negatives for this book out of the way now. The major negative for me is that this is Book 3 of 3 in the Cedar RidgeOkay first of all, let me get the negatives for this book out of the way now. The major negative for me is that this is Book 3 of 3 in the Cedar Ridge series. And that means the end of the series. You are just getting into another wonderful series by the highly talented Jill Shalvis and it ends. There are still siblings I would love to meet and get their stories but the series ends. But the positive is that Jill Shalvis is always writing so this means there is another series that will be on the way to help you over come your sadness at the end of the Cedar Ridge series.
'Nobody But You' is Jake Kincaid’s story. Jake and his twin, Hudson, had a falling out when they were eighteen and have not spoken since the fight. It is kind of hard to speak when you have disappeared from the life of not only your twin brother but the rest of your slightly dysfunctional but loving family.
We come to find Jake had ended up joining the military. He has proudly been serving in the military but has finally realized it is time to come home. A mission ended badly and although Jake is okay, he needs time to deal with the death of a good friend and the mission. So he comes home to mend fences with his twin and heal.
Sophie Marren is trying to remake her life and start over again. Starting over includes getting over her seasickness while living on the boat she has gotten from her ex-husband as her part of the divorce settlement. One of her issues is finding a docking spot for the boat where she doesn’t have to pay for overnight docking.
When Sophie docks the boat at the pier of the house that Jake has rented while he is hiding from his siblings in Cedar Ridge, sparks start to fly.
Neither Jake nor Sophie are perfect but well rounded out characters who are flawed like all humans. And this is huge part of what makes the story fun to read. Jill Shalvis always writes real characters who are flawed human beings. And that is why her books are such great reads....more
This is the first time I have ever read one of Ms. Lindstron's books. And this was the prefect book to read first since it is the prequel to the GreysThis is the first time I have ever read one of Ms. Lindstron's books. And this was the prefect book to read first since it is the prequel to the Greyson Brothers's series. Now when I read the rest of the series, having a bit of the back story will help. Although each book is a stand alone book.
The story starts off with Hal burying his brother, John, who was his partner in a small sawmill after an accident. His brother had been delivering a load of wood prior to going to the train station to meet his mail order bride. Neither brother has a penny to spare since they are working to build up their business and any money they have is going right back into the business. Yet John has decided he needs to have a wife. Hal decides that he will tell his brother's mail order bride that she has to return back to her home town and he has scrambled to find the money to purchase her the return ticket.
Hal has never met a strong willed woman like Nancy before. She is escaping an arranged marriage by her father and thinks that taking a chance on a marriage with a stranger is a better choice.
Nancy manages to keep Hal talking by saying no and arguing why she needs to stay that she misses the train. This is the start of the story and how both Hal and Nancy fall in love while observing the social mores of the time. There is something to be said for old fashioned social mores.
This is a lovely read so pick yourself a cup of tea after finding a quiet hour or two and pick a comfy spot to read this lovely intro to a new series....more
First of all, I seriously doubt that Cora Seton can write a bad book. I love her Chance Creek series and this new series happens to take place in ChanFirst of all, I seriously doubt that Cora Seton can write a bad book. I love her Chance Creek series and this new series happens to take place in Chance Creek again. This is a brand new series independent of the other books in the Chance Creek series.
Boone Rudman is a Navy SEAL looking to make some changes to the world as a result of things he has seen during his time in the US Navy. He and the others on his team have a plan to build a community that is sustainable and off the grid. Boone has taken the chance and submitted the plan to some one who has the power to help make it come true. But it will come with strings including that Boone and his friends all must marry since the back wants them to found a real community which includes having women and children as part of the community.
The property that is offered to Boone and his buddies to use for their community is a property in Chance Creek, Montana, where Boone and several of his friends were born and raised. Even with the conditions placed on them, Boone and the boys are eager to get their community up off the ground so they agree to the terms.
Riley Eaton has known Boone since childhood. She used to escape from her unhappy home life every summer to her grandparents’ ranch in Chance Creek, Montana. Riley and her college friends have found that their lives are not working out as they thought they would during college. And they do not have time to pursue their passions. At a weekend reunion in Boston at Riley’s place, they all decide to try living their lives for six months based on the lives of characters in Jane Austin novels. Riley suggests that they go to her grandparents’ ranch in Chance Creek since her uncle has promised it to her many times. The plan is that they will sell off everything and pool all of their resources and spend time at the ranch working on their passions. For Riley, this means working on her art which has suffered as a result of trying to make a living.
The ladies even down size their wardrobes down to about five or six period outfits. And for their Austin life, the ladies even make their own clothing. (This is one of my favorite things about the book.) They even burn their modern clothing after they arrive at the ranch.
Unbeknownst to Riley, her uncle has sold the ranch. Of course Riley and her friends do not find this out until after they arrive at the ranch. Boone has plans that include taking Riley as his wife in order to fulfill the strings attached to the contact to but he has to make up for several mistakes he made as a teenager when he treated her poorly. Think obtuse teenage boy mistakes.
Watching these two dance around each other and finally admit that they love each other is what makes reading this story a great read.
The audio version of this book is read by Eric G. Dove. His voice is great for the character of Boone. His narration of the novel moves along at a nice steady pace. Being able to listen to the book was great since it meant that I could knit and sew and “read” the latest book by Cora Seton. This was my first time in several years that I have had the chance to listen to an Audible book and I realized that they do have a place in my life again. Being able to “read” while knitting means that I don't have to worry about flipping to the next page.
I was provided by the author a coupon for a free copy of the Audible book in exchange for a fair, unbiased, balanced review....more
I love all of Jill Shalvis's books so kind of hard to not like this new series set in the Colorado Rockies. This is small town living with everyone reI love all of Jill Shalvis's books so kind of hard to not like this new series set in the Colorado Rockies. This is small town living with everyone remembering what you did way back in high school no matter how much you wish they would forget those things. And families and first loves.
Pour yourself a cup of hot tea or cider and curl up and watch Aidan and Lily work around old memories and remember that they do love each other. ...more
You know how you start a book and don't want to put it down once you start reading it? And once you realize that it is about to end, you don’t want itYou know how you start a book and don't want to put it down once you start reading it? And once you realize that it is about to end, you don’t want it to end? Okay, this is true of all well written books but even more so with Just Stop Me.
First of all, Iain’s physical description makes me immediately picture Richie McCaw. Than the story starts with his fiancé leaving him at the alter and she is a member of the Silver Ferns, you have no choice but to think of the All Blacks recently retired captain, Richie McCaw.
The story starts out with Iain waiting for his mum to arrive back to En Zed from a trip to the UK to visit his sister. His mum has a huge heart and traded her seat that Iain paid for so another mother and her children would be more comfortable on the long flight. And his mum find another stray to take under her wing because she switched seats as well. Iain isn’t too pleased to discover his mother has not only taken this stray under her wing but she has hired her to look after his grand dad.
Nina looks like a waif who has escaped from a bad place. And there is an element of truth in that she has escaped from almost marrying the wrong man. A man who thinks because he is a prince, anything he says goes and the word no does not apply to him. Nina was engaged to him because it seemed like the thing a successful model would do. After all doesn’t every woman want to marry a prince? But after having second thoughts and telling Matthias that she will not marry him, she takes the steps she needs to escape from this gilded cage. (Obviously he doesn’t listen to her.)
Since there is no commercial air flights to Antartica, Nina ends up heading to New Zealand which turns out to be one of the best decisions she has ever made. On the flight from London to Auckland, she meets Iain’s mum, Carmella and everything is set into play.
Nina has never cooked or cleaned or done laundry or any of the basic things most of us do without a second thought. She has always been a model managed by her own mother so never has had to do ordinary things like basic household. But she wants to hide away and start over so working as a care giver to Iain’s grand dad sounds like a great idea to her since it includes a place to stay.
Iain is taking some well deserved time off from the All Blacks and has been planning to spend some time with his parents and grand dad at their home near Nelson on the South Island. With Nina being there, he is hooked and plans to keep a close eye on her.
Not wanting to give away too much but the beauty of the South Island at times steals the scene. As well as does Arthur, Iain’s grand dad. Iain’s parents are just as much a major part of the book and plot line. It is actually rather nice to see the issues his parents are having and how they chose to resolve them. Many books tend to focus solely on younger romantic partners and them finding their HEA. This book has a long standing relationship going through some adjustments as well. Plus how some one decides to continue on after their life partner has died.
The explanation of a relationship by Iain from his grand father’s words is wonderful and worth reading just for this alone.
If I write much more in this review, I will spill all of the juicy details which means that you won’t want to read the book.
Full disclosure - I was provided with an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for a honest fair review. Although I would buy this book because well hot rugby players are involved!...more