Emery Finn’s cousin disappeared when they were kids, and Emery has dedicated much of her life to finding her. She comes across the name “Wren” in connEmery Finn’s cousin disappeared when they were kids, and Emery has dedicated much of her life to finding her. She comes across the name “Wren” in connection with the case and sets about tracking him down, a task much easier said than done until Wren himself steps in to convince her to stop asking questions. He requires privacy because he is a highly sought after “fixer” who makes problems disappear for the wealthy and powerful, but somehow he just can’t stay away from Emery. He starts to help her against his better judgment, and when dangerous things start happening he goes all in!
This book really worked for me, mostly because of Wren! He is domineering, autocratic, and amazing at everything he does, but he’s a little more than your average alphahole. He doesn’t have great social skills and struggles to relate to others beyond a few long-time friends. Even better, he KNOWS he’s kind of weird and autocratic and wants to make better choices when it comes to Emery. Now, he doesn’t always succeed, and he very seriously oversteps at one point, but what redeems him for me is that after he’s done instinctively reacting in the moment, he pauses and checks in with Emery before he goes any farther. He wants to fix his mistakes and respect her autonomy and wishes. We also meet his good friend Garrett (who better get his own book some day!), and the fact that Garrett clearly trusts Wren but also acknowledges that he sometimes oversteps gives the reader permission to do the same. And crucially, Emery doesn’t let him get away with that shit. Right from the start, she won’t stand for bossiness, but she also doesn’t hold his awkwardness or lack of social skills against him. She brings light and energy to his pretty dark life. I loved them together. They also have some great sexual tension as they circle each other and try to decide how much they can trust the other. Yum!
The relationship is what made this book a winner, because the rest of the book didn’t exactly blow me away. The mystery is a bit of a stretch, and the villain was kind of odd. There also aren’t many details given about Wren’s work. What precisely does a “fixer” do? You get the sense it’s somewhat unsavory but not exactly bad either, but that’s about it. While we find out about Wren’s background, we don’t really get much about his current life.
I liked this one a lot, and I can’t wait to read more of this series.
April Banks survived the death of her husband by starting a website for that supported military widows. The site grew and eventually there was a finanApril Banks survived the death of her husband by starting a website for that supported military widows. The site grew and eventually there was a financial component so that if the need arose, and people wanted to help those in need, they could. Now a hacker has crashed her site and is trying to get all of the financial information off of the site. If successful, thousands of women would have their credit cards and identities revealed. April tries to stop them but can’t get a lead on who is behind it all.
Enter James Sant. He is an ex-SAS agent who now works for a group called Automatik. They help those who can’t help themselves and April is one of them. He and his partner are assigned to just watch her but soon it becomes obvious that the hacker has hired out people to get April out of the picture. Instead of just watching, James ends up partnering with April and they head out to check out leads when they get them and are attacked time and again. During it all April and James become closer and April starts to see that maybe there is life after tragedy.
Seconds to Sunrise is the third book in the Black Ops: Automatik series. I didn’t read the first two books in the series but this was a decent stand alone novel.
I thought the book had a good premise and I liked the characters for the most part. I did find that I wanted to get to know them more by the end of the story, however. I think I was supposed to feel more emotional toward April due to the loss of her husband but I never really felt that. Did I think it sad and tragic? Absolutely, but I didn’t have an emotional reaction to it. Because of this I couldn’t fully grasp April’s hesitance in going after James and I believe that put a damper on the entire story for me. I couldn’t even get into the sex scene because I wasn’t feeling the connection between the H/h (and it was a long scene!).
That being said, there were some things I definitely liked about the book. The action scenes were great. I’ve always loved Rosso’s action scenes as they’re written so well that I feel that I’m there in the middle of it all. I also liked the aspect of the story that pertained to James and his issues with his past. He wasn’t proud of them at all and had hidden the information from everyone. Meeting April made him realize that he couldn’t live with the guilt and secrecy and he came clean to her and his coworkers. That was a wonderful part of the book which I liked a lot. Overall it was a good suspense novel…I just wasn’t feeling the romance part of it.
The Netherwood twins are virtually identical. Very few people can tell them apart and Olivia Lydall, their neighbor, isn’t one of them. Thorn and GideThe Netherwood twins are virtually identical. Very few people can tell them apart and Olivia Lydall, their neighbor, isn’t one of them. Thorn and Gideon were pretty inseparable when they were kids but Gideon always got along well with Olivia where Thorn didn’t. Now they’re all grown up and Gideon is back from his travels and Thorn now sees Olivia all grown up. He’s intrigued by her but doesn’t want to admit it. She sees Thorn as judgmental and aloof, where she sees Gideon as a kind, charming man.
When they all head to London Olivia seeks out Gideon’s advice but he ends up kissing her. Olivia is shocked as she’s never thought of Gideon as more than a friend but the kiss brought definite feelings that were nowhere near friendship to the surface. Every time they meet Gideon kisses her and she gets more confused. Thorn is trying to steer Olivia away from Gideon by pretending to be him but the more time he spends with Olivia he actually starts to like her more and more and starts to fall for her. Only problem? Olivia thinks he’s Gideon!
This was an entertaining book for the most part although I did have some issues with it. I can’t say that I’m generally a fan of the twin switching when it comes to intimacy. That’s kind of a no-no with me but I dealt with it as it didn’t get too out of hand. I did like Thorn a lot so forgave him more than a few times when he screwed up – like when he was kissing and touching Olivia and she was saying no and he didn’t stop until she gave in. Um, no! That’s so not ok!
That being said I thought the pair were good together. I couldn’t see Olivia with Gideon as she would have run right over him. He was obviously having his own problems in the book although those issues are never brought to light. In fact the whole problem with Thorn and Gideon not really getting along now that Gideon is back from his travels bothered me. Thorn had no idea why he felt he should leave as he thought they were close. The true reason is never explained and that was annoying.
The ending was a bit rushed and a villain was stuck in there that was completely unnecessary but in the end I found the book enjoyable. Yes, it had issues but the writing and general story made up for those flaws in the end.
Boone Price is a Texas cowboy. He’s not classy nor does he dress nice despite the fact that he is a multi-billionaire. He likes working with the guysBoone Price is a Texas cowboy. He’s not classy nor does he dress nice despite the fact that he is a multi-billionaire. He likes working with the guys who work the rigs and likes finding new places to drill for oil. He gets utterly pissed off when a “friend” that Boone is trying to help out sends his employee with contracts and the guy mistakes Boone for a hand. Boone gets pissed. He hates the fact that people treat him like dirt just because he’s not dressed in a suit. He wants respect because he’s worked hard to get where’s he’s at now. He doesn’t want to be looked at like a roughneck. His brothers tell him he needs to look the part – starting with a big house. He’s given a pamphlet for Three Jacks Realty and he loves the look of the classy woman on the front. He decides he wants her and only her to make him look classy.
Boone heads to the real estate office and starts his assault on/courting of Ivy Smithfield. He tells her he wants a house but he also wants to have dinner with her. Ivy has been at Three Jacks for just a year – given a job by one of the Jacks when she first got her real estate license. She had previously worked at a burger place and an ice cream shop trying to make ends meet for her and her sister. The problem is that every time Ivy gets a lead on a big sale one of the Jacks comes and takes it from her – as they do with all the employees. When Ivy realizes that Boone is looking for a big house that would sell for millions she decides to keep the info to herself. No one else will give him the time of day because he’s covered in dirt from the oil field so it works out well. She just isn’t prepared to fend off his amorous advances.
Boone falls in love with Ivy at first sight. The more he’s with her the more he wants to be around her. He loves that she’s with him but she seems to hold back on a regular basis and is constantly ignoring his calls and texts. Ivy falls in love with Boone as well but she knows that once he finds out that she’s not the classy lady he thinks she is the romance will be over so she tries to stay away from him.
Dirty Money is a really good book to what I hope will be another great series by Jessica Clare. I loved Boone and his down home attitude as well as the attitudes of his brothers. I had a bit of a hard time reconciling Boone’s don’t-give-a shit-what-I wear-or-live-in attitude with the fact that he wanted to be respected. It was a bit of a paradox that I didn’t quite get. I know that’s what took him to Ivy’s side in the first place so I had to go with it but it just seemed…off. Now when Boone finds out that Ivy isn’t the “classy” woman he thought she was he was pissed at her and that pissed me off. He thought she’d lied but really Boone was more at fault than anything. He was the one that assumed she was classy just by the way she was dressed and nothing else. He was in love (at first) with the idea of Ivy – not actually Ivy herself. He did fall in love with the real her but after the big reveal he had to get past his preconceived notions. That was hard for him but I thought he handled it well and I was quite happy with the end of the story.
Ivy was a good person and one I admired for all that she was trying to do with her life and for her sister’s life. She wanted to keep the stress off of her sister so that she could have a normal childhood and young adulthood. Ivy bore the brunt of the stress of overdue bills, not enough food, not enough money for college tuition, etc. She wanted so badly to make something of herself as a real estate agent but the three Jacks just treated her like shit. I wanted to smack those men so hard! Ugh! Bastards. Despite all she’d been through she was a strong woman and I thought she was perfect for Boone and his over-the-top personality.
All I have to say is that if the rest of the Roughneck Billionaires books are like Dirty Money then I know I’m going to love the whole series. If you haven’t picked this one – and don’t mind your heroes a little dirty – you’ll love this one.
This book made it onto my radar when it came through in my email and I immediately added it to my review pile. I took my time getting around to readinThis book made it onto my radar when it came through in my email and I immediately added it to my review pile. I took my time getting around to reading it but then Grace over at Rebel Mommy Book Blog reviewed the book and I was super excited to start the book and I’m happy to report that I enjoyed it.
Kate Pearson is our main character and the story follows her and the people in her life from her family, her friends and the people she comes across every day at her new job as an admissions director for Hudson, a private school in New York City. After a disastrous relationship, Kate falls into a deep depression that takes her out of commission for a while and when her sister sets up a job interview for her to kick her out of her funk, Kate goes along with it and is surprised when she finds so much more than a new job. She finds a purpose. She finds a new circle of people that come to mean the world to her.
The book follows quite a few different people. There is Kate, of course, but there is also her sister, her friends, her boss and some of the parents that are trying to get their kids into Hudson. This book was fun and it was interesting but I have to note that in the beginning, it was confusing as hell. At least it was for me. I couldn’t figure out why Chloe’s bit was in first person, while everyone else was in third person, including Kate’s bit since Kate is the main character. It was hard to keep everyone sorted in my head but I continued on and was glad for it because everything was sorted and the story really was a good time.
This book has a bit of everything to make it an enjoyable read. Crazy parents, bratty kids, bad friends, well-meaning friends, supportive family members and a sister that thought she knew everything but made me want to smack her upside her head from time to time. Every time Victoria thought something bad about Kate, I wanted Kate to come out on top of something else that would drive Vicky crazy. Every time Silvia Blake came onto the scene, my eyes got bigger and bigger waiting to see what shenanigans she’d get herself into. Angela made me roll my eyes all over the place and Chloe frustrated me but I ended up really liking her. There was much to enjoy about this book. It made me laugh, it hurt my heart but in the end, everything worked out and I was entertained.
This was a good book and I definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for a fun chick lit book....more
Rawley has a thing for his new mailman, Reign, but he’s not quite sure what to make of him. The first time he sees him his nametag says Reign and he hRawley has a thing for his new mailman, Reign, but he’s not quite sure what to make of him. The first time he sees him his nametag says Reign and he had blue eyes. The next day his nametag said Leif and he has green eyes. Weird. Rawley figures, after talking to the president of his MC that Reign probably has Sprite poisoning and that’s why his eyes turn color.
Rawley, unfortunately, can’t spend all of his time thinking about Reign/Leif. His MC needs to find a new neighborhood to live in that they can all afford and still stay centrally located to each other. The place they live currently is one step up from a shithole and they’re sick of it. On top of that one of his customers is dead and there’s a weird preppy dude walking around asking questions and something’s just not right. Luckily he has Reign/Leif to make him smile.
The world that Rawley lives in is a strange one. The humans have sprites living in their bodies and these sprites give the humans powers. The sprites can’t live on their own until they mature so they’re injected into those who purchase them and keep them for ten years. It certainly was an interesting twist to an otherwise pretty normal world. I would have liked to have gotten into that a little more but hopefully we’ll get more info in future books.
Reign/Leif was an interesting character. I’m not going to tell you about him too much because reading about him is half the fun of the book. I really liked him, though, and was enjoying seeing him and Rawley starting on their first steps to a relationship.
The book was good but I just needed more. Fifty-six pages was just not long enough for me. I was just starting to really get into things and…it was over. Hopefully Mell Eight will write more in this world and more about Rawley and Reign/Leif. If she does I’ll cross my fingers that the next story will be longer. ...more
Amelia and her siblings have come to London from America because her brother has inherited a Dukedom. She loves her family but she’s sick and tired ofAmelia and her siblings have come to London from America because her brother has inherited a Dukedom. She loves her family but she’s sick and tired of being “proper” all the time. She used to wear breeches all over their horse farm in America and ride horses astride and she loved it. She’s definitely the adventurous sort. Her brother never seemed to have a problem with it either but now that they’re in London she seems to be chastised every two seconds for doing something wrong. When she decides that she’s worn her pinchy slippers at a ball for far too long she takes them off. She then is asked to dance and since she didn’t have shoes and didn’t know what to do she pretended to faint. Of course this made everyone see that she had no shoes on and the horror ensues.
Amelia’s aunt is more than displeased with her on the carriage ride home and her once supportive siblings all turn their heads like they’re disappointed as well. Amelia can’t take it and once she gets home she decides to tell them all what she really thinks. Her aunt, believing Amelia is hysterical, decides to dose her with laudanum without Amelia’s knowledge.
Amelia is in her room leaning out of her window not long after she’s dosed when she hears singing from the street. She then decides it’s the best idea ever to go check it out. She dresses herself and heads on out. She meets Alistair on the street who believes she’s drunk. They have a strange conversation and then Amelia proceeds to pass out. Alistair can tell that Amelia is a proper lady but he has no idea where she lives. He doesn’t know what to do with her so he ends up taking her home and plopping her on his settee.
The next morning, he answers his uncle’s summons (the reason he’s back in London) where his uncle proceeds to tell him that he must get married and she must have money. He forcefully recommends that Alistair marry one of the American women who are very well dowered. On the way home from his uncle’s, Alistair realizes that the woman that he has on his couch at home is one of the American’s. When he finds her awake he acts like he doesn’t know who she is and she tells him that her name is Miss Amy Dish (instead of Lady Amelia Cavendish) and that she’s escaped from Finishing school. The pair proceed to try all the wonderful things that Amelia read about in her guide but was never allowed to do because proper ladies just don’t do those kinds of things.
The longer that Alistair and Amelia spend together the more they start to fall for each other. Alistair knows that Amelia will hate him when she finds out that he knew who she was the whole time. He also knows that she’ll hate him even more when she finds out he’s a fortune hunter. Alistair wants Amelia to be his but only if she loves him. He wants her but he doesn’t want her just for her money. He knows he can have her because of the day that they spent together unchaperoned but he doesn’t want her that way. He wants her to choose him.
This was a very sweet story. I loved the natural way that Alistair and Amelia were together. Their relationship was just so comfortable from the beginning that it was easy for me to get into the story and it seemed to flow.
Alistair could have easily gotten Amelia after their day together and made his uncle happy – which is something that he’d longed for, for years. Fortunately for Amelia Alistair had a conscience that wouldn’t allow him to go after her for nefarious reasons.
The romance in this was sweet and even though it was such a whirlwind romance it worked. I haven’t ever read a Maya Rodale story and this one was a great one to start with. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series and hope it’s just as good as this one was.