Ummmm, Ummmm....Yummy! This studtastic cover hunk closely resembles Jed Hill. That certainly looks...more4 stars – Romantic Suspense
Thoughts Before Reading:
Ummmm, Ummmm....Yummy! This studtastic cover hunk closely resembles Jed Hill. That certainly looks like his upper body/chest/arms/neck but the face and lips seem different. I think maybe it's the clouds behind distorting his face, but I can't tell for sure if it's him or not. Either way...YOWZA!
Thoughts After Reading:
Jed Hill sure made for a yummy mental picture while reading this book!
It’s hard to deny the talent and mass appeal of Nora Roberts considering The Witness is her 200th book...more5 stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
It’s hard to deny the talent and mass appeal of Nora Roberts considering The Witness is her 200th book. I mean...wow! That is quite an impressive achievement and a boon for romance readers. I consider myself a fan of hers, and I especially loved her Bride Quartet series and the few J.D. Robb In Death books that I’ve read. Some of her books tend to be a little bit too generic and plain vanilla for my taste, but I occasionally enjoy their comfort like good old vanilla ice cream, even if it doesn’t make them all that memorable.
The Witness is one of the better NR books that I’ve read. It’s a great contemporary suspense with satisfying romance between an extraordinary heroine and a protective cop hero. Often I find that my reading enjoyment tends to hinge on my feelings about the hero, but this time it was primarily the unique, unforgettable heroine who made me like the book so much.
I loved the heroine, Elizabeth/Liz, right from the start and my heart ached for her. It’s told in four parts/acts with the first involving her as a sixteen-year-old girl, and the ending of the first act (page 100 in the Hardcover edition) was intense, pulse-pounding, and emotionally distressing. I admired the strong, formidable, self-reliant woman she became. Abigail is a kick-ass survivor in hiding with so many interesting, veiled layers, and it’s impossible not to like her, especially when her social awkwardness and gruff loner persona make her unintentionally funny and glimpses of that vulnerable girl yearning for affection and normalcy are revealed. (view spoiler)[The part where she methodically researched proper etiquette and social customs of a barbecue on the Internet just to prepare for a casual gathering with Brooks’s family cracked me up. Yet it was also a bit heartbreaking when she became so easily discomfited by routine social graces and niceties. (hide spoiler)]
Police Chief Brooks Gleason is a great hero, and he’s pushy and unyielding in his pursuit of Abigail yet remarkably patient and understanding of her as well. And I couldn’t possibly forget to mention Abigail’s loyal friend and guard dog, Bert, since their relationship adds so much to the story. Bert definitely deserves top dog honors for favorite animal companion.
My one complaint is that I wanted more from the epilogue, but otherwise I really enjoyed this. So kudos to Ms. Roberts for her notable 200th release! 5 stars!
This is a sweet, charming southern small-town contemporary romance about a former Major League baseball pitcher who...more3 ½-4 stars – Contemporary Romance
This is a sweet, charming southern small-town contemporary romance about a former Major League baseball pitcher who returns to his quaint hometown of Cricket Creek, Kentucky following the untimely death of his soap opera career to star in the community theater’s summer play and learns that you truly can go home again.
Noah Falcon just wants to spend time in his hometown soaking up his southern roots and honing his acting skills to make a big comeback and doesn’t plan on staying in Cricket Creek permanently. Cricket Creek High School teacher Olivia Lawson remembers Noah from their own high school days when he was the popular jock and she the class geek, and she doesn’t want a famous playboy athlete with an ego like Noah not taking his acting in the play seriously, especially since she’s his co-lead. But as they spend time together rehearsing, Olivia realizes that Noah is much more than she thought, and Noah falls hard for Olivia and charming Cricket Creek.
There’s also a fun and sexy secondary romance between young lovers, playwright Madison and construction worker Jason, which adds nicely to the story, as well as a sweet side romance between Olivia’s father Owen and Madison’s aunt Myra that proves it’s never too late to find love. The author also spends a lot of time focusing on the struggles of the town and local businesses that have been hit hard by the economy and how the community pulls together in tough times.
There’s nothing overly remarkable about it, but Playing for Keeps is a sweet, feel good read with a heartwarming ending that will leave a satisfied smile on your face. It’s a nice way to spend an afternoon. I’ll definitely check out the next book in the series, Catch of the Day, about local Wine and Diner owner and chef Jessica Robinson and ex-Major League baseball player Ty McKenna when it comes out in Jan’2012.
This is another thrilling addition to Christy Reece’s excellent Last Chance Rescue series. With tortured, survivor heroes...more4 ½ stars – Romantic Suspense
This is another thrilling addition to Christy Reece’s excellent Last Chance Rescue series. With tortured, survivor heroes and heroines, creepy villains, chilling plotlines, intense, action-packed suspense, and steamy romance, LCR is one of my favorite romantic suspense series, and it’s still going strong after seven books. I can’t wait for Dylan’s and Jamie’s story, Sweet Revenge, next!
I highly recommend this series for romantic suspense fans of authors like Roxanne St. Claire, Karen Rose, Allison Brennan, and Jami Alden. Although the series is best read in order, this particular story could work well as a standalone read.(less)
This is a cute, fluffy, and endearing romantic romp with quirky characters and lots of Southern humor and charm. It’s a...more4 stars – Contemporary Romance
This is a cute, fluffy, and endearing romantic romp with quirky characters and lots of Southern humor and charm. It’s a sweet, sexy, fun, breezy, enjoyable quick read that left me smiling. I just wish it was told from 3rd person POV instead of only having Jamie Lee’s 1st person POV because I would have liked more insight into Griff’s character. Still, it’s a delightful contemporary romance that goes down smooth and easy like a cool glass of sweet iced tea! This is my second read by LuAnn McLane, and I definitely plan to read more of her books. 4 stars!(less)
4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Gray is a really hot alpha hero, but his treatment of the heroine throughout most of the book pissed...more4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Gray is a really hot alpha hero, but his treatment of the heroine throughout most of the book pissed me off. Although, his whole macho, lion hear me roar thing was admittedly pretty sexy and hard to resist at times. And OMG, the notorious porch scene is scorch your fingertips, drink some ice water, YOWZA, smokin' hot and makes this a definite keeper!! It's another great LH read, but I wish Gray had done a little bit more groveling to Faith and an epilogue would have been golden! 4 ½ stars! (less)
Rachel Gibson is one of my favorite go-to, sure thing authors for when I need a fun, steamy contemporary romance with qu...more4 stars – Contemporary Romance
Rachel Gibson is one of my favorite go-to, sure thing authors for when I need a fun, steamy contemporary romance with quirky characters, sexy, masculine, alpha heroes, and the perfect balance of lighthearted, fluffy feel-good entertainment, humor, and emotional angst.
This is one of her mid-career works, and although not my favorite RG romance, it’s still an entertaining tale with a piquant Texas twang. And I’m looking forward to returning to Lovett, Texas with Crazy On You and Rescue Me. 4 stars!