Rachel Gibson is a go-to author that I actually haven’t read in awhile. With all the books out there I find it hard to get to the authors I use to lovRachel Gibson is a go-to author that I actually haven’t read in awhile. With all the books out there I find it hard to get to the authors I use to love. So I was glad to have a chance to get back to her. She writes small towns and humorous romance with the best of them and What I Love About You did not disappoint on either front.
First there is Blake. He’s an ex-SEAL and now a private military contractor who is battling his demons, alcohol and PTSD (though he swears he doesn’t have PTSD). He moves to Truly, Idaho to get away from it all and see if he can put his life back together after rehab. What he doesn’t want is the lovely lady next door or her cute 5-year-old daughter. But you can’t always get what you want, but as the song says, “Sometimes you get what you need.” And that’s exactly what Blake gets.
Natalie is an independent single mother. Her ex-husband is in jail, and she has made something of her life since that horrible day years ago when she found out about her husband’s betrayal. Now she has a great business, a hysterical best friend Lilah and an adorable 5-year-old daughter, Charlotte. She doesn’t need or want a man in her life, especially the mysterious and grouchy next-door neighbor Blake. But then he becomes friends with her daughter, they end up sharing a dog, and how could she not notice how good-looking he is? So of course they do get involved.
I mean it wouldn’t be a romance if the two main characters didn’t get involved, right? Well that is my one problem with this book. Yes it’s fun, yes it’s fluffy and yes Charlotte “weally” steals the show. But the romance was kind of lacking. There is chemistry and it’s definitely steamy. But there just didn’t seem to be much romance. As far as character growth and development, this book is stellar. The humor is cute and placed perfectly. I felt the novel was well paced, but somehow I wanted a little more.
Do you ever feel like that, the book is great but something is just missing? That is how I felt with What I Love About You. I loved Natalie, Charlotte and even grumpy Blake. I love the ending and I enjoyed getting to know the characters, but I just needed more romance. But don’t let my review scare you, it really is a interesting and entertaining book and I look forward to reading the other Truly, Idaho books though this one is definitely a stand-alone. ...more
When a psychologist who believes in love and helping those who need help meets an arrogant sportscaster who has every reason to not believe in love, yWhen a psychologist who believes in love and helping those who need help meets an arrogant sportscaster who has every reason to not believe in love, you know the sparks are going to fly. Then make throw them together on one radio show because the sparks do fly and you never know what will happen. Will this psychologist make a cynical man believe in love or will they just walk away from each other?
Noelle and Tate do not like each other. She’s a psychologist and though she has a tough past she truly believes in love and truly wants to help each person who calls her radio show. Cynical Tate doesn’t believe in love and thinks Noelle is full of it. He just wants to do his sports show and go on with life, dating women but not making a commitment and he believes this is what all men want. So throw them together with a radio show and as I mentioned the sparks fly. On the first day a woman calls in with a relationship problem and Tate and Noelle end up very involved with this situation. Each devising dates for the couple that will test them to see if they want to stay together. The catch is Noele and Tate will go along. Also Tate thinks they will end the relationship and Noelle is betting they want. An on-air challenge that will lead to more than Tate and Noelle ever thought it could.
As with any good enemies to lovers stories, of course these two have great chemistry both on and off the air. Shortly into the planned dates, they both realize it as well. I enjoyed watching them fight it and then finally give in.
Of course down the line there is a deciding point. This is where the book gets tough, but I loved it. It’s not just a simple decision for either of them. Both have baggage they need to sort through and I loved watching both Tate and Noelle grow as they dealt with their pasts. The characters were amazing in this one and made this story a joy to read. I would love to meet a real Tate and Noelle, I loved them that much.
Tell Me Something Good tells an amazing story. I loved the angle of throwing them together on the radio show and then on the dates. This storyline really hit a home run for me. It’s not an easy story for Tate and Noelle, but it’s a great one and a wonderful book to put on your end-of-summer reading list. ...more
Why oh, why have I let my reading of every new book and her old ones I missed slip lately. There was a time I would read each new release, but then b Why oh, why have I let my reading of every new book and her old ones I missed slip lately. There was a time I would read each new release, but then blogging took over. So when I was approached by Megan, the publicist at Harper Collins, I had to jump at the chance to be part of this amazing blog tour. I get to review two of Susan’s previous titles (watch for Ain’t She Sweet in two weeks) and then I get to read her new one, Heroes are my Weakness. Three SEP’s in one summer, heck yes!!
And her books are just like I remember them, full of great characters, lots of humor and banter and a wonderful love story. Natural Born Charmer did not disappoint. What was even better, this was my book I enjoyed on the houseboat we rented to celebrate my husband’s 40th birthday. There was no better place to enjoy this book!
So Natural Born Charmer starts off with a bang. A hot guy in a hot car picking up a literally hot headless beaver on the side of the road. I mean it seems absurd but I could see it happening. Said beaver has quite a bit of spunk, a jerk of an ex and no money so she embarks on a trip with hot hunky football player to get where she needs to go, not knowing at the time that where she needs to be is with said football-player.
Dean and Blue are amazing characters. Dean is a natural born charmer which is one of the things that makes Blue hold off from him for awhile. Blue is a flighty but smart woman who has grown up in several homes so she’s a little scared of commitment. Dean is not all in from the beginning of the book either, he’s just intrigued by how different Blue is, but he is just as afraid as her that they can’t make it work because of their differences and because of his own issues in his life.
As they finally make it to Nashville where he is having a house redone as a second home (his first is in Chicago where he’s a Chicago Star football player). But he wants a more permanent home and he loves the one in Nashville. He comes home to a surprise or two that make the book interesting. I like how the book focuses on several other characters. At times I almost felt Blue and Dean’s romance was secondary, but it was okay, it really worked in the framework of the book and once the storylines started coming together, I could hardly put the book down. I was even reading it on the boat ride home and I never do that, I usually just enjoy the scenery, but it was that hard to put down.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips fails to disappoint as usual. You get romance, you get drama, you get laughs. I’m pretty sure I laughed and cried in this one. I loved every minute even when I was about ready to kill the main characters becasue of their usual stupidity at not facing love. But that just added to the story as well. This is number 7 in the Chicago Stars series, but reads great as a stand-alone. However it reminds me I want to go back and fill in the books I have missed and with a lighter review schedule I should be able to do that. Thank you Susan Elizabeth Phillips for providing me with a wonderful beach read and I look forward to continuing my summer of SEP soon!