Dr. Jack Mitchell married his wife eight years ago to save her from a frightening custody battle before leaving to pursue his career overseas. Now he'Dr. Jack Mitchell married his wife eight years ago to save her from a frightening custody battle before leaving to pursue his career overseas. Now he's back, ready to get a divorce and move on with his life.
Callie was just a shy schoolgirl when they married, but now she's grown up so much that he doesn't even recognize her, literally. He thinks that Callie will make this easy, but she isn't letting him of the hook. His family needs him and she isn't going to let him go until he spends some time with his parents. As the days pass the attraction between them grows and Callie finds it isn't just his parents that want him to stick around this time.
I liked this book because the premise is a little funny and kinda crazy. However, I didn't like a lot of the book too.
What I did like were the moments when the book focused on the parent's relationship, showing each side dealing with the grief they felt when their daughter died, even though it was so long ago. There were times when the focus seemed too much on the parents and not on our leads, but they were still enjoyable to read.
I also liked when Jack and Callie would argue. It sounds strange as this is a romance novel, but I felt like the two connected very well during those moments. I also liked it because the way they fought at times was very subtle digs at the other instead of straight up yelling at each other.
What I found that I didn't like was the characters themselves.
Jack is a neurosurgeon working in London. He takes his career very seriously. My issue is that he is able to interact with his patients very well, you see some of it in the book, but when it comes to Callie or his parents it's like he forgot how to talk to normal people. He was constantly thinking about medical issues that it might be rather than emotional and Callie was calling him out on it. I could see it the first time, maybe even the second, but after a while it felt like a running joke throughout the book and I felt that it didn't seem realistic.
Callie was another issue. She seems as though she has it all together, but she isn't sure if she wants to be a florist or flip houses. She is able to seem strong when confronting Jack about his parents, but then there are moments when she acts childish. It was very off-putting.
The parents are alright characters, but the solution to their issue seems to be easily solved and something that a counselor would have suggested long before they go to this point.
The ending seemed to come out of left field too because we got a lot of Callie's feelings through the book, but very little of Jack's. There is very few scenes in which he wonders about the relationship he has with Callie and him confronting his feelings about it.
Overall, I liked this book. I would read it again in the future, but it is just for a casual read rather than something spectacular. ...more
Another short story that really left me with too many questions and a sub-par villain that makes you wonder why he was a problem in the first place.
MAnother short story that really left me with too many questions and a sub-par villain that makes you wonder why he was a problem in the first place.
Meet Natalie, a vampire baker living in Broken Heart with her teenage daughter. Meet Matthew, a psychic who just moved to Broken Heart to start anew. Throw in some randy ghosts and a concerned daughter and that's pretty much the story.
While I liked the dynamic between Natalie and Matthew and liked the scenes between the teenagers wondering what to do about the problem they caused, the rest of the story kinda lost me.
The ghosts popping up all the time was fun and unexpected, and Matthew ruse to get the ghosts to leave getting out of hand was also funny. My issues are with the holes in the story and the lackluster bad guy.
Matthew is told that his ex-fiance wants to come to Broken Heart because she knows about some prophecy. Matthew advises against it stating that she was up to something, and he even tries to meditate to find out what that something is. After he tried meditating, we never hear about the situation again, like it never happened. I still want to know what was going on there and if I'm ever going to know. Was she plotting something? Was she telling the truth? What? I don't know and that's what bothers me.
Now the bad guy, who was really so insignificant that I don't even remember his name. He is the vampire that tried to kill Natalie and resulted in her having to be turned. Through out this very short story he is made up to be an egomaniac who thrives in ruling over large crowds and making others follow him. When we actually meet him, he talks about himself in the third person, not even by name but as the Dark One, who is preparing Natalie for the Darkest Dark One or something like that and both of them are just stupid.
Really, the bad guy and the badder guy, if he can be called that, really serve no big purpose other than to separate Natalie and Matthew and make them realize that they belong together. Neither was ever truly a threat and both are handled by the end of the book, actually within a chapter or two.
Again, as with Some Lycan Hot, this story just needed to be longer and the bad guys needed to match the image I had of them. Don't make the "Dark One" sound so bad and then introduce him in the flesh as a weak little minion of someone who is supposed to be worse but is actually even weaker. It's just insulting really.
Most of the story is fine, but way too short for me to really get into it. I hope that the next one is a bit longer with more going on or I'm going to have to stop with this series and just concentrate on the first 10 or so books and pretend the rest don't exist. ...more
Out of all the books I have read in this series so far, this one was my least favorite.
Darrius thought his fiance died in a fire over 70 years ago onlOut of all the books I have read in this series so far, this one was my least favorite.
Darrius thought his fiance died in a fire over 70 years ago only to find out that she didn't. Instead, Alaya has been avoiding him, letting him think she was dead. He's finally found her and he wants answers.
What Darrius doesn't know is that Alaya made a deal 70 years ago to save his life. The price? His love for her. If Darrius looks upon her face it will kill him.
I have to say that the premise sounded really good. My issue was with the actual story.
I liked the way Darrius and Alaya were written and how they interacted with each other. However, the other characters didn't really make sense or help create any kind of conflict for the story. The only one that did was Nemesis but it didn't last long enough for it to really matter.
The story was too short in my opinion and the "conflict" between them didn't really do anything for the story. All I got was that the characters loved each other equally and got to stay together.
Personally, had Alaya lost her memories of Darrius and he had to go on this long quest to bring them back with Alaya it would have been more interesting.
This story just needed to be longer and more drawn out to work properly....more
A short, sweet romance that made me laugh and kept me entertained, just wish it was a bit longer.
Owen is a rancher who has just been asked by his bestA short, sweet romance that made me laugh and kept me entertained, just wish it was a bit longer.
Owen is a rancher who has just been asked by his best friend to keep an eye on his younger sister while she takes the summer off. Just one little detail, Delfyne is a princess betrothed to a prince.
Delfyne just wants the same rights as her siblings, one summer away from the pressures of royal life. She just didn't expect to spend it on a working ranch with her brother's chosen jailer.
I have to say that both the characters are interesting and watching Delfyne adapt to normal life is really funny. There were a few moments where I just couldn't help laughing out loud.
I will say that there were a few moments when I found it a little unbelievable and that the romance was going a bit to fast, but then it would be followed by some slower moments that made a little more sense given that the two of them were fighting the attraction so hard.
Overall, I liked the story and would read it again. ...more
Basically, what would have happened if Romeo and Juliet had been forced to get married to stop the feud between their family rather than marry for lovBasically, what would have happened if Romeo and Juliet had been forced to get married to stop the feud between their family rather than marry for love.
The McCormack and Randolph feud in Serenity, Texas was very well known. The families hated each other and often ended up in court over an entire number of small issues. Judge Willis has had enough. It is time to end this feud and he knows just the two to do it.
Brice McCormack and Prudence Randolph are in line to be the heads of each of their respective families, and each hate each other because family comes first. It comes as quite a shock to both of them when they are ordered by the well respected judge to wed and claim to be madly in love with each other.
Both think it is ridiculous and try to come up with something else to end the family feud to avoid marriage, but in the end nothing else comes to mind and the two enter into a marriage neither wanted but slowly become accustomed to. One sweet wedding kiss and all bets are off.
This story had just the right amount of humor, intrigue, romance, and realism that is needed in a good romance novel. Brice and Prudence are both characters that the reader can relate to and both are strong willed without being annoying.
I picked up this book because the title intrigued me and once I read the summary I knew that I had to read it and see what was going on. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. I laughed out loud and really enjoyed the whole thing. What a fun little story. ...more
This book was very difficult to get into and I wasn't that invested in the characters. Plus there was a lot going on that took away from some of the oThis book was very difficult to get into and I wasn't that invested in the characters. Plus there was a lot going on that took away from some of the other aspects of the story and actually was a bit confusing.
Megan was quite annoying early on in the story and I felt that she just wasn't listening to Jean-Paul most of the time. He wanted to take responsibility for his part in the pregnancy as he was the experienced partner. Makes sense. However, you have Megan going on and on about how it is all her fault. Annoying! I understand that Megan doesn't want a loveless marriage, but she had to understand that as a royal she doesn't have the luxuries that she would have had she just been a regular person.
Jean-Paul was a good character. He showed his frustration with Megan's continued refusal of the wedding and seemed interested in everything that was going on. He spends nearly the entire book trying to convince Megan to marry him and I really felt his frustration and anger in moments. Although Megan's feelings are the whole point of the first half of the book I found myself more interested in Jean-Paul's point of view than Megan's.
I did find the sub-plot about the King and Queen interesting and the mysterious illness as well. Although I already know where they will find the source of the illness in the following books, I am still kinda curious about it, but not so curious as to actively look for the next book.
I think had the book been more about the relationship building between Megan and Jean-Paul while planning their wedding or after their wedding more than the tension between them about whether Megan would marry him or not it would have been more interesting. I even think that if less time had been spent on the sub-plot, despite the fact that I liked it, it could have been a bit more interesting.
Overall, I found Megan to be selfish in her refusal to marry Jean-Paul for so long simply because she didn't want a loveless marriage instead of thinking of her child, her position and the needs of the future that having a husband would help her overcome. First half of the book was very difficult to get through because it was very heavy with everything going on, second half was a bit better because more focus was put on the feelings between Megan and Jean-Paul. I understand that this is the first in a series of books, but I think that there was too much going on to fit into only 251 pages. ...more
Just to start off, I love this series. This book just made me love it more and I didn't want to stop.
Justin Bricker has yet to meIt's Bricker's turn!
Just to start off, I love this series. This book just made me love it more and I didn't want to stop.
Justin Bricker has yet to meet a woman he can't win over, until he meets Holly Bosley, a mortal he has to turn to save her. In addition she is a potential life mate for him. Just one problem: Holly is married and determined to remain faithful to her vows.
What can I say about this story other than I was laughing the whole way through. It had me laughing and even had me putting the book down because I was laughing so hard. As you read you notice that a major theme through this book is sweet revenge.
Bricker is adorable throughout the book and Holly fights against his charms in such a way that you can't help but like her. There were many moments when I could feel Bricker's frustration about the situation. It didn't help that several people were poking fun at Bricker for how he treated them when they found their life mates and that just made the whole story that much more fun.
Overall, it was a fun book that I enjoyed all the way through and just couldn't put it down, just like every other book in the series. Loved it!...more
Two stories that both take place in Alaska. Loved both of them.
That Wintry Feeling is the first story about Cathy Thompson whose heart has been shatteTwo stories that both take place in Alaska. Loved both of them.
That Wintry Feeling is the first story about Cathy Thompson whose heart has been shattered and she moved to Alaska to start anew. Enter Grady Jones, who's raising his young daughter Angela all on his own and has just made a rather interesting proposal to Cathy. Marry him and be his wife, a mother to Angela and be together as a family. It's a marriage of convenience with no love involved, but things don't always go according to plan.
Borrowed Dreams tells the story of Carly Grieves who moved to Alaska from Seattle to try something different in a new land. Enter Brand St. Clair, a pilot whose kisses send Carly's heart soaring. There's just one little problem, Brand's a widower and Carly's afraid that she never be anything more than a second rate replacement wife.
I have to say that both stories were actually really good despite having similar storylines. Both have men who are widowers, both men have a child or children, both women either are compared or feel compared to the first wife and both men are pilots.
Cathy and Grady are a sweet couple. Grady is a very straight forward guy and I can sense Cathy's confusion when Grady changes because of his insecurities in the relationship. The story flows pretty well and I never felt that there was any moment when the story seemed to stagnate or slow down. I guess the only real issue I had with this story is that Grady's issues that put the strain on the relationship between him and Cathy could have been avoided had he just talked to her, just as her issues earlier in the story could have been avoided by talking to him. When you are getting ready to marry a man and your ex shows up, it might be a good idea to tell your future husband the whole story, otherwise these issues will continue to pop up.
Carly and Brand were a good couple as well, balancing each other out. My only issue is that Carly was always a bit over-emotional about her relationship with Brand so I could understand his confusion. There were moments when I was confused on why Carly was pushing Brand away so strongly when he was offering her everything she wanted growing up and more. On the flip side, I could see why Carly was worried that Brand would compare her to his first wife, but as time went on I never saw him do any comparisons. It was mostly in her head. The only time she was ever compared to Brand's first wife was when she met Brand's mother and the comparison was done by her. Her insecurities later in the story didn't seem to make much sense to me in the long run and made the story drag a bit towards the end.
Overall, I really enjoyed both stories and would read them again in the future....more
Two little stories that I found I couldn't stop reading.
Sugar and Spice was a funny story with a bit of a mysterious element to it.
Librarian Jayne GiTwo little stories that I found I couldn't stop reading.
Sugar and Spice was a funny story with a bit of a mysterious element to it.
Librarian Jayne Gilbert is looking for a man to take to her high school reunion. Naturally Jayne turns to books to solve her problem, but she never thought it would actually work. It does work, but it's her neighbor Riley Chambers she attracts and not even because she was following the books advice, only because she was carrying the book. The only question is, who is Riley Chambers really?
Jayne reminded me of myself with her love of books. She really takes it seriously and learns a lot of things by reading. She is actually a very likable character. I can completely be on her side to be wary of Riley and what he's really up to. It makes it a little more interesting trying to figure out what exactly Riley is up to and what he is really doing throughout the story.
Riley is also a great character. I found him very interesting the moment I was introduced to him and didn't want to stop reading at any moment. I wanted to know what he was lying about and what he was keeping from Jayne.
Love by Degree was the second story and I found myself liking it better than the first in some ways and it was even funnier than the first one.
Ellen Cunningham is going back to school and has found a great inexpensive logging in a house with 3 other college students, all younger boys. Playing housemother works for Ellen and the boys, until Reed Morgan, homeowner, happens upon the scene and isn't happy to find this group in his house. Especially Ellen.
I found Ellen really fun to read and I liked her for the most part. My only issue was her concern about her growing relationship with Reed and how she fit into it. I can see why there are moments when Reed is confused and upset with her because some of her logic is flawed. Unlike Jayne in the previous story, Ellen has less of a reason to suspect Reed of wrongdoing, but yet she does so anyways.
Reed is a better hero than Riley was before because I felt he was more rounded out. Riley would come off as a bit whiny at times which was quite annoying, Reed was a bit more firm. However, there were times when it seemed as though he was overly firm as well. I felt that Reed though was a bit more rounded out and some of his reasoning for being upset with Ellen made more sense than Riley with Jayne at times.
Overall, I liked both stories and would read both again in a heartbeat....more
Very funny story, and a quick read. Although the romance was fast, I found it highly enjoyable and even laughed a few times. Can't wait for the next iVery funny story, and a quick read. Although the romance was fast, I found it highly enjoyable and even laughed a few times. Can't wait for the next in the series. ...more
Two stories in one book, Debbie Macomber does it again and I read this book in less than 24 hours.
I can understand why a lot of people would have issTwo stories in one book, Debbie Macomber does it again and I read this book in less than 24 hours.
I can understand why a lot of people would have issues with these stories, but keep in mind that they were originally published in early 90's and times have changed quite drastically since then. Keeping that in mind I went into these stories with an open mind.
Father's Day is about 10-year-old Jeff Masterson and his desire for a dog of his very own. Problem is, the dog that he has connected with already has an owner. Cole Camden is quite unfriendly the first time he meets Jeff and Jeff's mother, Robin, but his black Lab has bonded with the boy and soon Cole is finding himself interested in Robin. Robin has been alone since her husband died and she hasn't had an desire to find a new guy, but for some reason Cole has become more friendly, both to her and her son, and her heart is finding that it likes Cole too.
This story was very sweet. Cole starts off as a bit of a jerk, while trying to maintain himself with his new neighbors. Jeff is just a fun-loving 10-year-old with a love for animals. Robin is a young mother raising her son alone after her husband passed away. Blackie is a sweet black Lab that loves hanging out with Jeff. These four come together in such a sweet way that you can't help but like them.
While I find the story very sweet overall, my biggest issue is the love story between Cole and Robin. I find no reason why Cole is suddenly drawn to Robin. I completely understand why Robin is confused the entire time they are together and is questioning his motives. The romance came extremely fast. When Cole tells Robin when he realized he was falling for her, I found that it didn't make much sense because their interactions had been so minimal before then that to say he was falling for her at that point wouldn't have made any sense. It just seemed a bit rushed to me.
The Courtship of Carol Sommars introduces us to Peter Sommars, 15-years-old, who wants a little more guy stuff in his life. Problem is, his mother, Carol, isn't interested in dating and that makes it extremely hard to go camping or fishing like he would love to do. Peter's best friend, James, has a great, and single, father, Alex, who both boys think would work great for Carol. Alex is also taken with Carol as well, but Carol is doing everything she can to keep her wits about her and try to keep herself from falling for this seemingly wonderful man.
Another very sweet story. Carol is a character that we can relate to and still be interested in. Alex is a strong male character that has that sensitive side as well. Both boys, Peter and James, are insightful and noisy, just like typical teenage boys. Unlike the previous story, this one, I felt, had a romance that made sense. Was it still a little rushed? Yes, but I felt like both characters had more time to get to know each other and more time to really assess how they felt about the other. It was also good to get some of the perception from Alex's point of view, which was something that was lacking in the previous story.
While I enjoyed this story a bit more than the first, I still feel like it had it's issues here and there. While I loved both Peter and James, at times I felt like they were closer to 10 or 12 rather than 15. There are a few times when you can tell they are 15 by the way they act, but most of the time I had to remind myself that they were older because they felt so much younger.
Both stories were fun to read and I enjoyed them. I would definitely read this again. ...more