I found it's really hard to go wrong with Tracy March. I love her Bliss books so when I saw she had a new series coming up I jumped at the chance to rI found it's really hard to go wrong with Tracy March. I love her Bliss books so when I saw she had a new series coming up I jumped at the chance to read it. Thistle Bend is the ideal small town that everyone will love to visit and never want to leave.
This was totally cute read and I fell in love with both Carden and Lindsey. Both characters are so likeable and the chemistry between the two was sizzling from the moment they meet. I loved watching their interactions and boy does Carden know how to plan a first date. Can I have a guy like him? I also loved the cast of supporting characters. I am dying to learn more about Holly and strange as it sounds the mentions about her outfits and sense of fashions makes me want to see some outfits she puts together and she sounds like the perfect girlfriend to go shopping with. I also adored the sisters Milly and Merri and would love to get a taste of their goodies and visit their home that sounds like a dream home.
The main reason I couldn't give this a full 5 stars was the ending seemed both drawn out and rushed. We find out the truth behind the land dispute between the Karlsson's and Crenshaws and I would expect the resolution to the romance to follow but it actually gets drawn out with nothing really happening and then bam! the story is wrapping up.
Despite that ending I still really enjoyed this read and can't wait to return to Thistle Bend in the next book....more
This is my first time reading a book from Julie Brannagh but after reading Chasing Jillian I do want to go back and read the other books in t3.5 stars
This is my first time reading a book from Julie Brannagh but after reading Chasing Jillian I do want to go back and read the other books in the series. It can be read as a standalone but the glimpses I got of the other characters has peaked my interest. I really enjoyed this one except for a few points.
I could definitely relate to Jillian and her self consciousness over her body (though I did find it slightly irritating that despite her body being described as fleshy and overweight enough to have lost 40 lbs, the cover shows a super skinny woman. I guess that must be the after photo? lol). It was nice to see an athlete who actually looked beyond the surface and was kind to Jillian even before truly knowing her. I loved seeing the relationship between Seth and Jillian build and though the story was relatively drama free I still had fun reading it. The only small bit of drama is because of what really is a silly reason but again I could relate to Jillian and while logically her over reaction seemed overdone I can see where she was coming from.
All in all an enjoyable read. The main reason I didn't rate it higher is that while it was fun to read it wasn't truly memorable. It was missing the dark moment where we usually get to see the couple really figure out how much they belong together and grow individually from this realization. Everything in this story seemed almost too easy and neither character had to stretch outside of their current personal outlook to really realize the other person was perfect for them....more
I had only recently realized I missed this book and The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly and since I love his other books I had to rectify this. LI had only recently realized I missed this book and The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly and since I love his other books I had to rectify this. Like The Great Zoo of China this book felt very different from his other books. In the case of The Tournament I don't feel like he quite pulled it off. This was a historical fiction book and therefore was missing a lot of the fantastical explosions and fire fights that are present in his other books. I enjoy a good historical fiction read so that wasn't an immediate turn off but I didn't feel like Reilly pulled off a strong historical story. There were little things here and there that just didn't feel right and didn't draw me in.
I really enjoyed Ascam's character though some of his investigative deductions seemed quite a stretch even for someone as brilliant as he was supposed to be. Sadly he was the only character I really felt a connection with. It would have been nice to see more development of side characters like Giles and Elsie. Even Bess as the main character didn't truly capture my heart. Yes, she's central to everything going on but it really felt like she was just being swept along vs carrying the story.
The story itself wasn't bad but was missing the zing of his other books and while it was interesting it wasn't a book that I couldn't put down....more
I loved Kiss me and totally fell in love with Zane and Phoebe. Maya intrigued me so I was thrilled (no pun intended) to read this book. Sadly it justI loved Kiss me and totally fell in love with Zane and Phoebe. Maya intrigued me so I was thrilled (no pun intended) to read this book. Sadly it just didn't have that same appeal. It was by no means bad but there were several things that bothered me.
One was the repetition of certain aspects of the story. Like yes, I get the Mitchell family is a family with secrets. I don't need it repeated over and over and over often time in almost the same wording "typical of a family that loved to keep secrets", "for a family that loved secrets", "You know we love our secrets", etc. Another thing was Del being so stuck on how women always lie to him and how can he ever trust them. Again I got he had trust issues but I felt like I was being hit over the head with it over and over until I wanted to yell at him to get over himself. Even after Maya explained why she did what she did he was still so focused on her "lying to him" instead of truly trying to understand where she was coming from.
What I did love about this one was the side characters. I loved the little interactions with Phoebe and Zane and Eddie & Gladys cracked me up. I have to admit sometimes I love them and sometimes I just shake my head over their antics in the past books but I truly adored them in this one. If anything these interactions make the story worth reading....more