Okay, I got this one for free and didn't exactly read up on it first. I guess I should have since there was a little too much for me. The non-sex part...moreOkay, I got this one for free and didn't exactly read up on it first. I guess I should have since there was a little too much for me. The non-sex part of the book was great though. I liked how the two meet in the beginning.(less)
I've read two books today where the main female gets sick in carriages. In all my reading, I've never come across that. I was shocked to see they were...moreI've read two books today where the main female gets sick in carriages. In all my reading, I've never come across that. I was shocked to see they were written by different authors with the odds of that happening twice in one day by two different authors. Moving past coincidences, I really liked the two main characters in this book. I struggled getting into the story in the beginning, but I feel like that was more because I hadn't read book one. I checked to see if this was part of a series, but Goodreads doesn't have it listed as a book two. Oops. Once I was able to get the back-story together I settled into the book. I enjoyed the characters and I'd like to see them come into play with future stories. I would love to see the sister get her own story. She's going to be a handful. I see a lot of potential with this author. I wish her luck. I hope she develops with each book.(less)
Maybe This Christmas stood out because it was a realistic romance story. Tyler and Brenna have been best friends for years. Brenna has been in love wi...moreMaybe This Christmas stood out because it was a realistic romance story. Tyler and Brenna have been best friends for years. Brenna has been in love with him forever, but Tyler never really allowed himself to think about Brenna in any way other than as a friend. The two characters don't see each other and in seconds are madly, passionately in love. Their relationship grows out of a very strong friendship. When Tyler starts to think about Brenna as a woman, it's a little shocking to him. I love that it took a little time for him to process everything. I enjoy reading fantasy romances, but I tend to roll my eyes quite frequently. With this story, I never did that because I know many people whose relationships began that way. I found the story to be very refreshing because of it's honesty.
While Tyler and Brenna made for great characters, the best part of this book was the teenage daughter. Her roll was pivotal in helping her dad start to settle down into adulthood, as well as getting him to see Brenna as part of their family. She was a great tool to pull the characters together. With her and Brenna together, Tyler didn't stand a chance of learning how to move on with his life.
I'm going to have to go back and read the first stories, because the O'Neil family seems to be pretty special. Sadly, I read the last story first. (less)
I read all kinds of Highlander books and tales of the British gentry, but this is one of the first historical romance books that has actually included...moreI read all kinds of Highlander books and tales of the British gentry, but this is one of the first historical romance books that has actually included a few details about a battle. Sometimes we get Culloden and castle sieges but, but rarely do we Waterloo. More often the not the British man has come home a hero, but you only ever discover one or two facts about the battle. In A Highlander's Heart you miss the battle itself, but you get short flashbacks and you get to see some of the aftermath. And the history teacher in me loved that she didn't sugarcoat the story. She talks about wading through bodies, the horses going down, the sheer confusion... It's not a historical fiction book, but I applaud her for providing her readers with some of those tidbits. The battle itself is not the point of the story, but it's where our two main characters come together again after an estranged marriage and start down a path to see if their marriage is salvageable. The main characters' story was great, but what Haymore did best was set up the supporting cast. She provided just enough details to make me feel like I need to move on to book two to see what happens next. After hearing the men's advice on women, I particularly want to follow two of the men on their journeys into their new assignment. For some reason the synopsis didn't jump out at me, but I'm glad I decided to request A Highlander's Heart. There was a brief slow moment in the story, but overall I thought it was a good introduction into the Highland Knights series. (less)
I was pleasantly surprised by What a Bride Wants. I've never read anything by Kelly Hunter before, so I didn't have any preconceived notions when star...moreI was pleasantly surprised by What a Bride Wants. I've never read anything by Kelly Hunter before, so I didn't have any preconceived notions when starting the story. Also, I didn't read the synopsis before reading, so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I'm glad I didn't though, since it gave the beginning of the book more of a shock factor. I can't believe a father would do that to their daughter! The story about finding lust/love on in small town Montana was fun and crazy without being too over the top. Both characters were a little set in their ways, but neither were so stubborn that they made stupid mistakes because of them. Thank you Hunter for avoiding one of my biggest romance pet peeves - the woman that's so "strong" she comes across as crazy and snippy (to avoid the use of a 5 letter word). Ella was a truly confident women. She knew what she wanted and she didn't get hardheaded about the minutia. Sure, sometimes she would doubt herself for a moment, but she'd take a deep breath, suck it up and move forward. That's rare, and appreciated ever second. As for criticism, the story ended abruptly. The epilogue does provide a lot of closure that was needed, but 10- 15 more pages about the situation with the brother would have made a world of difference to making the story feel complete. It's the only thing keeping me from giving this 4 stars. I look forward to the rest of the series.(less)
I didn't' have to skip as much with this book. Just one scene that I can remember. Anyway, it was cute to see the whole family together, but I feel li...moreI didn't' have to skip as much with this book. Just one scene that I can remember. Anyway, it was cute to see the whole family together, but I feel like this was more of a short story than a book book. It didn't have a main character, just a bit of everyone. It felt like the story was more about introducing a new character to keep the series going, than an actually story in and of itself. (less)