>>>>> My Synopsis (Actual Review Follows) <<<<< Margaret O'Hare had never found the 'one' and conceded she probably never>>>>> My Synopsis (Actual Review Follows) <<<<< Margaret O'Hare had never found the 'one' and conceded she probably never would. Just when she'd decided something was broken within her, the unexpected happened. She found him. Perhaps he was the reason no other man had never been able to stir her emotions.
Backlum Chaam had spent seventy thousand years without a mate which was ironic as he was the God of Male Virility. Gods, however, didn't have mates as a rule only humans did. His fellow gods paid him little respect, but he knew the importance of his job. Without copulation a species couldn't survive, and sex was one of the necessary ingredients to help "cement the bond between two souls."
Over the years he'd hoped one day he'd obtain a mate. He'd seen many relationships develop over the years and longed to have a meaningful relationship of his own--to have a mate and end his loneliness. When he comes across Margaret O'Hare and she can see and touch him he's overjoyed. He assumes she is the Creator's gift to him for his many millennia of hard work ensuring everyone but himself and other gods had sex.
But as fate would have it, the universe can be cruel, and just as many men have succumbed, she may prove to be his greatest downfall or at least weakness....
>>>>> My Review <<<<< This is a lighthearted, fun, not to be taken seriously good time romp of a read. I was smiling, laughing, and shaking my head as I made my way through this novella. It served as a nice contrast to the book Gone Girl, which is notably the exact opposite of this book. I was simultaneously reading the two and I so needed the counterbalance this one provided.
Backlum Chaam, as I mention in my teaser synopsis, is the God of Male Virility. He's a prime example of an alpha male and about as sexy as they come. He was also a seventy thousand year old virgin. So imagine if you will a man, er, god who's craved a mate and intimacy for that long. He is not about to let her go and feels in his gut that fate has brought them together. Whether that is true remains to be seen as he realizes she is what she claims--a human. But humans aren't supposed to be able to touch or be touched by the gods. Is she truly a gift from the universe or could she be a ploy sent by the Maaskab to destroy him? That is the dilemma he must face.
Margaret O'Hare had been looking for her father who had been excavating an ancient site when he'd disappeared. Unsure what exactly had happened to herself, she'd woken up to find herself staring at a beautiful but naked man who was toweling himself dry after a swim. A man claiming to be a god and telling her, "I know exactly what I'm doing. I know exactly what you want." Was she dreaming or had she hit her head on something? If she was/had, she wasn't sure she wanted to wake up or stop the hallucination. One touch, one kiss, however, made her see he was telling the truth. With her father's life potentially on the line can she keep him at bay and resist his charms long enough to find her father? That my dears is one of many questions.
Overall I gave this one 4 out 5 roses. This was a very well written novella that didn't feel rushed like so many short stories that I've read. I didn't feel lost even though I hadn't read the previous 3 books to the Accidentally Yours series. I felt I got a wonderful introduction to the world Mimi Pamfiloff has created, however, the novella ended with a huge cliffhanger that had me wondering what would happen next. So be forewarned--you'll probably be wanting to read the next book to find out how things will wrap up. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this novella receives a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. If you haven't read any of Ms. Pamfiloff's books, this would be a great way to get a taste. A very fun and steamy series that would be perfect to read on the beach during the lazy days of summer. ...more
>>>>>My Synopsis (Actual Review Follows) <<<<< Over 200 years ago, a curse was cast upon the male members of the Chattan>>>>>My Synopsis (Actual Review Follows) <<<<< Over 200 years ago, a curse was cast upon the male members of the Chattan family. For Charles Chattan had made promises that he didn't keep. He had betrayed and disgraced the daughter of a powerful witch which incited the young woman to take her own life. He thought that by leaving Scotland he'd escape the reach of Fanella's fury and wrath. But he was wrong. DEAD wrong.
"Watchers of the threshold, Watchers of the gate, open hell and seal Chattan's fate. When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from Above. Crush his heart. Destroy his line; Only then will justice me mine."
Now, some 200 years later, Harry Chattan has found his way to Glenfinnan, Scotland looking for a way to break the curse. His brother, Lord Lyon, has fallen in love and as the curse stated he is slowly losing his lease on life. Harry's mission is to find a witch who can counter the spell and break the curse. He'll pay handsomely for anyone who can assist him in any way.
Portia MacLean knew it was wrong to take advantage of someone, but her family was in dire straits. They were about to lose the roof over their heads because the couldn't afford to pay the rent, and when she heard about the man in search of a witch offering a reward, well, she found she couldn't resist. She left a message at the front step of the house he was staying at that read,'Meet me at the Great Oak, tomorrow, midnight.' and she signed it Fanella, after a name she found is a book which contained the spells of a witch. Unbeknownst to Portia, that would be the beginning of Harry's end.
>>>>>My Review <<<<< This was the second book in The Chattan Curse series and while you'll probably want to read the first book by the time you finish this one, you don't necessarily have to read the first one first. You'll get enough background information to know what is going on and won't feel lost.
Harry loves his brother and is determined to do everything in his power to save him. He'd even go as far as sacrificing his own life in order to save that of his brother's. He doesn't have a lot to go on, but knows the witch who originally bestowed the curse upon his family was named Fanella and lived in Scotland hundreds of years ago. He's chased rumors and clues which have led him to Glenfinnan and he has high hopes of finding a witch who can help him put an end to the curse. When he meets Portia at the Great Oak, she is disguised in an outfit she's deemed worthy of a witch, and he feels in his gut that he's found the right person to help him. When she doesn't show the next night as they'd planned, he realizes he's been had and begins to search for her.
Portia is the more mousy looking of the two MacLean sisters. She's loyal and normally trustworthy. If it hadn't been for her family's precarious position she would have never ever have tried to deceive Harry. It's just the three of them--her, her mother and sister and there aren't that many ways for the trio to earn money. She hopes Harry will never discover her true identity, but of course if he didn't, then the book would be no fun.
This was a delightfully fun read. The couple appears to be magically drawn to each other and I loved them both. Neither wished to fall in love, but mysterious forces seemed to be at work to ensure they did. Overall I gave this one 4 1/2 out of 5 roses. I definitely will be reading more of this series. I love the author's style of writing. It magically seems to ensnare me right into the book....more
>>>> My Synopsis (Actual Review Follows) <<<<< George William St. John and Linnie Connor first came across one another on th>>>> My Synopsis (Actual Review Follows) <<<<< George William St. John and Linnie Connor first came across one another on the day of his father's funeral. He was twelve and she was six. On that day the two formed an unlikely friendship and have been best friends ever since. As he's a Marquess and she's the daughter of a Baker nothing other than friendship could ever be, and so they never breached that friendship. Linnie always dreamed of one day attending one of the balls George's family had hosted and this year George has decided to make that dream come true. He's promised his mother he'd chose a bride in exchange for Linnie being allowed to attend. Her opinion of the women in attendance would be helpful, or so he's said. George has always fancied Linnie and as a child thought he'd one day marry her. Dare he defy what both his mother and the ton expect and give them something to talk about? After all, when the Marquess Falls, there's no telling what can happen...
>>>>>> My Review: <<<<<< This was a bittersweet romance. If you haven't read any of the previous books of the series, I recommend you at least read The Viscount and the Vixen first. While some may say this one could be read as a standalone, I don't recommend it.The romance is a bit unconventional and you'll like it more if you know the how this story came to be and by reading The Viscount and the Vixen you can do just that. Sorry for the vagueness, but I'm trying not to reveal any spoilers.
I found it very interesting that both George and his future son, Killian, have decidedly different views on marriage each being influenced by their own father's choices. I love finally seeing the love behind what others deemed in The Viscount and the Vixen as being madness. The story of Linnie and George was short and sweet without any big surprises, but I thoroughly enjoyed it none the less. It gave the reader a unique perspective of the Marquess of Marsden and made me more sympathetic to his actions in the previous novel. I still feel he was a bit underhanded, but I now understand where he was coming from.
Overall, I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses. As I stated before, this was a bittersweet unconventional romance that tugged at my heartstrings. It had high points and lows which made for a very emotional read. I'm so glad the author decided to write it, and knew from the moment Ms. Heath announced she had this one in the works that I wanted to read it. I was not disappointed. While this is a Novella, Ms. Heath still managed to put a lot of heat into the story. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.This one was definitely worth reading....more
<<<<<My synopsis (Actual Review Follows)<<<<< Gabi Preston and Katie Cheek decided they needed to shake things up in thei<<<<<My synopsis (Actual Review Follows)<<<<< Gabi Preston and Katie Cheek decided they needed to shake things up in their lives, and, inspired by the movie 'The Holiday', decided to swap houses for the three weeks prior to Christmas. Katie lives in Twilight, Texas while Gabi lives in Malibu. To say the two lead different lives would be an understatement. Looking for adventure on her first night out, Katie decides to use the invitation Gabi bestowed upon her to attend a charity ball in Los Angeles. As she weaves through the crowd, she is insulted, attacked by some runaway wasabi, and tackled by the last person she expected to see--Ryder Southerland. In high school she'd made a fool of herself when she made a pass at him. He'd been her brother's best friend and the experience apparently freaked Ryder out so much that the next day he moved out of her family's home, where he'd been staying, and joined the army. Can you say awkward?
Much different from the knobby kneed, frizzy haired teenager of her youth she quickly realizes the effect she has on him now is much different than before. One thing quickly leads to another and the two find themselves sharing one incredibly hot and steamy night entangled between the sheets. Determined not to let her emotions get the best of her, Katie sneaks out before he wakes, telling herself it could only be a one night stand because Ryder didn't do relationships.
Nearly a year later, Katie thinks she's free and clear. Then her brother and Gabi announce their getting married, and guess who's coming to the rehearsal dinner and, of course, the wedding? Can you say awkward part deux?
<<<<<My Review:<<<<< This is the seventh book of the Twilight, Texas series. If you haven't read the rest of the series, that's okay, but I do recommend you read I'll Be Home for Christmas first. The two stories are kind of intertwined, and you'll kick yourself if you don't. I'll Be Home for Christmas holds Gabi's side of the house swapping story and the majority of it takes place before this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Katie's antics had me intermittently laughing and shaking my head. She doesn't seem to know what to do about Ryder, but she definitely knows what she wants to do with him. *smirk* He kind of makes her feel like the awkward, insecure teenager she used to be, but luckily, that's not the way he sees her now.
Ryder hasn't had an easy time. His father kicked him out of the house and that's when Katie's family took him in. Now, years later, he works as a bodyguard for the rich and famous in LA which is a far cry from the little town of Twilight, Texas. With Ryder looking more handsome than ever, Katie decides to indulge herself, and have a one night stand, no strings attached with Ryder believing that's all he'd ever want. One year later, however, when her brother asks Ryder to be his best man at his wedding, she finds out she wasn't the only one affected by their one night of passionate bliss. I loved watching these two come to the conclusion that everyone around them seemed to sense--that they belong together.
This one started out hot and strong, but slowed down fairly quickly as the two figured out what kind of relationship they ultimately wanted, and worked through some personal issues. It slowly regained it's heat and momentum and ended with a lovely grand gesture by Ryder that made me smile. A very cute and sweet romance that earned 4 roses out of 5. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, it earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. Definitely one you'll not want to miss....more
<<<< My Synopsis (actual Review follows): <<<<< Emma Jordan recently inherited the animal sanctuary her father started many<<<< My Synopsis (actual Review follows): <<<<< Emma Jordan recently inherited the animal sanctuary her father started many years ago. The dream was for them to run the place together, but while she was away learning more skills of the trade he unexpectedly passed. Now attempting to pick up the pieces and get the sanctuary back on track, it becomes clear someone is trying to sabotage her plans.
Ben McQuaid is a local firefighter who gets called to rescue a kitten stuck in a tree. When he arrives at the scene and gets a closer look, he quickly realizes it's no domestic animal--it's a young bobcat. Thinking the cat escaped from the animal sanctuary, he decides to drop it off on his way into the fire station. When he sees Emma, she captures his attention. There's just something about the fiery red head that he can't stop thinking about.
<<<< My Synopsis (actual Review follows): <<<<< If I had to sum up this novel in three words they would be: steamy, sexy, and hot, hot, hot. Okay if you add them up it would be five, but I only used three words (the and doesn't count). lol This was a sweet romance with so much heat and attraction going on that it was a good thing one of the main characters was a firefighter. Plus, I enjoyed the mystery of who was sabotaging the sanctuary and why. I felt the book had a lovely combination of things going on without letting things get overly busy.
Ben and Emma have a lot more in common then one would imagine. Both have demanding and dangerous jobs, both have had relationships that suffered because of their chosen professions,both have had their hearts broken, and both have decided to go on a relationship hiatus. Can you guess how that ends? I love how these two are drawn to each other from the start and try to resist what they clearly can't--each other. Granted, they really didn't try all that hard which is what made the story so much fun. As things start going awry at the sanctuary, these two become closer and closer as circumstances require they trust one another.
Overall I gave this one 4 1/2 out of 5 roses. The story was easy to fall into and kept me in its grasp from start to finish. It was full of steamy goodness, romance, and suspense. I loved that this one took place at an animal sanctuary as it seemed so refreshingly different from the other novels out there. We have a Big Cat Rescue in Tampa and the sanctuary reminded me of it. I'm not sure I'd combine birds and cats in one sanctuary, but it sounded like a fun place to visit. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed....more
<<<<< My Synopsis (Actual Review Follows): <<<<< Brooke Hastings has been Declan Kincade's administrative assistant for f<<<<< My Synopsis (Actual Review Follows): <<<<< Brooke Hastings has been Declan Kincade's administrative assistant for four years. During that time she's developed a massive crush on the handsome man, and has been trying to get him to look her way. Declan, however, is a work obsessed stick-in-the-mud that Brooke feels needs to be shaken up a little. Armed with her 'fearless' bracelet, she decides to create a situation that forces the two of them to take a long business trip by car. With the two of them in such close quarters for so long he's bound to take notice, right? If not she's got several other tricks up her sleeve. Declan doesn't stand a chance.
<<<<< My Review: <<<<< This was a very cute story, but I didn't warm up to Brooke for quite some time. Almost from the get-go Brooke manipulates things in a manner that put me on guard. We go in knowing hardly anything about her and it took me awhile to feel her intentions were noble, or at least as noble as they can be when you're attempting to seduce your boss. All the while she's tempting and testing the waters with Declan to see if the two would be a good match. One of the items on her bucket list is to marry the man of her dreams. She thinks he may be the one.
Declan was sort of clueless and a little miffed by Brooke's behavior. He was afraid to make a move, but desperately wanted to. He believes himself not to be relationship material and feels that starting something with Brooke can only lead to disaster. She'll have to prove him wrong and that won't be easy.
Overall I gave this one 3 1/2 out of 5 roses. I found Brooke's shenanigans amusing and Declan's attempt to do the right thing charming. There are some twists and turns which shook thinks up a bit and made things interesting. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale this one gets a FAN rating--the temperature in the room seems to have suddenly gone up a couple of degrees and a fan would be nice. ...more
>>>>>>>My Synopsis (Review Immediately follows):<<<<< 'Do your slavedays too old, you'll never get through them. D>>>>>>>My Synopsis (Review Immediately follows):<<<<< 'Do your slavedays too old, you'll never get through them. Do your slavedays too young, you'll never get over them.'
The country of Britain is ruled by Equals, and while their name implies fairness and impartiality, their rule is anything but. Equals hold all the power both figuratively and literally. With the power (aka Skill) to do unnatural things, they use it to their full advantage. Those born outside the Skilled families are not deemed full citizens until they've completed 10 years of service during which they are not considered people, and are sometimes treated worse than the animals. The general population, however, knows very little about Equals or what happens in the slavetowns. You see, the worst of what happens in the slavetowns stays in the slave towns. Equals make sure of it.
Abigail 'Abi' Hadley is a clever young girl who believes she has found a way to keep her family together in jobs very similar to those they'd hold in the 'free' world. She thought the deal she had struck was iron clad, but soon finds out when dealing with Equals their word, whether written or spoken, can be broken at a whim. Not only that, she may have unwittingly just landed her family in the middle of what could be the beginning of a revolution...
>>>>>>>My Review:<<<<< This was a fun story set in a universe very similar to yet very different from ours. Equals control part, but not all of the world. In Britain, which was founded by Cadmus Parva-Jardine, Equals rule with an iron fist, and all with the Skill are considered the country's Aristocrats.
The Equals reminded me a little of the Graced in Graceling, but so far that seems to be the only similarity between the two stories. Set in what appears to be a more modern time, Abi thinks she's found an easier way for the family to serve out their slavedays. She found that there is a department within the Labor Allocation Bureau called Estates Services where the Equals go for their house-slaves. She arranges to have the family work for the founding family, the Jardines. When they arrive to start their service, however, they find all but the youngest son will be spending their time at Kyneston. While the majority of the family will get an inside view of Equals and their politics, Luke will get an up close and personal view of the horrors that take place in slavetowns. He ends up at the worst of the lot, Millmoor. Something that, according to the rules, should never have happened.
I found the book engaging with characters that were easily sympathized with. The predicament of the Hadleys was awful, and I'm eager to find out what happens next. This one ends in a cliffhanger and I'm very curious to know where the author will take this family and world. I enjoyed seeing the two sides of Britain with its political posturing and poor treatment of its people. While we get a good glimpse into the workings of Britain, I'm sure there's much of it we haven't yet seen.
Overall, I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses.. The book had a steady pace with nuggets of information nicely strewn throughout. I'm intrigued by the world building, and look forward to getting even deeper into the world. This series is very promising, and I definitely want to read the next book. The novel is a little dark, and I imagine as we explore this world more intimately, it will get even more so. Definitely worth your time. I can't wait for the next installment. On the Lisarenee Romance rating scale, this one scored a SMILE rating--a lady always tries to be polite so a smile should suffice (ie no heat whatsoever)....more
To say Murine Carmichael is not in an ideal position would be an understateme>>>>>My synopsis: (review follows)>>>>>>
To say Murine Carmichael is not in an ideal position would be an understatement. Most of her family is gone and she is now in the care of her one surviving brother, and he has just made an indecent proposal to a horse breeder. In exchange for one of the man's prize horses, he's offering to look the other way while the man spends a few pleasurable nights with her. No marriage required. If the horse trader had not been a gentleman, she may very well have lost her virtue, but thankfully he was. Now, desperate to get away, she'll attempt to escape to her friends. Hopefully they can help her.
Dougall Buchanan comes from a long line of honorable men. After seeing what Murine's brother tried to do, and then finding her trying to make a desperate escape, he and his brothers can't help but assist her to safety. With a long journey ahead, the most ideal situation would be for her to marry. While both of his brothers acknowledge they wouldn't be opposed to being shackled to the beautiful young lass, there's something about Murine that makes that idea unsettling...
>>>>>My review: >>>>>>
This was the fourth book of the Falling for the Highlander series and while you can read this one as standalone, be forewarned, these reads are highly addictive and you may find yourself reading them all. It's like those potato chips, you can't stop with just one. lol
Dougall is a formidable figure who's just a big teddy bear at heart. He's strong, protective, honorable, loyal, and sexy as all get-out. He's also trying his darnedest to resist the feelings he's starting to have for Murine, and that is what makes this story so fun. He doesn't feel he's ready to settle down, but there's just something about Murine that makes him think maybe...
Murine is strong, determined, and in need of all the help she can get. In the precarious position of being dependent on her no good brother, she has few resources of her own to get her safely to one of her friends. As details are slowly revealed as to what led to her being in her brother's care, something about her predicament doesn't sit right with Dougall. As time goes by, he becomes convinced there's more to the situation than meets the eye, and he'll do what he can to get to the bottom of it.
Overall, I gave this one 4 1/2 out of 5 roses. It was a delightfully fun and sexy read with a healthy dose of mystery added into the mix. Dougall was all you'd hope for in a Highland Warrior and then some. This one left me with a cat who swallowed the canary type grin and an appetite for more. Thankfully, this is not the last in the series so there's more to come. *Does a little happy dance* On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. Definitely one you'll not want to miss....more
*** 4 1/2 out of 5 roses >>>>> My Synopsis (actual review immediately follows) <<<<<< Archer and Elle have known each o*** 4 1/2 out of 5 roses >>>>> My Synopsis (actual review immediately follows) <<<<<< Archer and Elle have known each other since she was sixteen and he was twenty-two. At the time, Archer sacrificed a promising career in law enforcement in order to help Elle, but he's never regretted doing so. Over the years he's kept tabs on Elle, and given her a helping hand when she needed one. But somewhere along the line the pride and respect he's felt for the now smart, strong, and confident young women has turned into something more. The problem is he just doesn't think it would be right for him to act upon those feeling. He feels he'd be taking advantage of the their relationship.
Long ago, Archer made it clear that nothing could or would ever happen between them. Now older and wiser, Elle has decided to set her sights elsewhere and seek out a meaningful relationship, but her every move seems to be blocked by the annoyingly handsome man. Elle's not the naive little sixteen year old he first met, and lately she thinks she sees cracks in the infuriating man's resolve. Perhaps it's time she ups the ante and live a little dangerously? Maybe it's time to take off the kid gloves and force him to see what he's missing?
>>>>> My Review <<<<<<
This is the third book of the Heartbreaker Bay series. If you haven't read any of the previous books, don't worry, this one can definitely be read as standalone. Archer and Elle were first mentioned in Sweet Little Lies, the first book of the series, but we really didn't get to know them until now.
This was a funny, heartwarming, sexy romp of a read by Ms. Shalvis that left me wickedly grinning from ear to ear. Archer owns a security firm that is quite successful. He's handsome and when armed for a job he can be down right lethal in the looks department. If this was the 1940's women would probably be fanning themselves and exclaiming, "hubba, hubba" over Archer and his team. Instead, we get descriptions like, "It was a cornucopia of smutty goodness and she couldn't tear her eyes away. In fact, she couldn't speak either mostly because her tongue had hit the floor. Her feet took advantage of her frozen brain, taking her to the interior door, where she wanted to press her face up against the glass." I, for one, am glad we live in 2017. lol
Elle hasn't had it easy. Raised by a grifter she never had a stable home growing up. She's worked had to get where she is, and has come a long way thanks to Archer. His one act of selflessness was a game changer for her. If he hadn't done what he did, her life would have taken a much different and darker path.
Overall, I gave this one 4 1/2 out of 5 roses. It was chock-full of steamy goodness with wonderful characters and situations that make one smile. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I am also an Avon Addict which means I love the books that Avon publishes enough to volunteer to read as many ARCs and books as they can send my way. So you'll be seeing a lot of books reviewed by me from this publisher. Please note, however, that if I don't like a book, it will be truthfully reflected by a low rating.
Due to the fact that I read an ARC, any quotes will need to be checked against the final version as Advance Reader Copies are subject to change. ...more
>>>>>> My synopsis (actual review follows): <<<<<< Over a thousand years ago, when Vikings were at their most power>>>>>> My synopsis (actual review follows): <<<<<< Over a thousand years ago, when Vikings were at their most powerful, God decided he could no longer ignore their many sins. One family in particular, the Sigurdssons, caught his attention when they raided Lindisfarne, a Saxon monastery. Each of the seven sons in the family had "offended God by committing one of the Seven deadly sins in a most heinous manner." Just as God was handing down a judgement that would condemn the men to an eternity in Hell, the archangel Michael intervened to his everlasting regret.
"I agree that these Sigurdsson men have gone too far, but maybe they would change if given a second chance..."
And so a different judgement was handed down...
"This I say unto you, the Viking race will dwindle off into nonexistence, but not by death. No, they will blend into other cultures, losing their identity. Their pride is too great to stand alone. Hereafter, no one will worship Norse gods ever again."
"As you say, Lord, "Michael paused before asking, "And the seven Sigurdsson sons?"
"These seven sinners must prove themselves sevenfold. By sins they were judged, by grace they will be saved. For seven hundred years, they must roam the earth doing good works. If they fail, Satan may have them for his unholy domain."
And so Michael's and the Sigurdsson's fates were sealed. To make sure their penance was a little more difficult, the seven brothers were turned into Vampires, and so the first Viking Vampire Angels (aka Vangels) were created. Their mission to thwart the plans of Lucifer's Vampires (aka Lucipires) whose goal was to collect the souls of sinners before they had a change to repent. Because Michael was the one who suggested they be given another chance, they were put under his guidance.
As the years passed, more and more years were added on to the Vangels original sentences because boys will be boys and Vikings will be Vikings. The day of their final judgment, however, is finally upon them and, as promised, all good vampires will go to heaven. With the final showdown between good vs. evil , or at least Vangels vs. Lucipers, finally at hand, one couple will find love in the midst of all the chaos...
(The above quotes were taken from the first book of the series, Kiss of Pride.)
>>>>>>> My Review: <<<<<< When I read the first book of this series, Kiss of Pride, back in 2012, I stated that the humor of the series just wasn't my cup a tea and I gave the book a rather low rating. You can imagine my surprise as I found myself truly loving this, the final and last book of the series. The humor still at times had me shaking my head, but just as before, I found myself laughing despite myself. What I really enjoyed about this book, and ultimately won me over was the dynamics of the relationship between Zebulan "Zeb" and Regina.
Regina is a female Vangel witch who, as you can imagine, is trying to make her way in the very male world of Vangels. Fed up with being mocked for being a witch and overlooked on assignments due to her gender, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands and attempts to save Zeb. While Zeb is a demon vampire, he has proven he isn't all bad. If anything, he's proven himself to be the exact opposite by helping the good guys out as a double agent and trading his life for Cnut's. Knowing every day a rescue is delayed means more pain and suffering for Zeb from Lucifer and his Lucipires, Regina decides to act sooner rather than later. The loophole she takes to be her invitation to rescue Zeb is in what the Archangel Michael said, or rather didn't say... "You men, all of you, are forbidden from rescuing Zebulan." Using her gender, for once, in her favor she sets out to do the seemingly impossible all by herself.
Zeb the Hebrew has always wanted to be a Vangel. His fate as a Lucipire, however, seems pretty well sealed. When the sexy red haired Vangel witch, Regina, finds him he is not in good shape, and believes he's gotten what he deserves for his past sins. Regina, however, sees things differently and slowly, as they get to know each other, these two come to have feelings for one another.
I gave this one 4 1/2 out of 5 roses. A wonderful story about two lost souls who find each other and help each other heal. I loved Regina with her "I am witch. I am vangel, I am woman. Hear me roar. or cackle." attitude. Ms. Hill stated at the end of the book she wanted to do something special with Zeb's story and I, for one, say she nailed it, A wonderful ending to this series. The two together, Zeb and Regina, just made sense. On the Lisarenee romance rating scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. I may have to go back and read a couple more of these books. At the very least I'll probably end up reading Cnut's story because now I want to know exactly what Zeb did.
Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
>>>>>>> My synopsis (actual review follows): <<<<<< "Everyone thinks it's over. I get that--six months have pas>>>>>>> My synopsis (actual review follows): <<<<<< "Everyone thinks it's over. I get that--six months have passed. Six long months. It should be over." His brows lowered as he studied her. "It's not." Asher just waited. He sure wished she'd look at him again and-- Her head turned toward him, her strawberry blond hair sliding over her shoulders. Her long lashes swept up as Bailey's gaze zeroed in on him. "There's another victim."
>>>>>>> My Review: <<<<<< Bailey Jones is a survivor. Six months ago she managed to escape the hands of a serial killer. She is the only known survivor. But before she was rescued, she recalls seeing another victim. A woman who was never found, and most likely ran off into the woods and has yet to be found or worse, identified among the dead.
The police say she imagined the women as a coping mechanism. Bailey knows differently. With no help from the police forthcoming, she decides to hire the Last Option Search Team, aka LOST, to find the woman she knows exists because her conscious will not allow her to do otherwise.
What Bailey doesn't realize is that all hell is about to break loose for a second time as another victim, not the one Bailey remembers, is found. Did the true serial killer not actually die in the cabin fire as the police said or is a copycat killer attempting to pick up where the last one left off? Only time will tell--something Bailey has precious little of as it soon becomes clear that the murderer's next target is her...
This was a very suspenseful read that had so many twists and turns to it I felt like I had whiplash after reading it. There were so many things I didn't see coming. So many pieces to the puzzle we didn't have access to at the beginning. So many holes that I didn't even know would need to be filled. If you haven't already guessed, I utterly enjoyed the ride.
Bailey is a beautiful woman who made headlines when she disappeared. Her stunning good looks and rescue plastered her face all over the news making it virtually impossible for her to go anywhere without someone recognizing her. She has a long way to go in her journey to recovery, and hopes finding the woman who was trapped in the same nightmare as she was will grant her some closure to it all. She knows she'll never be the same, but until the woman is found she doesn't think she can move on.
Asher Young is an ex navy SEAL who LOST assigns to Bailey's case. He has some ghosts in his own closet which is what ultimately led to his working for LOST. Right from the start he feels a strong attraction to Bailey, and his protective nature goes on high alert. He will work closely with her to try to find the missing woman, and protect Bailey from harm while doing so.
I couldn't help but give this one 5 out of 5 roses. If you're looking for a book with a heaping dose of danger, mystery, suspense, drama, romance and action, in equal parts, then this is the book for you. The relationship between Bailey and Asher is both sweet and complicated. In some ways, their relationship dynamics reminded me a little of the 1992 film 'The Bodyguard'. Their past experiences, however, bond them while Asher's ability to see her not as a victim, but as a strong individual is what seals the deal. I will warn you that this one does contain violence toward women, although it doesn't go into any overly graphic detail, so if that type of story doesn't appeal to you, you may wish to pick up another book. This one is not for the faint of heart. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.
Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
>>>>>> My synopsis (actual review follows): <<<<<< Lorna Gordon just wanted to have a little fun. To go to the ball>>>>>> My synopsis (actual review follows): <<<<<< Lorna Gordon just wanted to have a little fun. To go to the ball like Cinderella. She already had her Prince Charming picked out, and when she found a beautiful old dress and wig in a trunk in her employer's attic she took it as a sign. So with costume on, she slipped in unnoticed with all the other guests. The problem was she didn't really go unnoticed. The gentleman of the ton noticed her quite well, or rather her nicely displayed decolletage, but, thankfully, no one realized she was just a lowly house maid. Two years before when her father was still alive, she might have ended up at such a party as this, but those days were gone.
What Lorna was doing was improper. What Lorna was doing was forbidden. What Lorna was doing could get her fired, but the head strong chit did it anyway. She'd had a tendre for the handsome young nobleman for some time. So when the ninth Duke of Kinross joined her on the terrace and later led her away by the hand she went with willingly....
Much to her regret she soon learned real life is not a fairy tale. Confound it.
>>>>>> My Review: <<<<<< This was a fun read where the main male character started off being more of a cad than a hero. It took quite some time for him to redeem himself in my eyes, but he was a man who had some major issues. Dukes are notoriously sought after by conniving young misses and their families trying to better their positions. He's already been a victim of one such liaison and refuses to be one of another. The experience left him bitter, so much so that his mother fears he'll never remarry. Described as being devastatingly handsome, aloof, and unapproachable he was somewhat of a mystery to the household staff.
Lorna is an independent, bold, proud, strong, and intelligent young woman who finds herself in a precariously dangerous position, After her night with the Duke, she finds herself with child. Instead of approaching the Duke for help, she leaves and tries to make her own way in the world. Unfortunately or perhaps fortunately, depending on your perspective, a close friend of Lorna's reveals all to the Duke's mother who then confronts her son. What ensues makes for an extremely delightful read. There is a depth to this story that I truly loved.
Overall, I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses. There is mystery and suspense associated with an attempt on Lorna's life. There is plenty of drama associated with the predicament Lorna and the Duke find themselves in. Although this one didn't follow the traditional order of love, marriage, and a baby in a baby carriage, it did have a happy ending. As we begin to find out more about the main characters and their stories, I realized these two were just what the other needed. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. I definitely enjoyed this one, and loved the Duke's mother.
Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
>>>>>> My Synopsis (actual review follows): <<<<<< Glory Greenleaf knew she was destined for greatness. Everyone wh>>>>>> My Synopsis (actual review follows): <<<<<< Glory Greenleaf knew she was destined for greatness. Everyone who listened to one of her songs or heard her sing knew she had talent. Her plan after graduating from high school had been to leave town and get discovered. She'd been saving for years to do just that, but life had other plans. Just days before her planned exit her brother was arrested and in order to keep her mother from losing her house, she'd had to use her savings to help pay what she could on the mortgage. Now, several months later, Glory is still living in the same small town hoping to one day make it big.
Deputy Eli Barlow had known the Greenleafs for years and Glory's brother, Jonah, had been his best friend. He'd once harbored a crush on Glory and, truth be told, still does. After arresting Jonah, he'd known she'd never forgive him and the one kiss they'd shared would likely be his last. While romance seems off the table, he's determined to gain her friendship back. He'll try to earn her forgiveness all the while knowing it won't be easy. Glory is fiercely loyal to her friends and family and she believes what Eli did was an all out betrayal.
>>>>>> My Review: <<<<<< When I first started reading this story, I thought it would be your average run of the mill girl makes it big in the music industry type of romance story. After pressing on for a couple of chapters, however, I started to get drawn into the story by a surprisingly multifaceted, complex, and real to life set of characters. It soon became clear this was a surprisingly heartwarming and touching story that had individuals with clear cut dreams, goals, set backs, disappointments, and issues. In other words, I became totally hooked.
Glory is the type of person who is tough as nails, determined, loyal to a fault, and tenacious as they come. While her family is far from perfect, it has always been filled with love and affection. When Eli arrested Jonah he was doing his job, but to Glory it felt like a betrayal. The two have never talked about what happened and the arrest hangs between them like a barrier they can't get past. While Eli is determined to make it up to her, he needs to get her to talk to him first.The thing Glory doesn't realize is that Eli feels betrayed as well. His best friend put him in a position he never wanted to be in.
I couldn't help but give this one 5 out or 5 roses. I fell in love with this couple, It was like watching two good friends you know are meant to be together finally get it right. Glory's journey to get noticed and gain a break in the music industry was like being on an emotional roller coaster filled with highs and lows accompanied by a lot of twists and turns. As I always say, little things (aka details) mean a lot, and this tale was jam packed with them and a gesture on Eli's part that turned the story into something special. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. A wonderful story I HIGHLY recommend.
Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
>>>>>>> My synopsis (actual review follows): <<<<<< Killian, the Viscount Locksley, is in no hurry to marry. His>>>>>>> My synopsis (actual review follows): <<<<<< Killian, the Viscount Locksley, is in no hurry to marry. His father, the Marquess of Marsden, fears he never will, so he devises a plan to get a spare. He places an advertisement in the paper for a wife, but not many are willing to marry, much less conceive a child with, a man thought to be mad even if he comes with a title. In fact, only one woman answers the ad-- Portia.
Portia is young beautiful widow who was left penniless with no living relatives when she decided to take the Marquess up on his offer of marriage. Almost from the beginning, however, her story doesn't seem to add up. She wants protection from something or someone the question being what or who? When she meets the Marquess' handsome son, however, things get complicated.
>>>>>>> My Review: <<<<<< This was a wonderful story from beginning to almost the end, The shaky ground started when Portia's big secret was finally revealed. It was hinted at from the very beginning, but the extent of the deceit behind it was massive. While Killian's response was a bit harsh, I don't consider it unreasonable given the time period the book takes place in. If anything it's only a sliver of what could have been dealt out, and given it was only a verbal lashing it would probably be considered quite a mild response at the time.
Strangely, Killian's response isn't what gave me such mixed emotions, but rather Portia's betrayal. We live during a time when Portia's secret, while still scandalous, wouldn't be to the extreme it was back in the 1800's. Things have changed so much it's sometimes hard to comprehend just how women were once treated. Could Portia have handled things differently and still have ended up with a satisfying ending? I'm not sure. I truly wish I'd read this one in a book club setting because I would so love to know what other people's response to this situation would be. It definitely opens up a Pandora's box for discussion.
I'm giving this one 4 out of 5. While it had a bit of a rocky ending, I very much enjoyed the overall story. The chemistry between these two was sizzling hot and practically scorched the pages. While I understand why Portia did what she did, it didn't particularly sit well with me. I love how Killian was able to overcome his initial feelings of shock and betrayal and realize that, in the long run, it didn't matter. What mattered was how he and Portia felt about each other. This is definitely a book which will stir up some controversy, but I think that's a good thing. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a SHOWER rating - a cold shower is necessary (need I say more?). Some books should come with a warning - make sure your significant other is handy or your shower is in working order. lol
P.S. While this is the third book of the trilogy, you can definitely read this one with no prior knowledge of the series.
Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
4 1/2 out of 5 roses >>>>>>> My Synopsis (Review Follows) <<<<<<<< Ms.Sarah Pettijohn is the most sought af4 1/2 out of 5 roses >>>>>>> My Synopsis (Review Follows) <<<<<<<< Ms.Sarah Pettijohn is the most sought after woman in all of London, but nobody knows it except for a select few. She made her mark while playing the Siren during the production of the Naughty Review years ago. It's not something she's proud of, but it accomplished what she'd hope to at the time--to earn her enough money to provide a home for her half-sister's orphaned daughter. Keeping her identity a secret is paramount for she is not only an actress but a playwright as well, and she doesn't wish to tinge her credibility. Truth be told, the only reason she agreed to play the Siren again is so that a theater would finally produce on of her plays.
Gavin Whitridge, Duke of Baynton, would be described by most as a stickler for etiquette or, to put it bluntly, a stick in the mud. Attending the Naughty Review is totally out of character for him, but his concern for his friend, overrode his sense of respectability, Over the years he's done everything in his power to help his friend out of financial difficulties even going so far as to help him get elected to a position that would increase both his wealth and prestige. Rumor has it that Rov is once again on the brink of ruin with his latest set of wagers all centering around the woman whom they call the Siren. This latest fiasco by Rov will put their friendship to the ultimate test, and it's not likely to survive. For as Gavin watches the performance, he realizes the voice of the Siren is one he actually knows, and stopping his friend from going down a reckless path will become more dire than ever.
>>>>>>> My Synopsis (Review Follows) <<<<<<<< This was a fun tale. Sarah Pettijohn is a woman who has not had an easy life. She's done what she's had to do to survive, but being a woman in the early 1800's is not easy. Especially if one is not married. She is limited in what she can do, and the men of the era look down their noses at actresses. They also tend to try to take advantage of her at ever turn. Even Gavin, a man known for being very proper, makes her an indecent proposal which she tries to decline, but soon finds herself in a damned if you do and damned if you don't position. I loved watching these two get to know each other and fall in love.
Ms. Maxwell turned the tables in this one by giving Gavin the role that is most often reserved by the female lead--the jilted bridegroom. Being jilted not once, but twice, has made those who'd otherwise seek out a match with him think twice, and his ego has taken a beating. Tired of always doing the right thing, he's decided to take a walk on the wild side and he sees Sarah as just the person to take that walk with. He believes making the most sought after woman in London his mistress will kill two birds with one stone. She'll have someone to protect her from men like Rov, and he'll save face while gaining a bad boy reputation which will make him more appealing. Ms. Sarah Pettijohn, however, is nothing like he expects. In fact, she's not like any woman he's ever met.
I gave this one 4 1/2 out of 5 roses. It was fun, whimsical, charming, and oh so romantic. There was a scene at the end that was swoon worthy. *sigh* I also enjoyed the commentary at the end of the book in the the Author's Note section where Ms. Maxwell listed a couple of examples of unconventional marriages between members of the ton and women who worked on the stage. I always wondered if such matches had ever taken place and it was fun knowing that they had. I love it when an author goes the extra mile and adds some interesting historical facts. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public.
Note: I received an eARC loan from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...more
>>>> My Synopsis: (review immediately follows) <<< Miss Delia Trevor is on a mission to find the man who cheated her brother at ca>>>> My Synopsis: (review immediately follows) <<< Miss Delia Trevor is on a mission to find the man who cheated her brother at cards sending him into financial ruin shortly before his death. As a result, his young widow and son are currently swimming in debt and dealing with the repercussions. Using her debut in London as a shield, every night she dresses like a man and stalks the local gambling establishments in hopes of finding the thief. Armed with a keen mind for cards and a flair for winning, she sets out. Consequences be damned.
Warren Corry, the Marquess of Knightford, is notorious for his bad behavior but is, ironically, a member of St. George's Club. St. George's is known for providing its patrons with a place where they can discreetly inquire about the character and financial status of their female relation's suitors. While Miss Trevor is not a relation, when his cousin, Clarissa, asks that he inquire about any gossip concerning surrounding Delia, he feels duty bound to do so. Clarissa worries an unsuitable gentleman has stolen Delia's affection. Surprisingly, Warren finds Delia to be nothing like the simpering Misses of the ton, and soon it looks like Knightford's attention may be what Clarissa should really be concerned about.
>>>>>> My Review: <<<<<< This was the third book in the Sinful Suitors series by Sabrina Jeffries. While you can read this one as a standalone, I don't recommend doing so. There is a lot of history you won't be aware that would be a shame to miss out on.
Delia is an unconventional woman for her time. She's not really interested in marrying, although she has nothing against it. She just doesn't believe its right thing for her. Her main goal, at the moment, is to make sure she and her sister-in-law can marry whomever they want or no one at all. That is why she is so desperate to find the person who cheated her brother. By catching that person in the act, she is convinced she can shame them into paying back what they stole. Incidentally, she, as was her brother, is practically unbeatable at cards. That's how she knows that whoever won the money from her brother didn't play fair.
Warren is a self proclaimed bachelor. Delia, from the beginning, surprises him at every turn. She's smart, witty, and constantly does the unexpected.She also utterly confounds him. She brings out his protective nature, and he finds himself thinking marriage doesn't sound half bad when he thinks about it with her. There is an obstacle that needs to be addressed and dealt with before a happily-ever-after can ever be achieved.
I gave this one 4 1/2 out of 5 roses. A fast paced, charming, and fun filled romance that left me with a silly grin on my face. I loved watching these two lead each other on a merry dance before finally giving in to the inevitable. I also love a good story where the female goes masquerading as a male to get something she wants. On the Lisarenee Romance Scale this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.
Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
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<<<<<My synopsis (Actual Review Follows)<<<<< When a serial killer makes his presence known he strikes fear into the masses. When he's captured or stopped, everyone breathes a sigh of relief because his or her reign of terror is finally over. For the survivors, however, it never really ends, it just gets easier to persevere on. For the past 10 years that is exactly what Sasha Keeton has been doing. Taking life one day at a time, one step at a time, trying to put the nightmare behind her. Held by a madman the press nicknamed "The Groom", she's finally going home to the very place where her ordeal began. Her dream had once been to take over her family's Inn and she's decided she won't let the madman identified as Vernon Joan take that away from her too. Taking back her life at this point should be easy, but almost from the moment she steps foot back in town, someone seems bent on making her feel unwelcome...
'I hit the cobblestone roundabout and made a beeline for the car I'd Parked outside the carriage house, grateful none of the guests were early risers. Thinking I would have just enough time to help Mom do the continental breakfast, I stopped in front of my car.
My mouth dropped open. "Oh my God."
I blinked, because I couldn't believe what I was seeing, but my eyesight was just fine. Stomach twisting and turning sour, I took a step toward the car. Glass crunched under my feet.
Glass that belonged on my car and not on the ground.
Every single window of my car had been shattered. Every one.'
Broken windows, however, are only the beginning, Bigger and much worse things have yet to come...
<<<<<My Review: <<<<< This was a very suspenseful roller coaster thriller of a ride with a gernerous slice of romance to go with it. This one had me scratching my head as to who was causing all the chaos, although it was pretty clear from the first page that the person had ties to the original killer. The big question was who, and how entangled were they in everything that happened ten years ago. A trail of breadcrumbs exists, but the path to the killer wasn't obvious to me until the big reveal. Then of course I did a huge head smack. lol
Cole, Sasha's love interest, was a bit too much of an eager beaver for my tastes. His seeking her out and wanting to date her so soon after finding out she was home, didn't sit well with me. The two had been dating when she was abducted all those years ago, and he's never gotten over her or what happened. Luckily, I soon got over my discomfort with him as I quickly ruled him out as being the bad guy. When bad things start happening, he's right there to help her in a way he couldn't years ago. You see Cole now works for the FBI and he uses his connections to make sure nothing that happens to Sasha is dismissed as being insignificant.
Sasha is a strong woman who is ready to conquer her fears. Unfortunately someone is not going to make that easy for her. She has supportive friends and her mom to help her face the past, but when things turn deadly, I'm not sure how Sasha managed to keep her cool or her head. If it was me, I'd have turned tail and run--fast.
Overall, I gave this one 4 1/2 roses out of 5 roses. There was plenty of suspense. drama, romance, and mystery. I enjoyed all the red herrings, twists and turns in this fast-paced novel. It was one of those books that you pick up and don't want to put down until you finish. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. This one is definitely a nail bitter with some disturbing violence geared towards women. I definitely recommend this one....more
>>> My Synopsis (Actual review immediately follows): <<<< Rory and Max have known each other for years. They went to the same high>>> My Synopsis (Actual review immediately follows): <<<< Rory and Max have known each other for years. They went to the same high school and grew up in the same town. She stayed in the shadows while he basked in the limelight of being the school's golden boy who excelled at basketball, baseball, and football. He is also the guy Rory once had a huge crush on, but he had never really noticed her. Now, years later, they're both living in San Francisco and when offers to give he a ride back home to Tahoe things get interesting. Will one snowy night change everything or will the past come between them?
>>>>>>> My Review: <<<<<<< This was a short but sweet short story that is perfect for the holiday season. If you're craving to read a book, but don't feel you have enough time between cooking, backing, decorating, traveling, and present hunting give a novella like this one a try. They'll fill that sweet spot and ease your craving.
While I wish this had been a full blown story, it is a novella so keep that in mind when you purchase this one. It's only 160 pages long and there are two excerpts from the previous books in the series at the end. This one can be read out of order, and you won't feel you missed anything. It'll just give you a tiny taste of what the series as a whole is like.
In the previous book of the series, 'The Trouble With Mistletoe', we got a hint that something was going on between Max and Rory, but we didn't know exactly what. In this book we finally find out their backstory and why it took so long for Max to make a move. Interestingly enough, Rory is a bit clueless about all that happened as she skipped town shortly before the proverbial sh*t hit the fan. Max, on the other hand, thinks he knows everything, but he doesn't know the half of it.
Rory has not had an easy life, and has only recently climbed out of her shell. Willa who pretty much rescued Rory, is attempting to set her up with just the type of guy she needs--someone who is trustworthy, reliable, and the kind of person Rory can lean on. Max is all those things, and his being gorgeous doesn't hurt matters at all. While Willa's tendency to stick her nose in where it doesn't belong can at times be annoying, her persistence in this case will finally pay off big time.
Overall, I gave this one 3 1/2 out of 5 roses. I loved how the issues/misunderstandings between these two were resolved when they got stranded overnight together. I also liked how Rory made peace with her family after so many years. My main issue with this one was that it was too short--I wanted more. *sigh* There also appeared to be some slight inconsistencies between what we were told about Rory in 'The Trouble With Mistletoe' and what we were told in this one. I don't know if they'll be corrected before publication, but, at least for me, they didn't detract from the story. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed....more