I am so overwhelmed after finishing this book that I literally do not have words. It was a fantastic, fascinating, heartbreaking look into the conflicI am so overwhelmed after finishing this book that I literally do not have words. It was a fantastic, fascinating, heartbreaking look into the conflicts between the Comanche people and white settlers, and shows just how little sense war makes, and how far-reaching the consequences of vengeance can be. I loved Loretta and Hunter. My only complaint was that it ended. Highly recommended to anyone who loves American historical romance....more
What do you get when you have an abusive woman on the run + a cute little kid + a hero you can't help but love + a town full of interesting charactersWhat do you get when you have an abusive woman on the run + a cute little kid + a hero you can't help but love + a town full of interesting characters? You get this wonderful, moving story!
I won't bother to summarize the plot, because I think it's pretty easy to find. All I can say is I laughed out loud in parts and I sobbed in parts, and I can't wait to read the next story in this town.
Preacher is one of the best heroes I've read about all year, and I loved Paige, too. I was a little disappointed that their relationship wasn't showcased more throughout this book, but the thing to remember about this series is it's actually about the town, and the hero/heroine are just highlighted in each book. Fantastic story with fantastic characters, I much preferred this one to the first. A- ...more
I loved this one, and I am loving discovering Iris Johansen's historical romances. I haven't read a bad one yet!
Kate has spent her life being watchedI loved this one, and I am loving discovering Iris Johansen's historical romances. I haven't read a bad one yet!
Kate has spent her life being watched over (and dominated by) Sebastian Landfield, at the request of "the lady", i.e. Queen Elizabeth I. The speculation has always been that Kate is the illegitimate daughter of Mary of Scotland, whom Elizabeth had imprisoned. Elizabeth, seeing the danger that could be posed should someone discover Kate's existence, has spent years trying to find the perfect protector for the girl. She has finally found him in Robert MacDarren. She captures him and orders him to marry Kate and take her to Robert's remote Scottish island of Craighdu.
Though he's not pleased to be summoned and ordered around by an English queen, Robert sets out to fetch Kate, but he has plans of his own to circumvent Elizabeth's will: instead of a church wedding, he will bind himself to Kate in a handfast ceremony, that way he can repudiate the match in a year.
But Kate isn't what Robert expected, and soon her strength, charm, and perseverance have captivated him. However, in keeping Kate, he could lose his home, his life, and his country.
What a great story. At first I was a little disappointed in the illegitimate-daughter-of-a-queen storyline, but once you got to know the circumstances and the characters, it wasn't all that implausible. Kate has spent her whole life tucked away from civilization with guardians who cared more about disciplining her than raising her to be a woman. She's so starved for any kind of life experience that her curiosity can't be controlled. She wants to touch, taste, hear, and see everything. And she drives Robert crazy because of it.
I love Robert, there's really nothing more to say. He's rough and tough on the outside, but he can't refuse Kate's smallest request.
The supporting characters are just as interesting: Gavin, the man at arms who is more equipped to be a bard; Deirdre, the termagant housekeeper who really reminded me of my mom's oldest sister; Jock, the silent, hard but fair father-figure in Robert's life.
Sometimes when I read a book quickly I get a reading "high" and think, Man this is one of the best books I've ever read, only to think about it for aSometimes when I read a book quickly I get a reading "high" and think, Man this is one of the best books I've ever read, only to think about it for a few days and realize there were glaring flaws that I just didn't catch in my euphoria. This might be one of those cases, but I don't care. I loved this book, it's the book I've been waiting the whole series for.
Elle Drake is the 7th daughter of a 7th daughter, and as such, she will carry on the Drake legacy. She's known for years that Jackson Deveau is her soulmate, but he resisted at every turn, thinking he wasn't good enough to carry on the legacy, but loving Elle nonetheless. Elle eventually became fed up and dedicated her life to helping others by working undercover in dangerous situations. Her latest, to stop a human trafficking gang, has put her in the clutches of Stavros Gratsos, a Greek shipping magnate with a penchant for sadism and sexual slavery. He captures Elle and puts her through hell for a month. And it was brutal, enough that if you are squeamish you might not want to read it. Through it all Jackson is in Elle's head, comforting her and desperately trying to get her to keep living all while he and the Drakes search for her.
When Elle comes home, she's broken - psychically, mentally and physically. She doesn't want to subject her sisters to the horrors she's been through, so she clings to Jackon, and Jackson does everything he can to bring Elle back from the brink. He's a total sweetheart, the badass with the soft heart - taking care of lonely people and the elderly in Sea Haven, and cherishing Elle no matter what, although there are times he can't control his autocratic instincts, but they don't phase Elle. I love watching Elle find her self and her love for Jackson again, and I loved Jackson finally realizing that what he had been through (he was a prisoner of war) didn't make him any less because Elle hadn't been diminished in his eyes by going through her ordeal.
All of the Drake sisters finally get their happy endings, and so does the whole town of Sea Haven. Excellent ending to this series. A-...more
Quick read that could have easily (and probably should have been) expanded into a full length (as it was, it was over 30 pages shorter than most SEs).Quick read that could have easily (and probably should have been) expanded into a full length (as it was, it was over 30 pages shorter than most SEs). Interesting take on a well-known trope: scarred hero has feelings for heroine, but doesn't feel worthy of her. But where this one differs is Jenny is going through her own medical issues (a possibly-cancerous lump in her breast), and the correlation between this issue and Liam's difficulty reconciling his physical limitations with his worth as a man blend together touchingly. But with the limited space, it was hard to see how Jenny could not only go from only being somewhat adversarial acquaintances with Liam to lovers to in love over such a short time span and while dealing with such a hugely emotional issue like her health. B-...more
I didn't really enjoy this book until I put Comanche Moon out of my mind, because to compare the two is unfair. CM is one of those books that come aloI didn't really enjoy this book until I put Comanche Moon out of my mind, because to compare the two is unfair. CM is one of those books that come along very rarely and change your life. Unfortunately for me, though it was enjoyable, Comanche Heart doesn't fall into the same category.
We first meet Swift Antelope and Amy as adolescents in CM. It's there that Amy gives her betrothal promise to swift, and it's also there when they're torn apart by the Comanche fight for freedom. Fifteen years later, Swift, now a comanchero, is aimless. His tribe has been sent to reservations, he's constantly outrunning his past, and he believes his one true love, Amy, is dead. He tracks his old friends Hunter and Loretta to Wolf's Landing, Oregon, and it's there that he meets up with Amy again. Unfortunately, fifteen years has changed both of them, and not for the better.
I was a little disappointed that CA decided to have Amy face eve more turmoil after all that's she's already been through. I, like Swift, was expecting spunky, feisty Amy, and instead she was still recovering (and hiding) from the pain she'd experienced. There were times that I thought Swift was way too heavy handed with her, and even though she seemed to accept it in the end, I was appalled at parts. Because of this, IMO the first half flounders a bit, as Amy, Swift and the reader struggle to get bearings on the new situation. The last half pulls through though, and you can see exactly why each of them fall in love with the other. B+...more
I really didn't think I was going to like this book. I've tried starting a few times, and wound up skimming through and then setting it aside for anotI really didn't think I was going to like this book. I've tried starting a few times, and wound up skimming through and then setting it aside for another day. But this time, when I gave my full attention to the story, I wound up really enjoying it.
Lily Lawson is the antithesis of everything a well-bred lady should be. After being jilted at age 20 and estranging herself from her family, she and her eccentric aunt toured the Continent and lived in Italy where Lily was again betrayed by a man. When she meets Alex, Lord Raiford, he is betrothed to her gentle younger sister Penelope, and Lily is helping out the man Penny is in love with by ascertaining whether or not Alex can give Penny a happy life.
Alex has been hurt by love before when his carefree fiancee was killed in a riding accident. He isn't going to put himself in the kind of position where he could lose yet another person he loves, so he has set out to marry Penny, for whom he has very little feeling at all. Her eccentric sister, on the other hand, evokes not only fury and dismay, but emotions Alex hasn't had tapped in too long.
At first I was really put off by the idea that basically both protagonists were grieving in some way (grieving hero(ine) is not my favorite plot). But Kleypas didn't let it overwhelm the rest of the story. Yes, it was still an issue but it wasn't the only issue stopping Alex and Lily from being together.
The only complaint I really have about this book is that I wish all of the backstory on Derek Craven and the glimpses we have into his character were shows in equal measure in his own book Dreaming of You. Unfortunately I read that one last year, and although I enjoyed it, I think had I read TCY first, I would have enjoyed it significantly more because more of Derek's inner workings are shown here than there. B+...more
As I started this book I said that this was going to be my last Virgin River novel. Don't get me wrong, Robyn Carr can write but I get tired of the roAs I started this book I said that this was going to be my last Virgin River novel. Don't get me wrong, Robyn Carr can write but I get tired of the romance being put on the back burner while the entire town gets center stage. As I finished this book, however, I knew there was no way I could stop here. There's something so addictive, so hypnotic, about Carr's writing and the character dynamics she's set up, that - even if the "main" romance isn't your thing - you're compelled to keep reading.
Quite honestly, I wasn't wowed by Brie & Mike's relationship. I think they make a nice couple and I bought their HEA, but Carr just showed way too little of them for me to get deeply involved. There was much more of Mike's POV, so Brie's personal journey was shorted, and even Mike's POV parts were mostly in his dealing with the town. Which is a shame, because there was so much potential story in there, and instead of building it up and showing it to the reader, RC decided to tell us about it instead and get back ASAP to the drama of Virgin River. I have to say, this book really didn't make me like Mel any more than I did in Virgin River, and I know that A Virgin River Christmas is probably going to be more of the same. But - damn it - I must know what happens next in that town! B...more
A fast read that I expected to be fun and sexy, but had a much more emotional draw than anticipated, this book would be good for those who enjoyed JilA fast read that I expected to be fun and sexy, but had a much more emotional draw than anticipated, this book would be good for those who enjoyed Jill Shalvis' Instant Attraction.
Robyn Montgomery is returning to her hometown for her ten-year class reunion no longer the girl she used to me. Now she's thin, attractive, she has a great career, and a hot date. Until the date - her media-mogul-celebrity boss and ex-boyfriend - backs out of not only escorting her, but out of emceeing the charity auction Robyn has arranged as well. When she runs into him at the ski lodge she's staying at, she realizes that he had never planned to help her out even though he was going to be there to for the taping of a ski competition and that he was only using her. So she quits. And just like that, two of the four things she had going for her are gone.
Then she meets ski patroller and EMT Sean Trenton, a nice, sexy uncomplicated man - until she realizes that he's former Olympic silver-medalist skier Sean Trenton. And the last thing she wants is to be on the vestiges of a man's fame again. But Sean - who retired due to injury, but there's much more to the story - has seen a woman who has pricked his interest in the first time in two years, and he can't let this opportunity pass him by.
Even though the story only took place over a week or so, and it was a week in which everything in Robyn's life fell apart, I totally bought why she and Sean fell in love. Although I think Sean was a little stupid to #1 hide things from Robyn as he got to know her more and #2 to make any kind of agreement with Damon (Robyn's ex), he was basically a good guy who just wanted an umcomplicated life with Robyn, although he doesn't realize it until almost the end.
This was a fast, sweet story, and well worth the time. B...more
This is the first romance novel I ever read! It's still a sentimental favorite that I'll probably never part with.
A story that's part Beatles, part LThis is the first romance novel I ever read! It's still a sentimental favorite that I'll probably never part with.
A story that's part Beatles, part Lindbergh baby, Emma's young life is shaken up when her baby brother is kidnapped and killed. Her rock star father spirals into drugs, sex and alcohol, and Emma's life is never the same. It's one of Nora's few epic novels, as it follows Emma throughout her life, from the age of four until she is grown and starts looking for answers into her brother's death. This is a fantastic book....more
I am so glad that I didn't give up on this series. This book definitely made up for the lack of romance in the last one. Although some people have proI am so glad that I didn't give up on this series. This book definitely made up for the lack of romance in the last one. Although some people have problems with Tabke's very gritty portrayal of medieval battle, I commend her for taking that step. It makes the action scenes draw not only viscerally, but emotionally as well.
Tarian and Wulf were a great couple: adversarial at times, complementary, sometimes funny and always sparking with chemistry. Wulf's battle to keep true to his king or to his heart was very moving, and I'm glad that he kept fighting for Tarian, even though he knew he was defying his orders. Tarian is forged of steel, as anyone would be after living that life, but she's not too unyielding for Wulf, or to even be likable. I was really worried about the whole "warrior princess" vibe she gave off at the beginning, but it worked out well. I can't wait to read the next in the series, although I do wonder: is Mahnku getting his own book?
Also, wasn't the curse of the Blood Swords that they would fall in love with a woman who had a loved one that they had killed? Maybe I'm confusing it with a different book, but it didn't bother me enough to stop reading. B...more