Having never read this author, I took a gamble. It paid off. Crushed was a well-written novella. Plenty of honest chemistryShort, but Incredibly Sweet
Having never read this author, I took a gamble. It paid off. Crushed was a well-written novella. Plenty of honest chemistry between a man and a woman. It's sweet to read a cute and wholesome story about finding love in unconventional ways. The writing is tight and the plot is fresh. I would love to read these characters again if the novella is ever expanded to novel length.
Crushed is a short, but sweet read that leaves you smiling!...more
Recently, I joined a book club. A first for me. I've never been a reader who cheats. I know what I like and that's all I read. Pretty simple. Been thaRecently, I joined a book club. A first for me. I've never been a reader who cheats. I know what I like and that's all I read. Pretty simple. Been that way since I picked up my first romance novel. No lusty lords or lovable ladies? No shifters or Greek Gods? Well, I'll pass. Thanks, but no, thanks.
So, when I was asked to join the new club, I thought it was fine time for me to venture out of my comfort zone. And how very apropos since the first book selected for reading just happened to be Wild by Cheryl Strayed.
I'll admit I was a little nervous to join up for the very reason of the awkwardness of having to slog my way through a book I wouldn't like.
Someone call my husband, because I'm about to admit I was wrong.
I worried over nothing. Wild was a wonderful and refreshing book. I was surprised and quickly found I couldn't put it down. It's not that the writing was whitty and gripping. There was just a straight-forward honesty coming from the author about a time in her life when she needed to find herself and be reborn. Her voice stuck a cord with me.
The first few chapters really give the reader a bald-faced view of just who the author was and buried no bones about the way she lived her life pre-Pacific Coast Trail Hike (PCT). I had to admire her ability to see her self-destructive ways and say, "I can't do this anymore."
Who hasn't been in a stage where life is incredibly hard and challenging? Everyone has. And if someone tells you they haven't, well, they're selling you a load of pooty-poo!
I really enjoyed experiencing the author's PCT journey. I am a resident Californian, born and bred, and I'd never heard of this trail. I know, right?! I must live in a vacuum! After reading of her hike, I'll admit there is a "wild" part of me that wants to see the gorgeous views and vistas she saw. One of the ladies in my book club has been to one of the points of the PCT and shared pictures of her trip . . . BREATH-TAKING!! Such majesty. *sigh* I was pea-green. Nature at its finest.
The nuts and bolts of the book are basically the author rediscovering herself along this crazy and challenging PCT. She brings the reader through her highs and lows just as if we are there trekking along with her. She's one tough lady. I don't know that I'd be able to do it alone. Hats off to her!
There's plenty of misty-eyed moments and sections that will leave a reader shaking their head, wondering "what is she thinking?", but it's all part of the process rebirth process. Wild was a perfect escape from the chaos of surviving Christmas break home with three "wild" kiddos. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. My grade: B+ ...more
Bared To You was my first Sylvia Day book and I truly enjoyed the story. Eva and Gideon's chemistry is so very tangible. Experiencing their romance coBared To You was my first Sylvia Day book and I truly enjoyed the story. Eva and Gideon's chemistry is so very tangible. Experiencing their romance come into full bloom, despite all their obstacles, kept me devouring pages to see what happened next. And, oh-la-la! The steamy scenes will definitely make some pulses races in the very best of ways. Can't wait to read the next book in the CrossFire Series....more
Duke of Midnight was a fabulous read! I adored Maximus and Artemis' love story. The passion, danger, and intrigue kept me turning pages wanting more,Duke of Midnight was a fabulous read! I adored Maximus and Artemis' love story. The passion, danger, and intrigue kept me turning pages wanting more, more, more. The Maiden Lane series is by far one my favorites. Can't wait for the next book!! ...more
Loved, loved this book!! The hero, Mickey, is the bad boy every girl longs to loosen her corset strings for! The setting was addicting-who doesn't lovLoved, loved this book!! The hero, Mickey, is the bad boy every girl longs to loosen her corset strings for! The setting was addicting-who doesn't love a glimpse into the seedy underworld, especially if it results in steamy, yet tender, pleasure-filled adventures! I thoroughly enjoyed the contrasting bad boy pirate vs. sweet, quiet, good widow pairing, particularly since they share a rather scandalous past. Danger, lust, pride, and true love make Scandalous Desires a delectable treat. Stop everything and read this book!!!...more
What happens when a duchess with a dangerous past and a viscount known for perfection meet? A reader stays up all night!!
Kate Townsende, the Duchess oWhat happens when a duchess with a dangerous past and a viscount known for perfection meet? A reader stays up all night!!
Kate Townsende, the Duchess of Markingham, has been accused of her husband's murder and locked in the Tower to await her trial. With a guilty verdict nipping at her heels, Kate has no other choice but to accept James Bancroft's shocking proposal: write a pamphlet in exchange for help with her defense.
James Bancroft, Viscount Medford, wants only to print the Kate's scandalous tale and reap the profits. Little did he know the time spent with the witty and charming duchess would make him fall head over Hessians in love. As the trial date looms, James is forced to decide between his pristine reputation and defending the woman who stole his heart.
SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE is the third book in Valerie Bowman's Secret Brides Series and a true delight to read. The characters are fresh and quirky. The romance is heartfelt and genuine. Reaching THE END is a guaranteed smile! (An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.)