Forgive me if this review seems undersized or not very informative, as it has been a minute (months) since in read it. I have to say that this wasn'tForgive me if this review seems undersized or not very informative, as it has been a minute (months) since in read it. I have to say that this wasn't the standard from Julie Garwood that I am accustomed to but it wasn't bad. I quit enjoyed myself reading this book.
I love the H/H and felt that they had real heat, but were allowed a believable timeline for the feelings each had to develop. Ellie was my favorite hands down, not only because she very relatable but because she was one of those few and far between bright shining heroines that didn't make stupid choices. Which could be why she as so relatable. Max was a solid good guy, with a strong need to protect Ellie.
The secondary characters were great and I am not sure if this was Julie Garwood's intentions but I liked the HITMAN much more that her SISTER. In fact I don't believe that Ellie should have been as nice to her as she was.
No for the reason I felt that this book wasn't exactly what I am used to by Julie Garwood is that the last half of the book seemed rushed, cramped, and little too much. For all that was going on the suspense was less than par. Over all it was a fun and enjoyable read. ...more
This book was a heavy double edged sword to me, there were many moments of laugh out loud hilarity, melt your heart sweetness, and rev your engine hotThis book was a heavy double edged sword to me, there were many moments of laugh out loud hilarity, melt your heart sweetness, and rev your engine hotness. Then there were many moments of knock your head against the wall frustration, was that really needed irritation and worst of all, the why was that even mentioned confusion.
I had questions about like why did Breanne it have to happen 3 times when once was bad enough (it actually made it a little harder for me to like her) and then why did her brothers get mentioned so often when they were truly no benefit to the story?
I was rooting more for the Shelly and Dante than the actual HEA and thought that seemed a little corny that the other two were shaking up too.
I love Jill Shalvis and her writing style as far as the banter between characters goes and usually her characters are what keep me glued to the book, usually for those reasons I can look past the unanswered questions and holes in the story. This time it's harder, I want so much to be to say I love everything about this book, but I can't. It was definitely cute and I don't hate that I read but it's definitely not one of my favorites. ...more
Okay I won't lie I totally had no idea that Out of Eden was the first book of 2 and read Into the Wild first. But I have to say that I loved it. BethOkay I won't lie I totally had no idea that Out of Eden was the first book of 2 and read Into the Wild first. But I have to say that I loved it. Beth Ciotta has a cute way of telling a story and her style is that perfect balance. I told my friend she totally PG-13 she gets stars for the adult but also for not going too far with it. I loved that this book was more about the characters which were amazing by the way. Once I figured out that Kylie was Spenser's little sister it made the best friend and younger sister thing that much more intriguing and funny. I loved Kylie from the first page. It took not time at all for me to warm up to her character. This is a wonderful book and if you like this you will truly like into the wild as well....more
This was my first Beth Ciotta book. I wanted to me adventurous and step out of my normal authors. I liked this book. I had no idea that it was book 2This was my first Beth Ciotta book. I wanted to me adventurous and step out of my normal authors. I liked this book. I had no idea that it was book 2 of 2 and that there was another one I should have read first. It however turned out that it really didn't matter. This was a cute read however very entertaining and adventurous, it was also crazy farfetched. I know that was probably the point to certain extent and I did my best to remember that. It was just that there were certain things that just didn't work for me. I would found it a better read had those certain things been left out. Still if you are looking a fun, adventurous book it's worth a read. ...more
I loved this book and the characters were fun and interesting. I had been waiting a long time to get Ava's story. I do however feel that the ending waI loved this book and the characters were fun and interesting. I had been waiting a long time to get Ava's story. I do however feel that the ending was rushed. Still worthy of read thought, with its light and airy fun and small suspenseful moments. I secretly hope to may be a story about Beks!!!...more
In the front of this book we get a message from the author letting us know why she was driven to write this book and one part of the message really stIn the front of this book we get a message from the author letting us know why she was driven to write this book and one part of the message really stuck out to me and became the whole reason I wanted to read this book. "...So I told my Editor that I wanted to write a book in which the Hero and Heroine sleep together the first night they meet only to become platonic friends and then fall in love..." I couldn't wait to dive into this book because I thought it was different from anything I had read before, and it was but it wasn't what I thought it was going to be either. This left me both happy with the story and strangely disappointed as well.
There were great moments that made the Hero Charlie Tenniel stand out and make you love him, such as his aloof demeanor and attitude, and how he reacted to Joe and felt comfortable with him. I liked Allie McGuffey too because she wasn't over the top, and her behavior and even the way she was described like looks wise was simple and soft and believable. Of course there were moments that I genially felt like laughing out loud and felt like I wanted to jump in the story and eat Chinese, pancakes, or have a movie night with them myself.
But even with the all those happy moments, and with how much I liked the HEA I just couldn't bring myself to truly like the book. I thought the whole reason for Charlie coming to the station was so far off in left field that there truthfully wasn't any purpose in that at all. That however wasn't even the biggest turn off for me, because no matter how much I tried to look past it or justify it in my own head I couldn't do it. The Biggest reason I didn't like this book was because I hated how the author made them become platonic. I didn't see except for at night when they were eating Chinese while in bed before the whole thing started that they were even friends during those platonic weeks. Every time you got to the beginning of either of their point of views they were saying how much they were able to avoid each other (which by definition means they were not talking) when at one point I believe during Allies point of view that it was mentioned how much they talked but I didn't feel that way or believe it. I never believed the friendship because the whole time they weren't sleeping together they were thinking about how much they wanted it or how to avoid each other.
This book had so much potential but it just fell short. ...more
I started reading The Sweetest Thing with two thoughts the first being something had happened between these two people being Tara and Ford for sure, aI started reading The Sweetest Thing with two thoughts the first being something had happened between these two people being Tara and Ford for sure, and the second being I know how this is going to read. I was Correct on the first but I didn't expect what I found and was genuinely shocked, and second man was I wrong. You would think based on what the synopsis reads like on the back of the book that this was going to be a love competition between Ford and her ex-husband. Yet, Jill Shalvis's brilliance has struck again and I came to find that Tara had turned out to be much more a complex and inviting character than I could have imagined.
The brilliance of Jill Shalvis and her writing is that the view from the outside that the townsfolk gave steered this in the right direction because you honestly think this story's going in one of two directions being Ford or the Ex. But for Tara is was only ever one way and that with the overwhelming emotions that Mia brought to the Table just opened my heart even bigger to Tara. I honestly didn't expect to like her very much but I ended realizing that I completely misunderstood her.
Ford was this let it roll off your back sexy go with the flow man, but he had a fierce protecting need to be there for Tara and the fact that he was able to share this emotional roller coaster with Tara was really beautiful to read. I loved how they navigated the scary and painful past. I also enjoyed the playful banter between the two. This truly was a warm and delightful read. I recommend it to everyone. ...more
First of all I want to start off by saying that I believe that almost all of Kristen Higgins books are a cute, fun, and quick read. This one was no diFirst of all I want to start off by saying that I believe that almost all of Kristen Higgins books are a cute, fun, and quick read. This one was no different, but I always find myself a little disappointed every time I read one and I'm not really sure why. I always love the HEA, and almost always love the characters that make up the HEA. Especially the male leads, like Ian who never falter in who they are and how they act. Maybe it's the fluffy parts, by that I mean skipped over sex, or maybe it's the fact that someone whether it be a dog or a human seems to have to die, and though I feel very strongly that no one needed to have died to make this story flow right. I will say because I truly feel this way that this was probably the best book she has written style wise because it had such a reality base to it. Does that make sense? I felt like I was reading about something that could honestly happen. The timing was well paced and the attraction was believable. Besides my general disappointment that come from who knows where when I read one of her stories I still laughed out loud at the funny, and held back tears at the sad, and chocked up at the sweet and heartfelt. I would recommend this story to anyone. ...more
This is the Second Series by Jill Shalvis and again she doesn't disappoint, with a writing style unique to herself that can't be beat. She has deliverThis is the Second Series by Jill Shalvis and again she doesn't disappoint, with a writing style unique to herself that can't be beat. She has delivered a story so tremendously cute, funny, steamy, and heart gripping that I feel compelled to recommend it to everyone. I have read in several reviews that the reader had a goofy grin on their face almost the entire book; I'm no exception to that. I couldn't stop myself, this book literally made me happy.
First you have the characters so well written and, I felt the communication, and relationships between all of them; specially the sisters, truthful and exactly right. Maddies character was particularly easy to love. What woman no matter her size hasn't felt like a mouse? I loved her perseverance and her openness. Then there is Jax who with those sexy tattoos and big loving heart seemed to know exactly how to make Maddie feel important and seen. He did keep secrets from her for too long but, once he came out with them he owned them. His honesty earned her heart and mine for her. I also really liked Ford and Tara the whole book had me dying to know just what had happened there. Then you have Sawyer ad Chloe, what can you possibly say about them except I know their pages will burn fingers to touch.
I have to mention I adored the growing relationship between the sisters. They were so different but found a way to love each other and it touch my heart the way they began to lean on each other and trust one another.
Even the minor characters made me love them; they were all so greatly written and supported the story perfectly. I wouldn't mind finding a Lucky Harbor of my own. ...more