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
Well Jill Shalvis did it again, and by did it again I mean wrote another book that I will want to read a reread for many of the curl up in the bed andWell Jill Shalvis did it again, and by did it again I mean wrote another book that I will want to read a reread for many of the curl up in the bed and read nights to come. One of the great things about this book was that going into it you had knowledge of the characters, and a true connection to them. I love books were you feel as if you know the characters because you got to see them through others eyes. The writing again was superb and had amazing flow. Never once did I feel as if the story lagged or lost my attention. The HEA of this book first shows up in the Double Play book 1 in the Pacific Heat series, and let me tell you they don't disappoint. All the old players are back minus a few here and there, and few are added making this an equally great book to its predecessor. To me this book felt it didn't have as much baseball in it, but of course I could very well be wrong.
A man like Wade O'Riley would be my ideal kind of hero, and he was a great one especially for Sam. They fit into each other like a puzzle pieces, where she was serious and exact he was easygoing and unconcerned. He walked though life letting almost everything role of his back because freedom was life to him and baseball was the air that kept him alive to live it. He thought he had it all till Sam melted his heart and the bubble of easy living he kept himself in. Until Sam he never realized how complicated and hard could be exactly what he needed.
I loved how upfront they both were, how they communicated, because it felt so very real, and well was very refreshing to read. It wasn't about secrecy and needing to keep things so far apart because they both kind of got that it couldn't be done and gave up fighting it. And then there was TAG oh love his little heart. I would just love to see how Tag is all grown up and if the author kept the story up long enough to write his story then I would just be beside myself.
This was great addition to the series and hope it's a promising start for more to come. ...more
This was a special book for me; I fell in love with it. I had no idea just how entwined it was with her other books and that just added to the amazingThis was a special book for me; I fell in love with it. I had no idea just how entwined it was with her other books and that just added to the amazing charm of this story. I read Fancy Pants and I read Glitter Baby, in fact Glitter Baby is what made me give Fancy Pants and chance, and then of course Lady Be Good. What I loved about this story is that I feel as if I actually grew up with Teddy and to see him grow into the man he became and to find love was the icing on the cake for me. I had no idea when I started reading this book that Meg was the daughter of Glitter Baby, and even though I didn't know her I fell in love her character as if had. And because I didn't know just how entwined this book was I now am going to go back and read all the other books leading up to this one. For anyone who has not read Susan Elizabeth Phillips, I whole heartedly recommend that you do. She has this amazing ability to give you a book that you can read on its own, and be fulfilled. But if you were to read them all from start to finish she gives you a glimpse in to a family or Families in this case that you would just know that one book couldn't be the end of it. She allows you as a reader to become a part of that family. ...more
To be honest I'm writing this review with there being a pretty large span between reading it and now, but I still remember it as if I read it yesterdaTo be honest I'm writing this review with there being a pretty large span between reading it and now, but I still remember it as if I read it yesterday. This series just keeps getting better for me. I loved the chemistry between the main characters, and how Strong Tyler was. The only thing that broke my heart was the ending and who it came down to as the villain. Even though I know it had to work the way it did and it made for one amazing story.
This was a steamy, heart pumping thrill ride that will leave you wanting more. ...more
This is book 7 in the Buchanan series, about Sassy and Newly Independent Sophie Rose, the daughter of a very sought after person for question by any lThis is book 7 in the Buchanan series, about Sassy and Newly Independent Sophie Rose, the daughter of a very sought after person for question by any law agency out there. It's also about the newly assigned partner of Alec Buchanan from Murder List Jack MacAlister. Let me tell you Jack was the greatest Hero ever. Don't get me wrong I love Noah and will forever stay loyal to Noah but Jack gives him a run for his money. I loved the instant bickering and banter between him and Sophie, He so easily got under her skin and I found myself on more than one occasion laughing my head off. I was also surprised at myself mostly for how much I loved Barry the Polar Bear. This story is very much worth reading even if you don't read the other which I highly recommend that you do, you should still read this one so you can understand my appreciation for Jack....more
This is book six in the Buchanan Series, and the one I have been waiting to read since I started this series. Noah Clayborne has been a recurring charThis is book six in the Buchanan Series, and the one I have been waiting to read since I started this series. Noah Clayborne has been a recurring character in every book so far and I have fallen more in love with him as the books progressed. So when it finally came to his HEA I couldn't be happier to see that it was with Jordan, the little sister of his partner Nick Buchanan from Heartbreaker book 1 in the series, as well as all the other Buchanan boys who know just how Noah is. I loved the romantic storyline between Noah and Jordan; I also loved how Nick and Noah stepped in and gave that gawd awful police woman what she deserved. I wasn't however a big fan of everything else, basically the Mystery, I mean yes I know it made sense and the ending with Jordan nearly broke my heart for Noah, I still felt it missed some of her the authors normal pizzazz. Now I know I may get strung up by my toes for saying so but it's just how I felt. Still though I will give this book a 5 star because even thought I had a small problem with it I would read it again and again. ...more
This is book 5 in the Buchanan Series, and I couldn't put it down. I loved the interaction that Kate had with Jordan; I loved the familiarity betweenThis is book 5 in the Buchanan Series, and I couldn't put it down. I loved the interaction that Kate had with Jordan; I loved the familiarity between Kate and Dylan from the very beginning. I've said it before in other reviews but I believe it so much that I am going to say it again. Mrs. Garwood never stops surprising you think she has a formula and then she ups and changes it. The Romance aspect was so much different from all the others. I have to say I think that even thought I have loved all the other HEA's, Dylan and Kate at this point my all time favorite at this point. This book is a mix of everything a girl could ask for, a hot FBI agent with a heart of gold, steamy romance, action, adventure, and mystery. ...more