I loved reading Love Gone Wild! I just crave a good Adult...moreSee my reviews for both books and enter to win one of two copies on Tressa's Wishful Endings!
I loved reading Love Gone Wild! I just crave a good Adult Romance once in a while and this definitely worked for me. There were lots of snarky dialogue that cracked me up, lots of sweet meaningful moments, some serious romantic tension, some heart-wrenching moments, characters I could get behind and cheer on, and a plot that kept things moving and engaged me.
I was rather skeptical at first about the two main characters, Anna and Jay, winning this whole ordeal and being the winners of their Alaskan survival reality show. As the story progressed, though, and hints were dropped here and there I began to see how things were going to work out. There was only one spot where they are trapped in a cave and the story skipped a little so that I really don't know how they got out that I questioned, but the rest of it worked for me. I've watched enough Survivor and Bear Grills to understand the reality show and camera work and such. There were some pretty terrifying moments for these characters where I really wasn't sure if they were going to make it.
You know how some books just go from event to event and there isn't even all that much dialogue, just a lot of page turning? Well, there is page turning in this book because some things are happening, but mostly I turned pages because the dialogue was so fun. It's really what made this book so great: the dialogue between Anna and Jay as well as their characters. I really loved Anna! I really wanted her to stand up for herself and take the chance she was being given. I loved how quick and smart she was and her fierce determination. I loved how she quoted movies all the time and played this game with Jay to see if he knew what she was quoting. Then Jay had his own game called "spill it" that was ongoing through their whole survival journey. He was such a good guy. He would make comments, tease, and flirt, but he was also a gentleman and saved Anna numerous times. He also really took a leap in putting his heart out there.
I still feel somewhat upset about Anna's parents and boyfriend and a choice that Anna makes towards the end. It just really galls me what some people will do for for their own selfish endeavors. I have to say that this huge contrast between characters really added to the story though. It just gave quite a contrast between characters, but at the same time made me want to yell at them or shake them. There were some rather painful moments that Ana had to deal with.
I would recommend Love Gone Wild to anyone who enjoys reading a good romance. I definitely can't wait to see what Amy writes next!!
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I have enjoyed most of Susan May Warren's books and have been meaning to read this series since t...moreYou can see my original tour stop post here.
I have enjoyed most of Susan May Warren's books and have been meaning to read this series since the first book, Take a Chance on Me, came out last year. I'm definitely going back to read the first book now because I really enjoyed It Had to be You!!
For one thing, Susan just always does a great job of pulling me into her books from the start. Normally there's some friction between the heroine and hero and this book definitely held to that. I also enjoyed reading about Jace, a professional hockey player, renegade bad boy, and definitely swoon worthy. I tend to be a succor for chiseled athletes, especially when they are gentlemen and are hiding some vulnerabilities. Eden annoyed me in the beginning because I could see how much of her life she was giving to her brother and was almost obsessed with it. However, she mellows out and I could see her kind of come into her own as the story progressed. These characters were a perfect match. Then you have these great supporting characters, such as other hockey players, the John Doe, Sam and his daughter, Eden's co-worker and boss, and the Christiansen clan that really filled in all the spaces. I loved how instantly I felt I knew the characters and connected with them.
The pacing and the writing style were both perfect. I basically just ate the book up! There was enough tension, depth, and romance balanced with some humor and heartbreak. Yes, there was heartbreak. I teared up pretty good in a few spots. Moving on to the happier parts...the romance was really sweet and I loved how the author let the tension between the two MC's grow. Too much is really too much and because everything was balanced so well I was fully invested in each moment. The third POV with Sam did throw me just a little and his portions were the most heartbreaking for me, but I definitely was routing for him and his daughter.
The Christian aspect of the story is fairly strong, but not too preachy. It's more just the characters dealing with what they are facing and they're facing some pretty serious stuff. The inspiration comes through Eden's dad's and others' counsel as to reaching out and trusting in God and making that choice. Some of the inspirational moments touched me as well.
Will I be reading the next book in this series? Definintely. In fact I am dying to pick it up. Right. Now. It was such an inspirational romantic book that left me feeling happy and content (except for needing the next book!!!) I would recommend It Had to be You to those who enjoy Christian Romance or just general Romance and wouldn't mind the inspirational moments.
There is also a prequel to the series, I Really Do Miss Your Smile, that's a little over 60 pages that is also included. It's the back-story for Eden's parents. I really loved it as well!! It was a great novella and definitely worth the read!
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I had very high expectations when I began reading A Beauty So Rare after absolutely loving To Whisper Her Name (her last release). Needless to say Tam...moreI had very high expectations when I began reading A Beauty So Rare after absolutely loving To Whisper Her Name (her last release). Needless to say Tamera is one of the authors I pre-order books for. I have to say that this book did not disappoint me, in fact it even surprised me in some ways.
The setting was amazingly done. The descriptions, dress, dialogue, mish-mash of the residents, societal expectations, and just the overall feel of the novel felt realistic. The author definitely did her research and it shows. I really loved the setting! I loved seeing how the different classes and nationalities mingled, or didn't, as the case may have been. I loved the opulent Belmont estate, the lower side of the city, the asylum, and discovering more about the area and this time period as I read. I really felt immersed in Eleanor and Marcus' world.
Speaking of Eleanor and Marcus... They were such great characters! You would think that Eleanor is such a sweet thing, until you realize what a backbone she has. She's feisty and full of determination, but also full of heart. She is also very intelligent and wasn't afraid to use her mind. It allowed her to keep up with Marcus as he explained his work. She was also insecure and heartbroken from the hardships of the war and her life. Marcus was quite a dashing man. He really struggled with finding who he wanted to be and what choices he would make. He's in a peculiar circumstance because of being Austrian royalty and the expectations put upon him. He is such a great man, full of integrity, loyalty, and strength. I was really hoping that in the end he would make the right choice, at least the choice I felt he should make. :) Then there are a slue of other great characters, such as Eleanor's Aunt Adelicia, Naomi and her son, Eleanor's father, as well as others who make appearances here and there (including some characters from the first book in this series). The characters were all full and consistent and I loved them all!
There is so much heartache in parts of this story. The beginning of the novel starts with a sad glimpse into Eleanor's past from when she served as a nurse during the Civil War. The story refers to her experience at different points as the story progresses. Then there is the situation with Eleanor's father. Between that and the plight of Naomi and those who live around her I definitely felt sad. At the same time, I also felt hope. Hope for what might come and for how things might turn out. There are some inspirational moments that are so beautifully woven through the story. They were perfect and not preachy at all.
One of the things I loved the most about A Beauty So Rare was how balanced the characters and emotions of the story were. There is the heartache I referred to above, but then there is also humor and love. The dialogue between Eleanor and Marcus was really great. That would probably be my favorite aspect of the story. The first time that Eleanor and Marcus talk to each other it immediately reminded me of Darcy and Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. They both have some preconceived notions of who the other is and their conversation is witty, snarky, and made me laugh! It reminded me of the debates, set-downs and conversations between Darcy and Bennett. That same sarcasm and attraction is evident between Marcus and Eleanor from the beginning. I loved how it mellows, but that they continue to challenge each other and that they become such good friends.
This is a story of faith, hardship, family, hope, friendship, love, and finding who you are and not who you've been told you are. It's also about taking risks and learning that some things just aren't as important as you thought they were, and that others are much more. I highly recommend A Beauty So Rare to Christian Romance and Historical Romance readers!!
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This is actually only the second book I've read with an Amish setting. The first one was vastly different and so I would say that this is really the first. I started it with no real expectations except hoping for a good story.
I really, really loved the characters! I loved Bethany and Jimmy, Galen and Rose, Naomi and Mim, and then all the other side characters. Bethany and Jimmy were my favorites and I loved their story the most. This was probably due to the way they interacted with each other. It did take me a few chapters before I could keep everyone straight. I would have liked to have had a few chapters of just one or two characters before I was introduced to the others, but in the end it still worked out.
The plot kind of meandered along with a few climatic moments here and there. I didn't necessarily feel a driving force in the story until about a third of the way through, but I don't know that it was really that type of story anyway. Overall it was well paced and enjoyable. There were some tough decisions that the characters needed to make.
I would recommend The Calling to those who enjoy Amish and Christian Romance with a (non-pushy) religious aspect.
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I have really enjoyed each of the books in this series! Ever si...moreOriginal review posted here and fabulous guest post by the author posted here.
I have really enjoyed each of the books in this series! Ever since I read the second book in the series, The Hero's Lot, I have been dying to find out what happens. Now I know and it was a crazy journey, bittersweet, but so good.
I have loved these characters in every book, but even more so as the series continued. This was the same when I was reading A Draw of Kings. I especially love Errol! He is my favorite. Then there's Liam, who plays a larger role than he has in past books, and Adora, who we see quite a bit as well. Then there are the slue of companions to these characters. Most of them I remembered from the previous books, but a few took me a few chapters to figure out who they were again.
This book starts with a bang. I was pretty much on the edge of my seat the first few chapters. Then things completely switch gears, which did throw me a little until I got back into it. There are all these different pieces of the plot that we have to work through and that fit together in the end. Yes, the end. It's crazy! There's war and death. Trust and love. Some characters face serious choices and are rather conflicted. Liam wants so desperately to fight and both he and Erroll want to live. They still have to figure out not what they want, but what will save their kingdom. It is very bittersweet, but I will say that I loved how things turn out.
Now I need to go back and read all three books in a row. :) There is such a good balance of difficulty, blessings, trust, love, and sacrifice. If you enjoy Christian or mainstream Fantasy, YA or Adult, I would definitely recommend A Draw of Kings and this entire series!
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When I signed up for this tour I didn't realize that this was in the Christian Fiction genre. I thought it was just going to b...more3.5 stars
What I thought:
When I signed up for this tour I didn't realize that this was in the Christian Fiction genre. I thought it was just going to be a YA Dystopian. It turned out to be both, so it's a good thing I like Christian Fiction. It's the first time I have read this type of book and it was an interesting mix.
The whole premise was also different. The world has basically faced an apocalypse, which is nothing new, but in this story a community survives under ground in a scientific living space and pods that were set up for just such a scenario. Then the following generations are engineered to not feel things or think specific things. Those that somehow still retain these characteristic, even though engineered not to, are called anomalies. Thalli is just such an anomaly. Because of this she has feelings she shouldn't, developing friendships when she shouldn't, and possibly something more with one young scientist. There are other things driving the plot, such as the agenda and issues among the scientists and a new threat to their survival.
I actually really liked Thalli, although I think she took too many risks by not hiding her feelings enough. On the other hand, I think that would be difficult to do every single day for all of her seventeen years. I also liked Berk, who is very smart, kind, and loyal. The other characters were also interesting. I was surprised that we only see mainly two scientists through the whole book, one more than the other. However, this made a little more sense at the end.
The religious content did seem a little unrealistic and I think someone who doesn't normally read Christian Fiction or who isn't Christian may be turned off by this, so I would recommend it to those who enjoy this genre. There really aren't that many Christian Fiction books that aren't Historical or Contemporary Fiction, so I'm glad that this author decided to write a dystopian. I think there is definitely a market for it in Christian YA.
Overall, it was an interesting read, one I ended up liking. I am actually quite curious to find out what happens in the second book, which comes out next year.
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This was an interesting read. I liked the characters. A little too dramatic and didn't work for me in parts, but if you really like strong Christian F...moreThis was an interesting read. I liked the characters. A little too dramatic and didn't work for me in parts, but if you really like strong Christian Fiction then you would probably enjoy this.(less)
I have read several great books in the Fantasy genre lately, and one in the Christian Fantasy genre that I loved (The Hero's Lot). When I signed up fo...moreI have read several great books in the Fantasy genre lately, and one in the Christian Fantasy genre that I loved (The Hero's Lot). When I signed up for this tour, it was because I loved the cover and the summary.
There is quite a lot going on in this story. You have several different key players and plots and circumstances, some of which have built up as the series has progressed. You would think that since there have been so many signs or proof of who Ela is and who she serves that there wouldn't still be so many doubts, issues, and hatred, but there is. You would also think that Ela, the king, and those surrounding them would be safe, but they aren't. Not even close and things escalate quite quickly when the king takes a wife who is not of the same faith.
You can see a lot of similarities or situations based off of different Bible stories. The circumstances and resolutions are not the same though. This is a different world with different characters and other factors, such as the different monsters found in the land. It was interesting how the author might incorporate something that could be construed as scripture based, but still made it her own story. I did feel that the religious context was pretty strong, stronger than I like. The writing could have been a little smoother as well. Some things didn't always work for me either, but I understood where the author was going and what she was trying to show. I also liked how she portrayed Ela's Creator in some ways, in his humor, understanding, love, and that anyone could hear his voice if they believed.
I did like the characters. Akabe, who this story is really about - as he is trying to lead and restore his country, is a great king and character. Ela is still trying to figure things out. She is a prophet, but the Infinite doesn't tell her everything to do and think. She has to make some of her own choices. She is still trying to avoid marriage even though she loves Kien. There is quite a bit of history there. I also really like Kien. He loves his home land, Ela, and Akabe and would do anything for them. I also thought that Caitria was an interesting character and adds a good dimension to the story and the other characters.
The story is constantly moving. You go from one - or a set of characters - to another depending on what is going on. You have one group, be it rebels, another country, or the king's councilors that pull the story one way or another or prompt certain events. Someone is always at risk at one point or another. It does slowly climax, but it felt more like several climaxes throughout the story. Overall, this was a good ending to the series.
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This started pretty slow for me. I liked the story all right, but it wasn't extremely engaging. Some of this had to do with main characters who weren't portrayed as being very strong and seemed to be at the whim of others. I also didn't know if I liked Leta and Alistair together or Leta with someone else. Then there are a couple of different points of view and different story lines, so you have to keep all of those straight. However, I could feel the story building and all the pieces being moved in their proper places as the story progressed.
Then a little over a third of the way through the story picked up for me. This is where "The Cat" shows up and several things occur that spur the story on. The banter between the characters becomes rather enjoyable and is fairly humorous in parts as well. The characters begin to understand a little more what is going on, what role they will each play, and change into stronger characters as they face what is ahead of them.
I really liked the fantasy world that Stengl created, probably due to the fact that there is a good balance of good and evil. The fairies aren't all vindictive, evil, and dark. I also like the way Goldstone Wood is portrayed throughout the series and in Dragonwitch as well. It is a little bit of a mystery and is alive in its own way.
The ending was somewhat surprising. I didn't realize all the different characters that would be involved and how things would work out. Everyone doesn't make it out unscathed. It was a bittersweet, but good ending regardless.
If you enjoy reading Christian Fantasy or Fantasy in general, then I think you would enjoy this.
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A few excerpts I liked:
…The cat addressed this last to Mouse, who nodded. The Cat turned to Alistair again. “Caught up now, are we?” Alistair stared. “Why does my shoulder hurt?” “You were stabbed by Corgar, warlord of Vartera’s horde. You’re lucky you didn’t lose your head.” “What’s a Corgar?” “A goblin.” “As in slavering jaws, gaping eyes, stone hides?” “The same.” “They don’t exist.” “Neither do talking cats.”
Mouse looked from the cat to Alistair, then, eyes huge with desperation, said, “Please, what are you telling him?” “Nothing,” the cat said, tucking his tail closer to his paws. “What did you think I was telling him?” “You won’t . . .” She glanced at the young lord again. “You won’t tell him my secret, will you?” “What secret?” “That I’m . . . that I’m not what I seem.” The cat’s ears went back. He turned to Alistair. This time when he spoke, Alistair understood him but the girl did not. “You do realize, don’t you, that she’s a girl?” he said. “Of course I do.” Alistair glared. “Do I look stupid?” “Would you like me to answer that?” “What did he say?” Mouse demanded. “What did you tell him?” The cat shrugged and allowed her to understand his words. “I made certain your secret is as safe as it ever was.”
“What?” Alistair said. “Why are we rescuing him? What about my mother? What about all the other folk of Gaheris?” The cat gave him a flat-eared glare. “Sometimes I believe I spend my whole life giving explanations to humans. . .”(less)
This was a really enjoyable read! I loved Tatlock's writing style. It flowed nicely and I liked the whole feel of retelling a childhood story. It was...moreThis was a really enjoyable read! I loved Tatlock's writing style. It flowed nicely and I liked the whole feel of retelling a childhood story. It was somewhat of a simpler time and place. Descriptions of lazy summer days, good old-fashioned work and values, first love, and growing up.
This is the first book that I have read about prohibition. Eve and her father are very strong supporters of prohibition and the law. They have their reasons for being so. I struggled a little with Eve's black and white view and how she thought of those who sold alcohol as serious criminals and evil men, when many of them are just trying to support their families and, to me, it's just alcohol. However, we definitely live in a different time and she had seen the corruption and crime that came with bootleggers, as well as someone shot to death with her own eyes right down the street. It's hard for me to really imagine that and all the gangsters and their organizations. It was really interesting learning more about St. Paul and the bootleggers. I didn't realize that there were prohibition officers and had never thought about the risks and difficulties of enforcing prohibition.
Eve is a little naive in some ways, but she was a great character. She was super passionate about some things, such as her family, prohibition, and the island. Things change so much for her during this summer. She finds that no place is perfect and that you can find sadness and happiness anywhere. She also starts to realize that everything isn't as black and white as she would like to believe. She falls in love and has her heart broken for the first time. It was such sweet love too.
I really liked all the supporting characters. Jones, who is an albino and her cousin, is really interesting. Marlene and Jimmy, her friends who are young and in love, but who definitely don't have easy lives. Marcus, who Eve is sweet on. Morris and his wife, Annie, who work at the lodge. Eve's family, who felt like a genuine American family in many ways. Link was one of my favorite characters. I figured out something about him fairly early on, but I enjoyed seeing his role play out.
If you enjoy historical fiction, with sweet romance, and coming-of-age stories then I would definitely recommend this one!
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I loved A Cast of Stones, so I was very excited to read The Hero's Lot. This seri...moreOriginally posted as part of a blog tour on Tressa's Wishful Endings.
I loved A Cast of Stones, so I was very excited to read The Hero's Lot. This series reminds me a little of The Lord of the Rings series, except it isn't as wordy with descriptions or as drawn out, and there is more romance. It is also well written with a fully fledged fantasy world, plot, and characters.
I know that this series falls under the Christian genre. I suppose you could read into the belief system and how it can relate to Christianity, but it also reads to me like any fantasy novel where some parts of the story are about the country's religious beliefs and system. I would recommend it to anyone, regardless of religious preference.
I really love Errol. He has his flaws, but he has risen above so many challenges that have been thrown at him, and he will still face more. He feels things deeply, even though he tries to hide that. He wants so desperately to just be free, have a simple life, and to love and be loved. His world, circumstances, and situation will not allow him those things. He has enemies everywhere, but also friends in surprising places, and a group of very loyal friends who would do anything for him. The other characters all have their own roles to play as well and they are each interesting and unique.
One of the things I loved the most about all of the characters, including Errol, is seeing how they continue to change as the story continues. So many of them might have poor judgement at one point or another, but redeem themselves during the story or in the end. You have a princess who swallows her pride and tries to be useful; a priest who changes what he believes; a selfish swordsman who sacrifices all for what is right. Then Errol himself who is constantly trying to stay alive and do what is right for a cause he may not believe in.
The story was pretty intense in some parts, then sweet, humorous, and sad in others. The mission that Errol and his group have undertaken is nearly impossible. They have enemies on so many sides, even from within their own country. There were several things that didn't go as planned. I wasn't entirely sure if everyone was going to survive or not and there are some casualties. I liked that this didn't end all easily wrapped up. Of course now I'm dying to read the third book, which won't be out until February, 2014.
If you enjoy reading fantasy or need something good and exciting to pick up, then I would definitely recommend this!
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Loved it, loved it, loved it! Really what else do you need to know? ;) Okay, maybe a little bit more so you can decide if you would love it too.
Deeann...moreLoved it, loved it, loved it! Really what else do you need to know? ;) Okay, maybe a little bit more so you can decide if you would love it too.
Deeanne is one of my all-time favorite authors. She puts a lot of research into her books and it shows. I loved the historical background: the old pictures, the actual world fair setting, the descriptions of the buildings, rides, clothing, basically all of it. I felt like I was really pulled back to that time. It wasn't super descriptive, or what I mean to say is that she doesn't always tell you everything, but lets her characters show you. This, to me, is the best way to do it. I've never read about the fair, so this picked up my interest in learning more about it as well.
I loved the characters! They weren't perfect, but this made them feel more realistic. They both have things they are struggling with and things they need to do better. Cullen is definitely swoon worthy and I loved a lot of the conversations between him and Della. There was plenty of wit, humor, and attraction. Oh, the mortification of this teaser (from p. 124-125):
She slapped at his arm. "Let me go," she hissed, her voice quiet. "I'm on your lap."
Leaning his head against the wall, he closed his eyes. "Hush. Just be quiet and be still for one second so I can catch my breath. Please."
With a huff, she waited, then thrummed her fingers on his arm. "How long do you need? I thought farmers were supposed to be strong, what with all that shoveling of hay and digging of rows and pushing of plows."
He held out his free arm. "Grab my upper arm."
"Just grab it."
He flexed his muscle.
The thrumming stopped. Twisting slightly, she placed one hand beneath his arm, then smoothed down his jacket with the other. "I'd have thought it'd be a lot bigger."
Sighing, he picked her up, plopped her beside him, stripped off his jacket, removed his cuff, and shoved up his shirtsleeve, Once more, he flexed.
Her eyes widened. "Good heavens, that's huge. Are they both like that?"
That wasn't the end of it either.
One thing that Deeanne always does well is create these magical and humorous scenes. There are always several in every one of her books and that was the same for this one as well. I enjoyed every single one of them!
For those of you who might not normally pick this up because it is in the Christian genre, let me just say that there is no preaching in this. Deeanne (I would say in all of her books) doesn't preach. There might be a reference to God or a brief reference to scripture, but it's not very often and more in the context of the culture at the time. It doesn't feel forced, unnatural, or unrealistic. I think there might have been two brief references in this one and nothing that diverted from the story. I would say that her books are more general historical romances.
I highly recommend this if you are looking for a very well written historical romance with some wit and humor.
I originally had an egalley copy from NetGalley, but pre-ordered this as well and ended up reading the finished copy. It is definitely worth having a place on my shelf as I'm planning on re-reading it in the future.
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I have read all of Witemeyer's books so far. I really loved A Tailor-Made Bride, Short-Straw Bride, and To Win Her Heart. This one is the second book...moreI have read all of Witemeyer's books so far. I really loved A Tailor-Made Bride, Short-Straw Bride, and To Win Her Heart. This one is the second book about the Archer brothers from Short-Straw Bride. I had fairly high expectations going in and it met those at the beginning, but not in the end.
The first few chapters completely had me hooked. Crockett getting kidnapped off of a train because he's the preacher was fabulous! I loved the internal dialogue and interaction between the characters - had me cracking up quite a bit. I also really liked the characters: Joanna, Crockett, Joanna's dad, and the young man who has a crush on Joanna. Each one of them were written really well and I could relate to each in some way. I completely loved this book until about half way through or so.
Then comes a lot of things that were thrown in. I felt a lot of it was unnecessary or just made things overly complicated. There were too many sub-plots and character stories. There was also a lot of religious content. Definitely the most I've ever seen in her books, and a lot of it didn't feel realistic enough to me. I think if she would have just stuck with what she had begun with, with less religious content, and maybe had one catastrophe then that would have worked just fine. Instead there were basically four major things going on not including Joanna and Crockett's relationship. Everything was also all worked out and tied up nicely in the end. Most Christian Romance, and Romance in general, do tie up nicely, but this was a little too over the top for me.
I can't really say that I felt it was a waist of time because I did really enjoy the first half of the book and I loved the characters. It was just disappointing. I'm hoping that I'll like Witemeyer's next book a lot more.
loved Becky Wade's first book, My Stubborn Heart, which came out in 2012. I loved the characters, plot, and that the religious aspect wasn't overbear...more loved Becky Wade's first book, My Stubborn Heart, which came out in 2012. I loved the characters, plot, and that the religious aspect wasn't overbearing. So I had very high expectations as I read Undeniably Yours. Plus it has that super cute cover! :)
The first time Meg meets Bo (when she's trying to tell him she's going to be closing down the horse farm and he will need to find a new job) I knew he was going to be the love interest and a great one! I just have this thing for cowboys. Probably all the rough and rugged looks, strong muscles, and good old-fashioned charm. ;) Bo definitely fits the description. He is also the oldest in his family, making him responsible and protective.
Meg has some major issues with anxiety that she is struggling through, especially since her father's death. I thought Wade did a good job describing her attacks, although I felt like she probably should have let Meg experience a full-blown one at least once. I have some family that have had issues with anxiety and once you're to a certain point, there's no going back without some extra help or time. Meg has some other baggage that she carries as well from an ex-husband, and the distanced father she grew up with. She is tenderhearted, humble, but also strong (even though she doesn't see herself this way).
The story progresses really well. I liked how Meg and Bo's relationship begins with instantaneous attraction, but after lots of conversations and time spent together it blossoms into love. There are a lot of things in their way, so even though they have feelings for each other, they don't act on them. The religious content was borderline too much for me. Regardless, I do like how Wade develops her characters so that they interact with God in such a personal way. It doesn't feel forced or preachy. The suspense was a different touch in this one and something I wasn't expecting. It took me a little while to accustom myself to it, but once I did, it played out really well. It was a little tense - just wasn't quite sure what was going to happen. Overall it was an enjoyable read! Definitely an author I will continue to follow.
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I've read a couple books co-authored by Rachel Hauck that I really enjoyed and I love modern-day fairy tales, so when I saw this book up on N...more3.5 stars
I've read a couple books co-authored by Rachel Hauck that I really enjoyed and I love modern-day fairy tales, so when I saw this book up on NetGalley I immediately requested it. What I have liked about the other books that I've read of hers is that the characters' situations aren't perfect, in fact they feel rather authentic. It's this authenticity that I enjoy. Her characters have to figure out what to do in their less-than-favorable situations or lives.
In Once Upon a Prince the characters both have very different backgrounds and situations, but both are at a point where the decisions they make, whatever they may be, will basically decide which direction their lives will take. You have a prince whose father is very ill and will soon be king. By law he is required to marry of a specific royal line and this would mean being in a loveless marriage. Then you have Susanna who has just found out that the plans she has been counting on for more than a decade have fallen through. There isn't an easy fix to their situations, for either of them. They both have to struggle through and rely on God to figure out what to do.
The religious aspect of this story was interesting. I didn't mind most of it, but there were a few parts that were a little too much for me, especially with Susanna's friend who would come out of nowhere with cryptic messages. I did like how both MC's felt they could just ask God for help.
I really liked Susanna and Prince Nathaniel. I thought they were great characters and consistent. They also were surrounded by some fun family and friends that all contributed to the story. I also liked that there was instant attraction between the two of them, but they develop a strong friendship before anything else.
The story was, overall, really sweet and fun, with a great happily-ever-after ending. I knew it was going to end well, but there were some twists along the way. I would recommend this to those of you who enjoy reading Christian Romance or who enjoy clean romance and don't mind the religious aspect.
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This was a very cute read. I liked that the two main characters were a little older and already established in their careers. They have a terrible first impression of each other that carries over for a little while, so there was no instant love and, at first, just a little attraction. They are friends first and then end up possibly wanting more.
The romance isn't completely the main focus though. There are a couple of other things going on. There's Griffin's situation with his brother who was adopted into the family after Griffin had already moved out. There is Kendall's employee who is dealing with working through an adoption. Then there is Kendall and her family issues and self-worth issues. She is confident in some ways and not at all in others. She also has to deal with an issue that could have been fairly destructive at one point, personally and professionally.
There was some religious content in this. It is in the Christian genre, but there wasn't a lot of it and it didn't feel overly preachy, which I appreciate. I like the religious aspect of stories and characters to feel natural and not like an agenda is being pushed.
Overall, this was a fun and sweet read. I'm looking forward to seeing what Vogt publishes next.
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Love the cover and the characters. I was completely engrossed in the story from the beginning and as we meet the grown-up tutor's students. I loved ho...moreLove the cover and the characters. I was completely engrossed in the story from the beginning and as we meet the grown-up tutor's students. I loved how there was a simlar feel to this novel as Jane Eyre and also Sense and Sensibility. I loved her last novel, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, better, but this one was still very good. My only critisisms are in a little too forced (to me at least) religious part in a few places that took up several pages and then in Henry and Emma not piecing things together earlier than they did since there were so many hints about what was going on. Overall a fabulous read!(less)