4.5 stars maybe. A bit too much 'womb' referencing to make it to 5 stars for me, although it did live up to most of the hype. Looking forward to Patie...more4.5 stars maybe. A bit too much 'womb' referencing to make it to 5 stars for me, although it did live up to most of the hype. Looking forward to Patience, although from the preview at the end of the book I think Valdez may have written Matthew too similarly to Mark. A good hot story with a sweet romance - not an easy combination to pull off (if you'll pardon the pun), and heart-wrenching to boot.(less)
Gone Too Far is the book Sam & Alyssa fans have been waiting for. (Although to be fair, I think it's more Sam fans than Alyssa).
Sam is an adorable...moreGone Too Far is the book Sam & Alyssa fans have been waiting for. (Although to be fair, I think it's more Sam fans than Alyssa).
Sam is an adorable potty-mouthed Texan complete with swagger, drawl and sex appeal to spare. His liberal use of the F-bomb as verb, noun and adjective coupled with his vulnerability and almost reluctant sweetness gives him a unique kind of charm.
This book was great as we get to know more about Roger/Ringo/Sam's childhood and I really enjoyed the flashback scenes with Noah and Uncle Walt. The WWII flashbacks that Brockmann often includes in this series also worked well here as they provided relevant history on Uncle Walt and a secondary romance.
Other secondary romances are provided with Max and Gina (I love these two so hope we see more of them), Tom and Kelly and another couple who I wont comment on due to possible spoilers.
I do think to appreciate this book and fully understand the background of the plot and the dynamics between the characters, you really need to have read the others in the series. Brockmann does provide just enough detail that first time readers will not be too lost, but there is so much more to all the characters and the plot that I don't believe it would be half the great read it is without this.
Having read the previous books with Sam and Alyssa and knowing how hot they can be together, I was a pretty disappointed with the one love scene between them in this one. Brockmann has definitely toned things down in her hard-cover debut and I think that's a shame.
All in all, a great addition to the Troubleshooters series but one that probably doesn't stand as well alone.(less)
Whitney, My Love is a well-known, old-school HR and is somewhat controversial, so I expected to at leas...moreWell, that was surprisingly..... underwhelming.
Whitney, My Love is a well-known, old-school HR and is somewhat controversial, so I expected to at least have some reaction to it - whether that be in the positive or the negative - but... ummm... no. Not so much. I find that I wasn't inspired enough to really care either way.
And those 'controversial' scenes? Nope. Still didn't care enough to form an opinion.
One thing I did have an opinion on was the overuse of the Big Misunderstanding as a plot device. I'm not a fan, but I can tolerate it happening once, maybe even twice if it's a really good book. But here? Too much.
*sigh* And to think I'd really looked forward to reading this one day.(less)
I shouldn't have loved this book as much as I did. The regency era is my least favourite historical romance period, and I'm not a fan of the big misun...moreI shouldn't have loved this book as much as I did. The regency era is my least favourite historical romance period, and I'm not a fan of the big misunderstanding being relied upon as a primary plot device (and this had a couple of them). I've read only one other 'beloved' McNaught (A Kingdom of Dreams), which I liked well enough, but didn't love.
But. Almost Heaven has found its way into my heart. It's one of those books that gives you (well, me) that indefinable feeling when reading it.
Elizabeth is a young debutante who would rather be admired for her intelligence than extraordinary beauty when she finds herself at the center of a scandal involving our mysterious, roguish and undeniably sexy hero Ian. Cue first big mis and Elizabeth's subsequent social exile.
When Ian and Elizabeth are reunited 2 years later due to a (small) misunderstanding they find their attraction has not waned, but the big mis is initially still in play.
I think one of the reasons I didn't mind the plot device here is that McNaught allows touching scenes between the characters and moments where the passion overrides the big mis, rather than a complete separation of hero and heroine.
Elizabeth and Ian are strong, stubborn and passionate characters, both of whom had issues from their past that resulted in understandable behaviour and a credible explanation for the misunderstanding between them. They have become one of my favourite couples.
And Almost Heaven has become one of my favourite romance reads.(less)