Lush is the third book in Dane’s Delicious series and oh my it really is that- delicious. As always, Dane creates a wonderful story around not only ouLush is the third book in Dane’s Delicious series and oh my it really is that- delicious. As always, Dane creates a wonderful story around not only our usual cast from this series but also about our loved characters from her Brown Siblings books. I love to dive into these stories as they always give me a warm fuzzy feeling inside- and I don’t mean the smexing here- even though that is hot too. I’m talking about the connections and commitments- the love and friendship which keep these people together. I love to see how they care and worry for each other. It’s not often that I feel such a connection but Dane made me crave it.
Mary is an independent woman with a successful business. Her supper club is booming and her catering gigs are filling up her schedule. She is happy and content with her current situation. She enjoys focusing on what she wants to do and how to evolve her business- the last thing she planned was a relationship. A fling with a sexy rockstar? Hell yes, but to commit herself to someone any more than that? Not in her picture right now. It’s pretty refreshing that the female character is the reluctant one. I understood where she came from and could relate to her reasons but that didn’t stop me from wanting to see how Damien would woe her into giving in.
Damien is a hotshot gorgeous rockstar. He’s the drummer in a band he founded with his brothers and he really knew how to rock my boat. I loved to see the diversity in his character- on one side the dirty and raunchy rockstar with all the facets we love about those but still on the other hand the loving brother and sun who still loves to get home to the family ranch and work with his hands.
As always the romance is fabulously done- you fall in love as Mary and Damien do. The chemistry is undeniable and together they turn your pages on fire. This drummer knows what to do with his hands and other parts. *wink*
As I already said, one of my favorite aspects are the group dynamics in Dane’s novels. Besides the previously introduced characters we meet some new ones in Lush. I loved Damien’s brothers and it really mixed it up a bit. I loved to see them laugh together and tease each other as brothers do. I really hope we will see more of them in some future books (hint hint, Susi wants that!!).
The only thing that irked me a bit about this one was the plot towards the conflict at the end. I so saw that one coming and still it felt too forced to be smooth. Still it didn’t diminish my love for this one.
Lauren Dane’s writing is unique and never fails to draw me in. Lush makes you feel cozy and at home but still pumps up the temperature with masterly written sex scenes. The romance is cute and sexy and you won’t be able to put the book down until you get the HEA Mary and Damien deserve. The climax isn’t as new as I wished it to be but the rest totally made up for that. If you haven’t read one of the Delicious novels- what are you waiting for?...more
The Space Between Us tells the story of Tesla, a 20 something barista facing a tempting offer. Her female crush, Meredith, suggest a a daring experimeThe Space Between Us tells the story of Tesla, a 20 something barista facing a tempting offer. Her female crush, Meredith, suggest a a daring experiment including her husband Charlie and Tesla. How can Tesla resist? A chance to get nearer to Meredith , who knows what might happen next. It sounds like an easy choice but nothing in life is as easy as it seems at first glance. An uncomplicated and liberal engagement can turn into something serious and strict very quick and so Tesla finds herself in tangle of hopes, expectations and little untold truths.
Tesla is not your ordinary girl even though she hates to see herself that way. She spent her childhood summers in a commune celebrating free life and love. Her past experiences did make her the woman she is now and her current living arrangements seem uncommon to the “ordinary” observer. She’s content with her current life- more or less, as most of us are. It’s what her life is and she accepts it. Tesla’s story is told in 2 parts. On the one hand we follow her current life and how her new relationship with Charlie and Meredith influences her life. On the other hand we get a glimpse of her teen years and made her into the person she is now. These two sides of the story show Tesla in many facets and gave me as a reader a really close grab of who she is. It’s hard to explain in a few words but at the end of the book you will see who Tesla is and why she does the things she thinks need doing.
I didn’t much care for Meredith though. She’s a glowing character who always seems to succeed in flocking people around herself. She needs the attention and even more so needs to be the center of everyone’s intention. She is a fun person, full of energy and ideas. She’s daring and always happy to take risks even if those might hurt some of the people around her. For me Meredith sometimes seems as if she really only cares about herself. She lives in her own personal little bubble and just ignores the needs of anyone around her. She’s selfish and too self centered for my taste. I had a constant urge to slap her real hard.
Charlie on the other hand is a lovely character. Oh this guy made me smile. I liked how laid back and nerdy he is. He’s taking a bit of a backseat in the story as the focus lays on Tesla but every time we get a glimpse he
The relationship between these three is portrayed rather realistic. It’s not your usual menage where everyone gets what he/she wants. We see the ups and downs, the good and the bad days. Like real life this relationship too has to survive the small problems and hurdles. It is, as I do expect from a Megan Hart novel, a retelling of the journey not the goal. I love that about her books! The close to truth factor you can find in each of Hart’s stories.
Another thing I loved is to see characters from other Megan Hart novels again. We do see quite some in this one. It’s nothing really prominent and I’m sure Megan Hart newbies wouldn’t even notice but well it makes my heart sing to see some familiar faces.
The Space Between Us is not your common romance novel. It goes deeper than the all shiny and happy HEA retellings and won’t make dream of unicorns and sunshine. It challenges not only your heart but also your mind. You will catch yourself contemplating the ins and out of such a relationship and how it would work in real life. I admit The Space Between Us is not my favorite of Hart’s work but still it made me turn the pages and tempted me to read just one more chapter till I reached the final one.
I'm kinda disappointed by this book. Perhaps my expectations after the first three awesome books in this series where to high but I was left wanting mI'm kinda disappointed by this book. Perhaps my expectations after the first three awesome books in this series where to high but I was left wanting more with this one.
I didn't really believe in the love story and even the side-story couldn't save the book this time. It was not as enthralling and page turning as the previous titles.
All in all not a bad book at all but by far not what I wanted or needed it be.
And it was too short. LOL I was shocked to see the audiobook only had 6,5 hours. I should check that before buying. ...more
I read this book because Lea told me what a great author Beth Williamson aka Emma Lang is and that I shouldn’t miss out experiencing this. So I said hI read this book because Lea told me what a great author Beth Williamson aka Emma Lang is and that I shouldn’t miss out experiencing this. So I said hell yes even though it is a historical and book 3 in a series no less. Usually I try to steer clear of those because I tend to be to put off by the woman of previous times. But thanks to the almighty coffee-bean Lettie is not like those wallflower heroine’s at all.
Lettie had a turbulent and violent past which even though she tries to forget still influences her present. She covers her insecurities with a tough as nails exterior and a mouth that would cuss a pirate into blushing. She’s honest to the point of being mean. She doesn’t really do that on purpose. She just can’t seem to find the right words so she says what she thinks- no matter what this might be. It might be unintended but the result actually fits Lettie: people give her the space and isolation she seeks. The only person she ever lets in is her friend Angeline who she loves like a sister. I realy liked Lettie. Yes, she is harsh and direct but in a very honest way. She doesn’t do this to hurt people- it’s just the way she is. She tries to be strong- to be even stronger because of her past. She has to keep this shield of temper around herself or people will see how broken she is inside. My heart wept for her and even though I didn’t always agreed with her behavior I was proud to see her stand up for herself. To not flinch away like a scared rabbit and just be the woman she is.
Shane’s first appearance doesn’t paint him in a good light. He seems to be a lazy drunk guy who doesn’t care about much else than the next sip of booze. Thankfully Shane is not like that at all. His past broke him in the worst way possible- it shattered his heart. Self-imposed guilt kept him in a pit of despair and self-loathing and until he met Lettie and the rest of the Blue Plate crew he never had a reason to come out of it. Shane is a fighter who just needs the right reason to go on. In this aspect he is the opposite of Lettie. when she started to get cold and unyielding he succumbed to illusion of a carefree life the alcohol gave him. Once hooked on that high it is even harder for a broken man to find his way back in life where he can’t escape his painful past. Surprisingly this doesn’t made me think less of him as a man. His recovery after the assault that brought him into the Blue Plate he tries hard to be a better man. He wants to be worth the kindness everyone showed him.
Lettie’s and Shane’s past dominates their developing relationship from the start. How could it not? Both are haunted by bad memories but their attraction for each other closes the gap, openess and honesty do the rest. Their tempers clash from time to time but how boring would a life without that be. I loved the emotional build-up and the careful steps each one of them took. It’s a heartwarming and very touching love story.
Endless Heart is about kindness, forgiveness and love- a heady mix that drew me in from page one. Lang delivers a highly emotional story with characters you just have to love....more
Okay the story was great but WTF happened to the narrator. It wasn't awful but well pretty dissapointing if you compare it to her previous narrations.Okay the story was great but WTF happened to the narrator. It wasn't awful but well pretty dissapointing if you compare it to her previous narrations. All the voices were wrong but I'm hopeful that the following ones will be better. ...more