Ryan McPartlin as Luke Dante (though Luke's eyes are a little greener)
★★★★✩ (Review of audiobook.) First time I’ve “read” this author and first time I...moreRyan McPartlin as Luke Dante (though Luke's eyes are a little greener)
★★★★✩ (Review of audiobook.) First time I’ve “read” this author and first time I’ve heard this narrator, Justine Eyre, who does a nice job of reading.
Even though I picked this one up mostly because I needed Mississippi for my 50 States Challenges (and audible.com was having a sale!), I liked both of them well enough to continue this well-written series. A few things the author had to overcome to win my admiration: the villain is über-evil and typically after the lead female agent; plus, I’m not one for second chances at love. Nevertheless, Ms. Eden manages to hold my attention and pull all these off with aplomb. In addition, the love scenes are surprisingly H.O.T. and the suspenseful moments outside of the bedroom motel room are gripping as well.
★★★★☆ I enjoyed this one. I did it as a “buddy read” – making it all that much more fun and kicked it up another half star. It was f...moreThe Army Push-up.*
★★★★☆ I enjoyed this one. I did it as a “buddy read” – making it all that much more fun and kicked it up another half star. It was funny and sweet. But don’t let the title fool you. It had some emotional depth to it, too. Some great quotes in this one, but I really liked this one, from one secondary character to another just home on leave:
“…get naked or I swear to God you’re going back with one less uniform.”
I had to look up quite a few Army abbreviations, so a glossary of some type would have been appreciated. The editing was also “spotty” – I would read for awhile without noticing anything, then several errors in a row would crop up.
However, I’d definitely read something by this author again.
Last chapter ends with Etta James singing “At Last”, so enjoy the song on , if you like.
Tied for my favorite of JS's work. For a murder mystery with romance and humor I liked this story. The heroine decides to go on her honeymoon alone af...moreTied for my favorite of JS's work. For a murder mystery with romance and humor I liked this story. The heroine decides to go on her honeymoon alone after she is left at the altar.
Some people said her accidently picking up the complimentary honeymoon suite lighted vibrator instead of the flashlight when the lights go out (of course the lights go out! This is a "secluded-lodge-in-the-woods" kinda mystery) was not funny, but I was FOFLMAO. Plus, the hero is a sexy cop. :o) What book does it tie with as my favorite by JS? Aussie Rules!! .(less)
3 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed reading this book. There were some major plot sinkers that briefly took me out of the book. (view spoiler)[Such as the f...more3 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed reading this book. There were some major plot sinkers that briefly took me out of the book. (view spoiler)[Such as the fact that the hero's partner goes missing and the hero doesn't get worried enough, quick enough. I mean, he’s a seasoned cop and he knows the villain wants to prevent him and his partner from testifying. Same thing happens when the wedding is about to occur and the villain was still loose, though not heard from for several days. Not the time to lower your guard. (hide spoiler)] These also make me hesitate to shelf it as a romance-suspense verses romance-contemporary, so I did both. With a just little bit of tweaking this could have been a 4 to 4 ½ stars read for me.
The good? The author got the primary and secondary characters right and the dialogue flows nicely back and forth. The four-year-old kid, who wears braces and uses crutches, is cute, but not too cute and brave, but not too brave. Loved the short backstories/flashbacks to high-school to set up the characters of the H/h. Nicely done. There are obviously characters in here from other books or some that will soon have their own. And, I will probably read them too! Oh, and one more thing…(view spoiler)[Though there is oral sex, they also didn’t get to consummate their love, even off camera. And what about Kara's plan for a day care center? Is that still on? (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Hmmm. Loved this story by the Indomitable Iron Woman of Texas Romances, Ms....moreRainey’s rose dress [image error]
★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Hmmm. Loved this story by the Indomitable Iron Woman of Texas Romances, Ms. Thomas. It is narrated by Linda Stephens, who does a nice job of it, but not a great job. My main problem I had with her reading was that she added a frailty to Sage’s voice, making her sound like an old lady, not the younger baby sister to the hero, Travis. (She 18 not 80.)
Still, there was a steady, almost gentle storyline going on here. Life in the Western Frontier, which Ms. Thomas sets up to subtle perfection. Not that it doesn’t start out with a bang (it does!). However, the love story between Rainey and Travis is a gradual build. They correspond through letters, (view spoiler)[until he uses the excuse of going to Austin to stand before a judge and get his License to Practice Law - when he really just wants to track her down. (hide spoiler)] Did this little “horse borrower” turned entrepreneur really think she was going to evade a Texas Ranger, even if he is (view spoiler)[carrying around a little lead in his leg (hide spoiler)]?
There were some nice twists of the story that kept me entertained up until the very end. As always, wonderful secondary characters, some of whom I know will appear in the next installment of the Whispering Mountain series. This was especially fun to do as a “buddy read” in the Western & Medieval Romance Lovers group – so thanks, ladies!
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Bit of a “spoiler pic” so I’m putting it under one: (view spoiler)[ Duck* [image error]
*Duck might be a bit young, he’s about three in the story, but I couldn't resist this cute pic. (hide spoiler)] (Last two pics from Pamela’s “My Heroes Have Always Been...” Pinterest Board. Thanks, Pamela!)