For some reason I still enjoy reading this series... yes the men are over the top with their quirks- hello Bradfords and your weird obsession with foo...moreFor some reason I still enjoy reading this series... yes the men are over the top with their quirks- hello Bradfords and your weird obsession with food- but it still makes me smile.
This one is not really a Bradford story- although they show up. It's about Rory, their sorta cousin.
Rory James is the younest- and only daughter- of the James family. With tons of older brothers and cousins she learned to hold her emotions in check, be fiercely stubborn and to take control. Hence the reason she never let Connor O'Neill get to her- even as kids when they played games of one-up-manship that terrorized the entire town.
Connor never let himself admit it, but he's been in love with Rory- for.ev.er. As a young boy he wanted her attention and did the only thing young boys know how to do to get a girls attention- he torments her. Weirdly enough it's still going on- even into adulthood.
But when working a job together is the only way to get a prized construction contract, that cycle of torment takes a decidedly sexy turn. Finally getting her where he wants her-under him- he's determined to keep her there.
But she's a tricky one- she never does what she's expected to do- and he'll have to be even trickier to keep her.
Really loved how the book began with Rory and Connor as kids, because I adore "love grows" stories, especially friends-to-lovers "love grows" stories... okay, okay more like frenemies-to-lovers but you get the idea.
Connor was indeed mean to her in the beginning, even as adults, but I believe the author does a good job of explaining why Rory would fall for Connor.
I loved how she reacted to him and his outrageous attention- and loved even more how she matched him- prank for prank.
Srsly. It's worth a shot, if you haven't tried this series. (Oh and the sex is fairly graphic- never a bad thing either ;))
How can I explain my feelings about KA books? When I love them I really, really love them. With her books, sometimes I cant stand the heroines- those...moreHow can I explain my feelings about KA books? When I love them I really, really love them. With her books, sometimes I cant stand the heroines- those books I really hate- sometimes I love both Hero and Heroine and I usually always love the hero in all her books, in fact, too much. It’s their stories that become the hardest for me weirdly enough and I’ll explain why.
I’ve been reading romance for a long, long time. It is and will always be my first love in reading. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve expanded my reading horizons and I’ve come to appreciate and even anticipate a wide variety of genres. Yes even depressing literary.
So when I go back to romance I enjoy it for the escape. So what’s this got to do with KA’s heroes?
She writes them so good that it yanks me out of the escape and makes me feel too much. She writes them so exactly like I want a man to be, I get depressed because I cant find a man like that and that’s so wrong. Or it makes me think of the one time I had it, but then had it taken away from me. Things I’ve moved on from a long time ago.
In effect, it becomes the male equivalent of the fake boobed, fake blond, plastic porn star women who are on sexually all the time. Some men watch so much of it they think that’s the way real woman are- or should be- and it makes them unable to enjoy a relationship with a real woman. I realized after reading Creed that I’m falling into the female version of it and that her books have become emotional porn to me. Interesting because I certainly read or have read books that are far more erotic and easily considered pornographic in a classic sense and I have no problems with them. Probably because its all physical and no heart, now that I think about it and that's business I can take care of on my own, if need be. ;)
Add to that her perfect HEA + babies epiloges? Ugh. I'm done.
So yeah, think I’m gonna have to break up with KA books- it’s not you, it’s me.
As for Creed the book? His and Sylvie’s story is steamy, anxty romance at it’s best. Seriously, you’ll love their story- one that started way back when they were kids.
wonderful new voice in contemp romance! Steamy, witty and heartwarming I fell in love with both protags... Reminded me quite a bit of Shelly Laurensto...morewonderful new voice in contemp romance! Steamy, witty and heartwarming I fell in love with both protags... Reminded me quite a bit of Shelly Laurenston's voice- without the pnr aspect! (LOVE me some SL.)(less)
Bounty Hunter Sam Mckade can hardly believe his good fortune when he spots a sexy Miami showgirl headed threw the airport- one he knows for certain ha...moreBounty Hunter Sam Mckade can hardly believe his good fortune when he spots a sexy Miami showgirl headed threw the airport- one he knows for certain has a bond on her head. Thinking this could be the catch that could put him where he needs to be financially to fulfill a long held dream he follows her to her destination and grabs her before she slips away again.
Only the showgirl claims she isnt who he thinks she is, that she is in fact the guilty party's exact twin! But he's not falling for that one even if she seems a bit more clever than he first assumed as she does her best to slip his guard on their long trip back to Miami.
Catherine McPherson cannot believe she is once again embroiled in one of her twin sisters screwups, and the lunkheaded Bounty Hunter dragging her across the country- by Greyhound no less- refuses to believe he's got the wrong woman.
Still, there's something about the man that draws her and despite the fact he believes her to be hardened dim-witted liar, she finds herself wanting to protect him as much as her sister.
Somehow she's got to find a way to get away from Sam Mackade and help her sister out, before her sister's trouble catches up to them and kills them both.
I love Susan Andersen, she writes endearing likable characters whose interactions feel genuine and original. I loved Catherine's sweetness as well as her witty ways of frustrating Sam's plans to keep them on schedule. Sam is one hot ticket but it was his kindness to the old lady on the bus that won me over- as well as the heroine= altho I felt she left him off the hook to easy when he came to the realization he was wrong all along!
Andersen's one of my favorite contemporary romance writers and if you havent tried her yet, this is where you should begin.
One wild night- brainy, but slightly off kilter Molly Sommerville does the unthinkable- she sneaks into Chicago Star’s Quaterback Kevin Tucker’s bedro...moreOne wild night- brainy, but slightly off kilter Molly Sommerville does the unthinkable- she sneaks into Chicago Star’s Quaterback Kevin Tucker’s bedroom… and sleeps with him. Prone to random acts of rebellion, this was the ultimate. Unfortunately the consequences of that one act reaches passed that time and place, and she finds herself pregnant. Kevin’s background forces him to propose marriage though he wants nothing to do with the frankly unattractive, manipulative heiress, but marry they do. However, it’s the tragic circumstances of their wedding day that begin to truly bring these two together.
To move on with their lives, Kevin must sell an old campground he inherited, but it’s that very campground that helps Molly to heal and move on herself. Forced together until it sells, Kevin begins to see the beauty that was hidden in Molly and Molly learns to trust a man with her heart- perhaps for the first time in her life.
Love love LOVE these two characters- as well as the setting. I love also that the characters from the heroine’s children’s story books also are big part of this book. With trademark wit, SEP makes me laugh and cry and fall in love right along with her characters- every time I read it, and this is probably my favorite re-reads by this author. (less)
I'm so diggin this author! She writes relateable heroines and hunky men with an easy sense of humor that few can pull off!
In Just The Sexiest Man Aliv...moreI'm so diggin this author! She writes relateable heroines and hunky men with an easy sense of humor that few can pull off!
In Just The Sexiest Man Alive determined Taylor Donovan, a lawyer on loan from Chicago so she can defend a sexual harassment case in L.A., meets her match when she's forced to take on The Sexiest Man Alive and A-List actor Jason Andrews as a "ride along" while researching his next big part. She wants nothing to do with babysitting an overprilveged star, seeing it as distraction from her life long goal of becoming partner in a prestigious law firm, but what can you do when the boss says do it or leave.
Jason Andrews has never had a woman show so much indifference- and determination to keep things professional- at least not since he'd become Hollywood's hottest star. But something about Taylor makes him want her above all others and he's determined to get her.
When another actor gets in the way of his plans and his own bungled attempts to reel her in get in the way- he's not sure that he's gonna get what he wants, and that's something that hasn't happpend in a long time either. Can he convince the sexy lawyer that his feelings for her are genuine- before she has to leave for Chicago and move out of his life forever?
Although there were several convenient plot devices in this novel- the bad guy a jealous actor? really?- I truly enjoyed this book. If you read romance and you're not reading Julie James- you simply must!
(One note of warning for regular romance readers- these two dont hop into bed until the end, and when they do it's pretty much glossed over. But I feel the chemistry between these two, the witty dialogue and thoroughly likable characters makes it worth the read. I dont read much contemp. romance anymore, but Julie James is def. going on autobuy!)(less)
I liked Something About You better- but this one was very good! I'm sold on this author. Sexy alpha heroes, intelligent heroines, witty banter- everyt...moreI liked Something About You better- but this one was very good! I'm sold on this author. Sexy alpha heroes, intelligent heroines, witty banter- everything I love for a fast fun read.
I have all but given up on Contemporary Romance but if they bring in more authors like JJ- I'm so back! :P
Another great romance by Julie James. The tension in the story centered around the H/h making their romance work, despite the fact he’s an ex-con and...moreAnother great romance by Julie James. The tension in the story centered around the H/h making their romance work, despite the fact he’s an ex-con and she an Assistant US Attorney. This was a huge plus for me. I liked the fact that there was no psycho bad guy to be found. There’s something about a straight forward romance with no romantic suspense subplot that just appeals to me. (Probably because the psycho stalker theme is the “go to” plot device to create tension in a romance novel right now.)
A charming take-charge hero- who looks like Sawyer from Lost! purrrrrr- a relatable heroine, sexy banter and a sweet story = easy A for me.
Julie James is the voice of contemporary romance. (less)
As i mentioned, once i read the kindle sample- after seeing review after glowing review on this book- I was sold.
I mean to tell ya, once I started So...moreAs i mentioned, once i read the kindle sample- after seeing review after glowing review on this book- I was sold.
I mean to tell ya, once I started Something About You, i couldnt put it down- to the exclusion of cleaning and packing for my upcoming vacation! THEN i immediately downloaded the next and started it. For a gal who barely reads contemporary romance anymore, that's saying something.
Sure the stalker/romantic suspense plot is so yesterday- but if you like sexy romance novels with clever banter, smart heroines and alpha men- do not miss this author. :P
(the $7.99 kindle price kinda gets me a little... but if we keep bending over and saying "thank you sir, may I have another"- which is exactly what I did- I guess I cant cry "rape" can I? whadya gonna do.)(less)
Initially this story starts off with a bit of Pride and Prejudice, in that Grant Sulliavn, ex-military who’s specialty was jungle warfare, is prejudic...moreInitially this story starts off with a bit of Pride and Prejudice, in that Grant Sulliavn, ex-military who’s specialty was jungle warfare, is prejudiced against Pricilla Jane Hamilton Greer from the facade of a spoiled selfish society girl she’s wrapped around her life. But Jane, is not who she portrays and she knows exactly what she’s doing- ie getting the hidden secret microfilm (microfilm- yeah that’s how old this book is) and getting the hell out of Costa Rica ASAP. If her pride keeps her from telling the truth to the cagey junglecat her father hired to rescue her, so be it.
But that changes quickly enough when they head out into to the jungle to make their escape together. Even though she has learned she can only depend on herself to make her way in the world, she’s letting down her guard and allowing this stranger to get her out of this mess. But can she trust him?
Through danger both from the jungle and those hunting them down, they learn to lean on each other all the while discovering that neither is what first impressions led them to believe. But old habits die hard and it’s easier to believe the worst of someone, after all. Can Jane find the strength to let him go so that he can finally learn to believe what is true?
Though written in the 80’s this book holds up damn well. A forerunner to all the military hero romance novels out there, Midnight Rainbow sure doesn’t disappoint, both in edge of your seat action and heart melting romance.
The book really gets started when Grant sneaks into her room to get her out and… she racks him with well placed knee! Jane is my favorite kind of heroine, smart and vulnerable but determined. Courage is her middle name, plowing passed very real fears to do what she’s gotta do.
Grant is of course the quintessential alpha hero, protective and in control and once he discovers she can match him in inner strength and nobility he’s a gonner- which makes you love him all the more.
Still, it takes a bit till he’s ready to accept their love, hardnose that he is, but the emotional payoff at the end of their story- as quirky as Jane herself- makes this former category romance a treasured romance novel in the best of traditions.
4 out 5 from me! (I still like Kell’s book best! :)) (less)