Review When I read a book as good as this, I feel lucky, lucky, lucky. What a grand feeling!
I am so pleased that Mary Ann Rivers is adding her amazing...more Review When I read a book as good as this, I feel lucky, lucky, lucky. What a grand feeling!
I am so pleased that Mary Ann Rivers is adding her amazing voice and vision to the world of Romance. I loved The Story Guy and I loved Live as well...maybe more even.
This love story is utterly smart, completely tender, vividly detailed, and achingly real.
The hero and heroine could be called plain if you went by the descriptions of them we get from the book. They certainly are not a part of the conventional beauty set in our culture or that of Romance's mainland.
But, of course, no one is really plain or ordinary and we get to see that sheer shining beauty of the body and soul through the switching points of view of the hero and heroine.
Our heroine is a Ginger (a red head for those of you uninitiated in the ways of our people lol). Rivers captures in the sensuality of this book all the more pleasurable aspects of being a Ginger and the men that love them. Take this from a Ginger married to a Ginger loving man. She is dead on. Fans self. Destiny also has knobby knees, sweat in her hair line, and is skinny.
Our hero is tall but rangy, thin even. The size of his member isn't detailed but it seems to do a fine job. He has a hairy chest. Thank the Goddess. He is Welsh of a mixed unnamed racial background. Hefin. Sigh.
The romance starts with a crush, settles in with bad timing for both of them, sings its glory in small and large gestures of true seeing another and some damn good sexy times, and gives a HEA that is joyous but also achievable.
This is the start of a series where we get a peek into the lives of Carrie and Brian from The Story Guy and the foundation is well laid for the tales of Destiny's siblings.
The writing style here is notable as it is poetic and philosophical. It has air and light though. There are very funny and surprising moments. I think I have already mentioned the sheer YUM of the love making--its a little bit dirty actually for all the beauty but the kind of dirty we all enjoy in our own beds (or in the back of limos) from time to lucky time. The sex is hot, messy, sometimes full of laughter, emotionial and real.
The side stories and secondaries are pitch perfect and the conflicts are so raw and human they hurt but they also heal and give us the wonders of this genre done well--an understanding of others, a belief in love of all kinds, and joy in the body, the mind, and the soul.
I could tell you all kinds of other wonderful things about this book like the great girl talk, the insights on mortality, grief, illness, care taking, divorce, the love of art and its healing powers as well as those of friendship and family and the pondering on place and home but this book is one of those that unfolds before each reader differently and magically. It whispers just to you. Go, discover all the little wonders to be had in here. Go.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Sam's story comes out in May of 2014. Ho! Ho! Grumpy Ginger Man--you are gonna get yours!
I was given this book for my honest review. So there you have it!
I am looking forward to checking out Laura Drewry's backlist after enjoying this Contermpary Friends to Lovers Romance which is her Loveswept Debut....more I am looking forward to checking out Laura Drewry's backlist after enjoying this Contermpary Friends to Lovers Romance which is her Loveswept Debut.
Here is what I liked about this small town Canadian Romance:
Our heroine is a bookworm who has been in love with the hero her whole life. They are really best friends forever. I love that. She is funny. She has real fears that keep her from risking the friendship based on her childhood.
Our hero adores the heroine. I never can get enough of that. He is charming and so there for her.
The setting is lovely and unusual (West Coast British Columbia). There are a lot of funny moments, a good set up for the rest of the series, and a great dog.
What I feel neutral about:
The romance. They don't actually get together as lovers for a long, long time in the book. However, they are really together in all other ways the whole book and that offsets this issue for me because I get plenty of couple time.
The hero is called a dumb ass by several friends and its true--he is clueless, painfully clueless not just to the heroine's feelings but to his own. If I was his friend, I would tell him exactly why he is a dumb ass and not just call him one. But, whatever. His behavior is true to character and utterly believable even if I want to smack him. I was still very much engaged.
What I didn't care for:
The hero's mother is pretty awful to the heroine and yet everyone loves her. She never retracts her behavior or her part in keeping the hero and heroine apart.
The sister is pretty bitchy too. Basically, some of the secondaries need more dimension and more integration.
I think we earned a scene that dealt with the hero marrying someone else.
We wait the whole book for them to say the I love yous. We have earned more time in an HEA and not a fade to black on the sexy times.
Despite these issues, I was engaged the whole time I was reading. Overall, a very promising new to me writer.
I am interested most in Lisa getting her own romance and becoming more herself and less nice.
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I really enjoyed the romance of this book between a very uptight hero and a heroine who is a bit outrageous and not use to being taken seriously.
His O...moreI really enjoyed the romance of this book between a very uptight hero and a heroine who is a bit outrageous and not use to being taken seriously.
His OCD makes for an engaging conflict and I adored watching them fall in love. I like romances set in New Zealand and this is a very sexy love story. Car bonnet. Grr.
It has a lot of trite troupes done well insta lust, unplanned pregnancy, no fraternization clause, and opposites attract that are weaved into the lens of OCD giving us something fresh, compelling, and touching.
My only complaint--The heroine's character development is a bit of a mess in places--she wants to stand on her own two feet, she is overly snarky, she is very self protective. Sometimes, this makes sense and sometimes she does the opposite and since we have a little space in this romance we don't get her arc as much and things seem rushed.
I liked it. It is a great category romance. I need to read the 2nd one in the series. The first was great as well.
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After the Kiss: The Stiletto Series Review Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that fi...moreAfter the Kiss: The Stiletto Series Review Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and “I do”—she’ll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more.Normally, Mitchell Forbes would be exactly that man. A devastatingly hot workaholic who tends to stay in relationships for far too long, he should be the perfect subject for Julie’s “research.” But what Julie doesn’t know is that Mitchell is looking to cut loose for once in his life. And the leggy journalist notorious for avoiding love is exactly the type of no-strings fling he’s looking for. In other words, Mitchell is the polar opposite of what Julie needs right now. And, at the same time, he’s exactly what she wants
Mitchell and Julie. Sigh. We have a plot with a lot in common with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Fashion Magazine Columnist type out for a story and a guy with a competing bet that pushes two opposites together until they really fall in love and then what do they do? The assignment is different as is a bet but the outcomes of romantic drama is the same and just as good.
There is restistance, agnst, guilt, and a wonderful coming to terms. Good stuff. And the sexy times are so well done that we really feel how Mitchell and Julie are really overwhelmed by the physical and emotion chemistry that propels them deep into relationship land.
Because of the nature of Julie's job and that of her friends as sex, dating and relationship writer, the book also delivers some fun and philosophical exploration of love that give this love story a little something extra.
At first, I don't like Julie. She is just not my kind of gal. She is a high maintenance, girlie-girl, and this new trend in romance heroines--deliberately shallow. Shallowness as self protection is a reveting character device I have seen in a number of books lately. She has close friends but we don't have enough time with her with them in settings to show her in a more intimate relationship. I get the feeling even these relationships are not as close as they should be for her. I grow to really like Julie as Mitchell does when she is her snarky non people pleasing self. When she is real. The move is hard to to pull and Lyons does it beautifully! She grows and is vulnerable and we love her.
Mitchell is uptight and constrained and planned. It is always great to see these types all mussed up. Mitchell also becomes more real and more himself. He can be restrained but doesn't need to be constrained by what he thinks is the way to be. I love his cussing and alphaness. He is good at saying I am sorry as well. He has yummy glasses too.
There is a slight feel of the best parts of chick lit here but really we are all romance. Yea!
Very good stuff!I can't wait for Grace's story.
I am thrilled that Loveswept is bring it with the new books and taking advantage of e publishing to bring their wonderful authors to a wider romance audience. I highly recommend this book.
I was given this book to read for my honest review. So, there you have it!
I featured this books on these Goodreads lists: Romantic Spectacles-Heros or Heroines with glasses, Not a Man-Ho! Contemporary Romance, Girlie Girls: Romance Heroines who love fashion and may be just a little High Maintenance, Romance in the Big Apple: Romances Set in and Around New York City,
This was good read that was hampered by the category romance formate a bit. There is so much action we lose couple time and that is a bummer because t...moreThis was good read that was hampered by the category romance formate a bit. There is so much action we lose couple time and that is a bummer because the two leads are wonderful characters.
The love story is overwhelmed by the mystery in several places but it is still an enjoyable read with a gentle giant SWAT hero and heroine who is very strong and loving. (less)