Loved this story. Jay Crownover has a way of building such realistically damaged characters that are just trying to survive. She did it again with BuiLoved this story. Jay Crownover has a way of building such realistically damaged characters that are just trying to survive. She did it again with Built.
I don't really count Zeb as a damaged hero. He went through some shit. Did what he had to do to protect his family and faced consequences for his problem solving. In the form of prison. He isn't a bad guy at all. In fact, he's one of the really good ones.
Sayer is utterly destroyed by her childhood and is merely surviving life, rather than living it. Zeb wants to break down her walls, if she'll let him. Sayer loves caring for those around her, so she just needs to let Zeb return the favor.
The chemistry is off the charts. The child in the mix is fantastic. I also appreciated the spotlight on abuse, both physical and emotional. It's easy to say that there isn't abuse when no one is being hit. It can be hard to identify and hard to admit to, and it's not ok. So, much thanks to Ms. Crownover for that....more
3-1/2 stars. Very sweet, small town romance. H/h were great, but the delivery "secret" was a little anticlimactic. I'll definitely check out the rest3-1/2 stars. Very sweet, small town romance. H/h were great, but the delivery "secret" was a little anticlimactic. I'll definitely check out the rest of the series though....more
Hmmm... I didn't read the first book in this series, and I'm kinda glad. I don't think I would've liked it. This book, though? It was fantastic. At tiHmmm... I didn't read the first book in this series, and I'm kinda glad. I don't think I would've liked it. This book, though? It was fantastic. At times, keeping track of all the people became a chore, but I don't feel like it took away that much from the story. It's a story of unrequited love. Two people that denied their feelings for years. Then, one impulsive kiss sets them on the path they were meant to travel all along. You have to be able to stomach family drama and massive alpha-hole behavior.
Bram and Anita were both adopted into the same family, albeit years apart. They've spent the bulk of those years ignoring and sniping at one another. The rest of the family is not oblivious. One night of impulsive behavior changes their relationship. It's now up to the two of them to deal with the impressive emotional baggage that they've carried with them.
Bram is a total alpha-hole, and I really didn't like his attitude at times. He tended to temper his outbursts with redeeming actions and favors, so I was able to get past this personality flaw.
Anita is one tough cookie. Finding out just a portion of what she endured as a child was saddening and maddening. When she has the opportunity to jump in and help someone else live a better life (while adding to hers), Bram just can't handle the pressure. Anita doesn't balk at responsibility and continues with her choice.
These two had so much history and so much trauma that it took a bit to get to the root of their dysfunction. Then, once we got there, tragedy strikes. I'm not sure I completely understood the tragedy, other than it will likely become a vehicle for the next story...? I don't know. I didn't care for that part. I will pick up the next book, because I desperately want to think that the tragedy wasn't all for naught. ...more
Honor and Jason were the quintessential Lori Foster couple. Honor is secretly dealing with her grandfather's failing health when she moves next door tHonor and Jason were the quintessential Lori Foster couple. Honor is secretly dealing with her grandfather's failing health when she moves next door to the Guthries. She immediately catches they eye of Jason. He woos her, she distances herself, and they eventually work through their ish.
Honor was strong, yet completely vulnerable. Alpha Jason swooped in wanting to protect her. I really enjoyed their banter, and rooted for Honor the whole way.
For me, two supporting characters really stood out: Colt (Jason's nephew) and Lexie (Honor's BFF). Colt was such a great kid - almost man, and we get to see him sort of come into his own. Lexie is a vivacious and charming woman that is constantly pigeon-holed. Their separate story lines were really great.
I am looking forward to reading more about this fantastic cast of characters....more
One super smart professor and one super sexy gamer girl find love in an anonymous chat room. A case of mistaken identity and miscommunications resultsOne super smart professor and one super sexy gamer girl find love in an anonymous chat room. A case of mistaken identity and miscommunications results in an awkward meeting. Ultimately, these two have to decide if they can let go of the baggage from their past and open themselves up to the possibility of a future together.
These two were hopelessly awkward, and I loved them for it. I really liked that these two knew each other for some time before meeting. They connected before seeing one another. The chemistry was palpable and definitely worked in their favor.
It was great meeting the girls as well. Such a fun group of strong women that I cannot wait to read more about. ...more
So...I am a HUGE fan of Rachael Herron. I adore her Cypress Hollow series and Splinters of Light left me a weepy mess (in the best possible way). WhenSo...I am a HUGE fan of Rachael Herron. I adore her Cypress Hollow series and Splinters of Light left me a weepy mess (in the best possible way). When I had the opportunity to read The Songbird's Call, I was incredibly interested. Former country music stars - check. Family group - check. Interpersonal family issues - check. Small town living AND a sheriff hero - double check. I'm only sad that I didn't read book 1 first (a problem that I will soon correct).
In book 2, we follow Molly, the middle child and former lead singer of the Darling Songbirds, as she comes back home to face the past she ran from. Molly's whole life in the limelight was fraught with insecurities. Fresh off a really bad relationship, Molly heads home to visit the eldest songbird, Adele, and her hunky boyfriend, Nate. It's a case of "back to the past" for Molly, and she must overcome a boatload of emotional baggage in order to get her life back on track.
Molly's fortuitous run-in with the town sheriff, Colin, jumpstarts a chain of events that helps Molly realize how good home feels. Colin has his own emotional baggage that he struggles to come to grips with. Between his father's unfortunate legacy and a grown sister that he still wants to baby, Colin needs to let go of the past and focus on what he wants for his future.
These two together were perfect. Their faults and frustrations made for unbelievably realistic characters that I just wanted to hug (all of them!). Molly's desire to feel like she is enough and to use her voice for good coupled with her quirky awkwardness made for a delightful heroine. Additionally, Colin's soft heart and gruff exterior made him the perfect foil for Molly.
I only hope book 3 includes more about Colin's sister, Nikki. Her character made for a compelling subplot, and my heart went out to her. We all know people who've been in her situation (or we've been their ourselves), and her story was told in such a real and impactful manner. ...more
Sexy marines home from war? Check. Those marines gone cowboy? Check. Super hot falling for best friend's little sister trope? Double check.
Brodie is bSexy marines home from war? Check. Those marines gone cowboy? Check. Super hot falling for best friend's little sister trope? Double check.
Brodie is back from war with 3 of his very best friends, but aching that the fifth member of their group didn't make it home. These men have been through so much and return home to find that their town was devastated by tornados. Sheer determination and a desire to rebuild their memories, and make new ones, these soldiers have come home at just the right time.
Brodie was the one elected to drop off the dog tags and flag to his best friend, Matt's, family. First thing he notices, Matt's little sister Danica is a hot tamale. While her parents grieve, she's trying to keep the family ranch from folding.
Survivors guilt and a misplaced sense of loyalty keep Brodie from going all in with Danica. Good thing that cowgirl has some plans of her own.
Love, loss, and a strong community play an important part in this story. It pulls at the heartstrings while satisfying that desire for steamy scenes between these two survivors. ...more