This is the first time I've found a hero most unappealing and still felt the book deserved 5 stars. The hero in a story is usually the draw for me, buThis is the first time I've found a hero most unappealing and still felt the book deserved 5 stars. The hero in a story is usually the draw for me, but being so invested in the Virgin River series, I knew I was getting a rangy, unkempt mountain man and wanted to read the book anyway. Wise decision, KarenH!
Ian Buchanan has been living a hermit's life on an isolated mountain since he turned his back on civilization 5 years ago. Discharged from the Marines, Ian was unable to deal with real-life situations that he perceived to be gross injustices...particularly the fact that while serving in Iraq, although he had saved his best friend's life, the friend, Bobby, was severely injured and lived the last three years of his young life totally paralyzed and in a catatonic state. And Ian received a medal of honor for that??? His fiancee couldn't comprehend anything beyond the wedding she was planning and his father was an old, pessimistic bastard that found fault with everything his son did. So Ian had walked away from it all and was living in a rural cabin on a desolate mountain far off the beaten path...when Marcie Sullivan, Bobby's widow, tracked him down.
Ian growled and roared and made a lot of noise trying to scare Marcie away but the feisty, five-foot-nothing redhead wasn't buying it. She had been searching for Ian for what felt like an eternity and all the scare tactics he could muster up were not enough to sway her from her mission...she wanted to tell Ian that Bobby had passed away, she wanted to give him Bobby's cherished baseball card collection, she wanted to make sure he was alright, but most of all she wanted to get to know the man that Bobby had loved and respected..the man who had risked his own life to save Bobby's.
Ian finally gave in and told Marcie she could stay overnight but he wanted her off the mountain in the morning. No such luck, however, because Marcie woke up with the flu. Ian nursed her back to health over the next few days, and his urgency for her to leave - his need to be alone - was all but forgotten. Ian & Marcie eased into an amiable relationship and got to know each other well as the story progressed. Although I was having trouble picturing Ian as someone other than ZZ Top, Marcie didn't seem to mind. And by the time they have sex, there is no doubt they are very much in love. But now what? Marcie has a life in the city and Ian still wants no part of all that. Will they be able to accept their relationship is nothing more than a fling and go their separate ways?
This book is, by far, the most emotional read of the series. When Marcie is describing her life with Bobby as an invalid - only not in depression but with the joy she felt for having him 3 more years - I was a goner.
I doubt anyone could read that part and not be moved by it, as it brings to mind this senseless fucking war...how many wonderful young lives have been cut short and families left to bear the overwhelming sorrow. Robyn Carr does an excellent job of looking at it through Marcie's bittersweet perspective - sadness for losing her beloved husband, Bobby...her big, strong man so full of life; yet happiness for the extension of his life that had been granted...time that she, as well as Bobby's parents and siblings, needed to say goodbye.
The one problem I continue to have with this series is the deluge of bitchy women. Mel Sheridan, queen of the Virgin River bitches, would have had "bitch as the secondary character" role all to herself in AVRC but (and this is hard to believe but true) her bitchiness is eclipsed by that of Marcie's sister, Erin. O.M.G. what a shrew! It's a good thing I read Erin's story, Angel's Peak, before I read AVRC because with this lead-in alone, I would've hated Erin and been forced to bypass an installment of my favorite series. Fortunately, Erin leaves her "bitchy, overbearing shrew is why you can't find a husband" demeanor behind when she returns to Virgin River on vacation.
It is no wonder that the Virgin River series is as successful and much-read at book 14 as it was at book 1 because Ms. Carr continues to keep the story lines fresh. The characters may be repetitive but each story is unique..even if the premise isn't. Book 5 of the series, Second Chance Pass, utilizes the same "heroine falls in love with best friend of husband who was killed in Iraq" theme but that is the only similarity between the two stories. IMO that really says something about RC's amazing talent because I can't think of one other multi-published author that has written 2 completely different stories with the same theme...much less 2 completely different stories with different themes!
In fewer words, Robyn Carr, you rock!
May the love continue to flow down that ol' Virgin River!...more
Whew! I'm emotionally drained, I went thru a box of tissue, and I've got dark circles under my eyes from staying up all night reading...sure signs thaWhew! I'm emotionally drained, I went thru a box of tissue, and I've got dark circles under my eyes from staying up all night reading...sure signs that I loved the hell out of this book!
Tru & Jake were the best of friends for the first 14 years of their lives. But then Jake and his family moved from England to the US and the two lost touch. It is now 12 years later. Tru received a college degree and now works as a music journalist for an indie magazine. Jake started up a rock band, The Mighty Storm, that has become world famous. Now on the European leg of a world-wide tour, the band is in England; and Tru has landed the job of interviewing the man who not only can make panties drop with just a flash of his devastating smile but the best friend that Tru has kept close to her heart for over 20 years. When they meet for the first time, it is like all the years melt away and they still have that special bond between them. Only this isn't an adolescent crush anymore but the he-gets-hard, she-gets-wet, tongues-get-tied, this-is-my-long-lost-soulmate type of crush. There is just one problem...Tru is in a committed relationship with Will, and they are very much in love. Did I say that was problem? Nah, at least not for Jake; because, as he tells her more than once, he always gets what he wants. Poor, arrogant Jake...if that was the case, we wouldn't have a story!
If you happen to be a fan of Thoughtless by SC Stephens, The Mighty Storm is the fix you've been looking for...and Jake Wethers is the man to steal your heart away from Kellan Kyle. While both books basically share the same premise (rock star + girl + boyfriend), the gist of the stories are very different; and in this respect I enjoyed TMS more because, although the results of the triangles were both disastrous and heartbreaking, Tru didn't vacillate between her choices and string us along for several unnecessary chapters like Kiera did. Sure, Tru wagered an ongoing battle with herself (no, not with her inner goddess) throughout the book but I expected & appreciated that because the story was told from her POV. I enjoyed Tru...in fact, all of the characters were likeable. Tru & Jake were the only 2 characters who were thoroughly fleshed out but that was perfect for me. TMS was their personal love story and I like nothing better than when an author focuses solely on the two main protagonists and leaves the sub-plots and secondary characters in the background or out of the story completely.
But truly, what elevates this story from good to great is Jake...hot, hung[image error], arrogant, cocky, talented, tattooed, sexy smart-ass that he was, lived the typical rocker life. He drank too much, got high too often and fucked anything that moved... until the day that Tru walked back into his life. She was his true best friend - his one and only love - and he tried hard to be the best man he could be for her. But even rock gods are human, and the best-laid plans complete with happy-ever-afters aren't as easy to come by as Jake once thought. The last 25% of the book was both heart-wrenching and painful to experience as Jake put it out there like no other hero ever has. Raw anguish, sincere grovelling and pure love...it was all Jake. Believe me, you won't be forgetting him anytime soon!!
“You’re my life, Tru. My everything. And you always will be." “I’ll never be good enough for you, I know that. But I’m no good without you, and if that makes me a selfish bastard for wanting you as badly as I do then so be it because I can’t live a life that doesn’t have you in it.”
Thank you Samantha Towle for giving us this kickass, awesome hero and the touching, beautiful love story that came with him!!!
I think if I could sum up this book with one word it would be...brilliant!...or beautiful!...or (absolutely freaking) amazing!
The road to happiness foI think if I could sum up this book with one word it would be...brilliant!...or beautiful!...or (absolutely freaking) amazing!
The road to happiness for Marc Hunter and Sophie Alton is probably the longest, most difficult and improbable road that a hero & heroine (truly deserving titles) have had to travel; but from the Prologue to the Epilogue, you will cheer this couple on for every hard-fought mile they gain.
I have only read a handful of novels termed "romantic suspense" but I have no doubt Unlawful Contact sets the bar for the genre. Five stars doesn't come close to doing this book justice, as Pamela Clare has truly outdone herself here.
So if you are looking for a brilliantly written, beautiful love story woven throughout 375 pages of amazing non-stop action (that will keep you up reading way past your bedtime), then Unlawful Contact is a must-read for you. (Oh...and be sure to have the trusty box of Kleenex on hand...no way, no how will you make it through dry-eyed.)
**spoiler alert** "Guilty(!) until proven innocent"
Viscount Lucien Bryland is getting married to Lady Clara Harkhams. The news isn't earth-shattering**spoiler alert** "Guilty(!) until proven innocent"
Viscount Lucien Bryland is getting married to Lady Clara Harkhams. The news isn't earth-shattering as everyone knows the two have been betrothed since birth. What they don't know, however, is that Lucien has been in love with Clara for as long as he can remember. He promised her his heart when they were teenagers, but when he returns from abroad many years later, he finds her in the arms of another man. What an idiot Lucien thought himself to be! After the scandalous deaths of his parents by murder/suicide, Lucien managed to hang onto his sanity in the years that followed because he believed Clara loved him. Bloody hell! She was no better than his mother! The mousy little thing. A peahen! That's what she was! And so the nickname was attached to Lady Clara as a private joke between Lucien, his friends, his mistress...and a good portion of the ton.
The story begins...
I LOVED this book! I adored it...the hero, the heroine, the secondary characters, the plot, the premise...everything! Although I'm not a fan of plain-Jane heroines, I got over it after meeting Clara. Of course she has the cliched "inner beauty" qualities, but unlike other plain heroines, Clara has a sh**load of self-confidence. In fact, she has the art of flirting so finely tuned, every man who makes her acquaintance is mesmerized by her. Unfortunately, so is Lucien. He refuses to be cuckolded like his father, however, so he has a plan...
"In for a penny, in for a pound - 10 thousand to be exact"
Lucien wants Clara but he wants revenge as well. So he'll marry her, get her pregnant and within 6 months he'll have her stashed away at his country home. Life as he knows it...the clubs, the gaming hells and the mistress...will continue. His plan is demeaning to himself, degrading to Clara, and quite selfish (pays the ultimate homage to "having his cake and eating it too"). Nevertheless, Lucien thinks it is a brilliant idea...so much so that he wagers several thousand pounds on it's success.
And into the betting books it goes...
"The best-laid plans of men for their peahens often go awry"
As all good romance novels go, the hero, despite himself, falls deeply in love with the heroine...and she with him. Because of Clara, Lucien's frequent dark moods, fits of rage and jealousy, and mistrust of all things female eventually give way to love, happiness and contentment. But wait! We've still got 100 pages left!
"Hell hath no fury like a mistress scorned"
This is what puts Dark Wager on the keeper's shelf...
So many historical romances feature a hero who has a mistress, but after meeting the heroine he gives the mistress the boot. The ex-lover is then relegated to the background and she may or may not be heard from again as the story progresses. Whatever. It's never a big deal..not the heart-stopping, nail-biting scene that I yearn for but never get. Until this book...and Lady Pamela Halling.
For the most part, Lucien played the cookie-cutter hero here. He intended to get married and continue keeping his mistress of three years; however, once he started sleeping with Clara, he had no desire to continue his relationship with Pamela and told her so. Ah! But the stunningly beautiful queen of all bitches didn't want to give Lucien up. She was in love with him (whatevah!) and wanted to take their relationship to the next level. How could he possibly choose that skinny little peahen over her? Lucien warned Pamela to leave Clara and him alone...or else! Ha! Did he think that was going to stop her?
Out comes her big bag of tricks...
"The pen dipped in poison is mightier than the sword"
An accomplished artist, Pamela, under the guise Le Chat does caricature drawings that are published in an indie newspaper popular with the ton. Her drawings are well-defined and unmistakable as to intent...usually "ruining" the reputation of the unsuspecting person she has chosen to exploit. Hell-bent on destroying Lucien and Clara's marriage, the drawing she publishes for the ton and a special drawing she gives to Clara in private make for heart-wrenching scenes that you won't soon forget. I doubt there is another ex-mistress in Romancelandia more vicious than Pamela Halling.
"Nothing is certain but a HEA and sequel
Aside from being publicly humiliated, privately mortified, and having her self-confidence shot to hell, Clara seemed none the worse for wear in the end. Lucien groveled well, Clara forgave him for his wrongdoings and they lived happily ever after - or at least long enough to play secondary characters in the next book, Lady Wager.
Prior to this, I have read only one other book by Anne Stuart. It was a contemporary and I enjoyed it, but neither the author nor the book left a lastPrior to this, I have read only one other book by Anne Stuart. It was a contemporary and I enjoyed it, but neither the author nor the book left a lasting impression with me so I continued to pass over books by Ms. Stuart. However, I happened to read Danielle "The Book Huntress'" review of Ruthless and thought it to be so beautifully written I was compelled to read the book right away.
Add me to Anne Stuart's long list of fans.
Wow! What an excellent love story. Yes, it is dark and alludes to a few controversial matters, but nothing that is not in keeping with the context of this story. On the surface, Rohan is the antithesis of what we perceive a romantic hero to be. But Ruthless is the vehicle he takes on his journey to the other side...a stark, powerful, poignant tale that leaves us with the feeling Rohan is actually the epitome of romantic heroes...made possible by the mysterious, magical, wonderful powers of love.
This is the second installment in the Regency Draculia series by Colleen Gleason, and is the reluctant, brooding Lord Corvindale's story...better knowThis is the second installment in the Regency Draculia series by Colleen Gleason, and is the reluctant, brooding Lord Corvindale's story...better known to us as the vampire Dimitri. Like the vampire Voss (hero from Book 1) Dimitri sold his soul to the devil over 100 years prior to 1804, when the story takes place. I did enjoy Voss's story but he was a fun, "devil-may-care" type of hero who absolutely loved being immortal. Dimitri, on the other hand, "turned" to save the woman he loved and himself from perishing in a fire...and immediately regretted that decision when the woman soon left him. Disgusted by a vampire's need to feed, Dimitri lasted a year without indulging. But when his willpower snapped and a victim lay dead at his feet, Dimitri withdrew from society and Gleason presented us with the classic tortured hero, albeit one with fangs.
Maia Woodmore and her sister, Angelica, were temporarily under Dimitri's protection because their brother Chas had stolen something of great value to Moldavi, the creepy bad vamp of the Dracule, who intended to take the sisters as hostages. Where Voss's story had expanded upon Moldavi's terrorism - and the threat still remained - the basis for Dimitri's story involved a vindictive ex-mistress who was seeking revenge for being jilted by the hero. I love this type of plot device! As Dimitri must continuously keep his eye on the headstrong Maia, he tries desperately not to fall in love with her....with no success. The feeling is reciprocated by Maia but she is engaged to marry another man and Dimitri, knowing that he cannot give Maia the life she deserves, spurns her.
Although the first part of the book was a little tedious as it rehashed the story from Book 1 but from Dimitri's point of view, the rest of the story rocked! It was sexy and steamy and the suspense had me riveted to my seat...eyes closed, earplugs on high volume...unable to function in the real world until my handsome, brooding vampire hero saved his lovely heroine and I was assured of their HEA.
Oh...and that valuable "something" Chas has stolen...her story is next. The Vampire Narcise.
This book is absolutely amazing, but be forewarned... it will not fit into the perfect, orderly, sunshine and roses fairy-tale world that many of us rThis book is absolutely amazing, but be forewarned... it will not fit into the perfect, orderly, sunshine and roses fairy-tale world that many of us read to escape to. In fact, it steps way out of the box. It is shocking, it is heart-wrenching, and it will take you to a very dark side of real life that you might not know much about and are probably better off for it. Yet despite all that - or because of it - the sweetest love story takes root from the very beginning of the story, grabs you heart and soul, and doesn't let go until long after you've finished reading the last page. Ryan is a true hero in every sense of the word, and I can't imagine anyone not rooting for him and Sara to find the HEA they so desperately seek and so rightly deserve. If you have a Kindle or Kindle-on-PC, please do yourself a favor and download this book as soon as you can.
Straight up...this book deals with the death of a child; and, although it occurs several years before the story begins, there are a few flashbacks toStraight up...this book deals with the death of a child; and, although it occurs several years before the story begins, there are a few flashbacks to when it actually happened. This is simply a heads-up for those of you who do not feel comfortable reading a romance novel that employs this subject matter.
Lisa Alvarez is getting married again. Her fiance is her boss...a solid, hard-working businessman 22 years her senior. True, she never knew her father; but she is not seeking a father figure in Raymond. He is a good companion, a courteous lover and an overachiever in his business endeavors. Does Lisa love Raymond? She supposes she does in the way one loves a good friend. But love him in the heart-stopping, stomach-fluttering, sex on the kitchen table or up against a wall, wild & passionate sense? No. Never again. Lisa had that long ago...and when it was over, the grief and sorrow and pain was so intense she vowed she would never be that person again. Lisa is glad she is marrying Raymond. They are quite compatible.
Maggie Scott is seriously considering having a nervous breakdown. Her three kids are running her ragged, her house is a total mess and her life has been reduced to nothing more than one pile of dirty laundry after another. Since her husband had died less than a year ago, she thought she was doing pretty good holding it all together. But then she received that letter the other day...addressed to Keith from some woman named Serena who wanted to know why he hadn't called her. Didn't he want to see her again? And suddenly Maggie felt like her world was crumbling around her. She had to get away...have some time to herself...relax...breathe again...and track down this Serena woman to find out how she knew her husband. Maggie would ask Lisa to come stay with the kids for the weekend. As her best friend, Lisa would do this...in fact she owed it to her for not showing up to Keith's funeral. Okay, so Lisa had made it clear she was never coming back to San Diego. After the death of their child, she had divorced Maggie's brother Nick and had made a new life for herself in L.A. But this was a matter of Maggie's life or Maggie's death. She grabbed the phone and headed into her sanctuary, otherwise known as the broom closet...
One True Love was one of those books that I couldn't seem to find the right place to stick the bookmark in, close it up and walk away. Just one more page...just five more minutes...and then it was morning; and through blurry eyes (more from the predictable but satisfying ending and less from exhaustion) I read the epilogue. What a sweet, romantic ending to a story that, overall, wasn't very sweet or romantic. Instead, it was a well-orchestrated blend of three, individual stories with one common theme - surviving the loss of a loved one. Maggie...her husband killed in a freak accident that threw her into the immediate role of both mother and father...never stopped to grieve alone. Lisa...her baby girl dying from SDS at 2 months old...shut everyone she loved out of her life and ran. Nick...losing his daughter, which soon led to the loss of his wife as well...sought comfort through alcohol. Barbara Freethy does an excellent job of fleshing out these characters and giving each one a unique personality. As a reader you share their private thoughts & emotions, understand the personal demons they face; and, ultimately, feel an overwhelming (with just a hint of bittersweet) happiness when everything falls into place.
For the reason previously stated, I won't be recommending this book to anyone in particular. However, although somewhat abstract, I hope that I have conveyed a relatively decent idea of what this story is about. I am pretty sure you will enjoy the book if you choose to read it.