I am loving this new series by Laura Florand. I adore everything about the Rosier family and every single on of its members have a piece of my heart aI am loving this new series by Laura Florand. I adore everything about the Rosier family and every single on of its members have a piece of my heart already. (None more so than Tante Colette.)
I have to admit I wasn't expecting to fall for Damien quite as hard as I did though. I was expecting him to be the one I felt the most distant from, but that couldn't have been further from the reality. I really liked Damien's ruthlessness and his ambition. He is good at making money, and he has truly good motivations and ethics while he does it. Jess is a good fit for him because she gives him a place to be soft and quiet, and he was in desperate need of that to balance himself. The conflict between the two of them is a realistic one though even if it's foundation is misunderstanding that just needed a long talk to sort out. How their relationship became so complicated makes sense and isn't forced drama. Their physical relationship is quite intense. Very steamy. I especially appreciated the final resolution to their final conflict in the end. Their whole arc is just lovely.
Some extra thoughts:
*I loved that Jess was a perfumer and I'm looking forward to seeing how she works in contrast to Tristan when he gets his book.
*I can't wait to meet Tristan's pencil skirt wearing succubi accountant. I'm assuming his thoughts of her in this mean she will be his heroine. And she sounds AWESOME.
*I am very very interested to see where Florand is going with Antoine's character (Colette's lawyer.) There's some interesting revelations coming from him I'm sure. ...more
I've been looking forward to Franny's story since I first read Summer Chaparral: Las Morenas 1, and High Country Spring did not disappoint. I loved hoI've been looking forward to Franny's story since I first read Summer Chaparral: Las Morenas 1, and High Country Spring did not disappoint. I loved how nuanced and complex both Franny and Felipe were and how they dealt with each other. Franny doesn't have the same plans for the future that her peers do. She doesn't want a husband or children. She just wants to be able to raise her horses and work on the ranch. She is willing to take on a husband to get her dreams once her mother puts her foot down and insists she learn the art of running a house. And she isn't necessarily opposed to marriage, especially if she can have one on her own terms. She is very firm about not wanting kids and I loved how that played out. Not all women want kids and that is okay. Her approaches to preventing that from happening were wonderful too and I love how she talked to her sisters about that. Felipe is really great too. I always have a desire to whack Turner's heroes upside the head and tell them to get over themselves. The reason they work for me so well is that I know eventually either the heroine or events will contrive to do exactly that. Felipe is not an exception to that. For some reason I found him slightly more frustrating than the others, but I still really liked him and I understood where he was coming from. I did like how much he supports Franny and even stands up to her mom which was SO NEEDED.
That being said, I have to say how much I love the Señora. She is just amazing. And I liked the further glimpses into her personality that we get in this book. (She is exactly the kind of mother I imagine Attolia from The Queen of Attolia will be someday and I rather like that thought exercise.) It also makes me really want a prequel book that tells her story. ...more
This was fun. I enjoyed the banter and the characters if some of the situations they found themselves in had me rolling my eyes. I must have gone to aThis was fun. I enjoyed the banter and the characters if some of the situations they found themselves in had me rolling my eyes. I must have gone to a very different college though because the whole college experience here had me snorting in amusement. ...more
This was a wonderfully adorable and heart-warming story. I enjoyed both Célie and Joss. They are fairly young but they know what they want and go afteThis was a wonderfully adorable and heart-warming story. I enjoyed both Célie and Joss. They are fairly young but they know what they want and go after their goals with gusto. I liked how a lot of this story was them learning to communicate well with each other and take each other's thoughts and feelings into consideration. Seeing Dom and Jaime mentor and push them along was absolutely adorable too. As always I thoroughly enjoyed myself while reading one of Florand's books. I'm really looking forward to the other books in this series. I like having female chefs as the heroines. ...more
There were parts of this that were truly funny and enjoyable. I didn't really love Richard and Amy so that hindered my fully loving the book as they aThere were parts of this that were truly funny and enjoyable. I didn't really love Richard and Amy so that hindered my fully loving the book as they are the main character of the historical part. I also felt the whole thing was a tad too long. I am interested in reading the next book in the series though. ...more
I've had Susanna Kearsley's books recommended by several people so I jumped on a chance to pick an ARC of her latest, A Desperate Fortune at ALA MidwiI've had Susanna Kearsley's books recommended by several people so I jumped on a chance to pick an ARC of her latest, A Desperate Fortune at ALA Midwinter. I had a hard time getting into the book at first due to the way the main character of the modern tale described her Asperger's and the way she related to the rest of the world. It didn't feel like the genuine way a girl would think about her self in her own head. But once the historical part of the story began, I was fully invested and in for the rest. I ended up falling in love with the contemporary story as well (I really adored Luc's character) and can't wait to read more of Kearsley's novels now. ...more
Seriously, why are these books so boring??? I'm beginning to think someone else is writing them than the person who wrote the original series. I've alSeriously, why are these books so boring??? I'm beginning to think someone else is writing them than the person who wrote the original series. I've always suspected these were packaged based on their copyright information, but I may be wrong about that. If Stephanie Laurens is indeed one actual person, she has clearly given up caring. I don't think I will be able to resist reading the last Cynster duology though, because I've come this far. ...more
I used to enjoy Laurens' novels, but lost interest during the Black Cobra Quartet, but that was during my romance genre-fatigue period when I wasn't rI used to enjoy Laurens' novels, but lost interest during the Black Cobra Quartet, but that was during my romance genre-fatigue period when I wasn't reading any romance so I thought I'd come back and finish the rest of the Cynster books. This one is fine, just mostly boring. ...more
This is a novella that follows what happens to Joaquin following his recovery from his gun shot wound. It takes place after the action in Autumn Sage.This is a novella that follows what happens to Joaquin following his recovery from his gun shot wound. It takes place after the action in Autumn Sage. Isabel has informed Joaquin of her marriage and he did not take the news well. He feels stuck and less than what he once was. One of the nurses, Mae, is frustrated with him feeling like he only needs to get out and attempt life again. After a disastrous camping trip meant to be a therapy for Joaquin, the two find themselves in an unlikely friendship that could lead to much more.
I loved being able to follow Joaquin's recovery and see him move on from what happened. My favorite part of the story is Mae though and I found myself frustrated that I didn't get to know her as well as I would have liked. It's understandable given the constraints of a novella, but I just wanted to know more about her life before California. This does a great job of tying up the rest of the story thread that began with the attack in Summer Chaparral: Las Morenas 1.
The novella comes with a preview to High Country Spring which made me want that even more. I absolutely can not wait for Franny's story. (And Felipe's.) ...more
I really liked this one. I enjoyed both the characters of Free and Edward and LOVED their banter. I think this is the most fun one of the entire serieI really liked this one. I enjoyed both the characters of Free and Edward and LOVED their banter. I think this is the most fun one of the entire series. ...more
I enjoyed this (as I enjoy all of James's novels) but felt like it was missing something. And for the life of me I can't figure out what it is. The3.5
I enjoyed this (as I enjoy all of James's novels) but felt like it was missing something. And for the life of me I can't figure out what it is. The banter was there and wonderful, it was sexy, I loved both Victoria and Ford, I loved the family stuff, and it was smart (as always). But I still felt like it wasn't quite whole....and I really wish I could pinpoint why. But still. It is good because Julie James is always good. ...more
Christmas stories. I love them. I can't get enough of them. I spend most of mid-November through December desperately trying to do fit in as many new ones as I can find and doing rereads of old favorites. (This has been a particular challenge the past couple of years as I've also been a first round Cybils panelist.) Needless to say when I found out My True Love Gave to Me was going to be a thing, I was excited.
This is an anthology of short stories written by YA authors. As a whole, I would say it is definitely worth reading and that you can read it leisurely as each story is its own little gift. It is as diverse as the authors who contributed to it, and that is its greatest strength as a book. There are, of course, some stories I like more than others. I'm going to just say a couple things about each story. I've put asterisks on my favorites.
*"Midnights" by Rainbow Rowell: This is a compilation of the midnights celebrated on New Year by a group of friends over four years and the romance that comes grows between the two main characters. Sweet and short, it is all about a friendship to love relationship and is probably my second favorite thing Rowell's written next to Attachments.
"The Lady and the Fox" by Kelly Link: This is a Christmas Tam Lin retelling. It's not the most original Tam Lin story I've ever read, but it was such a delightful surprise to find it in a place I was not expecting to. I love Tam Lin stories.
*"Angels in the Snow" by Matt De La Pena: This is a wonderful story that highlights some troubling truths while managing to be fun and romantic at the same time. Too few books deal with the fact that people don't have enough to eat and are truly starving. I also l loved how this highlighted the transition that college is and how difficult it is to completey step out of the world you were born into and enter into something wholly different.
"Polaris is Where You'll Find Me" by Jenny Han: Not one of my favorite stories. It is an Elf type story about a girl who is adopted by Santa and lives at the North Pole. Except there is no Will Ferrel, and this isn't funny. Kind of creepy in some aspects actually.
*"It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown" by Stephanie Perkins: This book takes place in Asheville, NC. I used to live there and it was fun to actually get every single reference in this story to things I knew. Beyond that it's just a really good story about two young people ready to move on in life, but unsure how to get what they want. They know where they want to go, just not how to get there. Then they end up finding each other. And it's pretty awesome.
"Your Temporary Santa" by David Levithan: This story is nothing that I'm looking for in a Christmas story. While the end is sweet, it's actually kind of depressing. I know some people find Christmas depressing and they should have stories too. Just not my thing.
"Krampuslauf" by Holly Black: This story is a little strange, but I liked that it dipped into a mythology that few people really know anything about. That was fun.
*"What the hell have you done, Sophie Roth?" by Gayle Forman: Freshman year of college. So hard. Especially if you are a fish completely out of water. This is a story of two such fish finding each other and finding the spirit of the holidays they both needed. Lovely.
*"Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus" by Myra McEntire: This is my FAVORITE. I have never read a book by McEntire but I think I need to change that. I could write an entire review on this one story. The character growth in a few short pages is remarkable as is McEntire's ability to convey much with few words.
"Welcome to Christmas, CA" by Keirsten White: This is cute, if completely predictable. I found myself wishing it would move a little faster.
"Star of Bethlehem" by Ally Carter: This is another fun yet predictable one that was good, but that I wouldn't ever feel the need to reread.
"The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer" by Laini Taylor: Beautifully written as is everything Taylor writes, but also not at all my thing. Taylor and I seem to have that problem meshing. I love her writing but not what she writes about. Sigh.
I definitely recommend this if you are in the market for a fun compilation of Christmas tales. There is bound to be something that satisfies everyone here.
Note on Content: Some references to alcohol use; Some strong language...more
Autumn Sage is remarkably well done. Building on the world she created in Summer Chaparral, Turner expands the setting here to include Los Angeles. IAutumn Sage is remarkably well done. Building on the world she created in Summer Chaparral, Turner expands the setting here to include Los Angeles. I loved the depiction of the city at the turn of the 20th century. It was a fascinating window in to a place and time we don't see very often in fiction.
Isabel is recovering from physically from the attack she suffered from an outlaw, but is having a more difficult time emotionally. This frustrates her because she doesn't like feeling out of control. Bringing the outlaw to justice is the only way she cans see to end her torment. Her journey through this book is a hard one and I liked how much it focused on the injustices that are inherent in our justice system and how they affect women. She is not a weepy woman. She does not appear terribly victimized. Her core of steel is not a strength when it comes to convincing a jury of men she has been wronged. Even though this takes place over 100 years ago, unfortunately not much has changed in this regard and Isabel is a depiction of this harsh reality. I appreciated how her struggle was highlighted. I loved everything about Isabel: her yearning to move on with her life, her frustration over being trapped where she is, her determination, and the incentive she takes. She is a girl who has learned how to break the rules by still appearing to follow all of them, and is owns who she is.
Sebastian is the very definition of tortured hero, and that usually drives me nuts. In this case, I like how Turner subverted that trope enough that his character worked for me. Yes, there were times I wanted to shake him and tell him to get over himself, but at the same time, I see how the circumstances do not really allow for that.
Isabel and Sebastian together are phenomenal. They have all the chemistry and heat required of a romance, but they also have great conversations. They talk about history, philosophy, and literature. (The allusions and references in this book are numerous.) They play chess. They write letters when they are apart. I felt like they really and truly KNEW each other by the end, which is not as common as it should be.
This series started strong with the first book and is even better with this one. I have high hopes for the books that follow. (I'm REALLY looking forward to Franny's book and pretty much have been since her first scene in Summer Chaparral.)...more
I enjoyed Summer Chaparral so much. Turner has created a beautifully detailed and genuine sense of place with Cabrillo, the Moreno ranch, an4..5 stars
I enjoyed Summer Chaparral so much. Turner has created a beautifully detailed and genuine sense of place with Cabrillo, the Moreno ranch, and Jace's land. I could picture everything so perfectly and the imagery was descriptive in a poetic way without being overwrought. There is also a definite nice change in reading a historical novel set in California that deals with many of the issues that came from the merging of two very different cultures and expectations of people with the difficult racial tensions that came with it. I really loved both Jace and Catarina. They both have some fairly strong weaknesses in their character that cause them trouble, but they are also both honorable, strong, hard-working people. They have a great chemistry and I love the banter between them. I also appreciate how the book showed the difficulties in two people simply trying to meld their different lives and expectations into one shared existence. Their story is a snapshot of the bigger picture in California at the time. I also liked how the main conflict was revealed and dealt with. It's pretty much handled in exactly the way I've always wanted to see these types of situations handled. I'm enamored of the rest of the Moreno family now too and can not wait to read the other books in the series. ...more
I can't believe I'm giving a Julia Quinn novel one star. I almost want to cry as I type this. I was tempted to give it two just for the comedic geniusI can't believe I'm giving a Julia Quinn novel one star. I almost want to cry as I type this. I was tempted to give it two just for the comedic genius in the scene where Iris's young cousins were performing "The Sheperdress, the Unicorn, and Henry VIII". That scene had my sides hurting I laughed so hard. But one inconsequential scene that made me laugh so much my sides hurt doesn't make up for what I endured the rest of the book.
Was I supposed to like Sir Richard? Even a little bit? Because I can't. I don't care how much he regretted his actions. (Something I was NEVER convinced of.) I don't care that he thought he had a good motive. He was in the wrong completely and totally. I couldn't help comparing this to another hero-hides -things-from-the-heroine book I read recently and really liked. That was Courtney Milan's The Suffragette Scandal. The difference is in that, Edward only ever wanted to protect Free and was determined to let her go. He never intended to completely rob her of her choices in life. Not so Sir Richard. Richard only wants to entrap Iris, and as much as he claims to regret his methods later on, his actions do not back up his words. Iris is the sacrificial lamb on the altar of Richard's dumb plan. And boy is it dumb. His dictatorial decrees that Iris must fall in line with said plan did not raise him in my esteem, and his turn around was too abrupt with the actual true problem conveniently removed for me to care about him at all.
I liked Iris fairly well until she condescended to go along with her husband's ridiculousness. I mean really. I hoped for the entire time that she locked herself in her room in anger that she was plotting. Or leaving. Or quietly contacting her cousins so that she would have help. Unfortunately, Quinn does not allow us the privilege of being in Iris's head during this time-we are stuck with her idiot husband instead-so have no clue what she was thinking by submitting and not doing any of those other things.
I nearly put the book down.
Why didn't I? I really kept hoping at some point her cousins would come back into the picture and that Marcus and Daniel would beat the tarnation out of Richard while Hugh gave sarcastic tips from the sidelines. I'm really upset I was denied this scene. They aren't even in this book, which was probably a wise move on Quinn's part. Her hero needed enough help as it was without being compared to the previous ones.
I have had issues with each book in this series, but at least in the previous three I LIKED the main characters. And I was okay with the plots in the first two. But this one was just a hot mess from start to finish. Ridiculous premise, dumb characters with little to no development, and I am not buying a happily ever after when Richard is.....Richard.
You have no idea how hard this is for me. Julia Quinn used to be one of my favorite authors. She's always had a flair for the melodramatic, but I feel she had it under a slightly more realistic control until recently. I guess it's saying something that my favorite book of hers is Romancing Mister Bridgerton and it's probably the least melodramatic of all of them.
I think it is time that I have to say Quinn is no longer going to be an auto-buy author for me. I don't know if it's that my tastes have changed that much or if her writing is just not what it used to be. Maybe it's a combination of the two. Whatever the reason, I think it is time for us to part ways, at least as far as my actually anticipating her books is concerned. ...more
I want to like these books more than I do. I love books with complicated characters. I love it when historical fiction gets the time period right. I lI want to like these books more than I do. I love books with complicated characters. I love it when historical fiction gets the time period right. I love books that deal with the type of social justice issues in the proper historical context these do. But for some reason I've just mostly been bored while reading the first two. This one was harder than The Duchess War because I really wanted Oliver to get over himself a lot faster than he did. I mean really. My favorite parts of this book were the epic set-down Free gave Oliver at the voting rally (that was priceless) and everything about Emily. I don't know what it says that I like the main characters siblings and cared more about them than the main characters themselves. Every part with Sebastian and Violet was also awesome. which is the only reason I will continue reading the next book. If anyone of these has to capture me, SURELY it will be Violet and Sebastian's story. They haven't been boring yet, here's to hoping getting their own book doesn't make them such. ...more
I liked this one the best of the first three for sure. I felt there was actually some character development with both Chloe and Sawyer, and Sawyer isI liked this one the best of the first three for sure. I felt there was actually some character development with both Chloe and Sawyer, and Sawyer is by far my favorite of the heroes so far. He would be totally swoon worthy if it weren't for that annoying thing him and all his guy friends do of using derogatory female terms to laughingly insult each other. GRRRRR. ...more
Ugh. Okay so I rather enjoyed the firs book in this series. Not enough to love it, but enough to overlook some things that bothered me and ke2,5 stars
Ugh. Okay so I rather enjoyed the firs book in this series. Not enough to love it, but enough to overlook some things that bothered me and keep reading. But this one really got on my nerves, mostly because I tend to like more character development than these are giving me. Ford is sexy. Okay. What else is there really? Most of the time that's all he is. Tara has major issues over giving a guy her heart despite the fact that every time a relationship of hers has failed SHE is the one who walked out. There are some parts I just thought were silly (Tara, Ford, and Mia all loving to cook being one of them. And that whole situation? Resolved way too easily.) Here is the thing that really bothered me to the point that made my teeth grind: Logan is not going to get Tara back As readers we know that from the get go. But I didn't like that the first real comparison we get of him to Ford is when he orders a drink that is a "woman's" drink. I guess is liking of fruity bubbly drink is supposed to make us see him as less than manly rather than someone who owns who he is and what he likes no matter what the next guy thinks. Something that is truly manly. What pushed me into the rage category is how Ford thinks of him in this scene and how he and Sawyer talk about him using the p-word. (The one that pretty much means the same thing as "girlie" but is not as nice.) I HATE that: using either word as an insult. I'm probably going to read the third book just to see if this one is an aberration. I also confess to being curious as to how Chloe and Sawyer will play out, but my expectation are certainly way down. ...more
Do you know how difficult it is to write two protagonists who are in direct opposition to each other and still make them both relatable and woLove!!!!
Do you know how difficult it is to write two protagonists who are in direct opposition to each other and still make them both relatable and work as a romantic pairing? It's so hard that there aren't a whole lot of people who even attempt it. Emma Barry pulls it off and does it incredibly well. There is banter. There is lust. There is a crazy affair that's impractical for so many reasons. Because this takes place over the course of an entire election season from the Iowa caucus to the Presidential election, it spans a lot more time than most romances do. I loved that this gave Michael and Lydia more time for their relationship to develop even though they weren't face to face for much of it. There were emails, texts, and phone calls. I felt like they really truly knew each other by the end of the book, which made the struggle for both of them to decide what they wanted and what they were willing to compromise on that more real.
I really like Michael. I like that he knows what he wants and is willing to try for it, but he also knows how and when to back off. How to respect a woman's responses. His cynicism about politics and the system is tinged with enough humor that he doesn't seem like a typical jaded hero. His final confrontation with his candidate is one of the funniest scenes I've read in quite some time.
And then there is Lydia who I LOVE. I lover her ambition, ruthlessness, drive, vulnerability, and prickliness. I love how hard she tries and how she keeps pushing. She is not nearly as cynical as Michael, but neither is she a wide-eyed idealist. She sees the realities of her candidate and the system, but is still willing to work within that system and push hard to achieve what she desires. My one small small quibble with the book is that I wanted more time in Lydia's head, more time with her in general, just because I loved her so much.
Sexy, smart, with great dialogue, and plenty of humor, this is the perfect end to a wonderful series in every way.
Lucky Harbor is a small town. The sort of town where the same guy is the mayor, expert carpenter, business partner and philanthropist to half the townLucky Harbor is a small town. The sort of town where the same guy is the mayor, expert carpenter, business partner and philanthropist to half the town, and also incredibly hot. He's a little perfect, but that's okay. It is a delightful book and I liked getting to know the people in the town and loved the sister relationship that is crucial to the beginning of this series. I can't wait to read the rest. ...more
2,5 stars I'm really just that meh about this one.
This series definitely hit its high point with A Week to Be Wicked. I'm not even sure what the rati2,5 stars I'm really just that meh about this one.
This series definitely hit its high point with A Week to Be Wicked. I'm not even sure what the rationale for including this one in the series was. It's fine. I was moderately entertained while reading it, but also bored with Grif's back and forth and all the angst. I liked Pauline and the ending was satisfied but I actually put this book down for DAYS half way through and that is pretty much unheard of for me. ...more
I really loved this one. Minerva and Colin were both great characters and their relationship progressed in exactly the way I like to see. There was exI really loved this one. Minerva and Colin were both great characters and their relationship progressed in exactly the way I like to see. There was excellent banter, slow seduction, a growth from attraction to trust and friendship to love. The most absurd things happen to them on their road trip and yet it never crosses the line into utterly ridiculous territory. Dare manages to make it all seem convincing. This book is quite sexy, more so than its predecessor in my opinion. It wasn't the whole focus of the book however. I had so much fun reading it and can see myself rereading it on days I need a good laugh and a guaranteed fun read. ...more
Here I am, continuing my way through Jennifer Echols's backlist. I remember Chachic and Maureen raving about Such a Rush when it first came out, but mHere I am, continuing my way through Jennifer Echols's backlist. I remember Chachic and Maureen raving about Such a Rush when it first came out, but my library didn't have it so it wasn't a high priority for me. Big mistake. Boy is this book good.
Here is what I love so much about Echols's writing: her characters are messed-up real people. The have faults and flaws aplenty, and those will sometimes outweigh their finer traits. They are just so real. Leah and Grayson exemplify this perfectly. Leah is the product of a teenage pregnancy and her mom has never come around to the idea of being the responsible adult. Leah decided she did not want to be her mother and made goals for herself. She is desperate and vulnerable in so many ways. She is one mistake away from losing everything she wants for her future. She wants out of the trailer park. She wants into college. She wants to fly. People who are desperate and vulnerable often don't make the best decisions when they feel threatened. This is certainly true for Leah. She has lines she will not cross, but they are not the same lines people who live comfortable lines would have. It is easy to judge and look down on her as a character, but that would come from a high place of privilege that doesn't realize how true poverty and drive to escape it can warp one's decision making processes. Grayson is there to take full advantage of this, but in true Echols's fashion there is more to him. I should never like a manipulative boy as much as I do Grayson, but it's because there really is so much more to him. He is blackmailing Leah. Holding her future over her head to get her to do what he wants. He doesn't ask her to do anything awful though and he pays her well for her flying skills. Asking her to date his brother is an idiotic move, one he holds on to way longer and with far more tenacity than he should. But this is where I think Echols really succeeded with his character. For all his maneuvering and taking over a business, running it and learning how to take taxes out of paychecks, he is still just an 18 year old boy. One who is heartbroken, confused, and desperate to arrange what's left in his life in a way that makes him feel his heart is safe and secure. Does he pick the dumbest plan on the planet to accomplish this? Oh yeah. But again I say, 18 year old boy. It is incredibly realistic.
The romance in this book made me nervous when I first heard about it, and played a part in my not wanting to rush it to the top of my TBR. I was afraid this was going to turn more melodramatic than necessary. And while there was some melodrama involved, it didn't manifest itself in quite the way I thought it would. Also all of the melodrama fit the story, made sense to who the characters were, and never seemed too much for me. All of the chemistry and heat in the book come from Leah and Grayson. Alec and Leah's relationship is practically a non-starter from the start for several reasons, the main one being neither one is trying that hard. Leah isn't at all okay with faking an interest in Alec, particularly when she likes Grayson, and Alec has is own reasons. In addition to the romance in the book, there is also much focus on Leah's relationship with her only friend, Molly. Leah has a completely undeserved reputation that causes most girls to hate her guts. Molly is different, but their relationship is a fraught one.
Echols tackles some weighty themes in this book too. Leah's poverty is a very real thing, as is the neglect she suffers under mother's lack of care. She has raised herself, but there is a limit to what she can do. She becomes highly upset at some of the prying and poking Alec and Grayson do into her life and why she does some of the things she does. Privilege has a hard time seeing how hard true poverty can really be. Through Leah's interactions with people at school there is also some treatment of slut-shaming and how hard society can be on girls. Leah is a beautiful and sexy girl. Men and boys are drawn to her and tend to want to help her. She is much hated for this, but she honestly is oblivious to her affect on the male sex. Despite her reputation, Leah's only ever had sex with one person. Like I said she has lines she doesn't want to cross to mess-up her plans. Plans that do not involve teenage pregnancy. Another thing I like about Echols's books is that they are very sex positive. Of her three books I've read, the female mc's have been a virgin, a highly picky non-virgin, and a girl who is neither a virgin or picky. All of them are view sex as a positive thing though, something they want to experience and enjoy. Their standards are different, what they are looking for is different. In Leah's case she doesn't want to get pregnant and her focus on other things. I really like the way Echols weaves this into her stories and shows so many different and realistic ways teenage girls live their lives and make their choices.
Still loving exploring this author's work and can't wait to read more.
Content Warning: mentions of underage smoking and drinking, some sexual content ...more
This has more anachronisms than I like in books, but such is the nature of the beast that is historical romance. I did think this book was FUN and thaThis has more anachronisms than I like in books, but such is the nature of the beast that is historical romance. I did think this book was FUN and that was good enough for me. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel now. ...more
This is excellent and has all of the elements about Kantra's Carolina series that I love. Patrick is an amazing father and that is always a sexy charaThis is excellent and has all of the elements about Kantra's Carolina series that I love. Patrick is an amazing father and that is always a sexy characteristic for me. Katie is driven and insecure, but also knows how to speak her mind and has a lot of courage. I really enjoyed how the two of them learned to compromise and fit their worlds together. My only quibble is that he though the phrase "lady doctor" in his head a little too much.
And then there is Jack, Patrick's son. Kantra writes kids so darn well. I am always super excited to find adult authors who can do this because an alarming number of them can't. It is like they have never been around a child or something. But Kantra manages to do it well no matter what age she is writing (4, 10, 16=they all ring true).
So now I have another series to read. Well played, making this one free for a while. The next one will be mine soon.......more
I'm really glad this wasn't the first James book I read because I like the others so much more, but this one is still a cute fun story. The characterI'm really glad this wasn't the first James book I read because I like the others so much more, but this one is still a cute fun story. The character development is not as good as her later works, and I still don't know why Taylor was so convinced Jason wouldn't do exactly what her fiancee did to her. ...more