I have to say, this book has exceeded my expectations. Not that they were low, but here I was, after reading many contemporary romances, expecting somI have to say, this book has exceeded my expectations. Not that they were low, but here I was, after reading many contemporary romances, expecting something akin to a spark to get really excited about the series, and this book excited me. It made me curious about the whole of the Clarkson clan, because I gotta say, they were some characters.
As an introduction to a new series, this book did an amazing job. Not only did I wonder about the romance between Rita and Jacob, but I also wondered how the relationship between the Clarkson siblings was going to be mended, because, yeah, they are an odd bunch. An odd and estranged bunch. Though at times they seemed a bit stereotypical, with Rita being the glue that tries to hold the family together with her crazy idea of a road trip, their eldest brother Belmont the stone guardian, the younger brother Aaron the womanizer and finally Peggy, the youngest sister, aka the runaway bride. They were sort of predictable at the beginning of the book, more so than I usually read, but page by page new sides to them all surfaced and I liked what I saw.
Apart from the Clarkson clan, I have to admit, I really enjoyed reading Jasper's character. Perhaps this isn't so, but in my reads, I can't say that I've encountered many heroes who wanted to change their sleeping around ways. I mean, desperately. Maybe Jasper used to be a ladies' man, but all I saw in this story was a sweet, vulnerable and passionate man. With Rita, they made a challenging pair because they both had their own insecurities that put a dent in their relationship in all the appropriate times. Was it possibly painful for them? Yes, I'm sure. I've read it. Did I still enjoy reading about their troubles? I'm sorry to say, yes. Heh.
Filled with amusing moments and interesting characters, this was a fun read. And before I leave, let me tell you that this was a sexy read too. Rita and Jasper might be funny and quirky, but damn they were also naughty. I was pleasantly surprised by their sexy chemistry. This, I'd definitely recommend if you like contemporary romances. I have a feeling many intriguing plots await us in the upcoming books and I'm looking forward to them all....more
I like stories with kickass heroines. It doesn't matter whether they're already a part of the world of the book, or they come into their powers alongI like stories with kickass heroines. It doesn't matter whether they're already a part of the world of the book, or they come into their powers along the way, those stories call to me. They have a good pace, as is the case with all urban fantasy series, and I really enjoy getting into the heads of the heroines while they most likely deal with all kinds of troublemakers and frustrating heroes.
Phoebe was one of those who discovered her powers along the way. She was a Valkyrie but didn't know about it until the day she was struck by lightning in the stockroom in Macy's. Before she could dwell on that particular oddity, she was shooed from her own home and later, kidnapped. She did face some horrifying creatures by the way. And to her credit, freaked out on a lower scale compared to how I imagine I would've reacted. Hmm, must be the Valkyrie blood.
I'd be lying if I said I connected with Phoebe right away, the world is still building and the story still continues, so just like her being acquainted with her powers, I think I'll find a way to fully appreciate her character in the coming books. Everything was fast paced here, including her introduction, and that may be why I was slow on completely grasping her.
Talking about fast paced, her love interest also quickly escalated. I guess that's understandable under the terrible circumstances they met, but I kinda wished the author had taken things slowly and created a sexual tension instead of pledging their love for each other in the first book. Yeah, I know, I know, I'd probably curse that too, but it's more fun that way, c'mon.
The world building was fast but I was okay with that. Just like Phoebe, we're plunged into this strange new world where myths become reality. It's all good and fun though because it's always enjoyable to read certain stories from different authors.
A nice start to a new series, I think I will be following Phoebe and Fen's adventures. I'll definitely be looking forward to how Phoebe'll discover her powers as a Valkyrie, that's for sure....more
I usually like my series reads in order. But this book, what with a cute cover like that and the hero being a Premier League football-err, soccer- plaI usually like my series reads in order. But this book, what with a cute cover like that and the hero being a Premier League football-err, soccer- player, I just had to give this a try. And Jennifer Gracen’s SOMEONE LIKE YOU turned out to be a sweet story of building trust between two people who’ve been burned by different kinds of fire.
I have to say, I did like Pierce a lot. Probably more than Abby. I like it when a hero tries his best to gain the heroine’s trust by being super sweet, gentle and understanding. Really, he was supposedly the black sheep of his rich family but I don’t buy. Actually, from what I read of these family members, I can’t say there was one who much fitted the pattern of rich and privileged. At least not among the siblings. And Pierce was determined and caring, and he tried hard to make Abby feel like she could trust him. He worked to change himself from his partying ways, and it showed. Not that I bought his past. With that charm? Nah.
Abby though, was a challenge for me, to be honest. I can’t say I disliked her, but I couldn’t find a solid ground to connect with her either. I could see where she was coming from with her past and her current distrust of men or relationships, but after a while it just seemed to me she could try a little herself too. Still, they did make a good couple, a couple I can see making it for the long haul. It was also a plus that this book could be read as a standalone because being the second in the series, I didn’t feel estranged reading about the first couple. The only bother would be that I was curious about how they became together.
A nice start to a new series, and I'm already wondering about the oldest brother. I swear, I have a thing for men with children. Men who seem distant and calculating on the outside but with a definite potential of being the ultimate romantic on the horizon. ...more
This must be one of the sweetest romances I've read lately. And it's got everything. Small town, tight knit families, sports-even the mention of hockeThis must be one of the sweetest romances I've read lately. And it's got everything. Small town, tight knit families, sports-even the mention of hockey which is my favorite- flings and secret glances that'll probably be revealed in their own books, a charming hero and a librarian heroine. I mean, c'mon, if this is not the recipe for a damn good book, then I don't know what is. And it was a damn good book.
Apart from having a gorgeous cover that immediately draws your attention, CALLING IT also has the plot to back it up. This could've easily been a hit or miss, but thankfully was a definite hit on all my right buttons. As a sports player, Nathan had a certain charisma that never lacked any female attention, but a certain accident forces him to leave his career on hold and move back to his home town for a recharge, where he meets the librarian Dorie, who happens to be my hero. Or heroine. Whatever. For someone who's been through what he's been through, Nathan tried hard to be the brooding hero, but ended up being a charming, flirtatious romancer. This doesn't mean that he wasn't deep, because he was, but he was relentless in his pursuit of Dorie and what she meant to him, all the while trying to tackle his feelings towards his career as well. And he was so sweet doing all that. Dorie was a good match for Nate, because while she was librarian cute, she was also I-have-way-too-many-brothers-to-take-your-bullshit kickass, so naturally I liked her. She put on her glasses to save the local library during the day, and drove Nate crazy, well, all day everyday. I loved how they interacted through the book, from their first meeting to their tentative friendship that Nate tried very hard to move along quickly. It was fun and definitely sexy. Don't forget about the sexy, because, hi, a librarian and a baseball player.
A top notch start to a new series, don't pass on this one. Take the time to read it. I felt there were more pages than I expected but that never bored me while reading. On the contrary, I thought I finally unleashed my superpower of wishing a book to go on and on, but alas, there was an end. Glass, however, is half full of there's always a second book. ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. While all the elements for a well fitted sports romance were there-like my favorite ice hockey and falling forI have mixed feelings about this book. While all the elements for a well fitted sports romance were there-like my favorite ice hockey and falling for your best friend’s little sister- I still couldn’t invest in the story as much as I wanted to. And I wanted to.
Lovey and Marc’s situation as roommates, their sudden attraction and inevitable romance was actually quite nice to think about. I liked the thrill that came from keeping their affair a secret from their other roommate who was Lovey’s brother. It’s kinda sexy to be sneaking around. But as much as I like that setting, their romance did start a bit suddenly for me. Better yet, it felt like what they felt was romance from the very first moment they saw each other, whereas I would’ve preferred more time for their relationship to develop. It wasn’t even a few days before they started thinking about how the other brought out the best in each other, or how they lightened each other’s mood and burdens.
It was a bit rushed, but to think this wasn’t a book with as many pages as some novels out there, it could be understandable. It would’ve been much better if it was longer though. Would’ve given me more time to see the transition from roommates to lovers, and their personal dilemmas when it came to Lovey’s brother, about how he would react to his best friend hooking up with his sister.
Since I couldn’t buy much into their romance, I found myself only a little invested in all the central characters. Marc wasn’t as serious as I wanted him to be, especially with the way the author described him as being the most work oriented and no fun player of the team. Lovey was supposed to be a free spirit who lived in her brother’s shiny hockey career’s shadow, but she was more in the forefront with her commitment phobia than her free spirit. And Lovey’s brother Duncan didn’t leave much of an impression in my mind, other than being her big brother who didn’t take her seriously and who was shy about the ladies.
But did I hate the book? No. Not at all. Actually, I’m kinda looking forward to reading about another member of the team who goes back home to his adopted family and reunites with his old flame. This was a series first, and I usually give them credit for that, it’s hard to introduce a whole new life to the reader. It definitely could’ve been done better, but I’ll still be reading the next book in the series and hope for a better execution.
I’m adding two spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge, and let’s see about that reunion....more
I have to be honest, I’ve been sitting on writing a review for this one. I liked the book, the story was solid, characters were very likable, very reaI have to be honest, I’ve been sitting on writing a review for this one. I liked the book, the story was solid, characters were very likable, very real. Romance, however, took a backseat to all this. Did I like it? Yes, definitely. It worked well for this story. I didn’t get the level of romance I expected before I started reading this, but while reading it I thought that was okay, and that it was just the right balance of everything.
Jake is an ex soldier. He’s powerful, he’s been through a lot in his lifetime and gotten over them and built a good business for himself. Life is routine but good. We already met him in Tiny and Ian’s books, and I remember looking forward to his story, glad that he was going to have one. Natalie, on the other hand, has also been through some hard times but in her case she couldn’t exactly get over them and move on with her life.
She’s agoraphobic after an attempt on her life is made, she has extreme trust issues. I have to say, her life was not easy. I can’t imagine living life her way, not being able to leave my house and get to know new people and trust them. Her struggle through everything in the book was a challenge I enjoyed reading about. And this is what I’m talking about. There was so much going on personally with these characters that romance didn’t have a chance but to take a backseat and leave the stage to growth. I was fascinated with both Jake and Natalie’s own problems and struggles, and while their text messaging was so sweet that I wished continued for much longer, I found that I looked forward more to how they were going to cope with obstacles and put somewhat of an end to them.
As a side story, the mystery of Natalie’s attack-the reason she and Jake come together in the first place- was fun to read. I liked getting the clues and thinking up possibilities for who and what.
A story of two people who are fighters in their own ways, I liked this book. The strength of it was in the challenges and different lifestyles of the characters, and it was nice to read....more
There are some things that attract me so in a plot. A romance author shacking it up with a horror writer? Uh, yes please, and leave me alone with thisThere are some things that attract me so in a plot. A romance author shacking it up with a horror writer? Uh, yes please, and leave me alone with this for a while. However, I had a few problems with this one. As a sports romance lover, I know not to expect everything sports related in a book, and the same goes for a book with authors. But, I still would’ve loved to read some insight into both Ryan and Andi’s minds. I mean, c’mon, this is a double chance to get to know what goes through the mind of a romance and horror writer. Except for a tiny side plot of a supposedly haunted hotel room and a lot of comparison between Ryan and a romance hero, we didn’t get much the feel of the characters’ profession coming out to play in the plot.
As for Andi and Ryan, I liked the fact that as a romance writer, Andi was a shy person, not impulsive, definitely not the brazen woman she wanted Ryan to believe. I could see there was a lot of potential for Andi, what with her past with Ryan’s brother, and the fact that she had her makeover and now had a chance to get her revenge. Call me whatever, but when a good potential for a multi dimensional character is thrown in only to be swept under the rug so quickly, I feel it’s a shame. I would’ve liked to delve more into Andi’s mind and her struggle against old insecurities. Ryan was your typical romance hero. I was so taken with him being a horror writer that I couldn’t help but wish we read more about the haunted hotel room he was staying at and the whole mystery behind it. Would that be veering away from the actual plot? Maybe. But how awesome would it have been if we read about the ghost in an epilogue? Okay, yes, I’m getting far off the point here.
A quick read that was on the light side, BETTING ON THE WRONG BROTHER is a nice start to a new series. I do think it would’ve been better if it was longer, that way we could’ve explored more of these characters and their backgrounds, but it was still a fun read.
Now, leave me alone and let me think of all the possibilities of spending a night in a supposedly haunted place with a hunk of a man....more
I’m not one to usually reread a book, but after finishing this I realized that I can, and probably will be, one to reread a whole series. I got into tI’m not one to usually reread a book, but after finishing this I realized that I can, and probably will be, one to reread a whole series. I got into the RESTORATION series by chance, and it has been a rough ride, an extremely emotional ride, but definitely a worthy one. This final book in the series may mark an ending of sorts, but I feel like this won’t be the last I’ll be hearing from these guys. Just like its predecessors, this one took me on an emotional roller coaster that ended up being a worthy experience.
For those who are familiar with the storyline-and I strongly suggest you read these books in order if you’re considering the series- it was obvious that this was going to be a difficult journey for Elliott and Auggie. Having unknowingly shared a man, they had a chance to finally put things to rest and move on with each other, and theirs was a beautiful story.
I liked Auggie almost immediately. He was charming and considerate almost to the point of too good to be true, but it was so subtle that I could only love him. There are many positive adjectives with which I can refer to this man but I won’t waste your time describing just how perfect-for-Elliott he was because what I really want to talk about is Elliott himself.
Up until this book, apart from anything minor, I didn’t have any connection issues with any of the heroes. But Elliott, I gotta admit, was my most challenging hero so far. This is not to say I disliked him because damn that would be a lie, but it took me more time and effort to get there, to see Elliott the way his friends and Auggie saw him. I’m not going to lie, when we met him in this book, and some parts of the previous one, he wasn’t in a good place emotionally. He was recovering, yes, but his healing still wasn’t complete. And though the two heroes shared the spotlight, for all his inner turmoil and more dependent character, Elliott was the one who truly shone in the end. Having been betrayed by the same man, Auggie was quicker into forgive and forget mode, but for Elliott it took some time and that ended up being the story. I might’ve been confused with Elliott’s dependent and clingy personality at first, but he balanced that out with his joyful energy-when he allowed it through his grief- and his boyish charm. I especially loved his inner strength the last 80 something pages, I think that was when he truly showed just how strong he could be. Despite what he’s been through and his need to be taken care of, Elliott was the perfect match for Auggie’s caring nature. And despite my initial confusion, getting to know Elliott was like gaining a new friend through and through.
Needless to say I loved this book. From its two heroes, to all the emotional turmoil. If you enjoy reading m/m romance and you wouldn’t mind serious obstacles and your heart’s strings played with, then I strongly recommend this series. It’s been a true pleasure to read these guys, and I feel much better knowing I’ll be rereading them....more