I'm so glad I picked this book up at the library. It's my first book by Fox and I wasn't disappointed. I was torn between 3 and 4 stars. Again wishingI'm so glad I picked this book up at the library. It's my first book by Fox and I wasn't disappointed. I was torn between 3 and 4 stars. Again wishing for the half star. This is probably closer to a 3 1/2 star, but is getting the round up since I loved the women in this book. They are strong, witty, and loyal.
Sloane was a great lead. She didn't take any crap and was ready to fight for her friend and once the romance picked up herself. She didn't let anyone walk all over her and I loved that. Every time I thought we were heading to a moment that was going to be reduced to a whiny inner monologue I was pleasantly surprised, because Sloane had a witty comeback that put people in their place and had them realizing how foolish they sounded. I liked Walker and the guys, maybe not as much as the girls surprisingly. But they are still hot manly men and need these strong women to make them realize what they have been missing all their lives.
I am without a doubt looking forward to the next book with Sloane's besty and Mick. The sparks between them were flying in this book and I can just imagine the trouble they are going to get into before they finally work things out....more
Not my favorite in the series. I couldn't stand the constant harping on the ADD. If it was a mild case for Jess you could have fooled me. The way everNot my favorite in the series. I couldn't stand the constant harping on the ADD. If it was a mild case for Jess you could have fooled me. The way every little detail was so based on this one thing you would think it was a major case. I know people with ADD and honestly while it has it's affect on their lives it is so not to this extent. I enjoyed Jess in the previous books and was looking forward to her and Will together. I do think they make a good couple, but would have liked to see this one played out a little better and without contrived problems and the constant back and forth on decisions....more
For me this series is just getting worse. I really love the world. I actually like all the main plots, but still I can't completely get into these booFor me this series is just getting worse. I really love the world. I actually like all the main plots, but still I can't completely get into these books. And liking those things is just starting to not be enough. I absolutely dislike our lead Toby. She annoys me to no end and I haven't noticed her getting any smarter. I was happy she didn't have to figure out a mystery this time around as she is horrible at that. But she doesn't seem to take advice well or appreciate those around her or their feelings. She just blindly goes through the story ignoring what she doesn't want to know and throwing herself into danger without any real plan. Then to top everything off we have this love triangle between our king of cats and Toby and Connor. I am not a fan of Connor and the fact that she even remotely entertains this as any possibility makes me dislike her more. Then Connor's wife so far hasn't done anything to prove her "insanity" Although I'm sure she will eventually. But it seems to be played up and mentioned to no end as if to make excuses for her possible relationship with Connor. Huh? This is a cop out and does nothing to make me feel sympathy for him or her. Then Toby's ignorance to Tybolt's interest. I think my largest irritation is to see such a good possibility in this series and I keep hoping to truly enjoy the books as a whole, but for me personally I don't think I can get past the parts that irritate me. ...more
Overall I really enjoy the whole O'Brien family. I love that they are all imperfect and living through a lifetime of good and bad decisions to find thOverall I really enjoy the whole O'Brien family. I love that they are all imperfect and living through a lifetime of good and bad decisions to find the way to happiness.
I like the basic set up for Heather and Connor's romance. I like Connor having to overcome his jaded view on marriage and the truth about how his past and his career have effected his opinion and keep affecting it now. I like that Heather made a choice on what she deserved and decided it was time for a change. I always swear this in both sides of a relationship, people will always treat you as badly as you allow them to treat you.
Now on to my big problem with this story. While marriage very well could be important enough to one or both people in a relationship to end it that wasn't the bigger problem to me. And surely one person in that family or town could be accepting of someone who doesn't choose to actually get married. I know lots of couples who just won't get married and that's fine and their choice and they aren't any less happy because of it. Now as I said it could be the problem for a specific couple and maybe was one of the problems for this couple. But really the biggest problem was these two had been together for years and had a child together and yet Heather was Connors big dark secret. He never even mentioned her to his family. That has to be the biggest issue I heard in the whole story. Connor was spending holidays with his family so that means he wasn't with Heather. Plus most couples in that type of long term commitment do consider their partner family. Connor obviously didn't. I just couldn't get past the whole story going by and not a single person telling Connor what a jerk he is for keeping her a secret and making her feel like she wasn't even really a part of his family not necessarily as a whole, but as the immediate part.
After you get past that. Connor and Heather have all the problems you would expect with someone who wants marriage and someone who doesn't believe in it. They have lots to overcome with just that and their story is nice and I'm glad to see another O'Brien HEA....more
So glad Mick and Megan finally got together. These two have a long past filled with mistakes and regrets on both sides. I was happy to see them work tSo glad Mick and Megan finally got together. These two have a long past filled with mistakes and regrets on both sides. I was happy to see them work through it all to be together again....more
Not one of my favorites. It didn't bore me or anything, but I just couldn't completely get behind the story. The characters had great promise. But theNot one of my favorites. It didn't bore me or anything, but I just couldn't completely get behind the story. The characters had great promise. But the romance progressed way to quickly for me and I'm really not sure what to think about the suspense part of the story it was barely there. There was also a touch of the supernatural that seemed out of place for the rest of the book. Probably good for the time it was published, but just not to my taste....more
A good book. It kept me entertained, but I think with all the stuff going on with finding Liam it should have spanned a larger period of time. While tA good book. It kept me entertained, but I think with all the stuff going on with finding Liam it should have spanned a larger period of time. While the romance happening that quickly didn't bother me to terribly much with the unsure state of Liam being alive or dead it made it seem quick. Although under the circumstances I think I could have gotten past that. But the kind of information they needed to find someone being held prisoner by a corrupt foreign government I'm sorry, but all the information they received just seemed to magically fall into their laps. In the end not a regrettable read, but lacking in some of the more complex subject matters for my taste....more
This book was well written and fits right in with romance books from the time of it's original release. It kept me entertained and I wasn't bored forThis book was well written and fits right in with romance books from the time of it's original release. It kept me entertained and I wasn't bored for a moment in this book. Brown is a great writer. I didn't really like the characters though. Megan's blaming Josh for her husbands death seemed a completely blind need to blame anyone. He just played scape goat for her and while I could get the need for someone to blame in a loss like that her behavior was beyond rude at times. I just couldn't get behind her anger at all and just wanted to honestly slap some since into her. Josh I wanted to like at times and bordered on stalking Megan at others. My biggest issue with this is I don't believe in love at first sight and while I do believe in attraction at first sight it appears to be the former is the set up for this book. When a woman is suppose to be in love with another man the fact that their first encounter pushed them both to such extreme behavior over what is essential love at first sight I just don't like in a storyline. It didn't keep me from being entertained or interested just not something I will read again....more
Not one of my favorite Malory books. While I did actually enjoy most of the book and my biggest complaint isn't that large of a part it did make me taNot one of my favorite Malory books. While I did actually enjoy most of the book and my biggest complaint isn't that large of a part it did make me take off a star. I was hooked at the beginning of this book and wondered who the woman to catch Drew would be. I was happy when Gabby came into the picture. I liked her character and knew it would be a good fit for the man with a sweetheart in every port. I was hooked into their romance all the way until the capturing of Drew's ship. Then we went through a stage of them saying and doing such horrible things to each other. And of course some how not being able to resist each other regardless of their bad behavior. Lindsey actually made Drew look very bad from my opinion. I just couldn't see the draw the more he did. Then of course everything magically came together and it didn't matter what horrible things had happened they were together and it was a HEA. While once things had gotten past the treating each other very badly the story was back on track for me I still couldn't get past the bad and didn't feel in my personal opinion it was resolved enough for them to move on. It's a small thing and the majority of the book was great and it was even entertaining for those bad moments just not leading to a HEA without some real working through their issues for my taste....more
Oh how glad I am that Ian got his HEA. The poor man spent five hundred years looking like he was fifteen. I knew there was a story to come for him, buOh how glad I am that Ian got his HEA. The poor man spent five hundred years looking like he was fifteen. I knew there was a story to come for him, but I was honestly wondering how Sparks was going to work this out for him. But I was happy for the way he was aged in the last book and finally got to find his love. ...more
I enjoy Dodd's books. Some are better than others. This one runs about average.
I really enjoyed the Di Luca brothers. They have some similarities andI enjoy Dodd's books. Some are better than others. This one runs about average.
I really enjoyed the Di Luca brothers. They have some similarities and some differences. I hope she maintains their different personalities in each of their books. I love that Rafe and Brooke have a very complicated back story and have their on and off moments throughout years. This may be more like third chance love than second. But while I love the fact that they have so much history and found myself at times curious about more of it in the end I'm glad Dodd chose not to spend to much time harping on the history more than needed. These two had great chemistry and I'm so glad they got together in the end. They had good interaction and relationship development. I totally enjoyed the romance in this story.
I wasn't as thrilled with the mystery or the suspense part. There were good parts to it, but mostly it came off comical. The choices these otherwise smart characters made just didn't fit. Then the obvious bad guys are completely overlooked. And while some secrets that would have helped being kept made since others were just kept without any good reason. Then add that all of these smart people make no effort to more than mention maybe Nonna wasn't just rambling it must have something to do with whats going on and still chose not to find out what it is she is keeping secret.
Overall a good book. I'm really looking forward to Eli's story. With the ending to this one we can see the type of complications he is going to have. It should be interesting....more
Another good story from the O'Brien family. We met Kevin in the last book when he came home from his deployment to have a hasty marriage to a woman alAnother good story from the O'Brien family. We met Kevin in the last book when he came home from his deployment to have a hasty marriage to a woman also serving her deployment with him. Fast forward a couple of years and we find Kevin alone with a son after losing his wife. This is where this story begins. Kevin and Shanna both had baggage that left them not ready to jump into a relationship and reluctant to talk about their pasts. Adding to that children who are mutually coping with loss and their is even more complications for this developing romance. It was a very good story and I enjoyed seeing more of the other O'Brien's including that even though some of Kevin's siblings have had their HEA already they still have normal relationships with bumps along the way.
While I thought this was a good story I think there were parts that were great and parts I would have enjoyed more if I hadn't already read two other books in this series. While the major situation of each relationship seems to vary there seem to be very similar areas to each of these books also. Along with sentences that sometimes give you a deja vu moment since I'm almost certain the exact same or close enough has been used in one or both of the previous books. One of the things I appreciated when starting this series was the dynamic and complicated O'Brien family. The way they all have dealt with the complicated situations, loss, and betrayals from the past. While I still enjoy that part it leads me to have higher expectations of the characters to remain individuals and they are starting to all merge together in to much similarity for me.
I will be reading the future books and while I did have some complaints I'm still enjoying the series. I jut think I may take a longer break in between the books so that I can appreciate them more....more
It was nice to finally meet Bree. While this is a romance and focuses mostly on Bree and Jake with their past relationship and the current attempt toIt was nice to finally meet Bree. While this is a romance and focuses mostly on Bree and Jake with their past relationship and the current attempt to come to terms with it and their future. This story tends to be more about the whole of the O'Brien family. There is always lots going on while this family learns to forgive and move on from the past as a family and as individuals. I love that Woods has made all of the characters in this book very real. There isn't one that appears perfect. Every decision made by each of these individuals lead to the place they are now. They all made mistakes along the way and all are on their way to learning from them. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series and how everything turns out for this dysfunctional family....more
Another good Malory book. A little slow through the middle then picks up again at the end. Lindsey does have a tendency to make all of the heroes veryAnother good Malory book. A little slow through the middle then picks up again at the end. Lindsey does have a tendency to make all of the heroes very similar when it comes to their book, so they work out better with a little time between reads for me. I also found it hard to believe that an illegitimate son would be the pick of the season for marriage. But that wouldn't be the first out of the ordinary choice in Lindsey's books so as long as you can get past the unlikely they are enjoyable....more
Wow I just adored this book. It was fairy tale meets historical romance meets "House" (?) I wasn't expecting that last one. Piers is a dead ringer forWow I just adored this book. It was fairy tale meets historical romance meets "House" (?) I wasn't expecting that last one. Piers is a dead ringer for a regency period House (as in the TV doc) I'm a fan of the show so this worked for me. I loved every unedited comment and his horrible bedside manner. Linnet was the perfect compliment to him. She didn't let him bully her and had plenty of her own snarky comments. They had great chemistry, great banter, and a story that kept me hooked. I liked this one much better than the first in the series. Which is not to say I didn't like the first. But I went into this one not expecting to hold it to the exact expectations of the era it appears to be set in. It isn't a quite a historical romance in that respect. It's a fairy tale and where fairy tales are things just can't be held to the exact rules of the time. I can't wait to see what James come up with for the next book in this series....more