I've really been enjoying the CM series. I think what has hurt this for me is how quickly I read these books. I see to many similarities in the storyI've really been enjoying the CM series. I think what has hurt this for me is how quickly I read these books. I see to many similarities in the story and even things the characters say and do. The book is great but that made it less enjoyable for me. I'll wait a little longer to read the next book just two I can enjoy it to the full potential. ...more
I loved Mariah and Quinn. I absolutely enjoyed watching Mariah mostly work through her history in the war. PTSD and injuries. It's not an easy thing aI loved Mariah and Quinn. I absolutely enjoyed watching Mariah mostly work through her history in the war. PTSD and injuries. It's not an easy thing and I always enjoy a story about a war vet coming to terms with being back in the regular world and finding their way to happiness with the person they are after that experience. This should have been a great book for me. I loved that this was a female vet and that the two main characters had a history. The situation of them having a relationship in a war zone and losing touch while Quinn came home to deal with his own after war issues even worked for me. I loved that even injured Mariah was kinda a bad ass. She didn't need to be saved in the way most lead females do especially in a suspense. She kicked but and saved the day a couple of times herself. I love that the author went this direction.
The story as a whole was okay, but the suspense aspect felt forced. It didn't flow at all with the amazing potential of this story. The suspense had almost nothing to do with the story at all until about 60% in. The author randomly put us in the head of this bad guy early in the book and he had nothing to do with the story at that time. It felt abrupt and forced every time. Add in this so cookie cutter stereotype bad guy and it began to ruin a really good story for me. Make that worse by the bad guy who has obvious mommy issues from the start. Yeah I got that before we end up in a creepy sex scene with him and a prostitute pretending to be his mom. I'm sorry I'm not a prude about sex scenes and I've even read some that are bad guys and even the kind that are scaring to the character, but this one did nothing for the story. It was so unnecessary and added absolutely nothing but a creep factor to the story for me.
I really wanted to like this story more. But the constant abrupt changes to this irrelevant bad guy felt forced and ruined the story for me....more
James is great at an easy flowing romance. Kyle and Rylann have a brief history and the sparks fly when they are thrust back together nine years laterJames is great at an easy flowing romance. Kyle and Rylann have a brief history and the sparks fly when they are thrust back together nine years later. I liked their instant attraction and that it still exists nine years later. I'm happy that regardless of that attraction these two were aware of their situation and the reproductions their involvement would have on their lives. These two had a great progression from attraction to love. I wondered how I would like Kyle as the lead after our brief encounter with him earlier in the series, but he made a great lead. I enjoyed his story and will probably never hear about twitter without thinking of this book and the twitter terrorist. That was a hilarious reason to go to jail and yet I could total see some computer genius lashing out after a public breakup to having a pity part tantrum and shutting down the forum that healed the proof of that humiliation. I love that he had the meeting with twitter. Too funny. These two deserve each other and I'm glad they got their HEA. ...more
I almost wanted to give this four stars. I was really liking most of the book. But there was one constant thing going on that I just couldn't stand. II almost wanted to give this four stars. I was really liking most of the book. But there was one constant thing going on that I just couldn't stand. It was outrageously ridiculous and got worse as the story went on.
For the most part Tessa was my kind of heroine. She was happy, fun, confident, she went for what she wanted and seemed to have no regrets. From the minute she called and asked Luke out I knew I was going to like her. And I did. I enjoyed all her interaction with Jake. I loved the progress of their relationship minus the little mess at the end. The trouble was what started as one little white lie that turned into a disaster. Every time she piled on top of it and the whole mess she made of it. One lie after another and her "solutions" I just kept thinking she needed counseling. That whole mess was like nails on a chalkboard for me. She had all these great qualities and was smart so how she thought this would work or was okay just drove me nuts. And that no one put their foot down and REALLY tried to stop her train wreck when they found out just grated my nerves. It cost this book a star for how much I liked the book. It was still a good book. Light, fun, and pretty easy to read. ...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
Finally Jack has found a woman of his own. Jack we met in the last book had a crush on the leading lady who ends up with his best friend. This was a gFinally Jack has found a woman of his own. Jack we met in the last book had a crush on the leading lady who ends up with his best friend. This was a great quick read. Actual pretty light regardless of the brief bit of suspense it has. Johnson has a tendency to summarize large portions of her stories so we find ourselves being told our characters are falling in love rather than seeing (not exactly the right word) them do it. It takes away from the story and keeps us from getting emotionally involved with the characters. So while I have liked all Johnson's books I've read they all seem to be missing something....more
Skye was my least favorite of the sisters, but I'm not sure about this by the end. Skye and Mitch both made lots of mistakes throughout the book. I knSkye was my least favorite of the sisters, but I'm not sure about this by the end. Skye and Mitch both made lots of mistakes throughout the book. I know a lot of people give Mitch a rough reputation for his actions in this book, I honestly found most of the exactly what I would expect from someone in his situation. NOT the right choice, but most of us make mistakes in anger. His worst action in this book was what he almost did in my opinion. Plus Skye made lots of her own mistakes, even to her own happiness. She did finally get her backbone and put a stop to it, but it was miserable to wait for her too. I was thrilled when she was finally able to stand up for herself....more
I REALLY enjoyed this book. Forwarning this isn't an action story. So even though our leading man Jax is a Navy Seal the story is about him reconnectiI REALLY enjoyed this book. Forwarning this isn't an action story. So even though our leading man Jax is a Navy Seal the story is about him reconnecting with his son after his ex-wife's death and falling in love with Pickett. Being in the military and having a family is very difficult. Add to that being a SEAL is even more difficult. The military is very demanding and often makes the military member miss out on lots of their family's lives. Explaining to a child why their dad is gone and can't come home is hard and they tend to have little seperation anxieties in the best of circumstances. This was not the best of circumstances. With a combination of his ex-wife not being flexible at all with visitation when Jax would be called away or unable to come home in time and Jax not trying hard enough the gap between Jax and his son Tyler was hard to cross. I was irritated with Jax in the beginning of this story, but not unable to see how things had gotten to the point they had. I was glad to see his progress with his son and falling in love. It wasn't instant and he made mistakes.
I was a little worried early on when the circumstances worked to put Jax in the position to ask someone he had met only once for shelter during the Hurricane. It was all working out to conveniently. But after that settled in I found myself believing the relationships with Jax and Tyler and Pickett were developing convincingly. It wasn't instant and their mistakes and trepidations felt real.
I know a lot of people have an issue with Pickett allowing a total stranger to stay with her during the hurricane. I'm kinda 50/50 on the possibility that she would have let them. She may not be in the military, but she closely enough related to be use to it and know it's ins and outs. The military is a small community and we often depend upon people we hardly know for things we wouldn't under any other circumstances. I've borrowed cars from people I've only met the day before and loaned cars to people in just the same circumstances. I've watched children of people I just met. The military is a hard life and we depend on each other to make our transitions easier. We often have a spouse out of the country and do not live near family or long term friends. People like to think they know what it's like to be in or around the military, but to be honest most of them don't. That is not saying everyone military or otherwise would have agreed to this, but it is a possibility. Military will often offer to other military a trust and help they wouldn't offer to other virtual strangers....more
This book wasn't hard to read and if I didn't think about it to much might have received more stars. It kept me entertained enough and I didn't dreadThis book wasn't hard to read and if I didn't think about it to much might have received more stars. It kept me entertained enough and I didn't dread picking it up again. I like Del and Deliah. She was strong willed and 29 far to old not to have married. She was a business woman and basically all around not the norm for a lady in her time. Del was suppose to be an 'alpha' male. He was controlling, sexual, and thrilled about Deliah's differences. Neither Del or Deliah are common for their time under normal circumstances. Notice I say normal circumstances. The trouble for me came with the fact that everyone on their side essentially fit the same descriptions with an occasional change of hair color. To top it off a good portion of these exact replicas of our leading characters were apparently from a previous book series. So as much as I like this type of characters I find it disappointing that there aren't enough differences. There are positive things in many types of characters and variety would make things much more interesting for me anyway....more
This was another enjoyable read from the Lost Texas Hearts series. It didn't grab my attention as quickly as the last one did, but I was happy to seeThis was another enjoyable read from the Lost Texas Hearts series. It didn't grab my attention as quickly as the last one did, but I was happy to see there were no comical rescue attempts this time around. I enjoyed our leading characters although they were to stubborn for their own good at times. It was great to see Hope and Zach again and look forward to them finding the rest of their family....more
I love a second chance romance and this was a good one. It was great to watch these two finally get past all there issues and finally work it all out.I love a second chance romance and this was a good one. It was great to watch these two finally get past all there issues and finally work it all out. ...more
I've always thought the subject of this book would make a great heart breaking story. This was a good story and easy to read. But I would like to haveI've always thought the subject of this book would make a great heart breaking story. This was a good story and easy to read. But I would like to have gotten to know the characters better. I also would have liked for London to have shown us how the characters feel instead of telling us. This book was the perfect set up to make me feel every heart ache that the characters felt. I was not disappointed in Macy's choice, but I honestly don't think there was a wrong or right choice in this situation. All three of the main characters were put in an impossible situation and someone was going to get hurt. There was not true bad guy although London chose to slightly vilify one of the men and I'm not sure I like that she did. I think that was the easy way out. In the end I think it is all forgivable and hope our heartbroken man gets his HEA too....more
This was a pretty good short story. Granted the reality of taking a civilian into a military operation is unrealistic. But if you can get past that itThis was a pretty good short story. Granted the reality of taking a civilian into a military operation is unrealistic. But if you can get past that it was a good short read. ...more