This is not a stand-alone, one needs to have read the earlier stories in order to get the best understanding of the world-building. It is assumed we aThis is not a stand-alone, one needs to have read the earlier stories in order to get the best understanding of the world-building. It is assumed we already are familiar with the secondary characters and the setting.
The good news is that good wins out over evil (I won't spoil anything by saying how). The bad news is that our characters have to go through some fairly nasty stuff before that occurs. This is no book for the squeamish.
The relationship between Scott and Jake, both in love with the heroine, makes some interesting reading. The main characters are well drawn and likable.
Aside from the love story, this is a fairly good shoot-em-up western kind of book. The humans and the friendly aliens and their interactions make for a good subplot.
I enjoyed this book, just not as much as I enjoyed the other ones in the series. I don't think the author put enough effort into fleshing out the leadI enjoyed this book, just not as much as I enjoyed the other ones in the series. I don't think the author put enough effort into fleshing out the lead characters, and one would need to have read some of the earlier books in the series to fully understand what was going on with this one....more
George Bellamy has lost the cancer battle, and decides on palliative care instead of going down swinging. His one regret, that his favorite grandson hGeorge Bellamy has lost the cancer battle, and decides on palliative care instead of going down swinging. His one regret, that his favorite grandson has not found a woman to love. George interviews private duty nurses for his final weeks, and selects the one he thinks is right for his grandson. George and the nurse leave for beautiful Camp Kioga so he can fill some final life list items and make peace with the brother from whom he has long been estranged.
Private duty nurse Claire Turner is hiding from her past, and has to be ready to run at the least suspicion that she has been found.
Ross Bellamy is returning from duty in Afghanistan only to learn that his grandfather is dying and has apparently run off with a pretty nurse who, according to Ross's mom, is after George's money. Ross thinks he can talk his grandfather out of the clutches of the scheming hussy and into further medical treatments, and gives chase.
Then, as the family is summoned to say goodbye, the villian arrives on the scene.
This book is tearjerker in several places.
In my opinion, all this sounds like a formula for a terrible cheesy story. Not in the hands of Susan Wiggs. This a great romance tale, but the true love story here is the filial love between George and his grandson Ross. The characters are beautifully drawn; the villian gets wiped out in the end. Just what the doctor ordered....more
This anthology cntains stories from three authors I've read and loved before, and one I hadn't.
I bought it because Lora Leigh's Breed stories are a muThis anthology cntains stories from three authors I've read and loved before, and one I hadn't.
I bought it because Lora Leigh's Breed stories are a must buy for me, and this one did not disappoint. Natalie is a strong woman who is reeling from having to divorce a louse and does not want anything to do with men. Saban is a strongwilled man who will protect women from all harm, even when she is opposed to needing protection. He has fallen for her before she was aware that he was watching her. She needs to come to accept that he will not compromise for her safety, even if it causes her to hate him. It took a lot of skill for Leigh to get a happily ever after out of this one, but it sure worked for me.
Angela Knight has written a futuristic werewolf tale. I feel she did not spend enough time on worldbuilding, and wish this was part of a full-length novel rather than a novella. The plot was excellent with a great twist at the denouement.
I did not care much for Virginia Kantra's tale, I liked her work in series romances that were not paranormal better. I think the Alyssa Day story was very good, and may seek out more of her work in the future.
This is a great action/adventure shoot-em-up with just a little romance on the side...and no car chase scene. Those who'd like to understand better thThis is a great action/adventure shoot-em-up with just a little romance on the side...and no car chase scene. Those who'd like to understand better the development of the relationship should read the entire Tempting Seals series, in order, including the novellas in anthologies.
Both protagonists have issues undermining their relationship that are not fully resolved to my satisfaction by the end of the book. I still liked it very much, though for the second time I read it I found myself (horrors) skimming through the sex scenes to get back to the action.
What is it with Lora Leigh anyway? Why can't most of her characters fall in love, or realize that they have done so, or admit that they have done so, without anal sex? Sheesh.
I think that after this read-through I will take the whole darned series off my keeper shelf and take it to Half Price Books or list it on Paperbackswap.com.
Fun to read, but not deep enough to satisfy for a third reading....more
Wow! Some better than I expected, others not so hot. I'm still happy with the overall project.
Though Lora Leigh's story is a prequel to her Seals seriWow! Some better than I expected, others not so hot. I'm still happy with the overall project.
Though Lora Leigh's story is a prequel to her Seals series, it is only marginally linked and could serve as a stand-alone. The series does not need this to be complete. On its own, it is a great tale with characters whose motivations you get to know.
One theme I noticed in two of these stories is a history of the guy messing up the relationship in its early stages when things begin to matter, he gets scared and runs, hurting the gal. In the real world that would be the end of it, write the jerk off as a learning opportunity and never cross his path again. Then, years later when he realizes he's thrown away what could have been the real thing, his regret is useless.
The other two stories deal with strangers meeting in a rainstorm. As these are steamy romance stories, they overcome their reluctance to get it on with the stranger and succumb to the fantastic chemistry. What a risky way to find the love of one's life. I did not find these stories as enjoyable as the other two.
I'll be re-reading the Lora Leigh story again, the others were not memorable....more