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I am a fan of Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor sFTC : I don’t personally know this author and requested this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I am a fan of Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series and that is why I immediately requested this. It is very recognisable as a Shalvis novel, and contains the same light writing and fluffy humor as that particular series, but I didn’t get as attached as quickly to these characters. I think it was because I missed the side characters and the small town side to the story.
I always love a story where the heroine had a teenaged crush on the hero. Griffin was everything that Kate adored in her younger years; big, bad and completely dreamy. Back from war, he seems to be a more real version of the man she adored and she decides that now is the time to make her move. She made me laugh throughout. In her head, she wanted to be a complete sex kitten and sex Griffin out of her system at the wedding. In reality, she is the clumsy heroine who gets nervous around the man of her dream and randomly spurts out science facts (and random they are).
Griffin never ever wanted to come back to the place that harboured so many bad memories. Medically discharged from the army, he has little choice but to come back to celebrate his little sisters wedding. The plan is to leave as quickly as possible but he never counts on Kate. She blitzes into his life in a whirl of science facts and changes everything. She makes him happy and he never thought that was possible. I loved the combination of them together; it made me smile.
The chemistry was very apparent in the book and Jill Shalvis does write fantastic heat. The sex scenes were frequent and delicious. It is always nice to read a book that contains a lot of heat without being explicit; makes them bus journey’s far less uncomfortable J
This is a sweet and hot book that is very easy to read. With cute characters and a light love story, it is fun with a capital F. ...more
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This is one of those books that I reqReally 4.5 Stars
FTC: I have no relationship with the author and was given this book for a fair and honest review.
This is one of those books that I requested on the author name alone. I love Shannon Stacey’s previous work and, as this one was a holiday story, I didn’t think I would be able to go wrong with it. What I got was a lovely, easy read that was full of heart warming moments and made me get all excited for the holiday season.
Adrian is the typical millionaire hero. Driven, slightly aloof and, of course, completely besotted with his assistant, he is a man that you want to see fall. He has decided that is completely inappropriate to feel these things towards Rachel and so keeps her at arm’s length. Well, that is until Mother Nature steps in and a freak snow storm keeps them locked together at an idyllic retreat. The familiarity of this trope is like a hug in a book to me; I knew what was coming but I didn’t care as it made me feel so damn happy. I really did like Adrian’s character; he was a bit of a beta character (far too nice to be alpha) but I loved seeing him revealed to Rachel as the man behind the suit. It was very cute.
Rachel is the assistant who wants to ruffle her boss’s feathers. I liked her and I understood her reasons why she didn’t want to make a move on him; even if he didn’t fire her, it would be pretty awkward the day after. What I did enjoy was her decision not to second guess herself and her actions. This wasn’t that book, the one where we have pages and pages of angst about the “line” they have crossed. Instead, I got to enjoy the development of their relationship and the revealing of their characters to each other and for that I am incredibly grateful. In their heads there is an expiration date on this relationship but never once did I feel that it was a hindrance on their romance. This is a book I will pick up again just to get that warm and fuzzy feeling that floated around me from cover to end.
This is a short, feel-good read that hit all my criteria for a holiday romance. With cute characters and a lovely story, it had me smiling all the way to the end. Recommended for those winter nights leading up to the festive season as it will get you right in the mood. ...more
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I am stiReally 3.5 Stars (Come on GR!!)
FTC : I have no relationship with the author and got this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I am still pretty new to Dahl’s writing but have liked what I have read so far. She writes love stories that are light, with a hefty dollop of sex, and fall deeply into the “feel good” category. This one was no different.
I did enjoy both of these characters, although I wasn’t sure on the relationship between them. Although Charlie is portrayed as a wronged woman, she never comes across as bitter to the reader. I read her back-story and I never felt that it hindered her as a character; it only hindered her relationship with Walker. She wasn’t hiding away in this town, she was there because it was the only place that she could get a job and she was embarrassed about her predicament so kept it from the man she was trying to impress (understandably). This backfired on her spectacularly when he found out she wasn’t being completely forthright and it gave him more excuses to push her away. Her pride caused the rift between them but I can’t say I wouldn’t act the same. I really liked her. I liked her attitude towards life in general and, even though it causes mayhem, I loved the way she tried to push Walker to achieve. He had no belief in himself; he needed a champion.
I felt too much pity for Walker to ever fall in love with him as a hero and that’s possibly the only thing that stopped me fully losing myself in this book. I’ve seen people destroyed by a low opinion of themselves and that’s exactly what happens with him; he thinks that his dyslexia makes him unintelligent and that means he is good for nothing but a tumble in the hay. My heart bled for him and I wanted to personally smack the people that had cemented that opinion into his head. It was also a big massive road-block to the relationship between Walker and Charlie, his self-esteem refusing to allow him to get serious about someone he didn’t feel he was good enough for. It was very frustrating to see him press the destruct button on any future they had and I can honestly say this isn’t my favourite trope because I get so blooming annoyed.
However much these characters tended to fail to communicate their feelings to each other verbally, sexually there was no such issues. Ms Dahl doesn’t go all out with graphic imagery during the sex scenes but she does enough to make sure we feel the heat between them. I got a little steamed myself during a couple of the scenes and was pleasantly surprised with how hot this book under its very sweet exterior.
Overall, an easy read that I enjoyed for a few hours. If you like a feel-good romance with a smidge of heat, this is one to try. I wanted to hug Walker and take him under my wing; I just never really wanted him to be my hero. ...more
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This is a novella length erFTC : I requested this from NetGalley as I have loved several books by this author. I don’t have any relationship with her.
This is a novella length erotic romance from Lauren Dane and I fricking LOVED it. The characters were larger than life and complicated, the story was sexy but ultimately sweet and overall it left me with a very satisfied feeling in my stomach.
Wren is the driving force in this tale and, like most of Lauren Dane’s novels, she is a strong heroine. Independent, witty and driven by her own ambition, she is a character I could relate to and like. She decided to go out and get Gregori, earning my respect, but she didn’t do it in a single white female kind of way. She just made herself visible to him and showed him her best qualities; I actually really enjoyed her way of thinking. She also accepted him for the artistic know-it-all that he was and dealt with the impending mood swings and arrogance in her stride, letting it all wash over her. She was a strong heroine because she valued herself more than she did any relationship that she might engage in; she was never going to let herself be broken by Gregori and my faith in that made me relax into their story and enjoy it.
Gregori was sexy in an over-bearinging arrogant arse kind of way. He really didn’t want to be in a relationship with anyone but he was really quite OK with sex if it came with no strings. I liked him but I enjoyed the way he was knocked on his ass by his feelings for Wren more. He did some fairly ridiculous things but he wasn’t a really a bad man; he was more lost in his own sense of artisticness. I did love him when it came to his encounters with Wren because, shockingly, the man is incredibly hot! The sex scenes were pure steamy, hotness and I needed a cold shower after them ... *fans* It’s all rocky roads and passionate sex in this book...well, the hero is an artist ;D
This is a steamy novella with colourful characters who hooked me in from the second they were described on the page. One of the things I love the most about Lauren Dane’s work is her heroines and Wren is a woman after my own heart. ...more
There is something that you should know about me before I delve into this review; I was never a teenage fan girl. There was never a band that I obsessed over or one musician that I idolised; I think that is one of the reasons I struggled with the start of the book. I’ve seen many reviews from bloggers who have those types of memories and they didn’t struggle in the way I did with this book. Remember this before you read on.
The start of this book was difficult as hell for me. You know the premise, so I’m going straight into my thoughts and feelings on the matter. The premise was intriguing and I loved it. The reality, however, was quite difficult for me to engage with. I found Claire to be really quite annoying. She basically acted like a fan-girl for the entire first quarter of the book, even into the beginnings of her relationship with Chris, and it gave him leeway to be an absolute douche. To be honest, I didn’t like either of them at this point as neither of them was acting like a well-rounded person. He was acting like a charming, suave 2D character who basked in the adoration her simpering character gave him. It was tedious but I couldn’t put it down though...I just couldn’t!
The change in the book came when she started to stick up for herself, when she started to call him on his bullshit behaviour. She realised that she was being used and started to demand a little bit more consideration and respect. This created a shift in the whole tone of the book as he had to engage a little more in the relationship and stop expecting her to be happy with the scraps that he gave her. He became less of a cartoon and more of a man and, shock of all shocks, I actually started to like him. His tenderness towards her and her teenage daughter created the persona of a man who valued family and relationships and would have been, in another lifetime, a fantastic family man. The only thing was I still couldn’t see how their relationship would work when it would mean the sacrifice of her career for his. This was bound to create resentment, worsened by the distance between them as his career blossomed, and it just seemed like such an unbalanced way to start a life together.
After this, the book seemed to stray away from dealing with the difficulties of being involved in a relationship with a star, those problems having been dealt with or recognised, and a whole new heap of issues began. I will not mention these but know this; at some points in this book the characters actions were inexplicable to me, leaving me frustrated and blooming angry. Kudos to the author here because these actions could have alienated me from the story and made me refuse to finish this book. They didn’t and were written in such a way that this book became a habit for me. I literally could not put it down; I think I referred to it as “crack” on twitter ‘cos I had to know what the end of their tale would be. I laughed with them, hurt with them and was genuinely unsure of what I wanted the ending to look like. When they were together it was lovely but the amount of external pressures was overpowering and destructive to any relationship they were nurturing. It was frustrating.
The majority of my issues with this book were the characters. Would this have been different if it had been written in third POV instead of first? Who knows, but I do seem to be in minority with the problem with her character. When the shock of his a-list status faded, the story became less about the relationship between a star and his fan and more about the difficulties facing these two individual people who had genuine feelings towards each other. This is where I really started to like the story. The ups were lovely, the downs soul destroying and the tension was attention grabbing. Book crack all-round!!
I started this one with the expectation of finding a cute book with lots of heat. I definitely did find this but, although I liked the tale, there was something about one of the main characters that stopped me loving this book.
Merry was a heroine that I could identify with. Not in the perpetually happy way (in fact, that got quite irritating) but with the fact that she couldn’t believe that anyone could find her sexy. A habitual wearer of Star Wars t-shirts, Merry is the one that guys usually become friends with, not want to jump into bed with. Enter Shane. Shane looks at her with lust in his eyes, makes her feel desirable and makes her want to do naughty things again (seriously? No sex for TWO years... that’s just....just?!?!). In that casual relationship she gets to experience a relationship with a man the way it should be and I truly enjoyed her character within the confines of their tryst. Of course that all goes to hell in a hand-basket when she finds out who he truly is and then she gets a bit whiny again but, to be honest, I’d be the same; except possibly with more violence and a heck of a lot more swearing.
Shane was my major bugbear in this book. I just didn’t believe in him as a romantic character. He went into the business relationship with Merry to suit his own gains and I didn’t quite believe that it wasn’t always in the back of his mind that he could get insider information from her. I know he felt guilty but, if I were in Merry’s situation, I would never be able to forgive such a beginning. I don’t care how good he is in the sack or how good he looks in a Stetson; I would never be able to forget it. It didn’t help that, this being the central obstacle to the relationship, it was brought up a lot. In the book, the only good side I saw to Shane was within the confines of the relationship and this saddened me slightly.
The chemistry in this book? Whoa. In this particular area, the book far surpassed my expectations. The sparks between these two lit up the pages and I found myself getting all hot and flustered frequently. From blow-jobs in a truck to mutual masturbation in a shower, there really was some adventurous, and highly steamy, sex. These two together were fabulous; it was a shame that they were a car-crash waiting to happen.
Although there were quite a few side-characters in this book, the only one that seemed to develop the plot was the heinous cousin; that woman was horrific and I was glad when Merry finally stood up to her. The rest of the characters were in as filler to be honest; fun to read but confusing as to their role within the overall picture.
Overall, this is a really sweet book that is guaranteed to steam you up. With a fun heroine and a well developed plot, I found myself swept away for a few hours with a fuzzy kind of enjoyment. ...more
Dulcie was left a legacy to protect when her mother died of cancer. The chocolate shop she was brought up in was a massive part of her mother’s life and it is now up to Dulcie to keep it thriving. On the one occasion that Dulcie decided to try to branch out from her Mothers recipe book, she was humiliated in front of a panel of her peers. Afraid to take any more risks, she sticks to the same chocolates, watching in despair as her business declines. When the invitation to the next Chocolateers competition arrives in the post, it’s clear she has to come up with something original or risk losing it all forever.
Across town, Nick helps manage his father’s chocolate shop that’s in the same town as Dulcie. He hates his job, seeing the busy kitchens from his childhood memories replaced by giant machines and automation. His true passion is cupcakes, but his Father believes too much in the family business for him to even try to suggest it. When he meets Dulcie, he realises that he may have met the woman for him, but then he finds out whom she really is and that he’ll be going up against her in the Chocolateers. Will he allow the competition to get in the way of an attraction that he hasn’t felt in a while?
With dirty dealings and family feuds, will our rival chocolateers be able to see that work isn’t everything? Or will they allow the competition to keep them apart.
This book is sweet. Not sickly sweet but sweet all the same. There is no sex in this book but the chemistry is still well written by the author. I enjoyed it and I’m quite surprised I did. As long time readers of this blog will attest, I like my smutty books but this one hit the right spot. I recommend it to people who like sweet romances, good-guy heroes and a relationship thwarted by misunderstandings.
Dulcie was an odd character to get to know. I wanted to like her but I wasn’t sure I could. She took everything her mother had said or did completely to heart, nearly driving herself to exhaustion trying to do everything she thought she would have wanted. She tried to juggle a master’s degree whilst running the shop; shockingly it doesn’t work. Meanwhile she is so worried about destroying her mother’s legacy, she won’t try to create anything new. She dreams of new recipes but they stay where they are created; in her head. This, alongside the way she is so quick to believe that Nick is the bad guy throughout the book due to a ridiculous feud, didn’t warm me to her. I never felt I saw the real Dulcie; I just saw a product of her grief and fear. Only the epilogue did I feel I could connect with her as a character. Don’t get me wrong, she wasn’t an annoying and mean character; she was just difficult to connect with.
In contrast, I really enjoyed Nick’s character. He didn’t give a toss about family ties; he just wanted to know Dulcie. He really did make an ass of himself at times because he didn’t think before he spoke, he simply stuck to the same routine he assumed women liked and it didn’t go over well! I loved that he made her things, loved that he tried to relate to her about things that she loved and was happy enough to defy his Father in order to get close to her. He was such a genuinely nice man and it was refreshing to see an uncomplicated man in a Romance!
The side story was very sweet and I particularly enjoyed the whole premise of a culinary competition purely for chocolate J The character of the Grandma was hilarious; a Grandma that was a yoga fanatic with killer legs and a racy history? Just my cup of tea!
This was a sugary sweet treat with a hero that was a truly sexy good guy. Yes, the heroine was a pain in the ass individually, but without her being that much of pain in the ass, Nick wouldn’t have had so many opportunities to be that jaw-droppingly swoon worthy. I recommend this book as a beach read or a real feel good indulgence. ...more
Hmmmm, this one took a while for me to get into but once I did I did kind of enjoy it! The authors style of writing tended to be a little bit overly descriptive at points, leading to a slower pacing that I would have liked, but this also worked in another way as I was drew deeply into the budding romance between these two individuals who have had their hearts truly decimated by previous relationships.
Tess was a woman who knew true loss. Her A-Hole of a husband had, after filling their short marriage with viciousness and infidelity, died from a brain tumour that he had secretly known he had the possibility of getting again, leaving her unsure as to her feelings regarding him. Phew....brain-full, right? I think the first 10% of the book was made to set the scene for the book and make the reader feel empathy towards Tess. Unfortunately, there was so much information that I came away feeling only baffled. I knew that she had been through a lot, especially in regards to how her in-laws and husband had treated her, but there was too much knowledge for me to shift through to feel anything towards her. I didn’t care about her until she got to the ranch and we started to see her in the present; although I acknowledged her past, I only cared about the way it impacted the way she was with Ward.
Tess on the ranch was lovely to read about. She began as this uptight city woman, who kind of fell into a job that she didn’t really want and an attraction that she shied away from, and became a deeply passionate woman who cared about the ranch and every living thing on it. Watching her develop and accept the feelings that she had towards Ward was the draw of this book for me; I am a big old romantic a heart and this was so damn lovely it gave me my own set of rose tinted specs for the day! When the bitch step-sister turned up..... God, I admired Tess’s restraint at not telling her to get a life but I willed her to slap her into next week and stake a very public claim on her man.
I enjoyed West’s character as much as Tess’s. He had been hurt in the past and tried his upmost not to let it affect his relationship with Tess. He courted her, flirted with her and generally was the cutest thing in a Stetson until he finally got her into his bed. When he bought her the cowboy boots my heart melted...seriously, how fricking cute was it that he bought it with stitching that matched her toe nails?? I loved his single minded determination to have her, how he went out of his way to annoy her to delight in her reactions and how he treated her like an absolute princess. I did not like that he didn’t just tell his ex to take a hike for the sake of the wedding. She didn’t take hints very well so maybe he should have made a sign? And then beat her off with it repeatedly!
Of course, true love does not run smooth but I actually enjoyed the road-blocks that they hit. They weren’t just simple misunderstanding, they stemmed from real feelings and experiences and it was refreshing! I felt that, if they got through these issues, they would come out stronger, their relationship a bit better for it. That is unusual for me.
The sex, now the sex was an issue for me. We all know, I read sexy books. I’ve read so much I can spot a bad one a mile away and, although these weren’t bad in anyway shape or form, they were littered with odd terminology that took me aback. At one point, West’s penis is referred to as his “sex” and then is referred to as “delineated”. These words just didn’t need to be anywhere near a sex scene and I despaired... it was a shame as, with what little sex there was, the scenes didn’t have the initial pace to withstand my need to reread sentences to try to make sense of the words within them.
Overall, this is a book that I did enjoy but I feel that it was down to the skill of the writer rather than the plot. The descriptive style of writing both helped and hindered my enjoyment of the tale but I am definitely picking up the next one. With two deeply scarred individuals learning to love again amongst a background of cute side-characters and animals, I was bound to have a good time reading it. ...more
When Faiths dying mother reveals that she is not actually her birth mother, the world she knew came tumbling down. After some investigating into her past, she sets off to a small town in Texas to hunt for the identical twin sister she never knew existed. Problems arise when she gets there, as the entire town mistakes her for their long lost sweetheart, Hope, and refuse to listen to her arguments on the matter. In their enthusiasm to make sure she stays this time, they rush her towards the gorgeous Slade, the town hero who has been pretending to be Hopes estranged boyfriend for years. When he gives her the welcome home kiss they all expect to see, she lights up in his arms and gives him a kiss to scorch his cowboy boots. Slade realises immediately that the little spitfire in his arms is definitely not Hope. Once she tells him her story, he realises that the coast is clear for him to try to seduce the woman who quite literally knocked his hat off. Faith soon realises that, although Slade is happy to have her temporarily warming his bed, he doesn’t want her to remain a permanent fixture. She starts to have doubts about perusing any sort of relationship with him, not trusting her ability to keep things casual. He isn’t exactly the best catch on paper either; Commitment phobia + past relationship with identical twin sister = non-starter! But, as with all good romance stories, pesky feelings get in the way of the best of intentions. With these two fighting their feelings for each other, the town determined to shove them together and the real Hope on her way back with designs on Slade, how will this mess get sorted out?
The way I will describe this book is sweet and funny. The sex scenes were more sensuous than hot, the humour was a little slapstick and there was no deep heavy subplot to take anything away from the romance. It was like a RomCom in a book; Chick-lit is the best description for it. Slade is a lovely main character. He is the handsome, small town hero who everyone wants to see happy. He tried to make it work with Hope, but the sparks just didn’t fly. I liked that he saw the differences from the second he met Faith; I wouldn’t have believed in the romance if it were all about appearances, as she looks exactly like Hope! He fell for her personality and the way she kissed him; at no point did he deny that she was attractive, it just wasn’t his main motivation for wanting to sleep with her. Faith was an interesting character. At the start of the book, I wanted to smack her upside the head. She was so judgemental of the small town characters, just because they didn’t do things the way that she expected, that I immediately wanted to put down the book. I am glad I persevered; she does grow as a person as she learns to stop taking these people at face value and accepts that they have good hearts. I liked her relationship with Slade and willed it to develop; I understood her motivations for not wanting to get involved. He had a prior relationship with her sister (a bit icky), he had no intentions of ever leaving the small town that she had no intentions of getting stuck in and, most importantly, he didn’t want anything more than a quick lay. Slade was a bit of a dumbass through it all (his reasons for not getting permanently involved were a little pathetic), but it was clear that he had feelings for her; I melted when he stepped in for her against her birth parents. They constantly butted heads as hearts warred with heads; hurt feelings were aplenty in this book as they tried to work through the plentiful amount of personal issues that they each had. Overall, I routed for their HEA.
Now, I don’t live in a small town in America but I can imagine that if I did, some of the stereotypical characters in this book would offend me slightly. They are well meaning, but seriously stupid in some ways. I took it for what it was, a funny book with side characters that were plot devices, rather than main events. I loved that they wouldn’t believe she wasn’t Hope, that they believed her Hollywood sex stories so easily and that they constantly butted their nose into Slade and Faiths relationship. When Hope appears, I thought she was a little bit of a bitch. I’m not sure I’m looking forward to reading her story, as some of the stunts she pulled were mean. She is supposed to be a thirty-year-old woman, but when it comes to the relationship between Slade and Faith, she behaves like a child. I’m hoping she redeems herself, as I really liked the writing style of this author.
A sweet read about the High School Hero finally getting the girl, just a slightly different version of the one he thought he’s end up with. With a fast-paced plot filled with zany characters and small town humour, I enjoyed this one from cover to cover. ...more
JD and Peyton have been playing the same game for years. Both Lawyers in the same firm, they have been desperate to be seen as the better employee sinJD and Peyton have been playing the same game for years. Both Lawyers in the same firm, they have been desperate to be seen as the better employee since the day they were hired. Working longer hours, winning more cases and attracting bigger clients, the pair of them have always put work before life. Neither of them stopped to wonder why their biggest priority is infuriating each other. When they are put together on a case, the simmering tension becomes all out war, especially when they find out that there is only one spot for partner available, a spot both of them want. Cue stand up rows and sabotage which, while juvenile, were incredibly funny. After a while, it becomes clear that their feelings are much more than hatred. Nevertheless, both of them know that, with the threat of only one of them becoming partner, any relationship would be out of the question. Are they both happy to let their work dictate the rest of their life’s?
This is the first Julie James books I read and I adored it. Both characters had their flaws, but I enjoyed reading about the pair of them. JD fitted perfectly into the “Good Old Boy” club that is the lawyer’s world. With his posh suits, perfectly styled hair and privileged upbringing, he really couldn’t be distinguished from the crowd and sounded like a bit of a tool. However, with his difficult parents constantly on his back, I began to see him as a more likeable character. Peyton is a feminist with a chip on her shoulder. Convinced that everything comes down to gender and money, at times she really quite annoyed me. Again, once we got a peek past that veneer, I started to like her too. The antics that they got up to in the name of sabotage really were amusing (especially the courtroom scenes) and this alongside the witty banter made for a very funny read. My favourite scene was probably when Peyton is trying her sexual harassment case in front a 6-foot picture of a penis :D The image that this made in my head made me laugh out loud :D
Again, the secondary characters were fabulous, and were written more as plot devices to move the story forward rather than to steal the show. I liked this about these; there are far too many stories that I spend the entire time thinking, “I can’t wait for [his/her] book!” I enjoyed the fact that the friends and family were there merely to urge them towards the inevitable. I couldn’t see how everyone could come out happy, but hell it was a fun ride! ...more
**spoiler alert** Nick McCall is an undercover agent who uses his job to avoid real life. Used to spending 6 months at a time deep in someone else’s l**spoiler alert** Nick McCall is an undercover agent who uses his job to avoid real life. Used to spending 6 months at a time deep in someone else’s life, he has little time for family or relationships. Coming out of a long undercover assignment, he expects to be able to take some leave to go to his mom’s big birthday party and chill out. Unfortunately for him, his boss has alternative ideas and asks him to supervise a rookie’s undercover gig. He is to help another officer in his bid to fit in as the date to the wealthy Jordan, in attempt to unearth some dirt on a notorious baddie. Jordan has only agreed to help in ratting out one of her dearest clients in exchange for a deal for her “twitter terrorist” brother. When her and Nick finally meet, they automatically hate each other. He think she is some spoilt rich girl, she thinks he’s an arrogant, narky git. She will only deal with the other officer, but unfortunately he becomes ill and Nick has to step in at the last minute. They go to the party, sparks fly and then they have a hard time remembering why they dislike each other so much. Of course, nothing is simple. The aforementioned client wants a piece of Jordan and, jealous of Nick, puts a tail on the happy couple therefore they have to pretend to date for a while. Add some shady characters, plus a butt load of commitment phobia, and it all starts to go wrong. Will it all get sorted and leave them happily ever after?
So this was the last book I read on my Julie James marathon. Did I enjoy it? Yes! Was it my favourite? No. I enjoyed the characters. Nick was a complete jerk-off when it came to women, but lay the blame squarely on the feet of his career choice. He is the epitome of love-em and leave-em bloke but the problem is that Jordan doesn’t automatically fall at his feet, and is the opposite of everything that he expects, therefore he becomes infatuated. However, he doesn’t want to be infatuated therefore becomes more snarky and brings out the “don’t fuck with me face” often. Jordan is the anti blonde. I thought that, in trying to avoid the stereotype, she became predictable. She is a kind, warm, caring, intelligent, successful etc...Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed her character; I just wasn’t surprised by anything she did. I enjoyed her brother Kyle’s character much more, and can’t wait for his book. The sexual chemistry between the two of them built slowly but realistically and the results were definitely worth the wait (*fans*). It was nice to see the characters from the last book to sew the arc together.
Julie James creates chick-flicks in a novel. They are warm, funny and sexy, with storylines that will make you smile whilst keeping you hooked. A good author to start reading! ...more
This was a free-read and is was perfect was I needed at the time....a nice, untaxing chicklit read. Rosalie is a bit of a ball-buster so if you dont lThis was a free-read and is was perfect was I needed at the time....a nice, untaxing chicklit read. Rosalie is a bit of a ball-buster so if you dont like that for your heroine dont read it...she will annoy you! Myself I love seeing this type of heroine for the hero and boy does she do that! Nick is a rich man who thinks he has disguised himself as a mechanic to Rosa (I say thinks because it takes her all of two mins to figure it out...although she never tells him!) He is the ultimate playboy and picks her up after a breakdown in her car. She gets ill..he moves in to take care of her and romance blossoms between the two characters who both neither expect or want to fall in love. Turns out that her job is to try to save the very company that he is trying to ruin but this complication is cleared up probably a lot neater than it would be in real life!
I enjoyed it immensely. Chick-lit and gushy romances are one of my (very) secret vices and this one checked all my buttons. Both characters are facinating to read about, Nick is the typical hot bad-boy turned good and general misunderstandings mean the course of true love never runs smooth. At one point I really thought Rosa didint deserve him but she redeemed herself. A good read. ...more
Bought this book for my Kindle for a long haul flight. It was an OK, easy read that passed the time. No real shocks in the plot but the characters werBought this book for my Kindle for a long haul flight. It was an OK, easy read that passed the time. No real shocks in the plot but the characters were engaging
Hunt is a navy SEAL who meets up with Carly when she sends an erotic fax to a secure line instead of sending it to her friend. Carly is an ex-surfer who, after a life threatening accident, is scared of the water. He ends up pretending to be her boyfriend to her family for some functions because he is attracted to her and she is in a bind. Of course it ends up being more than a fling. Usual conflicts appear, her family doesnt approve and he doesnt want to get involved because of his job and some emotional baggage. Its a harlequin so there is obviously an HEA! I liked the side story with his brother and best-friend. Would have possibly made a more engaging main story and felt a little rushed as a side story....more
To be fair this book was given to me by one of my closest friends who warned me it may not be my cup of tea. I was actually pleasantly surprised. It w To be fair this book was given to me by one of my closest friends who warned me it may not be my cup of tea. I was actually pleasantly surprised. It was a very sugary sweet tale of love and family. I didnt much like the lead character Claire. To be honest I didnt care a jot about what happened to her, but the other characters in the book more than made up for the lackings I found with her. The most glaring issue I have with the book is the refusal to give any sort of detail to the bad parts of life the characters have to deal with. Sydney has to deal with some truely horrific situations, but the whole tone of the book is so saccharine sweet the effect they have on her is not give the detail it deserves.
Overall an enjoyable easy read but not much substance to it Im afraid ...more
So this wasnt my favourite of the Stackhouse books but It wasnt the worse. My major problem was not a lot actually happened....just tieing up of looseSo this wasnt my favourite of the Stackhouse books but It wasnt the worse. My major problem was not a lot actually happened....just tieing up of loose ends. I liked the politics with the storylines of the weres and of course the addition of Alcide is always a welcome one :) Although Eric and Sookie are now in some semblance of a real relationship he isnt in it quite too much which isnt great. There didnt seem to be a main story, just lots of little ones! There was a bit with Bill, a bit with Alcide, a bit with Erci, a bit with Erics maker but they didnt really interlink much. It felt like a filler novel.I didnt really enjoy were the bits with Erics maker....I felt it should have been the bigger part of the story and it wasn't at all! ...more