Life for Cassie involves going to work and going home; there is very little room for anything in-between! Since her Father had a heart attack, it’s gotten so bad she has taken to hiring men to take her to functions to keeper match-making family at bay. When it comes to the latest function, it seems that the escort agency has outdone themselves. He’s suave, gorgeous and very charming.... he’s even putting her “no-sleeping with the escort” rule to the test. He really does seem too good to be true....
James Sutton is due to meet a legend in his business, Al McPhereson. When he arrives for his meeting he sees no sign of the man, but a gorgeous brunette approaches him, assuming he is escort. Fascinated as to where this is going, and realising that she is the daughter of the man he is there to meet, he decides to pretend that he is exactly who she thinks he is and see where the evening takes them.
Sparks start to fly within minutes but only one of them knows who the other really is. What will Cassie think when she realises the competition she is so attracted to is the man she blames for putting her father in the hospital with a stress related heart attack? And once they give in to the heat between them, will it be easy to wash away any feelings as she realises what a mistake she has made.
I love Katie Lane’s books so I immediately requested this book on netgalley. It wasn’t what I expected and, although I enjoyed it overall, there were problems that stopped me giving this four stars. It didn’t have the comical characters that I loved with the other books in the series but it did have a comical setup with the mistaken identity trope. I loved the set-up, loved the main characters but the side characters took away from the main plot and dampened my excitement for this book.
When I think of Katie Lane books, I think of sweet love stories with a lot of heat. This one certainly fits that bill! The main love story was so cute but you could see the crap hitting the fan from a mile away. Cassie has had a downer on men since the last man she had a serious relationship with and since then has paraded an endless assortment of young escorts to her family’s shin-digs. James is definitely the best of the bunch but, as cute as he is, there is no way she will carry on their liaison when she finds out who he is. The initial party scenes are the funniest in the entire book. With an elderly aunt who tries to put James through his paces to see if he is worthy of her niece to the scenes where a very drunk Cassie tries to convince James he wants to sleep with her, I chuckled with every page turn.
As they grew closer, I couldn’t understand why he didn’t tell her who he was. It was obvious that they were going past the initial feelings of lust and it would have been the ideal time to fess up but he didn’t. I knew it was going to be bad when he did find out...it was like a car crash waiting to happen and I couldn’t look away. You’ll have to read it to see what happens, but I liked it!
The side story with Amy and Rory was pretty interesting up until its resolution. I enjoyed the tension and the back story between the two of them and it had the potential to be one of the best part of the story. Unfortunately, the resolution really didn’t work for me as I found it rushed and a little bit twee. I was a little disappointed and its probably for this reason that it didn’t quite make 4 stars.
Overall, this is a sweet book with some genuine comedy moments and a steamy love story at its core. With crazy aunties, mistaken identities and the holiday blues all around, it’s clear this will be a crazy ride.(less)
Reda has recently decided to take a leave of absence from the police force. After losing her partner to an incident on the job, she can’t decide wheth...moreReda has recently decided to take a leave of absence from the police force. After losing her partner to an incident on the job, she can’t decide whether or not she can trust her own instincts to keep her safe. When she stumbles back upon a book of her Mothers that her Father sold, she finds herself sucked into a world of fantasy and legend. The book is an alternative version of Red Riding Hood which sees Red becomes a victim of the Wolfs hypnotic powers and forced to do his bidding. Unfortunately, the book is more real than anyone could have imagined and she ends up being sucked into a world of myth and legend. Dayn is one of the Royal House of Vampires, cursed to be a Wolfyn. Banished to the Wolfyn realm, he has been hiding amongst a pack, concealing his true nature from them so they don’t kill him. When he meets Reda sparks begin to fly. He looks exactly like the woodsman from the book and he thinks she is the person he has been waiting for to lead him back home. Unfortunately, her entry into the world alerts an evil witch to his whereabouts. Will they ever survive to reunite with his family?
I liked this book more than the other two, but unfortunately, I think you have to read the other two for this to make sense. I liked the concept of this world of Myth and Legend….it felt like a cross between Willow and the Labyrinth. This one seems to progress a little smoother than the others, and I felt I could settle and really try to get into this story. I don’t want to make this a long review, as I am aware people won’t want spoilers for book one and two. The Premise of the story is simple. There was once a family of Vampires who ruled over a land. Then the evil Sorcerer came and killed the King and Queen and cursed all their children. In this book, we meet the second son Dayn.
Dayn was nice as a leading man. Brooding, tortured and sexy, he checked the majority of my “perfect hero” boxes. He tricked one of the packs strongest females into providing him with the necessary sexual energy and blood. I didn’t particularly like that he could do that, but I knew that it was a necessary evil. When he meets Reda he becomes all alpha territorial sexy hero. The chemistry is pretty sizzling between the two of them and the sex scenes were nice and steamy. To be honest these scenes were the ones that made the book for me.
Reda was a bit of an odd character to warm to. I understood why she was so unsure of herself, even bordering on a little whiny at times, but it did not make for an interesting character. Once she meets Dayn, she lets go a little and starts to show some strength of character. Then she reverts back and it started to bug me slightly. Erratic characters have never been my favourite, and she went back and forward like a yo-yo. I don’t mind minor setbacks, but this was like she had never developed in the first place and then all of a sudden was fine again. By the end she was conveniently a likeable character, but to be honest it was all a little too convenient.
Overall, a very sexy fairy-tale that benefits from a sexy hero and some very hot sex scenes. True, the heroine annoyed me but I enjoyed it enough to want to read the next instalment. (less)
Ever since she was a girl, Clayton has looked out for Vanessa. When her daddy died, he made a vow that he would keep her safe and he has spent every day since keeping that promise, even to the detriment of his own welfare. When Vanessa’s mother married the first man to give her attention after her former husband passed on, Clayton knew that his life would be getting a whole lot harder. Price Venture is a horrible man, happy to spend the money of the family ranch on prostitutes and liquor. Clayton is happy to let them run the ranch into the ground as long as Vanessa stays safe. However, one night Price decides that taking Vanessa is now his right. After escaping from his clutches, emotionally and physically battered and bruised, she goes to find Clayton. Realising that Venture will never leave her alone, Clayton decides the best thing for them to do is run away. Time is of the essence for our two runaways, as Price will saddle the horses and attempt to round them up again, leaving Vanessa in danger and Clayton in trouble with the Law. They travel through town after town, meeting people who Clayton has dealt with during his time in the war and calling in favours left, right and centre. When it becomes clear that Vanessa is still not safe travelling with Clayton as an unmarried woman, Clayton calls in yet another favour and gets a Pastor to marry them. Unfortunately for Clayton, he has started to have less than brotherly feelings Vanessa during their time on the trail. Can he resolve his inner turmoil at falling for his charge and treat Vanessa like his wife?
OK, this is a side note here for readers (because I didn’t realize it at the time of getting this book!) but this is a faith book. I’m not usually one for faith books as I have had some very bad experiences where authors have used a book as a tool to ram their faith down a reader’s throat. However, it wasn’t the case here as the religion felt right for the time period of the book and, although was quite overt, wasn’t preachy. It was something that the characters found comfort in and used to explain awful events that were put upon them (i.e “God must have wanted that to happen” etc). It didn’t bother me in the slightest and enhanced the story.
Clayton was such an honourable hero he was quite lovely. He struggled so hard with his feelings towards Vanessa as, in his eyes, it conflicts with his promise to her Father to keep her safe. Throughout the book it becomes apparent that all Clayton has ever been is the protector. In the war he was a Commander and protected his charges. When he arrived at circle Z (the ranch) he quickly becomes both the leader and protector of the ranch hands, and the protector for Vanessa. He seems to have the world on his shoulders and has never been happy for himself. He pushes and fights against his feelings towards Vanessa, feeling that it is an abuse of his position. He thinks that she only married him because she had to, that she only went away with him because she feels he is safe and that she would be horrified if she knew that he was thinking of her in a rather more romantic way. I wanted him to just talk to her, to ask her, but no, he went all stubborn male and made the stupidest decision ever read in a Romance. I wanted him to be selfish for once and make a decision based on his needs. Apparently, that was too much to ask!
Vanessa is an interesting character. At the start of the book, the world as she knows it is ripped from her. She knew that Venture was a trouble, but she felt that she was protected from him in her own home. When it becomes clear that she is never going to be safe from him whilst they are in proximity, she goes away with the only man that has ever really felt safe with. She hasn’t felt sisterly feelings towards him for a while and, to me, it was only natural that she would be attracted to him, because he is her protector. She started the journey to being a woman during the opening scenes and there were many hard lessons for her during this story. To be honest, I enjoyed that the love story grew over the book, as she needed to change to become the woman to make Clayton see that he could be something other than what everyone else needed.
The most interesting side story was that of Vanessa’s brother. I’m assuming that he will be getting a book in the series and I will be reading it. Miles starts the book as the man who just sits there and lets his sister get hurt. He tows the line with Venture, looking out for himself with the man that scares him. Before he leaves, Clayton accuses him of not being a man, telling him a man wouldn’t have just listened to his sister getting hurt. Those words haunt him and over the course of the book, he tries to help Vanessa stay free of their step-fathers clutches. It isn’t an easy job and Miles grows harder during those months but, I feel that he also grows in a more positive way too. He grows to be a man that can protect those he cares about, much like Clayton. I can’t wait to see if there is woman who can penetrate that outer shell later in the series.
Overall, a very enjoyable western love story. The characters were likeable and watching them grow over the course of the book gives you a warm feeling than refuses to diminish no matter what the horrible Venture does. Even with the horrific start to the book, and some rather horrible moments throughout the course of the tale, overall the book made me feel very cuddly and happy. (less)
This book is a follow on from book two and you should really read the first. Hope Scroggs (I know, what a horrible name!) is having some trouble. Thin...moreThis book is a follow on from book two and you should really read the first. Hope Scroggs (I know, what a horrible name!) is having some trouble. Things are definitely not going as she hoped when she took off to become an actress in Hollywood. Her pretend boyfriend has married her long lost twin sister, her dreams of becoming famous led to a stint in a strip club and she can’t seem to forget her one night of sin with the town bad boy. Colt Lomax has always been the outcast of Bramble. Destined to be looked upon as a future criminal, Colt left the town as soon as possible to get away from judgemental eyes. The one thing he has never been able to get away from is the vivacious Hope; the high school beauty queen, destined to never look his way. When he bumped into her in Hollywood, she was feeling vulnerable and fell into bed with the smooth talking hottie. Thing is, it’s left a lasting impression on both of them and now Colt wants a repeat performance. With all the things that are going on her life, a quick roll in the hay is the last thing on Hope’s mind. But, can she really resist the bad boy of Bramble again? Especially when her body screams yes every time she sees him.
Hope Scroggs is not the most likeable character that I’ve ever met. A massive bundle of insecurities, she came across as brash and quite bitchy at times. The town had built her up to be the golden girl of Bramble and given her the belief that the world was her oyster. When Hollywood didn’t live up to expectations, her feelings of self worth hit rock bottom. Colt came along and made her feel pretty again and so they ended up in bed. The sex stirs up an unwanted attraction that sends Hope running back to the safety net of Bramble. Once there, she realises that the safety net has been whipped away. Her back up man Slate has got married to the identical twin she never knew she had, leaving her in a state of uncertainty. The only thing that’s certain now is the devotion of the townsfolk, but even that is under threat with the arrival of Faith. She is truly horrible to Faith in some ways; if they were children you would put it down to sibling rivalries, but we are talking about adults here. When Colt comes along, she fights tooth and nail to get him to leave town. Why? Because she’s as judgemental as the rest of the town and thinks he isn’t good enough. He’s a lowlife criminal who does what he wants and lives off his brother-in-laws money; he isn’t good enough for the sweetheart of Bramble, no matter how attractive she finds him! It really is quite laughable how wrong they have him pegged! By the end of the book, I did like her a little better. When she let’s go of all the judgement, she is actually quite open to seeing how misunderstood Colt is. The thing that p*ssed me off was that she had to have him prove how wrong she was before she actually stopped being such an ass with him.
Colt I like. He isn’t an angel, but he’s definitely badly treated. He is a walking talking tattooed hottie, but he is all marshmallow on the inside. Let’s list the charges the town have put against him. Bad boy? Check, but in a pant droppingly delicious way. Criminal? Not guilty. A leech? Nope, he has made himself successful. What I like about him is that he doesn’t deem the townsfolk worthy enough to know the truth; they gave up on him a long time ago, therefore are not worthy of his explanations. Still, I felt so sorry for him; he didn’t have an easy upbringing and those idiots made it worse! When the poop hits the fan for several of our main characters, he does everything in his power to help in any way he can. That’s when I knew that he wasn’t a bad-boy at all; he just wore the uniform! He starts to drop some of that anger over the course of the book and heal...it just makes him more delicious!
There is a massive similarity between this book and the last. The townsfolk are portrayed pretty much as idiots in both tales. They get an idea into their heads and won’t let it go, despite evidence to the contrary. In book one, they decided Faith was Hope and would not be told otherwise. In this one, it’s that Hope is pregnant, which leads to a Bounty Hunter being hired to track down the Father (Huh?). Although it is entertaining, the joke started to wear a little thin after a while. Whilst overall the book was a hit for me, this particular theme just made me tired!
A misunderstood bad boy falls in love with the town sweetheart in this lovely tale of love and rebirth. With tattoos, a motorbike and a heart of gold, Colt is a man that I’d like to meet (less)
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. (less)