I just plain liked this book! Second chance at love - damn good story and the sex was HAWT!!! Two people that flat out love each other; can't get enough of one another; even time doesn't diminish their love.
I loved the writing in THE CHASE. It didn't drag, there was never a dull moment, and the snappy dialogue is awesome! For instance, this little scene with Kendall and her mother during the Easter dinner:
"But you're denying yourself so much, sweetheart. I mean, you haven't even had a boyfriend in several years. Think of all you're missing."
Wanting to bring a halt to the conversation, Kendall hit on a perfect way to appall her mother, especially since every adult family member was seated around the table. "Don't worry, I'm still having sex. I don't need a boyfriend to do that."
Her brother-in-law guffawed. Her father set his fork down with a clank. Her sisters both looked amused.
And her mother looked like horns had shot out of Kendall's head. "Kendall! Good Lord, I can't believe you said that in front of the baby."
Little Jocelyn was six months old and didn't even know where her nose was. Kendall doubted she was being potentially scarred or morally compromised.
Evan and Kendall are perfect together. And you don't need to know a thing about racing or NASCAR to read and ENJOY this book. Even the wrench Ms. McCarthy throws in near the end couldn't sway me from liking this story. After all, those type of things do tend to happen.
Now, I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of Diesel Lange in (less)
A steamy, light suspenseful read. Anne took off from home and hasn't looked back in ten years. No wonder. Mommie Dearest is a rare breed. A twist or t...moreA steamy, light suspenseful read. Anne took off from home and hasn't looked back in ten years. No wonder. Mommie Dearest is a rare breed. A twist or two I didn't see coming. (less)
Yes, a Christmas anthology, but it doesn’t need to be the holidays to enjoy these deliciously romantic stories. I applaud Carina Press for putting together such talent and delivering a sweet seasonal treat.
Mistletoe at Midnight by LB Gregg Owen and Caleb fell in love during high school but were separated due to circumstances beyond their control. Now 15 years later, they are brought together, due to circumstances beyond their control. They must confront the past and hope for the future. I enjoyed the parts of the story told in flashback; getting the opportunity to watch the beginning of Owen and Caleb’s relationship. Owens’ Mom and Brother are your typical loving “interfering” family members. They are a hoot!
Nine Lights Over Edinburgh by Harper Fox A mesmerizing story of a desperate man who loses himself in alcohol and gambling. Detective Inspector James McBride is a lonely man who feels comfortable when out on his “streets”. But his descent into the darkness has its price, and McBride must face the consequences of his actions. Just watching McBride open up and realize there are different types of love and that he is worthy of love was a beautiful metamorphosis.
I Heard Him Exclaim by Z.A. Maxfield You couldn’t have a Christmas anthology without Santa Claus - this one even has elves! Steve has had enough problems this past year and heads to “Sin City” Vegas for the holidays. On his way he runs into Chandler and Poppy who are having auto problems. There is an immediate attraction. Chandler feels insecure and irresponsible. He isn’t cut out for the job of parenting - not ready for a kid. (Does this sound familiar to any parents out there? It did to me.) Steve on the other hand is the opposite when it comes to kids - plenty of nephews and nieces. Poppy even calls Steve “Santa Claus”. I couldn’t help but chuckle when reading the stolen moments quickie between Steve and Chandler. *grin*
Icecapade by Josh Lanyon How can you not love a seasonal read when the leading characters are: The Diamond Thief Noel Snow and The FBI Special Agent Robert Cuffe! Those names just rock! These two have it bad. I mean B.A.D. After one hot night, they haven’t seen or spoken to each other in 10 years - 10 frellin’ years!! There is a reason to their madness. Noel and Robert had to survive their chosen career paths to reclaim a passion they once shared. Noel is surprised when Robert knows so much about him. And Robert is so, so alpha: strong, silent type.
Now, you may be wondering why only the Sexual Rating of Steamy. Yes, the man love is HAWT! But it is not the sole focus of the story. It adds to the development of the relationship between the characters. What I found present in each of the tales was a breathtaking romance. (less)
Not my type of read. I did make it to page 241, but I kept waiting for something to happen. Something to encourage me to finish this book. Maggie, the...moreNot my type of read. I did make it to page 241, but I kept waiting for something to happen. Something to encourage me to finish this book. Maggie, the heroine is an alpha character. Whereas, Nick the hero, is your beta lead. I just found it boring and lacking in an engaging plot.(less)
I wasn't quite sure if I would like this one because of the interaction of all the animals. I was highly surprised. Yes, the animals come into play wh...moreI wasn't quite sure if I would like this one because of the interaction of all the animals. I was highly surprised. Yes, the animals come into play when necessary, but it isn't overwhelming. The role the various animals play mesh with the storyline. Yes, even the duck.
All the characters come to life on these pages: Lilah, Brady, Adam, Dell. Lilah is so independent, she refuses help from anyone. Yet, she is the first to offer help and lend a hand whenever possible. Brady, well now, he's "sex on a stick" who doesn't know the meaning of the word commitment. The Adam and Dell are Brady's foster brothers. They are very protective of Lilah, which has made her love life take a nose dive. The steamy scenes between Lilah and Brady will keep you reading way past your bed time!
This is the first Jill Shalvis novel I have read. I am looking forward to reading more of this very talented writer. Including the next one in her Animal series, ANIMAL ATTRACTION - Dell's story.
I didn't know how I would like this book. A tale of two women told concurrently: One set in the Regency and the other at the presen...moreWon from Goodreads.
I didn't know how I would like this book. A tale of two women told concurrently: One set in the Regency and the other at the present time. And I usually don’t like tales such as these and I can give or take a contemporary romance. So, I began reading with a bit of trepidation. I am so glad I was proven wrong, but I will admit I did enjoy The Blackbird and Sir’s story the best and if it wasn’t for that, this book would have been mediocre. The chapters skip back and forth between the time periods but that does not distract from the storytelling.
Piper works for a museum as a historical curator and when she stumbles upon a set of journals and starts reading them, the words literally turn her world upside down.
An arranged marriage, “a transaction”, has Ophelia determined to be her own woman.
This novel is a breathtaking discovery of freedom in its many forms by two women from different centuries. It will have your emotions in a tailspin. (less)
Once again, this called to me from the public library bookshelf. My first read from Ms. Andre and it was very enjoyable. I have a few of her other wri...moreOnce again, this called to me from the public library bookshelf. My first read from Ms. Andre and it was very enjoyable. I have a few of her other writings on the TBR - will have to get to them.
"Travis is lucky to have even gotten to be with you once, especially after the way he's treated you. You are an incredible woman, and it's up to you to show him that he's going to need to treat you really well if he wants you to be with him ever again. And this is how you are going to do it: You are going to rip him apart, then put him back together. But only after he earns it."
That just about sums up the story, with a few exceptions. The plan backfires on Lily, but I'm not going into details. Lily and Travis engage in plenty of hot, sweaty sex in various places and positions.
What I didn't like was the way Lily thought of herself; her lack of self-esteem. I know this is an integral part of the storyline, but it took her too long to see what a great person she is.
Also, and usually the author doesn't have any control over this. But Lily is a plus-sized woman, why couldn't the book cover convey that to the reader?(less)
Whenever I want a light, quick read or know I won't have the time to delve into a heavily involved read, I can always count on Harlequin to deliver a...moreWhenever I want a light, quick read or know I won't have the time to delve into a heavily involved read, I can always count on Harlequin to deliver a thoroughly enjoyable romance.
When two complete opposites attract, the story sizzles. Yes, Adam and Eva is a bit silly, but it works. And Eva is so spunky, she'll have you grinning in spite of yourself. In addition to wondering if you have a fiery sacral chakra. (less)
Sometimes you just run across a gem and AMBUSHED is one of those. This is a new author, and series, for me, but I thought, WTH, I'll give it a try. Th...moreSometimes you just run across a gem and AMBUSHED is one of those. This is a new author, and series, for me, but I thought, WTH, I'll give it a try. The Chance family is one you used to visit every week, back in the day. Reminiscent of Bonanza and The Big Valley, et al. I have the next two books in the series and you can betcha it won't be long before I'll be cracking the covers on those two.(less)
I couldn't help it: This book put a silly grin on my face.
Edie and Tyler are as different as night and day. She's a city slicker from NYC; he's a sou...moreI couldn't help it: This book put a silly grin on my face.
Edie and Tyler are as different as night and day. She's a city slicker from NYC; he's a southern boy from Texas. He's uptight, starchy, closed-fisted; she's a fly by-by-the-seat of your pants gal. But the one thing they have in common is that both of them are emotional wrecks. Tyler keeps his emotions locked tight as a drum inside. While Edie covers hers up by trying to help everyone else with their problems.
This time he shoved a hand through his own hair and began to pace. "I'm not talking about sex, Edie. You said you would teach me all the crappy emotional stuff. Don't get me wrong, I love the sex. I adore the sex. I want the sex, but my last girlfriend cheated on me, and all you want to do is jump me, and now I'm worried that you were right and I'm a brick. I'm tired of being an emotional brick. Bricks are not good."
When it comes to matters of the heart, Edie and Tyler take a journey neither one intended.(less)
This is the only one in the Kings of California series that I've read. I knew what I was getting when I purchased this book and I wasn't disappointed....moreThis is the only one in the Kings of California series that I've read. I knew what I was getting when I purchased this book and I wasn't disappointed. When I am looking for a quick romantic read that I don't have to invest a lot of time or emotion in, I like to read Harlequin.
Yes, the storyline (secret identity) is one that has been told many times, but haven't they all in one form or another. What I liked the most about this story is how the H/h develop. They finally let down their respective barriers and learn to trust and love.(less)
Grandpa Sabbatini's Will states that if his grandson Nic Sabbatini wants to inherit his share of the family corporation, he must marry Jade Sommervill...moreGrandpa Sabbatini's Will states that if his grandson Nic Sabbatini wants to inherit his share of the family corporation, he must marry Jade Sommerville, and remain faithful for one year. Likewise, Jade won't inherit the money her Godfather left her unless she does the same.
Both Nic and Jade hide behind tremendous barricades, afraid of showing their true selves. Jade is dyslexic and has played the role of party girl for so long, no one, not even her father knows the "real" Jade. Nic's noncommittal lifestyle is a cover for his true feelings for Jade. Watching these two battle their love-hate relationship was a pleasure.
This is book three of the powerful Sabbatini Brothers but I didn't miss a thing not reading the other two. I wanted to read this one because the heroine was dyslexic. Don't think because this is a Harlequin Presents that this book is tame. Oh no! There is plenty of heat here; as I am finding in all the Harlequin books I have been reading lately. Honestly, they are like crack - an addiction I must feed every third book or so.(less)
Jane Caldwell and her two younger sisters have just been stunned. Through their mother’s Will they have discovered their father, who they thought dead these past 20 years, is alive and kicking. The Will stipulates that the daughter who finds the ole’ man (Zach T. Caldwell) gets the ranch. Ah ha! The scavenger hunt is on! One sis, Allison, stays at the ranch. One sis, Margo, takes off to the Virgin Islands (a story for another day). And of course our heroine, Jane, takes off to Guatemala.
Once she arrives in Mexico/Guatemala, she doesn’t speak the language, has no idea where to stay or how to get around the country. She is wearing a suit with heels (and didn’t pack any other shoes), all the while dragging her suitcase behind her. This is a woman who is a news anchor in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She could have at least googled the country! Not even the numerous references to ROMANCING THE STONE, Kathleen Turner, et al, can be a saving grace.
Enter Harrison DeNeuve who helps Jane secure the basics: food, sex transportation and shelter. These two connect on an extremely basic level. He’s very attracted to Jane and takes an immediate protective attitude towards her. I like Harrison despite his idiosyncrasies and understand why he thought he deserved self-exile. What I didn’t understand was Harrison’s abstinence as some form of punishment for past sins. I find it odd that he would have condoms conveniently stashed in his nightstand and the dresser. So much for abstinence.
With a gentle shove I went over the edge. Jane, Jane, *shaking head* you have joined the ranks of TSTL. With your 20 year-old photo in hand as you search for your father, you have lost all intellect. Good thing you have a man at your back to catch you when you fall. (less)