I have just been truly blown away and wow'd by this moving book "Contentment". I can't ever remember reading a novel where I so closely related to theI have just been truly blown away and wow'd by this moving book "Contentment". I can't ever remember reading a novel where I so closely related to the characters and the plot. This book hit me on a personal level like no other book ever has. A must read for married women.
Tracy is lost. She is not sure when she lost herself or who she has become. Somewhere along the way of raising 3 beautifully healthy children, a stable home, a loyal husband, Tracy has become the woman her mom/wife role has dictated her to be. You can make a good argument for 'what the hell does Tracy have to complain about' but this missing piece of womanhood happens to so many married women. How many women do you know that have approached their husbands with the "I'm not happy" speech and blindsided their spouse? Tracy feels her life is lacking and she has become nothing more than the person who ensures the piles of laundry are clean and her family is looked after. But what about Tracy the person? Where did she go? Where did the woman go who dreamed that was going to someday be president at work or all those other goals she had mapped out for her life?
Sean her husband is oblivious. I shouldn't say oblivious because he in fact knows that Tracy is slipping away from him but in the typical male fashion, if Tracy isn't bringing it up for discussion, he's dismissing the problem. He's confident she's going through a phase and she'll get over it. He dismisses her behaviour of course until Tracy announces she is done with sex. Margaret Ethridge adds in her story, "He did nothing wrong, but somehow he couldn't do anything right. Little things began to take their toll."
The story flips back and forth taking the readers on a journey from past to present so that you have a complete understanding of how Tracy and Sean arrived at the difficult position they are currently experiencing. A monogamous marriage doesn't disintegrate overnight and you are giving an opportunity to watch how innocently the petty resentments build overtime. As a woman you will relate to Tracy, as spectator of the story, you'll want to shake Tracy and Sean and tell them to snap out of it. You'll want that Hollywood ending that never happens in real life. What you will get a story that is so true to real life that it'll make your stomach twist and your heart hammer. Contentment is a beautifully written tale of how a woman takes back her life and becomes content. ...more
A great quick sexy novella read. I was drawn to this book because the hero, John was blind. There are very few books out where the hero has a disability. Of the ones that I have read, I liked them. That was the same for Bound to You. I liked it.
John's disability really didn't hinder him at all. He pretty much does exactly what a man with normal eyesight could do. This ability includes being totally blind yet able to hike in a dangerous forest full of sinkholes. This sinkhole is how Jennifer and John end up spending a lot of quality time together; underground in the sinkhole itself.
It was dirty and dank and I could smell the earth and dampness as the area underground was being described. Their environment certainly didn't discourage their attraction nor their conversation. It was fitting that Jennifer's stark fear of the dark ended up being the trigger to having John comfort her through the night. Comfort is a great motivator to get close. John and Jen definitely used that time to discover their sexual attraction to one another. Who knew being underground in a sinkhole could be so sexy?
There were a few things that raised my eyebrows, like Enzo the wonder dog catching a rabbit and tossing it down to them in the sinkhole for dinner, but all in all, a good read.
I did wish for a bit longer tie up at the end. It was really quick ending and after the entire story had John and Jen in one stationary spot, I would have liked to have read a bit more about their interaction after they were rescued.
Before I read this hot little number by Maggie Wells, I had never heard of Missed Connections. I had never knew that there was an internet site dedicated to people posting about a missed meeting or a connection. I looked it up online and spent a little time on there smiling at all the people trying to find that missed connection that they let go by. Some great stories and ads on there. The whole concept is totally cool. What a great idea for a story and that totally got me into the frame of mind as I clicked to open my Kindle.
Well that brings me to this Missed Connection. Seriously for .99 this sexy short story is super hot and full of fantasy. A hot tattooed coffee barista places a missed connection ad seeking out one of his pretty blond yoga pant wearing customers. When she visits the coffee house, she brings out the hunger in him. He wants that sweet Goldilocks and to take her on a ride to his dark side. He sends out the tempting offer into cyberspace and hopes she shows up and accepts his tempting offer.
His piercings to her sweet ballet flats that are as opposite as night and day. However their lust for each other is completely mutual. She answers his ad by showing up and that's when the pages start on fire. A quick erotic read that sets you off into an arousing fantasy where complete strangers just go for it.
Teasers: you'll never eat a chocolate croissant again and not think about this story ...more
Love in the Afternoon is Beatrix and Christopher's book.
Love love loved! So good. I am so sad that there are not more Hathaways to read about. I don'Love in the Afternoon is Beatrix and Christopher's book.
Love love loved! So good. I am so sad that there are not more Hathaways to read about. I don't want to let this family go.
Love in the Afternoon was my favorite of the entire series. It was surprising because I wasn't quite sure what sort of match would be in store for Beatrix. Since she was only 15 when I started to read the series and now she is 23 I thought I would have a difficult time believing her to be a young woman. Turns out, that was not an issue at all.
I really didnt know what sort of man would be a good match for Beatrix but Lisa Kleypas created the absolutely perfect man for her. A war injured man in need of emotional healing was brillant. Beatrix is such a caring affectionate soul and how perfect it was that she can pour all that energy into a decorated war Captain. Simply brillant.
Captain Christopher Phelan was an arrogant and conceded man before the war. In deep battle during the war with his loneliness and despair he reached out with letters to a former woman of interest Prudence. Pru is a selfish absorbed woman who was a friend with Beatrix. Beatrix read his letter and since Pru wasnt going to respond, Beatrix intercepted and replied acting as Pru. Quickly through letters, Christopher and Beatrix developed a relationship however the responses were under the deception that it was Pru repling.
Fast forward to the war being over, their deception resolved, Christopher and Beatrix were able to focus on each other and realise that they are in love with each other. What a wonderful journey to read for them get to that place. So much happened to actually get to that spot and I could review all night but I don't want to fill with spoilers.
I could not put Love in the Afternoon down. I stayed up all night reading and finally went to be at 5:20am. ...more
A Night to Surrender has some really great moments and then there were times where the story was really dragging for me. A Night to Surrender was missing a climax and a solid conflict for me. Other than that, the characters and the idea of Spindle Cove was great.
Bram came across as a man starved for affection. He used a lot of flowery words and phrases that were a bit over the top for me. Susanna on the other hand definitely gave off the vibe as if it would not have mattered to her either way if a man came in to sweep her off her feet or if she lived in Spindle Cover forever unmarried. I kind of liked that. She was a very self sufficient woman.
I loved the idea of a safe haven for women who didn't fit into society. A place where they could build confidences or escape medieval doctors with their quack cures. The ladies never had to worry about prying eyes of gossipy ton. The town was primarily made up of women and with out a doubt, they had a pretty good thing going on.
When Bram and his two comrades visit Spindle Cover, the order and perfectly planned schedules of the women get ruffled. Bram enters the scene with a boom (literally) and the men bring chaos. I really liked the secondary character Colin, Lord Payne a lot. He helped fill in some comic relief and was the noted scene stealer of the book. I will definitely carry on in the series as it is his book next, A Week To Be Wicked.
Bram was trying to leave Spindle Cove just as hard as he was trying to stay. The conflict of his constant threat of departing back to the military didn't really come across as all that believable. He fell in love too fast with Susanna and I just didn't feel it was a strong enough reason to keep them separated. He wasn't really torn about the decision to leave or stay.
Awesome quote from Susanna: "I'll say this. I claim sole possession of my body, my heart, and my soul. And tonight, I choose to share them all with you."
Great premise for a story and the couple was sweet. I just wasn't as captivated as I normally am with historical romances.
Teasers: sheep-bomber, withered appendage, Rutting Bull, "Dinner" the adorable lamb...more
Excellent little series! I liked that book 1 Some Like It Wicked did have a different theme than Some Like it Wild. I felt Some Like it Wild had muchExcellent little series! I liked that book 1 Some Like It Wicked did have a different theme than Some Like it Wild. I felt Some Like it Wild had much more angst. I knew what was coming because of the cliffhanger ending in Some Like It Wicked and I was anticipating/dreading it.
Great characters. I loved Connor. I was drooling picturing him all done up in his Highland garb when he was at the Duke's mansion. Pamela Darby was an excellent smart heroin. I loved her little plan with Connor and the Duke and I was so happy with how everything turned out in the end.
My heart did break when Connor explained how his mom and dad died and what he endured when he sent his sister away.
The only bad thing I didn't like about the book is I wish Teresa Mederios would have give Connor and his sister Catronia more time together.
Well lets face it. I'm invested in this series and I wouldn't dream of stopping now! Besides, these Stephanie Plum books do what I want them to do for me. They make me smile, they make me laugh and they make me feel good. I know that many fans are very tired of the Ranger/Stephanie/Morelli love triangle. I guess I'm a wee bit tired as well but I don't read this series for the romance angle. There is so much more enjoyment that I get out of the Plum books. Having said that, it would be good to have the series wrap up and perhaps a very cool Rangeman spin off series. I would totally be into that!
As much as I LOVE Ranger, lets face it, Morelli is her man. I think Takedown Twenty also had Stephanie thinking along the lines of a more domestic role as well. Who knows? Maybe Takedown Twenty will be the wind down book?
There was a lot of repetitious jokes from previous books;
Lula not wanting to kick a door in because it would damage her knock-off shoes. Grandma Mazur thinking that she is younger than she is. Mom inviting another man to dinner to hopefully rid Stephanie of her single life. Stephanie's life in peril one time or another. A strange animal to be the glorified scene stealer in the story.
These are just to name a few but if you've read the previous books, you know exactly what you are in for. I wish with all my heart, Janet Evanovich dove a bit deeper into the mystery aspect of her stories like she did in the earlier books. The silliness is all fun and games but I loved the magic of an awesome crime/mystery story mixed in with that silliness.
Having said that, if Janet Evanovich writes them, I will buy them.
Teasers: The Eye, butcher shop Stephanie, bridge plunge, Kevin the giraffe...more
I really liked "The Trouble With Paradise" by Jill Shalvis.
Dorie Anderson and the French sexy grumpy Dr. Christian Montague's book.
I liked Dorie. RiI really liked "The Trouble With Paradise" by Jill Shalvis.
Dorie Anderson and the French sexy grumpy Dr. Christian Montague's book.
I liked Dorie. Right away, I really liked her and continued to love her all through the book. She was as real as they come and I could totally picture her being one of my girlfriends.
The Trouble With Paradise is my first Jill Shalvis book and it will not be my last. Once I got past the 80's looking cover, the story was enjoyable and entertaining with a little bit of a mystery mixed in with the romance. I've always wanted to read a good shipwrecked book and this one was a great place to start.
Great characters, entertaining story and a wonderful romantic build up. I loved how Christian was determined not to get involved with Dorie because he doesn't sleep with passengers but he just can't seem to help himself. And how could he? Dorie is beyond adorable, likable and pretty. I was really in the mood for a happy pick me up book and that is exactly what The Trouble with Paradise did. ...more
Always Miss April is the forth novella in the Hot Nights in St. Blaise series by Maggie Wells. You can read each novella as a stand alone which is awesome because you can grab any of these monthly stories and enjoy.
Del and Mari have been friends forever. These couplings are one of my most favourite types of romances to read about. I also loved the fact that Del and Mari were closer to my age since Mari had a teenage son from her previous marriage. I could certainly relate to the difficulties she was experiencing raising a son stuck between being a kid and an adult.
Del was the town sheriff and Mari was an ER nurse and it was awesome how the entire small town was in support of their rushed marriage. For a novella length story, I felt that there was a lot of history that got covered and I really got to understand and feel for Del and Mari's situations.
Although the novella is under the erotic genre I'd say that Always Miss April focuses much more on their emotions with a rush of heat included. The story also tackles a medical condition that is often joked about but the author delivers a real life approach. It certainly provided a different view and how it would affect a real marriage.
Teasers: jail house dreaming, front seat honeymoon, army of silicone soldiers ...more
I'm always ready to fall in love with a new and exciting highlander romance book and unfortunately The Guardian wasn't it. I like my heroes to have intelligence mixed in with their alpha personalities and Ian MacDonald was missing the smart gene.
The author does a great job in the prologue setting up the Return of the Highlanders series. The chapter provides a solid background and perfect insight into what each of the young boys' future stories will be. Ian's future is predicted by the seer of the clan and it is foretold that he will marry twice; once in anger and once for love. When the first chapter begins, time jumps forward a few years and Ian is forced to marry a very young thirteen year old Sileas. I don't blame him for being angry about that situation. In fact I felt mortified for the teen who is barely a man. That marriage was never consummated and Ian leaves the clan with a group of his young friends for five long years.
Our poor female protagonist, Sileas has had to endure a lot of hardship in her young life. She has been in love with Ian since she was a small child, forced to marry him and then live in shame that her husband abandoned her right after they exchanged vows. For five years Sileas has lived with Ian's family while he was away from the continent.
Ian finally comes back to his family and it really struck a nerve with me that upon his return he should have been deemed the almighty prodigal son. Not to mention that the entire way home he was grumbling and complaining about seeing his wife and he couldn't wait to ditch her. Honestly I wasn't sure if I was more annoyed that Sileas continued to pine away for Ian after all these years or that Ian, after only looking at her and not saying two words to her for an entire night, all of a sudden wanted to bed her.
I understand that she grew up from the gangling thirteen year old but was Ian so shallow that he could only see her beauty upon his return? I liked that Sileas finally came to her senses and put him off and finally got angry at the desertion but Ian's efforts to bed her made me loose respect for him. Ian didn't come across as a romantic and he acted more like a dumb-witted male. The age old formula of a woman ignoring a man, makes him just want her more was all the plot here.
The first half of the book almost made me put it down and forget about it. I couldn't tolerate Ian's stupidity. I persevered and thankfully I did because slowly The Guardian did redeem itself with a great story. It just took a bit to get there.
Teasers: fake fishing trip with a friend, childhood memories, deception, castle take-over...more
Of the romance genre BDSM is the one that is most curious to me. I don't quite know why but here's a thought. BDSM is the furthest from my reality ofOf the romance genre BDSM is the one that is most curious to me. I don't quite know why but here's a thought. BDSM is the furthest from my reality of the various romance genres. Basically I knew nothing about it. I have read quite a few novels now with BDSM. Some fairly crude novels where the story more boarded on abuse and then on the complete opposite end of the spectrum where there is so much love. My preference is on the love scale. I find it fascinating.
I would put Accidental Slave on the love end of the spectrum for sure. Claire Thompson is my favourite BDSM author. I have gravitated to her books more than anyone else’s in regards to BDSM.
Accidental Slave has a great storyline, a villain, love and lots of hotness :) I loved Elizabeth and especially Cole. I don't know in real life if there are DOMs like Cole or if he is truly fictional, but wow if he was the true deal.
I read this series out of order as I read "Ransom" first and then "Shadow Music". Since "The Secret" waJudith Hampton and Laird Iain Maitland's book.
I read this series out of order as I read "Ransom" first and then "Shadow Music". Since "The Secret" was the first book it is funny that I read it last. I have to admit that Ransom was my favorite of the three. Because I loved Ransom so much, I was eager to read about Judith and Iain's beginning. Each book could honestly be a stand alone but I prefer if there is a series to read them all.
I really enjoyed The Secret. I loved their little son Alec in Ransom and I think that is one of the reasons I had such an interest in reading their beginning. I also got to read a bit more about Brodick.
The story was good, and the secret was not huge but enough that it caught my interest and I wanted to read how it all played out. I find that Julie Garwood doesn't portray the female character's mother very nicely. (if there is a mother at all) I have read so many of her books this past month they are all creating a wonderful blur in my mind. lol
I love the characters that Susan Elizabeth Phillips creates. Yes they are awesome but they are also flawed. Bobby Tom is charming and sexy and oh so arrogant. I wanted to smack him upside the head a few times. Gracie is sweet and determined but stubborn to a fault. In fact that stubbornness made me dislike her on a few occasions. So clearly I had a love/hate relationship with this couple.
Forced into an early football retirement due to a career ending knee injury, the former quarterback of the Chicago Stars really hasn't a clue what to do with his life. It seems like pretty much everyone who has ever met Bobby Tom wants a piece of him or a favour of some sort. I really felt for him. Taking an acting role for a Hollywood film wasn't really what he wanted but it helped him pass the time begrudgingly.
Since Bobby Tom inadvertently got Gracie fired he devises a plan to rehire her but under the ruse that she is still employed by the film studio. Bobby Tom starts out thinking that Gracie is a bother, then he thinks she is kind of cute and after he arranges for her to get a makeover, she morphed into someone quite attractive that Bobby Tom can't seem to keep his hands off of.
Gracie's personality and looks really mature within Heaven, Texas. She is a 30 yr old virgin, she is sexually frustrated and she just wants to lose her virgin status. She almost immediately falls in love with the handsome Bobby Tom and my favourite scene in the book is where she becomes completely drunk after three coolers and pretty much begs Bobby Tom to have sex with her. I was laughing out loud when she was crying to Bobby Tom's mother that her son was not a good man because he wouldn't have sex with her. I love a drunk and silly heroine. Always good for a laugh.
I really loved listening to the story about these two. I laughed, got angry, gasped and all sorts of other emotions. I truly loved it but I will admit that Gracie's stubbornness made me quite angry at the end and it was almost like she was trying to be a misplaced martyr. Probably my least favourite part of the book and I was really worried that chapter was going to lose all the love I had gained for this couple. I have to say that it didn't ruin it but I was debating between a 4 and 5 rating.
Teasers: cross country road trip, breast feeding film dilemma, excellent side story for Bobby Tom's mother, celebrity golf tournament...more
Not a stand alone book. You need to read the series from the start.
I really wasn't sure what to expect from Unbeloved. In my mind there was no way this trio of Hawke, Dorothy and Jase would not be a triade love affair. The author never leaned toward that sort of arrangement so I pretty much figured someone would come out the loser here. I did not read other reviews because lets face it, if you have started this Undeniable series, you're sticking with it. You don't really care what others are going to say about it because you are dedicated. Having said that, I won't waste much of your time with a long, drawn-out review.
Unbeloved takes you a journey. You experience their pains. You get frustrated with their biker brotherhood "system" and you get mad at circumstances that are beyond anyone's control. Some stuff in life is not fair and there is a lot of that in Unbeloved. I was so spitting mad at times. Not mad like I was planning on stopping the novel. NO! Mad at the circumstances that were to come to be. Life is too short. I aged right alongside the Horsemen and their families. My heart broke for Dorothy for all the wrongs she has had to bear and continued to bear.
As for the heat level, Unbeloved was quite a bit more mellow compared to the previous books but probably considered very steamy in comparisons to the genre at whole. The sex in Unbeloved was relevant to the situation in every spot. Not just thrown in for shock or the erotic factor.
All in all, the story was beautifully told by the amazing writing of Madeline Sheehan. That author can write!!!
Now about the ending and the book that will come to be regarding ZZ's story; I haven't a clue what Madeline Sheehan is going to do there. As it stands now, there is very little that could redeem ZZ to me. There is a line where I think a character crosses before I can forgive and that line has been crossed ZZ. I don't can if he had the worst bringing up ever, the dude is lost to me and way past redemption. I hope he gets his due. As Deuce would say, "ZZ has to go to ground."...more
*whistles* *STANDING OVATION* Well done Jeaniene Frost, well done!
Up From the Grave is the last book in the Night Huntress series. While I am trying to hold back the sobs because I won't be reading anymore full length Cat & Bones' novels, I completely applaud and respect Jeaniene Frost's bravery to end her beloved series. I imagine it is a super hard thing to do when you have created such amazing characters that scores of fans love. Cat & Bones are her babies. Oh how I wish more authors had series where the main protagonists were married and taking on adventures. We need more couples like that in our romance world!
Now comes the hard part for me. How do I write a review telling you how brilliantly awesome this story was without revealing some heavy spoilers????
Up From the Grave was chalk full of action and I think that Jeaniene Frost channelled to her fans some pretty deep emotions. I didn't cry or shed any tears but I felt the mirage of emotions deep down. Many heart strings get tugged. Having said that, there was a lot of anger being spewed and even a laugh out loud moment (surprisingly brought to us by Mencheres).
I loved that with Up From the Grave being the last book, Jeaniene Frost did a great job of incorporating all of the secondary cast of characters into the story. It didn't feel forced including them all in. Seamless really.
The intimate scenes were a little on the soft side and I can only recall one scene from memory. I think that that Up From the Grave had so much story to fit in that another intimate scene written in would have felt forced or just placed in for the sake of having another sex scene. I thought it was perfect. Bones was still very romantic and protective of Cat all throughout the story so it never felt off.
The plot was very clever and the story ended on a superb high note that still left the series open for a possibility of more books or a spin off.
Teasers: a captured Cat, a more powerful Bones, like mother like daughter...more
I wanted a quick read until the book I ordered at the library came in. I had just got & read Trey's book for free on my KinJack and Nicki's book.
I wanted a quick read until the book I ordered at the library came in. I had just got & read Trey's book for free on my Kindle and totally loved Jack in that book. So I thought why not go for a book about Jack.
I was disappointed. Not the same calibur as Trey's book at all. Even though Jack's book had almost no smut at all, that isn't why I didnt like it. Jack's book is so blan, full of sterotypes and almost no elaboration at all.
It felt like I was reading the author's outline not her story. This could have been an awesome story. Its like there was a rush to end it.
Unfortunately since Trey's book was free and I paid for this one, I think I will skip the next book and any others that follow. There just wasnt enough in this book to make me want to continue with the series. ...more
I was pleased to accept a copy from the author for a honest review
I always find myself feeling smarter after I read a Courtney Milan book. I think itI was pleased to accept a copy from the author for a honest review
I always find myself feeling smarter after I read a Courtney Milan book. I think it is because it's very evident with how much research she pours into her story. I trust that if she is writing about a doctor's recipe from 1857, that in fact it was something that a doctor of the time would prescribe.
Lydia and Jonas were secondary characters from the first book, The Duchess War. I would recommend reading that story first so that you have a firm understanding of Lydia's history. A Kiss for Midwinter is a novella but the read didn't feel short.
I thought it was very interesting how Lydia and Jonas first met. Jonas recalls the conflicting situation relating to their first meeting instead of actually being acquainted with her. Lydia however, would never forget him; that time in her life forever etched in her mind.
The depth of deception that Lydia experienced early on in her life served as a heavy reminder in her sub-conscience to not believe that there were no ulterior motives when Jonas showed interest in her. She lets her guard down for a short while but painful memories flood back and she doesn't trust herself enough to move forward. I really felt for her and the internal battle she struggles with.
Jonas is a perfect hero for me because he is so plain and simple with his conversations. He is factual and nonchalant in discussing human sexuality and yet Lydia strikes him in such a manner that he blurts out nonsense to her. It was humourous to hear him blurt out that he thinks that she is the eleventh prettiest woman in town. Jonas is the first to admit that there are defects with his character.
A Kiss for Midwinter is a wonderful novella on how a woman can work through some painful memories and trust herself to take the happiness and love she deserves. Jonas is the perfect man to prove to Lydia that she does in fact deserve it.
Teasers: eleventh prettiest woman, historical hoarder, sentimental set of leather-bound encyclopedias, French letters...more
I usually like to start the new year by reading a "new to me" book series. Luckily the online bookstores satisfied this once a year trend for me by putting a great series on sale. That was the case with this J.D. Robb's In Death series. It was a total steal for just $2 each for the first eight books. Now if I fall in love with this series, I just may have to entertain the fact that I will be getting the rest of the books from the library because this series is at book 38 and the ebook price tag is pricey. So far, I am impressed with book 1.
Naked in Death is an important book because that is where it begins. Roarke and the fabulous Detective Eve first meet and the tone is set for the entire series. As much as I like Eve I am not quite sure what it is about her that had Roarke falling for her so quickly. Granted I should shamefully eat my words here. I don't exactly picture Eve as an attractive woman but I love her persona and gusto. For that reason alone, I really liked Roarke. He strikes me as the type of man that could have any woman he wants and it was Eve that made him fall in love.
UPDATE - I LOVE this "In Death" series. I have devoured all but book 8 which I just started last night. This first book, Naked in Death, I will rate a four but each book afterwards I have rated 5 stars each. I loved them so much that I didn't even stop long enough to write a review for Another Look Book Reviews. I just quickly jotted down some thoughts on Goodreads and moved on and immediately started the next book on the roster. ...more
Wallbanger was not what I thought it was going to be at all. I was pretty sure by the name and the sexy cover that it was going to be an all out erotic novel. It wasn't at all!
What a fun read. I stayed up late two nights in a row reading this Wallbanger novel. I loved it! Caroline had such a fun personality and she could turn around any situation and add a bit of humour to it. I loved her attitude. Even when she was emotionally hurting she only took a short breather to give herself a pep talk and turn it around positively. She is someone you would want in your life so it is no wonder Simon fell for her.
Caroline had a disadvantage and an advantage with Simon. I couldn't imagine having to listen to his bedroom activities through their joined wall and then start to date him. She certainly knew what she was getting into with him. Well sexually speaking I mean.
Their slow courtship was simmering goodness. That is how I knew Simon really liked her. He didn't try to rush a sexual relationship with her and they had so much fun just hanging out. I relished with a big smile on my face reading about the pair hanging out together. The sexual tension and flirtations were a riot. I especially liked a certain baking scene. *grins*
Teasers: nook sleeping, head under an afghan watching The Exorcist, Clive the cat...more
**spoiler alert** Plays Well With Others wasn't as good as Brynn Paulin's first Daly Way book, "Belonging to Them". I really liked that story alot.
Fo**spoiler alert** Plays Well With Others wasn't as good as Brynn Paulin's first Daly Way book, "Belonging to Them". I really liked that story alot.
For some reason, "Plays Well With Others" seemed ALOT shorter. Now I am not sure if it was or not but the depth of the characters in "Belonging to Them" just may have been better.
When an author usually (but not always) writes a series, normally there is some mention of the previous main characters. I was really hoping to get a cool little update about the "Belonging to Them" characters that I fell in love with.
Daly is the coolest fantasy town in Wyoming. Since Brynn Paulin introduced two new female characters perhaps I'll get a chance to read about the sisters that have moved into Daly now too.
**Spoiler*** The only thing that kinda annoyes me is why do authors need to end a HEA with a baby! I really hate that! I know that it is a fantasy book and all but the 3 main characters just meet for the first time in the book, 6 months they are married and then she is pregnant. Why can't they just have years of loving each other before a baby needs to come into play. Anyhow, the ending doesn't take away from the story itself it's just a pet peeve that doesn't just lay with Brynn Pauline.
On a positive note, I was super pleased that the main female character didn't have a major drama attached to her. She was not in a crisis. Nobody was trying to kill her or destroy her family. It was just a great feel good *G* story! ...more
I love the Brown series sooooo much. Everytime I read one of Lauren Dane's books I can't decide if I love it more than I did the last one. Brody was aI love the Brown series sooooo much. Everytime I read one of Lauren Dane's books I can't decide if I love it more than I did the last one. Brody was an awesome character and Elise was an excellent female character. I'd love to watch her dance. I have a Kindle but this is one series that I buy in book version because I love the covers so much. The best covers ever.
The only thing that I didnt fall for in this book was Elise's daughter. She is just too perfect. She is just too sweet. Step families are never this easy and I have never seen a situation where a little girl so eagerly accepts a step parent. roflmao maybe I just have never met a little girl that sweet before.
However the story was awesome and I will be very sad when the Brown series is done. One of my favorite contemp series. ...more
I just finished reading the dark Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh so I really need a light & refreshing sweet book to read and let me tell you, Spring Chickens hit that mark. I adored it.
I'm a sucker for a southern man with their drawl and gentlemanly manners. Oh boy, Bram had it all. He loves and respects his mama, dotes on his daughter and he can flirt without being obnoxious. I think I kinda fell in love with him. Bram is just such a man! Here is a typical man line from Bram and why my cheeks hurt from smiling,
"Did you get lonely?" she asked, a teasing smile flirting with the corners of her lips. "I wanted to get a look at your garage."
Bram and Lynne are a mature couple (age 50 yrs) and Margaret Ethridge has created her characters no less sexier or flawed than any twenty something couple. Bram with his Paul Newman good looks and Lynne with her mile high legs were instantly attracted to each other. (Ok so maybe Bram noticed Lynne's sports car first) (told ya he is such a man)
Lynne the city girl, reeling from a painful divorce, inherited her aunt's farm in Arkansas and uses the opportunity to run away from Chicago and her pain. She begins to use this time away to reflect on her life, her family and what she really wants to do to move forward. Finding Bram is a real boost to her self esteem as she slowly starts to see her true worth.
Bram is stuck. As a widower to the only woman he ever loved, he really seems to take life one day at a time. Bram has a wonderful family. You immediately fall in love with his dad and develop a comfy home feeling of warmth and love with his mom. I'd love to pull up a chair sit around their dinner table anytime.
Bram and Lynne quickly develop a friendly camaraderie as he welcomes her to Heartsfield by repairing her porch rotting floor boards. Over the death of a baby chick, dinner and peach cobbler, their attraction clearly becomes mutual as they start to fall head over heels with each other. This attraction is not what some other people of the town want and a devious and envious makeup representative in her big pink car set out to put a wedge in their burgeoning relationship. I giggled as what she would do to keep them apart.
The town folk of Heartsfield seem to be a character all their own. With the gossip vine in full force Lynne gives them something new to talk about. It's not every day they see a woman who's purse cost more than a tractor tire.
Spring Chickens is just the perfect read to smile, sit back and enjoy a great story. If you love the south, a manly man and great banter between a couple, Spring Chickens is a great escape.
Teasers: avian black widow, sexy daddy, healing power of a new relationship, bunny love ...more
I once again loved the characters that Judith McNaught created. I adored Alexandra and felt deeply for Jordan.
IOutstanding! How I love these books!!
I once again loved the characters that Judith McNaught created. I adored Alexandra and felt deeply for Jordan.
I was drawn to Alexandra right away and she reminds me of a friend of mine so I loved Alex even more. I liked Jordan for the beginning and continued to like him. I felt so bad for the both of them when Jordan went missing and even got a bit teary eyed on a few pages.
I was a having a hard time trying to figure out who was after Jordan because it wasnt obvious to me at all. (although I am not good at mystery novels lol)
I got frustrated a bit with the miscommunication between the characters but that what makes these stories so good.
I simply adore the characters that Judith McNaught creates and I can't wait to dive into the next book!...more
Since this book is just over 200 pages, it is a really quick read.
I loved the entire fantasy that went along with the characters almost getting togetSince this book is just over 200 pages, it is a really quick read.
I loved the entire fantasy that went along with the characters almost getting together. It was really hot and steamy. Really well written and it was a page turner. Very creative on the author's part.
The only reason I didn't give it a perfect rating because I found the reason for the characters not getting together quicker to be boring and really drawn out. I can get frustrated with some female characters and just wish that authors would come up with more creative ways for a relationship not getting together rather than the same old "previous bad relationship has doomed me to be with any other man again" syndrome. Ugh!
Huge fan of Shayla Black/Shelley Bradley just not a huge fan of this story....more
Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! This is the 10th amazing book in the Rough Riders series. Brandt and Jessie weren't really featured much in the otherExcellent! Excellent! Excellent! This is the 10th amazing book in the Rough Riders series. Brandt and Jessie weren't really featured much in the other books so I didn't really know them much. So it was awesome ride to get to know them better. It amazes me how James can keep coming up with fresh new story ideas that keep the readers so engaged. I loved this story line and I loved the journey to the end. There were a few different storylines in this book regarding Jessie and Brandt and other than I was sure that they would get together, I honestly didn't know how the other story lines would end. I was not disappointed.
I'd love to read more about Casper (Brandt's father) to understand why he is so bitter. Than again, I truly dislike him so I am not sue if I'd give him the time of day. The book did give a bit of insight but doesn't really explain why he is so mean to his own boys or his brothers.
**spoiler alert** Sometimes I find it difficult to rate such short books perfect stars because the books are so short. I have a tough time getting inv**spoiler alert** Sometimes I find it difficult to rate such short books perfect stars because the books are so short. I have a tough time getting involved with the characters because the development is just to quick.
I have to say that this book was short but it was sweet. If you are looking for a little romance story with a predictable ending that is going to take you away for about an hour than this is the perfect story.
When the two main characters come together for a long overdue sexcapade, you can feel how much they love each other and that they had for a long time. The actual writing by Elle Kennedy was quite good and sexy hot. You will enjoy reading Going For It. The only downside is just before you know it the book is done and I wished it was a longer story so I had a chance to get to know them better. ...more
It pains me to give a Lauren Dane book only 3 stars but honestly, I just liked it. Usually I fall head over heals in love with anything Lauren Dane wrIt pains me to give a Lauren Dane book only 3 stars but honestly, I just liked it. Usually I fall head over heals in love with anything Lauren Dane writes but this was just not as good as the others.
However first I shall tell you what I did like. I loved all the updates from the previous characters. I fell in love with Laid Bare and Coming Undone so I was squee'n on all the inclusions of those characters. I even loved that Lauren Dane included a story line from Laid Bare regarding Ben and Cope's dad still not being cool with Ben, Todd and Erin. I think it is very realistic to not have a family be totally cool with a Triage family. I am not a fan of Raven so I was glad she really wasn't in this book much.
As much as I loved all the updates from the previous characters, this book was a bit over the top with niceness and hugs and closeness and hugs and sunshine and rainbows and hugs LOL There was almost no conflict. (and I don't mean because Raven wasnt there being a bitch)
The other thing that I missed was heat. Yes I do enjoy Lauren Dane's steamy hot sex scenes and the connections she creates with the couples. Out of the three books, Inside Out was the lightest. I missed it.
Another thing that drove me bonkers was Ella, Elise and Erin's names. Talk about confusing. Thank goodness in Adrian's book the female characters name is not going to start with "E". I don't know how many times I had to re-read a paragraph to remind myself who it was.
AND I am for sure 100% sticking with the series and I cannot wait for Adrian's book. The rock star needs a HEA!...more
**spoiler alert** It was a snowy cold day out so what a perfect time to read a Lauren Dane Christmas story. Firstly let me say I LOVED Second Chances.**spoiler alert** It was a snowy cold day out so what a perfect time to read a Lauren Dane Christmas story. Firstly let me say I LOVED Second Chances. I loved Zach alot. In fact I was still mourning him at the end of the Second Chances story. I did think that Jude had redeemed himself in the book but I was still aching for Zach.
So I think that is why I needed to read Believe so much. I wanted Rori to be happy after our, er I mean her devasting loss of Zach and I knew Jude would be that man but I needed the time. Believe had come at a perfect time because it was a nice little novella of just Rori and Jude. I do 100% believe that they will be happy together and Jude has turned out to be a perfect man for Rori.
The story itself was great. Who wouldn't want to be wisked away to secluded cabin with a hunk of love like Jude. The scenes were hot and the love between the pair was evident. I feel greatly satisfied with the conclusion of their story as well as giddy and warm & fuzzy. ...more
"WHEN A NAKED MAN shows up on your doorstep with a bear trap clamped around his ankle, it’s best just to do what he asks."
I was introduced to Molly Harper's writing with her "Nice Girls" vampire series. Very much like that other series, this Naked Werewolf series is witty and was sure to guarantee me lots of smiles. She has such great lines.
"Well, that cinched it. He was an asshole. I was definitely going to end up sleeping with him."
Molly Harper writes such personable female characters. She makes you want to be their best friend and hang out with them. Mo was just like that; totally cool. Mo's birth name is actually "Moonflower Freedom Refreshing Breeze Joplin Duvall-Wenstein." Wow that is a mouthful so it was shortened to just, Mo. How to Flirt with A Naked Werewolf is a feel good book. I loved it because there was not a long and drawn out conflict between Mo and her love interest, Cooper. They met. They were physically attracted to each other but they didn't like each other. They overcame their hostility and started dating.
When they did come together as a couple, it was blazing hot. Not in an erotic sense but more that their chemistry was amazing. Cooper and Mo are perfect together.
There are murders happening in Alaska around their area and it appears that the deaths are caused by a rouge wolf. Being as Cooper is a werewolf and he seems to have secretive baggage, Mo needs to work through holding his secret wolf identity or sharing that information with the authorities. It weighed heavy on her conscience and I felt bad for her.
I purchased How to Flirt with A Naked Werewolf on a super Amazon deal which is sadly over. I'd love to continue with the series but they are too pricey on ebooks for me. I will have to see if my library has them to lend.
Teasers: hippie loving parents, chess brownies, jumbo pack of condoms...more
*fist pump* YES! A new series to fall in love with. I've had Fatal Affair on my Kindle for awhile now and I've finally gotten around to reading it. Fatal Affair was an Amazon free Kindle purchase at one time. Giving away the first book of a series is such a great idea because I am hooked and I will gladly purchase more books in this Fatal series.
Sam is a heroine to be admired. She was a well respected detective in her police precinct with a reputation of being smart. I loved that the author wrote that Sam was admired among her peers. I was really hoping I wouldn't be dragged down a road where Sam was involved in a stereotypical battle where "a woman was working in a man's world". Thankfully the author didn't go there and instead I was treated to a fabulous story.
I found myself imagining the character Kate Beckett from the TV show Castle while picturing Sam Holland. She is a strong and capable female police sergeant that has a great insight and instincts. Yet, she is still feminine and venerable. Sam was a huge draw for me on how much I loved Fatal Affair. Well I'll be honest, Nick (the male protagonist) was also an excellent character. I loved how realistic his character was. He threw up when he encountered a gruesome murder crime scene just like a civilian would. Nick understood that Sam had a tough job to do and although his manly pride got a bit wounded during a couple of scenes, he was bright enough to realize that Sam was damn good at her job and he had to swallow his pride.
The location of the story is set in Washington DC and the the flavour of the story is political as well as being deeply ensconced in the law enforcement environment. The mix was suspenseful, the murders to solve were brutal and the mystery kept me engaged the entire story.
I will happily seek out book 2 and read it soon.
Teasers: excellent father/daughter relationship, secrets in the closet, brutal murders...more