Tender Loving Care is a very sweet and simple book.
Melissa is a nurse that usually takes care of dying children when she is put to work to look after...moreTender Loving Care is a very sweet and simple book.
Melissa is a nurse that usually takes care of dying children when she is put to work to look after Logan, who is temporarily blind. Melissa has always considered herself ordinary, she is like normal people, has curves and image issues because of her boyfriend dumping her for someone more "wealthy" and her parent's attitude.
Logan has a 12 year old daughter and is divorced from a soap star, who is considered one of the most beautiful women. He is against the institution of marriage, after his wife cheated on him way too many times and prefers sophisticated women as they know the score. He starts liking Melissa and getting attracted to her and how real she is but knows that she deserves better than what he can offer.
After his bandages come off, Melissa stays back to look after his daughter Wendi. I had a problem with only Wendi in the book, I get it she is a teenager with a beautiful mother and she will be all about fashion and cool people, but it got too much I guess. Melissa's influence definitely improves her but I felt Logan should have given her a good long talk. Maybe I was never an immature teen and still am not so it was difficult to me understand Wendi but yeah I get where she was coming from, but I got nerves :D
Melissa is one the most sweetest people and she doesn't realize that beauty isn't everything maybe because the people in her world didn't realize her worth. She thinks Logan is staying away from her because of that. Logan tries hard not to give in but does eventually and I liked Melissa stood up for herself and said that she deserves better.
This book is pretty short and sweet, I would recommend it. Thanks booklover.(less)
Have you ever read a book where you hated the heroine and wondered what the hero saw in her and why didn't he dump the shrew?Well, Father in Training...moreHave you ever read a book where you hated the heroine and wondered what the hero saw in her and why didn't he dump the shrew?Well, Father in Training is like that, I have enjoyed all the Haynes family books when I read them 3 years back but this one was the least good. Kyle is the youngest brother and was affected strongly by their mother walking on them, so for years he has vowed not to let anyone get the same opportunity.
When he was a teen he had a bad crush on 2 years older Sandy who never noticed him. Now, years later Sandy a widow, has moved in next door with her 3 kids. Sandy is stubborn to the point of stupidity, whenever Kyle wants to help them get their house cleaned and settled she says no and instead leans hard on her children. She is so shallow and judgmental, fine she had problems with control since she had an alcoholic mother and an irresponsible husband, but she blames everything on others and micro-manages her kids life. I felt Kyle should have cut his losses with her, she constantly even after spending time with him, thinks the worst of him. I was never satisfied with her apologies even when she realizes some of the blame lay with her as well as far as her marriage is concerned, she was too controlling.
I like an independent heroine but not a shrew and Kyle was always wonderful with her and the kids, coming back even when she behaved in a rude manner.
Good Husband Material is a so-so book, nothing great and nothing bad. Kari was a young 18 year old with dreams and her feelings for Gage(who was 23) an...moreGood Husband Material is a so-so book, nothing great and nothing bad. Kari was a young 18 year old with dreams and her feelings for Gage(who was 23) and his planning for the future made her scared and she left. She comes back to sell her grandmother's place intending to move on since she is done with modeling and has earned a degree to be a teacher and they become friends again since they are neighbors. There are no angry words instead they talk, Kari apologizes and explains her position and Gage even understands though that never takes away the hurt but time changes things and they both see their mistakes. There are also "parental" issues involved on both sides and resolved to some extent. This connects to the Haynes books as everyone knows that father was a big cheat and he had more kids out there.
Completely Smitten is a road trip romance and real sweet. Haley led a sheltered life and being a preacher's daughter, allowed people to guide her and...moreCompletely Smitten is a road trip romance and real sweet. Haley led a sheltered life and being a preacher's daughter, allowed people to guide her and do something she wasn't really sure she wanted to, so she stopped wearing dresses and skirts and doing anything that would reflect badly on her father, not that her father asked her to, she just did and her breaking point came when her would be husband said that he was so not sure that marriage was the right thing. That is when she realized that she didn't love him, that he was a control freak and she only dated him because of the congregation and she let loose. She cut her hair and went on the road and decided to follow her dreams of being a teacher and seeing Hawaii.
She come across Kevin in a bar. Kevin is a US Marshall who was a wild kid and the moment he sees her he realizes that she is trouble and doesn't fit in there, so he takes a drunk Haley to her hotel and when he is injured on the job, she takes him home. This was a sweet book, seeing Haley discover the joys of freedom, make-up, wearing whatever she pleased, having alcohol etc was sweet. And OMG when she asks Kevin what does sex feel like and does it pain when he is aroused. Poor Kevin wanting to do the right thing and being slayed by innocent Haley.
The two characters were sweet. I loved seeing them fall for each other.(less)
One in a Million was kind of predictable book. Based in a small town where all the Haynes brothers live and the newly discovered one's come for a reun...moreOne in a Million was kind of predictable book. Based in a small town where all the Haynes brothers live and the newly discovered one's come for a reunion.
Nash is a FBI negotiator, who is getting burned out ever since his wife died 2 years ago and he is staying at a B&B run by Stephanie. Stephanie is a widow with 3 kids, her husband was just like her parents, childish and irresponsible but she stayed for her kids. She knowing her track record doesn't want a 4th kid but is still attracted to Nash. So both of them start a no-strings affair.
Honestly, the book was bland, nothing new or special, they set some rules but wanted to change them. They spend time with Nash's new family and Nash starts looking at this past in a new manner and HEA.
Quinn's Woman is the last in the Hometown Heart-breaker's series. Quinn was treated badly by his father and he never knew why, no matter how good he w...moreQuinn's Woman is the last in the Hometown Heart-breaker's series. Quinn was treated badly by his father and he never knew why, no matter how good he was in sports and academics he could never measure up, he joined the military and then Special Forces, so he has led a dark life and now he is questioning it's direction. He comes to Glennwood to meet his brother Gage and finds out the reason for his father's behaviour and meets his other family the "Haynes".
DJ is a woman not everyone gets. She is tough, she rescues kids and women for a living , she teaches them self-defense and puts herself in dicey situations, she is not traditional. She is totally into control and self-defense and when Quinn beats her at her game she is intrigued and wants to better herself. DJ had a bad childhood, her father was abusive and her mother kept forgiving him, but when the violence became too much and landed DJ in the hospital, her mother killed her husband and herself, writing that she couldn't live without her love. So, DJ is determined never to fall for men and their lies and allow them to control her.
So, she walks up to Quinn and even offers him sex to get him to teach her, for her sex is also about control not that she is promiscuous. Quinn refuses the sex offer and through their lessons and family gatherings they are thrown together.
It is not often you find commitment phobic women but I really liked the book, DJ was not coarse just scared inside but she was totally kick-ass too. Quinn was pretty sweet.
Meant to be Married is a story about healing, second-chances and family loyalty, it is not an easy read, it is about letting go off the past and to lo...moreMeant to be Married is a story about healing, second-chances and family loyalty, it is not an easy read, it is about letting go off the past and to look beyond the hurt.
Eli and Sarah were young lovers, who adored each other and sneaked behind their family's back for 3 years since they knew they would never be accepted, their families were sworn enemies in a feud that dated back more than hundred years, but they didn't care, they were young and in love. They eloped to get married when Sarah got pregnant, but didn't go through it as they wanted their families to accept them too. But betrayal tore them apart, Eli went to jail and by the time he was out Sarah was gone to a home for un-wed mothers where their daughter was given up for adoption.
12 years have gone by and that is how long Sarah has been gone. She has a made a successful life for herself as a photographer but she is getting dis-enchanted and returns home as her father is ill. Over the years Sarah has a built a relationship with her parents based on her terms, where the past is a no-go. She hasn't forgiven her parents because she can't forgive herself. She hides behind her camera and it is Eli and his coming back into her life that force her to confront the issue of her baby and her art.
Eli has spent his time re-building his family fortunes and hating Sarah's father for what he took from him. He lives for revenge. Both of them can't stay away from each other despite their families, they talk, they hurt each other but still they love each other.
Seeing both of them confront their past, their families, their feelings for each other was painful. I loved seeing Sarah grow and finally decide that she would no longer be the bone between two men and the moment when she lets go of her grief was painful.
Jezebel's Blues was a very different book about finding your own self and accepting it. Celia Moon has moved to Gideon to create a new life for herself...moreJezebel's Blues was a very different book about finding your own self and accepting it. Celia Moon has moved to Gideon to create a new life for herself, a life based on stability. Her parents were famous and adored each other but her relationship with them was complicated, she always felt she was an after thought with them and is still angry about her father's death coming so close on the heels of her mother.
Eric is someone who didn't have the best childhood, he spent his life in Gideon first as a child who was illegitimate and then with a drunk uncle. His sister and the guitar saved him and he left to make a name for himself, which he did but an accident robbed him of that and he is still dealing with that. He returns for his sister but is caught in the storm and finds shelter with Celia.
The book is slow, it is about blues. Celia is pretty strong, she is not interested in taking on all of Eric's trouble, yes she tries to help him but she also walks away. She knows what she wants in life and doesn't force Eric to want the same. Eric was more complicated, he has a lot of guilt to work through and he knows that he cannot be what Celia needs. It was good to see Eric's journey of self-discovery and to stop taking life so seriously.
I enjoyed the book, it is not very sexy, it is slow and different.
The Sheriff's Secret Wife was good. Racy was a waitress, bar-tender now a manager and wants to buy out the bar she's been working at for the past eigh...moreThe Sheriff's Secret Wife was good. Racy was a waitress, bar-tender now a manager and wants to buy out the bar she's been working at for the past eight years. She's fun loving and brash but her life has been filled with hard-knocks. She comes from a family where her father and brothers were in and out of jail, her first husband died(drunk) and second cleaned her out, so she flirts but not anything more.
Five months ago in Vegas she ends up married to Gage, the sheriff and her tormentor. Both of them shared a kiss when they were in high-school and after his father died ten years ago Gage left his dreams of the FBI to look after his family. Gage has often been the one dealing with her family messes and Racy feels he doesn't approve of her. Racy is rebellious and tries hard to live upto it for show, she tells Gage she doesn't remember their night together and that it was a mistake.
So both of them walk around each other, but they soon find out their marriage is still legal and her brothers are out of jail. I admired Racy but she had way too many barriers, Gage just didn't try hard enough since she was so good at deflecting.
The book was good but I felt nothing happened between these two till almost the end.
Erin was another survivor of the prom night fire in Troublesome Gulch. She lost the love of her life, her fiancee Kevin and her unborn baby and suffer...moreErin was another survivor of the prom night fire in Troublesome Gulch. She lost the love of her life, her fiancee Kevin and her unborn baby and suffered extensive burns. She is now an engineer and works as a fire-man and has become an expert in pretending that she is fine, but she's actually a mess inside, she has never dealt with what happened and has never dated much less kissed anyone since Kevin. A fire-call makes her recall it all and she goes running to a bar in Denver, where she starts dancing without any thought.
Nate is pyrotechnic engineer and he's just looking for peace when he sees Erin. He kind of rescues her and then she ends up crying. He takes her for rest to his hotel-room. Nate is a good guy, decent, loving, with three sisters and a mother and a appreciation of watching girl movies. When Erin wakes up screaming and asks just to lie next to him he agrees reluctantly and then she starts touching him. He says no, he is not the one-night stand sort but Erin tells him that she needs him, so he's a good guy. The next day she disappears.
Two months later Erin finds out she's pregnant. She feels guilty for sneaking out on Nate and tries to find him but can't. Five months later Nate shows up in town for the 4th of July fire-work arrangement.
They talk and Nate says he will move to town. Erin was a bit irrational at times and for a long while she stuck to Kevin despite her growing feelings for Nate. The best part about the book was Nate.(less)
Cagney was the other person involved in the prom night accident. Her family defines dysfunctional, her father the police chief was always controlling a...moreCagney was the other person involved in the prom night accident. Her family defines dysfunctional, her father the police chief was always controlling and verbally abusive. Only Jonas, Cagney's love knew the full extent of her home situation. Jonas came from the wrong side of the tracks, he wasn't wealthy and her father had forbidden her to see him but she did and they made plans. Cagney loved art and planned to go to college but the day before the prom her father found about Jonas and threatened to withdraw her college financing if she went to the prom with him.
Just to show him she decided to go and her father said she had to go with a friend, so she did. She wanted to tell Jonas but her father took all her means of communication so she thought she'd tell him when she is with friends and he would understand since he knew her father. But things turned out differently when Jonas showed up the Chief made it sound that Cagney was done with him and Jonas who had always thought that he wasn't good enough for her believed him since he also gave him a letter(it was forged).
Now, in the future, Cagney is a cop working under her father, the accident changed her and losing Jonas. She never went to college and never followed her art. The city is having a new hospital wing opened and the donor is Jonas, who is now wealthy.
Jonas rise to the top has been fueled by revenge but he feels weird when he sees Cagney again, she seems happy to see him and wants to talk while he doesn't wants to keep it all business. He does realize that he still loves her but it is mixed with a whole bunch of feelings. To anger her dad and put then in proximity Cagney volunteers her warehouse to be the teen-centre.
But she soon realizes after being re-buffed one time too many that she cannot recapture what she and Jonas had and that he doesn't want to. Jonas wants to but he is afraid of making a move, of course her father figures into them play-acting later.
I enjoyed the book a lot, I loved seeing Cagney confront her mother and even her father and her fears. Jonas was good as well but the star was Cagney. I never doubted these two were meant for each other even if Jonas was stubborn at first.(less)
The Cowboy's Second Chance was a decent read, it didn't just pull me in much that's all. Landon works as a cowboy, moving from place to place with his...moreThe Cowboy's Second Chance was a decent read, it didn't just pull me in much that's all. Landon works as a cowboy, moving from place to place with his horse, he doesn't make much but in reality he owns part of a big ranch in Texas. He lost his wife and kid in a fire and blamed himself was convicted then exonerated. He does not want to go home, his new job doesn't pan through when he prevents his to be boss from harassing Maggie.
Maggie runs her family ranch but she's not had an easy time, her father was a jerk and so was her ex. She's in debt and in need of help, her neighbour is all set in destroying her by taking away her help. She rescues Landon when he is attacked for helping her and brings him home where she stays with her daughter and Nana.
He wants to leave but sees his horse needs rest and Maggie help so volunteers to stay for a few weeks. He tries to stay away from Maggie and her daughter and doesn't talk about his past.
I really enjoyed the Bargain, it started of slow with the heroine Lisa contemplating about men and how armor like being smartly dressed and make-up an...moreI really enjoyed the Bargain, it started of slow with the heroine Lisa contemplating about men and how armor like being smartly dressed and make-up and an ice-queen persona could keep them away and regretting that she hadn't used it earlier. She's an artist and while on the beach walks Sam, who she's been sketching for a while. Lisa is not very friendly with him and he tells her that he's a marine archeologist between jobs and even he isn't interested since she's not his type.
Lisa walks away to the place where she's been staying. It's historical house and belonged to her paternal family though she never knew them since her father wasn't around and has no interest in it. She's being paid money to stay there for sometimes as the town is trying to fight it's demolition and she's happy enough to just work on ideas there. Sam follows her bringing the stuff she left behind, she's mighty suspicious but invites him in and they get talking. He tells her the legend about how a pirate fell in love with one of her ancestors and when he was about to be hanged for the treasure he got by permission of the king, took his ancestor away.
Lisa hasn't had the best luck, her mother used her, then her first lover and she feels the most foolish about her ex-husband who cheated on her and took away the art she created, so she now if she will be interested in a man, wants someone who is self-reliant and financially stable and Sam doesn't seem to fit in. She feels put off in a way that he doesn't seem attracted to her when she does.
Sam then comes around doing odd repair jobs saying he has permission and much to her chagrin never makes a move on her even when she sometimes feel the spark.
Of course we are made aware early on that Sam has a motive through not very clear phone-calls. They fall for each other and in bed and the next morning Sam feels panicked about losing her, he lied not a very big one but everyone has used Lisa in life and he doesn't want her to feel the same about him, so he proposes marriage not proclaiming his love out loud since he wants to tie her to him and Lisa says yes as she wants him to fall in love with her.
I really enjoyed the story, how these two were opposites and first were just friends then moved on to more and how these two wanted to tie themselves to each other. Sam was so afraid of losing her and what he does to make her forgive him was great. I also enjoyed Lisa coming to her own realization about Sam's actions.(less)
Rating 3.5 This is the last Troublesome Gulch book and about the fourth survivor of the prom night tragedy Lexy and the one with the most scars, emotio...moreRating 3.5 This is the last Troublesome Gulch book and about the fourth survivor of the prom night tragedy Lexy and the one with the most scars, emotional and physical. The accident robbed Lexy of the full use of her legs, she is in a wheel-chair though she can use crutches sometimes, competes in sports and works as a 911 dispatcher. Lexy has convinced herself her life is good and what she deserves, after all she caused the accident when distracted her boyfriend. She hasn't dated ever since but when one 911 call from six-year old Ian comes saying that his father has been stung by bees, Lexy sees how lacking her life is and how she has isolated herself.
She feels the lack of a child and someone to love and doesn't think she deserves it. Drew left his life to make a fresh new start away from the memory of his wife who died two years before after being reckless over her diabetes.
He is attracted to Lexy but knows that it won't be easy and then Lexy starts avoiding him after they have lunch, when he confronts her he finds out why, because she fears how he will react to what she did when she was a teenager and she doesn't want to hurt Ian and him.
The book was way shorter than the other books and the relationship took place almost at the end but still enjoyable.(less)