Any book with LISA KLEYPAS sprawled all over the cover is a must read for me. Her books have constantly been 4-stars or 5-stars for me.
To be honest, I...moreAny book with LISA KLEYPAS sprawled all over the cover is a must read for me. Her books have constantly been 4-stars or 5-stars for me.
To be honest, I do not remember Sugar Daddy much, which is the first book in the Travis' series. That was a 4-star read for me. However, Blue-Eyed Devil, I know I will not forget for a long time, since this book made me cry like a baby.
Haven Travis, an heiress who is set up on making her own path, makes her pick of a husband. Nick was her first boyfriend, first kiss and first everything. The old adage kicks in, "you never know a person, until you live under the same roof." Nick, who seemed like an OK fellow, is actually a narcissistic b*stard who beats the crap out of women. Haven endures for a while, until she is left with a broken hip and kicked out of the house for the night. I was bawling!
This book made me think of domestic abuse, and why women tolerate it. It seems so easy to leave, but I know once you're in it yourself, it's hard to cut loose.
Hardy Cates apparently was a main focus in the first book, but despite me not remembering much, I enjoyed this book more than Sugar Daddy. Hardy Cates was very patient, hard-working and sweet. He started as a blue-collared worker, but ended up rich.
Haven initially thinks that Hardy is using her to get back at her brother Gage, but Hardy was just really attracted to her. The build up of their romance is sweet and perfect. Their journey wasn't easy, but they got there.
Blue-Eyed Devil sure is my favorite Lisa Kleypas contemporary. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
She betrayed him and left him to be with another. Now that she’s alone again, nothing is going to stop him from coming for her.
Australian media tycoon Jake Formosa does not believe in forgiving…or forgetting. So when he discovers that Amanda — the woman who once broke his heart — is newly widowed, he immediately enacts his revenge. Jake is intent on making Amanda remember him, and making her suffer for what she did. He will leave her broken and alone, and finally have his closure.
But Amanda is not the sweet girl that Jake remembers, and her life is far from perfect. As the web of lies surrounding her begins to unravel, Jake finds himself once again ensnared. Can he learn to overlook the past and risk his heart again?
First and foremost, let me tell you I am Filipino. And you might be saying, “so what?”. If you were Filipino, you would know that we love our drama. Almost every tv show at night is heavy on drama, the bawl your eyes type. And I can tell you this story has been done. Plenty of times.
Though Echoes of the Heart may not be highly original and predictable, Alyssa Montgomery’s writing can deliver. Though storyline is rushed, I have liked the characters she had created. (less)
Catherine Bybee has WOWed me with her previous Not Quite books. The first book Not Quite Dating was enjoyable that I had given it solid four stars. It...moreCatherine Bybee has WOWed me with her previous Not Quite books. The first book Not Quite Dating was enjoyable that I had given it solid four stars. It kept me swooning, however, it didn't make me want to grab the next book right away. However, amazon had a deal, and I already had Catherine Bybee under my radar, so I went and bought the other two books in the series. I picked up the second book, Not Quite Mine, and I was so delighted that I ended up giving it four stars.
With the third book, Not Quite Enough at my disposal, it was no wonder that I decided to read it as soon as I finished with the second book.
And I have to admit, I was disappointed.
But Catherine Bybee has turned this disappointment around as soon as I got passed the middle part.
Monica Mann is a nurse. She is introduced in the first book as the best friend of the heroine. Now, she gets her spotlight. She is member of a team of nurses that help in disasters. An earthquake hits Jamaica that leaves the country in devastation, so she goes to Jamaica to help out.
Monica is particularly good at segregating cases. People from all over are rushing to their hospital because of lack of doctors from other places. So the doctors decide to send her over to a clinic to help (since even people who don't need a doctor are rushing off to their hospital, thus it has become overly crowded). She goes to the clinic and helps out. Trent Fairchild, the pilot, who has been helping them out, has offered his house to Monica for her to have access to his amenities and his bed (for sleep of course).
Of course this is a romance book, so they're attracted to each other. They hit it off, without them expecting more from each other. Trent brings Monica to a secluded part of Jamaica which has not been destroyed by the tsunami. They make most of their time together, but there's an aftershock of the earthquake which causes the cave they are in to topple over. They are trapped which only each other, and a bag with meager supplies to survive with until rescue comes.
So, why was I disappointed? There was a scene inside Trent's house, where they were fine and then suddenly, something changed. And I couldn't figure out what. Probably they realized they were deeply attracted to each other that it became awkward? But what salvaged the book was them being trapped in the cave. Here, I have felt them genuinely connect with each other.
Solid four stars for Not Quite Enough by Ms Catherine Bybee.
Katie Morrison has everything a girl could want. She has fancy shoes, she has money, she lives in hotels, she can party. But she doesn't have the one...moreKatie Morrison has everything a girl could want. She has fancy shoes, she has money, she lives in hotels, she can party. But she doesn't have the one thing she really wants. A viable uterus. Katie had a miscarriage, which damaged her uterus for good.
The experience had changed her. She had matured, but she does not correct others about their view about her. She decides to help her brother with the designing of his new chain of hotels. She gets a job as an interior designer.
At her brother's wedding, a baby is left in her room's door. With the baby comes a letter and adoption papers with Katie as the mother. She falls in love with Savannah (the baby) and hires a private investigator to find out who left her the baby.
Dean Prescott is the best man of her brother. Dean and Jack have been best friends for so long, but Dean and Katie have always had a thing for each other. They had been together once, and that did not end well. Dean tries to win Katie back, but Katie has to juggle her job and keeping Savannah secret from everyone.
Not Quite Mine is enjoyable and had strong potential for a five star read. However, the ending, on who Savannah's mother was, was actually not believable. But I guess love can know no bounds, especially if the love we are talking about is on paper.
But yes, love can be sweeter the second time around.(less)
I Only Have Eyes for You is a wonderful addition to the Sullivan series! Personally, I was looking forward to Sophie Sullivan...moreBella Andre did it again.
I Only Have Eyes for You is a wonderful addition to the Sullivan series! Personally, I was looking forward to Sophie Sullivan's story, because I honestly saw a bit of myself in her when she was talked about in previous books. And when I say a bit, I really mean a bit. Because I am sort of like Sophie, except, without the killer body, without the money, and without whatever that counts.
Sophie has been in love with Jake McCann since forever. Jake was her older brother's friend and she thought he didn't see her the way she wanted him to see her. But he did. Jake saw Sophie being hands off since she is sister of his best friends.
But there has to be a point where enough pretending is enough. Sophie has had enough and is off to seduce Jake if she has to.
I have enjoyed this book so much that I can't wait to read the next book.
*Also, for kindle owners, the Sullivan series is available for lending.