Just Give In is the third and last book of the Hart Series and by far my favorite. This book is about Brooke Hart, Austen and Tyler’...more**spoiler alert**
Just Give In is the third and last book of the Hart Series and by far my favorite. This book is about Brooke Hart, Austen and Tyler’s sister who was briefly introduced in the first book of the series. Brooke Hart has come to Tin Cup, Texas to see the lawyer handling the Hart property, to find out more about her brothers and the town they grew up in. She arrives broke and homeless and is looking for a job. Brooke does not want her brothers to know her real circumstances and her past until she is back on her feet especially all of the things she told them in the earlier book. In a quirky meeting with the hero (she is returning his can of peas), Jason “Captain” Kincaid is a quiet loner who was a staff sergeant in the Army (there is a reason he is called Captain) where he was injured and has a sexy eye patch and scars. He offers her a job to “inventory” all the metal junk lying about in his yard. He fixes up old machines, if not creates new and better ones out of metal junk he finds. The Captain figures out Brooke’s situation and tries to help her, and to get her out of his life as quick as possible, but Brooke will not take any money she hasn’t earned. The two are attracted to each other from the start and pretty soon leads to some scorching scenes. Brooke wants to stay with the Captain, but the Captain believes she is better off with someone better than him.
There are several reasons that I love this book and its characters, Brooke and Jason are not your typical Harlequin characters. Both of them really accept the other for who they are without wanting to change the other, especially since Jason seems to be living in his own junkyard, but Brooke does not try to change it, but she actually likes it. Brooke’s background is dark and sad, more so than the usual characters I have read in H. Blaze. She spent most of her childhood homeless and with a mother with alcohol problems, and all she is looking for is a family who will want her and need her. I loved Brooke’s perspective on life for most things even with the awful upbringing, she has a positive attitude toward life that things will get better. And she has some great bargaining abilities that I envy. I thought that her background would make me feel more sorry about her situation, but it did not overshadow the book, like the scene with her last good sweater and glue. It’s actually become one of my favorite scenes. One of the other things I liked in this book was that most of the pursuing in this book was done by the heroine, she knew what she wanted and was going after it. There were a few downsides to the story, there was a lot of information on Brooke, but not nearly enough on the Captain. We do not find out more details about the hero’s injury, not much about his relationship with his ex-wife, how he has money, since we really do not see him charge for anything he does. There are hints given to mineral rights and/or oil but nothing substantial and most of importantly what events led him to become a recluse. Also, there was not much interaction between Brooke and her brothers as I would have liked to see the relationship developing. Even with the downsides, the story was impressive for a Harlequin and ended the series really nicely. In this case, the best was really saved for last. (less)
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, usually you only find one good story and the rest are just fillers, but this was a very good book, all the st...moreI was pleasantly surprised by this book, usually you only find one good story and the rest are just fillers, but this was a very good book, all the stories were fun and easy to read surrounding Valentines Day. I didn't give the last story by Jo Leigh 4 stars because it was moving too slowly for me and for being a Harlequin and an anthology, I was expecting a quicker pace. Also, I never fully figured out the motive for the Ex-boyfriend to set heroine up with hero. It was just guesswork and I am still curious to know. Overall, worth reading!
Skin Deep by Janelle Denison - **** (4 Stars) Hold On by Leslie Kelly - **** (4 Stars) Ex Marks the Spot by Jo Leigh ***.5 (3.5 Stars)(less)