I hate to say this is going to have be chalked up as a DNF for me. I'm about 1/3 of the way into it and I just can't seem to care what happens to thesI hate to say this is going to have be chalked up as a DNF for me. I'm about 1/3 of the way into it and I just can't seem to care what happens to these people.
I wanted to like this because the author is from Green Bay and the book is set in GB, which is my husband's home town but the book is written just to weakly for me. Not enough character and plot development. ...more
I like just about everyone else read Oridnary World after Faking it thinking it was a sequel which would follow basically the same storyline and charaI like just about everyone else read Oridnary World after Faking it thinking it was a sequel which would follow basically the same storyline and character flow. Boy was I wrong. OW touches on new feelings and emotions which if we are lucky enough in life we will never have to tap into.
After losing her husband suddenly, Andi needs to focus on finding herself and creating a new life without Sam. Andi struggles every day with her grief and in the process pushes away the opportunity for new love with her old friend Devin/David. This is not a romance. OW is about a woman struggling with loss and trying to keep from losing herself in her grief. Grief is an emotion which different people deal with in different ways. This book is about the way Andi deals with hers.
I enjoyed OW as much as I feel I possibly could given the subject matter. The roller coaster of emotion one experiences when reading this book is what reading is all about. I laughed and cried and I could not ask for a whole lot more from a book. I gave 4 stars instead of 5 soley because, this is not my normal cup-o-tea book. This book ended on a "we'll see how it goes" note. I'm for the HEA. ...more
Any Man of Mine falls into line with all Rachel Gibson's others in the adorable Chinook Hockey series. I liked it a lot.
After a crazy drunk week in VAny Man of Mine falls into line with all Rachel Gibson's others in the adorable Chinook Hockey series. I liked it a lot.
After a crazy drunk week in Vegas Autumn ends up married, pregnant, and dumped by Chinook Hockey Star Sam LeClaire. 5 years later Sam and Autumn have a mutual hate-dislike relationship and realize that though they have a son together it's best that they are never in the same room with one another. This all changes when Sam starts to realize he has not been the kind of father his son Conner deserves so he tries harder to be the dad he should have been all along. All the while Sam is hyper aware of Autumn and the serious attraction he had for her in Vegas all those years ago is stirring him up again.
The one thing I need in any book is likable characters. And Any Man of Mine without question has a great heroine and a hero who kind of starts out as an ass, but grows into a guy any woman would want. Autumn impressed me with not only her kindness but her resistance to the overpowering Sam LeClaire. Sam was a party animal womanizer who grew throughout the book to become a stand up guy. I love that about Rachel Gibson. She puts her characters together like a puzzle so we can grow to know, respect and eventually love them.
The ONLY gripe I have about Any Man of Mine was I felt it was a bit short. It was 360some pages but the print was large and I wanted a little more page time with Sam and Autumn.
Overall Rachel Gibson is always an autobuy for me and I will continue to eat her books up as soon as they come out. ...more
This was a re-read for me. The first time I read it I did not write a review, but this time I just can't not write one. With the emotions On Mystic LaThis was a re-read for me. The first time I read it I did not write a review, but this time I just can't not write one. With the emotions On Mystic Lake brought out in me I feel the need to share the experience.
Annie is the perfect wife and the perfect mother. Well at least she thought she was before her 17 year old daughter left on a 3 month trip to Europe about an hour before her husband told her he was in love with another YOUNGER woman and wanted a divorce.
When her husband first leaves her, Annie falls apart. Her only emotionally saving salvation is a visit to Mystic, the small logging community in northern Washington where she grew up and her father still lives. In Mystic Annie finds love again. Love in the form of a true understanding of herself and what she wants for her OWN life, not needing to live the life her heel of a husband sets for her. Love also in the form of a lost and lonely old friend and his equally lost 6 year old daughter. Everything is falling into place in Annie's life. Nick and Izzy have become a intricate part in her healing, as she has become part of theirs. Until her husband pops back into the picture and something completely unexpected happens to shatter her new little world.
The first time I read this I actually read the book. This time around I listened to the audio version. I loved On Mystic Lake the first time I read it, but listening to it... I don't know if it was just that time of the month *wink* or the gifted way the reader narrated it, but I was on the verge of tears throughout almost the entire book. Happy tears, sad tears, and every kind of in between tears plagued me.
When Annie's husband left her and she was alone in her bed, I felt it in every word I read. When Nick explained how he and his wife's lives were, up until the time of her death, he was actually telling this to ME... When Izzy was trying to get the words out to her daddy to tell him she loved him, I was part of the lump in her throat. And my biggest feeling, when Annie's husband told her he loved another woman in the driveway outside their house, about an hour after they dropped her daughter at the airport, when she was feeling so alone and sad, missing her baby so much already, I hated him so much I wanted to ram my knee in his crotch.
I am not big on "chic lit". I prefer full on romances. Not really needing inspirational girly stories about how one fictional woman over came a silly obstacle. This chic lit prejudice of mine does not apply here. All though there are several romantic elements, this is not a "classic" romance story. It is about a 39 year old woman who after years of taking care of everyone around her, finally has to take care of herself. And this did not take away from the story, or my love of it one tiny bit.
This was only my first re-read of On Mystic Lake, but now that I've reminded myself of what a great story Kristen Hannah created it won't be my last. ...more
Outcast Colley Rawlins has been trained from the time he was very young to be a strong, hard ass SOB. His grandfather beat into him young that love foOutcast Colley Rawlins has been trained from the time he was very young to be a strong, hard ass SOB. His grandfather beat into him young that love for anyone or anything is a weakness. And Colley's grandfather "Devil" as everyone calls him, does not tolerate weakness. Colley lives up to Devil's expectations until as a young teenager he comes across Elaina Thorne, the daughter of Devil's farm manager John Thorne. Lainie shows Colley that caring for another is not a weakness and as they grow older Colley and Lainie fall in love.
Colley's grandfather is not the only obstacle standing in Colley and Lainie's way. Lainie's father John does not want his daughter associating with Devil's white trash bastard grandson either. After years of trying to stay away from each other Colley and Lainie finally give into their love and agree to be together, until something horrible happens that Lainie can never forgive Colley for.
Sleeping at the Magnolia was extremely slow moving for me in the beginning. I set it down several times, for several days. The first 200 or so pages could have been whittled by half. We are not introduced to the pure love that Colley feels for Lainie until then, we are simply given little teaser flashbacks that barely satisfy the urge to continue reading. After we learn what it is that Colley did that was so horrible to hurt Lainie (he doesn't cheat) and why they really can't be together my heart went out to them and I had to keep reading.
In the end this turned into a sweet satisfying read (more like 3.5 stars). I loved Colley, he was a rough, tough farm man but when it came to Lainie he let all his emotions pour out only for her. Very sweet once you get past the first 200 pages of set up. ...more
**spoiler alert** This book started out very frustrating for me. It is about two friends in a When Harry Met Sally type relationship. They never seem**spoiler alert** This book started out very frustrating for me. It is about two friends in a When Harry Met Sally type relationship. They never seem to be on the same page at the same time.
I almost didn't finish One Day, I listened to the audio and by disc 3 I was just thoroughly pissed off. It was blatantly obvious to me that this "romance" was written by a man (I'm really not a man hater, I promise. I'm just stereo typed in my thinking that men can't write good romance books) Then I went and read some reviews which contained massive spoilers (shame on me). The spoilers revealed the ending in which I knew at the time (only on disc 3) would leave me unsatisfied with this book. I decided to give it one more disc and after that make my final decision on finishing it. I did end up finishing it and in all honestly I enjoyed it. In a very rare demonstration I read One Date for the story itself and not the happily ever after ending.
Emma and Dex are extremely well developed characters. The biggest reason I had to continue with the book was Emma. She was a remarkable lady. Funny, smart, and so full of love, she was the kind of person I would like to have as my friend. She went through things in her life both good and bad that I myself have experienced and I loved her all the more for how she handled them. Dex was not a great guy but the way the author portrayed him he did an excellent job of developing and making Dex grow. He was selfish, vain and in a downward spiral throughout most of the book. His situation was described in a manner that was so true to life, I would have believed that One Day was based on a real story (it wasn't to my knowledge).
I couldn't give One Day 5 stars because I was really disappointed at the ending but the story leading up to it was excellent. I hold to my opinion that men cannot write a romance book with the same pull for me as a woman. But overall I guess One Day isn't a romance per say, more like romantic fiction and David Nicholls did write a very good book. Think Nicholas Sparks. This is a very similar style in everything including the ending only British. ...more
**spoiler alert** Ok, I gotta start out with I LOVED Sed. He was the ultimate alpha super hero but I was hoping he would get a better woman.
Sed, the**spoiler alert** Ok, I gotta start out with I LOVED Sed. He was the ultimate alpha super hero but I was hoping he would get a better woman.
Sed, the lead singer of Sinners has held a candle for Jessica since she walked out on their engagement 2 years ago. He still thinks about her constantly and when he runs into her again he hopes to get the opportunity to win her back. He acknowledges he is a mess without her. Jessica is a law student hell bent on showing Sed she can use him for sex the same way he has used dozens of women without her emotions getting in the way. The trouble for her is even though Sed is the same take charge kind of guy that used to drive her crazy, she now sees that in his control freak mind he is trying to help those he loves.
I had to repeatedly remind myself that this book was "erotica" because within the first 20 or so pages I almost stopped reading. The part when Sed takes the groupies back to the room and Jessica walks in on him getting "serviced" really irritated me. The idea that she (Jessica) would just look past where his member had been 10 seconds prior (after not having sex with ANYONE the whole time they were separated) and jump him was just nasty. What was the purpose of the condom? Yuck!!! That scene set up my opinion that Jessica was a TSTL crazy nympho that I couldn't bring myself to like. To me she had no depth and definitely not Sed worthy.
Sed and the other guys made the book likable to me. I love his take charge personality and the banter with the band mates is hilarious. Overall I enjoyed Rock Hard. The disappointing heroine brought the book down a couple notches for me. I have high hopes for the other guys books.
All the great reviews really caught me up with this one. I'm a sucker for a good second cMaybe some little itty bitty spoilers...
3 1/2 stars for me.
All the great reviews really caught me up with this one. I'm a sucker for a good second chance at love romance which My One and Only has in spades.
Harper is a divorce attorney who after a phone call from her lovable but flighty sister, finds her life turned upside down at her sister's wedding face to face with her ex-husband Nick. Nick was the one who got away, her one true love who she could never be on the same page with. After some flight cancellations Nick offers to drive Harper to the next biggest airport and so their adventure begins.
Harper is a tough no-nonsense chick with severe abandonment issues after her mother walked out on her when she was 13. For the most part I really did like Harper as a character. She was funny and strong, and she never let anyone stand in the way of what she wanted. When she knew what she wanted anyway. That was my "pro" for My One and Only. My "con" was for the most part Nick. He was a jerk to Harper. He supposedly loved her so much but he never fully redeemed himself to me for his neglect when they were first married. In one paragraph he said he was wrong to do that, and that he was sorry but never owned up enough to his part in the demise of their relationship. I needed more out of him that he never fully delivered.
I had never read Kristan Higgins before and I was honestly surprised by the closed bedroom door level of her writing. No steamy sex scenes in this one ladies and gentlemen. I have read YA novels with more spice. I can't really knock the book for that, that's probably her style. Though I was disappointed and hoping for... more. ...more
I was really disappointed in According To Jane. The only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 was because I really liked Ellie, the main character. SI was really disappointed in According To Jane. The only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 was because I really liked Ellie, the main character. She was a very likable chick with humor and personality in abundance.
The problem I had was I am a romance reader, I thoroughly dislike chick-lit. There is a big difference between the two (at least in my mind there is). Though it may not be completely fair of me to dis According To Jane based on the romance tags and discussion boards it was recommended on I have to because it was not what they made it out to be at all. Yes Jane Austen speaks to Ellie in her head which is a cute idea but the book read more like an episode (or season) of Sex In The City than a romance novel.
I would recommend According To Jane to anyone who likes chick lit. If I'd have read it with that expectation going into it I would have rated it higher, again think Carrie Bradshaw's love life without her shoes and Jane Austen's voice thrown in. However if you're looking for the romance genre type this does not fit....more
I have to start out by saying, I kicked myself in the butt multiple times already for reading At Peace before For You. If I would have r4 1/2 stars...
I have to start out by saying, I kicked myself in the butt multiple times already for reading At Peace before For You. If I would have read them in the correct order I think I would have enjoyed At Peace more than I did. This is a series and it is meant to be read in order. Shame on me!
I feel like I am writing the same review over and over for Kristen Ashley's books but I just love her characters so much. Both primary and secondary characters come to life and jump off the page at you. And boy, can that woman create an alpha male!
I can count on one hand with the hundreds and hundreds of books that I've read the number of romantic suspense books that I've actually liked much less loved. They are just not my normal cuppa. For You was the exception beyond exceptions. Even though we knew the who done it pretty early on in the story, I was on the edge of my seat for HOURS! Once again Kristen Ashley was the demise of a clean bathroom in my house. I loved it!
Feb and Alec (Colt) Colton were high school sweethearts. As a matter of fact, they'd been together since they were young children. They never parted, until one night when Feb was 20 and Colt was 22 Feb abruptly dumped him and ran off leaving him, her family and the small town that she loved. Years later Feb had returned. She had been able to avoid Colt for years following her return. That was until she discovered a body outside her bar and called the police. Lieutenant Alec Colton was the first on the scene. Their relationship begins again with both Feb and Colt fighting and flighting from a serial killer obsessed with Feb and the story ends with them falling back in love.
Characters, plot, suspense, romantic elements and everything else that could possibly be wonderful in a book, For You has it. I am so lucky to have found Kristen Ashley.
Well Katie, after all that raving, why the comment about 4 1/2 stars, you ask? My answer to that is embarrassingly contradictory. Kristen Ashley creates wonderful characters that are middle age 30 and 40 something year olds. This trait is one of the biggest things that drew me to her books. All of her heros and heroines though they are mentioned to be in their 30s and 40s are not characteristically middle age people. They are hip, trendy, physically fit, energetic, immature, describably beautiful and irresistible to just about everyone around them, and in Feb's case a 42 year old pregnant lady. Now, I love and admire 30 and 40 year old people with that much energy and stamina. Hell, I hope and wish those characteristics applied to myself (they don't unfortunately apply to my 35 year old butt). They are admirable and wonderful (I love the idea of a childless 42 year old woman finally being blessed with pregnancy), it's just not normal. When I read Kristen Ashley's characters I picture Jennifer Aniston, Haley Berry (I haven't read a KA with a black heroine but the woman is 40 something and still one of the most gorgeous women on the planet), Jennifer Lopez, and the likes of these beautiful 40 year old women. I love them, I admire them, hell I'd love to look like them. But they are freaks of nature (in a good way:) and to read about them over and over again in KA's books is just a little repetitive and frustrating. The only reason I believe KA's characters to be 40 somethings is because their ages are mentioned very early on in her books. Without this immediate fact brought to our attention I would rate these characters anywhere between 20 and 30 years old. Their age is at no point obvious by coming out in their actions.
Other than a few audio books here and there I haven't been able to read much lately. The Unwanted Wife was my first opportunity to dive into3.5 stars.
Other than a few audio books here and there I haven't been able to read much lately. The Unwanted Wife was my first opportunity to dive into something in a long time. I have to say that this was a good book to get back into the swing with. Lots of angst, lots of romance and my favorite, lots of groveling...
Theresa was stuck in a loveless marriage for almost 2 years. What started out as an infatuation with a man her father wanted to manipulate turned into a year and a half trapped with a ice cold man who not only did not love her, but at times seemed to despise her. She'd finally reached the point where all she wanted was out of the marriage at the same time her husband realizes maybe she isn't the manipulative cad that her father has portrayed her to be.
I really felt that The Unwanted Wife was a good indie book that maybe with just a tad more polishing I would have rated higher. The characters were great. Theresa was a very likable heroine. She was (or grew to be) strong, resilient and the kind of woman that you'd want to be a friend to. Sandro started out as your typical A-hole husband who treated his wife worse than trash but once he finally realized what he had, he gave everything he had to winning her over.
There were a few typos throughout and though annoying they weren't to the extent that they distracted from the story. Where I felt the "polishing" was needed a bit was in the unfolding of Sandro's feelings towards Theresa. We really don't find out why he had such a sudden change of heart until the very end. And even then it was kind of a quickly put together explanation of his feelings. I also felt things fell a little flat in the "other woman" department. It was almost as if the author didn't want to tackle the obstacle of making a likable guy out of a cheating hero so she simply avoided it all together and just made it "appear" as though he was a cheating bastard. The whole situation was just explained away much too easily.
Over all I enjoyed the story and writing style of Natasha Anders and would gladly read her work again. ...more
What a great angst filled character driven love story! 4 1/2 stars.
I was in the mood for something that would tug relentlessly at my heart strings anWhat a great angst filled character driven love story! 4 1/2 stars.
I was in the mood for something that would tug relentlessly at my heart strings and Take This Regret pulled and pulled until I had tears actually spilling from my eyes.
Christian and Elizabeth had their future set out in front of them like a gold paved highway. They were in love, they were going to attend law school together and then they were going to be successful attorneys, get married and live happily ever after. That was until Elizabeth dropped the bomb on Christian halfway thorough the last year of their undergrad degree that she was pregnant. Christian in a selfish childlike tantrum refused the idea of being a father and messing up his grand future plan. He made Elizabeth choose between him and their unborn child. She chose to be a single mother. 5 years later Christian realizes the guilt and torment he has been suffering since Elizabeth walked out of his life can only end when he faces his mistakes and tries to make things right.
Told in the first person with view points changing between Christian and Liz I actually FELT what they were going through. Amy Lichtenhan spelled it out for us so well that I had an ache in my chest at the longing Christian felt for the loss of him family. This was a perfect blend of an author using dialogue and character actions to SHOW not tell the reader what the H and h are going through. The guilt he felt for it being all his fault. And the confusion Elizabeth felt for the only man she ever loved who had hurt her more than anyone else ever possibly could. I shuttered multiple times for their pain.
The ONLY missing element I felt in Take This Regret was I was hoping for a little more background on Liz and Christian's relationship. They were two people desperately in love, but we only saw a faint glimpse of their relationship when it was wonderful, before Liz told him she was having his baby and he messed everything up.
I loved Take This Regret and will be happily picking up Ms. Lichtenhan's Pulled very soon as well. ...more
Loved, loved, loved it... Dreams of a Dark Warrior totally refueled my fire for this series and I can't wait for the next one.
Regin the Radiant is thLoved, loved, loved it... Dreams of a Dark Warrior totally refueled my fire for this series and I can't wait for the next one.
Regin the Radiant is the fun loving "rock out with your cock out" Valkyrie, but she has a past of loss and heart break. Centuries ago she was in love with a berserker warrior, Aiden the Fierce who was killed by a vampire while he was still in her arms after making love. Aiden was born again centuries after his first death only die another horrible death minutes after consummating his relationship with Regin again, but before she has the chance to completely fall in love with him. This horrific cycle repeats and repeats itself throughout the centuries until Regin is captured by Declan Chase the magister of The Order, a vicious organization dedicated to studying and destroying all immortals.
Regin identifies Declan Chase as her reincarnated lover immediately, though his physical features change with every life, his eyes are always the same. She tries to convince Chase of this fact many times, that in another life he loved her. But in this life he constantly rejects her, but deep down he knows there is something different about himself that may be connected to the Valkyrie.
Regin is a wonderful character, full of life and humor and a toughness that you can admire. She falls in love with Declan Chase when the odds of her captivity as well as Chase's own actions toward her should make her shun and hate him. Chase is a deep,dark, tortured hero in the most honest sense of the term. He continuously rejects Regin to her face all the while at war within himself to deny the uncontrollable pull he has towards her.
I loved this installment of the Immortals After Dark (did I mention that already?). It was full of action and suspense and kept me up late in the night telling myself to read "just one more chapter". Declan and Regin are so far my favorite IAD couple. Through all the mental and physical pain and suffering they cause each other they both realize they are like magnets drawn to one another and cannot be without their other half. ...more