"You're in my blood, my skin, my bones. I go to bed wanting you, I wake up wanting you, I spend most of the damn day wanting you. But I'm not going to
"You're in my blood, my skin, my bones. I go to bed wanting you, I wake up wanting you, I spend most of the damn day wanting you. But I'm not going to beg."
He glazed at her for several moments more, then he sighed. "Aw hell. Yes, I am." (Sigh)
I had downloaded RaeAnne Thayne's "Dancing in the moonlight" last January (almost to the day I finally read it!) from the Harlequin eBook store. I was trying out the site for the first time and it was free. But for whatever reason, I never got around to reading it. And thus it sat, neglected.
Recently, (I'm digressing, but this will make sense in a second. Just bear with me.) I decided to give audiobooks another try (having tried a couple a few years back but just as quickly lost interest). I'm knitting my first afghan (1 strip down, 2 more to go!) and thought it would be a good time to retry audio (via my library). I'm currently on my third title ("The hero's guide to saving your kingdom" by Christopher Healy), but when I went to reopen the file, I accidentally clicked on "Dancing in the moonlight" instead. Almost from the first sentence I was hooked.
I am very much a character-orientated reader (and writer). A book has to have a decent plot and good writing (or it gets thrown across the room), but characterization is essential. If I don't care for your characters, I'm not going to bother reading your book.
I fell in love with Maggie and Jake - especially Maggie. She's trying so hard to readjust, but is stubbornly refusing any and all assistance (and emotional entanglements). But, while her character could have become stubborn to the point of annoying (or stupid), Thayne kept her human.
I was afraid (as I paused at chapter 13 to run errands), that there was going to be the ubiquitous last misunderstanding scene (which I generally dislike). There wasn't, to my relief, and the ending tied everything up nicely ((view spoiler)[since it's a romance, it was fairly obvious where the author was going with Viviana and Guillermo early on (hide spoiler)].)
"Dancing in the moonlight" is a solid, well-pacing story with good characters, light on the sex (though the kisses are hot!), and a quick, but nice read. While I hadn't realized (when I began reading), that the title was part of a series*, I will be checking out the other "Cowboys of Cold Creek" books - and this one has definite potential to become a personal reread.
*I'm one of those pesky people that NEED to read a series in order, even when it really doesn't need to be. I can't help myself. ;)...more
I usually like short story or anthology collections, as it gives not only an introduction to (usually) a series/universe, but also to unknown (to me)I usually like short story or anthology collections, as it gives not only an introduction to (usually) a series/universe, but also to unknown (to me) authors.
This collection, however, fell flat. The first story felt like an ending to something else I hadn't read (apparently part of a trilogy of shorts). The second story was the stand-out of the collection for me, with characters that were (somewhat) more than cardboard cut-outs. The third (despite Kate Bridges having been on my radar for awhile, since she's Canadian) was alright, but it read like a contemporary, instead of a historical.
Not just your run of the mill returning ex-makeup story, but also one that tackles a serious issue (alcoholism). Cute, quick read with issues coming mNot just your run of the mill returning ex-makeup story, but also one that tackles a serious issue (alcoholism). Cute, quick read with issues coming mainly from one side in the relationship and a ending that I didn't particular like (HEA, but didn't seem final)....more
I was expecting a straight-forward "mystery baby brings two people together" plotline. I wasn't expecting to see such depth in the characters, especiaI was expecting a straight-forward "mystery baby brings two people together" plotline. I wasn't expecting to see such depth in the characters, especially in so short a book (my Mills and Boon version clocked in at 187 pages). Elli is not usually the type of character that I prefer to read (which I didn't realize until I had started the book) ((view spoiler)[divorcee who had a child - nothing against the character herself, just not my cup of tea...so sue me ;) (hide spoiler)]), but it's testiment to Donna Alward's writing that I kept reading (and cried at the end). She drew me in! ;) And it's set in Alberta! ;)
This is my first book by Donna Alward, but I will be reading more......more
P&P was (of course) excellent. It was interesting to read the extracts for JA's juvenilia (which I have as a published copy, but haven't gotten arP&P was (of course) excellent. It was interesting to read the extracts for JA's juvenilia (which I have as a published copy, but haven't gotten around to reading...yet), and the early reviews. This copy also included timelines of P&P and JA's writing, as well as a short (and very biased) biography of JA by her brother. The collection of essays were, for the most part, enlightening, though one in particular was very painful, but I quite enjoyed the last four....more