The Guy Next Door is an Anthology with three novellas by three authors, Lori Foster, Susan Donovan and Victoria Dahl. The first novella is by Lori FosThe Guy Next Door is an Anthology with three novellas by three authors, Lori Foster, Susan Donovan and Victoria Dahl. The first novella is by Lori Foster and is titled, Ready, Set, Jett. It is an enjoyable and well rounded novella. The pace is steady and the romance is realistic. The main characters, Jett and Natalie have history together that helps to make the pace of the romance believable. Both characters have depth and are nicely detailed. Natalie is a school teacher that has been burned by love in the past and due to that is afraid of commitment. Jett is a man that has always enjoyed his relationships with no strings attached, that is until Natalie. They are involved in a no stings relationship and Jett wants to take it to the next level but he knows he has to tread carefully so he doesn’t scare Natalie off. Ready, Set, Jett is a charming and heartwarming story. It is my favorite in this book. 4 Stars
Gail’s Gone Wild by Susan Donovan is the second story in this anthology. It starts out a little slow but get’s better once it get’s going. It is about Gail Chapman, a single mom who agrees to let her daughter go to Spring Break in Key West under the condition that she goes along as a chaperone. Gail arrives in Key West with her daughter and her daughter’s best friend. The neighbor to their rental cottage is Jesse Batista and it’s not long before he and Gail hit it off and start spending time together, both between the sheets and out of them. Jesse is reluctant to get involved after a past experience brought him a lot of problems but he can’t resist Gail. The problem is he’s afraid of repeating past mistakes so he keeps something from her which ends up coming back to butt him in the rear. Everything does work out in the end though. This story was fairly entertaining though the pace dragged a bit at times. 3 Stars
Lastly is in this book is Just One Taste by Victoria Dahl. I found this story disappointing because it’s basically a teaser or prequel for a book that isn’t scheduled to come out until November of 2011. The story itself if you don’t count the ending was okay but nothing to get excited about. I was put off by the false pretenses by Eric and his preconception of the type of person Beth was because of where she works, which is an Erotica shop. Plus I mean seriously, he’s a pub owner that not exactly know as a straight laced business so I found the fact that he was afraid to be seen with Beth silly regardless of the fact that he was trying to land a deal with a conservative business man, and the same goes for Beth. How she thinks being seen with Eric will affect her “image” is beyond me. They both want a short quick secret affair fine but don’t make ridiculous excuses for it. 2 Stars ...more
Raine on Me by Laurann Dohner is the second book in the Riding the Raines series. It is a romance that is heavy on the erotica which is typical of LauRaine on Me by Laurann Dohner is the second book in the Riding the Raines series. It is a romance that is heavy on the erotica which is typical of Laurann Dohner books. The characters are well done and the plot is interesting. There is danger and a touch of action. Brit is a great character but River was a little pushy with his seduction of her. It would have been nice to have seen him wait at least once to get what he wants. Brit gave into him a little too easily but River is such a sexy character it’s hard to blame her.
Overall, Raine on me is a great book. Brit is full of spunk and her relationship with River is sweet at times, funny at others and always steamy. River is an Alpha male but he isn’t afraid to show his softer side. The Raine brothers were a fun element in this story. The family dynamics are a joy to read and it makes you anxious for more of the Riding the Raines series. ...more
Books by Julie Garwood are always a delight to read and The Ideal Man is no exception. This romantic suspense novel features a wicked sister, good guyBooks by Julie Garwood are always a delight to read and The Ideal Man is no exception. This romantic suspense novel features a wicked sister, good guys and bad guys, one bad girl, a sassy, super smart heroine and a rugged brooding FBI man as the hero. Ellie just isn’t having much luck. She has a long time stalker and she doesn’t know where he is. She witnessed a shooting by criminals that find ways of making witnesses disappear and to top it all off a witchy sister who betrayed her in the worst way a sister can who now demands that she take part in her wedding. Ellie meets Agent Max Daniels after the shooting takes place an it’s not long before Max’s protective instincts come out and he volunteers to protect her. Their romance develops over the course of the novel in a realistic manner. The characters are well done and their interactions together make this story a fun read. The plot is interesting, entertaining and fast paced.
The Ideal Man is a great book but there are a couple areas that may put readers off. One of those areas is a character who is completely self-centered and over the top obnoxious. You’ll know who when you read the book. She deserved to be slapped silly, unfortunately that doesn’t happen. There is also a side story with Ellie’s sister Annie that comes across as underdeveloped and has too pat of an ending. Her boyfriend’s explanation for disappearing with no word just didn’t cut it. This side story would have been better either further developed or continued in a separate novel.
Overall, The Idea Man is very well done and won’t disappoint Julie Garwood fans. It is recommended for readers of Romantic Suspense.
“Own the Wind” by Kristen Ashley is a great beginning to the Chaos series. It’s a spinoff of the Dream Man series. Tabby and Shy are wonderfu4.5 Stars
“Own the Wind” by Kristen Ashley is a great beginning to the Chaos series. It’s a spinoff of the Dream Man series. Tabby and Shy are wonderful characters and it is such a joy to read their story and see them come together. Tabby is beautiful, smart and caring. She is a strong heroine and isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind and gives as good as she gets. She goes through a lot in the beginning of the book and in the end it’s Shy who ends up helping her overcome her heartache the most. Shy is one of my favorite Kristen Ashley hero’s. He is sexy, strong, protective and alpha. He manages to be biker badass without being a dick. I just loved him! His interactions with Tabby are a delight to read. The plot is entertaining and its left open to continue in the next book with Hop and Lanie’s story. I must admit that prior to reading this story the idea of Hop as a hero turned me off big time. However after finding out some of the reasons for his actions in “Motorcycle Man” I’m curious for his and Lanie’s story.
Overall, I really enjoyed “Own the Wind” and I highly recommended it to fans of contemporary romance.
Taking Shots by Toni Aleo is the first book in the Assassins series. The Assassins are an NHL team based in Nashville. The hero is Shea Adler, the teaTaking Shots by Toni Aleo is the first book in the Assassins series. The Assassins are an NHL team based in Nashville. The hero is Shea Adler, the team Captain and the heroine is Elleanor (Elli) Fisher, a photographer. The meet while she is doing a promotional shot for the team and the attraction is instant.
Elli is a woman sorely lacking in self-confidence. Her confidence issues started several years. It stems from several things but essentially her Ex did a number on her and since then certain members of her family humiliate and degrade her every chance they get because she’s not a skinny size 2 like they are. She is a healthy size 10. Shea is attracted to who she is now and it’s him that helps her regain the confidence she lost.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s a sweet love story and I like how the relationship develops more slowly than many books these days. They take their time and don’t jump into bed together right away. Shea is a wonderful hero and he is so good to Elli. It’s a joy to read along as they come together and navigate the ups and downs of relationships. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Taking Shots is recommended to fans of Contemporary Romance.
Taking Shots by Toni Aleo is the second book in the Assassins series. Let me start by saying that I hate this type of plot device, (view spoiler)[..seTaking Shots by Toni Aleo is the second book in the Assassins series. Let me start by saying that I hate this type of plot device, (view spoiler)[..secret baby.. (hide spoiler)]. Due to that and the characters I found myself having a hard time enjoying this book. The heroine, Fallon goes back and forth on her feelings so much that it gets ridiculous. She comes across as unbalanced and wishy washy. Additionally it’s hard to like her when she acts like a bitch which is often. The hero Lucas isn’t perfect either and has made his own mistakes. It’s an angst filled novel that some will enjoy but I myself did not. It was disappointing because I liked the first book in the series so much, but it’s nice to know that Toni Aleo can create a story that is so different from the first. ["br"]>...more
Empty Net by Toni Aleo is the third book in the Assassins series. I liked this book more than the previous one but not but much. The hero, Tate is wonEmpty Net by Toni Aleo is the third book in the Assassins series. I liked this book more than the previous one but not but much. The hero, Tate is wonderful. It’s the heroine Audrey that I had issues with. I just couldn’t respect a character that put up with and kept going back to Levi for 8 months. He was a complete jerk to her and she went back to him again and again. The thing that really grates is that she’s still mooning over Levi once she meets Tate, even though Tate treats her like she’s always wished for. It takes approximately half the book before she wises up and sees Tate for the yummy treasure he is. With the exception of the heroine I thought it was well done and flowed smoothly from start to finish.
Empty Net is a good story that I’m sure many fans will appreciate. ...more
Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley is the second book in the Chaos series but can be read as a stand-alone novel. I have to admit that prior to th4.5 Stars
Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley is the second book in the Chaos series but can be read as a stand-alone novel. I have to admit that prior to this book I wasn’t sure if I would like Hop or Lanie but I’m happy to say that I ended up really liking both characters. They each have drama and their relationship is a volatile one which helps keep the book interesting. I liked that Lanie gave as good as she got and she wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself. She and Hop both make mistakes and jump to conclusions but they are able to work through those same mistakes.
I loved Hop. He has some truly sigh worthy lines. If you liked Shy, you’ll love Hop. The incident that occurred in Motorcycle man that paints Hop in a bad light is explained thoroughly in this book. Lanie wasn’t the bitchy drama queen that I thought she was going to be, from the way she was described in the beginning of the book. Sure she was dramatic but not over the top, off your rocker dramatic. She has a good heart and was still working to overcome what happened to her 8 years prior when her fiancé was killed. Hop plays a big part in helping her work through her emotional barriers. Their story grabs you from the first page to the last. Kristen Ashley has a talent for writing stories that resonate with emotion and Fire Inside doesn’t disappoint. I look forward to her next novel.
Fire Inside is highly recommended to fans of Contemporary Romance. ...more
The Officer and the Secret is the third book in the Semper Fi series by Jeanette Murray. This is my first book by this author and I had no trouble folThe Officer and the Secret is the third book in the Semper Fi series by Jeanette Murray. This is my first book by this author and I had no trouble following along so feel free to read it even if you haven’t read the first two in the series. It’s a good book and it was nice to read as two damaged characters find love and help to heal each other’s hurts. Dwayne is home from deployment and suffering from PTSD while Veronica is struggling to come out of her enforced shell and become the person she was meant to be.
I liked Dwayne though he had a few moments where I wanted to slap him upside the head. Veronica was an interesting character. She has lived an extremely sheltered childhood and is very naive as a result. The journey as Dwayne and Veronica fall in love and struggle with the bumps along the way is an entertaining one. It held my attention and flowed along at an even pace. The secondary characters are well done and add depth and vibrancy to the story.
Overall, I liked The Officer and the Secret and would recommend it to fans of the series. ...more
The Silver Chain is the first book in the Unbreakable trilogy by Primula Bond. It’s an okay read. I had several issues with this book. The most notablThe Silver Chain is the first book in the Unbreakable trilogy by Primula Bond. It’s an okay read. I had several issues with this book. The most notable is the excessive inner dialog. The Silver Chain is told solely from the point of view of the heroine, Serena. It is long winded and rambling. The plot moves at a snail’s pace because you have to slog through pages and pages of inner dialog. So much time is spent on Serena’s inner musings that it fails to give depth to the plot, the romance, and to the hero, Gustav.
Additionally, I didn’t find it sexy or erotic. I’m not a prude in any way and have read and enjoyed more erotic and kinky books but the erotica in this book felt forced, awkward and at times ridiculous. The flow is off as well, it jumps from one scene to the next in a jarring fashion. The overall plot is interesting but there isn’t much progression and it ends in a cliffhanger. I’m sorry to say that I have absolutely no interest in reading the next book. ...more
Jagged by Kristen Ashley Colorado Mountain #5 Published by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) - November 5, 2013 Contemporary Romance 4 Stars
Kristen AshleJagged by Kristen Ashley Colorado Mountain #5 Published by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) - November 5, 2013 Contemporary Romance 4 Stars
Kristen Ashley has a style and tone in her books that is instantly recognizable. I could start reading one of her books blindly and I would know within a chapter that Kristen Ashley was the author. This can be great but it can also be a negative when the writing style begins to feel repetitive. At the same time her way of telling a story is very engaging and Jagged is no exception.
One thing that bugged me about Jagged was that the hero was an ex-lover of February, a pervious heroine. If you read her story, (For You), you read firsthand how into Feb, Graham Reece (Ham) seemed to be. Having that in your head puts the slightest damper on his story with Zara, though it is discussed and resolved in this book. I personally just prefer that ex-lovers of the main characters remain side characters. Speaking of side characters it was fun to see the familiar characters of Nina and Max from The Gamble in this story as it takes place in Gnaw Bone, their hometown.
So, when all was said and done, I really like Jagged. It's an entertaining and engrossing book. There are drama filled moments, sexy ones, sad ones and some very sweet ones. At the heart are the characters and Ham (Graham Reece), is the typical Kristen Ashley hero. He's tough, protective and can occasionally be a dick. His hero status starts out a little rough but he really pulls through and shines in Jagged. I wasn't sure he would be deserving of Zara at first but he proves himself to the characters in the book and to the reader. That's the talent of a good author.
Hams lady love, Zara is a lovely and strong heroine. She is a very likable character who has had it rough many times in her life but every time she manages to rise above and worked through it. For her, Ham has always been the one. But she knew she couldn't have him the way she needed so she let him go and she moved on. Jagged takes place after her attempt to move on has ended and she's hit some hard times. This book is about Zara overcoming the emotional drama currently hitting her hard and along the way finally getting her shot at happiness with the one she's always wanted. I enjoyed reading Zara and Ham's story and following along as they find their path to happily ever after.
Jagged is recommended to fans of Kristen Ashley and contemporary romance....more
If You Were Mine by Bella Andre is a delightful addition to the Sullivan series. Zach and Heather meet when Zach is dog watching for his niece while sIf You Were Mine by Bella Andre is a delightful addition to the Sullivan series. Zach and Heather meet when Zach is dog watching for his niece while she’s away on vacation. Their antics and interactions as well as those of their dogs makes for a charming and entertaining read. Both Zach and Heather are instantly attracted and Zach is determined to win Heather over while she is just as determined to keep her distance. Though they do agree on one thing, neither one is looking for love. Their love story is all about finding just what you need to make yourself and your life whole.
If You Were Mine is a well written, fast paced love story. The characters are likeable and well-drawn. There are tender moments and sexy ones, moments of laughter and glimpses of heartache. It all combines together into a story that is a pleasure to read. If You Were Mine and the entire Sullivan series is recommended for fans of contemporary romance. ...more
Let Me Be the One is the 6th book in the Sullivan series by Bella Andre. It features Vicki and Ryan. Vicki and Ryan met in high school and became bestLet Me Be the One is the 6th book in the Sullivan series by Bella Andre. It features Vicki and Ryan. Vicki and Ryan met in high school and became best friends. A year later her family moved away but they kept in touch through the years. They come back into each other’s lives when Vicki moves to San Francisco and finds herself in a position where she needs help. She calls on Ryan and he is more than ready to come to her aid and have her in his life again. Theirs is a touching story of love finally getting a chance to be realized.
I enjoyed this story. Though I must admit at times I wanted to smack their heads together so they would each get on the same page and admit their feelings. But I understood that they held back for fear of ruining their friendship, not to mention fear of rejection. They had a wonderful friendship and it was a joy to read their scenes together. They supported one another beautifully. Ryan made for a charming hero and Vicki was a creative and talented heroine. They come together in a heart-warming story that will leave you looking forward to the next book in the series.
Let Me Be the One is a great addition to the Sullivan series and is recommended to fans of contemporary romance....more
The Marriage Merger is the 4th and final book in the Marriage to a Billionaire series. I have not read the other books in the series but I had no probThe Marriage Merger is the 4th and final book in the Marriage to a Billionaire series. I have not read the other books in the series but I had no problems following along with this one. I thought it was a good read but one thing that really bugged me was what happened in the middle of the book. Things were progressing nicely and naturally until Mama Conte interfered. I was completely put off by her manipulations. I mean talk about way over the line! I don’t care if her intentions were good, it was a completely ridiculous. I wish Julietta had stood up to her mother and refused. Putting that aside, there were some good parts to the book. I really like Wolfe and felt he added a wonderful element to the story. Julietta and Sawyer made an interesting couple and I enjoyed when they matched wits against each other. They both had some personal struggles to overcome and it wasn’t an easy relationship. Happily, love conquers all and Julietta and Sawyer find their happily ever after. ...more
Wild Ones by Kristen Wyllys is the first book in The Lane series. If I had to pick one word to describe this book it would be turbulent. It is a ratheWild Ones by Kristen Wyllys is the first book in The Lane series. If I had to pick one word to describe this book it would be turbulent. It is a rather violent romance that centers around Luke, a boxer and Bri, a waitress who ran away from her abusive boxer father when she was 17 years old. Both characters have very volatile emotions and when those emotions clash it's like a flame to kindling, and not in a good way. They spend a good portion of their time fighting and yelling at each other. Be still my heart…
Wild Ones is an intense read that takes you down into the depths and drama of the life of Bri. She is a no holds barred kind of girl with a self-destructive streak a mile wide. Her inner voice and decisions, at times, are almost painful to read. Luke the hero isn’t a whole lot better. This isn’t a sunshine and roses kind of romance. It has a darker, hard edge feel to it. It’s fast paced with drama, sex, violence and romance. The characters are unapologetically flawed and it makes for an interesting read.
Kaleidoscope is the 6th book in the Colorado Mountain series by Kristen Ashley but it can be read as a stand-alone novel. This book is about Deck (JacKaleidoscope is the 6th book in the Colorado Mountain series by Kristen Ashley but it can be read as a stand-alone novel. This book is about Deck (Jacob Decker) and Emme. I really loved Deck as a hero. He is the typical Kristen Ashley hero without being a jerk. One of the things I liked best about him was that he was 100% committed to making things work with Emme from the very beginning. He never stormed off in anger and even when Emme was acting crazy he hung in there. It was a very sweet story in many ways but I would have like to have seen more simple day to day moments of them together. And that leads me to my main complaint with this book. There are multiple spots in the book where the story skips ahead, 1 week, 1 day, 3 weeks, 8 hrs… It feels as if we are getting an extended cliff notes version of the story. One of my favorite parts of a romance novel is to see the story unfold as the characters fall in love. I want to see how and why they fall in love and with all the skipping ahead in this book I felt I was missing some of that. That being said, I still really enjoyed the book.
As with all Kristen Ashley books I found Kaleidoscope to be completely engrossing. Life beyond the book ceased to exist for me while I was reading. I loved the aspect of the Kaleidoscope and the meaning behind it. The flow is fast paced and the characters are vividly portrayed. The plot while not the most exciting one, kept me entertained. There is humor, romance, sex and a bit of mystery. It is classic Kristen Ashley yet stream lined. The descriptions are kept to a minimum, meaning we didn’t get a running hair, makeup and fashion commentary. Thank goodness for that.
Kaleidoscope is recommended for fans of contemporary romance. ...more
The Day He Kissed Her is the third book in the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series but can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. I haven’t read the firstThe Day He Kissed Her is the third book in the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series but can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. I haven’t read the first two books in the series and I had no problems following along. I liked this book, the flow is smooth and the story drew me in. I had a hard time liking the hero though. He was a decent character through much of the book but he was a jerk at times with some anger and alcohol issues. If you have a need to drown yourself in alcohol when times get tough then it’s definitely an issue. He had moments of being charming and sexy as well as moments of being distant and selfish. I wasn’t really sure why Lily fell in love with him. In fact I didn’t feel an emotion connection with either of the main characters. There was plenty of chemistry but I wanted to see what it was they saw in each other that made them fall in love. Ultimately, I thought it was good but it’s not a book I would read again....more
Okay, I’ll admit it… it was the cover that caught my attention first, then the title, then the description. The cover is sexy and the blub is amusing.Okay, I’ll admit it… it was the cover that caught my attention first, then the title, then the description. The cover is sexy and the blub is amusing. It looked like a book I would thoroughly enjoy. I am happy to say that it lived up to my expectations.
Against the Cage is the first book in the Worth the Fight series by Sidney Halston. I found it to be entertaining, charming, sexy and amusing. Both Chrissy and Jack are great characters. I loved how Chrissy spoke her mind and had reactions that I could see myself having. I was cheering her on. Jack is a great hero. He’s an alpha male with a totally sweet side. His dog Drogo, (love the name), made for an entertaining sidekick. The romance is nicely done and the plot held my attention from beginning to end. I really liked Against the Cage and I look forward to future books in the series.
Against the Cage is recommended to fans of contemporary and MMA (mixed martial arts) romance.