Uber-alpha hero; somewhat sassy heroine in trouble; and lots of sex with the same dialogue and 'pleasure pain' runningThis is probably more of a 3.5.
Uber-alpha hero; somewhat sassy heroine in trouble; and lots of sex with the same dialogue and 'pleasure pain' running through it. I did like the story and the fact that the heroine wasn't totally submissive to the hero's personality. She did argue a bit with the hero during her 'blackmail' relationship. But, there was the obligatory 'I'm going to do something I was told not to do, because what kind of harm could possibly come to me in the middle of the day' scene. The 'bad guy' is apparent from his entrance in the story, so there was some predictability. Of course, intense-out-of-control sex throughout the entire story....more
Where can I find a Soloman of my own? Despite his "I have my orders" attitude at the beginning of the book, the reader realizes that Soloman does haveWhere can I find a Soloman of my own? Despite his "I have my orders" attitude at the beginning of the book, the reader realizes that Soloman does have feelings and a conscience outside of the military persona he exhibits. Now, I do have to admit that Jordan's actions bordered on TSTL for me, but I could understand-somewhat-what her motivations were. Still, despite being told by numerous people that it was too dangerous for her to go to Venezuela to get Miguel, she still went without telling anyone what she was doing until after she left. Even though Soloman had promised to get Miguel out and, in fact, had gotten the process started, Jordan still went back to Venezuela, putting herself and Miguel at risk. At any rate, I liked the book and finished it in one sitting. Definitely like the series and will be picking up the next book....more
I did not like this one as much as the first book. Hope was kind of a whiny brat. Throughout most of the story, she was grumpy and resentful of her newI did not like this one as much as the first book. Hope was kind of a whiny brat. Throughout most of the story, she was grumpy and resentful of her newly found/met twin sister for 'messing up her life' and 'taking her man.' That got old really quick. Especially, as she was not in love with Slate and knew he wasn't in love with her - - ever! I actually felt sorry for Colt and am not sure why he kept coming back for more. Then the whole 'I never liked her/him that way' misunderstanding going on throughout the entire book. I realize there has to be some conflict, but there was too much, in my opinion to really think that the HEA was real or lasting. You just know that, in the future, one of them is going to do something that the other one misinterprets and won't actually ask the person what they actually meant. And how can you be best friends with the man's sister and not know that he has his own business and is, if not a millionaire, very well off? The supporting characters practically made the story for me. The people in the town are opinionated and aren't always grounded in reality. It sounds like I liked the story less than I actually did. Overall, I enjoyed the story, but certain things did make go 'huh'? It'll be interesting to see who the best friend, Shirlene, gets paired up with in the next book. At least, I'm guessing that she'll be the heroine of the next book.
Another freebie from 'Tell Harlequin.' It started off strong with a unique (at least for me) background - the rodeo circuit. I liked how the hero/heroiAnother freebie from 'Tell Harlequin.' It started off strong with a unique (at least for me) background - the rodeo circuit. I liked how the hero/heroine's relationship developed, then the heroine had to get all annoying at the end. She was presented as a strong, self-assured woman teaching -very well- aspects of a male dominated sport. Then she got wishy-washy and "self-sacrificing" at the end. And when I say self-sacrificing, I mean she decided what would be best for the hero and then flat out lied to him to get him to go away (again, for his own good). Ugh! Up until that point, the book was a quick, easy read....more
Really liked the story line and REALLY liked the hero, Kevin. The heroine, Beth, however was not a fave for me. Kevin sees Beth in the bar he owns beinReally liked the story line and REALLY liked the hero, Kevin. The heroine, Beth, however was not a fave for me. Kevin sees Beth in the bar he owns being groped by a man. He basically goes to "save" her from unwanted attentions and ends up getting her fired from her job (the unwanted attentions were from her boss, who apparently has been doing this for months). They meet up again when Beth is working as a bartender for Kevin's brother's wedding. The end up sleeping together and she leaves in the morning (after Kevin unintentionally kicks her out). She finds out she's pregnant and goes to tell Kevin. He's actually very supportive and willing to help/support her in any way. Unfortunately, through the entire book, she pushes him away - doesn't want to depend on anyone - can only be friends - tells Kevin he doesn't know what he feels - fights every nice thing Kevin or his family does for her . . . and on and on and on. If she showed a more gradual warming up to Kevin and the possibility of a relationship, or was willing to see where a relationship would go, instead of thinking that if they didn't work out then they couldn't be friends and she would be all alone . . . she started out alone, how big a change would it be from her current circumstances . . . aside from having a baby? The entire book was a "one step forward, two steps back" experience. Until the last few pages when she suddenly decides that she loves him and wants a relationship with him (and to be a family). I would have definitely rated this book higher if it weren't for the heroine being so stand-offish through the bulk of the story....more
I really liked this book, but it was an emotional read. Almost from the start of the book, I was getting choked up and teary. It was a very emotional stI really liked this book, but it was an emotional read. Almost from the start of the book, I was getting choked up and teary. It was a very emotional story about a woman who gave up her baby for adoption when she was 17. The child, who was now 17 and pregnant, entered the heroine's life - along with the father - after the girl's adoptive parents died and a couple of years after the heroine was widowed. It was great to see how the hero and heroine dealt with the past and their determination to help their daughter. The author did an excellent job in describing the feelings of the heroine as she was giving her daughter up for adoption; the feelings of the daughter dealing with getting to know her biological parents after being mislead about the circumstances of her being put up for adoption; the feelings of the hero as he starts to see that all families are not like his was while he was growing up (which lead him to never wanting to get married or be involved in a long-term relationship with a woman); the heroine's in-laws adjusting to her being in a relationship after the death of their son; and everyone adjusting to each other and pulling together to help one another heal. I started reading this and didn't put it down until I was finished. Again, great story but a very emotional one. ...more
**spoiler alert** I’m not 100% sure that I like the ending. I like my happily ever afters however, this one just come too easily.
The heroine’s sort-of**spoiler alert** I’m not 100% sure that I like the ending. I like my happily ever afters however, this one just come too easily.
The heroine’s sort-of-step-sister, Devon, was engaged to hero. It was more of a business deal – she would get money, in return for marrying the hero for 1 year, so the hero could get a winery that his grandfather is threatening to sell. The engagement is canceled when Devon’s high school boyfriend sweeps her away. Instead of letting the hero know what is going on (in person or by phone), she gives the heroine a letter for the hero explaining the break-up. The heroine, in turn, offers herself up to the hero as the substitute.
Loved Cat, the heroine. She’s independent and sassy. She made me laugh out loud multiple times throughout the book. Despite her young age, she was comfortable with herself and how she lived her life. She recognizes her feelings for the hero from the beginning (although it was a pretty shallow start as she did not really know him).
The hero, Luke, well - - he started to redeem himself, then he blew it at the end. His way to deal with his feeling about Cat and her unplanned pregnancy, is to let himself be ‘seduced’ by the step-sister. While he didn’t go all the way, it was only because Cat walked in on him.
I think Cat forgave him a little too quickly. He made a grand gesture at the end to ‘show his feelings’ to her, but it involved him spending a large amount of money. I would have liked a little more groveling. I don’t think he suffered enough to convince me it’s going to be a lasting happily-ever-after.
I did enjoy the secondary story of Keith and Jack. Of course, I loved Jack from the beginning. He was a great friend to Cat.
Better groveling would have raised my rating. ...more
This would have been rated higher, but it took a left turn at the end. The heroine basically breaks up with hero, shows up at an event that the hero iThis would have been rated higher, but it took a left turn at the end. The heroine basically breaks up with hero, shows up at an event that the hero is going to be at thinking 'I'm going to show him what he's missing out on.' Huh? Wha? YOU broke up with him - not the other way around. Her reasons for breaking up with him annoyed me, too. That should have been left out, in my opinion, and I would have rated the book higher....more
The author did a very good job including what type of ongoing issues someone who suffered a brain injury deals with during recovery. Of course, time fThe author did a very good job including what type of ongoing issues someone who suffered a brain injury deals with during recovery. Of course, time frames were adjusted for story line purposes, but it was interesting anyway (I worked with newly injured individuals with brain injuries for over 5 years). At arny rate, really liked the hero and how he was able to see what was really needed to help the heroine deal with the fact that she had a baby that she didn't know about. The heroine's family was really annoying as they were overprotective and felt that Jodie (the heroine)could not handle anything. I know that there was her past illness to consider, however she had showed herself to be strong and very determined to do what she wanted. Jodie's family also seems to completely discount Dev's role as a father. They seem to want to remove him from the baby's life - often taking the baby from him and questioning his actions related to the baby. Outside of the family's interference, I really enjoyed the story. The storyline was a little different and the situation was handled well....more