Okay - so there was no 'big misunderstanding' between the hero/heroine in this story. What difficulties that did occur were minor and quickly resolved...moreOkay - so there was no 'big misunderstanding' between the hero/heroine in this story. What difficulties that did occur were minor and quickly resolved. It was a sweet story that pretty much had it's happily ever after by about mid-book. Most of the problems that occurred happened due to intrusive papparazzi and obsessed fans. It did have a bit of an over-the-top premise. A first-time author, who had a half dozen books published within a year that were wildly popular, one of which was already being made into a movie. The hero, who loves her books, gets the role of the male lead in the movie. Also, has in his contract that he collaborates on a book with the heroine. Next thing you know, she is now acting (and still writing books) in a major film as the female lead; being pursued by Playboy, Hustler, etc. for pictorials (she finally settles on Maxim); and is in a great relationship with the hero. While it was a cute, non-angsty story - it really could have been quite a bit shorter. Also, some of the grammatical and punctuation errors really pulled me out of the story while I was reading (The hero gets a phone call from his dad and ends the conversation with 'Bye, Jim.' The hero has a traditional relationship with his parents and does not call them by their first names.) (less)
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 f...moreThe 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.(less)
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 st...moreI 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. (less)
Received as a freebie from 'Tell Harlequin' and I am very glad that I didn't pay for it. To me, the characters were flat and the storyline predictable....moreReceived as a freebie from 'Tell Harlequin' and I am very glad that I didn't pay for it. To me, the characters were flat and the storyline predictable. It was hard for me to get through because it just didn't grab me.(less)
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 new...moreI 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.
I liked this book enough, but apparently, I've been in a 'we don't communicate, but just assume we know what the other person is thinking' streak. Agai...moreI liked this book enough, but apparently, I've been in a 'we don't communicate, but just assume we know what the other person is thinking' streak. Again, another storyline that could have been resolved quickly had the main characters just spoken with each other about the situation and their concerns/doubts.(less)