Baby Love is actually two love stories in one. We get to see Trent, a single, 6 foot 7 bachelor fall in love withSuch a cute story! Where do I begin?
Baby Love is actually two love stories in one. We get to see Trent, a single, 6 foot 7 bachelor fall in love with an adorable baby named London. And, we also get to see him and Brandi, an attractive entrepreneur, fall in love with each other. From the moment they meet in the grocery store line, there’s an attraction. I have no idea what games she and her friends were going to play at the bachelorette party, but based on the items in her cart, it was going to be quite a party! Lol.
Although Trent is attracted to her, he doesn’t pursue her right away because he’s preoccupied with issues stemming from his father’s wandering genitals. In fact, his father’s disloyalty to his mother had a profound effect on him, and the latest scandal makes him want even more to steer clear of being a promiscuous man because he doesn’t want any “little Trents” to come along. Those are prophetic thoughts because that’s exactly what happens—although the “little Trent” that comes along is female and cute and even though he doesn’t want her in the beginning, she ends up stealing his heart.
I loved watching the relationship between Brandi and Trent grow. They became very comfortable with each other and their banter was cute and made me smile. Watching Trent’s relationship evolve with little London was also adorable, and I knew the minute he truly loved her, even though he didn’t know whether or not she was his daughter.
There were some laugh out loud moments, including a short scene with the wannabe nanny, Hashtag Pheonix. Yes, Hashtag. You have to read it to find out what that was about, but she was a hot mess. I’m still giggling over her behavior.
I impatiently waited for this novel about Dorian and Raven to drop, and when it did, I was so glad. I’m happy to report that Ms. Howard didn’t disappoI impatiently waited for this novel about Dorian and Raven to drop, and when it did, I was so glad. I’m happy to report that Ms. Howard didn’t disappoint. This couple was cute and funny and the sex between them was sensual and sweet. You could almost feel the emotions as well as the lust. That one scene against the wall...wow.
The thing that I enjoyed in this novel is what I’ve enjoyed in Howard’s other books—the fact that you take the journey with the couple and watch them grow closer, sort out their issues (personal and external), and fall in love. No drama. Just real relationship “stuff.” And they were absolutely perfect together. ...more
This is a my second book by Marchande, and I see a pattern - she clearly likes writing about billionaires, as all her books seem to have the word in tThis is a my second book by Marchande, and I see a pattern - she clearly likes writing about billionaires, as all her books seem to have the word in the title. This one was similar to the first in that the heroine works for the hero and he calls her into his office for a special project. In this case, he reveals that he's secretly a bestselling romance author. LOL. The odd plotline actually caused me to purchase the book.
There were a few times when the story felt like it dragged a bit in the middle and towards the end, and some of the sex scenes probably could have been cut. But the interaction between the hero/heroine was oftentimes very funny, as they both possessed a snarky, acerbic sense of humor. Another interesting tidbit is that the heroine is a full-figured woman, a frequent occurrence in romance nowadays.
Considering I read this book a couple of years ago, this review is long overdue. I’m not even sure how I overlooked writing it. I was an emotional wreConsidering I read this book a couple of years ago, this review is long overdue. I’m not even sure how I overlooked writing it. I was an emotional wreck after reading Commitment, but what can I say? That’s one of the reasons why I love this author’s work, and novels like this are the reason I love romance. No matter what bad things happen during the course of the story or in the characters’ lives, it’s nice to get to the end and realize that they can face the future together, leaning on one another. And their world will be better because of it.
The story of Riley and Shawn was the novel that confirmed my faith in Nia Forrester as a writer and placed her firmly on my list of favorites. But it took me a while to pick up Commitment and give it a chance because it’s over 500 pages. Trust me, though, you’d never know it. When I was finished, it felt as if I had only been reading for a couple of hours. I was so engrossed in the story and so vested in the lives of Riley, Shawn, and their friends, that even afterward I was thinking about the main couple and their life together – as if they’re real people!
I’m not going to give a summary of the story because there are plenty of other reviews that provide more detail. I just wanted to add my compliments and say while it’s hard to explain how Nia’s work can capture your interest and move you, I can say with all honesty that no one else writes like her. She’s in a class by herself. ...more
So, Jacinta Howard is two for two. I love her writing voice. She’s skilled at sucking you into a story, and after this one I’m looking forward to whatSo, Jacinta Howard is two for two. I love her writing voice. She’s skilled at sucking you into a story, and after this one I’m looking forward to whatever else she writes. Despite the fact that these are young people, they’re very mature because of their life’s experiences, and I actually enjoyed Happiness in Jersey more than I did her first book – Better Than Okay. I didn’t even think that was possible.
This is another story about young love (Jacinta has me being all cougar-ish, falling in love with these perfect, twenty-something heroes of hers). Jersey plays in a college band, and Zay is related to one of the band members and joins the band, too. These two are perfect together, but it takes some time for Jersey to accept this is the man for her. But have no fear, Zay is persistent!
There’s a cast of secondary characters that I enjoyed and whose stories I want told ASAP, romance, and enough of a painful past to make the reader empathize with the hero and heroine and root for them to come out on top. Kudos for great storytelling!
Wow, I can’t believe this is Jacinta Howard’s first novel. You ever think you’re going to just check out a book and then get dragged into the story? TWow, I can’t believe this is Jacinta Howard’s first novel. You ever think you’re going to just check out a book and then get dragged into the story? That’s what happened when I read the sample of Better Than Okay. Stephen King said, “Strive to make the reader forget they’re reading a story,” and she accomplished that. Once I started reading, I was all in.
This follows the friends-to-lovers theme, and I fell in love with this couple. Even though we only had the POV of the heroine, I didn’t feel cheated. The story is about Destiny Michaels and quote “her oldest, best friend,” Brian Jace. We get to see them interact as friends, such as texting each other song lyrics and having to guess the song it’s from. But being best friends is not what Brian wants. He wants more, and slowly Destiny grows to accept her feelings for him, too.
But during the course of the story, an unthinkable tragedy strikes Destiny, and what does Brian do? He hangs in there. Steady as a rock. Seriously, the man has the patience of Job, because it certainly wasn’t easy for Destiny or Brian. I liked the way the author handled the situation, and I like the slow progression of the two of them coming together.
Better Than Okay is romantic, sexy without being tawdry, sweet, and even humorous in some parts (compliments of Destiny’s snark and cousin Dorian). I really, really enjoyed this story, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance and stories about young love. ...more
I was a little leery about reading this book because of it’s length, but it was a fast read which I gobbled in only two days. It’s a combination betweI was a little leery about reading this book because of it’s length, but it was a fast read which I gobbled in only two days. It’s a combination between an interracial romance and a suspense—but outside of the categories, it’s simply good writing. The pacing was excellent, the twists, turns, and reveals kept me glued to the pages, and I read the entire thing with a heavy weight in the pit of my stomach because I was so nervous about the outcome. Like I said, good writing.
The story is about Libby, her husband Jack, and his dead wife, Eve. Although Eve is dead, she has a prominent role in the story after Libby discovers her diaries, and it’s obvious Jack cared deeply for her and perhaps even still loves her.
Toss in Eve’s death under “suspicious” circumstances and a suspicious cop out to get her man, and you’ll be turning pages quickly to discover what in the world happened to Eve and whether or not the accident Libby experienced was really an accident after all.
My sister and I had recently discussed the evils of poverty and how much crime could be eliminated once the desperation that results from poverty disappears. Enter this story, with it’s sad storyline about Eve and the decisions she made to survive. So much happens to this young woman, and then to finally find her knight in shining armor—Jack—and to have her HEA destroyed because of her past was heartwrenching.
This was such great storytelling, that I look forward to reading more books by Ms. Koomson. And although I was sad for Eve, I was happy with the ending. ...more
Good book. Interesting storyline and nice sexual tension between the hero/heroine. My only wish is that the author had shared the hero's POV. I was cuGood book. Interesting storyline and nice sexual tension between the hero/heroine. My only wish is that the author had shared the hero's POV. I was curious about his thoughts a few times. His sister was awesome. ...more
This was a nice, pleasant read with a couple of funny parts. The reason I read Shannon Stacey is because sometimes I want something a little differentThis was a nice, pleasant read with a couple of funny parts. The reason I read Shannon Stacey is because sometimes I want something a little different than the hot and heavy romances, and this one fit nicely into the mood I was in. It’s about Max and Tori. Max is a different kind of hero. While having the usual physical traits (tall, good-looking, etc.), personality-wise he was a geek. Not the secretly-alpha-male-under-the-glasses geek, but a bonafide geek who couldn’t talk to women and was awkward in most social situations.
In the book, he’s referred to as an “odd duck.” He was such an odd duck that people in the town joked that he was a serial killer or filmed porn in his basement. Not exactly my cup of tea in real life or in books, but in the context of this story, it worked. I think it worked well, too, because despite being socially inept (and he was 35 years old, by the way!), Max had a sarcastic sense of humor. Seeing him through Tori’s eyes also made him attractive.
Her personality, by the way, was the complete opposite of his. She was outgoing and friendly, and after watching him get shot down when he tried to strike up a conversation with a female at the diner where she worked, she offered to coach him to help him get a date and eventually find a wife. Their friendship started there, and slowly progressed to where you get to see them recognize their attraction to each other.
Max had made a list of all the attributes he wanted in a women, but after he developed feelings for Tori, he said one of the sweetest things in the story. “I made a new list to describe the kind of woman I’d fall in love with and it just said Tori.” How sweet is that? ...more
Wow, I’m just blown away by how much I enjoyed this story. It was a great opposites attract story. Janiyah has had a crush on her brother’s best frienWow, I’m just blown away by how much I enjoyed this story. It was a great opposites attract story. Janiyah has had a crush on her brother’s best friend, Frederick (or as she calls him, Freddy), for the longest. When she was 17, she tried to give him her virginity, which ended disastrously. Since then, they made a nonverbal pact never to speak of the situation again.
Freddy is an atypical hero. He’s 5 feet 10 (yes, a normal-sized hero) and a “boring” accountant, but there’s nothing boring about this man, and definitely not in the bedroom.
Williams did an excellent job with the characterizations of the hero and heroine. I had a very clear picture of who they were—not only physically, but personality-wise. As I read it, I believed in their platonic friendship, but their internal musings are where you get to see their true feelings for each other. Janiyah was free-spirited, quirky, a moocher, and downright hilarious. Freddy was serious, logical, and careful about his future. They obviously balanced each other out.
There was humor and lots of smoldering chemistry. When they finally hooked up, the love scenes were hot but tasteful.
Definitely a great read which I highly recommend! ...more
Farrah Rochon has become one of my favorites. I can depend on her stories to be sexy and interesting, even with a little bit of funny. This particularFarrah Rochon has become one of my favorites. I can depend on her stories to be sexy and interesting, even with a little bit of funny. This particular story is about Payton Mosely, a wanna-be agent who's been "stalking" pro football player Cedric Reeves. Reeves has a bad rep in the league, and Payton feels if she can change the way he's viewed by the media and get him endorsements, he'll help her launch her business as an agent. The only problem is, there's a strong attraction between them, and Payton doesn't want to get involved with a client because it would threaten her credibility. Needless to say, they hook up (this is a romance, after all), and it's hot and heavy.
They both had sweet back stories - Cedric's about his twin brother and Payton's relationship with her deceased father. And the details about football add another dimension to the story. It was kinda cool to see a female lead who knew the game so well. This was definitely another winner from Ms. Rochon....more
Gabi and Terrence's story was very sweet. I was engrossed, watching them fall for each other while trying desperately to fight their feelings. EspeciaGabi and Terrence's story was very sweet. I was engrossed, watching them fall for each other while trying desperately to fight their feelings. Especially Terrence (with his fine self!). Looking forward to Part 2. ...more
I almost didn't finish this book because of the hero, Dominic. I have no problem with ruthless, a-hole heroes, but I draw the line atMonster indeed...
I almost didn't finish this book because of the hero, Dominic. I have no problem with ruthless, a-hole heroes, but I draw the line at disrespecting the heroine, so it was very difficult for me to read a particular scene in the beginning of the book. I still think it was too much, but I pushed through and eventually Dominic's background is revealed along with his need for the heroine.
There were two main reasons why my opinion changed about this couple and made me think they could actually make it. 1) Dominic's behavior toward the heroine changed, but that was partly because she changed, too. She was no longer his doormat, and having a child softened him. 2) Dominic admitted that what he'd done to Eden was abuse (not physical, but emotional). That was big for me. There was no candy-coating it; he accepted that how he'd treated her was despicable.
Really, I think this is a story about forgiveness. Eden forgave Dominic for his treatment of her, he had to overcome his past and forgive himself for his past behavior, and so they were able to grow closer and get the HEA.
Be warned, this story will be tough to get through at first, but eventually it does change. Ms. Phal is a great storyteller. For the most part she kept me completely engrossed because I just had to see how this tale would end. ...more