Thumbs up for this one. Great chemistry between the couple, solid love story, and A.C. pulled off a tricky plot idea--allowing the heroine to be the b...moreThumbs up for this one. Great chemistry between the couple, solid love story, and A.C. pulled off a tricky plot idea--allowing the heroine to be the bodyguard of the hero.
The only drawback to this story was that at the end of the book, the heroine wasn't allowed to be the strong woman she was purported to be. I think it would have cinched the idea of her being a capable ex-Marine if she could have handled the situation by herself, without interference. I'll leave it at that.
In this novel, the heroine (Heidi) ends up cheating on her fiance. That's a no-no for most people, me included, but in this case I made an exception b...moreIn this novel, the heroine (Heidi) ends up cheating on her fiance. That's a no-no for most people, me included, but in this case I made an exception because her fiance was such a jerk. The cheating aspect didn't detract from the book for me, and Heidi and Kyle felt appropriately guilty about it.
It's a Harlequin Blaze, so you know it's hot. All I can say is, the bathroom scene was OUTSTANDING! (less)
I never get tired of stories with uber-rich men. It's a nice fantasy. This one had the added bonus of hot sex scenes coupled with a good plot. Another...moreI never get tired of stories with uber-rich men. It's a nice fantasy. This one had the added bonus of hot sex scenes coupled with a good plot. Another winner from Ms. Smith. I'm looking forward to his brother's book - Anyway You Want It - which is a "friends to lovers" storyline. Should be another winner. (less)
This book was perfect for getting me into the frame of mind for the holidays.
Chloe Burke returned to the small town in Maine where she grew up to hou...moreThis book was perfect for getting me into the frame of mind for the holidays.
Chloe Burke returned to the small town in Maine where she grew up to housesit while her parents are on a cruise. After having some electrical problems because of the ancient wiring in her parents’ home, she contacts a local electrician, who happens to be a hunky former classmate she couldn’t remember.
Scott Quinn had always had a crush on Chloe in school, but back then he wasn’t much to look at, and she was one of the cool kids. Chloe decides to pay him to rewire her parents’ house as a Christmas gift to them. The constant interaction between the two results in an agreement for a no strings fling that would end when Scott finishes the job in three weeks and Chloe’s parents return home to spend Christmas with her.
The love scenes are tame, but the passion the characters feel for each other is evident. Both Chloe and Scott are charming, likable characters, and there are a plenty of amusing parts in the book that put a smile on my face.
The Christmas gifts they gave each other made me say, “Aww,” in my head. These two were really cute, and I wanted them to get together. But Scott preferred his small town life—in fact, he’d lost his last serious girlfriend when she ran off to the city. Chloe preferred her life in Boston, where “Not only could she have crab rangoon at three in the morning, but she could have it delivered.”
Of course they figured it out. This is a romance, after all. The end was touching and romantic.
I have nothing negative to say about this book. If I were grading it, it would get an A++. (less)
Sandra Marton is one of those HP authors I absolutely love reading, but I think she outdid herself this time. If it weren't for needing som...moreOkay, wow!
Sandra Marton is one of those HP authors I absolutely love reading, but I think she outdid herself this time. If it weren't for needing something to eat, I would have read it all the way through without stopping.
There's a heart-wrenching back story for the main characters which dictates how they behave toward each other. Both come from humble beginnings (Lucas's was dirt poor in Brazil) and have worked hard to improve their lives. Lucas, now stinking rich, has done a much better job than Caroline.
Right from the start, they're strongly attracted to each other and sleep together, but there's a horrible misunderstanding--Lucas ends up thinking Caroline is a prostitute, and he doesn't like it one bit.
This isn't one of those misunderstandings that can be cleared up with a simple conversation. They actually come close a couple of times, but the misunderstanding is so deeply ingrained, neither one comprehends what the other is saying. I can't even begin to explain the scene where he thought he had to pay to keep her. Ugh. My eyes were glued to the page. The pain they both felt was almost tangible.
I won't say any more except that as the story unfolds, we really get to see the two of them draw closer and fall in love. That was really sweet. There are some comical scenes with the cat (who hates Lucas at first and as all cats do, tries to take over his house), or like when Lucas forgets to pick up the cat litter in the store and had to go back. LOL. That was funny.
This is such a sweet, sensual love story! Once you start reading, you won't be disappointed. (less)
The premise of this story is unbelievable--one sister offers her boyfriend to the other in a crazy switcheroo that he wouldn't be privy...moreGET THIS BOOK!
The premise of this story is unbelievable--one sister offers her boyfriend to the other in a crazy switcheroo that he wouldn't be privy to?--but it worked, and was handled very well by the author.
It's a quick read with two very likable characters: Heather and Mark. I even liked Theresa, the sister who cooked up the hairbrained scheme. How Brindle Chase managed to incorporate humor, witty dialogue, steamy, emotional, heartfelt sex, and a very sweet, romantic story into such a short read is beyond me. But I loved every minute of it!
By the way, even though the book has an anal play warning, it was negligible.
I like the author's writing style. This is a short, sweet story I downloaded for free from the ARe site. It's an introduction to the longer novel abou...moreI like the author's writing style. This is a short, sweet story I downloaded for free from the ARe site. It's an introduction to the longer novel about the two main characters, Zach and Rebecca. I look forward to reading more about their love story in Broken Angels.(less)
This book had a lot going on. At times it didn't even seem like a traditional romance because it dealt with so many issues: Kevin's marriage falling a...moreThis book had a lot going on. At times it didn't even seem like a traditional romance because it dealt with so many issues: Kevin's marriage falling apart, the betrayal by his best friend and the complications that arise once he discovers his friend had always been in love with his wife, dealing with the loss of his son, and Kimberly dealing with her parents and then her very rude and jealous cousin, Cheryl.
One of the things I really liked was how the romantic relationship between the two leads, Kevin and Kimberly, unfolded. They dated and spent time with each other before they slept together. Because Kevin was still married (though estranged from his wife) when they met, he and Kimberly took the relationship slow, and I appreciate how upfront he was with her about his feelings for his wife.
But this is a romance, and of course no matter how much Kimberly thought she could shield her heart and keep from falling in love with him by trying to just be friends, that didn't happen. They fell deeply in love with each other.
The complicated relationship between Kevin, his ex-wife, and his best friend was handled in a mature way that I don't think I would have been mature enough to handle had it happened to me. But despite the betrayal, the author made it so that you didn't hate the best friend and the ex. In fact, I felt a sense of sadness for all of them because it was just a situation that occurred, without any malicious intent, and deep regret on all sides.
This was a very good read. The sex was minimal, which almost makes it a sweet romance. I enjoyed the secondary characters, including the grumpy grandp...moreThis was a very good read. The sex was minimal, which almost makes it a sweet romance. I enjoyed the secondary characters, including the grumpy grandpa. Ty was stellar as a hero, and the details about the cowboy lifestyle added a lot of depth.
I agree with most of the other readers that it fell off a bit at the end when Adele made the decision to break up with Ty and keep her pregnancy secret. I actually felt it was a bit out of character for a woman who'd been so strong, independent, and smart about everything else up until that point, and I was disappointed in her decision.
The book was a good read, nonetheless, kept my interest, and I would definitely read another book from this author. (less)
Xavier is a tortured alpha male who coerces Gwendolyn into spending seven days with him in exchange for funding the community center she manages. They've known each other for years, and even though they've always been friends, they've both been secretly in love with each other for a long time.
Gwen ends up engaged to Xavier's brother, and Xavier ends up engaged to another woman, Evelyn. Joshua dies and Evelyn cheats on Xavier, leaving the hero and heroine free. Unlike his so-called "friends" of the social elite, Gwen sees past the scars that mar Xavier's body, and her love remains as strong as ever. He, however, has to learn to appreciate her and what she has to offer, because his pride has been so bruised by the rejections he's experienced since he became the "beast." She, in turn, has to get past her guilt over the death of Xavier's brother and the role she played in his unexpected demise.
This is an emotionally charged book with lots of flaming hot sex (Xavier clearly has an oral fixation) and wonderful plot. Looking forward to reading the next one from Ms. Simone. (less)
This is a reread for me, and I had forgotten just how much I enjoyed this book in the quirky little town of Sibleyville. I really wish Tamara Sneed we...moreThis is a reread for me, and I had forgotten just how much I enjoyed this book in the quirky little town of Sibleyville. I really wish Tamara Sneed were still writing. Sigh.
How many times do you read about a mortician as a hero, who hates being a mortician and gets queasy around dead bodies, and would rather be doing landscape architecture? Or how about a selfish, narcissistic heroine (that mothers don't like) who's a washed up actress with breast implants? And you still liked them both? Doesn't happen too often.
I liked the main characters, Wyatt and Quinn, and I also enjoyed reading how they interacted with Quinn's other siblings. Charlie, Miss Goody-Goody, baking Christmas cookies and being lovey-dovey with her husband, making everyone nauseous. Kendra, whose hard-as-nails exterior provides comic relief, but you'd probably never want her as your own sister because she's way too blunt.
Wyatt never could hide his attraction to Quinn, and once they finally kissed, the sparks between them could have started a forest fire. They were both complex characters and vulnerable in their own way. Although Quinn's motives were far from honorable in the beginning, once she accepted her feelings for Wyatt and accepted that he liked her the way she was--without any special lighting and with all her imperfections, I knew they could make it. I liked the little town aspect and the secondary characters that they were able to play off of.
I'm so mad at Maureen Smith! She did it again: Roped me into an interesting story that I couldn't put down. How am I supposed to write my own stories...moreI'm so mad at Maureen Smith! She did it again: Roped me into an interesting story that I couldn't put down. How am I supposed to write my own stories when I'm busy reading hers? LOL.
This book is so awesome, I don't know where to begin.
First, let me just say, I absolutely loved the characters. Lexi Austin is a celebrity chef and is the type of heroine who is the perfect combination of vulnerability and strength. I was in her corner the whole time. She seems so sweet, and I empathized with her from the beginning. Between the cheating ex and the lousy parents, I don't know how she managed to keep it all together and be the success she was.
Quentin Reddick is a successful attorney and sexy, charming, sexy, and sexy (yes, sexy 3 times). He's the perfect combination of alpha male with a dash of sensitivity. Ms. Smith is so good at writing men who show their vulnerable side without appearing weak. The intensity of Quentin's feelings for Lexi are part of what make him so attractive. But with his playboy ways, initially you'd think he was totally wrong for her, except he fell in love with her--and hard. The things he would say to her...
- "You mean everything to me," he growled huskily. "Don't you ever forget that." - "Lex," he whispered raggedly. "I want you. Tell me what I have to do to have you." - "I don't want you cooking for any other man. Do you understand me? Say you won't ever do that again."
I like how we got to see them joking around and spending time with each other. They'd been best friends for twenty years, and Ms. Smith adequately portrayed the level of comfort and familiarity two friends would have after all that time. Their nicknames, their secret code of knocking on the walls, having a key to each other's place, and she even took us back to the time when Lexi married another man and how much it crushed Quentin, though at the time he hadn't recognized he was in love with her.
Because of their relationship, their venture into lovers was especially dangerous. They risked losing the close friendship they'd had over the years. As usual, Ms. Smith did a good job of building up the sexual tension, and when they did get together, it was explosive.
This book includes characters from the Wolf series of books. If you haven't read them, you should, because when you read this one, it'll be like revisiting old friends. Asha still says whatever she thinks, Reese and Michael are expecting, and Marcus and Samara also make an appearance.
I really enjoyed this book. It started a bit slow, but once it took off, it TOOK OFF! It pushed all my buttons as far as thrillers go. Lots of action,...moreI really enjoyed this book. It started a bit slow, but once it took off, it TOOK OFF! It pushed all my buttons as far as thrillers go. Lots of action, interesting characters, and a story that unwound at just the right pace to keep me interested.
The cast of characters is multi-racial, and the main characters are Sam (white) and Alyssa (biracial black and white). I enjoyed reading the thriller portions as much as I did getting to know the characters and reading about their love lives. There were a lot of characters, but it wasn't overwhelming. Brockmann allotted time to each of them, devoting sections or chapters to each of their POVs, which I enjoyed. I feel like I really got to know them all.
I loved Jules! He's funny, smart, and loyal. Max...what a complicated man. I wouldn't mind reading his and Gina's love story. I had a grin on my face when Kelly showed up in that wedding dress to marry Tom.
Sam and Alyssa were great. Alyssa gave Sam hell at first, as she should, because he broke her heart a few years back when he married another woman. He eviscerated her (her words). I could almost hear the pain in her voice. For his part, Sam was sufficiently contrite, loved her, and worked hard to win her back, while at the same time trying to find his missing ex-wife and daughter.
Seals have to go through rigorous training to ensure they can withstand extreme emotional, psychological, and physical stress. So I was surprised by the amount of crying, tearing up, and fainting (?!) in the book--and these were the male characters! That's my only complaint. Otherwise, it was a really good book. (less)
Very funny. This book reminds me of a romantic comedy movie.
The heroine is quirky and downright zany, and I loved her character. It was nice to read...moreVery funny. This book reminds me of a romantic comedy movie.
The heroine is quirky and downright zany, and I loved her character. It was nice to read how their relationship blossomed over time and get to watch them be flirtatious and silly with each other. (less)