Roxanne St Claire’s Barefoot in the Sand is the perfect Summer time read! There is nothing I didn’t love about this book, from the wacky secondary cha...moreRoxanne St Claire’s Barefoot in the Sand is the perfect Summer time read! There is nothing I didn’t love about this book, from the wacky secondary characters to Lacey and Clay themselves. Barefoot in the Sand comes in with a roar, when Lacey’s because house is blown to bits by a hurricane. Rather than falling apart Lacey sees this as a chance to rebuild her life for herself and her teenage daughter, so she decides to take a chance and do what she has always dreamed of doing, running a bed and breakfast right there on the shores of Barefoot Bay. In walks Clay the “architect” or so he attempts to make Lacey believe. Clay is full of his own family secrets and commitment issues, that he’s willing to give Lacey her dream for free. With a cast of zany troubled friends and neighbors this book will have you dreaming of love all while picturing yourself on a sandy beach with the waves tickling your toes. Barefoot in the Sand is such a delightful departure from Ms. Claire’s previous books. After reading this delightful book I cannot wait to return to Barefoot Bay and the following stories.(less)
What a fantastic start to a brand new series from Juliana Stone. I am typically a sucker for Michigan romances as it is after all my home turf. This i...moreWhat a fantastic start to a brand new series from Juliana Stone. I am typically a sucker for Michigan romances as it is after all my home turf. This is a typical reformed bad boy returns home contemporary romance. However there is a lot of heart and depth to this book. It kicks off the tale of three lifelong friends who return home to Crystal Lake Michigan in order to bury one of their own. Rocker Cain is at a turning point in his life, he is recently divorced following the betrayal of his wife and band mate. It becomes clear that he needs his small town, and the love of one woman to help him heal. Cain is drawn to a pretty red head and her young son.
Maggie is a beautiful, southern belle who cleans homes around town in order to make ends meet. Maggie and her son are a mystery to the Crystal Lake residents and it is clear that she is on the run from something or someone. She has been badly burned in love and turns Cain’s romantic advances. Cain didn't earn his reputation by being a choir boy, and soon these two are burning up the sheets. These two have some monumental road blocks to overcome on their path to love. As they begin to work out their differences, Maggie’s dark past returns to haunt her. Each will have to deal with their exes from hell before, the road becomes clear.
I highly enjoyed this book. The Summer He Came Home struck an emotional chord within me. As usual Juliana’s characters are vibrantly strong and very likable. I cannot wait for the follow up books in the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series If Jake and Mac are anything like Cain the follow ups are sure to be as heartfelt as this one was. Without a doubt I would strongly recommend this book to my romance loving friends and customers.
A special thank you to Juilana Stone and Sourcebooks for making it possible for me to read this ARC. (less)
A Season for Sin is a preview novella for Vicky Dreiling’s upcoming Sinful Scoundrels series. A novella is typically a short story with all the elemen...moreA Season for Sin is a preview novella for Vicky Dreiling’s upcoming Sinful Scoundrels series. A novella is typically a short story with all the elements of a book including a beginning and an end. While A Season for Sin is short, it is a sample of what is to come from Ms. Dreiling’s upcoming spring release What a Wicked Earl wants, it is a story in itself. The novella introduces us to Andrew Carrington, Earl of Bellingham and his friends Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire and Harry Norcliffe, Viscount Evermore. It also introduces us to Laura Davenport, Lady Chestfield, who has been a widow raising her step-son Justin for some time. Justin, Viscount Chestfield is a wild handful in need of a male’s presence, thus begins Laura’s novel solution to this ever growing problem. Laura is forced to make a deal with the devil himself, thus hooking the reader into wanting to grab the entire book right in that moment. I have loved all of the books penned by Ms. Dreiling and I’m sure that What a Wicked Earl Wants will be no exception of the rule, as a rule I am not a fan of novellas because of their briefness but this one is worthy of your time. If you are a reader that cannot wait to get your hands on the next of Vicky Dreiling’s writings then this is a great way to tie over you appetite. The novella does have all of the wonderful elements that the author is known for, witty dialogue, interesting characters, and sizzling romance. It is a fantastic teaser, but a teaser it is. 4 for the briefness, 4 stars for the writing. ARC Novella provided by Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley (less)
Wow! If there is one new paranormal romance to read this year North of Need is that book. North of Need is the true definition of romance. It has pass...moreWow! If there is one new paranormal romance to read this year North of Need is that book. North of Need is the true definition of romance. It has passion, and heart, it will make you laugh and make you cry. And it doesn't lack in the steam department either. North of Need, the first book in The Hearts of the Anemoi series tells the story of Owen and Megan. Owen is one of the gods of winter, and Megan is a grieving widow, in fact it is her tears bring Owen to life, however he only has a small window of time to earn her love and trust or he will melt away. Megan has been a widow for two years, and she still mourns the loss of her late husband, John who died tragically and unexpectedly. As Megan begins falling for Owen, her fear of loving and losing is pushed to the forefront. Laura Kaye has managed to write a paranormal romance that is fresh and heartfelt. North of Need makes you want to believe in magic. I know, I for one am looking forward to the following books in this series. It is my hope that the heart that North of Need flows into each of the follow ups. (less)
Alan L. Lee’s Sandstorm, is a fantastic debut novel. What more could you want in an action suspense book then CIA agents, an Israeli spy, a Mossad age...moreAlan L. Lee’s Sandstorm, is a fantastic debut novel. What more could you want in an action suspense book then CIA agents, an Israeli spy, a Mossad agent a United States Senator and a billionaire who all appear to be immersed in an Iranian nuclear operation. The series introduces readers to Alex Koves a former CIA agent and an ex-pro football player. His ex girlfriend and current CIA agent Nora Mossa, hunts Alex down to the St. Thomas islands where he’s enjoying a much needed vacation, begging him to save her life. Agreeing to save Nora from a group of industrialists who believe Nora is onto their devious plot; Alex embarks on a wild mission to save her. They will need to overcome their present and past if there is to be a future together. Add in a Israeli spymaster who controls the Mossad's most lethal assassin and the adventure begins to take hold. Set in the backdrop of Sandstorm takes place against the real life United States and Israel dealings to keep Iran from building up its nuclear abilities. Sandstorm grabs the reader from the first page to the last for one wild thrilling ride. This book is filled plenty of twists and turns that keep will keep its readers engaged until the last page, and have them wanting to come back for more. Its pages are filled with believable characters and plot lines that make it shine in a sea of action thrillers. Action thrillers are not my typical genre but as Alan L Lee is a local author I was simply drawn to wanting to check this title out. I found it to be a well written book that kept me engaged in the story right through the last page and wanting to read more. I cannot wait for the follow up to Sandstorm! Free ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review. (less)
From the cover blurb, I had some high expectations for this book. However it failed to live up to what I look for in a great suspense novel. The over...moreFrom the cover blurb, I had some high expectations for this book. However it failed to live up to what I look for in a great suspense novel. The over all story was good, the main characters were believable making it for an enjoyable read. That being said the book was also confusing, too many character plots with side stories of their own. This to me created a mass wave of confusion which caused the book to fall flat. Over all I liked it but there were a lot of elements to it that I did not like.(less)
There has never been a book written by Brenda Novak that I haven’t enjoyed. When Snow Falls is book two in her Whiskey Creek series. Well known for he...moreThere has never been a book written by Brenda Novak that I haven’t enjoyed. When Snow Falls is book two in her Whiskey Creek series. Well known for her place in the romantic suspense genre the Whiskey Creek series is her foray back into contemporary romance. After having been pleasantly delighted with the first book When Lightening Strikes, I naturally was ready to jump right into When Snow Falls. When Snow Falls has been written in such a way that allows you to watch this romance blossom into a full bloom. When Snow Falls is Cheyenne and Dylan’s story and so very different from Gail and Simon’s story whom we met in When Lightening Strikes. Cheyenne Christensen cannot remember when it has ever snowed in Whiskey Creek, but she can remember the she has to take care of her dying mother Anita and her on again off again drug using older sister Presley to care for. When she begins having recurring dreams of a fancy child hood and a mysterious blonde woman, Cheyenne begins to question where she comes from. On top of all her other problems Cheyenne has been in love with Joe since she was fourteen years old, but she is not the only one who has feelings for Joe. When her best friend Eve announces that she has asked Joe to go on a date, Cheyenne steps aside out of respect for her friendship. Dylan Amos and his brothers come from the wrong side of the tracks. When Dylan makes a proposition that Cheyenne finds difficult to refuse, Cheyenne discovers an attraction to the kind of guy she’s always tried to avoid and discovers that Dylan just might not be as bad as he’s been rumored to be. As this romance begins to unfold her first love enters into the picture; torn between her first love and the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks Cheyenne finds herself having to choose between the two. I loved this book, however early on I found myself reverting back to the cover blurb to find out if I had read the names wrong as we don’t meet Dylan until a ways into the book. The only man we meet early on is Joe, and you really begin to think the story is a romance between Cheyenne and Joe. However once Cheyenne and Dylan eventually meet this book soars and meets all expectations of a Brenda Novak tale. I had a hard time putting this one down, it is filled with emotion that makes you just want to cheer these two lost souls on. When Snow Falls was well written and will tug at even the coldest of heart strings. I cannot wait for the next books in this fantastic series. It is easily a 4.5 star book.
“101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic... But Didn't!” was released to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on...more“101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic... But Didn't!” was released to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912. It contains exactly what the title says, 101 unknown facts about the Titanic, the passengers, and its sinking. I have always been fascinated with anything surrounding that fateful voyage. This book did not disappoint. It is clear that the authors did their research. It is full of new and interesting facts that are not common knowledge. One example of this can be found when they discuss the fact that there were not enough lifeboats for everyone on board. In reality the ship followed the laws of the land for the time and had as many lifeboats as required during the pre-Titanic era. Much of the information this book contains comes from the inquiries that took place after its famous sinking. It also contains survivor accounts of what really happened to Titanic. Tim Maltin takes all of the key elements and breaks them down in an easy to read format. This is a must not miss book for any Titanic fanatic. (less)
Molly O’Keefe’s Can’t Buy Me Love is one fantastic debut. Can’t Buy Me Love has all the elements that I love in a contemporary romance, a pair of stro...moreMolly O’Keefe’s Can’t Buy Me Love is one fantastic debut. Can’t Buy Me Love has all the elements that I love in a contemporary romance, a pair of strong leads, with a good set of supporting characters. A girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Tara Jean Sweet knows that opportunity will never knock; she’ll have to seize it. Elderly Texas rancher Lyle Baker has a dying request: He will give Tara Jean a stake in his leather business in exchange for a little family subterfuge. All Tara Jean has to do is play the part of a gold-digging fiancée to lure Lyle’s estranged children home. The mission is soon accomplished.
Now Lyle’s gone—and his ridiculously handsome son, Luc, an ice hockey superstar sidelined by injuries, is the new owner of Crooked Creek ranch. He’s also Tara Jean’s boss. But being so close to sinfully sweet Tara Jean does crazy things to Luc’s priorities, like make him want to pry her deepest secrets from those irresistible lips. But when Tara Jean’s past demands a dirty showdown, will Luc stay and fight? It doesn’t take this book long for the sparks to begin flying. However there is no question that Tara and Luc are adversaries. These two have chemistry right off the bat, which keeps the pages moving and keeps the reader wanting to come back for more. Almost all of the characters involved in this book have been damaged in some way, shape or form. This led to a depth that this reader didn’t see coming. I went into this book thinking it would be a light fluffy read, only to discover that it has some serious dark spots which made it all that much better. Fans of Susan Andersen, Carly Phillips and Jill Shalvis are sure to love this wonderful debut! (less)
Move over Christian Grey...........I've found something much better and much better written with a surprise twist! Gabriel’s Inferno has just the righ...moreMove over Christian Grey...........I've found something much better and much better written with a surprise twist! Gabriel’s Inferno has just the right mixture of complexity and sensuality to make it a stunning read. Much like other books in its genre this book has the deeply troubled hero and heroine, but what sets it apart is the sheer beauty of watching as this pair unfolds into something beautiful.
“Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide. An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love and redemption, "Gabriel's Inferno" is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man's escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible...forgiveness and love.” Julia has suffered abuse in all shapes and forms from the time she was very young and continuing into her young adulthood. It has turned her inward into this meek shell of a female. Her torture at the hands of her ex leaves her feeling unworthy of her Dante’s love. Early on Gabriel Emerson a Professor at the University of Toronto comes off as a very dark and hateful man. Who out right lashes out at Julia in class early on in the story, and yet quickly he unfolds into this very troubled enigma of a man. Soon he realizes that Julia just might be the “Beatrice” that he’s been seeking. They are strangers or so they seem, little do either realize that they’ve known each other at a much deeper level for many years. Throw in many interesting and important secondary characters whose stories demand to be told, and a non fraternization rule and you have the makings for one fascinating story.
If you are looking for a steamy erotic, you are going to be hard pressed to find it in this very realistic and thought provoking novel. What Gabriel’s Inferno lacks in the steamy bed scenes it makes up for it in the sensuality and the sheer beauty of its story. The story is about redemption, forgiveness and love. I fell in love with this book by the sheer passion and understanding feelings this author’s writing creates. Sylvain Reynard clearly took his time developing and plotting out characters and a story that worked very well together in a story that demands to be told. The sheer levels of jealousy, heartbreak, humiliation, and romance he blends together that will leave you clinging to the end of your seat begging for more! Easily a 5 Star Novel. (less)
Lori Wilde’s Love at First Sight is one of those cute feel good books. If you like the sweet than this book is the one for you. It is the first full l...moreLori Wilde’s Love at First Sight is one of those cute feel good books. If you like the sweet than this book is the one for you. It is the first full length book in her Cupid Texas series, and it was delightful. Natalie McCleary is the heart of this book. As Cupid Texas’ very own cupid, she wants to believe in love first sight but has yet to experience it herself. As she is giving thought on how to reply to one of her “cupid” letters she is suddenly struck with what one could only describe as lightening, for there on the road sits Dade Vega an ex Navy Seal fixing his bike. It’s love at first sight for Natalie. Dade Vega has come to Cupid in search of a former Seal friend who has gone missing. Dade is a wanderer with a troublesome past, who doesn’t trust anyone. As he catches Natalie riding by on her bicycle, lightening seems to strike him as well. Like Natalie it’s love at first sight, although Dade tries to fight his feelings. It is clear that these two are meant for each other. The characters and the romance blend smoothly for what can only be described as a heart-felt book. While there are portions of this book that are sugary sweet, there are other portions that come off as kooky. There are parts of the book were I felt the dialogue did not make sense, and also portions of the story that did not quite add up. Overall I didn’t love the book but I enjoyed it. Love at First Sight is worth the read and I would suggest it to anyone who enjoys a sugary sweet romantic tale. (less)
I have to start by saying that I love most of Lora Leigh's books, however Midnight Sins was 60% sex and violence, 20% plot and 20% error. It was fille...moreI have to start by saying that I love most of Lora Leigh's books, however Midnight Sins was 60% sex and violence, 20% plot and 20% error. It was filled with errors and it is quite obvious that the book was not proof read before publishing. Grammatical errors aside (there were too many to count - including simple typos like repeated words, periods where they shouldn't be, etc.), the confusing timeline and the fact that the grandsons of the barons were ostracized was over played. Characters' names changed midstream. Relatives changed midstream. People came from out of nowhere for no apparent reason. This book was a huge disappointment because I like the Natui and SEALS series. I almost didn't finish reading the book, but I made myself get through the end. The overall premise is good, and I will finish the series because of that (with the hopes that they correct the editing).(less)
Christie Craig’s Don’t Mess with Texas is a delightfully fun read. Nikki Hunt thought her luck couldn’t get any worse, until she discovers her no good...moreChristie Craig’s Don’t Mess with Texas is a delightfully fun read. Nikki Hunt thought her luck couldn’t get any worse, until she discovers her no good ex’s body in the trunk of her car. Now not only is Nikki’s life a mess, she also becomes a murder suspect. Enter in PI Dallas O’Conner who knows just what it means to be falsely accused. It takes Dallas just one look to believe Nikki’s innocence, add into this thrill ride is Dallas’ own brother as the lead detective, a trio of hunky heroes and one batty granny and readers of this book are in for hours of fun.(less)
It has been awhile since a vampire story has drawn me in and held my attention. Tall, Dark and Vampire did just that. This is the first book that I’ve...moreIt has been awhile since a vampire story has drawn me in and held my attention. Tall, Dark and Vampire did just that. This is the first book that I’ve read from Sara Humphreys and most definitely not the last. It is set in her Amoveo world and includes characters from previous books; however a reader can jump right into Tall, Dark and Vampire and not feel a bit lost. Humphreys leaves readers with enough back stories that one can fall right into the current book. Tall Dark and Vampire has the right mix of breathless romance, humor and suspense which leads to one fantastic paranormal romance read. Olivia Hollingsworth is a 300 year old vampire who is running Coven a human nightclub in New York City. The club is staffed by her own coven of vampires and humans. Olivia has spent the last three hundred years living a self imposed lonely life after having lost the love of her life Douglas who was killed the day she was turned. Lately Olivia has been having very vivid and realistic dreams, something that a vampire does not have. When a string of murders that have connections to Coven begin to happen, Olivia has a chance encounter with Detective Doug Paxton. It is instant attraction between these two as Olivia begins to wonder if Doug isn’t her Douglas returned to her. Humphreys shows a clear talent for building a world that keeps readers turning the pages for more. I enjoyed the overall feel of her story telling and even laughed a bit as I began to read some very “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” like tendencies. Tall, Dark and Vampire is clearly the start of the next arc in her Amoveo series, but can be read on its own. Talk, Dark and Vampire is a feel good book that is easy to follow and fall in love with the characters that seem to jump off of the pages. I highly enjoyed this first book, and I’m now looking to back track to reading what had come before as well as looking forward to future books from this talented author. (less)