Nicky (Nicklas), is a recovering substance abuse addict who plays pro hockey. I loved how his character gave insightRomance Meets Addiction Recovery--
Nicky (Nicklas), is a recovering substance abuse addict who plays pro hockey. I loved how his character gave insight to the challenges and triumphs of improving self-image issues and staying strong. Nicky faced challenges and temptations throughout this book where he could have slipped back into his old ways of using pills and booze as a way out. One specific tragedy toward the end almost had me convinced Nicky was going to relapse and lose his family and the love his life…but he didn’t! He didn’t, and that is what I loved most about this story. It is a book that shows him as a prospective success and less like a past “user-loser.” It breaks the barriers of stereotypes people going through a recovery program often endure. He works hard to mend broken relationships and is honest with himself, even when times are tough. Best of all, he comes through for his team and family when it would have been easier to go back to his old ways and give up. His story is inspiring and beautiful.
— An ARC copy of COMEBACK was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. —
Iris works as a florist and Seth is a disabled but active cop, assigned to Thunder Point, a small town in PorA Beautiful Story of Romance and Goodwill
Iris works as a florist and Seth is a disabled but active cop, assigned to Thunder Point, a small town in Portland, Oregon. Their romance blooms gradually though they haven't seen each other in years, because of a grudge one of them holds against the other one.
I think I'm falling in love with the town as much as the characters. Everyone, every store, everything, has a story...that is why I think I always connect with Robyn Carr's stories and the characters she writes. It was no exception that Seth completely won me over by being completely genuine and an all around great guy. In any other book, it would seem boring--but his life story is carefully drawn where I wanted things to work out for him. He was a hell-raiser in his younger days and took many things for granted, but in this story, it's clear he wants to make amends.
I also admire Iris for being smart and careful with her heart after she'd been taken advantage of. She was determined not to be a victim of her past and took every reasonable approach to rise above the pain and loneliness. She works as a school counselor to teens--that I loved--and I liked how her mending heart wasn't over-exaggerated like in some novels.
I'm glad I kept reading past the first few chapters, though I wanted to put the book down because at first I couldn't believe Seth did what he did. If I hadn't had read Carr's books before I may have done just that, but I knew there had to be a reason for it. And there was.
Nice and easy storytelling, with sub-plots of a mysterious domestic violence case that was solved by the end, makes this novel another hit in the collection of Thunder Point novels.
By the middle of the first chapter of "In The Zone," I knew this book would have a sexy edge and importSteamy Sports Romance with A Powerful Message--
By the middle of the first chapter of "In The Zone," I knew this book would have a sexy edge and important message.
Brie is a plus-sized heroine because she develops a thyroid issue, causing her to continue to overweight despite her diet restrictions. She keeps her insecurities well hidden, under frumpy clothes and a sweet spirit while teaching dance classes. Her former partner dumped her because of her weight (he was an ass) and to say her spirit had been broken by his emotional abuse would be sugarcoating it.
So she puts an ad in on Craigslist to hook up for the night with someone who could make her feel desirable. Most would think this to be "pathetic" or "desperate" behavior. But when you read the story, you'll see the author's voice only betrays this act of so-called desperation as a genuine act of Brie proactively dealing with low self-esteem. I thought she was brave.
Kieth ("Burnzie"), is a beast. The magnitude of his character within this book is amazing. He loves his family but deals with doubt from a painful past tragedy concerning one of his brothers. I loved how he took a teammate under his wing, how he gently guided Brie into a better place emotionally by being an excellent friend, and how he's always thinking of others before himself. He stole my heart.
I probably don't need to say this book is off the charts hot because there is more depth than meets the eye. "In The Zone" offers great insight into dealing with grief, mental health issues, and recovery. But I'll let you decide for yourself if this one is a winner. It was for me, for sure!!
Radford has wounds from the Battle of Gettysburg that goes beyond the piece of shrapnel healed beneath flesh. He's promisedTop Quality Sweet Romance--
Radford has wounds from the Battle of Gettysburg that goes beyond the piece of shrapnel healed beneath flesh. He's promised Evelyn's father (whom he went into battle beside)that he would be a man to rise above the terror from the flashbacks he endures while raising his daughter after the war. His brothers aren't exactly welcoming, either. Especially the brother who took his place as elder and is running their family's lumber mill.
Evelyn has promised her heart to one brother, but when Radford is assigned by her father to man the livery that has been bestowed to her care, it's an insult she has trouble recovering from.
While Radford has to choose to honor his brother or betray his own heart, Evelyn is stuck with knowing the man she must marry is not the one whose kisses set her soul on fire. The heated "monkeyshine" kisses come from the tortured brother who is more dangerous tamping his desire in the orchard than on the battlefield.
This was a very sweet romance and had the standard "back and forth" internal and external struggle concerning the two lead characters. Many things keep them apart, but I was happy to see the story end in a way that all the loose ends were tied. Not too pretty, but just enough for a happy ending. You'll love this book if you enjoy historical romance with a touch of family angst and a rustic, tortured hero.
This book was very different from the other books I have read in the Coulter/Harrigan series'. I am used to reading about honor bound cowboys who straThis book was very different from the other books I have read in the Coulter/Harrigan series'. I am used to reading about honor bound cowboys who straighten out their wayward lives to learn to love again. This book was about an ex-football star who comes back to his hometown to escape the madness of life after his divorce. He brings along his adorable and timid 4 year old son, who wins over the heroine's heart after finding out that they are kindred spirits. I loved how Joe stood up for what he thought was right, and hated that Marilee didn't just tell him about her trauma so they could've avoided 10 years apart. Marilee was a little annoying because it seemed to me her paranoia was a little over the top. Joe was a saint for waiting for her to work through her issues. This was a good book, but I miss reading about cowboys and hope to read another one of Anderson's cowboy books soon! ...more
I loved reading this book because the plot stayed interesting and flowed wonderfully. What I didn't like was when Dani told Alex about Fiona's pregnanI loved reading this book because the plot stayed interesting and flowed wonderfully. What I didn't like was when Dani told Alex about Fiona's pregnancy he just walked away and didn't fight for her. I also didn't like when Dani told him she was going to leave he walked away *again*. Doesn't the man have balls enough to fight for his woman? I will give him some credit, though. At the end he recruited the Buchanan's and his Mom and Dad to win Dani over. That was why I didn't give this book only 3 stars. Luckily the man came to his senses in the end and I'm a sucker for a HEA! ;)...more
I've never read about the life of a post war amputee, but this book laid everything out - the good, the bad, and the ugly of being a war survivor. RicI've never read about the life of a post war amputee, but this book laid everything out - the good, the bad, and the ugly of being a war survivor. Rick went through some horrible things in Iraq and when he was wounded, it seemed like he couldn't get his life back. He pushed everyone away including Liz, his faithful bride to be. But with patience of Liz and his good friends in Virgin River Rick turned his life around for the best. This was a very touching story that had alot of soul searching moments in it. Robyn Carr writes stories that not only speak to the heart, but that touch the soul....more
It takes a strong woman to overcome cancer, but when her pen pal returns from the Army her heart might be in danger of falling for him! No stranger toIt takes a strong woman to overcome cancer, but when her pen pal returns from the Army her heart might be in danger of falling for him! No stranger to heartache, Ryan has seen many lives taken by war and had to live through the heartbreaking task of watching his wife die from cancer. Jessica has been writing him for a while and now he is able to meet her face to face, but can he handle life back in civilization as just a normal man when he's had to be a hero for so long? Jessica has a secret she is keeping from Ryan to keep from breaking his heart but that secret may be the wedge that drives them apart.....
This was a refreshing change of pace from the cowboys I normally read about. Ryan was kind and unsure at first, but he quickly decided he wanted more from life than the Army. I liked Jessica because she is a survivor of a horrible cancer. She is brave and kind, but I did not like that she kept her secret from Ryan. I guess that is what makes the book worth writing, though - having problems in the story to solve! ...more
This book had tender moments and hot moments, the perfect duo for a perfectly written romance story. You will be intrigued and impressed by the authorThis book had tender moments and hot moments, the perfect duo for a perfectly written romance story. You will be intrigued and impressed by the authors knowledge of horses and how she manages to make a disabled person fall in love and builds on the attraction to create a perfect ending. This book was one of my favorites and it had everything a romance should have!...more
Lieutenant Magdalena Cruz had come home-And though all she wanted was to be alone, infuriatingly handsome Dr. Jake Dalton-of the enemy Daltons-wouldn'Lieutenant Magdalena Cruz had come home-And though all she wanted was to be alone, infuriatingly handsome Dr. Jake Dalton-of the enemy Daltons-wouldn't cooperate. And she needed him to, because the walls around her heart were dangerously close to crumbling every time he came near.-
Jake had spent most of his life trying to get closer to Maggie, with little to show for it. But she was the woman he'd always wanted, and no injury in the world could change that. Now if only he could convince her that the woman who stood before him was beautiful, desirable, whole-and meant to be his.-
I enjoyed reading this book because the guy is crazy over the girl. He seems like a nice doctor in a small town, but he has been hiding his passion for Maggie for several years. She eventually catches on, but she now has to prove to herself that she is worth his love after she has to have her leg amputated. A very endearing story!...more