Romantic, Family-Centered, Page-Turner: A New Favorite Series! ~~~
The Kowalski series is quickly moving up on my reading list as this book was great!Romantic, Family-Centered, Page-Turner: A New Favorite Series! ~~~
The Kowalski series is quickly moving up on my reading list as this book was great! Joe, a bestselling thriller author, wears black boxer briefs, has a big heart for his family, and has overcome alcoholism to make a very decent living doing what he loves to do – writing. Keri, a magazine journalist in the entertainment industry, has one mission from her boss: get the dirt on Joe Kowalski in an interview, or lose her job.
The main issue for Joe is knowing if he can trust his ex-high-school sweetheart, after all the years apart. He was also betrayed by another girlfriend he trusted, just after he and Kari’s breakup.
For Keri, she’s unwilling to sacrifice a juicy offer for job security. But instead of Joe being at her mercy, the tables turn when he sets the rules for the trip, allowing her one question a day—if she survives the Kowalski family for a week.
This story moved quickly for me because I felt like I was right in the story, myself. I watched as Joe and Keri grew closer, through their doubts and fears. The children in this big family were not those of Joe and Keri, but were nieces and nephews…and they were silly and adorable. The Kowalski brothers’ bond was undeniable and endearing. Their roughhousing and teasing were hilarious. Ma and Dad of the Kowalski’s were another great couple of characters. Ma K was no-nonsense and loving while Dad K was loud, direct, and boisterous.
The side stories will capture your heart, too. Kevin, a Kowalski brother who is formerly Boston PD, has and interesting and dark past. I love how he is the loner of the group. Also, Terry (Kowalski) Porter and Evan have a very heart-wrenching story that will keep you optimistic concerning their love story. Lastly, what happens between Mike and Lisa may cause your eyes to mist.
Be prepared for a superb story, full of love, joy, passion, lust, and a great beginning to a series that will have you hooked from the start!
I can always depend on Carr to provide an excellent romantic escape with seamless story-telling, endearingly flawedANOTHER SMALL TOWN KNOCKOUT ROMANCE
I can always depend on Carr to provide an excellent romantic escape with seamless story-telling, endearingly flawed characters, and a touch of suspense.
Much like her previous series, Virgin River, this book takes place in Thunder Point – another small town community with characters of various ages, occupations, in wide variety of challenging life circumstances. It’s never overwhelming, though, to read Carr’s stories because she only gives gentle hints to the minor romances forming in the background and the lead characters grow and change in their own starring romance.
True to form, Carr keeps away from soap-opera dramatics and unsuspecting suspense and focuses on community, friendships, and romance - but don’t write this book off if you love those things. Her easy-going way of sprinkling in mystery is superb and only adds to an amazingly heartwarming and occasionally steamy read.
Mid-forties Cooper (Coop)- a helicopter pilot for the Army- inherits beach land property and a run-down bait shop after his online friends death, taking him to Thunder Point, Oregon, on an unexpected task of deciding what to do with his newly inherited land and shop. He’s had a few women in his life, but they left because he was married to his job – and he was quite happy staying single until he met Sarah, walking her dog on the beach one day in a red slicker right after a thundershower. Cooper eventually finds himself pulled into the community as people surprise him by looking out for one another, including him, and he becomes a mentor to Sarah’s younger brother she’s basically raised since their parents death. Coop’s friend’s murder remains a mystery, until toward the end – it’s a community effort to pin the suspect, but love and justice wins in the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Wanderer and am looking forward to reading the remainder of the series. I don’t say this of many authors, but I highly recommend ANYTHING Carr writes. She’s just one of those rare jewels you know will always deliver an excellent, quality read.
Sweet and Beautiful Story of A Second Chance Romance
I'm a fan of romance, writing, and second chances. Admittedly, I do not usually pick up books thatSweet and Beautiful Story of A Second Chance Romance
I'm a fan of romance, writing, and second chances. Admittedly, I do not usually pick up books that involve going back to an ex because I'm quite skeptical that a once dead relationship can rise as a phoenix does from the ashes - but in this sweet, tender, and emotional story of love and relationships, the characters pull this off in an extraordinary way. Harper's longing for the love from her Mother was completely heart wrenching. It made perfect since how she pushed Nick away in the beginning, yet we also see what a truly down-to-earth and upstanding person he is. In the end, after their road trip (and after much healing) they are convincingly and irrevocably one another's One And Only. What a beautiful and excellent story. Kristin never fails to draw me in with her characters, plot, and story. One of my favorite stories she's written, no doubt. I highly recommend.
This was another great book by LLM. Brody was a carefree and non-committed cowboy who would rather be traveling on the road than settle down. That sooThis was another great book by LLM. Brody was a carefree and non-committed cowboy who would rather be traveling on the road than settle down. That soon changed after he and his brother mended their fences and worked through their differences. I loved that Brody was genuine and passionate. What I didn't like was that he waited so long to tell Carolyn why he just up and left her one day. Carolyn was a great heroine. Independent, a survivor, and beautiful inside and out. What I didn't like was how fickle she could be. For instance, at the drive-in movie she freaked out and blamed it on the wine. She also held a grudge for 8 years. Another thing that bugged me was that she wasn't as confident as I would have liked her to have been. Overall, the book was a winner, though, and I am glad I read it. I have become a great LLM fan and highly recommend her to people who like original stories that take place in the country with cowboys and that have a certain southern charm. ...more
This book surprised me, but not in a good way. I was expecting larger than life characters, but was sorely disappointed. The Heroine, Melissa, had jusThis book surprised me, but not in a good way. I was expecting larger than life characters, but was sorely disappointed. The Heroine, Melissa, had just broke up with her ex (who had two children) when he demanded she marry him. Essentially, she had to choose to be a Mom or a career woman. Okay. I get that. What I don't get is if she broke up with a man with two kids because she had a commitment problem, then why did she get involved with the hero, Steven, who also had a son? It seems like she should have been smarter than that. Also, Steven had a relationship with his ex who used to be a prosecutor and broke up with her when she demanded he choose between her or adopting his best friend's son. Well, he goes off and starts another relationship with none other than a - you guessed it - another prosecutor. He seems as dense as Melissa in my opinion. Melissa was also too much of a hard ass and Steven came off too passive and too perfect. The characters weren't the only thing that disappointed me, but the ending was horrible. Okay, so there was an epilogue, but it still didn't make up for the less than impressive ending. I hate it when writers do that. Leave you hanging for a happy ending, then try to make up for it in the epilogue. Why not just write a happy ending? LLM did not impress me with this book, but I will still read her books because I am usually very happy with her original characters and stories. ...more
Other than Catherine Anderson, I think I have found a new favorite author. Diana Palmer outdid herself when she wrote this book. The hero is amazing aOther than Catherine Anderson, I think I have found a new favorite author. Diana Palmer outdid herself when she wrote this book. The hero is amazing and he kept my interest throughout the book as a former desperado turned lawman who is surprisingly unconventional for the time he lives in. He isn't exactly a charmer and he has a dangerous edge to him which makes him especially appealing. He is an Alpha male posing as a Beta male. I later find out that he not only has a heart of gold, but has much more substance and honor than his arrogant step brother Andrew. Noelle was barley a woman when she was attracted to Jared, the hero, 18 years her senior. At first the age difference freaked me out, but then I realized that this book was written in the time of 1902, when women married well established and mature men that were wealthy. Jared and Noelle were painfully honest with each other, which was refreshing. Their arguments were very entertaining and only added to the charm of the book. This book is one of my favorites. A cowboy/lawman Alpha male. What's not to like?! ...more
This book was just okay. It had a good story. The hero was a widower who had shadows in his past and he constantly had to fight against them. The heroThis book was just okay. It had a good story. The hero was a widower who had shadows in his past and he constantly had to fight against them. The heroine was a fairy store owner who loves children and had a hard past of her own. I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't all that original. I don't get the title. The hero was not looking for a wife or mother for his daughter. In fact, he wanted the opposite. To be left alone and brood in his own hermit lifestyle. I wouldn't read this book again, but it was good enough for me to finish without having to sludge through the story....more
This book was just mildly entertaining. Although the story held my attention throughout the whole book, the writing was a little dry and predictable.This book was just mildly entertaining. Although the story held my attention throughout the whole book, the writing was a little dry and predictable. Vanessa was too much of a drama queen, and I got the impression that the "problems" Nick and Vanessa faced were not true trials that could really make or break a relationship. Sure, Vanessa does not want to fall in love with another jock, but even so she automatically fell for Nick after one night of passion. I felt the characters were very shallow and just going through the motions to move the story along. Nick was a very gentle and caring man who knew that he wanted marriage and a family. It just seemed like to me that Vanessa fell in love with Nick so fast after being recently divorced, that it was not believable. This book was just okay, and that's about all I can give it credit for....more
For Leanne, infuriatingly charming firefighter Christian Welton is out of bounds. Not only is he too young for her, but his trail of broken hearts isFor Leanne, infuriatingly charming firefighter Christian Welton is out of bounds. Not only is he too young for her, but his trail of broken hearts is legendary. Leanne's fought hard to be one of the boys, and won't let anyone see that Christian's smile makes her want to melt into his arms!
Christian wanted to discover the softer side of the tough-talking paramedic, but hasn't counted on how much the real Leanne affects him. He's vowed never to settle down, but under the mistletoe it's certainly the season to be tempted.
This was a good book! I loved the way the hard as nails Leanne turned into a girly girl around Christian. She still held her own, but gave into her heart. It really irritated me that Christian hurt her though, and if I were Leanne I would have made him grovel a little more than what she did in the book! It was touching that all the other firefighters took up for Leanne when Christian hurt her. She is an all around terrific heroine!...more
Was a little disappointed in how lame this book was. It was just not that interesting and boring at some parts. It had a good story, but would've beenWas a little disappointed in how lame this book was. It was just not that interesting and boring at some parts. It had a good story, but would've been better if the baby would've been born while they were married and the book would have went into more detail about why the hero didn't want to fall in love so badly. ...more
This was an entertaining book to read because the characters came alive as I read them from the page. Cole was a drifter who had lost his son and hisThis was an entertaining book to read because the characters came alive as I read them from the page. Cole was a drifter who had lost his son and his wife and he had no intentions of every putting his heart on the line again. He came to Rachel's ranch to seek a temporary job and then move on, but it seems fate had different plans when a Rachel has to suddenly become a mommy and Cole ends up taking more of the daddy role than he's ready for. Since Rachel's Dad's death, she has barley been able to make ends meet to keep her ranch and the sexy drifter cowboy ranch hand is making it difficult to stay on task. She knows in her heart that Cole has to heal from his past wounds to get on with his life, but when they grow closer it's all she can do to not want to capture this cowboy's heart! ...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