A fun novella in the Kate Daniels world starring her adopted daughter Julie and Derek, the now lone wolf loyal to Kate and Curran. I loved the storyliA fun novella in the Kate Daniels world starring her adopted daughter Julie and Derek, the now lone wolf loyal to Kate and Curran. I loved the storyline and seeing these two work side by side. I just wish it was longer! Looking forward to this spin off series/storyline! ...more
This short novella is part of the Charley Davidson paranormal suspense series by Darynda Jones and should be read after First Grave on the Right. OtheThis short novella is part of the Charley Davidson paranormal suspense series by Darynda Jones and should be read after First Grave on the Right. Otherwise you'll be spoiled by knowing the relationship between Charley and another important character without having seen it develop in the more suspenseful way it is presented in First Grave on the Right.
Charley Davidson is the grim reaper. She can see and talk to people who have died but who have not yet crossed over to the other side. The story in For I Have Sinned is told from the first person point of view of a woman who has come to Charley but has no idea why. She figures out she is dead but she doesn't remember anything about her life, not even her name. She only remembers a feeling of falling and knowing she has decided to die. Charley sets out to help the young woman find out who she was, how she died and hopefully help her to cross over.
For such a short story, this novella gives the reader quite an emotional look into Charley's world and the kinds of deaths she comes across in her role as the grim reaper. She's got the same upfront, sassy way about her that she does in First Grave on the Right, but she also reveals her compassionate nature in such a beautiful way that I actually got choked up at the end of this one. She really does know how to help the lost souls of the dead find their way. Very touching. ...more
I plucked this one out of the depths of my to-be-read shelf while looking for a different book and decided to give it a go since it was so short. TheI plucked this one out of the depths of my to-be-read shelf while looking for a different book and decided to give it a go since it was so short. The premise of the story is promising--two people whose lives and love for each other have been tied together for a thousand years. Bryna Torrence has always been fully aware of their destined connection while Calin Farrell has practically no idea other than the dreams that have haunted him his whole life. They're finally brought together and Bryna has one night to convince Calin that he is her lover and destined to battle an evil wizard to save her and the world. I realize this story is only a novella, but even with that consideration, I think the story was super rushed and rather incomplete. Their moments of intimacy--both emotional and physical, come out of nowhere and as soon as the evil wizard is destroyed the characters have this sense of complete understanding of the entire situation that was not effectively conveyed to the reader. My disappointment in this story won't deter me from reading more books by Nora Roberts, however. I've read numerous of her other books, most of them of a much higher calibre than this novella. ...more
Great novella revealing Ellie's relationship with Javier. Even though the events of On Every Street take place before Sins & Needles, I highly recGreat novella revealing Ellie's relationship with Javier. Even though the events of On Every Street take place before Sins & Needles, I highly recommend you read Sins & Needles first and then come back and read this story after. I think this reading order provides the most thrills and suspense for the money. This series is off to a great start.. I'm totally hooked!...more
A must read for fans of the Mackenzie & McBride series! (Does not work well as a stand alone story.) This novella is just what the title says—theA must read for fans of the Mackenzie & McBride series! (Does not work well as a stand alone story.) This novella is just what the title says—the MacKenzies are all together at Kilmorgen castle to celebrate the season together and there are various threads of stories featuring all the couples and their children, as well as their beloved staff. There are some special gifts at the heart of the story as well—one being a precious Ming bowl of Ian’s that Beth accidentally breaks and the other being a very special gift from Eleanor and Hart. A large portion of the story focuses on Ian and Beth and that Ming bowl. Because of Ian’s Asperger’s, his reaction is difficult to interpret and Beth responds in a way most of us would understand, but not Ian. Anyway, you have to read it for yourself to see how the predicament of the bowl is handled and ultimately how special their love is. Heartwarming and uplifting and simply a whole lot of fun to read....more
This is a cute contemporary romance novella starring a sworn city girl who gets romantically tangled with a rural outdoorsy guy while visiting her sisThis is a cute contemporary romance novella starring a sworn city girl who gets romantically tangled with a rural outdoorsy guy while visiting her sister in Vermont. Ami Jordan is still feeling the sting from getting dumped by her ex and is sort of coasting through life right now trying to figure out what to do with herself. She thought she was on track with her plan to settle down in a house of her own complete with husband, kids and a garden out back, but now she's back to square one with everything--even her career. When she meets rugged Marcus Anderson, a friend of her sister and brother-in-law, there's instant attraction even though Ami and Marcus are from two different worlds and are constantly butting heads over it. Ami's pretty sarcastic, but Marcus is easy going and takes it in stride, turning it into friendly, if not flirtatious, banter. Ami eventually learns that Marcus isn't anything like her ex. He's kind hearted, patient and if nothing else, very persistent. In time, these two learn exactly where to compromise in order to find long term happiness as a couple.
Overall, Lumberjack in Love is a very cute, heartwarming romance. The dialogue is fun--at times sexy and other times very sweet and kind. I have to admit I often found the sexy talk--(and the physical sex) to be a bit too much too soon. Too much that it felt contrived and corny at times. I think this was exacerbated by Ami's constant dithering between insulting Marcus and the rural Vermont life one minute and wanting to jump him the very next minute. I realize the intent was that Ami wanted the release and passion of a one night stand without any commitment, but the delivery felt kind of off. In the end, though, I liked how they worked everything out and found their happily ever after together. A nice little feel-good kind of story. ...more
I adored this novella! It's humorous, charming and romantic. Eliza Cade and Harry Wright are two very lively characters who grow clo*** 4.5 stars ***
I adored this novella! It's humorous, charming and romantic. Eliza Cade and Harry Wright are two very lively characters who grow closer to each other with every encounter spanning two years or so--each encounter more meaningful than the previous until they simply couldn't deny their deep love for each other. The ending completley charmed me. ...more