*** 4.5 stars *** Wow what a ride! Loved this story. The characters, the dialogue, the setting, the gangster vibe, the tension and of course the love*** 4.5 stars *** Wow what a ride! Loved this story. The characters, the dialogue, the setting, the gangster vibe, the tension and of course the love story. Kept me turning the pages faster than any book I've read in a while. ...more
And I thought the first book in this Castles Ever After series (Romancing the Duke) was charming?! Well then this one takes the cake! Clio Whitmore waAnd I thought the first book in this Castles Ever After series (Romancing the Duke) was charming?! Well then this one takes the cake! Clio Whitmore was promised to marry the Marquess of Granville since she was practically a baby. Clio has been waiting eight years for her diplomat fiancé to return to England to make good on their engagement and finally marry her. Only now she has finally found herself, inherited a castle of her own and wishes to break the engagement before her intended even returns home. The Marquess' prizefighting brother, Rafe Brandon, will do anything to stop that from happening and with the help of his trainer (who is pretending to be a wedding planner--so funny), they try to woo her with extravagant wedding planning so she changes her mind. Obviously things don't go as planned for this ex-champion fighter and you guessed it, Clio and Rafe fall in love. Only their journey to their own happy ending comes with twists and turns, a lot of fabulous self discovery and huge doses of humor. Such a joy to read! Genuine characters, funny dialogue and some sexy scenes of futile resistance to each other plus a swoon-worthy ending. ...more
Picked this one up off my TBR shelf on a whim the other day and read it straight through with barely a break. Super cute contemporary romance, a reallPicked this one up off my TBR shelf on a whim the other day and read it straight through with barely a break. Super cute contemporary romance, a really fun read. ...more
This first novel in a brand new paranormal romance trilogy by debut author Kira Brady is wonderfully fresh and unique. Fans of urban fantasy or paranoThis first novel in a brand new paranormal romance trilogy by debut author Kira Brady is wonderfully fresh and unique. Fans of urban fantasy or paranormal novels should not miss this one! The world is fascinating and unlike anything you've read before. Taking place in a present day alternate reality Seattle, this story is a fresh blend of animal and dragon shifting clans and Native American, Babylonian and Norse based mythologies. So awesome. As you can imagine, the world, the series premise and the story are both clever and imaginative. The story is an intriguing story of two opposing shifter clans vying for control of a gate between this world and the spirit world. Woven within this intense plot is a compelling romance between an outcasted animal shifter who is working off a blood debt to the dragon shifter Lord and a human woman determined to uncover the truth behind her sister's death and the mysterious clues she left behind. I'm telling you, don't miss this one! I'm already waiting rather impatiently for the second book in the trilogy, Hearts of Shadow due out next spring. ...more
*** 4.5+ out of 5 stars *** Such a fun, sassy and sexy paranormal romance. A great heroine, super fun plot lines and interesting secondary characters.*** 4.5+ out of 5 stars *** Such a fun, sassy and sexy paranormal romance. A great heroine, super fun plot lines and interesting secondary characters. Of course, a sweet and sexy romance, too. ...more
Told from the first person point of view of Olivia Mackey, Naked is about Oliva's search to figure out who she truly is as well as the love story of OTold from the first person point of view of Olivia Mackey, Naked is about Oliva's search to figure out who she truly is as well as the love story of Olivia and Alex Kennedy. The book portrays realistic personal drama of and between characters in areas of which most of us can identify in one way or another whether it be personal struggles with our religion, race, adoption stories, dysfunctional families, identity crisis, sexual orientation and so on. The author unabashedly addresses the complexity of all of these issues in ways we can all relate to and with which we can easily empathize. I adored both Olivia and Alex and was glued to their story until the very last page, completely satisfied with the outcome. Absolutely loved this book--it was well worth the wait, which has been over three years since having read Tempted by Megan Hart in early 2008 which is the novel in which Alex Kennedy is first introduced. ...more
I've got circles under my eyes all this week because I stayed up way too late the other night reading this book. I was glued to the pages and could noI've got circles under my eyes all this week because I stayed up way too late the other night reading this book. I was glued to the pages and could not put it down until I finished!
I'm a fan of all of Ms. Higgins' books, so wasn't at all surprised at how much I enjoyed Until There Was You. I adore Ms. Higgins' quirky, yet familiar characters and down-to-earth story telling--the layers of humor, familial issues, female drama and those sad moments of life that we never forget and how they shape who we are-- all wrapped into a charming romance and tied with a satisfying happily ever after ending. All of which is consistent in all of this author's books.
Thirty-four year old Cordelia "Posey" Osterhagen owns a salvaging company in her hometown of Bellsford, New Hampshire. Posey was a very shy, skinny and awkward teenager and consequently doesn't have many great memories of her high school years. In fact, she was at her lowest back in high school when her heart was broken by her long time crush and high school bad boy, Liam Murphy. Posey is a kind, generous and well adjusted adult now and happy enough in life. She has a great business, a loving family, a handful of close friends and even has a boyfriend of sorts. Until Liam Murphy shows up in town after all these years, that is, widowed and raising a teenage daughter on his own and as attractive as ever. His arrival sends her heart in a tailspin and Posey knows right away that she has to distance herself from him before she falls unrequitedly in love with him all over again. As if she ever stopped...
Liam Murphy had a troubled family before he moved in with his uncle and attended high school in Bellsford all those years ago. Once in Bellsford, girls were constantly throwing themselves at Liam and he took advantage of it. Until he fell for the smart, pretty and popular Emma Tate, whom he followed to California after high school. Emma got pregnant and she and Liam married and became parents at a young age. Fifteen years later, Emma dies from leukemia and a few years after that, Liam decides to return to Bellsford with his teenage daughter, Nicole so she can be closer to her grandparents.
While Posey has matured and moved on from high school, she still has some insecurities--mostly about her body image, a bit caused by some family dynamics and in general, she tends to herself short in a lot of ways. I think these are things that most women can relate to at some point in our lives.
Women still hit on Liam wherever he goes [except for Posey!], much to his annoyance, but he's not the same person he was as a teenager. He's matured and has learned a lot about love and loss. Not to mention how becoming a father has changed him in ways he never imagined. Despite all his fears about parenting all by himself, and knowing first hand what teenage boys are like, he's responsible, attentive and tries so hard to understand and be there for Nicole. He's ultra protective of her, but truly a great dad. Liam's relationship with his daughter is definitely one of the strengths of his character.
Despite Posey's attempts to put a wide berth between herself and Liam--they continuously cross paths and rekindle a tentative friendship that they sort of had back in high school when he worked in her parent's restaurant and slowly begin to see each other for the person they have each become. Both of them have clearly been affected by their pasts and haven't quite gotten over a lot of their teenage insecurities, but over time they kind of show each other how to see themselves in a different light, move on, live and love. They're there for each other in ways they both truly need and deserve. It was simply heartwarming to see Posey and Liam at ease with each other, having fun and finally being loved for just who they are.
Until There Was You is a great book. There are numerous little side stories threaded throughout Posey and Liam's story involving their friends and family that tie the story together. All of those little subplots reveal details about Posey and Liam's character and how they see themselves. Posey and Liam are on a soul searching journey of sorts as they figure out who they are, where they belong and what kind of life and love are they worthy of, and in the end, how to fight for it. Most of all, it's a story about a second chance at love and how we all deserve a happily ever after. Until There Was You is a charming story that shouldn't be missed. ...more
**4.5 stars** A charming version of a Beauty and the Beast type tale. The dialogue in this novel is very entertaining and really brings the characters**4.5 stars** A charming version of a Beauty and the Beast type tale. The dialogue in this novel is very entertaining and really brings the characters to life. In addition, the unique setting adds interest and depth to the story. Most of the story takes place at the Earl of Marchant's castle in Wales which he has set up as a pseudo-hospital where the Earl, his cousin and a small handful of promising doctors-in-training strive to provide alternative health care to patients which is in fact the correct direction medicine needs take during this time period to save lives and prevent infections. This aspect of the story was extremely fascinating and the author effectively tied this to the romance plot as well. There is also a charming secondary romance plot featuring the Earl's mother and father that was a very sweet touch to the book. ...more
Re-read February 23, 2014 third time maybe? Loved it as much as the first time I read it. Anyone interested in doing a series re-read with me? I'm soRe-read February 23, 2014 third time maybe? Loved it as much as the first time I read it. Anyone interested in doing a series re-read with me? I'm so tempted..
Definitely my favorite book in this series and reading it makes me want to reread all 10 books all over again.
Kiss of Snow is such an intense book and at #10 in the series, no less. I'm not just talking about the romance between Hawke--the alpha leader of the SnowDancer wolf pack and Sienna Lauren--the defected Cardinal X-Psy who, along with her two Uncles, a cousin and young brother were granted shelter from the PsyNet with the wolves several years prior. OF course their relationship has always been complicated because of who they both are, so their romance is no walk in the park. But the series of events over the last few years have lead to political boiling point within this world between the Psy and the changelings, as well as between Council members, bringing the two factions to the brink of war.
There are also some really great subplots in this book, such as the tender romance between Psy Walker Lauren and the SnowDancer healer, Lara as well as the long anticipated birth of Lucas and Sascha's baby in the Dark River snow leopard pack.
Highly recommended to fans of the series, but start reading at the first book! You won't be disappointed....more
Tempted is Megan Hart's most recently published novel with Spice publish[review originally posted on my blog the happily ever after.. in March 2008.]
Tempted is Megan Hart's most recently published novel with Spice publishing. It is marketed as an erotic novel, and while it does have erotic elements, Tempted is more a novel of romantic realism. It is a realistic novel about strongly intertwined relationships brought about by real life actions, reactions, and consequences. It is the bittersweet emotional story, told from Anne's perspective, of what transpired over the course of one summer between Anne, her husband James, and his best friend Alex when the three became lovers.
Anne has everything a woman could want. Her husband James is handsome, loving and attentive and they live a happy and comfortable life together in their charming lake house. But things aren't exactly picture perfect. Anne is stressed out from dealing with her critical and impossible to please mother-in-law, and the ever present consequences of her father's alcoholism. In addition, each of Anne's three younger sisters are dealing with some serious problems of their own. Then a call comes from Alex, James' best friend from his youth, and everything in Anne's world changes.
James and Alex were inseparable childhood friends until they had a huge falling out the night before Alex left for Singapore on a business venture ten years ago. No one talks about the mysterious falling out, not even James, and it must have been intense if they dropped from each other's lives for ten years in a heartbeat. Now Alex has sold his company and is returning to the States to stay with James and Anne for the summer. Anne has never met Alex until he arrives at their home, and she is instantly overwhelmed by his sensuality and the mysteries of his past with her husband. She immediately senses a deep bond between James and the enigmatic Alex that is complicated, yet clearly depicts love and possibly even sexual attraction. Inevitably, Alex joins Anne and James in their bed and it isn't long before their relationships transcend fun and games and the boundaries of friendship, sex, and love are tested. Emotions develop in complex tangents between the three of them, and Anne and James' marriage is put on the line. The consequences of the threesome are engaging and a also a bit disturbing, forcing the characters to make decisions that may forever change their lives. Ms. Hart's characters are real and complex. They have flaws, they make mistakes, and are forced to deal with the consequences of their actions. They address things about themselves that they may not have otherwise, had this affair not happened. And in the end, each have to make important decisions about the love they choose to embrace.
Tempted is not a typical erotic romance novel. While there are indeed erotic sex scenes, including several menages a trois scenes, it isn't the eroticism that gives this novel its power. The power behind this novel is the intense emotions and complicated relationships that drive the plot. Anne's personal struggle to understand her own emotions and desires, as well as those of James and Alex, and how it all affects her life, her loves, and her family is what makes this novel what it is: intense, honest, engaging, and thought provoking.
The ending of Tempted is not the kind of happily ever after ending I have come to expect and love from reading romance, but since this novel is not a lighthearted romance or erotic novel, the bittersweet ending is true to the complexity of real life. Initially, I had some issues with the circumstances surrounding the ending because it went against the resolution that already took root between the characters and didn't provide any closure. But after I thought about it for quite some time, I decided that the ending that Ms. Hart wrote is actually the only possible ending that would give Anne, James, and Alex the closure they each needed to move on with their lives, which is a good thing, even if it was disconcerting.
I had a really hard time coming up with a grade for Tempted. There are a few decisions that the characters make that I thought were inconsistent with the circumstances. I also felt that the story could have been even more interesting and compelling if James' character, and his relationship with Alex were more deeply developed. Then the fact that the ending threw me for a loop and I kept analyzing it gave me doubts about the book. However, I enjoyed reading Tempted because the relationships were so compelling and I couldn't help but examine and reexamine the characters and their actions for days after finishing the novel and that is what moved me the most. Perhaps that was Ms. Hart's intention after all - to write a powerful and thought provoking novel that left a profound impression on the reader. If so, her mission was accomplished with me. ...more