Gabe rescues Megan and her daughter, Summer, during a frightening apartment fire. He's immediately drawn to Megan's strength and determination. After...moreGabe rescues Megan and her daughter, Summer, during a frightening apartment fire. He's immediately drawn to Megan's strength and determination. After he's injured during their rescue, Megan and Summer visit him at the hospital to see how he is and to thank him for saving their lives. Despite their mutual attraction, both Gabe and Megan have rules that should keep them apart. Gabe never dates fire victims. Megan refuses to date risk-takers. But as luck would have it, they are thrown back together with a little help from Gabe's insightful sister and Megan's matchmaking daughter. I'm not always a fan of children in romance novels, but Summer was such a delight! I smiled with each antic she pulled. Also, I love how she was never treated like a secondary character. Summer is very much a part of the story, and it was wonderful seeing Gabe interact with her.
Gabe and Megan's relationship progresses in such a natural way that it felt real to me. Megan's fears after losing her husband broke my heart. Gabe overcame his emotional conflict a lot faster than she did. He didn't push her, though. He was patient and loving in his pursuit...and boy does he pursue!
Can't Help Falling in Love is the perfect example of why I love romance novels. In fact, I can say that about this entire series! The exciting meet, one or both of them resisting the spark of attraction, the first explosive kiss leading to rock-my-world sex, overcoming conflict while falling in love, and living happily ever after. It's rare that I find a book that does it ALL just as I want.
The next Sullivan to find happiness will be Sophie in I Only Have Eyes For You. The setup for she and Jake in Can't Help Falling in Love has me anxiously anticipating their story! If Jake is anything like the Sullivan men, I may need a defibrillator. A girl's heart can only take so much!(less)
I didn't think it would be possible to fall in love with another Sullivan brother. Not because I don't believe they're all great guys, but I thought n...moreI didn't think it would be possible to fall in love with another Sullivan brother. Not because I don't believe they're all great guys, but I thought none of them would be able to top Chase (whose story The Look of Love kicked off this series).
I was dead wrong.
Marcus Sullivan's sex-appeal lies not in how handsome he is, but rather the solid goodness and moral strength underneath all his polished good looks. He is the responsible older brother. When he was barely a man himself, he stepped up to the plate to help his mother raise his seven siblings after their father's death. He's the guy you'd want next to you through the good times and the bad. He's the one who would move mountains for those he loves. And to me, that's insanely sexy.
Nicola Harding is known to the world as Nico, pop-star and wild child. One bad choice in men has given her a naughty reputation. Growing tired of lies she reads about herself, Nicola impulsively decides if she's getting accused of it, she may as well do it -- and gives herself permission to take home a stranger for one night of passion.
I love how rational-thinking came into play once she'd gotten into the car with Marcus that first night. His response was spot-on! And I couldn't help but laugh at the results.
The sex isn't rushed into the story. But once it does happen, wow! Marcus is a dominate man. But he's the type of dominate that's absolutely perfect; gentle, demanding, and attentive.
These two have some struggles to overcome. Both are still hurting from ghosts of the past. Marcus is eleven-years older than Nicola. And there's the fact that Nicola isn't willing to drag Marcus into the life of a celebrity. She loves and respects him too much to disrupt the peaceful life he's made for himself. In the end, I love how Marcus won Nicola over to his way of thinking!
Looking forward to the next one in this series! But surely I won't love Gabe as much as I love Marcus! Hmm, where have I heard that before...? ;)(less)
The Sinners are back with Rock Hard Sed Lionheart! There's a lot of great detailed reviews for this book, so I'm only going to hit on a few things.
Lo...moreThe Sinners are back with Rock Hard Sed Lionheart! There's a lot of great detailed reviews for this book, so I'm only going to hit on a few things.
...how crystal clear it is that Sed loves Jessica, has never stopped loving her, and will do anything to win her back once they reunite in a very unexpected way.
...how Sed knows all the words to "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion.
...Sed and Jessica's explosive passion! There's a lot less kink in this book than there was in the first book. I fully believe that's because these two need nothing more than each other to set fireworks off! They do enjoy the thrill of having sex in public places.
...Sed's competitive attitude (with himself) in the sack! This man is all about pleasing his woman, and at one point I thought *I* might pass out from his gifted talents! lol
...getting to know the Sinners even more. Trey's brother, Dare, is in this one a lot. I hope we get a story about him in the future!
...Jessica figuring out why Sed does/says certain things. It took her a while, but she finally "gets it" and clearly sees their entire history.
...the ending. So funny with all the betting going on between Sinners!
...how badly Jessica wanted to hurt Sed. I know it's because she wasn't over him -- not even a little -- but I felt bad for him at times!
...the marathon sex. Don't get me wrong, these two have no problems in that department, but after pages upon pages upon more pages of sex, I got a little bored. Not enough for me to put the book away or even to dock it points, but enough to be a slight annoyance.
...when things go wrong for Trey and only Sed and Jessica suspect what's going on. The rest of the Sinners are oblivious and Myrna, who is always good at reading people, doesn't even believe it. I found that so hard to believe that it was a huge issue for me there at the end.
There's a lot more to love than hate about this book, which is the reason I chose to give it 5-stars instead of 4!(less)
A disappointing 2 Stars. I know, I'm sad about it too.
I'm probably in the majority, but I can't bring myself to up the star count. Ally and Ren's relat...moreA disappointing 2 Stars. I know, I'm sad about it too.
I'm probably in the majority, but I can't bring myself to up the star count. Ally and Ren's relationship was squared away within the first few chapters. The rest of the book wrapped up other areas of Rock Chick Land. I feel a little cheated by the romance. :( Okay, and Ally annoyed me a lot. Ren was a saintly bad boy, though, and I loved him! (less)
Tara & Ford's daughter, Mia, is all grown up and ready for love. Under the Mistletoe is a sweet novella that made me smile. It's very short, so Ji...moreTara & Ford's daughter, Mia, is all grown up and ready for love. Under the Mistletoe is a sweet novella that made me smile. It's very short, so Jill wastes no time revealing the issues Mia & Nick face. I really enjoyed this one. It was a nice little visit back to Lucky Harbor and the original characters!(less)
Tara's southern belle routine grated my nerves a little. I'm a Texas girl, and I don't know a single person who says "bless your heart" that much! Asi...moreTara's southern belle routine grated my nerves a little. I'm a Texas girl, and I don't know a single person who says "bless your heart" that much! Aside from this, The Sweetest Thing delivered a fun, sweet, sexy, sassy, and heartwarming story! Ford's laid-back attitude was just what Tara needed in her carefully organized life. When their past suddenly shows up the teenage daughter they gave-up for adoption, they are forced to deal with old feelings that never really died.(less)
Forever and a Day is book 6 in Jill's...wait a second, this is book SIX!? I've already read up to book SIX!? OMG, that means all I have left is book 6...moreForever and a Day is book 6 in Jill's...wait a second, this is book SIX!? I've already read up to book SIX!? OMG, that means all I have left is book 6.5 and then I HAVE TO WAIT FOR MORE LUCKY HARBOR BOOKS! *sniffle*
Guess it's pretty obvious after my overly dramatic beginning to this review, that Forever and a Day is another fabulous book from Jill Shalvis! Dr. Josh runs a private practice by his lonesome, works in the ER, volunteers when needed, all on top of being a single father and a surrogate father to his 21 year-old paraplegic sister. He's overworked, exhausted, overwhelmed, and somehow still manages to be one supremely sexy McHottie!
Grace is everything Josh needs--and I'm not just talking about a dogwalker or nanny. It may begin that way, but it grows into so much more. Grace becomes, out of necessity at first, the glue keeping the Scott family together. Their relationship progresses slowly, each admitting to an attraction but not wanting it. Josh doesn't have time for a relationship and Grace has no desire to be another doctor's afterthought. But with chemistry like theirs, only time is needed before they succumb. Grace slips so easily into Josh's life, is truly there for him, and this wonderful man falls hard.
Then there's Anna, Josh's sister, who's bitter and resentful. She's struggling with guilt, having been the only survivor in an accident that killed their parents when she was 16. I kept having to remind myself what she must be feeling because it was really hard to like her at moments. Little Toby, Josh's son, desperately wants a mother. Josh tries to be everything for everyone but he knows his family has to come first. I love that he gets that. I love how he decides nothing is worth missing out on the important stuff--and the important people in his life.
Jill has a talent for tearing me up with heart-wrenching scenes and then, not two pages over, I find myself laughing and snorting with glee over something hilarious! It's such a gift to read her books. (less)
I am no stranger to the dynamite writing of Jill Shalvis. One of my favorite books ever is a little Harlequin Temptation titled Aftershock. Admittedly...moreI am no stranger to the dynamite writing of Jill Shalvis. One of my favorite books ever is a little Harlequin Temptation titled Aftershock. Admittedly, it's been a while since I've read any of her books. Mostly because it seemed as if I always had something else to read.
Listen up! I'm only going to say this once. It pains me to confess any such flaw in my character, but I will sacrifice myself if I can get even one person to give this book a read. I was wrong! I appreciate all the slack-jawed expressions, but I'm tellin' the truth, y'all. After a few emotionally heavy books, I wanted something light to pass the time before digging into another erotic romance. As I was scrolling through books on my TBR list, I passed by Simply Irresistible (for like the 100th time), but this time, my inner goddess jumped up from her spot lounging by the pool and pointedly glared at me. I heard her loud and clear, "How dare you, Tammie! Jill Shalvis used to be an automatic buy for us. Girlfriend, you need to get our head out of all that erotica nonsense." (FYI: she didn't really mean that. My inner goddess loves her erotica.) However, I knew what she was saying--switch it up before all the panty-melting alphas destroy vital brain cells! It was a major brain malfunction to keep passing up her books. Don't make the same mistake.
There are so many great reviews of Simply Irresistible that I don't feel there's much else I can add about the plot. Instead, I'll just list some of my favorite things about this book:
1. Witnessing Maddie's character growth from "The Mouse" to "The Leading Lady of Her Life" 2. The cutest & funniest "meet" I've read in a while. 3. True, honest-to-goodness, sexual tension! I guess my inner goddess was right--we do read too much erotica. I'd forgotten how satisfying, and what a seat-squirmer, old-fashioned anticipation can be like. Jax flirts & can't keep his hands off Maddie from the start; it's sexy as hell! 4. Seeing Maddie, Tara, and Chloe bond, fight, and love. The developing relationship between the sisters is a brilliant thing. 5. This whole book tugged at my heartstrings. 6. I laughed so much I thought I might need Chloe's inhaler! My gawd, every few pages it seemed as if something cracked me up. 7. You will fall in love with this charming town and all its citizens!
And finally, if nothing I've said before this point can convince you to read Simply Irresistible, I'll let Jax do the talking...
Then he slid the bottoms down her legs and paused at the sight of her Supergirl bikini panties. "Did I ever tell you," he murmured, dropping to his knees to press a kiss to her bruised hip, "that I'm pretty convinced you have your own superpowers?"
Bending her head to take in the top of his, she gave him a shaky smile that she knew didn't make it to her eyes. "What are they?"
"The power to get past all my walls..."
Sweet Jesus, Jax is dreamy!
Now that you've wasted precious time reading my so-tired-I-doubt-I-make-sense-but-I-needed-to-tell-you-to-read-this-book review, don't waste another second. READ THIS BOOK INSTEAD!
To Jill Shalvis: I swear never to bypass another of your books, to forever keep you on my auto-buy list, and to knit one of Maddie's boyfriend scarfs for each person I love. Thank you. ;-)
DISCLAIMER: This review was written under the influence of sinus medication. Please don't hold my weirdness against me.(less)
This book is a very hard one for me to review. I started Animal Magnetism to distract myself while my dad was in the hospital. It took me over two wee...moreThis book is a very hard one for me to review. I started Animal Magnetism to distract myself while my dad was in the hospital. It took me over two weeks to read with all the distractions, and then the grief of losing him so quickly. Honestly, I can't be certain I remember half of this book. I'm sure under other circumstances, I would give this book higher marks. What I do know is that Jill Shalvis is a master storyteller -- humor and sexiness abound! -- and you really can't go wrong with one of her books.(less)
This review really needs only three words: Ranger Hot Buns! That's it, dears. Run along and get your copy of Jill's At Last now because I know you're...moreThis review really needs only three words: Ranger Hot Buns! That's it, dears. Run along and get your copy of Jill's At Last now because I know you're asking yourself if the man lives up to his nickname. He does, oh boy does he EVER! Matt's the kind of hero I can get behind (or under, or over, or in front of, or...umm, you get the idea)! It's so easy to fall for him. Love let him down in the past, so he's certain he doesn't want another round with it. That is, until he realizes he's fallen for Lucky Harbor's resident Tough Girl, Amy Michaels.
This series has been a win with every book I read! Jill's writing is so brilliant, so funny, and her characters are real. If you have yet to read the books, what are you waiting for?(less)
Jill's Lucky Harbor series continues to get better with EVERY BOOK I READ. It isn't often that a series doesn't start to lose me after 3 or 4 books. I...moreJill's Lucky Harbor series continues to get better with EVERY BOOK I READ. It isn't often that a series doesn't start to lose me after 3 or 4 books. In fact, I really like that these stories continue in Lucky Harbor, but Lucky in Love is the start of a brand new trilogy within this series--The Chocoholics; Mallory, Amy, and Grace! Such a fun trio!
Mallory is a Lucky Harbor native. This good-girl is an ER nurse who puts everyone on the list ahead of her. She spends her time taking care of anyone who needs her help. Mallory really is the town sweetheart, but when Ty literally falls at her feet, she decides she's willing to put her good-girl status on hold for some decidedly bad-girl fun with the guy Lucky Harbor's gossip circle has dubbed: Mysterious Cute Guy. Mallory's too much of a caretaker, though, and she recognizes someone in need of saving. She really has the purest of hearts, but she's tough, too.
Ty...gawd, Jill really outdid herself with his character. Former Navy SEAL, Ty, is dealing with a four year-old nightmare he can't shake. Ty was a medic on his SEAL team and watched all of his friends die after a plane crash he walked away from. Survivor's guilt weighs heavily on his shoulders. He doesn't form attachments--any--but, before he can blink, Mallory turns into way more than anything he's ever had. ALL of Lucky Harbor becomes special to him, but Ty is determined not to stay. He's recuperating and as soon as Dr. Josh Scott gives him his travelling orders, he's gone. Ty is so far in denial it could be his middle name. He likes the town and its nosy people. He swims, runs, beats up Matt at the gym, spends time rebuilding as classic Shelby Mustang, and every chance he gets, Ty shows Mallory what it's like to walk on the wild side. He's delicious. He's a healer who cares deeply. In a nutshell, he's Mallory's perfect match. They're honest with each other from the get-go and the way they navigate their relationship is wonderful.
SO GOOD! Now, Amy and Matt's story is up next and, thankfully, I started late on this series so it's already out for me to inhale, lol! All the teasing little glimpses of them have me excited to see how Matt gets his girl.(less)
If ever there were a story of two complete opposites attracting, it's Damaged Goods. This book shouldn't have worked,...moreThe single mom & the escort.
If ever there were a story of two complete opposites attracting, it's Damaged Goods. This book shouldn't have worked, but it all came together to create a truly magical story.
Joceyln is a single mother; hardworking and completely capable of providing for herself & her children. It was refreshing to read about such a confident woman. But Joceyln struggles to find relationship-worthy men. She's not picky, per say, but she knows what she wants and she isn't afraid to turn a man down she doesn't click with. She's tired of the dating game -- and in dire need of some raw, rough, passionate sex. At the urging of her friend, Jocelyn hires a male escort for a few hours of fun.
Enters Sabian. He's exactly what I expect a male escort to be like: sexy, confident, and completely focused on his client's pleasure. Sabian is worth every penny Jocelyn spends on him! It takes her a month, after their first encounter, to decide she wants more of him. By their 3rd experience, you can start to see things becoming more personal. On their 4th "date", things take a drastic change when Joceyln can no longer deny how curious she is about him and begins to ask questions. Sabian opens up, they share some very real moments, and then, right before they sink into a desperate kiss, Sabian says...
"There's something I want you to know," he said.
"Hmm?" My lips tingled from the vibration of his voice.
His hand moved into my hair, the other drawing my body closer to his, and just before our lips touched, he whispered, "My real name is Austin."
My heart pounded, thundering his name over and over in my ears as he held me to him and kissed me. Electricity crackled through my veins and up and down my spine, and while it was far from the first time we'd touched, this kiss was charged with the thrill of a first kiss.
And that's when it changed. From that point on, I never thought of Austin as Sabian. This is what Lauren Gallagher excelled at in this book. We begin to learn who Austin is; the artist, the fun-loving guy. I adored seeing him with his family. In a nutshell, Austin became human. The sex changed, too. It was more personal, beautiful, and so damn sensual. It's easy to see that, for him, escorting really is just a job.
They don't rush their relationship. When they're ready to take the next step, Jocelyn does the brave thing and decides to be upfront with her ex-husband about what Austin does. Luckily, she has a really good relationship with her ex (and his wife). I won't spoil that scene, but I'll just say it's one of my favorites in the book!
Jocelyn is no saint, and even though she tries to be understanding of Austin's job, she struggles at times. They work through it without any of the BS that's so typical in romance novels.
The epilogue takes the entire book from good to great! Joceyln & Austin have earned the right to become one of my all-time favorite couples! I really hope you give their story a chance.(less)
When I sacrifice sleep by staying up until 3 a.m. to finish a book, you'd better believe it's a good one! I jus...more
The heart was forever inexperienced.
When I sacrifice sleep by staying up until 3 a.m. to finish a book, you'd better believe it's a good one! I just couldn't put Noah down. I had to find out if Noah & Roni would get their HEA! It didn't matter that I knew they would, I needed to know how it happened before my head hit the pillow.
The Heroine Veronica/Roni broke my heart. At the start of Noah, she is struggling with severe depression, has gained 40 lbs, and her unhappiness bleeds onto the pages. Roni put her life on hold two years ago to care for her cancer-stricken mother. After her mother lost the battle, Roni hasn't been able to overcome the grief and start living again.
The Hero Noah spent his youth as a foster kid. His friends are his family, and he's loyal to them. Noah's dreams of being a boxer are sidelined when he hurts his shoulder during a match. For now, he's trying to get Jack, his friend & owner of 5th Street Gym, to give him a shot as a personal trainer.
I loved... seeing the friendship between Noah & Roni grow. They both really needed & valued each other as friends, but there's a simmering physically attraction that was constantly beneath the surface. Roni won't go there with Noah, though. She's trying to get her life back on track, but most importantly, Noah is only 20. With an 8 year age gap, Roni isn't willing to put her heart on the line with a guy who, no doubt, lives for easy sex.
I loved even more... how Noah sets out to prove to Roni he's the man for her. Ms. Reyes does a fabulous job keeping him real to his age. Noah's life experiences have made him more mature, dependable, and the guy has so much love just waiting for someone. There were so many moments in this book, when Noah would do something for Roni and I'd get this big, goofy grin on my face. They really were perfect for each other.
What made me cringe... was Roni holding out for too long. Once Noah implemented "Operation Make Her See That We're Meant for Each Other", things started really heating up. It felt like she was waiting for him to mess up. Noah just took it in stride, didn't push her, but didn't back away from how he was feeling. He showed her, day-after-day, how much she meant to him. Then, she sees something and judges him guilty without asking him for the facts. That annoyed me. He deserved better than that after how patient he'd been with her.
In the end... Noah gets his girl, and I was blown away by their story!(less)
Thank you, Tammara Webber, for your fresh voice & for introducing me to a genre I need to read more of!
Easy is anything but an easy book to read....moreThank you, Tammara Webber, for your fresh voice & for introducing me to a genre I need to read more of!
Easy is anything but an easy book to read. By the end of the first chapter, I felt an emotional-connection and didn't want to put it down. Webber tackles the all-too-real subject of campus rape/acquaintance rape. And while this subject is a driving force beneath the plot, it isn't the entire story. I love how Webber takes Jacqueline's experience and masterfully weaves it into Lucas's past.
I really adored Jacqueline, and her friend, Erin. I found myself reminiscing so much during Easy! The dialogue is just as I'd expect from young adults. Jacqueline and Lucas are both mature, but the mistakes and choices they make are true to their age.
"Oh, J, he's got ink, too. Just when I didn't think he could get any hotter..." - Erin
Not only is Lucas tatted, he has a lip piercing, and he's tall, with the lightest blue-grey eyes ever, longish dark hair, and extremely lickable abs. That's just the in the looks department, ladies. He's also kick-ass protective, smart, kind, caring, an artist, rides a HARLEY, has a great work ethic, cooks, and can spend hours leisurely making-out. The cougar in me was rolling around wanting to play!
I could gush about this book, its characters, and offer an entire list of things I loved about it, but I'd rather you spend your time reading it instead of this review.
I would like to end this review by sharing my favorite quote, which comes at the end of this book and isn't even part of the story. It lies in the acknowledgments section...
"To those who relate to any part of this story - if you haven't told, tell. Even if it's been months, years, decades. Tell someone. We remain silent because we've taken responsibility and/or a shame that was never ours to carry. Forgive yourself for things that were not your fault. Bad decisions, mistaken trust, physical weakness, or too much fear to act do not make an assault on you or someone you care about your fault. Ever."
I love getting swept into a Jill Shalvis book. Whether she's writing about sports heroes, blue-collar hunks, or commitment-challenges veterinarians (l...moreI love getting swept into a Jill Shalvis book. Whether she's writing about sports heroes, blue-collar hunks, or commitment-challenges veterinarians (like Dell from this book), I can't get enough! (less)