This is PG Forte’s second book in her Children of the Night series, and it is a marvelous story of love lost and fA Whipped Cream Reviews 'BEST BOOK'!
This is PG Forte’s second book in her Children of the Night series, and it is a marvelous story of love lost and found through pain and denial.
How can love survive when it is ignored and neglected? And how can two intelligent men be so clueless?
Conrad knows he treated Damian abominably, and lives each day realizing what he’s lost. He knows he doesn’t blame his love for turning from him and hating the sight of him. He has punished himself for centuries for what he did to Damian, knowing there can be no forgiveness for his actions.
Damian has suffered for all that time, wondering what he can do to gain Conrad’s love once more, for he has never stopped loving him, no matter how painful it has been. What starts out as a training exercise between Julie and Damian becomes the catalyst to reunite Conrad and Damian, after centuries apart.
When old enemies rise up once more to try and topple Conrad from his position of power, the danger becomes all too real, and one of the twins pays the price. Marc and Julie don’t know all of their history: they believe they were made vampire at a young age. Only Conrad and Damian know the truth -- Julie and Marc are the only ‘born’ vampires, with powers just starting to surface. And Conrad, while claiming to be their ‘sire’ is, in reality, their true father.
As the twins celebrate their birthday on Halloween, things begin to escalate as ghosts from the past surface to shake Conrad and Damian to their cores. Can they uncover the evil behind it all in time to save Marc’s life? Can Conrad accept the love that Damian has for him, has always had for him, or is it too late for them?
I love Ms. Forte’s use of flashbacks to show how Conrad and Damian first met, and at different points throughout their long lives together. This is a dark and emotional story, and I admit to shedding more than a few tears in some places. But the characters are compelling, and once I started, I couldn’t put it down.
Conrad is still recovering from his kidnapping and torture of six months before the beginning of this book. He aches from memories of what he had with Damian, and how he ruined any happiness they might have had together. I found it ironic that one of the strongest vampires was so completely unaware of how his soul mate truly felt. There were times I just wanted to shake him like a child and say, “Open your eyes, fool. See what is right there in front of you.” Watching Conrad suffer, needlessly it turns out, was necessary to bring these two stubborn fools back where they belong.
Damian is the younger man, and he has been questioning what it was that caused Conrad to turn against him. He doesn’t realize that Conrad is ashamed of what he did, and is punishing himself by avoiding contact with Damian. Watching Damian suffer with self-doubt and angst over what could have been makes the scene where they finally open up to each other such a strong one.
There are several different storylines here, and not all are easily resolved. The secondary characters in this are all well developed and I look forward to seeing more of them in future books in this series. Julie and Marc are starting to display power beyond their age, and it will be delightful to see what develops with them. Is there a happy ever after in this one? Not exactly, but there is a hot and sexy happy for now for Conrad and Damian, with a promise of much more to come.
I do recommend that you read the first book in this series, In the Dark, to better understand the story dynamics here. But this one gave me laughter, tears and a sense of romance that is worth the time spent. But keep the tissues handy, and turn up the fan.
Can two completely different men take the Grand Jete and risk all to be together? This charming Christmastime tale about a pair of unlikely lovers warms the heart like a cozy holiday fireside.
The male leads in this book both followed non-traditional career roles. One, a nurse and the other, a ballet professional, were written as strong and confident protagonists. The witty banter was lighthearted and I laughed out loud several times from the clever dialogue. I was especially impressed by the way the author created a completely believable world with plot lines that were well paced, and secondary characters that truly enhanced emotional climate of the story. In real life, this romance would seem impossible, as there was not much angst involved. The true beauty of this story is that it captured the magical spirit of the holiday and left me smiling. The happily ever after was continued in the epilogue and served as a satisfying end to the tale.
The love scenes were also written well, as the emotion was well conveyed not only with words spoken between lovers but also with a surprisingly detailed description of the background. Kudos to the author for including in these scenes the practice of safe sex. Both men value the safety of their partner above their sexual needs.
Edits on this book were carefully done, with very few spelling or grammatical errors. Each sentence flowed into the next effortlessly, with the storyline progressing to the finale. It reminded me of a well performed ballet, almost perfectly choreographed and executed.
Fans of M/M romance will love this feel good tale of blossoming love during the winter snow. Grand Jete was a treat to read and I highly recommend it. I'll end with my favorite quote from this holiday romance, “It's almost like magic, having you here now. I still don't quite believe it.”
Elizabeth Baverstock meets dashing young James Worthington in the midst of a snowy lane, in a way that scarcely bodes well for their future acquaintance.
Elizabeth – of Hartford Hall – is hardly treated as befits her station, but determinedly carries on, making the best of things and planning a future. James, Sir James in fact, does not figure into that future at all. Though of course we suspect something might develop between them, their awkward early conversations certainly make us doubt it.
Readers will love the unabashed toughness of Elizabeth; whatever happens, she makes the best of it. Her young man, we are more ambivalent about – one moment charmer, the next, cad. Who is he really? He seems like he could be the one…and certainly at times we see him as the ‘steady gentleman.’ Yet, he himself seems to reject that appearance.
Other characters are equally well developed, and I was especially drawn to the very believable (and gossipy) servants. All are clearly on Elizabeth’s side! The class folks – and the twins, are a different story. This story, and Elizabeth’s plight, make us want a handy, all-rotten character to blame! And there is one, but she's not entirely responsible for all the bad events. Amelia is so nasty, you spend a good deal of time hoping she’ll be the one run over in a lane.
Throughout, and on a number of small points, there is splendid attention to detail – like noting that James drives a high-perch phaeton. Later his valet comments on him handling the reins, using the old fashioned term, ‘ribbons.’ The backdrop of snow and cold remains consistent, and so nice and timely, too. Details are subtly included and only add to the aura. Such points allow us to see this clearly as a mid-nineteenth century England, without ever having to out and out say so. I was quite prepared to like this story from its wonderful start and am pleased to share that I simply loved it.
Christmas at Hartford Hall earns one of its five stars. You won’t want to wait for Christmas to read this one....more
Bev Oz has written a charming and fun story for the holidays. The mix of reality and fantasy is the perfect touch in this one, and the characters are delightful and richly detailed.
It’s Christmas Eve, and Christmas Town has been hit by the flu. This year, Santa’s daughter goes along for the annual traditional ride, hoping to help. Atop a secluded cabin in the mountains, Holly waits for her father to come back to the sleigh, but when it has been more than the usual amount of time, she realizes something is wrong. When she finds him passed out with fever on the cabin floor, she gets him back to the sleigh, but he refuses to leave without his sack. When Holly goes back for it, Blitzen takes off with out her, stranding her in the cabin.
David White is hiding out from his public. In a weak moment, he let a friend convince him to be on a reality show to find a wife, and now he can’t breathe without being cornered by strange women. He thinks Holly is just another crazy at first, but as he gets to know her, and realizes the crazy story she tells is true, he discovers she is a sweet, shy and totally adorable woman, and one he wants to know better.
Can Holly find a way back home to Christmas Town at the North Pole? When her brother suddenly rescues her, can she figure out her feelings for David? And can an elf and a human find a way to have a happy ever after at the North Pole?
The world Ms. Oz built for this story is fascinating yet familiar, with few characters to distract from the main couple.
Holly Claus is a delight. She is modern, yet sweet and gentle too. She has trouble being around strangers, but is comfortable with David. She has issues with one of her father’s reindeer, and her sarcasm with that animal is fun to see. I like listening to her ‘inner dialogue’ about David as she becomes closer to him, and loved her combination of sexiness and innocence.
David White is an interesting hero. He writes children’s books, and he’s one hot hunk. His only fault was agreeing to the television show in a moment of weakness, after his girlfriend left him. I love David’s sense of humor, and his willingness to believe in the unbelievable, and accept Holly for who she really is.
There are some fun parts to this story, as Holly and David become acquainted and learn that things aren’t always what they may appear to be. I loved that, just as things were heating up between our lovely elf and her hot hunk, big brother shows up to take Holly back to the North Pole and her family. The rest of the story is delightful, and I was surprised at the things David was willing to do to try and contact Holly to see if there was really something there to build a relationship on.
Do Holly and David have a happy ever after? Check out Far From Silent Night, and add some wonderful holiday warmth to your life.
Alice is so tired of being alone. It doesn’t help when she has to give up going to her sister’s for Christmas because she has this book to illustrate. She can’t get inspired or in the spirit at all. So she stands next to her Christmas tree and wishes on the angel at the top, hoping inspiration will come. I think we’ve all felt a bit uninspired by our projects once in a while, but I’ve sure never wished on a Christmas tree ornament and gotten an angel!
Ms. Masters writes a light tale that is a joy to read. Her angel rides a Harley, Luke and Alice spend more time fighting than getting along, and Alice isn’t sure she wants to finish the illustrations. If she does, Luke will leave…
The author gives you an impossible situation and then adds a human male who is suddenly interested in Alice. She’s not interested in him, but she can’t have Luke. Or can she?
Riding the Harley through the sky, listening to dead musicians make music in the heavens, and painting here and there on a night that never ends is great fun for Alice. But Luke has ground rules to follow, a limited time to help her and it’s too bad if he doesn’t want to go home… After all, he never wanted to return to earth either. He was happy hanging out in heaven being bored. He’s not bored now.
My favorite part was the two of them snarling at each other. He wants to inspire her to paint; she wants to convince him to love her. He keeps making margaritas and cooking her food to keep her focused on her duties. He plays taxi man. And she drools over him.
This fun fantasy tale will keep you reading and waiting to see just what happens next. The author of the book she’s illustrating plays a part in this story, too. I didn’t see this ending coming, and I consider that an accomplishment for the author.
Why not try this read for yourself. It’d be a great book to read while sitting in front of the fire and sipping a hot chocolate. Just don’t drink and read at the same time ... you might make a mess when you laugh out loud at the great humor the author shares.
There is something for everyone in this ménage anthology. Whether your tastes run from a simple threesome to a group, strangers to long-term friends,There is something for everyone in this ménage anthology. Whether your tastes run from a simple threesome to a group, strangers to long-term friends, very private to sex on the street, this book has a little something for you. The caveat is that you probably will not enjoy each and every story in this book, but you may find something new to interest you.
Raw Amarinda Jones Possibly the most “shocking” story in the collection, this story incorporates the main female character with up to five men. There is plenty of violence as well as oral sex, sex in public, and plenty of voyeurism. There is also one scene that includes some M/M interaction. This story has lots of sex and lets the reader know how Poppy is feeling when faced with the multiple sexual opportunities she is given. Not for the faint of heart, but worth reading at least once.
Taken by Three Delilah Hunt Starting out as revenge at Herb Walker for wrongly putting Ryder Lawson in jail, three brothers plot to steal Evie, his daughter. Kidnapped, being used as their sexual slave, and having no one to miss her, Evie deals with the new experience of being held captive, being shared, and enjoying the new experience. There are plenty of tender moments to counteract the anger and rough sex. There are also several M/F love scenes to complement the times when the brothers all take their turns. This story also has its romance story ending, making it a sexy romantic read.
Post Op Erin O’Riordan A romantic story with a hot three-way thrown in for good measure. After performing back surgery, Maggie finds herself oddly attracted to her patient and his male lover. After trying to distance herself from them, she finds herself at their apartment watching a basketball game with their friends. Things heat up when their friends leave. Maggie gets an insight into their relationship and gets a taste of both of them. It does not stand out as a story, but gets interest from the conflict of sleeping with a patient as well as joining an existing m/m relationship.
The Birthday Surprise Pepper Anthony My favorite story of the bunch. The sex (despite involving three people) isn’t particularly sizzling, and the plot got a bit confusing when they went to the shower (I still can’t figure out who was doing what!). However, despite that, this is the story that sticks in my head, and the story I keep going back to. The concept of being “serviced” by your lawn boy is exciting enough, but add to that the fact it was Melanie’s 40th birthday and the feel-good factor jumps by a factor of 10. If you are ready to take your inner romantic out for a naughty little stroll, this is the story for you!
Admired Ashlyn Monroe Setting up our heroine as a strong, successful career woman, the author begins to show the reader the dichotomy of Cora succumbing to a Dominant/submissive relationship. Not only that, but a relationship that includes the dominant’s friend for some partner sharing and voyeurism. The story reveals how the dominant watching Cora and used covert methods to contact her for the first time. Lots of sexual tension and subterfuge keep your interest throughout this story.
Waking the Lioness Tessa Morelock As suggested by the title, this is a shape-shifter story. Set in New Orleans, and traveling to the bayou, it adds an almost exotic quality to the plot. Lara comes into contact with her ex who is looking for his missing current lover, both of whom are also shapeshifters. Finding Caleb’s lover wounded in the bayou leads to erotic scenes and some three-way action that precipitates Tate’s healing. A departure from the previous stories, but nicely written and entertaining.
Do It Fur Love Melissa Hosack Totally unbelieveable and a completely fantastic vehicle for hot sex and a three-way relationship. Vanessa is in a car accident and is found and saved by friends Brenn and Dihn. After finding they couldn’t get her back to civilization for a few days, Brenn and Dihn offer her a chance to recouperate and the sparks start to fly. After learning they are both werewolves, Vanessa allows herself to follow through on the heat between herself and both guys, which eventually leads to some three way action. But will there be a happy ending?
The Problem With Love Spells Angelina Rain When witch Gretchen runs out of ingredients for her anti-love spell, and she can’t run to the local potion shop to pick them up, she sets out to collect them on her own. Unfortunately, the wolf and bat she collected from decided to take revenge. Fortunately, the wolf was actually a werewolf and the bat a vampire. And they decided to take revenge of a sexual nature. While not normally my cup of tea, this sets the stage for some hot 3-way “revenge” and sets the scene for the story resolution in a satisfactory manner.
There is a little something for everyone in this anthology. It starts out with the most rough and violent and ends with a light-hearted paranormal romp with some good old-fashioned fantasy stories in between. Pick and choose, or read it straight through, but if you are looking for a good read to keep you busy, pick up this anthology and enjoy!
The title drew me to this story and it had a little of everything: humor, adventure and mystery. I thought it would be a sort of whodunit but it turned into quite the adventure for the characters, and it all starts with the need for pecans for a pie.
The setting was very exotic and I think the author did a great job describing both the boat the characters were on and the town where the adventure takes place. And I felt like I was thrown into the action.
The only thing I felt needed to be changed was the length of the story. The author did a wonderful job setting it up so I thought the whole mystery part could have been fleshed out more.
Besides that, if you like an exotic setting for your mystery read and one peppered with some quirky characters, this is probably a good pick for you....more
What do you get when a gay guy test drives a woman? I will tell you -- one hot as hell story that will leave you squirming in your seat and turning thWhat do you get when a gay guy test drives a woman? I will tell you -- one hot as hell story that will leave you squirming in your seat and turning the air conditioner down low to cool off.
Oh, man! I did not know what I was getting into when I purchased Arresting Abby but by the time I got to the end of the book I was not sure which end was up. Talk about a whirlwind of action and emotions this story has it all.
I am still laughing from one of Ms. Dragon punchlines: "Is this death by foreplay, or are you punishing me, officer?” With so many quick and witty phrases through out the pages, I had a smile or soft chuckle all the way through the book. I even learn what a tea-bagging session was. Wow! There is nothing hotter than male/male sex scenes in an M/M/F ménage story.
Zach and Kevin are lovers and plan on spending their lives together. As their personalities come to life between the pages of the book, you can see how much they mean to each other but you can also see just how much they care for their friend Abby. After months of her teasing them both about a threesome, the two men work up a one night fantasy that could end up changing all their lives. I found as I read this tale that I fell for Kevin a diehard gay man who has never been with a woman. Kevin is pure alpha and boy did he leave a lasting impression on me. Zach on the other hands is bi and more of a jokester. Abby is a woman in love with both men but knows there will never be any thing between the three other than a one night fantasy.
This is one story that I am eager to share with my friends and know they will have as much fun reading as I did. Don’t let this one pass you by. It is a must have in your eBook library, especially if you are into smoking hot M/M/F menages.
Reggie is certainly the most interesting lawyer I’ve had the pleasure of reading about. She had my sympathy from the very start of the book. First, she bungles an important contract, and then she’s in a wreck in holiday traffic. Fortunately the man in the other car is Dylan Monroe. Dylan insists on driving her home. Once there, they find that Reggie’s apartment has been ransacked. As if that weren’t enough, when Dylan and Reggie come back to clean the apartment on the day after Thanksgiving, someone starts shooting at her. Dylan insists he can protect her, but Reggie has trust issues. Will she take a leap of faith and trust a man she’s hardly knows?
Ms. Duncan really knows how to pace a good suspense. From the moment Reggie is in a wreck, her life becomes a series of life threatening incidents that kept me turning pages. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen to Reggie and Dylan next. Even though the book was fast paced, Ms. Duncan worked in some slower moments that highlighted Dylan and Reggie’s softer sides and allowed me to get to know them better. I particularly liked the scene when Dylan gave Reggie a tour of his hometown. I couldn’t help but smile as Dylan described each of the buildings and the people who lived in them. I’m sure anyone who’s ever lived in a small town will crack a smile when they come to that passage.
I also loved the way that Dylan witnessed to Reggie. Reggie grew up in foster care and doesn’t trust or depend on anyone but herself, and she certainly doesn’t have any faith in God. However, Dylan, his family, and friends slowly begin to change her mind. Dylan shared his faith with Reggie simply by living a life following Christ’s example.
I thought that Dylan and Reggie made a good couple despite coming from completely different worlds. Reggie loves the city and wants nothing more than to be a successful attorney. Her trust issues make it hard for anyone to get close to her. Dylan’s heart resides in the country on his farm. He’s an open and trusting soul willing to lend a hand to help a stranger. Despite the huge differences in their lives, Dylan and Reggie find themselves falling in love. I liked that their love for each other didn’t magically fix all their issues. They really had to work for their happy ending, but there is no doubt in my mind that they will have a very happy life together.
Pursued is a fast paced story filled with characters that defy expectations. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good romantic suspense mixed with an inspirational message.
Anything you can do, I can do better... or at least when it comes to bronc riding.
I know when I read a book by Carolyn Brown, I'm in for a treat. The writing flows and the words leap from the pages. I'm immersed in the world of the characters and tend to finish the book in one sitting. The same was the case for Just a Cowboy and His Baby. I devoured this book in what seemed like no time at all and thought about the characters after I put the book down.
Here's my quandary. I liked this book. I did. But for me there were aspects that tripped me up. I love animals and I tend to talk to all four of mine. When Trace talked to his dog like it was a person, I got him. Totally. But there were moments when he went on a long time. Was this bad? Not really, but it stuck with me and temporarily ripped me out of the story. Another thing was Gemma. She talked to herself a lot, too. Seeing as how I tend to talk myself through things, I could relate to her. What I had a hard time with was her overwhelming determination to be the best. Be the best, by all means, but she went overboard. Everything had to be her way and she had to win. I like strong women, but there's strong, then there's so strong I wanted her to break a bit.
Still, this book has lots of good points. The writing is solid and the storyline is fantastic. I felt the connection between Gemma and Trace and rooted for them to have their HEA. The scenes in the arena are vivid. I've never been to a bronc riding show, but I feel like I have.
If you want a book that's the right mix of sugar, spice and broncs, then this might be the book for you! ...more
Who would have thought running into your boss’s best friend in the supermarket could be so hot? Tim and Suzie show you just how steamy it can be in thWho would have thought running into your boss’s best friend in the supermarket could be so hot? Tim and Suzie show you just how steamy it can be in the novella Falling Hard and Fast. Stopping at the grocery store on her way home from work, Suzie ends up literally colliding with Tim, her boss’s sexy and single friend. After their rather sticky meeting at the store, things really heat up as they explore the best ways to “apologize” for their clumsiness.
Sensual and tantalizing, this little tease is just enough to get the blood pumping. Playing on the fantasy of the hot customer/boss’s friend, this little number shows you that this little taboo can be fun. There were a few hiccups in the editing, but nothing to take away from the overall story. This sweet little story catches the attention so thoroughly because it seems relatively real. This is a very believable situation, which adds just a little more spice. Add to that well rounded characters and it gives this novella that extra something that puts it over the top.
While not as hot as I think a book in this genre needs to be, it is a sweet and sensual tease. I loved the light touches of humor and wit; it adds a comfort level to the story that is usually missing in erotica. The characters come to life with a realism that almost makes you feel like a naughty little voyeur. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to seeing more works from this author.originally posted at http://whippedcream2.blogspot.com/201......more
A ménage retreat/ranch about to go into the red, an amateur sleuth/ménage newbie and some smoking hot ranch owners all make for a very interesting read.
The story starts with a nice dose of backstory and set up for the plot. There is actually no sex or sexual play until page 33! This isn’t a detraction, however. I was most impressed with the plot of the book. There was actual intrigue and deception and scheming and plotting.
Our heroine, Sarah, is out to capture the bad guys. Her friend, Carol, is out to capture the bad guys, but ends up leaving with the person Sarah is after. The Gideon brothers (and cousin Chris) are trying to make the most of their business but are at risk of letting the “bad guy” scam all of their money. Everyone is keeping secrets from everyone else.
In the mean time . . . it’s all about the ménage. After all, that is why everyone is there for the retreat. The snowstorm and power outage make for some interesting plot twists. It also makes for an interesting interlude in the cab of some snow removal equipment! BDSM is de rigeur at the ranch and Sarah is new to this also.
The plot takes its twists and turns, though nothing is truly unexpected. Barrett (the eldest brother) is a bit growly and petulant, but he is an excellent complement to Chris. In turn, they both are a nice complement for Sarah, who is inexperienced and low in self-esteem at times, but is truly intelligent and knows her own mind. While the sex and ménage aspect is very much there, this is, at its heart, a romance.
Trio is an enjoyable departure from the typical romance, and also from the typical erotica. Give it a try today!
Two gifted, good-looking opera singers, from different cultures and opposite sides of the track in Texas, discover that falling in love is wonderful.
Two gifted, good-looking opera singers, from different cultures and opposite sides of the track in Texas, discover that falling in love is wonderful. But love may not be enough if it interferes with their dreams of success in the ruthlessly competitive world of opera. D.J. McKay's dream of singing in European opera houses clashes with his rich daddy's prejudices against such a "sissy" career; his obsession with beautiful Eva Villalobos doesn't sit well with his socialite mother, either. Meanwhile, Eva strives to help her poor family financially by achieving success on the stage.
So what happens when their passion for each other thwarts their dreams? How can their relationship survive three-thousand miles of separation? Will their ambition to succeed kill the only true love they have ever known?
This is a well-written, interesting tale that brings the opera world and romance novels together in a pleasurable read. Told as a “memoir” to a reporter, Eva uses her own words as well as the autobiography of her fellow opera singer and love, DJ, to fill the reader in on her past. Interspersed between the reminiscing and autobiography, the reader is treated to Eva’s modern day and glimpses of how the past affected the future. This treatment could be confusing, but actually is a unique and fun way to get a backstory.
The pull between upbringing and the opera world affects the choices made by both DJ and Eva. Their upbringing and family as well as their individual choices both affect the road to their relationship. The twists and turns are what make the story interesting! While the ending isn’t the typical “happily ever after” found in many romances, the resolution is satisfying and in keeping with the tone of the entire story.
It is a meaty read, and I needed several days to get through the story. However, the plot and storyline were interesting and able to keep me involved, even when I had to put the book down.
I was worried that having a music background would leave me disappointed, either wanting more detail, or agonizing over clear inaccuracies. Fortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth! The other problem I was worried about was that it would be too detailed, and cater to the opera/music crowd and leave the other readers confused and unwilling to finish the book. I am happy to report, all of my fears were unfounded!
Storylines for the operas in which the characters performed were detailed. What could be a confusing aspect for readers, was actually an addition to the story. The opera plotlines were given a light treatment and didn’t overwhelm me with too much information.
Clean, meaty, and interesting. If you are interested in music or opera, give this a try. If you aren’t interested in this performing art, give it a read anyway; you’ll enjoy the story, too!
Love can be found in the most unexpected places and at the most inopportune times, but it cannot be denied...not even for a Christmas Throwaway. The sLove can be found in the most unexpected places and at the most inopportune times, but it cannot be denied...not even for a Christmas Throwaway. The sweet, tender, budding romance between two unlikely men developed for over a year and grew to be a thing of true beauty.
Zachary Weston's story of neglect and rejection was amazingly poignant. The emotions evoked from hearing about his past were real and intense as the story progressed. Ben Hamilton, the hero of this tale, set a great example by almost literally giving the shirt off his back for the distressed youth. Both find that they share an interest in each other but realize that their relationship cannot begin until Zach's heart is healed and life is settled. It was nice to read about a couple who put their emotional needs ahead of their sexual needs in order to ensure the longevity of their future together.
The sexual tension mounted as the two men got to know each other better and learned how much they needed each other. There is an age barrier when the men first meet each other but as both mature the romance became inevitable. When the right time arrived, the lovemaking between these two men was perfectly written. There were sweet words, loving expressions, and seriously passionate encounters.
The editing was clean with very few spelling and grammatical errors. The words flowed almost effortlessly from page to page and the plot was well paced from beginning to end.
This book left me wishing I could be there to see Ben and Zach's happily ever after, and I was impressed by the unique way the author ended the story. The Christmas Throwaway was a charming tale about love's way of healing the soul. I happily recommend reading this book and this author.
This story is a bittersweet World War II, Christmas romance with a happy, satisfying ending. I think it’s wonderful seeing more romances set in the earlier 20th century. This story has a good vintage feel. It’s easy to picture it as really happening in the 1940s. The use of language is accurate for the time and I didn’t catch any anachronisms. The heroine is believable as a widow of her time and the hero could have stepped out of “Destination Tokyo”. An excellent job creating vintage characters.
Amy Maddox’s character is easy to sympathize with as a war widow who is lonely and who needs some loving, both physical and emotional, in her life. She’s strong yet vulnerable inside. She tutors the hero in German and shares her home cooking with him as he is greatly missing such TLC from a woman. They become sexually attracted and attraction turns into something deeper. Sergeant Ben Schuester is a sweet-hearted beta hero who is still very much a man. His concern for Amy’s feelings and sensual pleasure makes him a sympathetic hero.
These are young people who are falling into real love for the first time in their lives so the story has a certain sweetness that is appealing. The pressures and impending separation of the war adds a bitter element that adds tension and poignancy to the short story.
The sex is plentiful with lots of strong emotion. A perfectly satisfying conclusion in this story. I enjoyed it very much.
“Oh Jolly Ole St. Nick, what are you bringing me this year?....”
How about anonymous gifts of erotic toys? That's what Emily is finding on her doorstep this holiday season in Naughty Nick. Now just to find the perfect playmate to try your new toys with. If only her new playmate could be the sex-god named Nick who lives in 6-A. According to Emily, he is fantasy material! Emily has no family, so she figures she will be alone this holiday if her secret Santa does not make himself known. But in the meantime what would it hurt to try out a couple of the toys and fantasize about Nick?
After receiving several more naughty toys, Emily finally decides it is time to confront her fantasy guy and see if perhaps he might be her gift-giver. When she knocks on Nicks door, he is excited that she figured out who was her secret Santa because he's been wanting to play with Emily for a long time now. From there the story goes into the many ways to use these naughty toys on the one you have been dying to be with. What a way to spend the holidays.
I enjoyed this Christmas fantasy, and Amber Skze did a good job of heating up the pages in Naughty St. Nick Though I felt that the story could have elaborated more on why the characters were attracted to each other in the first place, I can honestly say this book did not lack on the sex scenarios.
It may be the middle of winter in this story, but this reader had to fan herself just to cool down a bit after reading these sizzling scenes. As with all short stories I pouted a bit because the story was not longer, but this tale definitely makes a gal wish to find her very own Naughty St. Nick!
So...why not settle in with a hot little tale that may just leave you feeling as though some fantasies might come true after-all. Who knows? There could be a “Naughty Nick” in your future too! Wonder what toys he might leave me?
When Angel's best friend bursts in announcing that it is time for them to go party it up, Angel is reluctant to go. Then she's reminded that not only is it St. Patricks day but it is also her birthday. After arriving at the bar, Angel is determined to avoid whatever man it is that her best friend may have tried to set her up with. But on her way out of the bathroom where she's been hiding, she gets quite a surprise.
This is a very short story and seems to be the beginning of something much longer. The heroine is very believable, as is the hero, and the connection between the two just sizzles right from the beginning. I could feel the tension of a new relationship between them. The feeling of butterflies in your stomach you get when you look into the eyes of a man you just have to kiss, I got that from this story. Though the emotions were strong and present I was left wanting more. The story seemed like it should have been longer, and I belive it could have been a wonderful novel.
The characters were wonderful and the flow of the book great, it is just too bad it was not a longer fuller story. For a fun, flirty and quick read I would recommend this book. I hope the author has something more planned for this couple!
“Oh Santa Claus...I have been such a good girl this year....”
Immediately I realized that my Christmas list has never been quite complete before. How could I have ever left off "Cowboys" from my wish list?
In Destiny Blane's book Cowboys for Christmas, Julie Kensworth AKA: pen-name Carla Carrington, is an erotic romance writer who lives on her own (except for her fuzzy canine companion named Heidi) in a reclusive house in Tennessee. Julie is proud of the fact that she is prepared for almost anything. She has prepared for the unexpected crippling snow storm coming into the region. She is even prepared enough to help poor, elderly Mr. Thomas down the street. Julie is prepared for everything this storm can throw at her except for the fact that two devastatingly handsome cowboys just landed on her porch steps. With a terrible blizzard outside, what is a gal to do? You can't leave them outside to freeze...
The stunningly attractive Quinn Stewart and Brandon Blake were not counting on being stranded in a blizzard as they drove up to Tennessee to pick up some cattle. When they found themselves stuck in a ditch and no way to get out, they went to the closest house for shelter but when they set eyes on the sexy beauty named Julie, both cowboys are preparing to woo and romance the girl into their arms. What started as a competition to see who could win Julies heart soon turned into a fantasy come true for Julie. Finally she does not just write about erotic romance, she lives it. What more could a gal ask for at Christmas?
Destiny Blane did a great job at turning this sexy menage story into a mystery surrounding Julie and her missing father. Her story characters were intriguing and her words flowed into a fun and entertaining story. Her love scenes sizzled and I found myself rewriting my Christmas list early. I could picture the blinding snow storm as her words brought to life a colorful scenic depiction of a possible scenario that many ladies can only fantasize about. Despite the cold snow in her book, I found myself fanning as the heat of the story simmered to a boil. I will definitely pull this story out and reread it again closer to the holidays -- after all what is not to love about hot, sexy cowboys stranded at your very door-step?
Looking for a menage romance with mystery and drama thrown in? These modern day cowboys definitely know how to please a lady in this well-written fantasy. I am really looking forward to reading more of Destiny Blaine's books in the future.
On the very first page, Captain Kane Kessler comes at Joshua in supercharged inferno of white-hot sexual heat. And it just gets better from there.
I just love Josh. He’s such a well-crafted character. A handsome, sexy yet somewhat nerdy bookworm. He’s sweet, funny and so touchingly giddy over the captain. Yet he’s all man; there’s nothing feminine about him. Ms. Blackwell has certainly mastered the art of creating complex masculine characters.
This story has all the humor and emotion that made The Captain’s Man so enjoyable. It’s a very novel feeling to laugh so hard while at the same time feeling my heart contract over what the characters are going through. Poignantly funny is the best way to describe it.
Kane Kessler is stern, commanding, tender, and sexy all at once. In short, alpha hot. We get a deeper view into Kane in this sequel and the conflict between him and Josh deepens. Kane is not as sure of his own emotions and this along with Josh’s insecurities fuels their conflict. The Christmas they share is so touchingly romantic it made me cry a little.
The sex is…wild, unabashed, wickedly sexy. This not for the faint of heart. The conflict is entwined through the whole story. There’s so much fire and emotion between these two. They bring out such explosive reactions in each other. The midpoint presents real emotional dangers from two directions.
There’s not a single boring moment in the story. Ms. Blackwell kept me on the edge of my seat for one afternoon. It was impossible to stop reading. I had to find out what happened next. This story is wild passion, conflict, fury, tenderness, one steady, outrageous roller coaster ride for the emotions. This is erotic romance at it’s best. It’s definitely got a special spot reserved on my keeper shelf.
First off: good news to folks who pick this story up without reading the first book in the series (like me!) – it’s good as a stand alone book. I had absolutely no problems following relationships between the characters or missing any back plot. Good news for those who have read the first book – this book leaves you wanting to continue the saga. There isn’t a “cliff-hanging” ending, so it the reader gets their “happy for now”, but the characters are complex and likeable and the prospect of reading the third book in the series is a pleasurable one.
I found it disconcerting, then refreshing, then intriguing the way Ms. London treats the “vampire heritage”, the most notable difference being the presence of “born vampires”. This is the first time I have come across a novel (romance or otherwise) that has the possibility of a child being born into a vampire family. It is also the first time I have read of vampire marriages. While changing of a mortal to vampire is still practiced in this story, the majority of this story’s characters are “born” to vampire families and experience the vampire “change”.
The complex social structure and different sects of vampires gives this story a very modern twist. In many ways, the social and governing structure described in this story resembles current American society. This is also quite clear in the dealings of sweetbloods or “sweet” as it is commonly referred to. Within the context of this story, this blood type has an addictive quality to vampires and causes behavior much the same as heroin or cocaine use might be expected to cause in a human. Therein lies the basic premise of good versus evil . . . using sweet to coerce vampires to commit acts they would not normally engage in.
However, we don’t pick up a romance novel to draw parallels between contemporary society and the fictional situations described. We also don’t find the romance enticing because of the morality of the plot. We read it for the sizzle. And sizzle this book has in abundance!
Due to the vampire characterization, most of the interactions have a touch of violence to them – the ultimate act of vampire intimacy is sharing their blood. So – in addition to the carnal acts that we are familiar with, there is the description of blood lust and fang-bearing and some blood drinking.
Having said that: I am not a fan of violent or “gory” stories, yet truly did not have a problem with any of the intimate scenes, including the ones that involved blood sharing.
There is a sexual undercurrent throughout the book, given the sensual nature of the vampire society. During their attempt to find a missing tracker, Lil and Alfonso visit a sex club and arrange to use a viewing room. Using the room will allow them to look for their colleague, but also requires them to have sex in front of an entire club of vampires and humans. While the outcome of that encounter is unexpected, it is certainly an interesting read!
Lil and Alfonso have a common novelized romance – complete with misunderstanding that drives them apart for many years and creates an atmosphere of longing and distrust. It also creates some amazing moments when they give in to their cravings. Please make sure you enjoy the hospital scene!
The plot twists and turns kept me turning the pages and the sizzle made the page turning worthwhile! Grab your copy today!
Say you are married to one of the sexiest bull riders around but you never get to see him. What do you do to make your husband understand just how much he means to you and how you desire a life together -- preferably in the same zip code. How about arranging to purchase him through a charity auction?
This is exactly what Holly Walker has planned for her absentee husband, Tyson. Tyson’s time on the rodeo circuit leaves very little time for him at home with Holly and the demands of their ranch. After one exceptionally steamy night things do not turn out the way they planned. Holly thinks she has no hope in keeping Tyson home but what she doesn’t know is that Tyson has other plans.
Holly and Tyson are sexy, steamy and just plain down home people trying to make it in an unreliable world. They have everything going for them right now. Their characters burn up the sheets but live separate lives while still protecting the deep devotion they share. They endear you to them from the very first page. Their chemistry is combustible but their communication needs vast improvement.
This is a very enjoyable, very entertaining short story with so much heat, passion and heartache with a happily ever after that just jumps off the page. Enjoy it! It will make you smile.
This holiday season is looking a whole lot merrier for Gloria and the sexy twin officers who've been tailing her for the last six months. After spending three years in hell with her psycho ex-boyfriend, Gloria has decided it's time to let go of the past and embrace her new identity and future, starting with finding out just how serious the flirtatious Jake and Jason are.
Their plan was simple. A slow seduction of the mind before a complete and total claiming of her body. They just needed her to love them separately first before approaching her with the idea of forever with the two of them. Jake and Jason have known that there would only be one woman for them and all signals point to Gloria being the one.
Before any of them can finalize their holiday plans, a maniac from Gloria's past comes back to silence her for good.
Deck the Halls is a short and erotically sweet story with just enough lustiness to satisfy without being overwhelming. I was surprised at how the moments of intimacy between the characters unfolded and Ms. Thomas definitely knows how to write them. However, I would have enjoyed this story that much more had there been additionaly length to the story, which would have further developed the characters, their relationship, and the plotline. Nevertheless, I have a newfound appreciation for men-in-uniform and perhaps more importantly what can be done with one (or two) in a file room.
Erotic romance fans will definitely get into the holiday spirit just a tad early this year after reading this story.
The days of log cabins have passed by the wayside, but this collection of short stories will take you back to the 1800’s, and into tough times, loss and love, and more. Let’s step into the past…
Each of the authors in this anthology is a recognized author who writes Christian themed stories. These stories have biblical references but they don’t overwhelm the story. Each story is set in a different location with each family having their own challenges to survive in an undeveloped land in a cabin they built for themselves.
The authors offer you characters who have to be strong to survive. They lose spouses in child birth, due to illness, or death by accident. Women can’t be alone in that day and age, and their choices are not always what they might want for their hearts. These stories have sadness in them, but each ends on a positive note with hope for the future.
The authors do a good job of showing the complex relationships between men and women. There are misunderstandings, fearing to accept or declare love, trying to deal with the children in the family, and then living in a one or two bedroom log cabin is enough to get on anyone nerves. There are different nationalities, odd family units, dangers from animals and Indians, and more. The authors are very factual about living back in the 1800’s. It wasn’t easy, but a well-built cabin and someone to love makes it a lot better.
This book would make a nice Christmas gift. It’s a book that would be fun to read each Christmas season, just pack it away with your Christmas ornaments. The stories are short enough they would work for reading aloud, too. I really enjoyed reading it. Why not give it a try yourself?
Starting over is not as easy as people think, especially when you need to start over in the same town that your ex husband is living with his new wife.
Sue Ann is a Destiny child, born and raised in Destiny and then raising her daughter in the small town she loves.
But her husband decided the upset her perfect world by admitting that he no longer loves her and does love someone else. His betrayal is more than she can take. So a couple of days in the mountains, away from everyone is just what the doctor orders until the resort overbooks the cabin she is staying and in walks a man. But not just any man, her ex-husband's best friend, Adam Becker.
Throw in a snowstorm, lock her up in a romantic cabin with Adam, mix in a couple of drinks and uh oh, Adam is not only looking very sexy but then the kissing begins and then clothes start flying. But this is the Adam that is a steady part of her life, the godfather to her daughter, the voice of reason for her scattered life. Sue Ann is not of the trusting nature about men right now and Adam may be right guy but at the wrong time. His caring, trust and love overwhelm her but at the same time she desires him more than ever.
A phone call from her exhusband puts Adam in a no win situation but his feelings for Sue Ann complicate his relationship with his lifelong friend.
Sue Ann is a hardened woman who is out to protect her heart and her daughter but Adam is the perfect man who loves with his whole being. And he loves Sue Ann. Just what will it take for them to meet in the middle, make a memorable Christmas and a life together?
This is book four in the Destiny series and Toni Blake keeps it fresh and fun. Visitors from the previous books catch you up with the lives of Destiny's lovers and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the roads their lives have taken.
A good book and a good series that I highly recommend.
A story with a cowboy always hits the target, but add a little Christmas flair and a saucy heroine and you have a winner.
I know when I open a book by Ms. Brown, I’m in for a great time with characters I’ll never forget. This book is hot, humorous and a great time. I love a book where there’s a little bit of misunderstanding and a lot of longing. Ms. Brown delivers.
Saying Raylen is hot is an understatement. He’s smoking hot. He’s got Liz’s best interests at heart—oh and he really, really wants her. Did I mention that? Yeah, he does. Can I just mention the scene where he brushes her hair was just...wow. Ms. Brown describes it quickly, but being one who likes having her hair brushed by her DH, I could literally feel the same things Liz felt and it gave me shivers.
Liz is...original. She grew up in a family who participated in a traveling carnival. To say she’s happy to have a house without wheels is putting it mildly. I loved her independent streak. I could relate to her because I could feel how much she wanted to do things her way and how much she struggled each time she was around Raylen. I mean, how could she not fall for the hottie in the cowboy boots?
I loved the cast of secondary characters and can’t wait to read their stories. The ending was fantastic and had me sighing and wishing it was Christmas (instead of wet and dreary like it is right now).
Grab a copy of Darn Good Cowboy Christmas and fall headlong into the Christmas spirit!
Alone for a few days in the family’s opulent ducal mansion in London, Sophie sets out to do one of her good deeds and ends up in a crowded stage station with an abandoned, crying baby. Its cries bring Wilhelm (Vim) Charpentier into Sophie’s life and her dreams and wishes long put away bubble up with new hope. This kind man who understands babies and looks at six-month-old baby Kit with affection and approval makes Sophie long for things no “decent” woman would admit to.
Twenty-seven-year-old Sophie Windham is the sensible daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Moreland. Her exemplary ladylike behavior and her charity work with both people and animals are well-known. But restlessness had prompted her to beg off going to the family’s country home in Kent along with her parents. She promised to travel with her three brothers who would be going in a few days.
As a savage snow storm brings all activity to a halt in London, Sophie ends up with two male houseguests—baby Kit and Vim who is stranded and without lodging while on his way to spend Christmas at this estate in Kent.
Sophie and Vim do not use their titles when they introduce themselves, so neither is aware of the others station in life. In the cozy servants’ parlor of the mansion with a demanding baby to tend, they get to know each other without the usual pomp and circumstance associated with lords and ladies. Even though the mansion is without servants or family, the six-month-old baby makes a super chaperone as Sophie and Vim tend Kit’s needs, cook, and do mundane household activities while unintentionally quietly fall in love.
In the quiet still of night, Vim wakes to the sound of Sophie singing a lullaby to the fretful baby in her room. A peace, sweet and warm, gladdens his weary spirit, quickens an erotic pleasure in his body, and brings to life emotions that are new to him.
His oppressive loneliness for his “half-family” in Cumbria and his dread of going to his estate and its responsibility (that he had avoided for so long) abates. A sense of well-being bubbles up. Vim decides this may not be the depressing Christmas holiday he’d feared he’d have at his Kent estate Sidling where he is known as Lord Sindal.
The arrival of Sophie’s three brothers changes the human dynamics. While the brothers interrogate Vim, they can see their sensible sister has a special affinity for this man and agree, they will travel to Kent together and concoct a story to keep the parents happy about Sophie and Vim’s meeting. Each of the brothers recalls that they have Sophie to thank for helping them in times of great need. She’d helped them get their lives on track to a brighter future—a future that had looked black until she stepped in with her intelligence and common sense to set things straight. Their loyalty to her runs deep.
Grace Burrowes writes with an understanding of her characters that make them totally believable. She shows how their flaws and virtues war for supremacy and she does it with incredible tenderness and humor. She creates dialogue that brings life to the story as she quietly moves the plot along as she ratchets up the conflicts then bit by piece eases the tension as the characters face troubles and overcome them. Each character comes to know him or herself better as work through old hurts and move on toward a happy-ever-after.
Ms. Burrowes’ secondary characters add a unique richness to the story. Some of them were primary characters in her other novels—The Heir, The Soldier and Virtuoso. If you’ve had the good fortune to have read them, you’ll find out how these characters are faring in life (like catching up with old friends).
Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish shines with love, sparkles with humor, and shows the breathtaking special love between a mature man and woman, the inexplicable love for a child, and family love that withstands all and supports unconditionally.
Grace Burrowes’ exquisite writing style is a joy to read. Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish, like her other novels, is a keeper.
When Clay McKettrick accepts a job as the marshal of the small town Blue River, Texas, it’s not his only plan, but a means to achieve what he really wants: a wife, children, and a ranch.
The time is 1914. Hostilities in Europe are heating up; it’s only a matter of time until buyers will be looking for cattle to feed the armies. Clay plans to be ready. What he doesn’t plan on is falling for his predecessor’s widow.
Dara Rose Nolan is occupying the cottage promised to the new marshal as part of his pay package. But Dara Rose and her two small girls don’t have another place to go...not unless she decides to accept a neighboring rancher’s offer to be his housekeeper and send her daughters to the poor house. Clay, struck by the young woman’s plight and determination, decides he can bunk at the jailhouse until other arrangements can be made, but two things happen to change his mind. First, he’s attracted to the young woman and likes her precocious daughters, and second, the town council is going to evict Dara Rose and sell the cottage if Clay isn’t going to use it. A hasty marriage seems the expedient thing to do, but is it the answer or an attempt at a solution with even greater problems?
Dara Rose is also attracted to Clay, but can she risk telling the handsome lawman her own secrets? Can she risk her heart over a man who may turn out to be one more disappointment in a life of disappointments?
Ms. Miller has created a charming Christmas story that had me hooked from the first page. Dara Rose and her daughters were very much three-dimensional characters, and her hesitance around Clay understandable. I liked her resourcefulness and thrift, even though I didn’t buy the December productivity of her laying hens (mine all but stop laying in October and don’t begin again until February, but maybe California hens differ from Texas hens). Still, the eggs arriving in the nick of time makes for a sweet story.
I felt the epilogue was overdone in that it was an eleven page love scene which seemed like an add-on, just to show the reader that Dara Rose and Clay were going to have a steamy marriage. In the case of A Lawman’s Christmas with it’s charming setting and delightful characters, I think less is more. A fun, sweet and entertaining read.
A torrid love affair with a younger man cost banker Leila Riley her job and her father’s respect. Was it just a fling? In retrospect Leila thinks so...and she breaks it off with Matthew O’Brien.
All her life Leila has felt she never measured up to her father’s expectations. Her affair with the much younger Matthew, regarded as a player by many including her father, cost her the career she wanted so badly. Resenting her loss, she breaks up with Matthew and takes an unfulfilling job as an accountant.
Matthew, however, is deeply in love with Leila and determined to get her to Ireland for the O’Brien family Christmas. Leila is close to Matthew’s family, partly because her best friend Abby is married to Leila’s brother Trace. And apparently the lovable, but at times meddling, O’Brien clan has decided that Leila needs to patch up whatever differences she has with Matthew. A little manipulation from Nell, the O’Brien matriarch, convinces Leila that she should go along.
Matthew had planned to propose in Dublin, now he rethinks his plan, this time determined to let their courtship proceed at a slow pace, something that, at times, is frustrating to both himself and Leila who is desperately trying to convince herself that they’re not suited for each other. Meanwhile Susie and Mack enjoy a honeymoon they never managed to take because of her illness and Nell encounters a former flame. All makes for great adventure amid the background of delightful Dublin.
In this charming Christmas tale Ms. Woods brings out the irrepressible O’Briens and their machinations. I loved every minute of the story with its warmth and the humor as only Sherryl Woods can provide. Strong writing and likable characters is a keynote of the Chesapeake Shores series, and An O'Brien Family Christmas is one of my favorites.
I loved Laila and Matthew. I had a quibble with the validity of a special license wedding since all weddings in Ireland require at least a three-week residency and the petition for such a license must be delivered in person by one of the parties being married. However, the wedding, even though not possible under the current governmental regulations, still made for a magical story.
How do you know it is Christmas time? Is it the smell of your tree, the egg nog, mistletoe or holly? Each of these stories is based on a Christmas theme, but the characters here find love…
The authors in this anthology do a very good job of describing the scene the story is set in. The stories are short, but each reads well and has enough detail to flesh the story out. They are established authors and clearly know how to tell a tale.
The first story is an updated version of O. Henry’s Gift of the Magi, which is a story I’ve always loved. This fresh look at an old story is done very well, and will make you smile before the end. Real love is hard to find, but this couple has it.
Wings in Love was a fun read. Take a cowboy who works construction and mix him with an interior decorator and then add true love. Watching these two misunderstand each other will make you laugh and comment out loud.
A Christmas Surprise is truly a unique story. The author takes a devastating loss (a kidnapped child) and a guilty sister who runs away from home and turns it into a positive story with a happy ending. It gets your blood running while you read about the main character’s adventures and troubles. And you aren’t sure just how the ending is going to work out… You won’t be bored.
Mistletoe and Holly was my favorite story in the group. Meet a modern day Scrooge who gets snowbound in the vet clinic with one of Santa’s elves. Yes, it’s funny. And, yes, he mellows out a bit.
None of these stories disappoint. All the authors write well and choose interesting situations. Why not pick up a copy for yourself and read it by fire while drinking hot chocolate (or maybe a bit of eggnog)? You won't regret it!
Written in a way that almost guarantees “happily ever after”, this compilation is a great way to spend a long, snowy weekend. You need to supply the roaring fireplace, hot beverage, and someone to cuddle next to . . . . but Ms. Shalvis will supply the rest!
For someone who feels they are a “loser” and “mousy”, Maddie certainly does her best to browbeat her sisters into keeping and improving their inheritance. She also doesn’t do terribly on the boyfriend end of things either . . .
This first story in the collection outlines the three sisters' backstories, and gives us a glimpse into their personalities. It also provides a well-defined story and plot you can lose yourself in. I always find it a much more enjoyable story if I feel sad to leave the characters behind at the end of a story. I was not disappointed.
There is plenty of anxiety and fighting and tension throughout the story. Maddie (our heroine) meets an irresistible man even before she meets the town. She suffers from anxiety about everything (from being liked to riding the ferris wheel), so between her job loss, a new guy, the inheritance, and her sisters, it’s anything but smooth sailing!
Fortunately, Jax is a patient and caring guy, and the sisters have wine and yoga as well as a box of “recipe cards” from their mother. Even though there is a “Christmas Tragedy”, happily ever after is just around the corner!
The Sweetest Thing
Who knew? It’s summertime, and Tara is still in Lucky Harbor with her sisters. The girls have decided to continue with their plans for the Inn their mother left them, and despite obstacles, things seem to progress. Tara, though, has her life explode in her face. She spent time in Lucky Harbor as a teen and her past love and their secret has come back to confuse and complicate her life. Lucky for her, Ford Waker is also patient (for the most part) and a caring man.
Opening up to her past means Tara gets to grow and even carry on one of her mother’s traditions. But the story isn’t all growth and love. It gets downright hysterical when Tara’s Nascar-driving ex-husband comes to town, determined to win her back. Tara isn’t having it, but Ford isn’t so sure. You will end up rolling on the floor with laughter or smacking your head and saying “men!” (Possibly both!)
A nice continuation of the previous story, it gives enough back story to let even a new reader enjoy the sisters and the town.
Both stories were full-length and allowed the reader to fully enjoy the characters and the town. My biggest complaint is that we don’t get to hear Chloe’s (the youngest sister) full story. (although there are plenty of hints in there!)
Whether you pick this up for the holiday season or just for a GOOD read, be sure to savor every word! This one just might be on your “keeper” list!