I won a copy of this novella from another author on Twitter. I enjoyed this story about a couple who've separated after a heart breaking loss. I highl...moreI won a copy of this novella from another author on Twitter. I enjoyed this story about a couple who've separated after a heart breaking loss. I highly suggest you read with a box of Kleenex nearby. Also, if miscarriage is a trigger for you, you will want to avoid this novella. Otherwise, very emotional and very satisfying. Highly recommend this one.(less)
Very cute! This was originally a Kindle Serial, so it's separated into several episodes, but I read it as a completed novel. I think there are a few r...moreVery cute! This was originally a Kindle Serial, so it's separated into several episodes, but I read it as a completed novel. I think there are a few rough places, no doubt because of the author's having such a quick turnaround on the writing schedule. However, it's a really great contemporary romance, and I love the trope of "Ex who did her wrong realizes what he lost." The hero and heroine have off the charts chemistry and it's clear that they're both still in love from the start.
My only complaint would be that I was a little surprised at the choice Andie made at the end. It felt a little rushed - she realized that what she really wanted to do was something completely different from what she'd done before and it felt a little bit like it came out of left field. I suspect the blame for that also belongs to the serial format but I can't be sure as I haven't read any of the author's other books.
I definitely enjoyed this book, so I'll be looking for more of Kim Law's books! If you enjoy contemporary romance, this is a great read.(less)
I won a copy of this book on the Fiction Vixen blog.
Jill Shalvis is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. She never fails to disappoint! I...moreI won a copy of this book on the Fiction Vixen blog.
Jill Shalvis is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. She never fails to disappoint! I loved this seventh installment of the Lucky Harbor series. Ali is in a vulnerable position, but I really appreciate that she is such a scrapper and determined to make her own way. Luke is a fabulous dark, brooking hero, and very, very sexy.
Even though this is the seventh book in the series, it easily stands on its own, and I highly recommend it if you're looking for a lighthearted contemporary romance.(less)
I really wanted to love this book, because I've read the third book in the Sullivan's series, Can...moreRating: 2.5
I won a copy of this book from the author.
I really wanted to love this book, because I've read the third book in the Sullivan's series, Can't Help Falling In Love, and loved it, and highly recommend that one. Unfortunately, this book just didn't work for me for several reasons. The sex scenes seemed to outnumber the time the hero (Chase) and heroine (Chloe) spent getting to know each other, so their relationship felt very "instalove" to me, which is a pet peeve of mine.
However, this was the least of the reasons why this book didn't work for me. By page 70 I was actually talking to the book, asking "WHAT ARE YOU DOING, YOU CREEP?" Chloe is obviously a victim of domestic violence, (when we meet her she's got a bruise on her face and is jittery around the hero) yet she trusts a strange man enough to get in his car with him. After she asks him to drop her off at a motel, he ignores her request and takes her to his brother's guesthouse. Alarm bells are going off in my head at this point. I have NO idea why they aren't for the heroine. Then, she takes a bath and has a VERY good time in the tub (which I thought was a fabulous scene). But Chase COMES INTO THE BATHROOM and will not leave when she asks him to!!! My head was about to explode. I was really angry, actually, and had to set the book aside and come back to it later. His only excuse for going into the bathroom was that he didn't see her bag in the room, was worried about her, and went to the bathroom to check. Okay, creep, peek in, see she's naked, and leave. Don't stand there and WATCH HER, then refuse to leave when she asks! His ignoring her requests and taking away her agency really, really bothered me. I was even more bothered that within the text Chloe's thoughts make it clear that she's aware of the situation, yet because of her attraction to Chase, she's willing to overlook his actions. In other words, even though she tells him "no," her behavior tells him "yes." That in of itself would have been enough to make me mad, but adding that to her former abuse at the hands of another man who took away her agency drove me nuts. Throughout the book, Chloe is portrayed as a woman abused mentally and physically by her ex, yet she is somehow able to "overcome" this easily and fall in love with a practical stranger in a matter of days.
I had a hard time deciding what grade to give this book, because I like Ms. Andre's writing a lot. The book flows well, and the characters are interesting and engaging (I particularly liked Chloe's interest in quilts and sewing, for example). The other Sullivan book I read was fabulous and definitely worked for me. I think for me The Look of Love deserves 2 stars because of how Chloe's issues with agency were handled, but I'm bumping it up to a 2.5 because of the strength of the writing. I suspect this book will work much better for others, and despite my dislike for this one I will certainly be reading other books of Ms. Andre's. (less)
This was a very sexy read, and I loved the hero and heroine! (The hero is a fabulous "dirty talker.") Unfortunately, I felt there was a lot more time...moreThis was a very sexy read, and I loved the hero and heroine! (The hero is a fabulous "dirty talker.") Unfortunately, I felt there was a lot more time spent on sex scenes than the characters getting to know each other. It felt a bit too much like insta-love for my taste. Plus, there was a scene at a Mets game that was just a bit OTT for me. I'm a lifelong baseball fan, and I can tell you that unless you're in a private box, there is NO WAY no one noticed what was happening, and that totally took me out of the book.
All that said, I loved the concept and Story's cranky cop Dad. I'll definitely read more by this author.(less)
I won a copy on Twitter, and I really enjoyed this! It's been marketed as New Adult, and while the of the heroine would make this NA, it really didn't...moreI won a copy on Twitter, and I really enjoyed this! It's been marketed as New Adult, and while the of the heroine would make this NA, it really didn't have the feel of NA. I liked the dystopian setting and that the MC's younger members were interested in changing how they treated women. The romance between Tru and Cas was smoking hot. (less)
Another outstanding novel from Ms. Kearsley! This is easily read as a stand alone novel, but you will enjoy it more if you've read The Winter Sea and...moreAnother outstanding novel from Ms. Kearsley! This is easily read as a stand alone novel, but you will enjoy it more if you've read The Winter Sea and Shadowy Horses, I think, as there are references to events and characters from both those books.
As much as I enjoyed Nicola and Rob's characters (the contemporary couple in the novel), truthfully it is Anna Moray's story that is the focus of the novel and really the reason I kept reading. I actually felt that Nicola and Rob's story was a bit shortchanged at times in favor of Anna's.
That said, this was a wonderful novel and I highly recommend it to anyone who's a fan of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.(less)