After trudging through and throwing away about 20 free Kindle books. I was very wary of reading Nora Roberts Land. I am an avid romance novel reader a...moreAfter trudging through and throwing away about 20 free Kindle books. I was very wary of reading Nora Roberts Land. I am an avid romance novel reader and a huge Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb fan. I'm talking I may have recorded all of the movies that come on Lifetime just so I can watch them repeatedly. I've also listened to favorites such as Blue Smoke and Northern Lights on long car rides and vacations. In addition to that, she's actually one of the few writers whose paperbacks I buy and keep. If you drop one of her books in my house, chances are you'll land on a favorite *sigh* scene. Girl loves some Nora. So you can imagine my excitement and hesitation when a new author actually used her named in the title and got approval to do so. Two things: either she knew some people or she had gotten the Nora stamp of approval.
After reading Ava Miles's book in ONE DAY--on the couch, at the gym, while waiting for takeout--I can attest that she well deserves Nora's stamp of approval. Where to start? Ok, we'll start with the Nora references which are many but well played (to the true Roberts fan) enough not to overshadow the actual story being told. Miles did a good job of paying homage without BECOMING Nora Roberts which is difficult to do when you're put her name in the title.
Meredith was completely down on her luck after a failed marriage to the sleaziest man child ever, Richard Sommerville. She decides to go back home to Dare Valley to help out the family newspaper and to find her very own hero (THE ONE), straight out of a Nora book. Sommerville, who in addition to increasing my hate for him, decides to blackmail the delicious Tanner McBride to entice Meredith to give up on her article about true love that could shed some negative light on him. Tanner agrees and before you know it, you are IN IT. I'm talking swiping (flipping) from page to page to see what will happen next. Will Jill forgive Brian? Is there something nefarious going on at the University? How does Grandpa (Arthur Hale) stay single at Bingo? and so on and so forth.
Although my questions do not shed light on the mystery and fun hidden in the book they are the kind of questions that pop into your mind because of the way Miles draws you into her characters. You just want to know.
I was so excited when this book came in the mail. I'm a sucker for good romance novels especially Mary B...moreI received this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
I was so excited when this book came in the mail. I'm a sucker for good romance novels especially Mary Balogh's because she actually writes a good STORY. It also doesn't completely follow the typical romance plot line of girl meets boy, girl and boy have a life threatening adventure, girl and boy do the deed or admit love (at first sight), the big complication, fast track to the end...etc etc...
As a romance connoisseur I have read my fair share of plot lines and characters and although Samantha and Ben are similar to other protagonists I've experienced, their love was by far the truest. This was my first Survivor's Club book and although I started on book 3, it was written in a way that it could stand along.
I hated Samantha in-laws, like I should have and I wanted her to find her great love. Ben was so damaged, yet strong. I literally sighed every time they had an interaction. Balogh paired a strong female with a strong man who matched her in both will and wits and in the end it created a believable love story full of just enough drama to cover the 350 or so pages it spanned.
I loved my first foray into the Survivor's Club and can't wait to read the remaining stories!(less)
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Isobel Irons knows how to make the NA genre come alive! As a reader I can tell she focused on th...moreI received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Isobel Irons knows how to make the NA genre come alive! As a reader I can tell she focused on the story, the characters, and their intricacies before filling the pages with meaningless scenes of unnatural, obscene, and unnecessary sex. Tracie has Aspergers and doesn't make excuses for it. She just lives her life the only way she knows how, while also studying the world around her in order to interact with the people closest to her. I loved reading her blogs and explanations of people and situations. I don't have aspergers but I completely understood where she was coming from a lot of the time. This makes her such a great protagonist, not only because she's different, but because she's down to earth, and 100% honest. To even her out, she has her wild and free roommate Rachel, who is like the Watson to Tracie's Sherlock.
Then there is Dr. Conrad Brady, the man child love interest. In the first few pages I thought I would be upset with this pairing, but there is more to him than meets the eye and he definitely needs Tracie as much as Tracie needs him. I like that he's not only her social opposite, but also shorter than her (as a tall girl myself, I can appreciate the shorter man who loves on the taller girl!) I wish we could have explored the relationship between Conrad and his father some more, but then again I know that may have taken away from the story. I also felt that his side story with "Stealth" should have been developed more fully. The end came way to quickly and happily for me to fully believe it.
Other than that, I loved the book and the two characters. I'm hoping to see more from Ms. Irons soon!(less)
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This book was so good. SO GOOD. Sarina Bowen took a topic that seems best suited to a Jennifer...more*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
This book was so good. SO GOOD. Sarina Bowen took a topic that seems best suited to a Jennifer Weiner novel and made it real for NA readers. Corey Callahan is am amazingly strong willed and independent considering she's had a hockey accident that resulted in a spinal injury leaving her paralyzed in one leg and without feeling in her other foot. Her parents were well written, concerned and worried, but also willing to let their daughter make the critical decisions of her own life. I loved Damien. I mean who doesn't want their big brother to Skype them and say "Hey Shorty"?!
On to the plot. Corey decides that she has enough of her family's over attentiveness to her injury and decides to attend Harkness College (Damien's alma mater, where he was a hockey star), i.e. what she would have been had she not been injured. She's slated to room in the dorm with rooms for students with disabilities and is matched with the best roommate ever, Dana. There was a Pitch Perfect side story going on with Dana that I didn't care about, but it added understanding about the type of person she is. So they move in and BAM, across the hall is hockey superstar Adam Hartley who has broken his leg in two places because of a drunken stunt. He has the perfect girlfriend (read, BIOTCH), who is studying abroad, obviously so he and Corey have time to bond and fall in love without the messy evil girlfriend plot.
I flew through this book and fell in love with every character. I can't wait to read Bridger's story because he was so great to Corey and a good brother to his little sister. I also liked how the author didn't make Hartley perfect and let me get angry with him, if only for fifty pages. The final I Love You was predictable and the story sped on to its conclusion, especially considering the secret Hartley is hiding. If anything I wanted them to develop more as a couple, but the lead up was fabulous.
Like I said, I loved this book and will be reading it again, can't wait to read Bridger's story!
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Okay, so coming out of the first book, I had a good feeling about this book, BUT I really wasn'...more*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
Okay, so coming out of the first book, I had a good feeling about this book, BUT I really wasn't a huge Gen fan in Deep Blue. She just rubbed me all kinds of wrong. She was an odd friend, a little too secretive, and not my pick for Cali's friend. But I digress. This story was about Gen and when all was said and done I actually enjoyed it. Unlike Cale, Gen's background was one I got into. The crappy ex BF who has lied to her about his GF back home and the repeated breaking of her heart by past hurts. Unlike Deep Blue, the development of Gen's story was in place to help us better understand her as a character and why she made the choices she does regarding the people she's close to, especially men. Unfortunately for me, many of her decisions ticked me off and I wanted to scream at her to get over and grown up quite a few times over the course of the story. Lucky for us Genevieve DOES grow up and experiences a good love. I say good because unlike Jaeger (Deep Blue) Lewis didn't do it for me. While I felt that I knew Gen, I did not feel that I knew enough of Lewis to understand him or his actions throughout the course of the story. But when all was said and done, it was an easy read and good day read.
I would definitely recommend reading both books in this series and am looking forward to a third because Jules Barnard is truly getting better with each one!(less)
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I liked this book. It was a fresh take on NA and an easy read, it also wasn't overly complicat...more*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*
I liked this book. It was a fresh take on NA and an easy read, it also wasn't overly complicated although it had a good dose of its own drama. I love that Jules Barnard chose Lake Tahoe as the setting of this love story. The fishing component as well as the backdrop makes for a nice change of scenery considering the big city based books I've been diving into lately. Cali was also a great character--strong willed without being obnoxious, independent, and a smart dreamer. She pairs very nicely with Jaeger. While I liked their story and romance, a large part of me really likes back story and buildup. I didn't feel this as much with this book in terms of character development. I'm hoping that since book 2 deals with new characters, I'll be able to see their love develop without the fast fall into a relationship vibe I got from this book. What I enjoyed most about this book, since for me it is a summer read is that it end with this story, although there are other books in the series. I had closure. There wasn't a large twist in the end that ticked me off because I now had to invest in another one (or twenty) stories in the series. However, because of its simplicity and fun, I WANT to read the next book.(less)
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I like it, I love it, I want some more of it! This book was a difference approach to the NA gen...more*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
I like it, I love it, I want some more of it! This book was a difference approach to the NA genre and it was so refreshing! My only qualm (and it's a good one) was that I wanted MORE.
Shay Reilly is a member of the traveler clan i.e. Irish-American Gypsies. This is very different from the American Gypsy shows on TV which I must admit are a guilty pleasure of mine. However, Flynn creates a good characterization of the gypsy culture in her book with strong characters and details about their traditions, cons, and relationships. While I'm not saying this is true of traveler clans, it did make for an interesting read. From the first con pulled by Shay and Jimmy Boy, I knew I'd like it. I love romance novels where con men fall for their ultimate con. It's very Oceans 11 and Thomas Crowne Affair-ish.
We follow Shay from his initial introduction to his agreeing to take part in a "long game" to exact revenge on behalf of "Pop", an elite member of the clan. He decides to enter college, wine, dine, and seduce Spencer, a reserved co-ed.
Which brings me to Spencer. I like Spencer, obviously not as much as I adore "bad boy" Shay, but I felt Flynn did a great job matching the two and making their love more solid and relationship based than some other NA novels I've read. I believed their love and I like what it did for Shay, considering his whole interest in the Long Game is for increasing his status in the clan.
I'm excited to continue reading this series! I hope we get to see more of Shay and Spencer in the other books!(less)