Rescue Me was an enjoyable read. I liked the animals. My heart just broke for Holly the boxer. The hero and heroine were likable and IQuickie Review:
Rescue Me was an enjoyable read. I liked the animals. My heart just broke for Holly the boxer. The hero and heroine were likable and I enjoyed their time together. I wasn't totally wow-ed by the book though. It was pleasant but nothing that had me antsy for more. The ending was weird to me. A surprise twist that I just didn't care for unfortunately. I would have rated a little higher had that not happened.
Aw so there was a lot of fun packed into this little novella. Claiming His Mate was a sexy-sweet read asReviewed for herding cats & burning soup.
Aw so there was a lot of fun packed into this little novella. Claiming His Mate was a sexy-sweet read as two friends--who both secretly lust after each other--finally push past everything that's been holding them back. Namely...his pack has told him to go slow wooing his human mate and she....thinks he's gay. *looks around with big owly eyes*
Sons of mothers, she was tingling in places she shouldn't be tingling. Why, by all that was holy in this world, did Jace Matthews have to be gay?
Things move pretty quickly since these two have gotten to know each other as he shopped in her bookstore over a the weeks--yep she owns a bookstore! Yay! And wears glasses. Total heroine love. There's not too much getting to know them but what's there was likable. He's a little alpha. She's a little feisty. And they're cute together as he talks her into a double date (where she thinks she's being his beard in front of his sister).
There's a little danger added in and some yummy sex scenes and some sweetness too. I do wish it had been a little longer but that's usually the case with novellas and me. All in all, it was a tasty little para treat....more
I enjoyed the start to the new series. Great set up and characters. Just never got quite in sync with the writing/storyline for some reason. But stillI enjoyed the start to the new series. Great set up and characters. Just never got quite in sync with the writing/storyline for some reason. But still looking forward to the next one.
Homemade Decadence was an absolutely mouth-watering cookbook. From cover to cover it was beautifully doneReviewed for herding cats & burning soup.
Homemade Decadence was an absolutely mouth-watering cookbook. From cover to cover it was beautifully done with gorgeous photos, luscious recipes and a comforting voice from the author as she talked about each of the dishes. It was just beautifully done set of recipes and will definitely be one I use again and again.
Um...yum?! SO many yummy looking recipes and easy to find ingredients. There were also some daring combinations for flavors that while not for me--I'm rather unadventurous when it comes to food--would delight those that like interesting combos of flavors, textures and scents. Ex-- Roasted Strawberry & Balsamic Grits or Apple Pie with a Cheddar-Bacon Crust.
There were recipes for all types of dishes deserty dishes from brunch to cake, cookies drinks to ice creams and a handful of different types of crusts.
The photos were lovely. Very homey and made me want to just lick the pages. Nearly every recipe was accompanied by a photo of either the dish or ingredients which was wonderful to see. And they were all very nicely done.
What Made it Special
You know...it was just kind of down home comfort meets decadence with a twist.
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Vanilla Sugar Doughnuts Cinnamon-Sugar Pull-Apart Cake French Onion Quiche Mango-Watermelon Tequila Sunrise Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies--omg SO good! Chocolate-dipped Cookie-Dough Balls Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars Happy Birthday Brownie Pie Peanut Butter Cream Pie Mint Chocolate Chip Cake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Layer Cake Chocolate Chip Skillet Cake...more
You know you've read a fabulous book when you get to the last chapter and you keep thinking... "not yet!Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.
You know you've read a fabulous book when you get to the last chapter and you keep thinking... "not yet! Not yet! I'm not ready for it to be over!" and, yeah, that was totally me and Quarterback Draw. Burton just makes the sports romance junkie in me so very very happy. A model. A footballer. A sexy photo shoot in the tropics and a little cat and mouse chase? Oh heck yeah. Damn good time.
The quick of it is that Katrina and Grant meet up while on a photo shoot for a sports magazine and, well, Grant's interest...totally peaked. And he's totally on board with convincing the elusive Katrina to give him a chance. Even if he has to use her siblings--that she's raising--to help please his case.
Katrina was a heroine I just felt for. Everything about her gave me that little feeling in my gut. She's spent her entire adult life taking care of her two younger siblings after their mother passed. She works extremely hard and always puts her siblings first and she's missed out on a lot of life experiences because of it but never complains. I really liked her. She's incredibly strong. determined and tries so hard in everything she does. She's really just a beautiful person and one I so wanted to just reach out to and cheer on.
And Grant was just gorgeous. Pretty much if I was going to have someone make my perfect hero...it would be Burton. Goodnight but she can write an amazing lust-worthy male. He's pretty much got it all going for him. Sexy as sin, a true gentleman, killer skills on the field and fun loving off the field. He's thoughtful and just an amazing man. I loved that he always included her siblings in everything and never complained about having to share her time. He can be a little alpha male and took over her life a little without meaning to but yeah...total sexy beast of a man.
The two together. Scorching make a girl squirm good. From the second they met on the photo shoot electricity just sparked between them. They complimented each other well in and out of the bedroom. Brought out good things in each other. She mellowed him a little and he got her having a little fun. And were just lovely together as they figured things out.
There was a big emphasis on family which I absolutely loved. Both Kat with her siblings--who totally played the obnoxious bratty teens so well. And with Grant's parents and siblings who all happen to be sporty (which oh gave my heart a little flutter because omg so many more book options!). They're such good people and loved each other so much. I so can't wait for his brother's books. Gah but they're a yummy bunch of men.
All in all, Burton reigns supreme in the world of sports romances delights again and again with a beautifully heartwarming romance infused with heat, fun and spirit that just flow off the pages.
Well hello yummy cowboy! Whew! The Rebel of Copper Creek was just brimming with delicious cowboys and military men. Gah, but I do love that combo! AndWell hello yummy cowboy! Whew! The Rebel of Copper Creek was just brimming with delicious cowboys and military men. Gah, but I do love that combo! And I had a nice time with this one as Griff and Juliet end up spending quite a bit of time together when Juliet and her two little boys find themselves in a dangerous situation--someone is threatening her--and Griff decides to take it upon himself to keep them safe while the threat is eliminated. It was a sweet romance, a lovely setting and full of honest and good-to-their-souls people.
The set up was fantastic--Both Griff and Juliet are new to the area. She's inherited her husband's family ranch after he passed away and Griff's getting to know the family he never knew existed until his mother passed away and told him in one final letter who his father had been. It was sad and sweet at the same time watching them try to figure out their new lives and adjust to life on a ranch.
The romance--Was very light in my opinion and built slowly as Griff spent time with Juliet and her boys making sure they were safe from harm and slowly started helping around her ranch. They had an easy thing about them for the most part but could have their own little drama as they dealt with the past and guilt on her part from moving on after losing the husband she loved so dearly. But then they fell into place and were sweet and heart warming and adding the two little boys into the mix it was just a nice dynamic all around as the four of them found their 'family' and healed each other.
Griff was a great hero. He's handsome and has a solid strength about him. Is honorable and protective of those around him. He's also still adjusting to life with his new found family and figuring out his place. He was so damn sweet with Juliet's kids and with her too really. Always putting them first and just being a stand up guy.
Juliet wasn't bad either. She's been through a lot the last few years but instead of complaining when things get hard and life is beating her up she digs in and shoves back. I really liked that about her. She's making a place for herself, doing what she's passionate about--she provides horse therapy for injured soldiers where they can come and get out of their wheelchairs and ride horses--and was just a fantastic mama to her little boys.
The secondary characters--This is really just a great family that's surrounding Griff. They're warm and open. Caring. You can tell they love each other and have a huge sense of community. And they welcomed Juliet and her boys in an instant. It was hard not to love them and be a little jealous of the closeness they all had.
There was a very 50s sitcom sugary feel at times when the family is all together where you could almost hear the laugh track playing. It wasn't all the time--mainly just when they were all together at meals and teasing/laughing together. It wasn't a horrible thing just a little too sugary sweet when those moments hit for my taste.
the kids ages-- I really liked both of of Juliet's little boys but kids are so hard for me to read. One was 3 and one 6. I don't know...how much do three year olds talk? To me he seemed much older than his 3 years with the exception of an occasional mispronunciation of a word here or there. I don't know why that bothers me but it does a little.
Overall, The Rebel of Copper Creek was a touching story of finding your place, your inner strength and the people you call family. While it wasn't a perfect read for me it was still a lovely one and left me curious about the rest of the members of this family. I'm sure I'll be picking them up eventually. Ryan definitely knows how to bring a community and family to life in a way that makes you long to be a part of the group.
How do you cement the title of Queen of Foodie Romance? Make a vegetarian pant over the luscious descriptReviewed for herding cats & burning soup.
How do you cement the title of Queen of Foodie Romance? Make a vegetarian pant over the luscious descriptions of a pulled pork sandwich and have her seriously considering renouncing her ways. 17 years and Kincaid has me going...omg I so want one! over a pork sandwich *hangs head in veggie girl shame* lol Fire Me Up was a foodie romance lover's wet dream as a motorcycle accident lands Adrian with a little time on his hands and making his way into the kitchen of the woman who came to his rescue at the accident site.
Alright so the quick of it is that both Adrian and Teagan's lives are in a bit of upheaval. She's having to take time off her job as an EMT to help keep her dad's bar afloat and Adrian's been kicked out of his job at the resort restaurant while he heals from his accident--much to his dismay. And one thing leads to another and Adrian ends up lending his chefly skills to the bar since no one there knows how to cook and they desperately need the guidance.
These two were great. They had lovely chemistry, matched each other nicely in the work-a-holic category and had some issues they needed to work through on the personal front. These two are crazy dedicated and always on the go. I had a good time watching them work together in and out of the kitchen, Watching them slowly grow and deal with their pasts--his is a little, erm, rough-- and emotional blocks. They were insanely hot together. Whew. Yeah they steamed up the pages in a number of ways and it was all...verra verra nice. There was a lot of humor as well which is always fun.
Okay I had one little niggle. It wasn't a huge thing and is kinda silly but dude...Adrian...almost in the #SuperCock club. You know. Those guys that get all shot up, banged up and still they're mighty willing and ready to go...all...the...way! He's got a broken arm/cast thing happening and was still all about some sex that was, erm, vigorous. Like the broken arm was just forgotten during those scenes. I would have thought some working around it would need to be done. But who knows. The #SuperCock knows no limits ;)
There was a nice little bit of added drama and suspense that I so wasn't expecting but worked really nicely when a sticky situation pops up at the bar and lands everyone in a spot of danger. It was a nice added bit of ooompf! to the storyline.
Overall, Fire Me Up was a tasty treat all the way around...the food, the romance, the suspense and, oh yeah, definitely the heat. Kincaid knows how to delight all the senses and never disappoints.
Sooo. In His Keeping. Romantic Suspense meets paranormal woo-woo. Yay! How fun is that?! I had a good time with In His Keeping as Ari's life is throwSooo. In His Keeping. Romantic Suspense meets paranormal woo-woo. Yay! How fun is that?! I had a good time with In His Keeping as Ari's life is thrown into chaos after an attack exposes her psychic abilities and she's forced to turn to Beau and his security team for help in finding her parents who have been kidnapped and in keeping her alive and safe from those hunting her. It was exciting, entertaining and had me turning the pages pretty darn quickly. I was halfway through the book before I realized and had a double take over that. lol
The Suspense-- Was pretty exciting. I'm not exactly sure what the people hunting Ari planned for her but...nothing good that's for certain. It kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen and oh my word I wanted the bad guys to get theirs so freaking bad! It was all nicely done and interlaced with the past as well which was interesting.
The Characters--I really enjoyed both Ari and Beau. They're passionate and they're people who will go to the ends of the earth and to hell and back for the people that they love.
Ari is sweet and loving and finding her inner strength. She's been very protected in her life because of her abilities but she's still got some serious backbone and when push comes to shove she's ready for a fucking throwdown and going to come out on top. I loved that.
And Beau is a bit rough around the edges and can be a little scary now and again but damn that was sexy too. lol Could be crazy over the top alpha male but then so damn sweet and gentle it kind of balanced him out.
The paranormal woowoo- I'm lurving it! Each book is taking on a different version of psychic abilities. This time it was telekenesis and man...bad...ass. Ari's always kept her abilities underwrap but they're out now and seeing what she could do was crazy. How much damage it could do to others and to her body as well. She went a little power crazy for a second there at the end which was something to see too. It's all a little out there but not too out there?
The Romance--While I actually really liked these two together it was just too fast for me. That's been a complaint of mine the last few from Banks. I just struggle with believing declarations of love in a matter of days/hours. But they were nice together and you could feel that connection between them. It would have worked better for me if it had been weeks rather than days. Like had there been a few more chapters there in the middle I would have been all on board. I will say though that I do love the men of this series and that once they're in...they are IN! There is no denying them their women and Lord help anyone who tries to get between them or hurt their mate.
The Heat-- I don't know. I wasn't quite feeling the sexy bits in this one either. Usually I'm pretty on board with the sexy moments Banks throws in but this time while they were nice they didn't make me squirm? There wasn't a ton of heat either. Just 1 or 2 scenes if I'm remembering right. Not a horrible thing but I preferred the suspense elements this go about.
Overall, In His Keeping was an exciting and intriguing read for me. While I'm still not totally on board with the romance aspects of the series the suspense and the characters are easily robbing me of hours of sleep...and I'm totally okay with that. They'll definitely keep me coming back and ready to see what will happen next with this group. If you like paranormal romances of the psychic persuasion totally a series to check out.
It took me a little bit to get comfortable with the author's writing style but after that I enjoyed these two. Especially the heroine which yeah is aIt took me a little bit to get comfortable with the author's writing style but after that I enjoyed these two. Especially the heroine which yeah is a rarity for me. But she was a pretty dang good one.
Oh I did enjoy these two. Took them long enough to figure out their HEA and get their act together but it was worth it. I did have issues with the formatting and big time jumps that weren't marked but other than that it was a great read.
Mmmmm Vane writes downright tasty and lickable men of the cowboy variety. Seriously. *fans self* Yums!
Alright. So, Janice and Dirk's story is a long and rocky one. These two met when they were young and while on the rodeo circuit started to get close--he was a rider and her family provided stock. But then some wrong choices and misunderstandings sent them in opposite directions and life went on. Dirk to the Military. Janice to married life with someone else and motherhood. And now 10 years later they're getting a second chance as they wind up back in their hometown broken by life and in need of healing.
These two. Whew. They had some serious heartbreak and angsty bits happening on their way to their happily ever after. It was not easy on them at all. They lost so many years and had so many struggles from picking door two instead of door one. Painful marriages, injury, loss, loneliness. But they got their second chance and managed to hold on to it. To help heal each other from the traumas they'd been through and the hurt they'd caused each other. And it was both incredibly sweet and hard to see unfold. But wonderful at the same time.
I enjoyed both Janice and Dirk. Janice is a strong woman. She's deep in a world dominated by men and she holds her own. She's not afraid to work hard, get her hands dirty and is doing whatever needs to be done for her family. And Dirk. Well there's a lot of sexy happening there. He's got the cowboy swagger and is a good guy when he's younger. And now after serving he's got a lot of hurt and anger in him from all that he lost being injured during the war--his leg, his life as a cowboy, etc. He's one of those tortured broody heroes I just lust after.
They were really good together. The connection and heat between them was amazing both when they were younger and their second time around though whew they do have some hard moments and a lot to work though. Both their misunderstandings when younger and now his injury and the feelings that go with it. There were a couple scenes regarding it that just, yeah, had me holding my breath. It's not all 'heavy' though. There was enough heat and humor thrown in to keep things moving and entertaining instead of depressing.
I did have one big issue while reading that brought the rating down a bit for me. It was more to do with format than the story which I loved. There were these huge time jumps that were extremely awkward to me and pulled me out of the story something fierce. A chapter would end then the next...4 years later...then a chapter later it's another 6 years later. All of the individual pieces were well written but there were no warnings the jumps were going to happen, no headers saying it was X years later, etc. It was just jarring for me and the first time I kept thinking okay is this a dream sequence happening?
Other than that, though, Rough Rider was an achingly beautiful story of love triumphing over all. Vane really writes amazing characters and brings them to life in the most amazing way. I'm quickly becoming addicted to her books. That's for sure.
Well Meant for Me was...pretty dang unique! And that's not something you can say all that often in romance anymore but was definitely the case this tiWell Meant for Me was...pretty dang unique! And that's not something you can say all that often in romance anymore but was definitely the case this time as Ethan and Chloe forge a relationship in their own way.
Alright so the quick of it is that Ethan is in a bad place and has hit rock bottom--drinking, random hook ups, dropping out of school-- and a trip to visit his baby sister shocks him into some truths about his current life and how he's living. And brings him face to face with a women named Chloe who is going through her own struggles with an anxiety disorder that prevents her from speaking. And the two...spark something in each other.
So these two. I liked them. They're both a spot broken and need to work through things but they're good people under it all and were very nice together.
I really wasn't sure at the start about Ethan. He really is at rock bottom and there were some things that really put me off--I just don't need to hear about sticky balls caused by an unknown hookup. I really don't. I mean EEEEWWWW to like the nth effing power--but that at the same time helped show how much he'd fallen. He can be a little frustrating and jerky but also very sweet and kind and thoughtful. And Chloe was an interesting one. She's not spoken since she was 7 years old other than to her father and sister so it's easy for people to overlook her, treat her like she's below them, etc. But she's smart and stronger than people give her credit for. She was bold and shy, intriguing and frustrating all in turn.
Their romance was unique and a little slower since wasn't able to physically speak. The words just won't come out. So their interactions were different. Having to pay more attention to body language. Texting and emailing. I liked it. I wasn't sure how it would play out but it was nicely done. And mostly told from Ethan's narration. I really got to like him as his old self started surfacing. He's just a good guy under all of the playboy layers he's build around himself. Things do heat up but they're slow to come and the reasoning very much worked for me.
There was a bit of mystery and drama added in because of Chloe's past. Something that Ethan helped her work through and supported her with. This was a bit of what didn't work for me. I really liked the storyline but then at the end Chloe has a bit of a fit and never really apologizes for her behavior. Ethan apologizes but she didn't and that griped me a little. There were also some things that felt like consistency issues with past dates but maybe not. Just felt it to me.
Overall, Meant for Me was an curious and fascinating romance. It was interesting to see these two come together and having to work through different limitations. Figuring out their own ways to bond and form connections when the spoken word just wasn't possible. McCarthy did a wonderful job of building a unique and captivating romance. ...more
Very sweet friends to lovers story that they really had to work for. Enjoyed it and looking forward to checking out book 1 and 2 now.
Yay foodie romances! And friends to lovers romance with oodles of Brits and Italians surrounding them. Even better! Hot and Bothered was such a sweet read as best friends Jules and Tad, well, get manipulated a little by those they love into finally...finally! going after what they want...each other.
I really liked these two. They both balance on that razors edge of confident and insecure which made them both likable and relateable. Both are amazing people but have things that hold them back so badly and really rock their self worth. Tad dealing with the guilt over the death of his parents years ago and Jules with a learning disability (she's dyslexic). You don't see that too often in romance and I really liked how it was handled.
These two have been best friends since she arrived at her brother's restaurant two years back while very pregnant. And despite both loving each other and wanting each other they've kept--for the most part-- just friends since they didn't want to ruin things between them.
But! *yay for buts!* Jules is finally ready to break out of her mommy role and start dating again and, well, that's definitely going to put a hitch in their "just friends" status when the very protective Italian male in Tad surfaces.
These two were sweet. They had some awkward moments. They had ones that made me ache for them because they're both so perfect, so wonderful for each other and just couldn't quite get past their personal insecurities to see they really deserved the other in their lives. Tad was crazy sexy. He's got that whole loving her kid thing going for him too. Can be a little broody and a little outgoing. And Jules was a great mom who loves deeply and is trying so hard to find her spot. Her struggles with her dyslexia just about did me in and there were a couple scenes with Tad over it that just had me melting. Seriously...perfect for each other.
I loved watching them both deal with their issues. Sometimes pushing when it wasn't wanted (but was needed) or being a shoulder for the other. These two have each other's backs and gah that was nice to see. Things do heat up and whew! yeah there were some really hot scenes that were crazy passionate and a little risky location wise which I freaking loved.
All in all, Hot and Bothered was just a heart warming romance with two people who were crazy perfect for each other and just needed a little nudge-push to realize it and take that next step. Meader threw together such a loud and boisterous group and I loved every second of getting to know them. If you've ever been around an Italian family Hot and Bothered is like coming home. It's impossible not to smile and feel like you're a part of the family.