If you love shifters and haven't tried out Jennifer Ashley's Shifters Unbound series you're so in for a treat! Guardian's Mate? Total paranormal goodness complete with a sexy polar bear shifter. Noms!
The quick of it is that Rae has been chosen Guardian by the goddess. Only problem? She's practically still a cub and, well, female and there's never been a female Guardian before. And that has people nervous. Ergs! Training in her home town just isn't safe which lands her in the care of a polar bear. A polar bear who is just about as pleased about the arrangement as she is. Which is to say...not at all. lol
I loved Zander and Rae down to their paws! Both are rather isolated due to being "goddess touched" and without family (though she has an adopted one) and I loved seeing them start to put together their own little ragtag clan of sorts and heal that loneliness in each other. They're good people who will do anything for someone in need even when it hurts them in return and were just impossible not to adore and root for.
Heat-wise? Ergs. Their romance was a bit slower going but it was so damn fun watching them growl and nip and tease and finally figure out they were perfect for each other. They had that perfect combo of teasing fun, driving each other crazy and trying to resist which kept things entertaining. There's some stellar tension that just smoldered but it takes them a long while to seal the deal. It totally worked for me though.
Now. All the stuff that kept the nookie from commencing. There was a LOT happening in this one. It was non stop adventure and action as they dodged shifter bounty hunters and new enemies. Not to mention the Alaskan elements, fae magic and being goddess touched which is just a bitch all it's own. They had one seriously wild ride that brought about some interesting revelations and fascinating developments for the future of the shifters. It definitely kept me turning the pages to see what insanity would hit them next.
There were a lot of fun new characters as well that had me totally falling for them. Even Jake the Snake who was, indeed, a snake. <---impressive feat, that.
All in all, Ashley continues to knock out one fabulous read after another. Action packed and full of complex characters that are simply bad ass and rocking some awesome. Guardian's Mate delivered!
I'm just gonna need a minute or two to have a swoon over the Earl of Castleton! Oh. My. Word. What a hero! My Brown-Eyed Earl gave my heart a flutter,I'm just gonna need a minute or two to have a swoon over the Earl of Castleton! Oh. My. Word. What a hero! My Brown-Eyed Earl gave my heart a flutter, had me fighting back a grin more than once, and simply left me charmed. A lovely start to a promising new series.
Love Blooms on Main Street, indeed. A lovely heroine, a struggling hero, small town frustrations, and finding what you really need and want in life. Splendid!
The quick of it is that Brett needed a break from big city medicine and has come back to his small home town to work at a local hospital. It's just a stopping point for him before moving on again. He doesn't need to form connections but the sweet local florist? Being forced to work on a big fundraising event with her? Yeah, she may end up being too dang tempting to resist.
I really liked these two. Ivy is a florist and despite a hard childhood made a place for herself in the town. I loved her passion making life little brighter with her creations and how she used them to care for others. And Brett. He's all about his job and fixing people who come through his ER. His childhood wasn't all roses either and he still struggles with relationships and getting close to others. I hurt for him and how removed he was from everyone who loved him or wanted to.
They were good together. They had some shared history of growing up together and months earlier a heated make out session but other than that just light friendship up until now. I liked their little bit of shared history and just them together. Heat-wise, while they have great chemistry, it's fairly PG. Some kissing and hot beginnings but then fading to black.
Now their issues. For Brett--he's dealing with the pressures of being an emergency doctor and struggling to find his confidence and stride again after losing a patient. And with trying to fix relationships with his family after nearly a decade away. And Ivy? She's got diabetes. In one of the previous books it was a big issue because she wasn't treating herself properly and put her life at risk. So she's dealing with the fall out of that and being treated differently by those that know (family) and hiding it from others. Their issues are totally different but I liked that they were both dealing with something and trying to find balance in their lives. They kept their issues pretty close to the chest with everyone in their lives...except each other. For some reason they could get the other to talk. And I liked that. That they found someone they could confide their fears and worries in.
All in all, Miles continues to deliver passion, emotion, and romance that'll touch the heart. It took these two a while to figure things out but I enjoyed their journey and seeing each of them overcome the past and what was holding them back in life. We should all be so lucky....more
The tagline for the Bookshots Flames line from James Patterson is "Novels you can devour in a few hours. And ...impossible to stop reading" and damn if that wasn't true. A cowboy, a city girl, a sleepy little town and unstoppable attraction...Learning to Ride pulled me in and wouldn't let go.
The quick of it is that Madeline's come to a small town in Texas to manage a merger for her company. She plans on sticking around for a year, not get attached, then heading back to the big city and career advancement. Little did she know a local heartthrob and former rodeo star would muck that all up and leave her heart in a tangle.
I really liked these two. They're opposite as can be when it comes to pretty much everything but having a little lust fest over each other but they so worked. Tanner is one of those soul deep good guys that you can't help but fall for. And Madeline. Well, she's a little prickly and a total fish out of water but I enjoyed her and seeing her getting to know the town. The people, the nosiness, the local book club, etc. They were fun, sexy, and entertaining as they felt each other out, butted heads a little and then fell into a sweet little relationship.
Knightley usually does sweet historical romances so it was interesting seeing her taking on a contemporary with a little heat. Details were kept somewhat light but it was nicely done and she felt like a natural stepping into the contemporary world.
All in all, Knightley delivered a fun romance that swept me away and had me smiling...and losing a few hours sleep. Seriously. I couldn't stop reading. Love that!...more
A not so squeaky clean heroine on the run, the man who broke her heart a decade earlier, a quaint New England Inn in need of repair...emotions are flying in The McCullagh Inn in Maine.
The quick of it is that Chelsea's aunt left her an old Inn in Maine. It's the perfect solution and just what she needs to start her life over fresh now that she's on the run from her former life and the dangers it entailed. What she absolutely does not need is her old flame trying to get back in her good graces but that's just what Jeremy is bound and determined to do. He's been looking for the woman who stole his heart a decade earlier and he'll be damned if he's gonna lose a second chance at a happily ever after with her. Now to just convince her to give him a try...one Inn repair at a time.
This one was interesting. Chelsea isn't your typical heroine. She's done a lot of iffy things over the years--including the thing that's set her life spiraling at the moment-- and comes from a family that rides the edge of the law and usually falls on the wrong side of things. She's prickly and running scared from the life she's trying to escape but I managed to like her. She's a tough cookie for sure. Jeremy was a nice guy. Determined to win his girl back and a calm to her edgy fear. He can go all sexy growly alpha but also has a playful side.
There's a lot of growly tension between them over their past and, whew boy, Jeremy has to work right hard to get his girl. No matter the bad blood, though, the chemistry is definitely still there and even after all these years the two just get each other completely. Some nice sexy moments, some silly ones as they work on the house and some that'll get your blood pumping as Chelsea's past catches up to her make for one unputdownable read. ...more
Well let just start out by saying...imma need books for the rest of the band now. Get on it, Loren! Get on it! I'm totally not above bribing with pretty stickers. I'm really not. lol Goodness but Wanderlust was one helluva good time. Yeah. It's totally 5:46am. Not even gonna lie. I read all night. And the last 30 minutes of it with the phone plugged into the wall while I was reading. I was not putting this one down.
The quick of it is that while she usually plays the role of restaurant critic Aubrey's been pulled to cover a music gig--following around a popular band for a week and giving a behind the scenes look at their lives--the good, the bad, and the sexy. It should be a simple assignment but may end up being more than Aubrey and the lead singer bargained for...
I just loved these two. The wild rock star and the buttoned up good-girl reporter. Lex was all sexy, wicked, confident rocker and maybe a spot cocky. Yummy times 10. And Aubrey? Everything about her is about being well behaved and staying in control. Never stepping out of line or being reckless--she had very good reason for this, yall. She broke my heart and had me rooting for her at the same time. Loved seeing her break free of her chains and just live a little. She's one I wanted to just wrap up and hold tight.
They were amazing together. The chemistry zinging between them, the humor, the serious moments as they each dealt with people and things from the past. They weren't perfect people but I loved that about them. And that when they screwed up they could both suck it up and apologize. That they were able to really just be themselves around each other and let down the front they usually kept up of what was expected of them. It wasn't always pretty but it was real and amazing. They had some hardcore steam happening between them too which was fan yourself hot.
There was a nice bit of both of their jobs included which was neat to see. I loved his band and seriously hope there will be more about this group. I really wasn't lying. I'm not above bribes in order to get them. lol
And the epilogue. I don't usually mention them but holy crap can Loren write a stellar epilogue. I grinned the whole damn time. Best epilogue and perfect ending to their romance. It was so them and gah, yeah, I'm still grinning like a fool.
All in all, another knock out from Loren. I swear the lady has a golden touch. If her name is on it...it's going to be one heck of a satisfying read that's sexy, fun, and guaranteed to make your day just a little brighter for having spent time in the world she created. ...more
Damn. I'm gonna need me a Barnes Brother. With each book in this series I'm all 'omg, this is my favorite hero!' *swoon* and then I meet the next brother and he's my favorite. lol Walker just writes a damn fine male. Mmhm!
Ruined surprised me. I don't read blurbs and was just expecting a lighter fluffy-sweet romance and got so much more and in such a different unfolding. The quick of it is that Sebastien's life was completely derailed one horrifying night when he tried to save a lady being attacked and wound up terribly injured both physically and emotionally. It sent his life spiraling and he did his damnedest to push everyone in his life--family, coworkers, friends,etc--away. The one person who stuck? Marin. A woman he's known practically his whole life and loved for nearly that long but never managed to make it past friendship and working together. He's at that point he's got to choose to live again or become lost in a bottle of booze and dark thoughts. Ah!
I loved Sebastian. He's struggling through his own personal hell and has pretty much hit rock bottom. It hurt watching him try to pull himself out of that and mend all of the relationships he'd pushed away. But it was also inspiring and incredibly moving. And Marin. The girl sticks. She's the type of person everyone needs in their life. That doesn't run when things get hard. That fights for those she cares about even if she's fighting against them.
Their romance is slow going and their relationship as friends hits some pretty rocky moments but I never stopped thinking they cared for one another. They've an unconventional start but when I closed the book I believed in their love and that they'd make it. I may have gotten a little teary eyed too. Oh and the heat. Yeah. The heat. These two are hot and the pull between them is intense. There's a good bit of self lovin' too which was crazy sexy. Whew!
It's definitely not all light and airy--dealing with trauma, life changing scars, alcoholism (or the makings of it), dark thoughts and hopelessness--and it made for some difficult moments. But it's also not all dark and depressing. There were funny moments as well that had me chuckling and smiling and it was just a wonderful mix of emotions and growth.
All in all, Ruined was a fantastic addition to the series and proof, once again, that Walker hands down knows what she's doing. Beautiful and heartfelt. Ruined touched the soul and warmed the heart. Another winner from Walker. ...more