Love on the Line was a very cute read and just what I needed to lift my spirits and make me smile on one of our lovely rainy winter weekends here in N...moreLove on the Line was a very cute read and just what I needed to lift my spirits and make me smile on one of our lovely rainy winter weekends here in North Carolina. It had all of my favorite elements... lovable characters with a complicated connection, passion with just a bit of inner turmoil, humor, love and cooking!
Kimberly's warnings to not read this one when you're hungry are spot on. OMG I drooled over all the yummy cooking and was kicking myself for not having anything delicious in the house to snack on while I read. So stock those pantries before you dive into this one. LOL
Violet and Noah were excellent characters and perfect for each other despite the fact that he is extremely dedicated to his job as a police detective and she never wants to be with a man who puts his life on the line every time he goes into work. After he's injured on the job he needs someone to come in and help him at home and she's always in need of more clients now that she's a personal chef and so the two are smooshed together for a spell. Thank goodness.
Violet is one of those heroines I pretty much instantly loved. She's passionate about cooking, is open and honest and really just puts it all out there on the table. And Noah? He's a bit grumpy but sexy as hell, fierce and has a bit of a vulnerable side going on. He was pretty damn delicious grumpiness and all in my opinion.
One of the best things about these two was that they didn't play games with each other. They were who they were and they didn't try to change the other or manipulate them into doing what they wanted. They were just good together. Bits did get steamy and deliciously so but scenes aren't extremely detailed.
There were some awkward moments with her coming over every evening to cook for him and them having to deal with his injury, the brewing passion between them and just life in general. My favorite moments were when they cooked together. There's something so sexy and intimate about spending time together creating something. It was fun seeing her spark his interest in cooking (and omg he totally cooked for her one time and it was so sweet!). It also added a whole lotta humor. This one's a little long to quote but it had me rolling. It still sends me into giggles reading over this part of the story.
Finally, when the chicken had gone into the pot to simmer and there was a decent coating of flour on the countertop where Noah had ambitiously tried his hand at mixing dumpling dough, Violet reached into her collapsible cooler to unearth a bag of frozen peas.
"Hold on just a second. What are those?" Noah pointed the spoon at the offending bag with a wary jab.
Violet stifled a laugh. "They're peas, Noah. I promise they won't hurt you."
"But you already put one green thing in the pot." He jerked his chin downward toward the burner, and dammit, it was impossible to tell if he was kidding.
"Oregano's an herb. It doesn't count," she said, but Noah shook his head, and oh my God, he was serious.
"Yes it does. It's green. And you used a lot."
Violet's head snapped up, indignant. "I didn't use a lot. And the peas add a fresh layer of flavor to this dish."
"Nope. I'm not buying it. Nothing tastes better with peas in it." He turned back to the stock pot, stirring the contents like nothing doing, and Violet's composure evaporated right along with the fragrant puff of steam lifting up from the stove.
She jammed both hands to her hips, grinding her boots to the linoleum. :You are so rigid, it's infuriating!"
Noah's ear-to-ear smile froze the breath right to her lungs. "I know, but you're really cue when you're irritated, and it's kind of worth pissing you off."
They really were just a cute couple. I liked how Kincaid handled Violets fear over Noah's safety on the job, how he slowly began to remember what really happened when he was injured and I loved how things ended between them. I would have liked a little more time with them though but I'm a greedy reader and that's just how I am. Novellas never quench my thirst completely but this one definitely put a smile on my face and left me wanting to pick up anything else Kincaid has to offer in the future. If you're looking for something sweet and light hearted that will give you a chuckle or two you need to grab a copy of this one. (less)
She was a colossal tyrant stuffed inside the tiny body of a woman.
If you're like me and love finding new worlds that are unique, a little quirky and...more
She was a colossal tyrant stuffed inside the tiny body of a woman.
If you're like me and love finding new worlds that are unique, a little quirky and just good for your book loving soul then Boone Brux is an author you need to meet. She weaves together such a rich and exciting story it's like stepping right into the world and being there.
There's some drama in Kiss of the Betrayer. You know it's going to be one hell of a ride with the heroine's mission in life is to take the hero out. And yall I'm not talking about the dinner and a movie variety but the swimming with the fishies kinda deal. I mean, hello, that's one damn serious mountain they've got to get themselves over! But damn they do so in the most amazing way.
Sooo. The romance. Well. There's a touch of animosity between Luc and Jade. That whole, I want to kill you, thing is a real bitch on a relationship but these two? Fabulous together. There's some snark and witty banter back and forth (though not as much as I expected after meeting them in book one) and there's a nice dose of sexual tension which I always enjoy.
There's really not too much heat or sheet time but what's there is pretty enjoyable. Okay, so a couple times I found myself chanting "kiss her! kiss her! kiss her!" but really the rest of the storyline is so involved and action packed you don't miss the high heat factor all too much.
I really liked both Jade and Luc. They pair up nicely with his sometimes "cave man" route (he has a tendency to want to just toss her over his shoulder when she doesn't do as he wishes) and her refusal to back down. Chickie has some attitude and is a damn tough heroine who says it like it is and can really kick some ass when need be.
"You...attacking Icarus." Luc coughed. "Stupid."
She blinked several times, not sure if she'd just been insulted.
From the irritated look on his face, she had.
Jade braced her arms on either side of Luc's body and hovered above him. "I saved your life, jackass."
"Saved me?" He wiped a trickle of blood from the corner of his mouth. "I had things well in hand."
"Really? Was that when you were thrashing about like a fish out of water or when Icarus was peeling your flesh like a ripe orange?"
The secondary characters really shine as well. Brux has a way of really creating a wonderfully tight-nit and loving group of characters you just want to know more about. They'll make you smile, they'll make you laugh and they'll have you falling in love with all of them as they work together to fight the Demon Bane and risk their lives to protect the human population from them. I don't want to spoil too much of the storyline but their mission is pretty heartbreaking. They really have so much to overcome because of the past and lies that have been kept for many, many years. Brux really makes you care for all of them and their lot in life as they try to work things out. Really she even managed to have me falling for the villains in the story and sorta kinda hoping we'll get their story one day. Pretty impressive I think.
If you enjoy a fast paced storyline filled with adventure, danger and irresistible characters then Kiss of the Betrayer is a book you'll likely really enjoy. I had a hard time putting it down once I started and as soon as I finished I was ready for book 3. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Brux will come up with next. (less)
Some books just grab me right from the start and Byzantine Gold was so one of those books. It's got a little bit of everything. Romance, humor, danger...moreSome books just grab me right from the start and Byzantine Gold was so one of those books. It's got a little bit of everything. Romance, humor, danger, a fascinating locale in Turkey surrounding a Byzantine Era shipwreck and likable characters that I continued to fall in love with.
This is the second book that centers around Atakan and Charlotte and I really loved that we got to catch up with them and see their relationship continue to grow. There's a lot going on in the story with threats to their lives coming from multiple directions, both new threats and old enemies resurfacing, but it's all pieced together very nicely and kept me turning the pages, or rather tapping them since I was reading on the Nook, as quickly as I could.
Charlotte and Atakan are an incredibly interesting pair that met during the previous book at a dig site that she was working on. She's an archaeologist and he works as an agent for his government to protect their cultural treasures. They're both very intelligent people, passionate and despite their vast cultural differences, she's American and he's Middle Eastern, they're really just perfect for each other.
They're just a fun pair to watch interacting with each other and you can so see the bond between them. How they joke and tease with each other, how they know when the other is hurting and what they need, etc. Things get a bit steamy between them too, what with naughty uses for pomegranates, some 'naked bathing' aka skinny dipping in the ocean and some wicked chocolate dipped fingers. I just loved every second of these two from the silly to the serious.
During their visit to Chicago the previous Christmas, she had a Brazilian administered upon her private area. He was appalled when she stepped from the bathroom and discarded her robe to show him. Many women denuded themselves. He knew it was a popular practice, but he never thought Charlotte would do such a thing.
"I do not like this barren landscape. Natural is good. how fast can you grow it back?" he'd asked, thankful his raging hard-on wasn't affected by the unwomanish sight.
"Do you want it all back? I can have my 'landscape' trimmed and shaped so there's still a narrow patch, like a band-aid size rectangle."
"Ugh, you'd make a topiary of your...your..."
"My bush, yes"
"No. No rectangles, no diamond patterns, no stripes, leave--'my bush', she'd supplied again, "leave it fluffy."
There are some excellent underwater scenes that got my blood pumping, a cute octopus that had this squeamy sea creature wary girl kinda going awwws! and an intriguing mystery concerning the ships history. I would have loved a little more focus on the ship and the final conclusions about it's origins but that's really just the history lover in me wanting more.
If you're looking for a love story that's a little different and a story that's unique, creative and captivating this is definitely a series to check out. I think Byzantine Gold can be read as a stand alone but really I'd pick up Golden Chariot first. Charlotte and Atakan are the focus of both books and it's just so much better seeing it from the very start. I'm really looking forward to checking out book 3 in the series and seeing how some of the minor storylines that were introduced resolve themselves. Definitely a fan of this series.(less)