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.
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.
Oh that was lovely! I adore Ashley's Shifters Unbound series but this was my first tast of her Highlanders and oh my yum! Very fun and sexy. A littleOh that was lovely! I adore Ashley's Shifters Unbound series but this was my first tast of her Highlanders and oh my yum! Very fun and sexy. A little mystery puzzle to uncover. Delicious chemistry and a set up of fake mates. Fabulous little time and a satisfying read. Not an easy feat for a novella but Ashley did a fine job....more
Oh . Yes. Dominant sexy men abound! Be still my heart. Letting Go was a fun, sexy and emotional start to the Surrender Trilogy. I loved the c3.5 stars
Oh . Yes. Dominant sexy men abound! Be still my heart. Letting Go was a fun, sexy and emotional start to the Surrender Trilogy. I loved the characters, the set up of finding love in an unexpected place, the little bits of humor and the delicious steam that heated up the pages as Joss and Dash figured out their new relationship and everything that came with it...
The quick of it is that 3 year ago Joss lost her husband in a car accident and has grieved the loss ever since but she's ready to live her life again and move on. And that includes exploring her desires for being in a dominant/submissive relationship. Surprise, surprise her husband's best friend-- and the man she's gone to the last few years for support--just happens to be one dominant alpha male who is madly in love with her and wants to be the only man in her life.
So Joss. I loved her. I know, I usually have issues with heroines. But not Joss. She's a pretty amazing woman. I really admired her and that she went after what she wanted even knowing her friends might have trouble with her decisions. While she's not always sure of her self she's a strong woman and I enjoyed seeing her embrace her submissive side. And when things called for it--standing up for herself.
"And now?" he prompted. "Do you feel it now? For me?"
"Oh yes," she breathed. "It shocked the hell out of me. I never expected to feel this way about you. Never imagined wanting you so badly. But there it is."
"Thank fuck," he muttered. "Glad to know I'm not the only one suffering here."
She grinned. "Then how about we do something about that suffering?"
He looked shocked. So much so that she regretted her forwardness. Embarrassment crept up her neck, a wave of heat that flooded her cheeks.
Then he let out a low growl, leaning down to claim her mouth.
And Dash. Lord love him. The man is smitten with Joss and has been since the moment he met her years earlier. And he's pined for her this whole time. I really enjoyed his character as well even if he did screw up in one gloriously horrifying to watch moment. Lordy this man does not do anything half force. lol Loving her, taking care of her, screwing up, smexy bedroom times. I mean. He goes all out. And, most of the time, it's damn fun to watch. Even his mess up I appreciated. I liked that while he's in control so often and supposed to be sure of himself he has insecurities and struggles he has to work through as well. It was nice being able to see both sides to each of them.
The sexy times are indeed steamy and worthy of a little lip biting. There are some very intense moments, some that are sweet and tender, some a little more daring. And it worked. I loved the combination and that it wasn't the same throughout.
There were a couple blips for me though. There were some scenes that felt rather forced--blow ups with friends that just didn't flow quite right, some repetition and-- well, this one is just me being me and a blood thristy bitch--wanting that man to grovel a hell of a lot more there at the end LOL.
Overall, even with the blips, I really enjoyed Letting Go and the first taste of the trilogy. It's an interesting group of characters that have formed a family together and I'm really looking forward to hearing the stories of the other two ladies in the group and their men--one who doesn't trust men do to childhood abuse and one whose marriage is having a rough patch.
I love my historicals. I love my BDSM erotica reads. And damn putting the two together? *girly swoon* I really enjoyed A Measured Risk. It was fresh,I love my historicals. I love my BDSM erotica reads. And damn putting the two together? *girly swoon* I really enjoyed A Measured Risk. It was fresh, steamy, emotional and just a heart touching romance between two very unique characters.
The gist is that after being traumatized and left a widow in a carriage accident Anne has suffered from severe PTSD ad hasn't bee able to leave her home. She's fascinated by Ruel who is visiting, seems fearless and embraces life and can't resist his offer to help her take control of her life back--by spending a month with him as his submissive.
Anne was a heroine that I think, on the surface, many people may write off for being weak and grating--lord knows that's how most of the people in her life treat her-- but I thought she was a wonderful heroine and rather complex. She's socially awkward and can seem cold because of it, is fixated on philosophy and understanding everything, and has been left emotionally broken. I really felt for her and all of her struggles and loved watching her with Ruel. There were some crazy emotional scenes that had me chocking up as she worked through her fears.
Now, Ruel. Yum. He was totally rocking the dom mode. He likes being in control, is jaded about marriages for love and embraces the hell out of his debauched life but Anne has set his world on a spin and really tests everything he's held firm to for so long. I liked seeing him lose control of himself and getting all flustered over her. He's far from perfect and, well, a couple times he really needed a smack down but he had so many qualities that made me love his character. I really liked that he doesn't mind hard work--mucking stalls, chopping wood, etc. And that he defends and cares for Anne even when he's having 'moments' of assery.
The BDSM aspects were great. They aren't too heavy--some light bondage, spankings, submission. There are some holy hell make you fan yourself moments and some sweet ones too which totally worked for me.
All in all, an excellent historical erotica that'll spice up an evening in. They were really just a great pairing and I enjoyed their time together in and out of the bedroom.
Linda Lael Miller is quickly becoming one of my go to authors for comfort reads. Big Sky Secrets was a really lovely read. It was my first time with tLinda Lael Miller is quickly becoming one of my go to authors for comfort reads. Big Sky Secrets was a really lovely read. It was my first time with the series and a little different than I was expecting but it was fun, sweet and heart warming read as Ria and Landry have a battle of wills and start embracing their new lives in this little Montana town and maybe each other as well.
I really liked both Ria and Landry. They're just good people that are kind of at a cross roads in their lives. It was fun watching them in their daily lives--Ria working on her flower farm and going to the farmers market, Landry butting heads with his British butler (they were so stinking cute together) and making a go of being a cowboy. Seeing them with their families and just watching their slight enemies to friends to lovers relationship change and grow. It was a good time all around.
The romance was a bit slow going but it fit them perfectly. They needed that time, I think, for their exasperation with each other to kinda work it's way out and turn into something more. There's some nice tension between these two and when it does heat there at the end, well, it was worth the wait. They definitely had me sighing a couple times while they worked out their romance. Chuckling too...
He loved it when she seethed. It was proof that her blood ran hot, a distinct advantage in bed. Provided they ever got to bed, that was.
I did have one complaint that's kind of a complaint but kinda not and totally gonna make me look like a nut. Because it in some ways bothered me and in other ways I loved it... see, I wish the two had spent more time together on page. There are some great scenes between them but there were so many where they were in their own separate lives and even though they were thinking about each other and their relationship I just would have liked more actual time together as they fell in love. Though, and here's me being completely wishy washy on this one, I loved those times they were apart too. Seeing Ria spend time with her niece who was having troubles, seeing him with his brother and butler, etc. Those bits had me falling for them and really made me feel a part of their lives. So it was good and a little bad and I'm wishy washy. I know. LOL
What I really enjoyed was that Big Sky Secrets was a nice combo of sweet, funny and a little heart breaking too. I really felt for these two. Chuckled over some things like rogue flower-killing-run-away pet Buffalo and misted up over Ria working through the loss of her husband and troubled marriage and deciding to risk love again. It just all came together nicely for a great read. Miller had me falling right along with Ria and Landry and really has me wanting to go back and read the rest of the series and see how all of the couple found love in this small Montana town.
Ahh how can you not love firefighters? Or a forbidden romance between two people who are absolutely meant to be? In Flames was a hot little read aboutAhh how can you not love firefighters? Or a forbidden romance between two people who are absolutely meant to be? In Flames was a hot little read about two people grieving a mutual loss and finding love and healing in the arms of someone unexpected and slightly unconventional.
It's been a year since Gracelyn lost her husband-Matt's brother- to a fire. Emotions are high and life is hard but finding comfort with each other seems as natural as breathing. Gracelyn and Matt. I loved these two. You can see how much they care about each other. How close they are and how ingrained they are in each others every day lives. I really enjoyed seeing them each change as the story went along and how they struggled with the undeniable desire to start a relationship that would cause turmoil with their friends and families because it's just a little, I don't know, taboo? The whole sleeping with your brother's wife thing-- even though she's a widow.
And yeah the sex scenes were nice. Passionate and sexy and emotional. Things heat up very quickly but it worked since they've known each other for so long already.
All together I really enjoyed In Flames. Gracelyn and Matt's story pulled at my heart and flew by very quickly. I was definitely rooting on their unique relationship and more than once wanted to jump in and defend them against the world. I think Jayne is an author to keep your eye on. She's got a lot of potential and with a little polishing to make dialogue flow a little more smoothly will be a real knockout with the emotionally charged stories she brings to life. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing where she'll go from here.
So. I saw Christmas. And I saw a freaking drool-worthy hunk of man candy and, well, I was in! With not a clue what Santa Wore Combat Boots was gonna bSo. I saw Christmas. And I saw a freaking drool-worthy hunk of man candy and, well, I was in! With not a clue what Santa Wore Combat Boots was gonna be about. lol And I got quite the surprise from this little novella as neighbors Emma and Jake bring a little magic back into the holiday season after losing someone they love.
The quick of it is that Emma lost her husband years earlier and since then her spirit and joy have been fading day by day. She's just barely getting by emotionally and only pulls it together for her children. Her neighbor and friend, Jake, has watched over her all these years and now, with the help of her husband's spirit, he's decided it's time to help her finally heal and grab back on to life.
Jake is a great man (and a firefighter). He really adores Emma and her children. He may have started helping her because he felt obligated to her husband-who he served with-but you can tell he just loves this little family and wants to be with them. He was so blasted cute with her kids it totally made all my girlie bits do a little sigh. lol And I liked Emma too. She really has lost the Christmas spirit and you could feel her struggles and desperation over not having her husband and having to endure the season. It was nice to see her come around with a bit of a nudge from everyone.
This one was really sweet and pulled at my heart. It was such a hard spot for all of them dealing with their loss and having to finally move on. There's a bit of magic involved since her husband's spirit is part in the storyline but it worked for me overall. And, whew, the ending? Had me a total girly crying mess. That's what popped this one up to a 4.
*3 bucks is a little steep but if it goes on sale it's one I'd recommend if you just want a quick and touching Christmas read.
Ahhh I liked this one. It was my first time reading Yeko and she kept me very entertained, turning the pages and ignoring the housework much longer thAhhh I liked this one. It was my first time reading Yeko and she kept me very entertained, turning the pages and ignoring the housework much longer than I should have.
A Man to Trust was the perfect combination of an exciting suspense and a steamy romance as Jake tries to keep Angela safe from those out to stop her testimony in a drug case. One of the things I really liked was that the story starts somewhat in the middle of things with the big event that sparked the story already having happened and the two having encountered each other months earlier because of it. It was a different start to a story but never felt confusing and really just worked.
The attraction and chemistry between Jake and Angela was fantastic and the sex scenes were pretty delicious. I love when you can really feel the energy zinging between two characters and that happened quite often between these two.
As much as I liked them as a couple, though, I really enjoyed all of the things standing in their way. There's some definite drama going on since, you know, he thinks she's a prime suspect in her husband's drug business and she's hiding certain things about her past from him. It was fun watching them each deal with that aspect of the relationship versus their undeniable attractions and seeing how they'd react to certain things that came up.
Even with an"oh my god you ASS!" moment on his part and a slightly "too stupid to live" one on Angela's these two were just great characters and had me on their sides the whole time. I loved all of their interactions from the sweet and sexy to the tension filled ones that popped up because of his suspicions about her to the heartbreaking ones as Angela confides in him about her past. They're just likable characters that fit well together and you want to see happy.
Overall, I really had a good time with A Man to Trust. The writing flowed easily and so many of the characters won me over. I really liked that even though there was an ongoing danger the romance between Jake and Angela played a very prominent part that I thought felt natural. Things did get a little too "perfect" for me in the happily ever after department towards the very end but even with that I'm very excited about trying out another of Yeko's books in the future. ...more
I fell in love with Sabrina Jeffries' Hellions of Halstead Hall series earlier this year and wasOriginally Posted for Herding Cats & Burning Soup
I fell in love with Sabrina Jeffries' Hellions of Halstead Hall series earlier this year and was so excited when I heard Pierce Waverly was going to have his story told as well. And I mean total squealy fangirl excited. After little glimpses of him in the series I was dying to find out more about him and let me tell you he was so much more than I could have hoped for. 'Twas the Night After Christmas was an amazingly powerful read that's both sweet and touching with a little humor added in. It had me on the edge of tears more than once as well. It hit all my emotions and is one that will always have a place on my shelves.
Camilla and Pierce were wonderfully written characters. I loved their whole set up with Camilla more or less tricking Pierce into coming home to visit his estranged mother who was "deathly ill". Camilla was, quite simply, a meddler. Not to mention determined and head strong. She wanted this family to mend itself and was going to make that happen no matter what it took.
And Pierce, well, he had quite the reputation and could be such an ass but really you couldn't hold it against him all that long. You could feel his hurt and pain and see exactly where he was coming from. I was on his side nearly the entire book when it came to his family who had just been horrid to him in the past. He's really an amazingly sweet man under it all and does such sweet things for the people around him and you can't help but fall a little in love.
"I'm considered something of a catch."
"I am well aware of that," she said dryly. "You forget that I've read all about you in the papers."
That seemed to bring him up short. "I'm not as bad as they make me out to be."
"Says the man who already has me half naked in a drawing room."
Overall the book's fairly serious but there's little bits of humor tucked in here and there that kept the serious tone from being too overwhelming. There were some great moments between Camilla and Pierce when they'd call each other's bluff. These two definitely played a game with each other and weren't willing to back down...[this is from a scene where Camilla insists she's read a racy book and he calls her on it telling her to read her favorite page which turns out a little different than she expected] Nothing in Camilla's experience had prepared her for such a blatant display of carnality.
"Well, read on," the earl taunted when she hesitated.
A blush rose on her cheeks. "I can't." She lifted her stunned gaze to his. "There are no words. Just a...picture."
The color drained from his face. Reaching over, he snatched the book from her and stared at it, then shot her a horrified look. "Oh, holy hell. It has pictures."
One of the things I loved most about the storyline and writing was that it grabbed my emotions and drew me in completely. I was so wrapped up in the book that 300 pages flew by before I realized. The ending was just wonderful but I still wish it had been a little longer because I just wasn't quite ready to give the book up. You know that feeling? 'Twas the Night After Christmas is easily my favorite Christmas story and one I'd recommend for anyone who loves historicals and heart warming, healing stories. Jeffries really outdid herself and has me eager for more......more
If you haven't read Seven Years to Sin you need to buy this book...like now! Seriously, it was amOriginally Posted for Herding Cats & Burning Soup
If you haven't read Seven Years to Sin you need to buy this book...like now! Seriously, it was amazing and ohmygoodness through the damn roof sexy! The characters were wonderful, the passion between them absolutely took my breath away and was incredible to watch and the secondary storyline grabbed my heart and had me near tears. All the way around this was just a damn fine read that'll have a permanent spot on my favorites list.
There's a lot more to Alistair and Jessica than meets the eye and they quickly became one of my favorite couples. The rhythm and flow between the two was beautifully written and just felt right. And these two seriously heat up the pages with a little tie me up action, some role playing and a whole lotta dirty talking that'll leave you panting for more. Lordy it was good!
I really just loved the characters and watching their journey with each other. They didn't play games which was really refreshing. Alistair definitely won me over. He's crude and honest in a bone meltingly delicious way that I just couldn't resist. Jessica was wonderful as well and other than briefly wanting to strangle her I really enjoyed her character.
The secondary storyline, involving Jessica's sister, was surprisingly dark but very well written. It's definitely one that'll pull at your emotions and that would have made a fantastic full length novel. [That's really my only complaint...that Seven Years to Sin is a stand-alone and not a series.]
I'm so glad I picked this book up. Day is an incredibly talented writer and put me through the wringer with all the emotions she pours into her characters and their lives. It was quite an experience and will have me reading more of her books in the very near future. I'd absolutely recommend this one to anyone who loves historicals with a lot of heat and that enjoys a story whose main focus is on the characters and their relationship.
***Aannnnd I'm gonna rant a little... Now, I'm not holding it against the book rating wise but I absolutely loath the new cover for Seven Years to Sin. I am so blasted tired of publishers (or whoever makes the decisions) trying to make everything look like Fifty Shades. It really drives this reader up a wall and is such a huge turn off. I much prefer the original cover where you can actually tell it's a historical. If I'd seen the new cover I would have kept right on going because of the attempt to draw the Fifty Shades crowd. A huge disservice to Day who is a fabulous writer on her own. Gah! Okay rant over***...more
North of Need is the first book in Laura Kaye's Hearts of the Anemoi series and I absolutely adoreOriginally posted at Herding Cats & Burning Soup
North of Need is the first book in Laura Kaye's Hearts of the Anemoi series and I absolutely adored it. It's a fun, charming read with a very sweet romance. The main characters, Megan and Owen, have been through tremendous losses during their lives and ohmigod will your heart ache for them. This could have easily been a very dark and depressing tale but Kaye added so many light hearted, joyful moments as these two start to heal and really live life that they balanced out the tears and heartache perfectly. There's no violence, grit or real suspense involved but Kaye did manage to get my adrenalin surging a couple times and had me antsy and sitting on the edge of my seat there at the end going nonononoOMG(ha)no!! The writing flows smoothly, the relationship is believable and entertaining plus you get to learn how to make an igloo. Pretty damn kick-ass.
I loved Owen and Megan as a couple. They're sweet and playful together. The sex scenes were steaming hot and so emotionally charged. The relationship does move quickly but is written so well it seems like they've known each other forever. It's been a long time since I've met a hero as sweet and endearing as Owen. He's incredibly charming and has an enthusiasm for life that is cute as all get out and will totally win you over. I kept finding myself smiling from ear to ear over him and his love for junk food, ice cream, playing in the snow. There's an almost childlike innocence about him that's just too damn cute. And Megan? Megan just about broke my heart as she struggled to survive the grief of losing her husband and the guilt of being happy and enjoying another man. Her inner turmoil and struggle was very nicely written and it was so moving to see her living life again. I loved getting to see her smile and joke, play around and just have a good time with Owen.
“What?" Her breathing stuttered at the thought of tasting the sweet cream off his skin. "Nothing." "No, tell me." He stepped closer. She shook her head. "Why mint and peach?" He quirked a crooked smile. "Mint for fresh breath, peach because it's breakfast. You know, fruit." "I don't think peach ice cream counts as fruit." "What's that right there?" He pointed to the hunks of frozen orange buried in the mounds of ice cream overflowing his bowl. "Peach, but--" "Nuh uh. No but. It's peach. Case closed." He lifted the bowl and took a big bite.
I mean, really, how could you not love him?!! North of Need is one of my favorite reads so far this year. Owen and Megan are characters that will stick with you long after you've finished reading their journey and are easily ones you'll want to visit over and over again. Book two of the series, West of Want, just came out this week and I'm very much looking forward to finding out about Zephyros who sounds like he's a bit of a badass and a little edgier than Owen. Can't wait for my copy to get here! ...more
Oh. Damn. This one was just so freaking good! I loved A Virgin River Christmas. Hands down my favorite so far in Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. AnOh. Damn. This one was just so freaking good! I loved A Virgin River Christmas. Hands down my favorite so far in Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. An amazing hero and heroine with heart wrenching pasts that haunt them, a wonderful setting of Virgin River at Christmas, great use of secondary characters and just a lovely story of finding closure and peace, moving on with life and finding someone who heals your soul.
One of the things I loved about this book was that Ian and Marcie weren't going through any current trauma or major event like most of the couples so far in this series. Instead they were each dealing with something from their pasts that affected them both dramatically...the injury and death of Marcie's husband Bobby who was one of the men in Ian's command and his best friend.
This one was a little different. Ian's life is beyond rustic. There are no luxuries, no running water or heat in his one room rustic cabin. Outhouses and days filled with extremely hard labor. It's not an easy life to say the least and he's not an easy man. He's antisocial, growling and broken. Marcie's strength and determination to get through to him was amazing. She handled his outbursts, his silence, the incredibly basic and hard life incredibly well which made me love her all the more. And under all his harsh edges Ian is such a sweet man that's dealing with tremendous guilt and grief. I really loved these two together. Seeing him venture out of his comfort zone and Marcie learning all about roughing it during the winter. How they slowly dealt with their pasts and found something unexpected. Loved it all.
“Well, what am I supposed to do?" "Well, you can take a nap, read a little of my book, or close your eyes. Or you could stare--get the thrill of your life." "She put her hands on her hips. "You really wouldn't care, would you?" "Not really. A bath is a serious business when it's that much trouble. And it's pretty quick in winter." He started to chuckle. "What's so funny?" she asked, a little irritated. "I was just thinking. It's cold enough in here, you might not see that much." Her cheeks went hot, so she pretended not to understand.
A Virgin River Christmas was easily one of my favorite reads so far this year. Carr's writing had me laughing out loud one minute and not just bawling but having to put the book down the next. She did an amazing job of pulling out all kinds of emotional responses and making you really feel them down to your soul. It's a lovely, heartwarming and touching story everyone should experience. Just don't forget to have a box of tissues handy. Definitely one for my keeper shelf!...more
Ack! I now officially know WAY more about pregnancy than I ever wanted to know! I laughed. I cringed. I loved every second of it. McCarthy just writesAck! I now officially know WAY more about pregnancy than I ever wanted to know! I laughed. I cringed. I loved every second of it. McCarthy just writes a fantastic book no matter the subject. Loved the main characters, the humor and how she managed to make the storyline of the heroine being pregnant with one guy and ending up with another one actually work.
Mandy and Damien were wonderful. Damien is just a fantastic guy even if he hides it pretty damn well and has a rep for being an ogre at work. Then there's Mandy with her tremendous spunk and courage. Standing on her own two feet, embracing her baby and doing whatever it takes to make a life for them despite the absolute schmuck of a father. Mandy and Damien fit together so nicely. He's rather demanding, impatient and has ogre tendencies but she doesn't take any of his crap and usually manages to turn it around on him when he tries to provoke her at work. Doesn't let it bother her and can see the man underneath the front he puts on. Always a fan of the hero meeting his match and getting a heroine that doesn't let him get away with anything. Just LOVED it!
McCarthy's humor is something else. She's one that can easily get me to laugh so hard I cry. I about died when Damien got his hands on Mandy's Everything Guide to Pregnancy book. Was hysterical. His horror, panic, awe. His fascination with Mandy's pregnancy did turn a little stalkerish but really was so sweet and endearing. Sending her links to baby sites, suggesting names, showing up at doctors visits. I'd love to post some of my favorite quotes but honest to God I would turn all kinds of red even typing them. I felt so bad for Mandy enduring Damien and his curiosity about the pregnancy and his tendency to ask whatever he was thinking. Hysterical but oh so embarrassing.
The Pregnancy Test was a fantastically fun book and one I was quite sad to see end. The relationship was sweet and funny, warmed your heart and made you laugh out loud. I loved seeing this family come together and really hope they'll pop up now and again in the rest of the series.
I just love Amanda Quick. She's one of my comfort authors and the first I binge read when I started reading a few years back. They've got it all. A biI just love Amanda Quick. She's one of my comfort authors and the first I binge read when I started reading a few years back. They've got it all. A bit of mystery and danger, a bit of romance and humor, unique characters that are a little quirky and entirely lovable. They're just fun, light reads and Mistress definitely hit the spot with all of the above.
The quick of it is that Iphiginia--yeah weird name, right?-- decides to pretend to be the mistress of an Earl--one she's never met and she thinks is dead-- so she can infiltrate society and try to draw out the person blackmailing her auntie. And of course--much to her dismay--the 'missing' Earl decides to show his face and claim his "mistress". Ahh the best laid plans.
Iphiginia and Marcus were a lot of fun. They're both pretty stubborn and hard headed and they tend to go at it about who's right, etc and it's just kinda snort-worthy as they go about pretending to be a couple and solving the blackmailing mystery and, of course, falling in love. He's got the broody thing going on and she's got the feisty innocent thing happening. And it works for them. They're just cute in how they exasperate each other. The romance was fun and the ending perfect for them and who he was.
One of my favorite things about Quick are her deflowerings. omg she has the BEST deflowerings. They're always an absolute disaster and rather funny because of it and just make me chuckle and snort. It was a bit ludicrous this time around but really for the time period and lack of any experience I could see it happening.
All in all, a fun and light historical romance. It took me a little while to figure out the mystery and in the end, while this wasn't my most favorite of Quick's books I really liked how everything fit together with both the mystery and the romance.
Hm. This was my first time reading Lindsay McKenna and I ended with some mixed feelings about it. There were parts I enjoyed and found fascinating andHm. This was my first time reading Lindsay McKenna and I ended with some mixed feelings about it. There were parts I enjoyed and found fascinating and then others that leaned towards the 'eh'. The writing was fairly easy to follow though a guide in the back for some of the military terms and events would have been very handy (Google helped me out a lot on this one). I was a bit too young when some of the events referenced actually happened so didn't know enough about them but if you know a bit about the Military it probably won't bother you.
I really enjoyed the investigation part of the story as Jim and Ellen looked into the death of instructor Susan Kane. There wasn't nearly as much action as I expected. It was actually pretty tame in that area but I found myself still interested and enjoying the revelations as they were uncovered. Kept wanting to turn the page to see exactly what had led up to Kane's death. The villains were just despicable and slimy individuals. I was so ready for them to get what was coming to them. I was surprised by how things ended up being handled and McKenna did a great job getting Jim and Ellen's frustration and sadness across to the reader. Was feeling it right along with them. It was also interesting (and horrifying) to get a peek into the life and struggles women have faced in the military. Since McKenna served I'm assuming it's fairly accurate.
The part I found rather 'eh' was the romance between Jim and Ellen. Personally, I didn't feel all that much of a spark or any heat between them. I did like them as a team though. I think I would have rather had their relationship be just friendship/work related and have had the romantic element left out. With the majority of the book focused on the investigation there wasn't enough time with just the two of them to make it believable. It was so slow going with just a kiss here and there up until the very end and then suddenly there's a full blown relationship that felt very out of character for the two.
I think that if you go into Silent Witness looking at it as a military mystery you'll enjoy it a lot more than if you're expecting a romance in a military setting. Looking at it that way it's a nicely done story and one I think is worth reading. I'll be giving McKenna another try sometime soon.