Finished The Lady Risks All tonight after having my nose buried in the thing every spare minute I could find for the past week.
Roscoe the hero is gorFinished The Lady Risks All tonight after having my nose buried in the thing every spare minute I could find for the past week.
Roscoe the hero is gorgeous - as dashing as a regeneracy hero ought to be, with a goodly dash of the bads. The man thinks himself not marriageable while being as truly decent as they come. Miranda, the heroine, is a great foil; strong, honest, stubborn, thoughtful and hopeful.
The writing is sophisticated, warm, evocative and just plain wonderful. In short, I adored it.
The book is nominated for the RBY award, Australia's top romantic fiction writing award and I'm not at all surprised.
I must disclaim that I know Stephanie Laurens, and lunched with her mere days before embarking upon this read. Boy do I wish it had been the other way around so I could have thanked her for such a gorgeous experience in person!...more
First - the title. It just sizzles right off the bat. Dive into the book and it does not disappoint.
With a single title feel and situation - small towFirst - the title. It just sizzles right off the bat. Dive into the book and it does not disappoint.
With a single title feel and situation - small town cop protecting the Governor's daughter - the heroine is layered and strong, the hero gorgeous and damaged...and all man. This story gets five flames on the heat scale. Phew! It should honestly come with a fan.
The fact that this is a first book blows my mind. From the opening moment til the last it's so accomplished a story. Richly detailed, full, exciting, and sexy. Every time I had to put it down - a girl has to sleep, stock the fridge, feed her kids etc. - I did so with a whimper.
Add to that the fact that there are a handful of the hero's besties out there getting their own stories written and Robin Covington with A Night of Southern Comfort has made me one happy reader!...more
My heading ought to be I'm reading...Sarah Mayberry...again! Along with Rachel Gibson, Sarah is my go to girl right now. I'm blissfully ploughing throMy heading ought to be I'm reading...Sarah Mayberry...again! Along with Rachel Gibson, Sarah is my go to girl right now. I'm blissfully ploughing through her glorious backlist and gleefully snuggling up with her front list as they come along.
HER BEST WORST MISTAKE is Sarah's first self-published book but it is a companion piece to her Harlequin Blaze, HOT ISLAND NIGHTS from a few years back. As luck would have it I'd read that first book when it came out, so the leads in this were familiar, but honestly you don't need to have read the former to absolutely fall in and crazy love with the current.
Did I love it? Oh my god, did I ever!!! This book is unique, sexy, warm, rich, contextual, with two supremely excellent characters. Martin is stuffy, complete with leather elbow patches on his cardigans. I mean, come on, how can a guy like that be a modern romantic lead? The heroine, Violet, likes herself short skirts, fishnets and animal prints who, in one of her lesser moments flashes out hero while blowing a raspberry. And by god they're just heaven!
Buy it, buy it, BUY IT! Read it, love it, want more Sarah books. That's about the extent of it. I promise....more
About time too! I love love love Fiona Lowe's work. She writes Medicals for Harlequin Mills and Boon and they are exactly as I like 'em; warm, deep, rAbout time too! I love love love Fiona Lowe's work. She writes Medicals for Harlequin Mills and Boon and they are exactly as I like 'em; warm, deep, rich with texture, evocative with scenery, romantic and real.
What with Fiona being in Anaheim right now, and this book being up for the prestigious RITA Award for Best Contemporary Single Title romance, I couldn't wait a second longer!
BOOMERANG BRIDE is her first longer book and its just as glorious as everything of hers I've read! Set in a deep Wisconsin winter rather than her usual small town Australia, it still has the same warmth, a cast of unique and wonderful characters, a heroine with warmth and guts, and a hero to fall smack bang in love with.
The clash of Australianisms and Americanisms was hilarious, as I remember having those exact same conversations on my trips to the US!
There was no way I was waiting long before diving into The Summer of Living Dangerously. I love, love, loved Julie's last book, GETTING AWAY WITH IT.There was no way I was waiting long before diving into The Summer of Living Dangerously. I love, love, loved Julie's last book, GETTING AWAY WITH IT. I devoured the earlier book in two days. My family barely saw me ;).
THE SUMMER OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY is just as good.
An ordinary woman. An extraordinary adventure. Alice Woodstock has been running away. Well, not literally. She spends most of her time glued to her desk, writing about grommets and model aeroplanes. No, Alice is avoiding the real world because there’s something—someone—in her past that she’s desperate to forget. So when she’s commissioned to write about life in stately home Eversley Hall, she jumps at the chance to escape into Regency England, even if it does mean swapping her comfy T-shirt for an itchy corset. Perhaps she’ll meet her own Mr Darcy… But when her past resurfaces in the shape of Leo Allingham, Alice is brought down to earth with a bump. Reckless, unpredictable Leo reminds Alice of the painful price of following her heart. And the new Alice doesn’t live dangerously. Or does she?
I was honestly torn between Alice's two possible loves. The lovely, wealthy, handsome Darcy-esque squire, or the lean, mean, reckless, wholly screwed-up ex who hurt her sooo bad. The fact that Julie manages to keep the reader on such tenterhooks throughout, hurting when Alice hurts, not wanting to forgive when Alice refuses to forgive, hoping for the rosier version of a future, even while making her story with Leo so real, is a testament to her talent.
I laughed. The daily rainbow is hilarious! And I bawled. Til I could scarce breathe.
So grab yourself a couch, a blanket, a cup of hot chocolate, a spare day, and a box of tissues and dive into THE SUMMER OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY. You'll thank me.
Next I’m reading... Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson....more
Another superb, funny, sexy Chinooks book from Rachel Gibson. Thoroughly enjoyed. Love that she takes risks and makes them fly. Nice revisiting all thAnother superb, funny, sexy Chinooks book from Rachel Gibson. Thoroughly enjoyed. Love that she takes risks and makes them fly. Nice revisiting all the old characters in this one too.
Can I save number 6 for much longer??? Doubt it!...more