Absolutely loved it!! I am so thrilled to have found my next cowboy series with a lot of fun, sass, and just the right amount of drama that will pullAbsolutely loved it!! I am so thrilled to have found my next cowboy series with a lot of fun, sass, and just the right amount of drama that will pull heartstrings and stimulate moisture between your legs. Fantastic first book in the 'Cowboy Way' series. Will definitely be following this up!!
I'm a bit disappointed with the epilogue though. It could have been so much better but I'm thoroughly entertained that its worth my 5-stars!! ...more
Why I have not heard of Callie Hutton's work is beyond me! This author needs more exposure to all historical romance reader fanatics. 'The Highlander'Why I have not heard of Callie Hutton's work is beyond me! This author needs more exposure to all historical romance reader fanatics. 'The Highlander's Choice' is the fifth book in Hutton's 'Marriage Mart Mayhem' series, and the story revolves around Lady Sybil Lacey, an Englishwoman, and Laird Liam MacBride, a full-bred Scotsman.
Both have their own reservations and opinion about the English and the Scots. Who could forget the historic battle of Culloden where many Scotsman lost their lives armed only with their swords against the cannons of the English. It was a blood bath! And that wasn't the end of it. After Culloden, Scots had to flee their lands, lose their livelihood, and even to the extent of almost eradicating their rich history!
Lady Sybil and Laird Liam's relationship did not start on good terms. Both despised each other because of their heritage. Both of them are determined to dislike each other by bickering and testing each other's tolerance despite of the growing attraction with each other. But when they start to set aside their differences and embrace the beauty of Scotland together, they started to see the other person in a different light.
It's a pretty exciting and thrilling story for me! Prejudice and stereotype attitude still exists in our society whether we like it or not, but it also teaches us that we can look past those attitude by knowing that person for who he/she is. You'll never know that in those few minutes of conversation, that person you once judged before knowing may turn out to be one of your greatest friend and ally. Just like how Liam thought Sybil to be a pampered Princess, and how Sybil thought Liam a barbarian, who only likes to drown himself in whiskey, brawl, and bed women leaving illegitimate children all over the Highlands. Both were absolutely wrong! And they saw that once they got to know each other.
What entertains me though is how the attraction between the two builds up. From enemies to 'frenemies' to lovers. It was amazing! It was written with finesse. Not too dull, not too rushed. Just perfect! I don't get to read a lot of stories like that nowadays.
Although, this is targeted more for avid readers of romance, I think people should give this book a chance and learn from the two characters in the novel on how to deal with differences (such as race, heritage, culture, religious belief, etc.). Maybe at the end of the story, we'll realize what we've been doing wrong all these years and start to live a more peaceful and harmonious life. ...more
Before I continue with my review, allow me to gush on Jill Shalvis brilliance in writing contemporary romance that makes you giggle, snort, and feel eBefore I continue with my review, allow me to gush on Jill Shalvis brilliance in writing contemporary romance that makes you giggle, snort, and feel emotions! I have been a fan of her work since I've stumbled upon her first novel in her 'Lucky Harbor' series, 'Simply Irresistible'. Reading her work is a totally different experience! Not only does the reader enjoy the characters but also the descriptive scenery that adds beauty and excitement in the book. All you need to do is just read and let your imagination run wild! Not a lot of books nowadays could give me that satisfaction. And I didn't even skip a chapter on this one.
I borrowed this book from the library because I missed reading Jill Shalvis' work, and I was in the mood for something with humor, less angst and drama. Just a feel good book to get my brain cells to regenerate after a rigorous week of work and going over some study materials. Well, let me introduce you to Darcy Stone (younger sister of Zoe and Wyatt--who's story was told in Then Came You, book 5 of this series), a most intriguing character that I have encountered. She's all clever, sass, and independent. A modern woman! She got into an accident that left her with scars and a right leg that is still in recovery. If you have read the last book, she was still in a wheelchair trying her best to get up and walk with some nagging and pushing from her physical therapist, AJ.
The story orbits around AJ and Darcy, their constant bickering (which I think is cute), a totally different side of the story that I was not expecting at all, secondary characters that makes the story more vibrant and interesting, and plot twists that make sense.
What I like most about Still The One is Darcy Stone. Like I have mentioned a while back, she is one strong woman! And she proves it by pushing herself in recovery even though it hurts and she nags at it often which leads her and AJ to sassy arguments. Her ability to help others with a traumatic past. And I like AJ's determination to help other people, too. This book just shows that there is still good in the world. There is still some people who do honorable things without the need for being famous. Outstanding! ...more
I had high hopes for this book because it was well advertised with rave reviews and an interesting synopsis that will get your attention. This was theI had high hopes for this book because it was well advertised with rave reviews and an interesting synopsis that will get your attention. This was the first book I've read from RS Grey, and to be honest, I am not disappointed at all that I have purchased this book and finally got the gist of her writing prowess. She writes with passion, humor, and truth. The characters in the book felt real to me. However, I felt that 'The Design' is dragged on for 30+ chapters and somehow the climax of the story just dissipated into thin air. I skipped many chapters of it and went straight to the ending because it felt boring in the middle. And no matter how much conflict Cammie and the people around her is being thrown at, it still gets a bit dull. Imagine riding a roller coaster, the story builds up as you went up, up, up to the very top, and as soon as gravity takes place, your cart careens in an unimaginable speed! It was fun, enjoyable, and yet as you reach ground level you just feel unsatisfied like, "that was it?".
I have no complaints about the writing because that's what made me go on, the characters are well verse and interesting especially Cammie. She's headstrong, intelligent, and sassy. What irritates me is, she keeps worrying about Grayson all the time! For instance, what would she wear for dinner with Grayson, what would she wear at the office to get Grayson's attention, who is Grayson boinking at this minute, or Grayson this, Grayson that! ANNOYING! She acts more like a teenager with a crush, than a grown up! Still, a fantastic character to meet. The story is what I'm having problems with. It just lack that unique luster. No matter how minuscule that sheen is, that could be the game changer for this book. ...more
I love reading stories that involves unexpected pregnancies where the father has no knowledge about the child and discovers it in the middle of the stI love reading stories that involves unexpected pregnancies where the father has no knowledge about the child and discovers it in the middle of the story. To me, these kind of tale shows how a mother could fight, thrive, and do the right thing to provide for her child. The love of a mother is extraordinary! Sloane Davis shows her devotion to Brayden (her child with Gates). Putting him first before her own desires. The relationship between Sloane and Gates is chaotic at first, what with Sloane leaving Gates for no apparent reason. Although, his love for her is real, the thought of being abandoned by the woman he only loves and values is too much to bear that he often expresses his anger instead of his undying love for her. Thus, having Sloane second guess in confessing her secret to him would only cause more problems than resolution.
There were moments in the book that made me feel tearful. Felt palpitations as I read Sloane and Gate's point of view, albeit written in third person the amount of information, emotions are just too real! Sloane's friend are all wonderful characters! They are her voice of reason when she is in a state of utter denial in facing facts if she continue this façade where Gates is involved.
Overall, it was okay-story. Some parts were excessively reiterated and as a reader it somewhat deter me in giving a 4 or 5 star. It could have added more vital story than having the characters repeat their words in various chapters. Sometimes, less could be better. ...more
I like reading taboo stories because its interesting what people do that is out of the norm. In real life, this would be illegal, frowned upon, and coI like reading taboo stories because its interesting what people do that is out of the norm. In real life, this would be illegal, frowned upon, and condemned to death. This was the first time I read about Step-sibling romance. It was not the best story nor the worse, it was just okay.
The characters in the story are not that well develop and it seems to me that everything happens so fast. There would be instances that stepsister would be a total witch towards her stepbrother, and all of a sudden she would soften and tease. She was also being outright mean to her mom, I wouldn't blame her if she'd smack her in front of a crowd. She deserves it being all snippy. That was uncalled for! Stepbrother is also a complete douchebag. An airhead. A total dickhead. Can't stop eye rolling whenever he's arm wrestling somebody to prove who's the best arsehole in their fraternity. Apha this, alpha that. Annoying.
I could have given it 1-star but since it was just a short story, and saved me the time in reading a piece of fiction with poorly developed characters, so I'm giving it a two. Thank goodness I got the back for free. At least I don't have to spend $$$ for the next 3 books in the series. ...more
I think I have found my favorite book series after Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor Series! This is such a feel-good book that will make you want to stop doI think I have found my favorite book series after Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor Series! This is such a feel-good book that will make you want to stop doing whatever you're doing and read it in one seating. Potty break be damned!
Allie Grant and Tom Donalan are best of friends. Tom is a good guy, outstanding student who is dating the most famous girl in high school, and a star Quarterback. Allie is your ordinary student, and is secretly in love with Tom. It was a huge surprise to everyone in Whispering Bay when they started dating, but that did not deter Allie's love for Tom, and vice versa. Everything was going fine until that one dreadful night when both their lives will drastically change forever. Fast forward 12 years, Allie had come back to Whispering Bay to investigate reports of unusual paranormal activities in Margaret Handy Senior Center, a local recreation center in Whispering Bay. And it is imperative that someone must get to the bottom of this before the abandoned building gets torn down! To Allie this would be a mad idea, a hoax, but for her boss at Florida! Magazine, this is a potential goldmine! And Allie loves her work as a journalist for that magazine, and wants to prove to her boss that she's a top notch journalist and one of the best. So, she ventures all the way to Whispering Bay and get the story that she needs. What she didn't expect upon her return is the sight of Tom Donalan. The boy (well, man now. A handsome, sexy man) who broke her heart into a million pieces. Things went a bit crazy after their first meeting, and even had gone a bit too far when the citizens of Whispering Bay got involved. In the span of five days, Tom and Allie's world have gone from normal to cockamamie. An absolute treat for readers, of course.
'That Thing You Do' is a second chance romance with a mixture of paranormal, humor, and sweetness all over! It's not your typical second chance romance that has lots of sex in it. The book delves deeper into the characters psyche by retelling the events that happened during that night.
The first book of Maria Geraci's Whispering Bay Romance. An absolute delight to read, and a series to look out for. Oh, and this is a stand-alone as well, guaranteed happy ending.
End Note: I was provided by a digital copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
UPDATE: The plot of 'All's Fair in Love and Scandal' reminds me of Lisa Kleypas' Suddenly You, where the heroine has a secret identity and the hero isUPDATE: The plot of 'All's Fair in Love and Scandal' reminds me of Lisa Kleypas' Suddenly You, where the heroine has a secret identity and the hero is dying to find out what that secret was. But as I continue reading, this prose by Linden is absolutely different from Kleypas. In fact, 'All's Fair in Love and Scandal' is more riveting with an original plot that keeps you guessing every turn of the page! Romance, humor, and mystery all brilliantly sculpted into one prose that will result in conflating emotions.
The story starts with Douglas Bennett, notorious for his pranks and wagers, conversing with William Spence goading him into doing a wager to get Madeline Wilde, a widower, infamous in rejecting every offer of a dance. This then started a wager among the men on who could start a dance with the widower, but none has succeeded. And because Douglas loves a contest, he wagers he could persuade her to dance with him. But Madeline Wilde was not a daft woman, she could see right through Douglas scheme and his motive for his approach. Madeline knew how to play the game, so she beat him to it by exposing his motive and leaving Douglas Bennett awestruck and partner less in a crowded ball. This has made Mr. Bennett determined to know the mysterious Mrs. Wilde.
The clash between two strong characters of the opposite sex is a breath of fresh air in my book! Both are intelligent, quick with facetious retort, but highly attracted to each other. I especially love the self-dialogues they have where they try to figure out each other, their feelings for the other, and the consequences their actions may lead to.
Madeline is not the kind of woman to be trifled with. Although, she had not been with a man after her husband's demise, she is not so easily charmed by any available gentleman. She is smart, independent, and quick-witted. A feminist is her time, I should say. And as for Douglas Bennett, whom I admire for his perseverance, charm, and patience in gaining Madeline's trust, is the perfect partner! He knows that his charm could only go so far, and befriending her is the only way to actually know who this woman is. Reading Douglas Bennett inner struggle is very amusing! Whenever he's around her, his rogue-like defenses starts to crumble and he's very unsure what to do with it. He completely has lost his mojo (if you like to put it that way)!
An absolutely entertaining story guaranteed to make you swoon and giggle.