So... I'm guessing this is a novella? Or do they call it mini-series in the literary world? Anyway, it was a short story. Actual lead characters interSo... I'm guessing this is a novella? Or do they call it mini-series in the literary world? Anyway, it was a short story. Actual lead characters interaction consists of ogling, arguing, sweet gesture, sex, arguing again, confession, not-so-big revelation, proposal, and sex. That's it. What's make me mad is Shannon (female lead character) can't seem to decide if she loves Rory (male lead character). But she loves the sex. Rory didn't even have to work for it! All he needs to do is touch her, kiss her, and bam! To bed we go. What happened to saving your ranch from the big bad wolf?! Ridiculous story!! I'd rather read a secret baby minj-series. That sounds a little believable. ...more
I hated Elec. He was mean to Greta. He's a confusing guy even from the beginning of the story. I didn't like Greta's caring attitude towards him evenI hated Elec. He was mean to Greta. He's a confusing guy even from the beginning of the story. I didn't like Greta's caring attitude towards him even when at times he's being a jerk! I have to admit I did skip some parts especially Greta's lustful thoughts towards Elec. It's ridiculous! She's blinded by his aesthetic qualities. Teenagers! I almost gave up reading cause Greta and Elec's banter is just childish, but what kept me going was when they met again after seven years. When both of them are now adults with jobs and goals. It was a different side of Elec that I read. A master of disguising one's true feelings. I like reading Elec's point of view even though it was told in a different way. It made me understand why he had to treat Greta and her family that way all those years ago. I wasn't expecting a happy ending, really. I thought the ending would be different. But it was a lovely story with a good ending.
Why three-stars? I really didn't like the first few chapters of the story. Greta and Elec's teen years. If I was teenage-Greta, I would just skip Elec altogether! It don't matter how handsome he is, if his attitude is unacceptable, then I'll just move on. ...more
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