I love hockey books, I always have, I don't know why but I totally dTo read this review and others like it check out my site at www.homelovebooks.com
I love hockey books, I always have, I don't know why but I totally do. I really always enjoy reading about hot guys on the ice. And I also love books that end up involving siblings, like when a girl dates her brothers best friend, or things like that, it always adds another element of drama, and what can I say I love the drama (doesn't everyone).
So when this book started I have to admit I was a little off put right from the beginning. I really wasn't a huge fan of our heroine in the story, and totally understood her brothers reaction. So Lovey is our heroine (I really am not a fan of her name), and she has up and decided to move to Chicago and shack up with her brother while she decides to make it in the big city. Only she doesn't give her brother any kind of heads up, fully expects him to take her in because he's a famous hockey player and therefore has the ability too. I really thought she was super rude, all while doing it in the over the top cutesty kind of way, that kind of grated at my nerves. In her point of view she thinks/says things that sound totally ridiculous, like "Holy Cheese Wiz" and a lot of different cheese references when making exclamations, because you know, she's from Wisconsin, so let's just stereotype her into that archetype and cheese up (pun intended) her thought patterns. I never grew to like Lovey she was super annoying to me, and honestly, if she had been my sister, she would be staying in a youth hostel as far away from my apartment as possible. But, hey, maybe I'm just mean, and Duncan is clearly a nicer guy then he probably should be.
So because I didn't really enjoy the heroine in this story, I hate to admit this, but I judged the hero in this tale, for liking her. I kept thinking, really dude, you can't do better? He's a nice guy, too nice for his own good I think. He's clearly represented as being a leader on the hockey team, with a level head on his shoulders, and seriously not a fan of pranks. But I did like that he's French, or French Canadian (I'm a sucker for the French language), and he is also the kind of stoic like guy, which works for me. I thought he was a good hero, I wish he had better taste in women, but she's a good looking girl, so we shall chalk to baser instincts, and go from there.
All in all, I wanted to like the book a lot more than I ended up liking it, I am one of those people where if I don't make a strong connection with both characters, then I don't enjoy the way I want to. I am always surprised at how much I enjoy hockey books, but this was one of the first that really wasn't my cup of tea. I think if you are more willing to go from some cheese factor (again, pun intended), then you might like this book, I could see how if you are looking for something to make you smile this might for you, unfortunately it just didn't hit the spot for me....more
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Gods knows college can be a seriously pricey endeavor, so I thought it was really interesting how Lizzie put herself through college. And now that her little sister needs money for college, Lizzie has turned her college endeavor into the Naked Baker web series, which you can tell right from the beginning that Lizzie isn’t super excited about doing. I really thought this was an interesting way to start a book, and I really wanted to see where were going with Lizzie’s side job, and how she stays out of relationships because of it.
So I really liked the whole romance in this book, and I really liked the hero in the story Blue. First off he has an awesome and unique name, but he is also super hot and a very handy guy to have around in a pinch. But he’s also so much more than that. He really wears his heart on his sleeve, and it’s so cute to see how much he really likes our heroine, Lizzie.I liked how persistent he is in getting the girl he likes so much. But overall, I just thought he was a really nice guy, someone who cares a lot about the people around him, especially his family. He’s just so easy to like.
As for our heroine, well like I said earlier, she an inventive girl, especially when it comes to making sure everything she and her sister need get paid for. I loved how smart she is and that she is a really strong woman in general. She opened her own business after paying for herself to go to college, and now she spends her days running her business and her nights making sure her sister gets the same education that she got. But she also has this great personality too, she has this great kind of sassy side to her that really worked for me.
It was really easy to see how these two people would be interested in each other, they really worked well together as a couple and they had some really good chemistry. You could tell right from the beginning that Lizzie’s side job might cause some real problems for any future coupling she might be in, but you also knew it was going to be a fun ride to be on. This was a really sweet romance for me, and I have to say I did enjoy it....more
I love road trips! I don't reasonably know why I like road trips, buTo read this review and others like it check out my site at www.homelovebooks.com
I love road trips! I don't reasonably know why I like road trips, but really I just love the act of driving long distances, especially if it is me who is driving, the windows down, the music all the way up, man oh man it's my idea of a good time. So when I realized this was a road trip combined with a love to hate storyline, with a side of jilted lover, I knew this was the book for me, without a doubt.
So when the book starts both Payton and Cruz are trying to get to a wedding, and right before they get on the plane Payton FaceTimes her fiance, only for it to be answered by a naked chick and his voice in the background. Talk about the wrong way to start a flight. Then there are mechanical problems with the plane and Cruz and Payton are stuck driving to Mexico in order to get to the wedding on time. So first things we notice when Payton and Cruz are together is they don't exactly seem to like each other. But they have this great kind of banter that happens between them, that honestly is more about chemistry then hate. Plus when Payton tells Cruz about what happened between her and her now ex, he is actually a really stand up guy about it.
This book takes place over a short period of time, but man it packs the punches. This book has so many hilarious scenes, some heartbreaking scenes, and some seriously hot underneath the sheets time. I love how much both of our main character's families played a role in the book. I mean Payton's mom, man that woman is totally, certifiably crazy. She is for sure the mayor of Crazytown. And while she might be crazy, she makes for some seriously entertaining moment, and man did I want to smack some sense into that woman. Oh and Payton's ex, oh my gosh, some of the things he says, you really just can't believe someone can say such things and not really believe there is anything wrong with it.
I really loved reading this book, it was such a fun ride to be on, I think my favorite scenes are when the whole "accidental husband" thing comes into play, I mean anything with too much tequila almost always results in some fun reading times. I loved watching these two together, and them trying to find their way. There is a lot about this book that I loved, but I really think it is one of those books where you need to go in without a lot of prior info, it makes rolling with the punches all the more enjoyable. If you like love to hate romances, or oops we are married stories, then I think this is for sure a book for you. ...more
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I really like my romances to have a touch of suspense, and I really like books with spies in them, so when I saw that this book was about MI6, and looked like it was full of suspense, I knew this was a book I wanted to read. I also kind of really liked the idea of the tortured hero, early on in the book you realize how jaded Simon is, and really how much he doesn’t want to be involved in that world anymore, but how he is being really forced back into it.
So I really have mixed feelings about this book. It’s like it had all the elements that it needed for me to like the book, but it just didn’t work for me. Really I think it kind of comes down to Cassie, she never really worked for me, and I never bonded with her as a character so it made it hard for me to be invested in the story. So Cassie is a smart girl, she has some really strong specialties that should make her an asset, she’s also an attractive girl. But she is also amazingly naive. She is in no way shape or form prepared to be out in the field with Simon (the actual spy), and I am honestly amazed that they didn’t all just die. Cassie is really kind of awkward to me as well, she wants to be good at her job which somehow translated into getting into bed with Simon. It just didn’t feel authentic to her character at all. Also it seemed to me that Simon and Cassie’s whole between the sheets relationship was really kind of forced and not very hot, they lacked the chemistry needed to make it work.
So Simon was more interesting to me at the beginning of the book then he was as it went on. So when the book opens you can really tell he’s not just jaded but he’s also a bit angry about how things have turned out, and he’s kind of mourning the loss of his partner. And after he is blackmailed into going back to work, when he clearly doesn’t want to, well he is a really cranky dude. He really did not seem impressed with Cassie, and he really came off as kind of a jerk, and he was super in her face about her shortcomings. But even with all that I liked him, he was appealing to me because I tend to like jerks who kind of make an evolution throughout the book (I love watching characters go through journey to being better people), but instead of a progressive journey with Simon, it kind of seemed like he just all of a sudden was super possessive of Cassie and his personality had shifted. I would have liked to see more of organic progression.
While the book had a lot of elements in it that I liked, it just felt so rushed that I wasn’t really able to latch on to the story or the characters the way I normally like to. I think this book really needed to be filled out more. ...more
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So I know I have mentioned before how I have mixed feelings about the whole hidden child thing, but in some cases, where the child isn't kept from the other parent because of vindictive reasons, I tend to like the storyline. So in this story, Logan meets a girl at the club owned by his father, her name is Abby, and its her 18th birthday, they spend an incredibly hot night together, and then go their separate ways. Now I'm not really a fan of women hiding kids from their fathers, but in this case, she's a super young girl, and when she goes to find this guy who she had the hot one night stand with, well she's told he is in jail, so it a pretty good reason since she doesn't know anything about him other than that his new address is in the slammer.
So I do have to admit I really liked Abby as a character. She's a single mom, but she works her bum off to provide a good life for her daughter. It's clear how much she cares about her daughter and only wants the best for her. Also, she has worked hard for herself too, she's a police officer, and she is working hard to move up the chain. I like a woman who has ambition and works hard to get where she wants to be. But really, the thing I respected the most about her is that when Logan shows up on her door out of the blue, she tells him about their child (yes it took a minute, I would have been shocked too) and she is totally prepared for him to be apart of their daughters life. I liked that about her, she tries hard to make sure her daughter feels included in her new family.
As for Logan... hmm... well I have mixed feelings about this guy. I have to say I was really impressed with how quickly he wanted to be involved with his daughter, and how good he was with her. He really wanted to make her apart of his life in a seriously meaningful way, and not just like the weekend guy. Now as for how he was with Abby, well I'm not really sure how I feel about it. So Abby is his fantasy girl, because she is the girl that he fantasized about when he was in jail for a year, and after a near death experience he searched her out. But in the beginning he really doesn't treat her much like a person, more like a pleasure object and that's about it. She keeps telling him they need to talk, and he keeps saying when we are done, and this happens like 2 or 3 time. And even after he finds out about his daughter, it seems like the only thing he is interested in with Abby is sex. And when he does come around to really wanting her, he's also kind of insecure about himself, and a little bit judgement about every little thing that comes out of Abby's mouth. But all in all, I he was okay, and I like the chemistry that they had together.
If you like unlikely pairings, or if you like books with secret kids, then this might be a book you want to check out. It had good pacing, and a lot of heat, and was a good solid read for me....more
So this is book three in the series, and I have to say I was a littlTo read this review and others like it check out my site at www.homelovebooks.com
So this is book three in the series, and I have to say I was a little bit surprised at the direction this book took. But first I want to kind of talk about the series. So in the first two books we are learning more about Scorpion but it focuses mostly on the James brothers and their hometown of Mercy (hence the series name). There is kind of a multi book story arc that starts in book one with their investigation into a terrorist organization, and let me tell you, I really enjoy that storyline, it was so suspenseful and just great to read. So when we entered into this book I was really expecting the book to continue on with the storyline and answer some questions that were left unknown from the second book, and most importantly I really thought this book would start out in Mercy. But this book was about a the Crowe brothers, and it starts off in their hometown, with a whole new set of circumstances, backstory, and a lot of new and complex people and situations to deal with.
So the reason why I gave this book a three star rating really comes down to just personal preferences, and honestly it is nothing against the author, because I really do like her writing and her ability to write excited storylines. But the book starts off in like backwoods mountain hillbilly area, and the characters all talk and act in a dialect I just could not tolerate. Don't get me wrong, I love an accent, or other country dialects, but when the grammar or speech patterns are just so far off from what I use in my daily life, I have a HARD time reading it. This is so just a personal hangup, and I am beyond positive there are people out there for won't have this issue and it won't phase them at all.
So I did actually enjoy Jared, I mean I can understand his motivations to get revenge for the way that he and his brother were treated when they were children. And I really love how devoted Jared is to his brother. He has just the right amount of good guy angry bravado. Sparrow on the other hand I wasn't really a fan of, I think it was more of a product of where she was and how she grew up, but I really didn't like any of the characters that lived on that mountain. I also thought the whole sexual component of the book started waaaaay to early, I mean Jared is like tied up and being threatened with torture to get him to talk, and yet Sparrow the virgin and him are in the middle of this bizarre nooky for information dynamic. Didn't work for me.
So while I didn't necessarily love this book in the series, that doesn't mean I am counting out this series as a whole. I think I will for sure be continuing with the series, as I am really looking forward to getting to know a lot of the other characters that have been introduced along the way. ...more
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So if you have read this first book in the series, you could kind of guess that the second book was going to be about Ranger and Amy. Although you kind of new it was going to be a hard relationship, and more than a little heartbreaking. So in the first book, a member of Ranger's secret military task force died, and he happened to be Ranger's best friend and Amy's husband. Of course Ranger has been harboring his feelings for Amy for a super long time, but he was always respectful of his friend's marriage, except now he is gone...
So Amy is so heartbreaking to read. She is really broken at the beginning of the book, actually that might be wrong, she's more like frozen. She's decided not to engage in any of her feelings about the death of her husband, or the fact that Shane never knew about their daughter Chloe, let alone got the chance to meet her. Amy is just going through the motions, it's been months since her husband died, and she still can't open herself up emotionally. The problem is she has always had feelings for Ranger, and she doesn't want to feel like she is betraying her husband's memory, also Shane's mother is a vile woman who has made numerous threats, so Amy doesn't want to rock the boat, especially because of Chloe. I liked Amy, there are few moments where I worried she was going to be a weak character, but man does she always pull it out in the end. She's really a good person, an honorable and loyal person, and no one should ever have to go through what she did (especially at the end).
So Ranger, oh sweet Ranger. I loved how he fought for Amy at every turn. Amy was so convinced he was going to take off, but Ranger was always there. And the way he is with Chloe, and Artie (when he comes into the picture), I'm sorry but a hot guy who is good with kids is like my version of perfection. I loved that he was a super capable guy, with a really big heart. I love how two kids who aren't related to him in any way captured his heart so quickly. He's good at his job, and quick to protect those who need him.
I also really loved seeing the characters from the first book, and I can't wait to see who is up next in the series. The new sheriff, Bo, seems to have an interesting backstory that I am for sure interested in. I like the continuation of the storyline with the first book, so I'm looking forward to see how it continues in the third, I mean there is so much more I could say, but I don't want to ruin the ending for you guys. The pacing is good, the story was suspenseful, and the romance was hot....more
So this book appealed to me for a couple of reason: I love books witTo read this review and others like it check out my site at www.homelovebooks.com
So this book appealed to me for a couple of reason: I love books with military guys (they are just super hot and I love a guy who can handle himself and protect the people he cares about), I really like books with a thriller/suspense element to it, I love books where the main characters have a past together, especially when that relationship didn't end on the best of terms, and lastly, I love books where there is an element of revenge involved.
So when the book starts its seriously kind of heartbreaking. Hunter is our hero and he is a member of a special ops teams, and in the middle of a mission he ends up losing one of his guys, and you can tell the whole thing is just so hard for him. Especially since he was injured and he can't go back out to look for his guy. So while he is recovering, half of his team gets sent back to Hunter's hometown, there is intel saying the attack and the weapons smuggling they were investigating is coming from back there, and omg his ex might be involved. When the book starts, Hunter has a lot of anger built up, and he isn't really looking forward to spending time with Evie, but he is looking forward to getting some kind of payback on her, on taking her down, both for justice as well as kind of payback for her cheating on him. I actually liked Hunter, you could tell he was going through a really hard experience, but at the same time he has a really good heart. I loved how quick he reacted to things, and even better he was so appealing when he was all physical and take charge.
Evie, oh sweet Evie, now if there is anyone to feel bad for it's her. She was totally in love with Hunter, and he left her without warning. If that wasn't bad enough the next guy she dating was literally scum of the earth, who was beyond abusive to her. Poor Evie is scared of her own shadow sometimes, she wants to stand on her own, she wants to stand up for herself and her family, but she has some serious anxiety issues left over from what he ex did to her. I was really glad to read her evolution, she starts off the book in such an almost meek place, and then by the end of the book I am so impressed with how she is willing to stand up and fight for herself and her family.
There is a lot to be said about the story, and a lot of it I don't want to talk about in a review because it might ruin thing for people. There is a serious thriller aspect to this book, it doesn't take place over a long period of time, it's actually a pretty short time period, but the pace is super fast and high drama. Once you get wrapped up into this book, it's hard to step out of it, you really want to know what is going to happen next. All in all I think this was a good start to the series, and I am very excited to read the next in the series....more
I love book where people are starting over, or trying again, I thinkTo read this review and others like it check out my site at www.homelovebooks.com
I love book where people are starting over, or trying again, I think it's something that we can all relate to. I also like books about musicians, so when I realized this book was about a guy trying to get a second chance in the music business, I was kinda sold on it. Also think what really worked about this book is that both Melody and Aaron are getting there lives together and they are doing it in kind of a symbiotic way, so their journeys kind of run parallel, which actually makes it really enjoyable.
So the book kind of starts with Melody, she's basically kind of down on her luck. She's recently been demoted at work, went from having an office with a view to being in the cubicles with the interns, and with a serious cashflow problem, rent and other things are seriously becoming an issue for her. Melody was interesting for me because she has this kind of attitude about her (like not in a bad way) but the reality is she's a small town girl, and she's never really colored outside the lines. Sure, she's tried to go out and paint the town red, but it never really seems to work out that way. I think she has the idea of what she is suppose to be, but isn't who she really is, and when the book starts she's not super invested in her job or what she is doing, ultimately she's just trying to save face for when she has to go back home (no one wants to go back home a failure).
So Aaron is Melody's new neighbor and he has a set of demons on his back. He made it big in the music scene and he crashed it to the ground, hard. He came from a harder childhood, a father who passed and a mother who was more interested in alcohol then being a mother. So Aaron wants a second chance, and it's not that he wants to be famous or rich, he wants to take care of his little brother and I think he wants to prove to himself that he is more then the pile of mistakes in his past. As it turns out Melody works in PR, and Aaron has a place for her to crash when she gets evicted from her apartment.
They enter into this mutually beneficial arrangement, Aaron gets help relaunching his career, Melody gets a place to stay and a leg up at work to finally prove herself. And what works with these two is they have this great dynamic together, they really just fall into a rhythm and they laid a good foundation. Yes there is some serious heat between them, and that's obvious in some of the more steamy scenes, but you can tell early on it's more than just that to them. I will say this book is very sweet, and really enjoyable to read. I had the right pacing, the right level of heat, the right amount of heartwarming moments, it just really worked well together, a very enjoyable read for me....more
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I've read a few Stacey Kennedy books, and even a few from this series, and I have to say I did enjoy them, but this book just wasn't for me. I am a little bit particular when it comes to BDSM books, as long as they are character driven, then chances are that I will like the book. And Stacey Kennedy's books are very character driven, but in this case, the characters in the book just didn't work for me.
I know a lot of people prefer their characters to be older or younger, normally depending on their own personal age, but honestly for me as long as the characters have something about themselves or their personalities that I can identify with, then really age doesn't bother me at all. In this book the characters are older, Mary is a widow, and the author makes a big point at the characters wanting to be around other people who both like the scene as well as in the more mature age range. I thought they had interesting points of view, and I was actually pretty excited about this book. But the thing is that I really didn't bond with some of the characters, so much so that I didn't really enjoy the book as a whole.
So as I mentioned, Mary is a widow, and she hasn't really moved on from her husband after he passed away. But one day when she is having dinner with her friends, she meets Elliot, and he is an older Dom, just like her husband was, and it kind of awakens something in her. I was ready for Mary to get into a relationship with him, but I don't think she was; yes it was 3 years since her husband past away, but still. Honestly, in almost every interaction between Mary and Elliot, she is spending a huge amount of time thinking about her husband, like there are literally flashback scenes of her and her husband being intimate in the middle of present day scenes of her being intimate with Elliot. It is honestly so off-putting, it makes it almost impossible for the two of them to have real chemistry together.
Mary was so stuck in the past, that it made it really difficult for me to find a connection to the two people together. I liked Elliot he was fun to read, and I enjoyed him, but he really needed to find someone else who was emotionally ready for him. I wanted to like this book, I really did, I just couldn't connect with Mary....more
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So I went into this book thinking this book was going to be a bit on the darker side of things, I mean it certainly has that kind of look on the cover, and I was totally in the mood for some tortured characters. Plus I kind of liked that the setting around this book was going to be a bar, I’ve always found that you can meet some seriously interesting people while hanging out in a bar.
So Hendrix wasn’t nearly as dark as I thought he would be from the synopsis, but I still really enjoyed reading him. He is the product of a bad childhood home life. His father ran the bar, and well lets just say abusive alcoholic might be the nicest way to describe him, and that’s saying something. So after his mother dies, Hendrix is now in charge of the bar having kicked his father to the curb, and is decided he is now in charge of making sure the family is taken care of. I liked that he was so family oriented, and how protective he was of his family, I mean it makes sense given the life they grew up in, but it was great to see how invested he was in taking care of his family. Also I liked how even though he didn’t really have a lot of relationship experience, when he meet Olivia and things started progressing with her, he was really loyal to her.
As for Olivia, well I didn’t like her nearly as much as I wanted to. I think the author was trying to kind of make her likably awkward, but her awkwardness actually ended up making her a little bit hard to like, she just read as awkward to the point where it was harder for me to make a connection with her as a character. I liked that she was really hardworking, which was really my big plus for her character wise. Other than that she just came off a bit on the crazy side, I mean it wasn’t like she was psycho crazy, she was just weird, and I don’t think I was so much of a fan of it. I think if the crazy had been toned down just a little bit she would have been a lot more likable.
There was some steamy between the sheets scenes, and it was decently hot. The pace was pretty steady throughout the book, although there wasn’t enough drama for me, given that I really thought these characters were going to be more dark then they ended up being. If you like the author, or if you like quirky characters, then this might be a book that you want to check out. ...more
So I have really enjoyed reading this series from the beginning, andTo read this review and others like it check out my site at www.homelovebooks.com
So I have really enjoyed reading this series from the beginning, and the way the second book ended, well lets just say I was eagerly anticipating the third book so I could find out what was going to happen next. I have really fallen in love with these characters over the first two books, and I was beyond pulling for them to get their happy ending, but I was pretty sure there was going to be some awesome drama leading up to that happy ending, and I wanted to be along for the ride.
So beware of spoilers if you haven't read the first two books (and if you haven't stop reading this review and go buy the first two books and read those first), anyway we ended with Allie going to see the evil ex to return the ring and him declaring he was going to take everything from her whether she wanted to or not, seriously that dude is evil. So when the third book started I was seriously concerned for Allie's safety. I was glad that she didn't spend the whole book locked in a room, but that doesn't mean she was off the hook. Fearing for her and Hudson's safety Allie goes along with evil ex's plan, end things with Hudson, and make like she is going to marry Evil Ex and hand over her company to him.
So Hudson is seriously awesome. He's got just enough territorial in him to be interesting, but not so overbearing that he comes off as super possessive or creepy. I loved that he played this whole situation smart, like he knew they had to go along with Evil Ex or risk something really bad happening, but at the same time you know Hudson isn't going to let anything happen to his girl, and that in the end he is determined to have her forever in his life. He's just an awesome character and I love him.
As for Allie, well in this book I liked her, as I always have, I just wished that in some parts she would come to conclusions a little bit faster. She didn't want to involve Hudson in her problem, and I get she wanted to protect him, but come on, shouldn't she know by now that they are better together. Also Allie is so determined to get this whole thing behind them, so she doesn't always think he actions through, but I do love how much she cares about the people she loves, so much so that she is willing to put her life on the line.
I thought this was a really good conclusion to series. I really got everything I wanted it out of it, the pacing was good, the characters were awesome as always, and the suspense was right up there. If I had one complaint about the book it would be the demise of the Evil Ex did not last that long (the scene was a little rushed for me). But other than that I seriously recommend this series, I loved it, I hope these authors decide to work together again. ...more
I love the whole friends to lovers storyline, and with this book I rTo read this review and others like it check out my site at www.homelovebooks.com
I love the whole friends to lovers storyline, and with this book I really liked the whole set up, the whole idea behind two people who really aren't interested in being in a relationship so they fake being in one to keep people off their backs. I love the whole fake relationship thing, because often times people start out in something for show only, and when they aren't paying attention it turns into something real.
So Holly is a really interesting girl, at least in my opinion. She has this big family who have all these ideas about how she should be living her life, let me give you a hint, they want her to have a 9-5 job, find a nice guy to settle down with, and start having babies. Holly on the other hand has some very different ideas about what she wants her life to look like. She wants nothing even remotely close to commitment, and as for work, she wants to grow her own freelance business rather than work for someone else. What I like about her is she is a really nice person, and she is great to her family even though she disagrees with them, but what I like most is how hard she is willing to work for things she wants in life; even when things happen that really set back her plans, she never stops pushing forward.
Roth was pretty interesting, he's Holly's neighbor, and the two of them get along like two peas in a pod. Roth also makes a living out of his own house, he's jewelry designer, and apparently a pretty good one. Roth doesn't have the best relationship with his family, but he does have a lot of friends who want to see him find happiness, so to avoid yet another set up, Holly becomes the perfect solution. Roth has a lot of hang ups in his personal life that really stem from his family, mostly his dad and his brother. So a lot of Roth's journey in this book isn't just with Holly, it's also with his family, and I have to say one of my favorite parts of this book was watching Roth change and deal with some of his past family issues.
Now as for the two of them together, in the beginning I have to admit I didn't really like Holly and Roth as potential love interests. My whole reasoning was they were sooooo similar, they finish each others sentences, have almost the exact same sense of humor, I really thought that the two of them being together would just end up being super boring. Thankfully, they did have some really hot chemistry, so once the heat starts to crank up, and life started to pop up, it made the two of them together all the more interesting, and by the end of the book I was really pulling for them to be together. I think if you like friends to lovers romances, you will for sure like this book. ...more
I really liked this book, mostly because I love old cars, and I loveTo read this review and others like it check out my site at www.homelovebooks.com
I really liked this book, mostly because I love old cars, and I love people who don't necessarily fit the mold that people expect from them. When Reid heads over to check out his car restorations new rival, he was so surprised to find that it was run by three women. Let's face it, women aren't generally known for being mechanics (although personally some of my favorite mechanics are women), but I thought that the way Reid reacted, the way he was impressed with the level of skill they had, how he took them serious, well it said a lot.
So part of what I really liked about this book is that Reid and Rusty (our hero and heroine) are in the same business, and competing for business. What really worked for me is that it wasn't dirty, like they didn't ever try to sabotage the other, and more than that Reid really was impressed with the quality of her work, and Rusty was impressed with how Reid had built his business. They had this respect for each other's work that was kind of awesome. While I do love a romance where the two people are warring, I think this book works because they weren't in a contentious work situation. So Reid I really enjoyed. He is a really good businessman, he built his life for himself by himself, and better than that, he brings people into his business that need a second chance or have harder life stories, he really gives back. He's also a really good son, he takes care of his mother, and protects her whenever he can. He comes from such a kind of sad story, that it's so good to see the kind of guy he has turned into being, it made it so easy to root for him as the hero. I also really liked how patient he was with Rusty, when things happened he was way more understanding then I think he had to be, and he just in general wanted to make her happy, which I loved.
Rusty, well Rusty is a bit naive to the ways of relationships. In a lot of ways I think she was a little immature when the book starts, I don't think it was a bad thing, she was just lacking life experience. She had basically been living in a self-imposed non-relationship lifestyle. She is really so clueless about how relationships should work, and you can tell she is tentative at every turn. She runs from Reid more times then I can count, but he is so patient with her and so willing to make her feel appreciated for being her and not just a pretty face, that she finally starts really letting him in. There was one moment when she (and her partners in crime) took one thing and blew it completely out of context and reacted in the worst way, it really was on the childish side, and I really wanted to shake her. But outside of that I liked reading about Rusty. I liked that she works hard, and that she is talented, but more then that I liked the evolution of her character from the beginning of the book to the end.
If you like books with a bad boy type, or maybe you just like fast cars, then this might be just the romance you are looking for. I really enjoyed reading this book, so I think you will too. ...more