How can you go wrong!?? A sexy Marine and an unconventional wedding planner, by unconventional I mean a paintball wedding or a nudist wedding?! TawnaHow can you go wrong!?? A sexy Marine and an unconventional wedding planner, by unconventional I mean a paintball wedding or a nudist wedding?! Tawna Fenske has one hilarious sense of humor! I laughed throughout the whole book! I jumped into this series on the 3rd installment of her Front and Center series and Tawna swiftly moved to my auto-buy list! The mischiefs that Anna and Grant got into were over the top funny! Anna is one strong woman who doesn’t believe in holding her punches! Grants’ boy next door, Boy Scout tendencies stick in her craw! “Say it, Grant. Come on. It does you no good to be the perfect, polite Boy Scout all the time. Tell me what you want me to do.” “Suck my cock, please.” He had to say PLEASE!! So cute!!! Tawna brings out the emotional aspect when delving into why Grant is always aiming to please. A mistake he felt he made when he was younger and the consequences has led to an estrangement from his twin brother, Schwartz, the Lone Ranger of the family. (We get his story next! Yay!) From what I can tell the other couples from the previous books make cameos in this story and still sizzle right off the page! This can be read by itself, but as I’m usually a stickler about reading from book 1, I’ll suggest to start from the beginning with Marine for Hire and Fiancée for Hire respectively. Tawna really knows how to mix just the right amount of passion and humor! ...more
Originally published on a href="http://www.nellesnightstand.com/2015/... NightStand While I really LOVE Julianne's historical romances, this book wasOriginally published on a href="http://www.nellesnightstand.com/2015/... NightStand While I really LOVE Julianne's historical romances, this book was a new venture for me. I think this is the longest it's taken me to read a book. part of that is I was reading at work, but normally if I'm really into a book I can't put it down. It's definitely not a romance but more of an inspirational novel. It's a story about survival. How we can endure the tragedies in our lives and still have our happy endings. It's very emotional and deals with some heavy situations.
I normally don't read first person viewpoints so that was a bit of a turn off to me. When I read I want to know what everyone is thinking and feeling. In some novels it works and I can see why this was written in that viewpoint, but I felt uncomfortable reading this one. The characters lacked depth to me. There was so much potential but somehow it just read like a list of events. Yes it had emotional aspects, the tragedy of her daughter passing, being one, but it just felt like it could be more somehow. Some of the word choices you could tell come from Julianne's Canadian background although the story was set in Chicago and Boston for the most part. "Making grade" just confused me, maybe it's the Southerner in me though. Do Northerners say that? I'll have to ask my husband :)
Sophie is supposed to be the person the novel is about but I felt that it was her mother, Cora, whose story was the predominant one. I was confused for 3/4 of the book but when one detail was brought out it cleared up most of it.
This could definitely be a book club read. I still have so many questions running through my head after this. It's certainly a book that encourages you to think about life in a new way....more