Etta Davis and Andrew Lawson were inseparable when they were growing up, high school sweethearts and completely in love. Etta ended things to head off...moreEtta Davis and Andrew Lawson were inseparable when they were growing up, high school sweethearts and completely in love. Etta ended things to head off to follow her dreams, leaving Andrew behind. Now several years later her dreams have crashed and she's back home, living with her parents, working in real estate. An old house with lots of memories brings Etta and Andrew together again and the flames of passion they once shared are hotter than ever. Off the Market is a really short Christmas story about regrets, second chances, and rekindled love mixed with a little Christmas magic, some naughty that's really nice, all wrapped up in a happily ever after. (less)
All for You is West and McKenzie's story. When McKenzie moved to town while they were in high school, West was taken aback by her and thought she was...moreAll for You is West and McKenzie's story. When McKenzie moved to town while they were in high school, West was taken aback by her and thought she was beautiful, but when she wouldn't give him the time of day, he didn't know how to handle it. You see, West Diaz was the rich, popular, hot jock that all the girls wanted. When McKenzie would't pay him any attention, he began being mean to her, thinking that would get her attention, but it backfired on him when she didn't want anything to do with him. While West's family was rich, McKenzie's dad owned a lawn service business and just so happened to work for West's family, among many others. McKenzie also helped her dad whenever she could. They were not well off, but worked hard for what they had. This resulted in her being the object of bullying by the popular click at school, who referred to her as lawn girl. One night at a party when they had both had a little to much to drink, West apologized to McKenzie and told her how he really felt, which led to a really passionate night, full of promises...promises that West didn't remember and promises he definitely didn't keep. The bullying accelerated after this happened to a very bad degree. The story begins two years after the above mentioned events happened, and West is home from college for the holidays. He doesn't come home much, mainly because he's ashamed of how he treated McKenzie, yet he can't get her out of his mind. He's determined to make things right and try to win her heart, but will the damage that has been done be irreparable?
This little novella contains a really big story that provides great insight into the problem of bullying, a problem that is far too common, and something that can terribly damage a person emotionally, mentally, and sometimes physically. All for You is written from the perspective of the one doing the bullying, as well as the from the perspective of the one being bullied. It is also a story about the power of forgiveness. Not only does All for You have a good message, it is also very interesting and entertaining in the process. I love McKenzie. She is such a strong character and was a far better person than I think I would be in the same situation. I have to say that I was really disappointed in West when I found out what he had done. I mean he was a total jerk. He did work hard to make up for things and was very persistent and sincere in his apology, and learned a lot about himself, his views, and areas he needed to still work on, especially when you profess to love someone. McKenzie does a lot of growing in this novel also. She stands up for herself, yet takes the high road as she does, instead of being underhanded and dirty about it, like she had been treated. West does redeem himself in a good way before it is all said and done and I did start to like him better, but as I said earlier, McKenzie is a better person than me, because I still would have written him off, even if I did decide to forgive him. West's dad impressed me also and reacted to the news about some things so differently that I thought he would. I was glad to get a glimpse of Parker in this book also. While part of a series, All for You can easily be read as a standalone companion novel. Overall, this is a great story about love, hate, forgiveness, and redemption, and of course some hot romance, and is perfect for the holiday season. Check it out. (less)
A Corner of White is a fantasy that has a contemporary feel to it also and focuses on the the crossover between two worlds," the Kingdom of Cello and...moreA Corner of White is a fantasy that has a contemporary feel to it also and focuses on the the crossover between two worlds," the Kingdom of Cello and the World." Madeline lives in Cambridge England and Elliot lives in Cello. The colors represent dangerous creatures in the Kingdom of Cello. Elliot and Madeline exchange letters through the "crack" between their worlds, and gradually form a friendship, trying to help each other solve their problems. There are peculiar characters and the plot is rather eccentric, having a fairy tale feel to it, but then it kind of hopped here and there like a rabbit, but never really seemed to have a clear path, making it rather difficult to stay focused. It was rather slow-paced, yet did have its intriguing moments also. Though I wasn't crazy about it, I do think it is something that fantasy lovers, specifically fans of Alice in Wonderland type stories, might enjoy. (less)
3.5 Stars Vivienne Taylor is 17 years old and is the equivalent of a teenage Horse Whisperer/Dr. Doolittle/Psychic to the Equine - she has a special co...more3.5 Stars Vivienne Taylor is 17 years old and is the equivalent of a teenage Horse Whisperer/Dr. Doolittle/Psychic to the Equine - she has a special connection with them and they have one with her. Her mom is also a vet. Vivienne wins a scholarship to prestigious Fairmont Riding Academy. She is really sad to leave her mom and little brother, but she has dreams of going to the Olympics some day. When she arrives, she finds that the schools vet has been murdered. She also winds up becoming becomes the target of the snooty spoiled rich girls. She does manage to make some friends, Riley and Tristan, who have secrets of their own, and her new horse, Harmony, is the only one she can't read. When Vivienne learns that Harmony belonged to the murdered vet, it adds even more mystery to drama that is now Vivienne's life.
I found Silent Harmony to be an enjoyable read for the most part, geared definitely more toward teenage readers. There is some language and sexual references, which I didn't have a problem with at all, but parents may want to consider if their young teen is going to be reading it. There is quite a bit of drama and conflict that goes on, but when you have teenagers, I think that is pretty much expected. The only thing that threw me off a little was that the story though mainly from Vivienne's POV, which is in the first person, but did have chapters that were from Riley and Tristan's POV, which were third person, and it was kind of confusing. On a positive note there is romance, mystery, suspense, and drama, which young readers are sure to enjoy and is something that again, would appeal mainly to the 14/15 to 18 age group, in my opinion. (less)