It Was You is a sweet, yet sexy, new adult romance. I actually admired Abby's sudden decision to change all of her plans so that she could be her own...more It Was You is a sweet, yet sexy, new adult romance. I actually admired Abby's sudden decision to change all of her plans so that she could be her own person, get away from her sister, and have the kind of life she wants. Of course, it's hard to get away from a twin sister, or any family for that matter, unless you move far away, and Abby's plan to get away from her sister doesn't really turn out like she wanted. Annika still manages to insert herself into the part of Abby's life that she is trying to keep secret. When reading this book, it may seem a little obvious what is about to happen with Annika, but this book is still an enjoyable read. Anna Cruise provides you with romance, humor, a great best friend, and family issues, plus there is obvious attraction between Abby and West, and the sexy scenes are hot and well done. I would recommend it.
(I got this book during a free promotion on Amazon and was not required to write a review.) (less)
I have never been disappointed with a Lucky Harbor novel, and this was no exception. This omnibus, Christmas in Lucky Harbor, includes the first two n...moreI have never been disappointed with a Lucky Harbor novel, and this was no exception. This omnibus, Christmas in Lucky Harbor, includes the first two novels in the Lucky Harbor series, Simply Irresistible and The Sweetest Thing, and also includes two Christmas short stories, Kissing Santa Claus and Under the Mistletoe.
In Simply Irresistible, three sisters have just found out that their recently deceased mother left them a bed and breakfast in Lucky Harbor. Each sister has a different father and each one was mostly raised by their father instead of their irresponsible, free-spirited mother. Maddie, the middle sister, spent the least amount of time with their mother while growing up, but Maddie is at a place in her life where she feels she doesn't belong anywhere and really wants to connect with her sisters and make a success of the bed and breakfast so she will have a place to call home. The other sisters just want to sell it quickly and get on with their lives. While Maddie is trying to convince her sisters that the bed and breakfast can be a great business for all of them, Maddie gets hot and heavy with the contractor hired to fix up the inn, who has a few secrets about the inn and Maddie's mother.
In The Sweetest Thing, the oldest sister, Tara, is trying to get her life back on track after her divorce and is working hard to make a success of the bed and breakfast. Tara used to spend some summers with her mom in Lucky Harbor, and Tara has to face her past with Ford, a long time Lucky Harbor resident who is also best friends with her sister, Maddie's, boyfriend, Jax. Even after all these years, the attraction between Tara and Ford is impossible to deny and hard to resist. Things are further complicated when her ex-husband shows up and wants her back.
In Kissing Santa Claus, we get to see another side of Tara's ex-husband, Logan. In The Sweetest Thing, you are sort of against him and for Ford, so it is nice to get to read about him in another light. Kissing Santa Claus is a sweet short story that gets you in the mood for Christmas.
In Under the Mistletoe, we get to know Tara and Ford's daughter, Mia, a lot more. Mia is coming back to Lucky Harbor for Christmas and for her Aunt Chloe's wedding. This great short story really focuses on the joys of family and makes you believe in true love.
Overall, each story in Christmas in Lucky Harbor, as well as all of the other Lucky Harbor novels I have read, are well-written, excellent romances. They do not have to be read in order for you to enjoy them. Jill Shalvis has the ability to make you laugh and fall in love with the characters, while also heating up the pages. The romance is hot and spicy without being too explicit, and there is still a story that you get drawn into beyond all of the action between the sheets (or in most cases, not between the sheets). I have really enjoyed every book I have read from Jill Shalvis, and she has become one of my go-to authors for contemporary romance.
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I usually prefer romances with more "everyday" people, and honestly, I may not even have picked up a romance about a billionaire on my own. I am plea...more I usually prefer romances with more "everyday" people, and honestly, I may not even have picked up a romance about a billionaire on my own. I am pleasantly surprised and very glad that I read this one. I really enjoyed sassy, independent Crickitt and the down-to-earth, hottie billionaire, Shane. Crickitt is unsure of herself after her marriage of 10 years fell apart. Shane is in control in all other aspects of his life but distant with relationships because he is scared to fall in too deep. They try to maintain a working relationship but fail. Then they must navigate through the complications of working together while being attracted to each other and both of them trying to keep themselves from getting hurt.
I enjoyed this book and Jessica Lemmon's writing style. She is an author I will read again, and I am putting the next book with Aiden and Sadie (who we met in this book) on my TBR list.
(I won a signed copy of this book through a follower giveaway for liking Jessica's Facebook page. I was not required to write a review.) (less)
Both Shandi and William have tragic experiences they are trying to overcome. After a night at a party that she doesn't remember because she was drugge...moreBoth Shandi and William have tragic experiences they are trying to overcome. After a night at a party that she doesn't remember because she was drugged, Shandi ends up with a baby that she doesn't want to admit was a result of that night. William has lost his wife and only child. Shandi is immediately drawn to William when he steps between her child and a gunman when they are involved in a holdup at a convenience store. This story is mostly told from Shandi's viewpoint, but we also get to see William's side. From the incident in the convenience store, we see how their lives interact moving forward, but along the way, we also find out about their pasts and the tragic experiences they both have faced. Shandi is really wanting her own love story because it seems everyone has one but her, and she thinks she wants William to be her love story. In the end, it seems they both needed each other at that time in their lives to overcome the horrible things that happened to them and figure out what they really wanted and how to move forward.
Some parts of this book, I didn't really like. However, overall, I enjoyed it, and the ending made the whole book worth it.
(I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.) (less)
Spring jumped in full force when she decided to major in Environmental Sciences at a super competitive university, including changing her wardrobe, we...moreSpring jumped in full force when she decided to major in Environmental Sciences at a super competitive university, including changing her wardrobe, wearing her hair in braids, and going vegetarian. So when Henry offered to help her with the opposing viewpoint for her sustainable living thesis, which her professor says she needs if she has any hope of publishing, she takes him up on it. Both formed unfavorable opinions of the other upon meeting. These first impressions combined with an undeniable attraction and both of them feeling passionately about their opposing sides makes for some amusing encounters.
This is one of the best Pride and Prejudice retellings I have read so far. It paid respect to Jane Austen and stayed true to the classic but with a fresh perspective. Spring is a strong, determined character, and I really enjoyed her passion for green living. Brooding and misunderstood Henry was Mr. Darcy personified (but updated).
You will like this book if you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice or if you enjoy romances.
You may not like this book if you do not like romances or if you are not fond of retellings.
(A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)(less)
Caisey Quinn burns it up in her debut. Kylie Ryans is a sassy spitfire that is not afraid to say what she thinks. In this first book of the series, we...moreCaisey Quinn burns it up in her debut. Kylie Ryans is a sassy spitfire that is not afraid to say what she thinks. In this first book of the series, we see Kylie beginning to pursue her dreams, but along the way, she falls fast and hard for Trace. I must admit there were a few times I would have liked to tell Kylie to pull it together, but that is because Caisey Quinn has given us a character we can't help but connect with. Kylie feels like a friend, and you can't help but want her to succeed. You will want to read the next books to follow Kylie's story.
You may like this book if you like contemporary romance, especially ones with hot country music stars.
You may not like this book if you are not fond of romance, prefer "clean" romance, or don't like "insta-love."
(A copy was provided by the author for an honest review.) (less)
Seven Day Fiance is hot, hot, hot! I absolutely adore Cane. He is a sexy, inked up, leather wearing, motorcycle riding bad boy who is also smart and l...moreSeven Day Fiance is hot, hot, hot! I absolutely adore Cane. He is a sexy, inked up, leather wearing, motorcycle riding bad boy who is also smart and loves to read! He also has a string of one night stands behind him. He is damaged and doesn't want a commitment. Angelle and Cane had an instant attraction months ago and slowly became friends, but he was certain he wanted nothing more than a roll in the hay. (You will get that joke when you read the book!) But Cane soon realizes that simply breaking through her defenses and getting physical isn't going to be enough. The attraction between the two almost scorches the pages! This is my favorite book by Rachel Harris so far, and I have enjoyed all of her books.
You will like this book if you like contemporary, "clean" romances.
You may not like this book if.... Seriously, I can't think of any reason other than if you don't like romances.
(A copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review.)(less)
A.G. Howard is a freaking genius. Unhinged is amazing! This may be the second book of a series, but it is definitely not a "filler" book. While Splint...moreA.G. Howard is a freaking genius. Unhinged is amazing! This may be the second book of a series, but it is definitely not a "filler" book. While Splintered could have very well been a stand-alone book, we find out so much more about Alyssa, her family, and her ties to Wonderland in Unhinged, and we also understand Morpheus and his relationship with Alyssa a lot more.
I don't want to say too much in this review so I don't give spoilers for it or Splintered, in case you haven't already read that one. Before you pick up Unhinged, you will definitely need to read Splintered. If you have already read Splintered, you may want to pick it up again and re-read it before you dive in to Unhinged. Don't expect this to be just like Splintered and think you will be exploring Wonderland again. Instead of Alyssa going down the rabbit hole again, Wonderland comes to her. This is a continuation of Alyssa's story and what happens after she comes back from Wonderland.
I think I enjoyed Unhinged even more than Splintered, if that's even possible. This is fantasy writing at its best. The characters and setting are painted with great detail, and you are completely drawn into the world described. I love A.G. Howard's dark mind, and I am very much looking forward to the third book in the series, Ensnared, and would most likely snatch up anything she writes.
(A copy was provided by the author, but I was not required to write a review.)(less)