This was a fun read. I thought the suspense for both the discovery of the murderer and the rekindling of the romance was well done. The main character...moreThis was a fun read. I thought the suspense for both the discovery of the murderer and the rekindling of the romance was well done. The main characters Hud and Dana were pretty well developed, but I felt the supporting characters were a little flat and rushed.
The mystery of the bones at the bottom of the well was done "well." I would have enjoyed a bit more development of potential suspects, but overall it did leave you guessing.(less)
I always enjoy a little fun read after being immersed in a deeper story, this book was perfect for that. The premise of a bed and breakfast owner beco...moreI always enjoy a little fun read after being immersed in a deeper story, this book was perfect for that. The premise of a bed and breakfast owner becoming a pen pal on a dare was fun. Who wouldn't want to meet a lonely millionaire? The characters were nicely set up, but I felt the plot in the middle was a little too repetitive.
Once we realize the hang up Mandy and Jack encounter, the tension while remaining intense, doesn't really go anywhere. I enjoyed the playful scenes of visiting the pumpkin fair and the winery, but felt the pace was a bit rushed with some of the scenes.
Overall, a fun book to cuddle up with for a few hours of escape and romance.(less)
I was very excited to finally dive into Sand by Lili Tufel. I'd heard a lot of good things about it. From the opening page, I was sucked into the st...moreI was very excited to finally dive into Sand by Lili Tufel. I'd heard a lot of good things about it. From the opening page, I was sucked into the story. I can't hardly resist men in uniform. Following a pair of soldiers into the heat of battle was thrilling and the action was exciting enough and believable.
Once we brought the story back to the home front things started to unravel a bit for me. Abby and Jasmine weren't fleshed out enough, and it seemed as if the action happened with little preparation and very little explanation.
My biggest issue was the baseball references that were incorrect. You don't steal first base and little league games at Samantha's age doesn't allow stealing of bases. I'm a big sports fan so those little details bothered me more than I'm sure it might others.
As for the rest of the story, I kept turning the pages to find out what would happen next. I cared enough about the characters that I wanted to know what would happen to them. However, after the wedding it seemed as if the flow of the book changed and it felt as if I was reading a different story. Brian's character changed and I felt the relationship between Javi, Brian and the colonel seemed to overshadow the plot.
It was a fun read. I'm curious about the sequel after the questions that were left hanging at the end, I'm hoping that the second book will help tie up all the loose ends.(less)
I picked up Mona Ingram's book, Between a Jock and a Hard Place when I stumbled across it sorting through Facebook notices. Being a sports fan as wel...moreI picked up Mona Ingram's book, Between a Jock and a Hard Place when I stumbled across it sorting through Facebook notices. Being a sports fan as well as a reader, I thought I'd give this book a try. I loved the premise of Claire living in a hockey town, but having little interest in the game, running into one of the team's star players but having no idea who he was. The fact that Jack Logan found the fact that Claire didn't know who he was a bonus made him a humble super star.
The story was a little slow getting started as we learned why Claire was so against being a hockey fan and setting up the conflict that would arise between Jack and Claire. Once the two met, it was a whirlwind romance. I felt the getting to know you phase of the book was a bit rushed and flung us headlong into the romance without letting us enjoy the new love blossoming.
Overall, it was a fun read that I finished in one sitting. It left me wanting a little more of Jack and Claire together and a little less of all the external forces in this short read. I liked where the characters were going, but I felt we only scratched the surface of who they were.(less)
Great quick read that really made you believe in some Christmas magic. I thought Meghan might have been a little too understanding and forgiving, but...moreGreat quick read that really made you believe in some Christmas magic. I thought Meghan might have been a little too understanding and forgiving, but Rick was so sweet you can understand why. He was definitely full of charm and could definitely melt any heart.(less)
I decided to give this book a try because of the title. A runaway bride that comes back to face what she did sounded like it could be interesting.
Over...moreI decided to give this book a try because of the title. A runaway bride that comes back to face what she did sounded like it could be interesting.
Overall, it was a fun and entertaining read. My biggest issue with the book was that Daniel's reaction and interactions with Savanna were a bit shallow at times. There were meetings where the two seemed to be dealing with the past and making progress, then without warning the plot would skew into a fight without really explaining anyone's thought processes.
I sympathized with Savanna to some degree in the beginning, but I felt after her return home she expected some unreasonable results. I felt the end was a tad rushed after all the waffling from the opening page, but was pleased that at least the story did wrap up the story and didn't leave a reader hanging.(less)
Jade Rowley suffered from a high school crush on her best friend Laura Latimer's brother, Liam. At sixteen, she confessed her feelings to the twenty-t...moreJade Rowley suffered from a high school crush on her best friend Laura Latimer's brother, Liam. At sixteen, she confessed her feelings to the twenty-two-year-old before he left town. He attempted to brush aside her teenage crush, but a shared kiss left Jade in limbo.
We fast forward twelve years and find Jade in the midst of another scene, this time the break up with her fiance. Add in her friend Laura's struggle with cancer and Jade is brought face-to-face with Liam again.
I loved the build up of the story. Seeing old friends adjust to one another again, but still feeling like they did when they were kids made the tale lighthearted in the beginning. However, as we draw Jade and Liam together more and more, the obstacles piling up seem overwhelming.
About midway through, we lose character development and even Laura's illness takes a backseat to the additional plot points are tossed into the story. I'd of rather narrowed down a few of the "issues" that cropped up between Liam and Jade in order to focus more on how they were growing and developing within the story.
The story of Summer Jones and her temper was a great start to the book, unfortunately that was all that really developed that was interesting about he...moreThe story of Summer Jones and her temper was a great start to the book, unfortunately that was all that really developed that was interesting about her. She takes a job as a waitress in order to help finance her Master degree. She claims to be interested in people and is majoring in journalism and communications, but dealing with the public seems to be a challenge.
Enter Lance Munroe, a successful record producer, who is charmed by her temper and hires her to work PR for his company. We are given glimpses of who Lance is, but I felt his character was left rather shallow and most of our dealings with him we view him through Summer's perceptions.
The overall storyline was entertaining and I'd of enjoyed a little more mystery and confrontation between the two characters. Random inconveniences seemed to throw Summer off course easily and then larger complications were brushed aside with barely a mention.(less)
The idea of the good girl Dominique Baker finally deciding to break out and have some fun leads her to be in the wrong place at the right time to meet...moreThe idea of the good girl Dominique Baker finally deciding to break out and have some fun leads her to be in the wrong place at the right time to meet mysterious T.J. Wilde.
After the case of mistaken identity leads T.J. and Dominique on an adventure, I felt the storyline lost a little momentum. The fast-paced beginning and our introductions got me excited about the characters, but the dragging out of the main obstacle felt flat, unsupported and a bit rushed.
I felt the end also ended up a bit rushed after the build up. Overall, I enjoyed the characters and the plot had a good premise. The middle of the story could of used a bit more detail and some focusing to help the flow run smoother to the end.
This was a nice quick read about a runaway bride, Louise Honeycut. Escaping from the arranged marriage to help along a corporate merger, Lou hides out...moreThis was a nice quick read about a runaway bride, Louise Honeycut. Escaping from the arranged marriage to help along a corporate merger, Lou hides out with Double Dare, Inc. a company run by Sam Rawlins that provides clients with the adventure of a lifetime.
Overall, the plot was straight forward and fun. Lou came off as a bit sheltered for a contemporary book, but her innocence and zest to embrace a new life away from her father's influence was entertaining. Sam represented a knight in shining armor, hero to the rescue for Lou, but he came off a little flat.
The book suffered from multiple errors that should have been caught by simple re-readings. It wasn't enough to ruin the story.(less)
To begin with, I have to say this book grabbed me from the opening pages with the terrific alpha males lead by Zane Winters. I love strong alpha male...moreTo begin with, I have to say this book grabbed me from the opening pages with the terrific alpha males lead by Zane Winters. I love strong alpha male characters and Zane was just the right mix of soft and steel.
While at times Beth Brown's character drove me crazy with her reluctance to believe in the connection she shared with Zane, the action was enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Opening with Zane and two of his SEAL buddies waiting for a plane, his psychic gift warns him that something is going to happen on the plane. When Beth walks in with her story of dreaming about the plane being hijacked the action and suspense starts and doesn't stop even at the final page.
The SEAL team members were portrayed in a very realistic manner and made me feel I was actually part of the action. Having so many strong male characters packed the book with page-to-page action and violence. The book did deal with a lot of violence, but came across real and evoked emotional responses in the characters as well as the reader.
I can't wait for the next book in the series. This is one I'll enjoy reading again and again.(less)