Any woman would kill for the chance to tour Italy’s most famous cities for the summer, but for Carly Davis, it's a hindrance. She's had to turn down gAny woman would kill for the chance to tour Italy’s most famous cities for the summer, but for Carly Davis, it's a hindrance. She's had to turn down gigs and private lessons to tour the couple of weeks with the Symphony. But one attraction has caught her eye…and heart. Tour guide and vineyard owner, Michelangelo, is dark and delicious. They may have gotten off on the wrong foot, but he's helping her to land a big gig and is quickly working his way under her skin. But with her promising career back in Boston, can Carly really afford to lose her heart in Italy?
At times, this book read like a new adult, and other times it read like a women's fiction. Nothing wrong with either, but I never felt the romance category vibe. Periodically, the heroine Carly came off as abrasive, but motivations were explained well and never made me dislike her or want to stop reading. There was a lot to like about this book. What stands out was the setting and details the author weaved in, making me feel like I was right there, enjoying the experience. Hello? Hot Italian guy? Vineyard owner? Sign me up! Dionne writes with an elegance not often found nowadays and focuses on the sweet versus the heat. This book was a nice change of pace and recommended. ...more
Paisley Munro has found meaning in her life by working as a veterinary assistant. Her gift of being able to communicate with animalsNetGalley Review:
Paisley Munro has found meaning in her life by working as a veterinary assistant. Her gift of being able to communicate with animals has felt more like a curse. While traveling to Scotland for a relative’s funeral, Paisley fears that she really has lost her mind. Creighton Matheson is the clan leader of shape-shifting bears who have been roaming the land freely for centuries. Now Paisley may inherit his home, putting his kind in grave danger. His mistrust only deepens when he realizes she can read his mind. Yet the attraction and pull between them cannot be denied and they must choose what's in their hearts to let go of what's in their heads.
Where to begin? Where. To. Begin… From start to finish, conflict to resolution, this was sheer brilliance. There's the paranormal edge with shape-shifting bears (bears, not wolves--so refreshing) and a heroine who can speak to animals, plus a family castle with ghosts. Then there's the contemporary end with quirky humor and real problems. This wasn't a typical book to lump into one category. The hero and heroine were both relatable and the chemistry was electric. Solid, nail-biting conflict. Scottish Highlands, hot guy in a kilt. Oh yeah. The setting was detailed and put the reader right there. Most impressive was the way the lingo and dialog were delivered. Davis did her research and never pulled me out of the story for a minute. Highly recommended! ...more
Twenty years before, Lincoln Fox was wrongfully railroaded and convicted in the murder of his father. Now, he returns to Rebel Ridge, Kentucky, deep iTwenty years before, Lincoln Fox was wrongfully railroaded and convicted in the murder of his father. Now, he returns to Rebel Ridge, Kentucky, deep in the Appalachian Mountains, to uncover what really happened and bring the real culprit to justice. A task he knows could put him in danger and anger the close knit community. Plans take a crazy turn when he finds Meg Walker's wrecked car at the side of a snow-covered road. Meg was his high school sweetheart and first love. She always believed in his innocence, but a lot of time has passed since they crossed paths. In a twisted game of revenge and lies, secrets are unveiled and now Linc's mission is putting them both at risk. Someone/s wants the truth to stay buried, at any cost.
Sala is one of my go-to authors. I know I can pick up any of her books and be happy. It's refreshing to read a romance that's not as invested in the heat as it is in the heart. Thrilling suspense and three dimensional characters, packed with detailed setting and an array of secondary characters only add to the books intensity and charm. This was no exception. This is a Rebel Ridge novel (I believe book two) and not to be missed. Most impressive about this book was the uncovering of lies and lengths people will go to in order to escape their past or bury their secrets. The ending was excellent in its realism. Recommended! ...more
Reagan Deveraux spent a year in hiding in Sugar Creek, Vermont--a cozy little town where family and friends come before everything--and the home of thReagan Deveraux spent a year in hiding in Sugar Creek, Vermont--a cozy little town where family and friends come before everything--and the home of the Cupcake Lovers. She's never experienced anything like it, especially growing up with a fame-hungry, B list actress like her mother. So when she leaves Sugar Creek after receiving her inheritance, she feels lost. Now she's in a position to help the town restore the daycare center and aid the Cupcake Lovers in securing their book deal. But pub owner Luke Monroe--bachelor and seriously irresistible--has put a wrench in those plans. He's having a hard time getting past his attraction to Reagan and the fact that she lied to him, to everyone, for a whole year. More than the two of them are involved now. Can they forgive and forget for the sake of all involved?
I didn't have the pleasure of reading the other books in this series, but I'll be picking them up. As it appears, this is Book Four in the Cupcake Lovers series. There are a lot of characters in this book--a lot. At times it was hard to keep track, but Ciotta did a pretty great job of using subtle reminders. Ciotta also does a great job of hinting at the next book by being in those characters POV to tease at their beginning while working this story. I didn't feel like I needed to read the other books to understand this one, making it a stand alone. The setting was just lovely, as were the secondary characters. I love these small town romances because the setting and people make me wish they were real. The heat between Reagan and Luke was realistic, as was the way they handled…everything. Most impressive was the fact that I didn't question motives or actions or the ending. Recommended! ...more
Book Three in the Angels of the Dark series. A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assasBook Three in the Angels of the Dark series. A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies. Yet when he's captured and poisoned by the Phoenix, it's a mere halfling that saves him. Worse, she's invoking some serious protective urges and desires within him. Elin Vale has her own deep-rooted scars, and her attraction to the exquisite warrior who freed her from slavery challenges her every notion. But together they seem to heal each other, and as the wounds start to seal, the past becomes less important than securing a future together.
I became addicted to Showalter with her Lords of the Underworld series and am hooked on this one as well. I know when I pick up one of her books I'll be transferred into a world of blood and gore and revenge, while coming out with a HEA to make me swoon. Thane's tale was particularly interesting in the fact that when he and his fellow warriors were captured in hell, he wasn't touched, but he was tortured just the same by watching his comrades suffer. He came out of it a broken man and Elin brought back his softer, protective side. The BDSM angle--immortal style--was fun to watch transition into something Thane no longer needed. I loved Elin's spirit too, as she wasn't a weakling, even with few/no powers. You'll see snippets of the Lords ties and the ending to that series with hints in the storyline in this book. Cannot wait for Bjorn and Xeries' books next. ...more
Gianna's finally settling into her life and getting everything she wants. She's working under Lei Young, one of the sharpest business women in New YorGianna's finally settling into her life and getting everything she wants. She's working under Lei Young, one of the sharpest business women in New York. Ever since her epic relationship disaster with Jax Rutledge, she learned to never mix business with pleasure, and to never bring politics into the bedroom. But two years later Jax returns and sabotages the deal she's been working on. Worse, it appears he's in cahoots with Lei's enemy. Yet the heat is still sizzling between them, and Gianna can't stay impassive. This time she's wiser and knows the rules of the game, but will the knowledge protect her heart?
AFTERBURN was a release in 2013, with AFTERSHOCK coming in 2014. This edition had both. I suggest this version. It's been awhile since I picked up a Day novel, and I don't know why it took me so long. She never disappoints. Sexy, snarky and edge of your seat wit, this book/s kept me reading half the night and rooting for both characters to resolve their differences. Not without a lack of conflict, this concluded perfectly and realistically. The setting and secondary characters added nicely to the story, especially Gianna's family and Lei. Highly recommended! ...more
She's an urban, uptight black woman who fought her way through law school to become an assistant DA. He's a white guy with family money and a flashy cShe's an urban, uptight black woman who fought her way through law school to become an assistant DA. He's a white guy with family money and a flashy car. When they connect one night out on the town, a dangerous, raw affair begins.
This review is solely based on personal preference and should have no bearing on the author's writing style or the book itself. Honestly, I thought I was getting something else when I ordered this, and it's just not my style. My wires must've crossed somewhere while skimming books. I got 3 chapters in and stopped. I couldn't get into it and held no interest for me. Again, personal preference, not a reflection on the author....more
Julia Campbell just entered into an affair with Brad DeLuca and she never knows what to expect. Their unconventional relationship is pushing her usualJulia Campbell just entered into an affair with Brad DeLuca and she never knows what to expect. Their unconventional relationship is pushing her usual boundaries with voyeurism and BDSM. But things get even more dangerous when Julia witnesses something that leads right back to the mob…and Brad.
I thought this was a series with different characters when I ordered this, but it's a continuation of the first book. In honesty, I was a little lost in the opener, so I suggest reading book one before jumping into this, as there's not much of a transition. Though I liked the sexy aspect of this book, and overall liked Torre's writing style, the pacing of the story felt very off, ergo the 3 stars. It started out hot and heavy, and then got into other plot movements, never really circling back to the heat. Areas regarding the conflict/mob/Brad were too neatly tied together and resolved, and unrealistic. I may feel differently had I read book one, but alas, I didn't. In saying that, I wouldn't hesitate to pick up other books by this author because of her style, just not this series in particular. ...more
Ali and Mark are going through a divorce, of which neither really want. Both take to an internet site to meet someone else, and eventually wind up surAli and Mark are going through a divorce, of which neither really want. Both take to an internet site to meet someone else, and eventually wind up surprising themselves with their dates. Amidst the marriage drama is Ali's stalker, who sends her notes and attempts to run her down. Literally. Can the relationship be saved? Can Ali be saved?
This was a short, somewhat intense read. I love Alexander's writing style. Sometimes dry, no excess verbiage and enough sweet heat to make me smile. I also loved the idea behind the plot, having the hero and heroine "re-meet" on different terms. I did feel a bit rushed, and would've liked to see some of the conflict more thought out, but was very satisfied with what I read. I rooted for them from page one, so there you have it. Recommended.
Jenny Carpenter has put her dream of marriage and children on hold to focus on another dream--turning the local Victorian haunted mansion into a B&B.Jenny Carpenter has put her dream of marriage and children on hold to focus on another dream--turning the local Victorian haunted mansion into a B&B. But plans veer off course when the house's former owner shows up wanting it back. Bestselling horror writer Gabe Raintree is as tortured as his characters. He's on a deadline and needs home to finish writing his next book. But ghosts and pretty inn owners aren't the only distractions. Memories return and suddenly he doesn't know which ones are real.
I love this Last Chance series by Ramsay, but this one is my favorite to date. A few ghosts, a few memories, a few crazy townsfolk, a few secrets, and quite a few stolen glances of longing. The characters were dimensional and interesting, the setting ideal, and the plot well-developed. I had a hard time putting it down. Very highly recommended! ...more
Samantha Bennett just wanted to get in and out of Knights Bridge undetected. But her goal of doing that, and unearthing a three-hundred year old mysteSamantha Bennett just wanted to get in and out of Knights Bridge undetected. But her goal of doing that, and unearthing a three-hundred year old mystery while trying to salvage her good name, is thwarted when she's caught in the cider mill as it goes up in flames. Of course she's also rescued by good-looking Justin Sloan in the process. Now she's finding herself invited to weddings, falling in love with the town, and the center of attention. Justin's the one who alerted her former mentor to her iffy past and got her fired two years ago. So why is there this crazy chemistry between them now? Why is her wanderlust gene suddenly wanting to stay?
Neggers never lets me down. Never. Though this book didn't have the edge of your seat twists I've come to expect, I was nonetheless enthralled by the story. The pirate angle tied together both with satisfaction and sweetness. The secondary characters and setting were outstanding. I also enjoyed the realistic approach between hero and heroine. By not jumping the gun and laying their souls bare, they got to know one another on a gut-deep level that made their journey fun. This is part of the Swift River Valley series, and not to be missed. ...more