It's a solid, sexy story, with an endearing heroine and a tough, but good hearted hero. I really enjoyed the way Reid coaxed Lucie out of her shell andIt's a solid, sexy story, with an endearing heroine and a tough, but good hearted hero. I really enjoyed the way Reid coaxed Lucie out of her shell and showed her what true confidence was, while Lucie made Reid realize that he was more than just a professional fighter. Their love story was at times sweet and hot. Another highlight of the book was Lucie's best friend, she's a riot and I loved how she constantly stood up for Lucie and was determined to help her see the real woman inside of her. I really hope she'll get her own book!
This book was a quick and easy read, full of likable characters and sexy love scenes. Perfect for a lazy Sunday evening (or any other day of the week)....more
Story: Dr. Josh Scott isn't desperate. Well, not exactly. He's just in desperate need of... something. He's working crazy hours in the ER4.5 - 5 stars
Story: Dr. Josh Scott isn't desperate. Well, not exactly. He's just in desperate need of... something. He's working crazy hours in the ER and his own practice, his son that he is raising on his own, stopped talking and took up barking instead and then there's his paralyzed, angry sister living with him. And to top it all off his house is now harboring the most ill-behaved pug on the planet, also known as the Antichrist. What he really needs is help, so hiring Grace to babysit and walk the satanic canine seemed like a good idea at the time.
Grace is still trying to figure out what to do with her life because pleasing her parents just might not be good enough anymore. She figures that walking a little dog can't be too hard, but by accepting the dog she's taking on way more than she bargained for. Because risking her heart was never part of the plan...
"[...] And I love them all." Grace heard the words, then clapped a hand over her mouth. "What is that? Why does that word keep slipping out?" "It's because love is one of those really bossy bitches," Amy said. "There's no telling it what to do."
Well, they do say that three's the charm, but due to the fact that the main character was a doctor I never thought that this would come true for me with Jill Shalvis's third book in her "Lucky Harbor/Chocoholics" series. I was wrong. "Forever And A Day" was simply irresistable. ;) I loved "Lucky In Love" and enjoyed "At Last", but it was the last installment of the series that took the (cup)cake for me. This was a lovely, sexy story with an enjoyably relaxed pace, despite all the entertaining chaos that happens in the small town of Lucky Harbor. What made this book so special were the two main characters and the incredible chemistry between them.
Grace was such a likeable character. Her interactions with Toby, Josh's son were truly touching, but it was the way Grace handled Josh's rebellious, paralyzed sister that made her my favorite Shalvis heroine so far. Then there's Josh. Sexy, wonderful, adorably stressed Josh. Talk about favorite characters. He and Sawyer are fighting for the number one spot in my heart and although Sawyer is a badass cop with a gun, it actually might be the hunky doctor that will come out on top. And that's quite a feat because I don't think I've ever actually liked a doctor as a hero. And I didn't just like Josh - I completely adored him. He was a compelling main character. He genuinely wanted to help people, but despite his crazy work hours you never doubted that his family came first, even if it took him some time to figure it out himself. But the best (or at least most amusing) thing about him was how clueless he was about what to do about the energetic bundle called Grace. Oh, he thought he had her all figured out, but he could do nothing to stop her from charming her way into his slightly cynic heart. Watching those two stumble along was priceless.
Hands down, this was my favorite Shalvis love story. I enjoyed myself from the get-go. And a very big plus (for me) was the slower build up. At least it was slow for Jill Shalvis. It was still sexy as hell because the attraction and heat was coming off every page, but the way she strung those two along was a delicious reading experience in itself!
I'm delighted that this isn't the end of the "Lucky Harbor" series and I'm really looking forward to the next installments. I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a quick, sexy and sweet story about finding your place in life and discovering love in unexpected places....more
Nora Roberts at her best. Great storyline, a strong heroine and one of her most appealing heroes. I'm very picky when it comes to stories about the "WiNora Roberts at her best. Great storyline, a strong heroine and one of her most appealing heroes. I'm very picky when it comes to stories about the "Wild West" since they are always portrayed exaggeratedly and I don't always care for their atmosphere, but "Lawless" just grabbed me and I couldn't do anything but root for the characters, even despite the overdone parts.
The story about Jake, the drifting gunslinger, and Sarah, the "fine" lady from the east, was a delightful one. This book will go to my reread shelf right away!...more
This is the first time I actually regretted buying a book. It was WAY too short, so the characters fell extremely flat. If the author wanted to writeThis is the first time I actually regretted buying a book. It was WAY too short, so the characters fell extremely flat. If the author wanted to write a short story like that she should have picked another theme. Going from being a hysterical wreck because the love of your life left you to being totally okay with it and almost being in love with someone else in about 20 pages is just wrong. No author would be able to pull that off. On top of it the writing style felt very undeveloped. I'm sorry I have to write this because I really dislike talking about books like this, but it just had to be said so other readers know what they get themselves into by buying this book. But if you don't have a problem with lightning-speed developments you shouldn't have as big a problem with the book as I did....more
I really enjoyed the romance part of this book. The lovestory between Beth and Jack, as well as the budding relationship between Jack and her kids wasI really enjoyed the romance part of this book. The lovestory between Beth and Jack, as well as the budding relationship between Jack and her kids was believable and touching. I did have some problems with the suspense part, though. Especially the last third of the book would be best described by the word "overkill". Four villains, three attacks on Beth's life and A LOT of knifework. By the end of the book I was so annoyed with it I was happy it finally ended.
Like I said, a really good romance, but the action parts were just a bit... overenthusiastic....more
"There were certain things she knew for sure. When in doubt, eat chocolate. When stressed, eat chocolate. When in doubt AND stressed, eat chocolate."There were certain things she knew for sure. When in doubt, eat chocolate. When stressed, eat chocolate. When in doubt AND stressed, eat chocolate. Especially when that doubt and stress were related to a man and her feelings for said man."
Amy Michaels came to Lucky Harbor to find peace and maybe hope. It worked for her grandmother many years ago, so why shouldn't it work for her as well? What Amy hasn't been looking for was Matt aka "Ranger Hot Buns". He's trouble and that's the last thing she needs. But then she has never been especially good at making the right choices...
If you read and loved the other books in the Lucky Harbor series then you will love "At Last" as well. Jill Shalvis came up with another sexy, funny and at times heart-warming story, that will brighten your day just a little bit more. For the most part this book was very drama-free (not boring, though), if a bit predictable. That's not a bad thing, I'm just saying that it pretty much follows the path of the other books in the series. Still not a bad thing because if there's one thing Jill Shalvis is especially good at then it's creating crazy chemistry between her main characters. The attraction between Amy and Matt was off the charts and I had a lot of fun watching those two resist falling in love with each other. And resist they did, let me tell you that. They both had a rough past that made them more than a little bit suspicious of trust and love, so the story of the book basically revolves around them overcoming those fears and learning to trust each other. I think Jill Shalvis did a good job. She constructed a solid story, believable background stories and I never felt like she was stringing them along just to lenghten her book. The developments all felt very natural, even though I wish the author would take a bit more time to let her characters jump into bed with each other. I like it when an author uses a slow (even very slow) buildup, but everyone who read one of Shalvis's books before knows they won't get one of those.
There was a little sub-plot about a troubled teenager that I thought was very well done as well. The portrait of the defiant, lost girl felt realistic and I was rooting for her from the beginning.
A predictable, but nevertheless good and fast read that made me exited for the next book in the series "Forever A Day", Josh and Grace's story....more
I'm not quite sure what to think of this story or the author's writing style. Yes, there were some hot scenes (I especially liked the part3 - 3.5 stars
I'm not quite sure what to think of this story or the author's writing style. Yes, there were some hot scenes (I especially liked the parts before they landed in bed together - great chemistry) and, YES, I was totally in love with Gabe the hero of "Try Me", but I had a bit of a problem with Olivia Cunning's phrasing. Explicit doesn't necessarily mean erotic. Apart from that the heroine's transformation from being totally turned off by tattoos to... well, the exact opposite felt too rushed and unnatural - but I guess I can blame that partly on the fact that "Try Me" was a novella.
It was a good story, I just didn't care much for the author's writing style....more
"Jane Austen always felt out of her element. Her stories are about characters bound by the situations they are in - until they're finally set free. Y"Jane Austen always felt out of her element. Her stories are about characters bound by the situations they are in - until they're finally set free. You... me... haven't you always felt you didn't fit in anyplace else? Until you came here? Aren't you finally free?"
Ellie's in trouble. Big trouble. Her parents want to leave for Guatemala and they want to take her with them, but Ellie doesn't want to leave the Acedemy. She doesn't want to leave her friends and she especially doesn't want to leave funny, cute Edward. Because Ellie is sure that he cares for her just as much as she cares for him, right? RIGHT?
With "So Into You" Cecilia Gray was at a disatvantage from the start. The reason for that is the fact that I just don't like "Sense and Sensibility" very much. It's the mother of all love-triangles and God knows I hate those with a passion. "So Into You" is the second book in the "Jane Austen Acedemy" series and a modern retelling of my least favorite Austen novel. But I loved "Fall For You", book one of the series, so I just had to read "SIY" as soon as I got my fingers on it. And Cecilia Gray did the unthinkable, she did what Jane Austen was unable to do - she made me enjoy the plot of "Sense and Sensibility". I'm not quite sure how she did it, but a big part of it was definitely her loving way of presenting her characters. None of them are perfect, some are arrogant, oblivious, or completely unable to make a decision (hello there, Edward), some are even downright obnoxious. But there's something charming about every single one of them. Gray's characters are so full of life, hope and dreams, it's a pleasure to read about them, even if they do something stupid or something I don't agree with.
Ellie and Edward were the perfect example for that. I wanted to shake them throughout 50% of the book, but at the same time it was so much fun to watch them stumble along. They had to overcome some serious obstacles, but you just knew how much they cared for each other and I was sure that things would turn out to be okay (you will do so as well, even if you don't know how "Sense and Sensibility" ends).
I just wish the ending would have been longer. The entire book is full of high-drama and there were only so few pages where everything was finally right. I felt like Ellie and Edward deserved a bit more happy times together, but I was satisfied with the way the drama was resolved, so I'm not too upset about the abrupt ending. And of course there were minor things I had some trouble with, but that mostly had to do with the love triangle (but for once it didn't annoy me too much) and the undecisiveness of one male who should not be named.
If you enjoyed "Fall For You" or "Sense and Sensibility" you will do the same with this installment of the series. "So Into You" is a cute and quick read and not just for fans of Jane Austen....more
Story: It's been two years since Megan lost her husband in a car crash on Christmas Eve and she hasn't been the same ever since. But this year3.5 stars
Story: It's been two years since Megan lost her husband in a car crash on Christmas Eve and she hasn't been the same ever since. But this year a Christmas miracle is waiting for her. Owen, a god of snow and winter came to earth to bring her happiness, but only Megan's love and acceptance can make him human and keep him grounded to earth. Owen needs the cold to keep his corporal form, but spring winds are coming their way, sent by the wrath of a fellow spring god and now time is running out for both of them.
"I know what this sounds like, Megan, but I was sent here. For you." He released a deep breath. "A Christmas gift, of sorts."
"North of Need" was an okay book for me. While I really liked the idea of a series about gods that represent and influence the seasons, I wasn't completely satisfied with the final outcome. The biggest problem I had with this book was the ungodly amount of sappiness - and not always the good kind. While I can do (and even like) sappy in measured doses "North of Need" was just too much.
"When they were together, her attention and concern made him feel like the center of her universe. He might have been a god, but he'd never before felt so important."
I had the same problem with Owen, the book's hero. He was a truly good guy. Hot as sin, sexy, funny, considerate and with a good heart, but to me he was just a bit too perfect. There were no - ZERO - rough edges, it was almost as if he didn't even possess a temper. He was never angry or unreasonable. He didn't do fights or even discussions. Which was why, despite his hotness, he turned out to be a bit of a bland character. Apart from the fact that he loved to play in the snow and eat ice cream - hello, snow god - I couldn't detect much of a personality. He was nice and extremely good-looking, but that's it.
"So, good with languages, shovels and igloos. Anything else?" The smug look he tossed at her was so wicked it shivered right down her spine. Walked right into that one, hadn't she."
Megan, on the other hand, was a more believable and likable heroine. She was full of doubts and insecurities, which is no wonder considering what happened to her, but at the same time there was a strength to her that appealed to me. She was a worrier and the fact that she lost her husband left some big scares, but in the end it didn't stop her from going after what she wanted.
"I guess I'm a worrier." Suddenly she froze. "Oh, hell, I've turned into my mother."
To sum it up, if you are looking for edgier paranormal romances I would recommend you keep your hands off this book, but if you like your stories sappy, sweet and mostly drama-free - go for it.
I'll still go on with the series, though, since the hero of the next books seems to be a bit more hard edged - it's Zephyros, the spring god that caused all those troubles for Owen and Megan.