I hadn't planned to read another of Katie's books for this year's December blog, but she offered a copy and I could hardly resist with this one last dI hadn't planned to read another of Katie's books for this year's December blog, but she offered a copy and I could hardly resist with this one last date open. What an enjoyable afternoon I spent with this Christmas read!
Jay Alexander was the youngest of the Alexander brood, Dully's youngest brother. He had special circumstances as he was born with spina bifada and spent his days in a wheelchair.....a very old and dilapidated untrustworthy wheel chair. December Kiss was an RN at Providence Hospital in Snowberry Minnesota. Their chance meeting and the romance that followed was a delight.
Katie Mettner writes spicy Christian romance stories about individuals who may endure special circumstances, but rise above all of it in their dreams and desires. This story slowly revealed the painful truths in both Jay and Decembers pasts. Although, they could have been driven forever apart, they strengthened their friendship and a budding romance began to build. There was just one occurence of intimacy, that was not too explicit and I appreciated that. The storyline was realistic and two people who had been wounded by their pasts, found peace with one another, strength together and joy.
This was the kind of Christmas story I could enjoy wholeheartedly. It was not rushed and flowed smoothly from start to finish. ...more
Winter's Legacy is the second book in the newly named Heaven's Trilogy series. I have not read the first in the series, Heaven's Fate. But if the secoWinter's Legacy is the second book in the newly named Heaven's Trilogy series. I have not read the first in the series, Heaven's Fate. But if the second book in the series is anything to go by, I would recommend the series to fans of fantasy and high adventure. It is a combination of fantasy, sci-fi, mythology and after-life adventure.
Although this is a genre not at the top of my reading preferences, I enjoyed reading the story and following the adventures of Thame and his pre-ordained life and death. The character of Thame is probably the best developed character in the book but I enjoyed meeting his wife and newborn daughter as well as his wife's parents and brother, Cyrus. I had a little trouble identifying who Thame's real enemies were, since he seemed to be friends with those who were not so loyal to him. But again, Thame was considered Winter's Legacy and had been foretold of in prophecy. He was a decent man and sought to do right for his society. He was also a learned man and well suited to leadership, although he was also hot headed and lacking the wisdom of the mature.
His adventures after his death as he tried to return to the land of the living and protect his wife and his daughter, was heroic and full of wild adventure. His journey meant traveling through the nine levels of hell and making conquest after conquest in order to succeed in his mission. Many befriended Thame and many tried to stop him and send his soul to hell forever....more
Wow, this second book was so intense! My first thought was such disappointment and so much relating to Adam's depression and his change in attitude toWow, this second book was so intense! My first thought was such disappointment and so much relating to Adam's depression and his change in attitude toward the music. And I thought, huh? Not sure I like this at all. But then, I came to chapter 16 and Forman started to deal with the real nit and grit of the story. And my uh-huh moment was born. Now I began to understand why these kids had gone their separate ways and how they each played a part in their separation and each was responsible in part for their own heartache. And just when I thought they were at the final breaking point, the author began to mend the rift between these two vulnerable characters. And my heart continued to beat.
Just who am I to question an author's judgement? My faith was reaffirmed in the two characters, Mia Hall and Adam Wilde and I will read more of Gayle Forman without so much doubt in my head. So darned intense, I could barely breathe in places!
Nothing keeps me going like raw emotion that I live when I read the written word! Thank you Ms Forman. Personally I believe book two surpassed the first one!...more
Do you have a favorite author? One who never lets you down? Let me introduce you to Shauna Allen....By now anyone who knows my blog, knows I love, lovDo you have a favorite author? One who never lets you down? Let me introduce you to Shauna Allen....By now anyone who knows my blog, knows I love, love, love her work! Her latest release, Burnout, is a prequel to the jack 'em up series...Hot young men, their hot cars and their hot young ladies!
This prequel was short, but it was a fast fun read. Reminiscent of many years ago and young love, I could relate to the story of the tortured bad boy--what girl doesn't like the proverbial bad boy? He's a rule breaker, a pusher of limits a daredevil and his every breath says reckless! He may have a lot of female followers, but he is never worthy of the "perfect" princess and she is always the one who wants him.
Shauna can write the most wonderful love stories where the two converge and find someplace in the middle to learn about each other's truths and secret desires and somehow, it works. Her stories are definitely character driven and that is because we all know someone like her characters, or perhaps at some point in time, we were her characters. I always feel like I lived their romance right along with them.
I love an author who can make me feel, make me laugh and make me cherish her characters and their story. Shauna Allen, makes me feel her stories and I so look forward to this new series!...more