Loved it...love this author, her very creative book with the most interesting premise. I had the chance to meet her this past summer at uTopYA in Nash...moreLoved it...love this author, her very creative book with the most interesting premise. I had the chance to meet her this past summer at uTopYA in Nashville and as a person and a mom she's amazing. Honored all around to know this author. (less)
I've had the wonderful opportunity to preview an early copy of this book and it's no secret how much I love this writer who does small town Brevia so...moreI've had the wonderful opportunity to preview an early copy of this book and it's no secret how much I love this writer who does small town Brevia so well.
This is a world I'm now a part of, a town I wish could be real. I've never been so hooked.
If anyone's looking for humor, hilarious dogs as sub characters, swoon worthy hot heroes and heroines you can relate to...I say Harlequin Special Editions and Michelle Major are as close to what a perfect romance escape should be. (less)
Amazing...different and creative with an overprotective perfect hero that's swoony (and shape-shifty). This book, like most of Lila's also features an...moreAmazing...different and creative with an overprotective perfect hero that's swoony (and shape-shifty). This book, like most of Lila's also features an amazing family and friend circle that is rich and so developed I'm already craving the stories of her sub characters here. Lila Felix is one of the authors who's so kind, so real and yeah, I fangirl her because she's the whole package of awesome. (less)
Wonderful little book about friendships and about learning how to snowboard!
This one is a first in a series and is by my friend Marty Mokler Banks wh...moreWonderful little book about friendships and about learning how to snowboard!
This one is a first in a series and is by my friend Marty Mokler Banks who's written it with her niece who was a member of the US Snowboard team. It's also got some great pictures--and a wonderful addition to an early chapter book reader's list. It's the first in a series about kids, sports and friendship. I like how this one is big on friendship, family, facing challenges and fears, and how kids need to try sports that might seem strange and scary at first, but after you give it a try you learn fast and always wind up smiling and making new friends. (less)
This is one of the books I've started by peeking at the beginning before I should have. The images left in my mind of a broken he...moreLila Lila LILA FELIX.
This is one of the books I've started by peeking at the beginning before I should have. The images left in my mind of a broken hearted Breaker James are the images that are ruining my goals for my laundry, my kitchen, my bills, my own work, and I'm about to resort to feeding my kid Cheerios for dinner to get to the next few chapters!
Breaker James and Ash... I love how Lila can figure out just the right combination of people and make us all see how they are perfect for each other. Yes, I want Breaker James for a book boyfriend (just like MY Falcon) but what Lila does is make me love the couples. The friendships she builds between the couples are so real. The people around those friendships that draw the couples closer together--that is where her magic is centered. She draws the reader in to the heart of a community and family--even if that family is blood related or not, she gets what it means and let's us be part of that in her stories. I've read a few of Lila's books now, and when I read her stuff I know I'm going to get this slow burn and a longing effect where I find myself looking for the emotion page after page. She's a master at making my heart ache and fly. She is also great at writing a sexy, protective hero you can't forget. Her New Adult stories are 'clean' in that there are adult and college situation and settings but there is no graphic sex in AnguiSH.
Broken hearted characters who have to learn how to trust someone to finally love again are my favorites--that is what this hero is all about. Breaker James is that broken...and Ash is so cute and adds the comedy and she has the vulnerability and empathy needed to draw this guy out. I'm only 1/4 way done--keep you posted on the ending...love Lila, how hard she works, how she loves her genre and her writer pals and I love her books.(less)
Tried to put this in the 'next pile' but I snuck a peek along with three others and already I can't put it down and my house is a mess as I swap from...moreTried to put this in the 'next pile' but I snuck a peek along with three others and already I can't put it down and my house is a mess as I swap from book to book falling in love at every turn.
Act Like you Love me is killing me because I want to turn one more page ONLY, and then an hour is gone.
Just like Falling for My Fiancé, this book is amazing with tension, hopes, and heart twists as you cheer for the couple to work it out...shout out to Cindi Madsen for making me laugh and fall in love all over again! Brynn and her situation is so funny. I mean, we've all had that crush from high school--the one you wish you could see again--OR NOT...or run from OR lie to, because what if he remembered how you used to be? Hah. In this book, I know also Brynn will get have the happy ending most of us did not have during our high school crush times. If my crush could see me now, he'd say...'yep, still a disaster'. Brynn gets to come back with the winning chips. At least on the outside, and that's where the humor spikes. As an actress she's great holding up her mask but inside, like we all are, she's not so sure. I can't wait to see how this turns out.
Sawyer is awesome, distant, sexy handsome but so attracted to Brynn despite her antics. Love how Cindi's tales just flow so fast, how they are full of great kisses but clean and fade to black so I can pass this one on to my teen daughter next. I end up cracking up and thinking about my own 'what if scenarios' after the chapters are done. I will report at the end...but I'll just say it now. I'm already in love... another Kindle keeper for me.(less)
This is an amazing Adult Medieval, the second in a family saga trilogy by Lana Williams but you do NOT have to read the first book 'first' in the seri...moreThis is an amazing Adult Medieval, the second in a family saga trilogy by Lana Williams but you do NOT have to read the first book 'first' in the series to understand what is going on, but of course, you should read them all because she's a beautiful writer.
As for this one, please add it to your 'TO READ' lists if you like 'Beauty and the Beast', castles, revenge and romance type stories, then you will love Trust In Me.
This book is about a man (Nicholas--a very good looking and pissed off man) who's found his brother's body laid at his front door. The brother is not dead, but he is almost dead...and that's good enough to seek out someone to pay for this misdeed. He goes off to the enemy keep ready to kill but ends up coming home with a woman, worse a BRIDE, who's offered herself in place of the sick, old man he was supposed to battle for vengeance. Nicholas, in addition to suddenly finding himself with a bride, finds he now must hide a huge secret from the woman he's sworn never to love.
Elizabeth is the heroine. She's kind, sweet, but sadly very guilty in the part she did play in leaving Nicholas's brother at the gate. But all is not as it seems and she is hiding some secrets of her own. And now that she's married to Nicholas, she tries to make things right. She wants to turn over a new leaf, make the best of it...but Nicholas wants nothing do to with her...or does he?
I'd say more, but then it would spoil the sweet stuff, and this author is all about the sweet stuff. It's very romantic, the supporting cast of characters will charm you and make you laugh. There are some great love scenes in this book, but it is for adults--not extreme or anything--but adult to be sure.
If you have a friend that's into medieval romances and you want to buy a gift, the hard copy version of this book and this cover is simply beautiful, inside and out. (And not simply because the guy is hot. This thing is nice down to the fonts and care that has been taken on every page). I've had the pleasure of reading advance work of Lana's for years now, and I can say there are few writers so dedicated to craft, and to historical writing than this author. She never disappoints, and her lyrical soft voice will carry you into a dream and romance and stick with you long after the last page is turned.(less)
If you want swoony historical romance, Lana Williams is amazing. This story has all that a good historical should have. Wonderful setting, a hero who'...moreIf you want swoony historical romance, Lana Williams is amazing. This story has all that a good historical should have. Wonderful setting, a hero who's all tortured by his past and hiding secrets, a heroine who thinks she's all sassy and can save herself and is pretty sure she doesn't want to fall in love until--heck until you see the guy on the cover! Of course a cast of cute characters who depend on the two main characters for survival are also great. Abigail and Stephen fit the bill, and luckily it's a trilogy so there's a couple more of these to come. xo (less)
Started yesterday. So proud of my friend Cindi Madsen's sweet, fall in love with your best friend, romantic comedy! I've not stopped laughing or smili...moreStarted yesterday. So proud of my friend Cindi Madsen's sweet, fall in love with your best friend, romantic comedy! I've not stopped laughing or smiling yet. I know this author delivers on the romance in all her other work, but with this story she's in her element with humor, a sassy heroine while painting a hot hero. I'm looking forward to the first kiss very much... (less)
My son's music/drama teacher wrote this awesome book to help kids overcome fears and anxiety. The story makes kids understand that mistakes are okay a...moreMy son's music/drama teacher wrote this awesome book to help kids overcome fears and anxiety. The story makes kids understand that mistakes are okay and they actually lead to success. It has awesome drawings and an engaging story about a boy and his violin who is afraid to play it in front of others because he thinks he might mess up.
The story (and the author) strive to show kids that it's okay to approach life, learning and showing others your art/music--being who you really are inside-- can be an adventure of exploration. Things might not work exactly 'right' when you try them, but the story explains how kids can be okay when they trust themselves enough to TRY things anyhow. Make beautiful, brilliant mistakes and see what comes out. If you have a elementary age (or younger) child learning to play an instrument and facing recitals, this is a little book that might help you.
Kids don't often engage if they think they might fail. This writer is a talented musician, a dedicated teacher, and a creative performance artist who truly loves kids, teaching music, acting and sharing the message that there is no such thing as failure when your creativity, music and your imagination are there for you. Hope you will check it out! I also know for a fact this author is publishing a series soon of shorter books with this same message and I urge anyone with kids to be on the lookout.(less)