I really appreciated this sexy pairing of a hot male librarian with a knowing but innocent advice columnist. The chemistry was off the charts but ultiI really appreciated this sexy pairing of a hot male librarian with a knowing but innocent advice columnist. The chemistry was off the charts but ultimately it was the way these two related to each other that I loved. And I appreciated the way they got each other out of their respective comfort zones. One thing I've appreciated about these Jackson Hole books is their sense of place. With the depiction of rock climbing and chi-chi events, it's just what I would imagine the real place to be like. Only slightly more affordable. I hope we'll see more action in Jackson before Victoria Dahl is through!...more
I'm not a huge reader of this emerging sub-genre. But sometimes I'm in the mood for angst and humor that only NA can provide. And GARRETT is certainlyI'm not a huge reader of this emerging sub-genre. But sometimes I'm in the mood for angst and humor that only NA can provide. And GARRETT is certainly both of those.
But the reason why GARRETT w as such a stand-out for me was the heroine, Olivia. Because at the beginning of the story she's just been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. As a teenage cancer survivor, I am highly sensitive to the portrayal of illness in fiction. And things have changed a lot since my chemo in the early 90s. But I found the depiction of Olivia's struggle with the fear, and sickness, and worry inherent in the treatment process all too familiar.
Her romance with Garrett, the former one night stand king of the Carolina Fury is perhaps a little bit idealized, but that can be said of most romance. I loved the way he stuck by Olivia because he genuinely cared about her--and the way Bennett dealt with his attempts to coddle her, and the way Olivia pushed back was spot on.
But what I treasured most about this story was the flashes of humor. You hear "cancer" and assume the book will be all tears. But life is absurd and Bennett captured that too.
Anyway, if you're looking for a sexy, funny, hopeful read about love between a hockey player and a florist with cancer, this is it....more
Really enjoyed this New Orleans set romance. The hero and heroine both turned out to be different from what I first thought and I appreciated the wayReally enjoyed this New Orleans set romance. The hero and heroine both turned out to be different from what I first thought and I appreciated the way Lang slowly revealed each of their pasts. There was just enough humor and just enough angst to make for an engrossing readThe Mardi Gras scenes were accurate from my experiences of New Orleans Mardi Gras, too, so if you're looking for an authentic New Orleans setting paired with a sexy romance this is the book for you. ...more
Another winner from Jill Shalvis as she starts a new series set in Cedar Ridge, a tiny town in the Colorado Rockies. Though it has the trademark humorAnother winner from Jill Shalvis as she starts a new series set in Cedar Ridge, a tiny town in the Colorado Rockies. Though it has the trademark humor fans love from Shalvis, both the hero and heroine have some seriously dark things in their pasts. Which makes their journey toward HEA tough for both of them as they have to deal with that darkness before they can heal. Loved Lily and Aidan together, especially how they took care of each other. And the side plot with Aidan's mother dating again was priceless! Can't wait for my next trip to Cedar Ridge!...more
One of the things I can always count on from Jill Shalvis is a sexy, funny read. So I was somewhat surprised to find myself shedding tears over her laOne of the things I can always count on from Jill Shalvis is a sexy, funny read. So I was somewhat surprised to find myself shedding tears over her latest Sunshine, Idaho story Still the One. The heroine, Darcy, was in a very bad car accident that almost killed her. And it's left her with scars both physical and mental. But it's her not quite ready for primetime knee that got to me. As someone who has wiped out in restaurants, stores, parking lots, I know what it's like to not be able to trust your own body. So seeing a character in a genre that's for the most part full of physically perfect heroes and heroines find herself at the mercy of her unstable leg was jarring. But sweet. More and more I'm seeing characters with less than perfect bodies finding love on the pages of romance novels. In this case, the story of Darcy finding her HEA with physical therapist A.J. gives a glimpse into the special brand of self-doubt that comes with any debilitating injury, as well as how little such injuries matter in the face of true love. I especially appreciated how AJ was so determined to make it possible for folks whose insurance has run out continue on with the physical therapy they so need. And coupled with Darcy's quest to match up rejected assistance dogs with people who can't afford them, the story might have become a little too selfless. But that's where the Shalvis humor, and Darcy's grouchiness, come in. All in all this was a great read, with the added bonus of extra heart. And there's nothing wrong with that....more
I thoroughly enjoyed this friends to lovers story that pits vivacious Ava against hunky contractor Sam. Friends since childhood, Sam and Ava have alwaI thoroughly enjoyed this friends to lovers story that pits vivacious Ava against hunky contractor Sam. Friends since childhood, Sam and Ava have always managed to avoid getting involved with each other because they value their friendship too much. But when Ava needs a pretend boyfriend to scare off an overeager client at work, Sam comes to the rescue and pretend turns into real and they're soon rationalizing themselves into becoming Friends with Benefits. What could have been a light and fluffy story is actually quite serious in places. And I found the dark elements from the past added depth to the witty banter and light comedy. If you like a funny, sexy story with heart, you can't find better than this one. And I'm salivating for the next one in this series starring Ava's brother....more
I knew that Emma's book was going to be a difficult one--in part because she's the most difficult of the sisters who inherited Homecoming Ranch. OftenI knew that Emma's book was going to be a difficult one--in part because she's the most difficult of the sisters who inherited Homecoming Ranch. Often plainspoken to the point of rudeness, Emma, unlike Madeline and Libby, wanted no part of running the ranch, but when circumstances in LA make it impossible for her to stay in California the ranch is where she runs. And sexy man-on-a-mission Cooper Jessup isn't far behind. I didn't expect to like Emma as much as I did, but once I got a glimpse inside her head, the worst of her behavior was explained and made her much more sympathetic. I would have liked a bit more romance, but this is more women's fiction than romance, and in the end it works. Emma's journey, and her surprising flaws, make for a poignant story. And I love the fact that this book--indeed this whole trilogy--declares that love is possible, even for people with mental illness. It's not something you see a lot in the genre, but the past few years' examples have given me hope for the future. ...more