This is one of those "awww" type books - more sappy romance than anything else. I wouldn't want to read that type of story all the time, but it's nice...moreThis is one of those "awww" type books - more sappy romance than anything else. I wouldn't want to read that type of story all the time, but it's nice once in a while. And I especially enjoyed it in this case because the book is a continuation of a series that I really enjoy.
One of my favorite parts of this book is the parallel that is created between the romance of Kate and Brody, and romance of Kate's mother and father, Natasha and Spence (Taming Natasha, Stanislaskis #1). The romances start off much the same way. Which could have easily come off as cheesy or too contrived, but it actually works very well and is entirely believable. And it creates a great full-circle between the first book in the series and the last book.
Overall, this is a sweet romance to read. I enjoyed Brody and Kate and the relationship that develops between them. And as always, I love the family connection. Which I think makes this book more interesting to read than it would be on it's own. The family-series connections make this book more well-rounded.
So if you're reading this series, you should definitely continue with this one. But if you're a Nora Roberts fan and just considering this book, I'm not sure you'll like it. It's not at all like her single title releases. And for those of you who don't like sappy endings, beware, this one has one.
My only complaint? That this was the last book in the series. I'm disappointed there won't be anymore Stanislaski books. I was especially hoping for one for Brandon, Kate's brother. But oh well. That's the way things are.(less)
This is one of my favorite Nora Roberts books to go back and reread when I want a good dose of sweet romance. I just really enjoy all parts of this bo...moreThis is one of my favorite Nora Roberts books to go back and reread when I want a good dose of sweet romance. I just really enjoy all parts of this book. I think part of that is the fact that Freddie and Nick aren't new characters. Freddie was first introduced in Taming Natasha (Stanislakis #1) and Nick in Falling For Rachel (Stanislaskis #3). It's great to see how the characters have grown up and are now finding their own loves. I especially enjoyed seeing Nick become a happy man after having such a troubled youth.
I love the storyline of the book - how Freddie is all grown up now and has decided it's time Nick took notice of her as a woman and not as a little girl. She knows what she wants and goes after it with a vengeance. It's fun to read. It's also great how Roberts connects this book with Nick's past. It creates a nice full circle to everything.
And it's great to catch up with all the other Stanislaskis. Roberts created a great family unit with them. As an added bonus, she brings the O'Hurley family back for a special cameo and you can see how they are all doing.
The only thing about this book that bugged me was the fact that Roberts changed Freddie's appearance. In Taming Natasha, where Freddie is introduced as a five year old little girl, she has wispy, straight very blonde hair. There's even a part where Spence tells Natasha that Freddie wants curly hair like Natasha. But then in this book, Freddie has frizzy, red-gold hair. It bugged the heck out of me. It just wasn't Freddie. That was the only thing about the book I disliked. Otherwise, I loved it.(less)
This book includes books #2 & #4 of the Stanislaski series.
Luring A Lady, Mikhail's story, is another favorite of mine. It's sweet and sexy all at...moreThis book includes books #2 & #4 of the Stanislaski series.
Luring A Lady, Mikhail's story, is another favorite of mine. It's sweet and sexy all at the same time. I LOVE the character of Mikhail. He's an understated Alpha with a big & burly side and a passionate artistic side, but underneath it all, he's got a huge heart. Between that, the long hair, and the accent, he just makes me sigh.
The romance has a bit of an opposites attract feel to it. Mikhail is a rough & tumble, hard working Ukranian, and Sydney is a prissy blue-blood who comes off a bit icy in the beginning. But the pairing works well, more so as the story progresses. I ended up really liking them together. And it's great to read how Sydney grows and changes throughout the book. I love the part where she changes a baby for the first time.
All the other Stanislaskis make a guest appearance in various parts of the book. And those scenes just make me love the family more. You just get a real sense of their closeness and loyalty. It's nice to read.
Alex's story, Convincing Alex, is probably my least favorite of the 6 Stanislaski books. Not that I hated it, or even that I disliked it. Something about the book just didn't sit right with me; it didn't tug at my heartstrings the way the other books in the series did.
Part of that may be the character of Bess. Half the time she amused me, and the other half I didn't particularly like her. Bess's picture could be in the dictionary next to the work "flaky" because that's essentially what she is. It's amusing sometimes in the way she dressed or talked or her enthusiasm about certain things. But at other times, like when she's driving recklessly and thinks it's funny or when she pretends to be a prostitute to do research without even considering the danger, she comes off as slightly TSTL.
Honestly, I would have liked someone different for Alex. I just wasn't quite feeling their relationship. But I didn't hate the story. It's got it's good and bad points. I like that there was a meatier side-plot (the hooker murders) and that they other Stanislaskis made appearances. But the romance was so-so and I wish there had been a little more focus on Alex's Ukranian roots. It's one of the building blocks of the series, but that aspect felt almost non-existent in his story, which disappointed me.
So in the end I'd give Luring A Lady 5 stars and Convincing Alex 3 maybe 3.5 stars. A 4 overall for the book.(less)
This book contains books #1 & #3 of the Stanislaski series and features the 2 Stanislaski sisters, Natasha and Rachel.
Natasha's book, Taming Natas...moreThis book contains books #1 & #3 of the Stanislaski series and features the 2 Stanislaski sisters, Natasha and Rachel.
Natasha's book, Taming Natasha, is one of my favorite Nora Roberts category romances and a favorite of hers overall. It's a sweetly endearing, classic romantic tale that just makes me want to smile and sigh.
The Stanislaski family, first introduced in this book, is one of my favorite all time series families. Nora Roberts excels at writing about families.
I love everything about this book: the characters, the romance, the storyline. It's a very simple story, but the classic romance of it all just captures the heart and the mind. I enjoyed reading about the progression of Natasha and Spence's relationship. Generally, I don't like to read books with children in them, but it works for this story. Plus I liked reading about Freddie's beginning since she is featured in the book Waiting for Nick.
As for Rachel's book, Falling For Rachel, I enjoyed it almost as much as Natasha's. It's a bit different in tone as there is a side-storyline aside from the romance (the beginnings of Nick's tale). And it lacks a little bit of the Ukranian charm that Natasha's story has since Rachel is a little more Americanized because she was born in the U.S.
But overall, it's still a great short romance. Rachel and Zack have a good chemistry and the blending of Nick's story works really well. The supporting cast (the rest of the Stanislaskis) is fantastic. I love reading the scenes where there are family gatherings. They're a great bunch.
If you're a fan of Nora Roberts or simple, classic romance, I highly recommend this book (or any of the Stanislaski books).
(note: the Stanislaski books were recently reissued in new anthology combinations - Natasha & Mikhail, Rachel & Alex, and Frederica & Kate)(less)