Crime and Periodicals is one of those novels you could totally see as a Hallmark movie. It's heart-warming and uplifting in its portrayal of twoCrime and Periodicals is one of those novels you could totally see as a Hallmark movie. It's heart-warming and uplifting in its portrayal of two selfless individuals who life hasn't always been very kind. At the same time, it packs the angst and romance along with a delicious smidge of steam. Besides the two strong leads, you get a colorful cast of side characters who add to the novel's appreciation and beauty. There's also some familiar Green Valley faces whose appearance will make you swoon and smile.
Sabrina Logan isn't your typical heroine. While she's rocking the sexy librarian vibe, she suffers from an anxiety disorder than leaves her paralyzed with fear in most social situations, especially around men. Because of her anxiety, she's a twenty-seven-year-old virgin. She does lead a full life in that she's consumed by her love and duty to her family. After her sister, Cora's, death, she's been helping her widower father help raise Cora's children: teenagers Weston and Ruby and ten-year-old Harry-who is on the autism spectrum. The scenes depicting Harry are all portrayed so well to capture what life is like for someone on the spectrum as well as what it's like for their family.
Wyatt is a complete dreamboat from our first encounter with him saving a stranded Sabrina on the side of the road to the last page. He has dimples and a uniform--do I need to say more? But I really do because it's worth noting he has a heart of gold. Not only is he a hot cop, but he's a single father to two young daughters after their mother abandoned them. While he comes from a loving family, he hasn't always gotten support for his career choice from his father who wanted him to go into the family business. ...more
It was great going back to the beginning of Billy and Scarlet/Claire's love story. The trauma they experienced as children and young people wasIt was great going back to the beginning of Billy and Scarlet/Claire's love story. The trauma they experienced as children and young people was palpable, and their pain leapt off the page. I wanted to take them both into my arms and squeeze them. Billy was always stoic and strong in his care of his family while Scarlet was doing everything she could to survive. Their journey towards being a couple was beautifully portrayed in the small, unsure steps they made.
The ending almost killed me. Especially since it hurt my favorite Winston brother, Cletus. I won't giveaway any of the details. You'll have to make it through the agony and despair yourself!!...more
I absolutely loved this opposites attract romance. Thuy was an amazing heroine full of sassiness and strength. With her fierce devotion to her bestI absolutely loved this opposites attract romance. Thuy was an amazing heroine full of sassiness and strength. With her fierce devotion to her best friend, Maddy, she's the type of friend of every woman should have in her life. Her passion for reading is intense, and it leads her to clash heads with the old guard at the Green Valley Public Library. She hasn't had it very easy with a traumatic childhood as the daughter of a California MC leader. Her past makes it difficult to imagine a present with someone like Drill.
Drill, Maddy's estranged brother and member of the Wraiths, has grown weary of club life. With the club floundering, the pressure is on him to give his half of the farm he's inherited, but since Maddy wants to stay and work the farm, he's put in a bind with both his loyalty to the club and to his sister. His immediate attraction to Thuy grows after her influence leads him to begin expanding his mind through reading.
Fans of swoony love stories with strong female leads putting alpha males in their place will adore this book just as I did! I love diverse characters and Thuy brings that to the GV world. Witnessing her culture shock from California to Green Valley was hilarious, especially the scenes where she tried helping out on the farm. ...more