We return to Shadow Creek for another visit, with Snowed in With the Firefighter giving us Melody and Finn’s sto3 - "It’s okay to not be okay…" Stars.
We return to Shadow Creek for another visit, with Snowed in With the Firefighter giving us Melody and Finn’s story. It’s been a couple of years since the last book was released and I was a little foggy on this pair but that soon cleared once I started reading their story.
"You can just stay… I’m sure we won’t get in each other’s way. Plenty of room for both of us."
Firefighter Finn has been hiding out in a remote family cabin, nursing his mental health and recovering from the physical wounds that he sustained whilst out on a call almost a year ago. The solitude has given him a chance to get some of his strength back and start to come to terms with the fact that he may never be able to do the job he loves again. Melody turning up out of the blue a few weeks before Christmas upsets his equilibrium somewhat, especially when it becomes apparent she thought she would have the place to herself, and that their families are playing matchmakers on their behalf.
She reminded him of how good life could be… Somewhere along the way he’d forgotten that…
I liked this seasonal story, this is a couple that have a connection through family marriage, and also from growing up in a small town together. While Finn has worked through a lot of the things that bought him to the cabin in the first place, Melody is just starting to face up to hers. Together they balance out the other out and I enjoyed the story that played out between them. The drama in the last couple of chapters dulled the Christmassy edge a bit, but all-in-all it was an enjoyable return to Shadow Creek.
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2.5 - "What would it take for you to give us a real chance…" Stars!
We return to Verona Bay for book two in the series; Deadly Past giving us Sheriff L2.5 - "What would it take for you to give us a real chance…" Stars!
We return to Verona Bay for book two in the series; Deadly Past giving us Sheriff Lincoln Jordan’s story. The youngest of the Jordan siblings meets his match with artist and reserved next-door neighbour Autumn Perez.
It was a constant struggle to hide her feelings from him…
I am usually a huge fan of anything Katie writes, but Deadly Past is probably the least favourite book i have read from her so far. For me it felt like a draft rather than a full book, what with the off the page sex at the beginning of the story, which this couple needed to have on the page to establish the connection between them. To the lack of any real meaningful time spent together until the last quarter of the book. The many POVs and plot bunnies that were thrown in didn’t help either, because for such a short book they were at the same time too much, but also not enough because all aspects just felt very under-developed and a few of them lacking in any real relevance to the overall story.
She wasn’t going to let the past drown her…
Essentially the romance was lacking, and the suspense wasn’t suspenseful because the small amount that wasn’t given away in the multiple POVs was predictably guessable, which in a book of this genre are the key elements to it being a successful story. I liked Lincoln and Autumn when they were together, and the unplanned pregnancy trope is in general one of my favourites, but I feel the author barely scratched the surface in us getting to know them as a couple. As I said they spent hardly any time together, through the majority of the book, even her revelation that she was pregnant was delivered with very little fanfare or real surprise. The side story with Adeline & Mac has enough going for it to be a novella all on its own but it was slotted in as more of a filler than being given any real gravitas.
I didn’t struggle to read it, but I found myself at the 75% mark before I actually felt any real investment in the story. Not a winner on this occasion, but you can’t please all the people all the time, and I am sure that the authors next release will be of the usual standard I have come to expect from her.
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We return to Valley U, with the start of the Campus Nights series giving us Heath Payne’s story. If you have read th4.5 - "You… It’s only you." Stars!
We return to Valley U, with the start of the Campus Nights series giving us Heath Payne’s story. If you have read the author’s Smart Jock’s series, you will already know a little about Heath, although I’d recommend reading the series, you really don’t need to have done so, to enjoy his and Ginny’s story.
"You and I are going to be friends…"
"…Friends… I don’t have girlfriends."
"You do now..."
Heath likes to keep his relationships commitment free, and Ginny is all about the couple aspects of such things, something he comes to appreciate as their friendship (with a heavy dose of mutual attraction) grows. Although he is repeatedly warned off his sister by his team captain Adam, Heath realises pretty quickly there is something different about this girl, one-and-done isn’t what he wants, and he actually enjoys spending time with her and not just between the sheets.
I’m wishing the clock would move a little slower so we could spend more time together…
I really enjoyed this one, Rebecca is definitely back on form, with the usual banter, slow burn and affable secondary characters, the guys on Heath’s team are an entertaining bunch on their own so I’m looking forwards to getting to read all of their books, the drama levels in this one were well balanced, Ginny and Heath were likeable and it was great to catch up with all the guys from the Smart Jocks series as well.
Bad Crush is due next, and I’m interested to see how Team Captain; Adam fares with Reagan, the foundation for these two was well set in Secret Puck so I think we are looking at another great read to come!
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2.5 - "I’m going to spend the rest of my life having your back." Stars.
We return to Happily Inc for book six; Happily This Christmas finally giving us2.5 - "I’m going to spend the rest of my life having your back." Stars.
We return to Happily Inc for book six; Happily This Christmas finally giving us Wynn Beauchene’s story. I have to say that after the last book in the series; Meant to Be Yours being such a car crash read for me, I started this book with a large amount of trepidation.
My rating tells you that I didn't find Wynn and Garrick’s book a great read either, although as much as I almost DNF’d it @ around the halfway point, the second half was definitely better. My main issue is once again the author added a character I absolutely abhorred, and I really didn’t get her reasoning in making Garrick’s pregnant 21 year old daughter JoyLyn, so distasteful so much so her own mother described her as –
"A raving bitch with psychotic tendencies…"
If your own parent thinks that about you then you know you have some serious issues, issues that were dealt with, but for me just felt like drama being added for drama’s sake. As I said, the second half picked up but by that point it was hard to muster any real appreciation, also this book didn’t really fit with the rest of the series. In that all previous stories have read like Contemporary Romance, but personally Wynn and Garrick’s story fell firmly in the Women’s Fiction folder for me. If you are expecting lots of chemistry as well as love and romance steer clear, because for a couple in their mid/late thirties they spend a good 75% of the book going no further than second base. Yes the fact Wynn has a teen son; Hunter, and Garrick’s dealing with the re-emergence of his daughter; JoyLyn were a factor, but there was no spark or real connection between them for me apart from the fact they are both single parents.
Wouldn’t it be ironic if the very thing she’d been looking for had been right next door all along…
The pluses were we get to catch up with all the past characters, but in my heart I still wish that the author had kept Wynn with Jasper, I like Garrick but I just wasn’t wowed buy this book, and the story she gave him and Wynn. It’s a shame as the first five books/novellas of this series were such enjoyable reads and I would happily go back and re-read them, but the last two seem to have completely lost all of the things that made their predecessors so enjoyable, which was the low level drama, but high on heart, heat and community.
If there are more books due in this series, I’ll be honest and say I’m not sure I’ll read them, for me I think the town and locale are somewhere I’ll always love to spend time in but if the author continues to make the stories excessively high on the drama and angst then it’s time for me and Happily Inc to part ways.
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