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We already know quite a bit about the delectable Connor as he is Natalie's (Big Shot) big brother and part of the Premier Realty team. What we didn'tWe already know quite a bit about the delectable Connor as he is Natalie's (Big Shot) big brother and part of the Premier Realty team. What we didn't know or fully understand are the reasons he is still single while being the ultimate unicorn in the relationship stakes.
Rock Solid starts with giving the details of an incident three years previous that provides all the insight we need to understand the single status. Stranded at an airport due to a snowstorm on Valentine's day, Connor meets a beautiful stranger, Katie. There is an instant connection between Katie and Connor that goes beyond the physical, but due to Katie's circumstances and past relationship, she (understandably) doesn't want to explore their connection further even though they discover they live in the same city. Following their mind-blowing night together, Katie disappears leaving Connor to compare all other relationships to her. With no last names or way to contact each other, it is up to fate to cross their paths again. Which it does in spectacular fashion!!!!
Katie has a lot of emotional issues stemming from a childhood where she was used as a pawn between her parents and never feeling wanted by either. Her life was changed altered irreversibly by her one night stand with Connor, leaving her a single parent with no way of contacting the other half of the DNA. Katie rises to the challenge and is determined to ensure her daughter always feels loved in the way Katie herself never did. I admired Katie's ability to roll with the changes in her life making a secure, loving home for herself and her daughter. While she did try to contact Connor to inform him of the impending parenthood, the lack of last name made it impossible to find him. So when fate eventually steps in three years later, Katie is understandably shaken to see Connor's picture in a magazine proclaiming him one of Dallas's hottest bachelors. Despite having her foundation rocked, Katie does the right thing in informing Connor of his daughter, even though the fears from her own childhood play out in her mind, she still welcomes him into their lives.
Although Connor is shocked to discover he has a three-year-old daughter he ultimately cherishes his responsibilities, making all ovaries explode in the process. Watching him fall instantly in love with the little girl he helped create turned my emotions to pure mush.
Connor also recognize that this is his second chance with Katie, even with her barriers in place, he is determined to prove to her that they belong together as a family ♥ While Connor does have to fight his way through Katie's barriers he is self-aware enough to know that the battle will be worth it for both of them in the end.
Connor proves good guys do exist - melting hearts and other things ;) as he goes ♥...more
Carrie and Finn are one of my favorite book couples, I have been with them from the beginning, through every moment of joy and every struggle. they haCarrie and Finn are one of my favorite book couples, I have been with them from the beginning, through every moment of joy and every struggle. they have had more than their fair share of trials and tribulations and have now settled into a strong and solid marriage. Both have new careers that allow them to shine in their own areas while maintaining the closeness they both need in their relationship. to say their relationship is intense would be an understatement. Although there are elements of co-dependency it works for them.
I'll Be Home for Christmas highlights just how far Carrie and Finn have come since they first met in Out of Line and how their feelings have only deepened over the years.
I'll Be Home for Christmas is also a fantastic narrative tool Jen McLaughlin welds in order to refresh the series within the minds of the readers while laying the foundation for the next book in the series, On The Line.
All of the other couples featured throughout the Out of Line series make an appearance in I'll Be Home for Christmas progressing the series as a whole.
Of course, Jen keeps the readers on their toes with a little bit of drama llama but rest assured the elevated heart-rate is a small price to pay in exchange for warm and fuzzies♥...more
3.5/5 I was a little concerned about my connection to Aerie after Badd Luck, as I didn't really take to her. I can confirm Jasinda did indeed wave her3.5/5 I was a little concerned about my connection to Aerie after Badd Luck, as I didn't really take to her. I can confirm Jasinda did indeed wave her magical wand of words and altered my perception of Aerie in a way I wasn't expecting.
Both Aerie and Canaan's worlds have been turned upside down following the bombshell Tate and Corin dropped at the end of Badd Luck. they are both having to come to terms with their new reality and redefining their identities without their twins when their lives and goals have been tied together all of their lives up to this point.
On top of all of these changes, Aerie has a deep, dark secret that has been festering inside her. The revelations, while completely unexpected, did explain Aerie's hesitance to open herself emotionally. Knowing the events that formed her barriers went a long way in helping understand Aerie and making her more relatable in the process.
Canaan's inability to express his emotions only exasperates the situation, lacking the nurturing presence of his mother from a young age prevented him from having the role-model for affection. the abandonment issues on both sides add fuel to the fire between Aerie and Canaan.
I really loved the way in which the brothers provided words of wisdom calling on their own experiences to help Canaan navigate his way through the turmoil that is both his relationship with Aerie and his life in general.
Bax and Eva make a welcome re-addition to the family fold and provide necessary shoulders for Aerie and Canaan. Although it is Canaan's friend and fellow musician, Mike, that really helps provide clarity for Canaan. I would love the see him have his own stand-alone story.
The way in which each of the couples found their resolution and HEA had an air of inevitability about it, fate and destiny working at its best in all areas ♥
I love the way Jasinda uses the epilogue to pave the way for the next book in the series, altering the point of view to one of the characters to take center stage in Big Badd Wolf, I cannot wait to get to know the elusive Lucian better ♥...more
3.5/5 My Week with the Bad Boy was nothing like expected, don't get me wrong the smexy was still there but the plot itself was unexpected and very emot3.5/5 My Week with the Bad Boy was nothing like expected, don't get me wrong the smexy was still there but the plot itself was unexpected and very emotional.
When Vada books a vacation to act as her own personal writing retreat she doesn't expect the owner of the cottage she has rented to be the gorgeous but arrogant Ethan Rochester. Anyone else immediately thinks Jane Eyre when they encounter a Mr. Rochester - or is it just me ;)
First impressions create friction between Ethan and Vada (sorry, I keep thinking Star Wars with this name) with a large dose of sexual chemistry mixed in. However, both Ethan and Vada make quick judgments about the other placing them in neatly labeled boxes they can deal with. Neither foresees the way in which those labels are going to be blown apart as well as their personal lives along with their preconceived expectations.
Ethan has a painful past which has lead to him avoid close relationships, he indulges in hook-ups but is emotionally unavailable still tied to his [ast. While Vada has been unlucky in all of her previous relationships leaving her jaded and skeptical but doesn't hide her vulnerability. Opening themselves up to new relationships is something both Ethan and Vada try to avoid, yet they are unable to deny the connection between them which goes far beyond the physical.
Neither Ethan or Vada were expecting to find the type of relationship they have with each other, unfortunately, their past casts a shadow over a possible future they could build together. I loved Ethan's character development and willingness to take a chance on his relationship with Vada. Sadly, outside interference plays on Vada's insecurities making her question Ethan's feelings and motives. Ethan does really step up within the narrative to prove his feelings are the real deal to Vada, although Vada is a little slow on the uptake.
While I enjoyed Ethan and Vada's relationship and wanted them to get the HEA they both deserved, the plot brought a lot of theological questions to my mind. If you lose the love of your life to death, then find a new love what happens when you all meet up in heaven - do you all become a polygamous relationship or does someone lose out in the end?????...more