What I Thought... • The Marriage Charm is my first Linda Lael Miller book, but it won't be myCheck out this review and more at On the Wings of Books
What I Thought... • The Marriage Charm is my first Linda Lael Miller book, but it won't be my last. It was cute and funny at times and also a bit nerve-racking with the break in's happening.
• I enjoy a good rekindling the romance story and The Marriage Charm did not disappoint me. Melody and Spence were together 9 years ago and broke up when Melody proposed. I absolutely loved the Melody was the one that proposed back then, plus it would make sense that she is leery about getting back together with Spence since he turned her down.
• While Spence might have been misguided in his youth, his reasons for turning down Melody are legit, and the way he recognizes that as an adult, and goes about showing that he has changed, is almost perfect.
• The Marriage Charm was equal parts love story and mystery. The mystery didn't blow me away, but I appreciated that it was there I wasn't in store for another huge communication blow up that causes the couple to break apart before they get back together.
• My favorite part of The Marriage Charm was the relationship between Melody, Hadleigh and Bex. They know when to give space and when to get in their friends faces about stuff. Even though it's a small role in any book, supportive friends are a must for me.
• The Marriage Charm is considered a western romance, which is a first for me. I was a little worried that I wouldn't like it as I'm not a fan of Western movies, but it wasn't like that at all. Just a regular contemporary romance, but instead of a city setting it was set in the west and there were ranches. And horses, and who doesn't like horses?
Overall I really enjoyed my first Linda Lael Miller book, and I know it won't be my last! ...more
What I Thought... • I don't think Miranda Kenneally could write a book I didn't like. As alwayCheck out this review and more at On the Wings of Books
What I Thought... • I don't think Miranda Kenneally could write a book I didn't like. As always Jesse's Girl was sweet and fun and tackled some issues as well.
• Be fully prepared to not only being singing Jesse's Girl in your head, but tons of other songs as well.
• I loved all of Sam and Jordan's appearances, especially the first one.
• I'm not a country music fan, but I can appreciate Jesse (he was also pretty adorable and handled his fame pretty well). Jesse has quite a bit of family stuff going on, that of course the press don't know about. His family isn't supportive of him which just makes me sad.
• Maya is awesome. She knows what she wants and likes and wants to go after it. She has a rough couple of days due to a jackass (and seriously, he is totally not awesome) and then has her career day meet and greet with Jesse that was totally awesome and fun.
• I absolutely loved that Jesse and Maya are so different but that works so well for them. Also they communicate (for the most part) which I appreciate as well.
• I loved that Maya was willing to risk being on her own to try out for the music show and what she gave up to be able to go.
Overall Jesse's Girl is another win from Miranda Kenneally! ...more
What I Thought... • I have been a Katie McGarry fan since I first picked up Pushing the LimitsCheck out this review and more at On the Wings of Books
What I Thought... • I have been a Katie McGarry fan since I first picked up Pushing the Limits at BEA four years ago. I've loved all her books (some more than others) and was sad to see that the Pushing the Limits series might not be continuing, but excited that she was starting something new.
• I was a little leery when I found out it was about a motorcycle club, but since it's Katie McGarry I kept an open mind and I'm so glad I did!
• I adored Oz. He was unapologetic and knew what he wanted and stood by his values. He has a strong sense of family, and is just a little bit messed up.
• It took me awhile to come around to Emily. She was very naive and had determined not to see the other side of things ever. Eventually she came around, but it was frustrating how she never felt that there was a second side to any story.
• Once she found out the secret though I came around to really liking her. With renewed determination she went to go take care of things. (Despite the fact that there were clues I was totally blindsided by both the small secret and bigger secret regarding Emily.)
• Things unraveled slowing in Nowhere But Here, which for the most part I liked, however I prefer my contemporaries to be 300-400 pages and this one is just shy of 500.
• McGarry allows you to see the Reign of Terror through both Emily and Oz's eyes and I love that it put them in different light. The side that the public fears and the family that they truly are.
• More so than any of her other books the side characters in Nowhere But Here are so strong and I can't wait to read more books in this series. There was so much tension between Chevy and Violet and I'm dying to know what happened between them. Razor and Brianne's story is next though so I might have to wait for that one. (Or she might pull a Beth & Isaiah and not have them be together)
Overall I loved Nowhere But Here and if you loved McGarry's Pushing the Limits series I strongly recommend this one! ...more
What I Thought... • My friend Kate and I went to Avon Kiss Con last month, which featured sixCheck out this review and more at On the Wings of Books
What I Thought... • My friend Kate and I went to Avon Kiss Con last month, which featured six new adult authors. I'd read books from only two of them, Jennifer Armentrout and Cora Carmack. Originally I planned on only buying there books, but on a whim I picked up Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn. I loved Leaving Amarillo (even though it left me hanging!) and couldn't wait to get my hands on Loving Dallas.
• Loving Dallas picks up right around where Leaving Amarillo leaves off, only Dallas and Robyn are narrators rather than Dixie. If you were hoping to see what was up with Dixie and Gavin... you're going to be disappointed. I was hoping there might be some kind of peeks into what's going on with them, but no.
• Dallas is getting his dream shot, but he is without his band for reasons and it definitely impacts him. I thought this part of the book was so well thought out and described that I really felt what he was feeling. Robyn and Dallas have a past and had a lot to work through. Even though Dallas can be a bit of jerk at times, when it comes to Robyn you can see how much he loves her.
• Robyn is a bit of a mixed bag. In some ways she is very strong, but in some ways she is not. She is constantly putting Dallas' needs first and not always giving him the opportunity to make his own choices. I know she has reasons, but still.
• One of my favorite characters was Jase Wade, the singer that Dallas is on tour with. I wasn't sure I'd like him at first, but he isn't really what he seems, which was a nice surprise.
Overall if you enjoyed Leaving Amarillo I definitely recommend Loving Dallas! ...more
What I Thought... • I was in a reading funk for a couple of weeks and this was the first bookCheck out this review and more at On the Wings of Books
What I Thought... • I was in a reading funk for a couple of weeks and this was the first book I read cover to cover in awhile. I finished Can't Fight This Feeling in the middle of the night when I was having trouble sleeping and I do not regret my choice!
• Angelica and Brett were a lot of fun. They had mutual attraction, and some mutual "must stay away" going on too. They were cute and fun, even when they were being serious. They both had some issues heading into the relationship and they dealt with them as normal people often do, which I appreciate. The drama wasn't over the top ridiculous, just there.
• Can't Fight This Feeling is also about friendships. As Angelica is fairly new to town she doesn't come with a ready made set of friends, but rather has to go through the process of finding friends as an adult, which is hard! I love the strong friendships and how supportive they were of each other.
• There was a little bit of suspense thrown in to the book, which I liked as it added to the story rather take the focus away from the couple. It was easy to figure out the guilty party, but it didn't matter to me.
• The only thing about Can't Fight This Feeling that I didn't much care for was the side romance between Angelica's friend and a newcomer. I'm not a huge fan of side romances so it has to be very special to work for me, and this just didn't make the cut. It didn't get in the way too much, I just could have done without it.
Overall I am enjoying the Cabin Fever Series and I can't wait to see what's next! ...more
Lately I've been in a reading funk, not a whole lot has sounded good to me, but I'm so glad I picked up Miss Match and gave it a shot because it snappLately I've been in a reading funk, not a whole lot has sounded good to me, but I'm so glad I picked up Miss Match and gave it a shot because it snapped be right out of that reading funk!
Miss Match is cute and funny. The kind of book you need after a long day at work. Andy is struggling and needs a job bad, but is getting blackballed by people she used to work for/with. She left her previous company on bad terms and was reluctant to use them as a reference. (It bothers me that she is Andy instead of Andi, but whatever, small thing.)
Blake feels that it's time he gets a wife. His choice in process is typical workaholic style, I can't be bothered, I just want someone to be there, etc, etc. I loved watching him loosen up around Andy and start to realize that what he thinks he wants isn't really want he wants.
There are so many funny moments in Miss Match. Between miss-communication and general awkwardness I couldn't help but laugh. There were also some teary eyed moments when things weren't quite working out for Andy and Blake like they needed to be....more
I probably should not have started a book with a creepy stalker that comes into your house right before bed, no way could I got to sleep before the cuI probably should not have started a book with a creepy stalker that comes into your house right before bed, no way could I got to sleep before the culprit was apprehended. ...more
What I Thought... • I love a good small town romance, and it's an extra bonus that it's a rekiCheck out this review and more at On the Wings of Books
What I Thought... • I love a good small town romance, and it's an extra bonus that it's a rekindled romance as well. Wild Heat has everything I look for in small towns, a few quirky residents, everyone knows everyone's business and they are protective of their own.
•Kitty is returning to Cailkirn, Alaska after a long absence, fresh from a divorce from her abusive husband and battling problems of her own. Wild Heat is as much about her and Tack coming together as it is Kitty finding Kitty again. Her ex-husband was physically and emotionally abusive, to the point where her already precarious eating habits turned into an eating disorder.
• I was happy to see that Wild Heat focused more on Kitty dealing with her eating disorder and less about her ex-husband. He does make a brief appearance (which to be honest could have been left out) but other than that he is only referenced in terms of what Kitty is dealing with.
• Kitty's eating disorder was front and center and we not only got to see how Kitty was getting better but also how her aunts, Tack and other loved ones reacted to her eating habits. There hearts were in the right place, but you can't just force someone to eat (in fact that can be quite dangerous). I thought it was wonderful how Kitty worked through her issues with eating and how to handle her loved ones so they understood how best to help her.
• Tack was absolutely delicious. He struggled to separate and deal with his old feelings for Kitty with his new feelings for her, but always had her best interest at heart, even if that meant it wasn't him that she needed/wanted. He was hilarious at times and I loved watching him with his brother and friends and their banter back and forth.
• It goes without saying that Kitty and Tack make a good couple, and you can tell right from the beginning when Tack doesn't press her to talk about her eating disorder but rather lets her talk about it in pieces.
• Wild Heat was all sorts of steamy!
Overall if you like small town steamy romances, Wild Heat is for you!
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An almost frenzied need to bring her back to the present washed over him. His instincts were telling him the best way to accomplish that, but his brain insisted it was a bad, bad idea.
Fighting the urge to act on his instincts, Tack cleaned up the detritus of lunch. It only took a couple of minutes to put everything back in his pack. But in that short time, Kitty didn't just maintain her distant silence, but she drew further away from him.
And she couldn't afford to do that.
He couldn't say how he knew that, he just did.
Tack's certainty growing that she'd checked out mentally in a way that was dangerous for her emotions, he put his pack aside and scooted closer to Kitty. She didn't seem to notice.
"Wildcat?" he prompted, his voice as gentle as he could make it. "You okay in there?"
"Of course." The words were right, but the vacant tone was anything but.
He slid his hand under her hair, cupping her neck, giving physical contact to draw her back to him and now. She didn't react to the touch at all and that scared him.
"Damn it, Caitlin Elizabeth Grant, look at me."
Her brows furrowed. "Don't."
"What?" he asked in a tone as gentle as he'd spoken sternly before. Come on, wildcat, tell me not to yell at you.
Her silence changed, as if she was searching for words. "Call me Caitlin." She frowned. "I don't like it."
"I thought you wanted me to." She'd said so, hadn't she?
"Why not? Why don't you like it?"
And that was it. He was done playing nice, his own misgivings not nearly as powerful as his need to stop whatever was going on inside Kitty's mind.
With careful, but inexorable pressure, he turned her head so she faced him. Her pupils were dilated like they'd been yesterday, her complexion waxy, but her lips were pink and parted invitingly.
Her breathing changed just a little bit and he took that as a victory.
"I'm going to kiss you, wildcat. Are you up for it?"
I have a soft spot for books about nerds and Changing His Game was a perfect fit in that regard. Marley works for Gamer magazine, and is a bit of a gaI have a soft spot for books about nerds and Changing His Game was a perfect fit in that regard. Marley works for Gamer magazine, and is a bit of a gamer herself. Austin owns said magazine and created one of Marley's favorite video games. While I am not a gamer myself I had no problem falling into the story as the gaming was kept to a minimum.
Changing His Game is much steamier than Erickson's other books, but that's not a problem for me. I enjoyed Marley and Austin's nerdy banter and comebacks. Marley's brother Chad was hilarious making terrible gaming innuendos towards Marley. Obviously there is some conflict (don't keep secrets people!) but Marley and Austin search for what they want and work to resolve their issues.
Changing His Game is perfect for anyone looking for a steamy nerdy romance!...more
What I Thought... • I love this little small town and watching characters I've already come toCheck out this review and more at On the Wings of Books
What I Thought... • I love this little small town and watching characters I've already come to know while learning the stories of new ones. Fool's Gold is a great place to come back to and I'm glad I came back for Kipling and Destiny.
• Destiny moves around a lot for her job and has recently come to Fool's Gold, accompanied by her half sister Starr, whom she is now in charge of. Destiny and Starr's father isn't apart of their lives, hence Destiny being responsible for Starr.
• I liked Kipling a lot. He was easy going, and even though he couldn't run the ski slopes anymore he didn't overly mope about it. Destiny was a little harder to click with as she spent a lot of time working on being not attached to anything.
• Starr was one of my favorite characters in Hold Me. She had a fair amount of angst, but what else is to be expected when no one seems to want you. Her and Destiny have some struggles but I loved how they worked them out with some guidance from Kipling.
• The biggest reason why this isn't a 4 or 5 star read is this: (view spoiler)[Destiny seemed to be under the impression that you can't get pregnant the first time you have sex. She mentioned this many times. That it's a rule or something, that nature couldn't be that crewel, etc. Sorry, but this just doesn't fly with me. And it's repeated mentions drove me crazy. Also this instantly gave away that she was going to get pregnant. (hide spoiler)]
• The other reason is other than the subplot with Starr, I didn't really care about the other ones. The putting together of the search and rescue program didn't interest me nor did the issues with Kipling's bar.
Overall Hold Me is a cute story, and worth a read, so long as you can set aside some of the unrealisticness of Destiny's thoughts. (If that makes any sense). ...more
What I Thought... • Play On almost broke me. When I first requested Play On I thought it wouldCheck out this review and more at On the Wings of Books
What I Thought... • Play On almost broke me. When I first requested Play On I thought it would be a cute sports romance, but it turned out to be so much more. So many feels!
• I wasn't sure if I would like Austin at first, he's a bit cocky about his baseball playing abilities, but he has enough positive qualities to outshine that fault of his (plus faults make him more real).
• Marissa on the other hand was easy to like. She was cute and funny and generally easy going.
• Play On was narrated by Austin, which is a nice change from the typically female narrated or dual narrated contemporaries.
• Play On deals with mental illness, which I didn't know going in, but made the book much better than the cute romance I thought it was going to be. I wish there were more books like this that addressed mental illness in some capacity, they are badly needed in the world.
• Everything that Marissa is going through made me ache for her and want to help her wish her problems away. Seeing Austin and her parents struggle as well absolutely broke my heart. There was a lot of heartbreaking going on.
Overall everyone should read Play On. It tackles a serious issue while still having humor and fun. ...more
What I Thought... • I have a weakness for contemporary romances featuring families. I love theCheck out this review and more at On the Wings of Books
What I Thought... • I have a weakness for contemporary romances featuring families. I love the family elements and seeing my favorite characters grow and change as each book comes out. Broken Open is the second book in The Hurley Boys series and I couldn't love this family more.
• This was a bit of a different read for me, I don't do a lot of rock star romances, but this one was really good.
• I loved Ezra and Tuesday. They were a good match for each other and could help each other work through the pain that they had. In Tuesday's case it was her late husband and his crazy family, in Ezra's case his former addiction.
• I can't remember if I've read a book where a character was a recovering drug addict (so I suppose it's safe to say I haven't) and I though Dane handled it really well. Ezra still thought about his former addictions, but wasn't even close to relapsing. His story about how he finally got into rehab broke my heart.
• As an interracial couple Tuesday and Ezra have more to deal with than the average couple. I liked how Dane worked that into the story without it overwhelming the story. Also it sucks that people are asshats.
Overall I enjoyed Ezra and Tuesday's story, but I am super excited to read Back to You which is about Vaughan and Kelly rekindling their relationship. ...more
What I Thought... • Joyride is quite a bit different from Banks' Of Poseidon series. Joyride fCheck out this review and more at On the Wings of Books
What I Thought... • Joyride is quite a bit different from Banks' Of Poseidon series. Joyride focuses on Carly, whose parents have been deported and no one knows she's just living with her brother and Arden, the rich kid who lost his sister.
• Their paths cross in a unique way one night as Arden tries to scare his grandfather away from drinking. I liked that Arden addressed the issue that until that night he didn't know Carly existed, even though they went to the same school and had a few of the same classes. Carly did go out of her way to remain invisible, but
• Carly and her brother are working hard to earning the money to get her parents brought back. They aren't doing it the legal way and things don't exactly go as planned.
• Arden blames is father for his sisters death as he wouldn't acknowledge her mental illness. This made me real sad, but I also know that this is how people sometimes react. Arden's mother is torn between dealing with her daughters death and taking medicine to forget. Arden does everything he can to not do what his father expects.
• One night Carly and Arden go on a joyride, which sets in motion a chain of events that effects not only Carly and Arden but their families as well. It unfolded fairly fast, but that didn't detract from how wonderfully it was written.
• Banks has a way with words. Everything from start to finish flows and weaves in and out beautifully.
Overall Joyride packed an emotional punch that I wasn't expecting and left me with warm fuzzies at the end. ...more
I think this should have been a duology not a trilogy. While I did enjoy some parts of Of Neptune for the most part it was a completely tangent to theI think this should have been a duology not a trilogy. While I did enjoy some parts of Of Neptune for the most part it was a completely tangent to the first two books. ...more
What I Thought... • Cowboys! Horses! Conflict! What's not to love?
• I don't read too many books set in the west with cowboys and this one has me thinking I should make more of a point to do so. I loved the setting of Lost Spring, Wyoming, and all it's small town glory and togetherness.
• The center of the plot revolves around a group of wild horses being displaced as Brie's dad works on building a new hotel that will bring in money for the town. It's a catch-22 for the town of course because the money it will bring in is great, they love their wild horses.
• Brie and Logan are drawn together and are cute, though things happened super fast between them and it's not as Romeo and Juliet as it seems. Their dads are fighting against each other, but are not completely unreasonable. The relationship drama is minimal.
• I love that Brie and Logan come up with a plan on how to save the horses and work on it to show their fathers that there is a solution. The plan had one downside that made me sad though. (view spoiler)[They decide to tame and sell some of the horses. (hide spoiler)]