Nick Blackthorne made his choice. Fifteen years ago, he chose to become a rock star and walked away from the woman who was the love of his young life. Now he's a man in his mid-thirties on the verge of making a comeback after a two-year stage absence and he finally realizes what he’s been missing. The women, the money, the fame, none of it means anything to Nick in this new sober light of day. After hitting rock bottom in his personal life, Nick is determined to at least apologize for hurting the woman who was his musical muse. Will she accept and maybe just maybe take him back?
She was supposed to have the happy-ever-after with the rock star. It wasn’t supposed to happen this way, but Lauren Robbins has moved on. Her life was forever changed the day Nick walked out of her life and chose the life of a rock star over their relationship. Then again, a few months after that fateful day someone else entered her life and became the center of her world. And so she had even more reason to move on even if the memories make it sometimes impossible. However, Lauren's stable life is about to get rocked by the one man who still holds a place in her heart.
Sweet, romantic, humorous, emotional, and erotic, this story has everything that a story of reuniting two lost souls should have. It's incredibly hard not to get sucked in to this love story from the first page and the pacing makes it an unstoppable read once started. Nick's epiphany is a long time in coming and his journey towards redemption is bittersweet, but extremely hot. While Lauren musts rectify the decisions she made and battle logic versus heart. Wound recovery and trust needs to be rebuilt if they are to have a chance, yet their physical rhythm together is instantaneous and magic.
A sigh-worthy tale with plenty of witty dialogue, appealing characters, and a reunion to end all reunions. This story is a memorable read from start to finish and any contemporary romance reader who hasn't given Lexxie Couper's stories a try should most definitely do so....more
Jordan never imagined jumping back into the dating scene would lead to not one, but two men vying for her attention!
Secret lustful fantasies about her hot landlord have gotten Jordan exactly nowhere except sexually frustrated. Well, that and ganged up on by her well meaning girlfriends. A hasty promise, an A/C on the blitz and a really handy, handyman soon force Jordan and Gabriel to admit to their feelings and take the plunge that pushes them straight out of the friends arena forever.
The second book of the Cocktail series shines its spotlight on the insecure, introverted bookkeeper for Books & Brews, Jordan Lance. Let me tell you, this girl knows how to create a daytime fantasy! If only she had the courage to act on those desires. It was fun to watch her “pull up her big girl panties” and decide to give Casey a chance. I had no trouble buying into the premise of best friends (Jordan and Gabe) without the benefits scenario. Casey is the perfect catalyst to force Gabe to see what he would lose by not taking a chance with Jordon. But what if Casey isn’t just playing at being interested in Jordon? If two’s company, threes a guaranteed everybody gets naked party! (Insert Party Rock Anthem here.)
Ms. Carr does a fine job of packing plenty of detail and tension into this novella to give me time to get to know all three protagonists. If you read Party Naked, Stephanie and Jared’s story, you met them all briefly but it was merely a tease to see how and when they would get together.
There are glimpses into both the past and the present for all three characters to give them a solid foundation. In fact, Gabriel’s “past” manages to throw a minor ripple into their otherwise comfortable, if not unconventional, threesome. I liked how Ms. Carr handles a situation that could have been blown completely out sorts. Communication is an amazing solution to all sorts of problems.
The relationship between Casey and Gabe goes back quite a few years and is completely platonic. It was easy to see they care about one anothers happiness. Though almost complete opposites they totally compliment each other.
The writing is smooth and flawless without a lot of crazy timeline jumps I often see in short stories. When I pick up an erotic short I know that the sexual attraction is going to be pretty much instant and the action is going to be fast and furious. I expect it. Ms. Carr still manages to build the anticipation and tension before rewarding her readers with a chemical explosion hot enough to scorch your e-reader. The use of daytime fantasies kept the heat building steadily without overwhelming the real action.
There are two more single ladies at Books & Brews (what a clever concept, BTW) who are ripe for their own spicy HEA. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the Sophie and Jayne to meet their matches, hopefully, in the near future.
For now, pick up the second book in Mari Carr’s new Cocktail series. A little bit of vodka, a splash of OJ and a whole lot fun....more
Life can be complicated when you know you aren’t human, but don’t know exactly what you are. Hailey has no idea what she is, only that she doesn’t age, and men rarely can handle more than one romantic encounter with her. When she and her companion, Ember, step across the threshold to Oro’s high end jewelry shop, she's drawn to the gold in the cases, and decides this is the job they will take: as assistants to the owner himself.
Oro recognizes immediately that Hailey's a dragon, and more importantly, his mate. He accepts her as his ‘assistant’ for the time being, and sets out to make her more than that. After all, he is a prime specimen of male dragon, rich and available: what more could Hailey desire? As for Hailey, she's delighted that Oro is a match for her, but she wants to be wanted for herself, not just because she's that rarest of beings, a female dragon. She wants his heart, not just the mating bond. Can Oro give Hailey what she wants as well as what they both need? Is there a perfect match or just the shared attraction of the gold between them?
Cynthia Sax has written a hot but endearing story of one dragon’s search for love, liberally laced with lots of lust and passion. This world is an intriguing place, with paranormal living side by side with humans, and strange friendships in place. The characters are well defined with humor and personalities unique to each. I like that Hailey’s best friend, Ember, is a wolf shifter with a pet Chihuahua, and is fully aware of the pitfalls that surround Hailey.
Hailey is a wonderful character, loyal to her friend, and determined to find her place in the world. There's a vulnerability to her, in spite of the dragon strength she has, because she wants to be loved, not because she's a dragon, but in spite of it. When Oro tries to claim her as his mate, she holds back, hoping he can prove that she means more to him than just what she is. I love Hailey’s determination to be reckoned with as an equal, not a mating toy. She's smart, sassy and gives as good as she gets.
Oro is strong, rich and yet lonely. He has despaired of ever finding his true mate, and has been willing to settle for much less before Hailey appeared in his store. Once he sees her, touches her, he knows she's his mate, but must find a way to win her, proving to her how much she means to him. I like Oro’s sense of humor, and his sneaky ploys to try to win Hailey to his side.
There's a terrific cast of secondary characters in this, from Ember the wolf shifter sidekick to Russ, Oro’s partner, a red haired, freckled vampire with a wanna-be vamp girlfriend. Each character brings a unique bit of flair to this hot little story, and nothing is hotter than Oro’s seduction of Hailey on his office desk. The subterfuge he uses and the lengths he goes to win Hailey will delight anyone who likes hot and delicious happy ever after in a story....more
What do a sexy, cut general contractor and a powerful, successful businesswoman find in common? To start with--a pretty, pink bag of ‘edgy’ sex toys…
Emily, executive vice president in a large national company, is tired of looking and feeling bored. For her 33rd birthday she treats herself to a bag of sex toys at a party given by a good friend. Many of her new toys suggest that the powerful, control-driven woman is wishing for a submissive role in bed.
She finds just what she’s longing for in Kevin, the new contractor she hires to redo her master bedroom suite. Aside from the obvious, ‘works well with hands’, Kevin is tall, lean and gorgeous. He's also an intense, sexually dominant man who immediately sees the possibilities in a relationship with a woman like Emily .
The attraction between them is irresistible. After a home cooked dinner, Kevin takes Emily up on her invitation for him to lead her. Eager and willing, he takes her on a path she’s never been down before to the most fulfilling and fabulous sex she’s ever had. Neither one wants to give up their new found joy in each other. But too soon Emily’s past shows up on her doorstep to interfere.
This roaring hot tale is full of interesting surprises and great ideas! I was thoroughly entertained on every level. I enjoyed how Ms. Cayto led the reader through the emotional and sexual adventure of Emily’s life which was a personal revelation at a critical time. Kevin is perfect for this experience and I hoped that the two would make their way to a happy ever after because he made that so easy to envision.
Great characters, new horizons, exciting fun, amazing sex...Wet Ride has it all. I recommend this great little read to everyone. ...more
Ten pages. That is how long it took for me to get completely hooked by Foreign Affair.
The story at first appears to follow a traditional plot in the romance genre: romance sceptic Lena Richards, trapped in a loveless, sexless relationship, will discover there is more to life than a controlling husband to be, and her job as a travel agent. However, as the story progresses, the cliché fades away and the story becomes something very different. Foreign Affair becomes a sweet, erotic tale about a budding relationship filled with lies, half truths, and secrets.
Although some characters, like Tyler’s ex girlfriend (crazy, rich, phony woman), Lena’s fiancée (your usual controlling misogynist jerk), or even Lena’s best friend, Stephanie, (beautiful, stunning, glamorous that made Lena pale in comparison) were a bit stereotypical, the two main characters came off as real live people.
I loved the way Lena becomes flustered around good-looking men and the fact that she’s curvy and not a hottie but simply a cute girl. I adored Tyler for his good looks, his willingness to follow Lena’s rules and especially for his way of making Lena feel special and help her become comfortable in her own skin.
Being realistic, the novel could have ended fifty pages earlier with a happy ending. The final misunderstanding between the characters was terribly frustrating, but it was worth it just to enjoy a few more laughs and to glimpse what the couple could have if they took the step to understand each other.
It was fun to read a story written before the Euro, for it gave the whole setting an even greater romantic perspective. Ms. Stevens does a fantastic job of introducing us into this couple’s world and showing us how gradually their attraction becomes something much more meaningful.
Foreign Affair is definitive must read that will leave you eager to take a trip and search for your own foreign affair. ...more
Not exactly a virgin sacrifice; one must be a virgin to satisfy that requirement. Despite Lucy’s otherwise demure temperament, she’s had her fair sharNot exactly a virgin sacrifice; one must be a virgin to satisfy that requirement. Despite Lucy’s otherwise demure temperament, she’s had her fair share of sex. Unfortunately, her kidnappers don’t seem too concerned with that tiny detail.
All Lucy wanted was a little excitement in her life after her boyfriend dumped her “like a hot potato”. A trip to visit her friend Aileen in Scotland seemed like a good idea…at the time. Of course, she hadn’t anticipated traveling along the bumpy roads of the Scottish Highlands in a rickety carriage that threatened to topple over the edge into a bottomless abyss below. Nor had she imagined sharing the trek with a mysterious man who managed to conceal himself within the stygian interior like a shadow in the dark, keeping his visage hidden whilst they spoke about things that made her uneasy. Yet, despite his strange aura, Dougald managed to spark an interest deep inside her, one that both frightened and intrigued her at the same time. Before the night was through, she’d learn some things about Dougald and Scottish tradition that would change her life forever.
Howling Sacrifices was a very quick and satisfying read. This is one of those perfect lunchtime stories when you want a quick bite of something juicy—no pun intended. The story starts off with a great hook and keeps you reeled in until the end.
But this is not your typical mushy werewolf story. No way. This one has some blood a gore, perhaps enough to satisfy fans of horror as well. Yet that’s what gave it the most appeal—the author dared to be bold and different. There were very few editing errors (maybe one or two missing words), and the author does an excellent job with grammar, punctuation, and point-of-view. If I had one complaint, it would be the lack of Dougald’s character development. We learn enough about Lucy to get a feel for her predicament, but Dougald remains mostly a mystery. However, as this is mainly Lucy’s story, that can be overlooked. Overall, it’s definitely a worth-while read that’s sure to satisfy your need for a “quickie”.
If a little blood and gore doesn’t make you squeamish, and a darker erotica sounds appealing, then snatch up a copy of J.K. Coi’s Howling Sacrifices, it’s bound to get your heart racing, in more ways than one.
Tired of always being the nice girl and the go-to girl, Cadence is ready to do whatever it takes to get on the naughty list. So when Jack shows up at her house she's more than ready to let him show her just how to get on that naughty list. Jack is just as tired of his job of taking care of the naughty list for Santa. Feeling empty inside and wanting more from his life he finds himself drawn to Cadence and her sweetness. Both know that this night will more than likely be it for them but can they ignore the feelings they each begin to have for the other?
I really enjoyed this story. Jack is a bad boy through and through but he has a heart underneath all his bravado and Cadence may be just the woman to tear down the walls he has built around it. I loved watching the attraction that the two feel for each other turn into so much more as the story goes on. I adore Jack and was glad to see that Cadence was able to see the man behind his façade. She's a smart woman who soon learns how to stand on her own because of Jack. The two make a wonderful couple. Each one complimenting and giving the other just what they need.
These characters where vividly brought to life for me and the author did a great job of pulling me into their world right from the very start. The love these two begin to share shines right off of the pages and when the end came and I had to leave it had me wishing I could come back and visit them again. ...more
Can you go wrong with a ghost story set in the Louisiana bayou? Never!
"Whispers in the Dark" starts with the hero, Louis Beekman, on the plane to Louisiana. He had just inherited Love Alley, a mansion that served as a brothel two-hundred years ago. As Louis falls asleep on the plane, he's assaulted by erotic dreams of a dark haired woman. From that very first sex scene to the very last one, the pages melted from the scorching hotness of the words on them.
The heroine of this story is Cory Lavalle, a small town psychic with a skill that comes and goes and couldn't be controlled. She doesn't make much on her gift but when the voices speak, they have something to tell, and they tell her a lot at Love Alley.
Louis doesn't believe in ghosts but when his tools travel off on their own accord, the power goes in and out whenever it chooses to, and when a roll of toilet paper falls and rolls toward him when he needs it most, he decides that maybe there's something inside his house. He summons Cory to help him with his problem but he doesn’t expect her to be causing a strained problem in his pants.
Louis was a real man. Normally, when reading erotic romance, or romance in general, I'm forced to put up with overly macho or overly feminine men who don't seem realistic to me. I didn't have that problem with this book. He spoke like a man, thought like a man, even drank like a man. His fascination with sex and the sexy vixen twin spirits added comic relief to the story. Near the end when Cory asked him for a magnifying glass and his first thought was that maybe his junk became magically small actually made me laugh out loud. I love this guy! And I could totally see why Cory fell in love with him, too.
Cory was the perfect heroine for our sexy hero. She was one of those women who wasn't phased by Louis. She didn't take his nonsense. Their banter was realistic and made me smile throughout the whole book.
Besides Cory and Louis, there are some entertaining supporting characters as well. Honey was a serial wife who was obsessed with sex and her own perfectly implanted boobs. Upon laying her eyes on Louis she vowed to get into his bed and maybe even snag him as husband number 100 or whatever. Unfortunately for her, Louis wanted nothing to do with her. At first, she started out as a bit of an antagonist but upon the introduction to Maurice, she decided to lust after him instead and left our hero alone. Although I never warmed up to Honey, I still found some entertainment in her.
My favorite element of the book was the ghost story. A haunted brothel could only mean whispered voices about anal sex, Ouija boards talking about breasts, and of course there are those blonde twins Louis so wanted to play with.
All in all, it was a great book with great characters and a downright unforgettable hero. I hated to say goodbye to those characters at the end but I'm also motivated to check out other books by these two lovely authors....more
With everything to gain and everything to lose, how does she choose? Can she really have the man of her dreams for ‘just one night’?
Next door neighbors, Gianna and Colin have shared a few nice dates but it’s always ‘hands off’ for Gianna who insists on keeping her life simple, and that means no men. She’s intent on saving enough money to start her own restaurant business to the exclusion of all else.
One night Colin, who has fallen hard for Gianna, discovers her little sex toy business first hand. All bets are off when Colin notices the heated reaction she has for him when she sees his excited blazing hot response to her small business. He seduces Gianna into allowing one night of passion together.
What she doesn’t know is that Colin is about to sweep her off her feet and make her an astounding proposition. How will this fiercely independent woman decide whether to go with her plans or her heart?
Ms. Zinn has made the handsome Colin an irresistible character, indeed. I felt the angst and tension of Gianna’s looming decision with sympathy. Private Showing is also an energetically scorching tale, filled with the very toys that begin the action.
I loved this description of Colin: “…handsome as they come and hot as a griddle.” That sums up this enthusiastic lover perfectly!
Though a little short on plot, I enjoyed the tale for its simple romantic and erotic flair. I recommend, Private Showing as a very happy little read....more
Rivka T’Shar is a Star Priestess whose mate had gone through The Purge leaving her unmated and angry at him because the Purge removed all emotion for an indefinite length of time. For this she could not forgive him, that was until she saw him again and her feelings came back.
Bastien D’Shar went through the Purge at age 17 blocking his emotions which would allow him to excel in his role as the protector of his people. He chose to do so because he knew it was his destiny as a D’Shar to protect even if it meant not having a mate. Now many years later, General D’Shar watches Rivka realizing that she is his mate and that The Purge is fading.
This is the second book in the D’Shar Men series. The first book, The Wanting, dealt with Bastien’s older brother Phelan D’Shar and his mate Zasha. The Unveiling can be read as a standalone, but not having read the first book I had to piece together some of the references made. I finally did read The Wanting and everything made sense, so I would suggest that before reading The Unveiling you read The Wanting.
That being said, The Unveiling is a good story, one where the author Shyla Colt created a world of supernatural beings learning to live among humans on earth after their world was destroyed. The characters were richly developed and the romance and love between them was intense. Of course like in all good fantasy adventures there is a bad guy Tavel who wants to conquer and control all that the D’Shar men are trying to protect. Even with this character you could see some moments of humanity mixed in with the madness.
I thoroughly enjoyed Bastien and Rivka together, their chemistry both In and out of the bedroom was enchanting. Shyla Colt made sure to weave in the relationships between the four D’Shar brothers giving you insight into what makes them tick so that the reader could look forward to the next books in this series. I would definitely recommend this series, my only complaint would be that at times it got a little wordy but this reader’s interest never waned. Hopefully you will pick up both books and enjoy the series and this reader looks forward to the next book....more
Unwanted Mate is a short novella that is romantically sweet yet extremely hot. This tale is between wolf shifter Gunther and human biker Judy. Gunther has been aware for some time that Judy is his destined mate, but Judy has been reluctant to commit to a relationship with the alpha male who is too hot to handle. After the death of a close friend, Judy turns to Gunther for support as she realizes life is too short to be holding out on love.
I've had the pleasure of reading and reviewing several of Rebecca Royce's works lately and I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. She continues to show her followers that we are indeed wise in our choice of romantic reading materials. Ms. Royce brings a breath of freshness to her stories that makes the reader smile while indulging. Rebecca Royce's books will continue to remain in my favorite's folder for many years to come.
I know I've stated this before, but I must say again, it's extremely difficult to make a short story enjoyable with so few words to work with. Many have attempted it, but few have pulled off the desired result readers must have to truly enjoy the tale. This story is so short that there's really no time for deep character development. Connecting the character's lives and expressing their feelings in such a quick venue is not an easy undertaking. However, Ms. Royce has done a good job of doing just that in this cute, yet, extremely sensual tale.
The author hit on the “sizzle” with her descriptive phrasing that made this reader visualize the electrical scenes vividly. Rebecca Royce has shown herself to be a remarkable storyteller in novel and novella format. She's definitely one writer gifted with a sense of romance. Ms. Royce has displayed a literary canvas of emotions that paints a vivid picture of blossoming romance in the lives of two very different types of personalities. I truly look forward to reading future works by this creative author.
Looking for a quick read that stirs the imagination? Unwanted Mate might just be the novella you've been searching for....more
If you don't have a fan, you may want to buy one of those hand held jobs because you will need it by the time you're done reading this story. Talk aboIf you don't have a fan, you may want to buy one of those hand held jobs because you will need it by the time you're done reading this story. Talk about heating the blood and keeping you on the edge of pure, unadulterated desire; “Double Dilemma” is the story that will do it. I agreed with the heroine at the start of the story: “sex never killed anyone”, but after reading the whole thing, I am not so sure.
Emma Jean is the owner of Devilish Delights, an adult sex store. Emma Jean knows her sex toys and she knows what she wants, which is two younger men, Earl Lightfoot and Detective David Delaney, in her bed at the same time.
I fell for the charm of both Earl Lightfoot and David Delaney and had to laugh at the rivalry and jealousies the two felt toward each other. However, they both wanted Emma Jean so they are willing to coexist if it made her happy. “Double Dilemma” is the first BDSM dominatrix themed story I have read and was surprise at how much I loved reading the female alpha attitude, and watching her in control of the sex scenes. It's so different from the erotic romance I'm use to reading but as a whole was very entertaining. I was definitely enthralled by all the added mystery and secondary characters that gave the plot a unique and fast pace that will reach out and grab you.
Ms. Nina is a brilliant writer, and kept things sizzling with the luscious sex scenes between the three main characters as well as added depth to the story line. You can bet I will never look at Maple syrup the same way again. I will be looking for more books written by Ms. Nina now that I have read this one. I can't wait to tell my friends about this book and author Tara Nina.
Sometimes, the unlikeliest people find the most in common. Months of undercover work by Sergeant Randy McCall, as bouncer Slade McMann at The Silver Steel Gentlemen’s Club, should soon show results. Trying to stop the influx of drugs has led right him to the club and its owner, Salazar ‘Tiny’ Balthazar. But six months undercover still hasn’t produced results, and Randy/Slade would love to get back to his own life once more. Astra Lee is a dancer at the club, one that Slade should stay away from, but she's his one weakness. Astra senses that Slade is different from the men she's usually attracted to, and believes she can trust him with her secrets and maybe even her heart. But can these two have a chance at happiness, when there are so many secrets left untold between them? Can Astra trust the handsome bouncer, or is he just another of Tiny’s goons? Can Randy/Slade protect Astra when things start getting dangerous, or are these people just too different to last?
Over My Head is a dark and dangerous romance, with secrets and peril around each corner. This is reminiscent of pulp fiction or noir, with an atmosphere of earlier times and places. The characters are well developed, and the situation is fraught with danger at every turn for out intrepid hero and heroine. I like the gritty reality Ms Zwaduk has injected into this story, and found myself holding my breath at times waiting to see the outcome.
Astra Lee is determined to make a better life for herself, and wants to get away from her former lover, Salazar Balthazar and all he embodies. She wants to feel safe, but she has more than just herself to worry about now. And she's worried about putting someone else, namely Slade, in danger from Tiny and his goons. I liked Astra, and her sense of self preservation, and her courage in standing up for herself in the face of danger. And I liked that, deep down, there was that tiny spark of hope that she could get out and find a new life.
Sergeant Randy McCall/Slade McMann is the strong, silent and protective hero in this. He wants to do his job and get back to his old life, but he feels drawn to Astra and wants to help her in any way he can. I liked his honesty, his loyalty and his determination to protect the innocents while taking down the bad guys. I also appreciated that he was willing to accept Astra as she is, knowing her past with Tiny and accepting the inherent danger that it may cause.
Wendi Zwaduk has built a dark and dangerous world in Carrington Falls, one where drugs and bad men abound. But she has also provided the strong and sexy hero to fight the good fight to save the day. I enjoyed the edge to this story, and the secrets that are slowly revealed as the story moves to its inescapable conclusion. If you prefer your romance to have a dark and dangerous appeal, and your happy ever after hovering on the edge of doubt, this one is for you. ...more
The Dragon Stirs is the beginning of Lynda Aicher’s Energen series, set in a world filled with magic, mystery and treachery.
Curious about the mysterious Energens, the enemies of her people, Shifter Airiana Draco volunteers to covertly spy on their camp. Her family thinks she wants to prove herself and her loyalty, but in fact, she needs answers she isn’t getting from her people. She didn’t expect to be captured by one of the enemy, and certainly never planned on how attracted she would be to him.
When Loukianos Aeros finds Airiana sneaking around the camp, he knows he should turn her over to the leaders, but he has his own curiosity about his older brother, exiled long before Louk was born, for ‘consorting with the enemy’. Louk didn’t expect his ‘enemy’ to be so beautiful, and he feels drawn to her. What neither knows, but soon learn, is that they are the central figures in an ancient prophecy, one that will wake the sleeping dragon, and bring peace to both sides in this age old battle. But only if they can survive all the trickery and lies being told to her people. Alone, they have power, but together, they are The Two, and control the future of the world as they know it.
The world building Ms. Aicher has done is fantastic; a mix of myth, mystery and reality, historic and yet modern at the same time. The characters are exquisitely detailed and likable, with many facets to each one. I enjoyed my visit to this world, and look forward to returning, hopefully soon.
Airiana Draco is one of the Shifters, brave and determined to learn more about those who have opposed her people for so long. She's curious, and smart, and more than a bit reckless. When she meets Louk, she's stunned by the strength of her attraction to him, but not once does she feel like she's in danger. I like Airiana’s courage, and her willingness to listen to what Louk has to say. I also loved her sense of surprise and wonder when she discovers what she really is.
Loukianos Aeros is brave, smart, and ready to take advantage of the information he can get from his captive. He didn’t plan on his strong reaction to Airiana, and his plans go awry the more time he spends with her. His decision to hide her from his men, to satisfy his curiosity concerning so many things becomes desire and finally, passion. I likes Louk, his open-minded attitude, and his willingness to see another side to things he has always been taught to believe. I enjoyed watching as he and Airiana discovered what they meant to each other, and to the people of both camps.
There are a couple of twists to this story, and I refuse to discuss the secret that becomes revealed as this story unfolds. There's a bit of danger, some treachery from an unexpected source, and a few marvelously hot and passionate episodes between Airiana and Louk that give this story some steam. If you can settle for a delightful happy for now, with more adventure to come, this is the one for you. ...more
From Now Until Forever sports a warm, slightly simple cover and in this case: what you see couldn't be further from what you get.
You see, Liam is a prince and Melanie is not his wife nor girlfriend, but his protector. Violence erupts at the outset, and I understood immediately that he needed protection, and appreciated Melanie for her abilities as well. More slowly, I come to understand the dangers Liam lives with and to some degree at least, chose.
Their relationship at first seems both difficult and occasionally adversarial, yet, underneath each of their efforts to maintain a 'pretend' relationship, a real one is developing. Sadly; they're both in danger. Neither has been completely honest with the other. This hardly seems a great place for a more meaningful relationship to start.
The suspense and complexity build throughout the story. Attention to detail is plainly important to the author - and so also, the reader. Speaking of details: this reader loved the backdrop, the perfectly-described action, and most especially the chase scenes! They are always exciting but somehow also fun.
Fast, unpredictable and yet featuring all the best of a genuine romance: D...more
I’m glad Ransom finally got his own story. In the previous three stories in the anthology, he remained a bit of a mystery. I only knew that he was a scientist desperate to create a potion that would cure his family of the werewolf curse, and that he’s never left his family’s property for fear of contaminating anyone else, especially his chosen mate, with his curse. As I read, I discovered that Ransom is much more than a scientist. He’s a caring, sensitive man with amazing willpower. While the rest of his family embraces the curse of the werewolf, Ransom has been fighting it for over twenty years. It would have been so much easier for Ransom to embrace the curse, but he took the more difficult path. I admire his perseverance and dedication to his principles.
When a strange man stumbles onto the Shaussegeny property, his situation bears an eerie resemblance to the tale of “Beauty and the Beast.” Since Ransom is such a scientific and logical person, I did find it a bit odd that he would suddenly decide to go where the magic was leading him. After all, he’d spent his whole life resisting the magic and evil that surrounded Woodcutter’s Grim. However, this led Ransom into the interesting predicament of having to acknowledge that science might not hold the key to everything after all.
Tess brings out the best in Ransom. Though they met under less than ideal circumstances, they quickly begin to fall in love and have great chemistry. Like Ransom was at the beginning, Tess is very mysterious. The truth of her past isn’t revealed in full until the end of the story. I can’t give away any details without spoiling the ending. However, I will say that Tess’s history is a truly interesting twist that I didn’t expect.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Beauty is the Beast. Ransom’s happy ending with Tess is sweet and well deserved. Ms. Wiesner’s take on the classic fairytale was the perfect ending to the Woodcutter’s Grim anthology. Anyone who enjoys fairytales that are a little different should certainly read Beauty is the Beast as well as the other stories in the anthology.
Can Marnie let go of her hate before it kills her?
Marnie thought she’d put Gavin’s unfaithfulness behind her. After they were cursed into becoming werewolves, Marnie thought the new mate bond would allow her to forget all about Gavin’s previous indiscretions. She was dreadfully mistaken. Since Marnie and Gavin never truly dealt with the pain his affairs caused, the injury festered and rotted their marriage from the inside out. Each exchange between them was laced with bitterness and pulled me further and further into the dark mood of the story. As Marnie and Gavin reach the breaking point, they have to ask themselves one question. Is their marriage worth saving?
Marnie’s pain practically drips from each page. My heart ached as she fought to control equal parts love and hate for Gavin. I couldn’t believe she’d lived with the pain year after year rather than having an open honest discussion with Gavin. Instead, in her stubbornness, she hurls insults at him. Even though Gavin deserves every harsh word, the arguing only serves to make the situation worse. I cringed each time Gavin and Marnie inflicted new and deeper wounds on each other and I honestly began to doubt they were ever going to reconcile.
Gavin is a man who just doesn’t get it, and is consequently very hard to like. I couldn’t tell if he genuinely didn’t know that Marnie needed him to apologize for the past, or if his misunderstanding was deliberate. I found Gavin’s attempts to pacify Marnie with flowers insulting. It was clear that Marnie felt the same way. I couldn’t understand why Gavin would continue to bring Marnie flowers when it was obvious she needed something much more meaningful.
I found Gavin’s punishment for infidelity to be truly terrifying, and yet it seemed to be the only thing that was going to get through to him. Not only did he relive the absolute worst moment of his life over and over, but Marnie experienced the betrayal as well. Marnie and Gavin are literally dying without each other. The tension mounted as the story reached its climax. I held my breath and crossed my fingers hoping for a happy ending.
One Night of Eternity may be a short story, but the emotions contained within its pages are powerful, and I couldn’t put the book down until I’d finished reading it. Anyone looking for a tale filled with real and raw emotions and an ultimately happy ending should consider reading One Night of Eternity.
Has Glynnis betrayed her chosen mate before she’s even met him?
Glynnis is a werewolf who has made a huge mistake. She was sure that she’d already met the man destined for her. When that man walks away from her, she is devastated. Even worse, this means that she has been unfaithful to her true mate. I could practically feel her pain and loneliness as she howled her anguish at the moon. It isn’t long before Glynnis becomes aware that she’s not alone. Aric Sayer has been watching her. From the moment they meet, Glynnis and Aric are drawn to each other, but Aric isn’t an ordinary man, and his past is a mystery, even to himself. Is Aric her true mate, or is Glynnis making another mistake?
I’m glad I got to know a bit more about Glynnis. In the first story, Moonlight Becomes You, she seemed carefree and at peace with the family curse. However, this tale showed Glynnis in a much different light. She is a woman with a broken heart who longs for the peace she can only attain when she unites with her true mate. To make matters worse, her brother Lance has recently connected with his mate and they have a beautiful baby. While Glynnis is happy for her brother, she can’t help but feel a bit jealous. I think her mixed emotions add a very human element to this supernatural tale.
Glynnis is also very honest and straightforward, traits which made her even more endearing. When she and Aric meet, the connection between them is powerful, but Glynnis holds back. I was very pleased that she resisted rushing into a serious relationship until he knew about her curse as well as her previous relationship. She is never cryptic with him, but she also never bombards him with too much information. Her patience allows him to freely choose whether to join her or not. I admire her courage at telling the truth even though it might mean she loses Aric forever.
Aric’s history is definitely interesting. I can’t say much about his true nature without spoiling the story, but I will say that he isn’t a werewolf. He’s a unique supernatural creature that adds an interesting dimension to the magic surrounding Glynnis and her family. Ms. Wiesner has packed a lot of information about Aric and his history into this short story, but it all fit together well and never felt rushed or overwhelming. I really enjoyed watching Glynnis and Aric discover the truth of his origins. This build up of information also led to a very exciting climax that had me speeding through the pages.
I‘m glad I had the opportunity to read Bewitched. Readers wanting to enjoy this great addition to the Woodcutter’s Grim Series should definitely read the first story in this “miniseries” within the overall series in order to better understand the Shaussegeny family. Once readers visit Woodcutter’s Grim, I have no doubt they’ll want to come back. I will certainly be reading the other stories in this series soon.
Charming…not an adjective I normally use to describe a story but I can’t think of another word that describes it better. It’s a quick read that had me smiling, and sometimes laughing, from first to last word. The two lead characters are fun and very realistic. I enjoyed their interaction with other couples in their French cooking class and their funny banter. I also thought the conversations with the instructor were great, too. It’s got romance, humor, food, and French food no less. A reader couldn’t ask for a better combination.
French Romance is the second book in the Young at Heart series for Ms. Mathison. It was interesting to see her switch genres from mystery to contemporary romance. Her writing is strong and her characters solid.
While the story focuses on an older couple I know readers of any age will enjoy this story. I’m positive, as it did with me, the word charming will spring to mind after you’ve read it. This is one I highly recommend. ...more
Whoever says dreams and fairy tales can’t come true hasn’t read this enchanting story about a man and woman at odds with reality. Wishes and hopes certainly can become fact in real life but not in the fanciful way of fantasy books. In, The Sheriff’s Doorstep Baby the problems Michelle and Nate face are relatable, seemingly unfixable and diametrically opposed to their goals in life. But throw in a snow storm, an adorable baby and time to get to know each other and a reader is treated with a delightful relationship coming to fruition. It’s the journey getting to the happily ever after that makes this book a pleasure to read.
The heroine, Michelle, is looking for acceptance. She’s starts off wearing blinders and is hyper-focused on her goals, her life and hiding from facing anything that might hint at an alternate course. She’s hurt, she’s justified and she’d determined to do things her own way, alone and in control. She sounds confused doesn’t she? How can someone who wants acceptance at the same time steadfastly remain determined to do things on her own and view everything else as suspect? Someone who has a lot of hurt to work through. All she needs is to be somehow forced to slow down, to notice and experience life beyond the world that’s trapped in her mind with its skewed perceptions. Enter the innocuous intention to sell a house. Nature takes it from there.
Nate is a man’s man. He’s a character with integrity, honor and the capacity to love a mile wide. He’s strong and stern but he’s got a temper that seems to be triggered by Michelle. Readers figure out early on that it’s a symptom of passion brewing. She’s all wrong for him but there are moments that that fact doesn’t seem to matter and those are the moments to look for. Truly entertaining and meaningful, they propel the attraction towards combustible. Nate is described as a handsome man, but for me, it was his actions towards baby Jack that made him the most alluring and desirable character and cemented his status as hero. I enjoyed his personality and his dialogue.
Dialogue is a strong element in this story, whether it be between the main protagonists or their own private internal debates. Their interaction provided momentum to the conflicts that plague their growing relationship. Even when at times it seems begrudging in nature, they can’t seem to resist each other and they each help the other realize what is truly important in their lives. The heroine comes across as a bit too stubborn and mulish at times and that irked a bit. Obviously that means Michelle has the most growing and changing to do but Nate has to show her the art of compromise. The Sheriff’s Doorstep Baby was written in such a way that it would make an endearing Hallmark Movie to watch on T.V. – with the delightfully sensual and spicy physical capitulation obviously heavily edited for television audiences. Thank goodness readers get the full enjoyable effect.
The writing brings to life a lot of heart, emotion and feelings that make this contemporary romance shine and readers should find what they’re looking for when they want a quality romance. The Sheriff’s Doorstep Baby delivers a solid story and thoroughly entertains. It even has a wonderful warm and fuzzy ending that made me smile. Pick up your own copy and see for yourself. ...more
While Lia uses her physic gift and follows signs, Jared uses his wits and experience. When the two collide, passions flare and the final clue brings them both into the bullseye of a serial killer's target.
Tidings of Fear starts off – quite dramatically – in the predator’s mind. We see his trap laid, we understand his desire. Ms. Scott’s opening is cleverly and intriguingly dramatic. This reader was hooked on sentence number one.
We, like Lisa, the missing woman’s sister, are immediately concerned. Lia Morgan will of coursen begin investigating her sister’s disappearance, and she does have an ace in her hands: psychic power. She’s joined by various family and one concerned outsider: Professor Jared Trimble. Jared has a right to be concerned, since he is also a suspect.
Right away we have the clash of technique: Lisa using paranormal abilities, (or attempting to, to her occasional frustration.) while Jared is a straight-laced man of science. This causes an enormous amount of tension. As if there weren’t intrigue enough, Lisa uncovers disturbing evidence of her sister’s life and various entanglements.
The personalities here alone are enough to keep you reading, but the storyline is also well done, not too complex and continually intriguing. There are certainly unpleasant elements uncovered, but I hated reading some of the points that probably weren’t meant to convey what they actually did (like the good professor apparently not having the ethics to keep his hands off students). Yet, I suppose it gives Trimble that sleazy aura that makes him so useful as a suspect.
The investigation, the clues – heck, even the crossword puzzles and their tricky relating clues, all prove intriguing but sadly, I liked the actual characters less and less. They all had their admirable qualities…and perhaps humanizing faults…but I started to lose interest when I really start to dislike the main characters. It is hard to dismiss the just plain creepy aura that hovers around Trimble, and is never truly addressed.
Scott’s suspenseful romance falls short in some aspects, but it has a well-built and intriguing plot that will appeal to mystery lovers. The cover does nothing to convey the storyline. Ignore that and select this story anyway: it is an enjoyable read....more
Men don't come back from the dead. They don't reappear in someone's life. And they don't send email messages. Or do they? Something is definitely off here....Playing Dead begins in a mysterious way, taking readers on a tale of lies and deceit. Are you ready for this venture?
Renee was the type of female lead I'm used to reading. She's a good friend to Liz, but she's an annoying heroine. Her stubborn and hard headed attitude got to me quite a few times, especially with her bipolar-like attitude towards Anthony, the hero. I wanted to jump inside the story, take her by the shoulders, and shake some sense into her! If the author was shooting for a character that brought out real emotions in the reader, then she was right on target with Renee. I did notice she has a soft spot for one particular character in the book, other than Liz, so she didn't make me completely crazy.
Anthony, a detective, has a lot of wit and charm to him. He doesn't always seem to take his role seriously, but I suppose in a job like his, a man needs a little humor more often than not. I felt bad for him, going after a woman who seemed to slip away from his every move. He sure sticks with what he wants, though, because he kept trying even though it seemed futile.
The premise of the story is what really kept me going. I couldn't always feel for the characters, other than Liz, and I wished things turned out better for her. She was the one I would have loved to read more about, since the story seemed more focused on her life. There were definite surprises and twists in the story that I never imagined would unfold. The authors writing is fresh and fun. Playing Dead is full of mystery and fun. It's light on suspense, but a great read overall.
If you like your stories mysterious and some moments that are bound to get a smile out of you, Playing Dead is the perfect book. Don't play around, get a copy today!...more
This is Greta Kendall’s last chance to save her home. She’s been fighting for two years against a woman – Stephanie Harwood – who will do anything it takes to evict Greta and bulldoze her beautiful house. With time running out and her mother running her ragged, Greta’s at her wit’s end to save her home and her business before it’s too late. Which will be the victor – her Queen Anne Victorian or the new shopping mall? Only time will tell.
I love a good, complex character. Greta Kendall has so much going on, both out in the open and under the surface that you can’t help but want to get to know her better. The relationship she has with her aging mother only makes her even more likable. The twists and turns in both her life and her emotional state create an intensely emotional story that will really draw out your own feelings. She’s representative of so many women in the real world, the ones that look like they have it all together, but are actually falling apart when no one’s looking.
Gray Daniels is every woman’s dream man in the flesh - intelligent, handsome and successful. It’s just too bad he’s sleeping with the enemy – Stephanie Harwood. But from the very beginning, you realize that Gray is everything he seems, even if it all seems too good to be true. He’s considerate, understanding and an all-around good guy. The fact that he gets what she’s going through only sweetens the deal, as far as I’m concerned. Gray is definitely the perfect guy to help Greta work through the trauma of her past and get her to love again. I hated the fact that he kept being forced to take the blame for the things his fiancée was doing to Greta, although you can’t blame Greta for feeling the way she does.
The Gingerbread House is a sweet, intense story about finding real love against the odds. Greta and Gray make a beautiful, fun couple who not only understand each other, but enjoy each other as well. The author’s easy style helps the story flow, carrying you along with it as it develops. A wonderfully emotional journey that has a very happy and a bit surprising end. ...more
Can a girl have two loves if one of them is a ghost?
The story begins with the prologue where we discover how Frank died. Then we meet Camellia, and fCan a girl have two loves if one of them is a ghost?
The story begins with the prologue where we discover how Frank died. Then we meet Camellia, and finally Brad. Each character has a point of view, and the reader learns their strengths and weaknesses as their very different personalities unfold.
Francis DeLuca breaks everything he touches–crockery, his mother, and finally himself. He is dead, a ghost imprisoned in a light fixture, able to materialize only when that light is turned on. He’s been dead a quarter century, the victim of a gunshot during a robbery turned bad, and he stays in the bedroom -- his own kind of purgatory.
Camellia Stafford has come home to the house she grew up in, to bury her father and to confront her feelings for Frank. For twenty years, she’s shared her room with Frank, its former tenant. Over the years, they’ve gone from grudging friendship to love. Cam has conversed, fought, pleaded with him...and loved him. And Frank has admitted loving her, but he’s dead. He can’t do anything to change that, and Cam is lonely and frustrated.
Enter Bradley Mitchum, a hot-looking neighbor who has carried a torch for Cam since she was a teenager. Cam falls fast for handsome advertising executive Brad, a generous man, but with issues. As their passion develops, it causes more than a little consternation from Frank who desperately wants Cam for himself.
I’m not normally a reader of paranormals, but Ms. Ethridge’s setting and sassy dialogue sucked me right into the story and kept me there throughout. Cam is delightful, and Brad is a jewel, but Frank stole my heart with his macho-yet-tender image. Each of these three characters shows growth; essential, in my opinion, for creating memorable characters. In Cam's case, she must trust her feelings and not be afraid. Brad, who provides for his retired parents, is the rock upon whom she can trust. Frank grows most of all, changing from being angry and selfish to putting others before himself.
Everything about Paramour–the setting, the dialogue, the pacing, the hot, sexy scenes, and most of all, three of the most interesting characters you could want to meet plus a surprise ending–will keep this story in your mind long after the final page is turned. I guarantee you won’t be able to put this book down. Ms. Ethridge is an accomplished writer, and this is a stunning novel.
All work and no play makes a person dull! It's even worse when you work for someone that's dull, especially when you want to spend all the time you can with ones you love. So what's one to do in this situation? Set them up! Oh boy, can you smell the smoke...this could be trouble. The sparks are going to fly when two people that are so alike end up together despite their best efforts not to.
Zack is a busy CEO. He doesn't have time for things like love, or even a life. His world centers around his company, and it shows. As the story unfolds, however, readers are bound to see a difference in Zack. Despite his workaholic ways, he is a decent man. Although I admit, there is one thing about him that bothered me- his lack of attention towards someone who should be at the top of his list.
Then we have Crandall Drake. She's just as much of a career minded person as Zack- and one of his competitors. She's got some trust issues, as readers will find out throughout the story. She wants to trust Zack, but there are plenty of times where she says things that are far fetched.
The two as a couple intrigue me. I couldn't wait to see how this story played out. Matching up two people who didn't make room for love? And they're in the same field as competing companies? Yes, things were bound to get heated, I knew this from the start. I was right! There were some intense moments between the pair!
This Magic Moment is touching, funny and beautiful. Everyone deserves a happy ending. Zack and Crandall just had to learn to open their hearts to the possibility. This author has executed the plot so well, created memorable and charming characters, and I couldn't help but fall in love with the story and it's people.
If you're looking for a great romance, then why not allow a little magic into your hearts? Don't you want a magic moment of your own? ...more
Sometimes, you just have to let the past go, and not worry about what might have been. Celine’s biggest problem is that she hasn’t been able to let go of what was, so she fights demons as a Grimm for all the wrong reasons. She's worked with almost every available trainer, and Will hasn't found one able to reach her to help her move on. When she's paired with Jacob, will he be the one who can, finally, help her make the break with the past and move on in her new life as a Grimm? Can she finally put the past behind her, and find a new reason to fight and enjoy life once again? Can she find in Jacob what she is so desperately seeking with each new battle-a reason to go on?
I have been a fan of Shiloh Walker’s Grimm’s Circle series since the very first book, and look forward to each new release. Ms. Walker’s world is one that is dark, brooding and filled with danger at every turn. The characters are all too human, with flaws and weaknesses just like the rest of us, with one difference: they are all given second chances to become guardians of the human race as Grimms, guardian angels who fight the demons who would possess humanity and destroy life.
Celine is strong, fast and willing to fight any demon she sees; the more the better. But until she can let go of her old life and the feelings of guilt and failure, she won’t be more than a fighting machine, and may even be dangerous to herself and others. She has regrets, and wishes she could settle the problems she had with her husband before her ‘death’ and rebirth as a Grimm. I liked watching as Celine grew and realized she wanted something that would never have been. I enjoyed watching as she waged her battle of will against Jacob, and I liked her ability to accept her new role in life.
Jacob is a man haunted by his past, and the life he had before he became a Grimm. Strong, loyal and determined, he knows where Celine is at because he has been in the same kind of situation she's experiencing. He learned long ago to accept what couldn’t be changed and has finally moved on as best as he could. I liked Jacob, with his silent supporting ways, and his smoldering desire for Celine that slowly becomes a deep passion and desire to see the woman whole and content with life.
As with every Grimm’s Circle book, I enjoyed the guessing game of who the literary character might be in this one, and I was delighted to discover I was right in this case. No, I will not spoil the surprise of who Ms. Walker brought to this tale, and the deliciously intriguing twist she puts on the history behind this character’s life. There are some intense fight scenes here, and some touching and emotional scenes, especially the one between Celine and her husband that helps begin the healing for both. And it just wouldn’t be Shiloh Walker without the super hot passion between Celine and Jacob. There is something for everyone here, and I highly recommend making your escape to Grimm’s Circle soon....more
Fifteen-year-old Charlie feels like a “thrown-away” child even though her unusual mother gives her a life-line as she packs a bag for Charlie and then tells her to run--never tell the secret, never come back, never call. Charlie holds fast to that lifeline and makes a PLAN.
Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, Charlie rises above being abused and used. With steely determination, she thrives in the care of an aunt and uncle she’s never known; but her guilt and need to connect with her mother and siblings bring her low at times.
The amazing array of secondary characters all help “reconstruct” Charlie. They help as she uses her innate intellect and learned skills, like running, to assist as she works through her PLAN. Her wealthy Aunt Eleanor and Uncle Stuart, the unique people who make their home run like magic, and the heart-winning Australian Labradoodles, Lord and Lady, embrace Charlie, rough edges and all. The connection she makes with each of them helps polish the many facets of her personality.
Even the antagonists at school and work cannot derail Charlie. They strengthen her resolve. Thomas Donnelly, her standoffish guardian in high school and her first romance in college along with Mike Connor, the construction worker, entice her in a direction that could put paid to her PLAN. She wants their friendship, but not more—her no-nonsense response to them is refreshing.
Other characters that make the story compelling are like sub-contractors that do their specialties in “reconstructing” Charlie. Shelley Jackson, Charlie’s chocolate Barbie, basketball-playing roommate and first girl friend, adds sparkle and vivacity to life like Charlie had never seen. The bond they form is strong and one of trust. The coaches, the nerdy, unique Jerry Khan that helps Charlie’s PLAN along, the wrestlers Tex and Mac, the construction firm owner Ken Duffy, and the remarkable people associated with “The Haven” a sanctuary for women and children all influence Charlie, but none of them absolve Charlie’s sense of guilt or ease the need she has to reconnect with her mother.
Charmaine Gordon’s straight-forward writing style with the undercurrent of suspense makes Reconstructing Charlie spellbinding. The no-frills style keeps the reader focused on Charlie and her PLAN. Even the exquisite descriptions of places like Eleanor and Stuart Alfred’s home, the Shakespeare Gardens at the university are all instrumental in the “reconstructing” of Charlie.
How Charlie comes to terms with her secret, finds peace about it, and how she accepts her mother’s attitude is a thought-provoking part of the story that reveals much about how Charlie, once a shattered child, copes with horrific happenings in life and survives, thrives, and even finds her happy-ever-after. It would take a special treat away from the reading if I told who that special man is for Charlie, but he suits her perfectly....more
A Facebook Affair starts off with eight year-old Kelly Littleton on her first day at a new school. She's self-conscious about her hearing aids and her deafness. Instantly, I able to get inside little Kelly's head and feel her emotions and insecurities. She wasn't just a fictional character. She was like a real person. Childhood Kelly reminded me a bit of myself at that age and I connected with this character.
In the second grade, Kelly had been picked on and teased by two bratty little girls, Caitlyn and Lindsay. But Kelly found a friend in Lindsay's brother Brandon.
When adult Kelly's friend insists that she should socialize more and urges her to get on Facebook, Kelly decides to look up her old childhood friend. Throughout the whole book we flash back and forth between childhood versions of Kelly and Brandon and adult Kelly and Brandon. It was almost like a reunion romance story (and I'm a sucker for those) except that they met as children and never had a chance to act on it.
As characters go, Kelly was strong, confident (in her adult years), forgiving, and an all around nice person. Brandon surprised me as a hero. I'm so used to reading about macho heroes that it was a nice change to read about a realistic man who had a boring job and a boring, normal life, and found the love of his life. In a way, these characters showed that you don't have to be a superhero to find love like the kind in the movies.
Lindsay was a character that I liked and hated at the same time. Adult Lindsay was just as much of a brat as child Lindsay. She was stuck up, lazy, and judgmental. However, some unforeseen circumstances lead her to open her eyes and become a better person. It was surprising to watch her grow as a person.
The story as a whole read like a non-fiction memoir. It was realistic, emotional, and actually inspiring. I loved seeing Kelly's life as a deaf person and how she didn't allow it to limit her options. There were a few typos but the depth of the plot and the characters had me overlook that. It was one of the best books I've read in a very long time. I highly recommend this and am looking forward to reading other works by this author. ...more
Among the things August inherits from her uncle is a statue. Little does she know the stone figure has the ability to destroy the world.
August takes over her uncle's castle and begins to clean, tidy and clear out the junk to prepare the building for use as a bed and breakfast. A statue hidden in a corner of her uncle's study catches her fancy and she decides to keep this for herself and moves it to her bedroom where she cleans it. This is when the fun begins as the statue comes to life in the middle of the night and climbs into bed with August.
Gabriel, the statue come to life, is an Elemental who turned to stone because when he became separated from all of his kind. August's care and feelings for Gabriel bring him back to life but now his true nature upsets the elements of Earth. He must return to his true home and to keep himself alive until he can find his people, August must go with him.
This is a book with humor and love, in an unusual setting. There are many problems facing Gabriel and August but I honestly couldn't see how they could sort out the main barrier to their love. They physically couldn't stay together but also couldn't physically be apart without disastrous consequences. I loved August's sense of humor and her "must be a way" attitude. Sweetly confused Gabriel would have melted any woman's heart. Big and athletic he could change his body to reflect each of the four elements, plus he had wings! Talk about sweep a girl off her feet, how about fly to another dimension? Oh yes, did I mention the dragon? Well you'll have to read the book to find out about him.
This is definitely a romance set in mystical times but with subtle modern influences. I fell in love with Gabriel myself, pity he's a fictional character. A perfectly lovely read....more
Ms. Anderson has once again expertly captured small town life within the pages of this installment of the Honey Creek Royalty series. I could practically smell the vinyl seats of the school bus as Beckie rode home from the cheerleading competition. Memories of my own bumpy bus rides in high school brought a smile to my face as I read.
I liked Beckie immediately. When the town goes crazy after she and her fellow cheerleaders win state, Beckie doesn’t let her new found fame go to her head. In fact, aside from accepting an invite to a good party, Beckie decides to ignore the attention as much as possible. Beckie is a very responsible young girl. She found herself in a scary situation with an older guy the previous summer that could have ended very badly. Fortunately, Beckie is smart and learned from her mistake. I have no doubt that she’ll never go down that path again. However, Beckie’s lapse in judgment has led her to swear guys off indefinitely. Will the guilt of her past cause her to miss out on a chance for a meaningful relationship?
Even though Beckie strikes me as a very mature young woman, she’s also a very realistic character. When all the attention from her victory at state becomes too much, she doesn’t always handle it gracefully. Beckie’s frustration with the superficial behavior of the people in Honey Creek comes to a head after her Grandma ends up in the hospital. The emotions become too much for her to handle and she ends up snapping at people who genuinely care for her. I found Beckie’s reaction to the unwanted attention to be completely believable.
Beckie’s dilemma concerning Kurt and Andrew is also very well written. I could clearly picture Beckie trying to figure out her feelings for an old friend versus the new boy who quickly found his way into her heart. Beckie makes a few missteps while sorting out her feelings, but this only serves to make her a more endearing character in my mind.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Queen Mean. It is a heartwarming tale of romance, friendship, and the meaning of family. Fans of young adult romance would do well to give Queen Mean a try....more
Lacy and Carol had a horrifying experience in Salem a year ago. Now they must return to see justice administered to those responsible. Neither of theLacy and Carol had a horrifying experience in Salem a year ago. Now they must return to see justice administered to those responsible. Neither of the teenage girls wants to go back to the town as even thinking about it brings back too many bad memories. Unfortunately the law insists they attend the trial.
Things do not turn out as they expected and events begin to mirror that of the previous year.
Lacy is a strong willed, determined young lady although this only comes to the fore when she is in a dangerous situation. Carol is quite happy to follow Lacy’s lead which pulls them together as good friends. Lacy also has a secret which no one else knows. She has powers which help her to move objects and elements. This power helped them to escape death in Salem the previous year.
Although I enjoyed this book, I did feel some parts could have been handled better. Lacy’s father rushed the girls out of Salem after their ordeal, but now he’s willing to allow Lacy to return with only her boyfriend to protect her. None of the parents of the girls go with them. The only reason for this seemed to be Lacy wanting to be with her boyfriend.
The paranormal aspects are handled well as is the small town “hush things up” attitude. In fact the whole book is a pleasant read although there are no significant highs or lows. The story is a good read if you like things slightly spooky.
Bad boys are popular, from rogues and rakes in historical romances, to tattooed musicians in contemporary romance novels. I have nothing against them, but too many is never good. There is another problem with bad boys especially in real life – most of them stay bad. But in novels it is very common to see them reformed under the magic spell of true love. Therefore, from time to time I discover a different approach to the transformation from bad boy to good and it’s more than welcome. This is exactly the main reason why I liked Debra St. John’s An Unexpected Blessing.
An Unexpected Blessing features Joe Mason who spent some time in prison and his past is not a rosy one. He is well aware of his transgressions, and now that he has served his time he wants to just lead a normal life. Joe Mason is a bad boy, but at the very beginning of the story he is also reformed one, but not by the love of the heroine – Katy Roth – or through his love for her, but because he learned his lesson in prison. What actually stands between him and his path to a happy life is the small-minded community into which he returned. Fortunately, with Katy’s help and love he realized that if love is a true one than it will conquer all; prejudices, gossips and fears.
As I already mentioned, I liked this story because there was a shift from the usual bad boy transformation. I also liked it because the author wrote a small town mentality so realistically and palpable, it felt genuine. Katy’s character is also great. I loved how she stood up for Joe, but also how she fought for their relationship and his stubbornness.
Usually stories that features a small town, a single mother and some kind of holiday tend to be too sweet and full of unnecessary drama and emotions. But not An Unexpected Blessing. This story is a pearl, a great shiny pearl. It is really worth reading. And, it comes with bonus features: lovely recipes for your Thanksgiving dinner....more