Reviewed by Casey B.
Continuing with her Shady Grove series, Beth Andrews gives us Small-Town Redemption—E.R. nurse Charlotte Ellison and bar owner Kane Bartasavich’s story. You met these intriguing characters in What Happens Between Friends Charlotte’s sister Sadie’s story. You might recall that Charlotte believed she would marry Sadie’s best friend James in that one. Only James didn’t think of her that way. He’d always loved Sadie. When Charlotte’s heart and pride was hurting, she pretty much threw herself at Kane. And that’s where this story begins. You’ll get to experience that part again if you haven’t read it before. Only Kane is honorable and he doesn’t take what’s offered. But honorable or not, he doesn’t handle the rejection well and Charlotte proceeds to keep to herself for a time as her pride is still stung. Then Kane ends up in her E.R. and their adventure begins!
Another emotional, small-town story from Beth Andrews! Interesting and full of surprises, this story has about all you could want in a romantic redemption story. Even the ending was handled well. You finally feel like Charlotte has matured and she and Kane might have a future. A definite must-read!
About the book…
E.R. nurse Charlotte Ellison has her life mapped out, including a happily-ever-after with the perfect man. Sure, that disastrous night with sexy badass Kane Bartasavich wasn’t in the plan. He’s the opposite of perfect, and forever isn’t in his vocabulary. What was she thinking? Still, she simply has to stay away from him and everything will be on track.
But avoidance is impossible when Kane lands in her E.R. All of Charlotte’s protective instincts come out when she sees him in pain. She knows firsthand getting involved with him is a bad deal. But this attraction might be too deep to ignore.
Reviewed by Alex C.
As you’ve come to expect with a Christina Lee young adult, Whisper to Me is well written and filled with angst and sexual chemistry. Two broken characters trying to escape the past and pressures of the future, Kai and Rachel are friends. Only at different points they both want more, but aren’t sure how to make their relationship take that turn. Time and a lot of emotion bring them to the place they need to be…but the trip there is like riding a roller coaster!
Christina Lee is a master storyteller. She has the ability to draw you in from the beginning, hit hard topics like suicide, drugs, sex, etc. and bring you out the other side with a strong romance. Each character is thought out and has such a compelling back story you immediately feel a connection even if you disapprove of how they cope. Reading this type of story always takes a toll on me. I become emotionally invested in the characters and when written well I feel their emotions as if they were my own. This story was no different. Enjoyable and a perfect addition to this series!
About the Book…
At college, Rachel has a reputation for being a sarcastic flirt with a thing for star athletes. No one at school knows that she’d had her heart ripped to shreds by her high school sweetheart, who’d driven them both off the side of the road on a borrowed motorcycle, and then abandoned her. No one knows the real Rachel Mattson—except one person…
Ever since he helped nurse his sister’s feisty best friend back to health, pierced bass player Kai Nakos has been head over heels in love. But the supposed bad boy can’t risk letting Rachel know the truth—especially now that the two of them are back in their hometown for the summer, together for the first time since the months following that fateful night. Never mind that Rachel’s ex is back, groveling for her forgiveness.
Shaken by her ex’s return, Rachel finds herself turning to the one guy she knows she can trust. Kai is willing to hide his feelings for her, just to have Rachel touch him again. After all, this is only a temporary fling. Until it becomes something more. But maybe it had been more all along.
Reviewed by Zara B.
Super sexy, interesting, perfectly written…all words I’d use to describe A SEAL’s Secret by Tawny Weber!
As far as I’m concerned, this was not your average Harlequin Blaze. The characters were well thought out, the plot interesting, and the characters weren’t average. They were also perfect for each other. While the chemistry was certainly there, so was the likable factor. Livi Kane—also known as The Body Babe for being a fitness expert—is ready to enter the next phase of her career. But before she moves on to the next project she is taking some time to recharge. And what better way than to hook up with a sexy SEAL?
The SEAL? Mitch Donovan. Career military, military family, smart and goal oriented. His life is mapped out. Or it was until he met Livi. Now everything seems to be shifting around him and his only thoughts are about when he’ll talk to her or see her again. In the end, there are plenty of obstacles and old insecurities to keep them apart, but love and fate have other plans.
I’m eager to read the next story by Ms. Weber. Hopefully it will be Livi’s friend!
Reviewed by Alex C.
Raeanne Thayne’s Snow Angel Cove is a super sweet romance you won’t be able to put down!
When Eliza Hayward gave up everything to come to a small town and manage the only hotel there, she never dreamed tragedy would strike and she would be without not only a job but a place to stay the very day she showed up! And to make matters worse, she is hit by Aidan Caine’s car while crossing an icy road!
Aidan is a fast-paced computer genius who is facing some serious life changing issues. He’s drawn to the small town after he purchases several pieces of real estate from a friend. He decides to give his family an old fashioned Christmas and sets in to restore Snow Angel Cove to it’s former glory. Only time is running out, so when he hits Eliza and realizes she needs him as much as he needs her expertise, they strike a deal…that benefits them both!
I have loved the Caine men in each of Raeanne’s books. They are strong, family oriented and are generally good guys. This one was no different. Aidan was strong, often more than he should have been, and just what Eliza needed. There was one part that I felt was forced and a convenient situation, but I’d rather keep that as a surprise for when you’re reading. It didn’t detract too much from the romance, but it did make me think what a coincidence this element was. Eliza was also what Aiden needed, and at the perfect time in his life. An enjoyable read to be sure.
Review by Cara M.
I have always been a huge Brenda Novak fan, but unfortunately, the downhill slide began for me with Come Home to Me. I wasn’t a big fan of the couple in that story, nor a fan of the Cheyenne/Dylan subplot in this one. I felt like everything in Presley’ and Aaron’s story was iffy—from the drug abuse/recovery and those two not really being good for each other overall to Cheyenne lying to Dylan and involving Aaron. So when The Heart of Christmas was offered for review I thought I’d give this series another chance. I sort of wish I hadn’t. If it had just been Eve’s story it might have been okay—though some of her characteristics aren’t that admirable for a heroine—but it wasn’t just her story. There was a lot of ‘extras’ thrown in. You have Ted’s interference in Eve’s life—which he had no right to do since he broke up with her to go back to Sophia. There was the whole Dylan and Cheyenne issue—which wasn’t really resolved. Overall I thought all the other subplots detracted from Eve and Rex’s story.
If you take those out, and you review this book only on their story, it would be a nice, sweet romance. While Rex is known by other names and has a dangerous past, the chemistry between him and Eve was immediate and immensely satisfying to read. Rex has no choice but to keep secrets and tell lies to keep Eve safe, but in the end he proves to be a great guy. Eve was a little stalkerish at points but he’s secretive and she doesn’t want to be hurt so I kind of understood that and was even sort of proud of her for standing up for herself in that way.
I enjoyed parts of the book and not others. I would like to see Mrs. Novak get back to the romance with a little drama more than the soap feel these last few books have given us. I really miss those. I am almost to the point of not reading any more for fear they will ruin the other romances I loved so much (like Dylan and Cheyenne).
Reviewed by Zara B.
Finishing up her recent Sons of Chance trilogy, Vicki Lewis Thompson gives us Jeannette Trenton’s story. Some of you may recall Jeannette from the last two books, Riding High and Riding Hard. She was engaged to Reagan, and then slept with his best friend and business partner, Drake.
Needless to say I was skeptical if I’d even finish this book—and am sad to say it took a lot for me to do it. I know the main reason is that I have strong feelings about unfaithfulness…even for a ‘decent’ reason. Though I believe in second chances, I’m wondering how realistic this situation could be and if the people involved would really forgive and move on.
Ultimately, I was torn. I found the ‘cheater’ heroine sad because the hero Zach Powell is pretty much fabulous, and he certainly deserves more because while I felt the heat and chemistry I had issues believing their would really be a forever after. Seriously, could Jeannette ever really be trusted not to have cold feet or feel trapped? Or would she learn from her past and do the right thing and leave the other person before committing such a betrayal again?
Since I adore Vicki Lewis Thompson, I finally finished this story. As I mentioned I liked Zach a lot. And I enjoyed Jeannette when I could forget she’d hurt Reagan. But as with Riding Hard I found it hard to not feel as though the entire story was a bit contrived in order to add a story to the set. Does that mean I won’t read the next Chance story…no. In fact, I already have! I reviewed A Last Chance Christmas and found it awesome! So if you’re ready for a good VLT you may want to grab that one!
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About the book…
Perfect is good.
Imperfect is even better…
City-slicker lawyer Jeannette Trenton is about as welcome at the Last Chance Ranch as a rattlesnake at a square dance. She’s there to atone for one major mistake. But Jeannette’s pretty sure righting her big wrong does not include thinking lustful thoughts about the ranch’s new cowhand….
Zach Powell knows Jeannette’s type—a wound-up-tight perfectionist with one eye on her email at all times. Heck, that used to be him. She needs to shake it loose, face her imperfections and allow herself to make mistakes. There’s definitely no mistake about the wickedly sexy vibe between them. This gal is gonna have to "cowboy up"…or miss the ride of her life!