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Ruining Mr. Perfect by Marie Harte – Review

Reviewed by Larissa M.

Rating: ★★★★★

Marie Harte’s scored another hit with her third book in her sexy McCauley Brothers series, Ruining Mr. Perfect. Teaming up the efficient, nearly perfect yet socially awkward, CPA Vanessa Campbell and hunky, sensitive in a manly way, financial genius Cameron McCauley.

As with all the books in this series, Ms. Harte steams up the pages and gives you glimpses of how truly perfect these two are for each other. Cameron with his easy-going ways and sensibility are an exact fit for the socially unskilled Vanessa. From the moment the two give in to their attraction it would seem everything was perfect. The only downfall is Vanessa’s constant need to be right at all costs and her hidden fear that Cam will tire of her social skills and leave her. But that’s not the only secret she doesn’t share right away and this one is big enough to leave Cam feeling as if he’ll never breach her emotional walls. Only neither one are ready to give up what they share…but can they move past it and have their happily ever after?

I am totally in love with the McCauley brothers. Each has a different personality that fits into this testosterone amped family. Cam was no exception. He knows what he wants, he’s methodical in going about getting it, and his even temperament and finesse are what wear Vanessa down enough to give them a chance. Vanessa is a little harder to like in the other books, but once you get a little more in her head and add in her background you’ll see these to are perfect for each other.

Ruining Mr. Perfect also gives you more of the brother’s parents and their breakup. It’s so emotional and sad, yet a wonderful compliment to the current book. I found Vanessa’s interference refreshing…even if others might not appreciate it. The other characters are showcased as well (from the previous books noted below), as well more Del! I can honestly say I believe the last book will be the best in this series if for no other reason than the hero/heroine are going to be so explosive!  But anyway, while this one (Ruining Mr. Perfect) isn’t my favorite it is a great read, plus it gives you glimpses of the other characters and how they’re still holding on to their romances. A must read for sure!

WWR REVIEWER NOTE:  If you haven’t already, you’ll want to check out each of the books in this series. While all are standalone, they are SO much better when read as a set!

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Riding Hard by Vicki Lewis Thompson – Review

“…not as hot or as endearing as the last…installment in [Thompson’s] Sons of Chance series…”

Reviewed by Zara B.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

While certainly not as hot or as endearing as the last, Vicki Lewis Thompson’s next installment in her Sons of Chance series, Riding Hard, tries the boundaries of friendship and romance. It gives us the ‘redeemed cheater’ and the ‘innocent girl’ from a resentful mother.

Psychology student Tracy Gibbons is house-sitting Regan and Lily’s animal rescue when she takes in a horse ready to foal. In her need, she must rely on Regan’s best friend and betrayer, veterinarian Drake Brewster. The two have chemistry. And while Tracy is the small-town girl who is reaching for more, Drake is a man who admitted to seducing and sleeping with his best friend’s fiancé (see Riding High). Drake is out of her league. He’s a womanizer who wants to be better. Though many in town discourage his pursuing anything with Tracy, he isn’t detoured (though he originally says he won’t!)—especially not when Tracy all but throws herself at him.

I will be honest and say I didn’t enjoy this book all that much. What I did enjoy was the small glimpses at the past characters. The entire book felt almost contrived. The dialogue was stilted and somewhat unbelievable. It could be the whole ‘redeemed cheater’ that threw me off. I can handle a womanizer in my stories, especially a cowboy rake who meets his match. Unfortunately, Drake didn’t get drunk one night and ‘accidently’ sleep with his best friend’s girl he did it knowingly. And while the affable Regan seems to have forgiven and forgotten, I find it harder to believe. And when Drake actually admits he did it on purpose (and his reason is lame at best!), I was ill disposed to dislike him. What Thompson wrote off using her characters like Josie as his southern charm, all I could see what the sneak that would say anything to get what he wants from people.

If you’ve read any of my other reviews you know I’m a HUGE VLT fan. I enjoyed the first book in this latest trilogy from this series. However, I am hard pressed to enjoy this one and I don’t know how I’ll enjoy reading the last part in this triangle finding love at The Last Chance Ranch, Riding Home. Honestly, I’m having a hard time starting it knowing that some poor guy is going to be stuck with a woman who didn’t take her relationship to a man she was ready to wed more seriously or respect herself enough not to cheat. But I’ll try. Who knows. This one could be handled a little better than the self recrimination/guilt which was peppered with a lot of forgiveness from the man wronged in Riding Hard. I honestly didn’t feel a lot of redeeming qualities in Drake. His character needed to be explored more, I think. And Tracy certainly needed to ‘grow’ up in more ways than just showing she has the courage for sex. So we’ll see how Jeanette’s story unfolds.

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Riding High by Vicki Lewis Thompson – Review

“Intensely romantic and hot enough to singe…”

Reviewed by Zara B.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Intensely romantic and hot enough to singe, Vicki Lewis Thompson’s Sons of Chance series continues with Riding High. When super sexy veterinarian Regan O’Connelli finds the woman he thought he’d marry with his best friend and partner, he does the only thing he can to get away from the heartache…moves to the Last Chance Ranch and joins Nick Chance’s practice (see Nick and Dominique’s story, Wanted!, Alex and Tyler’s story, Should’ve Been A Cowboy, and Regan’s other sister Morgan and Gabe’s story, Ambushed!).

Though Regan isn’t exactly sure he’s ready to give love another shot, meeting Lily King and his intense reaction to her changes his mind. Not only is Lily sexy, she has a big heart that makes her nearly irresistible. Only he’s been hurt before—and Lily isn’t exactly down-to-earth, really she’s more fanciful than he’d like—but when Lily gets determined there is no stopping the need to give their love a shot!

Ms. Thompson is one of my absolutely favorite cowboy authors. Her Sons of Chance series never fails to leave me worked up from all the heat, and then sighing with pleasure at the happy endings! In this installment, you have the betrayed hero who is gun shy about trying ‘love’ again and the heroine who is fanciful enough to make him want to. They fit each other well. Add in the family element and the animals and this is a sure winner!

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Resolutions by Teri Riggs – Review

“…romance intriguing and heart-warming.”

by Cara M.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Teri Riggs’ new release, Resolutions, features DEA agent Eve Taylor and Resolutions’ operative Dillon “Mac” McKenna. As the story begins, we find Eve fighting for her life while attempting to extract important data from a Columbian drug-lord’s fortress. But when she needs rescued, the last person she wants to see is Mac. They have had a rocky relationship due to Mac’s insistence in protecting her and treating her like less than a capable operative. Just two years prior, he insisted she quit her job rather than become a field operative. To which she responded by walking away from the relationship.

For Mac there’s never been any question that he loves Eve and wants to keep her safe. But through rescuing her and subsequently being on the run together, Mac sees a new, more capable side to Eve. Now if they can only survive long enough to explore their relationship!

While I wouldn’t necessarily consider this novel a ‘keeper’ by my standards, it did have some good points to go along with the negative. If you like stilted, military-type speak which might or might not be accurately portrayed depending on how many military people you’ve been around, this might be the book for you. Me, I found the interaction and thoughts did not flow in a way that made the reading enjoyable. Some of the phrasing took me out of the story and caused me to have to re-read the entire passage before moving on—often still stumped by what is trying to be conveyed—to the rest of the story.

However, aside from the non-stop action that often took some true mental power to imagine, the storyline was good. The romance, intriguing and heart-warming. The alpha guy who thinks the little woman needs constant saving aside, you can tell Mac only does this because he truly has feelings for Eve. She, however, while not necessarily feminist wants to be viewed as an equal with skills. She has them—in spades. So why can’t Mac see that? Well…a good point could be made for the fact of how she froze when confronted with the ‘ghost’ of one of her dead teammates. Instead of being wary, she allows him to not only take the gun in her hand but the rifle off her shoulder? Yes, she might be tough and have survived some crazy torture…but what good is that if she freezes and ignores training causing her and Mac to be in further danger when it really counts. I’m just not sure how believable that is.

But as I mentioned, the story is worth a read. It definitely keeps you on your toes, but leaves you not necessarily wanting more. That’s why it took me a while to figure out how to write this review. I didn’t want to be too negative because overall I didn’t not like the book. Though I didn’t love it either. And I’ve certainly read worse. But I’ve also read better. I’d have preferred easier dialogue and more flow, less stilt. I’d certainly read something else by this author to make sure it wasn’t just this story, though.

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Run the Risk by Lori Foster – Review

“…a sensual, thrill-ride from page one.”

by Zara B.

Rating: ★★★★★

Run the Risk, the first book in Lori Foster’s amazing new series—Love Undercover—allows you insight into the mind of police detective, Logan Riske. A man of honor, determination and enormous skill, Logan utilizes any method necessary to reach his end goal…which in this case is putting a career criminal who is believed to have murdered a commissioner and friend of Logan’s behind bars. Will you likely believe his methods morally (and maybe even legally) right? Probably not. Are they effective? Certainly. Enjoyable for the intriguing Pepper Yates? Oh my, yes. 

But then, Pepper isn’t exactly who she seems at first either. Her deception is one of necessity. Only there’s something about her sexy new neighbor that draws her in and makes her want to let loose and take a few risks. The risks are what scare her because it could mean life or death for her…and her brother! So what is it about Logan that makes her break her own rules? His amazing body? His sharp mind? The way he makes her feel as if she’s the center of his world? I’d say all the above! He’s a man that can’t be ignored.

But when all is said and done, can Pepper and Logan find a way to forgive deceptions and make a future together?

Run the Risk is a sensual, thrill-ride from page one. But what else could you expect from a Lori Foster novel? Foster is an amazing author who takes us on an exciting journey with each book. She has a knack for creating heroes and heroines that stick with us and make you understand the gray areas she tends to skirt with the heroes actions. Logan and Pepper are a match from the start whether they know it or not. It’s the journey Foster takes you on that makes you believe in happily ever after for them. It’s also what keeps you coming back for more of her impossible, bigger than life heroes!

 

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Ring of Lies by Victoria Howard – Review

image“..enjoyable read.”

Reviewed by Missy R.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Ring of Lies by Victoria Howard is a tightly written suspense plot. While I tend to think most romances that have too much going on take away from the couple, I was happily surprised to find that wasn’t the case with her story.

Ms. Howard has written a story about a heroine full of guts and a hero with a need for understanding. While the plot is thick and full of a lot of the usual plot elements (which are the reason I give this one a 3 instead of a 4 or more), I still found it an enjoyable read. Overall, Ms. Howard’s use of descriptive brings you into the story and allows you to get a real feel behind the suspenseful plot she’s twisted you up in!

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Book Details:

  • Paperback or Kindle Versions Available
  • 244 pages
  • Published by Vanilla Heart Publishing
  • November 21, 2010
  • ISBN-10: 1935407686

Book Description:

When accountant Daniel Elliott dies in a car accident, his widow, Grace, is overcome with grief…and panic. Daniel was controlling and their marriage loveless, but he always took care of her. Or so she thought. Grace soon discovers Daniel kept secrets: an alias, mob ties, a list of numbers, a mysterious beach house in Florida…and a girlfriend who looks like Grace. Swallowing her fear, she flies to Miami to claim the house Daniel left her. But the price of her curiosity is peril. Underworld figures stalk her. And handsome, troubled FBI agent Jack West has crossed precarious paths with Grace before. With little to go on and danger at every turn, Grace must depend on Jack to help her navigate the criminal world of south Florida, and find the truth behind the Ring of Lies.