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Whisper to Me by Christina Lee – Review

Reviewed by Alex C.

Rating: ★★★★★

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!

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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.

When We Met by Susan Mallery – Review

whenwemet“…another fabulous romance to her long-running Fool’s Gold series…”

Reviewed by  Cara M.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Susan Mallery’s thirteenth installment of her Fool’s Gold romances, When We Met, draws you deeper into love with the town of Fool’s Gold and the upcoming sub-series revolving around the new PR Firm. In When We Met Angel Whittaker goes after the woman he’s been drawn to from the first time he saw her, Taryn Crawford. And Taryn is more than willing to let him catch her!

Angel appears to be pretty perfect for her. He’s interested in a relationship without the love and happy ever after part. Just her style. Only is it? Can the two get past their tragic histories and make the leap to a love of a lifetime?

Angel struck me as dark and brooding from the first book he was introduced in (Just One Kiss). He was hot and unreachable. Then he catches a glimpse of the new PR lady in town and his senses go haywire. He isn’t interested in more than getting her into bed. Until he gets her there! His past is a hold up for him, but the feelings he has for Taryn overcome all hesitation.

Taryn is strong, independent, and has overcome a past nobody should endure. She’s intrigued by the sexy ex-soldier. And doesn’t hesitate too much in giving in to her desires for him. The two are made for each other on so many levels. And their connection is fantastic—explosive and sensual. But there’s an underlying sweetness to their romance that left me eager for more. I hope the two make many appearances in the upcoming series with Taryn’s business associations, the football players!

Ms. Mallery has certainly added another fabulous romance to her long-running Fool’s Gold series with Angel and Taryn’s story. While the plot isn’t all that unique, her handling of the situation and emotions involved are. It’s also nice to catch up with some of the town’s unique residents, and I eagerly await the next book!

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About the book…

Angel Whittaker earned his scars the hard way, but the scars that can’t be seen are the ones that haunt him the most. Since he moved to Fool’s Gold, California, he’s cobbled together a life for himself as a bodyguard trainer. If he’s not exactly happy, at least his heart is safe.

Working with pro-football superstars taught tough-talking PR woman Taryn Crawford one thing—she can go toe-to-toe with any man. But then dark, dangerous former Special Ops Angel targets her for seduction…and challenges her to resist his tempting kisses.

Even in four-inch heels, Taryn never backs down. Unless, somehow, Angel can convince her that surrender might feel even better than victory.

Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins – Review

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“…should have kept Kristan Higgins’ Waiting on You…waiting!”

Review by Margaret H.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I should have kept Kristan Higgins’ Waiting on You…waiting! Oh, my. I so wanted to love this book. I have always found so much redeemable about her characters, something to like if not love in her stories because, well, I love the way she writes. The humor, the depth of other emotions. Unfortunately, this Blue Heron novel did not meet any of the criteria to make me want to keep it and give it a second read. Or, honestly, to share it with others.

You see, in this story we have the wonderfully self-assured, self-confident friend of Faith Holland in The Best Man only she isn’t so in this one. She’s more egotistical, flirty to the extreme and apparently promiscuous (something I didn’t get by reading about her in the previous two books). She had her heart broken ten years ago by her high school sweetheart who wasn’t ready to get married, yet within months of their breakup got another girl pregnant and married her (and stayed with her even after they lost the baby!). And that made her hard/skeptical when it came to another relationship.

Then you have the hero, Lucas Cambell. He’s the ultimate ‘good guy’, right? Only really he isn’t. Or he wouldn’t have jumped so quickly into another relationship (sexual or otherwise) with someone new and then married her. Or kept his distance after the divorce. And how could he ‘love’ Colleen and yet not once tell her. Really, his feelings might have been strong but her being the love of his life seems far fetched considering the way he stayed away.

All-in-all, the enjoyable parts for me was seeing the sub-characters. I didn’t enjoy the romance of this one. I didn’t get the feeling these two really worked out any of the old issues or new ones. I didn’t feel like Lucas was all that heroic or likable even. Nor Colleen who I’d adored in the other books and looked forward to having her own story since she was different from the other heroines Higgins has given us. Only she wasn’t confident and less desperate in a good way, she was the opposite to the extreme. I’m afraid this has soured me for the Blue Heron novels. Two in a row that weren’t exactly all that for me after loving the first. But I have a copy of the next and plan to get on reading that soon. We’ll see if it musters up…but I’m doubtful as the hero has something in common with the hero in the first book (The Best Man) in that his ‘ex’ is desperate to reunite with him. And that almost makes imagine the heroine having self-esteem issues to the max. But I’m hopeful…

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About the book…

Is your first love worth a second chance…?

Colleen O’Rourke is in love with love…just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell broke her heart…an experience Colleen doesn’t want to have again, thanks. Since then, she’s been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.

But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who’s ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they’ve got some unfinished business waiting for them—but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she’s ever loved.

Wild Ones by Kristine Wyllys – Review

“…lacks depth that I’d hoped for…”

Reviewed by Alex C.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Wild Ones by Kristine Wyllys lacks the depth that I’d hoped for in what I’d thought would be a promising New Adult Romance. Rather than a romance of any nature, this story left something to be desired because it felt forced and not at all well-written.

While I liked the idea of Bri finding her man, I just didn’t see it being Luke Turner. And Bri’s past felt contrived and far from realistic. Forced due to Luke’s wild nature. Seriously, their initial sex encounter, the sex under the stairs after her just freaking on him in front of a ton of witnesses for no reason, was just too over the top for situation. I will admit that I didn’t understand the whole world of underground boxing as was presented in this story. It felt odd to read about, as did the crazy, over-protective, long-term friendship with her roommate and guy friend that she had and gave up without much qualm. I am all for love, but to the exclusion of everyone and everything felt strange. Not at all healthy. Overall, I just didn’t see this being a healthy relationship for either the hero or heroine. And I couldn’t see the HEA the author wrote in at the end. I’m sorry but I don’t believe I’d read another by this author without some serious editing.

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Wrecked by Priscilla West – Review

“…slow to get going…”

Reviewed by Alex C.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

When asked to review Wrecked by Priscilla West, An Arrowhart College Novel, I was kind of excited. The cover’s description sounded great. MMA fighter, girl with more tragedy than anyone should have to live through, the possibility of them saving each other and making each other better, but what I got was about 1/3 of the book dragging on between a heroine who kept insisting she only wanted to be friends and being jealous over the girls flirting (and more) with him, and then the remainder of the book trying to figure out what kind of mess these two would leave each other in.

Oh, and let’s not forget the reality of the book ending abruptly (well, after nearly 350 pages) and leaving me unfulfilled. I’ll be honest, serial books (same hero/heroine) aren’t my thing. I avoid them like the plague. I don’t like cliff-hangers. Only…I didn’t know this was going to be one. Well, not really. I thought the mention of Rescued being Wrecked book two and coming out in early 2014 meant that we’d see a friend’s story. I was wrong. It’s the continuation of the main characters in this novel. Only I’m not sure that’s such a good idea. Why? You ask…let me tell you.

First, you have a lovable hero…and a not so loveable heroine. Though by the end of this first installment you will probably feel sorry for her. Hunter wasn’t honest about something MAJOR and what appears to be happening (and told through the rumors across campus!) between him and an ex-girlfriend makes him appear to be cheating on Lorrie or something similar. Either way it looks bad. If only he had come clean, or made a choice to act differently when confronted at the end, things would have been better.

Honestly, I’ll say again that I thought this was going to be a fantastic read from the description. Unfortunately, it was slow to get going and kept a repetitive theme for the first hundred or so pages of ‘I want to only be friends’ and nothing else. Then there’s Hunter’s actions that range from strong hero—who is exactly what the heroine needs—to someone she can pushover and stomp all over. Not exactly someone she needs when she’s so vulnerable already. He’s got this goofy side that makes him loveable but more immature than a senior Physics major should be. He appears to know what he wants out of life and it all together, but you quickly realize that isn’t the case.  Add in some poorly written dialogue that doesn’t flow and seems stilted or forced.

Then you have the ending. As if she wasn’t tortured enough, Lorrie has more issues to deal with and must go home but when she tries to talk to Hunter it doesn’t work out (lots and lots of drama with the ex) and then she gives it one last chance…things happen (don’t want to spoil the book for you if you give it a chance)…and she’s the one his friend blames for him being a mess!

Now the tables have turned. You have her being the loveable one, but in the end…well, there isn’t an end. The story continues. We’ll see if it’s better.

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Wild at Heart by Vicki Lewis Thompson – Review

“…more of a ‘filler’ in the series than one that stayed with me.”

Cara M.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Vicki Lewis Thompson’s Wild at Heart continues her Sons of Chance series with a story about a wanderer who has always been told and ultimately believes that domesticity would hinder him…that is, until he finds the one woman who might be worth taking that chance.

Luke Griffin is a drifter who finds himself intrigued by Naomi Perkins—a woman who is studying bald eagles on the Chance property. Though all he proposes is a little like-minded fun, he soon finds he’s hard-pressed to give up what he’s found with Naomi. But in the end, can he convince her he’s ready for that kind of commitment?

While I’m a huge fan of Ms. Thompson and ultimately the Chance series, I found this book to be more of a ‘filler’ in the series than one that stayed with me. I found myself putting it down often and ultimately, though I finished the story, I felt it lacked substance and direction for the characters. I’m not convinced the two would make it long-term and neither have a plan past the Summer. Though who knows, relationships have been built on less I suppose.