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Great Story and Characters

Falling For Her Fiance (Accidentally in Love #1) - Cindi Madsen

Dani had about thirty emails in her work inbox about the upcoming retreat. Of course people were excited they got to take their significant others and get in good with the boss. While the company would never call the retreat couples exclusive but the one they had a couple of years ago proved that being part of a duo meant more time with the boss and his wife. Wayne Bridges always bragged about how Bridges Marketing, Inc. was family friendly business.  Medical bills for her grandmother were expensive. Mama was living in Florida and took over Dani’s grandmothers physical care as well as working long hours. DAni was helping as much as she could. When even her scholarships didn’t pay for college family had all chipped in but her grandmother Morales ad put in the most. Wes called and told Dani to tell him he didn’t have to go but they both knew he would even though his sister was having Wes’s ex fiance as a bridesmaid. Wes agreed to go to the retreat with Dani as her fiance if she went to his sisters wedding as his fiance. Wes was Dani’s best friend since college. It had been a long time since they seen each other. Of all the stunts they had pulled this one would take the cake. Dani was Wes’s favorite person to hang out with . Being with Dani was effortless. They liked the same jokes- she just him in a way no one else did. When something good or bad happened Dani was the first person Wes wanted to call, and it had been like that pretty much since they he’d met her. Dani had left North Carolina to be with Steve- her boyfriend and now they weren’t together, He had hurt Dani . Wes had felt the urge to punch Steve from day one, but he’d tried to get along with Steve for Dani’s sake. All of a sudden Dani seemed to be noticing Wes’s body and she always knew he was good looking. Dani decided whens he got back home it was time to put herself out there again and find someone to date. She had been alone to long. Wes borrowed an engagement ring from his friend Paul who’s girlfriend had left him before he could propose. Paul acted a little interested in Dani. Wes had never really liked any man looking at Dani in that way.

I loved this story. It was a fun, easy, read, with just enough angst in it. I loved Dani and Wes together and how they interacted together. Not sure why their kiss in college was so bad yet they had such hot chemistry maybe had something to do with Wes ‘s experience as well as they alcohol. I loved how close Wes was to his family and how Dani was determined to help her mom and grandmother. I loved the pace and plot of this story. I loved the ins and outs of this book as well as the characters and I highly recommend iit. But there were a lot of errors that should be corrected.

Loved It!

Dark Alpha's Awakening - Donna Grant

I was so excited when I saw this book was coming out. I love Donna Grant’s books. However, since there was a second set of reapers introduced in a previous book, I was afraid we wouldn’t get a conclusion to the main enemy across the series. I also wasn’t expecting Death to get her HEA! The only other Fae book that would’ve made me happier would’ve been Rhi’s. If you can’t tell, this book didn’t disappoint me at all. I tore through it as quickly as possible and loved every page. I highly recommend.

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Loved It!

Crazy Cupid Love - Amanda Heger

When I read the description of this, I really didn’t think I was going to like this book. It sounded like just another quirky romance killing Greek mythology. However, I liked Eliza right from the beginning. I soon found myself not being able to put the book down until I was done. I liked the brief chapters that were in Jake’s POV. I thought they were the perfect length and info. There was only a couple of things. when it was in Jake’s POV, it was first person but when it was Eliza, it was third  person. Also, it’s not explained up front what has to happen for the “cupids” to do their work. It makes it a little confusing as to why things that happen to her occur. It’s not until a pretty good chunk into the book when Eliza is trying to explain things to a potential client that I finally got it. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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Good Quick Read

Deserving It: A Romantic Comedy (Stolen Moments Book 3) - Angela Quarles

Stranded by a hurricane. Check. Hotel secured. Check. Hot guy to share it with. Check. No, wait. Not him! A tough girl with an awkward flirt-game, Claire has long ago given up on catching the eye of Irish hottie Conor and she refuses to change. If he doesn't like her as is, then screw him. A loner workaholic too busy to notice, Conor isn't looking to nail the next chick--even one as hot as Claire--just his next bonus-earning presentation. But when a hurricane strands them in Atlanta and they're forced to shack up in the same hotel room for several days, things tend to get…exposed.

So, this was a pretty good quick read. I liked both characters and I liked their POVs, even liked Conor’s POV in Irish. The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 (really should've been 3.5) was because every time Conor (or his sister) spoke, the dialog ended with “yeah”. I’ve been to Ireland, was there for a week, and not one person I came across in my drive around the country spoke like that. It didn’t bother me at first, but the further into the book, the more it bothered me. Beyond that, I recommend.

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Good Characters But...

Extrasensory - Desiree Holt

Art historian Mia Fleming has battled with skepticism about her precognitive skills all her life. But her visions about Carpenter Techtronics are so vivid she sends anonymous emails and makes an anonymous call. After having a vision of a gorgeous man that leaves her frantic with desire, Mia is shocked when the man himself shows up in her office sending her silent messages. Dan Romeo, CEO of the mysterious Phoenix Agency, is in town to help his friend Chase Carpenters track down whoever is threatening Chase’s company. When he meets Mia, he has a hard time thinking about anything but what he’d like to do behind closed doors with this intriguing woman. The electricity between Dan and Mia is so intense they find themselves in bed together before they’ve hardly completed introductions. But then bodies begin falling. As Mia’s visions escalate, so does the explosive relationship between her and Dan. When an attempt is made on Mia’s life and she is almost killed, Dan and his team must race to find the culprits before they can strike again—or put Mia down for good.

Overall this was a pretty good story, but there were a few things that annoyed one. One is a pet peeve of mine, just the reinforcement that Dan lives up to his last name. I really don’t like it when authors use this and point it out. That led to my second problem. With Dan being like that, it made it hard for me to buy that within 12 hours, he was already smitten with Mia and knew she was way more that a fling. The other thing that hurt this book was the continuity with the timeline in the first part of the book. It happened over several days but by that Monday Mia was referring to things that happened on the Friday before as yesterday. It happened at several points and was just a little irritating.

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Great Story and Characters

The Duke Meets His Match - Tina Gabrielle

Chloe Somerton, daughter of an infamous art forger, has known what it means to be poor. As a girl, desperate to aid her sisters, she'd picked a pocket…or two. Now her circumstances have changed and Chloe has the chance to marry a young, wealthy lord. Only his mentor—a dark, dangerous duke—stands in her way. He knows about her past and she'll do anything to keep him from spilling her secrets. The very moment Michael Keswick, Duke of Cameron, sees Chloe Somerton, he recognizes her as a fraud. The stunning beauty with sapphire eyes and golden hair now appears to be a proper lady, but he knows better. What begins as a battle of wills escalates into a much larger threat—a fierce attraction. With Chloe, Michale could find peace from the memories of war. But he'll never take a wife…and she won't settle for anything less.

This was my first time (that I can remember) reading this author so I didn’t go in with any expectations. IMO, the characters reminded me of Lizzy and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, which didn’t bother me at all. The plot was pretty straight-forward, but what makes this book is the depth of the characters. I like it when the author is able to successfully place things like PTSD in historical romances as they are usually only touched on in Contemporaries. I recommend.

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Great Story and Characters

The Girls at 17 Swann Street - Saskia Maarleveld, Yara Zgheib

Anna has moved into bedroom # 5 at  17 Swaan Street which is an eating disorder center for women. Anna had been a dancer. Anna has books to read, places to see, babies to make, birthday cakes to taste. Anna even has unused birthday wishes to spare, Anna is twenty six  -married to Matthais for three years-but her body feels like she is sixty two. So does her brain. Both are tired, irritable, and in pain. Anna doesn’t laugh much anymore. Very little is funny. Anna has anorexia. Anna is five foot four and weights eighty eight pounds. Anna’s basic problem - loss of interest in food. Loss of interest in general. Anna feels she doesn’t suffer from anorexia, she has anorexia. She knows her anorexia. Anna understands it better than the world around her. The world around her is obese at least half of it. Anna’s anorexia keeps her company since her husband works so much and they left France when he got a chance at a job in the states. Anna can control her anorexia, so she chooses it. Anna runs eighty minutes a day, builds strength for another twenty minutes. Anna keeps her caloric intake below eight hundred calories , a thousand when she in binging. Anna weights herself every morning and cries at the numbers on the scale. She cries in front of mirrors and sees fat everywhere. Everyone around Anna seems to think she has a problem. She just had to lose a little weight.  She does not suffer from a sick brain. Anna suffers from a sick heart. Her husband finally tells Anna he tried to ignore she has a problem and brings her to this place. He tells Anna it's because he doesn’t want to live without her. She is his wife and he loves her. He walks into the place with her instead of having her walk in alone as she suggested. Anna is told the rules she must now follow. Anna is told she should always communicate her thoughts and feelings freely. Staff is there to validate those and redirect her behavior and by the end of treatment Anna will be cured of her eating disorder. Anna’s therapist is Katherine and she tells Katherine she does not need this session Anna said she came from a ;loving family and has a husband she adores that she sleeps with every night. No depression or trauma, at least that Anna needs or is inclined to share. No unhealed wounds from her past or skeletons in Anna’s closet that she needs to address. Anna says she is just particular about what she eats, just a little underweight. There are seven young women in the center right now. Five including Anna are anorexic , two have bulimia.  Not hard to spot, they look pubescent and gaunt. Sunken eyes, and sunken faces, scarecrow thin eyes and legs, pale skin and hair, no lips. The patients aren’t women. They are missing breasts, curves, probably periods. Most are wearing children’s clothes. They look androgynous, their skin hanging in loose pockets around fragile frames. Real women have bodies, sex, lives, dinner, and families. Anna soon learns at the center most questions are really instructions in sweetened buttered disguises. Anna also learned three times refusing food meant a feeding tube. Anna remembers she had been her younger brother Camil’s protector until one day she wasn’t good enough and at seven he died from being hit by a car. Anna still had a box of camil’s childish drawings and his little white bear upstairs in bedroom number 5 under her bed. Her mother choose to end her life in their bathroom and join her son. Her father and her sister Sophia refused to speak of Camil. Anna found she forgot things as her anorexia went on but then felt what she could not remember she would not miss. One evening while visiting Matthias gets angry and asks Anna why he wasn’t enough for her to eat like she does in treatment. Anna replied you brought me here, you saved my life. She wonders if and when Matthias will stop coming to visit. Eventually Anna tells Matthias to stop coming to visit. She is finally giving up . She also refuses three meals and gets a feeding tube than she refuses to get out of bed. The next night Emm comes to Anna’s room the next morning and forces Anna to get up and not give up and to make things right with Matthias as she was cruelly hurting him now.

I loved the reality of this book. It felt like you get to see the disease of anorexia up close and personal. It felt like I really got to see the disease of anorexia as well as bulimia  in real ways. What it was like to have this disease. To fight and try to win, knowing this fight would be for the rest of their lives. Also few relatively win and are cured of this horrific disease. Such a harrowing book but I was glad I read it. I loved Matthias  and his love and dedication and loyalty to Anna. Yet also showed his bewilderment and his anger. I loved Anna’s father came across the ocean to the US to spend one evening with Anna. All I can say if you want to know the personal details of anorexia for the people suffering from this disease as wella s the ones who love these people read this in all it’s heartbreak, fear, struggle, fight yet times of joy and happiness. It is a harrowing read for the most part but so worth it. I highly recommend this book.

Good Story and Good Characters

You're the One That I Want - Giovanna Fletcher

Commander Sullivan “van” Tate hated a lot of things about NYC but Leo’s Alehouse wasn’t one of them. Especially and he and his two brothers discharged their foster father’s -Noah- ashes from the Brooklyn Bridge. Noah was a oil tycoon but he had three foster sons. He would have loved his sons holding at wake in honor of him at a military bar. It would have appealed to the rebel in Noah. all three brothers were Navy Seals Van being the oldest and Wolf the youngest and there was Lucas. Wolf had taken his father’s death pretty hard and was looking for a fight but Van managed to talk some sense into him . the media would have the fight all over the place and that wouldn't be good for the Tate name. The were all raised to do right by the tate name. The boys all even went into the service at eighteen. The media is looking for anything concerning their  father and them as Noah had died under mysterious circumstances. Van was the head of the Tate family now. Getting things on lockdown until the situation had been handled was now his job. Lucas was a sniper in the Seals and he was one of the most controlled people Van had ever met. Noah had been the first one to adopt and give the three boys a proper home. He hadn’t been particularly loving at least not to van but he had been a father to them. Even if he wanted more from Van than he could give. His death had still been a blow all three brothers had never seen coming. The brothers had all been in the military ten years nowe bit would have to get out and do their duty by their father. Their fathers lawyer had handed van an envelope and inside was Noah’s last will and testament and then there was another three envelopes with with each man's name one for each. Now van handed his brothers their envelopes he had not even read his. Inheriting his father vast fortune and Tate Oil all fell on Van’s shoulders now. His brothers were both on the board of directors also. Every since Noah adopted them- Van had been eight- he had been very clear that the purpose of all the boys was to protect  the Tate legacy. Van was different since the Columbia incident where Van messed up and a woman lost her life. Van had than decided to stay a seal instead of joining Noah at the helm of Tate Oil. Noah hated NYC and he hated being stuck behind a desk. In the military he had loved the danger and the thrill of the armed services. Also the comradeship and loyalty of his team. Chloe went to NYC to meet with her oldest foster brother Van , it had been eight years since he ha been to the ranch. He just stopped coming there. She wouldn’t allow herself to think about her father. She found out after the funeral the ranch she loved and had managed for the last few years hadn’t went to her as her father had promised Van got everything. Chloe was angry but also grieving. She had grown up on the Tate ranch, had spent her entire life on it and for the last ten years poured everything she had into it. Wyoming and the ranch had given Chloe everything she had ever needed. Van had been left with the task of protecting Chloe from her unknown real father -Cesare de Santis who had been Noah’s long time enemy. He now had a plot for revenge and also the family secrets Chloe needed protection and Van was to provide it.  Van’s not happy being away from his team or about being in charge of tate Oil. Chloe had always had a crush on Van even though she was ten years younger than him. Van had paid attention to Chloe when she was younger when he came to the ranch unlike her cold foster father. Now she is with Van again there is a strong sexual attraction between them. Van worried after costing the woman in Columbia her life that he may not be able to protect Chloe.

I enjoyed this book. I really liked the success and drama in this book. I liked Chloe and Van together but he needed to get himself together. I felt this was well written. I liked the pot and pace of this book. But I do think it was brought up way too many times Van being a Seal. We know that. There are some unanswered things in this book like why van stopped coming to the ranch eight years ago. I don’t like the lies and deceit Noah said and used to his foster sons and daughter. I loved the characters and the twists and turns of this book and i recommend.  

Good Story and Good Characters

The Dangerous Billionaire: A Billionaire Navy SEAL Romance (The Tate Brothers) - Jackie Ashenden

Commander Sullivan “van” Tate hated a lot of things about NYC but Leo’s Alehouse wasn’t one of them. Especially and he and his two brothers discharged their foster father’s -Noah- ashes from the Brooklyn Bridge. Noah was a oil tycoon but he had three foster sons. He would have loved his sons holding at wake in honor of him at a military bar. It would have appealed to the rebel in Noah. all three brothers were Navy Seals Van being the oldest and Wolf the youngest and there was Lucas. Wolf had taken his father’s death pretty hard and was looking for a fight but Van managed to talk some sense into him . the media would have the fight all over the place and that wouldn't be good for the Tate name. The were all raised to do right by the tate name. The boys all even went into the service at eighteen. The media is looking for anything concerning their  father and them as Noah had died under mysterious circumstances. Van was the head of the Tate family now. Getting things on lockdown until the situation had been handled was now his job. Lucas was a sniper in the Seals and he was one of the most controlled people Van had ever met. Noah had been the first one to adopt and give the three boys a proper home. He hadn’t been particularly loving at least not to van but he had been a father to them. Even if he wanted more from Van than he could give. His death had still been a blow all three brothers had never seen coming. The brothers had all been in the military ten years nowe bit would have to get out and do their duty by their father. Their fathers lawyer had handed van an envelope and inside was Noah’s last will and testament and then there was another three envelopes with with each man's name one for each. Now van handed his brothers their envelopes he had not even read his. Inheriting his father vast fortune and Tate Oil all fell on Van’s shoulders now. His brothers were both on the board of directors also. Every since Noah adopted them- Van had been eight- he had been very clear that the purpose of all the boys was to protect  the Tate legacy. Van was different since the Columbia incident where Van messed up and a woman lost her life. Van had than decided to stay a seal instead of joining Noah at the helm of Tate Oil. Noah hated NYC and he hated being stuck behind a desk. In the military he had loved the danger and the thrill of the armed services. Also the comradeship and loyalty of his team. Chloe went to NYC to meet with her oldest foster brother Van , it had been eight years since he ha been to the ranch. He just stopped coming there. She wouldn’t allow herself to think about her father. She found out after the funeral the ranch she loved and had managed for the last few years hadn’t went to her as her father had promised Van got everything. Chloe was angry but also grieving. She had grown up on the Tate ranch, had spent her entire life on it and for the last ten years poured everything she had into it. Wyoming and the ranch had given Chloe everything she had ever needed. Van had been left with the task of protecting Chloe from her unknown real father -Cesare de Santis who had been Noah’s long time enemy. He now had a plot for revenge and also the family secrets Chloe needed protection and Van was to provide it.  Van’s not happy being away from his team or about being in charge of tate Oil. Chloe had always had a crush on Van even though she was ten years younger than him. Van had paid attention to Chloe when she was younger when he came to the ranch unlike her cold foster father. Now she is with Van again there is a strong sexual attraction between them. Van worried after costing the woman in Columbia her life that he may not be able to protect Chloe.

I enjoyed this book. I really liked the success and drama in this book. I liked Chloe and Van together but he needed to get himself together. I felt this was well written. I liked the pot and pace of this book. But I do think it was brought up way too many times Van being a Seal. We know that. There are some unanswered things in this book like why van stopped coming to the ranch eight years ago. I don’t like the lies and deceit Noah said and used to his foster sons and daughter. I loved the characters and the twists and turns of this book and i recommend.  

Good Story and Good Characters

Make Me Want - Rebecca Brooks

Tyler had been through some recent heartbreaking trauma when his best friend died in a fire. Now he had a need to protect others to compensate for losing him. Abbie had to be independent  from trauma - when she was a teen and Abbi had been taken advantage of by a teacher that wrecked her self esteem. She also had a less than ideal view of what to expect from men. Abbi had survived the trauma from when she was a teen but she had never dealt with it,  Tyler is a wildland firefighter but he is running from the memories of his best friend. Tyler takes a temporary job at Gold Mountain. He definitely knows about the devastation of a fire that gets out of control. He had needed to get away from L A to get his priorities straight. Tyler is there to  help set up a firebreak to protect the town. Also having this successful venture on hso resume will mean some good prospects in the future.he wants to get in, get the job done and be on his way to to fire safety management somewhere else. Tyler is at a bar and Abbi’s best friend sends Tyler over to pretend to be Abbi’s new boyfriend. As Russ was Abbi ex boyfriend who was harassing her and planning to be involved with the construction of the firebreak.  Now they have to learn to be a fake couple so russ will leave Abbi alone as he is still very possessive of her and hasn’t let go. Abbi decides her and tyler can spend the night together. But just that night. Abbi works at a local nature center and her job is to prevent the firebreak from being built. As it would destroy the habitat of some endangered animals. Abbi believes the firebreak is a waste of time and money. The next day Abbi is at work and Tyler shows up at her job as a consultant in the firebreak project that Abbi si determined to get cancelled. Abbi’s view on life, love and relationships with men are all influenced by the trauma she received as a teen. Abbi thinks the worst of anyone who tried to help her. Abbi fights her feeling for Tyler. Tyler saves Abbi’s life but she wasn't very grateful in her actions.  

I enjoyed this book. It was a quick, easy read but it was also emotional. With two people on opposite sides of an issue. Abbi made it clear Tyler she was only in it for the sex and wanted nothing more. I choked up at times  while reading this book. I really enjoyed the suspense and action in this book. I felt bad for Tyler as well as Abbi for they pain they still carried form what had happened to them. Tyler and Abbi definitely had hot chemistry and II liked them together. I’m glad Tyler was patient but also determined to prove to Abbi he’s not like the other men she knew. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.

Mixed Feelings

The Witch of the Prophecy - Victoria Jayne

Divina and Rory had just had sex. He was a vampire and wanted Divina for his own. Rory had lost the concept of time and when he was with Davina . Divina was a witch. Her innocence drew Rory in. He cherished her. These intimate moments with her were more valuable to him than any jewel or treasure. Three years later Rory felt longing in his heart. Sometimes memories were the worst form of  torture. With the prophecy set in motion, he was being sent back to divina. He went to the reading wagon vardo. Rory felt delight to hear his voice again but waited until she was alone to approach her and request her help. Divina told rory she wasn’t helping him before he asked. She told Rory she hated him. She made Rory feel things. A vampire with feelings was weak. Feelings could be exploited against him. Divina ahd once loved Rory but he threw it away. Rory had met her and told her she was a witch and he had preached about the prophecy to her. Rory asked Divina if she had joined a coven she said no and he told her she needed to. He should be happy , it lent credence to the prophecy. For the sake of all being walking the earth he needed Davina  on his side. He had never wanted to see Divina in pain but rory had caused it over and over again. Rory winced at the memory of when he had been instructed to leave her behind. She had done what needed to be done which was get rory’s heart to beat. Aric was a wolf shifter and working on his clogged sink. He heard a knock at his door and answered it and snarled” what?” A scantily clad blonde looked up at him. She swept her gaze over him. “ You lost” Aric asked suspiciously. She said Aric Braun he said yeah and she went past him into his home . He was going to protest but said nothing as her skin touched him it was like an electric shock. His wolf paced within as she sat on his couch. Than Aric asked who she was and why she was there. Something about this woman felt off. Selene told him her name and when he pushed her to talk she grabbed his arm. It hurt alot but he was finally able to pull her arm away. Than she asked if he didn’t recognize her. She said she was his mate. He told her to leave he didn’t want her there. Then she said she thought wolves knew their mates. Selene than said she was a witch, a seer. Than she told him in monotone that the vampire emperor had walked into the sun. She also said the vampire whose heart beats because of a witch who belonged to a witch would take the seat.  Aric said he was not some prophetic wolf. Her hand started toward him and he couldn’t move, his wolf had been quelled. Aric yelled in pain and fell to his knees. She said he was the wolf she had seen him . he would give Percy his rightful place. Than a man called out to Selene. Selene said they may have to go to plan B. Than Aric’s world went black. The Ember Witches again summoned Rory. he did their bidding once he didn’t know if he wanted to do it again as he had left Divina. Esmine the leader of the coven told Rory he had been summoned to further his role in the prophecy. Then she said it was time for him to step up and be what he was created to be. He would be the Emperor who ruled over all his kind and anything that wasn’t human. Rory was to stick with Divina to get him on the throne and the vampire council. Perci was the next in line and Rory would use the wolves to defeat Percy. But it didn’t feel right. Divini thought it was time she went to meet the Ember Witches herself.

I really liked this book until the very end. Which ended in a big cliffhanger and I HATE cliffhangers.  That ruined this whole book for me as everything was left up in the air. So my rating fell down to a three almost to a two but I had really enjoyed the book until the end. I did love the characters and the ins and outs until the very end. I was very disappointed especially since this wasn’t a short book.

Mixed Feelings

Enticing the Boss (Passion's Price #1) - Lily Bly

Jean checked the backup software running on her computer and switched off the monitor. She told herself Shep and Son will survive without her. She had never taken a vacation since she had started there six years ago but she is now. Her vacation was an act of vacation not an act of avoidance. The awesome ski package and flight deal just happened to coincide with david’s and Beth’s engagement party. She would have went and done all the right things if the vacation package hadn’t popped up. She would be leaving Monday morning with her brother George and her niece. Jean had been infatuated with David who was her boss for a long time. Jean had grown up with her step sister beth who was really mean on the inside. Beth was also engaged to the man Jean wanted and she wondered if that was to hurt her. But David was taken now. Jean worked at Shep and Son and it was struggling. The publishing house had catered to the new and different from it’s start thirty years ago and they had managed to head off most of the digital market troubles, but this past year had been rough. That could change Monday with the pitch to Frederick Donelson . a billionaire lately come reality tv star who wanted to publish a series of books about his wild life experiences. He liked them and they were in the running to sign him to a seven book dealJean noticed the light on under David’s door when she was going to leave. She was going in to turn off the light but instead saw a devastated David in there. He said Beth had broken the engagement. He was all work no play and boring. David added after his father’s stroke he took on so much more- he’d been having trouble handling it all. He thought Beth had understood David’s father Edgar had been kind and a mentor to her , for all of them at Shep and Son. david admitted he hadn’t got very far into Donelson’s manuscript. The needed this man to sign with them. Than Jean took off her coat to get to work. She texted her brother she wouldn’t be going but gave him the trip information. George emailed back not to do this to herself . But jean didn’t see any other choice. David had originally wanted to be a carpenter - his grandfather had taught him . But his father demanded he come into the family publishing business. After working all day and night they had a presentation for Donelson .demanded they go to breakfast.. David said he loved her and Jean blew up about loving him for six years and having to help the office plan his engagement party to her stepsister. David ended her tirade with a kiss and they had sex in the restaurants bathroom. Than david took her to his place to have anap. She thought about all the times Jean had saved his butt. Jean was smarter than him and far fiercer at the conference table. Than while Jean and David were getting out of the shower Beth showed up to tell Davis his father had died.

I liked this book n=but things went way to fast. David’s engaged to Jeans step sister than they end up having sex after a hard long weekend of work and than he declares his love for Jean. He tells beth he ex fiance he was with jean now. Just didn’t make sense to me as far as the time frame went. I did like the plot but this should have been a lot more spread out. So as you can see I had mixed feeling about this book.

Mixed Feelings

The Whole Package - Marie Harte

Reid and Cash ahd a moving business called Vets On The Go that only hires veterans. Cash and Hector had been on a job when they put down three criminals who were trying to rob a house and had taken a kid named Asher  with a knife at his throat when they noticed him watching them. Now the three criminals were duck taped together and waiting for the police. After fourteen years Cash had left the Marine Corps due to a mess with some commanding officers . Though Cash had no doubt been in the right he had mouthed off and offended someone with influential friends. Reid knew Cash would need help on the outside so he had left the Marines also. Reid had done well since the  service Cash not so much. Creating Vets On The Go had begun as a way to help Cash earn a living. That it also provided jobs for other Vets was a bonus. Reid and Cash had brainstormed the idea and used Reid’s savings to invest. Their cousin Evan had fronted more funds to get them started. Cash put in what he could. Five trucks later the demand was growing. Naomi Starr felt Vets On The Go had opportunity written all over it as she looked at their website after seeing Cash and Hector on tv after saving Asher. Naomi’s enthusiasm had cooled since getting screwed over - both literally and figuratively by her ex boss Tanner. Naomi had known it was a  mistake but still slept with her boss Tanner. Tanner forces her out of the firm when she was more successful than him so she lost her job. It had been a year and a half ago. Since she was at P P and R. Than Naomi started Starr P R and she worked eighty hours a week. She mostly poured all her efforts into her firm since it was just her, Liz and Leo doing everything. Fortunately Naomi still had her friends and contacts and she used them to her advantage. Word had spread that Starr PR was getting a reputation as thorough and easy to work with.Liz was Naomi’s assistant and Leo was the IT man and they worked their tails off. Naomi planned on adding a marketing expert soon.  Chris Jenning was CEO of a new and rising tech company and Naomi’s ticket to the big league. If she helped Vets On The Go turn into the big business she felt it could be , she had the feeling it would be just the thing to catch Chris Jenning’s attention. Naomi is attracted to Reid but she had lost one job because of her personal relationship with the boss so she wants to remain professional with Reid even though there was a hot attraction between them. Reid agrees with Naomi. Cash had been emotionally abused but their parents and now their dad was dead and his mother was wasting away in an assisted living home. Naomi has a inferiority complex as everyone on her family is super successful. Than Naomi’s mother and siblings stop in and Naomi tells them Reid is her boyfriend. Even though he’s not. Than Tanner keeps trying to win her back.

I had mixed feelings about this book. Some things I liked and other things not so much. I did like Reid and Naomi together. I liked the respect they showed each other. I liked the plot just not all the subplots. I loved Reid’s and Cash’s relationship. There was too much going on and  a few too many characters . This dragged for me at times I think this could have used a little more drama. . I think there should have been more attention on Naomi and Reid. I got a little confused at times. I don’t think Naomi’s ex Tanner should be in this book so much. As you can tell I had mixed feeling about this book.

Good Story and Good Characters

Suddenly Mine - Samantha Chase

Her parents died when Sophie was young. Everything Sophie thought about her parents was a lie. The one who told her the biggest lie was her grandmother who raised her. Sophie felt her grandmother should have told her the truth when she was old enough to understand, instead of finding out the truth from a stranger. Sophie moved away from Kansas to San Diego to get away from the lies. Sophie needed to get a job.Sophie had taken control of her life to try to find herself.Sophie took up a hobby while looking for a job and it was surfing but she wasn’t very good at it as she can’t seem to get the hang of it but she had been trying for the last couple of weeks.   Christian’s job is his number one priority as he was a workaholic, and all he had focused on for years. Christian had started working for the family business-was Montgomery Investments- when he was fifteen. . But it’s taking a toll on him. He doesn’t really know how to relax Christian had taken over the family business constantly watched by his dad unlike his sister and his brother who was never satisfied no matter how much Christian did. He had been in San Diego for a while but it wasn’t home. The only relaxation Christian has in in the morning he sits on his deck of his cousin’s beach house having his coffee and watches the beach. The yoga classes, the fishermen, and the surfers. Now one specific woman trying to surf but not doing very well. But she made up for her lack of skill with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.Christian meets Sophia when he thought she was drowning but it turns out she wasn’t he is attracted to her but has no time to date.  One morning two ladies talk to Sophie about a health program in their family business.The women were Christian’s mother and aunt. Christian is not looking for a relationship after what happened in the London office. Sophie becomes a Corporate Health Nurse for Montgomery’s/ the second time Christian and Sophie meet is in his office when she is asked to look at him as he didn’t look very good/ She thought he was having a heart attack and told someone to call 911 and stayed by his side but it turned out to be a heart attack. Christian was shocked when he found out Sophie is the new nurse for company.Sophie’s not sure how to handle her attraction to Christian since he’s her boss. Sophie and Christian agree it ewould be better to just be friends for their working relationship. Sophie and Christian agree better to be just friends for their working relationship. Both Sophie and Christian have issues with things being kept from them. Sophie gets Christian to relax more than he has in years.

I really enjoyed this book even if it was predictable. I felt this was well written. I loved Sophie and Christian together and how they calmed each  other. Even though they were from different worlds Christian was a big city businessman and Sophia was a small town girl who was a nurse. This book had my attention from the beginning until the end. I loved watching Sophia and Christian relationship grow and it wasn’t insta-love/lust. I really liked how Sophie helped Christian change some and enjoy life more outside work. I chuckled at times and choked up at other times while reading this book. I liked the plot and pace a lot. I loved the characters and the twists and turns of this book and I recommend it.

Not For Me

One Tough Cowboy - Lora Leigh

One Tough Cowboy 2 stars  POST in JANUARY

For as long as Samantha can remember, Hunter—a man as strong as steel, with a heart of gold—has been her hero. It came as no surprise to Samantha when she found out that the ranch-hardened cowboy who always protected her from bullies went on to become the town’s sheriff. What does surprise her is how incredibly hot he still is. And how much she still wants him…

Overall this book was well written and I really liked the characters. However, there were several glaring things that bothered me. The first being that Sam was pretty young when they moved away, too young (IMO) to establish pre-existing romantic feelings on her part and DEFINITELY too young on his part. Another is that the book takes place in only a few days and, with the flow of the book (and my previous statement about pre-existing feelings) it didn’t work for me for some reason. Also, a slight peeve, they emphasized on it being Southern and it takes place in California, which is NOT in the South. I’m been a fan of Lora Leigh’s for years. She has a template to her books that I usually really like, but it just didn’t work for me here.

 

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Great Story and Characters

Demon's Mercy - Rebecca Zanetti

Mercy O’Malley hates killing people. So when she’s assigned to take out Vampire-Demon Logan Kyllwood, she lures him to a seedy bar in Scotland, then decides to kidnap him instead. How can she cold-bloodedly end all that heat, those green eyes, that ripped body?

This was a great story from start to finish. It has been 6 months and lots of books since I read the last book in this series, but it didn’t really deter me in the slightest. I absolutely LOVED Logan. I really liked Mercy. However, her unflinching faith in the superiority of her species irritated me a little. It was hard for me to put this book down when responsibility dictated. I highly recommend.

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