Wednesday, December 31, 2014

He's So Fine by Jill Shalvis


★★★★  I was looking forward to reading about Cole and his many pockets of stuff! And he didn't disappoint. He was a straightforward honest guy, which is one of the best kinds.. in my opinion. Olivia had a lot of secrets.. or just one big one.. however you want to look at it. They worked well as a pair, however I felt their meeting felt a bit too contrived but as that happened so early on.. the rest of the story didn't suffer for that. I did find the ending was kind of abrupt. Perhaps it was just me.. but I was expecting an epilogue or something.. but nope. I guess I just wanted to read about Cole and Olivia longer! I think this is a great series and I am looking forward to Tanner's story.



Here's The Blurb:

For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It's the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she's rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she's ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

It's In His Kiss by Jill Shalvis


★★★★ 4.5 Stars 

I loved going back to visit Lucky Harbor (this is book #10 in the series) I remember glimpses of Sam from Ben's book.. and I was happy to read his story. It started a bit quick for me- as in the character's seemed too close for just meeting, but I could over look it, as they worked so well together... Sam was definitely the "Sexy Grumpy Surfer" that Becca dubs him right off in the book. I enjoyed his surliness. Becca was a strong New girl to town. She was a great match for Sam.  I did take away half a star as I didn't like how Sam wouldn't stop enabling his father.. and it kinda got tiresome for me to watch. And then Becca to kinda do the same..  just my opinion there..  I am looking forward to the next in this series... can't wait to read about Cole! 

Here's The Blurb: 

ONE KISS CAN LAST FOREVER

Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now's her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam's eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can't resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca's heart?

Friday, December 26, 2014

Prima Donna by Laura Drewry

★★★★★ I had this book in my TBR pile for a bit. For whatever reason just didn't read it.. perhaps I thought it wasn't going to be as good as her last one (same series)... boy was I wrong! I LOVED this book! Carter is one of my favourite leading men. I loved his jokes and pick -up lines, loved his little habit of rubbing his ear and loved the way he was with Regan. Regan was also a great character. She'd been dealt a crappy hand but it made her who she was and I was falling in love with the two of them right from the beginning of this book!

I have enjoyed all of Laura Drewry's books, but these last two (Plain Jayne and Prima Donna) are just soooo good! If you haven't read this author. I think you should!!


Here's the Blurb:

In a witty, sizzling, and tender romance for readers of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery, a woman who can’t slow down discovers that the perfect guy is in hot pursuit.
 
Even when her hair salon goes under and she’s on the brink of breaking, Regan Burke keeps her “I’m just fine” attitude. She’s had a tough life, coping with a difficult family and keeping her act together . . . barely. Right now, she just needs a job, any job, so she can pay her mother’s medical bills. It’s the exact wrong time for Carter Scott to come into her life—and to be so damn sexy, so distracting, and so determined to get close. 
 
Carter isn’t looking for anything serious—his heart belongs to the kids who depend on his pediatric practice—but something about Regan makes him reconsider. Maybe it’s the scars she hides so well, the secrets she can’t share. Carter knows all about that kind of pain, and he wants to help. But offering Regan a job in his office only makes things worse, even if their chemistry is off the charts. Lucky for them both, Carter isn’t about to let go of love without a fight.

COMING SOON! The Secrets of Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet Book 4) Release Date: JANUARY 27, 2015

Looks like January is going to be a FANTASTIC month for reading! Here is another book I am looking forward to. I have enjoyed the other 3 books in the Smythe-Smith series. 

Here's the Blurb:

Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can't be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family's infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She's the type of girl you don't notice until the second—or third—look, but there's something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she's the one.

Iris Smythe–Smith is used to being underestimated. With her pale hair and quiet, sly wit she tends to blend into the background, and she likes it that way. So when Richard Kenworthy demands an introduction, she is suspicious. He flirts, he charms, he gives every impression of a man falling in love, but she can't quite believe it's all true. When his proposal of marriage turns into a compromising position that forces the issue, she can't help thinking that he's hiding something . . . even as her heart tells her to say yes.

COMING SOON! Lethal Consquences (Aegis Security book 2) Release Date: January 20, 2015

I have been waiting for Landon Miller's story since I read the first Aegis Security novella! What's even better! It's a full length book! LETHAL CONSEQUENCES by Elisabeth Naughton comes out Jan 20, 2015!!

Here's the Blurb:

Three months after rescuing Olivia Wolfe from danger, Aegis Security operative Landon Miller still can’t stop thinking about her, even though she’s off-limits in every way possible. Knowing he’s leaving Aegis and returning to the DIA soon, Landon decides it’s time for their flirty online relationship to end. But Olivia can’t stop thinking about Landon, either. On a whim, she takes a leave of absence from her teaching job to surprise him in Barcelona—and arrives to find a sexy redhead in his hotel room.

Things aren’t always what they seem, though. Landon’s would-be one-night stand is really a member of the Red Brotherhood, a terrorist group targeting Landon for information on a lethal bioweapon. And now Olivia is unwittingly ensnared in their deadly plot, too. Forget escaping emotionally unscathed; Olivia just wants to make it home alive. Yet to survive, she’ll have to put her trust in the very man who not only broke her heart, but whose lies now threaten both their lives.

In the second book in bestselling author Elisabeth Naughton’s popular Aegis series, heart-pounding suspense stirs up deliciously sizzling romance.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How to Entice an Enchantress by Karen Hawkins

★★★★  This was a lovely story showing that Love doesn't always have to be romantic. Kirk is a determined hero, who knew what he wanted.. though not always the way to get it. Dahlia is a young romantic who is protective of Kirk. They are a great match together. I enjoyed reading this story and watching their love grow. This is the third book in "The Duchess Diaries". I would recommend this series.

Here's the Blurb:

The third sizzling novel in New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins’s Duchess Diaries series, featuring three unruly sisters and their headstrong godmother with a penchant for matchmaking.

Reclusive Viscount Kirk, horribly scarred by a tragic accident that stole the life of his beloved first wife, is a man defined by fury. For years he’s eschewed society, growing abrupt and curmudgeonly. But now, when he’d given up on life, he’s fallen madly in love with the refreshingly naive daughter of his neighbor, dainty and charming Dahlia Balfour. Desperate to win her attention, Kirk calls in a favor from the Duchess of Roxburghe and asks that she transform him into a fashionable suitor for Dahlia’s hand. But what’s easy to change on the outside, isn’t as easy to change on the inside…

Dahlia’s always dreamed of a fairytale romance. Although Viscount Kirk is only seven years her senior, because of his cantankerous ways and lack of social graces she thinks of him as her “older neighbor,” and is blissfully unaware that he sees her as anything other than an acquaintance. She is shocked to see him at the duchess’s grand house party, trying to fit with the very societal rules he so frequently mocks. Surprised by his attention, irritated at his bald honesty, and intrigued that he finds her worth the effort, Dahlia regards Kirk as the opposite of Prince Charming. Without the pretty words and grand gestures she yearns for, can true love find its way into her unwilling heart?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Loving You Is Easy by Wendy S. Marcus

★★★★ This is the first book I read by this author. Brooke and Shane were a good match together, I felt their relationship was honest and leaned more on the real side.. not so fairy-tale-ish. Brooke has some spunk to her and I loved it when she finally used it!

The wounded hero, plot isn't my favourite. That said, I enjoyed Shane's character and how he was honest with himself on his feelings toward Brooke and how when he wasn't having a pity party, his caring/fun side came through.

I really loved the letters written between the two lead characters.. I wished there was more of them. I also enjoyed the Neve, Brooke's best friend and hope she will be getting her own story. I will look for more from this author. I find her writing style allows me to easily get lost in the story.


Here's the Blurb:

She’s a survivor of the front lines of politics. He’s a wounded soldier returning home from the battlefield. Can they place their trust in the power of love?
 
Nobody plays the role of perfect politician’s daughter better than quiet, respectable math teacher Brooke Ellstein. But she won’t be caught swimming with the sharks again, not after the son of a wealthy donor sinks his teeth into her and gets away with it. Still, political connections have their perks, such as heading up the governor’s “Support Our Troops” pen-pal initiative—and getting first dibs on the smoking-hot sergeant whose picture shakes her right down to her goody-two-shoes.
 
When corresponding with sweet, classy Brooke, Shane Develen instinctively hides his commando tattoos and blue-collar roots—and he can tell that she’s hiding something, too. But Shane knows he’s gained her trust when Brooke gives him a blisteringly sexy photo. Then he’s injured in an ambush and a fellow soldier posts the snapshot online. Overnight, Brooke’s reputation turns to ashes. Even though he’s totally wrong for her, Shane shows up on Brooke’s doorstep, determined to set things right—and discovers that right or wrong has nothing on the chemistry they share.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Moon Kissed by Donna Grant

★★★★★ This is the 4th book in the Chiasson/LaRue series but the first in just the LaRue series. These stories, I always find a wee bit too short as they are only novellas. However I couldn't put it down! I loved the attraction and Chemistry between Myles and Addison. There was action, passion and though I have not read many werewolf books.. I will be adding them to my list! I am looking forward to reading more about the LaRue brothers as well as the Chiasson sister!

Here's the Blurb:

New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant ventures into New Orleans with her Chiasson spinoff, the first book in her scorching LaRue series complete with sizzling romance and the enchantment of the paranormal.

BROUGHT TOGETHER BY CHANCE

For years, Addison Moore worked herself ragged to achieve her goals. Close to earning her degree, the contents of a shocking letter rip her world to shreds. In an attempt to forget, she wanders into a bar, unknowingly changing her life forever. Suddenly she’s surrounded by the supernatural she thought only myth and stalked by an evil priestess intent on her death. Her only chance is with an enigmatic man who makes her want to forget everything just to be in his arms.

BOUND TOGETHER BY CIRCUMSTANCE

Myles LaRue was content owning a bar and hunting evil in the French Quarter. He wasn’t looking for love, especially after the tragedy his family already experienced. But when the exquisite Addison Moore walks into his life, he can’t help but be charmed. Despite the dangers surrounding them, Myles comes to one conclusion - against the odds they found each other, and now that they have, he will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey

★★★★ 4.5 Stars

This is still one of my favourite books. James Malory is a great leading man and while Georgina is a bit naive sometimes (I guess she could be allowed her being an innocent and all) she is spunky and a good match for James. I love reading their conversations and found myself wanting to get back to story often -even though I know what's going to happen.

As this book was a reread for me I noticed this time around that there was a fair amount of recapping which seemed a bit tedious having just read the previous books. Also, as this is the third book in the series.. if you hadn't read the other two, those recaps would spoil those stories instead of just dropping hints that make you want to read them. So because of that I docked half a star.

This series has a wonderful bunch of characters. Jeremy and Georgina's are delightful and even now I look forward to rereading their stories. If you have never read this series, I would recommend that you do!


Here's the Blurb:

Heartsick and desperate to return home to America, Georgina Anderson boards the Maiden Anne disguised as a cabin boy, never dreaming she'll be forced into intimate servitude at the whim of the ship's irrepressible captain, James Mallory.

The black sheep of a proud and tempestuous family, the handsome ex-pirate once swore no woman alive could entice him into matrimony. But on the high seas his resolve will be weakened by an unrestrained passion and by the high-spirited beauty whose love of freedom and adventure rivals his own.