Thursday, October 16, 2014

ARC Book review: The Christmas Wedding Ring (Triple Trouble) by Susan Mallery

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Available now! Re-issue

Re-issue of Wedding Ring Promise - Originally published 1998.

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery returns with a classic story of destiny, desire and a little holiday magic! 

In her youth, Molly Anderson couldn't help crushing on gorgeous bad-boy Dylan Black? Even though he only had eyes for her older sister. When things didn't work out between them, he said goodbye to Molly as well, vowing they'd have a great adventure when she grew up. Years later, dumped by her fiance?Jjust before Christmas, she's finally ready to take Dylan up on his promise.

A guarded Dylan always had a weakness for Molly, and when she waltzes back into his life?grown-up and gorgeous?he's stunned. So why not whisk her away for some no-strings-attached fun?

Laughter-filled days and late-night kisses are changing Molly's life, for good. The only gift she truly wants now is Dylan's love, but when he discovers the secret she's been keeping, she may lose him again?this time forever. 

This  a classic Susan Mallery story revamped and re-released for the holidays. Molly was 14 years old when Dylan Black left town after her sister broke his heart and married someone else. Before leaving he made her a promise. He gave her the wedding ring meant for her sister and told her to come see him when she needed a adventure.  Years later A series of bad things happen to Molly in  one week. Finding that ring reminds her of Dylan and she looks him up and wants to take him up on that adventure. Dylan can't get over how grown up Molly is and even though he always felt affection for her he is suddenly feeling that at more. He proposes a trip where he decides where they go. Taking off on his motorcycle both Dylan and Molly feel lighter right away. Loved the idea of this story. Molly has some secrets and Dylan can only guess at what they are at first but slowly he wins her trust and she reveals everything. I liked this book but there are places you can feel it's dated and places where it seems to drag just a little. Still a over all enjoyable read set during the holidays but not necessarily about the holidays. A feel good read by the end!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ARC Book review: One in a Million (Lucky Harbor #12) by Jill Shalvis

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As the brains behind wedding site, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles . . . to the tears. It's that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she's sworn off love . . .

Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past—and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he's still paying for his own mistakes? It's hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lock down. Though there's something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she—and his son—deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?

The last book in the Lucky Harbor series! Wow i can't believe this is the end. We go out with Tanner and Callie.  Tanner has always been about responsibility. Ever since his teenage girlfriend came up pregnant and even before he's been working at getting to a place where he is comfortable financially and making sure everyone he cared about is taken care of as well. He was doing well on his own when Callie shows up in his life. Callie was left at the alter and back in Lucky Harbor she comes face to face with her ex and his wife while at the same time dealing with her old high school crush at the same time. Tanner is of course that crush. Tanner and Callie have a place in my heart. Not only are they our last couple but for some reason they really clicked for me. When you add in Tanner teenage son and their interactions with him it kind of clinches things.Amazingly fun and romantic Jill Shalvis brings it home once again with her characters that are full of life and humor while also likable and down to earth. Amazing series from book one to done! 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

ARC Book review: Twisted (Eternal Guardians #7) by Elisabeth Naughton

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Nick –Leader of the half-breeds and the last true hero. He’s spent his life fighting a dark pull toward the gods. A pull he now knows is linked to his father Kr√≥nos and the Titan’s plan to escape from the Underworld.

But Nick’s hidden powers are coveted by more than just his father. Imprisoned by Hades, Nick battles every form of torture imaginable as the sadistic god schemes to break him. Only one thing is keeping him sane. One woman who gives him the strength to fight the relentless darkness. She has a dangerous plan of her own, though, and as Nick’s powers grow stronger, even she might not be enough to alter his destiny. 

As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, Nick’s allegiances are tested. And no one knows whether he will choose to fight for good or succumb to the sinister lure of evil. Not even him.

I never thought i would like a series of books like this. Yes there are hot sexy alpha men but that doesn't always equal a good book for everyone every time. I started this series late with a book somewhere in the middle. I liked it so much i went back to the beginning to start with book one. In this installment we finally get to Nick. Nick was always a bit of a mystery to me in this series. It took me a while to like him although he intrigued me from the first time i got to meet him. The more i read about him the more i liked him but now finally we get to the real nitty gritty that is Nick. He always came across as one tough kick ass guy but now we find out he has vulnerabilities like everyone else. Poor Nick has to share his soul mate with his brother which has been nothing but annoying and painful because although he gets all the emotions that go with it his brother is the one who has her heart. Now being held prisoner and being tortured he's stayed tough but it's a close thing. The woman who is tasked to deliver that torture might his salvation or his demise. Cynna is forced to torture Nick. She's made a deal with Hades she is pretty sure was a huge mistake so it's go with what he says or it all falls apart. As the days go by her resolve to keep at it slowly falling away. There is something about Nick that she is drawn too and it goes the same for Nick but neither one can let the other one know because for both it means showing that weakness. All i can say is this one really tore me up. The torture Nick is going through is hard to read about and even the things that Cynna has to endure. Once things get going you realize there are some deep dark secrets at play here as well. This is book really takes Nick and opens him up to expose so much of who he really is and Cynna who is a new character as well. You just want it to really work out for them because they deserve it so much. When it comes to this series that's true for each book though. You really need it to work out because the characters deserve it so much. Another amazing edition to the Eternal Guardians series by Elisabeth Naughton.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ARC Book review:Rock Courtship (Rock Kiss #1.5) by Nalini Singh

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What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?

A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band's publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.

Only problem is, Thea doesn't date clients--or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she's not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots.

What she doesn't know is that David is a one-woman man...and he's madly in love with her. David's determined to prove he's worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea's about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.

This is a quick novella that actually runs at the same time as book one and involves the drummer of the band, David. He's known as a gentleman and dresses and acts like it most of the time. David has the hots for Thea.
Thea is the bands publicist and likes him too but she can never let him know it. is aloof and cool around him and the ice queen professional.  With a little help from Thea's sister  he slowly makes his way in and and Thea reluctantly starts to believe in him. Old hurts are hard to forget though and Thea struggles with being away from David when he's on tour with the band. I liked Thea and David and wish they had a longer story. David had to deal with a lot to get to where he is now and yet he stays grounded and finds a way to deal with life as a rock star. Thea on the other hand had a good life but a extremely bad experience made her cut that part of herself off.
 David put all his love into her though and it was fun to see their relationship being built. Loving this series so far and can't wait to find out what's next.

Find out more about this series and Nalini Singh here .

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ARC ebook review: He's So Fine (Lucky Harbor #11) by Jill Shalvis

Available Sept 30
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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?

As we get ever closer to the last book in the Lucky Harbor series I'm reminded how i got hooked on book one with the original three ladies and their books. I have book one in audio as well and i enjoy listening to it and taking myself back. Do you re-read a series that has had a big impact on you? If it's a Jill Shalvis book i could totally see that, as her books always, always make me laugh, make me enjoy someone else's life for 300 or so pages. Olivia Bentley  makes a big impression on Cole Donovan when she literally jumps on his head and just about drowns him in her attempt to save him when he falls into the water. Even though Olivia tries to keep to herself now that she's brought herself front and center with Cole she's on his radar. Cole is a helper and a fixer so he's one to just jump right in and help anywhere he can. He's had a relationship in his past that left him feeling betrayed in the end and he's guarded his heart since then. Olivia is hiding something about her past that she wants to leave in the past and it's such a biggie that when she finally decides to tell him about it's hard to find the perfect moment and then it's to late. Loved these characters. Once again Jill Shalvis get's you to invest in her characters and care about them.  The secondary character's as always jump in and out of the story to entertain you as well. Not sure if i can bear to see this series comes to end but I can't wait to read the last book. It's great but bad at the same time but as always exciting!

Find out more about this series and Jill Shalvis and her blog on her website here