This is a classic romance story of a lady, London, in trouble but finding her happy ending with a sweet hearted cowboy named Dean. Add in health problems, an unexpected baby and drama, you have Cowboy Kind of Heritage.
The writing is clean and precise. The characters are very likable. London is in a serious bind with a baby on the way but she has a job and a tough spirit. I like her a lot. Dean is the generic cowboy but why mess with such a fabulous and sexy classic. He has the swagger and the heart. My only issue with this story is that nothing really makes it stand out. Personally, I am a little underwhelmed. The story, while well written and having great characters, didn’t really wow me. If you like super sweet cowboy romances then this will be perfect for you.
When your second time's lucky, who needs a third?
With the help of her best friend, fifty-something widow Grace (no last name!!) begins to overcome her grief at losing her husband of thirty years. Going through with a pre-planned vacation to Fiji is just what friend Laurell insists she needs, but even Laurell didn't know how right she was. Finding love again so soon after her loss is the last thing on Grace's mind, until handsome fellow vacationer and widower Cole Spencer strides into her life on Fiji's golden beaches. 'Click' is a mild word for the connection these two second-chancers immediately feel for each other; just when you think the sun is setting, fate offers a new horizon.
This is a short story that delivers exactly what the title promises - love a second time around. Readers should thoroughly relate to Grace; the tragic and sudden loss of a life partner is a difficult thing, often leaving a person not only grieving but also rudderless and confused. So it is with Grace, believing that she could never feel that kind of love again and not even wanting to look for it; ironically, that' s exactly when she finds it. A breath of fresh air, Second Time Love presents a no-nonsense, tried and true storyline, with just enough detail, exactly the right amount of characters and a straight-ahead path to the HEA we all crave. What could be luckier than that?
Dancing with disaster
Dreams don't always work out in real life. When your chosen path seems at odds with your physical limitations and your ability to earn a good living, a change of direction can be a blessing in disguise. So it is with aspiring ballerina Flora Gatehouse, whose congenital spine condition curtails her dance career. After the death of her father, an inherited property in Portugal demands her attention, providing Flora not only a change of scenery but a surprising chance to change her life.
The author's knowledge of dance, classical music scores, and the ability to transport us to a lush location are the best parts of this story! Smelling the aromas of forest and food, as well as hearing birdsong and strains of such epic works as Carmina Burana and Nimrod inside your mind is one of reading's great joys. It's like taking a holiday trip without leaving your chair. However, there are many out-of-place sentences, extraneous detail, and some odd word choices that take away a bit of the magic of this story. The colorful characters, (and I do mean colorful, to coin a phrase from one of them) and the sweet, often hilarious interaction between them is delightfully entertaining.
If you're a traveler, this story might be a bit weighty for the backpack-inclined, but if you're the type who packs lightly and doesn't mind 'getting lost' on your travels, Forest Dancer is a heartwarming and whimsical journey.
Tevy’s is seeing angels. Yeah, angels in the sky fighting each other. They think she’s lost her mind so she’s sent to a mental hospital and learns to lie to everyone, even herself. When she’s free and still seeing the angels, she keeps it to herself until the boy next door sees them too. As Tevy becomes aware of Dillions affection toward her they both learn the truth, as terrifying and dangerous as it is…
I’ve read a thousand angel stories (estimating that count) and after a while they all start to blend together. This book is different. The Buddhism gives it this unique quality that really made this story stand out. I admit I have no idea how accurate it is because I don’t know anything about Buddhism. I had no problem following about different levels of heaven and how their wings don’t have feathers but it’s more faith and magic. Honestly, even without that hint of romance it is still interesting. Tevy, my God, the stuff this author threw at this poor girl. Losing her parents, seeing angels, everyone thinking she’s lost her mind and she’s sent into a sketchy mental hospital. This did make me instantly like Tevy. She’s been through hell and she’s come out of it broken but stronger. Dillon is so adorable! He’s silly and sweet and his funny/sarcastic dialogue makes me laugh out loud. This is an intriguing story peppered with first romance and six armed creatures trying to eat Tevy. Definitely entertaining. I’m excited to see what else this author will come up with!
If you want to read a different take on angels give Lie to Me a try!
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A LONG AND WINDING ROAD
All roads may lead home, but for Samantha Millson it's a trip down not-so-good memory lane. Saying goodbye to her affluent family years before and moving to San Francisco, helping a friend in need means crawling back to stuffy Concord, New Hampshire to reinstate the trust fund she hoped she'd never need. A five-day road trip takes a few left turns when Sam accepts a ride-a-long in the form of her childhood crush Adam Fallon who needs a lift from Vegas to Vermont.
Reuniting as an adult with one's first childhood love is a secret fantasy everyone harbors and is what makes watching Sam and Adam tread that tricky path of getting to know each other again both excruciating and satisfying. Add in a traumatic incident from Samantha's past that severely cripples her capacity to be intimate, it takes forever for these two to get closer than a bucket seat away from each other and allow the sparks to fly. An endless string of awkward motel-room situations and needless dog-sitting details makes the reader itch to get on with the story, but sadly must remain scratching for a long time. However, the drawn-out pacing lends the advantage of really getting inside the character's heads and turn what might have been bland, predictable cameos into real people that we care a great deal about by the end.
The end itself is rather rapid, and the resolution coming a little too easily after such a long buildup. It's a bit like a roller coaster ride, slow to the top and stealing your breath to the bottom--but who doesn't love the thrill of a roller coaster? Whether you prefer amusement park or open road, Always Was offers an interesting ride.
Jennifer is about to be transported back in time accidently with her niece Kat. If that isn’t bad enough, the only way she can get back is with her ex-husbands help…
Time travel is always interesting for a plot but I had a hard time with it. Jennifer and the accidentally transported Kat are great characters. I like their personality. Lance is a great guy who has made some mistakes but he’s trying to atone. Together they make a sweet romance.
If you’re looking for a romance with time travel than you’re going to enjoy Maybe This Time.
DANGER: THIN ICE, THICK BOOK.
Julie Lavoie, the widow of an RAF pilot is marking time at her accounting job, the loss of her husband still a painful memory. A holiday visit from her son, 18 year old junior-A goalie Thierry LeBeouf makes life bearable, but when Thierry goes missing enroute to a tournament shortly after Christmas, Julie learns what you still have is more important than what you've lost, and that moving forward is the only way to let go of the past.
This novel is a complex read, the author weaving a rich tapestry of plot lines into the work. While quite enjoyable, the extreme level of detail made it difficult to decide in which genre it belongs, or who the story is actually about. A good plot is essential to a good story, but twists and subplots are a bit like salt in a recipe. The right amount makes it flavorful. Too much and all you taste is the salt. I was drawn to the book by its hockey theme and enjoyed the admirable hockey knowledge displayed in the writing, but in the end discovered it was more about Julie and her budding romance with FBI agent Luke Lucas.
That said, Thin Ice is a tremendous accomplishment in storytelling and an engaging read. The love story between Julie and Luke is heartwarming, and Thierry's upstanding personality and desire to do the right thing amid scary circumstances are admirable. Every hockey mom would want him as a son.
Those who like a bit of romance along with intricate multi-layered crime dramas will enjoy it. The rest of you, keep a pencil and scorecard handy.
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Love can be the biggest battlefield of all.
In rural England of 1814, 24-year old Nancy Worth is considered past her prime as she watches her younger sister be married before Nancy is even 'offered for'. Though the daughter of a reasonably well-to-do farmer, she's not gentry and her options for a husband are limited. But Nancy will not marry where there is not love, and when her father agrees to the marriage proposal of the heinous but handsome landowner Bartholomew Boult, she intends to put up a fight.
This is a delightful period piece that despite the lack of steamy love scenes, keeps the reader enthralled page after page. The authenticity that the author imbues, in both description and dialogue is wonderfully entertaining, and the detail too distinct to be anything but true.
But in the two hundred years since the setting of this story, it is painfully apparent there is still no more treacherous, heartbreaking and hazardous battlefield than love. The misunderstandings, strategic maneuverings, wrongly perceived intentions and plain bad timings that befall Nancy and the man she truly desires, Will Carlton, are as heart-wrenching and frustrating as any romance today.
While it would have been nice to see more of the tender interaction between Nancy and Will as they grow closer to each other, their fortuitous reunion in the midst of a real-life battlefield reminds us that Love against the odds is always worth fighting for.
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Two men, trying to find which direction to take their life meet in Ireland. A fairytale romance follows…
Okay, so the story is more complicated than that. Ronan is the lost one in life and he visits Ireland to meet his mother’s family after she passes away. There he finds Fergal, bookstore worker, sexy man, and future true love. He has to persuade Ronan to go to school in Dublin because he’s pretty sure together they can find their happy ending.
The beginning of this book is so sad. I instantly hurt for Ronan and wanted him to have some happiness in his life. Ronan and Fergal have issues, nothing major, but it is sweet seeing how they unraveled things. The descriptions of Ireland are beautifully written and with so much inspiration, it makes me long for the green isle. I was totally doing the Irish accent with the dialogue too. Such a beautiful accent, I’d bet an audio version of this book would be stunning!
Hearts in Ireland is a beautiful love story that you have to read!
Ruben finds himself fascinated with a man and nothing stands in his way. Henry was his high school history teacher and the guy that he spent an intense weekend with. Ruben flees, afraid of this thing between them. Meanwhile, Henry writes about the history of objects adding in hints of Ruben and his life. Can Ruben fix this distance he created between them?
Yeah, there’s a big age gap. That didn’t bother me one bit, but I’m just warning you. I think the author handled that really well. I also thought the cover was classy, the blue scarf caught my eye right away. There are interesting plots points and a beautiful love story. The alternating point of views frequently creates a jumpy book but I think Everyday History is certainly worth the read. Henry and Ruben do a dance, unsure but eager with each other that was a pleasure to read.
If you’re looking for a m/m romance that’s heavy on feelings, then Everyday History is the book for you!