Fast Burn

Bran Berry has been after Sahara Silver since he first meet her but all she wanted was for him to join her bodyguards. Though Bran can tell she wants more, but business comes first. Then Sahara will be taken and it will be up to Bran and the other bodyguards to find Sahara.

Fast Burn is the fourth book to the series Body Armor by Lori Foster. I enjoyed going back to this series and this was a very good book. Although, there was one line that had me laughing. It was from the movie Taken. The one line that he is saying to his daughter in the second movie, “I am going to be taken”. That had me laughing out loud because it was too familiar.

I liked Bran but there were times when you wanted to punch him. He was a little controlling with the relationship but I could forgive him because he was a good guy. He wanted to do protect Sahara, he just had to admit that she was strong on her own and he does, it just takes some time. Sahara was a strong woman who knew how to kick butt, though she was a little out of her league with kidnappers. Although, she did not make it easier for those kidnappers.

There were some twists within the book that was interesting. I kind of wish there was a little more detail with the outcome but it was still good.

A Very Dare Christmas

Ian and Riley are back in this quick short story! A Very Dare Christmas is a novella, number 6.5, in the series Dare to Love by Carly Phillips.

Its Christmas time and Riley is feeling overwhelmed with everything she has to do and her husband sees her exhaustion. Ian will do what any good husband would do, he will whisk his wife away for a romantic getaway to reconnect.

I really loved reading this story because it gave an insight into Ian and Riley’s lives which seemed realistic. The romance was leaving because all their attention was on their children. Getting back the romance was easy for them and very steamy. Though after reading this short story I found myself annoyed because it was like a teaser to the series. I want Carly Phillips to finish the series. I believe there are only three more siblings to write about and I just want them to be written so I know what is going on. I also hope that there is some actual justice when it comes to their cheating father.

I am looking forward to reading more from the series. Please Carly Phillips finish these novels!

First Star I See Tonight

Piper Dove was trying to make something of herself and bring back Dove Investigations. She will get a job but will be found out quickly, though it will turn around when he hires her.

Cooper Graham was an ex-quarterback who had opened his own nightclub. He was living life but then Piper thrust herself into his world and it was forever turned upside down.

First Star I See Tonight is the eighth book to the series Chicago Stars by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I enjoyed this story. It has been about two years since I had read the seventh book. Luckily you don’t have to know the characters from the previous book, although they are mentioned, this could be read as a standalone novel.

Piper’s character was out there. She was a little crazy but really it was a defense mechanism to keep those around her at an arms distance. Even though she was unconventional she got the job done. When it comes to relationships she doesn’t want one as she knows it will lead to disappointment. I was glad that Coop was resilient. Coop’s character was a man who had gotten whatever he wanted and he liked it that way. Getting together with Piper was not in his plan but he went with it. I liked that Piper kept him on his toes and that he never truly gave up.

The rest of the novel is filled with strange friends, some thieves, kidnapping, and a buy out that was going wrong. There was a lot that was happening but somehow it fit and made sense.

Vinegar Girl

vinegar-girlKate Battista is the family member who does everything for her family. She wants out but doesn’t really know how or what she would do when that happened. Kate will be blindsided when her father wants her to marry his coworker, so the coworker can stay in the country.

Vinegar Girl is a novel by Anne Tyler is a modern version of The Taming of the Shrew. First off I liked this book but it was a gradual like. I did not open this book and begin to read loving it. In fact I was wondering what the big deal was about the book. My cousin loved it and I was giving her the benefit of the doubt. I found myself slowing being pulled into the story. It was a story that charmed me and I found myself really enjoying the book as I turned the last page.

Kate’s character was a woman who wanted out of her situation but like a dutiful daughter she did what she needed to do. I liked that Kate had a sarcastic side and she will finally stand up to those around her at least some of the time. Personally I wasn’t really sure if her father’s coworker would be a good match. He seemed a little strange and I didn’t like he was going along with the plan but as the story went on I really ended up liking them as a couple. They balanced each other out.

I thought that the father was hopeless but he was a good man. Then there was Bunny who was a spoiled child and going after whatever she wanted. I really don’t think Bunny learns anything at the end of the book, but I was okay with that as I was just happy Kate and Pyotr got their happy ending.

Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride

mr-darcy-presents-his-brideAfter reading all of Jane Austen’s stories I wanted to read just a little more but as I couldn’t get any more from Austen I decided to try a book that was a continuation of Pride & Prejudice. I had gotten Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride years ago for Christmas from my parents. It has been awhile since I read the book. I was happy to read this book again because it is really well written and a great sequel to a book I love so much.

The book is simply a continuation of the story Pride & Prejudice. Helen Halstead writes about the lives of Elizabeth and Darcy. She also writes about the family and friends that know Elizabeth and Darcy, along with some new friends they make in their come out as husband and wife.

I liked how Halstead wrote the continuation because it really showed how the characters lives had altered into a new way of living. I loved how Elizabeth felt overwhelmed but because of her charm she was able to glide through society, though it was still a struggle. She had to make sure not to embarrass her husband and to make sure they don’t lose their love for each other. It was interesting that Halstead gave each character a chance to have their own thoughts told on the page. You were really able to get to know the characters from Halstead’s words.

There was definitely some sad news that I didn’t like towards the end but you knew it would happen. Though I think Halstead brings it together to give you that happy ending which many have dreamed for Elizabeth and Darcy.

Well that is it for me with reading stories all related towards Austen, at least for now. I am sure I will come up with some more adaptations or inspired Jane Austen stories through my search of other authors to read.

Lady Susan

lady-susanI had only just recently heard about the short story of Lady Susan and the reason I heard about it was because my cousin had seen the movie Love & Friendship, which is Lady Susan in movie form. Well, needless to say when I heard about this story I immediately went to Amazon and found that it was free but I waited to read it until I was done with all of Jane Austen’s novels.

So, this book is about a woman, Lady Susan, who is going through town and finding mischief along the way.

I really liked this short story. It flowed really well once I got into the writing. What was different about this story was the format. The story was written in letter form. This kept my interest as I kept wanting to read what was happening with Lady Susan and what she was doing around town. Lady Susan’s character was an interesting character. She was more of a villain type than all other heroines in Austen. She was very much all about herself and her needs. Those needs did not extend to her daughter. I got the distinct impression that she didn’t really care for her daughter. Based on how she treated her daughter, she would certainly never earn any mother of the year rewards. What also made her different from other Jane Austen female leads was that she was the one pursuing the man but the man was younger and of course wealthy.

What bugged me about the story was that there was no inner thoughts from these characters. I wanted to know what Lady Susan thought or her daughter. I wanted more of a background of these characters. Though I suppose that would come if this story was longer and in a different format. This didn’t bug me to the point of not wanting to read the story but it made me wonder.

Well, I have finished with reading Jane Austen.  I have a couple other books related to the story of Pride & Prejudice that I am thinking about reading.

Persuasion

persuassionPersuasion is the one novel that I was not really anticipating to read from Jane Austen.

The book is about a young woman Anne Elliot who had broken off an engagement to a poor officer. Now eight years later that poor officer, Captain Wentworth, is wealthy. Anne regrets letting her family persuade her but she has to live with her consequence.

So, years ago I had tried to watch the movie and it just bore me to death. Although, I have to remember I was ten years old and any movie that wasn’t animated or comical would not hold my attention. Now, before I read the book I decided to watch the movie which was made in 2007 and all I can say was, I was captivated. There was no time in the movie I wanted to fast forward. Sure I wanted to shout at Anne to do what she wanted. To marry the man that she wanted. The ending had me smiling but I had wondered if that ending would ever happen.

After I watched the movie I was very much looking forward to reading the story. I really liked the story but saying that I wonder if I would have liked it if I didn’t watch the movie. By watching the movie before reading the story I was able to follow along when the writing got a little long in certain parts.

I will say that one thing which bugged me was how Anne’s character just did whatever her family had said or requested. Anne was always in the background but no one really noticed her. I wanted Anne to break free of that hold they had on her. Also, her family was just horrible to Anne, but Anne didn’t stop their behavior. Although there was someone, which was Captain Wentworth. I liked that even though he had been hurt by Anne there was still a good man underneath all the hurt. He helped Anne out because he was a kind man which I loved about him.  What kept me interested in the story was the interaction of Wentworth and Anne. There were both unhappy yet content to live their lives with how they were living. Though they will get it right, it just takes losing each other again to make them realize how they still feel.

I am reading my last Jane Austen novel, Lady Susan, next.