The Heart of Christmas

The Heart of ChristmasEve Harmon was dreading another birthday where she would once again be alone. Though this year she would take a chance on the wild side and have a one night stand with a very complicated man that will change her life.

The Heart of Christmas is the seventh book in the series Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak. First off I did like this book. Now it has been a while since I picked up a book from Whiskey Creek which was only because I was very angry with the story line that happened with Chey. Now I think I was able to enjoy this book because its wasn’t focused on Chey, though she was there in the book. I do hope that the secret will come out with Chey and that she is the one to tell Dylan so Dylan doesn’t feel all the way betrayed.

Alright enough with my frustration with Chey, back to Eve and Rex. I liked Eve who was a good person and always did the right thing. Eve was not necessarily a perfect person but she made herself out to be like that. I wanted her to get angry especially with Ted who was trying to be nice but to me he was getting annoying. She does stand up and address her feelings which I was happy for. Now the character of Rex was certainly a different type of character from those in Whiskey Creek. Rex was on the run from his past who were some pretty dangerous men. At first I will say that Rex was not a character I really liked. I thought he was too closed off and too cold to Eve. Then you get to know the man and realize there is more to his character than you think. Rex is a pretty complicated character that had a lot to deal with in his life. For Rex it takes him a really long time in the book to finally get that he should have a chance at happiness with someone like Eve.

There is the threat of danger in the book which comes from Rex’s past and I thought it was interesting with how it was handled and especially who had helped.

I decided since this book for me was a success I am going to follow it up with the eighth book in the series which I will be reading next.

The Birthday Scandal

The Birthday ScandalDuke of Weybridge knows that everyone loves a scandal and a surprise, he will be planning one for his birthday that will involve his family. He will make sure that Lucien, Emily and Isabel will be given what they need to find their own happiness.

The Birthday Scandal is a novel from Leigh Michaels. At the start of the book I had a feeling how the story would be progressing and who was involved with manipulating the siblings to find that happiness that they never had. The one person was obvious and as the story went on the other was pretty clear, but it was a fun and a sweet story to read even as it was predictable.

The Duke was one that you liked and there was a funny surprise at the end that had me laughing. Now the actions of the siblings and the love interests were also engaging to read about. Most once again was predictable but you wanted to keep going with the story as it was enjoyable. Each sibling and love interest were intriguing to read about and the problems that were around them. I loved that each of them created a scandal at the party making the title relevant. The ending gives a new beginning for all the characters that leaves you smiling.

Cowboy Up

The six book, Cowboy Up, of the series Sons of Chance is another steamy story delivered by Vicki Lewis Thompson.

Emily Sterling has been a California girl her whole life even though her father is a cowboy. All Emily ever heard from both her parents is don’t get involved with a cowboy. Well Emily is back for her father’s birthday and knows that ranching is something she loves, it doesn’t hurt a certain cowboy is captured her attention.

Clay Whitaker has lived on the ranch for some time know. This has been the most stable home he has but now Emily is back once again. At eighteen he fell for her but she wanted nothing to do with him. Now at twenty eight he still can’t get her out of his head. He wants to dislike her for how she treats her father but all is not as it appears, and he will soon find the real Emily.

As another book to the series I liked it. Again very steamy with the scenes and Thompson writes the relationships in the story well. I liked that there was more to Emily than she appeared and had a good head on her shoulders. Clay was the ultimate cowboy who you wanted to lust after but he was also the type to guard himself from deep feelings like love. Thompson got you cheering for them to have that happy ending.