Rory O’Roarke was trying to get his life back together after a failed marriage. He will find himself in a small town as a fireman again. He will also find Meg who will have him wanting to chance his heart again.
Meg Starling had left her small town to make it big but she was unable to reach her dream. She came back home but was still set on getting her own show. Though she will be distracted by Rory who was someone she wanted to be with.
In the Heat of the Night is the second book to the series The O’Roarkes by Katerine Garbera. I thought this was a good sequel to the series. It was a cute story of two characters reaching for what they want and learning to make the appropriate sacrifices.
Rory’s character was a man who had given it all up for a woman only to find out that life with the woman had not worked. Rory lost of a little of himself when that happens. He is trying to find his place again. I liked that he was finding it in the small town and letting himself feel again. Meg’s character was a determined woman who had been burned before with her career. She was not willing to let it go until she was a success. I did like Meg’s determination but it was almost forced because it was something she needed to do and wasn’t in her heart anymore. Their romance was steamy but sweet at the same time. What I didn’t like was that they each were asking the other to give up what they loved. It wasn’t fair to either of them. Though for one of them they were lying to themselves because what they had wanted was no longer in their heart.
There are still some O’Roarke’s that haven’t had their story told. I don’t know if those stories will be coming since it took about eight years for the sequel to come out. If the stories do come out I would be interested in reading them.
Honor’s life was complicated and did not have time for any attachments. She will find that attachments will come quickly when her life will be invaded by helpful neighbors. Though the only one that really got under her skin was Jason.
Jason will meet his new neighbor and instantly will want her. Though as he gets to know her a protective side will emerge and Jason will find himself protecting her, at least once she lets him in.
Don’t Tempt Me is the latest novel by Lori Foster. The last one that I read was for me good but not my favorite. Don’t Tempt Me was a novel I got into right away. There was enough mystery to the story with Honor that lead to heartbreak but it wasn’t overplayed. Also, the romance was built up, they didn’t just jump into sleeping together within the first chapter.
Honor’s character was a woman who had been put through a lot in the past two years. She was exhausted but was determined to do everything she needed. I liked that Honor was independent and she did not just give into Jason’s help. Jason’s character was a man who did his work and helped his family. He was someone who did what they could for someone in trouble. Pretty much Jason was the perfect man, but it wasn’t so perfect that got annoying. I will say that Jason had alpha tendency’s, but to be fair it seemed all the guys in the story had that same trait.
So Honor’s extended family was pretty horrible. They were greedy and very insulting when it came to Honor. Her great aunt confused me. She was helping, at least that is what it seemed, but she was going about it a strange way. I liked that Jason and her neighbor and friend wanted to help. They stood by her so Honor would not feel alone anymore. Though Honor was not weak, she showed her strength at the right time.
There was a side story with Sullivan (one of Honor’s neighbors) and Lexie (Honor’s best friend). I liked their story but it definitely could have used more detail to really get to know the characters. My main focus was on Honor and Jason and how their story was being told.
Meggie has been and always been the smart one, the nerd and she is now finding she wants to break that mold at least with who she is dating. She wants a Mr. Wrong and she finds him, Jacob, but courage is not her strong suite. She will find a way with Jacob and get her one night with Mr. Wrong but it turns out that she wants more and will get more of him by her side as she is being stalked by an unknown person.
Hope has little time to repay the loan from her stepbrother and he wouldn’t take an extension. Edward, the stepbrother, will send in Danny the CPA to assess the property. Danny is not a bad guy as he wants to help Hope which is a lot harder to do than he thought but with help from her two intervening friends he will show Hope that he cares.
Cami has always been the organized one which has made her obsessive about it. She will be however taking a walk on the wild side with her boss, Matt, who tempts to break her need to a perfect organized life at every moment of the day. But first they will have to find out who was the leak in their office.
Merry and Bright is a collection of short stories by Jill Shalvis. Reading books by this author you know that there will be some humor and compassion when it comes to these characters and it was true for these stories. All of these stories centered around the Christmas season which brought out the wishes for finding someone to love. Now even though it was the Christmas season there was still danger that drifted through these stories. The danger was not bombs exploding but harmless stalkers, Colorado’s wildlife and a half kind of crazy girl. For me I thought the danger was a little silly at times but it gave the hero and heroine something to survive and to bring them together.
Overall I thought these were cute and fun stories.
Ryder Montgomery is the carpenter of the family and is helping restore the Inn with his own hands. He will be frustrated with Hope from the moment she gets the job. A relationship will start to define after a New Years Eve kiss. He will want more from Hope but will not know how to handle it or her.
Hope Beaumont never thought this Bed and Breakfast would keep her happy when she had lived in D.C. and worked as a manager to a very glitzy hotel but she was. Her happiness steamed from her friends and having a purpose. All she had to deal with was Ryder who she couldn’t get along with, that is until they kiss and things changed.
The Perfect Hope is the third and final book from Inn Boonsboro Trilogy. I liked this book. Now did I like this one better than the other two, I would have to say no as I thought they were all equal. Each brother was a little different in attitude but even with that difference you knew they were clearly brothers and that was what I liked about the books. Ryder I will have to say was one brother who liked to brood and be sarcastic and was good at that. He is kind though as it could be seen by the way he treats his family and his dog. Also he was a man who wanted a certain justice to happen when something bad happened. He used his fist to help deal with some issues. Now Hope was not perfect as she made a mistake which will cause problems with her new life. Although with her friends and Ryder by her side she weathers the problem.
The ghost definitely is played up in the last book which makes sense as the series is coming to an end. Eliza is communicating more and more as she longs for her love, Billy, and a lot of this communication is with Hope as they are family. The group had to find out who this Billy was which was next to impossible. With hints from Eliza and Hope putting the pieces together they will find out his last name shocking everyone when the truth comes out. There were moments with the ghost, towards the end, was getting a little sappy but it was a reunion that was long overdue.
You can tell that Roberts wrapped up the series as each brother have now found the woman they belong with and the ghosts now had peace. I will probably be taking a break from Nora Roberts but I will be back for more.
Beckett Montgomery along with his brothers and mother are restoring the historical inn that has seen plenty over the years. Beckett is the architect of the project and all he does is work on the Inn that is until he starts hanging out with the woman he has wanted since he was fifteen years old.
Clare Brewster has known love and has survived her own tragedy when her husband was killed overseas. With three little boys there was not much time for anything. She will start a relationship with Beckett all thanks to her curiosity with how the facelift of the inn was going.
The Next Always is the first book from Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy by Nora Roberts. I can rely on Roberts to give me a book that tells a story. This is a prime example as she goes into detail of the town, the Inn, then of the characters who all are described with their own flaws and background story so it feels like you know them and that they are realistic.
Beckett is kind and a loving man who has his urges which all seemed to be pointed toward Clare who was starting to accept his attention. I loved his interaction with the kids which was done perfectly. He was knight in shinning armor for Clare who needed it even though she didn’t want to admit it. Clare was a good woman and mother who was trying to get by. She gets swept up by Beckett. Of course having three kids gets difficult having a life which gives the book humor as the kids are interrupting things.
I had liked the book from the start as it was a good story then Roberts throws in a small supernatural twist with a ghost that inhabits the Inn which plays a part later in the book to help Clare. I figure the mystery of the ghost will be something that will be kept up through all three books. I am intrigued with who the woman is and why can only some see her or at least sense her thanks to the scent of honeysuckle. Then the story gets a little more meat to it with a problem that will be happening to Clare, and Beckett will be helping her along with his brothers and her friends. The intensity of the dilemma escalates rapidly once the person was identify as a problem.
I have the second and third book of the series which I will be reading next.
Claire Keyes a renowned pianist is coming back home to her estranged sisters and a home she had not seen in years. Claire wanted to make things right starting with helping her twin sister get through the surgery. She helped at the family bakery but it seemed everything she did she was told it was wrong. Claire was determined to become a family again with her sisters.
Wyatt knew not to trust Claire as he had listened over the years from Nicole about the estranged sister. He tried to keep his distance and dislike but she surprised him. Wyatt did not want a relationship but wanted to be with Claire who was willing to do the same.
Sweet Talk is the first book to the series Keyes Sisters from Susan Mallery. I was taken back from the book, first off I should say that I really liked this book. All the sisters were talked about, Claire, Nicole and Jesse but it was really Claire’s story. Now with that being said I have to say the main emotion was hate in this book, most of it coming from Nicole who has a lot of resentment to both of her sisters. There are plausible reasons but for hating Claire it seemed that Nicole’s hatred over the years only grew. It was interesting to read about all the sisters and what problems they had gotten into or what they had to deal with over the years. I am interested in what Jesse’s story is as I think there is more to it as no one is really listening to her.
So back to Claire I liked that she seemed real as she was pulled from her home at the age of six years old. I liked reading about how she grew a backbone when dealing with her sisters, her manager and even Wyatt. Now Wyatt was a great character but very jaded over what he thought would happen if he tried. There is a little surprise that comes about towards the end which results Wyatt to be pushing further away from Claire even more.
With the book there was a lot of hostility in the beginning with Nicole and Claire along with Claire and Wyatt. I liked the transition Mallery gives as that hatred does loosen up and becomes friendly.
The addition of Amy, Wyatt’s daughter, gave the adults a way to bond particularly Nicole and Claire who both had taken care of the girl.
These sisters have me hooked which is why I am happy to have picked up all three at the same time. The next book is with Nicole in Sweet Spot. I am curious if she will cool down her sarcasm and forgive her baby sister. Then again that might happen in Jesse’s story.
Nevada Hendrix was feeling restless and needed a challenge. She was looking forward to interviewing for Janack Construction but was stumped when she comes face to face with Mr. Janack’s son, Tucker. Tucker whom she slept with ten years ago and it was not the most memorable or pleasurable time, but she wants the job. She will keep him at a distance but soon that distance will fall away.
Tucker Janack remembers Nevada from years ago and wants her to work for him as she is qualified. He will be surprised to find an attraction between them but will keep his heart closed and any love is out of the question.He had been hurt in a whirlwind of an all consuming relationship but he will find that maybe he wants love with Nevada. That is if she gives him the chance to start again.
Only His is the sixth book to Susan Mallery’s series Fool’s Gold. This was a story of second chances for the characters. There are many heartbreaking scenes and heartwarming embraces that have you cheering for these couples. The main ones are Nevada and Tucker. I was really wondering if they would ever find that happy ending especially when Cat comes rolling into town. Okay the character Cat I know we are not supposed to like and I really couldn’t. I felt sorry for her at times but really didn’t like her. I wanted Tucker and Nevada to open their eyes to see what they could have and not run from it. To be fair the running is really on Tucker’s side.
Their are two other couples that get their second chances, Jo and Will, and then there is Denise and Max. I was happy for Denise to find love again with the same man she loved before. Susan Mallery brings the story of the Hendrix to an end with the happy ending the triplets receive. I have a feeling the Hendirx family will be mentioned later on in the series as all the other characters have a recurring role, so this is not the last we will read about the triplets and their family. I am excited to read more about Heidi as I have already read about Annabelle and Chantal “Charlie” who started me out when I read the eighth and ninth book of the series. Summer Days is next on the list.
Gabriel Raines is watching the fires that are being set to the places he helped build. He has to find a way to stop them and will get tangled up with Mattie Baker who will be getting involved in the search.
Mattie Bakers wanted to help a local teen and and will find herself being thrown in an all too dangerous situation as she stays by Gabe’s side. Mattie will feel over her head but she has to keep going.
Against the Fire is the second book to Kat Martin’s series Raines of Wind Canyon. So far this series is very fast paced letting me read their stories quickly. I really loved Gabe’s character. I love so far how Martin has created each brother. They are all a little different but still very much the same. They all have that same pull of masculinity which pulls you into the story and instantly liking them.
The co-star is Mattie who leads with her heart when helping others but reserves it for those who she finds attractive. She has been brokenhearted and can’t seem to trust. Of course she will learn again especially as she is paired off with Gabe.
The brothers are all in the book which lets you get to know them more but what I liked were some of the side characters who are being featured and having their own story being told along side of Gabe and Mattie, you get more from the story.
Now with a novel like this and all the suspense there was of course a spin on the arson that was happening and who it was connected too.
Against the Fire was easy to get into and fun to read. The third book will be all about Dev the last of the Raines brothers.
A 2000 year old genie giving a wish what would you do? Judi Fennell gives the answer as Matt is given the choice in the first book, I Dream of Genies, in the series Genie.
Matt Ewing did not know to really believe what was happening in front of him but it looked like magic. He didn’t want to believe Eden but it came to the point that he had to believe in what she was showing.
Eden had been stuck for 2000 years and is thankful for Matt bring her out of the bottle. Now all she had to do was avoid falling in love with him. She knew she could do it even if his body was to die for. But Eden knew her objective and if she fell in love with him all her powers would be lost. Eden did not want that.
Judi Fennell created a witty and funny story that complemented her two strong leads. The plot was creative with Eden as a genie and the fall back of falling in love.
The sixth and final book of the series The Stanislaski Family was a delight to finish up. The entire series is worth reading from start to finish. Each and every character are worth reading and coming back to.
Brody O’Connell is a single dad construction worker. He runs his own company and has an amazing kid. Kate Kimball is a ballerina and now settling back home with her family and new dance studio. Instantly the two meet and Kate is hit hard. Brody is as well but he has things to consider, first and foremost is his son Jack. Kate understands but will not be dismissed. She is falling in love with both of them and wants to have them in their lives.
As far as romance series goes this was a great one to finish. I love that the last book goes back to Natasha’s youngest and last child, Kate. I love her fun loving character and how strong she comes of and how shy Brody is but there is intensity.
Roberts refreshes the plot with new and old characters in this final story. I love reading how the families of Brody and Kate are complete opposite. Kate’s family always made an appearance which was nice to still hear the family dynamics.
The Stanislaski Family series is a worthwhile series to read. Pick up the first book Taming Natasha and take the journey through all six books to finish with Considering Kate.