Melissa Oxford is a widow and a rancher, with a ten year old daughter. She gets by and is trying to make a profit with her farm. Melissa does not like to ask for help but she will get it with her neighbor and friend Cary. He was strictly in the friend zone but when he kisses her, everything changes.
Cary Nakamura has loved Melissa from afar. He has been patient and helping out when he could but he knew that he had to make his move. He wanted to have Melissa in his life as more than a friend.
Grit is the third book to the series 7th and Main by Elizabeth Hunter. Since reading Ink and Hooked I have been anticipating Cary and Melissa’s story. I am absolutely in love with this friends to lovers book. Everything about this book was charming, sweet and steamy. If you have not tried Elizabeth Hunter’s series 7th and Main check it out.
Melissa is a hard working woman who does not take handouts from nobody. She is stubborn and prideful but a good person. She makes sure that her daughter is provided for, even though her in-laws keep trying to make it seem that she could be doing more, that they could be giving more if she lived with them. Melissa was not going to do that. I was happy that she was fighting them, she should not be under their thumbs, but I was frustrated with Melissa since she kept Cary out. She does let Cary help some but only a little at a time, though it did make sense because of Melissa’s fear when it comes to relationships. She does not want to be alone again. Cary was amazing. He is a man who knows what he wants but is patient and gentle, and playful when he needs to be. It was also so sweet that he never gave up on Melissa, he kept going because he knew that she was worth it.
Abby, Melissa’s daughter, was too precious for words. She is ten years old and has a head for business and a love of goats. Her obsession with goats was pretty darn cute. There was one part that Abby had that was a major part in and it made me cheer for the little girl. She was brave to say the words that were needed, which also let some of the healing begin.
I hope that the series continues but will have to wait and see. If it doesn’t this was a great finish to the series. If the series does continue I would like to see Adrian, who is the lawyer in the story, to be the next main character in the book.
Jemima Jane “JJ” Ericson has been in love with Ethan for as long as she could remember. She knew that she could never have him that way which was why she remained his best friend. Though things will change when their ex’s start to cause trouble.
Ethan Weston lived his life for his daughter and when that livelihood was being threatened he knew to act quickly. He will find the solution with his best friend, though things will get quickly complicated when he starts to notice JJ as a woman.
Some Girls Lie is the fourth book to the series Outback Heat by Amy Andrews. Out of all the books I would have to say that this one was my favorite. I really liked JJ and Ethan’s story.
Ethan’s character was the work hard, driven man who was devoted to his daughter. You couldn’t fault that about his character. Though what you could find fault with the man was that he could not see who would be good for him. Ethan kept fighting his attraction to JJ once they slept together which was because he didn’t believe in love any more. Then there is JJ’s character. She was again a hard worker and loyal friend. She always tried to take the high road and protect those she loved. I liked that she was finally able to be with Ethan even if it was not on a permanent basis. Although there is one part in the book that will make you want to hit Ethan really hard and cheer JJ who finally expressed her feelings. What surprised me about JJ was her back story which had been about domestic abuse from her ex-husband. Well he will be back in the picture and up to no good.
Delia (Ethan’s ex and Connie’s mother) was a piece of work and she was making life difficult, which made it hard to like her. Things will change though and at last Delia will figure out what truly needs to change, her, otherwise she was going to loose her daughter forever.
Sydney, and her family, were dealing with the aftermath of Peyton, her brothers, mistake which destroys a life. Sydney knows that she has to play the perfect daughter, to fade into the background but she will then meet the Chatham family who really sees her.
Saint Anything is a novel by Sarah Dessen. I really loved this book. I have not read anything from Dessen for about five years. Its not that I don’t like her writing because I do. I thought Lock & Key was amazing. I think that Dessen is a wonderful storyteller. I think why I didn’t go rushing back to the author is the fact it is for young adults. Though why I should go back is because she gets you with the emotional turmoil that she writes well. Its not just teen angst, its deeper and you feel what those characters are feeling, and I felt for the character of Sydney. Though this was not doom and gloom, it was a journey she takes to rediscovery and Dessen did it right.
So the character of Sydney I loved. She was a daughter who was loved but she was almost pushed to the side. The parents only concentrated on their troubled son and didn’t see the daughter who needed them. They will get it together but it takes a lot for them to truly understand. I was happy the parents got their act together before something very bad happened to Sydney. I liked that Sydney started to live life for herself which was thanks to the Chatham family. This family I loved. They were dysfunctional but worked in the best ways. There were three characters of the family that stood out which was Mrs. Chatham, Mac, and Layla. The mom was courageous with all that she had to go through. Layla was kind and a vibrant young woman who made Sydney believe she could be more. Then there was Mac who was definitely the love interest. I liked that it was innocent and not a heartbreaking love, but a hopeful one.
Then there was the ending which was predictable, though I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Francesca Marcelli had a goal to get her degree in psychology which had her doing a social experiment. One of her experiments will lead her to Sam Reese. Francesca decided to take a chance and have a fling with Sam but things will get completed when his daughter shows up.
Sam Reese was thrilled when Francesca said she wanted no strings but things will get completed. Sam will find himself face to face with a daughter he had no knowledge about. He was out of depth handling a twelve year but he will find help from Francesca.
The Sassy One is the second book to the series Marcelli Sisters of Pleasure Road by Susan Mallery. I really loved this book. I am taken in with the story primarily because it was a really entertaining story. The family is still around and sometimes impossible but you know they love each other.
Francesca is self conscious of what others think about her and is doing her best to prove that she can do what she needs. In walks the complication which is Sam. She wanted a fling but of course you know that will not last especially when something Francesca had not expected happened. Now Sam was a good man but he was out of his limit when it came to children. It was pretty much like that throughout the book, it was like he wanted to pull his hair out in frustration and that whatever he did he screwed up with Kelly. It was realistic and it made me like his character because I was cheering for him to get it right. But with Sam there are more downs than ups.
There were a lot of things that happened within the book that were not just about Francesca and Sam. There was the introduction of Kelly, who is Sam’s daughter, who showed up out of the blue. I liked Kelly. I think Mallery wrote the character well because she certainly acted like a hurt teenager. Then there was the surprise brother. I was thrown with this but knew there was going to be a story with a male Marcelli as there are five stories and four of them are with the sisters. I am looking forward for the newest Marcelli’s story but first I have to read Brenna’s story who will be interacting with her first love. I will be reading her story next.
Madison Lieberman had lived with the knowledge that her father was the suspected Sandpoint Strangler for years. Madison believed that her father was not the killer but she will find questionable evidence that will have her questioning her father’s innocence.
Caleb Trovato’s daughter has gone missing and with his ex-wives insistence he has come to find his daughter. He will get close to Madison to try to find the secrets that he suspects she is hiding. Though as Caleb gets closer to Madison he will find that maybe everything is not what he believes.
Cold Feet is a novel by Brenda Novak. This was a suspenseful book that was filled with twists, betrayal and mystery which made me like this book all the better. Novak can write a well written suspenseful novel.
The characters felt real with their problems of family and circumstances. I liked how Novak wrote Madison and how her trust in her father had started to disappear and rightly so with what she had discovered. Caleb was a good man but you knew that his lie would come back to haunt him, and it will. Though there will be a chance to redeem himself and for Madison to find the truth about everything.
The Sandpoint Strangler was a question in my mind throughout the book. I knew that it could not be the father, I knew that fact right from the moment I started to reading. The father was the obvious suspect. I had one in mind but when Novak spins a twist in the book I was shocked with the outcome. It was a good twist that led to a regrettable situation. Though Novak will wrap up the ending of the book where the characters find a new beginning.
Lily Lawson was reckless and wild and loved to shock London. Her next task was to stop her sister from marrying a man who would not make her happy. She will succeed in her plan but Lord Alex will not distance himself from her. Alex will want this spirited woman and they will form an attachment that will lead to love but Lily is still hiding her secret.
Then Came You is the first book to the series Gamblers by Lisa Kleypas. I had read the second book a while ago and loved it. The first book was just as good.
I thought right at the beginning Lily was going to be too wild and not likable but right away you find out that she is searching for her daughter and she is doing what she can to earn money which means playing card games. She plays a role which is effective since everyone believes that she is wild. Due to the insight of who Lily really is I cheered for Lily and for Alex. Now Alex was a man who wanted a calm woman for a wife but his mind will change when that option is taken from him and he sees only Lily. Alex is not a bad man, he is jealous and a little possessive when it comes to Lily but you will forgive him for that since they were right for each other.
I liked the introduction of Derek Craven who is the main character in the second book. I found it sad that he could not have Lily but happy they were still friends. I was okay with Derek not having Lily as I knew he would have his own happy ending in the next novel.
The task of finding Lily’s daughter went all the way up to the very end. I thought that Lily’s daughter’s part of the story was pushed a little to the side but Lily was never far from Lily’s thoughts which kept her in ours. I liked how Kleypas wrote Alex’s involvement and the discovery of the betrayal which was close to Lily.
Nicole Keyes has had her world turned upside down with her divorce thanks to her sister Jesse while her other sister, Claire, has returned home. Nicole wants to change and live her life. She will meet Hawk and starts a sexual relationship but life is never that easy. Nicole soon finds herself saddled with a teenager and all the things that come with it.
Hawk saw Nicole in the bakery and knew he wanted her. Hawk was good at getting women to notice him but he never went into relationships. With Nicole it will be different but he will keep her from reaching that point especially when he has his daughter and star quarterback to worry about.
Sweet Spot is the second book to Keyes Sisters series by Susan Mallery. The first one was an onslaught of emotion at least in the first half but it was really enjoyable. The second book had the emotional onslaught in the second half when things started to unravel for Nicole and Hawk as well as Brittney and Raoul. I liked that Nicole and Hawk walked into this sort of relationship with their eyes wide opened. What changes is when Nicole finds herself seeing that she wants more. She changes more and more thanks to her kind of foster kid, Raoul. The kid Raoul I really liked. The parts where he interacted with Drew was comical and very sweet. I thought he was a great character who was thoughtful and was too good for Brittney but I guess it was young love. I hope that Brittney changes and becomes mature.
Back to Hawk and Nicole I did really like their dynamic together as they are both hard headed people but love those around them at least most of the time in Nicole’s case. Mallery does a good job at the ending when all the spoiling Hawk did for his daughter will come back to bite him in the ass. Brittney is not a bad daughter just spoiled. I like that Nicole doesn’t fall for his apologize the first time around. Hawk has to work at it which he was not used to.
I have to say that this is a very enjoyable series to read so far and I am itching to read the third and final book. I was happy that Nicole did not hate Jesse as much but I was unsure if she knew her ex husband and her sister did not sleep together. I guess I will find out in the third book with Jesse’s story which I am reading next.
Griffin York, Duke of Halford, was told by his mother he was to pick a bride out from Spindle Cove. He was against the idea but thought to use it to his advantage. He would pick the least capable girl for his mothers Duchess Training.
Pauline Simms was a barmaid in Spindle Cove. She had plans of owning her own bookstore for her town. Soon she will find that all the more possible when a Duke makes a deal with her to foil the Duchess Training his mother wanted her to do.
The fourth book from Spindle Cove is Any Duchess Will Do. Tessa Dare once again writes a story that has me stopping everything and just read. This book had a little more comical wit to it with Pauline who was just clumsy. I liked Pauline for that reason but it was also her attitude that never really changed. She knew what she wanted. She was determined to have her bookstore and not to lose her heart to a Duke. Now Griff was just determined not to marry. He had a lot of demons to work through, things he was hiding from. I liked that there was a carefree side that started to open up but only really when Pauline was around.
This is a story of improbability that a relationship would happen between a Duke and a barmaid but it was a story worth reading. I think I liked how Dare wrote the characters as they were walking into this scheme eyes wide open but soon feelings start to burst between them and gets a little more complicated.
A happy ending will happen for Pauline and Griff even though it seemed impossible but it happens. This was the last book that I had. There are two more novels on the series which I will be looking forward to reading and anymore that Dare decides to write.
Sarah Allen had to leave LA and she had to do it fast. She packed up what she could and drove away with her daughter Holly. Sarah moved back to Wyoming to the only place she knew would be safe but trouble will be following her and she will have nowhere to turn until Jackson Raines offers to help them.
Jackson Raines saw Sarah and after getting over his hurt feelings from years ago he saw that she was running from her past. He wanted to help her and her daughter which meant staying close to them and protecting them from the men who were demanding information from Sarah.
Against the Wind is the first book to Kat Martin’s series Raines of Wind Canyon. I had already read one of the books just to see how the series sounded. It was a story that got me hooked. I wanted to start reading the rest of the series right away but I had a stack of books on my dresser that I needed to read first and I will say the first book was worth the wait. This book once again gives us suspense, romance, some action and a heartwarming story with rugged men. I instantly liked Jackson and Sarah as the story was being told. I liked that Sarah was a fighter and she was not the stuck up girl you thought her to be. Jackson is a thoughtful cowboy and just wants a chance with the girl he could never stopping thinking about. They have their moment and it gets sweet as they will be accompanied by Sarah’s daughter Holly.
There is a little twist with who killed Andrew and I figured out the murderer and the motive pretty quickly but it was still interesting to read and let the story unfold. Now the bad guys were the thugs that wanted the disk drive but personally the cop Mercer seemed like a villain as well.
The second book will be focusing in on Gabe. I liked that Martin focused in on three brothers and branched more from the people who are in the town of Wyoming. I am looking forward to finding out what will come next for Gabe Raines and Dev Raines.
Have you ever seen or read the story Practical Magic? Well that is what Garden Spells reminded of immediately as I started to read the story.
Waverleys were known for their strange behavior and the legend that surrounds them. Claire Waverley has lived in the old house for years but has never been completely embraced because of who she is, but things are starting to change with a new neighbor and a sister who is coming back home.
Garden Spells is written by Sarah Addison Allen and was magical. I was drawn into the story even as I compared it to Practical Magic. Allen writes the story well and you can hear her own voice very clear.
I was drawn in how the sisters, Claire and Sydney, were almost enemies but learned to love again and found love from good men who saw beyond the legends. This was a sweet romance story but also of forgiveness and trust. Those categories also followed with the villain, Emma who I think of her as a villain, of the book who turned a new leaf in the end. The actual villain, David, got his own justice at the end which felt right.
What was fascinating for me was the apple tree and what it could do. If you were to bite an apple from the tree you either see the happiest moment or your death. This plays in to the story and gives a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming but was happily surprised.
Garden Spells was a book I was recommended to read by my cousin who really has not let me down on her recommendations. This will not be the last time I will be reading something from Sarah Addison Allen.