Remembrance

RemembranceSusannah Simon is officially engaged to the love of her life, Jesse, but an old enemy will make her future look bleak. Susannah will have to find a way to save Jesse and make sure that they have a future together.

Remembrance is the seventh book to the mediator series by Meg Cabot. So, I liked the book and then it bugged me at certain points. The mistake that I did was read some reviews which weren’t very nice. That jaded my thoughts when I was reading but I could completely understand what that reviewer was having issues with.

Susannah’s character has grown up but mentally I think she is the same girl. She goes into things without thinking. She doesn’t get backup when the situation is dangerous or even when she goes to see Paul. The question is why does she even respond to Paul. Paul has also not changed and he is still a manipulator. He knows what buttons to press and Susannah falls for it every time, and he will never change. Now Susannah is not an idiot, she knows when Paul is up to things but she still does not share that information with the man that she loves, a man she should trust completely. Now Jesse’s character was a man out of time but was adjusting and making something with his life. I liked that he truly loved Susannah and wanted her in his life, but at times I was wondering why he bothered when she wasn’t trusting him. Of course being a fan of Susannah and Jesse’s characters I wanted them to find happiness.

Within the book I did like the case she was on with the little girl’s ghost. I thought that was interesting. There was also a surprise when it came to Susannah’s step family which was comical though in away a little sad especially if the truth ever came out.

So, overall I have to say that I was happy to find out more about the characters and to read that Susannah and Jesse had their happy ending. I would have been happy with just the sixth book but with Remembrance you knew their future together was more solid.

Proposal

ProposalSuze Simon and Jesse are back after twelve years since the sixth book had been published. Alright so first off I had loved this series when I was a teenager. It had finished right in the my senior year of high school and I had loved how Meg Cabot finished their story. So when I heard that the series was being resurfaced with two more stories I was cheering, then I was hesitant. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read these two stories because that would change my fairy tale ending with Jesse and Suze in the sixth book. Well I decided to take a chance and read the new stories.

Proposal is the 6.5 in the series Mediator by Meg Cabot and Meg Cabot takes us back to Suze and Jesse who are still together but are now in college and Jesse is becoming a doctor. I felt with this story it was almost like a teaser before the novel.

I liked the story of Suze helping out the ghost which is just how Suze has always been. She just has to do things the hard way. The one thing that bugged me was that Suze did not learn from past mistakes. She gets something from Paul and will not be telling Jesse. She has not learned that keeping secrets will get herself into trouble. Although I think the trouble will happen more in the novel.

I will be reading Remembrance next.

A Change of Heart

a-change-of-heartDr. Nikhil “Nic” Joshi had everything he ever wanted with his marriage and career but then it all stops. He will lose the woman he loves through a tragedy. His wife will have stumbled on a black market organ transplant ring and will die trying to expose it. After two years Nic was still grieving but then Jess Koirala comes into his life.

A Change of Heart is a novel by Sonali Dev. So I have really liked reading the other two novels from Sonali Dev and I was looking forward to reading another story by her. Then I heard it was about Nic and Jen, but Jen was dead. I was hesitant to read this but I tried anyways and when I finished I have to say I was disappointed. This novel is very different than what I had expected from Sonali Dev. Now I don’t want all the books from an author to be the same, that would be very boring and too predictable, but with how this story was written I just wasn’t into the plot and I couldn’t connect with the characters.

If she writes another story I will certainly try it as I liked two out or three of her books.

The Bollywood Bride

The Bollywood BrideRia Parkar was known as the Ice Princess. Ria had made herself distant from everyone else but now she was coming home for her cousins wedding. She wanted to be there but that meant she would see Vikram, the boy whose heart she had broken.

Vikram Jathar had loved Ria but then she had betrayed him. When Vikram sees Ria he will be angry as all those feelings come back to the surface. He will try to keep his distance but it will be a losing battle.

The Bollywood Bride is the second book to the series Bollywood by Sonali Dev. Like the first, I loved this book. Sonali Dev really integrates the culture and traditions well throughout the book. I wanted to find out all that was hidden in the past and to find out the real reasons why the characters were a shell of themselves.

Ria’s character was a young woman who had gone through a big trauma at a young age. You don’t know everything until later one. At first I thought Ria truly was an ice princess from how she handled things ten years ago, but I had a feeling she was not that cruel. Ria’s true self is discovered and your heart breaks for her as she is just a shell of herself. Vikram’s character was intentionally cruel to Ria and its because he felt betrayed. There is logic to that but I wanted him to at least move on and make a fresh start. I get my wish but the future is complicated for these two characters that is until everything gets out onto the table and they take a chance.

I really wanted something to be done about Vikram’s mother but I guess that would have put too much strain on the characters. I liked that he was standing up to her and taking a chance with Ria once again.

So Sonali Dev third book has come out in September and I will be reading that next but I am hesitant. It is with Nic and Jen who were in this book and are the ones that are getting married. It seems in the next book a tragedy will happen that break up the couple forever. Well I will find out more as I read the book next.

Suddenly Last Summer

Suddenly Last SummerElise Philippe was the chef and Snow Crystal and loved her job. She also loved the family that had taken her in, saved her from her past. Elise thought she was safe but she will be wrong as a one night stand will turn to more and that will have her scared.

Sean O’Neil did not do relationships. His job was his life and that was how he liked it. Sean will find himself being dragged back home when his grandfather falls ill. Though this time Sean will not find the task too difficult especially with Elise near.

Suddenly Last Summer is the second book to the series O’Neil Brothers by Sarah Morgan. I really liked this novel.

Elise I really loved. She was a character who lived life, had passion but behind those smiles was a very scared and damaged young woman. I hated what had happened to her and how it was effecting her still. I liked that she was able to live again with Sean as he tried to get past her barriers. Then there is Sean who was mister unavailable all the time. I liked how he started to change to be a man who cared for more than just his job.

Its funny with how the novel starts off with Elise and Sean are so alike with their personalities, both having a relationship phobia. They were the perfect couple as things were kept light and without complications, but then something changed and feelings started to intrude upon them. And I liked that Sarah Morgan did change them but it was not an overnight change, it was very much a gradual change.

The other characters of this O’Neil family were great. I loved the stubborn grandfather, Walter. All he wanted was the best for his family but he just couldn’t express his feelings that well.

I can’t wait to read about Tyler in the third and final book, which I will be reading next.

Dream a Little Dream

Dream a Little DreamRachel Stone had a plan which was to come back to where she had lived with her late husband and find the five million dollars he had taken from all his followers. Rachel will not be welcomed into the town but will find help from an unlikely man, Gabe Bonner.

Gabe Bonner wanted to die but he could not do that to his family. He was just doing things to keep himself moving and not really living life, then he meets Rachel and her son. He doesn’t want them around but he will notice the longer they stay the more he felt alive.

Dream a Little Dream is the fourth book to the series Chicago Stars by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. With every book I keep thinking that I will like one story better than the other, but that hasn’t happen. I really love each story so far, I can’t get enough of these books.

This book was about healing. Rachel needed to heal from the pain of being an outcast that she lived with thanks to her husband. Though she was a fighter and would do anything to help her child. Gabe has pain from losing his wife and son a few years ago. I felt my heart breaking for Gabe especially right int he beginning when you find out what he keeps in his nightstand. Obviously these characters were going to be together and heal each other but Phillips doesn’t make that journey easy for them. There is a lot of mistrust and guilt that is between them. I did like though it was Rachel who got to Gabe. She didn’t pull back and be calm around Gabe like his brothers did. That was a big part that allowed him to heal.

There was some bad things happening to Rachel. It was because others blamed her for the way her husband had acted. You knew who the person was pretty easily but there was another that will be after Rachel. I thought it was someone else because of how they acted, but I was wrong. There is another twist but this one will be happy.

Ethan’s story, Gabe’s brother, is also being told in this one. I liked Ethan but he fought too much of what he should be doing. I liked that he does accept his path and of course the relationship with Kristy. Kristy’s character I loved because she was the plain woman that decided to change for herself. She will get the man she had loved, Ethan, but she makes him work for it.

I am reading the fifth book next.

Lover Unleashed

Lover UnleashedPayne has been released from her prison only to find herself in another one when she is seriously injured. Her brother will make sure she does not stay paralyzed as he will bring in a doctor, Manuel Manello, to fix her. Payne, however, was ready to die that is until she meets her healer.

Manuel Manello had lost one of his best friends a year ago, but will soon find out that she is not completely gone when he is pulled into a very strange situation. Manny never believed that vampires were real, that is until he met a whole group of them. He will help heal Payne and find that he will not want to leave her side, but knows they have no future.

Unleashed is the ninth book to the series Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. Another great book to the series. I found that I flew through the pages with this book. I thought it was interesting with the new character, Payne, and revisiting with Manny.

From the previous book I thought Manny was alright but in this one I was liking his character. I liked that he become tongue tied and not as cocky as he had been. He wants Payne pretty much right away and the feeling is mutual. Payne for me was like the other Chosen. She was very new to this world but what she has that the Chosen do not are the fighting skills. They have no problem with chemistry but what they do have a problem with is the future and how they can have a relationship.

Well with the last enemy not really in the book you know that Ward has to find another one and it will be from the past when the Bloodletter was alive, and the Bloodletter is V’s and Payne’s dad. Right now that enemy is staying hidden but I have no doubt he will come back to the Brothers to complete his mission.

The story of Qhuinn and Blay continue on and it gets interesting when it looked like Qhuinn was having almost a vision. Its a vision he never want to happen, which makes me wonder if Qhuinn will ever find happiness? Also with how things stand will these friends ever be together? I looked ahead with the summary’s of the books and found that Qhuinn’s story is coming in the eleventh book. Of course you will still hear about him in the tenth book which I will be reading next.

Three Weeks with a Bull Rider

Three Weeks with a Bull RiderJace Mills needed a break from his stressful ex girlfriend and going on the rodeo while helping out Tara seemed like a good idea. The only problem was Jace was starting to see Tara in a different light.

Tara Jenkins had an internship for three weeks with the rodeo circuit and needed a ride. She will be shocked that Jace volunteered, even more so when feelings of lust come between them.

Three Weeks with a Bull Rider is the third book to the series Oklahoma Nights by Cat Johnson. Alright so I liked the book but I was weary of it. The characters of Jace and Tara were not my favorite. I had thought them immature, especially Tara. I get it since the man she had loved for years rejected her but she had to know it would never work in the back of her mind. Logan was just too old for her. Tara does get more mature towards the end of the book which I liked.

Tara and Jace seem completely wrong for each other but then opposites attract. Their relationship is chaotic as they make each other angry but there is an attraction that will lead to very steamy foreplay then sex. It was kind of entertaining with how curious and pushy Tara started to become when it came to Jace and wanting experience.

So that is it for this series but I saw that Tyler had his own story in another series, which I would be interested in reading.

Talk Sweetly to Me

Talk Sweetly to MeMiss Rose Sweetly was fascinated by astronomy and was very smart when it came to mathematics. What Rose is not smart about is when it comes to the flirting Mr. Stephen Shaughnessy

Stephen Shaughnessy had noticed Rose Sweetly right away and was charmed by her. He found himself falling in love with Rose little by little. He just had to convince her that his feelings were real.

Talk Sweet to Me is a novella in the series Brother Sinister. I liked this novella. I thought that this story was short, sweet and very much to the point.

In the previous book Stephen was introduced and you knew that he was a rogue but was a good man who had a sense of humor. I liked that he was very set in his desire to have Rose but not as his mistress, as his wife. Now Rose was very smart when it came to numbers and science. I liked how Milan wrote Rose to be that smart, to give her character a chance to explore her talent.

When I started this book I realized that it was going to be about an interracial relationship. I find that kind of relationship is a rarity in the historical books that I read. Milan wrote the relationship well. I thought the relationship fit well into this series as it was all about moving forward and changing how the world was.

Well I am at the end of the series with what Milan has written for Brother Sinister. I don’t know it there will be more, I will be happy to read more if she writes them, otherwise there will be other books to try of hers.

A Kiss for Midwinter

A Kiss for MidwinterMiss Lydia Charingford has lived through her own scandal and had come out with no one knowing anything. Then she will meet up with the man that had been in that room with her parents five years ago who knew the truth of her pregnancy. She will find out that Grantham will not tell anyone but a wager will be made between them.

Doctor Jonas Grantham has wanted Lydia for over a year but he had gotten nowhere with her. She does not like him but Jonas will find a way for them to spend time together so he could try to win her over.

A Kiss for Midwinter is a 1.5 novella in the series Brothers Sinister by Courtney Milan. First off I really loved this novella. It had been a while since I read the previous books to this series (The Governess Affaire and The Duchess War) so I decided to read them again to get back into the series. That prepared me for Lydia who was a very cheerful girl except she really wasn’t, she was faking that cheer to pretend to be alright. She doesn’t realize that she has suppressed all those emotions until Doctor Jonas Grantham reminds her of that time in her life.  Now even though it was hard for Lydia to realize I liked that Jonas was there to see the truth. I liked the real Lydia much better who wasn’t just this cheerful girl that seemed naive. Then there was Jonas. He was sarcastic and had a strange sense of humor but he was a very good man. He cared for his patients and went out of his way to help them. I liked how he went about spending time with Lydia and also that he thought her strong, not weak as some might have thought.

When I checked out these first three books/novellas to the series I also checked out the rest that have come out, which are the book from two to five. Next I will be reading about Oliver Marshall in The Heiress Effect which I have been wanting to read.