I have loved reading Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice since I first read it at age seventeen. Now I will be honest, I have not read any other works of Austen’s. I am not really sure why I haven’t before now, but that was the case. So I have decided to go ahead and read the rest of Austen’s novels: Emma, Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey. I am excited to try out these novels. I know what each one is about as I have seen the movies that have been made from these books.
I have decided to start with the novel Emma.
The summary of this story is that there is a young woman, Emma, who plays matchmaker. This will get her into trouble. She will make mistakes and learn from those mistakes, which will lead her to what she had been looking for.
My first impression is that it was long. I liked it but there was a lot of detail in the everyday that was being written. With that detail it took me longer to finish. Now longer to finish is still only two days reading it in the evenings. I was happy that I had seen the movie of Emma, which let me keep track with what was happening. Personally for me I thought Emma was a little annoying and a busybody. She was thoughtless at times which caused her to not think about what she was doing. Although Emma was a young woman and we are all allowed to make mistakes. I liked that she did learn.
The other characters in the book were all well written. Of course I liked Mr. Knightly. He was a man you wanted on your side and he had some pretty great speeches in the book. Sadly they were a lot of the times telling Emma she did something wrong. With Frank Churchhill character, I felt he was the opposite of Mr. Knightly. He was just too immature. Then there was Mr. Elton who wanted more, which was not a bad thing. It just made me dislike his character as he went about it the wrong way.
I will have to say that Emma is probably not a book I will go running back to read like Pride and Prejudice, but it was a well written novel and true to Austen’s style.
Phoenix Fuller had been in prison for seventeen years serving sentence on murder, a murder she never committed. She is back home to help her mother and get to know her son.
Riley Stinson had raised his son at the age of eighteen. He was not looking forward to the mother of his child coming home but he had no way of stopping that interaction.
This Heart of Mine is the eighth book in the series Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak, which was a good addition to the story.
I thought that the story was entertaining but not my favorite and really it was because of the situation. I found it very annoying that Riley who had loved Phoenix dropped her because of his family and then believed her guilty, but now seventeen years later he was thinking he could have been wrong. He was at first hesitant of her but then his feelings started coming back. I think I wanted Riley to make an effect before then. Now when he is being the parent to Jacob he was a great dad. They seem more like best friends which would make sense since he had been eighteen when Jacob was born. So then there is Phoenix who was ready to forgive, but in a way she is not. She doesn’t want to start anything up with Riley, all she wants is a relationship with her son and to start her business. I liked that she wasn’t begging Riley for another chance. She was a resilient character who would endure anything to make sure she had a chance with her son after all these years. The one thing that I could not quite believe was that she would forgive so easily when it came to Riley. It kind of bugged that she was able to. In a way I wanted her to be with someone else in the story. Now don’t get me wrong I do like my happy ending but at times it just didn’t feel right.
Jacob’s character I really loved. He was a kid who was hesitant to accept his mother but he gave her a chance no matter what others were telling him.
I found the book had a sense of injustice in the end. Well there was justice but I wanted more especially with the two families and how they had treated Phoenix.
Dare Kenyon lived for his motorcycle club, they were his family. He did his best to do right by them and to protect others. Dare will find it difficult to help his next client, Haven. He will immediately want her but before he can start thinking about forever he will have to stop the men after Haven.
Haven Randall had been a runaway with her best friend which was how had come to be kidnapped. They were rescued and brought to the Raven Riders for safety. For Haven it had been the first time that she had truly felt save and just as she was settling in her world will be rocked once again.
Ride Hard is the first book to the series Raven Riders by Laura Kaye. I have to say that I loved that Laura Kaye has written this series. I had loved Hard Ink series and with the introduction of the Raven Riders I was excited to read their story. So, yes, I really loved the story. How could you not with hot bikers whose mission was to save those who were in trouble.
I liked Haven. She was definitely timid and scared of her own shadow but you knew deep down she was stronger. I liked that she started to come out of her shell but she was very much the victim for most of the book. Though I wasn’t mad at that because that was how she grew up. Dare’s character was an alpha but he is very much a softy. Dare had a tragic past but he was doing everything he could to help others. I liked that his club was like a family and they protected each other at all costs. That will be proved when the bad guys come for Haven.
I can’t wait to read the next story though I have awhile to wait before the second book comes out as it will be coming out in April of 2017.
Lola’s dream was to write her own story and she finally had accomplished that task. Though now her life is in chaos as her comic book is being made into a movie. Lola is not ready for all that is going to happen especially when Oliver decides it was time to take their friendship to the next level.
Oliver has wanted Lola since he had drunkenly married her but he knew it was not the right time. Then Oliver will find himself and Lola drifting out of the friend zone to more and he will take a chance. He will be thrilled but when her life gets complicated she pushes him away.
Dark Wild Night is the third book to the series Wild Seasons by Christina Lauren. I really liked this book. It was fun as Lola was a writer for comic books and Oliver worked at a comic book store.
Lola’s character was a nerd which I loved. I also loved that she was a writer of comic books. She was a shy person and unsure of herself but I liked that she was shinning when she got the deal for her book. Oliver’s character was also a nerd and he was adorable. I wanted him to speak up more and he does but it is not about what he really wants.
Their relationship was not easy. There were some definite bumps in the road and pretty early on. I hated what Oliver did to hurt Lola, it wasn’t that bad but it hurt her emotionally. Though what Lola was doing and how she was handling the relationship was not right either. She needed to be brave and take a chance.
Katrina was trying to figure out her new phone when she made a big mistake, she linked her bootybook app to her webpage. This mistake let everyone see how she judged the guys she had causal sex with. Katrina will quickly receive a lot of hate texts and calls from some of her ex’s but there was one who scored an almost perfect 10 that wanted to try again to get the perfect 10.
Perfect 10 is a novel by Erin McCarthy. I liked the book. It was cute and comical with the plot.
Katrina’s character seemed like a normal girl who was dating around but never finding that perfect guy. Although she did find the perfect guy in Drew but she was too scared and unsure what to do. She seemed a little frazzled but she gets it together in the end. Drew’s character, the almost perfect 10, was in all accounts a great guy. He was just a guy that wasn’t sure what to do when he had slept with his best friend. I liked that he will finally gets it together and pursues her like he should have done in the beginning. I liked how they had been friends to begin with and of course they were getting that second chance to try again.
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.
Logan Hawkings was a billionaire and had been burned before with relationships. Though when he meets Bronte he will find himself falling hard. To make sure he wouldn’t be burned again he will test her while he keeps a distance, emotionally.
Bronte Dawson was on a free vacation but it wasn’t the paradise trip she had expected, especially when there was a hurricane. She will be rescued by a man who she found herself wanting to love but that will all change when she finds he had lied to her. Bronte will not stop loving the man but will be afraid to step into his world.
Stranded with a Billionaire is the first book to the series Billionaire Boys Club by Jessica Clare. Alright so I really liked this novel. Everything about this story is predictable but it doesn’t matter as I really liked the characters who kept the book going for me.
Logan was not a nice man and he had some trust and control issues. I didn’t really mind Logan and his control issues, frankly because it wasn’t that controlling. He needed to learn to trust that Bronte would not want his money but Logan goes about things very wrong and I liked that because it showed he wasn’t mister perfect. So then there is Bronte. She is someone who needed a break and she gets it but she doesn’t let this life consume her. It is partially because of her past with her father. I liked that she drew back from Logan but then didn’t like it at times. She was running because she was afraid of this new world she had stepped into with Logan.
The passion between them is well done and you can believe that Bronte would be swept up by Logan and his charm through the disaster. It would be hard not to form an attachment. Though I liked that Jessica Clare did not just make this into a fairy tale between the two characters. There were lies, some betrayal, still a lot of a passion, and both characters were scared to truly start something real between them.
After reading this one I am excited to read what will happen to the next set of characters. Well, I am off to read the second book to the series.