Gillian’s Island

Gillian's IslandGillian Marlboro is the maid of honor in her sisters wedding. Gillian loves her sister and wishes her the best but it was a lot of work. Gillian was looking forward to relaxing on the boat but things will get dangerous when a storm will have them stranded on the island. Gillian was scared but she had Jamie to help her get through the worst of it.

Jamie Foster was the best man in the wedding. He was envious of his best friend and wanted that happy ending. When he meets Gillian he hopes that there could be more but was insecure as he was very smart and not fun like his frat brothers. Jamie will be surprised when Gillian will want him but he will have other things on his mind, like how to survive.

Gillian’s Island is the second book to Sex, Lies & Wedding Cake series by Cat Johnson. I liked this novella and unlike the first story in the series this one had more detail and I felt that this was a complete story. Now did I love it, no, but it was a good quick read and very steamy.

Gillian’s character was the responsible one and I liked that she stepped out of her comfort zone and took a chance with Jamie. She was the opposite of the wedding party but she was like Jamie at least with being responsible. Jamie was very smart and not that frat boy like his friends. He would be the guy that you would want on a stranded island.

The scenes between Gillian and Jamie were pretty intense and very steamy. Though what else would happen when a group of people were stranded on an island.

I am reading the third and final story of the series next.

The Taming of the Billionaire

The Taming and the BillionaireEdie liked cats better than people but for her friend she was going to be a bridesmaid. At the party Edie will meet the man she was going to walk down the isle with and is immediately disgusted with him, but when she starts to interact with him she will wonder if there could be more.

Magnus just wants to work on his game with his brother but his brother is the problem. Levi is in love and the woman he loves can not leave her sister, Edie. Magnus will have to pretend to like her so his brother can be with the younger sister. But then when Magnus starts to spend more time with Edie he will find himself falling for her.

The Taming of the Billionaire is the second book to the series Billionaires and Bridemaids. I really liked this book. The first book to this series was good but this one caught my attention and held on until the very end.

What I liked about the book was that it was an adaptation of the Taming of the Shrew. Edie played her part well as the shrew. But I found her really likeable. She was yes hard at times but nothing horrible. I liked that Edie was getting a chance a love again even though it started under false pretenses. Throughout the book I was waiting for the lies to stop and for Edie to find out the truth. You know it will happen but it unravels a lot more which had me disliking Bianca even more. So Magnus’s character was a video gamer programmer. He was pretty much a nerd which I loved. He got so wrapped up in his games that he was a little antisocial which matched him well with Edie. I didn’t like that he was lying but loved that true emotion was starting to bloom.

What I thought was adorable was when Magnus had adopted two cats. With the cats in the book my inner cat lady was being channeled. I only have one cat so I don’t know it that really qualifies me but I do love animals. My house was never empty of pets, we mostly had dogs, but I have always loved cats. I think the addition with these cats was a fun element to the story.

What I didn’t like about the book were two characters, Bianca and Levi. First off they were both very immature and cruel with how they were treating Edie. You will learn more on Bianca and I can only say is that is not a good person. She is a user. Levi is not too bad. For him its more on maturity. If he does get his own story I would hope that he matures a great deal. I really don’t want Bianca to have her own story because I think her character would never truly change.

It appears that the stories that have the characters from Gretchen’s bridal party is happening all at the same time because you found out about Sebastian and Asher within this book. Or at least their stories were already happening. I am reading the third book next.

Irish Rebels by Nora Roberts

The third and final chapter, Irish Rebels, to the series Irish Hearts was enchanting and entertaining as the other two.  “Irish Thoroughbred” and “Irish Rose”, the first two in the series sets the plot for the third one.

Irish Rebels brings us more into the future where the Grants are again the main topic but this time it is Keeley Grant the oldest daughter and Brian Donnelly, an Irish man.

“She was practically royalty-the daughter of a rich, renowned horse-breeding dynasty.  He was just a hardworking horse trainer.  But Brian Donnelly was in America now, where even he might aspire to possess the breathtaking Keeley Grant.  Her wealth and position didn’t deter Brian…for it was the innocence Keeley offered him that beguiled the wild Irish rebel and threatened to corral his restless heart.”

Brian Donnelly a man that wants no attachment, no troubles is about to get shaken up when he takes employment with the Grants on Royal Meadows.  He didn’t want to feel the attraction to her but the moment she walked in he knew he wanted her but couldn’t touch.  He thought insults would be good enough, made fun of her students.  Saying those privilege kids would never stick with this.  But he finds that he put his foot in his mouth.  Keeley helped unprivileged kids and rescued abused horses.

Keeley was goal oriented and didn’t want anything getting in her way.  But then Brian Donnelly came on to the scene and everything changed.  An attraction was there from the start but she didn’t know how to deal with it.  She remain cold until enough was enough.  Keeley decided to take the seducing in her own hands.  She wanted Brian and she was going to get him.

Brian was denying her at first but he couldn’t for long.  The two of them were able to find comfort in one another and Keeley knew she felt love in the arms of Brian but he wasn’t saying it.  Her goal now was to get Brian to come over to her side and admit he wants a life together.  But with a man afraid of attachment ever find a way to accept and feel that he belongs?

I enjoyed reading this book.  I liked how Robert’s was able to share on what happened with the previous books through this plot. She keeps the characters moving forward and to see how things have progressed.