Crazy Thing Called Love

Crazy Thing Called LoveMadelyn Cornish has moved on with her life leaving the man she loved who had broken her heart. Now he is back in her life and her feelings are in danger of falling back in love.

Billy Wilkins had ruined the one good thing going on in his life. He will take his second chance because even though fourteen years have past he still loves her.

Crazy Thing Called Love is the third book from the series Crooked Creek Ranch by Molly O’Keefe. This is the first book I have read from the author. I started the book and was intrigued but then I lost interest with the hockey which is a good portion of it at least in the beginning. I am not saying the book wasn’t good because it was, but it was a slow read. Then you get halfway through the book and the characters are more developed, there is more going on and you are getting a better picture of what their lives were like. You feel for Billy as he is trying to get his life together and you feel for Maddy but in the back of my mind I am thinking that she needs to let go of the past and start anew.

I liked the addition of the niece and nephew which brought Billy and Maddy together and a look at what their pasts were like back then.

I think I would be interested in reading more from Molly O’Keefe. Maybe try another one of her series to find out what they are like.

Any Man of Mine

Any Man of MineAutumn Haven went loose six years ago in Vegas and married a man she only knew for five days. The honeymoon was over the next day and her husband left. Her life would be forever intertwined with him as they had Conner. Autumn had done her best to avoid the hockey player but she will start to see him a lot more and feelings start to come back.

Sam LeClaire was very good at hockey. He played hard on and off the ice. There were plenty of women who wanted to be in his bed but one. He had Autumn six years ago but he couldn’t be with her then. Sam is thinking differently now as he wants to spend more and more time with his son and find a way to get Autumn back.

Any Man of Mine is the sixth book to the Chinook Hockey Team from Rachel Gibson which was a fun book to read. It’s funny as each book I picked randomly from Gibson they all were about this one family or extended family. I started with Stella and moved on to the next book with Sadie, Stella’s half sister, who was with Vince. Then in this finally book there is Autumn who is Vince’s sister. All of the characters were connected and it was fun to read about them.

So the characters of Autumn and Sam were not good together as they could do nothing but fight. The fighting seemed realistic between them and I liked that they did their best to think of Conner’s best interest and it will be Conner that will bring the parents back together. I liked Autumn for her determination and wouldn’t back down and always did what was best for her little boy. Sam was a hot head and used to things his own way. He does change for the better as his partying ways dwindles. He wants to be back with his ex-wife. Getting Autumn back wasn’t an instantaneous concept for Sam but the more he was around them the more he wanted to stay which was sweet. I did like Sam even though he was a womanizer.

I will be looking for more Rachel Gibson’s books. I don’t know if it will be a new series, continuing or just a novel from the author.

Don’t get stuck on the ice with “Icebreaker”

The newest addition to the New York Blades series is Icebreaker by Deirdre Martin.

Sinead O’Brien is a top lawyer and a partner in her firm. She has a few rules and one was never date a client but that all changes when she comes to toe with Adam Perry.

Adam Perry needs a lawyer as an assault charge is filed. He knows it was not assault but he needs a lawyer. He is quiet spoken and says little but a fire builds between them and soon more than lawyer/client relationship is built.

I liked this story, not as much as The Penalty Box but I liked it. There was a good story involved and the characters were well built.

I thought it was interesting with the ending as Martin creates it to be anything but old fashioned. Its kind of a sad situation if you look at it from one specter but it works.

Sinead’s family is wonderful and there are old and new characters which pop back up. I did like Adam’s attitude and its because of his past which created his attitude that kept him strong now.

Take a chance and pick up a book from the New York Blades series.

Take a time out in “The Penalty Box” with Deirdre Martin

Thumbs up for The Penalty Box. Deirdre Martin creates another book in the series New York Blades which will touch your heart as a nerd and ex-hockey player will find love.

Katie was always considered heavy and was teased always in school but school is out. As Katie begins to write her novel she comes back home for some research. She ends up going to her reunion and is surprised by the many people who are actually nice and admit they were mean to her expect her nemesis Liz. But that is not all that happened that night because Paul finally noticed her.

Paul, an ex hockey player taken away from the game before it was time. He hated it and settled for coaching but it was not in the league he wanted. Coming back to his home town was not what was expected especially when he finds a much prettier Katie.

The two start dating but it is rocky as he already slept with Liz again and he is the coach for the little league of Katie’s nephew and Liz’s son.

With stories that are about bullying for me they are so much more powerful. It should be discussed because it happens to many. I loved how Martin creates Katie to be stronger but inside she is still hurting.

This story was a roller coaster. There were great highs and the lowest of the lows. I didn’t know how the story would end up but I hoped with a happy ending.

All the characters from bad to good guys were very realistically written and entertaining to read. I loved the story on Tuck, the nephew because it seemed so real.

The Penalty Box will pull at your heart strings and make you believe in second chances.

Taking a break with “Just A Taste”

Got a taste for passion open up one of the books to the New York Blades series from Deirdre Martin and find out how two chefs will heat it up in the kitchen.

Anthony Dante is head chef of Dante’s for years. Its his families business and he loves it. Over a year now he has become a widower as his wife was killed in the line of duty. Sparks will soon fly as a woman from Paris will try to make her way into his block.

Vivi Robitaille is from Paris but she can’t be there and have her dream, a dream of creating a Bistro where people will fall in love with the food and each other. With the help of her half sister Vivi will strive to make this Bistro work. What she doesn’t not factor in is how her heart will find it to another, Anthony. But as the two battle for their restaurants will there be any room for love?

As the first book I read from Martin I liked it. It was cute and the characters were real in being stubborn with their feelings and they had to be worked on to realize what they truly wanted.

The back story on both Vivi and Anthony led to further their character development which added to the appeal to the plot.

Just A Taste is the seventh book in the series New York Blades.