Dirty Scoundrel

Clay Price has everything he could ever want but what kept him up at nights was the girl who betrayed him seven years ago. He made a plan to get Natalie Weston back and finally into his bed.

Natalie Weston has stopped living her life seven years ago when the love of her life walked away from her. Now he is back and Natalie will be shocked by what he is proposing.

Dirty Scoundrel is the second book to Jessica Clare’s series Roughneck Billionaires. I wondered about this story after I had read the summary. I did not want to read about Clay tricking Natalie into something that would end up hurting both of them. Luckily that was not the case, it started out like that but it turned into more when you got to know Clay’s character. I really enjoyed this story. Clay, like his brother Boone, is crude but there really is a sensitive side to him which comes out when he is around Natalie. She is the only girl he has ever loved. Natalie’s character is a woman who has been working herself to the bone and she keeps giving more. I liked that Natalie did not fall at Clay’s feet when he came back into her life with his ridicules contract.

The father was frustrating. He was a big deal back in Hollywood but now with his dementia he would forget many things and then go back into the past. It wasn’t like he was using his daughter but he did manipulate when he was having a good day. The father got what he wanted in the end which was good for Natalie as he was taken care of in the end.

This was a great addition to the series.

 

 

Shadows at Sunset

Shadows at SunsetJill Meyer and her siblings lived in the notorious house where a scandal happened years ago. They were all to live there otherwise their father would get the house, which was something they did not want to happen. Jill will come to her father to demand that her brother keeps his job but she will encounter his number two man in charge, Coltrane.

Coltrane was a man out for revenge against Jackson Meyer and that way was through the oldest daughter, Rachel Ann. Coltrane’s plan will change when certain truths will be revealed. His plan for revenge will continue though on a different path.

Shadows at Sunset is a novel by Anne Stuart. Without a doubt I loved this book. I was brought into the story and did not want to stop reading the book. It was dark and full of mystery. I find that most books I read from Stuart are not those cheerful romances. The hero is not always that hero you love. They are usually tainted but there is a some hope which makes you cheer for him. Coltrane was that kind of hero. There was a lot of darkness in him but it came from a place of revenge. I liked that very slowly he starts to reform in a way which is mostly due to Jilly, also due to a twist that changed everything in his plan. Though he really is a devious man still. So Jill was a caregiver. She worried about everyone and never herself as there was no time. I liked that she took a chance with Coltrane, it took a lot of convincing in her mind but she does. They are good for each other its just that Coltrane’s state of mind is not exactly in the right place to be starting a relationship.

The Meyer family is screwed up in their owns ways. There is Dean who doesn’t have any real backbone and is a little sneaky. Jilly who as I said above was the caregiver. Then there is Rachel Ann who is an alcoholic and really messed up. I kind of disliked Rachel Ann because of what she had done but her character surprised me. She had greater depths than she was really using. There was one more member of the family which was Jackson Meyer, their father, who was certainly the villain. He was a vile man but he was worse than I thought and I cringed at the thought of what he wanted from his oldest daughter.

Now what surprised me was that there was a supernatural element to this story which I thought added to the plot. You got to know these siblings better from the ghosts point of view and then to hear what the ghost had seen. There were some twists which happened that involved certain people and those truths would come out towards the very end. Those truths also involve what really happened to those ghosts all those years ago.

There is an ending which I thought was appropriate for the book and it left you happy after all that had happened within the story.

Redwood Bend

Redwood BendDylan Childress was a popular child star who learned what life in the spotlight could make a person become. Dylan was saved by his grandmother and he changed for the better. He will have a chance once again at a movie but wonder if he should accept it as his life had changed dramatically and he has started to feel things for a woman who was anything like the woman he preferred.

Katie Malone was a widow and mother of two twin boys. She lost the man she loved who was a soldier. She kept herself together for her boys five years ago and never found a man she wanted to be with until Dylan. She will feel lust towards this man but she will also be finding herself falling in love with him even though he was not going to stay.

Redwood Bend is the eighteenth book the series Virgin River by Robyn Carr. I have tried one book from Robyn Carr and this is now my second try with the author. Incidentally I chose the book that had come before Sunrise Point. I didn’t know this as I pretty much just grabbed one of her books. So once again this was a book that I did like for the most part and end up finishing. I just didn’t love it. Redwood Bend was just something that didn’t pull me to read it. For me the characters didn’t feel that real and at times it was a little too much with feelings. I know that it seems funny as this was a romance novel but I like my characters to feel real, that way the dialogue doesn’t seemed forced or too mushy. I did like the obvious happy ending that was going to occur because I can’t stop myself for wanting the characters to be happy.

I will be trying another one of her books but I think I am going to venture out of the Virgin River series. Maybe try another one of her series or one of her standalone novels.

A Small Town Sheriff Meets Hollywood

Reading Nora Roberts you always come up with a new plot and characters in each story she writes. In The Law is a Lady the small town sheriff will get a sight of Hollywood.

Victoria Ashton is the new sheriff as her father has passed away. She does her job the best she can but is this were she wants to be for the rest of her life? Victoria though will have a new challenge in her life when a out-of-towner comes into her small town.

Philip Kincaid is entertained being pulled over by a lady sheriff but not so much as he gets put into jail by her. Philip though soon forgets and knows this town is the perfect place for his movie they were going to film. The road block will be the sheriff but she could be one to get through with the power of seduction. Philip comes to the conclusion that the sheriff is the perfect lady for him and he always gets what he wants.

The story was sweet and simple with fun characters that carried through the entire novel. I liked how each character was something more than they appeared to be which gave depth to the novel. Roberts description let readers get right into the story with the very first page.

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

Having books being recommended to me seems to be a 50/50 chance on whether the book is good or not.  Most that have been I have found them to be entertaining.  Valley of the Dolls was an example of this.  It was entertaining to read.  Gave you a sense of reality that is usually behind closed doors.

Anne Wells: the icy New England beauty who melted for the wrong Mr. Right…and Adonis famour for his infideltiy.

Neely O’Hara: the lovable kid from vaudeville who became a star and a monster.

Jennifer North: the blonde goddess who survived every betrayal committed against her magnificent body except the last.

Each of them was bred in the Babylons of Broadway and Hollywood.  Each of them learned about making love, making money, and making believe.  Each of them rode the crest of the wave.  And each of them finally to the Valley of the Dolls.

Before you read any further I will have some spoilers so stop now if you do not want to read them.

This book gave an interesting take on what the Hollywood people were like and perhaps like even to this day.  I loved and hated the book.  Valley of the Dolls shows that all people have their own problems in life.

For all three women there is heart ache with every step that they take.  Each get into the pills called “dolls”.  The pills make them grogy and unaware which most of them want.

The detail was amazing and so was the story but the thing I hated was the fact that Ann was never happy.  I liked her character the best.  She loved someone all her life and finally ends with him, has a baby but he still is a cheating bastard.  At the end he is with her best friend which I hated until she became too clingy.  Anne doesn’t say anything just goes along with it.  I wanted her to pick up and leave with her daughter but that was not going to happen.  At the very end Neely is booted out of the agency and out of Lyons life, Anne’s husband, only to find another woman.  Lyon picks up the latest star singer and starts his next affair.  Anne knows and is okay with her daughter and the love that Lyon sometimes gives her.

So the ending really was depressing for Anne and it left me feeling sad about the book.  But when you think about it the book gave a message about how people will do anything for the ones they love.

Jacqueline Susann is a storyteller that will grab at your emotions.

The O’Hurley Siblings

Molly and Frank O’Hurley along with their only son Trace were expecting the fourth member of their family.  But Molly and the family were about to get a surprise.  Instead of one baby there were three.  Triplets, Chantel, Abby and Maddy.  These four stories The Last Honest Woman, Dance To The Piper, Skin Deep, Without A Trace, of Nora Roberts will charm you, make you laugh and feel for these siblings.

The Plot of The Last Honest Woman

Abby the middle triplet and the sensible one.  The only un-sensible thing she did was run off with a race driver, Chuck Rockwell at eighteen.  Now eight years later Abby is a widow with two children.  She has been a widow for five years and decided now is the time for her to give in to the book deal.  It’s for herself and her children who never really knew their father.  But the story is not what it seems to be and Dylan Crosby will find his answers.

Dylan Crosby an accomplished writer on biographies is getting the chance at Chuck Rockwell’s story.  Going there all he was thinking was that she was rich and had servants but he was finding out that was not true.  She was not who he thought.  Abby was hiding the truth from him and he needed to know.  But the truth is not always pretty.  Dylan will find out and experience more than he expected to with Abby O’Hurley.  And just maybe Abby will find something as well.

The Plot of Dance To The Piper

Maddy O’Hurley was a performer her whole life was on the stage, it was where she felt the most alive.  As the youngest triplet Maddy loved her sisters and brother but she wasn’t like them, not glamorous or generous she was just the cute sister.  She needed someone and that someone was Reed Valentine.

Reed Valentine was a cool business man running his fathers recording company.  They decided to try and back a play which is where he meets Maddy O’Hurley.  She isn’t anything he imagined.  She was so alive and it scared him.  He needed her but he was burned before by those he loved and was wary of a relationship with her.

But it may be just what Reed needs, Maddy’s spirit and love.

The Plot of Skin Deep

Chantel O’Hurley is an inspiring actress known for her roles and tabloid romances.  Chantel had everything going for her, she was loved by her family, doing something she loved and loved by fans.  But maybe one fan went a little too far.  A crazed fan is going above and beyond to get Chantel’s attention.  Matt, Chantel’s agent, gets an old friend Quinn Doran to help.

Quinn Doran is a tough P.I. and wasn’t thrilled with his assignment.  He thought she was overacting but then he saw the notes and the terror in her face.  Quinn decided to stay and help.  He wanted to protect her the best way he could but he disrupted her life and her life.

Quinn finds what he has been missing as he protects Chantel and Chantel will find the one man she is able to be truly happy.

The Plot of Without A Trace

Trace O’Hurley left his family early in his live to pursue something that is for him.  Trace knew that his father would be angry but he had to do this even though he would miss all of his family.  And now twelve years later Trace is looking forward to retirement from the agency.  A friend had died and he didn’t want to do this work anymore.  He had experienced a lot within these years but he wouldn’t be getting that retirement just yet.

Gillian Fitzpatrick was the woman who would bring Trace back to his work and towards his goal of retirement.  Gillian had a proposition to make for Trace.  She wanted his help to get her brother and niece back from the group Hammer who took them about six days before.  But she is also the one in danger as the men are also trying to get to her.

Trace takes the assignment against his better judgment.  One for the money and another for revenge.  There was also a part of him that wanted just to protect her.

The two are thrown into a whirlwind of action but end up finding comfort in each other.  Gillian knows what she needs and Trace just might find out what he really needs with Gillian’s help.

As I finished these four books I was amazed by the dynamic characters and plots which flowed through the pages of the stories.  I loved the fact that there were the set of triplets and only one brother.  It was also interesting with the family being performers and in one way each child possessed some side of this artistic trait whether they wanted it or not.  I really loved that all of the sisters or brother were talked about in each others stories.  You never forgot about the others.  These books were fantastic to read.

Night Moves by Nora Roberts

I don’t know what it was but this book, Night Moves by Nora Roberts, didn’t really move me.  I am loving all the books by Nora Roberts that I have read so far but this one was okay.  There were some good parts, interesting and entertaining but I didn’t get the wow feeling.

“The small town offered peace to the widowed Maggie Fitzgerald.  But when sexy Cliff Delaney unearthed a skeleton in her backyard, she found herself playing detective with him, and wondering what was possible in the heat of the night…in the heat of passion.”

The characters were good and the plot.  Some mystery and suspense but it didn’t draw me into the book.  It took a while.  I felt that the plot needed more detail.  Perhaps it was because I wasn’t in the mood to really just sit down and read.  But that doesn’t mean I will stop reading her novels.  I will venture on with reading Nora Roberts books.