Her Forbidden Hero

Her Forbidden HeroFormer Army Special Forces Sgt. Marco Vieri was back home due to an injury and was trying to get his life back. Though all he wanted was his old life. Things will get turned around when he finds his best friends sister coming back home and working in the same bar. He will suddenly not see his best friends little sister but a woman.

Alyssa Scott was back home fresh out of college and ready to work. She gets a job at Whiskey’s where Marco Vieri worked, the man she had loved for many years. She will try to pursue a relationship with him but it will not be an easy task as Marco has walls built up that she will have to get around.

Her Forbidden Hero is the first book to the series Hero by Laura Kaye. So I liked the book but I felt at times it didn’t hold my attention.

The character of Alyssa bugged me a little as I felt she was a little naive when it came to Marco. She thought nothing had changed, that he was the same man she knew when she was a kid. But he had gone to war and survived an injury. Inside Marco he was broken. She does start to understand that and I do like her character especially as she is a fighter and wants to do things on her own. I also appreciated knowing about Alyssa’s past which played a big part of who she had become. So Marco’s character as I said is a little broken from all that he had gone through but he was not finished. He was like a man just walking through life and it took Alyssa to wake him up.

Brady is also introduced in this book who is Alyssa’s big brother. Brady’s story is the second and final book which I will be reading next.

Heaven, Texas

Heaven, TexasGracie Snow worked as an associate producer which quickly turned to personal assistant to Bobby Tom. This meant Gracie had to spend a lot of time with him which only led her to want him more, and easier to fall in love with him.

Bobby Tom Denton was used to getting things his way but with a career ending injury he felt stuck. Doing the movie was not what he truly wanted but it was something to do. He will be surprised when his attention starts to drift to Gracie.

Heaven, Texas is the second book to the Chicago Stars series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I really liked this second book. There is something with how Phillips writes the story that has you wanting to read from start to end. Its funny that I am liking this series because throughout the book I am getting frustrated with how the characters were written especially Bobby Tom. His character was a womanizer to the extreme. He liked woman to look good and not think. I was kind of appalled at his behavior at times and wonder how Gracie could even fall for him. Though Gracie’s character was one of forgiving. She cared a lot and was naive but she had a backbone. I liked how Gracie changed and became a stronger version of herself throughout the book.

This town treated him like a hero to them. He was the celebrity and it was ridicules with the women who wanted to be with Bobby Tom. Towards the end a situation will occur which will show a nasty side of Bobby Tom. I was pissed off at how he was reacting as he was only thinking about himself. At that point you have to wonder if a happy ending would happen but Phillips will give a happy ending. There was a moment that had me thinking that ending was given a little too freely but that was Gracie’s character.

There is a parallel story that is being told which is with Wayland and Suzy (Bobby Tom’s mom). This was not a love story between them. There was passion but it was combined with hurt that drifted between them. Phillips makes sure that the couple’s problems will be fixed and get their happy ending, which made me smile.

I am reading the third story next.

Trouble

TroubleTrouble is a combination of two books written by Linda Howard. Midnight Rainbow and Diamond Bay are the first two books from the series Rescues.

Midnight Rainbow

Grant Sullivan was on a mission which was to rescue Jane Greer from a pack of ruthless men. He will be annoyed to be on the rescue but will soon find that Jane is more than the empty headed girl he thought she was.

Diamond Bay

Rachel Jones was shocked to find a man almost dead on the beach and she knew that she had to help him. She will rescue him and trouble quickly follows when mysterious FBI men start asking for Kell Sabin, her mystery man.

I found myself enjoying both of these books. There is a definite theme of rescue which just happened to be the name of the series. Though it’s not just these strong men who were the ones rescuing the woman. The woman play their part and are strong and smart about what needs to be done, sometimes a little impulsive but it helps in the dangerous situation they are placed in.

In each of these books the villains are evil and are desperate to get what they want. One is a microfilm and the other is a person to finish off. The villains are ruthless but the good guys are very good at their job.

The epilogue in the second book showed a happy ending for the two couples so I am guessing their part in the series is over. There are two more books to the series but I have a feeling they might be hard to get to since they were written in the 80’s. I will be on the look out but for now there are always more books from Linda Howard that I can try.

When We Touch

When We Touch (Whiskey Creek, #0.5)Olivia Arnold wasn’t ready to come home and plan her sisters wedding to the man she thought she would’ve married. Olivia had to hold her head up high and pretend it didn’t bother her. Having Brandon by her side will help her through the ordeal. It didn’t hurt that having Brandon around would make both Kyle and Noelle angry.

When We Touch is the prequel to the series Whiskey Creek. I have read the first book of this series and I really liked it. Its funny that its been a year since I have read anything from this series but I wanted to wait for more of the books to accumulate. Now that they have I have the second book through the sixth to read. I decided to get the first book back out and re-read right after this one which didn’t take me long. I figured that it was a good idea as that was when a lot of the characters were really introduced and you got to know some of their personalities.

I really liked When We Touch. I thought that this novella was well done and to the point. It gave all you the emotions that you wanted, a little heartbreak, betrayal, new beginnings, and love. I liked Olivia’s character but I wanted her to get mad, even though that would only fuel her sister’s, Noelle, happiness. Noelle is a piece of work and there was no redeeming quality in her character. I was happy that in this not so happy marriage will  be coming to an end in the first book. Now the stepbrothers were interesting. I didn’t really like Kyle but it wasn’t like he was a real villain. He made a mistake and now was paying for it. Brandon I really liked as he was a good guy, maybe a little rough around the edges. He wanted Olivia but keeping her was not in his thought process until it became apparent he needed her to be.

I am looking forward to continuing the series with When Snow Falls.

The Sum of All Kisses

The Sum of All KissesHugh Prentice had a very good memory and a head for numbers which became his downfall and led him to a duel. For three years Hugh’s leg healed but he would always have a limp. This led him to close himself away from people but he will be surprised when Lady Sarah catches his attention.

Lady Sarah Pleinsworth hates Hugh Prentice because of what he had done to her family. Every time she is by him anger flows through her and she will be rude and/or yell at him. Then of course things start to change as she comes to knows him as a man.

The Sum of All Kisses is the third book to the Smythe-Smith Quartet series from Julia Quinn. I have read the first two books of the series a while back so I revisited them and was once again entertained by this chaotic family. The third book resembles the first two with its humor and wit that goes along with the characters.

Hugh’s story is recapped in the book so if you did not read the first two there was no problem understanding what had happened to get the duel started. I liked Hugh even though he was a little surly. I liked his sarcastic side that came out often in the book. Sarah was a good character although a little over dramatic at times and had her cynical moments. Of course she smiled plenty and had a lot to be happy about.

The two of them were almost like enemies for most of the story but the attraction that was between them started to build and once it was at the surface it bubbled over. When they weren’t auguring they were compatible with each other. On a side note I loved the character of Frances, Sarah’s little sister, as she was very sweet and got Hugh to lighten up.

The next book is of course not out yet but I wonder who will be the next of the Smythe-Smith family to be in the fourth book.

Rumor Has It

Rumor Has ItGriffin Reid was back in his hometown once again for his sisters wedding. He will soon find himself staring at his sisters best friend Katie. He knew she was off limit but he went for it. It was supposed to be a one night stand but soon he will find he can’t stop thinking about her.

Kate Evans is a second grade teacher in her hometown. She has the chance to leave home for a year but can’t seem to accept because of fear with leaving her family alone. Kate will soon find another thing stopping her when she sees her childhood crush Griffin is back and her feelings have never changed.

Rumor Has It is the fourth book to Jill Shalvis’s series Animal Magnetism. The nice thing about these books are you can read them easily on their own. A little background is given and you wouldn’t get lost if you just picked up the book. Out of all four books that I have read I have to say I really like this one. They were all good but there was something about Kate and Griffin that had me wanting to read more and more. Kate had a unique situation with taking care of her family which she used as an excuse for not leaving. I liked that she grew stronger in the book and took charge even though it was not easy. Griffin was a war hero and it felt he was in a rut the entire book that is when he wasn’t with Kate. They each fought the attraction but could not keep apart especially as they each took that first step forward.

There is a little surprise that happens at the end that causes a little turmoil but Shalvis makes sure that the situation does not cause permanent damage. There is a perfect happy ending that left me smiling for Kate and Griffin.

There is a girl named Olivia in the book that is mentioned. I wonder if she will be the next one in the series or if Jill Shalvis will end it with the fourth book? Only time will tell but I will keep looking out for book from Shalvis maybe trying out another series other than Lucky Harbor series.

Slow Ride

Slow RideTuesday Jones has just lost her father and is trying to get through her grief. She will soon find herself being comforted by an ex race car driver and it will turn into much more.

Daniel “Diesel” Lange has had plenty loss and tragedy in his own life. He wanted to help Tuesday but also wanted her romantically and was filled with lust for this woman.

I was waiting for the fourth book but it was already checked out so I went on to the fifth book, Slow Ride. Erin McCarthy writes a steamy plot so far in all these books in the series Fast Track. So Tuesday is a blogger that can be a little harsh when writing her stories. She calls it like she sees it, but is a good person with a few little problems. Diesel is a wonderful character. He is the strong manly type but cares and can relate to what is happening with Tuesday but he is still closed off to his past. I think both characters are dynamic and actually are very much a like being flawed. Tuesday has a becoming alcoholic problem and Diesel is too afraid to move on.

Now what Erin McCarthy does in this book is getting the characters into some really steamy scenes and there is a lot of sex between these two characters, and I mean a lot. The sex is what gets them together but its overcoming their own personal tragedies that keeps them together. That is if they can get it right. The sixth book I am reading next is Jacked Up.