Fix You: Bash and Olivia

Fix YouOlivia Beckett loved her boyfriend but found that he was changing before her eyes. No longer was he smiling and laughing but now had a cruel smirk and a violent streak. She will be saved one night by a man who worked at a college bar. Olivia’s life will be quickly spinning out of control but she will find a way to survive with Bash’s help.

Sebastian “Bash” McDaniels wanted out of Boston and he was going to get there with his boxing career. Though things will get complicated when he goes out of his way to help a girl who was being abused by her boyfriend.

Fix You: Bash and Olivia is the first book to the series the McDaniels Brothers by Christine Bell. This was a free book on amazon and it was a really great book, in fact I loved it. I sat down and read through the book in one sitting.

Olivia’s character was a sweet young woman who was in a bad relationship. Now even though she did not get away at the first sign of trouble, she did her best to get help. While doing that she grew more of a backbone. Bash’s character was a man who had a troubled past but was doing his best to make something of himself. I liked that Bash thought to help Olivia with no hesitation. He just went in and helped. It was unfair with how Bash was treated but understandable since Andy’s father was important in society. Now with Bash and Olivia I loved how they came to be. They were completely the opposite of each but they worked in the sweetest way.

Andy, Olivia’s boyfriend, was a piece of work. He was certainly the villain of the story and I was really hoping that Christine Bell would make sure that Andy got in trouble. I really loved the surprise at the end which gave the justice that was needed for Bash.

Since I loved this book so much I bought Matty’s and Reid story. My reading is going a little slow right now with tax season but I will be reading Matty’s story next.

Against the Odds

Against the OddsSabrina “Rina” Eckhart was going to fulfill her Uncle Walter’s dream of discovering silver in the mines he had left for her in his Will. Though getting to the mines was troublesome especially when accidents on her life started to become more frequent. She didn’t want to admit needing help but with Alex by her side she felt safer, just maybe not her heart.

Alex Justice wasn’t into life long commitments which worked for him but with every minute he stayed around Rina he saw himself staying a little bit longer. The task at staying beside Rina was no hardship but it kept getting difficult as accidents kept happening around her. Alex would protect Rina with his life.

Going into Against the Odds I knew that this was the seventh book of the series Raines of Wind Canyon. I had read Kat Martin before and wanted to try more from her which lead me to the series. I was impressed with the book. There was suspense, romance, betrayal, love, passion, and good twist throughout the story.

I read the book quickly as it was a very fast pace book with non stop scenes between Rina and Alex. I loved their dynamic between them as she was a dreamer and Alex was a practical and hard man, they pushed each other further. There was also Rebecca and Joe who were another story that collided with Rina and Alex’s. Martin does a good job at drifting through the characters and different scenes with the various characters.

Since I already knew this was an on going series I knew I would be walking in on characters and plots that were already in the process. Against the Odds is easy to follow and you are drawn into the plot easily and stay with the danger at every step. Not to mention the mystery that revolves around the book on who is the one behind all the accidents. I was surprised by the outcome. You know only a portion but there are more villains on the side. You don’t know everything until the last couple of pages which gives us a new twist right at the end. After reading the book I found myself intrigued to find the others, of course after the giant stack of books I have to read, and compare if they are all suspenseful as the seventh book.

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.

Blue Moon by Laurell Hamilton

The eighth book of the Anita Blake series was an intense book to read.  Hamilton brings Anita to a knew danger and level of power she doesn’t know how to handle.

In this book, Blue Moon, Anita is out in a new terriotry helping her once fiance Richard get out of jail for attempted rape.  She knows he didn’t do it but with going down there they are getting into a hole new heap of trouble.

I have to say that this book did not lack for any action, and that is action in the fighting sense.  Werewolves, men, witches, vampires, and Anita all were battling it out.  Hamilton is very descriptive in these parts and leaves you with knowing what is going on in the fight.

Another thing she is doing well is the relationships that Anita seems to be acquiring.  It is not to say that it is all sexual because it is not.  The relationships go between the pack and pard.  She is the leader in both of these which is unsual for a human but she is defying reality.  Which I like because it is interesting to see Anita’s powers grow.

Anita is gaining powers between Richard and Jean Claude.  She is able to heal with concentrating on sexual desire.  I find it funny that she cannot conjure that up for these wereanimals.  Later on in the books that is not a big problem.

Anita is changing as a human and she is a little less with every act.  But that does not stop Richard from finally beginning with her.  At first I was yay! they finally got there but after I thought he was still an ass for what he puts her through.  Not always my favorite character.

In Blue Moon it is the last one where there is not a lot of plot with the police which I miss but the plot does continue on.  With Richard’s problem you are pulled in and it keeps flowing even when you think that it is going a little slow.  Through the story you wanted to know what was going to happen, which I knew but it still had me entranced.

Blue Moon is a good story in Hamilton’s series but it is now going towards the darker side of desire and sex which Anita will start to be aligning herself with as the series continues.

Rainwater by Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown is one of the authors that I have been reading and was one of my first romance author I started to read.  Her latest book is “Rainwater”.  I was excited to pick up the book and read it since she always has interesting plots but as I started to read the book I knew that it was going to be a tear-jerker.  Finishing up the book I was crying, I was happy but still sad.  It was not a perfect ending but an ending that lead to the characters future in a way.

“The year is 1934.  With the country in the stranglehold of drought and economic boardinghouse with an efficiency that ensures her life will be kept in balance.  Between chores of cooking and cleaning for her residents, she cares for her ten-year-old son, Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose misunderstood behavior finds Ella on the receiving end of pity, derision, and suspicion.

When David Rainwater arrives at the house looking for lodging, he comes recommended by a trusted friend as “a man of impeccable character.” But Ella senses that admitting Mr. Rainwater will bring about unsettling changes.

However, times are hard, and in order to make ends meet, Ella’s house must remain on hundred percent occupied.  So Mr. Rainwater moves into her house…and impacts her life in ways Ella could have forseen.

The changes are echoed by the turbulence beyond the house walls.  Friends and neighbors who’ve thus far maintained a tenuous grip on their meager livelihoods now face foreclosure and financial ruin.  In an effort to save their families from homeless and hunger, farmers and cattlemen are forced to make choices that come with heartaching consequences.

The climate of desperation creates a fertile atmosphere for racial tensions and social unrest.  Conrad Ellis, privileged and spoiled and Ella’s nemesis since childhood, steps into this area of teeming hostility to exact his vengeance and demonstrate the extent of his blind hatred and unlimited cruelty.  He and his gang of hoodlums come to embody the rule of law, and no one in Gilead, Texas, is safe.  Particularly Ella and Solly.

In this hotbed of uncertainty, Ella finds Mr. Rainwater a calming presence.  She is moved by the kindness he shows other boarders, Solly…and Ella herself.  Slowly, she begins to rely on his soft-spoken, his restraint, and the steely resolve of his convictions.

And on the hottest, most violent night of the summer, those principles will be put to the ultimate test.”

In the very beginning I knew what was going to happen.  I had a sense of it but still at the end I was a little surprised and ended up crying a little but crying happy.  The characters of Mr. Rainwater and Ella were delightful to read about.  There story should have been a happy one under different circumstances but for what they had it was true.

This book was another enjoyable romance book to read with feeling, true characters with problems, heartache, friendship, finding love and a story behind them.