Wrong Question, Right Answer

Wrong Question, Right AnswerAntoinette “Toni” Delacourte was used to being tough and distant from those around her. Though that will change when she sleeps with Lucky. She thought their one night would be done but then she finds out about the consequence from that night and her world has completely changed.

Lucky has gone through a depression after the loss of his sister. He wants to be happy and he will finally take a chance with the woman he has loved since he was a teenager.

Wrong Question, Right Answer is the third book to the series The Bourbon Street Boys by Elle Casey. I thought this novel was good, not great but still entertaining.

The thing that bugged me about the novel was Toni and her attitude. Now her attitude has been there since the beginning but it does get a little annoying. I liked that she loosened up a little especially when she was pregnant but it takes a lot of time for that to happen. Lucky’s character was too good to be true. I loved that he was ready for whatever life threw at him especially as he was battling his own demons. Lucky was able to help heal himself and Toni.

This is the end of the series, that is until Toni’s brother has his story which is coming out in March.

Mackenzie Family Christmas

Mackenzie Family ChristmasI decided to go back to the Mackenzies/Highland Pleasures series by Jennifer Ashley. I have read a decent amount of the series but had skipped over some of the novellas as they were never available. I am starting off with Mackenzie Family Christmas which is 4.5 novella of the series.

So the story plot is very simple, the family is getting together for Christmas time and whenever this family gets together its never simple.

What I liked about the book was that Jennifer Ashley included the whole family along with some new members, the McBrides. They will be getting their own stories in the series. I only read about Elliot McBride and really liked it. I have no doubt that I will like these other brothers.

I thought that the book was charming and it gave you more insight with what was going on in the characters life. I will say that I really love all the brothers, but Ian has always been my favorite. I loved his interaction with his wife, Beth, and his children. The surprise that Ian does for his family is magical.

I am going to be reading The Untamed Mackenzie next.

This Heart of Mine

This Heart of MineMolly Somerville has had a crush on Kevin Tucker for many years and she will finally do something about it when they are both staying in the same house. Though after that one night Molly will find herself pregnant and immediately married to the football star. But for her there is no happy ending.

Kevin Tucker did not want to be married to Molly or to anyone at least not until five years from now. Kevin will find that his marriage will be over before it starts when Molly loses the baby. The next step for Kevin is to get an annulment but circumstances will bring them together and he will find that the more time Molly and him spend together the more he starts to want her.

This Heart of Mine is the fifth book to the series Chicago Stars by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I loved this story, it was another great one in the series. For me it has been Phillips writing of the characters that has driven me to read these books. There is so much emotion behind each of these characters that have you connecting to them. It has been like that for each book of the series. So like the other books before this one the story was heartbreaking but you needed that to get to the heartwarming ending.

Molly’s character was a good girl all her life but she tested people to see if they cared about her. She will make a mistake and take things too far with sleeping with Kevin when he wasn’t exactly awake. Because of that she gets pregnant and Kevin will be furious. I don’t blame him for being angry but the romance reader in me wanted him to forgive her especially as they start to spend time together at the camp. I actually really did like Kevin. He had a cocky attitude and football was his life but there was more to him. He was caring which was shown when he cared for Molly. For me the most heartbreaking scene was when Molly lost her baby right in the beginning. I felt the pain that she was feeling, it was a heartbreaking moment. After that moment things don’t get worst but for Molly she is just drifting through life. I liked that she will get pulled back when Kevin brings her to the camp he is going to sell. That is when the healing and forgiving starts to take place and the romance reader in me is cheering but they are a long way from completely forgiving each other.

The other side characters was Lilly and Liam. I wouldn’t say who Lilly is but in the book it will be made clear pretty quickly. I didn’t really like Lilly and Liam together. They had both made mistakes in their youth and seem to be hardened because of that life they lived, but they found love.

I am reading the sixth book next.

The King

The KingWrath is the King of his people. It has been a privilege and curse and it has only gotten worse. The kingdom is being taken from Wrath, which got Wrath thinking that maybe that would not be a bad thing especially if being King meant he would have to give up the woman he loved.

The King is the twelfth book to the series Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. I thought that this was a very good book. Normally in series the author doesn’t give the main characters another story but Ward did. Wrath and Beth will be the main characters in this book just like the first book.

As stated above Wrath’s kingdom is in danger. Though there is another situation that will have Wrath scared which is Beth’s need for a baby. Wrath doesn’t want a baby because that would endanger Beth who was more important to Wrath. I liked how Ward continued Wrath and Beth’s story. They were obviously happy but there were some problems that they had to work through. I liked that their story wasn’t just with them happy and everything is going great as that would be unrealistic in a marriage. There are definitely ups and downs in any marriage.

Now in the book I noted that Beth wanted a baby and she will get her wish, but with her being a half breed some things are a little different for her that I thought was interesting. What I also liked was the ending. Again it was a little corny and sappy but with everything that had changed within the book I wanted that type of happy ending.

So there is one more book that is ready to be checked out at my library but I am going to take a break from this Brotherhood. This series has been very good but I will say it can get overwhelming with all that is happening. I am going to take a break and come back to the thirteenth book which will be with Trez.

Rosemary’s Baby

Rosemary's BabyRosemary and Guy Woodhouse were in luck when they landed one of the most exclusive apartment buildings in New York. Little by little this perfect place started to become a nightmare at least for Rosemary who swore their was something sinister going on in the building thanks to her friend Hutch. Rosemary will find that it will be too late to find a way out.

Rosemary’s Baby is a book by Ira Levin. I have wanted to read this book for a while since I saw the movie years ago, I just never got around to trying it. The drive to read the book was because I watched the movie once again. I liked the book for the most part. I will say at times it read a little slow but I kept through it till the last page.

The book is like the movie and it is a lot of the little things that are happening in the book and movie. Everyday things are happening but with each page the plot because more sinister. There were not many characters that were good in this book, with the exception of Rosemary, but one that I really disliked was Guy. He was someone who wanted more and was willing to use his wife to get what he wanted. Now this is not a happy ending for the Woodhouses at least in the traditional sense but I guess if you look at it another way they got what they wanted in the end.

Texas Brides

The Rancher & the Runawy Bride

Tate Whitelaw was tired of being under her brothers thumbs and wanted to have a chance at love. She will leave the family ranch and find herself living at a new ranch who will be owned by a rancher who will have her heart raising.

Adam Phillips owned Lazy S ranch and worked the land. He will find Tate on the side of the road and take her home with him and put her to work at his ranch. He will fight his attraction but the fight will not last long.

When I got this book I thought it was the first book to the series Mail-Order Bride and I was completely wrong as it contained two stories  so I made sure to order the right book from my library. So that first book hopefully I will get to read soon. Now back to this book, The Rancher and the Runaway Bride, which was a good book from Joan Johnston. It is the second book to the series Hawk’s Way Family. There was something I didn’t like about the book and that was the men were way to dominating when it came to Tate. I get that she was their sister and I get it from Adam with what happened with his sister. I thought Johnston didn’t need them to be so commanding but it will all worked out for the characters especially Tate when she works away those problems that kept her getting close to Adam.

Texas Brides

The Bluest Eyes in Texas

Burr Covington was an undercover agent who was infiltrated in the Texas Mafia. His next assignment will lead him to help kidnap the Governor’s daughter but he will risk it all and save Lindsey Major.

This was a story story from the author, actually both of these stories were rather short. I was able to fly through them as combined they reached 250 pages. So Burr and Lindsey were put in a difficult and dangerous situation but through it all they found that passion that resided between them. I almost wish this was a longer story to give the characters more time to have their say and for the plot to breath. Johnston does provide a story with them but it was very fast paced.

Overall both stories were fun to read and I am looking forward to reading more books from this author.

Not Quite a Lady

Not Quite a LadyLady Charlotte Hayward had made a mistake ten years ago and for that she knows to remain unwed. She will have accomplished that task but now a neighbor is showing her things could be different. She will start to relent and find that her past is catching up with her.

Darius Carsington is a smart rake who knows when to stay away from an innocent but with Charlotte something inside him changes. He will be pulled into the families life and will be getting to know Charlotte better and better.

Not Quite a Lady is from Loretta Chase. This book is considered to be part of two series Fallen Women and Carsington. I have read two books from this author beforehand and loved them. After reading this one I wasn’t loving it. It was entertaining and kept me going but I wasn’t pulled into the story as I would have liked to be.

There was nothing really wrong with Charlotte with the exception she just gave up her child. Of course at sixteen in her time that would make her an outcast but with her families support it would have been something that could have been handled. Darius was a good guy even though he was a rake. I guess the thing is it was a little on the dull side every now and then.

Now although this was not my favorite from Loretta Chase I am looking forward to getting the third book from the Dressmakers series which will be released in June of this year.

Sweet Spot

Sweet SpotNicole Keyes has had her world turned upside down with her divorce thanks to her sister Jesse while her other sister, Claire, has returned home. Nicole wants to change and live her life. She will meet Hawk and starts a sexual relationship but life is never that easy. Nicole soon finds herself saddled with a teenager and all the things that come with it.

Hawk saw Nicole in the bakery and knew he wanted her. Hawk was good at getting women to notice him but he never went into relationships. With Nicole it will be different but he will keep her from reaching that point especially when he has his daughter and star quarterback to worry about.

Sweet Spot is the second book to Keyes Sisters series by Susan Mallery. The first one was an onslaught of emotion at least in the first half but it was really enjoyable. The second book had the emotional onslaught in the second half when things started to unravel for Nicole and Hawk as well as Brittney and Raoul. I liked that Nicole and Hawk walked into this sort of relationship with their eyes wide opened. What changes is when Nicole finds herself seeing that she wants more. She changes more and more thanks to her kind of foster kid, Raoul. The kid Raoul I really liked. The parts where he interacted with Drew was comical and very sweet. I thought he was a great character who was thoughtful and was too good for Brittney but I guess it was young love. I hope that Brittney changes and becomes mature.

Back to Hawk and Nicole I did really like their dynamic together as they are both hard headed people but love those around them at least most of the time in Nicole’s case. Mallery does a good job at the ending when all the spoiling Hawk did for his daughter will come back to bite him in the ass. Brittney is not a bad daughter just spoiled. I like that Nicole doesn’t fall for his apologize the first time around. Hawk has to work at it which he was not used to.

I have to say that this is a very enjoyable series to read so far and I am itching to read the third and final book. I was happy that Nicole did not hate Jesse as much but I was unsure if she knew her ex husband and her sister did not sleep together. I guess I will find out in the third book with Jesse’s story which I am reading next.

The Chase

The ChaseKendall Holbrook is focused on her career but it is hard to do when the man who was her first love is always around. She will be forced to confront Evan and will find that her feelings never left.

Evan Monroe has been going down in his career but found that interacting with Kendall was something he wanted again. There will be a small problem that will arise which will shake their already unstable relationship.

I got the fourth book, The Chase, of Fast Track by Erin McCarthy. I had to read the series out of order because this book was checked out. Now the upside of reading the book out of order I already knew that Kendall and Evan would have a happy ending thanks to the fifth book. I didn’t have to wait to find out about the little surprise that Evan would be receiving and things do work out.

Fast Track is a fun series that is a quick read no matter the book. There are hard driven characters like Kendall and Evan with lots of sexual tension that ultimately leads to hot and heavy sex, and McCarthy writes those scenes well. I loved that Kendall is continuing the career she loves no matter what others say, if she can or can’t. Evan is a man who was heart broken and it showed on the track even after all these years. He is not the best driver but a good man and will show that with how he handles Kendall and the surprise that is thrown at him.

I have finished with the series so far since the next book is coming out in December, but when I can get my hands on it I will certainly read it.

Against the Edge

Against the EdgeBen Slocum had no idea that he had a son, a nine year old son who is now missing. He will team up with a social worker Claire and will try to keep it professional but can’t seem to stop thinking about her.

Claire Chastain needed to find Sam and the only way to do that was to get Ben to help. Going to Ben was risky but she had no other idea. Claire had a feeling that he would not be one to leave his son to die in the arms of the kidnapper.

Against the Edge is the eighth book of the series Raines of Wind Canyon by Kat Martin. I had already read the book Against the Odds which started the need to read this series. I re-read the book again just so I was reading the entire book order. So back to Against the Edge which was a very good book. I think that Ben was the most frustrating man out of the group of the tough guys. He was making all the wrong choices or saying the wrong things. Of course things do go better at the end when he learns how to express his thoughts correctly and Claire will take that chance. Claire was someone who did not give up but knew when to cut her losses.

Now aside from the two characters of Ben and Claire who I loved there was Ben’s son, Sam. I really liked his parts that Martin wrote in the book. You got to read how strong this little boy was and how brave. I loved the interaction he had with the dog Pepper.

Now the villain was plainly obviously because you knew he was the one who took Sam. What you didn’t know was his real name or where he was going. Martin leads you on a hunt for Troy which was written well with all the clue Ben and Claire find.

I am taking a break from the series as there is only one more to go but it has come to my library yet but I am looking forward to continuing the series Raines of Wind Canyon.