Reindeer Games

Luna was excited to go to the island but will be surprised when Endurance Island is in Alaska in winter time. From the beginning Luna is annoyed because of the weather and that no one was listening to her. She will be quickly booted out thanks to the leader Owen. She will get to the lodge and will be surprised when the next contestant walks through the door, Owen.

Reindeer Games is a novella within the series Games by Jessica Clare. This was a fun and quick novella to read but for me it was really short. I wish it was a little longer.

At first Owen’s character was driving me crazy. Right from the get go he was very demanding and not even giving Luna a chance. Although to be fair Luna was very headstrong but it is a competition and you have to be tough. I did end up liking Owen once you got to know him. He was a pastry chef who actually liked Luna, it was just his competitive nature that took over while in the game. Well he was still competitive but it was now all for fun. Luna’s character was competitive as well but she was also quirky and I loved that she was a horror script writer. Once they were away from the game and in the lodge they relaxed a little and actually found a way to get along.

I am reading Pleasure Games next.

Stranded With a Scottish Earl

Stranded with a scottish earlMiss Charlotte Warren had been involved in a scandal which left her weary to want to marry. When he father sends her a man who would be perfect for her, Charlotte fights the attraction but that fight will only last so long. Charlotte will find Ewan someone she could love but she is afraid to give him her heart.

Ewan Macrae, Earl of Lyle, would not have believed in love at first sight but Charlotte changed his mind. He wanted Charlotte exactly as she was and did not want her to change into a timid woman like her previous suitor. Ewan will have to work hard to show Charlotte they could be good together.

Stranded With a Scottish Earl is a novella from Anna Campbell. I liked this novella. It was a fast paced story that told a story of love at first sight.

I thought that Ewan’s character was perfect, at times a little too perfect. He was a man who I thought at first was a rogue with his charming ways but he turned out to be a man who just knew what he wanted. I liked that he wanted Charlotte exactly as she was and did not want her changed. Although I will say that Charlotte was a little too surly at times. Though I did like her character. She was not a woman who just jumped into any rogues arms. She certainly wanted Ewan but she had to trust him first. That trust is built rather quickly but again this is a novella, so everything has to be built up quickly.

To Catch a Highlander

Lord Dougal MacLean has won a house and was going to give it as a gift for his nephew but was astonished from the sabotage from the previous owner. Dougal knew he would not let Sophia win but the longer he stayed around the beauty the more he wanted her.

Sophia MacFarlane would not let her house to another person. She would work hard to frighten the new owner, Dougal and would hope to win it back. Sophia did not expect to lose to this man but with every hand she lost she lost a little of her heart to this man.

To Catch a HighlanderThe third book to the MacLean Curse series is To Catch a Highlander. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Dougal and Sophia together was nothing but challenge after challenge which went well with their temperament which was fiery especially with each other. Of course within each challenge came the seduction that both played, Dougal more as he was practiced in the art of it, and together the pages were steaming. Now the rain was once again well placed and comical at times as with each rise in Dougal’s anger so did the force of the storm. I liked the predicament which Sophia was placed in as it showed her character but you knew the moment it went south with the cards everything would be ruined, but as this is a romance book there was hope. There was a little surprise at the end which I didn’t see coming and that made the ending that much nicer.

As I have read now three books from Karen Hawkins I have noticed that she sets this series so far in one area with each book, a house or an inn throughout most of the book. I liked that as you were not worried about keeping up to where the characters were being placed. You focused on the characters themselves who gave enjoyment as you read the book. Oh and on a side note I was very happy to have Fiona back in the book as I thought she was missed in the second one. Fiona and Jack are still fantastic together and add fun to the book. The MacLean Curse series is one I want to keep reading.

How to Abduct a Highland Lord

Fiona MacLean is in need to marry Black Jack Kincaid and with not a moment to spare. It did not help that the man was mostly unconscious but the safety of her family was in dismay. Fiona thought it would be easy as they had shared a passion years ago but she finds that he is just the same. Fiona will make it her mission to teach her husband that he can’t control her but danger will come into play as her life will soon be threatened.

Black Jack Kincaid had no desire to be married. Although the choice in wives Jack was not altogether displeased as Fiona still had that passion he knew many years ago. Jack soon found out that he had other things to worry him other than a wife who told him his old ways were done, he also had to worry about her brothers and someone who would want to harm his wife he is starting to fall for.

How to Abduct a Highland LordI am new to this author Karen Hawkins whom I stumbled upon raiding through the aisles of the library in the romance section. What got me was the cover of the book as it looked like it could be a book with humor. Reading How to Abduct a Highland Lord was quick, easy, sexy and altogether fun. There was humor laced throughout the book and some jealousy along with brother protection, which I loved. What I did not expect was a paranormal aspect where the curse for the MacLean’s tends toward the weather. The rain was comical especially as it was controlled by the emotions of the MacLean’s and when they were angry you did not want to be the source of the anger.

The byplay with the brothers and their sister was fun. I love it when authors give a big family a series as there is a lot to go with. I always think back to Julia Quinn’s series the Bridgertons. The main character of Black Jack was fantastic as the rogue and someone you fell for. Fiona was a riot as she did what she wanted but naive of what would happen especially when she came upon a competitor. I have to say I was not sure of the villain until the very end and a little surprised at the venom from this person but it made sense.  After finding Karen Hawkins I know I will not be done with the author especially as I have several brothers to get through in the MacLean Curse series.

Look out for Storm Watch

Keeping out of the rain was going to be difficult for Lizzy as her goal was to find her sister CeCe who was out there nine months pregnant and not answering her phone. She goes out and needs help from her friend Dustin but he is gone and his brother is in his place. Jason is the last person she needed to see but she got over her lust and accepted his help.

Jason came back for three things and none of them was getting back into the action with helping Lizzy brave through the storm. Wanting her was something he always did and now as they battle to find her sister he was going to make sure those feelings were ignited again.

Storm Watch is the first book of the series Uniformly Hot and from the series title Jill Shalvis held nothing back. The characters pent up sexual tension ignited in the mist of chaos to leave the reader with steamy passages and hope that they could whether the storm together and make a future.