Midnight Ride

Midnight RideTyler Jenkins was working as a ranch hand but will quickly find he will be doing twice the work when he starts to help out a widow. Tyler didn’t find the task exhausting as it gave him an excuse to be by Janie.

Janie Smithwick has been widowed for a year now and the pain was still there, though she will find that she was mending as she started to desire again. Janie should have been wanting someone closer to her age but she will be attracted to a ranch hand.

Midnight Ride is the first book in the series Midnight Cowboys by Cat Johnson. I really liked this book. I thought it was a great start to this cowboy series. Within the book there was some fire and passion that burned between these characters but it was sweet as it was a courtship as well.

Ever since reading the series Oklahoma Nights I was waiting to read Tyler’s story where he had appeared. I had liked his character right away. He was charismatic, a flirt, funny and sweet. Now although he had a way with the ladies I wouldn’t say he was a true player. He definitely got around but it wasn’t as much as others thought. I liked that he was giving up his ways the moment he saw Janie. Janie’s character was someone who was still healing. Although she was ready to move on, she was scared especially to move on with a man who was over 10 years younger than her.

Throughout the book I kept thinking that nothing can really come of this because of the age difference but love does not work around ages. If you love somebody, you love them. I liked that Cat Johnson was letting the woman, a thirty six year old, find love with a younger man, a twenty five year old. For me this age gap is pretty common with historical romances, though its usually the man who is 10 years older than the young woman.

So the second book will be coming out this month and the third book will be coming out in February of 2016. Can’t wait to continue the series.

Natural Born Charmer

Natural Born CharmerDean Robillard stopped when he saw a woman in a giant beaver costume which lead to him giving her a ride. Though Dean will not be able to get rid of Blue and soon will discover that he might want her to hang around.

Blue Bailey has had a string of bad luck. She will find that maybe her luck is changing when she hitches a ride and lands in Tennessee. Blue will start over once again but will find that maybe she might want to settle down.

Natural Born Charmer is the seventh book to the series Chicago Stars by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. This book is the last book to the series and was another fantastic novel.

Blue’s character was a drifter thanks to her childhood. She shielded herself from those who loved her and from herself loving anyone. You wanted her to let her guard down so that she could love and receive love. Dean’s character was someone who had his own messed up background. I liked that he made something of himself and he became gentler on the ranch, not that he was mean but he also shielded himself. On the surface they looked like they never would be together but they will look beyond and find that there is more than meets the eye.

The other story is with Dean’s mother and estranged father, a groupie and rock and roll singer. I liked this other story as it brought something more to the story. The parents will learn to live with each other again and that will mend hearts but its an up hill journey for them and Dean. The added character of Riley was adorable, Dean’s half sister. I loved how she started out as the insecure girl but grew into a young woman who was becoming her true self.

Alright so I thought that Blue’s mom was good for the work she did for others but she could have been a little more thoughtful to her own daughter. I guess it didn’t matter as Blue finally made peace with it all but it would have been nice for the mother to be there for her daughter.

Well now that I am done with this series I am taking a break from Susan Elizabeth Phillips, but I know I will come back and read more of her books.

The Pirate and The Cowboy

The Pirate, The Adventure & The CowboyThe Pirate

Katherine Inskip needed a vacation and her friends decided to help her. They will arrange for Katherine to have a vacation for one month on an island. Katherine will be upset but will find that the island might be interesting especially with the captivating Jared Hawthorne.

I liked the story. It was definitely a quick read for me. I found Katherine’s character entertaining with her attitude. She was not a mean person just overworked. I liked Jared’s character. He was a confident man, a little cocky, but overall a good man. Within the book there is a mystery with what is happening on the island which is what Katherine will stumble upon.

The Cowboy

Margaret Lark has to go to her father who is dating her ex’s mother. She doesn’t want anything to do with her ex, Rafe Cassidy, as she had been hurt a year ago. She didn’t want to reopen that wound but Rafe will not let her forget what they had and he will be persistent.

I really liked the third book which concludes the trilogy. I liked Margaret’s character who was fueled by anger still over the man that she had loved. I liked that she fought hard to keep her guard up around him as she did not want to be pulled back in. Rafe’s character was the smooth one with a killer instinct. Though you will find that Rafe is not quite the ruthless business man he once was. So the story was simple but it kept me interested with the characters and with a side mystery. Someone was leaking information to the enemy and Rafe will have to find out who. The choices are limited so you could guess easily but I liked it nevertheless.

The Cowboy Takes a Bride

The Cowboy Takes a BrideJoe Daniels lost his wife and now his best friend in a matter of two years. Still grieving Joe is trying to get his life together and then Dutch’s daughter, Mariah, shows up. Being an ex bull rider Joe is strong but Mariah will have him falling to his knees.

Mariah Callahan is now unemployed and found out that her father who she was estranged from passed away. Soon afterwards she will find herself saddled with a ranch her father owned. She will find life to be very different in Texas and more challenging especially with her next door neighbor.

The Cowboy Takes a Bride is the first book to Lori Wilde’s series Jubilee, Texas. I liked the book. It was a very fast paced story for where I just kept flipping the pages. Its funny because I haven’t read anything from Wilde in several years but from this book I can tell she is a good writer. She creates her characters to have some spunk and created like real people. The heartache over a lost one is very real and touching. I guess I will have to revisit some of these authors I have neglected. Its difficult when you are reading and finding new authors all the time.

I thought that Mariah’s character was well written as she was a woman who needed a new beginning, she just didn’t know where that was going to be. She goes toe to toe when she needs to be but there is still that element of damsel in distress she has. Now as a cowboy Joe is up for helping her but getting too close was not in the picture as he was still mourning his wife. Of course they will clash but come together to find that they both have a chance at happiness.

What I noticed in the book was that Wilde racks up the guilt that these characters are feeling but I feel that was done well as it is only human to feel that way. She is giving the characters realistic feelings that are going to pop up when a tragedy happens or you are trying to move on.

On a side note there was a character Ila who was Joe’s sister in law and I swear she was acting a little too devious for me. Like she was planning something to happen to get Mariah out of the running. Well as you see how my mind works thanks to suspense novels and movies, she wasn’t a bad guy just a heartbroken woman who wanted her own happy ending. Don’t worry she gets it right with another man in this book.

Now instead of waiting several more years I have another Lori Wilde book to read next which is the third book of this series Jubilee, Texas.

Montana Bride

Montana BrideKarl Norwood was looking for a wife with children of her own. He wanted a family and will get that when his mail order bride comes, but he will know that she is hiding something from him.

Hetty Wentworth needed to survive and the only way was to become a mail order bride. She will take the two orphaned children with her and keep up the charade but knows that it can only last so long.

Montana Bride is the third book to Joan Johnston’s series Mail-Order Brides. Reading the third book kept my interest much like the second. I did however come to the same conclusion that at times the characters were a little annoying, mainly Hetty. I was thinking that she was a little too ungrateful for wanting the handsomer man than the man who would be kind to her, Karl. It was like she did not learn any lesson she received with the duel that ended in tragedy. Now I was happy to read that she does become a better person and comes to love her husband, of course she is still being untruthful to him. The truth would come out as it was expected. Karl was a man who you would want for a husband back then. Johnston describes him as average but with his personality he was a prince to these kids and Hetty until he finds all that she had been lying to him. Karl will learn to love his wife again and I liked that Johnston had Hetty working for that trust again.

The addition of the brother and sister, Griffin and Grace, worked well into the story. I liked both their characters as they were yes children but they had to adapt to what was given to them. They didn’t trust easily but it was sweet how they finally excepted Hetty and Karl in the end.

What I didn’t expect was Denis. I figured he was a showoff but he was pretty vindictive when it came to what he wanted. I was hoping that Johnston would not have Denis and Hetty have an affair and they didn’t since Hetty was growing up and learned from her mistakes. Denis gets what is coming to him in the end, once again justice is served.

As I finished this book I found out that I was right in my earlier assumption that Josie was not in the picture but I am definitely looking forward to reading her story and the first book with Miranda.

Big Sky Wedding

Big Sky WeddingBrylee Parrish had been left at the alter by a man she thought she loved. She had gotten over it but it felt as if she was just waiting for something to happen. Then she meets her new neighbor Zane and her heart starts beating a little faster.

Zane Sutton is taking a break from the Hollywood scene and back to his rodeo roots. He will be jaded when it comes to women but Zane will be changing his tune when he meets his neighbor Brylee. He will have to convince her that he will not be going back to Hollywood and was here to stay.

Big Sky Wedding is the fifth book to Linda Lael Miller’s series Parable, Montana. Now I did like the previous book with Casey and Walker but I would have to say that Brylee and Zane’s story was better. I was able to be drawn into the story more with these two characters. They were both broken or had their trust misguided at one point and were learning with each other. I guess I am a sucker for these types of characters.

Brylee was still bitter but not because of Hutch it was because she hadn’t found someone she wanted to be with. I liked Zane who was more down to earth actor which was because of how he was brought up. He had it tough but survived. They were both survivors which made them perfect for each other.

I am waiting for the next book Big Sky Secrets to be available to checkout which is with Landry and Ria.

Big Sky Summer

Big Sky SummerWalker Parrish has lived for years on the sideline when it came to his kids. They only knew him as a friend but that will soon be changing when Casey moves to his town. He will finally start to have a relationship with his own kids and the woman he has loved.

Casey Elder wants a normal life for her children. She loves music and performing but wonders if she has made a mistake with how she raised them and that she kept them away from their father, Walker.

Big Sky Summer is the fourth book from Parable, Montana series by Linda Lael Miller. I had been wondering how the story of Casey and Walker would play out. It was an uphill battle between them and the kids as they got over the shock of finding out who their father was and where to go from there.

I liked the story for the characters as they had flaws like Casey who I wasn’t warming up to all the time. I think it was because of the situation she put her kids into along with Walker, but she does redeem herself. She is a good mother who was scared and on the verge of a big career. I liked Casey and Walker’s explosive passion that happened every time they were together alone. Now Walker was a cowboy through and through. He played the part of friend to the kids and it kind of broke your heart that he was only on the sideline. With the turmoil that happened there is still a happy ending that brings the family together.

The last book I have from Linda Lael Miller is Big Sky Wedding.