Rock Solid

Connor Prescott wanted more when it came to relationships but he seemed to be unable to forget the one who had gotten away. He had been with her almost three years ago and only knew her first name. Then by chance he will get a call from her three years later and she will give him unexpected news.

Rock Solid is the fourth book to the series Book Boyfriend by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde. I liked this novel. Like the others it was fun, fast and steamy but I will say that out of all the books I would have to rank this one my least favorite. I suppose I just wasn’t pulled into the story as much but again it was well written and I was happy with the ending.

Connor for me was lovable like all the other guys, he was someone you wanted in your corner and he was sweet. The mystery woman, Katie, was heartbroken when she met Connor. She just wanted a one night stand. I did like that this was not a story of her holding on to a secret because she did not trust him. She was holding on to her secret because she honestly could not find Connor.

Overall this Book Boyfriend series was worth reading.

Faking It

Max Sterling loved his job and his life but his mother would not leave him alone when it cam to his personal life. She thought he needed a wife, then something changed for Max. He will find out that woman he had been lusting after was not truly engaged. With the help of Hailey he will let his mom think he has changed as he steps in as Hailey’s fake fiance.

Hailey Ellison had been hurt by her last boyfriend and as a match maker she needed to show that she had a steady relationship. She created a fake fiance but she will be shocked when Max will step up and play the part.

Faking It is the second book to the series Book Boyfriend by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde. This was another fun story that was easy to read, steamy and entertaining.

Max was a good man who loved his family and friends. He was a charming and smooth talking man but he was genuinely a good man. He was content with his life but when he meets Hailey he knew that he wanted more. I love that he was falling hard fast.  Hailey was a woman who had lived through tragedy and was still healing over criticism that had cut deep, which made her self conscious. But she was determined to make something of herself and she did. When she interacted with Max, a playful side came out. I really loved them together because they made sense and balanced each other.

I did want more with Addison. I think I wanted to see her get more in trouble and a little more justice but at least it was served.

I am reading Well Built next.

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters

Kelly Murphy is a tulip farmer with her father who she is very close to since her mother had left thirteen years ago. Her sister had left them three years after their mom. Then after ten years away her sister Olivia will walk through the door hoping to reconnect with her family.

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters is a novel by Susan Mallery. I haven’t read anything from Susan Mallery in awhile but I was given a free copy of this book and thought to try it out. I was blown away with this book, I really loved it. I was hooked right away and felt for the characters as if they were old friends.

The life of these Murphy sisters is very complicated especially with the secrets they are holding from each other. I wouldn’t go into the secrets they are holding back from each other but they are secrets that will hurt each other. I loved that even though the sisters were at odds half the time they were still sisters, there was still love there. The other story that is being told other than Kelly and Olivia is Helen, who is Kelly’s friend. Her story was engaging as well and its all connected to the Murphy family.

What drove me crazy was the mom who flew back into their lives. I wouldn’t go too much into the situation but let it be said that she is a truly selfish person. Then there is the father. I really liked him but he frustrated me as he didn’t stand up to his ex-wife. Though by the end I was back to really liking his character again.

This was a really engaging and enjoyable novel.

Beauty and the Billionaire

Beauty and the BillionaireHunter Buchanan was a loner except for a few select people he let into his life. He kept himself sheltered because of the hideous scars that were on one side of his face to his chest. Hunter will find himself getting interested in one woman, Gretchen, who fascinated him. He lures her to his mansion but when he tries to get to know her he keeps screwing it up, until she helps take charge.

Gretchen Petty was miserable being a ghostwriter. It just wasn’t her passion but this new ghostwriting job will intrigue her. The job will have her going through hundreds of letter in a mansion. But the job is not the only thing that intrigues her, the owner of the mansion, Hunter, will have her curious and she will not stop until she truly knows Hunters’s story.

Beauty and the Billionaire is the second book to the series Billionaire Boys Club by Jessica Clare. I really, really loved this story. I know why, its because this book is loosely based off to the story Beauty and the Beast, and that story is one of my favorites from childhood.

So Hunter is considered the beast in this story who had a tragedy strike him when he was only ten years old. I was horrified with what had happened to Hunter at that age. It was even worse with his fathers betrayal. I hated that Hunter was so alone in his life but it was natural for him because of the scars that were embedded into his skin. I liked his character even though he was so quiet and angry. So then there was Gretchen who was vibrant and beautiful but she also had a temper. At times Gretchen annoyed me in the other book, she was so moody but that is just part of her character. I liked that she was a take charge type of woman especially when she wanted to help Hunter and get close to him.

It was predictable that problems would occur within the story but I liked how Jessica Clare wrote the situations and was able to find a way out of them for her characters.

I am so far loving this series and I am going to be reading the third book next.

Holly Lane

Holly LaneSue Ann Simpkins thought life was perfect with her husband and child but her world will turn upside down when her husband says he loves another woman. Sue Ann is devastated as Jeff was the only man she ever loved and now he was flaunting his new relationship and trying to get out of paying alimony. Sue Ann will fight to make sure that she will be able to keep her daughter and give her a good life but it will be hard to do. She will find help with her friends and an unexpected person Adam who will start to be more all thanks to a snowstorm.

Adam Becker was always looking forward to the holidays to spend time with his boys but they were gone to Aspen for a whole month. Adam becomes surly to those around him as he is disappointed for the holidays. He will show his rude behavior to Sue Ann but that will quickly turn to passion as they start sleeping with each other. As the relationship builds Adam wants more but knows that Sue Ann is not ready, he will do all that he can think of to get her trust.

Holly Lane is the fourth book to Toni Blake’s series Destiny. This was definitely a Christmas themed book and although Christmas time has come and gone it was still  a very sweet book to read.

I liked Sue Ann okay in the previous books but as you got to know her I liked her a lot more. She became stronger on her own even though she had help from friends and from Adam. Adam was a great dad and good friend expect when you get him angry as he was like a Scrooge on Christmas. Blake adds a little humor in with Adams dreams that showed him how bad he had been acting and what would happen if he continued to be like that which was very much like a Christmas Carol. It was fun to read even though it was a little sappy at parts.

Their relationship was explosive from the start as they were together in a cabin with a snowstorm and although it was a little fast it didn’t lead them down the road to a happy ending. The happy ending waits until the last couple of pages and it only comes around once trust is earned and they admit their feelings.

Sophie was a cute addition to the story and I loved her Christmas wish of wanting a  reindeer and she will be getting her Christmas wish and more. Now there are no real villains in these stories but I will have to say that Jeff, Sue Ann’s ex-husband, acted like a villain in the book. He was being a jerk about the alimony, flaunting his new relationship and not really caring how it looked. He even could take Sophie away. I am happy to say that he does change but it takes to the very end of the book.

Willow Springs is the next/last book I have from Toni Blake.

River Road

River RoadLucy Sheridan was dragged out of a party by the guy she had a crush on and was humiliated in front of all kids there. Now thirteen years later Lucy will find herself once again being rescued without being asked. She will learn the truth of that night and find that there is more to the story.

Mason Fletcher played knight in shinning armor for Lucy thirteen year ago because of what he heard was going to happen to her. Mason stopped the attack and saved Lucy that night. He will save her again thirteen years later only to find that they will be pulled into bigger danger.

River Road is a standalone novel from Jayne Ann Krentz. I really enjoyed the novel as it was a well written thriller. There were lots of twist and turns throughout the novel that kept you on your toes. I was with it the whole way wanting to find out what would have happened to Lucy if Mason didn’t step in and who was the other person helping Tristan at the time. It was hard to guess throughout the book as Krentz does a good job at making many look to be the bad guy but in reality all those people were afraid of that person or being blackmailed. The villain behind the scenes surprised me, well at least one of them.

I have to say that I really liked the characters of Lucy and Mason. They are at odds with each other but there is a passion that surrounds them especially in time of danger. Now I have to say that when the secret of what was in store for Lucy was revealed around the middle of the book it was pretty shocking. The villain was truly evil but he gets what was coming to him by an unsuspecting person.

Now this wasn’t my normal romance that I have been reading but there was certainly a lot of passion between the two characters that would keep you warm at night. Jayne Ann Krentz will always keep me reading.

Big Sky Mountain

Big Sky MountainHutch Carmody is coping with a new relationship with his half brother, running the ranch and discovering that he still wanted to be with Kendra. He will keep by her and find more reasons to stay close.

Kendra Shepherd was back with now her four year old adopted daughter of her ex husband. She would keep her daughter close and start a new life with her but she didn’t expect that it would include Hutch.

Big Sky Mountain is the second book to the series Parable, Mountana from Linda Lael Miller. This was a sweet book of second chances for the two main characters.

Hutch was a cowboy who grew up to be a better man. He is kind and loving but doesn’t always see things for what they are. I liked that he was relentless when it came to pursuing Kendra after he no longer was too be married to the woman he didn’t love. Kendra is sweet and a loving woman and now mother. She is a strong woman and tries to resist the attraction that is still there. It takes a while for them to realize that life together would be better than apart. I found it interesting that both characters were willing to marry people they didn’t love. Kendra actually makes that step and had married the man she did not love, but it will work out in the end especially now she has the chance at happiness again.

Within the story there are several other stories that are being told and all those characters will have their own story. Casey and Walker’s seem a little strange which is the fourth book. First though I will be reading the third book, Big Sky River, with Sheriff Boone and Tara.