Sugar Daddy

Liberty Jones had dreams of leaving, but when circumstances change her life is forever altered. Liberty does her best to do everything she could for her sister. Their lives will change when Liberty meets the Travises family but things will get complicated when her past shows up.

Sugar Daddy is the first book to the series Travises by Lisa Kleypas. I liked this book a lot. I found it dragging a little in the beginning but it was needed as you got to know Liberty’s character.

Liberty’s character was interesting. She was kind and tried her best especially with her sister. Where many would give up, she kept going. What drove me a little crazy was her obsession with Hardy. It was annoying as she kept comparing every man to one heated kiss she had received from Hardy years ago. I almost wanted them just to have sex so it would be over and done with. I figured once it was done they would figure out they wouldn’t last. Of course I was glad they didn’t as that would really end Liberty and Gage.

The Travises family were good people and very wealthy, but they were hiding something and that will connect them to Liberty. The hints are there and pretty easy to figure out. Within the family I really liked the father, Churchill. He was a kind older man who wanted friendship from Liberty. Gage, Churchill’s son, wanted more from Liberty. I liked Gage for the most part. He grew on me as he interacted with Carrington and Liberty.

Throughout the book I didn’t really like Hardy. He wasn’t a character I was rooting for. Yeah I am happy he helped Liberty in her childhood but he truly was ruthless and I think cared more about himself. Not sure how I am going to like him in the next book but I will try it out. I am reading Blue-Eyed Devil next.

Vinegar Girl

vinegar-girlKate Battista is the family member who does everything for her family. She wants out but doesn’t really know how or what she would do when that happened. Kate will be blindsided when her father wants her to marry his coworker, so the coworker can stay in the country.

Vinegar Girl is a novel by Anne Tyler is a modern version of The Taming of the Shrew. First off I liked this book but it was a gradual like. I did not open this book and begin to read loving it. In fact I was wondering what the big deal was about the book. My cousin loved it and I was giving her the benefit of the doubt. I found myself slowing being pulled into the story. It was a story that charmed me and I found myself really enjoying the book as I turned the last page.

Kate’s character was a woman who wanted out of her situation but like a dutiful daughter she did what she needed to do. I liked that Kate had a sarcastic side and she will finally stand up to those around her at least some of the time. Personally I wasn’t really sure if her father’s coworker would be a good match. He seemed a little strange and I didn’t like he was going along with the plan but as the story went on I really ended up liking them as a couple. They balanced each other out.

I thought that the father was hopeless but he was a good man. Then there was Bunny who was a spoiled child and going after whatever she wanted. I really don’t think Bunny learns anything at the end of the book, but I was okay with that as I was just happy Kate and Pyotr got their happy ending.

Some Girls Do

Some Girls DoLacey Weston wanted to come home from college but her stubborn brothers would not budge. They wanted to make sure she finished college. Lacey will do what she had to which meant fake a pregnancy to stay in her hometown. She will be surprised that the man she lusted after would volunteer to be the fake father of her fake baby.

Cooper Grainger was an ex cop turned mechanic and he had it bad for his best friends sister. They had slept together once and since then Cooper would help her but tried to avoid her as temptation was too great. Then he will go above and beyond and help Lacey out with her fake pregnancy.

Some Girls Do is the first book to the series Outback Heat by Amy Andrews. Well this is another free book from amazon and I found it very entertaining. It wasn’t mind blowing but it was a good story with some sizzle.

The concept was that Lacey didn’t want to go back to school and her brothers were being stubborn, and making her feel guilty about wanting to leave. I thought the brothers were pushy but they were trying to keep the promise they made to their mother on her deathbed. They were unfair with Lacey and she at times felt a little too flighty in the beginning but as you get to know her character she is still a kid that had a tragedy happen to her and she never had a chance to really grieve. I did like that she was able to be herself when she was with Coop. So I liked Coop’s character. He was a good man, someone who was reliable and talented mechanic. I liked him with Lacey though the age gap was pretty big with thirteen years. Well they do make it work and the attraction between them doesn’t hurt.

If I can get the other three books, which are about the Weston brothers, I would be interested in reading about them.

Saint Anything

Saint AnythingSydney, and her family, were dealing with the aftermath of Peyton, her brothers, mistake which destroys a life. Sydney knows that she has to play the perfect daughter, to fade into the background but she will then meet the Chatham family who really sees her.

Saint Anything is a novel by Sarah Dessen. I really loved this book. I have not read anything from Dessen for about five years. Its not that I don’t like her writing because I do. I thought Lock & Key was amazing. I think that Dessen is a wonderful storyteller. I think why I didn’t go rushing back to the author is the fact it is for young adults. Though why I should go back is because she gets you with the emotional turmoil that she writes well. Its not just teen angst, its deeper and you feel what those characters are feeling, and I felt for the character of Sydney. Though this was not doom and gloom, it was a journey she takes to rediscovery and Dessen did it right.

So the character of Sydney I loved. She was a daughter who was loved but she was almost pushed to the side. The parents only concentrated on their troubled son and didn’t see the daughter who needed them. They will get it together but it takes a lot for them to truly understand. I was happy the parents got their act together before something very bad happened to Sydney. I liked that Sydney started to live life for herself which was thanks to the Chatham family. This family I loved. They were dysfunctional but worked in the best ways. There were three characters of the family that stood out which was Mrs. Chatham, Mac, and Layla. The mom was courageous with all that she had to go through. Layla was kind and a vibrant young woman who made Sydney believe she could be more. Then there was Mac who was definitely the love interest. I liked that it was innocent and not a heartbreaking love, but a hopeful one.

Then there was the ending which was predictable, though I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Any Duchess Will Do

Any Duchess Will DoGriffin York, Duke of Halford, was told by his mother he was to pick a bride out from Spindle Cove. He was against the idea but thought to use it to his advantage. He would pick the least capable girl for his mothers Duchess Training.

Pauline Simms was a barmaid in Spindle Cove. She had plans of owning her own bookstore for her town. Soon she will find that all the more possible when a Duke makes a deal with her to foil the Duchess Training his mother wanted her to do.

The fourth book from Spindle Cove is Any Duchess Will Do. Tessa Dare once again writes a story that has me stopping everything and just read. This book had a little more comical wit to it with Pauline who was just clumsy. I liked Pauline for that reason but it was also her attitude that never really changed. She knew what she wanted. She was determined to have her bookstore and not to lose her heart to a Duke. Now Griff was just determined not to marry. He had a lot of demons to work through, things he was hiding from. I liked that there was a carefree side that started to open up but only really when Pauline was around.

This is a story of improbability that a relationship would happen between a Duke and a barmaid but it was a story worth reading. I think I liked how Dare wrote the characters as they were walking into this scheme eyes wide open but soon feelings start to burst between them and gets a little more complicated.

A happy ending will happen for Pauline and Griff even though it seemed impossible but it happens. This was the last book that I had. There are two more novels on the series which I will be looking forward to reading and anymore that Dare decides to write.

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.

Demon Can’t Help It

As I had started the series with What A Demon Wants which featured Ellina I was interested in reading about her brother. His book, Demon Can’t Help It where we will find out how he came to be with Jo and a more sympathetic demon.

Josephine “Jo” Burke is done with men and needs a change. She moves to New Orleans to be close to her friends and start a community center. What she didn’t expect was the attraction towards Maksim. She didn’t want it but found herself longing for his touch. Except it was not easy for Jo as she is pregnant with another mans baby and is starting to see her sister who has been dead for years.

Maksim Kostova is a demon and needs some entertainment. He finds it in Jo. She is a challenge that he can’t pass up but something happens, he starts to feel things for her. He starts to care about her and what she is going through especially as the visions get more persistent. Maksim’s concern though can’t be only on her as he is still worried about his sister Ellina but Maksim will find that Jo could be the answer.

Have to say Demon Can’t Help It was a great book. There was humor, a light plot that dove into harder emotions as the characters were built up within the story.

Love will engage you within the story especially as Jo and Maksim will be finding love within the pages. I really liked how the demon who was once fierce is bending towards a mortal woman.

I was excited to read about Ellina in the book as well. Her part was intertwined with Jo’s story. Jo is a little paranormal with the ability to see those who are dead and that will come in handy when Ellina will be needing some help.

Maksim and Jo’s story was fun to read.

How to Seduce a Scoundrel

Once I finished Vicky Dreiling first novel I found myself wanting more and I had to wait a little for the sequel. Waiting is the most frustrating part when you find an author you want to continue with their work. The second book, How to Seduce a Scoundrel was worth the wait.

Lady Julianne Gatewick has been in love with one man for a long time and now she needs to show him but every time she tries he treats her like a child. Worse he treats her like his sister. She thought with him as her guardian she would have a chance but when it dwindles she comes up with a plan thanks to his outlandish Aunt she will find the way to seduce a rake.

Marc Darcet, the Earl of Hawkfield known as Hawk is a rake through and through. He doesn’t want to be the guardian of his friends sister but he does it anyways. He thinks it will be an easy task as they had always been friends but soon it all changes. His Julie-girl was not an easy girl any more, she was a woman and Hawk is finally seeing it but she is forbidden. But all is not easy with Hawk as he has something he is running from, Julianne might be the only one to help him.

I found myself realizing that Dreiling is very good at prolonging what you want to happen most, and in this case it is Hawk and Julianne to find happiness together. Dreiling doesn’t disappoint but it takes a while.

I love the light banter which happens. Hawk’s character finds his feelings develop in a much more slow rate where as Julianne has loved him for most of her life. But this was not just a love story. Dreiling gets the reader into the plot with the creation of the pamphlet Julianne creates with the help of Hawk’s aunt, Hester (who I loved in the book). The story which is created is funny way which Julianne grows up and learns about herself and becomes stronger.

Dreiling also lets Hawk to go within the book which you long for. Throughout the entire book you know he had something which happened to him but was not sure of the situation. I thought it was a cruel joke which was played and of course a woman would be involved but there was more to it. Dreiling does a good job leading the reader through the story giving hints and finally at the end you know the secret.

At the end of the book I went in search of who would be in the next novel and I was happy to see it was going to be Amy and Will. I like that Dreiling is keeping with the theme of rakes and how the woman will be reforming them in some way.

When You Dare

Wow! That is the only word for the first book of the series Edge of Honor. Lori Foster starts with a bang with When You Dare and will not stop until you finish the book. The summary of the book got my interest but it wasn’t pulling me to read it like so many of Foster’s books but once you start there is no stopping. I kept reading in one sitting from the first page to the very last.

Dare Macintosh is a professional mercenary and is on a mission to find his best friends sister who has been taken. Dare accomplishes his mission but is now strapped with another complication. He picks up Molly who was there with Alani but Molly did not fit the right image to human trafficking. Dare knew she would not survive so he took her as it was the right thing to do. But Dare has questions and only this woman would be able to tell him.

Molly Alexander was taken. Her body hurt, her mind not clear. She still had no idea why all she knew was she was safe with this man named Dare. Molly knew the one thing she had to do and that was to find out who would kidnap her. As a writer she had a few enemies but none she knew that would go to this extreme. Molly will put her trust into Dare as they faced her attackers and the attraction which sizzled between them.

As I read the book I was in awe of how much I really liked the story. The characters were hard edged, complicated and multidimensional. The plot as well had many quirks that made you smile and fantastic twists that you could see happening but you get so wrapped up into the story you only concentrated on the subject at hand.

Dare, wow. He was fantastic. I loved his sexual tension, his macho tendencies and his love for his dogs and friends. Chris who was a friend was delightful. He was quirky and just right. As with Molly she was incredible with her strength through the entire plot. As the reader you cheered her on.

The villain was not clear or at least suspected but Foster did a good job at giving subtle hints and wrong misdirection. Along with multiple characters who could be the bad guy. And the villain was obsessed in a quiet way which gave plot mystery and a really good betrayal.

I was interested to know if Foster would give Alani her own story and happily I found out she will in the third book. This looks to be like a series which will hopefully continue with many more but no one knows except the author. Pick up and enjoy When You Dare and once you are done get ready for the second book with Trace in Trace of Fever.

Get Drilling with the Tyler Family in Texas!

The Texas! series by Sandra Brown is a blast to read. The two brothers and one sister trying to get their drilling company back running but there are bumps along the way as each sibling have to face problems in their personal life.

Texas! Lucky

Lucky Tyler is a man who lets his lust lead which got him in trouble with a woman he meet at a bar. After a night of pain and pleasure Lucky’s mystery lady disappears but the problem is she is his alibi. Devon Haines is torn from that one night. She knew it was a mistake but felt right. Of course nothing could happen as Devon is not an unattached woman. But when Lucky needs her for her alibi she has to decide what is right.

Texas! Chase

Chase Tyler lost everything when his wife and unborn child were killed in that fatal car crash. He blamed God and no one else especially not Marcie but Chase’s anger told a different story. His hatered for life was soon shattered as all the people who loved him said they were finished and it was up to Chase to get back on track. But Chase wouldn’t be a alone in this adventure as Marcie will be along with him. Marcie Jones has loved Chase for most of her life and she just wants to see him happy again. Her ploy to help with the business was to get him back on track and hopefully ignite something between them. Passion does ignite but Chase is not ready for it.

Texas! Sage

Sage is done with her masters and apparently her boyfriend is done with her. Rather have her family pity her she does not tell what happened and Harlan Boyd who witness the scene keeps quiet. Harlan and Sage instantly are butting heads but passion sizzles underneath and love blooms. But there is a secret that Harlan is not telling and that will change the outcome and reveal a whole new side to Harlan.

The entire series is worth reading with its ups and downs especially in Texas! Chase. Sandra Brown created wonderful characters who were driven and real from a family point of view.