Sunset in Central Park

Frankie Cole never thought love was for her because of her parents divorce. She threw herself into work as a designer for gardens. That was her true passion. Frankie will notice things start to change between her best friend Matt, who she liked more than she should’ve. She knew that if something happened between them it would not end well, but Matt will keep pursuing and Frankie will start to wonder.

Sunset in Central Park is the second novel to the series From Manhattan with Love by Sarah Morgan. This was a cute book.

I had to get into more of the novel to really love Frankie. It wasn’t right away but once I was there I really liked Frankie’s character. She was definitely shy and kept people at a distance when it turned romantic. I liked that she finally took a chance and really had a talk with her mother which really helped her find love. Matt’s character was the right man for Frankie. He was sweet to Frankie and wanted the best for her. Also wanted her romantically as he had loved her for years. I wanted Matt to take a chance and tell Frankie, subtle didn’t work with her. There are predictable problems but it makes it all the more sweeter when things go right for them.

I am on the list for the third book which will be about Eva who is the hopeless romantic of the group.

In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the NightRory O’Roarke was trying to get his life back together after a failed marriage. He will find himself in a small town as a fireman again. He will also find Meg who will have him wanting to chance his heart again.

Meg Starling had left her small town to make it big but she was unable to reach her dream. She came back home but was still set on getting her own show. Though she will be distracted by Rory who was someone she wanted to be with.

In the Heat of the Night is the second book to the series The O’Roarkes by Katerine Garbera. I thought this was a good sequel to the series. It was a cute story of two characters reaching for what they want and learning to make the appropriate sacrifices.

Rory’s character was a man who had given it all up for a woman only to find out that life with the woman had not worked. Rory lost of a little of himself when that happens. He is trying to find his place again. I liked that he was finding it in the small town and letting himself feel again. Meg’s character was a determined woman who had been burned before with her career. She was not willing to let it go until she was a success. I did like Meg’s determination but it was almost forced because it was something she needed to do and wasn’t in her heart anymore. Their romance was steamy but sweet at the same time. What I didn’t like was that they each were asking the other to give up what they loved. It wasn’t fair to either of them. Though for one of them they were lying to themselves because what they had wanted was no longer in their heart.

There are still some O’Roarke’s that haven’t had their story told. I don’t know if those stories will be coming since it took about eight years for the sequel to come out. If the stories do come out I would be interested in reading them.

Dane

DaneDane MacKenziew was back home after ten years. He will be surprised when he sees the woman he had loved was back home as well. Dane will immediately feel their connection that never disappeared, but he will quickly find out that Charlotte was hiding something.

Charlotte Munroe had left her home town at eighteen and it took her ten years to come back home. She thought she was safe there as she knew the man she loved was nowhere around, but that will not be the case. Her first and only love will be back and she is shocked that he wants her back.

Dane is the first book to the series The Mackenzie Family by Liliana Hart. Alright, so first off I really love series that involve a good size family because that lets the author write many stories and who wouldn’t love hunky men. Well I am sad to say that I wasn’t thrilled with the story. This was one of my first novella’s I read from Liliana Hart, and although she can write good sex scenes that is all there was to the story. I wanted more out of these characters.

Warning I am going to be giving away the plot in case you want to read this novella. So, it drove me crazy that Charlotte who had been in love with Dane at eighteen just welcomed him back after some really hot sex. In the book she was not wanting to give the man a second but she quickly let him back into her life. If this was a novel that would be okay because there would obstacles they would have to get threw to get to that happy ending. Now with Dane’s character you get that he wants her back but why did he wait ten years to do so? Then the big bombshell, which was pretty easy to guess, he finds out he has a nine year old son. He wants to be part of his son’s life. Now I would think he would be furious with Charlotte, she kept his son from him for nine years which was a long time. Well he was angry for about a second then he has sex with Charlotte again.

Alright, so from all of that I really don’t think I will be back to this series. I might try something else from the author, perhaps a novel instead. Only time will tell.

A Winter Wedding

A Winter WeddingKyle Houseman was constantly on guard from his ex wife who would not leave him alone. His solution was to just give her money to make her stop harassing him. That will soon stop when he meets a woman who shows him that it was possible to move on from the only woman he had loved.

Lourdes Bennett had come to Whiskey Creek for one reason which was to write her songs for her next album. The problem was that Lourdes was heartbroken and writing was not coming easy for her, then she meets Kyle and things will change.

A Winter Wedding is the ninth book in the series Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak. I really liked this book. I liked that it was about two characters who had their heart broken and both needed to be mended. This was not a book where the characters jumped right into bed which I appreciated because you got to know them first, and the fact that they had become friends was very sweet. They helped balance things out in each others lives.

Lourdes character was one that I easily liked. She was a small town girl trying to make a career for herself and she was not a diva. She was a down to earth character and at this point she was pretty vulnerable but she had a strength inside. That strength was helped by Kyle. So Kyle’s character was I thought of a push over. Now don’t get me wrong he was a strong guy but when it came to his ex he just gave in. Before I read this book I had read When We Touch which was when Kyle cheated on Olivia with her sister, who had become his wife. Kyle was always doing the right thing. I liked that finally in this book he was getting more of a backbone when it came to his ex wife. He was living again especially with Lourdes in the picture. There was one part in the book that had me cheering because Kyle finally gets some justice with all that had happened to him because of his ex wife.

Noelle, Kyle’s ex wife, was a piece of work. Basically from the entire series she had been nothing but trouble. In this book it was like she went crazy. She will do a lot of harm to those around her and personally I was happy with her ending. There was one thing that bugged me with how Olivia forgave Noelle especially since she had stolen Kyle, but I guess that was how Olivia operated and it had been five years.

I have one more book left to read in my pile for Brenda Novak which will be the tenth book, Discovering You, and I am reading that one next.

The Billionaire of Bluebonnet

The Billionaire of BluebonnetTravis Jesson’s grandmother just passed away. It was his job to take care of the house and her pet. Travis will be startled that the pet is a pig named Gregory. This was too much to handle as Travis’s life was too chaotic. He will find help from Risa Moore who was his grandmothers companion. He will feel immediately lust for Risa and know that he wants more, though he will have to find the time in his life.

The Billionaire of Bluebonnet is a novella from the series Bluebonnet by Jessica Clare. This novella is 1.5 in the series. I liked this novella and it was a very fast read. There might not be a lot to the novella but I felt that it got the point across. I will admit it was a little cheesy with how they were acting and if it was a novel the romance could have been a slower build up, but overall I liked the story.

I liked Travis’s character. He was a good man whose life was all about work. He was very driven when it came to his job but there was a softer side to him, it was just buried deep within him. Risa’s character will pull that other side out of him. She was unsure about herself but she was confident at the same time. So when the two of them get together it will certainly get steamy. Now the book isn’t all about the sex between them as there is a humorous side with Gregory the pig. I thought it was a cute addition that helped Travis open up.

I have read some of the series already (book 1, 2, and 3) so all I have to read is 2.5, 4, and 4.5. I will be reading the 2.5 novella next.

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.

A Creed in Stone Creek

A Creed in Stone CreekSteven Creed is an attorney who will find himself becoming a guardian of an orphaned five year old boy. He will move to Stone Creek to be near his family and to make a home for himself and Matt. While Steven was making a home Matt wanted to complete his new family with a new mom, the prosecutor Melissa O’Ballivan.

A Creed in Stone Creek is the first book to the series Creed Cowboys by Linda Lael Miller. So when I started this series I had read the second book then the third book and I am finally finishing the series with the first book.

Well as a whole I liked the series. Personally for me I liked the first book as it was a good book but I thought the other two were better. I guess I was just more intrigued with the twins in the other two books. Although Matt was pretty entertaining to read about and I thought the build of romance between Steven and Melissa was good.

I was happy to read the series because I don’t read a lot from Linda Lael Miller. I tend not to read tons of stories with cowboys, its usually ballrooms and rogues for me, but its always good to change things up.

Fools Rush In

Fools Rush InMillie Barnes has loved one man, Joe Carpenter, since high school and she will finally have a chance with him. Though as Millie gets her chance her eyes look towards Sam who is her ex brother in law.

Fools Rush In is a novel from Kristan Higgins. This author can write a story that is entertaining, easy to read which is filed with heartwarming and heartbreaking situation that feel real.

Millie has been a stalker when it had come to Joe, not a bad stalker, just someone who was hopelessly in love with a man that never really paid attention to her. She has loved him since high school. I will have to say that as I got to know Joe I didn’t really like him. He was nice but a little too immature for my tastes. Millie will learn that she might need someone else other than Joe. Now Sam is another nice man like Joe but he is much more mature. He is grounded and is an all around good man.

I loved how Kristan Higgins slowly built the love that blossomed between Millie and Sam. They were friends and something switched, they started to see each other in a different light. Now with the rational part of my brain I thought Millie and Sam together was a little weird as he was her brother in law for eighteen years. Though the romance reader in me loved the romance that had happened between Millie and Sam.

Heartbreaker

HeartbreakerLaurant Madden is worried about her brother but she will find out that she will need to be scared for herself. There is a killer that is targeting her and wants her dead.

Nick Buchanan has come to his friends help which in turn was to really help out Laurant. He will have to stay close to her and pretend to be more to keep her safe from the killer who is after her.

Heartbreaker is the first book to the series Buchanan/FBI by Julie Garwood. She is one of those authors I have walked by without a seconds glance. I am fixing that with this first book and I have to say I liked it. There was insistent intrigue with the very first chapter with the killer telling Father Thomas Madden that he is coming after Laurant, Thomas’s sister. After that part I was kind of hooked with wanting to know who the killer was and what was going to happen next. I will say at times I just wanted to have the story move along as it was a little long in some places.

The idea of a killer after a woman is not a knew story but I thought Garwood wrote it well and she gave some deceit to go along with the plot to make it more. Laurant for me was weak at times but that was her demeanor at least on the outside. She is strong and a fighter with wants and needs. She shows it more and more throughout the book as is letting go. Now Nick was a charismatic man but a dangerous one at that. I did like that Nick was kind of a romantic but not always good at showing his feelings. Being an FBI agent came in handy but was also a curse because it was also a reason that the bad guys might come after him.

There are some good amount of twist and turns in the book with some people who could be suspects. The real suspect was one I didn’t see coming. In hindsight it makes sense which is always the case with suspense books. Other than the true bad guy there were some pretty messed up people who were villains in their own way. I can see myself going back to this series or trying another one of her books. I do want to make sure that I at least try the second book to this series as it will be with Nick’s brother. I am interested in knowing more about these Buchanan’s.

Tempted Again

Tempted AgainMarissa Bennett has had some problems over the past months with a new divorce and coming back home. She is working as a librarian which is something she loves along with helping out kids. She will be troubled once again when the man whom she loved and left her is in her hometown.

Connor Doyle is the Sheriff of the town and takes his job seriously along with helping out teens who are troubled. He will not appreciate when the new librarian starts to help out in his program. It didn’t help that he had a past with Marissa but in order to help the teens they had to work together.

Tempted Again is the third book from the series West Investigations by Cathie Linz. I have to say that I wasn’t blown away by this book. This was my first introduction to the author, so I was looking forward to finding a new author to start reading. I think I will still try another book just to see if my opinion changes.

Marissa was a woman down on her luck and one that held a grudge. I guess I was annoyed by her character for holding that grudge on Connor for so long. I get that it was traumatic in that time but she had to let it go. Then again I can understand holding a grudge because I am like that as well at times. Connor was kind of cocky at times but overall good guy who liked to give Marissa a hard time. It was a second time for them to get it right which they will in the end.

I did end up liking the teens who were in the program that Connor and Marissa had run together. I thought the teens brought something more to this story. They were the reason for Connor and Marissa to work side by side which let them be together.

There were parts of the book that I did like but overall I just wasn’t into the book. I think it was because the characters weren’t making me want to read about them. As I said above I will try Cathie Linz again, but perhaps go to a different series or one of her many novels.