Devil’s Daughter

Lisa Kleypas has been an author that I have loved to read. Lately it has been a toss up if I liked the book. Previously I read Devil in Spring ( Gabriel was the son of Sebastian and Evie) and I had thought it was good, not great, but then I re-read it and fell in love with the story. Sometimes it really matters what mood you are in to read a book.

Now that the fifth book to the Ravenels series, Devil’s Daughter, is out I decided to revisit one of my favorite books, The Devil in Winter where Sebastian and Evie first met. I wanted to remember them as Phoebe was their daughter. I loved re-reading the story and it got me in the mood to read about Phoebe.

Phoebe, Lady Clare, will meet the man that had bullied her husband when he was a boy. She expected to hate him, she did not expect to be attracted to the man. She will have to fight the attraction at her brother’s wedding but it will be difficult when West Ravenel will be intensely watching her with heated stare. Something inside Phoebe will be awakened.

West Ravenel has lived a tough life and he makes no excuses for it. Then he meets Phoebe and everything changes. Although West wants Phoebe he knows that he needs to stay away from her.

At first you wondered if Phoebe would be a character you would like based on her previous interaction in Devil in Spring. Although, with her own book you got to see that there was a woman who was passionate that was screaming to be let out of her shell. I loved that West Ravenel was that man. She needed to take a chance otherwise she would live her life in the shadows and that would have broken her. West Ravenel was a good man even though he did not always act like it. He was a broken man due to his childhood but that did not mean he had turned out bad. I loved his interaction with Justin, Phoebe’s oldest boy.

Like in Devil in Spring Sebastian and Evie made an appearance. I loved their interaction because it showed that their love was still very present. Also, Sebastian showed that he was a good father and protective of his grown daughter.

Devil’s Daughter’s was a great addition to the Ravenels series.

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.

This Heart of Mine

This Heart of MinePhoenix Fuller had been in prison for seventeen years serving sentence on murder, a murder she never committed. She is back home to help her mother and get to know her son. 

Riley Stinson had raised his son at the age of eighteen. He was not looking forward to the mother of his child coming home but he had no way of stopping that interaction.

This Heart of Mine is the eighth book in the series Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak, which was a good addition to the story.

I thought that the story was entertaining but not my favorite and really it was because of the situation. I found it very annoying that Riley who had loved Phoenix dropped her because of his family and then believed her guilty, but now seventeen years later he was thinking he could have been wrong. He was at first hesitant of her but then his feelings started coming back. I think I wanted Riley to make an effect before then. Now when he is being the parent to Jacob he was a great dad. They seem more like best friends which would make sense since he had been eighteen when Jacob was born. So then there is Phoenix who was ready to forgive, but in a way she is not. She doesn’t want to start anything up with Riley, all she wants is a relationship with her son and to start her business. I liked that she wasn’t begging Riley for another chance. She was a resilient character who would endure anything to make sure she had a chance with her son after all these years. The one thing that I could not quite believe was that she would forgive so easily when it came to Riley. It kind of bugged that she was able to. In a way I wanted her to be with someone else in the story. Now don’t get me wrong I do like my happy ending but at times it just didn’t feel right.

Jacob’s character I really loved. He was a kid who was hesitant to accept his mother but he gave her a chance no matter what others were telling him.

I found the book had a sense of injustice in the end. Well there was justice but I wanted more especially with the two families and how they had treated Phoenix.

I am reading the ninth book next.

Tempting Mr. Townsend

Tempting Mr. TownsendAnthony Townsend was in a panic as he raced to find his missing nephew. His search brought him to Lady Fenella Deerham. He will be shocked by this woman. She seemed quiet and fragile but she was stronger than she looked. Anthony will want her right away but will wonder if he could have her.

Lady Fenella Deerham has known the love of one man and for five years she had mourned his death. Now with the encouragement of her friends she is out to live again. But her heart will not be in it until she meets Anthony Townsend. Although she will have little time to think about it as she was searching for her son and Anthony’s nephew.

Tempting Mr. Townsend is the second book to the series Dashing Widows by Anna Campbell. I really liked this story. I pretty much devoured it in one sitting which of course didn’t take long as its a novella.

I had wondered about Fenella in the previous book. I had hoped that she would get out and try to enjoy life. She was too serious and even though you understood she loved her husband it had been five years. Fenella was still young and should find another man to love. What I also liked was that Fenella was stronger than she let others see. Anthony was a man of the working class and he made a life for himself. He was a brute of a man but when it came to Fenella he was tender.

I liked the beginning with the missing child and nephew. Fenella and Anthony had to work together to find them and I liked that you got to get to know the characters before they immediately had sex. Anna Campbell then went into the scenes where of course they had steamy sex but I think the timing worked, especially with this story being a novella.

I can’t wait to read Helena and West’s story which is now available to buy.

 

Almost Perfect

Almost PerfectLiz Sutton is back in her hometown to help the nieces she never knew. She will be thrown when she sees the love of her life who had hurt her all those years ago. She will do her best to stay away but it will be hard to do as he will soon be wanting to meet his son.

Ethan Hendrix had made his hometown his home once again a couple years ago and life had been okay but it will get strange when the woman he loved in high school is back. He will find that she was hiding more than he could ever believe.

Almost Perfect is the second book from Susan Mallery series Fool’s Gold. I started this book and soon found that I could not put it down no matter what I did. So I sat and read. The second book in my opinion was better than the first because there was so much emotion into the story that had you connecting to the main character of Liz. Almost Perfect was an up and down heartbreaking and heartwarming story. Now even though this story has been told many times in books over the years it was very engaging, and that really just has to do with character development which Susan Mallery did really well.

Now the characters there were ones you love which was Liz without a doubt. I loved her ability to survive and fight but with a rational head on her shoulders. Her story kept you wanting her to have that happy ending that she deserved. The other characters were not always ones you liked. Pia was on the list for what she had done in high school and how she treated Liz. Of course Pia will be forgiven but not right away, but she is a different person. There were many single minded people who were cruel to Liz because they only saw the side where she took Ethan’s child away from him, they didn’t know the other side where Ethan was too ashamed to be in love with this woman. Ethan was one of the characters who you wanted to shake or pull his hair and shout at him to fess up and actually admit to the woman you love her. To stop hiding behind the image and take a chance. Now for all the romance readers Susan Mallery will give a happy ending but it was a very close call leaving it to the very last few pages of the story.

Finding Perfect is the next book I will be reading which will be featuring Pia. Seeing that she has changed I think I will like her story.

Shiver

ShiverSamantha Jones works to survive. She has to as her four year old son depends on her. Sam will go to work as normal in her repo job of cars when the unexpected happens, in the trunk a man’s body is found. She thought him to be dead with all the blood but then he asks for help. She will have little time to think as she is quickly pulled into a dangerous situation.

Daniel Panterro or to his enemies Rick Marcos. Danny is undercover from his FBI job but something went wrong. Danny finds himself being beaten to death and left for dead only to have a woman come to his rescue, but the danger is long from over.

First off I have to say that I loved this book. I have never read anything from Karen Robards but I was blown away with the action and the quick moving plot from Shiver that had you wanting more. This is quick fast pace book that is purely an action adventure and suspense thriller, you will be racing to finish to the conclusion. I had a feeling I would like this book from the description so I made sure to read it in the morning so I could finish it in one sitting. It was a good thing as I couldn’t put down the book.

This is a story that is already in the process of being told with the situation Danny is in but it is easy to follow. I thought that Danny’s character of the FBI agent was believable. He would not give up his name no matter what throughout the mission. He gave away little to help Sam and Tyler cope. Now Sam was a strong woman that was determined and clever. She did what she needed to survive which I loved about her. I think that both of these characters for me seemed real.

The villain was of course was a twist like any good thriller. This was probably a more violent book I have read but it is done without over doing it, so you know exactly what is going on. Robards keeps the plot simple and fast paced, and gives us an ending which wraps up the whole story. I often read more books from series so its nice at times to read a book and know that you just read the conclusion of the story. Shiver will not be the last book I will read from Karen Robards especially with the long list of novels she has written.

That Thing Called Love

That Thing Called LoveJake Bradshaw is thirteen years too late to start raising his son but it was better late than never. Jake is back to take custody of Austin and start a life with him but life is never that easy. He is not his son’s favorite person and there is also the woman who helped raise Austin. He will have to win both of them over which will be a challenge.

Jenny Salazar has helped raised Austin like her own and when his father comes back into town she is terrified at the news that Austin is to leave. Jenny  knows she has no right to him but cannot stop her heart from breaking. She will give in as it is right only to discover more to Jake.

That Thing Called Love is definitely a heartwarming story by Susan Andersen. I liked that several stories were going on at the same time one of them being with the teenager Austin. It was fun to read from different points of views with the characters. Andersen does a good job with creating the characters to be likable even Jake who abandoned his son. You want to give his a second chance and hope this works. She creates the story to be realistic with the idea of the relationships between a son and his estranged father. Andersen also keeps the readers engaged as Jake and Jenny find the chemistry between them to be irresistible. The pages are steamy and sizzle at your fingers. Now with the exception of a little heartache a happy ending is to come but Andersen leaves it to the last minute.

Spellbound Falls

Maximilian ‘Mac’ Oceanus was on his own to find a bride with his son Henry. They had a year or he had to marry a woman his father had found. He was not going to let that happen. Mac will find his potential bride in Olivia Baldwin from almost the first moment he set his sights on her. He will find a way to get himself involved with Olivia on a business level then a personal level winning her over with his slow seductive ways.

Olivia Baldwin is a widow raising a daughter on her own and running a camp for its new season and doesn’t have time for any suitor. Olivia though did not except Mac to instigate himself into her life and Sophie’s. She will find it hard to say no to him with every smoldering look he gave her. She will surrender only to find out there is much more to Mac than she believed.

Spellbound FallsAfter finishing up the series of Midnight Bay I knew that Mac would be the main character of Spellbound Falls series. I had grown to like him as a character throughout that series and interested in how he will be portrayed within his own book. I loved that Janet Chapman wrote Spellbound Falls, featuring Mac and his son Henry in the story. Chapman does a wonderful job at creating the father and son relationship seem off in the way it needed to be, but in a good way. She does the same great job with Olivia and her daughter, Sophie, as well. I instantly liked the interaction between Olivia and Mac as there was lust but it was not throwing it in your face, which was good as that was not in her character. I also liked that the magic was around as it was portrayed in the Midnight Bay series. This is a different type of magic that is definitely unlike something I have read before picking up Chapman.

The story had heart that collided with the great characters who were alongside with Mac and Olivia making the story well rounded. Now what made this story comical was having the parents of Mac around. It was highly entertaining to read about the man who created Atlantis to be a softy to his grandson. Then there was Carolina. I have to say when she was in the other series I didn’t really like her, now I find her character much more likable and look forward to when she has her own story.

Finishing up on the first book of Spellbound Falls series I picked up a couple more only to notice that this is a series that is starting to grow. It will be fun to find out what characters will be part of this series.

Rainwater by Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown is one of the authors that I have been reading and was one of my first romance author I started to read.  Her latest book is “Rainwater”.  I was excited to pick up the book and read it since she always has interesting plots but as I started to read the book I knew that it was going to be a tear-jerker.  Finishing up the book I was crying, I was happy but still sad.  It was not a perfect ending but an ending that lead to the characters future in a way.

“The year is 1934.  With the country in the stranglehold of drought and economic boardinghouse with an efficiency that ensures her life will be kept in balance.  Between chores of cooking and cleaning for her residents, she cares for her ten-year-old son, Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose misunderstood behavior finds Ella on the receiving end of pity, derision, and suspicion.

When David Rainwater arrives at the house looking for lodging, he comes recommended by a trusted friend as “a man of impeccable character.” But Ella senses that admitting Mr. Rainwater will bring about unsettling changes.

However, times are hard, and in order to make ends meet, Ella’s house must remain on hundred percent occupied.  So Mr. Rainwater moves into her house…and impacts her life in ways Ella could have forseen.

The changes are echoed by the turbulence beyond the house walls.  Friends and neighbors who’ve thus far maintained a tenuous grip on their meager livelihoods now face foreclosure and financial ruin.  In an effort to save their families from homeless and hunger, farmers and cattlemen are forced to make choices that come with heartaching consequences.

The climate of desperation creates a fertile atmosphere for racial tensions and social unrest.  Conrad Ellis, privileged and spoiled and Ella’s nemesis since childhood, steps into this area of teeming hostility to exact his vengeance and demonstrate the extent of his blind hatred and unlimited cruelty.  He and his gang of hoodlums come to embody the rule of law, and no one in Gilead, Texas, is safe.  Particularly Ella and Solly.

In this hotbed of uncertainty, Ella finds Mr. Rainwater a calming presence.  She is moved by the kindness he shows other boarders, Solly…and Ella herself.  Slowly, she begins to rely on his soft-spoken, his restraint, and the steely resolve of his convictions.

And on the hottest, most violent night of the summer, those principles will be put to the ultimate test.”

In the very beginning I knew what was going to happen.  I had a sense of it but still at the end I was a little surprised and ended up crying a little but crying happy.  The characters of Mr. Rainwater and Ella were delightful to read about.  There story should have been a happy one under different circumstances but for what they had it was true.

This book was another enjoyable romance book to read with feeling, true characters with problems, heartache, friendship, finding love and a story behind them.