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.

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Heaven, Texas

Heaven, TexasGracie Snow worked as an associate producer which quickly turned to personal assistant to Bobby Tom. This meant Gracie had to spend a lot of time with him which only led her to want him more, and easier to fall in love with him.

Bobby Tom Denton was used to getting things his way but with a career ending injury he felt stuck. Doing the movie was not what he truly wanted but it was something to do. He will be surprised when his attention starts to drift to Gracie.

Heaven, Texas is the second book to the Chicago Stars series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I really liked this second book. There is something with how Phillips writes the story that has you wanting to read from start to end. Its funny that I am liking this series because throughout the book I am getting frustrated with how the characters were written especially Bobby Tom. His character was a womanizer to the extreme. He liked woman to look good and not think. I was kind of appalled at his behavior at times and wonder how Gracie could even fall for him. Though Gracie’s character was one of forgiving. She cared a lot and was naive but she had a backbone. I liked how Gracie changed and became a stronger version of herself throughout the book.

This town treated him like a hero to them. He was the celebrity and it was ridicules with the women who wanted to be with Bobby Tom. Towards the end a situation will occur which will show a nasty side of Bobby Tom. I was pissed off at how he was reacting as he was only thinking about himself. At that point you have to wonder if a happy ending would happen but Phillips will give a happy ending. There was a moment that had me thinking that ending was given a little too freely but that was Gracie’s character.

There is a parallel story that is being told which is with Wayland and Suzy (Bobby Tom’s mom). This was not a love story between them. There was passion but it was combined with hurt that drifted between them. Phillips makes sure that the couple’s problems will be fixed and get their happy ending, which made me smile.

I am reading the third story next.

Texas Bride

Texas BrideMiranda Wentworth never thought she would be a mail ordered bride but it was needed to get out of the orphanage. She would make a better life for herself, her brothers and eventually her sisters. Miranda will learn that life is difficult in Texas and especially with a man like Jake Creed who was not the warmest man but things are not always what they seem.

Jake Creed needed a wife to take care of his child and his home. He was lucky with finding Miranda but she brought more than she advertised and he will find that his new wife was hiding more than she was letting on. Jake will find a way with her no matter what as they will have only each other to lean on.

Texas Bride is the first book to the series Mail-Order Brides from Joan Johnston. I have already read the second and third book to the series and liked them without a doubt.

Miranda was a strong willed girl and determined to rescue her family. It was sad that she could only save her brothers but as I have read about Hannah and Hetty, I know that they do have a happy ending even though it was a little hard to get to. She will make the best of the situation when going to Texas and settling in her life. Jake was a hard man who lost the woman he loved and will be conflicted as his new wife was making him fall in love with her. He does push away especially when he finds that things are not all that they seem to be with Miranda but they do get through their difficulties and some are a little more difficult than others.

I liked that the uncle was introduced to us in the book. He was towards the end of the story and he didn’t stay long thanks in big part because of Miranda. She understood all that her uncle wanted and she was not going to be manipulated into signing away her fortune.

I liked finding out more on the history of this feud between the family. Of course when you find out what Blackthorne does it does make sense that Jake is not Blackthorne’s favorite person. I wonder if Cricket, Jake’s mom, will ever find out the truth about her first husband. Since it did not happen in the second or third book I guess it should happen in the fourth book which should be the last book to the series. Or it might not happy at all. I don’t know when that one is coming out but I assume it will be in 2015 since each book of the series has a gap of a year in between them. I can’t wait to read Josie’s story but in the mean time I think I will be checking out more from Joan Johnston.

Run To You

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Stella Leon has had a rocky path and it wasn’t getting any better with her boss being punched out by a stranger who wants to talk to her. Stella will find out from him that her half sister wants to meet. Beau Junger was doing a favor for his friend’s fiance to find her half […]

Shut Up and Kiss Me by Christie Craig

I picked up a great author that I had not read before. Christie Craig. Her writing is fresh and witty. Something fun to read. The book I found is her most recent book, Shut Up and Kiss Me.

At first I wasn’t sure I was following the plot. She separates the characters and the reader is switched back and fourth. But after a chapter or two you were into the story and the characters.

Sky Gomez is the tough Chief of Police a small town. Shala Winters is here to help the town get on the map but a problem happens when her camera is taken and now people are starting to look for it. With Sky’s help, his foster sister Maria, his foster brother Jose and foster dad Redfoot things will be put together for Shala.

The story was heated with romance and suspenseful. With the character Maria I didn’t know who I wanted her to be with but in the end the right decision was made.

Christie Craig gets the reader to feel for the characters because she is making them real. There is real emotion and actions from these characters and this story will leave you smiling when you finish.

Homecoming

In this collection of four stories, Janet Dailey, Fern Michaels, Dinah McCall, and Deborah Bedford brings a charming and cute plots and characters to this book.

Janet Dailey-Heading Home

“Kate Summers has her reasons for avoiding new neighbor Josh Reyonds.  But the rugged rancher and his matchmaking dog have other ideas.”

Fern Michaels-The Journey

“Twelve years after being jilted at the alter, mountain guide Maggie Osborne Harper is about to make the hardest trek of her life.”

Dinah McCall-The Return of Walker Lee

“Hard as he tried, Walker Lee couldn’t forget the Texas girl he left behind.  But after ten years, did Carrie Wainright still want him?”

Deborah Bedford-Rockabye Inn

“Wyoming innkeeper Anna Burden returns home after the accident that stole her memory to discover shattering truths-and the healing power of love.”

The stories were enjoyable being charming and sweet.  They were a little corny but that is how it is at times.  The stories were all around one hundred pages which also was a problem.  They went fast but sometimes you wished you had more of the story to make it more dynamic.  But for fast pace and an enjoyable romance then this collection is a winner.

Texas Princess by Jodi Thomas

“Hiding out from her fiance in her father’s barn, Liberty Mayfield can’t deny that she made the biggest mistake of her life when she agreed to marry ruthless Captain Samuel Buchanan.  If only she could find a way to stop the wedding without risking her father’s life…

Ever since he defended the Whispering Mountain Ranch as a boy, Tobin McMurray vowed to steer clear of outsiders to keep something about Liberty Mayfield makes it impossible to keep his distance.  Every minute spent with the vulnerable beauty leaves him hungering for something he swore he’d never have: a wife and a family.  Unfortunately, the woman who has ignited his desire is about to marry another man…”

The second book, Texas Princess is absolutely a fantastic sequel to the series.  There were amazing love scenes and description of the wild west.  Jodi Thomas brings the very strong and dynamic characters to the book.  Liberty was the strong willed wealthy daughter of the senator who was getting her world turned upside down.  When she sees what she has in front of her, she is willing to walk away even though that is everything she needs.  Then there is Tobin who fights for those he loves and wants to find love but is afraid so he steers away from it.  But Liberty will not be far from his mind and he will find everything with her.

The story is a great adventure for these two characters.  There was love and heartache especially for Sage when she finds out her Ranger was killed but there is some foreshadowing of a character Drum, a 16 year old orphan and will just might be the one for Sage.  Of course he is three years younger and Sage swears that will never happen.  Drum’s character is fantastic to read about as he is a stranger who helps but vanishes away before anything really happens.

Thomas brings the McMurray’s back with Texas Princess.