Brown Eyed Girl

Avery Crosslin was a wedding planner who was trying to make her business profitable. When she lands a big client she is hopeful this will skyrocket her career. Though this job will have her getting close to Joe Travis, the one man she was trying to avoid. He was a temptation that she wanted to avoid, but Joe will not let her forget him.

Joe Travis had seen Avery and wanted her instantly. Joe will do all that he could do to get Avery’s attention. He will slowly entice her, seduce her, and show that he truly cares for her.

Brown Eyed Girl is the fourth and final book to the series Travises by Lisa Kleypas. I really enjoyed this story. For me it was a slow like. At first it was a little slow with getting to know the characters, but once I got to know them I was all in with the story.

Avery’s character was a dedicated worker and doing her best to elevate her career. Work was all she did as she had been burned before by her ex. Avery was guarded but with Joe she was letting down her guard. The part with the dog was too cute. It made me want to adopt another animal, but with a dog and a cat already I don’t have the room. There was another cute part with dogs that was at the ending, which gave a sappy yet very satisfying ending. Joe’s character was a man who had gone through a tragedy with losing his father and an accident that could have killed him. You would think that Joe would be withdrawn but he was easy going and it was clear he was besotted with Avery. I liked the way he pursued Avery. He confounded her when he couldn’t keep his hands off of her to being polite and almost indifferent. Of course you knew the whole time Joe wanted her but he wanted her to feel the same, and she will.

The bride to be and mother were terrible. At first I thought the bride to be was just a little spoiled but then I read the truth and it wasn’t good especially for the groom. I was happy that Avery went with her conscious on the situation.

I thought the Travises series was one that was worth reading.

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The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake

The Billionaire's Favorite MistakeGreer has loved Asher since college and she was ready to make him notice her. Greer will get Asher to notice her but it was not how she thought it would be.

Asher was living in his own self misery and then he made a mistake with his best friend. Asher will be shocked by the feelings he starts to feel for Greer and will do all he could to make her understand he truly wants her.

The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake is the fourth book to the series Billionaires and Bridemaids by Jessica Clare. I liked this book but I will say that the beginning felt rushed. I didn’t really get to connect with the characters until the middle of the story. Though once I did I liked the story line and wanted to see how Greer and Asher would get their happy ending.

I liked Greer’s character but I wanted her to stand up to those around her, like her father. A side note, her father is a horrible man and I hated that he learned nothing in the end. She stayed in the background. Though she was strong in her own way and she was pretty witty and stubborn when she was interacting with Asher. I liked that she made it difficult with Asher and didn’t just give in. She held a little of herself back. Asher’s character was a man who was loosing herself and he needed to change. I liked that when he looses Greer in his life he reevaluates what is important. Asher will go about things the wrong way but he was doing it to get Greer to forgive and give him another chance. I wanted that but also for Asher to grow up and get his life together.

I am reading Billionaire on the Loose next.

Only You

Only YouHolly Greenwood loved being a wedding planner but the stress of her job and all of her responsibilities were weighing her down. She will find help from her new neighbor that was very easy on the eyes. Holly didn’t want another complication but found that with Kevin he was trying to make things easier for her.

Kevin Vandemeer was back home and wanted to get his life together, which meant no more crazy girlfriends. Kevin will swear off woman but one look at his neighbor will have him rethinking his promise, especially when he meets her.

Only You is the first book to the series Bachelor Brotherhood by Denise Grover Swank. I really liked this book. It followed a similar path from the Wedding Pact series and of course it brought some of the original characters back, Megan and Josh, and Nicole.

Holly’s character was one who thought she could do it all. She tried her best to help her grandmother while earn enough money for her care. She was the one that usually took care of everyone. I liked that she would get help from Kevin who had wanted her and not just for sex. With Kevin in her life she becomes happier and a little less stressed since he was helping out. Kevin’s character was a solider who was coming home to start over. I thought his pact with his friends was comically especially because he didn’t even last a day. Kevin was a good son and brother and overall good man. He liked to help and I liked that when he found Holly he became freer, happier.

Nicole Vandemeer, Kevin’s mother and Holly’s boss, was a piece of work. So from first glance you would think that Nicole was mean and a little bit of a bully. In reality she was an overworked woman trying to do her best. Now that did not mean she didn’t like to get her way as it is seen with her children. I liked Nicole a whole lot more when it I was finishing the book.

So with the ending there was a teaser of the next book which will be coming out next year. I was frustrated because all it gave us was Tyler would be the main character but the mysterious woman was unnamed. I wanted to know if she was someone who had been mentioned in the Wedding Pact series or was a brand new character. Well, I suppose I will find out later when the summary is available. Though needless to say I am looking forward to reading the next book to the series.

One in a Million

One in a MillionCallie was a wedding planner who moved back home to help her grandmother. She will be shocked to find Tanner, her high school crush, living there. She will be even more shocked when he finds her attractive.

Tanner was an ex-Navy Seal and businessman. He was also a father but had very litter interaction with his son, though not because he didn’t want to. He will get a chance to have that relationship but it will be trying. He be will tested by his sons attitude but also by Callie who moved back to town.

One in a Million is the twelfth book in Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series. I loved this book. I started the book early in the morning and since I had to work I had to put it down and actually work. Though on my lunch break I was back reading it. I finished the book later into the evening and when I go to the last page I was thrilled. The characters of Callie and Tanner were flawed but so perfect for each other, if they gave each other a chance.

I loved the fact that Callie was the granddaughter of Lucille. Lucille has been a fun character throughout the series. She has been a little pushy at times but you can’t help but like her character. Now Troy who is Tanner’s son was a great character. You needed to have Troy in the book because it gave some more depth to Tanner’s character and Troy’s character was well written.

The last book which I have to read is the 12.5 book which is actually a novella that is revisiting with Chloe and Sam.

The Cowboy Takes a Bride

The Cowboy Takes a BrideJoe Daniels lost his wife and now his best friend in a matter of two years. Still grieving Joe is trying to get his life together and then Dutch’s daughter, Mariah, shows up. Being an ex bull rider Joe is strong but Mariah will have him falling to his knees.

Mariah Callahan is now unemployed and found out that her father who she was estranged from passed away. Soon afterwards she will find herself saddled with a ranch her father owned. She will find life to be very different in Texas and more challenging especially with her next door neighbor.

The Cowboy Takes a Bride is the first book to Lori Wilde’s series Jubilee, Texas. I liked the book. It was a very fast paced story for where I just kept flipping the pages. Its funny because I haven’t read anything from Wilde in several years but from this book I can tell she is a good writer. She creates her characters to have some spunk and created like real people. The heartache over a lost one is very real and touching. I guess I will have to revisit some of these authors I have neglected. Its difficult when you are reading and finding new authors all the time.

I thought that Mariah’s character was well written as she was a woman who needed a new beginning, she just didn’t know where that was going to be. She goes toe to toe when she needs to be but there is still that element of damsel in distress she has. Now as a cowboy Joe is up for helping her but getting too close was not in the picture as he was still mourning his wife. Of course they will clash but come together to find that they both have a chance at happiness.

What I noticed in the book was that Wilde racks up the guilt that these characters are feeling but I feel that was done well as it is only human to feel that way. She is giving the characters realistic feelings that are going to pop up when a tragedy happens or you are trying to move on.

On a side note there was a character Ila who was Joe’s sister in law and I swear she was acting a little too devious for me. Like she was planning something to happen to get Mariah out of the running. Well as you see how my mind works thanks to suspense novels and movies, she wasn’t a bad guy just a heartbroken woman who wanted her own happy ending. Don’t worry she gets it right with another man in this book.

Now instead of waiting several more years I have another Lori Wilde book to read next which is the third book of this series Jubilee, Texas.

When We Touch

When We Touch (Whiskey Creek, #0.5)Olivia Arnold wasn’t ready to come home and plan her sisters wedding to the man she thought she would’ve married. Olivia had to hold her head up high and pretend it didn’t bother her. Having Brandon by her side will help her through the ordeal. It didn’t hurt that having Brandon around would make both Kyle and Noelle angry.

When We Touch is the prequel to the series Whiskey Creek. I have read the first book of this series and I really liked it. Its funny that its been a year since I have read anything from this series but I wanted to wait for more of the books to accumulate. Now that they have I have the second book through the sixth to read. I decided to get the first book back out and re-read right after this one which didn’t take me long. I figured that it was a good idea as that was when a lot of the characters were really introduced and you got to know some of their personalities.

I really liked When We Touch. I thought that this novella was well done and to the point. It gave all you the emotions that you wanted, a little heartbreak, betrayal, new beginnings, and love. I liked Olivia’s character but I wanted her to get mad, even though that would only fuel her sister’s, Noelle, happiness. Noelle is a piece of work and there was no redeeming quality in her character. I was happy that in this not so happy marriage will  be coming to an end in the first book. Now the stepbrothers were interesting. I didn’t really like Kyle but it wasn’t like he was a real villain. He made a mistake and now was paying for it. Brandon I really liked as he was a good guy, maybe a little rough around the edges. He wanted Olivia but keeping her was not in his thought process until it became apparent he needed her to be.

I am looking forward to continuing the series with When Snow Falls.

Hot Finish

Hot Finish Suzanne Jefferson is running out of her alimony and she needs to get back to work. Wedding planning wasn’t her favorite job but if done right she could make money. The only problem was in this particular wedding her ex-husband was a groomsman and he wasn’t her ex she soon found out.

Ryder Jefferson never wanted to divorce from his wife but they couldn’t seem to not stop the fighting but Ryder will find out that it wasn’t final. He was going to take this second chance and show Suzanne that they can make it work.

Hot Finish is Erin McCarthy’s third book to the series Fast Track. After loving the first two I was ready for the ride of Suzanne and Ryder’s chaos and soon to be reunited love. Okay so first it was okay. There was certainly sex involved as McCarthy has that down but I wasn’t overly found of the couple in their book. I liked them before and still liked them but I wasn’t pulled into the book as the first two book.s It might be Suzanne’s over sarcastic side and Ryder’s laid back/non confrontation attitude he has. Of course at the end the characters have me smiling that they finally got it right and some of the barriers have been broken down.

I am still going on with the series as I always do. I am looking forward to finding out more on Evan and the rest of the race car drivers.