Saturday, July 13, 2019
It becomes pretty apparent to the reader that Gareth and Alasdair are keeping secrets. But so do Rose and Izzy. Neither party wants the other party to take advantage of their family. Isabel thinks Gareth might be interested in the estate and Alasdair thinks Rose might be interest in what Gareth left behind in Scotland. Alasdair decides to help Izzy with the final plans for the Highland Games and they notice the sparks between. In fact, they are quite hard to ignore. Alasdair is a hot Scotsman who looks good in his regular work clothes, but even better in a kilt! There was so much fun and humor in this story. Lots of laugh out loud moments and lots of really sweet moments. Izzy has her fair share of awkward moments and as a reader you will feel embarrassed right alongside of her. Fortunately, Alasdair thinks her personality and quirkiness are endearing and he enjoys spending time with Izzy.
There is a little bit of a mystery going on as Alasdair inadvertently sets off a chain of events that will make Izzy and Rose very mad at him. But part of the fun is watching Alasdair work towards making changes in his life that will bring him closer to his family and find a woman that he genuinely cares for. Izzy and Alasdair bring out the best in each other and their personalities balance each other out. I like the secondary romance between Rose and Gareth and some characters are introduced that will be part of the next book. Imagining Alasdair’s accent and good looks make this for a swoon worthy read. He could very well be your next book boyfriend. The author does a nice job ending the first story, but setting up readers for book two.
Friday, July 12, 2019
I’m a fan of Julia London, so I was more than willing to give this book a try. She did not disappoint. Our main characters in this book are Ella and Luca. The story is set in Texas and it was full of non-traditional surprises throughout the story. While there are is a lot of chemistry between our two characters and a HEA love story, the author tackles some tough issues. The author does a wonderful job with the character’s back stories and talks about things we don’t always delve into in romance books. Ella came back to where she grew up somewhat reluctantly because she inherited a house from her grandma. She does not have money to fix it all up, or really any money for anything. Ella was a foster kid as she was growing up, but she managed to go to college and get an accounting degree. As her car dies on the side of the road, Luca Prince is the one who finds her.
Luca comes from one of the richest families in their town. He was a star athlete, had access to whatever he wanted, and went through women like crazy. People don’t expect much from Luca because he was never really good at school and people just assume he is not very smart. He gets by on his looks. However, readers will find out that Luca can’t read because he has dyslexia and that is why he did not do well in school. His family is embarrassed by his lack of goals in life. Little do they know that Luca is learning how to read so that he can get into environmental conservation and undo some of the damage his family has done to the land over the years.
Ella and Luca kissed once upon a time in high school. Ella remembers every little detail and Luca does not seem to even remember that he went to high school with her. No reader will be able to resist the charm and flirtatious nature of this hot cowboy! Grab a fan and an ice cold drink because hot damn do sparks fly once Ella starts letting Luca into her life a little bit. They are both cautious about jumping into any sort of relationship with anyone, but Luca’s persistence pays off. I love that Ella worked so hard to make it on her own. She is tough and smart and able to fend for herself. I love that Luca was a male character who was working on getting help with reading. As a librarian, I know this is a problem, but so many adults do not ask for the help they need. So, it’s really progressive that the author wrote it into her story. It’s a perfect summer read for many reasons. You can even pretend you are in Texas by the ranch with all this summer heat! I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
I think what made this book different was that it has an English Duke (Eric Marshall, the Duke of Brentworth) and Davinia MacCallum who is Scottish and is supposed to be a Baroness. Part of the story takes place in Scotland. It is tied into the 1745 uprising and the Battle of Culloden, which is when Davinia’s family lost their land to the English. Davinia petitions the King to have her title reinstated and her estate returned. Problem is that Brentworth is the current landholder and does not want to give it up. He sort of brushes off the demands of the King, which is kind of a funny scene in the book, because what aristocrat doesn’t jump at the King’s bidding???
Brentworth is really tightly wound and very discreet with everything. His friends make fun of him for that. Davinia is a writer for Parnassus and part of the Parnassus Club. It didn’t seem like she was on the hunt for a husband. She liked her independence and she was surrounded by good friends. She was also well educated by her father and did not want to give any of her time up that she spent helping people. Her goal was to get her land back and restore her estate. She managed to get an audience with an assistant to the King, but she didn’t feel like she got anywhere. So, she went directly to Brentworth to try to sort things out with him. Ha! This led to some witty and humorous dialogue that was fun to reread.
What a great couple. Eric and Davinia are well matched. Not only do they have great conversational compatibility, but they also are certainly not lacking in the physical chemistry department. I love how in some parts they cannot keep their hands off of each other. *fans self*. I love the historical accuracy, the detailed setting, the descriptive language about the food, clothes, and estates. I don’t know if the author has had an authentic carriage ride, but it sure seems like it with how the rides were described. All in all, I loved this book! A happy and satisfying ending. I highly recommend it for fans of historical romance.
Reed is very charming and can easily become a book boyfriend. He is hot, smart and as the story unfolds, doing the right thing. That, right there, is swoon-worthy. This book is a great escape. It’s well written, a good story, funny dialogue, and a satisfying ending. It’s a great choice if you are looking for your next contemporary romance.
Lily Salt is a widow who has sworn off men for good reason. She is a survivor and her story comes out throughout the book. When the two meet, there is instant attraction although Lily nor Roan would admit to that. Lily comes with kids and Roen is from out of town. It seems like the odds are stacked against them. Roen (I really like his name...it’s hot) gets a message he decides that a marriage of convenience would be a good answer. It would help him out and it would help Lily out. Things weren’t necessarily easy for single women in her time. This was a very slow-burn romance and normally I don’t wait that long to get to the good stuff….but this story was so good, that I had to keep reading. The kids and the people in the town were so well written that they were captivating in their own right. The nuances of racism towards Chinese Americans was historically accurate and powerfully woven into the story.
I may have fallen in love a little bit with Roen. But it was ok that Lily got him ;) This book is part of a series, but since I read it as a standalone and it was my first Jo Goodman book, it doesn’t have to be read in order. Even though I am a stickler for reading things in order. I guess I made all sort of exceptions by delving into this book. All in all, I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to anyone willing to settle into a longer romance book. Oh, and the cover is really sexy. I think the cover models chosen did the characters justice.
It’s funny, it’s believable and you will find yourself rooting for the HEA. Strong friendships and girl time add a lot to this story. Once I started this book, I could not put it down. It was a fun, witty, quick read. A perfect escape if you are having a bad day (or a good day).