Posts Categorized: Harlequin

Austin: Second Chance Cowboy – Shelley Galloway – 4 stars

October 13, 2012 Harlequin, NetGalley, Read in 2012 0

I found myself enjoying this book when I wasn’t sure going in I would.

Austin has an epiphany when he wakes up the morning after a really big bender.  He isn’t sure if he took a woman home or what happened…  Thankfully this made him wake up and decide to go cold turkey.  He owns a shop in town but has been fighting his whole life against what people think of his family.  I felt for him but he is something else.  Such a wonderfully complex individual comes to light as we watch him struggle against alcohol and against his feelings for Dinah.  He’s wounded but man oh man does he enjoy getting under her own walls to get what he wants.  It was nice to see a man who has such hurt and pain in him not drop down to cruelty when things make him appear to be the bad guy.  His talk with his father was wonderful to see as it shows that this family has a lot of issues to work thru but that redemption and healing are possible no matter how bad it gets.

Dinah…  she’s a piece of work.  I liked how much she was willing to give up to get the dream of being something in a man’s profession (at least in this town) but was even happier that she let Austin in.  She’s got this whole in public I’m not female thing going and it makes most men look the other way.  In reality she wants to find someone and have a family but has resigned herself to not having it all.  She’s put in some bad spots in this with having to arrest Austin for theft but in the grand scheme of things Austin knows she’s just doing her job even if it kills her inside.  Of course him being a bit stubborn makes them fight a bit but when she gives in to her feelings with him it was sweet to see.  This strong woman melting in a strong but broken cowboy’s arms was just awwww..

So if you want a nice story about to people who have issues finding one another this would be a nice one to pick up.  Thanks to NetGalley.com and Harlequin for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

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Flash of Death – Cindy Dees – 3.5 stars

October 11, 2012 Harlequin, NetGalley, Read in 2012 0

On Goodreads I rated this a 4 because it was closer to that than a 3…  I wish GR had 1/2 stars…

Chloe is not having the best of days..  I mean she’s at her sister’s wedding by herself and feels out-of-place watching the happy couple.  Not that she isn’t happy for her sister but it can make you think about what you might be missing.  She’s finally to where she can head back to the hotel but while crossing the street she is almost run over by an SUV.  Luckily instead she gets run over by a hunk o’ man meat…  😉  She’s shaken up but feels an immense amount of chemistry with this man and decides (with the help of alcohol) to take advantage of what he offers.  She tells him some fantasies which they end up living out thru the night but the next day she gets back to the real world with some regrets.  She’s a forensic accountant who is just starting a new job undercover for the FBI and figures she’ll never see him again.  As you know this is a romance soooo….

Trent has undergone some experimental medical treatment for a rare disorder and it has some interesting side effects.  In his case it is increased speed which also has an impact on his metabolism and makes it where the only way he can sleep is to take some mega-sleeping pills.  He’s all playboy on the exterior but when he meets Chloe…  well all bets are off.  As they find out that the SUV was not just a random thing he’s put to task to protect her until someone can figure out who ordered her killed and the threat is dealt with.  He heads out to California to protect her but she initially pushes him away even while she wants him…

I loved seeing this pair figure out how to make a fling in to something more and watching him go all Alpha on her was fun.  I know in real life we would hate that but something about watching an Alpha male protect his woman is fun in romance.  He’s such a messed up soul but they both fill a need (no not just sexually) for each other which was sweet.

So for a quick hot read take a chance on this one…  Trent is just yummy and Chloe is not a complete simpering fool.  I’m going to have to go look at her backlist because I like the style.

Thanks to NetGalley.com and Harlequin for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.

Flash of Death – Cindy Dees – 3.5 stars

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A Home for Nobody’s Princess – Leanne Banks – 3 stars

October 10, 2012 Harlequin, NetGalley, Read in 2012 0

 

I have to say the heroine’s name is a bit silly but bear with it…

 

Coco is still reeling from the death of her adoptive mother and the loss of the only family member she had left.  She’s working as a nanny for sexy rancher, Ben, whose daughter is frightened at the sight of him.  She’s caring and loves little Emma like she was her own.  She gets surprised by representatives of a small island country off the coast of Italy with news that not only do they know who her birth parents are…  her father was the ruler of this country which makes her a princess.  Her birth parents are both deceased so there is no reunion there but she does have multiple half-siblings and one full brother that she could meet if she wishes to.  With the news just coming out about the missing heirs the paparazzi are starting to swarm which disrupts the ranch and Emma.  This leads to a “fake” fiancé arrangement between her and Ben but…  could there be something more brewing?

 

Ben is just trying to do the right thing for everyone..  a mistaken weekend fling with a not so perfect woman resulted in a child.  The death of the mother results in him getting custody of his daughter but…  she cries every time he tries to get near her so he hires a nanny to take care of her while he runs the ranch.  You feel for him as he tries to get to know Emma but he really just wants her happy and if not being around her makes her happy he will do it.  He’s a good man but is convinced that he won’t be with another woman in a committed relationship but when he starts to live this lie with Coco you know that the walls are going to crumble and he will find what he wasn’t looking for.

 

I liked both characters in that they do stay true to themselves even when the most bizarre things are thrown at them.  Watching Coco so desperately want to be loved by the family she never knew she had was heartbreaking but what she ended up getting at the end of the journey was beautiful.

 

If you are looking for a quick sweet read this will be for you and I thank NetGalley.com and Harlequin for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.

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Own the Night – Debbi Rawlins – 3 stars

October 7, 2012 Harlequin, NetGalley, Read in 2012 0

 

While there were problems with this book I did like the main characters.  They both have issues but in this book you see two people who find what they needed when they didn’t realize it.

 

Alana is a strong woman every where but with her mom. She’s definitely city but when push came to shove she discovered that being with Noah was more important to her than the trappings of city life.  She starts this book with the worst of luck and being mistaken for a con-artist makes it even more fun when she runs in to Noah.  She’s a bit lost and out of sorts but strong enough to finally figure out what matters in life and what she wants.  I liked watching her finally figure it out and go for what she needed.

 

Noah was one sexy lawman.  He’s got his own issues but as you see him start to fall for Alana you see one incredible person.  He figures out what he wants and while it hurts him when he thinks she is going to leave he also wants her to make a decision on her own.  Oh and own the decision she makes..  They have some wonderful sexy times but there is a strong sense of heart behind the heat.

 

Overall a nice quick read that I enjoyed.  Thanks to NetGalley.com and Harlequin for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

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Mark of the Witch – Maggie Shayne – 4 stars

October 4, 2012 Harlequin, NetGalley 2

What would you do if you woke up after a weird dream of being thrown off a cliff to rope burns on your wrists?  I think most of us would freak out and probably go babble in a corner but our heroine in this book comes out scared but swinging…

 

Indira is a lapsed Wiccan.  She doesn’t completely buy in to all the Goddess worship or want to be blindly devoted to something just based on trust..  she needs proof.  She’s been hurt before and not had the greatest childhood or life but you get the sense from her that she craves affection and family..  the whole sense of belonging.  She’s blindsided by the dreams she is having and even more blindsided by the instant attraction to Tomas.  She’s known him in the past and this is the man who loved her but was willing to sacrifice her in the name of religion.  While she is vulnerable in this book she is also willing to kick ass even at the expense of herself.  She goes though a lot in this book but when she accepts her destiny you see a woman who has finally figured out not only who she is but what her place in the world is. 

 

Tomas…  sigh..  Tomas..  yummy yummy yummy.  Our first glimpse of him is a man at a crossroads.  He doesn’t believe in his calling to the priesthood any more but at the same time isn’t sure what path he should be on.  He’s also at a crossroads and is very conflicted with his destiny and path in life.  He was an interesting man to get to know and his struggles with the instant attraction and soul-deep yearning for Indy were intriguing to read.  I loved that while he craved her he also was aware enough to wonder is this real or what exactly is it before he acted on it.  That he also was willing to sacrifice everything to keep her safe was heartwarming but I loved how much he let her work through things with just silent support and strength.  Yes he did try to convince her that the insane priest was right but once his heart and mind started to work together he supported her even if it meant turning his back on what he thought he knew. 

 

I loved them together and hope that you will give this book a chance.  Strong characters…  Past loves reunited and insane priests all make for a fun read and I cannot wait for the next one..

 

Thanks to NetGalley.com and Harlequin Mira for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

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