Posts Categorized: Read in 2012

Three River Ranch – Roxanne Snopek – 4 stars

October 16, 2012 NetGalley, Read in 2012 0

Rory just can’t catch a break..  first she’s pregnant and her lowlife ex has not only insinuated the child isn’t his…  he’s been cheating on her and breaks their engagement.  Second the charming little house she is supposed to be renting is a pile of dust, cobwebs and disaster.  Top this off by a cowboy who doesn’t really want her there and you have the formula for a cute romance.  Rory is a mess but under that mess is a good woman who has an incredible heart and mind.  She’s immediately attracted to Carson but with her history I can’t blame her for being a bit gun-shy.  She decides that she’s going to make the best of things and proceeds to do what she can to help Carson with his dream of a sanctuary and in the process she falls for the man he is behind all the hurt.

Carson is a good man with a heart of gold who has been treated like crap by his now deceased father.  He has a chip on his shoulder from this that makes him not be willing to think that he is worthy of love.  He’s convinced that he never wants to get married and that even if he did it wouldn’t work because of the way his father was.  One minor problem..  the only way he can get the property is to marry since he never wants it to be a cattle operation again.  He doesn’t mention this to Rory because he doesn’t feel it would be fair of him to take advantage of a woman in the situation she is in.  He’s drawn to her though and finds himself wondering what it would be like to be with her and have her baby be his.  He’s got a lot of issues and runs hot/cold towards Rory but you sense that he just needs to have a push to get him to finally admit how he feels.

This was a nice fun story with a bit of tension but overall a pleasant read.  I give this 4 stars and thank Entangled Publishing and NetGalley.com for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.

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A Reason to Believe – Diana Copland – 4 stars

October 16, 2012 Carina Press, NetGalley, Read in 2012 0

 

Another wonderful read that happens to be M/M.  I’m finding more and more of these that I truly enjoy when just a few months ago I would have run away..  very far away.

 

Matthew is wound way too tight and needs something to bring him back to life.  He’s lost his partner in both life and work to violent crime but until the funeral his co-workers didn’t know that he was even gay.  He gets called out to help find a little girl who has gone missing but while at the house interviewing the parents he sees something he truly doesn’t believe in.  You see the little girl’s ghost guides him to her body.  He makes the mistake of letting his superiors know what he sees and is promptly put on leave.  I felt for him because not only is he still dealing with the death of his love but the repercussions of coming out when a cop.  He’s a great guy and when he finally allows himself to live and feel again it was wonderful to see.  I loved how he doesn’t believe in ghosts but when confronted by both the little girl and Keirnan he finally starts to understand maybe everything isn’t what shows on the surface that we can touch and see but that there is something else there we just can’t explain.

 

Kiernan was fun to get to know.  He really knows how to push people’s buttons and loves to see people squirm when confronted with things that they can’t see or touch.  He is deeper than people give him credit for and really has a great heart.  He’s doing what he loves but has been burned many times in the past for loving the wrong people.  He and his sister are all alone in the world even though their parents are still alive.  I’m happy he had her to support him growing up but I loved watching he and Matt fall for one another.  I think this relationship will allow both of them to have something they need at a primal level plus give his sister the chance to live her own life.

 

The mystery in this was well written and kept me guessing until the reveal.  I’m glad that NetGalley.com and Carina Press were nice enough to let me read this in exchange for my honest review.

 

A Reason to Believe – Diana Copland – 4 stars

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Down for the Count – Christine Bell – 4.5 stars

October 15, 2012 Purchased, Read in 2012 0

What can I say other than a huge huge thank you to Fatin and Lillie for getting me interested in this book by once again tweeting all sorts of good info about it.  Oh and isn’t that cover just absolutely gorgeous…  🙂

I have to say I liked Lacey but man oh man did Galen do a number on my heart. He’s sexy as all get out plus wonderfully kind to the woman who holds his heart. Did he know this when the story began??? Nope but when he finally realizes it does he go after what he wants…

They have been sniping buddies for years but you know what that usually means.. Unrequited love love love…

She’s humiliated at her wedding reception by walking in on her new husband having sex with one of her only friends in the world (oh yeah also happened to be one of her bridesmaids..) but she doesn’t let that stop her from uttering one of the funniest things I have read in a long time..

Just trust me you’ll love this quick read for the many LOL moments but also for the heart behind the heat between the leads.

Go grab it!!!!

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Sole Possession – Bryn Donovan – 4 stars

October 15, 2012 Carina Press, NetGalley, Read in 2012 0

David has what most people dream of – a career he loves, money enough to be comfortable and great looks…  Unfortunately he doesn’t have nor did he ever truly have the one thing most people take for granted…  The love of his family.  His mom died when he was still young and his father was an abusive cruel man.  He’s inherited the house but all he wants to do is get it fixed up enough to sell so he can finally put everything behind him.  He’s not open to anything more than a quick no-strings affair because he has convinced himself that his family is cursed when it comes to love.  He needs a contractor to clean up the woodwork in the house and ends up getting our heroine which does not make him a happy man.  There is something about this house and he does not want any woman to have to anything to do with it as long as he owns it.

Andi is trying to make a go of her contracting business and is a little pissed when David tries to fire her before he even gives her a shot.  She’s stubborn though and manages to keep the job.  The thing is she’s a bit spooked when she sees a face in the grain of the wood but doesn’t say anything because when she was younger her family treated her like she was insane rather than believe that she could see ghosts.  She’s attracted to David but is trying hard to keep everything between them professional.  As this is a romance you know how well that went, it isn’t long before the two of them find themselves trying to figure out what exactly is growing between them.  She’s willing to fight for something she feels is right even though the house and the spirits within are pushing them apart.

I found myself creeped out a bit by the house but I loved the man they brought in to help figure things out and am glad the story resolved the way it did.  I’m very thankful to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  This is a great first book in a new genre for the author.

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Shadow Valley – Kate Sherwood – 4 stars

October 14, 2012 Carina Press, NetGalley, Read in 2012 0

Megan is not having a good year…  First an old affair she had with a married governor has come to light years after the fact.  She made a mistake plain and simple but people are making her out to be a whore.  She is sent to rural Montana to try to help figure out if state dollars are being wasted on items that don’t need priority.  On the way she ends up in the ditch but is rescued by our hero.  She’s trying to figure out how to make the best of a bad situation and ends up in the middle of a pissing contest between local and federal agencies.  In the process of getting to the bottom of the drug trade she also ends up getting targeted by some very messed up people.  I enjoyed watching her admit to her mistakes but also own the fact that she couldn’t change people’s opinions but needed to make her own way.  She does have moments of self-pity but you don’t see her moaning and groaning about it.  What you see is a woman who made a mistake, owns it and is just wanting to prove she is more than the affair.

Joe Cody has always been judged by people who know his family.  I mean if they know you are a Cody then you must be a drug dealer or involved in illegal items.  What we find out about him as the story progresses is that he is a good man in a bad situation.  He is drawn to Megan and watching them dance around one another was fun.  He’s sexy, Alpha, and very mysterious.  You aren’t 100% sure for most of the book what side he will end up on but when you get to know him…  *sigh*.

I’m going to stay quiet on a lot of items as I want to keep some of the mystery of both Joe and the other players in this story as I liked the by-play between all the characters.  I have to thank NetGalley.com and Carina Press for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

 

Shadow Valley – Kate Sherwood – 4 stars

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Saving the Rifleman – Julie Rowe – 4 stars

October 14, 2012 Carina Press, NetGalley, Read in 2012 0

Wow..  What a powerful read in such a small package.  Class wars combined with a real war make for a tense read but even though the love story comes to fruition quickly under the pressures of war it is believable.  I loved the main pair and seeing how two people who should not find love find such a wonderful thing was heartwarming.

Maria is a British nurse working in a Belgian hospital when she finds a wounded British solider hiding in the supply closet that she was going to hide in.  She’s frightened but his eyes draw her in and she instantly trusts him.  She makes sure that he gets the help he needs for his wounds and then finds out that not only does he need to get smuggled out of the country but that she has to go with him for her own safety.  Sure she’s helped get others smuggled out but this will be a first for her.  She’s smart in a time where women were supposed to be wives and mothers but even more she’s smart when a working-class woman or even man shouldn’t be.  She has issues with the whole British class system and this plays a major role in what happens with her solider.  She wants him but due to the definite differences in their birth class she pushes him away.  I loved watching her quick-wit and ability to think outside the box when push comes to shove but that she does let her guard down with him and gives in to her feelings.

John is wounded and afraid when Maria discovers him in the closet but also instantly drawn to this woman who immediately trusts him and puts herself in danger to save him.  He’s from the upper class in Britain which instantly creates a boundary between the two of them.  He doesn’t understand where this comes from as he has never wanted someone so badly in his life.  He looks beyond the surface to the woman underneath and what he sees he wants.  He does so much to get them both out of the situation alive but also pushes her to let him in and see them as a couple for not only this moment but in life outside of war.  I loved his Alpha behavior when times called for it but loved when he bowed to her wishes and followed her lead.  You have to love a man who values the opinions of a woman even more so during a time period when women were property and nothing more.

Grab this one because it is such a heartwarming story during a time when the world was in pure upheaval.  I’m so thankful that NetGalley.com and Carina Press for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.

Saving the Rifleman – Julie Rowe – 4 stars

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Moonlight & Mechanicals – Cindy Spencer Pape – 4 stars

October 14, 2012 Carina Press, NetGalley, Read in 2012, Steampunk 0

I still need to go back and read the first two in this series but I love it.  I’m just getting in to the whole steampunk realm but these have been fun steps in to that genre.

Wink (I just can’t stomach her full name) is a female engineer in a time period where women of her station are expected to be wives and mothers not career women.  She’s been in love with our hero since she was a child but he’s never seen her as a woman but a friend.  I loved how she knew her own mind but when it came to love she floundered.  She’s had a proposal from a man she could have a perfectly acceptable marriage with if it weren’t for these pesky feelings of passion she feels for our hero.  I liked the fact she was honest with her friend and never made it seem like he had a true chance but was real with him even as she was trying to open her mind a bit just in case.  When she gets the chance to push the boundaries with Liam she does so and boy oh boy does she break his walls down.  I’m looking forward to more from this pair in the later books.

Liam..  such a sexy beast you were.  I loved watching you come to terms with your past and open your heart up to Wink.  He’s always noticed Wink but due to his own issues has decided that his best course of action is getting her paired up with Connor.  He gives Connor ideas on what exactly to get Wink for gifts..  how to woo her..  how to make her his but nothing works.  He just keeps pushing and pushing but fortunately Wink and Connor both see it for what it is and push back.  I understood why he felt the way he did but when he and Wink get together everyone knows what the real story is.  She’s his and he is hers for all time.  That his wolf marks her before he acknowledges the truth was a sweet moment and her reaction to seeing him in wolf form showed him exactly how lucky he was.

I’m glad I read this and would recommend this series to anyone wanting to try out the steampunk realm.  Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

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Calling the Shots – Christine D’Abo – 3 stars

October 13, 2012 Carina Press, NetGalley, Read in 2012 0

I have to say this was my least favorite of the series which made me a bit sad.

Josh has been in the background of the rest of the series so I was holding out a lot of hope that his story would be the best of the series but i think his own problems caused me to not get as invested in him as I would have hoped.  He’s got a lot of problems with his sexual needs (odd since he himself is the owner of the sex club where people can be open about their wants and needs) due to his mother and upbringing.  I loved the glimpses we got of his father as the man seems to have been there when Josh needed him although slightly delayed thru his love for the mom.

We met Beth in a past book under bad circumstances.  She was fired due to having sex with a co-worker/boyfriend at work but is a great person who made a really stupid mistake.  Thankfully for her she was hired by Josh to run his club and has had a major crush on him since day one.  She’s still smarting from her disastrous relationship but is drawn to both Josh and Oliver.  Seeing the two men in such a sexually charged environment like the club makes her dream of what it would be like to be with both of them.  She’s even entertaining thoughts of dominating Oliver but being submissive to Josh.  While watching the three of them dance around one another there is a threat from outside that causes Josh to run away from what they could have but I was happy that she and Oliver still wanted to be together even without him.

Oliver has his own problems…  You see he never thought of himself as bi but was married to a bitch of a woman.  He’s got issues to work thru with his need for Josh and add to that he likes the idea of submitting to his lover in all ways.  He didn’t know this about himself but he has been drawn to both Beth and Josh from day one.  I was happy to see him come to terms with his ex and to terms with his own needs/wants.  I loved watching him break down his walls plus push the boundaries with Beth and Josh.

While this was definitely hot I think the issues the three of them had to work out plus Josh being an ass during a good portion of the book took something out of it.  I still think it was a good read but not on par with the rest.

Thanks to Carina Press and NetGalley.com for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

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Worth the Risk – Charlene Sands – 4 stars

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

 

Sammie has had a bad year.  Her boyfriend ran off with all her money which basically ruins her business…  Oh and since he was her boyfriend there went her love life as well.  She ends up having a one-night stand in Vegas with her new business partner but for the life of her can’t remember a single bit of it other than she was the one that initiated it.  I loved the fact this was a heroine having a memory loss rather than the hero and that she truly does feel guilty about it.  They both agree that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas but…  as we all well know..  such intense chemistry doesn’t usually stay dormant for long.  She moves to Arizona to start her new boot boutique and a new life but things have a way of hitting you upside the head.  She ends up caving in to her cravings for our hero when they get caught in a dust storm but they again go in to denial mode when his ex makes an appearance.  She’s a strong person but seeing her with Jackson made the book.  They have such palpable chemistry and even though they both try to deny it things just make it clear that this is the man for her.

 

Jackson is a confirmed bachelor after his ex played the games she did with his heart.  He loves women.. but not to keep..  more to play with and let go.  Sammie gets under his skin though and starts to break down the walls he has built around his heart.  He’s supremely afraid of commitment but craves it just the same.  He makes some poor decisions in the name of wanting to not get too close but also tends to draw a line in the sand where she is concerned.  If another guy takes interest boy oh boy does he get his hackles up.  The scene with his ex where he finally discovers what he might be losing was awesome and seeing his way of showing Sammie what she means to him was heartwarming.  Their relationship had to go thru a lot to come in to being but I’d love to see them a few years down the road (hint hint).

 

Thanks to NetGalley.com and Harlequin for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.

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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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