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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Review: Things We Didn’t Say by Kristina Riggle

Things We Didn't Say: A NovelPublisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN: 0062003046
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Fiction/Chick Lit
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Summary from publisher:

What goes unsaid can sometimes speak the loudest . . .

What makes up a family? For Casey it's sharing a house with her fiancÉ, Michael, and his three children, whom she intends to nurture more than she ever took care of herself. But Casey's plans have come undone. Michael's silences have grown unfathomable and deep. His daughter Angel seethes as only a teenage girl can, while the wide-eyed youngest, Jewel, quietly takes it all in.

Then Michael's son, Dylan, runs off, and the kids' mother, a woman never afraid to say what she thinks, noisily barges into the home. That's when Casey decides that the silences can no longer continue. She must begin speaking the words no one else can say. She'll have to dig up secrets—including her own—uncovering the hurts, and begin the healing that is long overdue. And it all starts with just a few tentative words. . . .

My Review:

I have been on a romance kick for a while. Ok, I’m always on a romance kick. But I needed to read something different as all the romance novels I’ve read recently have been merging in my mind to create an weird amalgam of a western/regency/thriller type romance novel. This was a nice break.

I don’t quite know how to describe my feelings about this book. I was a mess of frustration, sadness and hope while reading. Casey was one of those characters that tugged on every heartstring I have. She was trying so hard to fit into Michael’s family in spite of the roadblocks (his teenage kids and his psycho ex). I really liked her but yet I wanted to bash her, Michael, his ex, and his two teenage children over the head with a blunt object. Casey and Michael were content to stuff their heads in the sand instead of dealing with their problems, Mallory, Michael’s ex, was a lunatic and constantly blaming Casy for everything that went wrong in her children’s lives, and the kids themselves were just plain old teenager like.

What I loved the most about this book was how it was just about a family. A family during a not so happy time but a family nonetheless. It didn’t need the bells and whistles of overblown drama because the family was dramatic enough. I also loved that every character got to tell their side in their own voice. Even Mallory. She may just go on my list of villains with Cruella, Ursula, Sirius Black and Ron Weasley. She is truly terrible and it’s very obvious in her chapter that she is unhinged. Each character had a fully developed voice and their point of views are completely developed. I was amazed at how Riggle was able adapt to each character’s voice so well.

I was completely amazed by this book. I loved it. It was a family drama in the best sense possible.

 

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*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Review: Heart of the Highland Wolf by Terry Spear

Heart of the Highland WolfPublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402245521
Pages: 416 pages
Genre: Romance/Paranormal
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Summary from publisher:
It's a matter of pride...
Modern day werewolf laird Ian MacNeill reluctantly allows a film production company to use his castle, but he knows his secretive clan has a big problem when a beautiful red werewolf female who insists she's working on the film keeps showing up in the wrong places... and a matter of pleasure...
Julia Wildthorn is not who she says she is-she's sneaking into Argent Castle to steal an ancient relic for her grandfather and to do research for her next werewolf romance novel. When she catches a glimpse of Ian, she realizes he's the perfect hero...
My Review:

I love Highander romances and I love shapeshifter romances. So this looked to be a perfect combination of all the things that I love. I also have loved the previous books in this series. I was really excited about this one.

Julia was admittedly not my favorite heroine that I have come across recently. I couldn’t seem to connect with her at all. It’s not that I didn’t like her but she was just a mite flat. I think I would have been more interested if Julia’s friend Maria had been the heroine. Ian was the typical alpha male…which is good. He was protective and strong. I definitely liked him much better than I liked Julia. I did not think that the chemistry between Ian and Julia was as intense as I would have liked it. I mean there was chemistry but it wasn’t spectacular.

I liked this book quite a bit while I was reading it. But, and this happens very rarely, I lost my interest almost immediately after I finished. I know it seems normal that you lose interest once you finish reading but with me, I usually give another pass through the book but I simply did not feel the urge to do that with this one. I also did not like the subplot of the story with the box and the promise. It did serve it’s purpose but I thought I was too much of a focus. I have loved the previous books in this series but this one, while I liked it, was not my favorite. I will still continue with the rest of the series and the previous books make up some of my favorite shapeshifter romances ever.

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*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Pash, Pick or Pass-Sookie’s Harem

I love this new meme at Belle’s Bookshelf. What girl doesn’t do this to every male she knows that isn’t related?

Pass:

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Alcide-I do have to admit the boy is pretty---but he has the personality of a piece of dry, unbuttered toast. Also, he has notable bad taste in women, so, I would likely take any interest he had in me as an insult.

Bill-I can’t stand Bill to the point of hatred. I like Stephen Moyer and think him and Anna are adorable but Bill, I could mafia toss him out of a speeding car and not feel guilty. If Alan Ball or Charlaine Harris has Bill end up with Sookie, I will throw a major fit.

Pash

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Eric-I love Eric. I am a die-hard Eric and Sookie shipper. But for me, Eric would definitely be a one time only thing. He’s pretty and all but he’s too…cold, dead Viking for me.

Pick:

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Sam-I would marry Sam. He’s just so cuddly and loyal. I will be supremely pissed if he ends up with Sookie in the books or the series but I can’t help but love him more than the vamps for me.

Review: The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook by Matt Dunn

The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook: Eddie will do whatever it takes to become her Mr. RightPublisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 9781402243455
Pages: 368 pages
Genre: Fiction/Humor
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Summary from publisher:
"It's not me-it's you."
After ten years, Jane's had enough of Edward Middleton. "You've let yourself go," she tells him. "So I'm letting you go too."
Determined to get her back, Edward realizes he must learn how to make women want him again. But right now, he's the kind of man who puts the "ex" in "sexy." One thing is certain: if he's going to be Jane's Mr. Right, he needs to turn himself around. From Atkins to Waxing, Edward begins working his way through the makeover alphabet.
But is a change in appearance what Jane really wants? Can cuddly Teddy really become sexy Eddie? Or is there more to the dating game than meets the eye?
My Review:
I have been remiss in reading this one. I don’t know why. I knew it would be good and funny but it just never occurred to me to pick it up.
If there ever was a book that gave you a glimpse into the male psyche, it’s this one. Edward is probably the most clueless man I have ever come across and if he is an example of how men think, I think we are all in trouble. He is completely unable to take a subtle hint. He takes everything his ex-girlfriend says literally—never take your girlfriend literally. Don’t get me wrong, I liked him. Very much. But he was just so clueless. I wanted to smack him upside the head at times but, yet, he is the exact type of guy, I would date. I really couldn’t stand Jane at all. She was with Edward for 10 years. If it took her 10 years to figure out that he wasn’t going to get any better then she’s a bit of an idiot, isn’t she? It’s doubtful that she’s as perfect as she is expecting Edward to be. I was happy when he ended up with someone who could appreciate him as the good guy that he is.
I have been really in with the funny books lately. I very rarely gravitate towards books that make me laugh but this one was great. I found myself laughing out loud in very inappropriate places—my Dr’s “quiet” waiting room. It’s a very British type of humor that I tend to gravitate towards. This comparison probably gets overused but Edward did remind me of a male Bridget Jones. He was just as funny and just as embarrassing. He made me cringe in sympathetic embarrassment but all the while, I was still cheering for him.
I have the review for the sequel (Ex-Girlfriends United), which is even better than this one in my humble opinion, coming tomorrow (or the next day—depending on whether or not I have a cupcake baking catastrophe again).
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*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.

Review: Demons Prefer Blondes by Sidney Ayers

Demons Prefer BlondesPublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402251742
Pages: 416 pages
Genre: Romance/Paranormal
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Summary from publisher:
A BAD DAY FOR A DEMON

Rafe Deleon is a senior demon and he resents like hell his assignment to Earth to retrieve the Chest of the Damned before it falls into the wrong hands. But then he meets beautiful, intriguing succubus Lucy Gregory and she's just unleashed a whole load of trouble...

REALLY SUCKS FOR A SUCCUBUS

Lucy's chic suburban beauty salon has suddenly become the Underworld's center of mass chaos and destruction. The only good thing in a day going rapidly down the tubes is the arrival of a gorgeous demon who's adamant that he can help her...
But Lucy has quite a few deeply unpleasant--not to mention deadly and hateful--surprises ahead of her, and surely there's never been a worse time to try out a new boyfriend...

My Review:


There are just some times when you are craving a book slightly off your beaten path. I experienced that feeling recently and I picked up Demons Prefer Blondes. It’s not something that I would usually pick up often but I found myself in the mood for a humorous paranormal romance. This was perfect.

Lucy was such a refreshing heroine. I have been inundated with really intense heroines. It was nice to meet one that I could laugh at. She had this sarcastic sense of humor that I found hysterical. I liked her quite a bit and never really had a moment where I wanted to strangle her with a garden hose. Rafe was ---why are all perfect heroes named Rafe? I’ve never come across a dud-hero named Rafe. He was definitely a tough one but I think I liked him more because of that. He countered the humor of Lucy’s character (and just about every other character) very well.

Demons Prefer Blondes was the type of paranormal romance I usually avoid—I prefer it to be a bit darker. But I didn’t realize how desperate I was for a funny read until I read this one. And this one was most definitely funny. I found myself chuckling and giggling throughout most of it. The humor was also not outlandish or at the expense of the romance. I did love the secondary characters—especially Squeaky. Who couldn’t love a chimp with a squeaky little voice and a penchant for mobster movies. I tend to like anyone who shares my love of mobster movies.

I cannot wait for the next book, Demons Like It Hot. Matthias sounds even more prettified than Rafe…if that’s possible

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*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Review: Trace of Fever by Lori Foster

Trace of Fever (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor)Publisher: HQN Books
ISBN: 037377575X
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Romance/Suspense
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Summary from publisher:
Undercover mercenary Trace Rivers loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned mission. First he'll earn the trust of corrupt businessman Murray Coburn, then gather the proof he needs to shut down the man's dirty smuggling operation. It's a perfect scheme—until Coburn's long-lost daughter saunters in with her own deadly plan for revenge.
With a smile like an angel and fire in her eyes, Priscilla Patterson isn't who she seems to be. But neither is the gorgeous bodyguard who ignites all her senses. Joining forces to plot Coburn's downfall, Priss and Trace must fight the undeniable heat between them. For one wrong move, one lingering embrace, will expose them to the wrath of a merciless opponent….
My Review:
This is another one of the books I finished during the 48 Hour Book Challenge. This book and its predecessor were the perfect books to get me through the long 48 hours. They were action-packed, fast paced and sweet all at the same time.

I do have to admit that I did not like Priss as much as I liked Molly. I did like her but she lacked some of the awesome that defined Molly. Molly’s strength seemed to be a bit more controlled. Priss was sort of foolhardy and impulsive. Not to say that’s bad but sometimes I wanted to give a good smack upside the head. Trace was a character that I was looking forward to reading about when I was reading When You Dare. He was sweet with a good amount of alpha-male tendencies. Totally a good thing. I still like Dare more (it’s the gruffness) but Trace was quite the good distraction for a couple of hours during the readathon.

Lori Foster really knows how to create an amazing romantic suspense. Both the romance and suspense are always completely balanced out and interesting. Usually when I read books like this I skim the suspense parts (hate to admit it but I do). But with Lori Foster’s books, the suspense holds my interest just as much as the romance. The bad guy was uber-creepy. I almost never admit that bad guys freak me out but this one did. Trace and Priss also had a great chemistry. Despite my annoyance with Priss, their chemistry rivaled Molly and Dare’s. I am most definitely waiting for the next book Savor the Danger because Alani and Jackson’s story looks to be amazing.

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*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Review: When You Dare by Lori Foster

When You Dare (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor)Publisher: HQN Books
ISBN: 0373775717
Pages: 448 pages
Genre: Romance/Suspense 
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Summary from publisher:
Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he'll take the mission he's offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who'd had her kidnapped—and for the first time, Dare's tempted to combine work with pleasure.
Fiercely independent, Molly vows to trust no one until she's uncovered the truth. Could the enemy be her powerful estranged father? The ex-fiancé who still holds a grudge? Or the not-so-shy fan of her bestselling novels? As the danger heats up around them, the only anchor Molly has is Dare himself. But what she feels for him just might be the most frightening thing of all….
My Review:
I have been in the mood for a good romantic suspense lately. I think I’ve been too entrenched in the regency world lately and I needed a break---not a long one but a break nonetheless. I leant this book to my mother before I even picked it up—she loved it. I had to sneak it back during the 48 Hour Reading Challenge. I loved it just as much as my mother did.
I loved Molly. I don’t think I have ever come across a heroine quite like her. Many of the heroines I have come across in books like this have been through a trauma of some sort but none have had the innate strength that Molly did. Not that they haven’t been strong but, perhaps, they haven’t been as convincing. Dare was the epitome of the strong, protective hero that I love to find in books like this. I developed a huge romance novel crush on him. He’s a dog guy man enough to tell his best friend that he loved him. Both of those things only added to his awesome score.  Dare did have a gruffness about him that I loved but the gentle way he treated Molly, his dogs and his best friend, Chris, made me love him all the more and it did not take anything away from the Big Damn Hero thing he had going.
I usually tend to gravitate towards the romance plot of any given romance novel. And that was true with this one. The chemistry between Dare and Molly was intense and definitely worth the price of admission.  I thought that the romance and suspense plots worked very well together with neither plot dominating. Both plots were really well-developed and well-written. But, oddly enough, what really interested me was the mystery.  I also did not know who the bad guy was until we met them. I literally had no idea. I usually figure it out after a couple of chapters—meaning I skip to the end of the book.
This is definitely an author I will be following (fangirling). I have to read “Ready, Set, Jett”,the novella about Natalie and Jett, as well as the last book in the series, Savor The Danger. I will be posting my review of Trace of Fear tomorrow.
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*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.

Friday Events (June 24th)

 

Important and utterly selfish! I need your advice on something---I have recently come into a $100 Amazon GC. I have run out of romance authors to buy and I am wanting to buy something sort of specific--

           -Recency romance
           -many books—can be individual books from different authors or just many from one author
          -the rakes are really rakish. Bordering on mean. Kind of like Never A Gentleman by Eileen Dreyer or Sinful and Addicted by Charlotte Feathersome.
        -I also like the really old-time romance novels from the 70’s and 80’s but that’s not a priority now…I’m just burning to spend the GC.

The authors I have already maxed out on during my last binge are: Mary Balogh, Stephanie Laurens, Lisa Kinsale, Rosemary Rogers, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Elaine Coffman, Lisa Kleypas, Johanna Lindsay, Jo Beverly, Laurie McBain, Mary Jo Putney Judith McNaught.

Book bloggers are the only people I trust to recommend books to me. I am at a book buying loss. I feel like an angel that has lost her wings.

Cupcake of the week: Smores, Crème Brûlée, Cotton Candy

Flavors I’ve been pondering-Fig and Vanilla Bean, Goat Cheese and Cranberry

Reviews posted this week:

  1. Next To Love by Ellen Feldman
  2. A Crowded Marriage by Catherine Alliott
  3. Hush by Cherry Adair
  4. With All My Might by Gabriella Van Rij
  5. Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller
  6. Killer Stuff and Tons of Money by Maureen Stanton

This week's question is:    

Q. In light of the Summer Solstice. Also known as Midsummer...let's talk about fairies. What is your favorite fairy tale or story that revolves around the fae?

I’m going to talk Disney movies here because I’m afraid to admit that I haven’t read any actual fairy tales aside from a few Hans Christian Andersons. My favorite fairy tale (ie Disney movie aside from Newsies) has to be Beauty and the Beast. I don’t know why. I always thought that the Beast was the best hero out of all of them. It might also have been the start of my love of romance novels. I mean kind girl tames the heart of the gruff but broken hero. C’mon. It’s still awesome. But I do have to admit, he lost some of his charm when he got all pretty and blond at the end.

 

Book Blogger Hop
 
When did you realize reading was your passion and a truly important part of your life?

I always knew that I loved to read. My mother is a big bookworm—maybe even worse than me. We always had a dedicated hour or two in the day for reading and we took weekly trips to the local library. It started when I was a baby and, believe it or not, I still dedicate an hour or two everyday. Reading has always been a passion but, I think, it was really bashed into my head when I read Anne of Green Gables and Little Women for the first time—it was the first time I had ever been really absorbed by a book.

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Summer Love: Where is your ideal place to take a summer vacation & get lost in a book?

I am not a fan of the warm weather at all. So I would stay away from the Caribbean or any place like that. I would probably veer towards cooler weather—maybe Canada or Northern England or Scotland. I really hate the heat and find it difficult to read when it’s hot. My ideal reading location on vacation would be in a nice air conditioned hotel or cottage with no interruptions.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Review: Killer Stuff and Tons of Money by Maureen Stanton

Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market AmericaPublisher: Penguin Press HC
ISBN: 1594202931
Pages: 336 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Summary from publisher:

One dealer's journey from the populist mayhem of flea markets to the rarefied realm of auctions reveals the rich, often outrageous subculture of antiques and collectibles.

Millions of Americans are drawn to antiques and flea-market culture, whether as participants or as viewers of the perennially popular Antiques Roadshow or the recent hit American Pickers. This world has the air of a lottery: a $20 purchase might net you four, five, or six figures. Master dealer Curt Avery, the unlikely star of Killer Stuff and Tons of Money, plays that lottery every day, and he wins it more than most. Occasionally he gets lucky, but more often, he draws on a deep knowledge of America's past and the odd, fascinating, and beautiful objects that have survived it.

Week in, week out, Avery trawls the flea and antiques circuit-buying, selling, and advising other dealers in his many areas of expertise, from furniture to glass to stoneware, and more. On the surface, he's an improbable candidate for an antiques dealer. He wrestled in high school and still retains the pugilistic build; he is gruff, funny, and profane; he favors shorts and sneakers, even in November; and he is remarkably generous toward both competitors and customers who want a break.

But as he struggles for a spot in a high-end Boston show, he must step up his game and, perhaps more challenging, fit in with a white-shoe crowd. Through his ascent, we see the flea-osphere for what it truly is-less a lottery than a contact sport with few rules and many pitfalls. This rich and sometimes hilarious subculture rewards peculiar interests and outright obsessions-one dealer specializes in shrunken heads; another wants all the postal memorabilia he can get. So Avery must be a guerrilla historian and use his hard-earned knowledge of America's past to live by and off his wits. Only the smartest survive in one of America's most ruthless meritocracies.

Killer Stuff and Tons of Money is many things: an insider's look at a subculture replete with arcane traditions and high drama, an inspiring account of a self-made man making his way in a cutthroat field, a treasure trove of tips for those who seek out old things themselves, and a thoroughly fresh, vibrant view of history as blood sport.

My Review:

I read this one while I was baking a couple hundred cupcakes. You would be surprised how much reading you can get done while baking.

I have to admit that I am kind of in love with this book. I am an Antiques Roadshow addict. Both the American and British version. I love antiques and I love learning about their history.  I am kind of obsessed and that’s why this book appealed to me. I loved this book because I felt like I was a part of the action. I loved all of the crazy, zany characters I met during Maureen’s time in the antiques world. They definitely made the book come alive and many of them are characters that I won’t be forgetting any time soon.

I absolutely loved the descriptiveness. I learned so much about antiques and the flea market. I love books that teach me something new. I now feel as if I could survive—not well but still survive—in an flea market or antique dealing atmosphere. I love that this was not a dry, overly informative book about the antiques world—as the cover would lead you to think. Killer Stuff and Tons of Money was interesting and fun. It was also quite funny at times. It kind of reminded me of Candy Freak by Steve Almond. They are about completely different subjects but both Maureen and Steve delved into a world that many of us are not familiar with and did it in a very interesting and engaging way.

I’m not usually into non-fiction but this is the exact type of non-fiction that I love to read. Highly recommended.

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*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Review: Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller

Creed's Honor (Hqn)Publisher: HQN Books
ISBN: 0373775806
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Western/Contemporary
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Summary from publisher:
Conner Creed knows exactly who he is: a hardworking rancher carrying on his uncle's legacy in Lonesome Bend, Colorado. Maybe a small-town cowboy's life isn't his dream, but he owes the man who took him in as a kid. Until the identical twin brother he's been estranged from for years reenters his life.
Conner struggles with identity issues as he gets to know his wilder brother. And then he meets Tricia McCall, a beautiful woman who knows a thing or two about living someone else's dreams. Together, they just might find their own dreams right here in Lonesome Bend….
My Review:  
I love Linda Lael Miller. I have most of her books tucked away in my bookshelf and they all have been read more than once. She is another of those authors that I share with my mother. Especially her older books-I stole them from my mother. I was tremendously excited to read this one. I am writing this review in the middle of a baking marathon—so it might be a bit rambling.
I really liked Tricia. I did wonder about her at the start. She seemed to be a little weak. I mean her eyes were always burning for some reason or another. I began to worry if she had an eye ailment. But as the book went on, I began to like her more. I loved Connor. He was such as strong hero but he had a really sweet soft side as well. I thought he had great chemistry with Tricia but what I loved more was that they didn’t spend too much time together in the book. They weren’t always attached to each other’s hip. It gave them a great opportunity to develop as characters on their own.
As always with Linda Lael Miller, the writing and character and plot development were spot on. I loved the slow development of the romance. Both Tricia and Connor were given a chance to develop on their own and then as a couple. I also love the importance of animals. By the end, I wanted to give Valentino such a big cuddle. I also need that recipe for the chili (if there is one). It sounded so good and made me so hungry that I was forced to make subpar chili at midnight.
I absolutely must buy the first book in this series (A Creed in Stone Creek) and I can’t wait for the next book (Creed’s Honor).
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*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.
 

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