Publisher: Harlequin

Wyoming Rugged by Diana Palmer

Posted March 9, 2016 by Kate in Didn't Finish, Review / 0 Comments
Wyoming Rugged by Diana Palmer

So I picked up this book because I have read Diana Palmer before, I read Lawless and I enjoyed it, so I figured I would enjoy this book as well. This almost never happens to me, but this was a book I legitimately could not finish. I had a hard time with this book right from the beginning, but in general for me I won’t declare a book DNF until I make it to at least 10-20%. So I stuck it out for a while with this book, but it did not get any better for me. So my biggest problems with this book was basically the writing style and the way speech patterns of the characters. As for the writing style, the POV just felt weird, and stiff, like as if someone people watching was narrating what was happening, like it was kind of generic with a lot more telling then showing. And the way the characters talk was not believable. In the first chapter is basically starts with Niki, the heroine, going on a bad blind date (or at least your told she’s on a bad blind date), who upon dropping her off at her father’s house basically tries to rape her. And while that is horrible, it was painful to read, not just because of the subject matter but because of how it written. Ms. Palmer illustrates of vulnerable Niki is by saying, “Even though she wasn’t a tiny girl, she was slender, and she had no martial […]

Broken Open by Lauren Dane

Posted September 19, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Broken Open by Lauren Dane

 I don’t think this book was exactly what I was expecting, like I knew from the synopsis that the book had a lot to do with two people who are kind of stepping out of dark periods of their lives and spend some time, let’s call it, “enjoying each others company”. But it ended up being a lot more about these individual people trying to find a way to step out of the walls they have built around themselves and moving past some serious stuff in their past. I really liked Tuesday. She was just so complex and interesting. I loved that she’s such a strong person, but yet really has no idea that she is. I can’t imagine losing my spouse, so it’s completely understandable that she would take some time getting over it, but when this book starts she is well on her way to rebuilding her life and making her professional dreams come true. I liked what a good friend she is, and also what a good daughter she is. She tries to do the right thing when it comes to her in-laws, which let me tell you if I was, I wouldn’t have been so patient with them. Ezra was really intriguing to me, he’s a very famous musician and he is coming back from being a heroin addict. Talk about an intense thing to move on from. He has basically removed himself from his old temptations by becoming a work-a-holic on the family ranch, and […]

The Puppy Proposal by Katie Meyer

Posted September 13, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Puppy Proposal by Katie Meyer

As all of my readers are aware of, I love animals, specifically dogs, so when this book came my way and I saw the title of the book, I knew I had to read it. Another thing that really stuck out to me about this book was the setting, I haven’t spent a lot of time in Florida, but I have spent a lot of time in small towns, and I think they make awesome settings for books, especially when that small town way of life is threatened by the big city businessman who wants to come in change it all. So I guess I was expecting Nic to be like big time business man from NYC, you know kind of rough around the edges, only concerned with the bottom line, I totally didn’t expect him to be so conflicted about things. When he shows up on Paradise Isle, he is looking to buy a hotel and some land, so he can put a big sky-scrapper hotel and turn sleepy little Paradise Isle into a tourist stop complete with chains and nightclubs. But being on the island really showed him what he was missing in life, the way of life is such a slower pace and he is finally feeling like he can relax for the first time in years. Plus he meets Jillian who is super attached to the island the way it is, and oh man does Nic feel conflicted about his plans. As for Jillian, she’s really […]

Flirting With Disaster by Victoria Dahl

Posted September 2, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Flirting With Disaster by Victoria Dahl

I have had this book for longer then I care to admit, I think I picked it up and then forgot I did (but haven’t we all been guilty of that), so when I stumbled upon it again, it was the best happy accident. I loved the setting of the book, out away from big cities, in the woods, Isabelle West had been living a solitary life for a long time, and I don’t think she ever expected a U.S. Marshal to show up one day and throw a wrench into her life. So Isabelle is so interesting to me. First of all, she has the strongest and initially strangest reaction to having a U.S. Marshall on her doorstep asking her if she has seen anything out of the ordinary. I mean she actually doesn’t believe this guy is who he says he is and is kind of openly hostile to him. Clearly she is hiding something or hiding from someone, and it just makes her all the more interesting. As the book goes on and she starts to let her guard down you get to know the real Isabelle. She’s fun and careful, super independent, and honestly, she says the funniest things. It’s like she doesn’t care what anyone else thinks so she says whats on her mind when its on her mind, and she thinks so dirty thoughts (which I loved!). I liked Isabelle, just completely liked her. So Tom is the Marshall in question, and something about […]

Charming the Firefighter by Beth Andrews

Posted August 17, 2015 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Charming the Firefighter by Beth Andrews

I do love a romance with a firefighter, not really sure why, but I love me a good firefighter. So this is the fifth book in the series, so I was a little bit worried that jumping in this late in the game, but it’s a stand alone romance so I went for it. So I have to say that I didn’t really like Penelope. I wanted to, I really did, it just didn’t happen for me. So first a little bit about her, she is a single mom of a teenager boy (he’s sixteen I believe), and he wasn’t always the healthiest kid. It’s easy to understand why Penelope would be overprotective of her son considering the amount of time they spent in a hospital fighting for him to life. That being said, she actually came off more weepy then over protective. She goes out of her way not to have a life, and the only thing her life is about is her kid. She meets Leo after over indulging in some wine and having a bit of an accident with a grill, and the most memorable part of that meeting is that her neighbor is super annoying, even for a teenager. At the end of the day Penelope is way too much inside her head, and a little bit to boring for me. Now it took me a while to get a good feel for Leo. When we first meet him he is at a family get together, […]

The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre

Posted August 15, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre

I like college books, especially when they involve two friends starting to develop feelings for one another, it’s always been one of my go to storylines for a good book. I also enjoyed the second book in this series, so I knew I was going to read this book as well. So when the book starts we meet Courtney and Max, and they are on the lookout for a new roommate. I loved the dynamic between the roommates (Angus included), they have such a great and easy banter, and it was easy to really like them all right off the bat. Courtney and Max seem to have a good friendship, but it’s not until Max tells her that his grandfather has died and wants her to come with him to face the family he has left behind, that their friendship becomes much deeper. I liked Courtney, she clearly marches to the beat of her own drum, and I really loved how much she stands up to her parents. I like that she is trying to find her own way, and is willing to take chances in order to figure out what she wants from her life. She has gone through some hard times when she was in high school, the death of her first love and some serious addiction issues that she fell into after her boyfriend died, so I was super impressed that she was able move forward with her life. I liked Max less then I liked Courtney. […]

Riding Dirty by Jill Sorenson

Posted July 2, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Riding Dirty by Jill Sorenson

I really love MC books, I blame Madeline Sheehan for that, so anytime there is an MC book out there with a good description I’m all for it. A couple of things stood out for me in the synopsis, the first was that Mia is working as a psychologist with the police and she has big plans for Cole, using him to get back at the people who killed her husband and changed her life forever. I liked the whole elements of Cole being stuck between his loyalty to the MC and the cops who want him to be an informant. So first up I will start with Mia. I really felt for her, she went through a horrible ordeal with the event that took the life of her husband and landed her with a new identity and being in the witness protection program. I mean talk about losing everything in one fell swoop. I had a lot of respect for the fact that she had picked up her life and started over and has a career as a forensic psychologist. I also really liked that she had a revenge plan because of love books about revenge, they always make things interesting and heighten the drama in the book. Cole was definitely not what I was expecting, yes he has that whole alpha guy thing going for him, but he wasn’t really like a lot of the MC guys I have read before. I think that’s probably because he didn’t […]