Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Husband For Mari

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A Husband for Mari (The Amish Matchmaker)

Feb 1, 2016 | Kindle eBook
by Emma Miller

Back to Amish Country Struggling single mother Mari Troyer decides to move—temporarily—to the Amish community of Seven Poplars. With a place to stay and a good job, Mari soon fits right in with the warm, welcoming Delaware residents. But when her son asks a matchmaker to find Mari a husband, Mari worries that the handsome builder who's become the boy's father figure can never be her intended. James Hostetler requires a wife as committed to the Amish life as he is. Need brought Mari to Seven Poplars, but maybe love and renewed faith will make her stay forever.

This is another excellent installment in "The Amish Matchmaker" series and I can't wait for the third book.

It is a fairly quick read at only 224 pages and a great book to curl up with on a cold winters day.

Even though I am a non-believer I can recognize the spirituality behind this book, and how Mari has troubles deciding whether she is coming back tot he church for her beliefs or because she just want to belong.

Mari left the Faith on the very day of her Baptism. In the ensuing years she has had a child and her husband had left her. She had come home to Wisconsin and struggled to make ends meet and to take care of her 9 year old son.

Now she needs to find another job and she travels to Delaware -the Amish community of Seven Poplars. Here she can get back on her feet but she soon finds that it is a place of serenity, family, Faith and fun. And here is where she meets James Hosteltler. He is good not only for Mari, but he is wonderful with her son.

The growth of Mari and especially here son is amazing in these pages and the author's descriptions of the people and town make me want to go live there.

Anything For You by Kristan Higgins

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Anything for You (The Blue Heron Series)

Dec 29, 2015
by Kristan Higgins

Before you get down on bended knee… 

…you should be pretty darn sure the answer will be yes. For ten years, Connor O'Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she's got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard—it's the perfect time to get married.  

When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain't broke, why fix it? Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who's now living with her full-time, and a great career after years of waitressing. What she and Connor have is perfect: friends with an excellent benefits package. Besides, with her difficult past (and reputation), she's positive married life isn't for her. 

But this time, Connor says it's all or nothing. If she doesn't want to marry him, he'll find someone who does. Easier said than done, given that he's never loved anyone but her. And maybe Jessica isn't quite as sure as she thinks…

I generally love this author.  I love her quirky characters and nearly impossible situations.  But this book was a little too 'real' for me at times. Too many times did I need to wipe the tears form my eyes. Then at other times I just wanted to throw this book against the wall. But I'm glad I stuck it out,  even when I felt emotionally drained.  To watch the characters grow and blossom was a journey I'm glad I didn't give up on.

The story was a unique one for me. It deals with several painful issues that plagues quite a few people. We have to deal with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Alcoholic Parents, a teen/ young woman having sex just to protect her brother. And true love.

The book starts out with Conner our hero, on his knees proposing to Jess -the love of his life since he was 12 and was attacked by Jess' brothers pit bull...

My issues with this book is that for the first half, the breaking up/getting back together was cute -but by the second half I just wanted to slap some sense into them, especially Jess. (thank goodness for character growth!)

There are many other interesting  facets to this story that will make the main plot fade into the back-ground at times.

The blending of so many story lines and how the characters grow, is what makes this a book that I will be re-reading and has me giving it 4 stars.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Feel the Burn by G. A. Aiken

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Feel the Burn (Dragonkin)

Nov 24, 2015

 War makes strange bedfellows. 
I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman. Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…

This is a book that seems to be written as a series of meshed novellas, rather than the single novel it is supposed to be. I had been loosing interest in this series a couple of books back and decided to give this author another shot since the beginning of the series was so much fun.  However, nothing seems to have changed and I find that it just isn't fun anymore.

The interaction between the main lovers doesn't even start until you are approximately 43% through with the book.  There are so many sub-plots by this point in the book, that I can't keep them all straight.  I am sure that they are all straightened out by the end, but I have simply lost interest in what might happen in the future.

It is too bad too since the main plot of the desecration of the Temples, was  an interesting one. However, Gaius and Kachka just got on my nerves after a while...especially Kachka. Trying to see them in a romance no matter how it was going to be portrayed - was typical of this author.  Take two highly unlikely, poles apart people (dragon King/female warrior and shove them into bed together and voilà  instalove!  This trope is getting old.

The editing/formatting issues had supposedly been fixed, but you can't prove it by my Kindle edition!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

An Amish Noel (The Amish Bachelors) Kindle Edition

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An Amish Noel (The Amish Bachelors) 

Dec 1, 2015by Patricia Davids
An Amish Homecoming Luke Bowman's homecoming is turning Emma Swartzentruber's carefully ordered world upside down. Gone is her rebellious girlhood crush, and in his place is a handsome man who seems committed to serving the community. Luke's even agreed to work for Emma's ill father, whose last wish is to see his daughter wedded to a stable, loving man. But Luke—a man who flirted with the outside world with disastrous consequences—is hardly marriage material for a good Amish woman. Yet this Christmas, when her family is flung into crisis, Emma finds that he may just be the one to capture her heart for good.

This is the second time I've tried to read and review this book. I managed to get through it the first time, but I didn't get a chance to write my review. I decided to read it a second time to re-fresh my memory before reviewing.

I'm glad I did, because I remembered why I put off writing the review earlier.

This story was not a very festive one, at least not for me. The angst and anger throughout the novel just took away any pleasure to be found at the end. The character's just didn't click with me - Luke and Emma just seemed too angry, too anxious...too something. I just couldn't find it in my heart to connect with them.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

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The Amish Midwife (Lancaster Courtships Book 3)

Nov 1, 2015

 An Unexpected Family
Amish midwife Anne Stoltzfus is used to late-night visitors—but she's shocked to find reclusive bachelor Joseph Lapp on her doorstep with a baby in his arms. Their neighborly quarrels are pushed aside when Joseph explains that his sister has left her daughter in his care—and Joseph needs Anne to be her nanny. Soon they're bonding over baby Leah, and the love they feel for her is healing them both. When Joseph makes an offer of marriage, Anne's painful past resurfaces and she's unsure of what to do. But taking a chance could mean love—and family—are waiting just across the fence.

I am starting to like Amish romances more and more, the older I get. I don't think I love the overt sexuality in other types of romances as much as I used to. Well sometimes I still do - LOL!

I worried about Amish based romances because I don't want to be preached to, or to be told that 'their God' is the only rue one - I shouldn't have worried. Ms Davids adds religion to her romance in a very subtle way and also in a way that soothes your soul.

This was a very emotional story and it had me weeping in several spots, yet we do get a very happy HEA so never fear.

It all started with a tomato patch, a goat and a pair of very stubborn Amish neighbors and a well places thrown tomato, and soon turns serious when Joseph Lapps sister comes home and asks him to take care of her infant for a couple of days. Now Joseph needs help from the tomato thrower who also happens to be a midwife.

The romance is very subtle, the underlying plot is a good one and the secondary characters are not too 'pushy' but lend the right amount of incentive to push this couple a little closer together.

Ms Davids adds to her book a lot of interesting facts about cooking, pumpkins, goats,cheese making etc. and I liked that fact very much. It was not enough information that it takes away from the story, just enough to leave you a little more informed and maybe willing to try something new.

All in all this was an excellent read.

ARC was Supplied by the Publisher and NetGalley

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

DINO HO HO HOs!: Pebbles Rocksoff (a.k.a. -Susan Donovan)

                  Satire and Parody and the Love Habits of the Dinosaur

Product DetailsA collection of four short erotica satires.

About the Author

And Now For A Confession...

"Pebbles Rocksoff" is really Susan Donovan, a New York Times bestselling author of women's fiction and contemporary romance novels known for their humor, sexual tension, and complex characters. One day a couple of years back, Susan saw that there were actual dinosaur erotica ebooks for sale and said to herself, "Hallelujah! I've found my special purpose!" She then immediately set out to write short parody dino lust fiction.
You can learn more about "Pebbles" and her upcoming releases on Facebook: Once there, feel free to inform Pebbles that she's going straight to hell for writing such horribly offensive tales.  You'll fit right in.

This is what happens when you take a best selling romance author like Susan Donovan, who writes amazing books like these -The Kept Woman and He Loves Lucy and set her loose in the Cretaceous period to have her write a satire about a bunch of horny dinosaurs and a pair of sisters...then throw into the mix the guy who sent these sisters back in time, named Hans Fukengreoven.

This was the most fun I've had reading horrible parody in a long time. There is nothing erotic to see here, but there is a lot to hoot and holler about. I wish I could post some of the more memorable parts of this brief novella, but I don't think Amazon is going to let me talk about one din's love cudgel, or how much lube the sisters go through.

But the best was the ending of the second story and unfortunately you might not see the humor unless you love Mary Tyler Moore sitcoms!

Darn it all, now I can't get that theme song out of my head!

The Kept Woman - by Susan Donovan

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The Kept Woman

Apr 1, 2007 | Kindle eBook

Book Description :WHEN A GOOD-GIRL DIVORCÉE Playing by the rules has left Samantha Monroe with an AWOL ex-husband, maxed out credit cards, and the task of raising three children on a hairstylist's salary. It's time for a new game plan. When Sam learns that politician Jack Tolliver needs someone to play the part of his fiancée for six months in return for a generous paycheck, she's ready to sign up on the spot.MEETS A BAD-BOY POLITICIANJack needs Sam and her kids to help tone down his image from womanizing cad to dependable dad. But he was expecting Sam to be a frumpy single mom, not a wickedly smart, sexy redhead. Keeping nosey newshounds from discovering that his engagement is a charade is going to be a tough job, but one mind-blowing kiss from Sam and suddenly Jack is ready to put in all the overtime necessary…
LOVE WINS IN A LANDSLIDE…Now, with scheming opponents itching to bring Jack down, Sam's ex returning to stir up trouble, one stubborn pre-schooler, two squabbling teenagers, a crazy dog, and some out-of-this-world sex, Jack and Sam are discovering that playing make-believe can be complicated—but not nearly as much as falling in love…

This is what I consider one of my "comfort reads", a book I read just because I love it so much and one that I pull out anytime nothing else would seem to do.

The story is excellent with just a touch of "pop-corn" read to it.  The characters are well developed and they grow even in the short time this book allows us.

The premise may not be a new one, but it is handled perfectly, giving us laughter and even some tears.

When a comment is made in passing (and jokingly) in front of her friends about becoming a "kept woman", the comment is soon passed on to a womanizing politician who could use a ready made girlfriend/fiance with a family in tow.

Of course because this is a romance it doesn't hurt that they are both gorgeous and sexually attracted to each other!  While fighting off Jacks overbearing mother, the paparazzo and various others who would like to be in Jack's bed both figuratively and literally and while trying to keep this relationship to a business deal...things change, feelings change, people change.  And thankfully they all change for the better.

While the idea that a woman could become kept in the loosest non-sexual sense of the word,  may rankle a few readers, I would  go for it anyway since things all even out in the end and truth and justice will prevail.

Ms Donovan is one of my very favorite contemporary romance authors.  She consistently write good comedy, lovely romantic scenes, excellent characters that you could just see yourself being friends with and she always keeps you on your toes with her plots.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Date Night on Union Station by E. M. Foner

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Date Night on Union Station (EarthCent Ambassador Book 1)

May 3, 2014  by E. M. Foner
"Good comic science fiction is rarer than hen's teeth. This was a fun read." 
Kelly Frank is EarthCent's top diplomat on Union Station, but her job description has always been a bit vague. The pay is horrible and she's in hock up to her ears for her furniture, which is likely to end up in a corridor because she's behind on rent for her room. Sometimes she has to wonder if the career she has put ahead of her personal life for fifteen years is worth it. 
When Kelly receives a gift subscription to the dating service that's rumored to be powered by the same benevolent artificial intelligence that runs the huge station, she decides to swallow her pride and give it a shot. But as her dates go from bad to worse, she can only hope that the supposedly omniscient AI is planning a happy ending. "

This could have really been a great book if it had only been as funny as advertised.  I apparently have a different sense of humor than most others. 

Some of the plot was quite good and if we stuck with the whole matchmaking story line, this might have been a knee slapping, hearty chuckling, good  book  -but the author didn't and that's a shame.

 I found that the trials and tribulations of Kelly to not be as humorous as it could have been.  The never-ending discussions of gaming was annoying to someone who doesn't game, and the abrupt ending was...well, abrupt and it didn't make much sense.  I do assume that this was because this probably was never meant to be a series. But  the idea of one date and a marriage the same night in a back alley by an Elvis look-a-like was just too hockey for me.

I will be buying the next book because I did find the secondary characters interesting and can see that there is the chance that the story and writing will evolve into something I can relate to.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dragon Storm by Katie MacAlister

Product DetailsTURN ON THE CHARM

According to some (including himself), Constantine is one of the greatest heroes of dragonkin who ever lived. Too bad he's now lonelier than ever and his biggest adventure involves a blow-up sheep-until he has an opportunity to save his kind once again. All Constantine has to do is break into a demon's dungeon, steal an ancient artifact, and reverse a deadly curse. The plan certainly does not involve rescuing a woman . . . 
Bee isn't sure whether to be infuriated or relieved when Constantine pops up in her prison. The broody, brawny shifter lights her fire in a way no one ever has before, yet how far can she really trust him? Their chemistry may be off the charts, but when push comes to shove, Constantine will have to make a crucial choice: to save the dragons or the woman he's grown to love with fierce intensity.

I think that I am just too old for these books now. Certain expressions are beyond me...*and* my 22 year old niece. While I found the part about "Twatter" funny, I found the endless dialogue about the blow up sheep and the "filling the cream filled doughnut" to be a bit childish and not funny.

The seemingly never-ending sexual dialogue was annoying as was the disembodied head.

It seems that Katie may have just reached the end of her rope and is grasping at anything to try to keep these fresh. I've been reading her books for over a decade now (maybe more?) and I have seen a lot of evolution's ,in all of her books and especially the dragon series....this book was just not a good one. And this is unfortunate since I really do want to see what happens with Rowan.
If you want something chaotic and slapstick funny, yet a little more tasteful (? I'm not sure that is the word I'm looking for, but it will do for now) - try "Noble Intentions" by this author, I think it was one of her best.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

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The eighth Kate Daniels novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author who “defines urban fantasy” (Fresh Fiction). Magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake… After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Kate and Curran know that separating from the Pack completely is a process that will take time.  But when they learn that their friend Eduardo has gone missing, Kate and Curran shift their focus to investigate his disappearance. As they dig further into the merc’s business, they discover that the Mercenary Guild has gone to hell and that Eduardo’s recent assignments are connected in the most sinister way… An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece.

This is one huge transitional book. With only the possibility of only two more books in this series, I was really worried how the team was going to start wrapping up this series. I was also worried as to how the Daniel's writing team was going to take Curran out of his position and life and plop him into Kate's and whether or not the transaction was going to be a smooth one -I shouldn't have worried. Even though the story really didn't revolve around 'The Pack', it still involved The Pack. This story involves George (Mahon's daughter) and the Eduardo the werebuffalo who has gone missing. This is not quite the main story line, but close enough since all of the weirdness that follows has to do with him and his father.

Kate is finally maturing and it only took a scary/deadly medical condition for her to take stoke of her life and to love what she sees.

She will interact with her father and it is going to be both fun,and funny and also a bit scary.

Curran is going to get his hearts desire (at least in a work situation) and also get another pack of sorts to head.

What I would love to see is a Curran's POV novella/short story about how he felt while Kate was having her medical issues and afterwards when he wasn't so sure she was going to remember him/what they meant to each other.

I would also love to see a novella about Jim and Dali and how the transition treated them and how they handled it.

I would love to see Kate's conflict with her father handled a lot differently than most fans -I would love to see them become an actual family, to have Roland teach Kate how to take over after he has had enough time on earth...just to teach her and to see his grandchild/children. I would love to see the three of them kick some God or Goddesses butt. *sigh*

I am using my newly gained ESP *chortle* to try to get the Andrews team to write faster AND to make them keep up with this series! 

I am aware that it must get boring for the author to keep on going with a long running series and this is why so many series start failing when the author doesn't know enough to ditch it. I have to respect the Andrew's team to know what they are doing. If I chant this to myself enough times maybe I'll even start believing it!

There is just so much to tie up in such a relatively short amount of time -I am hoping that I heard wrong about only having two more books.

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

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Book Description: An ancient evil roams the desolate landscape of an America ravaged by nuclear war. He is the Man with the Scarlet Eye, a malevolent force that feeds on the dark desires of the countless followers he has gathered into his service. His only desire is to find a special child named Swan -- and destroy her. But those who would protect the girl are determined to fight for what is left of the world and their souls. In a wasteland born of rage, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, the last survivors on earth have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of humanity....

I was born in the 1950's and I find that Swan Song might be classic for my particular generation and I hope it will become a classic for future generations. I read this first when it first came out -read it again just before I posted this review. Some books can stand the passage of time and some cannot, Swan Song did spectacularly.

It is a classic story of good versus evil, God versus the Devil and mans willingness to adapt and evolve even when it looks like they should give up.

The characters are either extremely likable or extremely dis-likable. The are written with a lot of depth. Mr McCammon builds a world that is so realistic, that you can just see this happening to our real world in the near future. One can compare this novel to the book " The Stand" and I would even recommend that you read them back to back if you really want something to make you cringe at the slightest noises.

"Swan Song" was the first of the apocalyptic type novels that I have ever read and I read it soon after originally out. But, it has certainly stood the passage of time since I just re-read it and can still find new things in it to make me shiver in my boots. And, it will remain a favorite of mine no matter how of my life time passes.

Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

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Dina DeMille isn't your typical Bed and Breakfast owner. Her inn defies laws of physics, her dog is secretly a monster, and the only permanent guest of the inn is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. The inn needs guests to thrive and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance. Unfortunately, for Dina, bridging the gap between space vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. To make the summit a success, she must find a chef, remodel the inn, keep her guests from murdering each other, and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it's all in the day's work for an Innkeeper…

I'm going to have to read this again to see just why I seem to be the only one a bit unhappy with this book. It may be the fact that for me, there is a tad too much back-story or if you will - 'rehashing' of the last book, repetitive passages and too much clothing and food descriptions - but then it may have been the rather slow plot (yes I do understand that there is a reason for this) - at least until the last 15%. But it does have a great ending -as do most of this teams other books do.

I did get to learn about other groups AND Her Grace Caldenia better. So that's a plus. Plus I loved seeing the house go through so many different changes and moods. The house makes a wonderful secondary character.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pale Queen Rising by A. R. Kahler

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"As the royal assassin, Claire is used to moving between the mortal world and the Winter Kingdom. When the queen commands her to kill, Claire does the job and doesn’t ask questions. Her deadly skills and loyalty are soon tested when Claire is sent to the Immortal Circus, one of the many places where “Dream” is harvested from the imaginings of mortals. There she must find the culprit who is causing Dream to mysteriously disappear before the Winter Kingdom’s supply is depleted enough to threaten its very survival. But when she meets Roxie, a beautiful mortal singer with a strange link to the Dream thieves, Claire quickly recognizes an odd and unexplained connection that may cloud her judgment. As each new clue unveils another secret, Claire finds herself confronting the riddle of her own buried past—and a dangerous illusion that, as part of the Immortal Circus, is just another act in the show."

I sit here wondering just how to write a review for this book that won't get me sued!

Have you ever read a book that in less than 24 hour's you've forgotten most of it? That about the only thing you can remember is that the main character is an ass-hat -a supposed kick-ass heroine that is anything but kick-ass?  For the life of me I can't even remember if she actually ever really raised a hand.  I think all she actually did was talk smack, threaten people and be the worse cliched character I have ever read.

The plot wasn't even all that great and it was a tiny bit obvious to this reader (and "tiny" was a wee exaggeration)

You want an actual adult read about the Fae?  Then read Laurell Hamilton's Merry Gentry series -yes you will want to throw the books against the wall for her usage (over-usage---way way overused !)of the word "spill" in all of its forms! But at least you won't be treated like you are brain-dead.

The other thing that I took great issue with, was the fact that this author seemed to have taken a character or the idea of this character from another author. Yes there are a lot of magic wielding, big mouthed, female lead characters lately-but this seemed overly obvious to me.

I HATED Claire.

Oh well, can't love 'em all!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller

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Christmas in Mustang Creek (The Brides of Bliss County)                                                                                                                                          

September  29, 2015
by Linda Lael Miller

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·        Print Length: 272 pages
·        Publisher: HQN Books (October 1, 2015)
·        Publication Date: September 29, 2015
  • Series: The Brides of Bliss County
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (September 29, 2015)

No one does the holidays like Linda Lael Miller, whose Christmas novels have warmed the hearts of millions of readers the world over! Charlotte Morgan grew up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, and couldn't wait to escape to the big city. But life in New York isn't as fabulous as she'd like to admit—she's lonely, doing a job she doesn't love and dating too many frogs she meets online. There was one potential prince, though—Jaxon Locke, a veterinarian with definite possibilities—but his move to Idaho to fill in at his dad's vet practice ended things just as they were getting interesting. What Charlotte doesn't know is that he misses her, more than he expected… Meanwhile, Charlotte's great-aunt Geneva—the woman who raised her—needs to enter an assisted-living facility. So, just before Christmas, Charlotte moves back home. When Jax catches wind of her move back West, he's determined to get to Wyoming and do whatever it takes to win her back. Christmas in Mustang Creek is a magical time in a magical place, not least because of a mysterious visitor named Mrs. Klozz. She knows that love is the greatest gift of all, and she's ready to help out Santa by giving these two a push in the right direction!”

This was a perfectly acceptable Christmas romance; however, I hated the fact that the first half or so of this book was mostly filled with inner-dialogue and a lot of angst. 

You have to understand the level of romance in this book –this couple had already been in love and things just didn’t truly work out.  Each one wanted something different out of life. Now that Jax has heard that Charlie is back in Mustang Creek and he comes and takes a job there to win back Charlies heart.  Sweet and perfect for the season right?

The second half of this book engages the reader so much more and the sexual tension builds.    They sure do get a lot of help from Mrs. Klozz, Aunt Geneva and a possible business venture –eventually Charlie and Jax get their HEA and a lovely Christmas to boot.

It was a lovely read, but I’m not so sure that it is going on my re-read shelf…for sure it will go on to my Christmas books shelf though and maybe someday down the road I’ll pull it out again.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery

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Marry Me at Christmas (A Fool’s Gold Novel-#19) by Susan Mallery
·        Series: Fool's Gold (Book 21)
·        Hardcover: 336 pages
·        Publisher: HQN Books (September 29, 2015)
  • File Size: 751 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (October 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2015

Wish upon a Christmas star with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery's sparkling Fool's Gold romance! 
To bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug, organizing a Christmas wedding sounds like a joy—until she finds out she'll be working closely with the gorgeous brother of the bride, movie star Jonny Blaze. How will a small-town girl like her keep from falling for the world's sexiest guy? Especially with mistletoe lurking around every corner! 
Jonny came to Fool's Gold looking for normal, not for love. Happily-ever-after only happens in the movies. Still, nothing about this quirky town is quite what he expected, and "ordinary" Madeline is the most extraordinary woman he's ever met. Refreshingly honest, disarmingly sweet. Achingly beautiful. 
Planning the perfect wedding leads to candlelit dinners and strolls through snow-covered streets. And Madeline finds Jonny in real life even more captivating than her celebrity crush. But will the action star be brave enough to risk his heart and step into the role of a lifetime?

 It was spoken about in the last book(s) that Maddie (Madeline Krug) has a total girlie crush on Jonny Blaze (was that supposed to be a stage name?) and it sure does make  for  interesting moments while Jonny and Maddie plan Jonny’s sisters’ wedding!
The story takes the usual path that all of the other Fool’s God novels do : inner angst, (in the past Jonny loses everyone he loves) mild to medium personality differences, some long-term goal differences and one half of the couple falling in love but seeing the futility in it and then  finally sex.  Mildly descriptive to a point, this was one of the ‘cleaner’ books I have read in a while that wasn’t Amish based.  Oh no don’t get me wrong, there is sexy thoughts et al, I just didn’t blush trough them all.
This was a sweet book and it will definitely be put on my re-read pile!

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