Category Archives: Small Town Romances

Just What I Needed by Lorelei James

Just what I needed

Lorelei James is one of my favorite authors.  Just What I Needed is the second installment in he series.  I loved the first book and didn’t think that I could enjoy this one as much.  Wow – was I wrong!  This had all of the makings of your typical Lorelei James plots and more.   The storyline became as several have in this past, but this one took a different turn.

Trinity was having the worst day, which became even more unbearable.  Stopping at a local bar, she spots her ex. boyfriend locking lips with another woman.  As a distraction, she walks up to a perfect (but gorgeous) stranger and plants a major scorching kiss right on the strangers lips.  The stranger is shocked that he actually wanted to check her out further.  Unfortunately, Trinity should have been more selective with her man.  The stranger was none other than her ex’s brother!  And, the saga begins!

Walker is no stranger to heartbreak himself.  At first glance, he appears to be the black sheep of the family.  However, anytime that there is a crisis, the family calls on Walker.  He may appear rough on the outside, but on the inside he is warm and fuzzy!  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this book in exchange for a honest review.

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Good Girl by Lauren Layne

Good Girl

4 stars

I really enjoyed both the Oxford and Stiletto series  by Lauren Layne.  I was excited to see this one, but I just wasn’t in love with either character.  Jenny is a talented and well known recording artist in Nashville, but a scandal has left her running out of the city with her tail between her legs.  Although Jenny is innocent, the damage has been done.  She is whisked away to a remote mansion in Louisiana where she meets the “caretaker”.  Noah has a bad mouth and says whatever he wants and immediately both Jenny and Noah have a very outspoken relationship going.

Noah is actually not the caretaker but is the owner of this gorgeous and expensive mansion.  However, he is not quite ready to spill the beans and tell Jenny.  Noah is also hiding his past.  Before too long, this brooding pair becomes a couple.  Now, Noah has the issue of telling Jenny just who exactly he is and the secrets he is hiding.  .  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this book in exchange for a honest review.

Loving a Lawman by Amy Lillard

Loving a lawman

4.5

This is my first book from this author and certainly won’t be my last by Ms. Lillard.  I love a good cowboy theme, and this one did not disappoint.  This is another series that I need to sink my teeth into.  The narrator was also new to me as well as kept the story engaging.  The Langston family is well known in Cattle Creek, TX.  Seth has lived in this small town all of his life, and he is now the sheriff.  He has had strong feelings for Jessie for a very long time.  Unfortunately, Jessie grew up on the wrong side of Cattle Creek and has had her fair share of run-ins.  The problem with their relationship is that she does not see Seth as anything but her boyfriend’s brother, Chase.

Chase is often away on the rodeo circuit without Jessica.  He is a ladies man and only has eyes for Jessica when he is back home.  Unfortunately, Seth  acts on instinct, and now the entire town is enraged, including Chase.   This is definitely quite a bit for these two to work out!

.  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this book in exchange for a honest review.

 

The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson 4.5 stars

Red door Inn

This is a sweet read, and I enjoyed both narrators.  I recognized Prince Edward Island but not place this location.  All of a sudden, I was transported back in time to yet another book that I enjoyed.  I love it when this happens! Both the H/HE have demons to fight and are running from emotions.   Marie is running from a destructive past that was not her fault, and Seth was running from a destructive relationship.

Both our H and HE meet when asked to renovate an old B &B.  Seth is the uncle of the owner, and Marie was simply asked to help with her decorating techniques. Initially Seth found Marie to be another woman with expensive taste but soon found out quickly that there was more than meets the eye.  There is quite a bit going on in this book, which kept me engaged.  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this book in exchange for a honest review.

Healing a Heart by Amy Lillard

4 stars

Healing a Heart

Back at the farm, and this installment centers around Jake and Bryn.  Jake’s family plays a dynamic role in this story.  When Jake and Bryn met up for a one night stand but accepted the fact that they would never see each other and go about their business.  Unfortunately, timing was not on this couple’s side.  Four months later, Bryn found herself in a situation and knew that the baby was Jake’s.  Although she did not want or expect anything from Jake, her upbringing forced her to let him know that the baby was his.

All that Bryn has ever wanted was a family of her own, and she never expected that Jake would fulfill her dreams.  His family was extremely welcoming and invited her to stay for a few days.  Jake’s wife passed away, and he refused to ever love again.  However, Bryn and now the baby are pulling on his heartstrings.

The writing, story, and the character building were easy to follow.  The love scenes between Bryn and Jake were not forced.  The narrator was excellent and really brought the characters to life. All around good read!

Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this audio in exchange for a honest review.

 

Roped In (Armed & Dangerous #2)by L.P. Dover

roped-in

4.75 stars

I always love an enemy to lover book and this one did not disappoint.  Hadley is a famous country singer and is hiding out from a deranged stalker. Blake is an undercover cop assigned to watch over Hadley until the stalker can be brought to justice.  Of course, Blake is a drop dead gorgeous cowboy and the two hit it off after a week of bantering.

Blake definitely has an attitude but all eyes are now on Hadley.  This book kept me riveted from the moment that I began listening.  The narrator is outstanding and definitely will push me to read more from this author.  Thanks to Tantor Media for giving me this audio in exchange for a honest review.

Hidden Summit (#15 Virgin River) by Robyn Carr

hidden-summit

4 stars

Leslie Petruso has accepted a job in Virgin River with Haggerty Construction in order to get away from her ex-husband who just can’t stand that she is avoiding him.  With the help of Brie, Connor Danson is staying in Virgin River until a high profile trial that he is affiliated with is over.  He has changed his identity and is staying at one of the small cabins until his ordeal is over.  Both Leslie and Connor have been burned by love and vow to never fall for anyone again.

The good folks of Virgin River, however, can easily see the chemistry between the two.  Leslie and Connor begin to have deep feelings at the early onset of their relationship.  This reader was rooting for both with the hopes of a smooth transition between being Danny and now Connor.  Being in the wrong place totally uprooted Danny – aka Connor, and he is ready to put his life back together and be reunited with his sister and her twin boys.

This book was more emotional than the others.  While Ms. Carr has been introducing newbies to Virgin River, this one was the most dramatic.  The ended drew to a climax too quickly for this reader – thus the 4 stars.  Connor’s sister’s love issue was left wide open; thus, moving the reader into the next installment.

Sinner’s Revenge (#2 in Sinner’s Creed) by Kim Jones

sinners-revenge

This reader envisioned this book to be a continuation of Sinner’s Creed.  The premise was centered around the death of Dirk from book one.  However, this could have easily been a stand alone book. Shady has vowed for revenge against those who killed his brother.  In order to exact revenge, Shady, now known as Zeke lands a job as a web designer in order to be closer to the MC gang that killed Dirk.  Of course,  a woman had to come into the picture.  Diem knew that Zeke, aka Shady, was not who proposed to be yet she still fell hard for him.

Diem has some secrets of her own. The relationship starts off extremely rocky and a bit strange. The fighting and bickering between the two at times was actually amusing and refreshing to see that couples actually do get into heated battles rather than loving bliss.

At times, I found this book to be very slow and extremely dark.  I was not crazy about the first book, and this one is much better.  Ms. Jones did an excellent job in getting the readers to better understand the  intricacies and brotherhood of the motorcycle club.

Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying this audio in exchange for an honest review.

White Tiger (Shifters Unbound #8) by Jennifer Ashley

White Tiger

4 stars

I have really enjoyed the Shifters Unbound series.  This is the first in the installment where I have actually listened rather than read the book.  I found both the plot and the narration to be both entertaining and more informative regarding this world.

Kendrick finally gets is turn in this installment.  For weeks, he and his two cubs have been going to the diner where Addie works.  He just can’t get enough of Addie’s kindness while enjoying what he sees.  Unknown to Kendrick, Addie has been checking him out as well.  Some of Kendrick’s ex-followers and his enemies have teamed up with plans to kill him.  After shooting up the diner, Kendrick tells Addie to take the cubs and meet him outside of town.  Addie easily leaves her life behind and follows Kendrick and the cubs to Shifter Town.  The Shifters actually accept Addie and she quickly determines this is where her new life should be.

Thanks to Tantor for supplying me this book in exchange for a honest review.

 

The Angel’s Share by J.R. Ward (The Bourbon Kings #2)

The Angel's Share

3.75 rounded to 4

This is the second book in the Bourbon Kings series. The first book was released almost a year ago.

I was surprised that I actually remembered book 1.  The Angel’s Share immediately picks up where book 1 left off so I do highly suggest that you read book 1 first.  There is quite a few side stories going on and one is taken back to either Dallas or Dynasty so many years ago.  J.R. Ewing could easily slip into this role.  This book was filled will drama and everyone is a suspect.

The most obvious suspect is the middle brother Edward, who happens to have the most hatred and resent towards his late father.  Edward has every right to be angry. Lane, the youngest son certainly had his fair share of unlucky breaks from his father as well as Maxwell, who returns home after being gone for a long period of time.  As the suspects mount, family is in dire jeopardy of losing not only their company but their family fortune as well.

What I liked about this book are how the characters are interwoven and each have their own issues.  Although there were a slew of characters, the writing was such that this reader did not become confused.  This reader also contributes the additional stars to the narrator, who in my humble opinion, did an excellent job with the various voices.  I was a little concerned that a male was going to handle all parts, including females, but he did an excellent job and get me wanting more.

What I disliked about this book is that there were so many side stories that often times took away from the main story.  I would have liked more on Lane and how he works to bring the company back from ruins to riches. I also would like more on Lizzie and Lane’s upcoming nuptials.   The cliffhangers from both book 1 and book 2 drive me nutty.  Let’s just hope that book 3 wraps up all storylines in a nice tight bow and delivers to the followers of this soap opera drama.

I just hope that the next book wraps up the storyline.  I hope that we don’t have to wait another year for the third  book in this installment.

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