Review: Whatever You Need by Barbara Longley

Reviewed by Shelly

For a story without any real ups and downs, this was a good read. My first from this author, I’m a sucker for the shy hero. Wyatt Haney is the young and handsome downstairs neighbor to Kayla Malone. They’ve been neighbors for a while and Wyatt has always noticed his upstairs neighbor. Kayla is the young widowed mother to a precious 5 year old little boy. She’s working her way through dental hygienist school and is busy raising her kid as a single parent.

Living in an old building is hard enough but living in an old building that hasn’t been brought up to code to support modern-day living is frustrating. One day Wyatt smells smoke, literally, and has to evacuate the building. As the fire started in Kayla’s apartment and Wyatt’s day job is as an electrician and his family owns a construction and handy man business – guess who wins the repair job bid? Yep, it’s Wyatt’s company. And that’s how their story begins. [Read more…]

Review: Dancing in the Rain by Kelly Jamieson

Reviewed by Shelly

This isn’t my first novel by this author and while I’ve enjoyed most of what I’ve read by Kelly Jamieson, this wasn’t one. I read a story some months back whose premise was the heroine was the sister of someone who the hero had previously slept with. I felt icky about that – there’s just something that isn’t okay and feels like a tawdry Lifetime movie. Tell me if I’m wrong here but isn’t there’s a bigger pool of people out there to find in a main character other than the same family pool? I read this one hoping that Jamieson would be able to take the ick factor away and everything would be la la wonderful for this couple. [Read more…]

Review: Love, Always and Forever by Alexis Morgan

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first story by this author and I initially thought the blurb sounded like something I would enjoy. I found neither the plot nor the characters interesting once I started reading. Grammatically, it’s a sound story, I just didn’t find it interesting. For me, the best parts happened too late for a turnaround of my feelings. [Read more…]

Review: Stripped Raw by Prescott Lane

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve read a couple other Prescott Lane stories. The first one, Perfectly Broken, I really liked. The second, Wrapped in Lace, I didn’t like as much. This, the third one – I didn’t like at all. I thought the writing was too formulaic of what I find in other contemporary stories. I like Lane’s first story because she brought a such fresh voice; something I’d not read up to that point. She made me care about the characters. She engaged me in the plight of the main characters, especially the heroine, Peyton, and finally Reed. She told their story without once telling me about anything else. Lane has a knack for first POV that seems to works for her writing style.

The initial pages into Kenzie and Kane story, I wasn’t sold, but I hoped that it would get better. I hoped that their personal plights and histories would make my empathy explode with happiness that I kept reading and got to know them. [Read more…]

Review: Kiss Me by Sharon Kleve

Reviewed by Shelly

Picking up directly after book 1, Kiss Me continues the adventures of Sage McGuire. As with Chase Me, this is a short read.

Sage is still working for Daniel who is as weird/interesting as ever. They have a dynamic that’s fostered by Daniel’s lack of brain cells and inexperience with having a job. Or at least that’s what I think based on what Sage knows or even cares to find out. But in reality it doesn’t even matter because she wants to quit that job for her dream job as a self employed private investigator. [Read more…]

Review: Chase Me by Sharon Kleve

Reviewed by Shelly

The first in Sharon Kleve’s ‘Sage McGuire’ series, this is a pretty short read and while I thought the blurb sounded very interesting with an adventurous and spunky heroine, I’m not sure that’s what I got. The story opens with Sage and a few of her friends drinking at a bar. They’re there because Sage’s boss has died, but that’s okay because Sage wants to open a private investigate firm. While at the bar, she sees Carter from across the room – sparks fly. When Sage wakes up the next morning, she makes some assumptions that she should have made the night before, but maybe the beer goggles were too thick. Things happen and she finds out that Carter is actually a police officer. Her getting in the PI business and Carter being a cop should equal happiness for her, but not so much, and it’s a long yet short road to their HEA. [Read more…]

Review: Pillowtalk by Cassie Mae

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve read another story with the theme of a widowed spouse, and because I enjoyed that story tremendously I decided to try this one. The premise of Cassie Mae’s story seemed close enough that my curiosity was captured, plus the idea of pillow talk – who doesn’t like that? And while this story is categorized as ‘a feel-good romance that will steal your heart’ I found it anything but.

This is my first story by Mae and while I’m not sure if this is her writing style, but I found too many things lacking to say that I enjoyed this or even felt good about it. Kennedy’s boyfriend, Jared, is dead. After being diagnosed with cancer, he fought the good fight. A year after his passing, Kennedy’s gone back to Jared’s hometown to spread his ashes. [Read more…]

Review: Go Big by Joanna Blake

Reviewed by Shelly

I recently read another of Joanna Blake’s stories Torpedo, and I didn’t realize (but I should have) that the heroes in her stories might be on the douchey side. Unfortunately for me, I feel dumber after having read Go Big. I really don’t know what I was thinking.

Cadewell Dupree is a man on a mission. He’s new to major league baseball. He’s one of these hitters who can hit any pitch thrown at him and he’s been recently signed off of a rig. The back story is silly and so rare as to be unbelievable. [Read more…]

Review: Torpedo by Joanna Blake

Reviewed by Shelly

This is a relatively short read. My first from Joanna Blake, it’s full of angst and young love. Not too young though – they’re in their early 20s but think and talk like they’re teenagers. Gabriel ‘Gabe’ Jackson is the high school football player that didn’t peak during that time. He actually went on to do something valuable and note worthy. He joined the Navy. While stationed on a ship, there was an explosion and Gabe was injured. Going home to recover, Gabe’s care-taker is none other than Tabitha ‘Tabby’ Peterson. Tabby’s the girl that Gabe had a crush on in high school. Once, he’d even tried getting it on with Tabby, but she was smart enough to say no. [Read more…]

Review: Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Shelly

For my own greedy purposes, this was way too short. The 3rd book in Lisa Kleypas’s ‘The Ravenels’ picks up after Helen and Rhys have started their family. They’ve had a child. If you read any of the previous two stories this should meet your need for more. If you’ve not read the previous stories you can still enjoy this as a stand alone, but I would highly recommend Marrying Winterborne – absolutely brilliant that is.

Pandora Ravenel is a women ahead of her time and she’s very unlike her sisters, Cassandra and Helen. Pandora has no interest in marriage because to do that would mean she’d lose her own identity and her endeavors to create her board game would relegate to the bottom of her responsibilities. She doesn’t want that. At least until she meets Gabriel. Gabriel’s not only charming, smart, and funny – he’s quite good looking too. Takes after his father. [Read more…]