Shelly’s Favorites of 2017

This year started off well but fizzled out. BUT this was the year I discovered audio books. Yeah, ME!

I’ve been a fan of Beverly Jenkins for years. Too many to count. Forbidden (Old West, 1) is a historical with some slight reference to Jenkins’s Through the Storm which is part of ‘The LeVeq Family’ series. I thought this story read great as a standalone. It was wonderfully captivating and touched on the topic of ‘passing’ told from an emotional perspective. [Read more…]

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: Heart of the Druid Laird

Reviewed by Jen

Dermot is a Druid and Scottish laird who has been alive for the past 1600 years.  His wife was once the granddaughter of the Fae king. But she gave up her immortality to get married.  When she died in an attack on Dermot’s clan, her mother cursed Dermot and his elite guard.  They were to be immortal until Dermot could find the reincarnated soul of his wife and bring her back to the place where she died.

After all these years, her soul has now reincarnated.  Dermot finds her in Sidney St George, an American woman who knows nothing of her past life.  Dermot tracks her down, having no intention of developing any feelings for her. But you know how these things go.  Even though they fight it, their souls reach out to one another.  Sidney doubts Dermot’s intentions and as she begins to fall for him; she is sure her feelings can never be returned.  At the same time, Dermot is struggling with his new-found emotions and weighing his own feelings against his responsibilities to his men. 

All of that angst creates enough of a problem, but the Fae princess who cursed Dermot refuses to allow his suffering to end.  She throws one obstacle their way after another, hoping to keep his torment alive.  Plus, there is the threat that if the curse does end, the men won’t just regain their mortality; they’ll die on the spot.

The book started off a little slow for me. I had a hard time connecting with the characters and I thought it was going to end up being a pretty dry read.  But somewhere around the halfway point, a little bit of magic happened and the book came alive.  I think it was around the same time that Sidney allowed herself to believe in Dermot’s immortality.  That’s the time the two of them slowly began to take down their walls.  The sexual element was pretty good; and as much as I liked the development of Sidney and Dermot’s relationship… the secondary love story between her best friend Zoe and Dermot’s cousin Thomas was just as endearing, if not more so.

Dermot and his men all spoke with a great brogue.  And I’m a firm believer that no book can truly be called a Highlander story without the words, “Och,” “ken” and “lass.” We get all of these plus a few Gaelic term of endearment.  Yay! 

I ended up rather liking this book. I’m glad I stuck with it, because it paid off in the end.  4 stars.

*ARC Provided by NetGalley

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Heart of the Druid Laird
by Barbara Longley
Release Date: September 19, 2011
Publisher: Carina Press