Review: For Better or Worse by Delaney Diamond

Reviewed by Shelly

It’s official, this last book in the Hawthorne Family series is my least favorite. I’ve read a fair amount of books, regardless of genre and the heroine, Cassidy is one of most unlikeable characters I’ve ever read. Although not a medical term – I’m going to label her as crazy. Her actions towards her husband walked a fine line between hostility and psychotic. The sex made everything better, though. Doesn’t it always? [Read more…]

Review: Here Comes Trouble by Delaney Diamond

Reviewed by Shelly

The 3rd book in Delaney Diamond’s ‘Hawthorne Family’ series is by far my favorite. The writing is cleaner than the prior two stories. There’s a clear focus on character development versus the previous trend of vapid heroines. I’m not a big fan of the male-slut, but even he was a redeemable character with likable traits.

Lorena Vega is the best friend of the youngest Hawthorne, Cassidy. If you read book 1, you’re familiar with these two. I read book 2 years ago and I can’t remember what mention, if any, there was of either Lorena or Matthew in that, but I will say that the books in this series are not best read as standalones. [Read more…]

Review: The Temptation of a Good Man by Delaney Diamond

Reviewed by Shelly

This is the 1st book in Delaney Diamond’s ‘Hawthorne Family’ series. I read the 3rd book (A Hard Man to Love) a few years back and decided to read the other books in the series.

On the night of her birthday, single mom Celeste gets a chance for a night out with her two friends. They meet at a local night club where the idea is to have some fun – music, dancing, drinking – then call it a night and go home. After getting to the venue, Celeste is greeted by 2 strangers talking with her friends. Roarke Hawthorne arrives late and is the 3rd stranger of the group to arrive and meet his friends. He’s introduced as a tenured professor with a Ph.D. in physics who drove up from his college just for the night – to celebrate with his friends, Xander and Lucas. [Read more…]

Review: The Wrong Man by Delaney Diamond

wrong manReviewed by Shelly

The second story in Delaney Diamond’s ‘Love Unexpected’ series picks up a few years after Book 1 and tells Shawna’s friend, Talia Jackson’s story. I don’t remember Talia in book 1, but it’s not relevant to the story and flows well with no history. Although Shawna’s story in book 1 was good, I enjoyed this story much more. As the reader, we get to see both the hero and heroine’s younger life, their history if you will, and we understand a lot more of where they’re coming from. For me, this creates a better bond with the characters and I get to feel a bit more of their ups and downs. [Read more…]

Review: The Blind Date by Delaney Diamond

blind dateReviewed by Shelly

Six years ago, while in town for her last internship with one of the top companies, Shawna meets a persistent yet charming Ryan Stewart. After seeing Shawna across the room kind of thing, Ryan pursues her for about half a block before snagging a date. A date turns into sex and a night turns into the weekend. After their blissful time, Shawna is surprised when she finds out when Ryan lied – he’s not the single man he said he was.

Since their disaster of a weekend and the interim years, Shawna’s fulfilled her singular dream of having her own French inspired boutique. She’s successful and doing exactly what she want to so. But her older sister Yvonne, who is completely happy in her life as a wife and mother, wants Shawna’s happiness to include having a man in her life, so she sets up Shawna on a blind date with a friend of her husband’s. [Read more…]