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: Addicted to Ansley by Linda Kage

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There’s very little that I don’t like from this author. The hits still outweigh the misses by a long shot. This is a very simple but tragic story nonetheless. It’s the tale of a young couple; the boy is 18 and the girl is 15 when they initially meet. He’s a bad boy through and through, but he’s able to hide the criminal elements of his personality for the small windows of time that he’s with the most beautiful girl in the world. [Read more…]

Review: Delinquent Daddy by Linda Kage

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Elora Trent is in for the surprise of her life. So too is Boston Kincaid. Elora’s daughter Cassidy has written a nice little note to Boston’s brother, Montgomery, asking a very simple question – are you my Dad?

I’m a fan of Linda Kage’s work; I’ve read a few NA and contemporary stories (the ‘Tommy Creek ‘ series is my fav) from her that I’ve throughly enjoyed. This is one of those stories where I wasn’t disappointed by the heroine in the ‘hero wasn’t aware of child’ trope. [Read more…]

Review: Kiss It Better by Linda Kage

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I’m a big fan of this author’s work, I think her ‘Forbidden Men’ series is brilliant – she’s the first author who steered me into reading the YA category. It’s with that faith that I read Kiss It Better.

While at work one day, Reed Walker gets a call that changes his life. His sister, Danni’s been the victim of an assault. He knows it’s bad, but he doesn’t understand how bad it really is nor how bad it’s going to get. Rushing to his sister’s side starts a chain of events that will forever change him – for the better. [Read more…]

Review: A Perfect Ten by Linda Kage

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It took me a couple days to get my thoughts on paper because I just couldn’t write this review directly after reading Ten and Caroline’s story. I was in a dilemma; I couldn’t decide how much I liked the story versus how much I should like the story. I say that because this genre is not one of my usual ones and reading the story reminds me that I’m still a bit of a prude when it comes to teenagers and sex. The thing is, though – Linda Kage’s writing style is such that she captures my attention even with a topic outside of my norm. [Read more…]

Review: With Every Heartbeat by Linda Kage

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If you’ve not read any of the other installments in the Forbidden Men series, I think you’re missing out. Even if you’re not a big fan or not a fan at all of the ‘new adult’ category you’ll like this because it is romance, plain and simple. Continuing in the world of the college students who work at the Forbidden bar, shy quiet Quinn Hamilton finally gets his chance at true love. I will give you warning that if you read this book as a standalone, there are going to be moments when your frustration level will rise because these stories have overlapping characters who remain in each other’s lives. [Read more…]

Review: Be My Hero by Linda Kage

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The continuation of Linda Kage’s Forbidden Men series is focused on one of my favorite characters, Patrick ‘Pick’ Jason Ryan from Book 2 (To Professor With Love.) If you’ve read any of my reviews for Kage’s work you’ll know that I’m a fan of her writing and I’ve not been disappointed in anything that I’ve read so far. Now that being said – this story was no different for me. I suspected as much when I started tearing up by chapter 3, I was already sucked in and all I could do was hold on for the balance of the ride. [Read more…]

Review: Price of a Kiss by Linda Kage

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I’m a big fan of Linda Kage’s work but I’ve stayed away from the YA/NA categories in the past because the age just seems a bit young for me especially with what I perceive the content to be. After reading this story, I’m thrilled that this is one of those times when I’m, yet again, glad to be wrong. Reese Randall has just moved to the area and is a freshman at the local college where Mason Lowe also attends. After legally changing her name and moving across the country to get away from her stalker/abuser/ex-boyfriend Jeremy, Reese feels that she’s in a safe place living above the garage of her aunt and uncle. Her cousin, Eva, who also attends the same college tells Reese that not only is ‘Hotness’ Mason out of her league – he’s also a gigolo. [Read more…]

Review: To Professor with by Linda Kage

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I find myself enjoying the YA/NA genre more and more, especially the ones written by Linda Kage. Indulge me for a moment as I reminisce. I read her stories in the Tommy Creek series which are still some of my favorites; I’ve re-read those enough times that if they were paperback, they would already be dog-eared. When I saw a new series was started I couldn’t resist because her writing style is good enough to make the story genre irrelevant. And that, dear reader, is how I ended up enjoying this genre. Now on with the review. [Read more…]

Review: The Trouble With Tomboys

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You know when you find an author whose stories just click with you? That’s the way I feel about Linda Kage’s work. After reading her other story about this family, I literally couldn’t wait to find out more. Finding The Trouble with Tomboys was much more than what I thought it would be. The dialogue and character development are strong and move the story along very well.

Considering that I read the follow up (A Fallow Heart) to this story first, I was very, very curious how Kage made it work. I’ll tell ya how – she’s a good storyteller. Before I go on, this is not a series – not that I could find evidence of anyway – and can be read independently of each other. Now back to the good stuff.

Raised in a house full of men, pilot B.J. Gilmore is the tomboy of Tommy Creek, but that’s all good because she knows it and she’s fine with it. Grady Rawlings is the oldest son of the richest man in town and still work for the family business.  He’s a good son and he’s a good worker. On one of his overnight business trips to Houston, Grady hires B.J.’s company to fly him there.

While in Houston, B.J. and Grady both drink a little too much at dinner. Oh geez, this doesn’t bode well for B.J. because she’s already spent too much time in the presence of her childhood and adulthood crush and she just can’t stand that he’s so unhappy. So what can a girl who’s always been crazy for the boy do? Help get him out of his funk, of course. She’s already fed him, so that leaves just one more thing to do. I felt bad – for like a nano-second – for the brooding Grady because he couldn’t see B.J. as anything other than the tomboy that the town had relegated her to be.

I can’t say enough how much I liked this story, not as much as A Fallow Heart, but it was close. B.J. was a great character. She’s got spunk, heart, intelligence, humor, and self-confidence which made for a delightful read. Although she’s clearly been around way too many men, she’s still got some feminine traits about her.  There’s a scene when she’s trying to ‘girl up her wardrobe’ with some sexy lingerie for her man… the ensuing chase was awesome.

A good portrayal of being manly without sacrificing your caring side, Grady’s got a gentle soul and a forgiving heart and is absolutely perfect for B.J. After losing his wife a few years back, he’s been in a deep depression and folks are still walking around on eggshells because he carries his grief like a cloak. But as fate would have it, B.J. is perfect for him because she would not let him feel sorry for himself and served as a healing balm.  B.J. was so seemingly self assured, Grady could speak of his dead wife without repercussions. Of all, that was probably my favorite thing about their story. B.J. never denied Grady his right to have memories of this first wife nor dissuade him from speaking of her. This story reminds us that when given a second chance, grab it, hold on and don’t let go because it might the best thing you never thought could happen to you.

I highly recommend this if you like your heroine funny yet strong and your hero strong with a heart full of gold. Last but not least – the sexy times with these two was hmmm hmmm good. I’m officially on the hunt for more of Kage’s work.

Happy Reading folks!

Rating: A-

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The Trouble With Tomboys
by Linda Kage
Release Date: July 8, 2010
Publisher: Wild Rose Press