Review: Every Little Thing by Marie Force

Reviewed by Shelly

I keep coming back for more from the Abbotts. Molly, the family matriarch, has a sister, Hannah. Like Molly, Hannah has quite a brood of her own. Eight. Grayson, Noah, Izzy, Vanessa, Alison, Jackson, Henry and Sarah.

As the oldest, Grayson has been man of the house since their father, Hannah’s husband, left the family many years ago. That should be an interesting story of why it took him that long to leave, but good riddance. Grayson, at 36, is now a successful lawyer and just recently bought out of his firm to finally live his life. He’s moved back to his home town where his family, including the Abbotts live. [Read more…]

Series Reading Order: Green Mountain

This is the reading order for the Green Mountain series by Marie Force:

*Denotes novella

Review: Fool for Love by Marie Force

fool for loveReviewed by Shelly

The second book in the ‘McCarthy’s of Gansett Island’ series picks up a few weeks where book 1 ended. Maddie and Mac are living in their dream house, with Maddie’s adorable ray of sunshine, Thomas. You might be inclined to read this as a stand-alone, but I wouldn’t suggest that because of the recurring characters and the on-going story lines.

Mac and Janey have always been close. There was a very funny glimpse of their sibling affections in book 1 when Mac needed Janey to go to the store to get condoms. Normally that would actually come off as a little bit weird, but when you live on an island and everyone knows your business you’ve got to learn how to divide and conquer. Suffice it to say, I liked Janey before I ever read her story. [Read more…]

Review: Maid for Love by Marie Force

maid for loveReviewed by Shelly

I’m very late to the party, but I don’t think I could be more disappointed in this story than when I turned the last page. I’ve read other Marie Force stories. I think her Green Mountain series is brilliant in its simplicity, and was really excited to try additional works. I’m a fan of the maid and the rich guy trope – shoot I watched Maid in Manhattan expressly because of that – but there was something about Maddie and Mac that didn’t convince me.

In her late 20’s Maddie and her sister have lived on Gansett Island their entire lives. For the past 8 years, Maddie’s worked as a maid on the island. I’m not sure what made her chose that career path, but then again it doesn’t matter; she just is. And if many of the townspeople have anything to say about it, Maddie will always only ever be a maid. [Read more…]

Review: Desire After Dark by Marie Force

desire after darkReviewed by Joanna

I’ve not read any of this series and just dived in at book 15(!) because I liked the sound of it. An island, a pilot, a lighthouse keeper, and cozy evenings. Yum. Plus the title sounded sexy, though I quickly worked out by ‘dark’ they mean despair. Not night time. Hmm.

So first thing I find is it’s more of a family saga than a straight up romance. Slim and Erin, our H&H, are getting together after he flies back to the island for the 12 days of Christmas. He met Erin several months ago, and they hit it off, but he’s been working in Florida so their communications have been limited to phone and video calls. Now he’s back, and Erin invites him to stay with her. It’s pretty forward of her as she’s somewhat reserved, but she really likes this guy and wants to let her barriers down. She’s 38, so it’s not her first rodeo, but she’s not gotten on the horse for a while because of the dark thing (she’s been in grief over her twin brother who died in the 9/11 attack) so it’s all a bit more tentative than desirous. [Read more…]

Review: Ain’t She Sweet by Marie Force

aint she sweetReviewed by Shelly

After reading Gavin and Ella’s story in It’s Only Love (Green Mountain, book 5) I was absolutely ready to read Charlotte ‘Charley’ Abbott’s story and to find out why she so ornery. Plus, I was so excited to read a story about someone who’s training for a marathon, considering I’ve done a few, and I know that the training can get pretty intense, especially when you’re going for a PR. So already, I have something in common with Charley – we’re gonna be BFFs.

Charlotte’s can be a little bit prickly… ummm… she might even be the dreaded – difficult, but she’s been the one that Tyler Wescott has always wanted. Even when Charley’s hating on Tyler, he’s been stuck on her.  There were some very funny but a little sad scenes with between Tyler and Charley in the last book. I felt for him because he’s not a bad guy; he’s actually quite nice and thoughtful. [Read more…]

Shelly’s Favorite Books of 2015

I had a very good read from a new to me author, Serena Akeroyd. Menage Material, is the first in her La Belle sans Le bete series and was an absolute winner. It’s a menage (m/m/f) erotica set in France and tells the tale of a CEO, his botanist American wife and their cancer curing scientist lover.

Click to purchase: Menage Material
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Review: It’s Only Love by Marie Force

its only loveReviewed by Shelly

With the 5th book in the series, I’m still not disappointed in Marie Force’s writing. There’s still a freshness and fun. Ella Abbott’s been in love with Gavin Guthrie for forever. If you’ve read any of the prior stories, there were a few moments of Ella’s longing for Gavin that are pretty powerful. As one of the ten Abbott kids, Ella’s privy to her some of her siblings getting their HEAs and she’ll admit to wanting that for herself.

Gavin’s history with the Abbott family goes back a long way. His older brother was married to one of the Abbott girls (book 2), Hannah. But since his brother was killed overseas during the war, Gavin’s been spiraling, getting into fights, drinking to excess. even a run-in with the law — things he didn’t do when his brother was alive. After a particularly explosive kiss that happened during Hannah’s wedding, Gavin tells Ella that he can’t be what she wants him to be. So it’s a surprise to Ella when she gets a mysterious phone call from a guy at a bar saying that someone’s listed her as their ICE (in case of emergency) – low and behold, it’s Gavin. Taking him home to patch him up, Ella and Gavin start something.. [Read more…]

Review: Victorious by M.S. Force

victoriousReviewed by Shelly

I’m probably the only person who didn’t like this story. I’m a ginormous fan of this author’s romance novels. I think her Green Mountain series is absolutely brilliant and I’ve have had nothing but praise for it. I read the first two books in her new Quantum Trilogy series and was suitably impressed with those, because the story telling was good and the sex wasn’t overpowering. As this is a serial, each book picks up immediately where the other left off. At the end of book two’s review, I put something out there that I wish didn’t happen – ‘I’m going to be sorely disappointed, scratch that – make it pissed off, if Natalie gives in to Flynn’s BDSM lifestyle desires like a bowling pin’. Guess what happened. [Read more…]

Review: Valorous by M.S. Force

valorousReviewed by Shelly

Picking up directly after Virtuous, Valorous continues Natalie and Flynn’s story. They’ve had their big date at one of the many awards shows and spent a few days together when their insular bubble burst. Natalie’s past and secrets that only she had the right to tell, have been told to the entire world. I about cringed when that happened because it’s the worst kind of invasion of privacy, especially in light of the reason for the secret and her age when it happened. One of the things that bothered me from Book 1 was the immediacy of Natalie’s exposure to the public. They went on a single date before Flynn thought that was a good idea to take her to one of the Hollywood culture biggest events. There’s so much in that I found to be forced. [Read more…]