The Chance by Robyn Carr
Published by Harlequin, MIRA on February 25, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Romance
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With its breathtaking vistas and down-to-earth people, Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Knowing her wounds go beyond the physical, Laine hopes she'll fit in for a while and find her true self in a town that feels safe. She may even learn to open her heart to others, something an undercover agent has little time to indulge.
Eric Gentry is also new to Thunder Point. Although he's a man with a dark past, he's determined to put down roots and get to know the daughter he only recently discovered. When Laine and Eric meet, their attraction is obvious to everyone. But while the law enforcement agent and the reformed criminal want to make things work, their differences may run too deep…unless they take a chance on each other and find that deep and mysterious bond that belongs to those who choose love over fear.
PJV Quickie: With strong lead characters and secondary characters that were interesting but didn’t take the focus off the main characters, The Chance is my favorite book in the Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point series so far. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue this series, but The Chance has convinced me to stick around and see what’s next for the residents of this lovely seaside town.
Laine Carrington is an FBI agent who was injured in the line of duty and is taking a year off to recover and reorganize her priorities. She comes back to the sleepy little town of Thunder Point after she had been rescued by several of the town’s residents during an undercover stint in a cult nearby. She knows her time in Thunder Point is temporary, but what she didn’t count on was meeting Eric, another newcomer to to the town, and forming an attraction that can’t be denied.
Eric Gentry is a mechanic who owns his own garage and likes to restore classic cars. He went to prison when he was 19 for a robbery he didn’t realize he was participating in. He’s in Thunder Point now to be closer to his 17-year-old daughter, whom he just met last year. When he sets eyes on the gorgeous new stranger he wants to get to know her better, but between his new business and his “new” daughter, he doesn’t have time for romance.
First I should clarify I’ve read Books 1 & 2 but didn’t realize there was a 3rd book before I started The Chance, so I missed the entire Cult story. That being said, The Chance is my favorite in the series so far. My biggest complaint with the other two books is that there was more than one couple’s story at the forefront and I felt like that caused the books to feel spread thin. With The Chance, the focus was on Laine and Eric, with most of the side stories being directly related to them.
Laine is an excellent character – she’s tough and can handle herself but she’s feminine too and I really liked that about her. Strong female characters don’t have to be bitches and Laine is a great example of that. She’s got issues with her family that pervade the story and without going into spoilers I will say that Laine deals with issues facing a lot of adults today.
Eric is a great character who’s reformed from his wild teenage years into a successful small-businessman. He and Laine appear to be opposites but fit each other so well and their romance really worked for me. There was a side-story involving Eric’s employees that was sad but ultimately hopeful and I’m sure we’ll get a better picture of how things worked out in the next book.
I do need to note that even though I read the first two books, I still found it difficult to keep up with all the characters. I know the rating says 3.5 stars but really it’s more like 3.75 stars.
If you enjoy an opposites-attract story, small-town stories, or romance with characters who aren’t in their twenties, The Chance may be a good match for you.
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Once In A Lifetime by Jill Shalvis
Published by Grand Central, Hachette on February 18, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Love & Romance, Romance
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SOMETIMES WRONG IS OH-SO-RIGHT
After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he's back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she's not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.
Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben - even though he has absolutely no idea what she's done . . .
Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?
Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series is one I enjoy returning to again and again: I know I’m going to get well-written characters, engaging storylines, and sweet romance with just the right amount of heat. Once in a Lifetime delivers on all fronts and is one of my favorites in the series so far.
Aubrey Wellington is having a bad day. Not only is her ex-boss/ex-lover featuring her in his scandalous tell-all book, but she’s just had an accidental run-in with sexy Ben McDaniel, her high school crush. Fleeing the scene of her run-in, she accidentally ends up at an AA meeting, and after listening to some of the members speak she decides perhaps they’re on to something: She’s going to fix her karma by using Step 8 – making a list of people she’s wronged and make amends.
Five years ago, Ben McDaniels’ wife was killed in a car accident. After her death, he spent his time in war-torn areas of the world, trying to make a difference for the people who live there. Now he’s back in Lucky Harbor with some free time on his hands and has been suckered into helping renovate the old bookstore that Aubrey’s reopening.
When it’s clear that they can’t deny the tension building between them, they agree it’s got to be just physical. The whole town knows Aubrey’s not the girl for Ben, and while she’s busy writing her past wrongs, she knows Ben is the one person who she’ll never, ever be able to make amends to.
There were several things about this book that make it one of my favorites of the series:
- The chemistry between Aubrey and Ben is hot!
- Aubrey is not the town sweetheart and has a reputation (whether deserved or not) as a troublemaker
- Former main characters are still around and still awesome
- Craft Corner!
In this 9th installment to the Lucky Harbor series, we are reminded that small-town life is not always picturesque and people don’t always forgive and forget. The townsfolk don’t know about Aubrey’s personal life, they only know the public face she’s always worn while she keeps her feelings locked up tight. When she starts trying to fix her past transgressions, she’s not always forgiven, but she’s determined to make amends any way she can, and because of that, I really, really liked Aubrey’s character – she’s real and slightly tarnished and still manages to have a sense of humor about life.
I enjoyed Ben’s character – a genuinely good guy who is afraid to go all in and have his heart broken again. He’s got great, honest support from his buddies and is genuinely interested in Aubrey, even though he tries to deny it to himself. And when he’s with Aubrey…heat rises off the page.
There are really only two reasons Once In A Lifetime is a 4 1/2 and not a 5-star read for me:
- Ben’s dead wife Heather is portrayed as perfect by the town but is really horrible to Aubrey. I had a hard time buying it; and
- The ending is really abrupt. Like… BAM! The End. I would have liked more dissection of the problem and reactions of the characters before the ending.
Overall though, I thoroughly enjoyed Once In A Lifetime – there were some laugh-out-loud moments and some heartbreaking history for both main characters. As always, I can’t wait for my next “mini-vacation” to Lucky Harbor!
I’ll always recommend the Lucky Harbor series to fans of Contemporary Romance, or someone who wants to try Romance for the first time. If you’re looking for something sweet with a bit of sizzle, a non-typical heroine and a swoon-worthy hero, Once In A Lifetime may be just what you need.
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Misbehaving by Tiffany Reisz
Published by Cosmo Red-Hot Reads, Harlequin on February 11, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Love & Romance, Romance
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Wanted: Adventurous, open-minded man willing to try anything…
As a popular sex blogger, Beatriz gets paid to have orgasms. So being on deadline the week of her sister’s wedding isn’t as rough as it sounds. There’s just one hitch: Bea’s assignment is to write a review of a sex position manual, but she doesn’t have a plus one to play with.
The good news: Ben, the one who got away back in college, is also attending stag--and he's as temptingly gorgeous as ever.
The bad news: Ben turned down Bea’s offer of graduation night sex five years ago.
The best news: He’s not planning on making the same mistake twice.
A red-hot retelling of Much Ado About Nothing for people who love Shakespeare but thought his plays could use a few more sex scenes.
PJV Quickie: Misbehaving is a short, sexy read by an author better known for her darker, kinky stories. I was surprised at how light and fun it was and had to check the title page to be sure I had the right book!
Beatriz was a freshman in college with a crush on her sister’s boyfriend’s best friend, senior Ben. On graduation night, she threw herself at him and he turned her down – gah! It’s five years later, and now Beatriz does a weekly column reviewing sex toys and books. Her sister is getting married (to the same boyfriend from college) and Beatriz is traveling to the wedding. At the last minute, her boss tells her he needs a new column written ASAP, so she grabs a review book off the table and heads out, not realizing she’s grabbed a sex-position manual.
Ben is a groomsman in the wedding, and when he hears Beatriz is going to be there his ears perk up – he had a thing for her in college but did the “nice guy” thing and didn’t act on it. When Beatriz asks him for a favor, he’s happy to help her out – for research purposes, of course *winks*.
Even though I knew going into it that Misbehaving is a contemporary romance, I guess I still expected some of that delicious darkness that Ms. Reisz writes – and it wasn’t there. Misbehaving is unexpectedly fun, and overall I enjoyed it. Ms. Reisz did a wonderful job of laying the groundwork for the story and giving us layers of backstory in a short amount of time, which is sometimes tricky to do without losing the reader. I liked Beatriz and Ben, and definitely rooted for them as a couple, but they seemed to be missing that certain something that makes me fall in love with fictional couples. Maybe it was how they talked through the sex in an almost clinical way? I know they were reviewing the book but it still felt a bit stiff *snickers*. I also liked Beatriz’s sister and her fiancee, but I really didn’t buy the misunderstanding, so I was a bit frustrated there, although I do understand that as a retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, it had to be so. Overall, the story was cute and I had fun reading it.
I have to add that Keaton the bellhop absolutely stole the show! I would absolutely love is she did a collection of short stories about other couples with Keaton as the common thread.
This is not your typical Tiffany Reisz book, so if you’re expecting a story with the feel of The Original Sinners, you’ll be disappointed. I would definitely recommend Misbehaving for readers looking for something light and sexy (don’t confuse “light” with “no sex”, because there’s plenty of that), fans of second-chance love, and story lines that involve misunderstandings.
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Believe by Erin McCarthy
Published by InterMix, Penguin on January 21, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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Robin used to be a party girl… until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend's boyfriend. Now she's faced with being THAT girl, and couldn't be more disgusted with herself. She can't even tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and she avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that's good and oh, so bad…
Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin at his cousin's house, and he knows that he has no business talking to her, but he's drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent. She doesn't care that he's done time, or that he only has five bucks to his name, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist.
But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it's a naïve dream to believe that his record won't catch up with them at some point. Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present…
PJV Quickie: Believe is book 3 in Erin McCarthy’s New Adult series, True Believers, and I am thoroughly enjoying reading these books. They’re dark, but hopeful, with flawed characters who are trying to create a better life for themselves and the people they love. Ms. McCarthy’s writing beautifully captures the struggles her characters face, allowing you to experience their triumphs, and failures, as you read their stories.
Robin is a girl who is living the college life – parties all night, drinking hard and having fun. She’s getting ready to make the move from dorm to apartment with her best friends, when one mistake changes everything: She gets black-out drunk and wakes up in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend. While she doesn’t remember anything, he certainly does, and after a few fuzzy memories slip through, Robin is horrified and ashamed. She immediately stops drinking and partying and is trying to make plans to move out of the apartment but doesn’t want to stiff her friends out of the rent. Guilt makes her turn in on herself and away from her friends, who notice the change.
Phoenix has been out of jail for two days and has nothing to his name but the clothes on his back. He’s got nowhere to stay since his mom moved out of their apartment while he was in jail and left no forwarding address, so he’s crashing on his cousin’s couch until he can get a job and get back on his feet.
Robin and Phoenix meet in an awkward manner, as each overhears a personal conversation the other is having, so they both know other is having a rough time of things, although not really how bad things are. A relationship between them slowly begins, but then proceeds to move forward quickly as they both realize they’ve found someone special. Neither thinks they are deserving of the other but they both want to hold on tight before they have to let go.
Believe may be my favorite of the series so far. Ms. McCarthy is a skilled writer: I didn’t want to like Robin – she slept with her best friend’s boyfriend – but as I continued to read, I started to feel bad for her; she made a horrible mistake and it was killing her inside. I loved that Phoenix knew what her secret was and wanted her to know that he didn’t judge her based on one night of her life, that she was making positive changes to ensure nothing like it happened again, and that she is worthy of being loved. Really, I just loved Phoenix and Robin together: they were both so damaged – Phoenix by his drug-addicted mother and Robin by her betrayal of her best friend – and they each saw past the faults to see the good in each other.
There were a few things I didn’t like, such as Robin not confiding in her male friend, who knew what happened, that Nathan was still contacting her, and there was a scene with Phoenix where I thought “wow, it’s a little early in the relationship for something you cannot change your mind about”, but for the most part I was totally involved in the story. Ms. McCarthy tackles some difficult subjects in Believe, and shows a cautionary tale of how personal behavior and the choices you make can affect the people around you. Every single book in this series to date has left me wanting the next book immediately.
I would definitely recommend Believe for fans of New Adult, or someone wanting to try New Adult. If you enjoy stories where the characters come from a difficult past and try to change, and like reading about imperfect characters who struggle to do the right thing, Believe may be a good fit for you. You don’t have to read the first two books in the series first, but it would add to the reading experience if you did.
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Genres: Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Historical, Paranormal, Romance
OMG y’all, I am So. Freakin’. Excited!!!!! <–It’s true, you can tell by all of those exclamation points
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is one of my all-time favorite books. I will recommend it to anyone who will listen and I’ve been trying to talk my husband into reading it. When news came out that Starz was going to make it into a series scheduled for Summer 2014, I was thrilled. Two of my co-workers read it and together we’ve been getting excited over each new Outlander still and Q&A’s posted online. And then… they released the trailer:
*swoons* Ooohhh – is that the scene were Jamie and Claire arrive at the castle? I see Jack Randall, and…. is that… the wedding night?!?
It seems like Ms. Gabaldon is involved in the production and the show will stay true to the book. Apparently there are going to be 16 episodes so that makes me happy too; there’s no way they could cram that massive book into 8 or 10 episodes! There are so many scenes I hope make it into the show – when they first meet, THE WEDDING (obviously), Claire’s attempted escape, Lallybroch. There are also some scenes that are going to be hard to watch. But I can’t wait! Can. Not. Wait!!!
What do you think? I think It’s going to be AMAZING!
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