My rating: 4 of 5 stars
One toddler meltdown in the middle of Walmart and Lieutenant Mike Stark, who had battled raging winter storms in the violent, mercurial Bering Sea to pluck stranded boaters from the ocean’s grip, had to admit he was in over his head.
Diana Tuttle is the Veterinarian of Rescue Bay’s Animal Shelter. She is a divorced mother raising a troubled 15 year old son by herself. Her musician ex-husband, who has floated in an out of her son’s life, comes back and wants custody.
In the meantime Mike Stark, a sexy Coast Guard worker with whom Diana had a short relationship and one-night stand, comes back to town with his two young daughters. He barely knows them since he has spent little time with them. His ex-wife hands them to him as she heads off on a vacation with a boyfriend. He has a month to take care of them so he goes back to Rescue Bay and stays at his best friend’s house since his ex-wife’s house is little more than a broken down trailor. He is a man who lives by rules and has a hard time adapting to two young girls, one of whom has temper tantrums.
When Diana and Mike see each other again things are a bit awkward especially since he left a short note after their one-night stand and skipped town. They are still attracted to each other but neither wants to start anything again since he doesn’t live in Rescue Bay.
The character development of the hero, heroine and secondary characters is excellent and I don’t think anyone does it better than Shirley Jump. If there is a con in the story for me it is the elderly women known as the “Ladies Quilting Club” who considered themselves the match making trio. I found them distracting and they pulled me out of the story. Soon I was skipping their chapters to get back to the story of Diana and Mike which was a good story.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First line: Nathan Ellison Raymond Dunkle couldn’t catch a break.
Ned Dunkle is an aerospace engineer who is a real geek. He has no success with women and he really wants to get married and have a family.
Kennedy Ashe is an insecure, uptight matchmaker who was once a smart fat girl. Kennedy transforms Ned into a hottie with a makeover, and lessons in social skills. Then they find they are attracted to each other but Kennedy resists getting involved with a client.
First let me say there is nothing wrong with this author’s writing and I have really enjoyed Jennifer Probst’s previous works. However, I found that there were things that really bothered me about the content of this story.
Part of the makeover consisted of changing the client’s clothes. After changing his clothing style,the matchmaker felt his name didn’t match his new style so she changed Ned’s name to Nate. Then to teach Ned/Nate how to interact with women, he was fitted with a dog collar that the matchmaker zapped when he gave the wrong answer. Somehow those two things seemed really cruel to me.
Ned/Nate/Kennedy’s reactions to situations seemed immature and they didn’t come across to me as an interesting couple. Unlike other readers, I just didn’t feel the spark between them.
On the plus side, even though there wasn’t a happily ever after ending it wasn’t one of the books that ends with a dreaded cliff hanger.
BY Victoria Barbour
My rating 3 of 5 stars
First line: “The one thing no one ever tells you about royalty either of the Hollywood or aristocratic variety is that they all leave a hell of a mess behind them.”
So begins the story of Elsie Walsh who runs a remote high-end B&B in Newfoundland. She caters to celebrities who want to get away from paparazzi. Elsie’s one mistake is she has had an affair with one of her clients and decides she won’t repeat the mistake in the future. In walks Scotsman Campbell Scot, a professor of art who has been asked to study and paint birds in the area. Elsie and Campbell embark on an affair with lots of family and friend encouragement.
On the plus side, I learned a lot about Newfoundland and the author really does a great job in describing the setting.
On the negative side, I felt the plot lacked depth and the characters needed a little more fleshing out.
If you like light romance, then this book would be a good beach read or a book for a quiet afternoon.
***ARC from NetGalley for an honest review***
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First line: “There comes a time in every single woman’s life where the man who was once eh, not bad gets promoted to good enough.
Riley the heroine of the story is a sexually inexperienced young writer who writes an advice column on sex for Stiletto, a magazine for women. She dates a lot of men who have misconceptions about her and she’s interested in none of them. Her new assignment requires that she really have experience and she asks her brother’s friend whom she has always loved to help her research by having a one night stand with her. Sam is the typical flawed hero who has spent a lot of time at his best friend’s family’s house. He doesn’t want to risk his friendship with her brother by violating a years old “hands off my sister” request, but he just can’t resist helping the woman he’s always loved.
While this is a very sexy novel, it’s also the growth of a nice romance and the growth of the hero through the support of the heroine. Worth the read.
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by Brad Taylor
My rating 4 of 5 stars
“Sergeant Ronald Blackmar never heard the round before it hit, but registered the whine of a ricochet right next to his head and felt the sliver of rock slice into his cheek.”
In POLARIS PROTOCOL, Taskforce operators Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are used to putting their lives on the line, but this time it’s Jennifer’s brother and countless more civilians who face incomprehensible violence and bloodshed.
Pike and Jennifer are in Turkmenistan with the Taskforce—a top-secret antiterrorist unit that operates outside US law—when Jennifer gets a call from her brother, Jack. Working on an investigative report into the Mexican drug cartels, Jack Cahill has unknowingly gotten caught between two rival groups. His desperate call to his sister is his last before he’s kidnapped.
In their efforts to rescue Jack, Pike and Jennifer uncover a plot much more sinister than illegal drug trafficking—the cartel that put a target on Jack’s back has discovered a GPS hack with the power to effectively incapacitate the United States. The hack allows a user to send false GPS signals, making it possible to control everything from traffic signals and banking wire transfers to cruise missiles, but only while the system’s loophole remains in place.
With the GPS hack about to be exploited and Jack’s life at stake, Jennifer and Pike must find a way to infiltrate the cartel’s inner circle and eliminate the impending threat. The price of failure, for both the Taskforce and the country, is higher than ever.
This is a novel with non-stop suspense and exciting action by an author who knows the world of special ops but also is willing to do extensive research to make a story leap off the page with authenticity.
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