April 2012 Archive

While You Were Dead

by: CJ Snyder

Published: September 24th 2011

ASIN: B006PTW9WW

From Goodreads: Lies have consequences…

Twelve years ago, Max Clayton had no choices. Honor bound to hunt a traitor, the government declared him dead to the outside world. He completed his mission, but lost the only woman he ever loved and a child he never knew existed.

And so does breaking a woman’s heart…

Max was her life, her very heartbeat. After his death, alone and haunted by a dangerous past, Kat Jannsen made the ultimate sacrifice to keep their daughter safe.

When Kat discovers Max is alive her carefully constructed jigsaw puzzle life is torn to pieces. But an old enemy has been watching…waiting to strike. As the danger mounts, she has nowhere to turn but to Max. She can trust him with her life, but does she dare trust him with her heart?

 

This book was so exciting. I didn’t want to put it down. The action was intense, but not overwhelming. I sometimes get annoyed when there’s a lot of action going on in the book, like if it seems like it’s going on too long… but I didn’t get that feeling with this book. I also LOVED the story between Kat and Max. I really can’t imagine what it would be like to have to go through something like that. Losing someone is bad enough, but having to adjust to them coming back into your life after everything? That’s gotta be insanely difficult. The way this book mixes emotion and action is what I loved most. There was always something exciting going on and it made me want to keep turning the pages. The story line with their child is also one that I found really interesting and got involved in it emotionally. That’s another thing that’s gotta be something incredibly difficult to deal with, but these two characters get through the situations they get placed in in a way that’s both realistic and admirable. Kat and Max are definitely strong people and love each other and their family very much. I also thought that the ending was very interesting, especially when we find out who was behind it all! Crazy! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone looking for an action packed novel. 🙂

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Gnome on the Range

by: Jennifer Zane

Published: December 27th, 2011

ASIN: B006QQRH3A

From Goodreads: Jane West has everything a woman could want. A job in a small Montana town’s only adult store, two busy young boys and one dead husband. Everything except a little excitement–a little zing. But that changes one summer morning at a garage sale when her kids buy some garden gnomes.

Now someone wants those gnomes and will let nothing get in their way. Including Jane. This new excitement for Jane spells trouble for a relationship with new neighbor–and hot fireman–Ty Strickland. Can Jane and Ty handle a relationship meddling mother-in-law, crazy kids, and stay alive while trying to solve the mystery of the garden gnomes?

 

Honestly, I thought this one of the most creative mysteries that I’ve read in a while. There weer a lot of uncomfortable moments that made me laugh out loud. Right from the beginning I found this novel to be funny and entertaining. This is definitely not a novel for someone that is easily offended by things that are sexual in nature. But I really thought this was an easy and fun read. I found myself wanting to continue reading it instead of doing things like… going to class and eating. 😛  Ty is an absolutely wonderful hero to this story too. The romance that and chemistry between him and Jane is undeniable.  Everything about their relationship is great, right down to the way they met. I really enjoyed their story and it didn’t feel at all forced or tacked on the way romances between main characters can in stories like this one. Jane is a great narrator to this story and I loved being inside her head. It was fun being in the head of someone so normal, especially someone who is a single mother and has to deal with the trouble that two boys can get into! I laughed while reading this and fell for tricks the way the characters in the book did. I loved the writing style and the way the story moved along quickly and captured my attention. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun read!

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A Lady’s Point of View

by: Jacqueline Diamond

Pages: 219

Published: October 1st 1989 by Harlequin Books

ISBN: 0373311141

From Goodreads: This 219-page, lighthearted tale in the traditional Regency style; no sex, but plenty of romantic complications and a happy ending was originally published by Harlequin Books.

Meg Linley has good reason to feel cursed in the ballrooms of Regency England. Though a beauty, she can barely see and is forbidden to wear spectacles. When she accidentally cuts the prince’s friend Beau Brummell at a ball, the scandal sends her packing to the countryside.

Her faulty eyesight causes her to enter the wrong coach, which delivers her to the estate of handsome Lord Bryn. He mistakes her for the governess who was due to arrive from London and, preferring work over a life of isolation, she goes along with the erroneous impression. She can’t help adoring his orphaned niece and nephew, a mischievous pair who’ve driven off their previous governesses.

Deception has a way of turning the tables, however. When Meg begins falling in love with the handsome lord just as he’s about to become engaged to another woman, she can’t see a way out of her dilemma. But then, eyesight was never her strong point.

 

This was a cute novel. I enjoyed the fact that all of the conflict was because the heroine had poor eyesight. I myself can relate to that and if I didn’t have my contacts and glasses I’m sure I would’ve ended up in situations like this too. I liked the way Meg created a new future for herself instead of giving up and giving in to what her mother wants for her. I enjoyed reading this novel and thought the characters were fun and I found them to be good company. Lord Bryn is a great hero, even if he is a bit unreasonable at times. 😉 The children in this story were absolutely adorable, I wanted to bring them home and play with them myself. They might have been troublemakers, but I thought they seemed like a lot of fun. I didn’t find this novel to be anything that wasn’t easy to predict though. It was a fun, enjoyable romance. It had entertaining moments, especially at the end when everything becomes complex, but I wouldn’t consider this novel to be a challenging read. If you’re looking for a very cute and lighthearted read that can be read quickly and let you escape into a romance for a few hours, then this is for you. I would recommend it to romance fans who don’t mind if their novels are a little predictable.

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