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review 2017-01-09 16:40
The Perfect Fit (Riley O'Brien & Co., #4) by Jenna Sutton Review
The Perfect Fit (a Riley O'Brien & Co. novella) - Jenna Sutton

What happens when an optimistic, young veterinarian and a battle-scarred Army veteran end up as roommates?

Zeke May has spent the past two years recovering from an IED attack and trying to adjust to life as a civilian. The veteran hiring program at denim empire Riley O’Brien & Co. offers a new beginning. The only problem is the high cost of housing in San Francisco, and Margo Lange could be the perfect solution.

Now that Margo has completed veterinary school, she’s ready to fulfill her dream of living in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, she’s drowning in student loan debt and the only places she can afford are dumps. Luckily, one of her uncle’s Army buddies needs a roommate.

Although Zeke’s place is a perfect fit for Margo’s budget, he is not what she expects. He’s much younger than her uncle, and he’s melt-your-panties hot. She doesn’t want to fall for him, but it doesn’t take her long to realize that Zeke is the perfect fit for her, regardless of their age gap. Too bad he’s so obviously still in love with his ex-wife…

Review

The romance was just just the right blend of funny, tender, sexy and real. I love low angst romance which is all about the couple.

 

Watching Zeke and Margo fall in love is a pure joy. I adore the Zeke is not a man whore. His not a man whoreness is beyond hot. They become great friends. There are things each needs to work through but in the end they are meant to be.

 

Love all the tropes are done so well but the writing is so crisp and the dialogue is lovely with all these little gems studded through the character development like the heroine's thrift shopping.

 

The only thing that kept it from being a five star for me was that I wanted more of an epilogue though what I got was good, I just want more lushness in a final chapter or more epilogue.

 

I highly recommend. And it was free on Amazon as a gateway drug to this author. So, go get hooked!

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review 2017-01-01 21:07
Worth It All (The McKinney Brothers #3) by Claudia Connor Review
Worth It All - Claudia Connor

She’s fighting for control. . . . Paige Roberts learned to fend for herself growing up. Now she’s doing everything possible to give her daughter, Casey, the stability she never had. But when the vivacious five-year-old decides she’s done wearing her prosthesis, Paige faces her toughest challenge yet: trusting a handsome, brooding stranger who simply wants to help.

He’s struggling to connect. . . . JT McKinney lost more than his leg in a car accident that stole his dreams of pro football. Eight years later, he's made a new life for himself far away from his old one. His business is developing cutting-edge prosthetics and he’s more than happy to turn his attention to machines instead of people. Still, he can’t shake the feeling that something’s missing.

Will they take a chance on love? . . . When JT gets the chance to help Paige’s daughter, he takes it. He never planned on the two of them tearing down his walls or teaching him to believe in himself again. Paige might not believe in happily ever afters, but JT wants more than anything to be her prince. They’ll both have to let go of the past if they want a future.

 

 

Review

 

This is a sweet romance with an overworked single mom as our heroine. The hero and the heroine's daughter have both lost legs for different reasons and this brings them together though the hero already had a crush on the mom.

The hero is a biomedical engineer who patents AI and artificial limbs which is better cool. He is pretty young and suppose to be super smart. I would have loved to see more of that part of him.

The heroine is a waitress working two jobs and starting back to school with an almost five year old. The child's issues about going to school are compelling and the romance is a lovely one.

However, for me, I would have liked more on the hero in the years after his accident, college and grad school wise, and for the heroine I would have liked her to have more of sexual self (her sexual history didn't seem all that realistic or at least I would have liked that talked about and explored).

I am interested in the other books in the series
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review 2016-09-29 16:42
The Admiral's Penniless Bride by Carla Kelly 5 Stars!
The Admiral's Penniless Bride - Carla Kelly

On Thursdays, I feature some of my favorite Romance Novels.

 

This week I want to beg you to read anything by Carla Kelly if you love history, aching romance, and exquisitely built plots driven by nuanced characters. The Admiral's Penniless Bride by Carla Kelly has everything you could ever want.

 

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Sally Paul is down to her last penny. As she spends it on a cup of tea—to stave off being at the mercy of the workhouse—the last thing she expects is an offer of marriage…from a complete stranger!

Admiral Sir Charles Bright's seafaring days are over—and according to society, that must mean he's in need of a wife! Discovering Sally's in need of a home, he offers a solution…. They marry in haste—but will they enjoy their wedding night at leisure?

 

 

 

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review 2016-08-27 17:54
One Night with Her Bachelor (Wild Montana Nights Book 1) Kat Latham Review
One Night with Her Bachelor - Kat Latham

Bid on a date with this wounded warrior for an unforgettable night of adventure. Aim high—and bid higher!—because no one comes close to local hero Gabriel Morales.

Molly Dekker hates being the town charity case, but when her son Josh is seriously injured she has no choice. She lets her best friend organize a bachelor auction to help pay her massive bills and make Josh’s life more comfortable. She can’t bid on any of the men, but a surprise bidder gives her a gift she never expected: a date with the man who saved her son’s life—the only one she’s in danger of losing her heart to.

Former Air Force pararescueman Gabriel Morales made a career of flying to the rescue, until a tragic helicopter crash stole more than his livelihood. Being auctioned off like a slab of beef isn’t in his recovery plan. But one look, one touch and one night unlocking Molly’s pent-up passion make him realize how badly he needs to be rescued…and how badly he wants to rescue Molly right back.

Will Molly and Gabriel’s never-quit attitude have them rushing head-first into love? Or will Gabriel’s secret pain stall their relationship before it can get off the ground?

 

Review

 

 

What I love about Kat Latham's heroines is the amount of sexual agency they have without being turned into the female version of a man whore which many writer's mistakenly do.

 

This heroine is sick of being thought of as nice and therefore asexual. She is a single mother whose son has reached an age where she can have five minutes to herself.

 

She goes after the guy. He is still recovering from his experiences in the war and isn't quite there yet but he adores her very quickly.

 

And then we have a romance which is lovely, achey, and grounded. Good stuff. 

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review 2014-10-16 01:14
His Road Home by Anna Richland 5 Star Review
His Road Home - Anna Richland

His Road Home by Anna Richland 

 

Special Forces medic Rey Cruz needs to find a fiancée, fast, or he'll end up in a marriage orchestrated by an Afghan warlord. Finding a picture online of a girl he barely knew back home, he fakes an engagement photo, thinking no one else will see it. But when Rey loses both legs and the ability to speak while rescuing a local boy, the image goes viral.

 

Seattle marine biologist Grace Kim is shocked to find out she's engaged. When she's offered a plane ticket to visit her "fiancé," she takes it, looking for the answer to one question: Why did he lie? Touched by Rey's funny texts and the determination she sees in him, Grace offers her friendship—a big step for someone who prefers whales to most company.

 

And when Rey is finally sent home, Grace agrees to help him drive his classic car cross-country over Thanksgiving—a once-in-a-lifetime road trip that leads to what feels like real love. In front of his friends and family, she plays the caring fiancée, but what place will Grace have in Rey's new life once he's ready to be on his own again?

 

 

Review 

Some lovely internet miracle led me to pre order this book. It showed up like as an unexpected gift on my Kindle. 

 

I can see why I one clicked it even though I have no recall of doing so given all its wonderful themes--interracial romance between non white leads, road trip, pretend relationship, scientist heroine, middle eastern wars, medic special forces hero, disabled hero, PTSD, 2nd generation immigrate experiences. 


Those themes and the possibility of what kind of story could be told within their structure drew me to the book but those elements (as wonderful in combination as they are) aren't what makes it a 5 Star Romance for me. 


It is the storytelling, the lilt of the writer's voice of humor, sorrow, and hope, the love between the characters (and not just the hero and heroine) and the perfectly placed details that add nuance and depth to make each place, person, and event believable and captivating. 


I want to tell you those little flourishes but it would take away your fun.  I will just say I love this book so much I retold the plot to my husband over breakfast.  

 

I already bought her other book. You should buy this one. Now. :) 

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