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review 2020-04-05 17:14
Destiny's Embrace
Destiny's Embrace - Beverly Jenkins

Mariah was abused by her mom. Her mom was a seamstress and Mariah learned how to do so too. In addition, she draws designs that her mom would sell and pass on as her own. After being hit (again), she decides enough is enough and leaves. With the help of her aunt Libby, she answers an ad for a housekeeper in CA.
Logan is a rancher and shares property with his (step)mom. He also doesn't want to marry and likes his life just so. His house is also a pigsty (in both looks and smell). It also doubles as the tack shed (since the last one burned).
Needless to say, there is friction between Logan and Mariah. Mariah blossoms and becomes someone who speaks her mind and doesn't put up with bullshit. It was glorious! I liked how Logan eventually changed and re-evaluated his life and what he wanted. I enjoyed Alanza and liked her forward thinking. I'm hoping something happened with Max. I also liked his brothers Drew (Andrew Antonio)-a lawyer (and womanizer) and Noah (a sailor) even if they were not on the page. My only compliant would be the ending felt rushed; I wanted more. The ending also opens what (I assume- I haven't read the synopsis for book 2 yet) the plot for the next brother's story will be.
There is also some of CA history and a recommended reading list for more info.
I read this for Romance-opoly The Cobbles moon track

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review 2020-02-05 18:45
Destiny's Embrace
Destiny's Embrace - Beverly Jenkins

Ohh la la. Seriously though I am loving these historical romances by Jenkins. This one is the first book in her "Destiny" series. I loved the hero and heroine and cannot wait to read more books featuring the Yates brothers.

 

In "Destiny's Embrace" we follow Logan Yates and Mariah Cooper. Mariah Cooper is living in Philadelphia with her rage filled mother. Mariah wants to get married, but is shunned due to the color of her eyes (golden) and the fact that her mother refuses to let anyone too close to her. When Mariah suffers one more beating by her mother, she flees to her aunt who tells her her mother's past. Mariah's aunt pushes her to answer an ad for a housekeeper in California. Logan causes his mother fits. His house is a mess (and it smells) and all she wants is for him and his two brothers to settle down and give her grand babies. When Mariah come along the two go together like oil and water. She pushes his buttons and vice versa. Since Logan is up front about never marrying and only wanting a woman long enough to be a mistress, we get to follow him as he is shut down by Mariah and her not wanting to be another notch on his bedpost.

 

I loved the transformation of Mariah from cowed to queen in this one. She also made me laugh about her matter of fact way of enjoying Logan's kisses, but not being foolish enough to think he means anything by it. I also loved her relationship with his mother. 

 

Logan and his brother and best friend's fits at him not knowing what to do about Mariah was hilarious. That's all I got.

 

The setting in this time period is interesting. I liked that Logan's mother Alanza (step-mother really) is descended from a different side of California that many don't think of When California was a Spanish and Mexican colonial at some points during the decades. You get to see how that place seemed to be more forward thinking of mixed race people. 


The ending was great though it felt a bit rushed. I can't wait for book #2!

 

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review 2020-01-19 22:44
The Crocodile's Last Embrace (Jade del Cameron #6) - Suzanne Arruda
The Crocodile's Last Embrace - Suzanne Arruda

I told my 11 year old I was going to finish more books than her while we are stuck inside. 

 

So far I'm winning.

 

These short blurbs are my way of tracking my 2020 Reading Challenge until BookLikes fixes the tracker. Positive thoughts friends.

 

 

Dates read 1/18/2020-1/19/2020

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text 2019-12-19 04:20
Embrace Failure

“If you’ve never failed, you’ve never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein said that. He was considered a failure from an early age, not speaking until he was nearly four years old, and not speaking fluently until he was 12.

 

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review 2019-10-26 05:49
5 Star Beast
Embrace the Beast - Mia West

 

He’s otter shifter that folks say is the best river guide in the region with an uncanny knack for finding the hottest fishing spots. Everything will be okay as long as nobody – especially Mac – finds out that Nate Landry used to be Charlie Beauchamp, a covert-ops rescue swimmer who failed to save the one person he loved most. McKinley Greer is a bear shifter and nobody knows why he brews beer but doesn’t drink a drop of it or why the vids he watches at night feature guys who look a helluva lot like his best friend.

 

The third book in the ‘Grizzly Rim’ series is an emotional but sweet romance full of passion. The two heroes in this book have some issues that keeps them from moving from best friends to more but as the emotions flow, secrets are revealed, the closer to Mac and Charlie find themselves and soon the passion and chemistry is hard to deny.

 

The plot is fast paced and full of suspense as twists and turns have the two heroes revealing parts of themselves they would have preferred to remain hidden and forcing them to deal with those issues and move forward and readers can’t help but become caught up in all the emotions that flows from the pages of this captivating romance.

 

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