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review 2018-01-02 09:35
Christmas at Waratah Bay (or Christmas Down Under) by Marion Lennox
Christmas at Waratah Bay (Christmas Around the World Book 1) - Marion Lennox

***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

Max Ramsey has been taking care of his neighbor Harold, the last couple of months, since the old man is dying. Now he's put him in the hospital, but one of Harold's money-grabbing, ungrateful step-daughters is back and wants to supposedly give the old man one unforgettable Christmas...Not if Max can help it.

He can't really, since the woman is Harold's legal family and she's slowly getting under Max's skin as well.

But Sarah Carlton isn't one of Harold's step-daughters. She's not even his family no matter how much she might wish otherwise. But Harold is the closest she's come to having a grandfather, and she's finally earned enough money to come for a visit, which turns out to be their last...And she's determined to give Harold—and Max—a wonderful family Christmas.


This story started off strong. Yes, there was the trope of the misunderstanding, no one bothers to correct, but it worked, and it served as "incentive" for the reader to get to know the main protagonists as they go to know one another.

The plot tugged at an occasional heartstring, the characters were rather well-developed and likeable, the romance came through as quite plausible, despite the speed at which it happened...The problem was the second half of the story which dragged on for a bit too long both in pace and the not-corrected misunderstanding.
It could've been a couple of pages shorter.

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review 2015-08-13 21:11
Nine Months to Change His Life - Marion Lennox (HR #4428 - June 2014)
Nine Months to Change His Life - Marion Lennox

Series: Logan Twins (Book 1)

''I rescued you on this island…and you rescued me right back."

 

Ben Logan never asks anyone for help. Until, during a deadly hurricane, he's washed up on a deserted island. There he finds his life in the hands of sparky, petite nurse Mary Hammond. Trapped with only each other for comfort, Ben and Mary turn to one another.

 

Back home safely, Mary dominates Ben's dreams. And when, three months later, Mary arrives at Ben's New York office, it's with news that their one night had the power to change their lives forever…

 

Very good story between two emotionally wounded people. The story begins with a bang as Ben and his twin brother participate in an around the world yacht race. Unfortunately they arrive in New Zealand along with a huge cyclone (hurricane) that destroys their boat. Ben forces Jake onto the rescue helicopter first, but has to wait for another helicopter for his own rescue. Instead, his life raft ends up destroyed and he is at the mercy of the waves.

 

Mary is spending a few days on a small island, dealing with some work and family issues. Her nasty stepmother and stepsisters have blamed Mary, who is a nurse, for the death of her stepsister's newborn infant. Her father, who is useless against his new wife does nothing to help her. She's also been placed on leave by her employer. Mary has taken this time to try to decide what to do, and also work on the book she writes for stress relief and escape. By the time she knows about the track of the cyclone, it is too late for her to leave the island. She takes her dog and supplies and heads to a cave for safety. On the way she spots Ben, who has washed up on the beach.

 

The descriptions of Mary's rescue attempts, the cyclone itself, and what it was like in the cave were so vivid that I felt as though I was there. I could feel Mary's worry over Ben's injuries, and hope that they were not life threatening. As the storm intensified, Mary and Ben got to know each other. Both of them seemed to have a knack for sensing when something was bothering the other. Mary is a nurturer and gets Ben talking about himself and his brother. She tries to calm his fears about his brother's safety. Ben doesn't normally talk about feelings. His home life had been awful, with a cold and emotionless father and a melodramatic mother. There's something about Mary that penetrates his armor, and he finds himself caring about what happens to her. When the cyclone passes, they celebrate their survival, even knowing that they won't see each other again. After their rescue, each goes their own way, though Ben thanks Mary for saving him by sending a lawyer after her stepmother. That turns out both good and bad.

 

Two months later, Ben is back in New York and his financial empire, but he hasn't been able to forget Mary. He's stunned when she shows up to let him know she's pregnant. She doesn't want anything from him, just to tell him. Ben's first reaction is horror. He never wanted to get close to anyone because of his fears about what he would do. The idea of being responsible for someone else's happiness scares him. But at the same time, he doesn't want to accept the idea of Mary going back to New Zealand and raising the baby without him. His idea of how and why to keep her in New York is one that she just can't accept. I loved seeing how she tried to show him that though she may technically be alone, back at home she has friends and the community that have become like family to her. It was wonderful to see her hold out for what she really needs from him, even though she doesn't think it will ever happen. I loved Ben's protectiveness that had him taking care of her at the end and finally accepting that he is capable of having a family. There's a neat little twist at the end and it further emphasizes how much he has changed.

 

There are only a couple scenes between Ben and his brother Jake, but both of them show the chasm that has grown between them. The one at the end really shows just how badly his past has affected Ben. He was really quite a jerk to Jake. Jake had some pretty blunt things to say to Ben, and it was interesting to see the way it made Ben think. I'm looking forward to reading Jake's story.

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text 2014-12-15 15:40
Christmas Romance Contemporary Anthologies
Naughty & Nice: A Holiday Collection - Orson Scott Card,Michael Malone,Evelyn Adams,Ruth Cardello,Kathleen Brooks,Lynda Chance,Jean Oram,Cali MacKay,Melanie Shawn,Sawyer Bennett,Skye Jordan
Midnight Kiss - Robyn Carr,Jean Brashear,Victoria Dahl
Naughty and Nice: A Holiday Romance Collection - Jaci Burton,Shannon Stacey,Angela James,Lauren Dane,Megan Hart
Blue Christmas (Leisure romance) - 'Sandra Hill', 'Sharon Pisacreta', 'Amy Elizabeth Saunders'
Coming Home for Christmas: Christmas AngelUnexpected GiftNavy Joy - Lindsay McKenna,Delores Fossen,Geri Krotow
The Naughty List Bundle with The Night Before Christmas & Yule Be Mine - Erin McCarthy,Lori Foster,Katherine Garbera,Donna Kauffman,Kylie Adams,Kathy Love,Cynthia Eden,Susan Fox
For My Own: A Contemporary Christmas Anthology: A Christmas for CarrieChristmas CurveballKissing Her Scrooge - 'Alison Packard',Shari Mikels, 'Kinley Cade'
Christmas Getaway - Anne Stuart,Tina Leonard,Marion Lennox
Cowboys for Christmas - Liz Talley,Kim Law,Terri Osburn
Wicked Wonderland - Janice Maynard,Luann McLane,Susanna Carr

Christmas Romance is small bites. I don't know about you but today I wrapped a pile of presents. My back hurts and I have papercuts. This doesn't happen in Romanceland.  

 

Lets go way to these wonderful Christmas Romance Contemporary Anthologies. Just a small bit because we need to get dinner on soon! And then go out and look at Christmas lights or get a Shepard ready or something. 

 

My lists are never any particular order.

 

1. Midnight Kiss: Midnight ConfessionsMidnight SurrenderMidnight Assignment

    Robyn Carr,Jean Brashear, and Victoria Dahl

 

2. Naughty and Nice: Holiday SparksUnwrappedAll She Wants For ChristmasBelieve
   Shannon Stacey, Jaci Burton, Angela James and Lauren Dane.

 

3. Coming Home for Christmas: Christmas AngelUnexpected GiftNavy Joy
    Lindsay McKenna, Delores Fossen, and Geri Krotow 

 

4. The Naughty List Bundle with The Night Before Christmas & Yule Be Mine
    Donna Kauffman, Susan Fox, Kylie AdamsKatherine GarberaJill Shalvis, Lori            Foster,  Erin McCarthy, Cynthia Eden, and Kathy Love.

 

5. For My Own: A Contemporary Christmas Anthology: A Christmas for CarrieChristmas CurveballKissing Her Scrooge Alison Packard, Shari Mikels, and Kinley Cade 

 

6. Christmas Getaway Anne Stuart, Marion Lennox, and Tina Leonard 

 

7. Cowboys for Christmas Liz Talley, Kim Law, and Terri Osburn 

 

8. Wicked Wonderland LuAnn McLane, Susanna Carr, and Janice Maynard 

 

9. Blue Christmas Sandra Hill, Sharon Pisacreta, and Amy Elizabeth Saunders

 

10. Naughty & Nice: A Holiday Collection J. S. Scott, Ruth Cardello, Kathleen Brooks, M Malone, Skye Jordan, Sawyer Bennett, Lynda Chance, Melanie Shawn, Cali MacKay, Jean Oram, and Evelyn Adams 

 

Do you have a favorite Christmas Romance Contemporary Anthology? Let me know!

 

To vote for the best of the best, go to my Goodreads list: Christmas Romance Contemporary Anthologies.

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text 2014-11-17 16:05
Reel Love: Fisherman and Fishing in Romance Novels
Amber Beach - Elizabeth Lowell
Nikki and the Lone Wolf - Marion Lennox
Carolina Home - Virginia Kantra
Reel Trouble (Wild Women of Alaska #1) - Tiffinie Helmer
Catch of the Day - Kristan Higgins
Johnny Winchester: River Hunter - Elizabeth Carr
Rising Tides - Nora Roberts
Plain Admirer - Patricia Davids
Dirty Rowdy Thing - Christina Lauren
Garters - Pamela Morsi

When I go fishing, it means I am reading in a boat or on the shore. Love it!

 

Here are some wonderful Romances featuring Fisherman and Fishing. 

 

My lists are never in any particular order.

 

1. Nikki and the Lone Wolf by Marion Lennox

2. Reel Trouble by Tiffinie Helmer

3 .Johnny Winchester: River Hunter by Elizabeth Carr

4. Plain Admirer  by Patricia Davids

5. Garters  by Pamela Morsi

6. Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren

7. Rising Tides by Nora Roberts

8. Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins

9. Carolina Home by Virginia Kantra

10. Amber Beach by Elizabeth Lowell

 

Did you have a favorite fisherman I missed? Let me know!

 

To vote for the best of the best, go to my Goodreads list: Fishermen and Fishing Romance. 

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review 2014-11-04 00:00
Christmas at Waratah Bay (Christmas Around the World Book 1)
Christmas at Waratah Bay (Christmas Around the World Book 1) - Marion Lennox Like this author. That being said sometimes I have to read her books more than once so I can process it. Marion Lennox is an author that I am still on the fence about. Beautiful story though.
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