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review 2017-09-09 08:45
Waiting
Waiting For Nick (Silhouette Special Edition #1088-reprint) - Nora Roberts

This is book # 5 in The Stanislaskis: Those Wild Ukrainians series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment, and understanding - and to avoid spoilers - I recommend reading this great series in order.

 

Frederica AKA "Fred" is still waiting.  Waiting for Nick to see her as a grown up, as a woman.  She is tired and thinks it is time she takes matters into her own hands.

 

Nick met Fred's family as a teen.  He loves them and would do nothing to hurt them.  So these new feelings for Fred are not welcome.  He just cannot stop them.

 

I re-read this story at least once a year.  I decided it is high time I give it the review it deserves.  This series is amazing.  The family makes it so fun to read.  These characters are meant to be together and I love reading the way they fall toward one another.  Just another great book from a fabulous author!   I think everyone should read this series!!  I give this story a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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text 2015-10-06 15:52
Songwriters in Romance Novels
Song of Seduction - Carrie Lofty
The Taming of Billy Jones - Christine Rimmer
Cool Shade - Theresa Weir,Anne Frasier
A Light at Winter's End - Julia London
Sonata for a Scoundrel - Anthea Lawson
Land of Dreams - Kate Kerrigan
Good Time Bad Boy - Sonya Clark
Composing Love - Audra North
Defender - Catherine Mann
Let It Be Me - Kate Noble

In terms of grand Romantic Gestures, I thinking having a song written for you tops the lists.

 

Here are some wonderful Romances whose heroes or heroines are songwriters. 

 

My list are never in any particular order. 

 

1. Song of Seduction by Carrie Lofty

 

Austria, 1804

Eight years ago, composer Arie De Voss claimed his late mentor's final symphony as his own and became an icon. But fame has a price: fear of discovery now poisons his attempts to compose a redemptive masterpiece. Until a new muse appears, intoxicating and inspiring him...

 

Mathilda Heidel renounced her own musical gift to marry, seeking a quiet life to escape the shame surrounding her birth. Sudden widowhood finds her tempted by song once more. An unexpected introduction to her idol, Arie De Voss, renews Mathilda's passion for the violin—and ignites a passion for the man himself.

 

But when lust and lies reach a crescendo, Arie will be forced to choose: love or truth?

 

2. The Taming of Billy Jones by Christine Rimmer

 

When a little bundle of energy and an intriguing woman arrive at Bad Billy Jones's door, Billy thinks the child looks like a Jones, but in order to get to know his son, he will have to play by Prudence Wilding's rules.

 

3. Cool Shade by Theresa Weir

 

Jobless, flat broke and itching for some new scenery, disc jockey Maddie Smith figures a trip to Nebraska to see what's going on with her flaky, estranged sister is as good a plan as any. It seems that after a brief encounter with sexy reclusive Eddie Berlin, baby sister vanished without a trace.

 

4. Sonata for a Scoundrel by Anthea Lawson

 

Life in London’s poorest quarter is hard, but gifted composer Clara Becker scrapes a living writing music under her brother’s name. When celebrated musician Darien Reynard notices her work, it seems fortune is smiling on the Becker siblings at last. But Clara must keep her distance from Darien if she hopes to protect their secret—and her heart.

 

 

 

5. A Light at Winter's End by Julia London

 

Holly Fisher opens her door one day and finds her estranged sister Hannah standing there with a glassy look and her nine-month old baby on her hip.  Before Holly knows what is happening, Hannah has left her baby with Holly and disappeared.  Three months later, fresh out of rehab for addiction to painkillers, Hannah shows up sober, contrite, and wanting her son back.  But Holly is in love with the baby and not willing to give him up to the mother who abandoned him.  

 

Into the middle of this extraordinary conflict between two sisters walks a lonesome cowboy, Wyatt Clark (Summer of Two Wishes) who knows a thing or two about childcare and fractured families.   He’s had his own troubles and has stayed away from women the last couple of years, but he can’t resist Holly and the baby.  But when Holly is delivered a devastating blow and returns the baby to his mother, Holly is too distraught to continue her relationship with Wyatt.  It will take an extraordinary turn from Hannah to bring Holly and Wyatt together so that they both may find the happiness that has eluded them.   

 

6. Land of Dreams by Kate Kerrigan

 

Irish immigrant Ellie Hogan has finally achieved the American Dream. But her comfortable bohemian life on Fire Island, New York, is shattered when her eldest adopted son, Leo, runs away, lured by the promise of fortune and fame in Hollywood. Determined to keep her family intact, Ellie follows him west, uprooting her youngest son and long-time friend Bridie.

 

In Los Angeles, Ellie creates a fashionable new home among the city’s celebrities, artists, and movie moguls. She is also drawn into intense new friendships, including talented film composer Stan, a man far different from any she has ever met, and Suri, a beautiful Japanese woman and kindred spirit, who opens Ellie’s eyes to the injustices of her country.

 

While Leo is dazzled by Hollywood’s glitz, Ellie quickly sees that the golden glamour masks a world of vanity and greed. Though she tries to navigate them around the dangers of their new home, she will not be able protect them from an even more terrifying threat: war.

 

7. Good Time Bad Boy by Sonya Clark

 

Wade Sheppard was the king of country for nearly ten years. Now he can’t get Nashville on the phone, much less another record deal. When yet another drunken night onstage gets him fired from a casino gig, Wade is pulled off the road by his manager and sent home. Being back in the small town where he was born and raised, his every screw-up fodder for gossip, isn’t helping any. His family knows him too well, and the pretty, sharp-tongued waitress who catches his eye doesn’t want to know him at all.

 

Daisy McNeil has more baggage than most her age but she’s finally pulling her life together. College classes will be her ticket out of poverty and instability. She doesn’t mind waiting tables for the time being, but she could do without the rowdy rednecks who sometimes get handsy. When one of them crosses the line, she snaps and gives him and his stupid ten gallon hat the telling off he deserves, but causing a scene gets her fired.

 

Wade didn’t mean to cost Daisy her job. Chastened, he decides he doesn’t want his train wreck of a life to crash into anybody else. He offers the bar owner a summer of free shows if Daisy can have her job back. Now they’re spending nights together trading barbs and fighting a growing attraction. With a sexy smile and a powerful voice that can make any song his, Wade’s determined to show Daisy that he’s more than just a good time bad boy.

 

8. Composing Love by Audra North

 

Composer Minh Jackson needs her big break. Fast. Gifted, dedicated, and ambitious?none of it means anything if she can't compose a film score. So when she finally gets her big break, it should be the best day ever. But film studio owner Chris Reichert isn't exactly gung-ho about Minh. And with one look at the blond, tattooed hunkity hunk, Minh's dream suddenly feels distinctly off-key...

 

Secretly, Chris is completely attracted to?and distracted by?Minh. He also knows better than to get involved in anything serious. Yet as the days pass and the score begins to take shape, Minh finds herself noticing that there's more to Chris than she thought. And it's not long before their initial physical attraction comes blazing to life. Now they've both crossed the line between professional and very personal.

 

But all it takes is one small mistake to not only end this precarious new relationship, but bring their careers to a crashing finale...

 

9. Defender by Catherine Mann

 

When a USO boat goes down in flames, pilot JimmyGage pulls a scantily clad Chloe Nelson out of shark filled waters. Chloe isn’t looking for a jet-jock to be her bodyguard—until she finds herself side by side with Gage on a dangerous mission.

 

10. Let it be Me by Kate Noble

 

Bridget longs to meet a gentleman who doesn’t mention her beautiful sister upon shaking her hand. But since being branded a shrew after a disastrous social season, Bridget knows she’s lucky to even have a man come near her. It’s enough to make a lady flee the country…

 

So Bridget heads to Venice for music lessons with the renowned Italian composer Vincenzo Carpenini, with whom she’s been corresponding. But not only is Carpenini not expecting her, he doesn’t even remember her! His friend, theater owner Oliver Merrick, does, though. And one look into her tantalizing green eyes has him cursing his impulsive letter-writing, which brought her across the continent. Yet before Merrick can apologize, Carpenini has ordered her away.

 

Little does either man know that they will soon be embroiled in a wager that will require the beautiful Miss Forrester’s help—or that there’ll be far more at stake in this gamble than money…  

 

Did I miss your favorite? Let me know!

 

 

Vote on the best of the best on my Goodreads list: Songwriters in Romance Novels.

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text 2015-07-16 08:49
July Wrap up
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review 2015-05-16 00:00
The Composer
The Composer - Lee Olds While agree that this is a lovely little story about a young girl who discovers her musical genius and the trials and tribulations you goes through, I found it very difficult to follow. The story spans a few years of Natalies Life from Pre-teen (12) until adulthood, however, there is no clue as to time during the story.

For this reason and this alone I have to say that I just couldn’t connect ‘with the story and it’s characters at all. This was sad, as I had hoped to enjoy it so much.

Still, the premise of the story is great, and believable so I would recommend it to someone of a similar interest.
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review 2015-03-17 00:00
A true passion for music
The Composer - Lee Olds

This is a unique novel, written not only in a literary style but also as a philosophic study of a young girl’s discovery of musical genius.

 

This young girl’s journey through her musical development and her difficulty adhering to standard learning due to her special abilities was fascinating.  The book explores her family’s reaction to her musical proficiency and its effect on them and on the rest of her life.

 

There are beautiful phrases used in this book that you will read, stop and go back to read again.  This author has rediscovered a style in writing that has been lost to many of today’s authors.  “The Composer” is a musical composition written in words.

 

I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review.

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