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review 2018-06-04 15:28
Her Husband's Army Buddy (McLeod Security #1) by Doris O'Connor
Her Husband's Army Buddy (McLeod Security #1) - Doris O'Connor

Her Husband's Army Buddy is the first book in the McLeod Security series, and we meet the owner of the security business, Zane, and his wife, Sandy. Sandy and Zane have been married for 10 years, and are happy. That is until Sean shows up asking if there are any jobs going at Zane's security business. Sean and Zane have a history, and Sandy is worried that she will get kicked to the curb when they reignite their past together. Instead, it is Sandy who is able to bring the three of them together.


This is a fast-paced book, with plenty of steam. It gives a small introduction into the world of BDSM without going into too much detail. It is fairly low angst, although there is the usual stubbornness involved. It starts off the series well, and with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, I have no hesitation in recommending it.


* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *



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review 2018-05-31 18:03
Great Story and Characters
Part-Time Husband - Noelle Adams

Melissa cried at fourteen when her parents died but hadn’t cried very much since. Melissa lost her family all at once when a car accident her parents and both grandmothers. All that Melissa had left were two sister- Sam and Chelsea, Pop, and the company.   Melissa is not the woman, the sweet sentimental one who tears up over a kind gesture she’s the one who makes an appointment on Wednesday afternoon to ask a smug butthole to marry her. Melissa is twenty eight, hard working and efficient. Melissa was good at managing the world around her. It all started one Monday with her grandfather/Pop. He’s been among the elite of Charleston for most of his life, after starting a restaurant chain called Pop’s Home cooking that has expanded into twelve surrounding states. When Melissa told him at seventeen that she wanted to work for his company Pop had patted her on the head and laughed. He said she was a girl and she would be better off finding a husband. Melissa went to UVA as an undergraduate and then to Harvard for her MBA. Melissa interned for seven summers in a row finally four years ago Pop hired melissa and she had been working fifty to sixty hours per week. Six months ago pop gave melissa an executive level position. This was Melissa’s family, her heritage. Each Monday melissa had lunch with Pop and he grills her on the hard work she had been doing for the past week. She also got lectures on her lacking social life. Pop thinks women should be married and have kids so she hears about it. Then today Pop says “ it's time.”  Melissa had learned long ago that losing control is the way to lose the battle. Then opo says he thinks she works too hard to find a husband and he was going to reconstruct her job . To understand her situation Pop owns the company outright, there is no board. The sole decision maker is Pop and melissa’s job is entirely up to him. Also he doesn’t make idle threats. If pop threatens to do something he does it. Melissa knows she has to fix this immediately. Then Pop said he may also have to do something about Sam and Chelsea just living off his money so Melissa lied and said there was a man but they weren’t at the that place where they will marry. Pop said he wouldn’t do anything about her job or Sam and Chelsea if she married the guy and pop had to meet him by the end of the week. Trevor bentley was the most arrogant obnoxious that made Pop snarl when Trevor’s name was mentioned. Melissa doesn’t like Trevor and he doesn’t like her either so she will have to think of something to get Trevor to agree to marry her for one year. Melissa does know something Trevor wants enough to agree to the marriage. But still as much as she doesn’t like Trevor Melissa still finds him attractive and he agrees to marry her.

I loved this book. It was a quick easy romantic funny read. I loved Melissa and Trevor together and how they interacted with each other once they were married. I loved watching their relationship grow. I loved the relationship Melissa had with her sisters. I don’t know why Pop acted as he did about a job and marriage and being so controlling he should have been a more loving man he was all Melissa and her sisters had besides each other.  I was happy when she married Trevor and her grandfather didn’t like it at all and I loved how Trevor stuck up for Melissa about Pop and the way he treated her. I was happy pop- seemed to change in the end. I chuckled at times while reading this and loved the plot and the pace. Happily I couldn’t find anything to criticize in this book. I loved the characters and the ins and out and i highly recommend.

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review 2018-05-26 00:00
Part-Time Husband
Part-Time Husband - Noelle Adams Melissa and Trevor are so wrong, they're abundantly right. She needs a favor. He fits the bill. It's that simple. Of course simplicity is life at it's most complicated. He's the man she loves to hate. She's the woman he longs to know. What happens when fake marriage takes a detour into real love? A beautifully complex romance. Adams does understated with a powerful voice.
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review 2018-05-09 14:27
"Letters To My Husband" by Stephanie Butland - grief, loss, guilt, more grief and a lot of love and compassion
Letters To My Husband - Stephanie Butland

THERE OUGHT TO BE A WARNING when a book will make you cry from the first page.

Not cheap, easy to manipulate tears but the more expensive kind that are a muscle memory of loss.


I knew the book was structured around a young widow writing to her freshly dead husband but I hadn't expected a wave of raw grief to drown me on the first page.


The torrent that swept me away also submerged Elizabeth, the widow, unmooring her completely until her only escape is to refuse to accept that her life with her husband is over, so she writes to him about her grief and her anger and her physical inability to engage with a world that no longer has him in it.


When the first tide of emotion ebbed, the true structure of the novel emerged. This is more than a lament. It's an empathic and compassionate exploration of how women deal with grief, loss, anger and betrayal and how they can sometimes help each other find hope and perhaps, forgiveness.


The story is told in three timelines. At first, we get NOW, in which Mike, Elizabeth's husband is dead. Next, we get THEN which tells the story of how Elizabeth and Mike met and built a life together. The story moves, almost metronomically between these two periods, with THEN sometimes deepening the grief and pain of NOW and sometimes qualifying our acceptance of what we thought we knew. Just as I was beginning to find the NOW THEN, NOW THEN dance wearing, BETWEEN is introduced and the focus widens from Elizabeth and Mike and the world starts to move forward.


What I liked most about the book was the honesty with which emotions were faced. We experience the loss of a husband, a son, a lover; the extinction of the possibility of Elizabeth having a child with Mike and the difficulty of supporting sisters and daughters through such grief. The woman here feel real. They are not "what-would-you-do?" soap opera characters. They are trying to do their best in a situation where there a no pain-free options.


This powerful, well-written book was Stephanie Butland's debut novel. I came to it after reading her fourth and most recent novel, "Lost For Words." which I thought was a little tighter. I suggest reading "Letters To My Husband" first and then "Lost For Words"

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review 2018-05-06 03:41
The Trophy Husband (Harlequin Presents) ... The Trophy Husband (Harlequin Presents) - Lynne Graham

Hard to really appreciate a book when the characters irritate you, the plot is contrived and frankly, you don't give a damn.


Heroine... family doormat and borderline TSTL. She watched this guy pursue her beautiful model cousin, then when he gave up and went after *her*, instead of maybe being a lot hesitant at being the consolation prize, she...got engaged. A message at work said for her to check on her cousin, whereupon she finds the two of them going at it. She staggers back to work, gets plastered on coffee and brandy (coffee? In the UK?), and eventually passes out in the H's limo. She wakes in a night gown, and instead of wigging out, she presses him to pop her cherry (doesn't tell him that part - he finds it out) Over the next couple of months... she's pressed into marrying him (didn't resist v. hard), has to deal with his bipolar attitude toward her, has a meltdown and pretends to leave, meets the ex for a counseling session, deals with more of his douche-y behavior, meets yet another ex of his (yeah, she was practically tripping over them). And HEA supposedly...or until he has another temper tantrum.


Hero - stalker creepazoid who sicced a PI on her then-fiance in hopes of finding dirt on him - spent 2 months acting like a spoiled brat because the h actually objected to his manipulating her to get her in his clutches.


Cousin - spoiled heifer whose parents indulged her to make up for her being jealous of the h's friends (h was a nice doormat sort, of course she had friends)


Aunt/uncle - resented the cross they had to bear and also resented that said cross landed the douche...while their precious brat had to settle for the dumbass who'd wasted time pursuing her earlier.

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