This story is book #2, in the Ringside Romance series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to better understand the series, I recommend reading this in order.
Grady has reasons for being far from home. He is helped by a stranger one night, a night he barely remembers. What does impress him, is how little the stranger cares about his celebrity status, money, or h is family.
Max has his focus on his club, his friends, and keeping Ringside open. When he meets Grady, some of that focus is off. He cannot help but be attracted and quickly smitten with someone who needs him so badly.
This couple is obviously meant to be. It is a joy to read about men who can be both strong and sensitive. This book is packed full of lots to enjoy. There is heat, heart, and some hot sexy times. I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!
***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publisher.
Lindsay Paige scores with IT’S OUR TIME, the third book of the Carolina Rebels series. Since he was a teenager, NHL defenseman, Ian Rhett, has only wanted one woman, Sydney Jarvis. Mistakes were made, and secrets were kept. Ian’s goal is to convince Sydney to give their relationship another shot. This contemporary sports romance takes place in North Carolina. It is suitable for adult audiences.
Lindsay Paige does a great job with her character development. Ian and Sydney are believable and likeable. They have faults and grow through the story. They have known each other for six-years; however, they still have a lot to learn about each other. They have wonderful chemistry. They are two people you want to see work things out. Savannah is cute. I love the things that came out of her mouth.
The plot was well laid out and convincing. I like how the previous characters in the series were utilized throughout this book. There was a lot of family drama that caused complications. I enjoy Lindsay Paige’s writing style. Her stories are genuine and heartfelt. I am looking forward to Scott and Sylvia Boyd’s story the next book in the series, AN UNEXPECTED LIFE. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Rumor Has It
by Jill Shalvis
Book 4 of Animal Magnetism
Well, Rumor Has It was definitely a lot more enjoyable than the preceding book in this series, Rescue My Heart, had been. And then I determined that, it really wasn't just the book itself, but the heroine of Rescue My Heart, Holly Reid, was just plain annoying; case in point, I had an immense problem with her meddling, bossy attitude in this book, even if the story played it off as her being over protective of her best friend.
But this book wasn't about Holly, thank goodness, but her super nerdy (and super cool) best friend, Kate Evans. Kate teaches elementary school, and has the uncanny bad habit of spouting science facts when she gets really nervous. So when her long time crush, Griffin Reid comes back into town, she finds herself spouting all sorts of different science facts, whether they are nerdy facts, cool facts, or even some naughty, more lascivious facts.
Kate is like a woman after my own heart, with her no-nonsense personality, and her penchant for seeing good in all people, without letting anyone walk all over her. But she's also got this strange need to take care of everyone in her orbit, which doesn't exclude Griffin when she learns about the injuries he'd gotten while fighting war overseas.
I definitely love the development of the relationship between Kate and Griffin, even though Griffin could really use a reality check (as could everyone else in the book) about their perception of Kate. It seems that because Kate is such a sweet, lovable person, everyone and their mothers seemed to think she couldn't handle a one night stand with a man she'd always had a thing for, and I actually DID kind of find it amusing when Griffin clambered over himself to make sure Kate was okay and NOT pining over him after they have sex. I loved that Kate kind of just put him in his place, with her, "Well, all I wanted was to have a bit of fun. And that's what we did."
The book progressed very smoothly from one anecdote to another, with an underlying conflict in the background that sort of got a little too emotional for my liking by the time the ending rolled around. I thought it was a nice touch, except I didn't care for how soap opera it kind of got at the end there with Griffin.
Once again, Thing One and Thing Two are absolutely the coolest names for the two dogs owned by Griffin's father. I would totally get myself a pair of dogs and name them 'Thing One' and 'Thing Two' if I could handle raising two dogs together. As it is, our one little puppy drives the family batty enough.
Kate's younger brother Tommy was all kinds of adorable, and I loved how he took after his elder sister so closely--spouting random science facts, trying to take care of or rescue other people, just being a plain weird kid. And I love how Tommy doesn't seem to really care what the other kids think about him or say about him; he kind of just lets the insults roll off his shoulder, and will sometimes throw something back at the other kids, a phrase or a science fact so strange that no one really knows how to respond.
I wish we could have seen more of some of the previous characters in this series, but we were mainly stuck with Holly and Adam. And while Adam's presence was a bit more mellow, Holly's frustrating, meddling, annoying personality didn't seem to dim much until a little over halfway through the book. Even NOT being the main character, Holly managed to make me groan in frustration.
I was actually kind of ecstatic when she and Adam disappeared for part of the book on their honeymoon.
Anyway, Rumor Has It was a pretty enjoyable, sometimes insightful contemporary romance. Most especially, I loved Kate. Even though she spends more time taking care of other people instead of herself, never say that she didn't know how to stand up for herself, and keep others from walking all over her. Griffin was a nice bonus, and the romance was fun, but truth be told, as an individual, Kate was the greatest thing about this book!
Because without hope, we are all lost.
Because without hope, we have nothing.
The final installment of this trilogy leaves me shattered and sad, and full of anger towards the men who perpetrate this kind of abuse on children. But most of all, it leaves me with hope, exhilarated and happy, which, in this context, is nothing short of magic on the author’s part.
To take this extremely important and difficult subject matter, and lovingly show it without condescension or sensationalism, and give so many young people hope? Magic, indeed.
There is such powerful truth in this series. There is such compassionate giving of hope. It is horrid and beautiful at the same time, and it has a way of sending a spiraling sense of meaning out to young people who are hurting, telling them there is a future, there is a life, there is a way. Telling them that there are good people out there, who will love them.
Hope. Truly the most powerful of all human feelings.
We started with beauty in book one. And horror. And friendship. And love.
We continued with courage in book two. Lots and lots of courage. And love.
We finish with hope in this third book, as we run, and hide, and make mistakes, and fix them again. And love.
Thimi is a young boy who lived through the same horrors as Christy in Greece, and Christy finally gets to see his old friend again as he arrives in the US as a scared little waif of a boy. Thimi slowly opens up through the story, and as he starts to understand the sunshine that can exist in a normal life we get to see more about what happens inside a child after abuse.
When you read a YA book, not often does it also work as a manual of how to do things to help a former victim of abuse. It is not often that, in soft tones and sweet turns of phrase, you will understand and learn how to act around people who have been through the unthinkable. Who have been through the unspeakable.
This is a little bit like a beautifully crafted Technical Manual of Care and Maintenance for those who work with our collective youth, especially if they work with children or young adults who have had a hard time.
And the end result? The telling of a great, great love story — with true friendship shining through, the kind of love that inspires both happy endings and good laughs.
There are other new fascinating characters entering the scene, too, and especially Zero is someone I would love to see more of in a future book... I can truly say that I hope this trilogy gets a fourth and fifth instalment, because there are still things I’d like to know, (and history is full of excellent trilogies in five parts). (Just sayin’).
Beauty and Courage and Hope.
Because Elpida means hope.
And, as we said in the beginning, without hope, we are all lost.
I was given a free copy of this book from the publisher, Harmony Ink Press.
A positive review wasn’t promised in return. I also beta-read an early version of the manuscript.