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review 2018-05-31 16:41
Book Review for Maybe Don't Wanna by Lani Lynn Vale
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Title: Maybe Don't Wanna
Series: The Simple Man Series #2
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Romance Suspense
Release Date: May 4, 2018
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Peter Parker Penn.
 
Unlike the superhero his mother named him after, Parker is no good guy.
 
In fact, if there’s a picture in the dictionary under anti-hero, it’s his.
 
Parker’s spent his life trying to get back on the right side of the tracks, but each step he takes forward, he takes two more steps back.
 
To save one, he hurts others. To make this good, he turns that bad.
 
For appearances’ sake, he plays the part. He does what people expect him to do—mostly. And at the end of each day, he goes back to his lonely apartment and wishes he was a different person. One who could fix the things he’s broken.
 
Then Kayla Nash forces her way into his life, and the world as he knows it is irrevocably changed.
 
Everything he thinks he has right is wrong. And everything he thinks is wrong is oh, so right.
 
One thing leads to another, and suddenly he’s growing a conscience, and trying to prove to her that he’s as bad as everybody says he is.
 
Yet she won’t listen.
 
She’s convinced that she can save him.
 
Little does she know, Parker isn’t worth saving, and never will be.


 
Let's start off by saying that I just love this author's books as each and every-time I read something of hers she just wow's me.
 
Right from the beginning of this story Kayla and Janie had me laughing up a storm and out loud more than once and I continued just that to the very end of the story.I loved the story from the beginning to the very end and everything in between.
 
What I loved most about this story was the amazing cast of character's that it had.I also loved Kayla's and Janie's  friendship as these two together where just a hoot as they made you laugh and cry and the bond and love between them was just heart warming. Omg! and their
childhood pack that Janie and Kayla made when they were children were still to be honored between them even in adulthood so says Janie.An example of that was Kayla had two years to have a child so that their children could be best friends just like them.
 
One of the funniest moments for me in this story was when Kayla totally straight faced and serious looked to Janie and spoke "So does that mean your husband is going to be the sperm donor?"
 
(referring to their pack promises)
 
Just a priceless moment and oh so funny!
 
I also have to say that the bewilderment on Rafe face when said question was asked is priceless as well not really realizing all that was going on around him and his shocked expressions followed by giggles.You have to know Jake's character beforehand to realized just hope priceless this moment really was.
 
(lol and grins)
 
I always pick a favorite character and mine this time around is going to be Kayla Omg! Kayla's character made me laugh the entire story and I just loved her from the onset of the story.I found her to be funny,witty and had a sense of humor,love-able and she also had and an amazing personality and highly protective of those she loved.
 
I loved the story itself and although it made me laugh quite a bit the story itself was filled with tons of heart wrenching moments.Both character's Kayla and Parker lost almost all their loved ones and dealing with their losses took a toll on both of these characters.Parker's heartache was more pronounced as his choices in life lead to him being parted from some of those family members.I loved that Parker changed his life for the better and made a difference the best way he could.I loved how he was with Kayla as it was the first time in a really long time did he started to feel again and opened up to one he learned to trust to speak about his regrets and past.Loved that he felt happiness not darkness.I loved how he opened up to Kayla and showed her just who he believed himself to be the good and the bad.
 
I loved how the romance developed between Kayla and Parker and how a beautiful friendship between them turned into so much more.Kayla and Parker were perfect for one another and just what the other needed age difference be damned.
 
The bottom-line is "I loved the super sweet love story and how the author created the perfect ending to a amazing story that had me bawling my eyes out."
 
I love when you can connect with the characters you read about and I did just that as I loved Kayla and Parker right from the onset of the story.Overall the whole book had a cast of amazing characters that made us laugh and well as cry creating the perfect mix.
 
A recommend read to all!
 
5 stars from us
 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 9, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 




 
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2014-12-17 13:42
Can't Leave a Series Unfinished
Suddenly Last Summer - Sarah Morgan

I am almost pathologically unable to leave a series unfinished. If I hate the first book, I can walk away, but once I've read two or more, I feel compelled to close out the series even when I'm just not that in to it. That's why I read Sarah Morgan's Suddenly Last Summer, a summertime contemporary sandwiched between the Christmas-themed Sleigh Bells in the Snow, which I read last December and rated 2.5 stars, and Maybe This Christmas, which I read last week and rated 3.5 stars. In reading Maybe This Christmas, I discovered that I'd missed this book, and had to go back and close out the trilogy even though none of the three books really stood out from the crowd.

 

Suddenly Last Summer is the story of Sean O'Neil, an orthopedic surgeon whose love of career leaves no time for relationships, and Elise Somebody, the chef at the O'Neil family resort. Elise is also a workaholic, but her resistance to relationships has more to do with her abusive ex-husband than with her work schedule. Sean and Elise have steamy chemistry, but neither wants anything more than sex. When each starts to develop Feelings, they both get uncomfortable and things get messy.

 

I'm not a fan of I-don't-want-to-love-you-because-REASONS stories. You know what I mean: where the conflict between the lovers is entirely in the characters' heads and not based on any real obstacle. This is such a story. I didn't love it. I didn't hate it. I finished the series.

 

That is all.

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review 2014-12-16 14:12
Amid the Holiday Glitz and Glitter, Here's a Lovely, Uplifting Dose of Blue Collar Realism
Her Holiday Man - Shannon Stacey

This is my favorite of the holiday-themed romances I've read this year so far. I'm a big fan of the blue-collar realism of Shannon Stacey's contemporary romances: she writes about ordinary people with ordinary jobs living in an ordinary town and searching for (and finding) ordinary solutions to ordinary problems. In a genre glutted with sexually-traumatized heroines falling in love with ex-Navy Seals struggling with PTSD as they work together to track down serial killers, child-molesters, or evil shape-shifting were-beasties, Shannon Stacey's writing is refreshingly free of angst, melodrama, and violence.

 

That said, the main characters in Her Holiday Man are less "ordinary" than Stacey's usual fare. Sure, they're solidly blue collar -- Will is a car mechanic and Christina clerks at a gas station -- but their backstories are more over-the-top than is typical for Stacey. Will's wife and unborn baby were killed by a drunk driver a few weeks before Christmas, five years prior to the start of the story. He's spent the intervening time wandering, avoiding home and the life they'd shared, but the recent death of his father has brought him home to care for his widowed mom. Christina is the new neighbor across the street, a single mom raising her young son alone after her ex-husband was imprisoned for a massive financial fraud that bankrupted Christina and lost her the wealthy, privileged lifestyle she'd always known.

 

Another writer might have put the focus on all that these characters have lost, maximizing the angst and tragedy of their situation. Not Stacey. Even with their unusually-wretched histories, Will and Christina are both really genuine, down-to-earth people. Some little examples of what I mean:

 

When Will arrives in town, upon learning his mother has been doing so much to help out this new neighbor lady -- watching her son, inviting them for meals, etc -- he initially worries that Christina might be some scammer trying to take advantage of his lonely, widowed mom. A lot of writers would have milked that mistrust for conflict, and had the hero just assume (based on the innate mistrust born of his tragic past) that the heroine was up to no good. Instead, Will keeps an open mind, gives Christina the benefit of the doubt, and quickly notices all the things she does to keep her relationship with Gail (Will's mom) reciprocal: Gail watches Christina's son, but Christina helps Gail with the housework, and so on.

 

Christina was a pampered only child raised by extremely wealthy parents, and then she married an even wealthier man. Her whole life, she has had a household staff to cater to her every whim, but now she's lost everything. She is extremely, painfully sheltered -- she's never even put up her own Christmas decorations; her servants always did the decorating the Monday after Thanksgiving -- but rather than knuckling under and breaking under the sudden pressure of financial and personal ruin, Christina just does what needs doing. Her smoke detectors start to beep and she doesn't know why -- so she googles it, and watches online videos about how to change the batteries. She's independent and resourceful, but not so pigheaded that she won't accept a helping hand when it's offered by Gail or Will.

 

The conflict between them is real -- having loved and lost (in Will's case) and trusted and been betrayed (in Christina's), neither is eager for a new relationship. There's also the issue of collateral damage to loved ones if the relationship goes badly -- Will's mother is eager to see her son settled and happy, and Christina's young son looks up to Will like the father he's lost. None of these problems have easy solutions, and Stacey doesn't offer a grand gesture or deus ex machina to deliver her happy ending: Will and Christina just talk through their fears and hopes like rational adults, and eventually decide to brave the future together, risks and rewards and all.

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