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review 2017-10-10 03:14
Review: Make Me Yours by Rebecca Brooks
Make Me Yours (Men of Gold Mountain) - Rebecca Brooks

4.25 stars - My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin

 

Once upon a time, Claire Collins fell fast and hard for bad boy Ryan Thomas. But Ryan was an up-and-coming musician whose alcoholism was making him spiral out of control. When Claire found out she was pregnant and Ryan was too drunk to even talk to her about it, she did what was best for her child and left him. It’s been more than five years since they last spoke, but when Ryan comes to Gold Mountain on his comeback tour to find not only Claire, but the daughter he didn’t know existed, everything changes. The chemistry between Ryan and Claire is as hot as ever. But even though Ryan is Claire’s weakness, she always puts her daughter first. And if Ryan wants a chance at winning the heart of the woman he loves and the daughter who immediately grabs his heart, he’s going to have to prove that he has changed.

There’s nothing I love more than a good second chance romance and Make Me Yours is exactly that. Rebecca Brooks has a talent for delivering wonderfully human characters which is what makes this story compelling.

Ryan is a recovering alcoholic who lost everything. He’s worked hard to remain sober and rebuild his career, and I respected the hell out of that. Ryan is a flawed hero, one who makes a number of mistakes. But he’s also incredibly loving and is working to be a better man. Claire’s life was turned upside down when she got swept up in Ryan’s world the first time. Since leaving him, the businesswoman and single mother has worked her butt off to build a life for herself and her daughter. She’s strong and protective and definitely wary of letting Ryan in her heart again. Upon seeing each other again, the two of them strike sparks. Their romance is both emotional and incredibly sexy (I’ll never look at rock climbing the same way again). I liked that Ms. Brooks didn’t make things easy on them; there are a couple of ups and downs and even when the characters messed up, I could understand why they made the mistakes they did – there’s no false drama in this book.

Make Me Yours is by turns sexy and sweet and I may have sniffled a time or two. I adored Claire and Ryan together and I loved catching up with Claire’s friends, the previous Men of Gold Mountain heroines. All in all, Make Me Yours is an engaging story with characters who grab your heart and don’t let go.


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2017/10/review-make-me-yours-by-rebecca-brooks.html
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review 2017-09-16 04:48
On the Chase by Katie Ruggle
On the Chase (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit) - Katie Ruggle

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I liked this book. It wasn't perfect but it was definitely entertaining. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Run to Ground, when I read it a few months ago so I was pretty excited to read Hugh's story. It was a pretty fast read for me since I had a rather hard time actually setting the book aside. 

The book opens with Kaylee in her old life. She witnesses a horrifying crime and becomes a target herself. In order to stay safe, she changes her identity and starts all over. Kaylee, or Grace as she is now called, moves in with Jules and her four siblings. I was really happy to see all of the wonderful characters from the first book of the series having such an important role in this book. Grace is slow to adjust to her new life because she is living in constant fear.

Hugh is on leave as he recovers from a bullet wound and he is driving everyone crazy. He keeps showing up and getting involved in things when he is supposed to be resting. He thinks that Grace is being completely honest from the first moment he meets her. He becomes determined to find out what her real story is. 

So like I said earlier this book wasn't perfect. Hugh crossed a few lines that kind of bothered me. It was like the man had no boundaries. A locked door....no problem, because he would find a way to get in anyway. This kind of behavior seemed to happen quite a bit at the beginning of the book but did lessen as the story progressed. I think that Grace let him off a little too easy a couple of times in the book.

I did like Grace and Hugh together. Grace is honest with Hugh about her past as soon as it becomes a safety issue and then they really do start to become a team. There were some pretty exciting scenes in the book that really had my pulse pounding. They did have great chemistry with each other and I really enjoyed their banter. 

I would recommend this book to others. I enjoyed this action packed romance with wonderful chemistry between the characters. I am looking forward to reading more in the great series from Katie Ruggle very soon.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley.

Initial Thoughts
I liked this book. Grace and Hugh had wonderful chemistry and I loved their banter. There were some exciting moments in the story and I was pleased to see so many characters from the first book playing an important role. The story wasn't perfect but I did enjoy reading it.

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review 2017-09-08 20:03
Individually entertaining
Mountain Man: A Mountain Man Romance Collection - Hazel Parker

There's just something about a sexy mountain man and this collection has three of them. They aren't necessarily born and raised mountain men, more like all three have made themselves into mountain men. Other than a few minor grammatical errors, the writing is good in all three romances. The stories are entertaining, if a bit rushed, and they are certainly steamy. The biggest drawback is that there isn't much to set the tales apart. To sum it up - a man lives in a cabin with his dog, he rescues a woman, there's instant attraction and steamy times, they fall in love, have a baby, and live happily ever after. Other than the particular reason for each man living in the mountains alone and the reason for the woman being in those mountains, the stories were almost interchangeable. The Italian, the first book in the set, was the most original of the three, although it did still follow the same formula. By the time I made it to the third book, Mount Me, I knew exactly how it would go, which takes away from the enjoyment of the read. The stories aren't bad reads, but I would've preferred more variety in the plotlines, especially with them being in a boxset. 

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review 2017-08-27 20:11
Make Me Want (Men of Gold Mountain) by Rebecca Brooks
Make Me Want (Men of Gold Mountain) - Rebecca Brooks

 

Rebecca Brooks brings out the big guns with Make Me Want.  Tyler is a tall drink of water with a sexy swagger and a thirst for danger.  Abbi is a wannabe bad girl that craves independence despite that lingering fear of the unknown.  In no way is this a hearts and flowers romance.  Ms. Brooks thrives on creating tension and the hot and cold temperatures permeate every interaction between the main characters. Abbi and Tyler are not easy, but the unpredictability delivers a scrumptious reward. 

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review 2017-08-16 11:23
On the Chase by Katie Ruggle
On the Chase (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit) - Katie Ruggle

***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***

While Kaylee was dating a Disney prince, fancying herself falling for him, she encountered three tortured men in his uncle’s basement, helped them escape, was also forcefully detained by said uncle, escaped herself, ran from the police, and got a new identity and a new location.

Unfortunately that new location comes with a sexy, but nosy cop without nothing better to do, since he’s on sick leave thanks to a hole in his leg, but poke his nose into her business. Then someone tries to blow the cop away, someone takes a shot at them as they’re locking lips...And Grace, as she’s named nowadays, knows the torture-prone uncle with a Slavic (can you say trope?) last name has found her.


Reading this one wasn’t very pleasant. The heroine swung between two extremes—she either whined (mostly in her head, which made the reading of her “scenes” a special kind of torture) and bemoaned her fate (instead of feeling lucky about actually being still alive) or she acted like a demented teenager thanks to the teasing and/or banter from Hugh.
Hugh that I actually liked quite a bit in the previous book, but in this one turned out to be almost as annoying as the heroine. Hyper, obnoxious, and as far from funny or fun (although I guess Ms Ruggle wanted to portray him as such so he could take the heroine’s mind off her predicament) as he could get.

The romance was lukewarm at best and not-there at worst, I didn’t understand what exactly drove these two together except for looks. And the suspense was so convoluted, with yet another villain coming out of the woodwork, just to mix things up, I guess, keep the supposed mystery going, and keep the page-count high.

Everything was rather convoluted, there was too much going on with the two separate suspense sub-plots (one coming out of thin air, the second not actually having a satisfying run or resolution), and I disliked both the main characters.

Definitely not a pleasant reading experience.

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