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review 2018-04-29 15:55
One Wish (Thunder Point #7) by Robyn Carr
One Wish (Thunder Point) - Robyn Carr

This was an okay read. It started off very slow and didn't really pick up until the halfway point, then it went into over the top territory that dragged down the rating. Grace is the owner of the flower shop in the town of Thunder Point, OR and has never been kissed or any other experience with love and sex due to her childhood/teen/young adult years spent being a world class figure skater. After she walked away from the limelight and the sport, Grace is self sufficient, kind, and smart but also lonely. Troy is an OIF veteran and high school history teacher who likes to be outdoors and have fun. He had a crush on Grace's BFF, but said BFF got married and now Troy is single and ready to mingle. He just randomly chooses Grace since his loneliness senses her loneliness. They take it slow at first, eventually getting into a routine together and then sex. Everything was fine, slow but fine, then I got to the mid-way point of the novel.


Grace never told anyone in Thunder Point who she is/was (she goes by her middle names) but once she got a disturbing letter in the mail that relates back to one of her stalkers (yes, as in more than one which is one way this leads to OTT), the one that kidnapped her for a while, she has to come forward to her small group of friends and Troy. Then in the same weekend, her estranged mother manipulates her into seeing her mother. Turns out Grace is a world class skater and a heiress of much means. Mother is dying of ALS, so turn on the guilt trip-o-meter and mother and daughter have a lot of rift-healing to do as well as get the estate affairs in order. Troy is freaking out because as a teacher, he doesn't make a lot of money (he also bartends on the side) and tends to spend his money on fun things like kayaking and camping. 


In the midst of all this, Grace "forgets" to follow the instructions her friend/doctor gave her when Grace went to see her for birth control pills. By the time Grace takes the pregnancy test, she is well into the chaos part of the book and low and behold - it comes back positive. Virgin until about two months ago (maybe) and she gets pregnant. Troy has always used condoms, so he asked her to go on birth control to double their prevention odds. But Grace "forgot" to hold up her end of the bargain. She doesn't tell Troy until after he is putting a little distance between them so he could work out his issues with her being much wealthier than him. Grace gets pouty and blurts out she is pregnant, and Troy is less than thrilled, making Grace go deeper into hystronics. Meanwhile, two other couples from previous books also are pregnant and I had to read their birth announcement chapters as well - fan service that I can appreciate, but it made the flow choppy to read about characters I didn't know taking up space in another character's book. It seems this book was all about BABBIES = HEA, which I didn't like.


What started off as a slow burn romance turned into a typical contemporary mess that make me stay away from the sub-genre. Also don't drink the water in Thunder Point, you'll end up pregnant.

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review 2018-04-19 13:19
The Family Gathering - Robyn Carr

I am a Robyn Carr fan.   When I pick up one of her books I know that I am going to find a good romance story with wonderful, realistic characters.    The Family Gathering is exactly that and more.   I found a book with an amazingly unique and fun family, a storyline that I lost myself in, and a series that I am looking forward to more from.  


The Family Gathering is a book with a lot going on.    The main story is Dakota’s return to Sullivan’s Crossing and his trying to find his new normal.     He has to adjust to having family around, having friends, and living a civilian life.   In addition to Dakota’s story, the reader gets to catch up with his siblings and where they are in their lives.    There were a few times that I felt like I was lost in the secondary stories and there was too much going on.  


While there are tough subjects touched on within this story such as divorce, stalking, adoption, and mental illness this is a romance story.   If you love a good story as much as I do pick up this book and meet the wonderful people of Sullivan Crossing.  

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text 2018-04-02 22:59
Getting my reading mojo back
Death on Tap - Ellie Alexander
Once Upon a Spine - Kate Carlisle
A Perfect Proposal - Katie Fforde
Witches of East End - Melissa de la Cruz
Dark Harbor - Stuart Woods
The Miner's Lady - Tracie Peterson
One Wish (Thunder Point) - Robyn Carr
Island Girls - Nancy Thayer
Family Tree: A Novel - Susan Wiggs
Night Road - Kristin Hannah

This weekend I downloaded three contemporary romances from OverDrive. Two I read in about 24 hours each; the third I DNF at the 9% mark. I think I got my reading mojo back. Today I went to volunteer at the library (something I haven't done all March because of adult taskings); after, I decided to browse the fiction side for a change. 


I came home with 12 books (8 adult fiction titles, 1 middle grade that will fill a PS prompt, 1 graphic novel) plus I still have four books coming to me via ILL. In my defense, I was left unsupervised in a library.


Here's what I brought home:

1. George by Alex Gino (the MG for PS prompt)

2. Paper Girls (Book One) by Brian K. Vaughn et al (collects the first 10 issues)

3. Death on Tap (Sloan Krause Mystery #1) by Ellie Alexander

4. Once Upon a Spine (A Bibliophile Mystery) by Kate Carlisle

5. A Perfect Proposal by Katie Ffjorde

6. Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

7. Dark Harbor (Stone Barrington Novel) by Stuart Woods

8. The Miner's Lady (Land of Shining Water #3) by Tracie Peterson

9. One Wish (A Thunder Point Novel) by Robyn Carr

10. Island Girls by Nancy Thayer

11. Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

12. Night Road by Kristin Hannah

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review 2018-03-20 07:28
not for me
Eloping With The Princess (Brotherhood of the Sword) - Robyn DeHart

Isabel’s only family was her uncle Thornton who had kept her in school. At Saint Bartholomew's School For Girls and he was too busy to have isabel come home even on holidays.  Now he was dead and Lilith her aunt by marriage was to come for her but before she can someone tries to take her. Gabriel was there and suggested she stay with his friend Jason Ellis who is a fellow member of the brotherhood Of The Sword and could keep her safe. Then they could into who is trying to take Later they learn Isabel is the last royal family member from the island nation of Saldania. To keep Isabel safe Jason agrees to marry Isabel in name only. Jason learned early in his youth he was a bastard and his father was the stable manager. So viscount Jason planned never to have his own kids and let his nephew inherit the title. But Jason and Isabel have a growing attraction. Isabel was to be used in a plot to usurp the throne from Victoria that is why someone os trying to take her. That was when Isabel realized the easiest way to stop the problem was to marry and Jason agreed..

I just couldn’t get into this book. I did finish it but i didn’t really care for it. I felt the ending was rushed. The plot seemed to be all over the place and not consistent as far as I am concerned. I also didn’t connect with the characters. I am sure someone else will like this book a lot more. It just wasn’t for me.

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review 2018-03-16 12:45
Redundancy Amok
Switching Hour: Magic and Mayhem Book One - Robyn Peterman

This was a fun read. I marked it down a star because of the repetition. By the time I finished, the play on names and licking references, which were funny the first two times, were redundant and not humorous in the least by the end of the book. Do not think I can read the next, as the teaser for the next story, started with the same redundancy.

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