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review 2016-10-04 21:11
BENCHED

 

 

Benched is about, a small town cop, and Alex, a star football player who gets cited for speeding in that small town. Phoebe is a single mother to 6 year old Carrie who is football fan and peewee football player.  Phoebe is the only female police officer in her town & is constantly ridiculed by most of her fellow officers & especially by the men she pulls over during her daily speed traps.

Alex is one of those men, caught speeding at 110mph in a 35 zone. He gets the maximum fine and must serve a year of community service (and he has to stay in the town the whole time, with an ankle monitor). It was that, or go to jail. He ends up renting the house next door to Phoebe, and a press gauntlet forces them to spend time together in her house until the press finally leave.

Afterward, both realize they can't stop thinking about the other, and though Alex is forward with her, Phoebe refuses his advances. Alex finally convinces her to go on a date and the rest of the book explores their relationship.

 

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text 2015-05-11 16:08
Single Mothers in Paranormal Romance
Hostage to Pleasure - Nalini Singh
Truly, Madly Viking - Sandra Hill
Hidden Crimes - Emma Holly
In Still Darkness (Immortal Guardians) - Dianne Duvall
Don't Talk Back to Your Vampire - Michele Bardsley
Perfect Mate - Cris Dukehart, Jennifer Ashley
Single Mom, Vampire Lover (Vampire Clans) - Melisse Aires
Charmed by His Love - Janet Chapman
Fallon Mates: Zeraac's Miracle - Jory Strong
Sea Fever - Virginia Kantra

I hope the mothers amoung you had a good Mother's Day.

 

For those of you who have lost a child or your mother, I hope you had a peaceful day of rememberance. 

 

On a lighter note, if I could be a Shapeshifting Mama that would be awesome! Dragon or Bear? Dragon or Bear? Can't choose. I am already a cat so ...

 

Anyhoo... 

 

Here are some wonderful Single Mothers who can do all kinds of paranomral things to help us keep the motherlove going.

 

My lists are never in any particular order. 

 

1. Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh

 

Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy - cool, calm, emotionless...at least on the surface. Inside, she's fighting a desperate battle to save her son and escape the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety, but to the lethal danger of a sniper's embrace.

DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen lost his sister to a Psy killer. Though he lacks the changeling ability to shift into animal form, his leopard lives within. And that leopard's rage at the brutal loss is a clawing darkness that hungers for vengeance. Falling for a Psy has never been on Dorian's agenda. But charged with protecting Ashaya and her son, he discovers that passion has a way of changing the rules...

 

2. Truly, Madly Viking by Sandra Hill

 

Mad about you

 

His boat off course, distracted by a randy she-whale whose infatuation had somehow thrust him into the twenty-first century, Jorund Ericsson thought he’d found heaven when he caught sight of the comely wench with the man-hair and the kiss-some lips. The lovely doctor, however, simply thought Jorund insane—even as she drove the befuddled Viking crazy with her enticing figure.

 

He leapt from the water and into Maggie’s life, all sinewy muscles in a flawlessly proportioned body, a swath of long blond hair swept back from his brow. His claim to be a Viking from the tenth century made her smile. But it wasn’t laughter that caused her stomach to flutter when the Hercules look-alike claimed her lips. And soon he had her believing his story and questioning her own sanity—though the psychologist realized there was another possibility. They were, neither of them, truly mad . . . simply truly, madly in love.

 

3. Hidden Crimes by Emma Holly

 

Cats and dogs shouldn't fall in love. Like any wolf, RPD detective Nate Rivera knows this. He can’t help it if the tigress he’s been trading quips with at the supermarket is the most alluring woman he’s ever met—sassy too, which suits him down to his designer boots. 

Evina Mohajit is aware their flirtation can’t lead to more. Still, she relishes trading banter with the hot werewolf. This hardworking single mom hasn’t felt so female since her twins’ baby daddy left to start his new family. Plus, as a station chief in Resurrection’s Fire Department, she understands the demands of a dangerous job. 

Their will-they-or-won’t-they tango could go on forever if it weren’t for the mortal peril the city’s shifter children fall into. To save them, Nate and Evina must team up, a choice that ignites the sparks smoldering between them . . .

 

4. Don't Talk Back To Your Vampire by Michele Bardsley

 

Being a mother is never easy-especially when you're undead. 

Eva LeRoy, Broken Heart, Oklahoma's librarian, got "vampified" when everyone else did: during a rogue vampire's feeding frenzy. But books still make her undead heart beat-and, strangely enough, so does Lorcan the Loner, the vampire who killed her...

 

5.  In Still Darkness  by Dianne Duvall

 

It's not the first time Immortal Guardian Richart d'Alençon has saved a human life from eternal damnation. Usually, he moves on, a nameless savior like a ghost in the night. But this time he can't seem to forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he rescued her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist...

Jenna never imagined she'd end up a single mom working overtime to put her son through school. But she might have daydreamed once that a devastatingly gorgeous Frenchman would sweep her off her feet. Now that a package of tall, dark, and handsome seems intent on doing just that, doctors are telling her she may not have long to live. But Richart is telling her just the opposite. All she has to do is abandon her humanity... 

 

6. Perfect Mate by Jennifer Ashley

 

Nell is a hot-tempered mother of two cubs, and she doesn't take kindly to new Shifters showing up in town without her consent--even one with a sexy smile and brilliant blue eyes.

But when her sons are endangered and she desperately needs help protecting them, Cormac proves he's worthy of her trust as well as her desire.

 

7. Single Mom, Vampire Lover by Melisse Aires

 

The party Darlene learned about on her teen son's computer sounded more than wild--it sounded dangerous! She stormed the crowded house and found her son near death. Then the vampire turns on her. 

Vare, blond, gorgeous and a Master Vampire, rescued them. He can save her son, but life will never be the same. He will need her blood, and for vampires, blood and sex go together. 

Darlene will do anything to save her son, even enter into a hidden world. 

 

8. Charmed By His Love  by Janet Chapman


All Duncan MacKeage wants is to keep his crew building roads and bridges up the mountain to the fancy resort overlooking Spellbound Falls’ new inland sea. He doesn’t want anything to do with his own family magic or with the beautiful widow, Peg Thompson, and her tribe of little heathens. But when Duncan is tasked with keeping an eye on the widow Thompson, trouble starts.  

Because of a family curse, Peg fears that giving in to her desires will mean killing off another lover. But Duncan—the strong, handsome man buying her gravel—is unbelievably tempting and determined to take care of her. Torn between her head and her heart, will Peg find the strength to break free of her black-widow curse? Or will pursuing their attraction put these lovers in harm’s way?

 

9. Fallon Mates: Zeraac's Miracle by Jory Strong

 

Ariel Ripa needs a miracle for her daughter on Earth.On Belizair, only a miracle will provide Zeraac d'Amato and Komet d'Vesti with a shared bond-mate.Neither Zeraac, Komet, nor Ariel expect to get what their hearts most desire. But when Zeraac travels to Earth at the request of his brother's human bond-mate, he rescues Ariel and finds the answer to his own and Komet's prayers—just as they're the answer to hers.By Council law Ariel must agree to a binding ceremony of her own free will and can only know the truth about Zeraac and Komet once they're in the transport chamber. To follow the rules would mean the death of Ariel's daughter. While to break the law could mean the setting aside of the mate-bond and the possibility of exile for the two men. For Zeraac and Komet, there is no choice other than to risk their honor and their hearts for Ariel and her young daughter.Through love and hope born from the depths of darkness and despair, the three find something more rare than the precious Ylan stones they wear on their wrists—a miracle that will change their lives.

 

10. Sea Fever by Virginia Kantra

 

When the last available bachelor on World’s End island marries someone else, working mom Regina Barrone realizes that the love she yearns for isn’t just going to appear by magic... Dylan Hunter has returned to land for his brother’s wedding, but he is troubled. Years ago, he chose his life as a selkie—an immortal being of the sea—over the fragile and treacherous emotions of humanity... But Neither Regina nor Dylan foresee the future, where only love can save them—and the world.

 

Did I miss your favorite Single Mom in Paranomral, Fantasy, or Science Fiction Romance? Let me know!

 

Please vote for the best of the best on my Goodreads list: Single Mothers in Paranormal Romance 

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review 2013-12-18 11:08
Breadcrumbs - Erin Mcguire,Anne Ursu

Let's just say that the blurb, is somehow right, and somehow not. :) 

I expected immediate fantasy and a search throughout a forest that is enchanted. Instead, we get about 50% before that happens stuff, filled with just friendship, friendship breaking, a wonderful girl with too much imagination and snow. After all that, we get a beautiful search throughout the woods.

I have to say I really liked Hazel, though her insecurity irked me a bit and also her obsession with Jack. I can imagine you want him as your best friend, but he should also be able to have other friends, without you being jealous as hell. She clung to him like he was a life vest and she was drowning. I wish we had more of Hazel and that other girl. I really liked those parts and how they were doing ballet and stories and more.

Hazel was a wonderful girl, though again, I wish she would open more to people. And also do her best on school. I know girl, you want to go to your fancy school with apparently no rules, but you won't go there any more, unless of course your mom finds the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, so the best is to do your best and make do. 

With the whole contemporary part over, we dive head first in the fantasy part. Mysterious woods not far from her house, and Jack has been kidnapped. She takes the bare minimum with her (for a girl with imagination and book-knowledge, I would expect she would know what to bring) and goes on the journey. She meets strange people, people stuck forever in the forest, girls lost, witches and evil creatures, and last but not least, the witch that stole Jack. And let me say this, I was surprised by this witch.

But I loved the journey, and I was glad when like a lot of these books it had a HEA. 

One thing though, I wish we had a little bit less referencing going on. I had to search things at times and that distracts from reading the book.

But in overall, a fun and lovely book. Really recommended to all. :)

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review 2012-03-22 00:00
The Aristocrat And The Single Mom (Harlequin Romance)
The Aristocrat and the Single Mom - Michelle Douglas I would call this book sweet. The hero & heroine meet & have a great flirtation, he's the serious type having grown up with responsibilities looking for his sister, who he doesn't know is married to the heroine's brother. She decides to loosen him up & they kiss, then he finds out she has a child and freaks, as we learn later it because he doesn't think he is good with kids.

He is only there for 2 weeks and both of them don't want to start anything, his life is in England, when he overcomes his fears wanting to take a chance, she can't because she doesn't want to take her son away from his father. Ultimately things get solved and we get a HEA.
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review 2009-07-07 00:00
The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom - Katherine Arnoldi I shouldn't be too irritated. After all, the word "True" is in quotes on the cover and on the publication data page the author does admit that "many facts and events are generalized and details altered." But I was. The book just didn't ring true. Too many awful things happen to this girl and yet she remains ultra-sweet and upbeat throughout. That alone would be swallow-able but she has some kind of split personality going on: she is constantly a victim, oblivious and naive, but then she suddenly stands up for herself and becomes really strong and kick-ass until she suddenly is taken by yet another loser user. She never sees anything coming, she never does anything wrong, she never makes real mistakes other than being too trusting. Her baby is, of course, the product of a rape. Yet people tell her she made her own bed so she has to lie in it. That just doesn't make a lot of sense. (It doesn't appear to be ultra-conservative religious folks here who think rape is the womans's fault. no, it feels more like she got herself pregnant by the usual means.) She also is hit only once by her boyfriend who she's lived with awhile, it's out of the blue and he breaks her nose and does a bunch of other damage. She immediately leaves him. Totally out of the blue? She didn't see any anger issues before then? No warning signs that he was abusive? Another unlikely bit: she had been preparing for college all through high school until she got pregnant but she had never heard of financial aid?

But I have to take it in context: this book was designed to show teenage moms that they have options, they can still go to school and graduate, they can go to college, they can get it paid for. Excellent idea, a graphic book is a great way to do that. But I question how much most teenage moms can relate to her story: she's so freaking perfect and brave all the time, she never did anything wrong or made any mistakes to get to this place, I wonder how that makes girls feel about themselves? Will a teenage mom think, "I never planned to go to college, I slept around a lot and did drugs and stayed with my abusive boyfriend, do I deserve an education? I didn't like school when I was younger, I didn't do well, am I smart enough?"

I don't know. But she won awards for her efforts. She can draw, too, and even the boxes around the scenes are decorative and pretty. So although I'm on the 2.5 star borderline, I'm rounding up to three for effort and because it was pretty.
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