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review 2019-06-17 08:28
Review: The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis
The Lemon Sisters - Jill Shalvis

Reviewed for Wit and Sin

 

Love – romantic and familial – is the heart of The Lemon Sisters. Jill Shalvis returns to Wildstone with a book that shows love is messy, complicated, and rarely easy, but oh, so worth it.

Brooke Lemon was an adventurer who sprinted out of Wildstone at a breakneck pace before an accident grounded her and made her feel like she lost herself. It’s been seven years since she returned home and her relationship with her sister, Mindy, is strained. But when Mindy needs her, Brooke steps up. To give Mindy a break, Brooke takes her niece and nephews home to Wildstone, where she’ll have to face old ghosts. I adored Brooke from the start. She carries invisible wounds she’s told no one about and she’s a bit isolated from those she loves at the start of the story. But she doesn’t hesitate to give her sister a break and carry her load. Caring for three spirited children is a bit overwhelming, but it’s Mindy’s sexy neighbor who really throws Brooke off her stride. Garrett was Brooke’s first and only love, but the way their relationship ended means he wants to stay clear of her. Only the two of them can’t resist the pull and it’s not hard for a romance to rekindle when the sparks never died. Like Brooke, Garrett was easy to like. He’s a good man with a huge heart and he rolls with both Lemon sisters’ zaniness pretty easily. Brooke and Garrett are clearly meant to be, but they’re both guarded, wounded, and it’s not easy for either of them to take a risk again. I was rooting for them every step of the way and they broke my heart and put it back together more than once.

Mindy and her husband Linc are the book’s secondary romance and theirs was engaging as well. The two of them are still clearly in love, but love isn’t enough when one person is clearly drowning and the other is working too much to see it. I had a harder time connecting to Mindy, possibly because, like Brooke, I’m the younger sister and have had to handle some of the kinds of things Mindy threw at Brooke. But I could see why Mindy was so tightly-wound and desperately trying to control the chaos in her house. Linc is a good man, but he’s a bit clueless about how hard it is for Mindy to raise their energetic children, run a business, and keep their home perfectly organized while he works long hours. It was nice seeing Linc put in the effort to take his share of the load and to watch he and Mindy reconnect.

The bonds of sisterhood are as central to The Lemon Sisters as the romance. Brooke and Mindy have a strained relationship and Mindy definitely (unintentionally) hurts Brooke multiple times in a way that is realistic. I was as invested in watching them repair their relationship as I was in the romances because it’s clear the two Lemons do love one another, even if that love is sometimes messy and complicated.

The Lemon Sisters is energetic, fast-paced, and filled with all kinds of fun chaos. There are cute kids, cats with attitude, and good – if flawed – characters who will make you smile. Ms. Shalvis creates the best small towns and I cannot wait to see what happens next in Wildstone.


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author 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/2019/06/review-lemon-sisters-by-jill-shalvis.html
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review 2019-06-02 04:49
The Cowboy's Daughter (Three Sisters Ranch Book 1) by Jamie K. Schmidt
The Cowboy's Daughter (Three Sisters Ranch Book 1) - Jamie K. Schmidt

 

 

Weakness is life's way of teaching us how to be strong. Schmidt takes those words and crafts an inspirational story around them. Kelly and Trent had one night of perfection in each others arms. But at what cost? Can the heartache caused by that steamy night be healed by the power of love? The Cowboy's Daughter encompasses two love stories in one sweet life lesson.

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text 2019-05-31 17:42
Discworld - Remaining 2019 Group Reads. NEXT ONE (SOURCERY) STARTS JUNE 1
Sourcery - Terry Pratchett
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett
Pyramids - Terry Pratchett
Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett

For those who are planning to participate in the next Discworld group reads, these are, for the rest of this year:

 

* Sourcery (Rincewind #3) -- beginning June 1 (tomorrow)

* Wyrd Sisters (Witches #2) -- beginning August 1

* Pyramids (Ancient Civilizations #1) - beginning October 1

   -- Coinciding with Halloween Bingo.  Maybe we'll find a way to work it in? --

* Guards! Guards! (City Watch #1) -- beginning December 1

   -- Potentially coinciding with Festive Tasks (if hosted this year). --

 

 

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review 2019-05-31 13:27
Then Came You (Bradford Sisters #0.5) by Becky Wade
Then Came You: A Bradford Sisters Novella - Becky Wade

Date Published: March 7, 2017

Format: Kindle

Source: Own Copy

Date Read: May 29, 2019

Read for BL-opoly 2019

 

Blurb

A leather-bound journal. A single father. A woman in pursuit of freedom.

Garner Bradford, heir to the troubled Bradford Shipping empire, doesn't know much about babies. But he's going to have to learn fast because he's just become a single father to his newborn daughter. As he confesses through his journal entries, he's not entirely sure how to keep a newborn alive, whether or not he'll ever patch together his shattered heart, or how to forgive himself for his mistakes.

Career girl Kathleen Burke is wholly uninterested in settling down. She has big dreams, and none of them include Garner and his small hometown in Washington State. Yet she can't seem to get her handsome boss out of her head or her heart. There's something extraordinarily tempting about his beautifully sad green eyes. . . .

Told through journal entries, phone conversations, and letters, Then Came You
is a unique, heart-stirring romance novella by acclaimed author Becky Wade.

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Review

 

There will be a lot of cursing and trigger warnings and just a complete rant against this shit-show of a novella. So naturally, spoilers - which will be hidden under the page break. Also, really long.

 

Trigger Warnings: rape

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text 2019-05-29 13:15
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Then Came You: A Bradford Sisters Novella - Becky Wade

No.

 

Just No.

 

It's been a while since I went on a book rant, but tonight, after this book - there's going to be a RANT. 

 

And I want a formal apology from the author for writing this crap and then unleashing it onto the world. Needless to say, books #1 and #2 are going to disappear from my Kindle when I am done with this prequel. Ain't NOBODY got time for this.

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