Did you ever start book one of a series, or of a new to you author, and a few pages in, you’ve got to take a break and log in to your library and see how many of their other books you can put on hold? Yeah, so that was me, about fifteen pages into Hot In Hellcat Canyon, a contemporary romance, by Julie Anne Long. And it turns out, Ms. Long is not exactly a new to me author – Goodreads tells me I have, in fact, read one of her historicals (I Kissed an Earl), and that I immediately then added […]
Short Version: I liked Laura Florand’s A Kiss in Lavender, though it felt more serious than other books in the La Vie en Roses series. The love story was heartfelt, the happy ending earned, and it had a substantial, forthright hero and a deeply vulnerable, but assertive heroine with the heart of a lion. I’ve read it twice now and while it’s not as swoony as some Florand, it has a kind of grounded solidity that I appreciate. For the Long Version, including a mondering comparison to another Florand book, please visit my blog.
I definitely liked “Rachel’s Holiday” a lot more than “Watermelon.” Maybe because this one more expressly shows the flaws in the Walsh family matriarch and father. Also, I still disliked Helen in this one too. Anna seems mostly harmless and cares. We also get to see/hear more about Maggie(one of the 5 sisters). I felt sorry for Rachel who is in the midst of addiction and doesn’t even want to admit what has been going on with her. And unlike with Claire in the last book, Rachel even though she goes through a series of missteps, realizes that no man […]
So I have all of the Walsh Family books in paperback. I haven’t read them in years, but decided to take the first two for a whirl this weekend. And now I wonder if I read this years ago and liked Claire or what? Cause Claire drives me a bit insane in this book. And when you read about how she changes over the course of the series, she ends up being the Walsh sister I dislike the most (tied with Helen and her book, “The Mystery of Mercy Close”). So good things I can say, the re-read went by […]
I miss Laura Florand! She’s been taking a well-earned break from a prodigious output of swoon-inducing and charming contemporary romances set in the worlds of pastry, chocolate, and perfumery. Her great gift as a romance writer is in creating the heady intensity of small romantic moments, as well as portraying elements of sexual tension and anticipation. Creating characters, she excels at people who balance each other out, often providing a security or grounding that one of them has lacked. I’m hoping Florand will return with her final book in the La Vie en Roses series, but I am rereading and reviewing […]
Since joining NetGalley a few months ago, I have requested 3 Christina Lauren books and finally approved for Twice in a Blue Moon, due October 22. Their publisher may never approve me again, because I did not like this book. Tate Jones, secret daughter of a famous actor, goes to London with her grandmother as a high school graduation present. While there she meets 21 year old Sam Brandis, who is travelling with his grandfather, for some reason. Tate and Sam fall in love, have sex, and then Sam sells her story to a newspaper. Fourteen years later, Tate has become […]
Around the time the Alabama Anti-Abortion bill passed, there was a conversation on twitter about romances that dealt with abortion in a positive/normalizing manner. You can find many of the tweets with #RomanceforRoe. It’s most often been treated as a moral issue instead of a healthcare issue, and that should go out the door with slut shaming. A few readers and authors chimed in with books that addressed abortion as a healthcare choice that didn’t ruin the main character’s life. Canadian author Jackie Lau pointed to two of her books which dealt with abortion, and luckily I was planning to […]
I received this as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book because Andie J. Christopher is an author I follow on Twitter, but I haven’t read one of her books yet. There is a lot to enjoy about this book. Christopher writes well and I enjoyed most of the book. The issue I had with All Hours is a personal bette noir and one with which a lot of people wouldn’t have a problem. Felix Pascual is struggling to get over the end of a relationship that wasn’t much of a relationship. Joaquin Delgado […]