Friday, February 17, 2012

North of Need by Laura Kaye

North of Need (Hearts of the Anemoi, #1)North of Need by Laura Kaye
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Hot-Licious Frosty Story

No one deserves a happy ending more than Megan Snow. The devoted widow of a man who died on Christmas day, Megan goes back to the mountain cabin where they spent Christmas to mourn instead of celebrating with her family.

Alone, she builds a family of snowpeople, a man, a woman and a child. A freak snowstorm buries her in the cabin without electricity and a god-licious man appears on her porch. His name is Owen Winters and he is as charming and boyish and sexy as any woman could dream, a veritable snow god.

I can't give away more of the story because you'll just have to read it yourself. Owen is fun, moans over ice cream and loves Lucky Charms. His exuberance for life and positive attitude lift the grief off Megan. And for a snowman, he is awfully hot in bed with abilities beyond the ordinary, not just good in bed, but god in bed.

This story is delightful, steamy, heart-tugging and satisfying. I promise you will love it. What's not to love about Owen Winters and his pure and open heart? and a story that'll turn holiday blues into holiday cheer?

Disclosure: This review was part of the World Literary Cafe Read N Review. They require honesty. I received the e-book free as part of the program, and I do not know the author personally.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Guest Post on Alpha Males

Why kind of man do you like to read about in a novel? Is he the same kind of man you'd pick as a husband or boyfriend? Do you enjoy quirky and unique characters or will a male who doesn't fit the "Alpha" stereotype leave you lackluster and yawning?

Please see my Guest Post on Angela Quarles' Romance Blog.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tides of Love by Tracy Sumner

Tides Of Love (Seaswept Seduction Series)Tides Of Love by Tracy Sumner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tides of Love featured a nerdy professor with a free-spirited girl next door, an unusual pairing that the author describes as oil and water. Noah's mind is ruled by logic. He is analytic, careful and has his entire career planned out. Elle, in contrast, is impulsive, curious and has always had a crush on Noah since childhood.

A spilled family secret sends Noah away for ten years. When he returns, he must confront everything he had been hiding from, including the strained relationship between his two brothers, and the irritating presence of Elle, a girl who followed him around, embarrassed him and seemed to know everything about him.

Noah fights this attraction for 85% of the book before finally admitting his love. While I enjoyed the historical and geographical setting and the description of small town life in the outer banks of North Carolina, I was constantly frustrated by the repetitive refusal of Noah to admit he had feelings for Elle. The denial was always the same and got rather tiresome. And I plain felt bad for poor Elle as Noah repeatedly told her she wasn't the woman for him. The love scene came too late, but I really liked the last 10% of the book.

Disclosure: This review was part of the World Literary Cafe Read N Review. They require honesty. I received the e-book free as part of the program, and I do not know the author personally.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Megan's Way by Melissa Foster

Megan's WayMegan's Way by Melissa Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a highly emotional read. The main plot dealt with Megan's courageous decision when cancer returned to ravage her bones. She struggled with guilt, fear and the wish to spare her daughter, but in the process pushed her daughter away.

Olivia was a believable and normal teenage girl, caught between an intense love and dependence on her mother and the usual angst of being a teenager. She yearned to be included in her mother's confidence and felt rebuffed when her mother continued to keep secrets from her.

The high point of the story was her last minute inclusion in her mother's birthday ritual, one she had done with a close circle of friends since college days. Olivia begged and pleaded with Megan, but unbeknownst to her, Megan had been planning something drastic and did not want Olivia to witness it.

The second half of the book changed dramatically from the first half and was a bit predictable and perhaps overly sentimental. I personally did not care for the secrets because I felt they distracted from the main theme of cancer, its effects on the family, and the survivors. But on the whole the book was engrossing and I finished it in one setting of four hours, ending at two in the morning.

Kudos to Melissa Foster for a wonderful first novel, especially one tackling such a emotionally wrenching subject. I applaud Megan's choice and the dignity she took to live and die on her own terms.

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