Monday, March 2, 2015

At His Service: Part 3 by Suzanne Rock

23209489In part three Leo and Karin's story continues and thing finally heat up. We get introduced to Karin's ex and Leo's business rival, Jason Stone (remember that name, because I have a feeling it will be important).

Just as Leo and Karin's relationship is developing a decent foundation; Leo's business problems reach a boiling point that will topple their budding romance.

Like in the past books, Wes is by far my most favorite minor character; he is always ready to back up Karin.

Like the previous two book it end in a cliffhanger that has you running to the next and final installment; this book will have you screaming a bit more than the last two, only because, just as things are getting good for Leo and Karin circumstances have to intervene. Still, you gotta love it, drama makes for a good and enjoyable read.

Rating 5 out of 5
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

No More Talking (Hearts Are Wild #1) by Rhian Cahill

23007911I have a real love-hate relationship with these kinds of storylines; the guy falls in love with his best friend's sister, but doesn't want to pursue a relationship because of his friendship.

Frederica "Freddie" Mann has had a thing for her brother's best-friend Zachary "Zac" Moreland, only problem is that like all books following this type of story, he plays hot and cold.  

Zac has had a thing for Freddie for a while and on one particular day a little something happens; since then he has taken to avoiding Freddie and referring to her as "Red".

The story begins at Freddie's brother's wedding and from there, after a little giving in the story kicks off. I won't tell you more because then I'd be giving the story away and it wasn't that long.

The characters were okay, Zac I hated / liked; he has his moments, but overall the reason I hated him was that one day he was very I'm into you and the next he's all this is wrong, I need to pull back. Like seriously, get your head out of your ass and either make a move or step back. As for Freddie, really, don't make it so easy for him. Teach him a lesson or two.

Overall, the story was amusing; Ms. Cahill has an entertaining writing style. I hope the next book is a bit longer so that maybe we can connect with the characters better.

Rating 3.5 out of 5
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Love and Mistletoe by Zara Keane

Sharon MacCarthy has a tiny, okay maybe a somewhat big crush on Brian Glenn; only one problem he's a Garda, which is Irish for police officer. As the towns resident bad girl, whose been arrested a time or two by the cute Garda, she thinks she doesn't stand a chance; her only hope is to move out of her vile father's, finish her degree, and move out of her small town.

Garda Brian Glenn wants a promotion; he wants to move up the ranks and the only way to do that is to get a degree, so that's exactly what he does. Being so close to finishing, he doesn't need the distraction that is his favorite bad girl.

When they end up in the same class and to add fuel to their fire, they have to work on a project very closely together, they start to see each other in a different light, without the labels of Garda and Bad Girl.

The story was a fun light-hearted read with entertaining characters. I especially loved the epilogue, where we get to see what became of them down the line. Despite being named "Love and Mistletoe" the whole story begins before the holidays, so it's not centered around Christmas. I was really glad I read this book and can't wait to read other books written by Ms. Keane.

Rating 5 out of 5
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Friday, February 27, 2015

A Viennese Christmas by Lynn Crain

UN interpreter Amanda Kranz is spending the holidays on her own in Vienna, Austria; on a shopping trip she meets Henry Jager another UN worker who is out and about.

Their story is a love at first sight romance and its so sweet and entertaining. Everything is going so well for Amanda and Henry, until pow, Henry's ex-fiancé shows up, wanting to pick up where they left off. That right there was the craziest twist, as I was reading that I was like "lady are your for FN real"; read the book and you too will agree.

The characters were enjoyable; Amanda is a bit shy, has some confidence issues, but when you read her story, you understand how her personality was affected. Henry is like the super nice, boy next door type who for some reason got engaged to a crazy B. I would have reacted the book a little higher except I felt that if it had been a bit longer, with a bit more detail on how they both deal with their families. Overall, the story was still nice and enjoyable, it's a short read, about an hour long; but still fun.

Rating 3.5 out of 5
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

At His Service: Part 2 by Suzanne Rock

23209488The story continues and as Karin continues to try and avoid Leo and the bloodhounds that are the paparazzi. Leo is still trying to figure out how to hang on to Karin, save his empire and stave off a mysterious blackmailer (don't sweat we will learn many specifics in the next two parts). 

In this part we also learn more about Leo's business rival, be sure to make note of the name because this guy will play pop up a few more times in the next two parts and with any luck, we will get a full book for him sooner or later. 

This part was good and it answered some questions from the first part; Wes, Karin's friend is still my top supporting character. The story again keeps you running for the next part and hoping that this Cinderella gets her Prince Charming.

Rating 5 out of 5
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

At His Service: Part 1 by Suzanne Rock

23209487This is part one of the story that follows Karin Norell a housekeeping manager at The Palazzo a hotel owned by Leo Perconti.

In part one, we have the two meeting; Karin being an overworked employee and Leo being a super stressed out control freak. After an encounter, Leo decides he wants to pursue Karin and Karin decides she wants to run.

The cliff hanger in this part will have you running to the next part, I read all four parts in 2 days. The story starts off really engaging, for its genre it really delivers. The supporting characters are also very entertaining, they add an extra bit of humor to the story. 

Rating 5 out of 5
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Can't Walk Away (River Bend #3) by Molly McLain

23636217Although this is book three of the "River Bend" series, but can be read as stand alone.

This story follows Ally Barrett and Mark Dunn as they try to navigate their romance into a happily ever after.

Mark is the Sheriff in town, he lives and breathes for his job, while relegating very little time to his "not girlfriend" girlfriend. 

Ally is done waiting for Mark to decide she means something to him and after he doesn't call or anything for almost a month she decides to make him jealous, yeah, like that never fails.

When Mark finally decides to pull his head out of his ass, there is an unplanned pregnancy to deal with; which means all his gestures fall a bit short when trying to show Ally he really does love her.

Eventually Mark is able to prove that despite his idiotic moves, he really does care and he does want a happily ever after.

The story was sweet and entertaining, the characters were engaging and realistic. There were a few supporting characters that I would love to see get their own full story so maybe in the future.

Rating 5 out of 5
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