Book Review – Imagine Me by Fiona Cole

imagine meGoodreads Summary

Shane’s her brother’s best friend and thirteen years older than her. Juliana knows his desire to be the loner and to never settle down.

But none of that stops her from showing up at his hotel room late one night.

Months later, she imagines every scenario for when she runs into Shane again. However, she never imagined him brushing off their scorching night together. She never imagined him calling her a ‘little girl’ who can’t handle a man.

His words ignite a fire in Juliana. If she has to date every single guy in Cincinnati, she’ll prove that she is more than capable of “handling” a man. Except Juliana and Shane can’t stay away from each other, so they set up some rules; only sex, and no telling her brother.

It doesn’t take long for the sex to turn into feelings, and Juliana can feel his icy exterior melting. Is he willing to risk his best friend for a chance at love?

For Juliana, that might be too good to imagine.

Rating

2 1/2 out of 5 stars

Review

I am quite surprised by the number of 5 star ratings for this book. It was NOT a 5 star story for me, but it easily could have been a 4 star – by having Shane’s story told as well, by Shane.

Juliana is a 25-year old who moved to Cincinnati to get away from her parents, who want her to be a “society wife” (really, in 2017?). Their reasoning – she’s the baby of the family (huh?). Anyway, her brother lives in Cincy with his new wife; it is also where his best friend Shane lives, who Juliana had a tryst with at their wedding.

Shane is 13-years older than Juliana, and takes every opportunity to remind her she’s a “little girl”. He has no problem using her for sex, but that’s all he wants.  He has a “dangerous job with long hours” and isn’t looking for a family.

There are several problems with this story. Here are a few:

  • Juliana’s family. God, they were annoying. She’s a 25-year old woman and they acted like she was a special needs child. No wonder she’s kind of immature.
  • Hudson, Juliana’s ex. His character was so irritating and really took away from the plot.
  • There wasn’t a lot of development in Jules and Shane’s relationship. It was sex to “I’m in love with you” to over to sex to ….. They had like one date.
  • Shane. Shane wasn’t a well developed character. He grew up in foster care and had a rough upbringing. I think having his story told through his eyes would have made it a lot better.
  • The epilogue took place days after the last chapter. I want to see what happens in the future, not in a few days! I hate when epilogues are like that!

I did like Jules’ friend Evie – god was she funny! The sex scenes were quite steamy but LONG; pages long. I skipped a lot of it.

Overall, this was a miss for me.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – So Good by Nicola Rendell

Goodreads Summary

so goodOn the roof of a house outside Truelove, Maine, master carpenter Max Doyle looks down through a skylight and sees the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on. She’s naked, she’s gorgeous, and everything about her is perfect, down to the ball-busting tattoo of a rose that wraps around her hip. But it isn’t just any woman making his knees buckle. It’s his best friend, Rosie Madden. And as he stands there, mesmerized and precariously close to toppling off the roof, he knows he’ll never, ever be able to look at her the same way again.

Rosie can’t help but notice that Max is suddenly acting very strange—lots of long stares, totally tongue-tied, and not at all like the slightly cocky hunk she’s proud to call her best friend. She can’t figure it out, until later that night when Max rescues her from the world’s worst date, challenges her to a game of pool, and shows her just exactly what she’s got him thinking about. Repeatedly.

But life is complicated. Rosie’s cat, Julia Caesar, wants to eat Max’s dog Cupcake for an afternoon snack. A dream job threatens to pull them apart. And another glance through the skylight changes everything, one more time. Yet try as they might, they can’t go back to being just friends, because falling in love with the one you’ve always adored?

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

I’m always attracted to a book cover with a man and a dog. I am a major dog lover, and seeing a man with a dog in swoon-worthy.  What the blurb on goodreads doesn’t tell you is how Max came to get the dog, which is an even better story (which I won’t spoil).

Max and Rosie have been best friends forever. I firmly believe men and women cannot be best friends and be single. There is always a sexual tension there, but that is just my opinion. Pretty much every person in their lives know they will end up together, but it takes Max seeing Rosie naked through a skylight when fixing her house to get the ball into motion.

Max was a total alpha male. As soon as he and Rosie got together, he took over. He believed it was his job to protect her. Shortly after, Max had an incident with his house and needed a place to stay, so he stayed with Rosie. Rosie inherited a cat from her grandmother (along with her fixer-upper), and her cat, Julia Caesar (love that name) does not like Max’s dog, Cupcake. At all. The back and forth about the dog and cat was actually quite funny. Made the book better.

Rosie was a strong character, and I really liked her. One thing I would point out, not as a criticism but more of an observation, is the following:

  • Rosie didn’t seem to have any friends other than Max (none were mentioned)
  • Max only had one friend, Fletcher (who I’m sure the next book will be about)
  • Neither Max nor Rosie spoke of any living relatives, which seemed very strange to me

I loved that this book was told in both Rosie and Max’s POV. Makes the book so much better. I would recommend this cute little Kindle Unlimited find.

Happy reading.

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WWW Wednesday

 

 

WWW is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What I’m Currently Reading

so good Really enjoying this book so far.


What I Recently Finished

southern attraction I liked this book. Good ole’ love story without a lot of drama.

we own tonight 5 stars; loved this book. Highly recommend.

gifts Very good book with a strong alpha male character.


What I Plan to Read Next

crank  a little too late


 

What is on your list this week?

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Southern Attraction by Kaylee Ryan

Goodreads Summary

southern attractionI had everything I ever wanted, living the dream, at least that’s what I always thought. The night we met, we had an instant attraction, but she was with someone else. When we reunited a few months later, that pull was still there, stronger than ever. So strong, that even though she was hundreds of miles away, I pursued her. I told myself that I just wanted to get to know her. Deep down I knew it was more.

I never understood the draw of living in the middle of nowhere. Born and raised a city girl, I never had the desire to leave. Who would have thought a weekend trip to the country would have me questioning myself? It was more than just the country; it’s him. The way he looks at me, treats me, that smooth southern drawl.

Am I willing to give up my legacy for her?

Am I willing to give up my dream for him?

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

The third book in the Southern Heart series focuses on Mike Wallace, the cousin of Whitney (book 2) and owner of Mike’s bar.  Mike has thrown himself into running his bar, which he is the third generation owner of. His friends convince him to come out for a night and he meets Jamie, Whitney’s best friend, who is visiting from Chicago. Mike and Jamie hit it off and spend the entire evening talking.

Fast forward 6 months – Jamie is back visiting Kentucky because Whitney is getting married. Jamie and Mike start to spend time together and realize they have a strong attraction. They begin a friendship of texting and calling, almost every day.

I absolutely loved Mike. He was such a sweet guy, very family oriented, always putting others before himself.  Jamie was a good person as well, but was convinced she couldn’t leave the big city.

It was nice to revisit all the characters from the prior two books as well. They are all part of this story.  Not too much too say, but this is a good conclusion (if that’s what it is) to this series. Though I would sure love more.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – We Own Tonight by Corinne Michaels

Goodreads Summary

we own tonightI’m not a one-night stand kind of woman. I’m especially not the woman who has a few drinks at a concert and ends up in bed with my childhood celebrity crush, Eli Walsh.

However, that’s exactly where I find myself.

What’s a girl to do after a drunken mistake? Run. I grab my clothes and get away from the powerful, irresistible, and best-sex-of-my-life superstar as fast as I can. His gorgeous green eyes, rock-hard body, and cocky smile have no place in my world. My life is complicated enough.

Someone forgot to tell him that.

Eli is relentless. Pushing his way into my heart, wearing me down, proving he’s nothing like I assumed, and everything I need. But when my world shatters to pieces, he holds the broken bits together. Unwillingly, I fall desperately in love with him.

He made me think we’d have forever . . . I should’ve listened when he said we could only own tonight.

Rating

5 out of 5 stars

Review

This may be my favorite book of 2017! We Own Tonight is every teenage girls dream come true – go to a concert for your favorite boy band and end up falling in love with your dream guy in the band. As a girl who loved New Kids on the Block back in the day, I can totally relate to this story.

Heather Covey is a police officer in Tampa. She is a caregiver to her sick sister, and doesn’t allow her time any time for herself. That all changes the night her friends talk her into going into a Four Blocks Down concert. They have front row seats, and Heather has always had a crush on Eli Walsh.  Heather happens to scream that she loves Eli while looking directly at him – and he hears her. Eli ends up calling her up on stage and tells Heather he wants to see her after the show.

Heather goes with Eli and they end up hooking up. While Eli is in the bathroom, Heather panics and takes off – literally running, and having to scale a fence. Eli catches up to her and tells her he can’t believe she took off running. He’s determined to find her and learn more about her.

Eli gets his chance sooner than he thinks when Heather ends up pulling him over. They end up forming a friendship that develops in to something more.

I literally cannot say enough good things about Eli. He’s one of the best male characters I’ve read in a long time. He was thoughtful and kind, and really took Heather’s thoughts about her sister into consideration.  He always put Heather first and put his career on hold after an accident. He is such a well written character.

I liked Heather, but she was a little too uptight. I understand that her sister was sick and she felt that she needed to be her caregiver, but she didn’t allow herself to have much fun. Eli changed that for her, so to see her growth over the course of the book was great. I was really impressed with her at the end and how she stood her ground.

Overall, this book was great. I was excited to read it and sad when it ended. One of the best of 2017 by far.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Gifts by Brynne Asher (Killers #3)

Goodreads Summary

giftsNo one would say Keelie Lockhart isn’t determined.  Taking on the role of both mom and dad to her two young kids, she’s managing life the best she can.  Saddled with a century-old dilapidated farmhouse she can’t afford, a bevy of goats, two dogs, and a geriatric donkey, the last thing she has time for is a man—even if that man is a knight whose shining armor comes in the form of worn-in jeans and work boots.

Controlled, methodical, and focused—Asa Hollingsworth takes charge of everything in life.  Working close to home after years away, he finally has the time to focus on his kids.  Little does he know, a chance meeting with a petite, strawberry-blonde stranded on the side of the road, would intertwine their lives in a way he’d never want to untangle.

But when school bullies turn into something much worse, Asa starts to dig around.  He never dreams the troubles lurking in the hallways of the local high school would shake his family to its core.  With drug dealers lurking, bullets flying, and threats coming from every angle, Asa must do everything he can to protect the ones he loves.

Because in the end, there’s nothing more precious than the gift of life.

Rating

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Review

My favorite book of this series by far is Gifts, the story of Asa Hollingsworth and Keelie Lockhart.

Keelie is a single mom to two young children, owns an old house, where she has goats, an old donkey and some dogs, and works as a school counselor. Her sister convinces her to go on a date, and she reluctantly agrees. Her date is awful and on the way home, they get a flat tire. Her date refuses to change the tire – that is why he pays AAA. They are helped by a stranger, who happens to be gorgeous and flirts with Keelie.

Fast forward one week.  Asa goes to meet with his daughter Emma’s school counselor, and low and behold, it’s Keelie.  Keelie is reluctant to begin a friendship with Asa, but Asa is persistent. He is also an over the top alpha male (my favorite kind). Asa is not taking no for an answer, and starts taking matters into his own hands.

Emma is withdrawn and struggling in school, and Asa can’t get it out of her as to why. When Asa is meeting with Emma’s teachers, Keelie drives Emma home to Asa’s house – and shots ring out. Keelie protects Emma, but Asa’s house (and Keelie’s car) are badly damaged. At that point, Asa decides that he and his kids are moving into Keelie’s house so he can protect her and her kids.

Keelie was betrayed terribly by her husband before he passed away. She has major trust issues, and she resists when Asa starts pushing. Asa agrees to give Keelie space, but doesn’t leave her house; he continues to live with her, and won’t leave. He starts falling in love with her kids, Knox and Saylor. She starts falling for his kids.

The reason Emma was withdrawn was an interesting story line. I honestly didn’t see it coming, but it felt real and it was well researched. This book had a happy ending, which always makes me happy.

I just loved Asa. He was 43 when the book started – I love reading about older, mature men.  He knew he wanted Keelie and he took every step to make her his. Keelie was a little harder to relate to – I get the trust issues, but she really pushed Asa to an unnecessary point and it was irritating.

I would highly recommend this series, and this book in particular. All three books are available on Kindle Unlimited.

Happy reading.

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WWW Wednesday

 

WWW is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What I’m Currently Reading

gifts I’m loving this book. Older characters (43 and 35), strong alpha male and cute/fun kids. And lots of animals.


What I Recently Finished

fortunate ones This book was a disappointment. Heroine was extremely immature.


What I Plan to Read Next


What is on your list this week?

Happy reading.

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