5 Stars Straight Up Fun
I’ve been a fan of Marina Adair for years. She writes cute, fun, sexy romances, but this newest book, RomeAntically Challenged was something more. Something better.
While it was in no doubt a romance, it was also about family, friends, loss, and discovery.
I loved the friendship between the “3 dads” (bio, step and uncle). The razzing, the not putting up with each other’s excuses and the total love and support they had for “their” daughter. They were fiercely protective. Totally at a loss of dealing with a teen. But most importantly, they loved her unconditionally.
Annie’s journey was a bit heart-breaking at times to read. All you have to do is read the author’s letter to understand how close to home this was for her. I would think her being stuck between two worlds, not quite feeling like she fit in with either, might resonate with many people out there, especially those adopted or even raised in blended families. I loved watching her discover more of her culture. I also loved that while she’s had some rotten luck in romantic love and she’s feeling caught in-between, she’s still a strong woman. She’s smart, funny, kind and just the kind of woman to rock Emmitt’s world.
Emmitt has his own issues to deal with (his two co-parents, his daughter, his dad, his job, and his own insecurities). It’s a lot to tackle in a novel, but I thought the author did a great job of balancing all that baggage the characters were lugging around with the romance, which was fun and sexy. The banter and texting between Ahn (Annie) and Emmitt was spot-on funny to smoking hot.
This was definitely a feel good, funny, warm, breath of fresh air and I’m really looking forward to Gray and Levi’s stories.
I fell in love with this world while reading Eight Simple Rules of Dating a Dragon. I meant to go back and read the first two, but time got away from me and here we are at book five. Clearly, I will be going back and reading the others. Normally, I never read a series out of order. It worked for books 3 and 5, but I recommend reading them in order as there is an overarching storyline.
One of the characters I absolutely fell for when I picked up this series was Brody, so it’s no wonder I didn’t want to wait to read his story. But surprisingly, it wasn’t Brody who shined the brightest in this story…it was Maeve. She’s the baby of the five sisters and treated as such. At times, she comes across as very young…well, she is. But she grew in maturity, strength and confidence throughout this story. She absolutely deserved not only her happily ever after, but the role she has found herself in not just by marrying Brody (relax, it’s PNR…everyone gets a HEA), but by birthright.
As for Brody and Maeve’s love story, it’s sweet and simple, with a few bumps in the road. After all, he is a dog twenty-two hours of the day. But these two don’t let that get in their way…much. Actually, this story was so much more about their pasts. Both have a few shocks in store for them and it’s the way that they handled it that made me love them all the move. Overall, they were great characters with lots of spunk.
There’s also a bonus romance plot line in the book, that of Colonel Nevis Harden, Brody’s best friend. I’ll just say that the author gave him the perfect woman to keep him on his toes. I almost liked their romance even more. Almost.
The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea was a wonderful wrap up of the Embraced series and I recommend this to paranormal romance fans.
I picked up my first Rich Amooi book and honestly, I’m not sure why it took me so long. I’ve heard nothing but praise for this author and it was all true.
JASLS was cute, funny, a little silly at times, but made me smile from start to finish. The banter between these two was fantastic. I loved the progression of their dislike for each other to learning there was more beneath the surface, to their friendship and falling in love. The grand gesture was adorable and so perfect for the heroine, and for the hero - Dr. Tough Love - to prove himself.
The angst was low (which was nice, as there’s too much of that in the world right now and I really needed an escape), and the “dark moment” was believable. (Spoiler…I know it was something a simple conversation could fix..but that happens in real life more than we think.) Overall, I give this book two thumbs up and definitely 5 stars for the hours of pure enjoyment it brought.