Archive | October 20, 2013

The Trouble with Mojitos. Romy Sommer.

The Trouble with Mojitos: HarperImpulse Contemporary Romance

 

The Trouble with Mojitos. Romy Sommer.
I loved Romy’s Waking up in Vegas, so was delighted to get the chance to review this book. It features Rik, older brother of Max from book one. At the time of reading I was delighted that things worked out for Max, but couldn’t help wondering what would happen to Rik. Well, here’s his story.
He’s lost, all his life he’s been trained for a role which was swept out from under him in a heartbeat…so he’s been trying to live anonymously, he’s floundering, rebelling, searching for something and currently sporting bad boy vibes, long hair, stubble and showing off his tatts…then he meets Kenzie. Kenzie is definitely Live in the Moment, going against her staid family who want her to settle down with a nice man they’ve picked out – an accountant. They think at 30ish its time she stopped rebelling, and gave them grandchildren like her perfect sister. Trouble is Kenzie doesn’t want to settle, finds there’s no spark with the accountant, but the Bad Boys she has been going out with have all let her down badly. She and her flatmate Lee have currently sworn off men. So – what happens when live for now Kenzie meets Mr Plan Everything Rik in his Bad Boy incarnation? Sparks that what- they have an instant, visceral attraction that sizzles between them, and leads to some hot, steamy sex. Kenzie’s determined its just a holiday fling, but her heart doesn’t seem to know that and Rik, he’s entranced and finding that life can be good after his months of brooding.
Its a story full of fun and happiness, and of course, heartbreak and disaster. I need both those and Romy doesn’t disappoint – I could have wished the heartbreak lasted a little longer, (masochist that I am, I like the sad parts so long as I get my HEA) but it has a wonderful flamboyant ending that was just perfect for the characters of Rik and Kenzie.
Its a great read, funny and touching, ties up the first book nicely, and makes you feel you’re there on the islands along with the characters. Beautiful descriptions too, that make the scenes come alive. Great book and one for the keepers file. Priced at £2.99 for 182 pages its around average for the genre.
ARC provided via Netgalley.
Stars: well, a bit longer, a bit more of the “down” and I’d have gone five, but its a good four and a half.

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Under a Blackberry Moon ( Book #2). Serena B. Miller

Under a Blackberry Moon ( Book #2): A Novel

 

Under a Blackberry Moon ( Book #2). Serena B. Miller
I’ve not read any of Serena’s books before, but love the sort of gentle, historical romance this appeared to be. I didn’t know at first but this is a follow on book from The Measure of Katie Calloway, although its not necessary to have read that to enjoy this as its about characters from that book, but is a stand alone novel.
What I loved about this book was the way Serena brings up the problems of the day, and looks at them through the eyes of her characters. Thus we see Sky Pilot, a former preacher, musing about his decision to preach against slavery while employed as preacher in the South…and the effects that decision had on him and how it brought him to where he is now when the locals didn’t like his stance. Lost his job, home and fiancée – she was the daughter of a plantation owner and slave user. Then there’s MoonSong and her baby. She’s been widowed young, is half Indian, half white, and treated shamefully by the majority of the white population. As with the slaves, the Indians have no rights of their own (something I really feel ashamed of even now, and even though it was none of my doing. The arrogance of many Westerners is still far too prevalent at times. Given the same situations I could see all this happening again even with our so called education and liberalism.)
Anyway via series of events Sky Pilot offers to take MoonSong back to her tribe. The steamer they are on explodes, and they are the only apparent survivors, along with one other white lady, Isabella. She was on her way with her soldier husband to a fort, he was very dismissive of Indians in the typical way of the time, seeing them as lesser than whites and people to be used at will.
The journey is where Moon Song comes into her own. Sky Pilot and Isabella depend on her for her ability for finding shelter and food. Taught in the old Indian ways by her grandmother who brought her up, it was beautiful to read about the ways the Indians worked with nature to provide food and shelter – using nature but not abusing it until the Whites intervened….The Schools where the Gov took one child from each Indian family away from home to be “educated” came as a shock to me – I don’t know why, should have expected it, but its typical that the Indian way of life that sustained them for hundreds of years was seen as inferior to the Western/white way, though it was that which led to destruction of the landscape very quickly…I really enjoyed the descriptions of everyday life of the Indians. Of the way they used birch bark for paper, and to build canoes and plant roots for sewing, herbs for medicine, the tools from trees and plants used for hunting and fishing – things like that. They fascinate me, and it was a joy to read the clever way they were incorporated into the book. Also the way Moon Song, totally lost and didn’t fit into the logging camp environment, became so confident and almost a different person when they went into “her” world. Sky Pilot and Isabella learned so much from her and the other Indians, not just practical things but spiritual things, and lessons in human nature.
It was a wonderful book, not a heart stopping, mile a minute romance, but a gentle meandering through history where a romance took time to flourish and grow, but was enduring in the long term. There are some surprises too in the story about MoonSong and her relatives. Things aren’t always as they seem.
Its a book to treasure, to read slowly and savour, to enjoy the tiny incidences and celebrations, and to look back at history and see just how wrong we got some things. Its not a book that preaches, but just shows by example and lets reader come to own conclusions. Priced at £7.42 for 353 pages it is expensive, but if you enjoy this sort of novel its one you’ll treasure to read over again and again.
ARC supplied via Netgalley.
Stars: five.

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