Archive | December 7, 2013

Turn and Burn (Blacktop Cowboys). Lorelei James.

Turn and Burn (Blacktop Cowboys)


Turn and Burn (Blacktop Cowboys). Lorelei James.
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews.
I love romance with a sensual spicy edge and Lorelei does that so well. Of course as a horse lover/rider I enjoy ones set in an equine scene too so this book is a double whammy for me.
Tanna is a great lead, having been injured while riding also I understand her fear of getting back on – or even getting close to a horse. I was never in her league being a happy hacker rather than competition orientated, but the clammy, choking, paralysing fear is the same whatever and Lorelei writes that so well – I felt the fear with Tanna. I like books that tell the story through dialogue, have characters that feel real and allow me to feel “in” the scene, and here I could envisage so clearly what was happening. Hot ans sexy Vet Fletch was a fabulous character too – that man certainly has a way with words – and actions!
I really enjoyed this story, loved meeting all the characters and they were a great mix esp the “older” ladies. That scene where Fletch has to PTS the elderly dog of one of them had me really choked. For many of us pets are family and we grieve for them just the same. I loved the people, enjoyed the world setting created – as a UK resident the rodeo/barrel racing world is one I can only imagine but Lorelei brings it alive. The book was a great read, kept me glued until the end, and the sex scenes were scorching and sensual. I’ve only one tiny criticism – and being a real drama lover in my romance it is a personal one that most readers won’t worry about – and that’s the highs were terrific, and the lows where Tanna is struggling with her career and current phobia were perfect, but when it came to a relationship low between her and Fletch I didn’t really feel it – I like to have a sad part where I can wallow, and although I felt there were things they needed to overcome they weren’t really deep enough to make me feel moved to tears. Sucker that I am I enjoy the downs as they make the highs so much sweeter.
Anyway – a great read, at £5.17 for 342 pages.
Stars: four and a half, just that bit more 😦 and I’d have gone five.
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Fifty Million Reasons. Heather Wardell.

Fifty Million Reasons (Toronto Series)



Fifty Million Reasons. Heather Wardell.
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews.
I’ve read three of Heathers books now and loved them all. I love romance that has that bit extra, that makes me think about characters and their problems, that seems real and that has lots of emotion, where characters go through ups and downs in their relationships. Once again this book delivers all that.
Who hasn’t planned what they’d do if they one the lottery? I know I have, its what I often think of on those nights when sleep eludes me. Well, the lead character here, Angela, has also done that, but when she wins fifty million dollars she finds its not the simple happy task she thought it would be.
Angela’s a great lead, compassionate and caring, she has developed a little habit of doing a good deed when she can, so things like secretly paying for the burger for the next person in the drive-in are routine to her. She gets pleasure from thinking she may just have brightened someone’s day. Then she wins the lottery and its like all hell breaks lose. At the shop where she checks her numbers complete strangers demand she at least pays for their shopping, she’s subject to harassment wherever she goes, by crowds of people all wanting either direct cash or funding for something and the junk mail, her phone literally never stops ringing or telling her she’s a text…..then to top it her ex from years past – the days when she thought he was The One and she’d be happily married and with a family by now – shows up demanding a share. Even her relatives are making her life a misery. She’s always vowed money wouldn’t change her – and she tries hard to stay the same, but gradually it all seeps at her and she’s really down at times.
I loved Angela, such a kind and caring person and my plans run along hers – so if ever I do win I’ll think of her…anyway she’s good friends with divorcee John who lives with his young son Zack in the apartment above hers. She often sits with Zack while John’s working, they share takeaways and Call of Duty etc. matches, and they look after her precious bonsai while she’s travelling for her job. John – such a great guy, but then we learn he has problems too. As do some of her closest friends – with all that money she could wipe out their financial woes and bring happiness, but its not that easy. They worry it will change their friendship and they value that first. That’s so true – how relationships can change if one feels they “owe” the other, and I understood the problems from both sides. The family though – that was a real shocker and yet when we read how Wills cause such family stress I don’t think it should have been such a surprise to me 🙂 she was surprised at herself and unhappy when she started to find it hard to give away cash….I guess when you’ve that security there seeing the 000’s is a kind of warmth and knowledge you’ll not have to go back to scrimping.
What I really love about HW novels are they are full of story, not just the sweet man meets woman and they live Hea but more, people that have other things and problems going on, that we see the psychology behind their actions and understand them on a deeper level. Each of the three I’ve read have been very different, and yet all three have a story that takes basic human nature and shows how it can vary according to external influences. That its not just the person, but the circumstances that so often shape behaviour. I love that sort of thing. Of course they all have a beautiful romance too, and not necessarily ending with the person who seemed perfect at first. She lets her leads have flaws, make mistakes and they learn from them and find true romance through it. Priced at £3.14for 316 pages its excellent value, and will join my keepers file for re reading.
Stars: Well written of course, with lots in the story that got me thinking…five of course 🙂
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