Archive | October 19, 2014

Nice Girl to Love: Trilogy Boxed Set, #1 Resisting, #2 Falling, #3 Choosing (The CAN’T RESIST Series) Violet Duke

Nice Girl to Love: Trilogy Boxed Set (#1 Resisting, #2 Falling, #3 Choosing) (CAN'T RESIST)


Nice Girl to Love: Trilogy Boxed Set, #1 Resisting, #2 Falling, #3 Choosing (The CAN’T RESIST Series) Violet Duke
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Contemporary romance
This is the way I love to read a trilogy, where all the books are out and I can read through back to back without waiting for more. I hate waiting months – years even – for the next part of a book, I find I just lose the impetus of the story so this was a perfect read in that sense for me.
I liked Abby – who couldn’t, she’s one of those genuinely nice people, who help others just because they can and don’t have a malicious side to them. Abby has a good girl front, but in her past there’s a dark side that still shadows her actions. She’s known Brian for years and helped him with Skylar while his wife was ill, and after she died. she’s been a solid support. Brian – he seems the nice guy too, and perhaps a perfect match for Abby. He was certainly a loyal husband and a wonderful dad, with Skylar being his priority. Connor is described as the “bad boy” type and yet…to me he didn’t seem that way. He’s a playboy but he’s honest, upfront with what he expects and doesn’t lead ladies on to think he’ll change. Everyone knows after one month that’s it – that’s the way he is and while I’d find that hard to take I admire his honesty about it.
When we get to know all of them better we see more, we learn about Abby’s past, can see much of why Brian is so independent, and that Connor isn’t as black as he’s painted. In fact he gave up a lot to help Brian when Beth was pregnant and has been a huge support to him since.
So, Abby starts with one month with Connor, falls in love and then the month is up. Connor though has shocked himself, he doesn’t want this to be the end but…Brian seems to have finally recognised what’s under his nose and he wants a shot at winning Abby’s love. Connor agrees to step back and let Brian try to win Abby’s heart, even though he loves her himself. That’s where for me Brian falls down – he Knows Abby is in love with Connor, he Knows Connor loves Abby, he Knows she’s distraught at his dropping contact and yet – he wants her for himself never thinking of what either Abby or his brother want. To me that’s quite selfish, if he genuinely felt for Abby surely he’d be honest, and let her go the way her heart wants. Why only now does he want her when she’s been there for years, it’s as if he only noticed her once Connor did.
After dating him for one month, and learning some surprises Abby is stuck, both brothers want her but how can she choose. To me its the one that makes her heart spin, Connor, but being Abby she can’t bear to hurt Brian, he doesn’t affect her heart the way Connor does, but that long friendship they have is confusing her, Brian’s presenting himself differently, and he’s a man she is attracted to – is it enough though? Of course there’s also the fact that if she chooses him Connor will be hurt. They all make an agreement that personally I think is weird….but that’s fiction Winking smile
There’s some heat here, some really sad events, and some humour too. I’d have liked more of Connor’s jealous exes – just because I love that bitch snark that comes out. Skylar was a gem and I was really sad for her in parts, she deserved so much after losing her mum but life is unfair. I can see where she wanted Abby and her dad to be together, a young teen would hope for that once the option is presented. She’d have been happy if Abby and Connor were together before Brian made a play, once that was done though her views were inevitable – a new mum who loves her and she knows, respects and loves, or an new aunt. Well, look at it from her side and its an easy choice. Its not hers to make though, but whatever happens she’s affected closely.
Its a good series, not heart stopping dramatic, though there are moments that are breath holding, and overall its a trilogy I enjoyed but not one I’d re read. I don’t have the same criticism of Connor as other reviewers have – to me he was honest and upfront, and I’d rather that than a sleaze who leads people to think there’s more, then drops them. His views were practically considered and he did it to stop anyone getting hurt – or at least try…Abby sleeping with both was a bit …strange. I think she’d have felt more uncomfortable about it than we’re told. There’s nothing actually wrong in it – just that the side of her we’re given I wouldn’t have expected her to do that.
Stars: three and a half. Better than just Good, but not a Great book. Its well written and everything adds up neatly its just emotionally it didn’t get me deeply and I want that from my romances.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

The Demon Count Novels, Anne Stuart


The Demon Count Novels, Anne Stuart
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Historical Romance.
These two stories were fun to read, they reminded me of the books I’d read as a teen, Victoria Holt, Jean Plaidy etc.. a bit of romance, a bit of mystery and lots of local colour. I loved the Venetian setting, I felt I was there, back in time among the old buildings and canals. I’ve seen comments that question whether a young lady could/would travel alone in that time. For me I’m not too worried about the reality of facts like that so long as they lead to a fun story, and it does. I like Carlotta ( so much nicer that Charlotte, more romance about it) and the way she was just too inquisitive for her own good. Luc, well he was a real man of mystery and it doesn’t take too many guesses to work out where he stands, but Carlotta is taken in by the rumours, is he the murderer, is he a vampire, is he an enemy to England…and for an impressionable and inquisitive young lady its a puzzle she can’t let pass. I loved Patrick the cat, even wondered whether he was more than he seemed Winking smile at times.
The second story didn’t quite grab me the same way, it was fun and felt similar to the first in that it was reminiscent of past novels but the story itself didn’t quite fit with me. I think its the characters, in the first book I was really into them – they seemed very clear cut and maybe I got spoiled a bit – perhaps some distance before I read book two would have been better. I really wanted more Luc and Carlotta not the next generation, I wasn’t ready to leave them.
Stars: three and a half. They were fun to read but no something I’d re read.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
Edit: After reading the books and writing my review I noticed these were originally published in 1980. That accounts for why they felt so reminiscent of books I read back then….but tastes change, and they do feel a little dated compared to todays market. Still, a gentle romance with some history and colour colour added and they were fun and easy read.

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