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"Kitchens of the Great Midwest" by J. Ryan Stradal
Check out this summer's most hotly-anticipated debut, about a once-in-a-generation palate and the iconic chef behind the country's most coveted dinner reservation.
Romance Writers of America RITA® Award Winner Beth Andrews' big dream came true when she sold her first book to Harlequin Superromance. Beth and her two teenage daughters outnumber...oops...live with her husband in Northwestern Pennsylvania. When not writing, Beth can be found texting her son at college, video-chatting with her son at college or, her son's favorite, sending him money. Learn more about Beth and her books by visiting her website, www.BethAndrews.net.
Brady Sheppard is certain that he's hit rock bottom. His tour in Afghanistan left him with a shattered leg and nightmares about the explosion that nearly took his life. The love of his life, Liz Montgomery, has married another man. He copes with the pain by staying drunk as much as possible and avoiding the people that care about him. But Brady hasn't quite hit bottom - yet. No, that happens when, drunk (as usual), he sleeps with Liz's younger sister, Jane, and Jane gets pregnant.
For possibly the first time ever, Jane ("JC") finds herself in a situation that her family can't bail her out of. In a monumental display of poor judgment, she had sex one time with her sister's ex and now she's pregnant with his child. At 26 she doesn't feel ready for motherhood, doesn't see how she'll be able to support herself and a child. Brady has made it clear that the only thing he can offer is financial support; he doesn't plan on sticking around to be a part of the baby's life. Jane loves Brady, but he can't let go of the past, can't envision a future that doesn't include loving Liz.
If you're looking for a cute, Christmas themed romance...this isn't it. It does take place during the holidays, but there's nothing light or cute about this story. These characters are refreshingly imperfect. They are human and flawed and make a mess of things. They act like real people, don't always make the right choices or have honorable motives. My kind of book - I loved it!
Yes, Brady does act like a jerk for the first half of the book, but then his conscience kicks in and he tries to pull his act together. The author does a phenomenal job of portraying him as a three dimensional character.Read more ›
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Former Marine, Brady Sheppard, received a "Dear John" letter from his fiancée, Liz Montgomery, twelve months before while stationed overseas. Wallowing in self-pity and not exactly sober, injured Brady crashes Liz's wedding because he believes this will make it more of a reality for him. Brady had his life mapped out, but things and events changed and none of his plans bared fruit. Brady feels he isn't in control of his current life. He doesn't like the way he feels that he is just along for the ride as though he hasn't made any choices in his life.
Jane Cleo "J.C." Montgomery doesn't hesitate to help get the drunken Brady to leave her sister's wedding and go home. One thing leads to another and she is soon wrapped up in her crushes' arms feeling that her world is about to explode with passion. Instead she is devastated to discover that her life has just imploded and it all began with Brady calling out Liz's name at the pinnacle of climax! Will J.C. grow up and realize that she can't continue to live her life cutting and running before seeing things through? Will Brady be able to redeem himself from the devastating effects of his faux pas?
A Marine for Christmas is a story with hidden facets and endearing characters. It's a story that you have to search for the sweetness in because it's there layered amongst the angst! It's just not manifested and in your face. A Marine for Christmas is full of characters that appear to be more human with their emotions. They are full of messiness and imperfections. The characters have to struggle to find their right paths and, when they are diverted, they have to learn to pick up their pieces and carry on.
In A Marine for Christmas, Brady seems mean towards J.C.Read more ›
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The other two reviewers rated this book at 5 stars. Ummm...did we read the same book? Yes, Brady suffered with post traumatic stress but his character was heinous. He made love to Jane and called out her sisters name and then he was totally mean and obnoxious to her throughout the entire story. Jane's own sister was even obnoxious when she reported that Brady wouldn't love anyone but her...even though she set him a "Dear John" letter while he was deloyed and married someone else. Weak heroine. Obnoxious hero. Painful story...in which I did a lot of skipping on.
This was a well written story. The plot development was well done and the characters were all very human. I liked that the characters all had issues to resolve and that they were all good people that just made some mistakes.
I just couldn't buy the HEA. The entire book the H repeatedly uses and hurts the h, rejects the h and their baby in a very cold, cruel manner and we only get two paragraphs of the H saying he changed his mind he'll take the h and HEA. How in the world can anyone be ok with that after all the things that he did and say to the h? It was absolutely the h fault for the choices that she makes in the story. There really is no romance in this book. There is constant rejection and in the end the H resigning himself with the h because he could not have the woman that he truly loved. The readers never see the H ever really prove his love for the h or for the baby. He never had to fight for it, apologize for his behavior or grovel for forgiveness at his callous treatment of the h. The h admitted to being happy with being with the H even if she was not the one that he wanted. I guess in a way the h got what she wanted when she said, "you don't even have to love me back". I'm sorry but that to me rings of desperation not romance. After the way the H treated her the entire book I just can't believe a complete reversal in two paragraphs. I didn't even read the epilogue in the book I just went to get my money back. I paid for a romance book and this book had none, certainly NOT a "Super Romance".
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