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Hopeless
Hopeless
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than "Slammed", March 21, 2013
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I became a fan of Colleen Hoover's when I first read "Slammed." "Hopeless" exceeded my expectations. It's about two teens who have some serious issues. During the course of the book, they help each other heal. The love between Holden and Sky is breathtaking. Even though the events happen pretty quickly, they share an immediate bond which is completely believable. I was hooked in the first chapter/section, and I never could have expected where the author took the story. The ending leaves all the ends tied with a realistically happy ending (meaning, the reader will be satisfied but not due to an unlikely, cheesy, predictable conclusion).


Champagne Toast (Love of My Life Series Book 2)
Champagne Toast (Love of My Life Series Book 2)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Champagne Toast, February 7, 2013
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first one. There's too much angst. In the first book, Evan's still pining for his lost love, Kate. This book details their entire relationship, from their first meeting. I couldn't really enjoy the story of their budding romance, knowing it ended with a separation. The whole time, I was wondering when it would happen and if/when/how they'd get back together. The story is very emotional and well-written, but it was very hard for me to truly become absorbed in such a sad story. The ending is nice, but there's so much lost time that it just felt incredibly sad.


How Sweet It Is
How Sweet It Is
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute, Clean Romance, January 11, 2013
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Brad and Delphine meet overseas. Although they're both Californians, that's about the only thing they have in common. Brad's from a privileged family, a young man just out of college after a four-year-long surfing career. He's laid-back and carefree with an addiction to chocolate. Delphine lives with her bohemian parents in a bad neighborhood, where she works at a bakery. She assumes all responsibility for her parents, who are reckless with their money and health. She's worked for years to pay for this business trip to learn the ins-and-outs of chocolate so she can open her own candy business. When Brad meets Delphine, he impulsively kisses (and offends) her. He prays for God to let him see her again, and the rest of this story is about how God answers Brad's prayers.

This was a sweet story with a lot of heart. Delphine's such a loving character in the face of the problems her parents have caused. Brad takes on more responsibility to help Delphine get her business started and generally just be there for her. This is a great story of how romance should be.

At first, I didn't like Brad, because I thought it was ridiculous how much he loved chocolate. Also, I didn't really buy the "love at first sight" bit, but the real love story here takes time to develop, which redeemed that issue for me. The Christian aspects to this story were very artfully woven into the main story without ever being overbearing. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a clean romance.


No Return: A Contemporary Phantom Tale
No Return: A Contemporary Phantom Tale
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5.0 out of 5 stars For those who love the Phantom and happy endings, January 11, 2013
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I generally stay away from contemporary versions of classic tales, but I've always found the Phantom of the Opera to be a fascinating story. Christine Pope's contemporary tale drew me in from the very beginning, and I couldn't help but root for the mysterious Erik and the lovely Christine. There was plenty of conflict and romance, and the ending was perfect. (However, an epilogue would have been much appreciated!)

The Phantom in this story, Erik, is a wealthy man who's obsessed with the opera. He can relate to the Phantom in that he's also disfigured and as a result, lives in seclusion from the outside world. His money can buy every comfort, but he's extremely lonely. His interest in the Phantom of the Opera grows into an obsession with finding his soul mate, his own Christine.

His Christine is a poor college student/waitress who is barely making ends meet. She has no family and few friends, devoting most of her life to singing, working, and studying. Erik wants to "rescue" her from her dreadful life and give her every luxury imaginable, but he knows such a beautiful young woman would never give him a chance. His only hope, he believes, is to kidnap her.

In so doing, he almost ensures her hatred for him, but Christine is confused by her captor. He has provided a luxurious suite for her and treats her delicately, yet she is not allowed to leave. As the two come to know each other in the security of Erik's mansion, there are forces in the outside they are unaware of. Christine's boyfriend, Randall, has filed a missing persons report, and he and her best friend are unwilling to believe she has left her life willingly. As a detective comes closer and closer to finding Christine, she is left with a choice: does she want to be found anymore, or does she want to stay with her Phantom forever?

If you love the mystery and romance of the Phantom of the Opera, I'd recommend this book. Suspend reality for a while and enjoy this dark fairy tale.


Abby: Mail Order Bride (Unconventional Series Book 1)
Abby: Mail Order Bride (Unconventional Series Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic portrayal of time period..sad, but sweet, January 6, 2013
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Nothing's new under the sun, and that's certainly true with stories about mail-order brides and marriages of convenience. However, Verna Clay brings something unique to the table with the story of Abby, a 38-year-old school teacher who responds to an ad from a desperate widower in need of a mother for his three children. Abby spent her youth caring for her elderly parents, and now she is far past the marriage mart and desires a family of her own. She has nothing to lose, so she heads West to meet her new family. She encounters a handsome man much younger than she expected, a teenage son who is angry with her very presence, a ten-year-old girl who's had to take on far too much responsibility since her mother died, and a sweet baby boy who begins calling Abby "Mama" almost at once. However, times are hard, and Abby must deal with a family still holding on to their grief, a beautiful but jealous woman who wants to steal Abby's intended husband for herself, and a lesson about how harsh life in the Wild West could really be. And those elements--the older heroine, the reluctant family, and the harsh reality of life (I cannot explain further without giving spoilers)--set this book apart from scores of others in this genre. The result is an enjoyable, light read that will have you rooting for the likable, mature heroine.


COMING HOME - A Sweetly Sexy Contemporary Romance!
COMING HOME - A Sweetly Sexy Contemporary Romance!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, December 16, 2012
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I don't usually enjoy "secret child" plots, but this book really surprised me. There's an honest reason for the secret, and it's explained so well that both characters really had no other choice, given the events that transpired. However, once they meet again, sparks fly. They can't deny their feelings for each other and eventually stop trying to stay apart. The "big reveal" is delightfully suspenseful and emotional. My only complaint is that the HEA is rather abrupt, if a long time coming. There's a really nice epilogue, too! In short, it's an emotional read with a beautiful love story and LOTS of heat.


Heart's Desire
Heart's Desire
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart's Desire...a sweet, satisfying romance, December 16, 2012
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Don't let the short length fools you; this story is a very satisfying read. Callie and William have known each other since they were children. They fell in love as teenagers, but they both were too afraid to tell the other. William never acts on his love for Callie for two reasons: (1) he believes his position as a shopkeeper is too lowly for a duchess's sister, and (2) he believes there's no possible way Callie feels anything more than friendship for him.

Now adults in their twenties, Callie returns after a two-year absence. When she walks into William's store and invites him to dinner, William has no idea she's not leaving again without a kiss. This is where the story gets interesting, as we watch these two dance around each other, both frightened of admitting their true feelings. With a little help from a "deaf" aunt and a mystifying "magic mirror," a happily ever after is guaranteed.

If you love sweet friends-turned-lovers stories and happily-ever-afters, you'll love this story!


The Feather And The Rose (Birds of Prey)
The Feather And The Rose (Birds of Prey)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the rest of it?, November 28, 2012
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Phaeton's been locked in a tower, awaiting a doomed arranged marriage. Kestrel barges in during a rainstorm and hauls her out of her prison. During their journey toward safety, Phaeton learns an alarming secret about her rescuer. He has a dangerous vulnerability which could leave her alone and defenseless. Will she be able to protect the man who risked his life to save hers?

So it sounds like a fairy tale, right? Guess what's missing? The ending! I kid you not, I couldn't believe I'd actually reached the ending. I turned pages, went back to the table of contents to make sure there wasn't an error with the download, you name it. I just couldn't imagine any author leaving such an abrupt ending.

I know it's a very short story, but you can't just throw out some crazy curse in the plot without explaining it and then tying up all your loose ends. It just seemed really careless. I can't believe the list price for this unfinished (seemingly) work is $2.99. Are we being punked?


Love In The Falls - Sam & Camden (New Beginnings series Book 3)
Love In The Falls - Sam & Camden (New Beginnings series Book 3)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Read, November 16, 2012
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Camden's wealthy family expects her to marry Preston, a prestigious doctor who dreams of eventually entering politics. He's intelligent and handsome, but Camden has doubts. A doctor herself, Camden's taking a year off to decide on which area of medicine to focus. On a short trip with her best friend, Camden's world is turned upside-down. She meets Sam Steele, a handsome and rugged man who owns a large farm, when he has an accident and needs her help. Staying to help him could mean the end of her engagement to Preston and her parents' dreams for her, but she can't deny the appeal of this man who desperately needs her.

This was such a sweet love story, and a bit of a change from most romances I've read. Sam has a medical emergency, and Camden stays to help him recover. But then she finds herself wondering what it would be like to work in the small-town hospital or what being loved by such a man might be like. I loved the flirtatious interactions between Sam and Camden; you could feel the tension leaping off the pages.


Chilled (Bone Secrets Series, Book 2)
Chilled (Bone Secrets Series, Book 2)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Chilled (Bone Secrets #2), November 14, 2012
Hidden (the first Bone Secrets book) held my interest and left me wanting more. Chilled fell short of the mark and as a result, I will probably not read more of the series.

Chilled gets a lot of things right. The setting is described in wonderful detail. The serial killer is about as deranged and twisted as a man can be. In fact, the passges from his point of view were my favorites. However, there are things that should have been better. Although the team members all have their own personalities, they don't jump off the page very well. I finished the book without feeling I really knew or liked any of them.

As for the romance in this romantic suspense, it was sorely lacking. The two characters hardly know each other throughout the whole book and just "hook up" at the conclusion. It didn't add anything to the story. It's really more of an account of Alex dealing with his own personal demons through his psychotic drive to kill a murderer.


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