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- File Size : 1356 KB
- Publication Date : October 25, 2016
- Print Length : 213 pages
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Fog City Publishing, LLC (October 25, 2016)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01LOV6IPY
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,545 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I first encountered this series in one of the authors’ newsletters and was immediately intrigued and ordered the entire series right then. It is available on Kindle Unlimited and can be read with your subscription but as my Unlimited was full at the time, I purchased the whole set. Something I rarely do! However, I was anxious to have this set for my vacation.
Two things attracted me to this series. First, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers has to be one of my all- time favorite musicals. My millennial uber-feminist daughter just can’t see the romance in being snowed in on a mountain with 7 men who pretty much kidnapped you in order to “trap” you into marriage! But having been snowed in with her very sexy mountain man father, I can see how love can blossom in some not so great circumstances. I couldn’t resist seeing how these authors handled 7 ultra-independent billionaire brothers finding their true loves in some less than perfect situations.
The second factor that I found interesting was the idea of seven authors collaborating on one series. This is not an anthology of these romance writers novellas or short stories. This is a collaboration where these authors with different writing styles, characterization and romance genres (contemporary, suspense, chick lit etc.) agreed to a specific plot line , characters and how settings, personalities were all going to fit together. I have had personal experience with collaborating with other authors on a novel and the result was less than satisfactory. Of course, I was a young Honors English student and the collaboration was on a school assignment, so my income and career were not at stake. Still it requires a lot of time, interaction and communication between authors. In order to get the plot to be consistent, the interactions between different characters (the one you are responsible for and the others your fellow authors are writing about)to flow seamlessly and the timing between chapters correct can take months of meetings, conference calls, endless sleepless nights and a few strained friendships to get it right. These ladies not only did that flawlessly, they have gone on to collaborate again in 7 Brides for 7 soldiers. And if you can believe their newsletters, they still admire each other and are willing to continue to work together! My own experience with collaboration left me traumatized and afraid to write for years!
The novels are complete with no cliffhangers and thus could be read as stand- alone. I think it is best if you read the series in order starting with book 1 Luke by Barbara Freethy and ending with Finn by JoAnn Ross. Each of the 7 Brannigan Brothers has his own personality, lifestyle and own brand of sexy manhood. Yet, they all share love for their siblings and a brokenness from an early family tragedy. As I said the flawless consistency in the interactions between the brothers from book to book as well as a smooth timeline that is adhered to by each author is amazing. There is more than enough steamy romance in each book without overwhelming the storyline. Each brother comes to terms with his roadblocks to love in a different way and a different setting from Yosemite to Italy. I can see how this allowed each writers’ special style to be showcased. The descriptions of the settings made the books come to life for me and made me feel like I was experiencing the scene with the characters.
Being able to get lost in a book, leaving my own fears, problems and insecurities behind even for an hour or so a day was heavenly. That feeling of timelessness, escape from reality, is to me a mark of great romantic fiction. The authors of 7 Brides for 7 Brothers achieve that in this series!
So when his billionaire father Colin Brannigan dies unexpectedly, Luke is shocked to receive title to the mountain lodge where his parents first met. Luke and his father had been estranged for a few years so he has no idea why his father left him this lodge. But once he goes to visit the lodge he learns that his former college girlfriend, Lizzie Parker, is the manager there. Then things start to make since as to why his father left him this lodge.
Luke and Lizzie have an emotional and heartbreaking past they left a lot of pain and bad feelings. But once they see each other again and begin to rekindle old feelings is there any hope of a future for them?
Top reviews from other countries
Book 1 : LUKE by Barbara Freethy
Meet handsome Luke Brannigan. Luke has always lived for the adrenaline rush. The adrenaline rush which makes Luke's job as a filmmaker of extreme sporting adventures the most perfect career choice. Luke loves to travel all around the world, which involves risking life and limb to capture some of the most amazing shots. Some people might say Luke's running away from something, or someone.
Sadly Luke's billionaire father Colin Brannigan dies very unexpectedly. Luke is totally shocked to receive a title to the mountain lodge, where his parents first met. After Luke has been estranged from his father for many years. Luke's got no idea why his dad picked him to inherit this very personal piece of property. Well that's until Luke realizes that the reason that he's been left the property is because of a certain pretty blonde manager is Lizzie Parker. Lizzie is Luke's former college girlfriend.
Luke and Lizzie now have an emotional and heartbreaking past, can they get past that or will they just walk away again from each other? Can Luke and Lizzie make a future? Will This will be a test of Luke's resistance and possibly his greatest adventure yet
I couldn't connect with her writing style, I found it patchy, disjointed and hard to follow. The dialogue between characters was flat.
For the opening book of a multi author series I'd have expected way better. Seven Brothers, the death of their father and Luke is up first with his "inheritance" it's a second chance story, his childhood sweetheart, Lizzie coming back into his life. I felt no actually chemistry jump out at me. I loved Luke but Lizzie was just to flat for my liking.
If I hadn't have already bought the next two books I would have abandoned this.