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- Print Length: 265 pages
- Publication Date: June 19, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00L5RSJS2
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved how Grace is a take charge kind of gal. What she says, goes. She is tough as nails but you can't help but fall in love with her.
I think my favorite part of the story was Chord's daughters first date. So funny! Granted though...I wouldn't let my 14 year old go on a date with a senior. But it still made for good reading.
I had a few LOL moments with this book and even a few "Oh no he didn't!" moments too.
It was great to see Clint and Summer show up in this one as well. I like when the characters from the first book cross over into the second. I like to keep up with those characters as well.
Next I want to read about Devon. He needs his HEA now. Love his mom too, she's a hoot!
Great story. Loved Grace and Chord.Chord has trust issues and Grace can't ask for help. They become friends first and it makes the romance all that much sweeter. Wonderful cast of characters.
In this the second book of The Lone Stars series, she continues to weave great stories around great characters: sassy, smart heroine; strong, sensitive hero; lovable kids; and a number of secondary characters that deserve their own stories.
An altogether superb and well-written book with witty banter, laugh-out-loud moments, and no misunderstandings that dragged on for far too long. Certainly one of the better books I have read this year, and my only disappointment was that it ended.
Many great books require you to suspend your disbelief. Because the writing is fantastic, the characters appealing, the plot compelling, a reader is willing to go on a literary ride with a talented author. It doesn't happen in this novel. Our hero, Chord, hires a woman he doesn't know to look after his out of control children. Her only references appear to be that she experienced a televised Nipple-gate a la Janet Jackson and that she can bake brownies. It turns out that Grace is a sexualized version of Mary Poppins. EVERYONE is kinder and better because she is around. The players come over for her food, the stick-up-his-butt football owner flies kites and stops wearing suits, and Grace is able to whip Chord's three children into shape within an hour. Let us not forget her going into the school to teach the amazingly inept principal how to deal with children. "Somehow she'd managed to sprinkle her Mary Poppins-ness beyond his house, to his team.
Chord is far from parent of the year. The author stresses how much he loves his three children, but his idea of parenting is nothing short of cringe-worthy. Imagine your fourteen year old daughter snuck out of the house to meet an older man she met on the internet and narrowly avoided a date rape situation. Would your response to her be: Did you learn a lesson? The parenting morphs from scary to silly. "How could he walk into the kitchen and discipline that perfect little human?"
You'd think Chord would thank his lucky stars that he finally has a nanny for his brood, but having the emotional maturity of a thirteen year old boy, he keeps staring at her breasts and imagining her naked. At one point he even says, "At the risk of a sexual harassment suit... and then follows this up many times with inappropriate, sexual commentary to someone under his employ. Okay, maybe they just can't resist each other.
If all of this seems reasonable to you, it gets worse. We have a St. Bernard who is afraid of water and wears a life jacket. I was willing to go along with even that, until we are treated with a ridiculous list of other fears (paper clips, turtles, clouds shaped like turtles, milk, lip gloss, purple, rhinestones, ad nauseum). I guess the world is divided into readers who think this is funny and others who think it is ludicrous. Included in the bad parenting column would be taking your eight year old twins on a ride to stalk your potential girlfriend. In the stupid column, would be that you had to check Google for how to tail a car.
You would also have to be willing to believe that a 14 year old girl could coach the starting defensive line of a Super Bowl winning team and improve on the drills the defensive line coach had planned. It's hard to find any part of the book where exaggeration doesn't loom large, including a bake off between three woman where am NFL ref is called in to judge whose coconut pie is best. Don't even ask about over thirty players coming over with weapons when the teenage daughter goes on a date. Fans of Dumb and Dumber will find this hilarious.
The author must not trust her readers' intelligence, because she drops clues the size of pianos about what the climax is going to involve.
Be prepared for insta-love that happens at warp speed. These two have barely spent a couple of weeks together, with three kids in the house, before thinking about their long-term future.
Assuming that you think of all this still has potential, you would want to read a book where the hero believes that the heroine is guilty of a major betrayal and makes a wild accusation. Oddly, thinking her capable of this act doesn't prevent him with having sex with her for the three days after he is convinced of her guilt. Knowing how little regard he has for her character, our heroine manages to toss off his accusations within hours in time for the happily ever after.
There are times, however, when I totally agreed with the characters.
Chord: "He trusted her with his kids, but not with his precious playbook. How screwed up was that?" My thoughts exactly.
"How that dog understood English was beyond Chord." Me too.
In reference to Chord's lack of faith in Grace: "If he could, he would punch himself in the face for even thinking it." Don't hold back on my account, Chord.
Grace in reference to Chord: "Your capacity for adolescent behavior is astounding." Truer words were never spoken.
There are a number of typos and issues with verb tense, but they pale in comparison to the bigger issues of this book.