I particularly enjoyed the previous book in this series, although I was less taken with the first book in the spin-off series, the main difference being the age of the protagonists. So, I was slightly cautious when I picked this latest book up to discover that the hero and heroine are once again at the lower end of the age range for most romances: he’s the best friend of the hero in the spin-off book, and she’s one of the young women taken in by the heroine of this series’ previous instalment. Nevertheless, I made sure that I gave the pair of them a fair chance.
Lately I’ve been a bit jaded and somewhat disappointed with some of my fail-safe authors whom I’ve read for a long time. So when this new series was announced, I was somewhat skeptical because it sounded a lot like “been there” “read that,” but when the book landed in my lap like a gift from the gods, I couldn’t resist reading it. I am glad to report that while there are similar stories from the author, these characters are fresh and new and they’ll quickly sweep you into their secrets and developing friendships with each other. I am so glad that I did not sit this one out waiting for the reviews to drive my direction.
I first started reading Patricia Briggs when she was writing traditional fantasy, but her first forays into urban fantasy with the Mercy Thompson books are some of my favorites. Now, several years later, I think I like the Alpha and Omega series even better. It does have the rare distinction of being about a rock-solid, established couple. It is a unique dynamic in urban fantasy, and indeed in many other genres. (There is the In Death series by J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts, but no others come immediately to my mind.) read more…
This is another of those novels I have trouble categorising. Technically it counts as contemporary romantic suspense, since it was written in my (adult) lifetime in a (then) contemporary setting, and features both suspenseful plotlines and a very gentle, slowly-simmering romance between the heroine and one of the men she meets in her new temporary home. On the other hand, the setting is far enough removed from the ultra-modern world for our heroine not to be saved or hindered by the presence of mobile phones, and the suspense is a lot more classically gothic than many 21st Century readers seem to expect. In contrast, I do love a well-executed gothic romance.
I have trouble saying no to “accidental pregnancy” plots. I guess because you get a romance and family package all in one go? I dunno. I just know that I’m a sucker. So I ate this up with a spoon. Luckily, it’s a smart and charming romance, so the meal was pleasant.
Sigh. I’m always very unhappy when I finish reading the newest Lorelei James book. I read too fast and it’s all over in a flash. And then I have to wait so long for the next one. But while I’m visiting with her characters, especially her cowboys, I have one rip-roarin’ time. There’s never a dull moment and plenty of sizzlin’, sexy moments that keep me turnin’ the pages well into the night.
If you like epic fantasy, then this book is definitely for you. The author reached out and grabbed my attention from page one and never let go. Princess Valoria is caught up in the difficult choice between love and duty, as a second attempt is made to join the house of Song with the kingdom of Ebonvale. I read spellbound as the three protagonists confront their fears and their pasts as they race against time on a quest that will help them take a stand against the evil that confronts the kingdom. I’m sad that I did not know this author before, but now that I do, I will definitely be reading more of her work.
Well, things have definitely changed since the time I mostly stuck with historical and paranormals and avoided contemporaries. I seem to have done a complete reversal on my thinking, since I almost feel that light-hearted contemporary romances seem to me more my style now. If you like small-town Americana where memories are long and every one knows everyone else’s business mixed in with a lot of drama, then this book is definitely right for you.
This is one of those series that I really liked with each new release, and then…well, I just got behind when it came to the last book. I kept saying I was going to get to it soon, and soon never seem to come. Until recently. Especially when I realized how long it actually took to get to soon. But doesn’t matter if I’d read it back when or now, I still love these Johnson brothers and the women who test and finally love them.
Stevie‘s review of All the Beautiful Brides (Graveyard Falls, Book 1) by Rita Herron
Romantic Suspense published by Montlake Romance 15 Sep 15
I keep seeking out new romantic suspense authors, because, while I love a good mystery, I’m very picky about what constitutes good as far as the other plot components go. In some respects I feel I’m not asking for much in wanting a heroine who can rescue herself and a hero who’s prepared to let her be independent except in situations where two people are very much required to work together in order to reach a solution. More generally, I also get irritated by events in the characters’ present or past that could have been solved long ago, if they’d only shared information instead of brooding about it and keeping quiet while others landed themselves deeper and deeper in a hole.