Romance Review: Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery

Chasing Perfect (Fool's Gold, #1)

Welcome to Fool’s Gold, California, a charming community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. There’s lots to do and plenty of people to meet, especially women. Because there’s just one tiny problem in Fool’s Gold: the men don’t seem to stick around. Maybe it’s the lure of big-city life, or maybe it’s plain old bad luck, but regardless of the reason, the problem has to be fixed, fast. And Charity Jones may be just the city planner to do it.Charity’s nomadic childhood has left her itching to settle down, and she immediately falls in love with all the storybook town has to offer—everything, that is, except its sexiest and most famous resident, former world-class cyclist Josh Golden. With her long list of romantic disasters, she’s not about to take a chance on another bad boy, even if everyone else thinks he’s perfect just the way he is. But maybe that’s just what he needs—someone who knows the value of his flaws. Someone who knows that he’s just chasing perfect.
Title: Chasing Perfect
Author: Susan Mallery
Series: Fools Gold
Publisher: HQN
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373774524
Genre: Romance
Release date: April 27th 2010
Number of pages: 376
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I have this series on the TBR for so long and have no idea why I keep postponing. I love romances and Susan Mallery makes the best of them, but Fool Gold has some books released that I was a little lazy to start. Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with the book or anything it was just me and starting a new series dilemma.
Onto the best part we have a town with fewer males every year and a population very small. But it’s such a quaint little town in the mountains with great outdoors activity and some very nice weather. So what’s wrong, right? Nothing just better opportunities elsewhere, but the town great guy is back to stay and try to settle down after his career came to an end. Josh is everything good and he’s hiding his secrets and his fear, but he’s such a nice guy that it’s a little difficult to find bad things about him to say.
The girl was actually the mayor granddaughter and came to town after getting a job offer. You see she never knew her mother had left this town and it’s was quite a surprise to discover this little gem, but Charity made such a nice couple with Josh. They are truly meant to be because we can see friendship and love more than anything else. I liked this first book and it was nice meeting everyone, but my hopes are high for the rest of the series.

Series in Order

#1 – Chasing Perfect
#2 – Almost Perfect
#2.5 – Sister of the Bride #3 – Finding Perfect
#4 – Only Mine
#5 – Only Yours
#6 – Only His
#6.1 – Only Us
#6.2 – Almost Summer
#7 – Summer Days
#8 – Summer Nights
#9 – All Summer Long
#10 – A Fool Gold’s Christmas
#10.5 – Halfway There
#11 – Just One Kiss
#12 – Two Of a Kind
#13 – Three Little Words
#13.5 – Christmas on 4th Street

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Mystery Review: Portrait in Death by JD Robb

Portrait in Death (In Death, #16)

After a tip from a reporter, Eve Dallas finds the body of a young woman in a Delancey Street dumpster. Just hours before, the news station had mysteriously received a portfolio of professional portraits of the woman. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career. Except that she wasn’t a model. And that these photos were taken after she had been murdered. Now Dallas is on the trail of a killer who’s a perfectionist and an artist. He carefully observes and records his victim’s every move. And he has a mission: to own every beautiful young woman’s innocence, to capture her youth and vitality – in one fateful shot…
Title: Portrait in Death
Author: JD Robb
Series: In Death
Publisher:  Brilliance Audio
Format: audiobook
ISBN: 142331753X
Genre: Mystery
Release date: November 1st 2007
Number of pages: An unabridged production (11 hours, 33 minutes).

 
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This book was a little more emotional than the previous because we can finally see more of Roarke past and he discovered a few stories about his mother and how bad his father actually was, but I liked him finding hew things and for the first time looking for his family, it was really nice and touching, but the way he acted with Eve was really bad, because he’s always in her face to say something about her dreams, but when he has something bothering he just lash out.
 
I liked the investigation and how seeing how much Peabody has grow in her investigative skill. We can see this is a difficult case, but Eve is handling everything by the book. Plus deaths of young adults is always really difficult. But I liked the directions this book decided to lead us. Another great thing is seeing Eve trying to understand her relationship with Nadine. She’s never sure what to do or say behind cameras.
 

Series in Order:

#1 – Naked in death
#2 – Glory in death
#3 – Immortal in death
#4 – Rapture in death
#5 – Ceremony in death
#6 – Vengeance in death
#7 – Holiday in death

#7.5 – Midnight in death
#8 – Conspiracy in death
#9 – Loyalty in death

#10 – Witness in death
#11 – Judgment in death

#12 – Betrayal in death
#12.5 – Interlude in death
#13 – Seduction in death
#14 – Reunion in death
#15 – Purity in death
#16 – Portrait in death
#17 – Imitation in death
#17.5 – Big Jack
#18 – Divided in death
#19 – Visions in death
#20 – Survivor in death
#21 – Origin in death
#22 – Memory in death
#22.5 – Haunted in death
#23 – Born in death
#24 – Innocent in death
#24.5 – Eternity in death
#25 – Creation in death
#26 – Strangers in death
#27 – Salvation in death
#27.5 – Ritual in death
#28 – Promises in death
#29 – Kindred in death
#29.5 – Missing in death
#30 – Fantasy in death
#31 – Indulgence in death
#31.5 – Possession in death
#32 – Treachery in death
#33 – New York to Dallas
#33.5 – Chaos in death
#34 – Celebrity in death
#35 – Delusion in death
#36 – Calculated in death
#37 – Thankless in death (Expected publication: September 2013)
#37.5 – Mirror, Mirror (Expected publication: September 24th 2013)

Romance Review: When We Touch by Brenda Novak

When We Touch (Whiskey Creek)

You’re invited to a wedding in Whiskey Creek, Heart of the Gold Country
Unfortunately, it’s the wrong wedding. Olivia Arnold is arranging the festivities—and it’s the hardest thing she’s ever done. Because she should be marrying Kyle Houseman. They were together for more than a year…. But her jealous sister, Noelle, stole him away—and now she’s pregnant.
All their friends in Whiskey Creek know as well as Olivia does that Kyle’s making a mistake. His stepbrother, Brandon, knows it, too. But Kyle’s determined to go through with it, for his child’s sake.
Olivia’s devastated, but surprisingly Brandon—the black sheep of the family–is there to provide comfort and consolation. The intensity between them, both physical and emotional, shows Olivia that maybe Kyle wasn’t the right man for her….
But is Brandon?

Title: When We Touch
Author: Brenda Novak
Series: Whiskey Creek
Publisher:  Harlequin
Format: free ebook from Amazon
ISBN: B008JI9EHU
Genre: Romance
Release date: August 1st 2012
Number of pages: 102

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This was actually a longer novella, from my standards, but I read after the first book, because it’s usually better to understand the town and the people with a longer book. So I already knew the characters and it was nice meeting them again, but this one it’s set before book one.
 
Olivia was such a nice girl, and she deserves a better family, because everyone treats her so bad and believe she’s just jealous half the time, plus she has to do everything for her spoiled sister. When you take a look in the reason she is back in town it’s extremely wrong the way her mother and sister treats her, but she actually got better with this dose of reality and Brandon was a great change for her.
 
She needed a change and Brandon was perfect with his bad boy attitude, but full of good intentions. The wedding weekend was a nightmare, but Olivia learned to trust herself and survived just fine with a new love.

Series in Order

#0.5 – When We Touch
#1 – When Lightning Strikes

#2 – When Snow Falls
#3 – When Summer Comes
#4 – Home to Whiskey Creek
#5 – Take Me Home for Christmas (Expected publication: October 29th 2013)

Top Off Tuesday #65

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What better way than to top off a good book than with a GREAT Cover!

Amanda from On a Book Bender, Christi from Smitten with Reading, and Felicia from Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog want to see the covers that made you swoon!  Feel free to play along and show us your favorite covers. Button made by Missie.

New Year and I decided to continue with my harlequin books. I think they deserve to be exposed, now look if those abs could ever be hidden.

Pleasure Rush

In Hawaii for her birthday, Manhattan restaurateur Deirdre Smallwood has one mission to accomplish. She’s going to shed her humdrum image and do something totally out of character: seduce Thelonius Stokes, the gorgeous ex-linebacker for the New York Sabers.
Theo is shocked by the sensual, uninhibited lover warming his bed. The pro-footballer-turned-TV-sports-analyst had Deirdre pegged for a girl-next-door type of woman. But she’s making his blood run hot and giving him a rush of pleasure he’s never felt before. This time around, Theo vows to score a touchdown on the only playing field that counts: the arena of love.

Romance Review: When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak

When Lightning Strikes (Whiskey Creek, #1)

Simon O’Neal’s causing trouble again. And it’s up to Gail DeMarco to stop him.Gail DeMarco left Whiskey Creek, California, to make a name for herself in Los Angeles. Her PR firm has accumulated a roster of A-list clients, including the biggest box office hit of all—sexy and unpredictable Simon O’Neal. But Simon, who’s just been through a turbulent divorce, is so busy self-destructing he won’t listen to anything she says. She drops him from her list—and he retaliates by taking the rest of her clients with him.
Desperate to save her company, Gail has to humble herself by making a deal with Simon. The one thing he wants is custody of his son, but that’s going to require a whole new image. He needs to marry some squeaky-clean girl who’ll drag him off to some small, obscure place like Whiskey Creek….
Gail’s the only one he can trust. She agrees to become his wife—reluctantly. But she isn’t reluctant because he’s too hard to like. It’s because he’s too hard not to love!

Title: When Lightning Strikes
Author: Brenda Novak
Series: Whiskey Creek
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA
Format: eBook from NetGalley
ISBN: 0778313514
Genre: Romance
Release date: August 28th 2012
Number of pages: 448
 

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I had this book on my TBR for a very long time, but never actually read mostly because of the number of pages and you can see it’s actually huge, but this month I had a plan to read some NetGalley gems and this series was a must.
 
But I have to say it was even better than what I hoped for and I dived into this story, not even the pages keep me away. I loved Gail and Simon for very different reasons. He’s trying to be bad, but at the heart we can clearly see he’s just hurt. And Gail it’s such a good person, but also have some dark spots on her life.
 
These two as a couple was perfect, because we can see the connection since the start. Gail is public relations and they were supposed to get married for only two years, enough time to get the media off his back and believing he changed and became the good guy, all this because he wanted some visitation rights with his kid from a previous marriage, but everything turned better than I even expected because Gail is such a nice girl, but she can put a guy to his place without a problem.
 
There’s all the right thing in this story. Little town, friends meddling and a perfect couple with some issues from the past. loved this book and will dive into the rest of the series ASAP.

Series in Order

#0.5 – When We Touch
#1 – When Lightning Strikes
#2 – When Snow Falls
#3 – When Summer Comes
#4 – Home to Whiskey Creek
#5 – Take Me Home for Christmas (Expected publication: October 29th 2013)

Young Adult Review: Fall of Night by Rachel Caine

Fall of Night (The Morganville Vampires, #14)

Claire never thought she’d leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can’t pass up the opportunity. Saying good-bye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane.
Her new life at MIT is scary and exciting, but Morganville is never really far from Claire’s mind. Enrolled in a special advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native, Claire is able to work on her machine, which is designed to cancel the mental abilities of vampires.
But when she begins testing her machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she’ll ever make…

Title: Fall of Night
Author:  Rachel Caine
Series: Morganville Vampires
Publisher:  New American Library
Format: ebook
ISBN: 045141425X
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: May 7th 2013
Number of pages: 352

 
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I love this series and already thinking about saying goodbye is really sad, but Claire must face reality some day and I believe the vampires need to learn how to live alongside the humans and not just bossing them around.
 
I got the feeling this book was a little different than what I expected, but after the draug everything is strange in Morganville and now we also have Claire finally going to MIT. I never really thought this would happen but it was a nice change of scene, plus I think she need a time for herself and put her feelings in perspective.
 
Of course trouble found her and vampires were involved, but the best part for me about this book was the friendship. We can see Myrnin missing her and going to save Claire is the best part of them all. Oliver is back and the rest of the gang are also going to show up.
 
I liked the different town and the change some characters showed, Claire is missing Morganville and her friends, but she discovered that in town she already knew the danger and facing enemies know is way better.
 
I liked this book, it wasn’t my favorite in this series, but a nice change and a very dramatic ending. Can’t wait for the finale.

Series in Order

#1 – Glass Houses
#2 – The Dead’s Girl Dance
#2.6 – Grudge

#3 – Midnight Alley

#4 – Feast of Fools
#4.5 – Dead Man Stalking

#5 – Lord of Misrule

#6 – Carpe Corpus

#7 – Fade Out

#8 – Kiss of Death

#9 – Ghost Town

#10 – Bite Club

#10.5 – Anger Management
#11 – Last Breath
#12 – Black Dawn
#13 – Bitter Blood
#14 – Fall of Night 
#15 – Daylighters (Expected publication: November 5th 2013)