Review: Rachel Gibson – Rescue Me


Rescue Me: Vince Haven Sadie Joe Hollowell


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Summary:

From Goodreads.com
She’s 33, unmarried, and stuffed into a Bubble Yum pink bridesmaid dress. And the whole town wants to fix her up with anyone with a dental plan… Who’s going to rescue Sadie Hollowell now? Everyone in Lovett, Texas knows Sadie has always been a ‘notional’ kind of gal. She got a notion to leave town asap , and never visit her daddy (bless his heart). Now, she’s back and got the notion to invite a good-looking, hard-muscled, total stranger to her cousin’s wedding. Better a stranger than some of the losers she’s dated. Vince Haven got his muscles the hard way—as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan. He’s staying in Lovett to visit his crazy aunt—the proprietor of the local Gas N Go. Before he can get the heck back out of the small town, his aunt makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Maybe he’ll stick around Lovett for a while. Maybe he’ll make a ‘go’ of the Gas N Go. Maybe he’ll rescue Sadie out of that pink dress!

Review:
What a great Rachel Gibson read! Reminiscent of Gibson books from the past we are returning to the fictional town of Lovett, Texas where Daisy’s Back in Town takes place. From the very first pages you just feel like you are wrapped in the warm arms of a Rachel Gibson novel and welcomed home. For long time fans of Rachel Gibson, you probably know what I am talking about. From go, you are laughing from Gibson’s warped sense of humor. Admittedly it’s probably not for everyone, but for those of us who get it, you’ve found an author who gets YOUR warped sense of humor that not everyone seems to get, your kindred, you, me, and Gibson. Thankfully, there are enough of us kindred out there that Gibson has found a best-selling audience so we can keep getting our fix.

Sadie Jo, I liked her from the beginning, think Delaney from Truly Madly Yours and you will have a pretty good idea of what Sadie is a lot like; the rover that had a difficult relationship with her father, but finds her way back to the small town where she grew up. I liked Sadie for several reasons; she wasn’t afraid to put herself out there (Whether with her father or Vince) even though she knew the likelihood of getting hurt was high. That takes hella guts, and I like a gutsy heroine. She’s a rover, she travelled a lot, tried a lot of different things, was willing to try something on to see if it fit, if it didn’t she put it down and moved on. She’s basically a loner, I can relate, I’m basically a loner. She plays with guns, haha, what’s not to like about a heroine that is a great shot. And she stands up for herself! Our girl is no push over. And not finally, but I don’t want to give everything away she is a “notional” girl, I’m not even quite sure, what that is, but I like the sound of it! LOL. Sadie is a character that you can really relate to and like, you’ll be rooting for her the entire book.  When she comes back to Lovett for a wedding she is expecting to be there for a weekend, top, she also never expected to rescue a smok’n hot man from the side of the road. She’s not just the type to be rescued she’ll also do some rescuing.

Vince is not the type of man that needs rescuing… EVER! A Navy SEAL, he believes in being prepared, ALWAYS, which is why he is stunned when he finds himself on the side of the road with no batteries in his cell. Vince expected to be in Lovett, a weekend, a week tops, he never expected to find himself buying the Gas and Go, or to find himself as a date to a Texas wedding. But when he owes someone he always settles up. By the end of the wedding its Sadie that ends up owing Vince and he always collects. Vince is a man’s, man to the core, a Harley riding, Truck driving, sledge hammer welding, gun toting, ex-Navy SEAL, commitment phobic, emotionally unavailable Man’s Man… And damn but is he SEXY! Even as Sadie is telling herself to stay away, it’s like a moth to a flame, but what a fin flame it. Though, Vince never expects to have as much fun as he does with Sadie, he never before liked chatter box southern girls with daddy issues, but somehow when he’s with Sadie it doesn’t seem to matter. She’s stirring things in him that are probably better left alone. Vince will take you through a bit of an emotional ringer in this book. If you read Any Man of Mine, you knew he was a fascinating character and were waiting for his story and Rachel Gibson did not disappoint with his story. I think she exceeded my expectations with his story. Vince and Sadie actually had me close to tears towards the end of this book. I so rarely close to tears in a book, so when it is, I know an author is doing their job!

The story was fun, entertaining and kept you laughing and engaged the entire way through. I flew through this book, in one day; I could barely put it down and was up late and was in line at the Starbucks the next morning. As always, Rachel Gibson writes some of the most wacky side characters in her small town settings and this book is no exception in both Vince and Sadie’s Aunts. They will crack you up with their antics. You get very very brief mentions of Autumn, Sam, Connor, Daisy, Jackson and Lily oh and even Nathan, but damn Nathan is 23 already, in Daisy’s Back in Town he was 15, where does the time go? But I digress, the book ended all too soon, I mean really, it seemed to end too soon. I don’t know if the ending seemed a bit crammed or if I just didn’t want it to end, but it seemed rushed. A lot happened and was smashed in a short period or so it seemed to me. So I would have liked to have seen that spaced out a bit more, oh and I wanted an epilogue at the end of Autumn wedding! It’s mentioned more than once in the book, so that would have been nice. But overall, this was a fantastic read that I thoroughly enjoyed. It may even go in my top 5 favorites of Rachel Gibson titles and it will be re-read actually probably in the very near future. The entire book is filled with fantastic quotes that will have you laughing out loud. One of my favorites; “A girl could do a lot worse than a lesbian with a dental plan”.”

Rating:
5 Orchids

Review: Rachel Gibson – Crazy On You

Lovett, Texas Series:

Book 2:
Crazy On You – Tucker Matthews and Lily Darlington

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Summary:
From Goodreads.com:
Lily Darlington’s been called crazy in her day-and, yeah, driving her car into her ex-husband’s living room probably wasn’t the smartest move ever made-but the louse deserved it. Now Lily is happily single, and she’s turned it all around. She knows she’s a good mom, a homeowner, and a businesswoman, all wrapped up in one good-looking package.
A package that police officer Tucker Matthews is dying to unwrap. This ex-military man sure doesn’t need another woman in his life. His last girlfriend left him with nothing but memories and a cat named Pinky! But living next door to Lily has been driving him nuts. He dreams about her long blonde hair and even longer legs. And maybe it’s time to go a little crazy . . . and fall in love.
Review:
This is a novella set in the town on Lovett, Texas; where Daisy’s Backin Town was set and where Rescue Me (RG’s next release) will be set. Lily is Daisy’s sister and one of the more memorable characters in Daisy’s Back in Town. If you read the book you will not forget that Lily drove her car through her Rat Bastard Ronnie’s front room. Actually that has to be one of the more memorable moment of just about any contemporary Romance I’ve ever read. LOL. So we already know we have a hella feisty heroine in Lily, but Tucker is no slouch in the hero department as well.
So this is a novella so it is pretty short, maybe a 100 ish pages. As a novella it is pretty quick paced and there isn’t a whole lot of room for full character development. So I am glad we had already met Lily, but in this novella she is a changed woman. She no longer does crazy things; she owns a successful salon, cares for her 10 year old son and lives a quite life trying to live down her crazy days. Lily knows she will always be a little bit crazy and rash in her decision making skills which is why she is wound so tight, but when Tucker arrives next door all that crazy threatens to come back and that’s really got Lily running scared even as she is running to him instead away from him like she should be doing.  I truly liked Lily but I think I liked her a bit more when she was a bit crazier, I mean we don’t need her running her car through any more houses but a little less controlled wouldn’t hurt. But Tucker does a pretty good job at starting to knock past those barriers.
Tucker, I’m still not sure I have a good handle on him. I know he is ex-military from a crappy childhood. He just wants a quite life now that he’s out of the army and that he feels like he adapts easily. But that’s about all I know about him. Oh and I know he’s good in the sack. Lol  He falls in love with Lily like warp speed fast, which usually grates on my nerves but this time it’s not obnoxious. He seems honorable and straight forward and mature beyond his years. Overall a good match to Lily, he can keep her under control.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was on the short side and missed some of the usual Rachel Gibsonness that I’ve come to love in her full length novels. I’m afraid to say Rachel Gibson will never be a novella queen, but this is a solid hit for a short. It’s no secret I adore Rachel Gibson and this book was no exception to my love affair with Rachel Gibson novels! Oh, there are tons of steamy scenes in this one, she really packs them in! Lily and Tucker were burning up the pages…
Rating:
4 orchids. 

ARC Review: Susan Mallery – Summer Days

Fool’s Gold Series:


Book 7:

Summer Days: Rafe Stryker and Heidi Simpson

Release Date: May 29th, 2012
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Summary:
From goodreads.com
Locked in an unexpected land dispute, Rafe Stryker is trapped in the one place he vowed never to return to – the Castle Ranch in Fool’s Gold, California. He made millions facing ruthless adversaries in the boardroom, but nothing could’ve prepared him to go head-to-head against stubborn, beautiful Heidi Simpson. No one is more surprised than Rafe to discover that he’s finding Heidi – and life as a cowboy – much more compelling than he wants to admit. For Heidi, the Castle Ranch is the home she’s always wanted. After a life on the road, the vivacious blonde has finally put down roots. She won’t give that up without a fight, not even for a man whose late-night kisses make her yearn to be a little less…wholesome. As the two turn from passionate adversaries to passionate, period, they’ll discover that summer love can last a lifetime.

Review:

This is actually my first Fools Gold novel and I quite sad I didn’t get in on this series way before now. This book was a light, fun, sweet read with some humor thrown in. It was a solid read that I think any lover of romance would enjoy. S. Mallary writes a great story that you can’t help but find yourself engulfed in. Even without having read the first 6 books in this series I was never lost as I was immersed in this fun town of Fools Gold. The town itself is filled with memorable supporting characters, which you wish was your neighbor.

Rafe is a complicated man, at a young age he found himself man of the house after his father passed. His mother was left widowed with four young children to care for and next to no income so Rafe did all he could to help his mother keep things together and make sure everyone had something to eat even it meant he gave up his share. This sense of responsibility has followed him through the rest of his life. His desire to never be poor or at the receiving end of someone else’s generosity has made him a rich man but his overwhelming need to protect and provide has guided most of his actions good and bad for years. It is this sense of responsibility that has him back in Fools Gold where he swore he would never return to and ends up smack dab in the middle of a land dispute.  This attitude is both a blessing and a curse, for those he chooses to protect they have that protection for life, but it has also made him an unforgiving man who often pushes those who disappoint away. His mother was swindled out of the ranch that she loved so much, and there is no way that Rafe is going to let that happen! He never expected that the deed to the ranch wouldn’t immediately be handed over to him, he is that confident in himself and his best friend and lawyer, but next thing he knows he’s living on the ranch with his mother, Heidi and her grandfather. In a Rafe move, he starts planning for when he wins, not caring that he may be hurting Heidi, but then he never expected that he might actual come to care for the goat lady…

All Heidi has ever wanted was a nice stable home for her, her grandfather and her goats, now the fate of her ranch is in the hands of one small woman and her ruthless son and that does not sit well with Heidi. She is fully prepared to do whatever she needs to make sure the ranch remains hers, even possibly seducing the gorgeous but hostile Rafe. Heidi Is such a warm and caring personality Rafe quickly gets past her guards and they become tentative friends and sometimes more, but Heidi is gun shy about the whole love thing. After her best friend’s death she has made sure to close her heart to the possibility of love, so Rafe and his overwhelming personality scare the bejeezus out of her. Heidi is a girl that anyone would want to be friends with; she is fiercely loyal to those in her inner circle and is kind, warm loving person. If anyone could melt Rafe’s icy façade it would be Heidi. When certain plans come to light; Heidi realizes that she was right to want to protect her heart but she’s afraid it may be too late.

Rating:

4 out of 5 Orchids


*Review copy provided through NetGalley for an honest review

Review: Bella Andre – Love Me

Take Me Series:


Book 2:

Love Me: Luke Carson and Janica Ellis

Summary:

From goodreads.com
It’s been five years since Lily and Travis fell in love in TAKE ME….now it’s finally time for Janica and Luke to get their very own happy ending.

If there’s one thing that Janica Ellis is absolutely certain of, it’s that she and Luke Carson are totally wrong for each other. She’s a wild, artistic and outspoken fashion designer. He’s a type A, workaholic trauma surgeon (who just happens to be sizzling hot and her brother-in-law!). But Janica is about to be proven wrong when opposites attract…in the sexiest possible way.

After a life-changing night in the ER, Luke is desperate for escape – and relief from his personal demons. For five years he has fought his attraction to his sister-in-law, but when he’s pushed too far, he can’t fight it another second. He needs her. Desperately. He’s spent his whole life doing the right thing. For one night, he’s going to follow desire instead. Straight into Janica’s arms.
Janica can’t believe Luke is finally at her front door…and that he’s kissing her like he’s been waiting his whole life for her. But even as their sensual connection deepens with every touch of skin on skin – and the man she always thought was such a good boy turns out to be sinfully, toe-curlingly bad between the sheets – Janica soon realizes she wants more than Luke’s body. She wants his heart too. But what will Luke do when one night of extreme passion turns into an all or nothing proposition?

Review:

This is a tale of opposites attract; Luke is a straight-laced, workaholic who since his mother passed when he was 10 has been doing everything in his power to be “good”.  Janica is a party girl designer who doesn’t care much about being good or caring about what other people think of her.  She lives her life on her terms, which is something I can get down with. For years these two have each been secretly attracted to the other, but neither would act on it. Janica knew she wasn’t the little miss perfect that Luke always dated and Luke just couldn’t see past her partying and being his sister in law. Until one night, when Luke is all but burnt out and jeopardizes a patient, he turns to Janica for everything he has been missing. From the description I really thought we were going to be teased for a while before Luke ends up ay Janica’s door, but this is not the case; we are basically drop kicked into the good stuff almost from the beginning. That is one of the things I sometimes like abut shorter stories sometime full length drags things out to fill up pages, with a short there isn’t time for that so often we get to the good stuff right from the beginning.

Luke at first was pretty a-hole ish, I’m pretty sure I didn’t like him very much, even tho when he was directing Janica, I have to admit it was pretty damn sexy.   Luke struggled a lot with his inner demons through this book, because of Janica he learned to lighten up and have some fun. He was wound so tight I thought he’d snap in half. What I did like was that even if he was being kind of a douche he never promised Janica anything, never spoke of feelings he wasn’t sure he felt. Me personally I would rather he say nothing then lie and I can’t help respect when our hero doesn’t promise what he’s not sure he can give. By the end of the story I’d have to say I liked Luke better, but I doubt he’ll ever be one of my favorite characters.

Janica, I liked her from the get go. I like a girl that lives her life for herself and not for anyone else. She didn’t seem to care what other people thought of her and was willing to go after what she wanted. She managed a successful career, took care of herself and made sure her “needs” were met. She was honest about her feelings and told Luke even though she knew he was likely to reject them. That takes some major guts. She is a closet softy and I can relate to that, which Luke seems to bring out more and more as the book moves on, but when push comes to shove, man she was made of steel. She knew what she wanted and what she deserved and was not willing to settle for anything but. I think that is something most females should strive for, so often we settle for what we think we can get, not for what we actually want and deserve. By sticking to her convictions she just may get the best prize of them all!

Rating: 
4 Orchids