Review: Blue By You by Rachel Gibson

Blue By You: Kasper Pennington and Blue Butler

Blue By You

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Summary:

From Goodreads.com

Rachel Gibson, the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy On You and Rescue Me, once again shows that there’s nothing quite like a man in uniform!

They say you never forget your first time, but there’s nothing Blue Butler and Kasper Pennington would rather forget than their brief but fiery teenage love affair. Yeah, it was hot while it lasted, but then he went off to join the Marines, leaving Blue in New Orleans. She’s tried to block him from her mind for good, but nothing can really erase the feeling she had when she was with him.

And now he’s got the nerve to return—leaner, meaner, and strong enough to pull her into his arms and kiss her senseless. Blue’s a successful businesswoman now, with no time to figure out what went wrong all those years ago. But Kasper knows she’s the one woman for him … and now he’s got to prove it to her all over again.

Review:

Blue By You by Rachel Gibson is another hit in the Rachel Gibson collection. It is no secret, that I adore Rachel Gibson, she is one of my favorite authors because every time I pick up a Rachel Gibson novel, I know I am going to laugh and it’s going to be a heartwarming tale. Blue By You is no exception to this rule. For the first time by Rachel Gibson we are taken to the Louisiana New Orleans area, which I really fell in love with. True to RG style, she gives us a small town that is quirky and fun. The rival families is quite fun and I loved how they joked about their ancestors.

Kasper (loving the name) and Blue had one night together 20 something years ago and now they meet again and the attraction comes back just as strong as it was when they first met. Blue is rightfully pissed about how Kasper hit it and quit it all those years ago, I mean a girl always remembers her first. Kasper is determined to make up for his Houdini act, he is finally ready for the feelings that Blue inspires. He has his work cut out for him, but he is a man determined to get what he wants and he sets out to put in work. I quite enjoyed Blue and her non-conformance attitude; we opened with Blue drinking on her front porch while everyone else was at church. It had my chuckling on the inside. She also doesn’t give into Kasper too quickly; she does make Kasper work a little.

In this novella we flash from the present to the past and back to the present, which for me worked for this book. It gave us the history between Kasper and Blue, which was needed. The past and present plotlines were seamlessly plotted out. There was plenty of humor to keep you chuckling throughout the book. My biggest and really only issue with this book was it was too short; it really needed to be a bit longer for it to really develop. I truly hope that we get more books in this setting. I really enjoyed this setting and hope we get to visit it again.

Rating:

Vintage Heart 4

*This book was provided to me through Edelweiss for an honest review, no other compensation was provided.

*This review can also be seen at paranormalromancenovel.com

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Love is in the Air Giveaway Hop

Hey Romanticals!

We’re doing a giveaway for the “Love is in the Air” Giveaway Hop hosted by Under the Covers Book Blog .

The Hop is running from February 7th – February 14th. You can win some stuff for Valentines Day, so if your single or your man didn’t get you want you really wanted you have a chance to some else!

Personally my favorite valentines day themed book is Rachel Gibson’s “The Trouble with Valentines Day”.

The Trouble With Valentine's Day (Chinooks Hockey Team, #3)

So we are going to giveaway one eBook copy of Rachel Gibson’s TROUBLE WITH VALENTINES DAY as one prize to one winner  as well as a $10.00 Amazon or Barnes and Nobles Gift Card to another lucky winner.

So how does this work? This giveaway is open to US residents as well as Canada if you have a Kindle that accepts US books from amazon.com . You just have to fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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A Look Back: 2012 So Far

So I was recently asked to do a post of my top books that have been released so far.  I totally should have don’t this in the beginning of July, but alas, July has come and gone. So this is going to be the” hey we are ¾ of the way through the year” pulse check on 2012 releases! LOL

This year has seen sooo many great releases from great authors new and well established.  The following list is my opinion on the books that I have enjoyed most this year so far.  I’m not going to limit the list to paranormal but include all genres in this post I have read, I will separate the non-paranormal into its own list. Admittedly I don’t venture that much outside of Paranormal, but if something catches my eye, I’ll read and post a review on my other blog www.goodromancenovel.blogspot.com .

Top 10 full length Paranormal:


1. Oracle’s Moon – Thea Harrison (This one is #1, because I have read it 4x already! I LOVED it that much!)
Get It: Thea Harrison: Oracle’s Moon

2. Once Burned – Jeaniene Frost (This one is sooo close to #1, the only reason I put it as 2nd was bc I haven’t reread it… yet. But I am dying to!)
Get It: Jeaniene Frost: Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel

From here is becomes so hard to rank in a specific order, so this part of the list is somewhat fluid:

3. Firelight – Kristen Callihan (Callihan is a newcomer and she started with a bang! This is the first in her historical paranormal romance. This series is totally unique!)
Get It: Kristen Callihan: Firelight (Darkest London)

4. Lothaire – Kresley Cole (Usually KC would hold down my top spot, but Lothaire was not my favorite of the series but it is still among the best of the year so far.
Get It: Kresley Cole: Lothaire (Immortals After Dark)

5. Moonglow – Kristen Callihan (This is the 2nd in her series and I loved it just as much as the 1st and damn did I cry in this one!)
Get It: Kristen Callihan – Moonglow (Darkest London)

6. Lethal Rider – Larissa Ione (Really 3-6 can all occupy the same place as I love them pretty much equally. This is the 3rd of L. Ione’s Lords of Deliverance series and features my man Thantos! I want him!)
Get It: Larissa Ione: Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance)

7. Third Grave Dead Ahead – Darynda Jones (I just picked up this series a month or so ago and am kicking myself for not picking it up sooner. This is the 3rd in the series and had me laughing from beginning to end. If you haven’t picked up this series you need to right away.)
Get It: Darynda Jones: Third Grave Dead Ahead

8. Tangle of Need – Nalini Singh (I am not used to N. Singh being this low on a tops list. Her work is always rock solid and among my favorites.  This book was fantastic but I felt it was more of a transition book to get us to the next book.  She does have a release out in Sept (Jason from the Guild Hunters that has the potential to rank #1 on the end of the year list. I cannot wait for it to come out!)
Get It: Nalini Singh: Tangle of Need

9. The Darkest Day – Britt Bury (This is another newcomer to the scene with her debut book. I gave this one a 4 star because of some issues, but it is on the list because I still think back to this book after several months so it has managed to stick out from the crowd.)
Get It: Britt Bury: The Darkest Day

10. Blade Song – J.C. Daniels (Technically this is not a newcomer as this is Shiloh Walker under a new pen name, but this is her 1st book under this name. There is another unique book in the paranormal genre. It features a strong female lead and has the ability to stick out in memory much like The Darkest Day)
Get It: J.C. Daniels: Blade Song (Colbana Files)

Top 5 Contemporary and Historical:


1. Rescue Me – Rachel Gibson (Contemporary Romance. I adore Rachel Gibson, she can always make me laugh and this book is no exception)
Get It: Rachel Gibson: Rescue Me

2. Summer Nights – Susan Mallery (Contemporary Romance.  This is Shane’s story from the Fool’s Gold series. He is the 2nd Styker brother and his story is the best! He’s a cowboy with a gentle wounded soul, his lady love is also quite lovable!)
Get It: Susan Mallery: Summer Nights (Fool’s Gold)

3. Temptation & Twilight – Charlotte Featherstone (Erotic Historical Romance, this is the 3rd in a series but I hadn’t read the 1st 2 when I started this one. It didn’t matter, I still think of this book months later and I have since gone back and read the first 2 books which are equally good!)
Get It: C. Featherstone: Temptation & Twilight (Hqn)

4. Tempted by the Highland Warrior – Michelle Willingham (Historical Romance possibly erotica, its steamy enough to be. I have a weakness for tortured hero types and this one is tortured and disabled. Due to the horrors he experienced he can no longer talk. Even better that he is a highlander! Who can resist a tortured highland warrior? I know I can’t!)
Get It: Michelle Willingham: Tempted by the Highland Warrior (The MacKinloch Clan)

5. Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed – Anna Campbell (Historical Romance . Here’s another tortured hero type that must overcome. This one has also managed to stick out in my memory as a great read. I wouldn’t even have picked it up from NetGalley if it hadn’t been for Jen from Red Hot Books. Thanks Jen for the rec!)
Get It: Anna Campbell: Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed (Sons of Sin)

Top 5 novellas:


1. Angels Flight – Nalini Singh (I call N. Singh the queen of novellas because she can take 20-30 pages and gets so much into so few pages it almost feels like a full length novel! This book is a collection of 4 Guild Hunter novellas each one is amazing on its own, but together it’s unbeatable!)
Get It: Nalini Singh: Angels’ Flight (Guild Hunters)

2. Try Me – Olivia Cunning (OoooWwwEeee this one is CALIENTE! It’s the first in her new band series. Soo freak’n good)
Get It: Olivia Cunning: Try Me (One Night with Sole Regret)

3. Unspoken – Kerrigan Byrne (Kerrigan Byrne is another newcomer to the scene; she has two paranormal historical novellas out. It features a berserker a mute one at that! This one was so damn good. I wish it had been longer. )
Get It: Kerrigan Byrne: Unspoken (Highland Historical #1)

4. Crazy on You – Rachel Gibson ( I adore Rachel Gibson! She doesn’t typically write novellas, this is the 1st one in years and years and it was a great one. It features crazy Lily that we met in Daisy’s Back in Town)
Get It: Rachel Gibson: Crazy On You

5. Dark Craving – Donna Grant (I found this one because of Annie from Under the Covers Book Blog and I am glad she suggested it. It’s a dragon book! She’s got me on her dragon kick! Damn you Annie! Dragons aside it’s a great quick story that will leaving you wanting more.)
Get It: Donna Grant: Dark Craving

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. 

Rachel Gibson – Not Another Bad Date

Writer Friends Series:
Book 4:
Not Another Bad Date: Zach Zematis and Adele Harris
 
Summary:
For three years Adele has had nothing but bad dates! Normally sane and nice guys turn in utter freaks by the end of the date. Adele has seriously come to the conclusion she is cursed! One night Adele finds herself reflecting on relationships past in particular one; her first love Zach Zematis UT’s star quarterback and later one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.  He broke her heart when he told her that his ex-girlfriend was pregnant and he had to do the right thing.  In the middle of Adele’s reflections her very pregnant sister calls to tell Adele that she is leaving her cheating husband and is moving back to Cedar Creek, Texas; where the girls grew up. She asks Adele to come help her for a weeks. The last thing Adele wants to do is go back to the place where she had so many miserable memories but her sister needs her. When her sister is hospitalized Adele’s couple of weeks just turned into a minimum of four months.  When Adele goes to pick up her niece the last person she expects to see is Zach, looking better than she remembered and she remembered him looking pretty darned good. When Zach comes back from a run the last person he expected to see in his driveway is Adele whom he remembers very fondly from his last year of college before his late wife Devon announced she was pregnant and irrevocably changed his life. Devon has been dead 3 years and Zach couldn’t uproot his daughter so he stayed in Cedar Creek and now coached high school football. Life is pretty good; except his sex life which has been non-existant in the last 3 years, but now Adele is in town looking better than he remembered and he remembered her looking pretty darned good! Too bad she looks at him like he’s worst than gum on the bottom of her shoe…
Review:
This is my second favorite book of the series. I like the dynamic between Adele and Zach, there is sexual attract yet she resists Zach. Zach isn’t used to chasing any woman; they tend to fall in his lap. The chase does Zach some good.  But the attraction is intense despite the history between the two.  Zach has some deep seeded trust issues, which is understandable considering his late wife who was the same girl that made Adele’s life miserable when they were growing up.  These two have a lot of individual issues to overcome and it’s not looking like they will be able to do so, will they be able to get their heads right or will they let another opportunity pass them by?
Rating:
4.5 Orchids out of 5

Rachel Gibson – Tangled Up in You

Writer Friends Series:

Book 3:
Tangled Up in You: Mick Hennessy and Maddie Jones


Summary:
Maddie is finally ready to confront her past. After her mother and her lover Loch Hennessy are murdered by his wife Rose, Maddie’s and Loch’s two young children lives are never the same. Maddie is shipped off to live with her great aunt and Meg and Mick are forced to live down the scandal in the small town of Truly, Idaho. Maddie blows into Truly determined to write the story of the love triangle gone horribly wrong, but she does it under her pen name Madeline Dupree, so no one knows the connection, only that she is a True Crime writer. Mick is less than pleased that Maddie has come into his town bringing up things better left in the past, but despite himself he is drawn to Maddie like a moth to the flame. Maddie knows that the last person on earth she should be with is Mick, but like all Hennessy men, he is irresistible! She knows if Mick ever finds out who she really is, all hell will break loose…

Review:
This is one of my favorite Rachel Gibson novels. Maddie is such a smart ass, I love it! She interviews sociopaths for a living, so there is little that intimidates her, except Mick. Maddie has little to no desire to be a baby maker or have a white wedding, which I can relate to. All she wants is some good sex and Mick is just the man that could give to her and give it to her right. Maddie has no desire to waste her time on something that’s not worth the effort. Again, I can relate. LOL! Mick has the whole black Irish look going on. The Black hair, and bright blue eyes, who’s not a sucker for that combo with dimples to boot! Sign me up! He’s a man that knows what he wants and is not afraid to go after it, even if he knows he shouldn’t want it. He is just the man that could tame and handle someone like Maddie, not every man could handle her. It would certainly take a special man to do that and Mick is just that man. Not easily intimidated. I love all the smart ass humor! I have read this book so many times it has fallen apart and I think after this last reread I’m going to have to retire this copy and break down and repurchase it, maybe in eBook format so I can’t break any more copies. LOL!

Rating:
5 Orchids out of 5