Review: Blue By You by Rachel Gibson

Blue By You: Kasper Pennington and Blue Butler

Blue By You

Purchase on Amazon: Rachel Gibson – Blue By You

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.

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ARC Review: Rebecca Zanetti – Forgotten Sins

Sins Brothers Series:

Book 1:

Forgotten Sins: Shane Dean and Josie Dean

Forgotten Sins (Sins Brothers, #1)

Expected publication: July 2nd 2013

Purchase on Amazon:  Rebecca Zanetti – Forgotten Sins

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

His Secrets Can Destroy Her

From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true . . . until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked by the hospital calls: Shane has been found . . . at a crime scene with no memory of how he got there.

Her Love Can Save Him

Shane can’t remember the blue-eyed angel at his bedside—or who he even is—but he knows something isn’t right. His hearing is razor sharp, his physical strength incredible, and the urge to protect Josie overwhelming. For powerful enemies are hunting him, and Josie is the key to discovering why. As Shane struggles to unravel his past, dangerous new truths come to light. Can he protect the only woman he’s ever loved? And can Josie trust a man she thought she knew—one who carries such a deadly secret?

Review:

I think that Ms. Zanetti has another hit on her hands. Here we have an action packed, intriguing, highly entertaining tale about military brothers with a few extras. I have to say I LOVED the brothers! There is something heartbreaking about kids that never get to be kid and I adored that against all odds the brothers banded together and gave only each other their loyalty. Matt is the oldest brother that kept them all together as kids and gave them hope that something else was out there for them, even if they had no idea what it was.

Shane is the second youngest brother, he was in deep cover for his brothers when he is attacked and loses his memory. He doesn’t remember much, be he does remember feelings and he remembers that he loved Josie. From the instant she enters his hospital room and he finds out they have been separated for two years, he knows only something intensely important could have kept him from her for so long and that he has been given a second chance and he is NEVER giving Josie up again. I loved Shane, an over protective alpha male that knows what he wants. He sets his sights on something and does not give up until he obtains it. Right now, his sights are set on Josie and keeping her protected. It seems that he has brought danger right to her door and he is determined to protect to her at all costs. Things get complex pretty quick as the threat to Josie and Shane gets more intense. The body count is increasing and the attempts on Josies life are getting more serious, there may be a threat that Shane didn’t count on and he may need some back up. The more he remembers the more realizes he is not quite normal and maybe leaving Josie is the best thing for her, even if it breaks his heart. After all a broken heart is nothing compared to knowing the one person you ever loved will be safe from your dangerous life.

Josie, I could take or leave. There were times I really liked Josie and then there were times that she annoyed the crap out of me. She was so damn concerned about her accounting job; I mean I get the desire for stability especially when you have a disappearing husband. But trust me when I say there is no job worth my life or the life of anyone I love. If going to my job means I’m am more visible to be kidnapped, raped, murdered, or attacked there is no way I’m going because if I’m dead, I’m dead and my job will no longer matter. Josie didn’t seem to understand that concept and insisted on going back in even though she kept getting attacked there. My a$$ would be long gone, on a leave, thank you very much. At times, she was pretty strong and others whinny, she was so cold and cold I was getting whiplash. At times I could see what Shane saw in her, I mean she is sweet, but sometimes I just didn’t get it. Don’t get me wrong she is not all bad and most of the time she was fine, but I wanted more for Shane since I loved him so much.

Overall, Zanetti spun a wildly entertaining story that I enjoyed from beginning to end. We met Shanes two remaining brothers and they intrigued me just as much as Shane did. I cannot wait for Matt’s story which I believe to be the next book. At times certain phrases got repetitive, enough so that I noticed but it wasn’t too distracting and may get cleaned up in final edits. This book was action both in and out of bed from beginning to end. You can expect to be wildly entertained by super sexy military men with a few special abilities! Enjoy the ride, I know I did!

Rating: 4 Romaticals

*This book was provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

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ARC Review: Anna Campbell – Days of Rakes and Roses

Sons of Sin Series:

Book 1.5:

Days of Rakes and Roses: Simon Metcalf and Lady Lydia Rothermere

 

Days of Rakes and Roses (Sons of Sin, #1.5)

 

Expected publication: July 2nd 2013

Purchase on Amazon:

Anna Campbell – Days of Rakes and Roses

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

Lady Lydia Rothermere has spent the past decade trying to make up for a single, youthful moment of passion. Now the image of propriety, Lydia knows her future rests on never straying outside society’s rigid rules, but hiding away the desire that runs through her is harder than she could have ever dreamed. And as she prepares for a marriage that will suit her family, but not her heart, Lydia must decide what’s more important: propriety or passion?

Simon Metcalf is a rake and adventurer. But for all his experience, nothing can compare to the kiss he stole from the captivating Lydia Rothermere ten years ago. Simon can scarcely believe he’s about to lose the one woman he’s never forgotten. The attraction between them is irresistible, yet Lydia refuses to forsake her engagement. With his heart on the line, will Simon prove that love is a risk worth taking?

Review:

This is a super quick novella in the Sons of Sin Series. I had read the first book in the series and loved it! I’ve been anxiously awaiting the second books, so I was happy to see this novella to help us bide our time until book 2. From the blurb I had no idea who this book was about, I didn’t remember mention of either of these characters from the first book and that’s because they weren’t. But that is ok, I still enjoyed both characters and there was a connection. Lady Lydia is the Duke’s sister, and he is a Son of Sin with questionable parentage.

Lydia comes from a childhood riddled with scandal. Her mother was the talk of the Ton with her flagrant affairs. Lydia’s father was extremely harsh in her upbringing, but there was one thing he never took away and that was Simon Metcalf, her neighbor and friend. One day, she was finally getting what she wanted, Simon, when her father walked in. He banished Simon from the continent and for ten years he wandered until it was safe to come home to his Lydia. For ten years Lydia has been the perfect model of decorum and behavior. She was practicing on of my favorite sayings “Fake it Til you Make it”. She was so boring, she bored herself. Her betrothed, even more boring and her life even more boring than that, until Simon walks into her engagement party and sparks fly.

Ahh rekindled love, how I love the. This is one of my favorite themes in romance. It’s just so much more believable then we meet and 10 seconds later we are in love. There are also typically more obstacles to get over, such as in this case a broken heart or a disapproving family. Now that Lydia’s father is dead, Simon feels like he may have a chance, as he never stopped loving Lydia (enter an AWE!! Here) . It’s been 10 years but the site of her still makes his heart race and other things rise to the occasion. Lydia keeps him at an arm’s length as long as she can, as he did break her heart, but eventually he breaks her down. The chase was entertaining and steamy. Since this is such a short novella it was quick but I don’t feel like there was anything missing. It was a quick fun read that I enjoyed and would recommend to those who enjoy historical romance and in particular enjoyed the first story in this series.

Rating:

3.5 Romanticals

*This copy was provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

ARC Review: Kristen Ashley – Own the Wind

Chaos Series:

Book 1:

Own the Wind: Parker “Shy” Cage and Tabitha “Tabby” Allen

Own the Wind (Chaos, #1)

Expected publication: April 2nd 2013

Purchase on Amazon: Kristen Ashley – Own the Wind: A Chaos Novel

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

Tabitha Allen has a not-so-secret crush on Parker “Shy” Cage. Shy thinks he knows the path Tabby’s on and it isn’t a good one. So he decides to teach her a lesson to lead her to the right path.

Unfortunately, he was wrong and his actions wound Tabby, breaking her heart. It’s Tabby who then teaches Shy a lesson about casting judgment and Shy Cage learns what it feels like to be invisible. But when tragedy strikes and Tabby’s heart is broken again, Shy does what he can in the background to help. Trying to forget her heartbreak, Tabby finds herself in danger. To keep it secret from her biker family, the Chaos Motorcycle Club, she calls Shy to rescue her. But when she lets him back in, she gets much more than she bargained for.

Review:

I fell in love with Kristen Ashley with the first book I read by her MYSTERY MAN and to date she has not let me down. My love of her books continues to flourish. OWN THE WIND is no exception and is in my list of favorites by her. This book actually spans over approximately four years, the first years go quickly by jumping forward in time in chunks. I thought I would become disoriented by the large leaps in time, but K. Ashley keeps you grounded and I wasn’t confused at all. The reason it spans over such a large timeframe is one due to Tab’s age, I don’t think she would have been ready for that is Shy at 19, nor was Shy ready for the awesomeness that is Tab. Secondly, because of a misstep on Shy’s part and man can Tab hold a grudge.

I was pulled into this book immediately by the characters, we start the book with a human pretzel and it just gets better and better from there. Within the first quarter of the book I had already teared up twice and by now you should all know my rule “You make me cry, you get a five!” . Even if my eyes hadn’t watered, I still would have given this book a 5 Romantical rating. As with all of Kristen Ashley’s previous books you come to care about the characters, they take on their own life and all have very strong distinctive personalities. With some writers one of the characters may outshine the other in the personality or character development department, but I do not find this to be the case in this book. Both Shy and Tab have distinctive personalities and hold their own against each other. Shy is one of Ashley’s “Bad Assess” and man do we love them that way! I know when I want a contemporary Alpha Male type, I can count on Kristen Ashley to provide me with one. I wanted a Shy of my very own. Her females are no slouches either. Some may be feistier than others, but they all can stand up against their “Bad Ass” and don’t let their men walk all over them. I can’t stand a doormat so, I am very glad that Kirsten Ashley so far has not written a doormat character at least not one that I have read yet. K. Ashley really writes a character that you can come to care about and want to know what happens with them. With Shy and Tab you really wanted them to find their “Happily Ever After”. Both had some rough patches in their lives so you really want them to find some peace and happiness. They have a rough start but through tragedy they find their way back to each other.

One of the other things I love about a Kristen Ashley novel is her sense of humor. Quite frankly she is sarcastic and a smart ass and that humor works for me. It keeps me laughing from beginning to end. I know when I pick up a K. Ashley novel I’m going to laugh and again this one is not an exception to this rule. I had some chuckles and some full out belly roll laughs!

Also, with a K. Ashley novel you can count on the side characters to add to the wonderfulness that is the story. A lot of previous characters show back up for their cameos in this book, plus we get all of the brothers from the Chaos MC and there a lot of them! So lots of Bad Assness to be had. Oh and Elvira one of my favorite recurring characters shows up in this one and has a man! Another “Bad Ass” I really really hope that we get their story! I love Elvira; she freak’n cracks me up every time!

All in all, another FANTASTIC installment to the Kristen Ashley catalog! Can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us!

Rating:

5 Romanticals

 

*Review copy provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Review: Normandie Alleman – Venetian Love Knots

Venetian Love Knots:

Venetian Love Knots

Purchase on Amazon:

Normandie Alleman – Venetian Love Knots

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

In Venice, Allison Fox will find love in the arms of two men. Her past collides with her future in a battle for her heart. Which one will win?

Travelling to Venice to be the maid of honour in her best friend’s wedding sounds like a great vacation, and a romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day. But when Allison Fox discovers who the best man is, she is torn between duty and self-preservation.

It has taken Allison four years to put her tumultuous relationship with the rodeo cowboy behind her. A violent incident ripped them apart. Now Allison must find a way to face her past and find closure with her old flame. But will she be able to put the past behind her?

Cole is the Texas cowboy has never got over his love for Allison. But when he declares his love for her after all this time, is she strong enough to walk away from the intense passion they share?

For years Nico, a handsome Italian, was committed to nothing but his work. Nico never expected he would meet an American beauty who would awaken in him a desire to love again. Once he finds her, Nico vows to never let Allison go.

It will be a Valentine’s Day to remember, but who will win Allison’s heart?

Review:

This was a quick, short read at a little under 70 pages. I was engaged from beginning to end with the story and the pacing was pretty good. There wasn’t really any time to get bored and the plot just kept moving along taking you with it.

I’m really happy this book was set in one of my all-time favorite countries and one of my favorite cities within that country. The setting is Venice, Italy. I’ve been to Venice twice so for me the descriptions of the city were pretty accurate and made me envision that I was back in Italy strolling along the streets taking in the vendors and splendor that is very unique city on water. If you haven’t been to Italy, I think that the author’s descriptions were good enough that you could envision yourself there. Or at least make yourself think it’s time to take that romantic getaway trip that you have been planning on but haven’t had the chance to take.

As for the romance that is set in one of the most romantic cities in the world, it is a love triangle. Typically, I’m not that into love triangles but this one wasn’t so bad. We have Allison, who has never quite gotten over Cole; whose was pretty much a dick in their “relationship” but the relationship was so intense in and out of bed that no one since has quite matched up. That is until Nico picks her up from the airport. Nico is the intense attraction with some more substance behind him. Nico is just as intensely attracted to Allison as she is to him. In this love triangle, Cole arrives in Venice determined to win Allison back. Since they parted he too has not felt anything as intense as it had been with Allison. All Cole really had to do to win Allison over was pretty much say hi. I was pretty disappointed that she went back to that douche so easily; but at the same time, when your dickmatized (Click here to see what dickmatized is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQaYADRtw8w ) sometimes it’s hard to think clearly. LOL. And this chick was clearly dickmatized… I am not a fan of Cole, from the get go, there really is just not much to like about him. His way of “making it up to” Allison for having sex with one of her best friends was to have a threesome with another man. Now, admittedly Allison is pretty sexually open, but come call it what it is a fantasy, but not a way to make it up to her. Only in a douches brain would that be a good way to make it up to the one who got away. Now that being said, that I clearly didn’t like our “hero”, I don’t think we were supposed to like him. I think Normandie Alleman didn’t want us to like him, wants us to root for Nico and for Allison to get her head out of her a$$ and choose the right man for her. But the question is, who will she pick in this crazy love triangle??

Since this is an erotica novel, I feel like I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t at least mention the sex. I have to say it was pretty hot, there is some kink with light BDSM and a M/F/M threesome. The flash backs to a younger Allison and Cole as well as the older Allison and Cole, it is easy to see why the girl was dickmatized. Cole certainly knew what he was doing. He understood Allison’s needs better than she did. The threesome scene wasn’t what I was used to from other such scenes, Nico and Cole weren’t really a team, they didn’t really work together for Allison’s pleasure. It was basically three different people with three different goals. All three goals were hot and it was pretty sexy but it wasn’t as cohesive as I was used to, but it worked within this story’s framework. I think would have gone against the love triangle aspect if it had been cohesive with Nico and Cole working as a team.

Overall, it was a pretty good novella. I enjoyed it for what it is and I would pick up another book by this author in the future.

*This title was provided by the author for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Rating: 3.75 Romanticals