Review: Then Came You by Jill Shalvis

Then Came You (Animal Magnetism, #5)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is Wyatt and Emily's story. Emily is an intern who finds out that the vet at the clinic she's interning at is her first one night stand she was hoping to never see again. Turns out, though he doesn't fit in her grand plan for her life, he is exactly what she needs.

While this was not my favorite in the series so far, Jill Shalvis constantly comes through with just the right amount of yummy, funny and heart to ensure you will enjoy the ride. Emily and Wyatt had a lot of heat, considering Emily could not keep her hands off of Wyatt to save her life. Unfortunately, I just didn’t feel the chemistry and the love. Wyatt was a very good guy, but he just never expressed his feelings to Emily and it was difficult as a reader to see exactly why these two were meant to be together. Why was Emily different from Caitlin, who we find out was Wyatt’s recent ex-fiancĂ© who chooses to leave the small town of Sunshine? Does Wyatt fall in and out of love pretty easily? I just wish there was something that stood out to me about these two characters that solidified their reasons to be together. It doesn’t have to exist in every book I suppose. It just felt like an average couple, which we probably all are…but I do like every couple and every story to feel magically special in some way. Ultimately, I liked the story, I liked the characters well enough, and I’ll always read Jill. I just wished for a little bit more zsa zsa zsu!

On a side note, a few personal things I’m a little over: the fact that there’s always someone in this series who has one foot out the door. The references to “good parts” or “lady town”. Not all women refer to those things in the same way, so it sort of takes me out of the story since it’s in almost every book with every heroine.


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Review: Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis

Rumor Has It (Animal Magnetism, #4)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Griffin and Kate’s story has by far been my favorite in the series thus far. I didn’t see it (Griffin) coming, and that made it even better. What has made this book so enjoyable for me is the fact that Griffin had so many facets to his character that we got to witness, his father, his sister and Kate who completely blew him away. This book had a very natural progression to their relationship.

The surprise twist and the ending was the best. This guy, who didn’t need anyone, fell pretty hard and his surrender to all the love from Kate and his family, was such a heartwarming experience. This was a book where you could feel the yearning, the love and really become invested in the characters. Kate was an adorable heroine and it was satisfying to see her journey, see her growth and see her make hard decisions, choose herself and win in the end. An A+ book. I loved it!



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Review: Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis

Rescue My Heart (Animal Magnetism, #3)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Based on the limited exposure to Adam and Holly in previous books, I expected the dynamic to be a little different than it actually was in their book. They have history you can tell, but based on their interaction things seem to be very frosty with some deep seated anger on both their parts. However, when Holly approaches Adam for help with finding her missing dad, Adam is quick to help and take care of Holly. We find that their history is one of first love interrupted. I loved Adam quite a bit as he was battling some very real issues and doing his best to be strong and do the right thing for himself and for Holly. I loved Holly’s journey with her father, herself and with Adam. These two definitely deserved their happy ending. Some very yummy steam as always with a Jill Shalvis book.

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Review: How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days by Laura Lee Guhrke

How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days (An American Heiress in London, #2)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

★★★★ & a half ★

Edie and Stuart were such an amazing and touching couple to read. I absolutely loved and adored Stuart and he's made a spot onto my Top 10 heroes list! The depth of his emotions and his patient and tender way of treating Edie after her horrific past is truly some of the best emotional reads I've had in a very very long time and which caused me to cry tears while on the treadmill at the gym. Well done Ms. Guhrke. I'm so happy that I picked up this book as its been quite some time since I've read Laura Lee Guhrke and its brought her back to the forefront. She's a reliable good read every time.

This story is a marriage-of-convenience-finds-love plus reconciliation story, if that makes sense, and I love those. I must figure out a label for these books as they are a favorite theme of mine. A similar book in this category that is amazing is Private Arrangements. Edie and Stuart both seem to marry one another out of necessity only, but we come to find out slowly that its much much more for Stuart and quite possibly Edie as well. However they have a very serious obstacle to overcome and a sensitive issue to address. The way that Laura Lee Guhrke writes the story and the way that Stuart handles the minefield is utterly amazing and so very touching. I could literally feel the love and pain going through that man and it made me love him and this book. My only complaint and the reason for the half star deduction is the ending felt like it wrapped up just a little bit too suddenly and neatly. I yearned for more for the ending with this book, though I just didn't want it to end. I did read this one out of order, but you will not find it impacts your enjoyment of the book at all. Definitely take a chance on Ms. Guhrke with this book if you haven't before, I don't believe you'll be disappointed.


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Review: Never Too Much by Lori Foster

Never Too Much (Brava Brothers, #2)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm fast becoming a Lori Foster fan which just thrills me! You can't have too many authors in your back pocket. This is the second and final, I believe, book int he Brava Brothers series...not any other brothers that I'm aware of. While I still was unhappy with ending of this book, I loved everything else about it. Ben is an amazing hero and Sierra's tough independence was refreshing. She certainly had cause for her prickly exterior and it was a lot of fun watching Ben struggle with the challenge of destroying her walls. The steam was very hawt and the story moved along nicely. I'll be checking more out by Lori Foster and I'm happy to take recommendations from her fans on the direction I should go!



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Review: Too Much Temptation by Lori Foster

Too Much Temptation (Brava Brothers, #1)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed everything about this book. I was a little bit disappointed with the end, only because I felt it was a little abrupt and not as sweet as I was expecting considering the feelings of both Grace and Noah. My only other experience with a Lori Foster book was Jude's Law, which I did not enjoy at all. I chose this book to read to participate in a challenge as it fit the parameters set. I'm really glad that I did as I've found that I really do like Lori Foster's writing and the chemistry and steam she weaves between the characters is amazing.

Noah and Grace have known one another for about 3 years, Noah being the long lost grandson of the matriarch who Grace works for. We meet Noah just as he's breaking off an engagement to the woman of his grandmother's choice and sort of reeling from the fallout from that. Grace is a self described 'big' girl and has all the hang ups every woman has about her body and self image and then a lot more. Noah is the greed god who comes in to convince her otherwise. At first I thought that I would find Grace's insecurities too annoying and over exaggerated, however I can empathize and relate and that always makes a story for me. While it may have had a huge presence in the story, it worked and it fit. I loved the way Noah dealt with it and the way he stuck by his girl. I would have wished for just a little bit more romance on his part.

I'm so glad I picked this book up, I'm happy to give Lori Foster another chance and I've already moved on to Never Too Much

Romance: ★★★
Steam: ★★★★
Hero: ★★★★★
Story: ★★★


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It's in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis

It's in His Kiss (Lucky Harbor, #10)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was Sam and Becca's story, which from the teaser we got prior to publication, I was super excited about. I thought Sam would be a little bit different in character than he turned out to be...more quiet and darker. He actually turned out to be a quintessential Shalvis hero. Someone you can't help but fall in love with and drool over, nothing too dark or unlovable. I found this installment to the Lucky Harbor series to be another solid addition to the town we've all come to love and was not bored in the least. I'm curious and excited to move forward with Olivia's story.

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