Over the years, you hear about a lot of good books. Too many of them (and I say this with tongue in cheek) end up on the TBR shelf. I have so many on that shelf it's kinda crazy, but I got to one recently that had been on there a long while that I have heard so many good things about. That book was The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann.

Series: The Troubleshooters, #1 
My Rating: 3 's
Genre: Romantic Suspense

What we have in this story is a great contemporary romance. I can't fairly say it read like romantic suspense to me, though I suppose the final chapter was pretty gripping. I will admit to being disappointed that this novel was not more gripping. What also surprised me was the two subplots in the novel. So a lot about this book threw me, but in all honestly I thought the Charles/Joe/Cybele storyline could have been done with less detail and still added the needed elements tot the story. I felt like it detracted from Tom and Kelly's romance.

Tom and Kelly. What a couple. Right from the start it's clear how much they care about each other, how much they have always cared about each other. Their romance was a bit of a slow sizzle, which I like as a reader, but then I felt it became stilted as they were exploring a causal sex relationship that was clearly based in love which naturally led to hurt feelings and what to felt to me like angst. Both of these characters were dealing with huge difficulties and loss in their lives, but I still expected them to act with more maturity. Their romance, which seemed to be coming together so nicely, suddenly ungelled for me and never gelled again.
Book Two

While not the most gripping romantic suspense I've read, the novel was very well written and the subplots and plots merged smoothly. I liked all of the characters, even the grumpy Charles, I think it was because I liked them so much that I was disappointed in some of their choices, especially Tom and Kelly (or, more accurately Kelly) which is why the book fell a little flat for me in some places. Still, the sweet and sizzling romance moments and clean writing are enough for me to continue with the series. It shows promise for growth and I look forward to more of this series.

Happy Reading,
Jewels
So a while back I started the Silver Creek series by Maisey Yates, and I recently decided to continue with the series and am ever so glad that I did. I admire Maisey Yates writing style, it draws you into the emotions effortlessly and gives me shivers at times. Untouched was a story about two people very afraid to live and yet, together they learn how to live.

Series: Silver Creek, #2 
My Rating: 's
Genre: Contemporary Romance

In the first book of this series, Lark is very much treated like a little girl by  her brothers Cole and Cade. They are big, bad cowboys after all, and they did help raise her after the death of their mother. And it's pretty clear that Lark is sick of being treated like a child, but that ultimately she's closed herself off to the world. Enter Quinn Parker, the man who caused her brother's Cade's rodeo accident, an accident that keeps him not only from competing, but in pain. A man Lark wants to hate, but starts to feel an affinity for.

I wasn't sure if I should like Quinn. I knew he was using Lark. At first, it was just to annoy Cade, then it turned into a seduction for revenge. Quinn hadn't caused Cade's accident, yet he was barred from competing as well. So I didn't know how wicked this was really, and like Lark, I didn't buy his whole bad boy facade. But I also wasn't really sure at first, until it became apparent that Quinn was lying to himself about his feelings for Lark, about who he was and what was happening him and Lark.

Lark was a cute, geeky character and she made me laugh. I liked that she was trying to get out into the real world, trying not to be afraid to live even though she had been since the death of her mother. I liked that she was vulnerable, and yet so strong. Quinn I liked even when I wasn't sure if I should because he seemed like a little boy at times, hurt and pretending not to be by growling at the world. Together these two realize there is more to life than what they thought, and even when things go south because Quinn is so determined to get back at Cade, to prove to Lark that is a bad person, I knew that they would find their way back to each other.
Book Three

Quinn, who sets out to hurt Lark's family, finds he can't but he's already lost Lark when oddly enough, the ranch he's set up for young boys who have had a rough life, solves part the mystery of who caused Cade's accident, and clears Quinn's name. It was a little convenient, but I suspect that maybe Cade's book will reveal more information and solve the mystery entirely. And naturally, this allows Quinn to fully realize what an ass he's been. Happily ever after shortly follows.

I enjoyed the book. It sizzled, it hurt, and it showed two people who were a little broken coming together and letting go of fear and hurts and learning to live life. The story was funny at times, heartwarming at others and the emotions often cut into me they were so well portrayed. A great second novel for this series.

Happy Reading, 
Jewels


I just finished up a book that had some delicious writing and I had to share the quotes that grabbed me most. That book was Untouched by Maisey Yates, an author I stumbled on a couple of years ago but haven't read in a while. I've always loved her writing style and this quick and sizzling cowboy read was fun and sweet and just knocked my socks off at times. I'll tell you more about this later in my review, and just share the quotes that I'm here to share today. Hope you enjoy them!


...she was so soft. Like silk to the touch, and warm; warm enough that he thought if he pulled her against him, she might be able to transfer some of it to him. Not to his skin, but to somewhere deep inside of him. To places that were always cold.

She smiled, and it was like the sun breaking through the clouds. He didn't deserve that smile. He didn't deserve this moment, or any of the moments that would come after it. But he was going to take them.  Because it was so easy for him to be bad. And it was so hard to be good. 


"I love you Quinn." For a second, those words filled him with a joy that was so big, so terrible, he thought it would crush his insides. And on the heels of the joy came the hard, cold bite of reality. She was perfect for him, beaus she had so much to take. Because she was beautiful, lovely inside an out, unlike anyone else he'd ever known. Because she looked at him and saw a man with nothing as worth something. Because she tried to see beyond the bad that had been born into him. 

Like I said dear readers, it's delicious. Gave me shivers. Stay tuned for my full review!

Happy Reading,
Jewels
Recently I started listening to more audiobooks. And recently, I also signed up for Audible after months (possibly even a year) of debate. With myself. So when I saw that The Book Nympho, along with Hot Listens was doing an Audiobook Challenge, I thought it'd be fun to join in. So I'm joining in, and spreading awareness.


READING CHALLENGE GUIDELINES
  • ♥ Runs January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016. You can join at any time, which I think is great!
  • ♥ The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2016 than you did in 2015. 
  • ♥ Books must be in audio format.
  •  ANY genres count.
  • ♥ Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • ♥ You do not have to be a book blogger to participate! You can join in and track your progress on Goodreads or where ever.
  • ♥ If you’re a blogger grab the button  and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.
LEVELS
  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30-50
  • Marathoner (Look Ma no hands) 50+

Well, it wasn't too long ago I was set myself a reading goal for 45 books this year, and not not all those books are going to be romance books. So my goal for this challenge will be WEEKEND WARRIOR. I think in twelve months I can at least manage five audiobooks, and maybe more!

Happy Listening,
Jewels
Recently a new Lorelei James book came out, and I decided to return to this author and see what her new series was all about. The cover and blurb excited me, so I was definitely thinking that I would love this novel. And the characters of Lennox and Brady were very different than others penned by the author, so I was immediately drawn into the story.

Series: Need You, #1
My Rating: 's
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Those of you that are fans of Lorelei James know that she usually writes erotic romance. I'll be honest and say that sometimes I don't find erotic romance as compelling as other genres. Personal preference, but I don't shy away from the genre either and Lorelei James is a great erotic romance author. This was not an erotic romance, but I wasn't expecting it to be. The first half of the novel I was impressed by the sassy and smart Lennox. She wasn't afraid to stand up to Brady, and she had had a rough life but was building herself a promising career. I liked her character, she was solid, even willing to take a chance on Brady, who is kinda her boss.

And I liked Brady too, because he was something of a geek even if he was a hot one, and he had insecurities. He wasn't your usual controlling exec that liked control, but it was obvious he was no prude and that he wasn't afraid to let Lennox know exactly what he wanted. And yet, he takes it slow with her, which I also liked. He was kinda a complex character that way.
Book 2, coming August 2016

And then, about halfway through the novel, after they started seeing each other seriously, the story began to drag for me. Don't ask why, but suddenly it was falling kinda flat. I figured it'd pick up, but it became all too apparent that it wasn't going to, at least not for this reader. The story and the relationship had  no real problems. There were some bumps in the road which were easily smoothed over, and the heat and intensity I'd been expecting sputtered out and then the story seemed to end. So, sadly I was left disappointed. The book had heart warming moments and I'm sure many will enjoy this novel as it was well written but I wanted more intensity from this passionate couple, more emotional connection to them, and that simply wasn't there.

If you're in the mood for a lighter, sweet romance this will fit the bill.

Happy Reading,
Jewels