It took only one impulsive moment on an empty two-lane highway to cost her everything. A man's responsible for his own prosperity - especially if he's Cooper Barnett, the most determined cowboy in the West. No one knows what he sacrificed to claim a piece of Beartooth, Montana, for himself and his beautiful fiancée, Livie. No one knows what he's willing to do for love...until a stranger's twisted vendetta threatens the happy ending they should've had long ago.
Although I enjoyed most of the story, the romance between rich girl Livie (25) and ranch hand Cooper (28) brought back bad memories of high school. They kept believing the worst of the other, not trusting, not communicating, lots of bickering, seriously not ready to be married or become parents.
The Montana small town setting was interesting, but missing the sense of community that is common in rural areas. The percentage of mean-spirited and violent residents seemed unbelievable, creating few light or heart-warming moments. Engrossing plot well written but not something I would want to experience more than once.
They called him Mack Daddy. No, seriously, his name was Mack. Short for Mackenzie. Thus, the nickname. Perfect, right? So was he: perfect. The perfect physical male specimen. At the private school where I taught, Mack Morrison was the only man around in a sea of women.
While Mack Daddy had some humorous and heartfelt moments, the over-all plot was too immature considering Frankie and Mack's ages (early 30s).
More than half the book consisted of Frankie and Mack rehashing their friendship which started as college/graduate school roommates and ended abruptly when Mack got his girlfriend pregnant. It is somewhat understandable when students are too insecure to admit their true feelings, but it is just annoying when adults can't be honest with each other.
Frankie was also not honest with her live-in boyfriend Victor about her rekindled attraction to Mack, and Mack was willing to help her cheat on poor Victor. Evidently neither Mack or Frankie understood that anyone who would cheat WITH them would also cheat ON them.
The narration was amazing but could not make up for the less-than-engaging storyline.
Jenna wants is to grace the NYC skyline with a building of her design. But to do it, she must tear down a neighborhood riddled with dangerous criminals who will stop at nothing to claim vengeance. Sent away from the threat for a week-long tour in the wilds of Colorado, Jenna meets a stranger so intense her desire is equally mixed with fear. Tall, built, and incredibly handsome, he isn't what he seems.
So much stupidity I'm not sure where to start...
Architect Jenna is particularly stupid and unlikeable; she willingly worked for a corrupt builder and alongside a convicted sex offender. She even made excuses for the dangerous sexual predator, stating yes he tries to rape women but he is so brilliant I am lucky to work with him.
When Jenna and her co-workers were sent on a camping trip, she didn't question why her boss would play for 4 or 5 employees to travel and commune with nature rather than actually work. Really? No one that dumb could have graduated high school let alone graduate school.
When Sarah Grayson opened a secondhand shop in the quaint town of North Harbor, Maine, she was expecting peace and quiet. Then she was adopted by a rescue cat named Elvis and a kooky trio of senior sleuths known as Charlotte's Angels. Now she has nine lives' worth of excitement.... Sarah's friend and employee Rose is delivering a customer's purchase when the quick errand becomes a deadly escapade. Rose arrives just in time to see the customer murdered by his wife, but before she can call the police, she is knocked out cold.
Although I am not really a cat person, I do enjoy the character of Elvis the cat in this low key mystery series. I also like Sarah, the main character; she is caring, smart, and hard-working, starting her own unique business after loosing a job. Sarah does not moan, whine or pathetically wait for a man to take care of her.
However, the most engaging and entertaining characters are the group of senior citizen detectives who call themselves Charlie's Angels. While not totally realistic, it is a pleasant change when older folks are portrayed as smart, funny and vital. Think Golden Girls meet Jessica Fletcher.
The setting of small town North Harbor Maine is surprisingly accurate; not perfect but definitely a place you would want to visit if not live. The re-purpose shop Second Chance is so typically New England (recycling has been mandated since the 1970s), where throwing away any usable item is taboo.
Every summer, Cade Maguire looks forward to opening his Longhorn Canyon Ranch to underprivileged city kids. But this year, he's having no luck finding a counselor for the children - until Retta Palmer walks through his door. Flat broke after selling everything she owns to pay her father's medical bills, Retta is thrilled to hear of an opening for a counselor position. She's not as thrilled about the ranching part, or the sexy cowboy with beautiful blue eyes who's her new boss.
Cowboy Bold had a unique, heartwarming theme involving a ranch family that provides a free summer program for inter-city children. Cowboy Cade, his brothers and employees were generous and kind to under-privileged kids who had experienced very little human kindness in their short lives.
This would have been a 5 star novel if main characters Cade and Rhetta had more consistently mature personalities. They were wonderful competent when dealing with the kids but silly in their attitudes toward romance and careers. While most of the book was enjoyable - loved all the animals - I really wanted to bang Cade and Rhetta's heads together and tell them to grow the hell up.
Unfortunately the narrator made the adult characters sound too young; her voice, while pleasant, would be better suited for books about children or teens.
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I was only a boy when I saw my mother murdered in front of me. That does something to a man. It turns him hard, cold, and makes him an addict for control. In all things. My desires are dark and what I'm interested in is far more than simple submission. I've been waiting for someone as broken as me. Someone who truly needs to give up complete control and rely on me to take away her pain. And then I found her. Katia. My kitten. The moment I laid eyes on her gorgeous face, full lips, and seductive curves, she stole the air from my lungs.
This misogynistic novel appeared to romanticize and condone human slavery and sexual assault, suggesting that inferior women deserve to be beaten and tortured by superior men. The main asshole showed no affection, respect, compassion or human kindness toward the pathetically stupid Kat who lacked mature judgment and self-esteem. Not romantic, not erotic, not entertaining, just violent, degrading and depressing.
You can't fight what you can't see. And Gabriel Raines can't be sure just who's setting the fires in his new real-estate development. When two fires hit back-to-back, he knows it's personal, but any number of competitors or ex-employees could be the arsonist. The police suspect Angel Ramirez, a local teen who's been in trouble before. But Mattie Baker, a volunteer at the Family Abuse center, just can't believe the kid she's been working with would go back to his delinquent ways. Determined to convince Gabe that she's right, Mattie must get close to him....
Evidently Ms. Martin believes that date rape is an erotic, romantic experience that women enjoy. When Mattie said NO to a sexual encounter, Gabe raped her without remorse, stating that he KNEW that she really didn't mean NO.
Sadly, it seems that another female author is promoting the degrading myth that women are too stupid to make decisions about their own bodies and, of course, that men know best. Ms. Martin stated that Mattie was JUST A WOMAN who was too weak from dealing with the stress of a professional career to manage her personal life.
While Ms. Martin is obviously intelligent and talented, she doesn't seem to like or respect her own gender, suggesting that women's only purpose in life is to serve the needs of men as sexual or domestic servants.
TV reporter Laura Nilsson, known as the "Baghdad Babe," spent eighteen months in an Al-Qaeda compound after being kidnapped live on the air. Two years later, she's still wondering why.No mission in Javier Corbray's fourteen years as a Navy SEAL affected him the way Laura's rescue did.
While author Pamela Clare is obviously very talented, she needs to research her books more thoroughly, especially when her plots concern sexual violence.
Striking Distance, as several previous books in this series, feature a female survivor of sexual assault and torture. Rather than accurately portraying the trauma of sexual violence and the healing process necessary to recover, the heroine (Laura) is instantly cured by hero Javier. In a strange twist, Laura starts fantasizing about having rough, degrading sex.
Although the majority of the plot and characters were entertaining and engrossing, the romance between Laura and Javier was disappointing and unbelievable.
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Just call me Mister O. Because your pleasure is my superpower. Making a woman feel "oh god that's good" is the name of the game, and if a man can't get the job done, he should get the hell out of the bedroom. I'm talking toe-curling, mind-blowing, sheet-grabbing ecstasy. Like I provide every time. I suppose that makes me a superhero of pleasure, and my mission is to always deliver.
If you like heroes who think of sex as a professional sport, then Nick is the perfect man. He thinks that scoring with hundreds of faceless, nameless women makes him a superhero. He also believes that hitting and restraining this lovers is acceptable as long as he is having a good time and his partner is too stupid to say NO.
Harper is just sad, an intelligent woman who has no self-respect or sense of her own value. The fact that she believes that she needs to pretend to be someone else - meaning stupid and slutty - rather than attractive the way she is naturally. It's depressing that a talented female author has such a low opinion of her own gender.
PS. Nick considered Harper off-limits because she was his best friend's sister, as if a woman is the property of a male relative without the right to choose who she can date.
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Lucy Lang isn't looking for fireworks. She's looking for a nice, decent man. Someone who'll mow the lawn, flip chicken on the barbecue, teach their future children to play soccer. But most important: someone who won't inspire the slightest stirring in her heart - or anywhere else. A young widow, Lucy can't risk that kind of loss again. But sharing her life with a cat named Fat Mikey and the Black Widows at the family bakery isn't enough either.
While extremely well written, I found the plot of this book depressing and annoying. Lucy allowed her mother and aunts (the black widows) to dismiss her professional goals and make her feel guilty about wanting to have a family.
Yes, it was sad that Lucy became a widow at the age of 24, yet 4 years later she was still wallowing in self pity, afraid to enjoy life and desperate for family approval. The only normal, engaging character was her best friend Parker.
Even Ethan was disappointing, passively letting his self-absorbed parents to ignore and disparage him, constantly comparing him to his perfect deceased brother. A better title might have been How to be a Martyr for Dummies.