MacKenzie Knightley is the best criminal trial attorney in Damson County, but he has no defense against petite, peppery Sidonie Lindstrom, a foster mom who’s moved into the farmhouse where Mack and his brothers grew up.
Sid is grieving the loss of her brother, worried she’s about to lose her foster son, and in no mood for romantic nonsense when Mack drives up the lane. And yet, he’s good with her horses, good with her foster son, and just the sort of solid, trustworthy, guy she might fall for—until she learns that he’s not at all what he appears to be.
I didn’t read the first two books in the series but I don’t think that’s relevant to my thoughts on this story. It came across as a standalone book.
Now for my thoughts on this creation….
I didn’t particular love or hate this book. For me, it was just eh.
I didn’t feel a connection between Mac and Sid. There was no sparks whatsoever in my mind. All the characters lacked a human quality which a writer must convey if she or he wishes to entice the reader to keep reading and keep purchasing his/her story.
I did read the whole book but, unfortunately, I won’t be going back for seconds.
The only reason why I am not giving it a 1 ❤ was due to the fact Grace shed some light on the foster care world. It saddens me to see children “forgotten” in the system or foster parents who are doing a great job not get the recognition they rightfully deserve. Trust me, I know not all social workers drop the ball but when they do, it hurts not only the child but those who care for the child – foster families, friends, and their real family (in this case).
With You series HarperCollins (Avon) March 31, 2015
Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.
Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.
But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.
Let me set the stage for you and see if you can figure out how this story will end based on the information I provide you.
1.) Henry (an ex-con) wants to talk to Roxy and make amends for the terrible act he committed against her friend, Charlie. A thoughtless act of violence which made him basically a lifeless person.
2.) Roxy has acquired herself a stalker.
3. The stalker makes his move and cue the rescuer.
Come on…. I know you can figure it out. I concluded how this book was going to end from almost the beginning.
Since I like more mystery in a mystery novel, even though if it’s a romance/mystery novel, I’m knocking down the score.
This book was just okay. Not bad but definitely not worth a second read.
However, I did like two major characters in this novel – Nick and Katie.
High school math teacher Chelsea Gardner has the perfect plan. She’s tired of dating all the wrong men, and after years of frustration, she’s developed a foolproof list of requirements for finding “The One”.
Bar owner Sebastian “Bash” Palmer finds Chelsea beautiful, smart and fun, but he thinks her list is ridiculous and unnecessary. Intent on proving Chelsea is looking for love in all the wrong ways, he offers to help her find the “perfect” man.
Chelsea knows Bash isn’t the right guy for her—he barely meets one of her criteria—but there’s something about the charismatic man that has her yearning for things that are most definitely not list approved.
Because sometimes, a relationship that looks totally wrong on paper can turn out incredibly right…
FWB (Friends with Benefits) minus feelings? Yeah, I never heard of it happening either. Usually it doesn’t work out but in the romance writing world, it sure does. 🙂
When you are firing off sparks brighter than a Fourth of July celebration, feelings are inevitable. Speaking of sparks, these two set the pages on fire. What an unforgettable duo. They have quickly became one of my top JB couples.
My only complaint (minor one) – I wish JB would’ve had Chelsea go on more dates so we could see more of Bash’s feelings for the spunky, sexy lass. Maybe have conversations where they discuss the blind dates. I think they would’ve added volumes to their building relationship.
With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. She isn’t interested in legendary team captain, Alex Waters, or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs. When Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes much more than just a hot body with the face to match.
Suffering from a complete lapse in judgment, Violet discovers just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. Violet believes her night of orgasmic magic with Alex is just that: one night. But Alex starts to call. And text. And email and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts. Suddenly, he’s too difficult to ignore, and nearly impossible not to like.
The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.
At first Alex’s shyness, gentlemanly ways towards intimacy was cute but that changed rather quickly for me. Asking to kiss a woman for the first time —- sweet. Asking to afterwards is weird. The “May I” or “Is this ok” was borderline annoying. However that wasn’t close to annoying as the overuse of the word beaver.
HH kept referring to a vagina as beaver (Canadian slang term). Again the joke was funny at first but after several dozen times later, I was so over it and pretty much over this book.
Examples of “beaver references…..
1.) “had more than one round of fill-the-beaver-hole in a night”
2.) “How’s your beaver?” (post sex text)
3.) “I’m glad your beaver made a full recovery.” (another text)
4.) My beaver is so excited she’s gnawing at my underwear.
5.) During a waxing section, she refers to the hair as “beaver pelts”.
6.) beaver image throughout the book.
There are many more instances like these but I think you get my drift. Yes, I’m rolling my eyes AND shaking my damn head!!!!
Other parts of this tale irked me as well….. HH worn out use of MC (monster cock). I get it already. The man is hung like a horse. Move on already!!!
With a sexy cover and book summary, I thought this book was going to be golden. Unfortunately, it didn’t make a lasting impression. I definitely won’t be reading it again.
Used to the average Joe, Caitlyn Moore is overwhelmed when the supremely masculine Dante Jones walks into her life and expresses an interest in her. At first she pushes him away, refusing to encourage the attention of a cage fighter. Then she learns Dante has a love ‘em and leave ‘em reputation. What better way to fine-tune her non-existent flirting skills than with a male who won’t stick around? But Dante has no intention of being a practice dummy; he’s out for all or nothing. Now Caitlyn must accept Dante—violent career and all—or let him go.
Dante “Inferno” Jones has one goal: win the Welterweight Championship. At a time when focus is crucial, the last thing he needs is a distraction. Yet Caitlyn Moore becomes a challenge he can’t resist. When the light-hearted pursuit shifts to a battle to win her heart, his focus is shot. Faced with losing the biggest match of his career, Dante must decide if his extreme life also has room for Extreme Love.
Hallelujah, finally we have a heroine who isn’t a size 5 or less. I’m not knocking thin women, I am one, but I like the fact Cait was a size 12. Abby was right when she stated a rounder body doesn’t always necessarily mean you aren’t fit. Like Cait, I’ve seen “bigger” people work out harder and longer than “thin” folks. Heart and determination go a long way and Cait had both. So did Dante.
The underlying message should be heard and respected.
Bravo, chickie pie!!!
Now lets discuss Dante…. that man is finger lickin’ good. It makes me want to tune into the UFC right now. Which, I think I will.