An Impish Christmas
A Shifter Academy
Young Adult Holiday Rom Com , Sci Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA
Pub Date 12 Nov 2019
This Year, Kenzie's going to make Christmas great again. 😉
Kenzie is finally at the Shifter Academy, living her dreams, dating her super hot (and super granola) cat shifter boyfriend. After all the drama of last year, making this Christmas the best ever should be a piece of pie (make that a large slice with extra whipped cream). Right?
When Kenzie’s Christmas plans meet with heavy reluctance, Kenzie’s left holding the decorations all by herself. Oh, except for the impossibly adorable mer guy, who seemed to be on team make-Kenzie’s-life-miserable, now wants to help. What’s with that?
Add to the mix a dash of magic gone awry, and now Kenzie’s chasing a magical imp that’s tearing down all her attempts to jollify the joint.
She’ll need to track down the imp, undo the errant magic, and get everyone in the Christmas spirit before time runs out. Fail, and she could be expelled—or worse, the school might just come crumbling down. Again.
This story is a part of the Shifter Academy world, and occurs about one year following the USA Today bestselling Siren Prophecy series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel. Perfect for fans of heartwarming Christmas shenanigans, like The Grinch, and sweet holiday romantic comedies.
3 stars for me as rather light.
A YA story in the Shifters’ Academy series of
There are some amusing antics of the Imp related
even though I did guess who was the Imp fairly early on. The clues were all
It is a nice setting with a touch of Hogwarts – a hidden railway train
and platforms and all… for the intended audience a 4.
The Seduction of Tallchief
by Doreen Owens Malek
Romance , Women's Fiction
Pub Date 3 Sep 2019
THE SEDUCTION OF TALLCHIEF concerns the criminal pursuit of a multi-millionaire serial child molester, George Walden, who has used his wealth and connections to escape detection for decades. A reluctant, unconventional agent, Jefferson Tallchief, is sent into Walden’s New Jersey mansion to assemble the case against him. The relationship that develops between Walden’s bitter and reclusive daughter, Victoria, and the new hire acting as her driver forms the core of the story. As they get to know one another, their prejudices (he’s Native American and she’s mostly WASP) dissipate and a bond slowly develops between them. While Tallchief works covertly to uncover evidence that will bring Walden to justice, he’s increasingly conflicted about his deceptive role in Victoria’s life. Just when he has a major breakthrough that means he can put Walden in prison for good, Tallchief must deal with a shocking twist that changes the dangerous game entirely. The story builds to a tension filled climax which will determine the future of all the players involved. This riveting blend of suspense and romance makes a compelling, satisfying read.
As the author herself says, there is a certain
fascination with a Native American as hero, especially if they look like this
author makes them! The archetype that is portrayed of a strong, silent, deep
person, with hidden emotions, capable and surprising and loyal.
This is how she writes Tallchief and provides him
as a foil to the pale, apparently weak, heroine of the story. Someone he could
rescue, cherish and take away from her cage and set her free to flourish.
But it turns out that she has hidden depths too,
and is more capable than he imagined.
The father is the villain here, and hs crimes are
very nasty indeed.
Overall a nicely crafted story but not original in
concept even if different in delivery.
And just FYI. This author has written a series of 4
novels earlier in her career about Native American heroes and the storyline is
very similar. The heroine is nearly always blonde and pale and from the North,
and they are mostly set in Florida. Basically, she writes the same story with
slightly different settings and careers and backgrounds, but always with two
different ethnicities and cultures at play.
A Fortunes Of Texas Christmas
Fortunes of Texas
by Helen Lacey
Romance , Women's Fiction
Mills & Boon
Pub Date 30 Nov 2017
Now a channel 5 film Christmas in Paris
The Yuletide season brings something tres magnifique to Texas, in the form of sexy French enterpreneur Amersen Beaudin. The sexy but standoffish playboy has zero interest in meeting his newly discovered Fortune relatives, least of all the man who is his biological father. But when matriarch Kate Fortune dangles an all-too-attractive business proposition, he is intrigued. And once he meets Kate's beautiful gardener, Robin Harbin, he starts to rethink his holiday plans . . .
A spicy affair with the blue-eyed, blonde is now at the top of Amersen's wish list. But all Robin wants for Christmas is the flirty Parisian’s heart and soul. Can she convince him that love – and family – can lead to a Joyeux Noel?
Whilst clearly part of a series of stories about the
Fortunes – a family – living in Texas, this can also be read as a stand-alone –
just – as I got very intrigued about all the other Fortune children mentioned
if not by name, that seem to be scattered around. One really wishes that Mr
Fortune, father of all these children, learnt his lesson after the first
illegitimate child! And maybe had a vasectomy…
I like stories which include horses and where the young
woman can stick up for herself and this story had such a character.
Otherwise it was a fairly normal boy meets girl, and
finds out hat his previous tom-catting ways no longer suit him, the meetings go
well, not so well, badly, then better and finally very well and a…
A competently story-teller with nice style in the
The Day We Meet Again
HarperCollins UK, Avon
September 5, 2019
Their love story started with goodbye…
The brand-new novel from The Sunday Times bestselling author, Miranda Dickinson.
‘We’ll meet again at St Pancras station, a year from today. If we’re meant to be together, we’ll both be there. If we’re not, it was never meant to be . . .’
Phoebe and Sam meet by chance at St Pancras station. Heading in opposite directions, both seeking their own adventures, meeting the love of their lives wasn’t part of the plan. So they make a promise: to meet again in the same place in twelve months' time if they still want to be together.
But is life ever as simple as that?
This is a story of what-ifs and maybes – and how one decision can change your life forever…
The old film about the strangers that meet at the train station and fall
in love is re-imagined here as a modern love story.
Two people travelling in opposite directions but who meet and fall in
love (lust?) at St Pancras station
whilst waiting for their delayed trains. They talk and agree to some rules
about how they will communicate during the following year. But they break these
rules as their communications become more intense. And of course, they have
agreed to meet again at the end of the year, in the same place, to continue
their journeys together this time.
But life is never as straight forward as that, which is why I liked this
story. Most traditional stories would have had them meet and all would be well.
But as we know, real life is not as romantic as this.
The writing style was pleasant and the story was well crafted. It was
enjoyable if not high literature.
The Bromance Book Club
#1Bromance Book Club
Lyssa Kay Adams
Romance, Romantic Humour, Sports Romance
Pub Date 30 Jan 2020
If you love Jasmine Guillory, Sally Thorne and Helen Hoang, you'll LOVE Lyssa Kay Adams!The first rule of book club:You don't talk about book club. Gavin Scott's marriage is trouble. The Nashville Legends baseball star has recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. His reaction to the revelation is the final straw for their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he's let his pride and fear get the better of him. Welcome to the Bromance Book Club. Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency called Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it'll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his beloved wife.
I loved the concept here and would recommend people to read this book.
The title is slightly misleading in that it implies bromances – ie romances
between men – but it is not that at all. It about a group of men who get
together when their romances get into difficulties and read romance novels to
give them hints as to how their women would like them to behave – and what they
An interesting idea and hey do consider one book in particular, but it
might have been nice to find out a little more about the other books they had
read ad why and who, choose them.
The issue is that these are men who are archetypal alphas, with women
usually falling over themselves to be with them, and thus have never had to
actually woo a woman. So when their partner decides that is not who she is, or
never was, they find themselves unable to respond in a suitable manner and need
to learn different behaviour and speech patterns.
It has some fun situations but does bring up the basic problem,
particularly in the US I believe, of the hero worship of sports stars, which
means that these men fail to fully grow up and take responsibility as they have
never needed to. They are cushioned by the clubs that they play for and the
people hired to ensure that they have everything that they need and that any
trouble is just magicked away. So they are spoilt.