I <3 Book Review: Breaking Bailey’s Rules

By Brenda Jackson

Breaking Bailey’s Rules  (The Westmorleands #3)

Brenda Jackson

November 3, 2015

Harlequin Desire

Romance

256 pages

4 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Rule number one for Bailey Westmoreland: Never fall for a man who would take her away from her tight-knit family’s Colorado home. So why is she following rancher Walker Rafferty all the way to Alaska? Bailey tells herself she owes the sexy loner an apology, and once she gets there, it’s only right to stay and help him when he’s injured…isn’t it? Before long, Bailey realizes home might be where you make it—if Walker is ready to take all she has to offer.

MY TAKE  

I loved this book!!! Bailey has been one of my favorite Westmoreland’s since her character was introduced.  Why? Because she reminds me a lot of myself.  She’s smart, sassy and to the point, but she loves her family more than anything.  As you read through the Denver Westmoreland’ stories you get glimpses of Bailey and her tough no-nonsense personality which makes you wonder what man has the ability to not only pique her interest but capture her heart.

Brenda did good when she choose Walker for Bailey, he’s silent but firm, protective but gentle and lets not forget sexy.  Poor Bailey fell head in before she could talk herself out of it and Walker was different.  Although the scenario used to get them together has been done before by other authors and Ms. Jackson herself, it felt unique to this book.  I strong suggest reading this book and if you haven’t read from the beginning of the series to get to know Bailey.

And for those waiting on Bane’s story ( Meeeee!!!) Make sure you read the epilogue (wink)

MycheleAnjelica

I purchased this book and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I <3 Book Review: A Lover’s Vow

By Brenda Jackson

A Lover’s Vow (The Grangers #3)

Brenda Jackson

April 28, 2015

MIRA

Romance

411 pages

3 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

She’s all he’s ever wanted. He’s everything she’ll ever need.

Business mogul Dalton Granger is as passionate as he is gorgeous, but private investigator Jules Bradshaw won’t give him the time of day. She knows all about the youngest Granger brother—a charming bad boy whose only interest is playing the field.

But Dalton is more complicated than that, and he’s determined to show Jules that behind all the bravado is the honest heart of a devoted son, brother…and a man whose own life is in peril.

Jules is the only person who can protect Dalton, and they embark on a mission to save his family and his legacy. But when their late nights in the office turn into early mornings in the bedroom, Jules and Dalton soon realize they have more at stake than they ever imagined.

MY TAKE  

Let me say this first, I looooovvvvveeee Brenda Jackson.  She has written over 60 books and to my knowledge I’ve read them all.  I’ve read them, loved them and dreamed of the day my life would be turned upside down by one of the heroes in her books.  So when I read A Lover’s Vow I was a little disappointed. This is the third and final book in Jacksons’ Granger series about brothers Jace,Caden and Dalton.  The brother’s suffered a horrible blow when their mother was murdered and their father was convicted as the killer and sent to prison.  Years later the brothers are summoned home when their grandfather is on his death bed and makes the brothers promise to find the true killer.

The first book is a introduction to the family and what they’ve been through since the death of Sylvia Granger.  It also gets the ball rolling with the investigation sees the older brother Jace meet his match.  The second book focuses on middle brother Caden and his reunion with former girlfriend Shiloh with the suspense of the murder investigation in the background.

With this being the last book in the series my expectations were high and in the end the book left high and dry.  The book was very predictable from the romance side of things (but then again so is every romance novel). The character of Dalton was arrogant, conceited and frankly annoying, and not in a sexy intriguing way.  Needless to say I found myself rushing past the romance to find out who was the killer.

I’m no expert in mysteries, but normally throughout the investigation of a case the writer or tv show will introduce the killer in a roundabout way to through you off so when they are revealed you smack yourself for not putting together the clues.  In this mystery I was completely confused because it wasn’t someone we would’ve guessed and it seemed a little random.

All in all the book was ok.  It doesn’t turn me off from Brenda Jackson novels nor romance in general but if you haven’t read the series and you’re curious don’t set your expectations to high.

MycheleAnjelica

I purchased this book and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I <3 Book Review: A Brother’s Honor

By Brenda Jackson

By Brenda Jackson

A Brother’s Honor ( Brother’s #1)

Brenda Jackson

May 28,2013

Harlequin MIRA

Romance

400 pages

5 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The Granger brothers left behind their family’s Virginia estate—and the bad memories it holds—years ago. But their dying grandfather’s request brings them home: to a failing business, a legacy of secrets and a deathbed promise to make things right.

As the eldest brother, attorney Jace Granger is determined to take responsibility for Granger Aeronautics, his family’s failing business. But the years of mismanagement seem impossible to untangle. As CEO, he hires a consultant to turn the company around. Smart, sexy Shana Bradford is the right person for the job—and the right woman to turn Jace’s world upside down.

But the passion between them is jeopardized when old secrets begin to emerge. A woman from Jace’s past suddenly reappears. And an explosive discovery changes everything Jace thinks he knows about his mother—and his father, who was convicted of her murder.

Jace Granger tried to leave his family history behind once before. But this time he needs to face the past…or risk losing his future.

Three brothers. One legacy. A lifetime of secrets.

MY TAKE 

I love Brenda Jackson and almost all of her books. My favorites by Brenda are her normal romance books but every once in a while she writes a story that is outside of her norm.  The last time was A Silken Thread which was a excellent book with plenty of drama, suspense and of course romance.   A Brothers Honor is Brenda’s first book from the Harlequin Mira Publisher and if this is what i have to look forward to then sign me up!

 The story is the first of three books about the Granger brothers. There’s Jace the oldest brother and  attorney, Caden the musician, and Dalton the billionaire playboy.   When the boys were teenagers their father was convicted of murdering their mother, leaving them to be raised by their grandfather and ostracized by their community.   At first chance the boys left their home in Virginia and pursue personal happiness.    After their grandfather passes away they take on the family aeronautics company not knowing the company is in serious trouble.  The company has been losing government contracts and its suspected that an employee is selling company secrets.  So the brothers hire Shana Bradford and her consulting firm to do some digging.  And whenever you look for trouble you are sure to find it.
But whats a Brenda Jackson book without romance? Boring is what.   Shana and Jace are pure fire.  And for most of the book we watch them deny each other.  Shana is great at her job and with her help we solve the mystery of who is trying to ruin the company.  She is also professional and has a rule of not engaging in affairs with her clients.  While I respect the boundaries of employee/employer I don’t like them in the books I’m reading LOL.
My recommendation is that you pick up this book.  If not for this reason there is still one mystery that hasn’t been solved;  Who killed Sylvia Granger and why doesn’t Shepparad want the boys to find out?

MycheleAnjelica

I received this book free from the publisher Harlequin through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I <3 Book Review: Platinum Promises

By Zuri Day

By Zuri Day

Platinum Promises (  The Drakes of California #3)

Zuri Day

April 23,2013

Harlequin

Romance

224 pages

3 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Seduction in the lap of luxury… 

Award-winning wines have helped Dexter Drake turn his family’s luxury resort and spa into the most successful vineyard in Southern California. Yet Dexter has another talent—his prowess with women. He is having too much fun to settle down…until he meets Faye Buckner, a guest at the vineyard’s hotel. Her act of kindness makes it impossible for him to get the beautiful doctor out of his mind.

Faye believes in making the world a better place, and has dedicated her career to saving lives. She plans to concentrate on her work. But she soon discovers that the breathtaking playboy isn’t just gorgeous—he is intelligent and compassionate, too. Should Faye remain focused solely on her career or listen to Dexter’s passionate promises…and her own heart?

MY TAKE

I love when authors make characters relatable, don’t get me wrong I love a swoon worthy book where the woman is perfect and the man is the next Denzel or Brad Pitt but let’s be real.  Not all men have perfect manners, lots of money, looks to die for and know all the perfect words to make you fall in love.  Which is why I liked Dexter Drake, yes he’s handsome, has a good job , a nice car and he’s also a little arrogant, in that “yeah im fine, women like me and I know it” way. He’s use to women chasing him which makes him perfect for Dr. Faye Buckner.  Faye has just come back to the States from Haiti where she served as a volunteer  to open her clinic.  Her mentor gives her a week vacation at the Drake resort Dexter’s family owns.  They have a brief across the lobby stare off but its at the birthday party of Papa Dee the family patriarch that they finally meet.  Faye comes to Papa’s aid when he has a mini heart attack .  Dexter personally thanks her by asking her out on a date and from then on it…  Its ON!!

From the time they first catch each others eye you can tell there is a connection, but unlike most women Faye is a little hesitant to involve herself with Dexter for all the right reasons; he’s a playboy,she knows her time at the resort is limited and she doesn’t have time to get involved in a relationship with so much going on in her life.  So does she keep her distance? of course not and eventually they become involved.  Then reality sets in a Faye has to leave.

Faye becomes heavily involved with opening the clinic and her relationship with Dexter suffers. And it doesn’t help that an old friend who is also a doctor comes into the picture.  This makes Faye question if a relationship with Dexter will ever work.They live in separate cities, live different lifestyles and have different approaches to life.   So the question is can their relationship survive the distance and new competition? IDK (well I do know since I read it),but I want you to read it yourself then tell me what you think.

FAVE SCENES

  • When Dexter meets the competition was funny as heck… Men!
  • A Cute surprise at the end
  • The meaning behind the book title

MycheleAnjelica

I received this book free from the publisher Harlequin through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I <3 Book Review: Five Star Romance

Five Star Romance(  The Alexanders of Beverly Hills #3)

By Jacquelin Thomas

By Jacquelin Thomas

Jacquelin Thomas

February 19,2013

Harlequin

Romance

224 pages

4 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Can what happens in Vegas… 

Beverly Hills’ most irresistible bachelor, hotel heir Blaze Alexander, has always upheld his reputation-until the night he marries a beautiful stranger in Vegas. But then his passionate bride vanishes the next day, leaving Blaze with only tantalizing memories. Fast-forward eleven months… Blaze has finally found his runaway bride again. And this time he doesn’t intend to let her get away.

…lead to a lifetime of love? 

Desperate to forget the morning she woke up beside a gorgeous mystery man, Livi Carlyle flees without a word. Now her husband-a man she barely knows-is back in her life, seducing her with a passion that leaves her breathless. When a frenzied media storm threatens to turn their secret marriage into tabloid headlines, will Livi and Blaze transform their one-night fling into a forever love?

MY TAKE 

So far Five Star Romance is my least favorite book in the AOB series.  I found the book to be predictable and the main characters annoying.  Now, before I go into detail I do want to say that I didn’t hate the book, I really didn’t.  The book is good for passing time and if you’re a fan of romance and Kimani books you’ll love it. I’m sure there are others who love the book,my own mother being one of them.

Our hero Blaze Alexander  and his family own a hotel chain inherited from the grandfather, he is the “bad boy turned good” and while he loves his job he hates the new attention he and his family are receiving after inheriting the hotel  chain.  Livi is a buyer for the Beverly Hills hotel who has  a secret.  Blaze and a Livi met in Vegas and immediately hit it off, they spend all of their time together and of course they share an extreme attraction.  On the last day Blaze suffers from a head injury that causes him to forget the latter half of his time in Vegas including his time with Livi.  Fast forward two years and Blaze imagines he sees Livi in his family’s hotel,he hasn’t forgotten about her after all these years but he has no way of finding her.  He’s not the only one who hasn’t forgotten, Livi indeed works at the hotel as a buyer but she’s afraid of making herself known because of the secret she’s been keeping.

Throughout the book we get find out what actually happened that last day in Vegas.  Earlier that day Livi and Blaze got married without telling anyone .  After the wedding the went to a concert where Blaze fell and hit his head after performing with his Fraternity brothers. When Livi gets to the hospital  she over hears Blaze telling his everyone he didn’t run off with her and that he didn’t want to be married.  Obviously hurt and embarrassed Livi and her friends leave Vegas the next day.

And this is where I leave you to find out what else happens. The book focuses on the news of the marriage and how Dexter, Livi and his family deal with the news.

WHAT I DIDNT ❤

  • It really bothered me that Livi knew she was married but did nothing for almost two years!! Really? It was very selfish of her.  What if Blaze wanted to get married? What if someone else figured out the secret.
  • Blaze has an annoying habit of jumping to conclusions.
  • Livi often came off as being very desperate.

MycheleAnjelica

I received this book free from the publisher Harlequin through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I <3 Book Review: Always & Forever

By Farrah Rochon

By Farrah Rochon

Always and Forever (Bayou Dreams #2)

Farrah Rochon

December 18 2012,

Harlequin(Kimani Romance)

Romance

224 pages

3 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The right love can build you up… 

After a run of lousy luck, Phylicia Phillips is finally close to reclaiming her cherished girlhood home in Louisiana. But before she can buy it back, Jamal Johnson beats her to the punch. The renowned architect plans to completely renovate the old place-and he wants Phylicia to help him! She doesn’t trust Jamal, but she’s helpless to fight the passion building between them.

Hiring the home restoration specialist to help convert the stately Victorian into a B&B was a stroke of genius. Until Jamal finds out the house was in Phylicia’s family for generations. Blindsided by his desire for this alluring beauty, Jamal vows to transform their working relationship into an intimate one. But will threatening troubles from the past keep them from building a blueprint for love?

MY TAKE 

I can’t imagine how it must feel to lose your childhood home because you made irresponsible decisions.  That feeling must multiple by 500 when someone you can’t stand buys it.  And I don’t even wanna guess how it feels if the person who buys the house is someone you’re trying hard to not be attracted to.  Phylicia specializes in antique renovations and she’s been working her butt off so she can buy back her families estate.  Like alot of women (myself included) she made horrible financial decisions because of someone she was dating and she ended up with nothing.  She was almost done saving the money to by back the house when Jamal swoops in and buys it.  And not only did he buy it, he wants to turn it into a Bed & Breakfast.  But he needs help renovating it, so who does he call? Phylicia and what does she do? Say no of course.

Jamal and Phylicia have somewhat of a history their best friends are married and the night of the weeding they spent the night together.  Not in the way you would think, the stayed up talking …. all night.  And the next day Phylicia goes ghost.  Now if I found a man who care more about getting to know me more than bed me Id marry him LOL j/k.  I would however give him an opportunity.  Phylicia is down to her last and now she has to swallow her pride and work for the man who is “ruining” her home.

This was not my favorite romance novel but it was a good the time story.

MycheleAnjelica

I received this book free from the publisher Harlequin through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I <3 Book Review: Shattered

By Dani Pettrey

By Dani Pettrey

Shattered (Alaskan Courage #2)

Dani Pettrey

January 29,2013

Bethany House

Fiction

368 pages

Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A Thrilling New Romantic Suspense from the Genre’s Newest Star

Piper McKenna couldn’t be more thrilled that her prodigal brother, Reef, has returned to Yancey, Alaska, after five years. But her happiness is short-lived when Reef appears at her house covered in blood. A fellow snowboarder has been killed–but despite the evidence, Reef swears he’s innocent. And Piper believes him.

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he’s also sworn to find the truth. Piper is frustrated with his need for facts over faith, but he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth may mean risking Landon’s career.

With Piper waging her own search, the two head deep into Canada’s rugged backcountry–and unexpected complications. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.

MY TAKE 

If you’re looking for a good crime novel with a little bit of romance, mystery and murder then this book is definitely for you.  But it has a different take on it, and I like it.  With all the crime shows on tv it’s so easy to get bored,  it’s always the same, body found, police interview suspects, all the interviewees didn’t do it but… they know who did until we come full circle to the person who we paid the least attention to.  We follow the police everywhere but not in this story.

Reef McKenna is accused of murdering Karli Davis and it doesn’t look good for him.  He’s found with the victim and all the evidence points to him, and his trial date was moved up.  No one in town believes him but his family, in particular his sister Piper.  When Piper sees that her brother wont get a fair trial she takes it upon herself to find the person who did kill Karli.  She’s not alone Deputy Landon Grainger a long time family friend decides to take a leave in order to help solve the case.  They have different angles Piper wants to free her brother and Landon wants to find the truth even if that means Reef really is guilty.  They travel throughout Alaska and Canada to find evidence and track down the truth.  And while they are hunting facts someone is hunting them to make sure they don’t find anything.  Several times throughout the book the Piper and Landon are targeted.  Its not until the very end that you’re sure what the outcome is going to be.

Karli lived a sad and complicated life which made it harder to solve this case and frankly I loved it.  I did mention romance right? Yes, there is romance but it’s not in the focus of the story, so I wont make it a focus of this review.  But I will say that it is one of the most natural feeling couple connections I’ve ever read in a book.  It’s normal for one people to like each other and not know where to go with that emotion.  And in Shattered we see the quick glances, the sweaty palms, and the butterflies (something I can currently relate to).

So if I like the story why am I giving it only three stars?  Well, the book starts off promising but after the frist chapter it takes a while to really get into the paging turning action.  And I appreciate a storyline that includes a character receiving salvation, but the way it happens in the book was almost unconvincing to me.  I didn’t feel life altering or believable, when its one of the most life changing events EVER.  *Please remember this is my opinion*

Other than that it was a good book.  I forgot that it was a part of a series and not a standalone book, so now I want to read the first.  It also made me want to visit Alaska, hmmm…. well not really I don’t enjoy cold weather at all, I’m a Florida girl all the way.   It had to be in the way she described the scenes and all the snow sports that made me have a moment of temporary insanity.  Lol

Highly recommend this book and I hope Dani continues the series and I hope she continues it with Gage and Darcy I like them.

MycheleAnjelica

 

I received this book free from the publisher Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”