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V is for Very Special #atozchallenge #ABCofRomance @AprilA2Z

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A Very Special Delivery (Love Inspired) ♥♥

Synopsis
Molly is a sad person who loves children but thinks she is a danger to them because of an incident when her nephew died in her care.

Ethan is a delivery man and needs to leave his baby at Molly’s house while goes and makes a delivery during a snowstorm. Once he returns, it is too perilous to try to drive home, so he stays at Molly’s house.

This begins their romance and Molly’s return to finding her faith in God.

Opinion

While I am very religious person, I do not usually read Christian romances because they can be mediocre. Like many in this sub-genre, the author depicts Molly as a lost, bitter, sad person. Then she re-discovers religion, causing her to be a better person. Happier and content. Only then is she worthy of being loved. Meh

Molly’s conflict with her estranged sister was over the top to me. If this is supposed to be a town full of a lot of “good Christian people”, why didn’t any of them help Molly deal with her grief at the time her nephew died? It was as if everyone saw the car accident, but decided to wait for the paramedics to get there instead of trying to help.

Plus, I do not think I really got over the fact that Ethan left his baby with a complete stranger. I do not care about the fact that it was in the middle of a snowstorm. Didn’t he have any friends?

It was so cheesy. I skipped over pages just to get to the end. Some parts were about as interesting as watch paint dry.

You may not agree, but that is my opinion.

Should you buy? If you want a super, scrubbed clean romance with no hint of anything to offend the sensibilities, then this book is for you. You might want to check out other Love Inspired books too. For me, I now know the code words “Love Inspired” mean that I will pass on reading that.

Book details from Goodreads
Paperback, 250 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Steeple Hill (first published January 1st 2002)
series: Tiny Blessings #8
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R is for Ravished #atozchallenge #ABCofRomance @AprilA2Z

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Ravished ♥♥♥♥

Synopsis

Gideon has a bad reputation as a defiler of innocents, but Harriet always has thought he was the perfect gentleman.

She had a way of making him feel heroic, noble, and proud.”

Harriet is a country girl who loves to explore the caves near her home. She has no intention of getting married so she does not care what the general perception of her is. She likes her freedom. However, she is very attracted to Gideon.

If you had any sense, you would run from me as fast as possible.” – Gideon

Opinion

I have nothing but good things to say about this book. I like Harriet because she is no-nonsense and full of energy. This does mean that she gets into trouble because many of her harebrained schemes are better on paper than in action. It makes for interesting times. Most importantly though, she is fair in giving Gideon the benefit of the doubt instead of falling in line with believing the tawdry, unfounded gossip. She sounds like the type of person with whom I would like to have fun.

She was playing with fire when it came to getting physical with Gideon. While he tried to warn her, but “making love to Harriet had become as inevitable as the dawn.”

Her hesitation to commit after the deed was done was also humorous. Not because she did not love him, she was worried about getting tied down. In true gentlemen’s fashion, he was able to convince her that they needed to do the honorable thing and get married.

This is a romance all the way, but there is also a dash of mystery and suspense that are essential to the plot development. The villain of the story was unexpected the first time I read it. I thought it was going to be someone else. There are a few red herrings along the way.

As for the romance part of the plot, Harriet and Gideon have great chemistry. That is not all, they also have a lot of common interests. The fact that she “inflamed his passions” was an added bonus.

Should you buy? Of course! This is one of my favorites from Amanda Quick because I like Harriet as character. Gideon was the strong silent type of man who is trying to do the right thing even though he does not get any credit for it. Harriet is his champion. My kind of love story.

Book details from Goodreads
Mass Market Paperback, 385 pages
Published December 2005 by Bantam (first published July 1992)

Available on Amazon

Q is for Quiet #atozchallenge #ABCofRomance @AprilA2Z

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Quiet Passions (Cruise Romance Series Book 1) ♥

 

Synopsis
Claire was on a cruise by herself because her husband cancelled at the last minute.
Thane is a ship officer working on the cruise.
They are attracted to each other.

Opinion
Claire was not in a happy marriage. Her husband is a workaholic, putting work above everything else. She was tired of coming in second place. However, she only became disenchanted with her husband after she met Thane.

She was a married woman but sometimes she yearned for the cat and mouse game of pursuit.” – Claire

When I realize that she was married, I almost stopped reading this book. I continued reading because of the A-to-Z challenge, but hesitatingly so, because I did not want to read that they got physical with each other.

In a nutshell: An unhappy married woman flirts with a very attractive man while on vacation. Both mourn the fact that they cannot pursue the relationship. Woman goes home to her workaholic husband questioning if she should leave him for her new love.

Should you read? I do not recommend. Besides the fact that she was married, there was nothing that happened that made me feel sorry for Claire. Her husband worked too much, yes. That is hardly worth leaving him especially if it had not been discussed prior to that. He needs to know that his marriage is in jeopardy instead of flirting with another man. Out of respect for the man she married, Claire should not have entertained any type of relationship with Thane.

Additional comments- I am happily married but I can understand if a person is not married to the right person, it might not be as pleasant. However, I think that each person in a marriage has to concentrate on what they bring to the table to make the marriage successful. In this case, I am not sure that Claire has adequately expressed her dissatisfaction with the current status of their marriage. I do not think that if she left her husband for Thane, she would be any happier once they got on with the business of living.

Book details from Goodreads
ebook, 58 pages
Published May 9th 2014 by Marie Michaels

Available on Amazon

P is for Private #atozchallenge #ABCofRomance @AprilA2Z

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Private Passions (Private Series Book 4) ♥♥♥

Synopsis

Former Green Beret Daniel (Deck) has been the bodyguard for A-list actress Jane for the last five years. After she receives some particularly bad news regarding her ex-husband, Deck’s effort to console her end with them both in bed.

I’ll be damned if I’m going to dry hump you on the couch” – Deck

Before they have a chance to talk about what just happened, they are discovered and derogatory things are said.

Can an actress and her bodyguard have a love life together
or
are they doomed from the start?

Opinion

This book could have been over in two chapters if this had been me. After the first love scene, I would have been like, “Deck, you and me belong together. I have been crushing on you for years. Let’s do this!”

Jane had similar thoughts, but she did not verbalize them.

Like everything else with Deck, the reality was infinitely better” – Jane

Instead of going with what would have been a good idea, she decided to listen to people who fill her head with nonsense like she is supposed to be better than a relationship with Deck.

While Deck is a strong, alpha male, he still had feelings. He does not take to kindly to Jane playing with his emotions and trying to keep their relationship in the closet.

Should you buy? While it was the typical bodyguard romance, it was still interesting enough to keep me entertained. I got a little annoyed with Jane, but at least she came to her senses early enough. Plus it is inexpensive.

Book Details from Goodreads
ebook
Published October 24th 2012
series Private #4

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N is for Nothing #atozchallenge #ABCofRomance @AprilA2Z

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Nothing But Trouble ♥♥

Synopsis

In this cowboy romance, Melanie wants to prove to her father that she can survive in a remote area while managing her type 1 diabetes so that he will fund her expedition to Africa. She offers Stoney money to take her on a trip in the mountains in Wyoming. She neglects to tell him that she has diabetes and needs very specific care.

Stoney needs the money that Melanie is offering to fix up his family ranch in Wyoming. His father was injured in a fire and currently is in a wheelchair. He does not want to help Melanie but sees no other viable option.

Opinion

I think that Melanie is a spoiled brat who has been sheltered her whole life. When given the chance to show that she is mature to take care of herself, she botches it seriously and almost loses her life. And somewhere in the midst of everything, Stoney falls in love with Melanie.

WHY?

Melanie did not seem lovable to me. The more the story progress, the more aggravated I was with Melanie. She withheld information so that she could manipulate the situation. She knew if she told Stoney the full truth, he would not have taken her on that remote trip.

Maybe I am being too hard on Melanie, but I think she needs to grow up before she can even think about having a relationship. As it is, I think Stoney is going to have to spoil her in order for her to be happy because she will only be satisfied when things are going her way.

Should you buy? If you like infuriating, bratty female characters and reading about the men that have to deal with them, THEN you will like this book. Otherwise, you will react like I did, “Meh”.

Book details from Goodreads
Kindle Edition, 193 pages
Published September 19th 2011 by Lisa Mondello (first published September 1999)
Available on Amazon