Author: Anne

Joint Review: Still the One by Jill Shalvis

Joint Review: Still the One by Jill Shalvis

Posted April 2, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

Anne’s Review  Move over Griff!  I’ve been secretly lusting after A.J. since Then Came You and now it’s official.  AJ holds a top spot in my heart. Griffin’s lady, Kate is still my favorite gal in the series, though.  Jill Shalvis’ characters always feel like real people to me and I love them.  They are not perfect; they are real. Well, they are real to me.  Jill Shalvis never disappoints. OMG AJ!  You are a god among men.  AJ thinks she doesn’t love him and he still puts her first!!!!!!  I am melted.  He is such an admirable man, working with those who are hurt even when they can’t pay him.  He’s trying to find someone to provide grants for people once their insurance runs out […]


The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter

The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter

Posted March 26, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

The Original Heartbreakers is a brand new contemporary romance series by Gena Showalter.  I have always wanted to read her books and in fact, have several of them.  But The Closer You Come was the first time I actually read one. There is a prequel novella,  The One You Want (The Original Heartbreaks #0.5) which was free on March 1 if you preordered it. So I did.  I gave it 3 stars. It sets up the story but it pressed too many of my billionaire man-whore meets poor, hardworking girl buttons. As a novella, some things seemed to happen too quickly to be believable. The Original Heartbreakers series is set in the small town of Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, where everyone knows everyone.  This is a pain and a […]


The Secret by Elizabeth Hunter

The Secret by Elizabeth Hunter

Posted March 19, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

I have loved the Irin Chronicles and while this was meant to be only a trilogy, readers will be happy to learn there will be more writing about this world. The world building is very different and exciting. The settings are worldwide, but a primary location is Istanbul, Turkey and Vienna, Austria. The locations lend some spice to an already interesting puzzle. Ava and Malachi lead us to learn more about their world and its history. Finally, we get to Ava’s father and grandmother. Jaron’s role and motives are more clear to us. Ava’s life is a microcosm of the secret which will shock the secret world of the Irin. The humans know nothing of this world and its battles. The Secret has some happy, some sad, some action, some heat, lots of […]


Anne Loves This Series! And I Love Her by Marie Force

Anne Loves This Series! And I Love Her by Marie Force

Posted March 12, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

    I really love this series.  It captured me with the first book, ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE , when I fell in love with Will and has never let me go.  This family of TEN children set in a small Vermont mountain town is warm, funny, and sexy.   The titles are all Beatles songs because Gramps, Elmer, loves the Beatles. The family and small town dynamics are great.  The characters feel like family and friends. The stories are somewhat typical and almost realistic romance but with the humor and caring, they are far better than most in this genre.  It is so comforting to see other family members from previous books. I have to admit one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so […]


Infinity Bell by Devon Monk

Infinity Bell by Devon Monk

Posted March 5, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

    I still love these characters. I still care about what happens to them and I’m STILL worried. Thank everything the next book is out this fall instead of next March. The ending is another cliffhanger with my heart in a vice. Infinity Bell is packed with action and emotion. I couldn’t put this book down any more than the last one. The focus was on a smaller group of those near and dear to me. The past, the present and the future are all interwoven. It is both emotionally and intellectually compelling. I enjoyed learning much more about Quinten and a bit more about his childhood with Matilda. There is some insight into his time away from home and the last few years. He is […]


Turn Up the Heat by Kimberly Kincaid

Turn Up the Heat by Kimberly Kincaid

Posted March 5, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

      I saw something about this and wanted to read it. It was published about a year ago, so I wasn’t really planning on reviewing it. But I really loved it. I liked the characters. It wasn’t perfect. There was a bit of stereotype and I think Bellamy and Shane were a little old to be having some of the struggles they were. It pushed believable to the edge. And they fell for each other so fast. I can believe attraction happening so quickly and even love, so this felt real, but also knowing they will have to spend some time now, building on the start of their relationship, IF this is to be somewhat realistic. Bellamy was great, so honest with herself and others. […]


Anne’s Thoughts on Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Anne’s Thoughts on Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Posted March 2, 2015 by Anne in Book Review, Misc | 0 Comments

  I’ll begin by saying Patricia Briggs is an author who is a must read and I love everything.  It is so well-written; it easily captures my attention and emotions.  It is urban fantasy at its best.   Dead Heat is in the Mercy Thompson world but is not really a book in that series.  I would read these books in order and not as a standalone. Dead Heat is a departure from the usual story for Charles and Anna.  This book focuses more on their private lives than Charles’ work.  There is Anna’s upcoming birthday, visiting an old friend of Charles,  and a personal choice the couple is considering.   There is a mystery and action / adventure. I love the characters. I love the world. I […]


Thrifty Thursday! Anne’s thoughts on Secrets on the Sand by Roxanne St. Claire

Thrifty Thursday! Anne’s thoughts on Secrets on the Sand by Roxanne St. Claire

Posted February 26, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 5 Comments

  Free on Kindle, Nook and Kobo on July 26, 2014  I like almost all forms of romance, although not so much historical, but I have a prejudice against the billionaire thing.  How likely is it there would be so many young, handsome billionaires running around and they always fall for the pretty but down on her luck, no money lady.  I enjoy something light and fluffy as long as it isn’t totally unbelievable. Sadly, this book is a classic example of what I hate.  It shows me why I stopped reading contemporary romance for more than 20 years!  I just couldn’t take the unrealistic characters and the unbelievable storylines. The man in SECRETS ON THE SAND, Zeke was a geek in high school who went […]