New York Times bestselling author Anne Elizabeth is an award-winning romance author and comic creator. With a BS in business and MS in communications from Boston University, she is a regular presenter at conventions as well as a member of The Author’s Guild and Romance Writers of America. Anne lives with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL, in the mountains above San Diego.
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Monday, November 30, 2015
In New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell’s glittering new series, wedding bells are ringing… until the return of a rake throws a bride’s plans— and heart—into a tailspin.Every debutante aspires to snag a duke. Elin Morris just happens to have had one reserved since birth. But postponements of her marriage to London’s most powerful peer give Elin time to wonder how she will marry Gavin Baynton when she cannot forget his brother, Benedict.Already exasperated at being yanked from the military to meet “family obligations,” now Ben must suffer watching his arrogant sibling squire the only woman he has ever loved. Joining the army saved Ben from sinking into bitterness, but seeing Elin again takes him back to the day they surrendered to their intoxicating desire.As the wedding draws near, Elin tries to push Ben far from her thoughts. When danger brings them together, there is no denying their feelings. But can Elin choose love over duty…?
Sunday, November 29, 2015
This is my first Joya Ryan novel and I immensely enjoyed the experience. I'm already checking to see what else I can get my hands on by her and I will certainly be back for the story of Gage's friend East.
Tell Me You Need Me is kind of interesting twist on some of the usual romance themes. There are commitment issues because what is a romance novel without commitment issues but in this book both the main characters have the issues. Chloe and Gage have been carrying on a two year long 'now you see me, now you don't' super hot long distance romance. Gage is a e search and rescue specialist, his job takes him all over the country but during his down time, he is giving Chloe the business in the bedroom and it is HAWT. Chloe is running her mother's restaurant and is tethered to her home town where Gage occasionally visits. The interesting thing is that Gage wants to commit to a woman, but not a geographic location and Chloe is committed to the location but she can't bring herself to commit to a man.
For Chloe's part, she watched her Mother suffer from a broken heart after being abandoned by her Father and is adamant that she will not suffer the same fate. The only way Chloe can come up with to avoid being hurt is to never open herself up to a man. But ohhhhh Gage is my favorite bossy alpha Hero who doesn't give a single eff about Chloe's defenses. Gage has a few weeks in town and decides he wants to explore where things could go with Chloe and he slowly works to break down her defenses. What I loved about Gage's courtship of Chloe was the twist where Gage denies Chloe sex until she opens up more to the possibility of a relationship. I got a kick out of Chloe trying to figure out the romance thing after a life time of closing herself off to the possibility. I also found Chloe's efforts to get Gage to give it up thoroughly entertaining.
I love the writing of this book, I enjoyed the main characters and the supporting characters, the dialogue is engaging and fun to follow, all in all I highly recommend this book. The only reason this was not a 5 star read for me was because some of the reciting of Chloe's reasons for not wanting to be in a relationship got a little repetitive. I was like I get it, I get it, you don't want to be hurt like your Mom was. The other issue for me was that I did not understand Gage working so hard to get Chloe to commit to him (knowing she had commitment issues) without changing his mind about his willingness to commit to Chloe's hometown. I was especially puzzled by Gage because his friend East explicitly told him that his plan didn't make sense and he still wouldn't listen to reason. It works out in the end but Gage's continued inability to change while wanting Chloe to change certainly caused some extra drama in the book. It irritated me enough that I dropped one star off my rating but honestly, drama can be fun and adds a little complexity to the plot. So it doesn't change my enthusiastic recommendation of this author or this book that Gage acted like a dumbazz, I mean he is a guy.
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Last True Hero by Diana Gardin I would almost classify this as a New Adult Romance mainly because the main female lead is fresh out of collage and trying to find her place in life without letting her parents take over her life. I have mixed feelings about this book, there were parts of it I liked and others I really didn’t care for. Dare, I like, he’s an ex-Army Ranger who has been medically discharged. His life has been the Army ever since he turned eighteen, and now he’s out in the real world trying to find his place. Berkeley, I had a hard time liking her, she comes off as really shallow at first and it took most of the book for me to see her any differently. I can see why they would make a good match, they are both at a cross roads in their life and Berkeley is very understanding about Dare’s past and his nightmares; but to me Berkeley was a bit of the poor little rich girl I couldn’t feel bad for her; hell I don’t even know what Dare saw in her except that she was beautiful. What I did like the, very little, suspense aspect of the book; Dare’s foster brother comes into town and trouble follows him. I also like how Dare and Berkeley waited before getting sexually involved, they got to know each other better before giving into the sexual chemistry that was there.
Dare just recently discharged from the Army moves into a small beach town where another one of his ex-Ranger brothers, Drake, now lives. Dare’s life is in limbo he doesn’t know what he’s going to do or if he will even stay with Drake or move on to something else. His first night in town and he becomes bewitched by a beautiful young woman working at a sea food restaurant, but blows him off because he’s a soldier. Berkeley is from a prestigious Navy family her father as an Admiral has planned her life down to a tee; the only problem is that it is not the life Berkeley wants. Berkeley’s second meeting with Dare is different, she’s a little warmer and it gives Dare hope for more. Berkeley despite being very attracted to Dare keeps him at a bit of a distance for what she calls a “complication”, which is her unofficial engagement to the man her father picked out, who is also one of her best friends, Grisham. When Berkeley and Dare finally admit to each other how deep their feelings go Dare finds out about Grisham. Dare understands and Berkeley’s ultimate refusal to marry Grisham and follow the life path her parents picked out leads to a big agreement and Berkeley finally doing something. Berkeley moves out of her parent’s house and starts to actively starts to lead the life she wants.
Everything is wonderful for them, for the exception the Dare’s foster brother, Chase, is once again asking for money he lost a lot of money in a high stakes poker game and now needs Dare’s help; but that turns out to be just the tip of the ice berg. Eventually, the happy couple hits a road block, Dare over hears an argument between Berkeley and her father and all the insecurities he feels about not being worthy or good enough for her comes front and center and Dare breaks it off. But none of that matters to the crime lord who is after Chase. Once he finds out that Dare is helping his brother and that Berkeley is close to Dare, Berkeley gets kidnapped. It’s an exciting conclusion and a good ending.
Overall, it was good, the switching of first person POV is something I’m iffy about generally but it was well done in this case. I’m still not that crazy over Berkeley, some of the stuff she did in the book just didn’t win me over. I am kinda curious about the next one because it’s about Grisham, and while he switches from good guy to douche in this book he ends on a good note, and I love a good Navy SEAL romance.
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A DARING EXPLORERAll of London is abuzz with the tale of Will Repton. The lone survivor of a massacre in Tibet has returned to England a hero, but the traumatized explorer has no time for glory. Another dangerous expedition awaits. Nothing will deter him from his quest, and no one will unearth his secret—until Will meets Charlotte Baker.IS NO MATCH FOR AN ADVENTUROUS HEARTVivacious Charlotte Baker also has a mission—to find a man whose bold spirit matches her own. When she meets Will Repton, she immediately recognizes him as her soul mate, and she’s naively willing to turn her back on the rules of propriety to ensnare him. Will is torn between his fascination with Charlotte and his vow to finish his quest. He knows what it is to risk life and limb—but what if his most perilous adventure doesn’t lie across an ocean, but within his own lost heart?