Holding the Dream (Dream Trilogy #2)

Holding the Dream

Summary:

On the fast track to a partnership with her accountancy firm, Kate is stunned when she is fired for suspected embezzlement.  Forced to cope with the sudden reversal of fortune, Kate returns to Pretenses, the exquisite boutique run by her friend Margo and sister Laura.  But when persistent, persuasive Byron de Witt enters her life, the flames of passion he ignites begin to burn as brightly as her all-consuming career ambitions... (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

Kate is someone I could easily relate to as I know I’ve been known to organize too much and be a bit too focused on “what are the next steps” for the master plan.  In this book, Roberts explores what happens when you’re forced to slow down and assess what’s really important in life.  I think that Kate is someone that no one wants to become, but can easily slide into with the crazy pace of modern life.  It’s important to make time for yourself.

I do love Byron’s heavy handed good intentions and even more when Kate calls him on it.  He accepts that life can be messy and that sometimes it’s for the better because of it.  The setup with the house it even all the more perfect.

Warning: contains repeated sexual content.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Romance fans looking for something with a strong female friendship.  The context will make more sense if you’ve started with the first in the series,.

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Tears of the Moon (Gallaghers of Ardmore #2)

Tears of the Moon

Summary:

A talented songwriter, Shawn Gallagher spends his days lost in reverie and wonder, oblivious to the wiles of women and the ways of the world. He claims that he's content with his life, but his music tells a different story—one of loneliness and desperate longing…

No one understands why Shawn doesn't put his musical gift to profitable use—least of all Brenna O'Toole, a fiercely independent tomboy who has been secretly in love with him for years. But it is only when Shawn gives in to the mysteries of magic that he gets the chance to fulfill his destiny as a man and a musician—as the song in his head keeps time with the beating of a woman's heart… (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This was certainly my favorite book in the series set in Ardmore.  Brenna is a complete sparkplug who constantly cracked me up throughout the development of their relationship.  I loved how both Brenna and Shawn thought they were doing the manipulating while the other was convinced of the opposite.  The rest of the family just sat back and watched it happen in slow motion.

One of the best scenes in the book is when Shawn and Mr. O’Toole decide to come to an understanding.  I was truely laughing out loud.  Actually, all of the relationships with the O’Toole family are well done in a way that is realistic with its grudges and pain – even if they are manage to work through them quickly.  This was definitely one that I’d highly recommend.

Warning: contains repeated sexual content.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Fans of romance, a touch of fantasy and strong heroines.

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Enchanted (The Donovan Legacy #4)

Enchanted

Summary:

Lovely, guileless Rowan Murray felt drawn to brooding Liam Donovan with a power she'd never imagined possible. And his breathtaking kisses convinced her he felt the same. But she soon realized her darkly enigmatic neighbor was as elusive as the mysterious wolf she'd seen lurking about her cabin. Liam was tormented by indecision. He understood he had no right to love Rowan, knowing what lay ahead. But the allure of her beguiling innocence overpowered his will until he could resist no longer. And he knew, if he was ever to make Rowan his, he had no chance but to reveal his incredible secret.  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

If I was starting to lag with the concept of this series, this book brought me right back to it.  I absolutely loved the premise at the location in the Pacific Northwest.  Rowan is trying to figure herself out and even if there may have been some supernatural prompting, she takes the big leap to figure it all out on her own.  Rather than being content with a lackluster life, she makes a leap and lands herself in a new passion, a new approach and a new intriguing neighbor. 

Liam is also trying to sort out his life.  He’s the unmentioned cousin of Morgana, Sebastian and Anastasia and somehow manages to fit in with their dynamic just fine.  It’s nice that the characters have a chance to get to know each other rather than falling into instalove (well, perhaps in parallel).

Warning: Contains sexual content.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Romance fans who like the flair of subtle fantasy thrown in.

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Daring to Dream (Dream Trilogy #1)

Daring to Dream

Summary:

Margo, Kate and Laura were brought up like sisters amidst the peerless grandeur of Templeton House. But it was Margo whose dreams first took her far away . . . 

Margo Sullivan had everything a young woman could ask for. But while growing up along the rocky cliffs of Monterey, she couldn't help but dream of bigger things. The daughter of the Templeton's stern Irish housekeeper, Margo had been treated like a member of the family. Deep down, she knew that money could not buy the thing she craved most -- her mother's acceptance. 

Maybe things would be different if she could be sweet like Laura -- or had Kate's shrewd head for business. But all Margo knew how to do was be Margo, and that meant doing things her own way -- no matter what the consequences…(Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

Margo can be so annoying and so lovable at the same time.  The reason this book gets such a high ranking for me is because Margo also has so much successful growth and is able to constantly come back to the things that are the most important in life.

The characters in the book wouldn’t be themselves if they didn’t have their friendship among the three of them.  I like that each of them has to defend on each other at different times and that the three of them are stronger together.  As Margo has to learn to navigate the new approach in life “like anyone else” it’s fantastic to see how it all comes together.

I’d definitely recommend this series who wants a great book about changing the direction of your life, a strong friendship and a strong dose of romance.

Warning: contains repeated sexual content.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Romance fans that need a book with strong female friendship in their life.

Want to read the whole series?

  • Holding the Dream (Dream Trilogy #2)
  • Finding the Dream (Dream Trilogy #3)