2017

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.

Want to read the whole series?

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?

Irish Rebel (Irish Hearts #3)

Irish Rebel

Summary:

Growing up on her parents’ Royal Meadows farm in Maryland instilled in Keeley Grant a passion for horses—and a desire to teach children the joys of riding. When horse trainer Brian Donnelly arrives from Ireland to work at the stable, he only sees Keeley as the boss’s daughter—a spoiled princess who never had to work hard for anything. But the more Brian learns about Keeley, the more he wants what he’s never had before: a place to call home—and a woman to cherish… (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

For me, this was by far the strongest book in the series.  Keeley has absolutely perfect timing in putting Brian in his place and I adored her ability to make him eat his foot.  The fact that she has had the strength to refocus and reinvent her approach into something productive and good for the community is a great addition as well.  Brian keeps getting off on the wrong foot, yet still manages to fit with Keeley well. 

It was nice to see how Adelia and the brood turned out since most of Roberts series involve friends or family members close to the same age.  I just genuinely liked the dynamics throughout and think that this book is much more in line with Roberts more recent books.

Warning: contains repeated sexual content

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Romance fans that enjoy a good description of competitive horse racing.

Want to read the whole series?

Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air

Summary:

A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for “Into Thin Air”, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster.  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This is a book that I had postponed reading because I have heard a lot of opinions from family and friends around me who are passionate fans of mountaineering.  If you look at the historical accounts, Krakauer is a little more contentious and I’m planning on reading Boukreev’s counterpart to the story soon.  (Note: I have heard his book is not quite as accessible to the casual reader.)  But this is all a side note, onto the review!

The things that is undeniable about Krakauer’s account is that it’s extremely compelling.  It’s fascinating storytelling and he does an amazing job introducing the topic of Everest with history, why people are drawn to the mountain and he himself ended up with the ill-fated climbers.  I was fascinated with the build up of the book just as much as the events that followed.  The tension portrayed through the final three days had me pausing to stop and take a walk around the room before going back to it.

One thing I found extremely annoying, however was the tendency to alternate between calling people by the last name and their first name.  It made it confusing when switching back and forth and meant that I made ample use of the first few pages that described each respective climbing party.  I would highly recommend reading this book, but if you enjoy it, also encourage you to check out some other accounts as well.

Warning: Contains repeated violence of people’s own choices as a side effect of dangerous climbing.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Anyone with interest and enthusiasm into the type of climbing that happens on the top of the world.