A Nice Addition to the Fool’s Gold Series

Only Yours – Susan Mallery

4 Stars

 

I enjoyed this addition to the Fool’s Gold story line. The story was well written. The plot made sense and moved along with no slow spots.

I enjoyed the hero. I liked the way he was so socially inept. He was an interesting mixture of self assurance as a surgeon and his belief that he deserved or could inspire love.

The heroine was a nice girl. I did feel like the set up of having her be a person who messes up all the time was just given a nod and then dropped. She was however pretty grown up in her reactions to loving a man she knew wouldn’t stay. She was willing to take the pain she knew would come later in order to experience the joy their love affair would bring.

I really enjoyed all the parts about the therapy dogs. I learned a lot about the ways they are used to help people and the dogs seemed written realistically.

I’m not a huge fan of small town stories because I think they tend to be idealized a bit too much and people seem to be nicer than would be true in real life. Living in a small town doesn’t make you nice. There are just as many nasty unpleasant people in small towns as anywhere else. And here, as is usual in these sorts of books, the people were all just too too nice.

I received this book free from netGalley for review.

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Cougar Shifters!

Falke’s Captive by  Madison Layle and Anna Leigh Keaton

4 Stars

Very good shifter romance. The set up was interesting. The Falke brothers own a wilderness outfitting and guide business. Each day one of the six brothers spends the day shifted into a cougar as the store mascot. The heroine, Beth, is a scientist in the area to study cougars for her PHD. She meets two of the brothers, Kelan and Reider one night in a bar. The next day she sees Kelan running as a cougar and tranqs him and discovers he has a collar. He manages to escape but not before she has taken a blood sample. The next day she tracks him to the family store and meets the rest of the family who are none to happy with her. So the set up is that she is researching cougars, has his odd blood and the three of them are falling in love.

The writing of this story was pretty solid. The plot had a beginning, middle and end. It all made sense and hung together. The story was well rounded and interesting and unlike many shorter menage/romantica stories, the ending was not abrupt. All the characters’ actions made sense. The dialog was well done. The shifter world was fairly well set up but I could have used more back story. The love scenes were plentiful and well done. There was however enough story that it didn’t seem as if this was just an excuse to write sex scenes. The menage part of the story seemed more natural and necessary than in most shifter menage stories. I was glad however that it was just 2 men per woman rather than all the brothers as I’ve seen many times. There was some humor and a reasonable amount of tension.

All in all, I really enjoyed the book.

This book was provided to me free for review from netGalley.

This Series Just Keeps Getting Better

Taunting Krell

Laurann Dohner

5 Stars

Another great story in the Cyborg Seduction series. The series seems to have really hit its stride and shows no sign of letting up. I think the stories are getting stronger. They seem to be getting more plot driven and less erotica driven. Sex scenes are all very well and the ones here are lovely but I really want to know what’s happening with my couple and how the war with the Markus Models is going.  This was my favorite heroine so far. Cyan was a kick butt gal but she was very sensitive and loving along with it. She was physically and emotionally strong. Krell was also a great character. He was scarred and antisocial and was not a desired mate in the Cyborg world as a result. Watching him fall for her and realize she wanted him was sweet. I only wish the story had played out over a longer period of time to really allow their feelings to develop naturally. That would have involved more pages you say? I would have been happy if the book had been twice as long. The writing and plotting of this series is getting better and better. Can’t wait to see whose story is next and where the Markus Models will strike again.

Funny Funny Knitting Stuff

 All Wound Up – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

 4 stars

 

 

I love Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and have since she was only posting on the knitting lists before she started publishing. While not quite as funny as The Yarn Harlot,  I still laughed out loud in public while reading this book. Maybe it’s only marginally less good because the Yarn Harlot was so new and refreshing and different when it came out. In this one several of the essays were quieter and more reflective. There were a couple that I had to read out loud to my non knitting sister. My sister is a spinner so she gets the fiber addiction of it all. And really these essays speak to all crafters really. You don’t have to be a knitter or even a crafter to enjoy this but it makes it even funnier. The author has a turn of phrase that just breaks me up.

Recommended, you’ll laugh.

I received this free from netGalley for review.