I loved the action and surprise opening!
Captain Sophie Berg is a pilot for a private airline, and when it appears that she's shot at, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Jim Cromwell comes to her aid. Their bond is instant and palpable.
Jim assumes he's being targeted by the drug runner he's chasing, but Sophie's employer charters flights for a number of suspect characters, including drug kingpins.
They pair up to solve the case, but if the criminals figure out how much she means to him, a bullseye will be painted on her back, and they may never get to explore their budding romance.
There is some great witty repertoire between them, and some wonderfully colourful characters that managed to surprise me.
Well worth reading.
FBI Agent Kyra Sanders has been chasing an elusive criminal for a long time, and her cheating ex-boyfriend was one of the reasons he slipped through her fingers.
Fellow agent, Quinn Daniels, comes with all kinds of baggage. His father was a career criminal, and he enjoys his booze frequent and women with no strings attached.
Unfortunately they are both well suited to go undercover as a married couple, trouble and catch this crook once and for all. These opposites attract, but romance is a distraction to closing the case.
These characters were suitably tortured and driven, with the unexpected volunteer work at the local church giving them common ground. While they are busy chasing the crook and facing personal demons, real feelings blossom.
A most enjoyable read.
Rural romance with flair ...
I'll say up front that I don't often read historical romance, but I liked the unusual way the Duke of Marshington was introduced, and the misdirection of the letters Miranda never intended to send.
The opening of the story was a little stiff and distant, which made it difficult for me to engage with Miranda initially, but once I finally got into Marlow's head, I was intrigued.
These characters were engaging and quirky and totally drew me into the story. I loved that Miranda was intelligent and had plenty of spunk as she struggled to conform with socially acceptable ladylike behaviour. It made her strong enough to stand up to her hero. There was duplicity, fun, and espionage to keep me reading. I enjoyed the relationship frustrations and repertoire.
All three books in this series were fun and satisfying reads, each focusing on a different Donovan brother.
All of the characters were well drawn and relatable, but Ellie and Finn are particularly suited and sufficiently flawed to ooze great chemistry from the pages. The added layer of parental dramas created a real internal struggle for both of them, and I bawled my eyes out at the end. (One of the highest accolades I can give an author, because it means I really care for the characters and can relate to their situations.)
When Ellie returns to the home town that ridiculed her mother and made her childhood a misery, because her sick father needs her, the last thing she wants is additional stres. Finn constitues additional stress. Not because he's smoking hot and stirs all sorts of sordid thoughts every time Ellie's within 10 feet of him, but their childhood competition always goes too far.
Catch of the Day by Carla Caruso
I can smell the ocean
It wasn't just the gorgeous cover that caught my eye with this story. This small town is far from sleepy and the characters in it are colourful and tenacious. They get under your skin and you just want to give them a hug. I couldn't put this sweet story down and Carla Caruso's free-flowing style and lovely seaside descriptions made for a great read.
Poor Winnie is banished to the tiny coastal town of Kingston, from her glamorous Sydney life. She throws her energy into getting a new lifestyle magazine up and running, making unexpected friends along the way. Freelance photographer and cray fisherman, Alex, catches her eyes, but he's aloof and she needs to stay away from non-committal men. Negotiating the small town gossips is tricky, but nothing compared to the devastation when Alex's secret past is revealed.
Queen of the Road by Tricia Stringer
An independent woman I can root for
Angela is an independent woman who's life isn't where she imagined it should be at this time in her life, but when an opportunity presents, she takes the bull by the horns and gives it her all. Making an isolated country town her temporary home and finding surprises and challenges at every turn.
Tricia Stringer is skilled at weaving wonderful details into every scene and creating characters that you will love and hate. I enjoyed the mystery and blatant sexist attitudes Angela had to deal with. The story lured me in immediately and kept me interested through out.
Once Upon a Power Play by Jennifer Bonds
Fun, flirty and captivating
This story was lots of fun, and I'm rather partial to a strong-minded woman. It had an action-packed opening and the relationship was suitably awkward and unwanted to start with.
I enjoyed all the ex boyfriends coming out of the woodwork after Chloe is seen in the media with a hockey star. The testosterone of the hockey games was a great backdrop to passionate sex.
The Country Practice by Meredith Appleyard
Loved this rural romance.
This is a rural romance with a medical twist. During this sweet romance I got quite involved in the lives of all the quirky townsfolk and enjoyed delving into their personal struggles.
Meghan is only supposed to be in town for a month, but quickly becomes indispensable to the hospital and a certain dark and brooding farmer. Sean isn't looking to revisit the nightmares of his past, but this redheaded beauty catches his eye and he can't help but fall hard. That doesn't mean she'll stay...
The Doctor Calling by Meredith Appleyard
A tragic, but heart-warming rural story.
After working hard to rebuild her life, Laura hadn't planned on becoming embroiled in her neighbour's grief. Their family secrets are pulling them apart at a time they need to work together and it's breaking Laura's heart. Maybe facing death will help them all to grab a hold of life.