In Return to the Little French Guesthouse we follow Emmy who has returned to France to be the Manager of La Cour des Roses, the bed and breakfast where the first novel The Little French Guesthouse was set. After Emmy ‘s boyfriend slept with the owner’s wife Gloria,she was well on her way to the realization that her life had become pretty dismal. Losing her boyfriend may have been embarrassing, but it actually opened up a world that she otherwise would not have thought of entering. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Return to the Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard”
When a new Kristen Ashley book gets released, I along with hordes of other fans, immediately purchase the book and move it to the top of our TBR piles. I did just that with Midnight Soul, as it is the final novel in my favorite, Fantasyland series. The premise for these books is that there is an alternate universe to ours, where our double lives. As each book starts, the female heroine, living on earth, switches places with her counterpart in the alternate universe. Sometimes it is their choice, and sometimes it is their doubles. Much drama, angst, fun and hilarity ensue, while these ladies tempt and taunt their destined mate, until each novel ends in connubial bliss. Midnight Soul is the one caveat to this rule. You see, Nocturno -Noc to his friends, the only male hero in this series from Earth, does not have a destined mate in this alternate universe. She is dead. Part one of the previous books plot. She was also a lesbian to boot. So even if she had been alive, she would not have been the lady for him. He meets Franka, the heroine in this novel, when their group saves their world. She has also been introduced in past storylines, and she was not a very pleasant character. Noc, see’s right through that hard mask, and against her will, Franka opens up to him, as she has to no other.
At first I wondered how this pairing was going to work. Noc, is very much a man of Earth. He is a jeans and T kind of guy, using slang to express himself. Franka, one of the nobility of her land, speaks rather high brow, and I wouldn’t think would stoop to his earthy level. However, it is that exact oppositeness that I thought struck a true note. Not every couple is going to be a perfect fantasy pairing. Real couples have to work hard to make things work, and Noc and Frankka had some obstacles they both needed to overcome. This was the most human of all of the books, and seemed a very fitting way to conclude the series. As with her other couples, their chemistry was fiery from the start, and Franka was sassy and learned to be sweet, which was fun to read.
Ms. Ashley, wrote conclusions for some of my other favorite characters, and if you are a fan, you’ll be happy to read their HEA’s in the epilogue of this book.
Copyright 2016 Deborah Kehoe A Chick Who Reads All Rights Reserved
It has been awhile since I had read Iron Crowned, the previous book in this series. I remember loving the conclusion to that book, the dark place that Eugenie found herself and how she overcame that adversity. I remember how Dorian tricked her, and how Kiyo tried to kill her. That book was chock full of drama and passion! I couldn’t possibly imagine how Richelle Mead would conclude this series, and how she could top all of that storyline, so I kept putting it off. Well, for some reason I moved it to the top of my TBR list. I was so disappointed! Don’t get me wrong, it was very well written, as Richelle Mead can NOT write a bad book. It just couldn’t live up to my memory of how much I had enjoyed Iron Crowned. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Shadow Heir (Dark Swan #4) by Richelle Mead”
At the end of the first book, Mercury Striking, Vivienne Wellington was rescued by Raze Shadow and the Vanguard team from more torture by the President of the US. The President, now a Ripper, had thought Vinnie was psychic and was trying to get her to find or tell him where, “The Bunker” was, a top secret location where a supposed cure to the Scorpius virus had been found. In her drug ridden haze, she clings to the strength of Raze, and as she recovers from the drugs and torture, she finds that her feelings for him had strengthened, not faded. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Shadow Falling (The Scorpius Syndrome #2) by Rebecca Zanetti”
Feyre, hunting in the forest to feed her starving family, comes upon a wolf who is about to capture the deer her family desperately needs to survive, and kills it. The wolf is a faerie in disguise, and his death breaks a treaty between faery and humans. Feyre has to go live in Prythian in order to honor the treaty that she did not know she had broken. Tamlin, the lord who brings her to his magical land lets her live in his castle, where she learns that all is not as it appears. He and his people are under a curse, part of which requires them to wear masks that they can never take off, and which they can not speak of to her. Feyre, curious about the curse, the land and Tamlin, ends up investigating the limits to this curse. Continue reading “This Chick Read: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas”
Paige Walker has been in love with her brother’s best friend Jake Romano for what feels like her whole life. She expressed her feelings once, as a teenager, and was politely rejected, and has hidden those feelings since. Paige, and her two best friends, after being fired from their jobs, open their own business. Jake and her brother, both successful business owners, pitch in with advice, but it’s not until Jake hires Paige’s events coordinating business to throw a party for his company does their business and their feelings take off. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan”
All the Wounds in Shadow starts off almost exactly where the first book leaves us. Cate Duncan has accepted her unusual therapy techniques as paranormal and has joined the MacGregor Group, although she is still in training status. The MacGregor Group has been called in to help the government solve a mysterious threat by using their unique paranormal talents, and Ben gives Cate the option of joining the team, thinking they may need her abilities. This mystery puts Ben back together with his old military team, and we get to see a little more details to his character than we had in the previous book, which is a good thing, as he was the straight man to the groups slight craziness in the first book. Continue reading “This Chick Read: All the Wounds in Shadow (The Healing Edge #2) by Anise Eden”
I celebrated my recent move back to Nashville by reading J.T. Ellison’s new Taylor Jackson novel, which is set in Music City. If you are a fan of this series, you may have wanted some of the characters background filled in. In Field of Graves your wish has come true. This novel is a prequel, so we get some insight into how Taylor and FBI Profiler John Baldwin meet, but also get to follow along as they solve their first murder mystery. Even though the two of them are the focus of this story, the interaction with the team, as well as Coroner Sam Owens answers questions that have come up in other novels. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Field of Graves by J.T. Ellison”
First impression: boy were these guys sluts! This novel, written by a woman, was told from the guys perspective. The premise was silly, and the author wrote it very tongue in cheek. Ian knew he was a slut, and he was pretty funny about it and the writing was really entertaining. Ian and Lex best friends since childhood, are in college, very attractive and pretty bright. They create a business based on a mathematical algorithm that matches up girls/women of all types and sizes to their man. Ian and Rex take it one step further by tutoring them in how to look more attractive, go on dates, and have a first kiss, very Pygmalion-esque. Continue reading “This Chick Read: The Matchmaker’s Playbook (Wingman Inc 1) by Rachel Van Dyken”
Terra, daughter to the Alpha of her pack, left the controlling and unloving influence of her father at seventeen. Living packless in a big city, she has had to subdue her wolf in order to survive. Her father never let her go, he had people watching her all of these years. Now, he needs her to search out the nephew she never knew she had and bring him back to her pack or her freedom is gone. Continue reading “This Chick Read: Shiftless (Wolf Rampant book 1) by Aimee Easterling”