Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against the backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal-clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.
When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving: the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she’s made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning.
But a tiny baby, abandoned on a front porch, changes her plans…and a former marine cements them into place.
Melinda Monroe may have come to Virgin River looking for escape, but instead she finds her home.
This is #1 in A Virgin River Novel.
First let me say that I have actually read this entire series already. I started with the Christmas books and loved them so much I ate up this series in less than two weeks! I love it. I wish that I could move to Virgin River and hang out at Jack’s bar. I just wish I could live there period.
This story is about Mel, who is hired as a midwife to work with a cranky doctor. I loved the doctor. He was hilarious. Poor Mel, she takes this job to escape the city and gets stuck with this rundown shack to live in and the doctor doesn’t want her. Then comes Jack, retired marine and bar owner. They are such an unlikely couple and yet I cheered for them through the whole book. Just thinking about it makes me want to re-read the book. Despite the handsome bar owner it takes a lot to keep Mel in Virgin River.
It seems like there is one medical emergency after another that keeps her there long enough for Jack to get her attention. I don’t want to tell the whole story over again but I swear I loved this book. Jack and Mel are some of my favorite characters in the Virgin River series. This is the type of book that has made me start to like contemporary romance.
“I mean, I don’t want to pass judgment—I just wish my husband didn’t shoot deer.” “Oh, Mel, don’t worry. I’ve been hunting with your husband—the deer are completely safe.”
“He reached out and lightly touched her hair. There’s no way, he thought. I’m sunk. And my heart hasn’t beat the same since she walked into town.”
A single father who yearns to be a family man, Logan O’Donnell is determined to create the perfect Christmas for his son, Charlie. The entire O’Donnell clan arrives to spend the holidays in Avalon, a postcard-pretty town on the shores of Willow Lake, a place for the family to reconnect and rediscover the special gifts of the season.
One of the guests is a newcomer to Willow Lake— Darcy Fitzgerald. Sharp-witted, independent and intent on guarding her heart, she’s the last person Logan can see himself falling for. And Darcy is convinced that a relationship is the last thing she needs this Christmas.
Yet between the snowy silence of the winter woods, and toasty moments by a crackling fire, their two lonely hearts collide. The magic of the season brings them each a gift neither ever expected—a love to last a lifetime.
Yes, it’s a Christmas book. I got approved for some Christmas books on NetGalley after Christmas. But luckily a good part of this book doesn’t take place during Christmas. The name of the book and the cover don’t really fit the story itself. It just looks and sounds cheesey when it’s really not at all. It was a great book. Each chapter has a new recipe which I thought was a really cute addition. My favorite were Walking Dead sugar cookies.
In Candlelight Christmas we have Darcy and Logan. Darcy has just come out of a divorce with children whom she loved but who sabatoged her marriage. The sad part about it all and what makes me so made was that Darcy refused to tell her family that her husband cheated with his ex and that was why they divorced. So the family expects Darcy at all of the holiday functions with him present. But that changes this year when Logan’s sister invites Darcy to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Logan is also divorced with a young son who he only gets during certain times of the year. He longs for a bigger family and when he meets Darcy the sparks fly.
As with all good books there is a internal stuggle of whether they are good for each other. Especially since Darcy has decided not to date anyone with kids after being hurt so badly by her step-children. There’s a lot of other things going on in this book like Logan buying a ski lodge and fostering some kids for a friend. Altogether it’s just a feel good heartwarming book that I’d suggest to anyone.
Btw I love where Darcy’s parent’s got their names. All from Pride and Prejudice, one of my favorite books. She’s named after Mr Darcy, lol!
When county sheriff Cab Johnson gets a hunch, he’s learned to trust it, and his hunch tells him Rose Bellingham is in a peck of trouble. Bad enough he’s in love with her, bad enough she’s already engaged to Jason Thayer. He’s got to figure out what she’s hiding before he loses her for good.
Rose can’t stand one more person meddling in her business, even if that person is a handsome, eligible sheriff. She’s been controlled for far too long. But since her fiancé’s father is both her boss and landlord, she can’t dump Jason until she’s got somewhere to run. She’s found the perfect place: a patch of forest outside town. But with Cab watching her every move, she’s hard pressed to finish her hideaway so she can make her escape. Meanwhile, she’s not the only one with problems. Can she find a way to help her friends, too?
Just when Cab solves one mystery, more pop up. Where does Rose keep disappearing to? What’s wrong with Mia Start? Why is Hannah Chatham lying to her fiancé? At least he’s let Rose know he’s interested. And if he’s not mistaken, she’s interested, too.
Rose’s hideaway is perfect, until her friends invade it to escape their own troubles. Can she trust them to keep its whereabouts a secret? Does she want to hide from Cab anymore? Now that Jason’s out of the picture, is it safe to follow her heart?
When two unexpected visitors arrive with secrets of their own, Chance Creek must brace for its deadliest night ever. Can Cab figure out the connections between all the mysteries fast enough?
Or will Rose and her friends pay the ultimate price?
Let me just start off by saying how absolutely thrilled I was to get approved for this book through NetGalley. I had just finished the other 4 books in the Cowboys of Chance Creek Series and was ready to love this book as much as I had the others. Cab is the last of the group to match up with a girl. After this it will be Rob’s brothers. But the problem was that right off from the beginning the book was like 2 completely different stories. It was the story of Rose and Cab and the story of Fila coming to America to find Claire and Morgan. The switching stories was distracting and I kept having to put the book down due to frustration. There was just so much going on in the book I couldn’t keep focused.
Through the previous 4 books Rose is the jewelry store clerk that gives them all thumbs up on their marriages because she just has this “feeling” when someone will make it or not. She was also in the last few books helping Autumn with the bed and breakfast. So I was ready to love Rose. But I didn’t. Due to family issues she is stubborn and takes her independence too far. To an annoying level. Now Cab I liked. He is the best friend of Ethan, Jamie and Rob and like I said the last to pair up. He’s the sheriff, hence the title, and a real great guy. The romance between Rose and Cab in this book is pretty much one scene of strip pool. Which was my favorite part of the book. The rest of the book just gets stranger and stranger. It’s just weird.
When finally the two stories come together Fila’s story made me cry. There’s a lot of stuff going on and some unexpected action near the end. As I said if you are looking for a sweet cowboy romance then keep moving. If you are looking for a book about changing yourself to be with another person and making life decisions than this is it. I would have liked for there to be more between Rose and Cab but there really wasn’t except them admitting attraction and everyone knowing it. I don’t regret reading this one because I am sure the next books with Rob’s brothers will make up for it tenfold. Sometimes authors have to write a book like this to segway into a new series and that’s alright.
In October I wrote a post on reading binges. You can read that post here. A reading binge is when I start reading a series and can’t stop until I’ve read the entire series. Or, I’ll read one book and as soon as it’s done I have to pick up another book immediately. I might even read several books at once switching between the books. Or one on audio, one on e-book and one in paperback. Yea I’m that addicted to reading!
But lately I have the opposite problem. I seem to be in a reading slump. I pick up a book, read a few pages and put it down. Try another book and the same thing happens. I’ve tried different genres, audio and ebook nothing helps. I used to have reading slumps that lasted months but now that I have a book blog I’m worried! I have enough reviews lined up that I can manage for awhile but my gosh I hope this reading slump doesn’t last like it used to. Especially with all the pressure to read and review books for authors and NetGalley.
When my kids were young I would go months between books and it would take me a month just to read one book. Now I normally average a book a day. I can’t just take a break from reading. So help me out people! How do you handle your reading slumps?
This book is nothing like any other YA book I’ve ever read. It’s hard to even describe it without giving away half of what happens. While I did like the book a lot I have to admit I did have a hard time finishing it after some surprises that I hadn’t expected. I guessed the biggest secret fairly early on in the book… most likely because I’m so familiar with “that type”. If anything if you’re looking for a little freaky read it’s worth the time, hehe.
So by looking at the cover you may think the book is narrated by Nadia but it is actually by Mike. I haven’t read many YA books narrated by a male, it’s a different perspective that’s for sure. Mike is pretty cool. He’s a skate-boarder and he has visions of the future. He’s clueless once it comes to girls, as most 16 year olds are. He meets Nadia at the beginning of the book. She’s just freaky. There’s no other description. Then there’s Anita, Mike’s latina best friend. I loved how the author didn’t make her that model-perfect girl. Anita is a great character. Curvy for her age without the best self esteem, she can still tell a person off with the best of them. The rest of them I didn’t like, especially Rachelle.
So if you’re looking for something different than your usual read and you like the YA genre this one might be for you. Even if you don’t usually read YA, you might still like this book… it’s not your usual YA book. There’s a little romance, paranormal and some mystery too.
I had read Bear Necessities a few months ago, not realizing that the Halle Pumas series came first. I finally got back to this series and I’m glad I did. My only complaint is that it was too short, oh and I don’t like the cover. I haven’t checked yet but I’m assuming the next book is Becky and Simons? I’m looking forward to the rest of this series and then picking back up on the Halle Shifters series as well.
Emma was easy to relate to. Us wallflowers have to stick together! I thought her and Becky were both hilarious. I always appreciate when an author goes through the trouble to not make the characters perfect. What fun is that anyway? Max was your average alpha-male. But that’s why we love these books though right? Max and Simon were almost as entertaining as Emma and Becky. Almost.
If you like shifters, romance and a little comedy thrown in you’ll love Wallflowers. I have the feeling I’ve found another favorite author.
The thing I love about anthologies is discovering new authors. I found a couple good ones. I got this audiobook for the Iron Druid story. There were a couple by authors I am familiar with too. My suggestion: get it at the library… the book, not the audio. Read the stories you are interested in and take it back. I listened to a story or two a day and it took almost 2 weeks. It was a nice diversion and it was worth it because I did like the Blud book that I read because of this one. I’m not sure that I’d get another audio version of an anthology though since I could not skip ahead if I was bored with the story.
Rob Thurman “Painted Love”- It was just rambling and boring. The language was terrible. The concept of Doodle would have been interesting in a different story. 1 star
Delilah S. Dawson “A Blud Shortstory”- Charlie Dreggs was cool. I liked Lydia. I haven’t read any Blud books yet but fully intend to now. I hope the series is as good as this short story. It had a good narrator too, I loved Charlie’s voice. I was very dissapointed with the ending. 3 stars
Kevin Hearne “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street”- This is the story I got the anthology for. Despite the narrator getting Oberon’s voice wrong I still enjoyed the story. I did find it a bit gruesome though. 4 stars
Mark Henry “The Sweeter the Juice”- Wow umm this is so weird. Confusing as hell and lots of gore. It was funny for the most part when it wasn’t grossing me out. 2 stars
Jaye Wells “The Werewife”- Pretty entertaining. I especially liked the ending. 4 stars
Allison Pang “A Duet with Darkness”- Imagine the song The Devil Went Down to Georgia… but with violins at a carnival. Umm yea. This story was very confusing. Then once it started getting good it just ended! 1 star
Hillary Jacques “Recession of the Divine”- This one was ok, nothing exciting really. It had a pretty good ending but nothing very exciting. 3 stars
Jennifer Estep “Parlor tricks”- Woopsie! I guess this is farther ahead than the books I have read in the Elemental Assassin series. So I found out some stuff that happens in books I haven’t read but I expected it to happen sooner or later so it’s no big surprise. The story was ok, not as funny as Gin usually is. 3 stars
Kelly Meding “Freak House”- I really liked this story. The world building was done fairly quickly without any of the rambling that is in some of the other stories. I was ready to find the series but according to the author’s website: “STRAYS is a new world for my readers… Stay tuned for word on when these new books will be coming your way.” Until then she has some other series that sound pretty good. 4 stars
Nicole Peeler “The Inside Man”- This one is from the Jane True series, which I’ve never heard of but will be looking into after this story. If you weren’t afraid of clowns before, you will be after this one. Some sexual parts may be upsetting to some people, just fyi. (rape memories) 4 stars
Jackie Kessler “A Chance in Hell”- Aaand I mentioned sexual stuff, wow does this one start up very sexual! Well, she’s and ex-succubus so I guess that’s expected. This story was boring as hell though and I just waited it out until it was over. 2 stars
Kelly Gay “Hell’s Menagerie”- This story is about a little girl that has to save her pet hellhound’s puppies from hell. This is also a very boring story. 1 star
Seanan McGuire “Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea”- This was slightly more interesting than the last 2 stories but still not worth the time it took to listen to it. 2 stars
Tish says it perfectly: “Amazing, the weird mix of technology and anachronism in this world.” I love steampunk so I found the clockwork pets and all the doodads in Sang enchanting. I’m also big on authors that do vampires different from the norm. Well, in Sang vamps are very different. They’re actually considered bludmen. But it doesn’t stop there! There’s also bludbunnies, bludmares, bludstags, ect. I could go on and on about how much I loved Sang. But I’ll let you decide for yourself instead of giving everything away.
If you read the Carniepunk anthology you are at least familiar with Criminy and the traveling sideshow. He does actually mention the locket in that short story “The Three Lives of Lydia.” Charlie Dreggs is in this book but his short love affair with Lydia is not mentioned in the book.
The story is about Tish and Criminy. Tish finds a locket at an estate sale, wears the locket to bed and wakes up in Sang. Criminy claims to have called her from her world and is in love with her from the get go. Although I loved the world I found the relationship between them a bit taxing. Will she or won’t she? What will she do? Meanwhile Criminy falls all over her constantly. I loved Criminy and highlighted a lot of his lines in the book. While I understand Tish’s issues love is not easy to come by and when someone like Criminy falls at your feet you go for it! But alas, it all ends well I suppose. There were some surprises I didn’t expect near the end.
I thought it ended the way it did to leave room for a second book with Tish and yet when I looked it is actually Casper’s book. That’s an awesome surprise! There are also a couple short stories that I will definitely read. If you like steampunk, vampires, or stories where the herione is whisked off to another world you’ll love Blud.
I have to say now that I have finished this book I feel like my mind has been jacked! Wow what an action-packed and emotionally draining book! Now, if you are looking at this book and wondering if you can skip Open Minds I would strongly suggest against it. You would be lost. This book is so action packed and has so much going on you won’t be able to put it down!
I love Kira but I actually expected her to be different in this book somehow. More like Anna, which is ironic because Kira even looks at Anna and thinks she should be more like her. I think this is what Julian was expecting Kira to be like too. But really why should an author do what we expect? What fun is there in that??? So she’s struggling with everything and isn’t living up to the person that she could be. She’s so bogged down in fear it’s holding her back. I think we’ll see a big change in the next book. I have to admit I was totally team Julian from the moment they met. I sooo hope there’s something there! Now, don’t take my comments about Kira badly. Kira is cool. Like how she can’t park. Or her names for people and things… Camp of Flies, Granite Guy, Mr. Muscle, ect. I thought all the new mages in this book were great. I was shocked by all of the anti-jacker technology that turned up so fast and Jackertown coming together.
Did I mention I am team Julian? Well here are my favorite quotes from the book to go along with that. Hehe.
“What about when they realize we’re jackers? What are you going to do? Give everyone a sudden urge to fulfill the mating instinct?” “Julian was a puzzle that was hurting my brain.” “Oh man-now I was starting to think like Julian.” One more book left in the trilogy, but first I want to read the Mindjack Origins series… they are novellas. Oh and fyi, when you read the book: grab a box of tissues!
This book was much more than expected. Kind of a mix between the Psy-Changeling series and the Divergent series. I’m having a hard time even describing it. Basically chemicals were put into the water in our time that made people able to read others minds. In the time of the book, which is about 90 years later, everyone can read minds. If you can’t you’re an outcast of society. The world that the author created is pretty cool. They mind-link to their technology and run everything through thought.
There’s no way to give a long review on this book without giving away the best parts of the book so you’ll have to read it for yourself.
I’m not sure why but I thought this was a YA novel. It was not. The book is about Maddie who is a powerful psychic with an abusive past and Jon, a shape-shifter who works for a secret society that polices the paranormal. Maddie’s nephew Evan has been kidnapped and she is the only one who can help him. With the help of Jon of course.
I loved this book from start to finish. Normally I’m not as interested in books with an insecure heroine such as Maddie. I knew that she would have to get over her fears in order to help her nephew. It was waiting to see her and how she would evolve that had me hooked. That and the sexual tension between her and Jon. I think this is the first book I’ve read with a bird shifter other than Iron Druid. Jon isn’t your average big alpha male shifter. But hey I’m all for something different!
I loved this book and plan to read the rest of the Damask Circle series. This was my first Keri Arthur book as well and I plan to check out her other books.
For those of you who have read previous Argeneau books and are now thinking “who on earth is Jake Colson?”… Think back to book 5 A Bite to Remember when Vincent Argeneau used his one turn on his mortal cousin that had been stabbed. Stephano Notte is Jake Colson or vice versa? If you are worried that you need to re-read book 5 again, no fear, Lynsay Sands fills in all the blanks quite nicely. I really enjoyed this book. I am a bit biased as the Argeneau series in one of my favorites. I love reading about characters in previous books and I especially love Marguerite. My only complaint is the book seemed a bit short. I am disappointed that it’s over already. Now I have to wait and wait for the next book!
The cool thing about this book was it was a bit of a mystery as well as a romance. That was a nice surprise. Kind of a “who done it”. Trust me, you’ll think you have it all figured out but you won’t. I loved Nicole, she was very sweet. Jake was great too. Also in this book quite a bit are Jake’s cousins Dante and Tomasso Notte. I’m hoping they get the next book. I believe they are twins. I thought they were funny. Especially when they kept calling Jake Pinocchio. The romance was a whirlwind as usual with the Argeneau books. I never mind because there are always obstacles and they make it interesting. All in all in was what I have come to expect and why I love these books so much.
First of all let me make sure you understand this book is not the first book in a series as you might think by looking at the Goodreads page. It is a spinoff of another series. A series I did not read and would highly recommend that you read before you read this book. I ended up reading reviews for the other books trying to understand who people were and what was going on but even with that I was so confused for most of the first part of the book. The reviewers who have read the other series seemed very pleased with the way things turned out in this book.
I would say I enjoyed 20% of this book. I liked the by-play between Xander and Jessie. Other than that I didn’t like Jessie much. Her decisions didn’t make sense to me. I was angry at her through the whole last part of the book. I didn’t understand why Xander was an actor and how it really fit into the rest of everything. Yes, Xander the vampire is a famous actor. That plot actually sounds like something I’d really enjoy. Famous actor and temp assistant who doesn’t know he’s an actor who he cannot sense with his vamp powers. But it didn’t fit with the rest of everything going on. I really wanted to like this book but other than the short courtship between Jessie and Xander I had to force myself to read.
Despite this review I do plan to read the other series because I think I would have liked this book a whole of a lot better had I read that.
My kids will say that I speak zombie blasphemy but it must be said: I liked Dearly, Departed more than my favorite tv show The Walking Dead! There, I said it, whew. I loved this book. What’s not to love really? There’s zombies, steampunk, victorian, it’s futuristic, romantic ect, ect. I swear I highlighted the hell out of this book there were so many good quotes. I shared a lot of them on my updates. I always say that the perfect book will make you laugh and cry. It will make you feel such deep emotions that you connect with the characters. This book did this and more. The chapters are set up similar to The Song of Ice and Fire series. Each chapter is titled by the character that is narrating that chapter. This confused me quite a bit through the book because I had to stop and remember who the chapter was about, it was especially confusing when Bram, Pam and Nora were in the same place.
Lia Habel created such a unique world. I am extremely impressed. I too love victorian books but find them terribly boring. Boring this book was not. Her take on the zombies was captivating. If something happened simialar to how it is set up in the book I can totally see there being people like the Punks and their steampunk creations. I never would have thought that an author could fit so many different things into a book but she did it perfectly.
My favorite character was Bram. He took what had happened to him and made the best of it. I can’t decide if I liked Pam or Nora better. I loved how Pam took charge of her family and did what had to be done. Nora was so strong despite everything that happened. I’d rather not talk about my other favorite character due to that being a spoiler. All of Z company was great. I could just gush about this book! But you would be better off reading it than my review. 🙂
I’ve been going back and forth with myself over my rating for this book. I absolutely loved the first 80% of the book. The last 20% seemed unnecessary… or mabye it was just me. Also it was like she realized oh yea Ellie is supposed to be from a religious commune I’d better throw a bunch of religion in there at the end. As you can see, I’m torn over this review. I’d say 3 1/2 stars if we could, so I upped it since I liked majority of the book.
Enough of that… on to the review! So my first thoughts since I did not read any of the rest of the series is that this reminds me of a brainstorming exercise they would make us do in language arts in school. Imagine that terrorists wiped out most of the women leaving a ratio of 1 to 200 men, what would happen? I would say exactly what happens in this book. Bride fights, women stealers, women marrying young and remarrying soon after being widowed. Since I didn’t read the first books I’m not exactly sure why they live like the wild west but I liked it.
As far as characters go Quill was my favorite. I can’t say enough about how much I loved him! If I lived in this world I would say Quill is the perfect mate. Ellie I liked as well until she started with the religious internal dialog. I can understand why it was in the book due to her character profile but it just didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the book. I loved Jelly/Stone, Snake and Mel as well. Sara annoyed me at first and then she grew on me. I even liked Tommy and Connor! Seriously I loved the characters in this book and I think the whole concept is unique and I plan to read the rest of the series.
So… if you like shifter romances, western-type romances or are just looking for something different you’ll like this book. Quill is sooo worth the read. 🙂
My favorite quote, I didn’t want to add it to quotes and ruin the surprise!(view spoiler)[““What’s your whole name?” Tommy sniffed, agonized hope battling with the despair on his face. “Thomas McKinley Moore.” Quill squatted to look the boy in the eye. “That used to be your name. You have a new name now: Thomas McKinley Wolfe. You are my son, and Ellie is your mother. You go up to the house with your mother and brother and help them get you packed to go to your new home.” Tommy’s face filled with delight. “Yes, sir!”” (hide spoiler)]
Book provided by the Author through PNR NaUBA group Author/Reader Exchange