Hello, and welcome back! I hope you all had a great Valentineīs Day, with plenty of real romance. The weather here is still undecided, though not really warm enough yet to do any outside work on the gardens, so Iīm still getting plenty of reading time in. And now, Iīve got three new romances to share with you this week, so letīs get started.
First up is Mary Jane Meierīs second romance, Hometown Girl (Onyx). If you recall, we had her very first book here last year, and it was wonderful. I have to admit liking the first book more. This time out, we have Lauren Van Horn returning to her small hometown to help her sister out. She doesnīt expect to find Gabe Randolph, her secret teenage crush, back in town, too. Nor does she expect that theyīll be on opposite sides of the environmental issue dividing the town. I like Lauren a lot. Sheīs very real--has all the same female thoughts and issues we all do. Gabe, well, heīs sexy. But heīs kind of a jerk. At least, in my opinion. Of course, heīs going to reform, but he wasnīt very appealing to me through the first half of the book. The secondary characters in the story are woven through the story very well, particulary Laurenīs sister Becca. Iīm going to give this one three and a half of Cupidīs five arrows, and Iīm looking forward again to Ms. Meierīs next book.
Next up is Kim Coxīs "Suspicious Minds" (RFI West). Ryan Donatelli is on a mission to get the guys who killed his sister. Natalie Southard wants her father to stop working with a known mobster. Little does she know that her new boyfriend, "Tom," is really Ryan working undercover to find evidence on that same mobster. The plot idea here is good, but the execution of it wasnīt as good. I felt like there were plenty of opportunities for Ryan to reveal his true identity to Nat before he was forced to do so, and the secondary characters in this story are a bit difficult to keep track of. As a first book, itīs not bad, but not a keeper for me. Iīm giving it two and a half arrows.
Finally, we have Ana Seymourīs Rose in the Mist (Joveīs Irish Eyes). Lady Catriona Sherwood, aka Cat OīMalley, is working undercover in Queen Elizabethīs court. But when sheīs caught out, sheīs sentenced to wed Niall Riordan rather than be put to death. Cat and Niall have a long road to travel before they reach their happy ever after, and itīs a rather delightful trip. Catīs a bit stubborn, and Niall a bit doubting, and of course, theyīre perfect for one another. Iīm giving this one four arrows.
Until next week, happy reading!