Thursday, February 9, 2012

REVIEW: Somebody To Love by Kristan Higgins

Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins
4 Floozies

Parker Welles is a mom, author, and daughter.   On the outside she is a snobby rich girl author, living high on the hog in a mansion while Daddy Dearest keeps her happy.  The true Parker is anything but that.  I feel, deep down she is just trying to reclaim the love and happiness of her childhood.  She has zero romantic interest due mainly because of her emotional commitment to her son, Nicky.  Her father is emotionally and, often times, physically absent.  And her bread and butter children's series has reached it's end, so she is left without focus and motivation.  Unfortunately, Daddy Dearest doesn't help matters by illegally investing Parker and Nicky's trust fund in a ponzi/hedge fund scheme that ultimately lands him in jail.   She has one last nest egg, an ocean front house on the coast of Maine that Parker's maternal aunt left her years ago.  She journeys onward to do a quick flip and move back to Rhode Island.  Elbow meet grease, the inheritance is anything but what she expected. Thank the heavens for Thing One.

James Cahill is like an ogre.  Or is it an onion?  Oh, yes an onion, with layers.  He has been suffering guilt from a childhood tragedy.  Constantly trying to prove his worth, he meets Harry Welles, Parker's dad, on a return flight from a job interview.  Spends his last $100 to impress the multi-millionaire and, by the end of the flight, finds himself the personal attorney of one of the most revered men on Wall Street.  He has also loved Parker from a far ever since their first interaction hours after Nicky was born.  Parker has never been his fan, being as he is her father's lawyer (a.k.a. minion).  After Daddy Dearest goes of to the big house, James drives up to force his help on Parker and does she need it!  Throughout the course of the renovation James falls harder for Parker and Parker learns that he is not her fathers "Yes!" man, but a strong emotional, and supportive man also in a rut as to what to do next.  They form a friendship and eventually, rekindle a romance that has an end date.  When Nicky comes to visit, all bets are off, back to being friends.  Well, we know how that ends up.  I believe the bonding between James and Nicky is even more important than Parker, new ground for both guys.  And it works out in the end.

This is the first book I've read by Kristan Higgins and what a great introduction it was.  Fun, fresh, emotional . . . a perfect relaxing Sunday read.  I really enjoyed the bonding Parker and James develop throughout this book.  And the great cast of supporting characters.  Who wouldn't  want Lavinia for an aunt?  The pace was wonderful and, all though the ending was not wrapped up as nicely as some other contemporary novels I've read, I got the sense of true emotion and response.  I felt that Somebody to Love played out pretty close to real life and that is a great thing.  The sexual elements were very PC, no in-depth detail, perfect for someone not comfortable with the more provocative romance novels.  However, the romance and emotion was still on point.  A few things were a little unbelievable.  For example:  Parkers inheritance just happens to be in the same small town where James summered as kid?  Also, Ethan (Nicky's dad) and Parker are truly friends and Lucy (Ethan's wife and Parkers friend) has zero problem with it?  I guess if those are the only faults, it's not so bad just a little convenient.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

REVIEW: One More Summer by Liz Flaherty

One More Summer by Liz Flaherty
3 Floozies

Normally,  I like to rate & review the technical and emotional aspects of a book as one because 99.9% of the time they are inseparable. One More Summer is the .1% hold out. I was so emotionally devastated and technically irritated it would be impossible for me to combine them.

Technically: The author left me confused many times throughout this book. Scene changes with no lead in, pivotal information that is just assumed and never explained or introduced. And wholly guacamole, how many different sub-plots can one book have. It seemed I was continuously rereading to make sure I got the characters, scene, plot, etc. correct.

Technical Score: 2/5 floozies

Emotionally: I hate this book! Not really, I was just too upset and sad the whole way through. I read as a form of escapism not so I can be reminded of just how crappy life can be for some people. Ms. Flaherty must have missed the class about happy endings. All joking aside, I am more than aware of the injustices inflicted on good people. Most books take those injustices and wrap them up in a pretty bows. Things hardly ever work out the way they do in romance novels and to 'dock' this book because it did not come with a happy ending would be an injustice in and of itself. Still doesn't mean I'm happy about it. There is a line Dillion spoke that sums up this book perfectly:

"This isn't a book you get out of the library and read on Saturday night, Gracie. In those books, the endings are happy, all the strings neatly tied, and the hero and heroine's story is the one that counts. If we're the lead characters in this story, we're not doing a very good job of it because right now we're not the ones who matter most."
Yup, pretty much.

And talk about water works, oh boy! After this book and the last one I read (Sunrise Point) I need to restock my tissue. I have never experienced half of the horrible things Grace had to endure, but I have suffered the loss of a best friend. Shoot, I'm crying as I write this :( "Better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all," right? The bond that Grace and Promise have goes beyond sisters, kindred spirits is exactly what it is. Grace's hound-dog, self sacrifice, second fiddle attitude bugged me. I get the why, but it will always be something I have a hard time truly understand. Dillion was depressing too. Grace shares and he won't, way to go husband. Then again, the book and marriage was not truly about them.

In the end, One More Summer is a depressing, true-to-life account of how crappy life can be and how blessed we should all feel for the love and support from those who really matter in our lives. I kept reading waiting for things to turn around for Grace and they never did. Once again I realized, waiting gets you nowhere, getting up and doing something about it is the only way to live.

Emotionally: 4 Floozies

So, I guess 3/5 floozies would be the fairest rating. I'm not opposed to more Liz Flaherty books, but for the love of Pete, can you make them just a smidgen more happy?

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

REVIEW: Sunrise Point (Virgin River #19) by Robyn Carr

Sunrise Point (Virgin River #19) by Robyn Carr
5 Floozies

I do not think I have ever had a cry "ready" for an entire book before. Happy tears, sad tears, or proud tears, I was ready to show the ultimate emotion for this book every step of the way!! I was so inspired by Nora. Her dedication, and "sticktoitiveness" (as my father would call it) was so admirable! I have never been such a champion of a heroine ever.

Sunrise Point grabs your heart and never lets go. I was thrust into a world of poverty and perseverance, again . . . I grow up in similar conditions and, for various reason, my parental figure was not as driven. Now, as a devoted mother and a valued wife/partner I know how hard Nora struggled and I am so happy that Robyn Carr created the perfect character and story to show the resilience of a dedicated mother! I will do anything to see to my children's safety and welfare and I felt that from Nora and from her local support system. It truly takes a village and I love the Virgin River village :D

Maxie, owner/matriarch of Cavanaugh Apple Orchard persuades her grandson to give, single, destitute mother, Nora, a picking job. Thankful for her position at Cavanaugh Orchards, Nora does not disclose her on-the-job injuries for fear of termination. Tom Cavanaugh is not fooled by her stoic behavior . . . and so the love story begins.

Darla is a GREAT addition, makes me wonder how many dumb men are hoodwinked by conniving women? Juxtaposed to Nora and Maxie's plight with no-good men, blinded by the light, I guess . . . The adventure Nora embarks on is so fun to travel. She has been dealt a lot of shit in her life, about time something goes right!

Although the "regulars" (aside from Rev. Noah) do not interact with Nora & Tom, Jack, Mel, Preach, and Paige were not far away from Virgin River and the side story that is Hank Cooper (aka Coop). I can only imagine Hank Cooper's story is next. We all know the where but . . . Who? What? When?

My favorite Virgin River book so far! Give me more Robyn Carr :D

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