CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Snowed in With the Rancher by Mary Sue Jackson (Leslie North)

Snowed in With the Rancher

Title // NaslovSnowed in With the Rancher

Author // Avtorica: Mary Sue Jackson (Leslie North) 

Release Date // Datum izdaje:  November 25th 2019 (25. november 2019)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

Olivia Wickham could never forget the cowboy she met on a cruise five years ago. The two spent a magical few days together before she was called home for an emergency, without giving him her number. She would have gotten over Tate McConnell—it was just a few nights of paradise, after all—if it wasn’t for two little things: her twin daughters, who were born as a result of those wonderful days. Though she searched for her lost romance in vain, she never forgot his mesmerizing eyes, and the way his smile made her melt inside.

On a trip to the wilderness just before Christmas, things take a scary turn when one of her daughters is injured on a snowshoeing tour and the little family is unknowingly left behind by the guide. When Tate shows up to save them, she instantly knows who he is—the father of her children, and possibly the love of her life.

Surprised is a mild term for what Tate feels when he realizes the woman he’s been sent to rescue is Olivia. He’d searched for her over the years, her smile and laugh invading his thoughts on lonely nights. When he learns the two little girls with Olivia are his, surprise makes way for shock. Now, with a major snowstorm coming their way, Tate has to quickly get them to safety inside a cozy little cabin in the woods. Too cozy, since Tate is adjusting to being a father and trying to fight his fierce attraction to Olivia. But since they’re snowbound, there’s nothing to be done but to let his feelings thaw a bit. Or a lot, since they can’t seem to keep their hands off each other every chance they have to be alone. When reality intrudes, though, real panic sets in for Tate. He’s been alone too long to suddenly be a big family man, even if it is Christmas time.

But when Tate finds himself alone on Christmas Day, he realizes being alone is, well, lonely. He can only hope he’s not too late to create his own Christmas magic.

(okay, I must say the blurb basically says it all, it’s way too long)

 

My thoughts:

Read this book a while ago but still haven’t written a review, oops.

Anyway, while the book was somehow a Christmas story and the book is well written, what bothered me here was the characters. Mainly, the heroine.

I’m probably spoiling a book (but hey, the blurb tells the whole story so I can’t really spoil much, right?) but Olivia expected too much from Tate. The man learned he was a father in a day or two after they (including children) first saw each other after years and already Olivia expects a family, a husband. I can’t imagine what was she going through, raising twins all on her own for almost five years, but I think it’s illogical to expect so much after a day they reunited. If she wasn’t expecting a fantasy, this book could turn out so different. It took her almost the whole book to realize she was irrational. No kidding, he was living on his own all that time, not knowing he was a father.

The second, very important part for me, that really bothered me (even more than the heroine) was the way we are told of important moments. For example, when Tate told his parents he has twins, we are not told the emotions of that moment. Was he nervous, were they shocked when they found out, first reactions? No. Instead the author cut this moment with ”Five minutes later the grandparents…”. We literally jump from Tate signing on Skype to ten minutes later when the grandparents found out. The exact same thing happen when they told the twins he was their father. Do we see the excitement, first reaction when they realize their father is in front of them? No, we are told how one of them asked how the babies were made. The twins were without a father for all this time and yet, it’s a moment that makes it as important as describing pouring milk into a mug. This IS an important moment but the author didn’t make it one which is why the story lost its charm for me. And the last situation was when the grandparents came to visit. We don’t get to see how they reacted when they first saw their grandchildren, no, the author jump from them coming to the house to the twins already sitting on their laps. It’s the first moments that would make this story a feel-good Christmas romance about family, love, reuniting, rekindling their love, it’s the first moment that counts in a story like this. Instead, for me, this was just a mediocre, 3 stars book.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Ride with the SEAL by Leslie North

Ride with the SEAL (Norse Security, #1)

Title // Naslov: Ride with the SEAL

Author // Avtorica: Leslie North

Release Date // Datum izdaje: May 24th 2018 (24. maj 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

When ex-SEAL Camden Thursday enters the garage at two in the morning, he’s intent on grand theft auto. Instead he’s confronted with more than a hot car — there’s a sexy mechanic too. His high school crush, wrench in hand, projects a “Dangerous Curves Ahead” warning far more tempting than any joy ride, but Camden isn’t here to try the road less traveled. He’s here to jack a car and prove he can do more than manipulate computer code for the black ops service he works for: Norse Security. So while Camden is looking to get physical on this job, he was hoping for someone to punch, not someone to plunder…

Everly Knight is the baddest bad girl in town. As the daughter of a mobster and a name in the auto industry for hot cars, she could rest on her laurels and let her reputation proceed her. However, Everly has a deep dark secret: she wants nothing more than a shiny, new, legal garage all of her own. She’s just a few thousand away from cashing in and figures that one last illegal car theft could finance her legal dreams. That is until the geek from her past shows up as a hunky hero; letting Everly see that it’s possible to become more than just a tough girl.

Camden may be all muscle, but it’s Everly who can stall the entire operation. She holds him hostage and offers an ultimatum: Take her on the ride or find himself a sitting duck for the mob. It’s not a hard choice when the bombshell revs his engine. But with warring goals and secret missions, they’ll find themselves fighting for their futures and racing toward a love they never saw coming.

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Ko nekdanji marinec Camden Thursday vstopi v garažo ob dveh zjutraj, je njegov namen kraja avta. Toda sooči se z ne samo lepim avtom – tam je tudi seksi mehankarka. Njegova srednješolska ljubezen, s frnacoskim ključem v roki predstavlja veliko večjo grožnjo in ga veliko bolj zanima kot katerakoli vožnja toda Camden ni tukaj da bi zašel na tisto pot. Njegov namen je ukrasti avto in dokazati, da lahko naredi več kot manipulira računalniške kode za Norse Security, kjer je zaposlen.

Everly Knight je najslabša punca v mestu. Kot hčerka mafijca in kot znano ime v avtomobilski industriji za vroče avtomobile, bi lahko počivala na lovorikah in pustila, da njen ugled govori zase. Toda Everly ima temačno skrivnost: ničesar si ne želi bolj kot sijočo, novo, zakonito garažo samo zase. Je le nekaj tisočakov stran od svojih sanj in zadnja nezakonita kraja avta bi lahko financirala njene zakonite sanje. Dokler se ne pojavi piflar iz njene preteklosti kot postaven mišičnjak.

Camdena so morda same mišice toda Everly je tista, ki lahko uniči celotno operacijo. Vzame ga kot talca in mu da ultimat: ali jo vzame zraven na vožnjo ali pa se znajde kot vaba za mafijo. Odločitev ni težka, ko Everly užge motor. Toda s spornimi cilji in skrivnimi misijami, se bosta znašla pred borbo za njuno prihodnost in proti dirki za ljubezen, ki je nista pričakovala.

 

My thoughts:

I adored the battle of wills in this story!

He was a geek in high school who turned out to be a hot ex-SEAL. She’s the girl who always got in problems. She’s also connected to the mob. In order to prove herself worthy of a new, just her garage she decided to steal a car from her dad’s garage. He wants to prove to the other colleagues in the company where he works, that he’s not just the brain but the muscle too.

When their dreams collide, they have to work together to escape the wrath of the mob. Naturally, it doesn’t go without obstacles… and heat between them!

While I loved the action and their sizzling attraction, I was hoping for more drama. It seemed like everything resolved quickly, so in the end, I was surprised I read this book in a matter of hours. The ending seemed to be a little rushed.

4 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Obožujem to vojno volj v tej zgodbi!

On je bil piflar v srednji šoli in je sedaj postaven nekdanji marinec. Ona je punca, ki se je vedno znašla v težavah. Ona je tudi povezana z mafijo. V želji, da bi se dokazala, da je vredna nove, popolnoma svoje garaže. ukrade avto izpred garaže svojega očeta. On želi le dokazati drugim, da ni samo pamet ekipe, kjer dela, ampak tudi moč.

Ko se njune sanje prekrijejo, morata začeti delati skupaj, da bi pobegnila pred jezo mafijcev. Seveda ne gre brez težav… in vročine med njima!

Čeprav mi je bila všeč akcija in njuna kemija, sem pogrešal več dramatičnih prizorov. Zdelo se mi je, da se je vse hitro rešilo tako da sem bila na koncu kar malo presenečena, ko sem knjigo prebrala v nekaj urah. Konec je bil tudi sam po sebi narejen bolj na hitro.

4 zvezdice.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.