2nd books in a trilogy often have issues much like middle children. Accidental Bride was a happy exception to many rules. The heroine was appealing and very natural. The hero grew. The sex was honest. All against the background of the English Civil War, which is not a hackneyed setting. Strongly recommend reading the three books in proper order (Hostage Bride is 1, Least Likely Bride is 3).
The phone call was a lark - a spontaneous whim. But when Lily Brownfield called about the ad in the Oklahoma newspaper and was told that the job was hers, the crazy idea became a reality. The owner of the Longren Ranch needed a cook for a cattle roundup. And Lily needed to leave Los Angeles behind - along with the heartbreak of the fiance and the job she'd lost when her face was scarred in a car accident.
Debbie Macomber books are comfort reads for me. The Blossom Street series is kind of a soap opera, but I enjoy the way the characters thread through. This story was a little disappointing, though, in that the problems weren't really problems. Still, love and human goodness triumph, hence the comfort.
I actually got teary - twice - reading this book. The emotions are so well drawn. I love the way the children are portrayed and Christmas as integral to the plot, not just a backdrop. The secondary characters are well played and memorable in their own right. An awesome story, and I'm glad it has been re-released.
Science fiction writer Kevin Walker landed on Lynn Potter's doorstep one day and swept into her well-ordered life. Her agent had arranged for them to collaborate on a new book. She was to supply the romance...
Highly rated on likesbooks.com, which is unusual for a category romance. The type font is very small, so it has the feel and depth of a full-length book. I fell for both the hero and the heroine, which is noteworthy. The pace really keeps the reader involved.
The hero's battle with his own thoughts and the nature/nurture question held my interest. My favorite romances are those in which I care for both the hero and the heroine, and that holds true in this compelling story.
Don't recommend reading Hard and Fast without reading Flat-out Sexy first. Not that it's an intricate plot or highly connected characters, but the tone is better in light of the first book in the series.