What if you could talk your ex into signing up for a dating service where you find the perfect partner? That’s the concept behind Catharine’s dating website, RecycleLove.com. With her own ex marrying his 23-year-old girlfriend, Catherine could use some of the upcycled love so talks her friends Rachel and Sarah into joining the site. Can these women find their perfect match?
In [easyazon_link identifier=”1426700709″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]One Imperfect Christmas[/easyazon_link] Natalie Pearce has been living with an all-consuming guilt of not having been there for her mother when she suffered a stroke. With her mother in a nursing home with no signs of leaving, Natalie’s family connections seem to drift further apart and her marriage is on the brink of dissolution. Daniel Pearce doesn’t know how he can help his wife and their daughter has been unmanageably rebellious. Is there any saving this family?
Annie Prudhomme left her home of Marietta, Montana with big dreams but finds herself returning to town after a divorce. Her family turns their backs on her and she settles in to remodel a home she’s inherited. Carson Scott still carries a torch for Annie but he has responsibilities he didn’t before she left town to think of and isn’t so eager to put his heart on the line. Is Annie ready for something serious or is she just looking for Christmas company?
Annie’s story is pretty typical. As a teenager she hated her hometown and counted the days until she left it behind and part of leaving it behind meant leaving her teenaged boyfriend, Carson. She moved, she got married, she got divorced and now she sees where she grew up with new eyes but returning and admitting that it was never as bad as she always claimed is not something she’s sure that she’s ready to do. Without that correction to the outlook of the past, Carson isn’t sure he’s going to put himself on the line again.
The hallmark of a great romance is likability and both characters lack in that department. Carson is a good guy who moved on with his life after Annie left and got married and had kids but he’s grating and passive aggressive to a point that, at times, makes him somewhat uncomfortable to read. Annie is extremely locked up in her own pride so that she’s stymied to an extent in the story. The reader knows what is going to happen in A Cowboy for Christmas, it’s a romance after all, but I can’t say that I didn’t think these two people wouldn’t be better off just going their own ways. Carson has a child, which complicates matters and puts a greater emphasis on him on the surety of the outcome, but as much as we hear about it, does he really consider his ultimate responsibility in the final balance? They’re dancing around the obvious with one nagging and reminding the other of the problems they had and the lack of consideration which does not bode well for a lasting connection. That time she left will always be at the forefront in arguments.
Let’s be real, though. This does not have to be a realistic read. It’s a romance novel and an escape so how does it measure on the enjoyment scale? The answer would be middling. A Cowboy for Christmas is mostly well written and could experience a better flow with some paring down of fillers. At 104 pages, it should be a light and fast read but doesn’t feel quick. If you like the end of a romance novel, pick A Cowboy for Christmas up. If you’re looking for story, you’ll find better but also worse.
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Andrew Blackshear has a Christmas plan. His sister is getting married and he plans to buy her a hunting falcon as he wants her to remember to maintain her separate identity in the marriage. Lucy Sharp also has a Christmas plan. She’s going to spend the holiday at a house party hosted by her aunt and uncle. It will be Lucy’s first taste of life outside of the falconry and she’s hoping to find a husband. When prim and proper Andrew meets adventurous Lucy, he’s instantly attracted but their plans diverge dramatically. How will their plans go perfectly wrong?
Robert, Viscount Alderton, sees his future wife under the mistletoe and kisses her, only to discover that the woman he thought was his future wife was her cousin, Isabella. A rake witnesses the encounter and sees Isabella as fair game. Can Robert protect Isabella (Lella) or is she ruined in society?
In Her Unexpected Detour by Kyra Jacobs, Kayla and Brent have both been unlucky in love and both have strong emotional walls up. When Kayla skids off the road in an ice storm in Mount Pleasant and Brent rescues her, they feel an instant attraction that they both know will not go anywhere … unless. Brent somehow winds up in Kayla’s bed but can they keep their guards up? Her Unexpected Detour is a book from the Checkerberry Inn series.
In To Kiss a Werewolf by Molly Snow, Damien Capernalli has been hit by puberty hard. He’s waxing his chest daily and his muscles are expanding of their own volition. A fan of New Moon by Stephanie Meyer, Damien has his own ideas of what is happening to him physically. In order to gain more information about his supposed condition, Damien joins Paranormal Addicts Anonymous. The group is led by Stella, a Goth girl that captured Damien’s attention when she asked him out on a dare. Damien feels an undeniable pull to young Stella. Stella has her own problems. She moved to Oregon from Idaho to escape an ex-boyfriend who does not accept that their relationship has ended.
Taylor Valentine is a senior at Western Michigan University and is laser-focused on living a life that would honor the memory of her parents. When Dr. Stuart Morgan visits to give a four-week seminar on Civil War History, the former Marine is undeniably a draw for young Taylor. Stuart has his own rules regarding fraternizing with students—mainly that he doesn’t—that he’s unwilling to break, but he’s tempted to do so for the tantalizing Taylor. When death threats cause their paths to become entwined will Stuart compromise his rules or will Taylor turn to Joe, the hometown boy that has always loved her? [easyazon_link identifier=”1937546322″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]“Their Rigid Rules”[/easyazon_link] is the third book in the Chemical Attraction series and a prequel to the other novels.
In Permanent Spring Showers by Scott D. Southard, Professor Rebecca Stanley-Wilson discovers that her husband has been cheating on her with one of her students and begins her own affair with an artist. The affair turns out not to be as simple or straightforward as Rebecca may have hoped. Permanent Spring Showers is an intimate look into the lives, hearts and minds of artists over the ups and downs on one memorable spring.
A widow and a retired man with a number of failed relationships under his belt join forces in an unlikely alliance to take a road trip from Arizona to California. After growing a bond and learning to rely on each other, what happens when the trip ends?
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