[Book Talk] The Best Man (Blue Heron, #1) by Kristan Higgins (Audiobook)

the best manBook Details:

Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
Read: August 2016

Blue Heron series

  1. The Best Man

Synopsis:

Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she’s ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family’s vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there’s some great scenery there… Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief—and best friend of her former fiancé. There’s a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it’s not just those deep green eyes. The only catch is she’s having a hard time forgetting that he helped ruin her wedding all those years ago. If she can find a minute amidst all her family drama to stop and smell the rosé, she just might find a reason to stay at Blue Heron, and finish that walk down the aisle.

My Thoughts

I loved this book! This was my first Kristan Higgins book and I can see why she’s a favourite. I started listening to this story for Bout of Books and couldn’t stop listening! I loved Levi and Faith – as well as all the other characters we met – Jeremy, Honour, Prudence … It was great!

I think what I loved most about this book is that it wasn’t love or lust at first sight. The characters weren’t immediately likeable (especially Levi), but they definitely grew on me. I had seen the second book in this series on another blog somewhere and started listening to this one without really knowing anything about it (though I thought it might have something to do with a best man at a wedding) so I was so happy that it hooked me immediately!

Not only did this book have great romance (and not instant romance!) but it was funny, relatable, and kind of reminiscent of a Sex and the City storyline. I also loved that it took place on a farm – since I love farming books – and that Faith was the one who left the city. Honestly, when I finished this book I wished I could read more about Faith – I just loved her character!

I’m so excited to read the next book in this series and I really want to check out other series by Kristan Higgins as well. She’s such a fun author!

[Book Talk] Goddess of The Hunt (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy, #1) by Tessa Dare

goddess of the huntBook Details

Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Read: August 2016

The Wanton Dairymaid series

  1. Goddess of the Hunt

Synopsis:

In this lush and seductive novel, exciting new author Tessa Dare takes desire to brazen heights.

Ever the bold adventuress, Lucy Waltham has decided to go hunting for a husband. But first she needs some target practice. So she turns to her brother’s best friend, Jeremy Trescott, the Earl of Kendall, to hone her seductive wiles on him before setting her sights on another man. But her practice kisses spark a smoldering passion–one that could send all her plans up in smoke.

Jeremy has an influential title, a vast fortune, and a painful past full of long-buried secrets. He keeps a safe distance from his own emotions, but to distract Lucy from her reckless scheming, he must give his passions free rein. Their sensual battle of wills is as maddening as it is delicious, but the longer he succeeds in managing the headstrong temptress, the closer Jeremy comes to losing control. When scandal breaks, can he bring himself to abandon Lucy to her ruin? Or will he risk his heart and claim her for his own?

My Thoughts

I’m so happy to be reading more Tessa Dare! I was in the mood to “read my shelf” – that is, all of my TBR books that are just sitting on my bookshelves, unread – and as I was looking through them, wondering what to read, I realized that I hadn’t read this series yet! With the next book in the Spindle Cove series coming out soon, I thought I should finally round out my Tessa Dare reading once and for all.

This was a fun book! I loved Lucy and I freaking loved Jeremy. They were perfect together! There wasn’t all the humour that’s in her newer books (though there are some great funny scenes) and some of the parts dragged just slightly for me, or were repeated a few times too many. I felt like there could’ve been some resolution earlier in the book – with some of the repetition of certain things going on, the book seemed longer than it should have.

BUT this book was still a wonderful read. I just love Tessa’s writing and how she writes such great female and male characters. The females are strong and fun and witty and just perfect. I loved the interaction between the men – Henry and Jeremy, specifically. I also really enjoyed how the story was about Lucy finding herself and where she fit in, as well as Jeremy overcoming issues of his past. Not only is there fun, games, and kissing, but a great story as well!

And can I just say how happy I am the next book is about Sophia? It’s going to be so much fun!

[Book Talk] One Lucky Hero (Men In Uniform, #1) by Codi Gary

one lucky heroBook Details

Format: Audiobook
Source: Overdrive (Library)
Read: August 2016

Men In Uniform series

  1. One Lucky Hero

Synopsis:

She was looking for a little fun…

Violet Douglas wants one night where she can be normal. Where she can do something for herself and not be just her sibling’s guardian. So when she spies a tall, dark and sexy stranger, she’s ready to let her wild side roar. The last thing she expects is to see her one night stand one week later, when she drags her delinquent kid brother to the Alpha Dog Training Program.

He wasn’t looking for a commitment…

Sgt. Dean Sparks is used to keeping women at a distance, and yet he can’t resist Violet’s snapping wit or smile. So when he suggests a friends-with-benefits arrangement, it seems like the perfect solution to their undeniable attraction. No emotional entanglement, just mind-blowing sex.

But with their lives becoming more and more entwined, Dean realizes that casual isn’t enough for him anymore. And as Violet finds herself leaning on Dean in a way she never has, will her fears put more distance between them? Or can she let go of the past, and take a chance on happily ever after?

My Thoughts

I’m so glad I gave this book a chance! Initially, I wasn’t sure. I wanted to read the book, but was listening to the audiobook and it was a male narrator. Now, I don’t have anything against male narrators, but it felt weird with more of a romance, girly book. I listened to a few hours of it and then decided not to listen to it … and then changed my mind the next day where I listened to the whole thing! And it was great!

I loved this story. At first I just expected two people hooking up all the time, but there was so much more depth to the story. I loved Violet and Dean, I loved the whole premise of Alpha Dog (and how Violet wasn’t sure about dogs – it was kind of nice to have that rather than her just loving dogs), and I loved how Violet was with her siblings. Family really came first for her.

That being said, the romance was great in this book! Still, a little weird with the male narrator and only because he had the kind of voice that would be very well suited to something like a horror novel. His voice did fit Dean quite well, but with the more sexual scenes it wasn’t my favourite.

I look forward to reading more in this series!