Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Book Review - Highland Protector by Catherine Bybee - MaCcoinnich Time Travel Series

I do not generally read supernatural or fantasy books, but this series has had me wanting more since the beginning.  Amber MacConnich has been forced to be separated from her family for her safety and in hopes of finding what will save her from death.  Time is running out when two other time travelers arrive unexpectedly.  As the solution becomes clear, choices have to be made about what can be sacrificed and tolerated to save her life.

The latest in the MaCcoinnich Time Travel series was a great installment in the series and left me wanting to know more about what is going on with Cian!  I feel like I've been waiting forever for Amber's story, and Bybee did not disappoint me at all.  This is such a different feel from her Contemporary romance series', The Weekday Brides and Not Quite, but the romance is still there along with the time travel and highlander men!   In addition to Amber, we get to spend time with old favorites like Jake, Simon, Helen, Mrs. Dawson, and Selma.
I loved this book and give it an easy 5 stars -- although I considered holding one back because I want to know what happens to Cian so badly! 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Book Review – Meant for Love by Marie Force - The McCarthy's of Gansett Island Series

Meant for Love is book 10 of Marie Force’s The McCarthy’s of Gansett Island Series.  This series is one of my favorites, and Marie does such a wonderful job creating characters that are easy to love, but aren't so perfect that they make me hate them.  In this book, Force successfully balances the main story-line, which bringing in some of the earlier characters that I've grown to love.  My heart broke for both Jenny and Alex and what they were going through.  When I first read Jenny’s letter previously in the series, my heart broke for the woman who was still trying to pull her life together ten years after 9/11.  When Alex’s family was introduced, my heart again broke for him and what his family is going through in dealing with his mother’s dementia.  The journey they take together feels genuine and realistic. 

Force also does a great job of telling a compelling love story involving a woman in her late 30’s.  So many books in the romance genre involve women in their 20’s, and here it is done casually, realistically, and compellingly.  There is no reason women in their 30’s… or beyond… can’t find love, and I’m so glad Force is writing about it!

REVIEW - 4.5 Stars!
MATURITY - 18+ it gets pretty steamy

Since I did not review her previous novels here, I want to talk about the series as a whole a bit more.  While I really enjoyed this book, and it easily gains a spot in my top three of the series, my favorite is Season for Love followed by Waiting for Love.  The one down side to Season for Love is that Force was still trying to balance all of the previous books couples as well as fleshing out several of the B stories that never really received their own books, and ended up taking the focus off of my favorite couple Owen and Laura.  I’m being a bit selfish, since they were one of the B stories in the previous books, so I imagine they have received more than their fair share of page time overall.  I also absolutely love Adam and Abby as a couple in Waiting for Love.  I will also say, as the series goes on, the books are heating up – although it will be difficult for Force to get much hotter than Tiffany and Blaine in Longing for Love.