A NOTE FROM Beverly Jenkins Dear Readers, This is the second book in the Rhine Trilogy and I do hope you enjoy it. With all the issues and heartache Portia carried inside, I knew it would be difficult for her to give her heart to someone, but Kent Randolph proved to be the man for the job, even if I didn’t know he would be her hero when the story began. Hope you’ll enjoy seeing Rhine and Eddy from Forbidden and, yes, they are still very much in love. The Fontaine Hotel is loosely based on the Mountain View Hotel founded in Oracle, Arizona, in 1895 by Annie Box Neal and her husband William “Curly” Neal, who were both of African- American and Native-American descent. The Mountain View was a combination hotel and spa and catered not only to European royalty but to wealthy visitors from places like Russia, Australia, and China, too. Look them up. The great Apache chief Geronimo surrendered on September 4, 1886, and was promptly declared a prisoner of war. He and his people eventually wound up in Florida along with the Apache scouts the army employed to hunt him down. He died at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 1909. The Apache warrior Lozen, also […]
Another winner from Jill Shalvis. I will never get tired of reading feel-good romances. Never. And The Trouble with Mistletoe is a wonderful example of a feel-good romance. The second book off of Jill Shalvis’ Heartbreaker Bay series follows the story of Willa, wrangler of puppies and Keane, beleaguered temporary cat owner and hotshot developer. They have a sort of unpleasant history between them that affected Willa a lot but was a non-event for Keane. The relationship between Keane and Willa developed slowly, largely due to Willa’s own trust issues and Keane’s reluctance to start a relationship. But the attraction burns hot between them, and Jill Shalvis can write sexual tension like no other. Like Sweet Little Lies, The Trouble with Mistletoe is punctuated by heartfelt humor and touching emotional moments. The gang is back and I love getting to know them more and more. Loved the friendship between Willa and the girls as well as the friendship between the guys. I finished this book with a smile on my face as I always do after I read a Jill Shalvis book. If you’re a fan, then you would love this book. I definitely recommend this one. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Don’t be fooled by the historical setting of this book because the things that the heroine went through felt very current. The idea of someone going through a very public humiliation like what Lillian went through in this was heartrending. This is a book that challenges your notion about scandals, slut-shaming, forgiveness, and redemption. Ms. MacLean made Lillian a very sympathetic character to me. I normally would have a problem with a heroine who professed to love someone else during the first chapter of the book and then promptly falls in love with the hero. But as a I reader, I understood her motivation. I understood why she acted the way she did. Her actions were consistent with her motivation, which is why what happened to her in this book made such an impact on me. But it’s not just Lillian who has issues with humiliation, private or otherwise. The hero, Alec, was known as the Diluted Duke, the 17th in line to the title. He inherited the dukedom after a spate of bad luck befell the previous dukes. Alec some things in his past which made him into the man he is today. He came to England after his ward, which he knew nothing about at first, […]
Another winner from Jill Shalvis! I’ve been in a book funk for a week. I kept starting books that I couldn’t finish. Then I started Sweet Little Lies, and what do you know? Bye book funk; hello happy place! Sweet Little Lies has so much heart and emotion with an interesting and relatable cast of characters. At its center is Finn and Pru. Both Finn and Pru experienced great tragedies in their lives prior to meeting each other. Finn was this promising athlete who wanted nothing more than to get out of his father’s thumb. And Pru is this happy-go-lucky child with a promising future. But significant events in their lives changed the course of their future. When we get introduced to them, Pru is a boat captain who moved in to the building where Finn’s pub is located. They became friends. They had an obvious attraction to each other which both tried to ignore for certain reasons. For Finn, he’s not in a place where he can invest in a relationship. He’s trying to keep the bar in the black at the same time trying to keep his brother out of trouble. He works non-stop and he simply has no time for relationships. Pru’s reasons is more […]