Reviews, reviews

I got myself to the local bookstore the other day and got some books and well, my lovely hubby didn’t hear me for a couple of days but I loved every minute of it. And here, in no particular order, are my two cents on these books.

The best man by Kristan Higgins

The Best Man: Amazon.ca: Higgins, Kristan: Books

The best man is one of those books I just love to sit and enjoy. It has a love story, funny characters and a family that I love spending time with. It’s a wonderful read and one of the reasons I love Kristan Higgins.

Our heroine is Faith Holland, who was left at the altar and is coming back home a little wiser and older. Home might not be completely ready for her and there are obstacles on Faith’s way as she makes a place for herself. Faith is hardworking, kind and really easy to like. It’s not hard to root for her as we learn about her past and see her help out family and friends.

Our hero is Levi Cooper who is part of Faith’s past and has his own story and reasons for what he did. It’s delightful to not only get to know him but to reveal his personality and see the why’s behind his choices. It makes the final ending so much richer.

This is a book I would recommend to any Kristan Higgins fan, definitely to anyone who likes romance and to those who like family stories with a bit of humour added in. Kristan Higgins is one of the greats. She’s a fantastic writer and she treats the reader with respect. Things happen logically, organically and smoothly so that we travel with the heroine to the end barely noticing the pages turn. This one is a great read.

Always the last to know by Kristan Higgins

Always the Last to Know: Amazon.ca: Higgins, Kristan: Books

Always the last to know is a slightly different book for Kristan Higgins. There is, of course, a fantastic family that we get to know and there are amazing characters in the story but this isn’t her usual romantic tale. This is more of a work of fiction.

The book tells the story of a family that has maintained untold and unacknowledged lies for years when suddenly the father, John, has a stroke. The tragedy forces everyone to face aspects of their lives and themselves that they have carefully avoided for years. The two daughters, Sadie and Juliet have to come to terms with who they are and what they are doing with their lives but they are not the only ones who change. Their mother, Barb finally starts doing some changing of her own and faces things she has avoided for years.

There is a love story here and it’s a beautiful love story, but it’s not the central focus of the book. That’s why I said this is a different book for Kristan Higgins. Still, the usual things that make her so amazing are still there. The characters are real, complete and rich. The plot is compelling and engrossing. The ending makes sense and came naturally. And it was a beautiful story.

Though slightly different than her usual books, this one is a definite must read for Kristan Higgins fans. It’s also a great read for any fiction fan and for those who would simply be interested in reading a great book. With Kristan Higgins, you simply can’t go wrong.

After sundown by Linda Howard and Linda Jones

After Sundown: A Novel : Howard, Linda, Jones, Linda: Amazon.ca: Books

After sundown checked a lot of boxes for me. It was written by Linda Howard (one of my absolute favourite authors), it was romance, it had great characters and it had a great premise. It tells the story of what happens to a little town after there is a catastrophic solar storm that wipes out all electricity in the planet. I loved that premise. I was in from the very beginning.

Sela is our heroine and she’s just wonderful. I love that she’s shy and has a lot of trouble speaking up for herself, I love that she ran her own business and I loved how kind she was. Sela ends up being a reluctant leader in the little community where she lives and making sure everyone has food, shelter and the necessities of life, keep her busy and me, engrossed in the tale.

Ben is our hero and he’s tough as nails. I loved him because he was such a loner that he kept everyone at bay with a gruff grunt, until he met a little puppy who won him over. Aw! Puppy. I love stories that involve animals.

This is one that I will definitely read over and over. A delicious story, wonderful characters, a love story and a premise that kept me hooked, it was a great find and a wonderful read. I would highly recommend this book to any romance readers, dystopian readers and Linda Howard fans.

The woman left behind by Linda Howard

The Woman Left Behind (GO-Team, #2) by Linda Howard

I had eyed this book a while back but then Covid hit and bookstores shut down. So, it’s been on my radar for a while. I finally got my little paws on it this week and read it in under three hours. It was worth every minute I waited for it.

The woman left behind tells the story of Jina who’s a tech person working for a paramilitary organization. All is well with Jina, who loves her job until the forces that be decide she has to change jobs and she’s going to do her tech stuff while on the field. That means that Jina has to go with the elite teams who drop down in unusual places and do remote, dangerous missions.

Suddenly, poor Jina has to do training akin to the Marine Corps one. She has to learn to run for miles, jump out of a plane, shoot guns, or lose her job. I would simply lose my job, let’s be honest. But Jina isn’t a quitter and she sticks it out. Along the way, she impresses herself and the team she’s assigned to.

The early training mishaps and personality conflicts from the tough team guys with Jina are hilarious. I loved every word. She gives as good as she gets, though and is always ready with a smart come back that had me cheering her own from the start.

This book is simply delicious. Filled with fast-paced action and tough as nails guys, this is a fish-out-of-water, funny story that had be riveted to every word. Forget the ‘saggy’ middle, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to keep reading. It was that good.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes romance, action, or humour. Definitely one that will show the reader why Linda Howard is one of the greats, this book is not to be missed. I’m so glad I finally got my hands on it.

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