How to Keep a Secret

                                                               Author: Sarah Morgan
Publisher: HQ
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Anna Robinson at ARO Publicity

 

Goodreads:  When three generations of women are brought together by crisis, they learn over the course of one hot summer the power of family to support, nourish and surprise

Lauren has the perfect life…if she ignores the fact it’s a fragile house of cards, and that her daughter Mack has just had a teenage personality transplant.

Jenna is desperate to start a family with her husband, but it’s… Just. Not. Happening. Her heart is breaking, but she’s determined to keep her trademark smile on her face.

Nancy knows she hasn’t been the best mother, but how can she ever tell Lauren and Jenna the reason why?

Then life changes in an instant, and Lauren, Mack, Jenna and Nancy are thrown together for a summer on Martha’s Vineyard. Somehow, these very different women must relearn how to be a family. And while unraveling their secrets might be their biggest challege, the rewards could be infinite…

Heartwarming and fresh, Sarah Morgan’s brilliant new novel is a witty and deeply uplifting look at the power of a family of women.

Ope’s Opinion:  Any book surrounded by women’s relationships makes me want to read.  This is a good one.  I enjoyed seeing how the two sisters reacted to each others secrets and how the mother handled it all.  The teenage daughter was a bit whiny ( but aren’t teenagers ) – it did get in my nerves at times.

I did like the Martha Vineyard setting.  I also liked that this was more of a women’s fiction rather then a romance, even though it is the romance genre.  

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Making It Right

Author: Catherine Bybee
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source:  Gift from Kristin of Kritters Ramblings

Goodreads:  In the final book in bestselling author Catherine Bybee’s Most Likely To trilogy, River Bend’s rebel follows in her father’s footsteps to become sheriff. But it might be time to forge her own path…

Some kids inherit a family business; Jo Ward inherited a badge. Once voted Most Likely to End Up in Jail, the town wild child has become sheriff—hell-bent on uncovering the truth about her father’s mysterious death. Life is quiet in rustic River Bend, but Jo longs for something beyond her small hometown and the painful memories it holds. All that keeps her sane is the support of her best friends, Melanie and Zoe.

But when Jo signs up for an expert law enforcement training seminar, she meets Gill Clausen, whose haunting eyes and dangerously sexy vibe just may challenge her single-minded focus. Commitment-phobic Jo can’t deny her attraction to the arrogant federal agent, and when odd things start happening around River Bend and danger surrounds her, she realizes she’ll need his help to discover who’s out to remove her from River Bend…permanently.

As Jo and Gill work together, it’s clear they make a great team. But can Jo loosen her grip on the past enough to let love in and reach for the future?

Ope’s Opinion:  This book is put in the romance genre and it does have some steamy parts to it, but it is so much more then the those parts.  It has a wonderful story line, great characters and a mystery to be solved.  This is the third book in the A Most Likely To series.  You do not need to read book one and two to enjoy this one, but it is worth your reading time to start at the beginning. 

Jo is the focus of this book, but Mel and Zoe are in the middle of what is going on.  It was interesting to see Jo’s whole story slowly revealed and to hear where Mel and Zoe are now.  Catherine’s writing kept me wanting to ignore the rest of my life and just read!

The ending let the reader know where everyone ended up and was very satisfying.  The mystery was solved with some twists that added to the story line.

The Family Gathering

Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: Mira Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source:  Claire at Little Bird Publicity

Goodreads:  An exceptional storyteller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr beautifully captures the emotionally charged, complex dynamics that come with being part of any family. Readers will laugh and shed a few tears as they discover what it means to be loved, supported and accepted by the people who mean the most.

Having left the military, Dakota Jones is at a crossroads in his life. With his elder brother and youngest sister happily settled in Sullivan’s Crossing, he shows up hoping to clear his head before moving on to his next adventure. But, like every visitor to the Crossing, he’s immediately drawn to the down-to-earth people and the seemingly simple way of life.

Dakota is unprepared for how quickly things get complicated. As a newcomer, he is on everyone’s radar—especially the single women in town. While he enjoys the attention at first, he’s really only attracted to the one woman who isn’t interested. And spending quality time with his siblings is eye-opening. As he gets to know them, he also gets to know himself and what he truly wants.

When all the Jones siblings gather for a family wedding, the four adults are drawn together for the first time in a way they never were as children. As they struggle to accept each other, warts and all, the true nature and strength of their bond is tested. But all of them come to realize that your family are the people who see you for who you really are and love you anyway. And for Dakota, that truth allows him to find the home and family he’s always wanted.

Ope’s Opinion: If you have not started reading the Sullivan’s Crossing series, this would be a good time to start.  You do not have to read them from the beginning to enjoy this story, but it is such a great series, it is worth your reading time.  Although this book is in the romance genre, it is so much more then that!

This book centers around Dakota, one of the Jones brothers, but it updates you on the whole family and some other people in the community.  There are some very intense parts of the book that will have you turning the pages quickly to find what happens.

The ending is very satisfying and wraps up some story lines, but leaves some things for the next book – which I will be looking for when it comes out.

Thank you Claire ( Little Bird Publicity ) for sending this one my way.

New Books

My daughter Kristin of Kritters Ramblings bought me two books for Christmas.

Both of these books are by Catherine Bybee.  She is an author I have enjoyed before.  Making It Right is the third in a series.
Fool Me Once is the start of her new series.

These will be nice to read with all the cold weather.  Just stay home and curl up with hot tea and one of these books.

Thank you Kristi!

 

 

Staying For Good

Author: Catherine Bybee
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source:  Purchased

Goodreads:  Zoe Brown may have been voted Most Likely to Never Leave River Bend, but the paper-thin walls and suffocating air of her family’s double-wide trailer were not what she wanted for her life. Other than BFFs Melanie and Jo, the only thing that kept Zoe sane during high school was her boyfriend, Luke.

She didn’t just leave, she escaped—turning her back on the shame of her black-sheep siblings and imprisoned dad. Now a celebrity chef in Dallas, she can afford all the things she never could have growing up. But when she returns to rustic, ruggedly beautiful River Bend, Zoe has to face all that she abandoned—including Luke.

While Luke was a refuge for Zoe in the past, he knows they inhabit totally different worlds now. Anchored by his parents and his job as a mechanic in his father’s shop, Luke never felt the urge to leave River Bend—until Zoe’s return.

But when the two rekindle their old flame, Zoe is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: remain in River Bend and confront her past before it destroys her, or say good-bye to everyone she’s ever loved…again, this time for good.

Ope’s Opinion: While reading this book, life happened.  I kept getting interrupted and couldn’t wait to get back to the book.  That tells you how good it was!  I wanted the world to stop, leave me alone and let me read!

It would have been a five chair, except the foul language and a few too many steamy scenes in it.  If you can over look that, the story is amazing.  There were some scary points in the book that made me hold my breath.

There is a third book in this series.  I will be purchasing that one as soon as possible.  I have really enjoyed Catherine Bybee’s stories.

Serenity Harbor

Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source:  Little Bird Publicity

 

Goodreads:  In the town of Haven Point, love can be just a wish—and one magical kiss—away…

Computer-tech millionaire Bowie Callahan is about the last person that schoolteacher Katrina Bailey wants to work for. As far as she can see, he’s arrogant, entitled and not up to the task of caring for his young half brother, Milo. But Kat is, especially if it brings her closer to her goal of adopting an orphaned little girl. And as her kindness and patience work wonders with Milo, she realizes there’s more to sexy, wary Bo than she’d ever realized.

Bo never imagined he’d be tasked with caring for a sibling he didn’t know existed. Then again, he never pictured himself impulsively kissing vibrant, compassionate Katrina in the moonlight. Now he’s ready to make her dream of family come true…and hoping there’s room in it for him, too…

Ope’s Opinion:  RaeAnne Thayne is a reliable read.  You know when you start her book you are going to get a happy ending and a lot of romance.  This book is a part of the Haven Point Series.  Each book has characters from previous books, but each can be read as stand alone.

I really enjoyed Kat and Milo’s relationship.  Kat was genuine, kind, patient and caring with Milo.  I felt Kat has a real gift with children who have special needs.  That was sweet to see.

This was a very heartfelt story.

Secrets in Summer

Author: Nancy Thayer
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source:  Random House

 

 

Goodreads:  The queen of beach books (The Star-Ledger) returns to the shores of Nantucket in a novel about one memorable summer when flirtations flourish, family dramas play out, and scandalous secrets surface.

Memorial Day weekend means that seasonal visitors have descended on the glamorous island of Nantucket. For year-round resident Darcy Cotterill, it means late-night stargazing in the backyard of the beautiful house she grew up in and inherited from her beloved grandmother. It s also Darcy s chance to hit the beach and meet her new summertime neighbors. But the last person the thirty-year-old librarian expects to see staying next door is her ex-husband, Boyz, along with his wife, Autumn, and stepdaughter, Willow.

Darcy must also navigate the highs and lows of a new romantic relationship with local carpenter Nash Forester even as she becomes smitten with handsome vacationer Clive Rush, a musicologist in town to write a book and visit family. And she finds herself pulled into the concerns of Boyz, Autumn, a charming elderly neighbor, and an at-risk teen.

As the season nears its end, Darcy must decide her next move: retreating to the comforts of her steady and secure island life, or risking it all for a chance at true happiness.

Ope’s Opinion:  If you are a romance reader you will definitely love this story.  There is plenty of steamy scenes for you – too many for me.  I felt like sex was casual for Darcy.

This is one for your beach bag this summer.  It will take you to the beach, it is a very light read and repeats itself enough you can be interrupted and still follow the whole story.

The ending is exactly what you expected and want when you read Nancy Thayer.