I’m not sure how long this is going to last, but Nora Roberts’ Year One is free on Amazon right now. You can get it here.
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I’m not sure how long this is going to last, but Nora Roberts’ Year One is free on Amazon right now. You can get it here.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts cordially invites you to meet childhood friends Parker, Emma, Laurel, and Mac — the founders of Vows, one of Connecticut’s premier wedding planning companies.
Laurel McBane has always relied on her friends for support, especially when her dream of attending culinary school was almost ruined by her parents’ financial problems. Now Laurel is repaying the kindness of her friends by creating extravagantly luscious tiers of cakes and other confectionary delights that add the perfect touch to their clients’ weddings. As for romance, Laurel believes in it — in theory. But she’s too low-key to appreciate all the luxuries that other women seem to long for. What she does appreciate is a strong, intelligent man, a man just like Parker’s older brother, Delaney Brown, on whom Laurel has had a mega crush since childhood.
But some infatuations last longer than others, and Laurel is convinced that the Ivy League lawyer is still out of her reach. Plus, Del is too protective of Laurel to ever cross the line with her, or so she thinks. When Laurel’s quick- silver moods get the better of her — leading to an angry, hot, altogether mind-blowing kiss with Del — she’ll have to quiet the doubts in her mind to turn a moment of passion into forever…
*****As part of our 10 year anniversary celebration, we’ll be re-posting old reviews and posts that make us cringe, laugh or sigh all over again.*****
This is another series that I am absolutely in love with. I love that it’s a straight up contemporary series with just two human beings falling in love without be bitten by vampires or taken hostage by terrorists or anything else like that. They’re just two everyday, average, normal people falling in love over the course of time.
This book was good. It was but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Jack and Emma’s story. There were things about this book that I loved, like learning about Laurel’s side of the business, I’ve always been fascinated with baking and Laurel does it well so it was good to see that. I also enjoyed getting to know Del. I’ve always been interested in learning more about Del in the first two books and it was good to finally see Del getting some serious page time.
Laurel and Del’s attraction to each other started in the last book when they’re all at Emma’s family’s house for a bbq and you could tell that this was where that day was going to lead Del and Laurel. Their attraction seemed to simmer on low heat for a few weeks before it boiled right out of the pot. Del is trying to keep seeing Laurel as the little sister he’s always known her to be and Laurel is trying to get over her silly crush on the boy that will always look at her like a little sister. So in a last ditch effort to get Del out of her system, she shows him that she’s NOT his sister and that sets the tone for the rest of the book.
They’re playing this keep away game of Laurel’s shoes and Del is using the shoes to get to know Laurel better. He’s going for this and he’s going to see where it leads them. Watching these two grow closer and closer was cute. Seeing them bicker their way to love made me smile.
Del was a great hero, one who caring, thoughtful and adorable. I really liked him but I didn’t love Del the way that I loved Jack. Del was a good, solid hero but he didn’t make my heart sing the way that his best friend did.
Laurel was one of those feisty heroines who at times made me roll my eyes around the room. Her reasons for being mad at Del about the whole money didn’t make sense to me. She’s known Del most of her life, she’s friends with him. She should have known him enough to understand where he was coming from with the whole paying thing. I mean, she blew something so small into something so big and I just didn’t get it. So Del’s rich, so what? I just didn’t understand where all of her anger from him trying to give her money was coming from. It’s not like he thought she was this two bit loser who he felt sorry for and was trying to give her a break. I could see him doing the exact same thing to Emma and to Mac but Laurel blew that shit up like he was trying to strangle her or something.
Overall, this book was good but it’s not my favorite of the bunch. My favorite part of this book was getting to know Laurel while she was at work. I loved reading about all of her baking bits. Seeing her in action in the kitchen had me wanting to throw my apron on and see what kind of concoctions I could throw together in the kitchen. I love baking in any romance novel and it never fails to amaze me how Nora Roberts can take any occupation out there and make me curious about it. She’s a phenomenal writer and I’m such a fan!
It was good to see the gang all together again and I can’t wait for Parker and Mal’s story. I can’t wait to see how Mal wins her over. It’s going to be interesting because Mal is a fox and Parker is one tough cookie. I can already imagine the sparks that are going to fly. Woot!
Grade: 3.5 out of 5
This book is available from Berkley Trade. You can buy it here.
Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂
Naked in Death is the first book in Nora Roberts’ In Death series. It’s the beginning of Eve and Roarke. Roarke and Eve. Oh how I love these two. Naked is the foundation of Eve and Roarke’s relationship. This is where it starts. This is where it grows from. Rereading it, I was reminded about every reason that I adore this series.
Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
Series: In Death
Also in this Series: For a full list, go here.
Genres: Futuristic, Romantic Suspense, Mystery
Release Date: July 1, 1995
Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she’s seen it all—and knows her survival depends on her instincts. And she’s going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire—and a suspect in Eve’s murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it’s up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about—except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.
This is the first time Eve and Roarke laid eyes on each other. Swoon.
He was alone. There were other lines in the pew with him, but Eve recognized the solitary quality that surrounded him. There could have been ten thousand in the building, and he would have remained aloof from them. His striking face gave away nothing: no guilt, no grief, no interest. He might have been watching a mildly inferior play. Eve could think of no better description for a funeral. More than one head turned in his direction for a quick study or, in the case of a shapely brunette, a not so subtle flirtation. Roarke responded to both the same way: he ignored them. At first study, she would have judged him as cold, an icy fortress of a man who guarded himself against any and all. But there must have been heat. It took more discipline and intelligence to rise so high so young. It took ambition, and to Eve’s mind, ambition was a flammable fuel. He looked straight ahead as the dirge swelled, then without warning, he turned his head, looked five pews back across the aisle and directly into Eve’s eyes. It was surprise that had her fighting not to fold at that sudden and unexpected punch of power. It was will that kept her from blinking or shifting her gaze. For one humming minute they started at each other. Then there was movement, and mourners came between them as they left the church. When Ee stepped into the aisle to search him out again, he was gone.
Even though Eve fought it, fought him, she couldn’t make Roarke go away.
“For whatever’s upset you.”
Except for that one flush of temper, she’d been pale when she’d come into the apartment. But her cheeks were colorless now, her eyes too dark. When he started toward her, she shook her head once, fiercely.
“Go away, Roarke.”
“Going away’s easy. Too easy.”
Very deliberately, he put his arms around her, felt her stiffen.
“Would it matter, really matter to anyone but you, if you took one minute to let go?”
She shook her head again, but this time there was weariness in the gesture. He heard the sigh escape, and taking advantage, he drew her closer.
“You can’t tell me?”
He nodded, but his eyes flashed with impatience. He knew better; it shouldn’t matter to him. She shouldn’t. But too much about her mattered. “Someone else then,” he murmured.
“There is no one else.”
Then there is Mavis. How can you not love Mavis?
“I slept with him,” Eve blurted out, and Mavis responded with a fit of helpless choking.
“You–Roarke.” Eyes watering, she reached for more tissue. “Jesus, Eve. Jesus Christ, you never sleep with anybody. And you’re telling me you slept with Roarke?”
“That’s not precisely accurate. We didn’t sleep.”
Mavis let out a moan.
There are just so many wonderful things about this series and they all started with this book. If you haven’t read the series, give this a try and you will love it!
With a phenomenal career full of bestsellers, Nora Roberts was ready for a new writing challenge. As her agent put it, like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and caffeine-free Pepsi, a pseudonym offered her the opportunity to reach a new and different group of readers. The first futuristic suspense J. D. Robb book, Naked in Death, was published in paperback in 1995, and readers were immediately drawn to Eve Dallas, a tough cop with a dark past, and her even more mysterious love interest, Roarke.
The series quickly gained attention, great reviews, and devoted readers. Since the debut of Loyalty in Death (the ninth In Death book) on Halloween 1999 on the New York Times bestseller list, every J. D. Robb title has been a New York Times bestseller. While fans had their suspicions, it wasn’t until the twelfth book in the series, Betrayal in Death (2001), that the publisher fully revealed that J. D. Robb was a pseudonym for bestselling powerhouse Nora Roberts. Unmasked, Nora Roberts fans who hadn’t yet picked up one of the Robb books were quickly playing catch-up.
Robb’s peers in the mystery world are fans as well, with accolades for the In Death series from such blockbuster authors as Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, Dennis Lehane, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Ridley Pearson, Linda Fairstein, and Andrew Gross.
The In Death books are perpetual bestsellers, and frequently share the bestseller list with other Nora Roberts novels. J. D. Robb publishes two hardcover In Death books per year, with the occasional stand-alone original In Death story featured in an anthology.
Forty books later, there is no end in sight for the ever-popular In Death series.
Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.
Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.
Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.
Naomi is a few days away from her 12th birthday when she follows her father into the woods. At first she thinks that he’s going to the creek to cool off since it’s so hot outside but he goes into the woods and ends up in a root cellar by a burned out house. When he finally leaves she sneaks down thinking she’ll find that he’d put together the new bike she’d asked for for her birthday. What she finds is that her father is a monster. He had been kidnapping raping, beating and then killing women for a long time. Naomi becomes a hero that night.
After her father is arrested Naomi, her younger brother Mason, and their distraught mother go to live with their maternal uncle and his partner who Naomi and Mason grow to love (they had been cut off from him because he was gay). They all change their name to Carson, their mother’s maiden name, and try to live normal lives but the crimes of their father never were far behind them.
Naomi grows up to be a photographer and moves from place to place, getting attached to nothing and no one. She likes it that way until she finds Sunrise Cove when she’s 30 years old. She falls in love with the town and in one house in particular. She buys it and starts to renovate it and finally puts down roots.
She starts to become part of the community and starts a relationship with a local businessman and mechanic. Xander is wonderful for her and though he finds out her past he still treats her the same – not like she’s tainted because of who her father is. Unfortunately, there’s someone out there who has a thing for Naomi and it’s not all champagne and roses. When Naomi finds out about this villain she has to decide to put her past behind her and move on with the strength to help find the guy or to wallow in her past and let it beat her down once again.
This book was a great one. I really loved so many things about it. I loved seeing Naomi as a child and my heart broke for what she discovered about her father – seeing everything first hand. Then with her mother being broken she really had Mason and her uncles to rely on. They were always there for her, however, and I loved their strength and support.
Naomi’s relationship with Xander started off kind of strangely, imho. I didn’t really feel the attraction and quite frankly wasn’t sure if I liked Xander or not. I started to warm up to him when I saw how much he was falling for Naomi and soon really liked him. Naomi had closed herself off from caring for anyone except her brother and uncles. She felt she couldn’t get close to anyone for fear they’d find out about her background and she couldn’t take the attention. Once in Sunrise Cove it took her a while but she soon realized that she could be truthful and up front about her past and they would not think less of her. It took time for her to accept but most good things in life do.
The suspense aspect of the story was brought up near the end. Yes, the obsession had been going on for a while but we’re not made aware of it til later in the book. I personally thought it came to a kind of abrupt conclusion (I guess I just expected it to be a bit more drawn out) but it got the job done. Though the book is called The Obsession I didn’t feel like that was what this book was about. Yes, it was there, and happening in the background, but to me this was a romance novel through and through. That’s what kept me reading – along with Naomi’s personal growth.
Overall a really good book and one I’d most certainly recommend.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Dance to the Piper
Though her name was up in lights, Maddy O’Hurley cared nothing for the trappings of stardom. All that mattered was dancing. But Reed Valentine’s only passions were wealth and power. . .until Maddy engaged the mesmerizing mogul in the daring dance of love.
Do opposites really attract?
They do in this story. No one could be more completely different than straight laced, business before pleasure, Reed Valentine and fun loving, free spirit Maddy O’Hurley. She’s a dancer, he’s a big time business mogul. He’s the backer for her next Broadway play. They couldn’t have been more wrong for each other, but they had love on their side and just when you think there’s no hope for them, love comes out and saves the day.
I really enjoyed reading this story, it had all the necessary drama mixed in with a dallop of witty banter and what really drew me to the story was the hope that Maddy never really lost sight of. She knew what she wanted and instead of playing the coy seductress, she seduced Reed with everything that she was.
It’s a feel good story of two people’s journey from friendship to lovers to husband and wife. You’ll enjoy this story as much as I did, I’m sure. Very light, which is exactly what I was looking for and NR really delivered with this story.
The Last Honest Woman
As the widow of an infamous car champion, Abby O’Hurley shunned publicity. But how could she keep charming, disarming and ruthlessly cynical biographer Dylan Crosby from uncovering her darkest secrets?
Assumptions really have a way of kicking us in the ass. That was very much the case with one, Mr. Dylan Crosby, investigative reporter turned biographer. His next project was about the greatest race car driver of all time, Chuck Rockwell who’s last race turned out to be the last race for him period, the crash that killed him. Chuck Rockwell was by all means, known to the world to have lived his personal life, just as fast as he drove his cars. He married one, Abigail O’Hurley when she was 18 years old and for the first couple of years, she was beside him at every race, at every celebrity function, cheering him on. Then, she fell off the face of the earth. In order, for Dylan’s book to really work, he had to get some answers from someone who knew Chuck like no other person did.
Which is where Chuck’s widow, Abigail O’Hurley Rockwell came into play.
Chuck had been dead for four years and Abby had turned away book deals before because she didn’t want her boys exposed to the half truths and secrets about their father’s past, things she didn’t want ANYone to know, her boys in particular. But money was really tight and she wanted her boys to have something for their futures, the only way to ensure her boys were taken care of was to finally allow, Dylan Crosby write their father’s story. But Chuck’s story was going to get written the way she wanted it to get written, she wasn’t going to let anyone tell her anything else.
Dylan was going to get to the truth if it killed him, and it damned near did. In order for anything written by him be published, he had to make sure that Mrs. Rockwell understood from the beginning that he would get the answers he sought, he was nothing if not persistent, she better be prepared to be point blank honest with him. Nothing was going to change that.
And then they met.
Dylan’s first impressions of her weren’t what he expected them to be, instead of finding the spoiled princess type “trophy wife”, he found a soccer mom who did everything by herself, with help from no one. What an odd thing to find from a celebrity’s wife. Especially, a celebrity such as Chuck Rockwell, who was an all balls to the wall type of guy. He was mighty intrigued by the woman who was indeed the mother and wife of Chuck Rockwell, but who was anything but spoiled and and princess like. She was as refreshing as they come, but honest? The woman was anything but. He would dig and dig until he got the answers he came for, of that you can be sure.
And Abby will protect her secrets with all that she is, because her sons futures depended on it.
The wild rollercoaster of this book was seriously, one of the bests I’ve read in a very long time. Nothing seriously spooky or action packed or anything, it was an easy fun loving story with the drama of a family who spent years on the road entertaining different crowds, it was a story dedicated to family and the love that comes automatically. I really enjoyed this book and recommend all to read it. Dylan and Abby’s story was wonderful and it was one that had me thinking of the characters long after I finished reading it. Ben and Chris are to die for and two of the sweetest boys I have ever had the pleasure of reading about, Nora Roberts does a wonderful job weaving us into this intricate plot to get to the end. There’s lots of ups and a fair share of downs, but the ending is sweet and it ends just as it should end.
Grade: 4.5 out of 5