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Review: Man from Tennessee by Jennifer Greene

Posted May 20, 2011 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

After a whirlwind courtship, Kern Lowery whisked his young bride away to the mountains of Tennessee to start a new life. Unfortunately, Trisha’s sheltered Grosse Pointe upbringing didn’t prepare her for marriage or the hardships of country living, so she left with barely a goodbye.

Five years later, an accident brings Trisha back to Tennessee. No longer the shy, helpless girl she was, she keeps her composure when she comes face-to-face with the stranger she is still technically married to. Inside, however, her emotions are a riot of passion—and fear. Fear of falling for the man she loves once again…

Trisha was a bit scared but completely enthralled with Kern Lowery when she first met him. He was intelligent and kind but definitely different from the young boys she knew at age 20 as he was older. When Kern talked about the mountain in Tennessee that he had inherited she was equally enthralled and the couple talked about their dreams and what exactly they thought they wanted – which was to live at that mountain and start a life together.

That was five years ago and not long after arriving in Tennessee Trisha gave it all up to return to her hometown. The isolation and hard work was difficult but she couldn’t quite handle her relationship with Kern and fled. Now she’s back in Tennessee with Kern’s mother, who has been her friends since Trisha married Kern. She’s not sure what she expects but she certainly didn’t expect it to be so beautiful and in no way frightening as it was five years prior. Trisha is also not prepared for the man that Kern has now become. The sexual tension and heat between them hasn’t diminished at all but Trisha is not ready to start anything with Kern as she plans on leaving for home as soon as she can. Trisha’s plans change when she starts to have feelings for Kern once again, or should I say, admitting to herself that she still has feelings for her husband.

This was, from what I understand, the very first book that Jennifer Greene got published back in 1984 under her pseudonym Jeanne Grant. (It’s being re-released through Carina Press on 5/30 under Jennifer Greene) I wasn’t sure what to expect from the story as I’ve not read any of Green’s work before but I love a good reunion trope and this one was a good one.

I can’t imagine how hard it was for Trisha to return to the place where she had given up. She’d given up on her dreams, on her man, her marriage. Those are difficult things to stare in the face but Trisha did, and I think she handled it all very well. Greene did a great job of putting the city woman into the rural yet lush setting and having her be comfortable. Greene also described the countryside quite vividly and I almost felt like I was there.

We got to see Kern and Trisha interacting and trying to become relaxed with each other once again but it was pretty tense between the two. The pair didn’t actually talk about anything too deep until near the end of the book and I must admit I would have liked to have seen that happen prior to when it did but in the end they both learned that communication was their biggest issue – as it is in so many relationships. Simply talking to each other can solve so many issues between a couple, it’s amazing really. I mean, we all talk to each other daily but really sitting down and discussing issues and how your feeling sometimes just solves a multitude of problems. This solved problems for Trisha and Kern and they got their HEA.

In the end it was a very cute book and I will definitely be reading more from Ms. Green.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

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Review: A Daring Proposition by Jennifer Greene (with spoilers)

Posted May 17, 2011 by Holly in Reviews | 4 Comments

Holly‘s review of A Daring Proposition by Jennifer Greene.

Leigh Sexton is desperate to have a baby, and Brian Hathaway would be the perfect bio-dad. One of Chicago’s most notorious playboys, Brian is no family man, which suits Leigh just fine. An heiress and successful CPA, she is more than capable of raising a child alone. Now all she has to do is work up the nerve to ask Brian to impregnate her…artificially.Leigh has no interest in conceiving the old-fashioned way, despite how her heart races whenever she’s near him.

Brian is intrigued by Leigh’s request. He’s not into commitment, even with a woman as attractive as Leigh, but he’s also not the type to make a deposit and then disappear. If he goes along with her scheme, he’s got one demand of his own: marriage before conception. He agrees to keep things clinical—he can get sex elsewhere—but having a wife at home will keep the husband-hunters at bay.
It seems like the ideal compromise—until they start falling in love.
Previously published.

The spoilers are clearly marked at the bottom of the review.

I was really enjoying this book until right close to the end. Then the main conflict came to a head and..honestly, I’m still a little confused by it. I did read somewhere that this is Greene’s first published novel. She updated it for this release, but it still had a bit of a dated feel. Considering this was first published in the 1980s, I’m willing to be a bit more forgiving of it than I would otherwise.

Leigh is desperate for a baby. Because of a tragedy in her past, she’s not willing to enter into a relationship with a man – physical or otherwise. She works as a CPA and she’s interested in more than just the books at the company she’s auditing. One of the partners (and creative director), Brian, is the perfect candidate. He’s a known playboy who has made it clear he has no intention of settling down with a woman. Even though Leigh is scared to death he’ll say no, she works up enough courage to ask him if he’d be willing to donate to her cause – if you know what I mean.

Brian is at first annoyed by Leigh’s request..then intrigued. He’s tired of women chasing after him with the hope of snaring him into marriage and Leigh might be the perfect solution. If he marries her, he can still carry on as he wishes, but not have to worry about the women he sees trying to trap him. Leigh isn’t thrilled with the idea of marrying him, but Brian figures it’s the perfect solution for both of them. Plus, he wants to be involved with his child.

Leigh reluctantly agrees to marry Brian, but only if he agrees they won’t have a physical relationship. She figures they’ll both be safe enough with the arrangement. But after the wedding things change. Brian starts hanging around more, taking care of Leigh as she deals with the early months of her pregnancy. He also develops a deep connection with the one person Leigh is close to..Robert, a close family friend and former employee. As time goes on, both Brian and Leigh begin to develop feelings for one another. But Leigh still has major hangups about men and Brian still has major hangups about Leigh.

The characters here were both interesting. Despite neither wanting a relationship, Leigh and Brian really gravitate toward each other. Brian takes care of Leigh during the worst of her pregnancy and gives her the emotional support she didn’t realize she was missing. In turn, Leigh offers Brian something he never realized he was missing..companionship and independence. She isn’t a clinging-type who wants his undivided attention 24/7. But she is there, fading into the background, offering him a sense of family he never had before.

As the novel progressed I enjoyed the way their relationship developed. It wasn’t a quick drop, but a slow slide into trust and caring. It was good to see the way Brian slowly uncovered Leigh’s secrets and the reason for her trauma, and then help her overcome it.

**SPOILER** For the first 3/4 of the book I was totally wrapped up in them and enjoying it. Then I hit a WTF moment. Things are going well between them and Brian finally has a breakthrough with Leigh. And then he sends her away. Presumably to allow her time to figure out if her feelings are tied to lust or if she’s truly in love. The problem is, it came out of nowhere. Things were going so well between them and then..bam. He does a 180 and tells her to go away?

That in and of itself was strange and frustrating, but they spent the next 3 or 4 months apart. And when they’re finally reunited the resolution takes about a page and bam..they all live happily ever after the end. It came about too quickly after such a strange and drawn out twist.**END SPOILER**

Though I enjoyed much of the story and found it to be emotionally compelling, I couldn’t get over the rushed ending or unexpected actions of the hero.


This book is available from Carina Press. You can buy it here in e-format.

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What I Read Last Week

Posted May 16, 2011 by Tracy in Features | 10 Comments

It was a pretty good week here in Tracyland. No complaints which is always a good thing.
Diet and exercise – exercised twice and lost no weight. I’d be upset about that but seeing as with PMS I usually gain 3 so I’m pretty happy with staying even. lol Total lost still 2.2 pounds.
Hubby and I went to an auction at my work and I ended up with an iPod shuffle (for only the price of a $1.00 raffle ticket – woohoo!) Anyone have one? Can you put audio books on those or do they shuffle the chapters? lol Just curious.
Good reading week this past week:
My first read for the week was Man from Tennessee by Jennifer Greene. This was a reunion story between a married couple that’s been separated for 5 years. I’ll post my review on Friday. 🙂
Next up was Claimed by Desire by KayAnna Kirby. This was the story of a woman who had a one night stand with the hopes that more could come from it but when she woke in the morning the man was gone. Now she’s pregnant and runs the man again. He wants them to be together but she’s resisting. You can read my review here. 2 out of 5
My next read was actually a re-read of a book that hasn’t come out yet. How can you do that, you might ask. Well it was Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh and it comes out at the end of the month. When Holly first sent it to me in March to read and review for The Book Binge I gobbled that sucker up and loved it! I know, I didn’t tell you – I’m so mean. I wanted to give it a couple of months and then re-read and see if I felt the same about the book now that I’d read it and it was just as good if not better the second time around. This is Hawke’s story. He’s the alpha of the SnowDancer wolf changeling pack and he and the Psy, Sienna, have been circling each other for years. She was way too young before but he’s finally made his move. Along with the awesome romance we get lots of political Psy/Changeling conflict and it was just SO.GOOD. Excellent book. 5 out of 5
Rinse and Repeat by Amberly Smith was the story of Peat the repeater who is trying to save the life of Jake and finds himself falling in love. It’s a great story and one I’d recommend. You can read my review here. 3.75 out of 5
Devil’s Own by Veronica Wolff is book 2 in the Clan MacAlpin series and I really liked this book. The story was about Aidan who was kidnapped 13 years prior and worked as a slave until he escaped. Now he’s at home and trying to find the man who kidnapped him. But he needs assistance and finds it in a neighbor, Elspeth, who helps him learn to read while he works on her family farm to pay for the lessons. This was a very sweet romance that I really enjoyed. There was definitely some intense moments with Aidan and kidnappers but for the most part just a nice romance. 4.25 out of 5 (read for The Book Binge)
I haven’t read any Yaoi Manga for a while – bad Tracy! I only had one – Stallion by Kosen. While I really liked the graphics I didn’t really like the stories all that much. The Stallion story was the best of the three but very abbreviated. There was a lot of advertising in the book– one including what looked like a full grown man and a boy of about 12 – ewww. 2 out of 5
One of my Tracy’s TBR Challenge reads for the week was Cruel Enchantment by Anya Bast. This is book 2 in the Dark Magick series and it was a good one. The story was about Emmaline who is Seelie but had escaped imprisonment when the rest of the Fae was walled and warded into their own area. She was an assassin back then and had accidentally killed Aeric’s love. Aeric hates Emmaline and wants to kill her but when he has the chance he finds himself changing his mind. I really liked this story it had a lot of ins and outs that made the story that much better. At first I didn’t see the romance as Aeric started falling for Emmaline but in the end I was happy to see them together. 4 out of 5
Last for the week was another Tracy’s TBR Challenge read that I read for Wendy’s TBR Challenge – the Kept Woman by Susan Donovan. This was a pretend engagement story (the theme for May) and it was a good one. I’ll post my review on Wednesday.
My Book Binge reviews that posted this past week:
Happy Reading!

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