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imageHudson Kinkaid is scheduled to the max: between his crazy family, running ski patrol for the family ski resort, working as a cop in town, and trying to track down his missing brother, he doesn’t have a lot of free time but he especially doesn’t have time for a relationship. In My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis, despite not having any free time, Hudson finds himself drawn to the mysterious Bailey.

Bailey Moore has spent most of her life having to let others control what she did and when, but now that she is finally in control of her own life, she plans to do things her way and mark things off her list. Hired to create a mural for the Kinkaid family ski lodge, Bailey is determined to finish the project, jump starting the completion of her list.

I didn’t think it would be possible to like a Jill Shalvis series more than I like her Lucky Habor series but the Kincaid family of her Cedar Ridge series is rapidly becoming my favorite. The series stared out great with Second Chance Summer and continues with the fabulous My Kind of Wonderful. Hudson is responsible, loving, and loyal to his family, which is all endearing, but it is Bailey with her spunky attitude, her willingness to push herself, and her desire to live life to the fullest, achieving every thing on her list that makes My Kind of Wonderful such a great and inspiring read. I love the family dynamics of the Kincaids and eagerly look forward to the rest of the series.

Cedar Ridge Reading Order:

Second Chance Summer

My Kind of Wonderful

Nobody But You! (March 2016)

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Title: My Kind of Wonderful

Author: Jill Shalvis

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 357

ISBN: 1455586781

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Release Date: December 22, 2016

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

As the youngest of the three Knowles siblings, Quinn has always loved the land her family has worked for generations. In Once Touched by Laura Moore, Quinn dreams of doing more than just working the land, she is saving for an animal sanctuary where she can help creatures large and small. Normally Quinn avoids the obvious matchmaking efforts of her family but when Ethan Saunders shows up at the family ranch, Quinn finds herself drawn to the obviously hurting Ethan.

Ethan Saunders has come to the Knowles ranch for some peace and hard work after the terrible events that happened while he was in Afghanistan as a photo journalist. Dealing with PTSD and a host of health problems, Ethan just wants to be left alone while on the family ranch but he finds himself drawn to the shy and innocent Quinn.

Once Touched  is the third book in the Silver Creek series but can be read alone (I hadn’t read any books from the series prior to reading Once Touched and had no problems) but you do see some of the main characters from the previous two books in the series. I really enjoyed Once Touched as a quick contemporary read. Quinn’s heart was in the right place when it came to saving the animals but she kept up her responsibilities to the family while working on her dream, which I really liked. Ethan just broke my heart, when he first appears in the novel I wanted to give him a sandwich and a big hug. Both main character’s foibles and struggles were believable and their journey to each other was enjoyable. And I loved the goats on the ranch, they were hilarious! Overall Once Touched was a four star rating and I have added the rest of the silver Creek series to my to-be-read pile.

 

A Silver Creek Novel Reading Order

Once Tempted

Once Tasted

Once Touched

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Rating: Star 4copy

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Title: Once Touched

Author: Laura Moore

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 352

ISBN: 978-0-345-53702-7

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Release Date: December 29, 2015

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Lindsey Hughes is used to dealing with old items, working in the estate sales business its what she does for a living, but even she was surprised and a bit unsure what to do with the 600 year old vampire she finds in a secret room of her latest estate. In Between a Vamp and a Hard Place by Jessica Sims, Lindsey has one last chance to save the business she and her partner have worked so hard for, they have one month to clear out a hoarders’ dream apartment in Venice. When she finds and saves the life of a vampire, Lindsey has no idea how she is going to deal with the world she suddenly finds herself thrust into nor how to deal with the sexy Rand.

Rand Fitzwulf has been trapped in a coffin for centuries and now finds himself awake in a world he doesn’t understand. Gone are the knights, swords, and castles that he knew and instead he finds himself trying to understand cell phones, motorized vehicles, and plastic money. As if that wasn’t hard enough, his friends have been murdered, someone is trying to kill him (as evidenced by the unwilling sequestering in the coffin), and now those some individuals are going after Lindsey because she helped him. The only way to keep Lindsey safe is to keep the yummy human with him at all times, now if he can just control himself around her.

I really wanted to love Between a Vamp and a Hard Place, I really liked Sims’s Beauty Dates the Beast but I just found it meh. It wasn’t horrible but I didn’t love it, honestly it took me about two weeks to finish because I read some other books in between starting Between a Vamp and a Hard Place and finishing it. I just felt like the only thing Lindsey and Rand had going for them was the sex, Lindsey was kind of annoying with asking Rand to starve himself (by not feeding off of others) and then I just didn’t feel like we really got to know Rand’s character other than he was a violent knight at one point in time. The story was entertaining enough and obviously I liked it enough to finish the novel but at one point in time I almost skipped ahead to just read the last chapter to see what happened. Also, be aware that Gemma (Lindsey’s business partner and sister in arms) has a really foul mouth so there is quite a bit of the “f” word. Like I said, Between a Vamp and a Hard Place  was just kind of meh for me, if you have some free time and are stopping by the library I would read but I didn’t love it.

 

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Rating: Star 3copy

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Title: Between a Vamp and a Hard Place

Author: Jessica Sims

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 374

ISBN: 978-1476753997

Publisher: Pocket Books Romance

Release Date: December 29, 2015

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Cara Michal does everything by the book in Filthy Rich by Virna DePaul. After a financial disaster left her family penniless, Cara has stepped up to take care of herself, her special needs brother, and her flighty mother, leaving little to no time for a social life or relationships of any kind.  When Cara hides away at a business party and finds herself woken by a sexy stranger she decides to take a risk and kisses him. Unfortunately the best kiss of her life was give by her new boss and everyone knows mixing business with pleasure can lead to problems.

Branden Duke is surprised to find a sleeping beauty in his private rooms at his mansion during a party to announce his buying a Wall Street company. Drawn to the mysterious beauty he kisses her before learning who she is and is unprepared for the kiss to be as explosive as it is. If Cara were just anyone else it wouldn’t be a problem to hook up with her, but with his real reason for buying the company a necessary secret and an old enemy appearing, pursuing Cara might put her in harms way but how can he stay away?!

I struggled a bit with Filthy Rich, the meeting between Cara and Branden with the explosive first kiss is not my favorite literary device. So the first meeting for me was meh, but I really liked the characters of both Cara and Branden. I loved their devotion to family (if you are a long time reader of Novel Reaction you will notice I really like the family connections) even when those connections weren’t easy for the characters. Cara is a hardworking, dedicated, intelligent woman who isn’t waiting around for Mr. Right to come save her, she is working hard to save herself and I loved that about her! Branden has worked his way up from nothing while taking care of his half-sisters and trying to do the right thing for everyone. Filthy Rich had a bit more sex than I really enjoy but the story was engaging and the characters compelling so I gave it a four star.

Read an excerpt here.

Rating: Star 4copy

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Title: Filthy Rich 

Author: Virna DePaul

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 356

AISN:  B00TCHXMHK

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Release Date: October 27, 2015

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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