I'm still being a lazy pants so here's another edition of lazy reviews. It's just so pretty and warm outside, frolicking in the sun has been distracting me from my blogger duties so forgive me for slacking off. Anyway, I loved both of these novels, they've been the perfect companion to my afternoons in the park.
A Midsummer Night's Romp | Ainslie Brothers 2 | Katie MacAlister
Contemporary Romance | Signet | May 5, 2015
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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S ROMP is leaps better than the first novel. Not that The Importance of Being Alice was bad, it was a silly and funny case of insta-love, however it was more entertaining than romantically sweeping. Its sequel has a more substantial plot and Katie MacAlister gave the illusion that the romantic development between Gunner Ainslie and Lorina Liddel was drawn out despite having met and fallen in love in only a week's time.
I love the flirty banter and the romantic tension between Gunner and Lorina and as per the usual case in KMacAlister's novels, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S ROMP is abundant in awkward scenes and comedic reliefs. Aside from the wonderful romcom, I also loved the treasure hunting angle. Ainslie Castle is home to ancient Roman Villas and from the artifacts unearthed, there seems to be a treasure buried underneath the rubble. Unfortunately, someone got greedy and Gunner and Lorinda fell victim to the perpetrator's schemes. They eventually caught the culprit and on the big reveal, the motives and mystery behind it all is rife with broken hearts and intrigue. So if you read the first one, was slightly underwhelmed and unmotivated to continue, I suggest you take a second look, Gunner and Lorinda just might win you over.
Contemporary Romance | Forever | May 26, 2015
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I am in love with this series! Second Chance is really sticking to it's series name because the stories so far have been oozing with sweetness I can't handle the love fest! It's so good it's almost painful at times! So the prologue of RESCUING THE BAD BOY had me fuming because Donovan Pate is a jackass. I mean I don't like virgins, although Sofie Martin is not of the slutty type, still Donny took it to Asshole Level! The upside is, we know how these types of stories work. We know that Donny is going to eat his words with a side of Great Romantic Gesture, he will be beg and grovel for Sofie, and although we also know that our lovely heroine won't be able to resist him, watching it unfold with all the delicious drama and sexy times in between is nothing short of enthralling.
Jessica Lemmon enriched the present by cleverly using the rich histories behind the characters and their relationship to up the stakes and contrast the past with the present. Donny and Sofie's do-over started antagonistic because of that night and both are still haunted by that fateful evening. However the attraction between them is so undeniable, it was just a matter of time before they tumbled in each other's arms and set off fireworks on Pate Mansion. Now after everything was said and done, I didn't buy Donny's reason or justification for being such an asshole to Sofie. His dad abusing him when he was a child didn't have anything to do with him hating Sofie for giving him her V-Card and walking out on her like she had the Ebola Virus. Obviously it was enough for Sofie and I applaud her for her it. The girl's a saint! I hold grudges so I think I would put Donny through more Hell before I can consider his slate clean.
It goes withouth saying that I am a fan of Second Chances and RESCUING THE BAD BOY is a solid follow-up to Bringing Home The Bad Boy. It's the nail to my Jessica-Lemmon coffin. The novels are devoid of unnecessary angst, juvenile conflicts, the characters act like adults, and the themes and situations are of the mature kind. This series is a favorite now which explains my super early review. I'm an eager beaver, no shame in that!
And I'm a few hours early, but I can't wait to share my Thirsty Thursday Hungry Hearts (by (Un)Conventional Book Views entry for this week!