I knew as soon as I grabbed this book that it was going to be sad. I mean, it was all over the media how tragically beautiful it was a while ago. What I didn’t expect was that I would finish it and feel like my heart could have possibly grown ten sizes. Kind of like the Grinch. It was that moment of painful WOW that I just sat there in shock.
I started reading this book practically as soon as it landed on my doorstep. After all, I absolutely devoured Virgin River, so I couldn’t wait to find out about Paige and Preacher. Especially since they do feature in the Netflix show. Which I’m kind of obsessed with. Plus, the idea of a storyline dealing with an abused woman isn’t one that I’ve often had the chance to read. I like the fact that so far in this series, the people have some pretty serious damage in their pasts…
I’ve been obsessing over the idea of buying this book since I binge watched the Netflix show in just over 24 hours. I’ve since watched it twice more… so obviously I was incredibly keen to receive the book. And then I spent the next day in bed, refusing to get up just so I could fully enjoy immersing myself in the joys of Virgin River. There is just something so wonderful about this story that far outstripped the expectations that the Netflix show prompted.
This book was completely amazing. I’ve only ever read one other story which features a woman with a social learning disability. In the last book, I thought she was mildly autistic, but that was never actually stated. In this, a lead who is autistic? It actually hit a little bit too close to home for my comfort. But that’s something that I need to figure out. Mostly, I just love the fact that this gorgeous romance is about someone who is a little off-kilter and different. Not the typical trope of a lead woman.
Perfect for the Beach by Lori Foster, Janelle Denison, Erin McCarthy, MaryJanice Davidson, Kayla Perrin & Morgan Leigh
This is one of those great, easy, relaxed reads that is just perfect for an afternoon out in the sunlight. The title kind of hints at that. But after reading it, I can attest that it is most definitely a perfect read for the beach. A nice departure from the more intense reads I do tend to fill my shelves with.
I was kind of expecting a tragedy or many things to go hilariously wrong in this story. After all, the name of it is Murphy’s Law. Yet, that’s not what I found. This was, undoubtedly kind of humorous and very cute. But mostly it was a story in which pretty much everything went right. After all, a woman quits her job and runs away to escape the man that she’s in love with. And in doing so, managed to find her happily ever after.
Most romances you meet is about that moment that lovers meet and / or figure out that they’re meant for each other. Which makes sense, because that’s kind of the point of a romance. This story takes a bit of a departure from that. It’s about that moment afterwards, when things have completely fallen apart. And how things can be put back on track. When it’s not about that instant attraction, but making your crap and bullshit work with one another’s.
Every MaryJanice Davidson story I’ve read is completely off-kilter different from what I’d expected and just downright funny. This novella was no different. My Thief had me out and out laughing, smiling and just grinning as the heroine, who is so different to what you’d expect, hooked up with a hunky accountant. Talk about turning stereotypes on their head.
One of the hardest things about being a driven, independent and intelligent woman is that it’s something which doesn’t always go over too well with the people you’re surrounded with. The fact that this novella features a woman whose main hang-up is exactly that was seriously enjoyable. And way, way, way too relatable.
A secret weekend away with the boyfriend… who has a hidden agenda. It kind of sounds perfect, except for the fact that the woman in this story doesn’t really want to be tied down and has major issues. It made me think of a few people that I know. This idea that love makes you weak. Alright, it kind of does, because you’re putting your trust in another person and that shit is scary. But, honestly, it makes a great tale – learning to trust and what it actually takes to put that much trust in one person.