I am always looking for an amazing romance story. Capture my heart, invest me in their story, give me tension, a bit on anguish and a whole lot of delicious spellbinding dialogue. I want that from every book I read. I know a lot to ask, but when I come across one it’s like hitting the lotto. Picking up a Radclyffe book, you are guaranteed it’s going to be good, but this time, this one is great!
Brody Clark is headed home. She signed up to partner with her co-workers, keeping the trio together for a new venture. With little friends and not much to speak of in the way of a personal life this former Army medic didn’t even ask where to move was to when her team asked her to join. The unexpected twist she didn’t account for was the transfer would be bringing her back to the one place she ran from. Growing up, Brody had it hard. Her mother was addicted to drugs, sold her body for income and passed away to young. Brody was taken in by her friend, Flan and lived with the Rivers family through high school. Brody spent her teenage years always in the background quiet and steady but never really knowing her true value. After a late night accident, she left Flann and her new family joining the military and never returning to the one place that held so much of her past.
Dr. Sydney Valentine has come home as well. Val grew up with the Rivers too. She was the wild rich party girl during her teenage years always chasing Flan and whoever else caught her fancy. This teenage reputation is one this veterinarian would rather forget. Back in her home town to assist her injured mentor, Val is confronted with her past, as well as revealing who she really is.
Brody and Val have chemistry for days. Goodness, gracious these two sizzle page after page. Where this book really shines is in the romance department. It is front and center and is just so damn good. An easy five-star book and one I can’t wait to read again. Radclyffe always delivers a good book this just happens to be one of her great ones.
5 out of 5 stars
I love HP Munro’s books. They have interesting characters, well thought out plots, and more than anything else they are just good romances. When I found out she had a new one out, well I hit that buy button and got right to it. With that being said, before you buy this one, you will definitely want to read Grace Falls first. While Saving Grace is a follow-up story with two new protagonists, you will be lost in a sea of details and sub-characters if you don’t.
Erin Hunter is the town veterinarian in Grace Falls. She has lived there all her life, with the exception of the years she was away for college. Erin’s life has been professionally successful while being emotionally stunted. She has never been able to successfully let go of her first love, Charlotte Grace .
Charlotte Grace was born to Grace Falls most prominent family. Her father owned the lumber mill that employed the majority of the town’s population. Charlotte’s mother never let anyone forget that the Grace’s were the royalty of the town. No one was ever good enough and everyone was beneath them. You can imagine mean ol’ mama’s discontent when her daughter befriends the town’s little Dr. DoLittle. Charlotte and Erin have a bond that is undeniable and as the years go on they become young lovers. That is until Charlotte’s mother finds out and ships her daughter to boarding school, breaking both Erin and Charlotte’s hearts.
The story revolves around Erin and Charlotte finding their way back to each other. Throw in a bunch of zany supporting characters and you have some really funny moments. This novel is charming and heartwarming. While I don’t think it had quite the staying power as Grace Falls I did thoroughly enjoy my time with it. HP Munro is definitely on my automatic buy list.
3.75 stars out of 5
- Publisher: Red Besom Books
The Courage to Try, hooked me on first glance. I loved the front cover, damn dogs get me every time! The body of work did not do its cover any justice. Don’t judge a book by its cover, could not be truer.
Kristen Eckert is a skeet shooting, Porsche driving, barrel racing, vet tech. She has had her heartbroken, and now the only relationships she has are out of town horse show hookups. Kristen is the caretaker to her father who suffers from dementia. She has no time for anything else, or so she thinks.
Dr. Jaylin Meyers is a vet that decides to sell her practice and move 40 minutes away. She takes a new position as the small animal veterinarian at an expanding equine clinic. The doctor has not had an easy time in life. She is a foster child and the one relationship she has had, was an abusive one. She has sworn off all women until the moment she set eyes on Kristen.
Ugh, this book was hard to push through to the end. I really wanted to delete it from my reader and move on. There are so many issues I had with it. The biggest problem is it does not read well, there is no natural flow. The way in which characters talk throughout the book sounds unnatural. It is also very repetitive in nature. The plot is lacking, the characters were boring and at times it felt overly detailed in a way that distracting. Unfortunately, this was not the book for me.
2 out of 5 stars
The Courage to Try
by C.A. Popovich