Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Apparently Santa Clause contributed to Shayne's beer bottle Christmas Tree. How else would he excuse himself from having this picture taken?
We are watching my sister's kids this week so our lives have been filled with games, an excess of whining, spills, hugs, kisses, all snuggling on the couch together, watching Christmas movies and riding around to look at Christmas lights.
Shayne and I decided a long time ago that we weren't going to have children. Other than some of the obvious problems we might encounter adopting a child, we both basically enjoy our lives together without being tied down at home. I will admit that keeping the kids this week has been fun and challenging. It feels good to be Uncle Jack. It puts me into the Christmas spirit. Seeing the joy they have for the holidays and the love they have for Shayne and I, make all of the whining and the craziness worth it.
I'm still ready for my sister and her husband to come home! LOL!
Have a fun filled and happy week everyone.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Got Mistletoe? by Andi Anderson, Is a sweet and cozy story filled with plenty of Christmas wishes and holiday cheer. When Ryan and Blake first meet there is an instant attraction and emotional pull between them. Ryan has been down on his luck for some time. Even though he has his share of bad luck, he continues to have an optimistic attitude and a cheery disposition that is contagious to anyone who is around him.
Blake is a wonderful hero. He’s a hard working man who is responsible and reliable and downright sexy! Although he has had many successes with his career, and has a solid relationship with his family, he hasn’t had much luck when it comes to meeting Mr. Right and falling in love.
That changes the moment he meets Ryan. Ryan’s joyful disposition and bubbly attitude instantly draws Blake in like honey to a bee.
I loved this story. Ryan and Blake were great characters, both whom I really cared about. I’ve heard from reliable sources that she plans to continue their story. I sincerely hope she does!
As all of you know, I'm not by any means a professional reviewer, but I do know what I like and what kind of heroes that I get excited about. Ryan was that kind of hero, although Blake was interesting in his own right, too.
Kevin from Car Wash by Shawn Lane, is another one of those heroes. He was determined and kept a positive attitude, even when the chips were down for him. Plus, he was sexy as hell which didn't hurt, too!
Oliver from Bound By Deception by Ava March. Again, sexy and determined. I think I might have a pattern here...LOL!
Kyle from Beyond the Norm. Mysterious, sexy and yes determined to have a better life for himself.
Other honorable mentions are: Tyler Curtis from The Curtis Reincarnation by Zathyn Priest, Dave from Precious Ache by Amanda Young, Dante and Cody from Reckless Seduction by Amanda Young (I pretend the second book and the menage never happened), Jamie from Loving Jamie by AKM Miles, Soldier and Dillion from Soldier by AKM Miles and Pablo and Marc from Second Sight by Sean Michael.
Actually Sean Michael writes many heroes I love.
I guess my point to this endless post is this, the hero is what makes the book a keeper for me or not. There is nothing that makes me more interested in a book than a well developed character. All of the authors I mentioned above write compelling characters who aren't the average cookie cutter hero. I want to thank them for taking a chance and writing unique and very humanlike characters.
Thank you, Ladies!
Who are some of your favorite heroes?