Here’s the thing. I loved Devil in Spring. It was in the top five of my 2017 reads. I had high hopes for this one, thinking Lisa Kleypas has gotten her groove back because the first two Ravenels were an uneven experience for me. Hello Stranger was well-written and it was obvious that a lot of research has gone into it. The beginning was promising, I especially loved how Ethan watched over Garrett, and there was a scene where he taught her self-defense that was cute, funny and hot. I did have an issue with the heroine “somewhat” the pursuer of the relationship, but make no mistake that Ethan was already smitten with Garrett, but there were circumstances that stopped him from being with her. There was no relationship angst that I felt and I’m a lover of angst.
I think where the book kind of stalled for me was the abundance of medical play by play. A bit too much information for me to process when there was a conspiracy plot already going on. I did like that tidbit about blood types though. All in all, I did like this installment, but I didn’t love it. Ethan and Garrett were extremely admirable characters, and Ethan was a swoonworthy hero.
Now, I can’t wait for West’s book. Loved him in this one. 🙂
*4.25* Oh, the delicious angst. I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book because from the blurb, we’re going to have a pining heroine, but the second chance aspect drew me in. I couldn’t put the book down from page 1. The flashbacks didn’t bother me and helped build such endearing characters.
I loved Daisy despite me wanting her to really hook up with some other guy when Quinn was being an ass. But the author’s writing was so good, I kind of understood her and I felt her pain. Quinn took waaaay too long to get his act together. And so, the cheating (also warned in the blurb) happened when it shouldn’t, and the fall out ensued that hurt Daisy. I think that was what pissed me off the most.
I did enjoy his semi-groveling afterward. Now, when I have to make excuses for conflict because of their age,it affects my enjoyment of the book.
However, I’m seeing so much growth in Field’s writing and I love the way she weaves the angst in her books and still create such likable characters that I sure will be clicking her next book.
re: Toby and Pippa => I adored Pippa, not sure I like Toby
Can we have a Callum and Reva book also, I think that would be angst overload as well. 🙂
*4.5* This is one of the most well-written HP romances I’ve read. The characters are very rich, especially Raul. He was ruthless in the beginning, but the way he cared for Luisa made me swoon. I like it when a hero doesn’t know he is falling in love and then when it hits him … 🙂
Deducting half a star for Luisa’s insecurities, but she was still a very likable heroine.
*4.25* I was so glad I read this. I have never read this author before and I’m finding how I like her writing. I was immediately drawn to Megan from the very first scene. It’s refreshing to be compelled to read a book because of the heroine, and although Theo was mysterious, I still felt Megan was the central character. Theo was rude, but it didn’t bother me because I kinda knew he was hiding something. There were clues from the beginning of the book so I wasn’t sure if that was supposed to be the mystery. What I really loved and helped me accept what he was doing was that Megan did not take his crap and yet she gave him enough chances to explain his actions. I find I have a lot of leeway for asshole heroes as long as the heroine is not a doormat.
I really thought this would be a five-star book. There was humor, and a smattering of poignant moments and definitely more than a touch of paranormal. What I didn’t like was the way everything was resolved. There was the revelation, and then an event that was another coincidence and then when that got resolved everything else was explained in the epilogue. I just needed a bit more.
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