Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Pink Heart Picks - Born On The 4th of July
I saved this read for when I was flying – it was on my ereader and I love how I can take so many books on holiday and fit them all in my purse. And what a great way to while away a few hours!
This book is 3 novellas by three really talented authors.
I discovered Jill Shalvis a while ago and love her writing and hers was the first story. I have to admit that I was surprised to be thrown right into the hot stuff in the first scene Wowza! This is a friends to lovers story that is simply great – a strong hero and an even stronger heroine who never pities him but pushes him, unlike everyone else who tries to baby him after he’s been wounded. I really liked the additional injury of hearing loss for this character. In some ways her heroine reminded me of my Lily in Her Lone Cowboy – the hero needed someone to be strong and steady rather than sympathetic. Jill’s heroine looks beyond the injury to the man she’s been in love with for quite a while.
Rhonda Nelson’s story had a touch of southern charm that was great, and the thing that really grabbed me was the conflict arc. The hero has very valid reasons for being angry with his father, and all that is unresolved when he goes home for his Dad’s funeral. Chase grew up never feeling good enough and finding out how much his father loved him after his death is really touching.
One particular scene was awesome after a slow beginning heat-wise, and made me laugh with the mention of sweet potato casserole in her hair (and yes, you have to read to find out, I’m not saying any more). There’s a lot packed into this short story – a great sexual relationship, a solid emotional conflict, and in particular I liked the ending. A lot of soldier stories end with the hero either leaving the military or staying stateside but this guy was Rangering on and I liked that.
Karen Foley’s contribution was great and I have to say I was reading and my jaw dropped once as the heroine was very, very naughty. I am not sure I’ll look at marshmallow crème the same way again. What pulled me out of this story a little was the politics of the hero’s job – he was a sniper and the “morality” of his job came up more than once which surprised me. You gotta love it though when you have a Marine coming across the sand in his dress blues on the 4th of July. Foley really knew how to wrap this one up.
Before I sign off and announce next month’s pick, I do want to pose a question for you readers about euphemisms. I of course write for Romance where the bedroom door is closed, but I read across most lines from Inspy to Erotica. There were 2 euphemisms in these stories that, well, I just don’t find sexy and it wasn’t down to one author either. Euphemistic language is certainly quite common especially as things heat up, so I’m wondering – are there any specific words that draw you out of the story?
Next month’s pick is the opposite end of the spectrum – Love Inspired’s THE COWBOY'S SWEETHEART by Brenda Minton. Join me on August 24 to read my review and discuss this book!