Trying It All by Christi Barth – a Review

Trying It All by Christi Barth – a Review

 

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Order. Attention to detail. Never leaving anything to chance. These are the qualities that make Riley Ness such a terrific federal agent . . . and a pain in the ass to everyone else. The only time Riley lets loose is when he’s hanging out with his closest pals. So when he’s thrown together with gorgeous, flighty Summer Sheridan, Riley’s brain tells him she’s a ticking time bomb—but his body doesn’t want to play by the rules.

Riley has to be the most irritating man Summer has ever met. The brooding hunk thinks he needs to teach her a few lessons about real life, while she’d rather show him how to enjoy it. But her BFF’s all but engaged to Riley’s best friend, and besides, their intense physical chemistry is all too real. Summer just needs Riley to try to meet her halfway and take a chance with the one thing that matters: his heart

 

 

Review:

Trying It All by Christi Barth is the 4th book in her Naked Men series.   I have read most of Christi’s books, but for some reason I had not read this series.  But Trying it All read very well as a standalone, and I loved the book; which makes me try to find time to go back and read the first three books.  The Naked Men series  revolves around a group of friends who have stood together from high school, death defying situations and to their current day successful careers ; the title is from their blog which they display their honest opinions.

It was a great beginning, 10 years before, where their bus crashed over the mountains leaving them with no hope of rescue.  Riley Ness is our hero in this book, and he blames himself for the accident.  Knowing what happened made it so much easier to understand the men, what they went through, and their loyalty to each other.  Since I had not read the first three, it was a godsend.  Thank you, Christi.

Now in the present, Riley is a federal agent for the NTSB, who is hell bent to always plan ahead for work and for play.  Riley is intense and sometimes annoying with his persistence to make sure everyone is protected and plans for every eventuality in whatever or wherever. Summer Sheridan, our heroine, has also had a terrible tragedy as a teenager, having been shot while In high school, and actually died for over a minute.  But Summer is the complete opposite of Riley.  She refuses to plan; she wants to live for the moment, even if she is reckless.  Of course, Summer and Riley hang around the same friends, but they hate each other, and do everything in their power to avoid one another.  Best laid plans do not always work out. 

One day, when passing each other and making their normal sarcastic comments, Summer accidentally slips off the sidewalk into oncoming traffic.  Riley acted quickly and lifted Summer to safety, and in that moment with him holding her so close, the chemistry between them burst into a flame of fire.  Riley kisses Summer and nothing will ever be the same for both of them.

What follows is a wonderful, fun and at times exasperating story , as we watched two people who are opposites fall in love.  It was such a great romance with hot sexual chemistry, and they were both so good together.  The fact that they were likeable made the story fun to read.  Yes, sometimes you wanted to smack one of them occasionally, but as their love becomes real, slowly they realize that they also complement each other, helping the other get past their anxiety.  Christi Barth does such a fantastic job writing their romance, and blending in the friends surrounding them. This was such an enjoyable read.

Besides Summer and Riley, I loved all the other characters, such as Chloe, Griff, Logan, just to name a few.  Just when they begin to know that their love is real, the past has a way of coming back to haunt them.  Summer is spontaneous and reckless, and a scared Riley will run; determined to live and not let things go, will keep Summer at a standstill.  Will they find a way to compromise and make their relationship work?

Trying it All is another fabulous romance by Christi Barth, who never fails to give us a wonderful story and couple.  I loved this book.  I suggest you start with the first book in this series, as I will plan to go back to read the earlier books. 

Reviewed by Barb

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The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club by Lexi Eddings – a Review

The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club by Lexi Eddings – a Review

 

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For Lacy Evans, returning to flyover country is the definition of failure. She had everything she wanted—an award-winning design firm, a chic city condo, a handsome, aristocratic almost-fiancé. Then her boyfriend ran off with her receptionist and her clients’ money. Now she’s out of business and crashing on her parents’ couch. When she slides into a booth at the Green Apple Grill, she’s feeling lower than a worm’s belly.

But Lacy’s old classmate Jacob Tyler is happy to see her. Coldwater’s football hero came back from Afghanistan short part of a leg and some peace of mind, but he’s counting his blessings, and Lacy could be one of them. Then there’s her ex, Daniel, wearing a sheriff’s badge and a wedding ring, but looking like young summer love. And a host of unlikely serendipities: the selfless do-gooders who sneak around taming curmudgeons and constructing second chances. The Fighting Marmots. The sprawling, take-no-prisoners Bugtussle clan.
 
Lacy thought she knew her hometown, and herself. She just wanted to get on her feet and keep running. But the longer she stays, the more she finds to change her mind. . .

 

 

Review:

The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club by Lexi Eddings is the first book in her new Coldwater series. This was a nicely done romance that also touches on the hero’s issues with PTSD (he was a wounded war hero, having major flashbacks).

Lacey Evans is returning home to Coldwater, after losing everything she owned to the betrayal of her partner and now ex boyfriend, who took all the money and ran.  Lacey had left Coldwater quickly after her graduation and made a successful career as a designer, and now with herself in financial ruin, she finds herself where she never wanted to return.  Arriving in Coldwater in the early morning hours, she stops at the local eatery for a bite to eat, before going home to her parents. 

Jacob Tyler, our hero, runs the Green Apple Grill and recognizes Lacey immediately.  Lacey is surprised to see Jacob cooking, and equally shocked to see that he is wearing a prosthetic leg, having lost part of his leg in war torn Afghanistan.  Jacob has learned to accept his disability and has done well running the grill, but underneath it all, he has his own secret issues in the form of flashback nightmares at night.

What follows is a slow built romance the will find two friends, with their own problems, learn that living in Coldwater isn’t so bad, and love is has a way of sneaking up on you.  Lacey rebuilds her life, finding that she is content to stay in Coldwater.  Jacob senses that Lacey is the woman for him, who also comfortable with his disability. But both of them are also gun shy on relationships; Lacey with her ex and Jacob with the fiancée who left him after his injury.  I thought Jacob and Lacey made an engaging couple, as I found myself rooting for them to get past each of their own issues.  There was also a side story of Lacey’s former teenage boyfriend, Daniel, who is now the sheriff, as he trys to convince his separated wife to give him another chance.  Another nice feature was the warm Hearts Club that helped those in need. 

The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club was a nice sweet romance, with a small town background and a couple trying to overcome issues to find love. 

Reviewed by Barb

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Tailored For Trouble by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff – a Review

Tailored For Trouble by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff – a Review

 

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SHE WANTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

Taylor Reed is no stranger to selfish, uncaring CEOs. She was fired by one, which is why she has created her own executive training program—helping heartless bosses become more human. So Taylor shocks even herself when she agrees to coach Bennett Wade, the cutthroat exec who got her unceremoniously canned. She’d love to slam the door in his annoying but very handsome face, but the customers aren’t exactly lining up at her door. Plus, this extreme makeover will give Taylor the golden opportunity to prove that her program works like a charm.

HE WANTS TO BUY IT.

Bennett Wade is many things—arrogant, smug, brusque—but trusting isn’t one of them. Women just seem to be after his billions. So when he hires Taylor Reed, he has no desire to change. Bennett is trying to win over the feminist owner of a company he desperately wants to buy, but something about the fiery Taylor thaws the ice around his heart, making Bennett feel things he never quite planned on. And if there’s one thing Bennett can’t stand, it’s when things don’t go according to plan.

They are a match tailor-made for trouble.

 

Review:

Tailored for Trouble by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is the 1st book in her Happy Pants frantic comedy series. This was a different type of romance that was like none that I have ever read previously.  It was humorous many times, but in the beginning I couldn’t stand the hero; since he was an arrogant bully; then I felt sorry for the heroine, who made me squirm at some of the things she did; this seemed to change constantly throughout the book. 

We meet Taylor Reed, who while doing a presentation at work, she loses control of her temper when she listens to the sarcastic and nasty Bennett Wade brutally bring down her boss.  Taylor will lose her job from her outburst, which leads her to start her own training company that will teach CEO’s and upper management how to act and make the workplace a better environment.  Enter Bennett Wade once again, who wants to hire Taylor to help him, especially since he is working on a very important deal.

Taylor turns down the offer from the hated Bennett Wade, but he is relentless in trying to convince her.  Then Taylor devises her own plan to get revenge, by sabotaging the training she will offer him, and accepts the job.  As noted earlier, I did not like Bennett early on,  but I also thought Taylor was a bit crazy herself, especially with her wild and sexual comments.  Granted, she didn’t mean to say many of the things she did, but she was mesmerized by the sexy handsome Bennett, even if she hated him.   At times it was funny, but I also thought some of this was overdone.  What follows though is a slow build romance with two people totally different and opposites.  Bennett slowly becomes more likeable, as we get to know him and the things from his past that haunt him.   Even if he is controlling, Taylor finds herself falling in love with Bennett, and is willing to work on his issues to help him get past them.

Taylor did make a wonderful heroine, as she was funny, smart, and independent.  Bennett was someone you couldn’t like early on, but he turns into a good guy, as he changes when he recognizes that Taylor is the one person that was meant for him.  But there are things that will cause stumbling blocks to their relationship, which seemed to happen a lot. Tailored for Trouble was a good story, with a beginning that turned you off of the hero, and then gave us a nice romance.  

Reviewed by Barb

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