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Estelle: The Hero by Robyn Carr (Thunder Point Series)

The Hero by Robyn Carr ( web | tweet ) Part of the Thunder Point series. Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin HQN Pages: 384 Target audience: Adult Keywords: cult, romance, friendship, football Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Last book I reviewed by Robyn Carr: The Newcomer Summary: Devan has escaped from a commune with her […]

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February 25, 2014 - 9:01 am

The Chance by Robyn Carr (Thunder Point Series) - […] The Chance by Robyn Carr ( web | tweet ) Part of the Thunder Point series. Publication Date: February 25, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 368 Target audience: Adult Keywords: father/daughters, romance, small towns Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Last book I reviewed by Carr: The Hero […]

September 1, 2013 - 10:25 pm

bn100 - the HEA

September 1, 2013 - 7:37 am

April Books & Wine - While I strongly disliked the first Robyn Carr book I read — some Virgin River book — I am willing to give those Thunder Point books a shot, because A) different series and B) you’ve given it your stamp of approval and that’s important to me, ha ha.

August 29, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Christine L. - I like escaping reality and learning about the inner workings of others’ relationships. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

August 29, 2013 - 11:17 am

Vicky - I love Robyn Carr’s books because she gives so much insight into her character’s lives, making them believable. I like to read romance novels, because they allow me a mini vacation, imaging how other peoples lives are lived, even in fiction.

August 28, 2013 - 9:17 pm

Hannah - I’m with Leona, it’s nice to at least read about those dreamy romances we all love to fantasize about! Ha

August 28, 2013 - 4:08 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - Thank you for specifying that this is the third book in a series, and that it doesn’t matter where we start. That’s always helpful for new readers. Love when a series of books is set in the same place and you really get to know it throughout. I love slow building romances, and I’m very curious about the fact that you say the label of “hero” doesn’t fit just one person. I want to find out what that means. Thanks for this review!

August 28, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Alexa Y. - I am very excited about this book for a number of reasons. But the primary one is that I miss this setting! It was so beautifully described in the first book, and I find myself missing it whenever I encounter this book or its predecessor. The story of this one does sound fantastic too, so there’s also that. Glad to hear this series gets better and better!

August 28, 2013 - 7:56 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - After reading an endless string of reviews for the books in this series, I’m still not sure it’s the right choice for me. I tend to gravitate toward romances that focus on one relationship per book in the series, and from what I understand about Carr’s Thunder Point series, this isn’t always necessarily the case. I also must admit that it seems a little soon for Spencer to move on only four months after the death of his wife. Although he likely had the opportunity to prepare himself for it well beforehand because she was sick for some time, it still doesn’t sit well with me. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it though, Estelle! One of my other friends thought that this was the best novel in the series so far, so it sounds as though Carr’s work becomes increasingly engrossing as she progresses 🙂

August 27, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Leona - It’s nice to know that certain types of love is still remaining…even if it may be fictional.

August 27, 2013 - 2:17 pm

Tammy - Because sometimes it’s nice to read about someone else’s relationship.

August 27, 2013 - 11:21 am

Ann - I finally got caught up with the Virgin River series which leads into this series. Very much looking forward to reading The Hero

Estelle: Just One Kiss (Fool’s Gold) by Susan Mallery

Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery ( tweet | web ) Part of the Fool’s Gold series. Publication Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin HQN Pages: 376 Target audience: Adult / romance / fiction Keywords: childhood friends, single parents, family secrets Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: When she was a teenager […]

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July 18, 2013 - 12:12 am

Review: Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery - […] review written by Estelle on Rather Be Reading about the eleventh book in the Fool’s Gold series, Just One Kiss, I was immediately intrigued. When I saw the series had an emphasis on friends, family, and small […]

July 1, 2013 - 1:38 pm

gold by | Buying or selling gold, silver or platinum - […] Romance Review: Just One Kiss (Fool's Gold) by Susan Mallery Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery ( tweet | web )Part of the Fool's Gold series.Publication Date: May 28, 2013Publisher: Harlequin HQNPages: 376Target audience: Adult / romance / fictionKeywords: childhood friends, single …(more) […]

June 4, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Dee M - Estelle, I have to agree with you, I love the community in Fools Gold! Friendship, loyalty and love abounds in the town! I can’t wait for the next one in the series!

June 2, 2013 - 9:45 pm

Melissa - Always love returning to Fool’s Gold. It is like returning home!! I love starting my summer reading a new Fool’s Gold book!! I love the relationship between Patience & Justice. I love Felicia, too. She is something, but I think she would be a great friend. Always there for you no matter what & that is the type of girlfriend we all need. I love Lillie. Patience has raised a sweet little girl & she should be proud of herself.

June 1, 2013 - 2:50 am

Melissa M - Great review and I can not wait for Two of a Kind!!

May 30, 2013 - 1:35 am

Shari - I love the Fools Gold series. Just One Kiss was wonderful. Childhood crush comes back. Mother with disabilities. A special someone for everyone. I think I want to move there.

May 29, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m very intrigued by this series! I haven’t read anything by her yet, but I have her on my radar because of you. This story sounds pretty cute, and I’m always a fan of relationships that have history (even a sad one). I definitely need to check this series out and SOON!

May 28, 2013 - 8:07 pm

AngiMac - I love this series!! And I love that Susan writes so fast, there’s a trilogy set in this town every summer. Can’t wait for the next two bodyguards!

May 27, 2013 - 9:05 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I have been wanting to try something by Susan Mallery for such a long time, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

It sounds like these books have a great, small town setting. I am always drawn to books with small town settings.

On a completely other note, his name is Justice? That’s kind of . . . odd, right? My TTT post tomorrow is all about weird names in books. If I had read this one, Justice definitely would have been on my list 🙂

May 27, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Shannon - I am so glad I found the Fools gold books! In every book it feels like you are in them yourself! I love how she also starts to hint to you about whos story she is going to tell next. can’t wait for the next book!

May 27, 2013 - 11:48 am

charlotte sepulveda - To flash back to a 14 year old wold be oh so scary for this 50 year old. I loved my time as a child but oh never want to flash there if even for a few min. I love my life as it has progressed and makes me who I am. 🙂 As for Patience yep she sure needed a strong man in her life. All women need one or two strong people in their live she had it in spades with Justice, mom and friends.

May 24, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I think it’s ironic, and also awesome, that today’s Nook daily deal is the first book in this series! Especially after we talked about me needing to read these books. I love that you can pick up anywhere, not necessarily in order. I’ll definitely be adding this one to my tbr pile.

Estelle: Better than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts

Better than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts Publication Date: September 25, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 400 Keywords: sisters, small business, small towns, romance Target audience: Adult Format read: ARC from Little Bird Publicity (Thanks!) Summary: With little time to act, Samantha and her family are forced to come up with a solution when they find out […]

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August 6, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Review: Better Than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts | Gone with the Words - […] Estelle @ Rather Be Reading – “Better than Chocolate will make you crave the delicious morsels featured in the book, but also leave you wanting more.” […]

February 14, 2013 - 1:44 am

Review: Better Than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts | Gone with the Words - […] Estelle @ Rather Be Reading – “Better than Chocolate will make you crave the delicious morsels featured in the book, but also leave you wanting more.” […]

October 28, 2012 - 8:47 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (10/28/2012) - […] Courtney Cole + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Estelle + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Magan + Review: Better than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts + Helping Books of Wonder in NYC  + Review: All You Never Wanted by Adele […]

October 27, 2012 - 3:57 pm

elena - if i want chocolate just reading your review, i can’t imagine actually reading the book! although it’s not the perfect book by any means, it does sound pretty cute. a delicious review, e!

October 27, 2012 - 12:14 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book sounds incredibly cute! I adore the fact that it’s about chocolate, which is one of my favorite things in the whole entire universe. And I can always get down with a story of an underdog business struggling to survive and a small town coming together to make it happen!

October 26, 2012 - 6:23 am

Lori - I adore books set cute little towns. I think it’s my love of Stars Hollow coming through. This sounds great. I’m sad to hear there’s not more romance. Like Melissa, I’m sold from the cover alone.

October 24, 2012 - 3:12 pm

Estelle - Amber, thanks for commenting today. I hope you do look into the book. Let me know what you think when/if you do!

October 24, 2012 - 3:11 pm

Estelle - Tina, thanks for stopping in! It IS a fun premise! There’s even a few recipes included. Which is a lovely touch!

October 24, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Estelle - Jen, it’s so good to switch up genres. I think you can appreciate your reading so much more! Let me know what you think of this one. 🙂

October 24, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Estelle - Melissa, you are right! The cover is ridiculously cute. There’s another one on GR that is like total opposite but cute too. haha

October 24, 2012 - 3:09 pm

Estelle - Warning!! You will get hungry. VERYYY hungry.

October 24, 2012 - 2:08 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I’m so glad you enjoyed this one as much as you did because I’ll be reading it soon and now I know I’ll mostly likely love it too. 😀 Thanks, Estelle!!

October 24, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Melissa - I hate to admit that I was already sold based upon the cover..but now I really want to pick this one up! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

October 24, 2012 - 10:58 am

Jen - While I’m not so much a fan of the “perfect, fairytale endings,” I do totally love the way you describe this setting. Plus, chocolate? Yes, please. This book sounds adorable. And while I do read primarily YA, there are some days when a good adult book is exaaaaaactly what’s needed.

October 24, 2012 - 10:04 am

Amber - Sounds quite interesting! Might have to look into it!

October 24, 2012 - 9:47 am

Tina - This sounds like a fun book for the fall, I love fast little reads about food, cooking and romance…:) Cute review!

Estelle: Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews

Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews (Tweet!) Publication Date: June 1, 2012 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 402 Target audience: Adult Keywords: romance, small town, family businesses, divorce, family secrets Format read: ARC from Netgalley! Thanks! Summary: Annajane is totally okay with her ex-husband, Mason, remarrying. In fact, she’s engaged and about to move out of […]

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August 6, 2012 - 10:19 am

Tara - You have inspired me to start reading adult fiction again 🙂 I need to spice up my reading list and you always review such great books that I can’t help but not add them to my TBR list.

August 5, 2012 - 8:18 pm

Louisa - This looks awesome! There really is something special about small town settings.

August 4, 2012 - 11:27 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - One of the things I love about blogging is getting introduced to titles i might never have found on my own. This sounds really cute!

August 3, 2012 - 11:43 am

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - This one sounds like too much of a squirmed for me (sometimes I thrive on the drama, sometimes it just stresses me out!) but I’m pretty sure my sister would love it so I’ll pass along a rec! She kinda lives for stories set in small towns – perhaps bc we are confirmed city girls?!

Side note: thanks for checking out our Robin Benway feature! I’m glad you liked it. I started a fan but now I’m a full on fangirl of hers! For our playlist today she sent me the HTML code and I just plugged it in – my grandmother (a frequent reader, obvs) wanted to know when I’d gotten so good at computers!

Blogging is so fun sometimes 🙂

Estelle: What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor

What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor Publication Date: April 30, 2012 Publisher: CreateSpace Pages: 326 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: underage drinking, small town, romance, high school graduation Format read: ARC from NetGalley. Summary: Before Jake can even toss his graduation cap in the air, his present and future are irreversibly affected when […]

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July 9, 2012 - 10:09 am

Tara - What an interesting premise – losing the ability to speak because of your own actions. I cannot imagine dealing with that, especially as a teenager. My Goodreads list is going to end up being all Estelle books here real soon 🙂

July 8, 2012 - 9:15 am

April Books & Wine - Wait.. so did Jake drive while drunk? If so I have zero sympathy for his character and rather he’s the one who put himself in that situation and could have killed someone. I get that it’s fiction and all, but as someone who has never met a family member due to them being killed by a drunk driver before I was born I just can’t muster sympathy for people who make stupid choices like that when there are options like calling a cab or taking a bus or walking or even calling a sober friend or relative, even underage.

So yeah, due to personal issues I think I will pass on this.

Awesome review though! 😀

July 7, 2012 - 1:31 pm

Eva, The Book Stoner - “Did all of this weigh down the story? Sometimes.” – So true. It would have been better if Sam’s life wasn’t that dramatic. It suddenly became all about her (although it was for good reason).

Thanks for linking. 🙂

July 7, 2012 - 12:03 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - The fact that Jake has to learn to communicate differently and all because his life changed in one moment is somewhat morbidly fascinating to me. He sounds like a character that I’m really going to like!

July 6, 2012 - 11:29 pm

VeganYANerds - Great review, hun! I haven’t heard too much about this but it sounds like a story I would enjoy. I like that you mention how Sam and Jake end up having to hang out, I often find things like that a bit coincidental but I guess like is like that and like you, I’d be wanting to know if Jake eventually tells her how he feels.

July 6, 2012 - 8:14 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I can’t believe that I haven’t heard of this book before! It sounds very unique and original. I can honestly say that I haven’t heard anything like this book before! Anyways, the community that you talked about, Estelle, seems really wonderful. I love how they all took the pledge to not drink- I can totally see that happening in a real life community. And Jake’s family sounds really great, I’ve never read a book with such a large family before [you have really convinced me to read My Life Next Door, though. ;)]. Even though there was some important details missing, I’m glad that you ended up enjoying this one, Estelle!

Your review was so well-written, and has definitely piqued my interest in this book. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life