Racing for Love by Erin O’Reilly, J.M. Dragon

Kate Lawrence is looking into buying another horse stable, and the Wagoner Stables has all that she is looking for, including horse trainer Lena Corkhill. When the two women meet, the attraction is undeniable.

Is it the attraction or Lena’s reputation of being the best trainer around that makes Kate demand Lena be part of the deal or there will be no sale?

You know the saying about a woman scorned? Yeah, enter Cornelia Cambridge, a part of Lena’s past that she would really, really like to leave in the past. Cornelia will do her best to make sure that Lena does not get her happy ending.

This is a sweet romance set in the world of horse racing. The characters are well developed and likeable. The romance started off as a slow burn, both either fighting or ignoring the attraction, creating just the right amount of angst to keep you reading.

Can’t forget Cornelia, the token bad girl…and boy is she bad! Totally disliked her throughout the book, and to me, that is a sign of a good author, one can evoke that kind of emotion in a reader.

I kept expecting Cornelia to do things when it was expected or obvious, but JM and Erin kept me guessing as to when the evil one was going to strike. I think I might have gotten it right once. LOL

The only negative thing I have to say about this book was the use of names that start with the same letter. Like I have mentioned in other reviews, that is a major pet peeve of mine. They were only minor characters, but it still pulls me out of the story trying to figure out who the person is.

4.5 stars.

Looking for Ms Right by Jade Winters

Four friends looking for Ms. Right, or maybe even Ms. Right-Now?

Kemi is terrified she’ll never find The One.

Chloe, Kemi’s best friend, recently dumped by her lover, and not liking being alone.

Laura, ready to dump her husband because she wants more…only she’s not exactly sure what more is.

And Maddie whose lover has suddenly lost all interest.

All of these women are in search for a plan to boost their chances of the elusive Happily Ever After.

Kemi was my favorite character, she is someone I would want for a friend. Maddie and Laura are pretty cool too. You can feel their struggles and can’t help but root for them.

Chloe ends up being my least favorite, in fact by the end of the book, I didn’t much like her at all. While I can understand her issues and fears, but what she did to her ‘best friend’, I am not sure that I could ever forgive and forget, let alone keep up the friendship, yet these friends seemed to take it in stride.

It was a good read, but left far too many things hanging for my taste. I know this is only the first in a series, but I was hoping for a more satisfying ending. I will be buying the next in the series because I enjoyed the characters and I am curious to see how things go and which one find their Ms. Right.

A few typos and dropped letters, but not enough to take me out of the story. The only other negative thing I have with this book is the fact of using names that start with the same letter. It is a major pet peeve of mine. The characters were only minor ones, but it took me out of the story to see if it was the person I just read about or someone new.

4 stars.

Chase Me by Natasha West

Beth Carmichael, a sometimes overly rational doctor, realizes two things immediately when she sees Gracie Bloom in her exam room with a fractured arm. First, Gracie is way too hot, and second, she looks like trouble. And man was she right.

Con artist Gracie inadvertently gets the good doctor mixed up with the wrong type of people, and that forces them both to go on the run to save their lives.

The writing was good, story flowed easily. Main characters were well developed and very likeable. The story straddled the line of being totally believable and totally fictitious, but with the world today, I went with believable. It was very well written and I enjoyed it tremendously.

The story did end too quickly for me. Pretty much everything was tied up neatly in the last chapter. A little too neat and too quickly for my liking. I was still left with a few questions, but not enough to take away from my enjoyment of the story.

While the two main characters were well developed, the bad guys, who were just as important to the story line, were glossed over. They were bad men who did evil things, but that was about it as far as their development went. I wanted to know more about them.

Solid 4 star rating.

Safe Haven by Tallulah Burns

Jasmine the heart-broken and Shaughnessy the breaker of hearts feel a connection from the first time they meet.

It was a cute story, but much of the story was overshadowed by too many descriptors that did nothing to add to the story line. The constant repetition of things throughout the story took also away from what could have been something more than ‘cute’.

The story started a bit slow, but when Jasmine opened the door to Shaughnessy when she was expecting someone else, her line was LOL funny and priceless. I was anxiously waiting more of this. Only to be disappointed.

In my opinion, it was like the author spent more time trying to come up with clever descriptors and witty words for things and emotions than on the actual story line. The story line could have been really good, but I felt it was more of an afterthought instead of the main focus.

The characters were not very well developed, pretty one dimensional, even the bad guy. The fact that Shaughnessy has red, or red-gold hair was mentioned sooo many times, that is pretty much all I remember about her.

2 stars

Open Spaces by Barbara Winkes

A light, feel good novella. The kind you want to read when you are having a bad day, just for the feel good effect you get when finished.

Lauren has it all, a great job, great apartment, great everything, but no one to share it with.

Summer has no time for romance. Between school, work and her mother, the thought of trying to find the time for dating is unrealistic, and so not going to happen.

One is willing to give up anything for a chance at love, the other doesn’t think she is worth it.

A chance meeting and instant attraction between Lauren and Summer could change both of their lives, if only…

I give this 3.5 stars, good book and fun light read.

Rescued by Adan Ramie

I’m always a sucker for a good animal story. And this one started out with good possibilities, but quickly went downhill the further along I read.

It starts with Chuck trying to save an abused dog, Stanley. He was in pretty rough shape with little to no hope of surviving. But Chuck was determined to do her best to save him.

Stella, who found and dropped the dog off, offers to help in any way possible. She works her magic to get donations and organizes an adoption/fundraiser for the clinic, that is in desperate need of funds.

I didn’t really feel the connection between the main characters. Chuck was all over the place with her feeling and out of left-field sexual thoughts. Don’t get me wrong, I have no issue with sex being in a book, if it feels natural, but this all felt forced. Nothing natural about the connection or relationship between Chuck and Stella. The relationship between Chuck, her sister and her ex were again just surface relationships. I felt no real connection between anyone in the book.

2.5 stars