Monday, May 6, 2013

Beach Reads, Pt. One

There is a saying in Tennessee that if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes and it'll change. I'm sure this is true of a lot of other places too. As a case in point, Denver received more than a foot of snow last week.

Alas, despite temperatures outside in the 50s I am determined that Summer is on it's way! So in honor of the little season that could, I'm going to be posting reviews of some beach reads over the merry month of May.  This week I'll be posting romance beach reads and next week I'll post YA beach reads.

Reviews after the jump!

Come Undone, Book Two

Summary: Chasing Mrs. Right by Katee Robert is the story of two dysfunctional people & a one night stand - or so they thought! Ian is a returning war veteran who is having a hard time readjusting to civilian life. Roxanne is a wedding planner with commitment issues stemming from childhood. They both thought that a hot night would be the end of it, until Roxanne realizes that Ian is her best friend Elle's big brother! 

Review: This book is the second in the Come Undone series, but serves as my first entry into the series. It's no problem though because the books can function as standalone novels. The author does a great job with building the characters up to the readers instead of letting the steamy sex scenes overpower the story. And they are steamy, seriously, you might consider reading by a fan. I also appreciate the sensitive & realistic way Katee Robert handled Ian's PTSD and for the character's realization that it wasn't healthy to use Roxanne as a crutch and that he had to get some help for his issues. 

In conclusion, I enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend it if you're seeking a short & spicy tale this Summer! Also, if you're looking for the next book in the series featuring Nathan, it's due out August 2013. Until then you can look forward to catching up on the series by reading the first book - Wrong Bed, Right Guy featuring Elle & Gabe! 

4/5 Beach Balls 

Real Men, Book Two

Summary: Real Men Don't Quit by Coleen Kwan is the story of hunky writer, Luke Maguire and his next door neighbor Tyler and her daughter Chloe. Without giving too much of the plot away, Tyler and Luke both have some issues in their past that keep them from wanting to pursue any romantic relationships. Trouble is, they can't seem to stay away from one another!

Review: This is the second book in the Real Men series, but I had no problem reading the book as a standalone. One thing that stood out to me was Coleen Kwan's sensitive & deft handling of the child care/social services issues in the story, which I'm sure many single parents can appreciate.

With likable characters, enjoyable setting, & a sweet romance, Real Men Don't Quit is perfect for some light beach reading this Summer! 

3/5 Beach Balls

Note: I received an e-book copy of both of these books from the publisher in exchange for honest reviews.

See you next week with my YA picks for good beach reads! 

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