Review: Summer Girl by Sophie Hill

sophie hill summer girlReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: Slade Monroe is a womanizer who never likes to bed the same woman again – he has too many to choose from and they are all knockout beautiful, or at least they are in the beachside town of Hidden Cove, North Carolina. These women are wealthy and come from all over the place to see the sights they can’t at home. Slade hangs out in search of these women, and more often than not can have his pick and choose of who he wants.

That is until Heather Tremaine comes onto the scene. She is very different to the women he is used to getting with and as she is quiet, reserved and thoughtful, she piques his interest in more ways than he can imagine. She has her own story she keeps inside, and once he has got with her, he finds he wants to know more about her – more than she is willing to give.

Review: The story is told using the first person, and instead of having titled chapters, the name of the person whose thoughts are prominent is listed instead. From the prologue which tells of Heather Tremaine’s awful life with her family, and the leaving of the Rodriguez family shocks her into realizing that her father and mother are going through a tough period in their marriage they might not recover from. From the time the Rodriguez family leave, her father becomes a dark figure through the rest of her childhood, and through her mother’s reaction to him she learns not to trust others, building a barrier around herself. The first chapter is told through Slade’s thoughts as he sees the one woman who doesn’t belong at the Sand Bar. She isn’t a poor little rich girl, and not after a frat boy, so she interests him for being different. Slade is well known by all the girls he’s dated and has the reputation to go with being a womaniser. His only issue with her is he doesn’t do ‘nice girls,’ not when he’s used to getting his wicked way with so many bad ones.

Good bits:

  • The feeling Slade gets from seeing Rich leer at Heather when she first comes into the bar.

Bad bits:

  • None

Last Thought: This is good girl meets bad boy, but the two of them make each other better people. He gives her a chance at not being so shy with others, while she gives him the chance to be a better man who can love another without having one night stands. Summer Girl is a feelgood summer read – don’t forget that sun hat!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: Summer Girl

Review: S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline

s.e.c.r.e.t.Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This is written in the first person.

Cassie Robichaud is a waitress and appears to be very observant about the customers at the establishment she works at. It seems to be a place where they all care about each other but as you read the story you may question this first assumption. Cassie is a very visual person and is great at describing what we can only imagine.

She is also a very caring person. She lives in apartment and seems to go above and beyond to care about one of her neighbors – which in this day and age can be very rare. But then she’ll surprise you by taking a walk on the wild side. Cassie meets a woman named Matilda Greene who may be able to answer the questions that she has.

L. Marie has Cassie filling out a questionnaire in one scene. You may find that you want to answer the questions yourself. The more that I get into this story, the more I feel that I need to have a little ambiance – something to help set the mood. She also has me very jealous of Cassie – I want to be in her shoes.

L. Marie has left me wondering if there are any clubs/societies like she describes here. I also wonder about the amount of research involved because this group is just so believable. It shows that women can be strong and go out of their way to help other women become empowered.

I enjoyed watching Cassie grow sexually and as a woman. She also finally realizes that sometimes what we want has been in front of us all along. But then L. Marie puts in a surprise. She’s also left me wondering if the stories of this club/society continue. Then I did some internet research and found her web site, http://www.secretnovels.com/, and found that they just might. If you liked this first book as much as I did, you will be happy to hear that there is going to be another book.

You always want to make sure to read all the way to the end. It will not give you any hints into book two but she has posted some book discussion questions at the end. You, and/or your book club, may want to answer and discuss. And if you sign up for the newsletter at the web site, you will be able to get notification when book two is coming out. You can also find out why she picked the setting/city for the story.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: S.E.C.R.E.T.

All I Want for Christmas is a Hero

Under the Christmas tree and in my stocking I found fifteen delightful goodies. Santa got my wishlist and decided that I such a good girl it was time to give me free reign to be naughty for the rest of the year. What did I find?

  1. Firefighter: Dressed in red and holding a massive hose.
    firefighter
  2. Cowboy: Riding long and hard and deep in the saddle and very sweaty.
    cowboy
  3. Vampire: One little nibble, one little bite.
  4. Duke: In full dress regalia with his cravat tying his hands to the bed.
    sexy colin firth duke
  5. Desert Prince: Under a starry night on top of a pile of colorful cushions.
    desertprince
  6. CEO Tycoon: When he’s slumming it in old skintight blue jeans and a black turtleneck or dressed to the nines.
    tycoon
  7. Brooding Recluse: In a garden under the bright sunshine surrounded by multitude of flowers.
    brooding
  8. American Farmer: With his shirtsleeves rolled up and dinner simmering in the oven.
    tomwelling
  9. Viking Warlord: After a raid and claiming his rights and new found treasures.
    ericbana
  10. Time Traveler: In the past (my present) when he’s too confused and awed to get very far.
    timetraveler
  11. Detective: He can solve my mysteries anytime.
    sherlockholmes
  12. Pirate Captain: Cue clinch cover swoon and complete and total surrender.
    jacksparrow
  13. Medieval Knight: Under the furs with a fire burning hot and bright.
    knight
  14. Interstellar Pilot: No cliche fall among the stars for us, my pilot will take me to the far reaches of the universe and beyond.
    bones
  15. Highlander: Warrior or Laird! I’m not picky! Just give me strong muscles and a kilt.
    highlander

What did Santa leave for you?