Thornwillow's book blog

Hi I'm Clare, I read a lot and I've just started to review books instead of just rating them :)
ROMANCE: Sheikh's Untouched Woman (Billionaire Bachelors Alpha Male Romance) (New Adult Pregnancy Sheikh Series Short Stories) - Kylie Knight

Unlike some books I have read which has a similar storyline I'm pleased that in this one she had a backbone and it was him that was doing the chasing but without him finding out about her having his baby he would have happily married his bride.
I did like the ending how he wooed her but a little part of me was hoping she would make him suffer a little more lol.

A Cowboy in the Kitchen (Hurley's Homestyle Kitchen) - Meg Maxwell
I liked both the main characters West and Anabel in this book and I understood why West broke Anabel's heart seven years because if she stayed she wouldn't being able to what she wanted to do but I don't really understand why he had to break her heart with the girl who bullied her despite him not knowing that Anabel got bullied by her and by doing that in his eyes he basically proved his parents right about him being no good as he got her pregnant and Anabel was still in love with him even after all that happened, I would have been happier seeing Anabel moving on and actually being in a relationship instead of comparing every man to him and I thought it was a bit repetitve the way they both kept having flashbacks about that night.
I liked West's little girl aswell as Anabel's grandmother but I wasn't too keen on her grandparents at the beginning seeing as they believed that West was an unfit father but I could see it from their point of view and I understood but I also understood why West acted the way he did as he had just lost his wife but they grew on me as the story I went on.
I enjoyed the chemistry between Anabel and West and I enjoyed the marriage of convenience plot and how she got her way with going to Vegas and I liked the way Anabel's grandmother plotted to keep them together and I liked reading about the town and the diner which makes me wish that there is actually a diner out there like that lol.
I liked the ending and how everything was nicely sorted but the epilogue I would have liked to seen what they were up to a few months down the line but I'm looking forward to reading the second book to see what happens next in Anabel's family.
The Right Kind of Girl  - Betty Neels

I found this book to be very frustrating than her other books, I found the H Paul very confusing, unlikable aswell as frustrating and I thought the h Emma was a bit of a doormat with him because he would do his own thing and she would be left on her own, I know it's a marriage of convenience but I would like to see a bit of affection lol.

As usual we have the ow but this time she's just a troublemaker who isn't the ow but wants to be and she runs the orphanage where Emma goes to work part tine seeing as Paul leaves her on her own alot and Diana sees an opportunity to cause trouble by getting Emma to help some people who are stranded and when Paul finds out she tells him that Emma wanted to go on her own and not get an ambulance, so Paul and Emma argue and this is the point now where I really dislike Paul as he tells Emma that "Diana is worth a dozen of you"when she tries to explain about what Diana really said and the only reason he eventually believes her is when a lady who works at the orphanage tells him that she overheard what had been said and that Diana had been lying.

Now I'm expecting him to come home to Emma and for him to apolgise and grovel to her but he doesn't and somehow towards the end despite all the trouble the ow had caused she's the one who is apologising to him when he tells her he'll go to America on his own, I'm pleased there was a part where he goes and tells Diana what he thinks of her but I think he is one of the worst characters out of all Betty's books for saying that to Emma and I would have liked to have seen Emma grow a backbone rather than choosing to be second best if he went with Diana.

I would have liked it better if she threw him out whilst explaining what had really happened, divorce him, let Diana know that's all hers now and then marry someone who thinks she's worth a dozen over any woman, I thought the ending as usual was very quick and I still didn't see him apologise to her, not at all satisfying and it's all to do with that comment lol.

The Hasty Marriage (Best of Betty Neels) - Betty Neels
This book kind of took me out of my comfort zone, I've read Betty's stories where the H is engaged to another woman which is fine because to the h that woman is a stranger and the H always ends up falling in love with the h and then he finds a way to break up that engagement and alls well that ends well but in this book I found it a bit uncomforting that he proposes to the h Laura's spoilt little sister and when her sister elopes with another man, Laura who in my eyes has no dignity or pride decides to marry him in her sister's place and he basically tells her that she is second best.
I would have been happier reading the book if Laura despite being in love with the H had just packed up everything she had and then tells the H that her sister belongs to him now and then she moves on to a better life and then marry someone who loves her and puts her first but as from what I've written above she doesn't lol.
I did like that Laure had some backbone and that the H Reilof did get jealous when she made his friends with his younger partner, I didn't like how she kept comparing to herself to her sister and it made me chuckle when Reilof tells Laura he basically married a similar woman to her sister years ago and yet he couldn't see that history would have been repeating itself, he wasn't very tactful towards her and most of the time he kept her down without knowing it and obviously her sister comes back and causes trouble which makes Laura eventually leave which I was happy about as I was hoping throughout the book that she would but Reilof eventually finds her and basically tells her she's no longer second best and it's a happy ending all round but I think in the future that if her sister came back free and single he would probably take her as his mistress because to me that what her sister is stereotyped as in these books lol.
Newborn Daddy - Judy Christenberry
This book I liked reading and I could see the chemistry between them and I liked the ending but I couldn't really see him loving them the way he did with his first wife and son, I think he would keep comparing his first wife to his new wife as especially throughout the book when he kept reminding himself that they weren't his real family.
I couldn't really understand the quick turnaround he had though towards the h, I think it was more like a nervous breakdown due to the shock of being a father to an unexpected baby lol
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The Girl with Green Eyes - Betty Neels

This book I liked but not as much as her others, I couldn't really see the chemistry between the h Lucy and H William and I thought he spent most of the time with the ow Fiona than with Lucy despite him falling in love with her, I would have liked to have seen him woo Lucy. I did like the explanation he gave her towards the end that Fiona meant nothing to him and was all about having fun and taking her out whenever he got bored but all I could think was he must have been bored all the time considering the amount of time he spent with her lol and I wished Lucy did actually try and move on but she spent most of the time plotting ways in how to marry him but I did like near the end when he got a taste of his own medicine when he got falsely told that she was going to marry another man despite himself proposing to her beforehand. I liked Lucy but she was always putting herself down and I thought she was a little on the stalker side lol and I found her family condescending especially about the orphanage where she worked at, I liked the ending especially where Fiona causes mischief but like all the others she wasn't very clever, the ending wasn't that satisfactory as it ended too quickly, I would have liked to have read about them going to her family and reading about their reactions but I'm happy that we did see Fiona's reaction when she realised that no matter what William would never marry her.

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Year of Living Blonde (Sweet Life in Seattle, Book 1) - Andrea Simonne

This book was very satisfying to read because I've read a few books that have got cheating husbands in them and most of them usually have the wife blaming only themselves, they never slap the mistress and they don't have a makeover and a sexy toy boy to move on with lol.
It sucked me in straight from the beginning as Natalie owns a cafe called La Dolce Vita with her friend and she bakes in her own kitchen at home as the kitchen at her cafe is too small and that is when her husband announces on their anniversary that he wants a divorce as he's now with a woman who is ten years older than him and is not frumpy like Natalie and I was pleased that there was a bit of humour in there when she throws the rubbery muffins that she just baked at him, truthfully I would have wanted to throw the pan and the whole lot at him but it was satisfying lol.
I liked how she met the mistress and basically did what I was hoping she would do, I enjoyed how her and her Anthony got on despite them getting off on the wrong foot as he is her and her friend's landlord and they want the building next door so they can expand their cafe but he won't let them and I liked that at the beginning he came off as a playboy but as the story went on he became more likable and I was rootng for him and Natalie to get together and I liked seeing how they spent time together and when they realised the amount of stuff they had in common with each other.
I enjoyed seeing how Natalie slowly got her confidence back and how she made herself over to be a better person and her thoughts when she realised she was single again, I understood the dilemma about her daughter and how she was going to react at the thought of her parents splitting up, Natalie's sister and her friend made me laugh and I liked seeing them throughout the book and how they helped Natalie to get through it.
Natalie's husband I hated lol, I was waiting to see his reaction aswell as his mistress when he next saw Natalie and I was very pleased especially as she was dressed up and not looking the way she was when she was with him and how she was with Anthony and I enjoyed how Anthony stuck up for her when the mistress tried to belittle her and I thought it was funny when her husband thought that Anthony was an old professor seeing as how Anthony is an astrologer with a phd and he had only heard of him through his daughter and it was amusing the way her husband decided he wanted her back now she had changed.
I liked the ending I thought it was very satisfying as Natalie opened her eyes to what her husband actually was like and she went to get what she wanted and I liked the epilogue.

mine - Sam Crescent

This book like all of Sam's others did not disappoint me, I enjoy reading the world of the Trojans aswell as the Skulls. The characters Maria and Daisy I did like despite Daisy's carefree attitude of how he slept with other women despite Maria telling him how she felt about him and Maria was too quick to forgive him and I would have to liked to have seen her made him suffer a little bit more and it also made me think where is the proof of how she could trust him when they going to be alone in a cabin for a month with no women around for her to get the proof that he wouldn't stray from her.
I liked how Daisy became all alpha despite being a little controlling and how he made Maria comfortable in herself and how he was patient with her, I would liked to have seen Maria have a bit experience when it came to men though.
I didn't like his ex though when she turned up at the same place as them, I thought she needed more than a telling off lol but I think that was the part which made Maria trust him and I liked the side story about Beth and Knuckles and how Beth's problems came to light and I liked catching up on what the other characters had been up to, I also enjoyed reading about Matthew and I'm hoping that one day he'll get his own book as he seems like he could be an interesting character.
I enjoyed the ending especially the epilogue and I'm looking forward to reading the next book of this series to find out how Daisy and Maria are getting on.

Sticks and Stones - Susie Tate

I thought the chemistry between Lou and Dylan's was better in the first book than this one but overall I did enjoy reading this book, I liked how Lou was strong and Dylan was just clueless and I couldn't really understand why she could have still loved him when years before she heard him comparing her to their other best friend in a not so nice way and watched him throughout the years having one night stands with most of the women and through all this was still his best friend.
I didn't really like how Dylan who preferred the quiet type chose an outgoing woman just like Lou and flaunted her without knowing in front of Lou's face and then humiliate her when after she helped him and he also had a hand in ruining her career and I was happy when she left for Africa and I was happy when she told him straight about not wanting to know him when she returned, I didn't think he grovelled enough though when he found out the truth about what she did for him.
I did like towards the end though when he was there for her after what happened to her and I liked how Lou spoke up about her feelings and about what happened that night they got together when he couldn't remember, I liked how Dylan became persistent on showing how much he now loved her and how he stuck up for her for when it came to her parents.
I did think the ending was too quick and I thought Dylan could have grovelled a little more but I did like the epilogue.

Broken Heart Syndrome - Susie Tate

I enjoyed reading this book and I did feel for Frankie at the beginning of the book when Tom humiliated her in front of his friends at college and even ten years later when she finds out that she's having to work with him at the hospital, he was still the same and went on as if he didn't know her but I did enjoy seeing him misread her as she was really shy with him but he always thought she was aloof, I liked Frankie but I didn't like how she went on about her insecurities a lot
There were some scenes that made me laugh and I liked how Tom looked after her especially when he finds out that she's not cold to him after all and I loved the chemistry between them and at this point I loved Tom especially when reading from his point of view, I felt like I understood him more. His family I found a bit judgmental when they first meet Frankie because yet again they thought she was aloof and cold but what they did towards the end made me change my mind towards to them, I did think that Tom made Frankie jump in the deep end when meeting his family though as it was unexpected and they had just started a relationship, I thought Frankie dumping Tom though wasn't really worth the drama and angst but her insecurites yet again got in the way and I liked how Tom eventually stood up and made her see that she was worth everything to him.
I liked how she was working in the hospital and was baking and selling cakes in her spare time, I would have liked to have seen her in her own little bakery though rather then the hospital and I loved the ending especially the epilogue, I liked Lou and Dylan they make me laugh and I could see the chemistry between them and I'm rooting for them to get together eventually so I will be reading their book soon.

A Song at Twilight - Pamela Sherwood
I liked both Sophie and Robin, they were both strong characters and I liked the setting as it was in the late Victorian years, I enjoyed seeing them together when they were younger and I could feel the chemistry between them and I was hoping it would be something trivial as to the reason why he would break up with her despite it taking them four years to get back lol, I thought Sophie was stronger during them years when they weren't together and I liked seeing how she at least moved on and focused on her life and career whilst Robin had to suffer for his reasons leaving her.
When the part came when they met up again I thought Sophie might have been a little more reluctant to taking him back but I couldn't blame her when she heard of what happened throughout them four years and knowing that he suffered just as much and with it being in that era he didn't have much choice but to leave her but I was happy that they had a second chance and he wasn't going to let her get away.
I also enjoyed the suspense and the flashbacks as you got to know more about the background of the story and there was no getting lost on the way whilst reading and I enjoyed the ending.
Romantic Encounter - Betty Neels
This book got me straight away and I havent been able to put it down, I had mixed feelings about the H Alexander but Florence I did like, she was fiery as she was described in the book and in this one she wasn't a plain Jane which makes me think if she was perhaps Alexander might have softened towards her lol. Alexander did eventually grow on me but just like Florence when you began to like him he would do a big turn around and you would begin to dislike him again.
I liked how Florence stood up to herself when it came to the ow who didn't do much mischief and it made a nice change and I liked the settings and Florence's family, I enjoyed it when Alexander got a little jealous but didn't show it when she talks to an engaged co worker at the hospital and I enjoyed the ending despite it being short.
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Enzo (Jinx Tattoos Book 1) - Shyla Colt

I enjoyed the angst between the two main characters Enzo and Aibhlinn and the sections about both their pasts and how it molded them to be what they are today, Enzo was a manwhore and was secretly in love with Aibhlinn but he though he would ruin their friendship if they ever did anything due to his bad past and Aibhlinn loved him but was too scared to tell him, I liked how Enzo broke down and told Aibhlinn all about his mother and her drug use and how Aibhlinn reacted but my heart broke when Enzo left her to seek help and Aibhlinn moved on and it was interesting to see how Aibhlinn's childhood turned out and about what happened to her.
I liked the abandoned baby plot and like most baby themed stories that I've read I basically thought that it was a secret pregnancy storyline to do with one of Enzo's one night stands but I was pleasantly surprised despite how the baby came to be found, I liked how Enzo and Aibhlinn basically stood up to become parents of the baby and I loved the ending.

Ring in a Teacup - Betty Neels

I laughed at how the h who was a nurse Lucy first met the H who was a professor Fraam when she was asleep in his lecture, I liked how they met again in Holland when she was visiting her friend who I wasn't too keen on but seeing as she wasn't much in the story it didn't bother me too much, I enjoyed how Fraam fell in love with Lucy but she was clueless throughout the story and I particularly like the blizzard plotline and how he came to be there at the right time.
What I didn't really get is why even though he was in love with her he was still dating and going around with other women instead of slowly wooing her but when he proposed to her he did stop and I didn't really get why that even when she told him she loved him he didn't tell her the same, it left me confused especially when he tells her near the beginning that it will be her fault if he marries someone else.
I liked the tactic he used to get her back to Holland when he got her to look after her friend's father despite him not really needing her.
There was the typical mischief of the ow who once again the h easily believed and obviously the ow got away with it, I did laugh at how Lucy got into a temper afterwards and threw her engagement ring into a teacup hence the title and how Fraam had to rescue her from a locked hotel room when she left her belongings in the house and had no money to pay.
The ending I did like but it was too short and there was no epilogue.

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Enzo (Jinx Tattoos Book 1) - Shyla Colt

I enjoyed the angst between the two main characters Enzo and Aibhlinn and the sections about both their pasts and how it molded them to be what they are today, Enzo was a manwhore and was secretly in love with Aibhlinn but he though he would ruin their friendship if they ever did anything due to his bad past and Aibhlinn loved him but was too scared to tell him, I liked how Enzo broke down and told Aibhlinn all about his mother and her drug use and how Aibhlinn reacted but my heart broke when Enzo left her to seek help and Aibhlinn moved on and it was interesting to see how Aibhlinn's childhood turned out and about what happened to her.
I liked the abandoned baby plot and like most baby themed stories that I've read I basically thought that it was a secret pregnancy storyline to do with one of Enzo's one night stands but I was pleasantly surprised despite how the baby came to be found, I liked how Enzo and Aibhlinn basically stood up to become parents of the baby and I loved the ending.

The Domville 6 - C.J. Fallowfield, Book Cover by Design, Karen J

This story made me smile, laugh and cringe lol, I felt for the h Toni as she is still pining for her old college friend Finian the college playboy who left her ten years ago to go to Dubai and never bothered to contact her again because she drunkenly confessed her feelings to him and of course back then she was always kept in the friend zone and now it's the class reunion and Finian is going to be there and she decides to go and make him see what he's been missing.
I like the H Finian especially when he first sees her at the reunion and this time he falls for her and I liked her reaction when she first sees him that did make me smile and it was nice for him to eventually go after what he wants rather than her do the chasing.
So overall I enjoyed this book from start to finish and I would have like to have read more about them and their future.