Ride Steady by Kirsten Ashley

Judith Mcnaught really brought me into the world of romance. Her storylines and writing style was something that sucked me into that hole and I’ve been drowning in it since. Not that I’m complaining. After collecting and completing her books, a friend of mine introduced me to Lisa Kleypas. Gosh, I love her books too. Especially Dreaming of You. I do not even know how many times I’ve read that particular book. I had been eagerly waiting for her latest release Devil’s Daughter, when I stumbled into the first book I read by Kirsten Ashley. That book was Mystery Man. After reading the Dream man series, naturally I moved onto the Chaos Series (The last book of the Dream Man Series leads into The Chaos Series). I completed that entire series too. I can say that this book Ride Steady stood out for me (Fire Inside and Wild like the Wind are close second and third.

So for the non spoiler part of the review. This book is really something. Carson Steele (aka Joker) had nothing going for him growing up until he found Chaos MC where he found his place. But the missing piece of his life was the girl of his dreams Carissa Teodoro, his high school love. Carissa Teodoro was the girl sweet girl in school, cheerleader and homecoming queen, dating the quarterback of the football team. Her life is shattered when her husband divorces her when she is pregnant, leaving her with virtually nothing. A chance encounter between the two seems like fate (or in this case, the author) has these two destined to be together. The book shows how truly supportive a partner can be and the depth of love that the two lead characters have for each other. Really, this book reminds me so much of Paradise by Judith Mcnaught. If nothing else, give this book a read, it will not let you down.

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Lorraine Heath: Midnight Pleasures with a Scoundrel (Scoundrel’s of St. James #4)

Hey guys,

This is a review on a new author. I really do not know how I stumbled into her books. All I know is her writing and story is almost at par with one of my favorites: Lisa Kleypas (If you are looking to read a book by Kleypas, I recommend¬†“Dreaming of You” click¬†here for the review. Lorraine Heath is a newer find and definitely in my to read list. Her stories are compelling, witty and overall charming. Her books have this charm that reels you in. None more that this book, her fourth book in the Scoundrels of St. James series. The predecessors are all great books with humorous and touching stories. But this one book (I feel) is so much more special than all the others combined. Read on for a review with some few spoilers. Continue reading “Lorraine Heath: Midnight Pleasures with a Scoundrel (Scoundrel’s of St. James #4)”

Book Review, Romance

Paradise by Judith Mcnaught

So I got into this genre of of books during my post graduation. Till then I was all about the fantasy books or mystery novels. I used to read the occasional Mills&Boon to satisfy my quota of romantic books. Non of them never really gripped my attention like the way this author has. Judith Mcnaught is a sensational author who knows how to express the emotion through words that grips the reader till the very last page. The first book I read of her’s was Something Wonderful that I will write a review on some day.

This is Paradise. Set in 1989 Chicago Illionis originally published in 1991 and re-released in 2003 by Pocket Books. The story revolves around a 18 year old young heiress Meredith Bancroft and 26 year old steel worker Matt Farrell. Introduced by pure coincidence at a country club and acting on a spark of chemistry unlike any the either have faced before.

Their brief ill-fated passionate marriage ends in heartbreak and tragedy which they blame each other for 11 years. When now successful Intercop owner Matt Farrell threatens to stall plans that Interim President Meredith Bancroft has for her company she is forced to confront Matt in an encounter that reveals the truth and lies that tore them apart over a decade back. Meredith must now face the heartbreaking prospect of having everything that her heart wants as opposed to her childhood dream of running the company she was meant to inherit.

This book for a contemporary romance is heart wrenching and heart warming in equal measure. Judith Mcnaught has penned the character of Matt Farrell as a dream man of every woman on the planet. The quiet strength, passion and determination of this dream character is portrayed in both decades during the book. Meredith is the sweet, loving and forgiving heroine who captures the heart of the hero on first sight. The book was published over 25 years ago, I would describe this book as an ever green book due to the story and writing style of this book.

The book is the first in the series of Second Opportunities. The following books are some what of a let down after the build up of this book. Another book I would definitely recommend is Every Breath You Take.