I surprised myself by reading four books since my last reading list. It helped that there were five weeks! Here’s what I’ve read since last month:
Love’s Full Circle by Cherry Christensen
Another sweet romance from Cherry Christensen. Kayden is a respected marriage therapist. She’s taken aback when her first love, Liam, appears at her office. He wants to re-kindle their relationship, but he’s got a tough job because he was a real jerk in high school. Kayden is resistant, and rightly so. Her memories of the way he treated her, even before he broke things off, are so awful I had difficulty understanding why she would even consider seeing him again. He’s now a college professor, and an IT expert. The beautiful setting of Denver and surrounding areas is well-described.
Rescued by That New Guy in Town by J. L. Salter
Mr. Salter entertains in his usual small-town, laid-back way. Kristen is a woman who’s been badly hurt by an ex-boyfriend, and Ryan is the new guy. But no one seems to know much about him, despite lots of speculation. Most of her questions are answered by the end of the book, but it takes a lot of time and a lot of mishaps for him to share anything. I would have given up on him a lot sooner than Kristen! In addition to the closed-mouth Ryan, she has to contend with the grumpy boss and clueless law enforcement officers, as well an eccentric landlord. She does have a good friend in Ellen, and I think I would have given up if it hadn’t been for her. Great weekend entertainment.
Jesse’s List by Mysti Parker
This book isn’t available yet, but I managed to snag a review copy as a beta reader. Jesse’s List is the second in Mysti’s new Beach Pointe Romance series. Jesse was a minor character in the first book, and he was a source of irritation for the Mann brothers. In this book we discover the events in his background that led to his odd behavior. He becomes a client of counselor Leigh Meriwether (who shares a name with one of my favorite actresses). She advises him to make a list of people he’s hurt and make amends. As he works his way through the list, we learn more about Leigh, who has an equally sad backstory. The conflicts are beautifully described and resolved in this great book. Bravo!
Ten Year Dance by Ara Grigorian
Ara Grigorian was my guest here at 4F1H back in May, when he shared his wonderful debut novel Game of Love. This month he released his brand new romance, Ten Year Dance, and I jumped at the chance to read and review it. I was not disappointed. Ten Year Dance takes you through Sophie and Pete’s lives from the time they meet in junior high, through the turbulent high school years, and culminating with their ten-year class reunion. Both of them have come to a point where they need to make important decisions about their professional lives. But before they can do that, they need to learn more about themselves and each other. I love a book that makes me care about the characters, and this one really delivers.
What have you read lately?