Thursday, May 7, 2015

Book Club Thursday: Let's Here It For The Moms!




Hi and welcome back to this weeks Book Club Thursday. This week we are having a theme and since Mother's Day is this Sunday, we decided to call it :Let's Hear It For The Moms!
     Mom's make the world go 'round and that's no less important in the romance genre. From the days of Mother Goose, many stories have a mom in the foundation whether the heroine is a single mom, or she has an evil step-mother, or the wise-cracking family matriarch Supergram. Mom's rock!
     I have so many favorite stories featuring moms, but I will just share a few with you that have touched me in some way.


A personal favorite of mine written in 1987, yes, it's a little dated, but I loved the heroine, Pru who finds herself pregnant with her lover Case's child, a lover who is happy to just keep things the way they are. Pru knows that if they do marry, she wants it to be because he loves her and he's not doing it out of obligation. She was a feisty heroine!

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They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.

They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.

But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.
 

A very good story, and the author succeeds in bringing a widowed mom with 4 kids and one on the way, with a hunky Navy Seal. I had my doubts, but Abby was a great mother and author Claudia Connor delivered!

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SHE’S CRAVING A SWEET NEW LIFE…

Call her a fool, but chef-in-training Chloe Madison wants to have her cake and eat it too. So when her boyfriend dumps her for some French tart, she decides to start over from scratch—with a new life and job in Sugar Creek, Vermont. What could be sweeter than cooking for an eccentric lady who’s crazy for desserts? What could be more tempting than joining a club called the Cupcake Lovers? Just one thing: local business-hunk Devlin Monroe…

AND HE’S THE ICING ON THE CUPCAKE

Although he’s  the grandson of Chloe’s fun-loving boss, Devlin Monroe is all work and no play. Micro-managing the family business, he doesn’t have time to indulge in life’s  sweetest pleasures—until he meets Chloe. How can he resist such a vibrant, beautiful woman who brings so much passion to the table? But when old grudges and secrets threaten to destroy the Cupcake Lovers, Devlin must decide if his feelings for Chloe are a recipe for disaster—or a sinfully delicious ever-after… 


Grandmother Daisy steals the show as she plays matchmaker to her uptight grandson Devlin with Chloe, the new chef she hires. This book made me laugh constantly with Daisy's antics!!

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A MAN TO HOLD ON TO

Therese Matheson doesn't know if she'll ever get over losing her husband in Afghanistan. Surviving Paul's death has been hard, but raising his sullen son and his thirteen-going-on-thirty daughter alone has been even harder. All they need is a fresh start, and Tallgrass, Oklahoma, could be the perfect new beginning . . . especially when Therese meets Sergeant Keegan Logan. The sexy combat medic and single dad soon awakens a desire she'd thought long buried.

Keegan always wanted to be a father . . . someday. So when his ex-girlfriend disappears, leaving her daughter in his care, Keegan's hands are tied. He has to find the girl's father. His search leads him to Tallgrass and to a beautiful brunette widow who has no idea her husband was ever unfaithful. What begins as a friendship soon ignites into something far more and gives him the courage to be the kind of man-and father-he always dreamt he could be. But his secret still stands between them. Can Keegan reveal the truth and convince Therese they share something too special to lose-a love that can bring two families together?


This is the second book of a series and deals with wives of soldier's living near base waiting for their men to come home. In the first book, the heroine comes off as a doormat to her step-children with whom she has custody, but when another bump in the road occurs, her characters grows and she becomes a steel magnolia. I admired how she never gave up on her superbratty step-daughter when other people would have.

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Anna Sharp has never expected in a million years that she will get any indecent proposal from a man much more her boss. But when wealthy Saxon Malone has asked her to be either his mistress or secretary, Anne chose the former because she knows that what she feels for Saxon is once-in-a-lifetime.

This is a classic novella by Linda Howard. Although dated, it still always touched my heart. Saxon is a cold and ruthless businessman and he tells Anna (who already loves him) that she can choose between being his mistress or his secretary...but not both. Two years into their affair she finds herself pregnant and tells her to choose...him or the child. She chooses the child and leaves.
     Anna is the closest thing to a family he has ever had and he can't stay away. And Anna loves him enough to look into his past which was a bleak childhood bouncing from foster home to foster home, some abusive. His birth mother really did toss him in the garbage. Here she finds the one foster mother who did love him and brings her into their new life, helping to heal some of the Saxon's pain and literally helping him find his way home with a mother, a wife, and a child.
     


I hope you enjoyed this weeks edition. I can't wait to see what my friends have shared and I invite you to visit their blogs, too! And don't forget to join us next week when we share our May Reading Challenge picks!

Romancing the Readers-Ann
Born to Read Books-Cyndi
     

2 comments:

  1. Those are some real good ones! I read a few and enjoyed them.

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