Thursday, July 7, 2016

Bites & Nibbles: [A Gift for Guile by Alissa Johnson] & [A Better Man by Candis Terry]

A Gift for Guile (The Thief-takers #2) by Alissa Johnson 

A Gift for Guile was an entertaining historical romp with such enchanting characters. A prickly, oversensitive, knife wielding, former thief of a heroine and a somewhat stodgy private detective hero with an exasperating tendency of always saying just the wrong thing. Yeah. These two were something special. lol

The quick of it is that Esther has decided she needs to fix something she deeply regrets from her past. Setting out to do so, though, she comes face to face with another mysterious threat--one that may be tied to her family's shady past as well. She's bound and determined to figure it all out even with a family friend hounding her every step. Poor Samuel wants her safe! And running about London with all it's unsavory nooks and crannies isn't lending it's hand to that one bit.
"You play dirty, Sir Samuel." A smile of unholy delight spread slowly across her pretty features. "Excellent. So do I."
I had a good time with these two as they tried to muddle along together, bickered, played, had a swoon, bickered some more and went about unraveling the mystery and danger surrounding Esther and her past. The two didn't have an easy go of it. Their personal foibles didn't play nice together at all and made for some head shakingly frustrating--but sometimes pretty funny--moments as he said things and she got her feathers all in a ruffle and they had mini showdowns. There were some nice action scenes, some witty banter, and a little heat--though it's rather limited. I did think things dragged a little bit but overall I enjoyed spending time with Esther and Samuel as they confronted her past. Even had a surprise or two along the way which I can always appreciate.

Once a famous officer of Scotland Yard and now a renowned private detective, Sir Samuel Brass has better things to do than shadow a reckless hellion in her misguided quest for atonement. But when the daughter of a notorious criminal—and a former thief herself—returns to London to right an old wrong, Samuel is drawn back into the dangerously exciting world of Esther Walker-Bales.

Beautiful and conniving, maddening and brilliant, Esther is everything he shouldn't want. She's a liar. She's a con. She's a thief. And God help him, but he'd do anything to keep her safe.

Esther knows she's put herself in terrible danger, but nothing will stop her from making amends that are long past due—not her family's enemies, not old fears, and certainly not the domineering, interfering and undeniably handsome Sir Samuel Brass. Yet whenever he's near, Samuel makes her long for a life that can never be hers...and wish she were worthy of being saved.

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Challenges: Pick Your Genre (historical) | Goodreads

A Better Man (Sunshine Creek Vineyard #1) by Candis Terry

Well that was a nice kick off to a series. Likeable characters, a gorgeous setting, turmoil and family coming together after a devastating loss, righting wrongs long past and finding a second chance at romance. There was a little of everything including a little mystery along the way.

The quick of it is that after their parents are killed Jordan and his siblings have all come home to get things in order and make decisions and be there for their younger sister who is going through something and struggling with school on top of everything else. Which brings Jordan face to face with his sisters teacher...a woman he has a bit of a past with. And things get even more interesting!
Jordan's heart jumped when her hands were suddenly all over his bare chest and shoulder. They dipped provocatively beneath the waistband of his swearts and sent a shot of lust straight to his dick.

"Not that I don't like what you're doing," he said sliding his hands to her hips and holding on, "but what are you doing here?"

Head slightly tilted, she looked up at him and her luscious lips tipped in a beguiling smile. "Seducing you."

"Sweet." He pulled her against him. "But I have to warn you that you probably won't have to work all that hard."
Like I said. This one was fun. It's an easy read and I enjoyed both Jordan and Lucy. Seeing them together and moving on from the past. Nice romance, a family that got my curiosity peeked and a little heat.

The interesting thing about this one was everyone I know online who has read it (in groups) loved it and was excited for more. In my real life book club, though, which is who I read this one with they really hated it. I think one other lady enjoyed it but for the most part they weren't fans. It was so odd to see that difference in groups of people who all love romance.

Me personally, I'm in. I want the next book and to see what will happen with this group of siblings. They've all got pretty interesting set ups/careers so should be interesting.

Hockey star Jordan Kincade wasted no time ditching Sunshine Valley and everyone who mattered for a career in the NHL—a truth Jordan confronts when his parents’ deaths bring him home. Now he’s back to make amends, which begins with keeping his younger sister from flunking out of school. It’s just his luck that the one person who can help is the girl whose heart he broke years ago.

Lucy Diamond has racked up a number of monumental mistakes in her life, the first involving a certain blue-eyed charmer. She has no intention of falling for Jordan Kincade again, but when he shows up asking her to help one of her students, Lucy just can’t say no. Worse, the longer he’s back, the more she sees how much he’s changed. And so when a blistering kiss turns to more, she can’t help but wonder if her heart will be crushed again . . . or if she’ll discover true love with a better man.

Challenges: Pick Your Genre (contemporary) | New to You (author) | Goodreads

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