Thursday, March 29, 2012

March: Series Spotlight

Last post for Series Spotlight, one of my favorite series is Divine Creek by Heather Rainier.  Divine Grace (Divine Creek Ranch, #1)Divine Grace by Heather Rainier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Talk about an epic story, you are pulled in from the beginning with a very very shy Grace whose nuclear relationship with her boyfriend has caused her a lot of self esteem issues.

Jack Warner has been smitten with her for two years, making excuses to see her at the shop she works at. When Grace makes an unexpected move that introduces her to Ethan, Jack's roommate something is unleashed within her. Within days she meets Adam whose piercing gaze and calming manner ignites a long awaited rapture that has the rose colored glasses removed and Grace making some "house cleaning" decisions about her life.

Jack, Ethan, and Adam are all head over heels in love with Grace, she has an innocent quality but at the same time a little minx inside who is anxiously trying to get out. The story takes you through their journey as a couple and Grace's unveiling of a secure, confident woman.

Thought this was wonderful, I really regret not having picked this up sooner.

Reread 10/29 On second read a four star, but will leave it with my original rating. A good story, has a couple things that wore on me but I think it was because I was familiar with the story.

View all my reviews Her Gentle Giant, Part 1: No Regrets (Divine Creek Ranch, #2)Her Gentle Giant, Part 1: No Regrets by Heather Rainier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rachel Lopez is a Strong independent woman whose secret longing is to accept a date with the strikingly handsome Eli Wolf, but her fear of the other woman who fawn over him while he is a bouncer at a nightclub has her treading backwards whenever he asks. Eli only has eyes for Rachel, and his patience is unlimited when it comes to her. Every week he asks knowing that one day she will finally say yes and he can reassure her in every way possible that she is the one for him.

Another fantastic chapter in the Divine Creek series. The synopsis had Rachel as a jealous person which was why I had not picked it up yet but it really is secondary in the story. It is more about her own insecurity acknowledging how she feels towards Eli. Eli is a big teddy bear, although a tough guy on the outside he is a softy when it comes to Rachel. Looking forward to part 2.

View all my reviews Her Gentle Giant, Part 2: Remember to Dance (Divine Creek Ranch, #2.5) Her Gentle Giant, Part 2: Remember to Dance (Divine Creek Ranch, #2.5) by Heather Rainier
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Part 2 of Her Gentle Giant picks up with Eli proposing to Rachel and the planning of their wedding. You do find out something about Rachel that was hinted to in the first book and Eli the epitome of the protector is quick in his action.

I thought this was romantic, you get some of the Grace-Ethan-Adam-Jack story that fills in the pages. I wish it had been one book and not split into two, but alas it was two.

View all my reviews Heavenly Angel (Divine Creek Ranch, #3)Heavenly Angel by Heather Rainier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Teresa arrived in Divine with her son, she was timid and kept mostly to herself. Over time and with the help of a few close friends she has come out of her shell. When Angel Martinez gets a good look at Teresa he knows there is a past that she is running from but it has no bearing on the feelings he has when around her. With patience and understanding, Angel continues to draw Teresa out with plans on becoming a permanent fixture in her and her sons life.

Joaquin Martinez has a reputation around the rodeo circuit for being a prime candidate for warming the buckle bunnies bed. His first glance of Teresa tells him one thing, those days are over. Introducing the possibility of having two brothers loving her has Teresa feeling like she is on cloud nine, she knows that her life wont be complete without Angel and Joaquin in it. In order to move forward, they will all have to conquer the ghosts of the past but they are more than willing to do it as long as they have each other.

I am officially addicted, this one for me is a 4.5. I read it out of order because in the first book Divine Grace there was hints of something between Teresa and Angel, plus I was curious about her past. I love how new characters are introduced and also the favorites from the other books all make appearances in the books.

***I have been thinking about rereading this one for awhile, just as good the second time around. I wish the author would write a book about Allen, he is not in it a lot but definitely leaves an impression.

View all my reviews Rosemary's Double Delight (Divine Creek Ranch, #4)Rosemary's Double Delight by Heather Rainier
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rosemary Piper knew from a young age that she would marry Wes and Evan, never doubting for a moment that they were soul mates. The only hitch in her plan is the radioactive arguments with Evan which leaves them both saying and doing things they don't mean, putting Wes in the uncomfortable position of being stuck in the middle. If their relationship is going to work, they are going to have to learn to accept each other for better or worse.

I thought this was pretty good, it dragged a bit though in the pacing.

View all my reviews Spurs and Heels (Divine Creek Ranch, #5) Spurs and Heels (Divine Creek Ranch, #5) by Heather Rainier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ash Peterson has a way of setting of Juliana Meyers with every word he speaks, the fiery tempered has a way of telling him off and trying to put him in his place. Ash though wont be deterred from what he wants and it is Juliana. Through a series of comical events, the two find a comfortable rhythm as their relationship continues to grow even with a few hurdles set in their way.

I liked this one, dragged a slight bit at the end but otherwise a fun read.

View all my reviews Maya's Triple Dare (Divine Creek Ranch, #6)Maya's Triple Dare by Heather Rainier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One year after her husbands death, Maya receives a letter from him telling her to capture the fantasy she always wanted with their best friend Kendall and make it a reality. Kendall has been her anchor and go to person for advice, but he wants more, he wants Maya.

When Maya agrees to spend time with him for a week to see how they suit, she is pleasantly surprised it includes his brothers Boone and Richard. She has feelings for all three and Kendall has no qualms with making it a menage.

Each brother has something different to offer Maya, Richard with his soft heart, Boone with his passion for living, and Kendall her rock. When trouble lurks for Maya, the men unite to protect her pulling the four of them even closer together.

Another fantastic read of the Divine Creek Ranch series, Richard is my favorite he is a heartbreaker. 4.5 stars.

View all my reviews Summer's Indiscretion (Divine Creek Ranch, #7)Summer's Indiscretion by Heather Rainier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summer Heston is wondering what she has done for such bad karma when it comes to men, each date, boyfriend, blind date seems to have disaster all over it and her newest setup failed the moment she saw the disappointment register on his face that she was a full figured woman. Little does Summer realize that security specialists Ace and Kemp have been watching her, while on a case and are waiting for their moment to approach her.

What she had hoped to be a a normal courtship, becomes something else as the threat of continues to grow for the women of Divine and Summer is their next target.

I love this series, I was a little perplexed by who Ace was going to end up with since in previous books it looked to be someone else and he had an air of mystery that did not come out so much in this book. Once you get into the story though it works, more so for Kemp and Summer since she seems to have a way to calm the steely exterior he has. I am most looking for the next book, Lydia's story.

View all my reviews Lydia's Twin Temptation (Divine Creek Ranch, #8)Lydia's Twin Temptation by Heather Rainier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Out of all the Divine Creek books this is the one I have been waiting with the most anticipation for, I can't recall what book Clayton and Chance were introduced in, I think it was Heavenly Angel, but I have been eager for this story to unfold and it did not disappoint.

Chef Lydia Webster moved to Fort Stockton with a job offer that looked like it would bolster her career, only to find out it fell through and ended up getting a job at Cafe Oasis with a handsy sleazy manager who she has been able to keep at arm's length. Finding her stuff stolen out of her dingy motel room is just about the last straw for her.

Chance can't wait to see Lydia again, he has slowly been building up the courage to ask her out even though they live so far apart. His twin Clayton is interested too, but cannot see how a relationship would work out long distance. When Chance sees the opportunity to offer Lydia a job at the ranch cooking for the hands, he hopes she will accept it. Laying it all on the line, he shares with her what he hopes will develop into a meaningful relationship between the three if she is willing to try.

A huge fulfilling sigh..loved it.

View all my reviews Their Divine DoctorTheir Divine Doctor by Heather Rainier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As Doctor Emma Guthrie is contemplating her life as a future spinster, she does not realize she has caught the eye of Duke Rivers and Gage Randall. Although both men are attracted to her, the last thing they want is to have Emma think of them as a a patient, especially with the predicament Gage has found himself in.

The timing could not be better when Emma moves in the apartment below Gage and Duke, wanting to finally make their move they discover they have more in common than they initially thought. Each one of them has a bucket list and and agree to tackle the items all three of them have on the list, the first is to be involved in a menage.

This was fairly good, a bit different than the other Divine Creek books. I did enjoy the crossover with Nell from the Bliss series, plus all the favorites are involved at some point in this book. The settings were fascinating as they work through their lists, if I thought camping in trees would be as fun as they had, I might just give it a try.

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