BEA'S BOOK NOOK "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Friday, May 1, 2015

Bea Reviews Forever After and Forever Grace by Linda Poitevin

Publisher: Michem Publishing
Series: Ever After 1.5
Format Read: Kindle book
Source: owned by the reviewer
Release Date: February 12, 2015
Challenges: Finishing the Series
Buying Links: Amazon*  | ARe* | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
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Blurb from goodreads:

The epilogue you’ve been waiting for!
Wedding bells are in the air, but single mom Gwynneth Jacobs and Hollywood mega star Gareth Connor are finding that the road to matrimony is anything but smooth. Each thinks they’re doing what’s best for the other, but with everything from the paparazzi to an overzealous wedding planner getting in their way, they may have lost touch with what exactly that is. With Gwyn developing decidedly cold feet over the whole event, can they reconnect with what’s truly important in time for their upcoming nuptials? Or will they have to face the possibility their lives may just be too different after all?

Bea's Thoughts:

This was a freebie that was available to newsletter subscribers. It picks up shortly after "Gwynneth Ever After". Gwyn and Gareth are planning their wedding and it's not going well. There's a serious lack of communication here people. I wanted to smack both of them. They were trying so hard to please each other but forgot to talk and find out what the other one wanted. Gah!

Celeste the wedding planner was pushy, unobservant, and too concerned about expanding her business to see the unhappy client right in front of her. The solution was a little too pat but it worked.  The story was sweet and I sniffled happy tears reading it.

Then, we get one hell of an ending and I was thinking nasty thoughts about the author. :P If you're not a fan of cliffhangers, either skip this book or make sure to have the next one on hand. "Forever After" was sweet, sometimes funny, and a painfully accurate look at planning a wedding.

Publisher: Michem Publishing
Series: Ever After #2
Format Read: egalley
Source: the author in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: 
Challenges: Finishing the Series | NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge
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Blurb from goodreads:

When injured police officer Sean McKittrick heads to his cottage, he’s planning on some much needed rest and recuperation. But the idyllic peace he expected to find is shattered by…children?

It’s not that Sean dislikes kids, he just isn’t interested in having any of his own. Or in settling down, for that matter. Ever. Unfortunately, the woman in charge of his young neighbors has an unsettling way of making him forget why.

Grace Daniels is attractive, single, and despite her brave face, overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for three nieces and a nephew. When she helps Sean out of a jam, he feels obliged to return the favor, but he soon realizes there’s more to this cobbled-together little family than meets the eye. Grace is hiding something, a secret that piques Sean’s cop suspicions—and stirs his protective instincts.

As Sean digs for the truth, however, the line between professional curiosity and personal interest becomes increasingly blurred. A family might not be quite what he had in mind for his future, but he’s beginning to wonder if he can live without this one…or if he wants to.

Bea's Thoughts:

Aaaah! If I hadn't already seen info about this book before reading the previous one, I'd have been a cranky reader. The previous story had a cliffhanger but happily it all works out.

There are two central conflicts between Sean and Grace. One is kids: Grace has them, Sean doesn't want any. It's lateish in the story before we find out why Sean is so resistant to having kids and I wish Poitevin had developed that more. The other conflict is that Grace is hiding something and Sean's cop instincts are roused. At one point he's worried that he'll have to arrest her. That could put a hitch in their relatioship. :D The whole story takes place over a week and it just seemed too fast. There was a lot happening and the time frame didn't work. Sean's change of heart about children, Grace's situation, their romance which was both slow burning and rapid, it all happened quickly.

The romance was sweet, the story behind Grace and the kids was heartbreaking, and I wanted Grace and Sean to get together but the relationship and events needed more time to play out. I liked the relationship between Grace and Sean, I liked how strong Grace was both emotionally and physically, she can rescue herself thank you very much, and I enjoyed the peek at Grace and Connor we get. I liked the story but had a hard time buying into how fast everything happens especially considering what the kids have been through. Both Grace and the kids have been on an emotional roller coaster so has Sean with his injury, and I think they all needed time to process and heal. Still, it's a tender story with humor, tension, romance, and action. I definitely prefer Poitevin's romances to her urban fantasy and I liked this one a lot.

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