AnnAlysis: Three Little Words

three little wordsFrom Goodreads:
Can first love turn into the real deal in a sizzling new Fool’s Gold story from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery? Isabel Carlisle thinks she’s cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another…man. So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she’ll pursue her real dreams. At least, that’s the plan, until sexy, charming Ford returns and leaves her feeling fourteen all over again…. 

Seeing Isabel all grown up hits bodyguard trainer Ford like a sucker punch. Back when heartbreak made him join the military, her sweet letters kept him sane. Now he can’t take his eyes-or his lips-off her. The man who gave up on love has a reason to stay in Fool’s Gold forever-if three little words can convince Isabel to do the same….

My Thoughts:
This is the 12th in the Fool’s Gold series by Susan Mallery. This is the first I’ve read. I normally don’t like to start off with a random book in the middle of a series. Doesn’t do well with my OCD or anxiety levels (#imafreak), but sometimes I go against the mold and surprise even myself with how free I can be (#sarcasm).

I normally love series like this. You have a group of people, in each book, they pair off into couples. I’ve missed a few couples (or nearly a dozen), but I felt like I was able to catch on pretty quickly who was was and who was with whom. There were a couple of times when I felt like I missed something from a previous book, but for the most part, this book can stand alone.

There are two couples in this book. The main couple: Isabel and Ford. Isabel has been in love with Ford since she was 14 and Ford was engaged to her sister. She wrote letters to him for 10 years, then stopped before she got married. Her marriage didn’t last and now they are both back in their hometown. Ford’s mom is adamant that he gets married, so he decides to “fake it” with the girl who was once head over heels for him. I absolutely loved  the relationship between Isabel and Ford in this book. They have a history. They are fun. They are playful. Oh and they have some great chemistry.

The other couple is Kent and Consuelo. Kent is Ford’s brother. Two brothers in one book? Unfortunately,  their relationship didn’t do as much for me. They are definitely the epitome of opposites attract. Consuelo teaches martial arts and works for a security firm. Kent is a math teacher. Their relationship is kind of in the backseat of this book. While it helped kind of beef up the book, I could have done without it. I found myself kind of perusing through their part so that I could get back to Isabel and Ford.

I will keep my eye out on other books in this series, but think this was the perfect one for me to pick up. I give Three Little Words 4 out of 5 bookmarks.

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Released: July 2013
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AnnAlysis: Three Sisters

three sistersThere are three homes on Blackberry Island, known as the Three Sisters. They are old Victorian homes, side-by-side-by-side.

The home on the left is occupied by Deanna Phillips and her family. Her husband travels through most of the week and is only home on weekends, leaving Deanna alone to raise five children…..all girls. And for the Phillips family, things are a bit rocky at home.

The home on the right is occupied by Boston King. She is an artist and married to a contractor. A tragedy struck in their home, and since then, it’s been icy, at best.

And the home in the middle is now the new home for Andi Gordon. After being left at the altar, she needed a fresh start. She bought the middle sister and is getting it renovated to open her pediatric practice on the first floor. Andi comes to the tourist town knowing no one, and knowing that she has no desire to find a man. But what Andi doesn’t know is that is that she may be the missing link to bring her neighborhood together and a man may be closer than she thinks.

My Thoughts:
I am always a fan of destination books. Blackberry Island is definitely a place where I think I could settle if I left my beloved West Virginia. It’s small, it’s a bit secluded and it has a charm about it that is so inviting. There’s a pilates studio and a craft shop that teaches knitting classes. Book me a ticket, find me a Victorian house!

So now that I’m done with the setting, let’s get to the characters. All of the people on this street are very emotionally scarred and a bit broken. They are have serious problems that need worked out and they all need help facing them and getting over them. Andi comes along with her own problems and is like the piece of the puzzle that was needed to complete it. She brings everything together. I loved her for that. There were times I loved the characters and other times I yelled at them and others I cried right along with them.

Three Sisters isn’t necessarily a love story. All the characters are trying to find love, or the love they used to have, but this book is more about growth. It’s about family, finding yourself, healing and moving forward from troubled times.

This book is a very quick read. I read the first 100 pages in one sitting and finished it in a couple of days. The last 100 pages had me glued. Everyone was starting to get to a better place and I had to know what was going to happen. It’s a book you just can’t put down. You are rooting for everyone to end on a happy note, even the ones you aren’t sure you like that much. This book reminds me of Kristen Hannah’s books.

I give Three Sisters 5 out of 5 bookmarks and will definitely be keeping my eyes out for other books.

I did this review as part of a blog tour for Book Trib. Click here to check out some other reviews.

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Released: February 26, 2013
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Holiday Reading: 2012 Edition

It’s finally holiday time, the time I have been waiting for all year! I love the cool weather, a heated blanket, my books and a cup of hot cocoa. I also love theme reading this time of year. For the first couple years I did my blog, I was BIG into theme reading. Last year, I was a little swamped, so I didn’t get to do as much. But this year, I only have one review due between now and the New Year and I hope to get quite a bit of reading in.

I started my holiday reading this week with a new audio book. I stopped and got two holiday themed books at the library last night. I may not use my library card enough on real books, but I earn my keep with audio books.

So, here’s my list for Holiday Reading for this season:

1. The Christmas Thief by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark (Audio)
2. Dashing Through the Snow by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark (Audio – Do you see a theme here?)
3. Merry Ex-Mas by Sheila Roberts (NetGalley)
4. When Snow Falls by Brenda Novak (NetGalley)
5. My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr
6. A Fool’s Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery
7. Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsay
8. Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane

Soooo…. maybe that’s a little ambitious for a month of reading. But, I’m going to give it my best shot, after I finish the three I am working on now. Realistically, I’ll get the first two done because they are audio books and will read Last Chance Christmas first because I love this series.

Do you have any holiday reads on your TBR list that are getting you ready for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?