I love a good romance. In my younger years they were often the bulk of what I read outside of school. My tastes have evolved to include more genres (okay, okay, pretty much all genres) but I still partake in a good romance to clean my reading palette.
Anything For You. Finished 9-16-19, 3.5/5 stars, romance, 408 pages, pub. 2015
For ten years, Connor O’Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she’s got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard—it’s the perfect time to get married.
When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who’s now living with her full-time, and a great career after years of waitressing.
But this time, Connor says it’s all or nothing. If she doesn’t want to marry him, he’ll find someone who does. from Goodreads
I loved this series so much and was a little disappointed in this finale. We know Connor and Jessica because they show up in all of the other Manningsport books, but somehow I never really fell in love with either of them. I really liked the depiction of Jessica’s life as she took over care of her adult brother with autism, so maybe there was just a touch too much reality in it for me? I liked it okay, just not as much as the rest of the series. I’m sad to say goodbye to the Blue Heron Winery.
Devil’s Daughter. Finished 9-12-19, 4/5 stars, historical romance, pub. 2019
Unabridged audio read by Mary Jane Wells, 9 hours.
Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he’s a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband’s life a misery, and she’ll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing and impossibly charming stranger who sends a fire-and-ice jolt of attraction through her. And then he introduces himself…as none other than West Ravenel. from Goodreads
First, let’s admire the cover. The covers for this series are all so beautiful. I want all of the dresses, even if they just hang in my closet to admire. Okay, on to the nice surprise, the books are just as good! I love this series about the Ravenel family. Well, I did have issues with the last one so I was even more excited to see that this one was back on track. I’ve been hoping for a nice match for West since day one and it’s nice to see him finally fall for someone and a widow with small children at that.
This is a Wildflowers book too, but I haven’t read that series. It wasn’t really necessary to enjoy this one. Although you could this series out of order I wouldn’t. Start with Cold-Hearted Rake if you enjoy 19th century English romances.