Review: Right Next Door

Right Next Door: Father's Day\The Courtship of Carol Sommars

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: June 2009
  • Publisher: Mira
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 448pp
  • Sales Rank: 249,692

Synopsis

Father’s Day:
Robin Masterson’s ten-year-old son, Jeff, figures he needs a dog more than anything in the world. And there just happens to be one right next door! But the friendly black Lab belongs to Cole Camden, the unfriendliest man in the neighborhood. Still, Jeff persists…and soon his mom and Cole are looking at each other in a whole new way.
The Courtship of Carol Sommars:
Peter Sommars is fifteen, and what he needs is a little more independence. Which is why he’d like his mom, Carol, to start dating. He even knows the perfect man — Alex Preston, his best friend’s dad. As it turns out, Alex is interested, but Carol’s doing everything she can to sidestep his pursuit. Which only makes Alex — and the boys — more determined!

My Thoughts:

These are two fun loving stories.  I really enjoy Debbie Macomber and her style.  I was ready for a nice relaxing read, where I didn’t have to think about what I was reading just read.  There are two stories in this book and while both are love stories and have to with single parents.  These are heartfelt stories and have happy endings which was exactly what I was looking for so they were pefect.  Well though out story lines and believable.  As usual, I know that I can always rely on Debbie Macomber to provide me a good love story. 

My Rating:

A solid 4 of 5 stars.

Audio book Review: Falling Awake

Falling Awake (Brilliance Audio on Compact Disc)

Overview – 

Falling Awake

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: September 2009
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sales Rank: 522,807

Synopsis

A red scarf. A roller coaster. A tidal wave of blood.
Isabel Wright spends her days at the Belvedere Center for Sleep Research analyzing the dreams of others. Dr. Martin Belvedere, a pioneer in the field, recognized her unique talent for what he calls Level Five lucid dreaming – and rescued her from a dead-end job at the psychic dreamer hotline. It’s satisfying, lucrative work, but it can be emotionally draining at times. Especially when one of her anonymous subjects, known only as Client Number Two, captures her imagination through his compelling dream narratives. Secretly, she thinks of him as “dream man.”
Client Number Two’s real name is Ellis Cutler. A loner who learned long ago not to let anyone get too close, he works for a highly classified government agency with an interest in the potential value of lucid dreaming. And he has just been ordered by his boss to make contact with Isabel, who’s been fired after the sudden death of Dr. Belvedere. Heading to California, he pushes his own fantasies out of his mind, determined to maintain a professional relationship with the woman who reads his dreams, the mysterious figure he has come to think of as “Tango Dancer.”
But when they meet in the flesh, the dream becomes real enough to touch. And a waking nightmare begins – when a suspicious hit-and-run leads them into a perilous web of passion, betrayal and murder, and forces them to walk the razor-thin line between dreams and reality. . . .

My Thoughts

Another great audio book.  If you have read any of my previous audio book reviews you will know that the read makes or breaks an audio book for me and this reader, Laurel Merlingtion, was wonderful.  She got into the story with different voices and inflections for different characters.  It helps to keep it interesting and keep the story moving.  

I really enjoyed this story because I never able to quite pin the story down.  Every time I though that I had figured a piece of it out, something changed and I was headed in a whole new direction.  Great job for keeping me hoping.

I love this main characters in this book, Ellis Cutler and Isabel Wright.  I was able to connect with Isabel right away.  She spends her days, or rather nights a lot of the time, analyzing the dreams of other, in what seems to be her dream job, after working for the Physic Dreamer Hotline.  She finally feels as though she has found a successful career and the pieces are falling into place, she might even be able to look for her dream house!  That is until she finds her boss, Dr. Martin Belvedere, dead in his office. His son, Randolph takes over the business and she is hoping that she will be promoted to the director in her department, however just the opposite happens and she is fired.  Isabel is out on her own again, upset that she has to let her dream job go and client #2 who she has deem “dream man”.  She ends up with a job for her brother-in-law’s business as a motivational speaker, kind of.

Speaking of Client #2, we find out that this is Ellis Cutler and Client #1 is his boss Jack Lawson, who runs a government funded business that uses level 5 lucid dreamers to research and solve crimes.  Jack sends Ellis to Isabel after they find she has been fired to bring her into the business.  Jack thinks that this is good opportunity to distract Ellis from his obsessive ideas that a former co-worker is still alive even though he was reported dead.   Ellis has a second part of the this, he has lost his “tango dancer” and wants to get her back.  There are sparks between Ellis and Isabel from the beginning even though Isabel doesn’t know who Ellis really is.  Isabel decides that she is going to go into business for herself and be a dream consultant.  There is a quick change of events when a former co-worker of Isabel’s ends up dead in an odd hit-and-run while he is trying to sell Isabel information about the antonymous clients. 

The story progresses through this interesting crime spree and Ellis and Isabel’s growing romance.  This was a great story on both the crime level and romance level.  It is well written and interesting.   The book leaves you want to know more about Level 5 Dreaming and Isabel and Ellis and what will happen from here.

My Rating

4 of 5 stars

Early Review: Creed In Stone Creek

A Creed in Stone Creek (Hqn)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: February 2011
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 384pp
  • Sales Rank: 371
  • ISBN-13: 9780373775552
  • ISBN: 0373775555

Synopsis

When single attorney Steven Creed becomes guardian of an orphaned five-year-old boy, he trades his big-city law firm for a ranch near his McKettrick kin in the close-knit community of Stone Creek, Arizona. Taking care of little Matt and fixing up his run-down ranch house with its old barn loosens something tightly wound inside him. But when Steven takes on the pro bono defense of a local teen, he meets his match in the opposing counsel—beautiful, by-the-book county prosecutor Melissa O’Ballivan. It’ll take one grieving little boy, a sweet adopted dog and a woman who never expected to win any man’s heart to make this Creed in Stone Creek know he’s truly found home.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book mostly because it was a nice romance book with a happy ending and some twists along the way.  I have been reading a lot of books that are outside of my normal “type” of book so it was nice to read one that I could just enjoy. 

Steven and Matt’s story was just sad in the beginning.  Matt’s parents, Steven, best friends have died and left Matt in Steven’s care.  What a big adjustment for both boy and man.  Steven leaves his home in Colorado and moves his new “son” to Stone Creek where his recently discovered distant family is in the hopes of giving Matt a new start.  Steven buys an old farm that is in really bad shape.  Upon they arrival, the cousin who found Steven arrives and instead of camping until the house is repaired, they are provided with her husband’s tour bus.  With all of this, Steven has promised Matt a new dog and they make an adoption.

Melissa is the county prosecutor and has had relationship issues of her own.  She was engaged to a widower in town and just could not commit.  Now he is getting married and Melissa is all alone and trying to convince herself that is okay.  That is until she meets Steven and Matt in the County Building where she is getting conned into running the parade for the upcoming Rodeo.  How can she ruin this little boy’s dreams by not helping with the parade? 

Very quickly there are sparks between Melissa and Steven and Matt is looking for Melissa to fill the Mom role in his life.  Steven trying to keep Matt from getting attached to Melissa.  But he is hooked as well.  All is good until Steven takes on the case of a young man from town probono because he believes that the boy is innocent of the charges against him despite his past.  Melissa is very upset and things go cold between them even though they are both still interested.  Can they get beyond their differences?

I enjoy the story telling that Linda Leal Miller does during these stories.  There are always story lines outside of the main line that keeps the story interesting and builds a lot of background and depth to the characters.  I feel like I could be walking down the street and meet Melissa or Matt and I would know just who they were.  A very enjoyable read.

My Rating

4 of 5 Stars – This is a good story and is something that I would recommend if you are looking for a good romance.

***Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this ecopy.  All opinions are my own honest assessment.