Author: Jeannie Moon

You Send Me by Jeannie Moon

You Send Me by Jeannie MoonYou Send Me by Jeannie Moon
Series: Compass Cove, #2
Published by Tule Publishing on 29th May 2018
Pages: 224
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two-stars

Jordan Velsor didn’t want to need anyone. After dumping her cheating fiancé, caring for her sick dad, and nearly being crushed along with her car during a violent storm, she’s pretty much at her breaking point. If anyone needs some luck, it’s Jordan, but the last thing she wants is gorgeous Nick Rinaldi, her landlord’s grandson, hovering over her while she nurses a bad cold. The wounded Navy doctor seems too good to be true… which means he probably is.

Nick Rinaldi left the Navy broken and adrift, wondering if he would ever practice medicine again. When his grandparents’ tenant is almost killed by a falling tree during a storm, he discovers Jordan is not only in shock, but suffering from pneumonia. Not one to miss an opportunity to play white knight, Nick arrives at her cottage to take care of her during the storm… But the lovely teacher has a a fierce independent streak, and as he learns more about her, he wants to do more than merely help.

Can Jordan and Nick let go or their separate pasts and seize their future together?

‘You Send Me’ started out well enough with the kind of drama that sounded promising: a sick woman (who’s also warily heartbroken from a failed engagement), a doctor who goes above and beyond the call of duty and a snow storm that comes at the most convenient timing. Cue the tension and the hot and heavy sparks, right?

The problem was that I got bored when things began to crawl as I read on, made worse by the rather harebrained scheme of Nick—it felt so far-fetched and out of the realm of adult-behaviour, but then, it’s romancelandia here—that obviously snowballed into a situation that neither protagonist wanted nor expected. Add that to the number of nosy characters slipping in and out of the story (because it just seems to be a feature of small-town behaviour), it was just harder and harder to keep my interest up when Nick and Jordan went round and round the merry-go-round of ‘should we, shouldn’t we’ and going through the repetitive reasons of why they could or couldn’t.

While the level of angst was low with a clear number of small-ish obstacles to leap over, it wasn’t too hard to see Nick and Jordan get to where they were supposed to be, despite the overly-tortuous process which did fill like page-filler more than necessary. Admittedly though, I did end up skimming quite a bit before the halfway mark when Nick/Jordan went in circles instead of forward as my initial investment in them waned.

In all, ‘You Send Me’ feels like a simple, while-away-the-afternoon easy read without the startling dramatic, emotional highs and lows, but for something more than overall small-town sweetness and a faster-moving plot, it’s best to look elsewhere.

two-stars

Daring the Pilot by Jeannie Moon

Daring the Pilot by Jeannie MoonDaring the Pilot by Jeannie Moon
Series: Men of Marietta #3
Published by Tule Publishing on April 4th 2017
Pages: 178
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three-stars

Keely Andersen hasn’t visited her hometown more than a handful of times in the last ten years, but when her doctoral research sends her back to Marietta for the immediate future, she can’t wait to reconnect with the community and the mountains she missed so much. Of course, nothing goes as planned, and Keely’s truck breaks down a few miles outside of town. When help arrives, she finds herself face to face with her brother’s best friend – the guy she used to call big, bad and gorgeous – Jonah Clark.

Still settling back into Marietta after a harrowing stint as an army helicopter pilot, Jonah Clark plans to spend a few days hiking the local mountains to prepare for his job as a pilot for Crawford County’s Search and Rescue team. When he stops to help a stranded driver, Jonah is shocked to find his best friend’s younger sister is the one behind the wheel. Only now, instead of the geeky teen he remembered, Keely is all grown up with curves he can’t resist.

Though the sparks of attraction ignite immediately, they're hesitant to act because of their shared past. But when a project dear to their hearts is threatened, and a boy is lost on Copper Mountain, Keely and Jonah drop everything to fight for what matters, including each other.

The Men of Marietta series, like most of Tule’s Marietta books, comprises standalone stories, which are, well, great. It’s easy as a reader, to dip in and out of this charming fictional town, get sweetened up on a particular pairing as and when you wish. I’ve enjoyed most of the books Marietta no matter the author and ‘Daring the Pilot’ is another cute but sweet read of the brother’s best friend that never happened until it did.

Having known each other for many years before a lengthy career separation of a decade, their visits back home had somehow always made them miss each other – Jonah in between his deployments and Keely in between her travel and research – until their paths converge once again this time around. And like Eliza Doolittle, Keely Anderson’s smart-geek act has become brilliant geek-chic, outdoorsy, artless and near irresistible, and it’s giving Jonah is having a hard time in keeping his hands off her.

Mostly, the story loped on as Jonah and Keely found themselves integrating into the small-town community, as characters (probably from previous books) wove in and out of their lives.It isn’t sufficiently explained why Jonah suddenly saw Keely as a woman rather than just a best friend’s sister, though I would have been happier with a concrete, believable explanation. I liked the chemistry between Keely/Jonah but was less thrilled about the virgin/experienced man trope though, even though neither denied their feelings as they hurtled headlong into this attraction that turned into much more. There’s a little talk about double standards between men and women, though not enough to start a pro-feminist treatise…which really isn’t what the story is about anyway.

I found myself enjoying this read up until the turn at the end where some out-of-character moments made it go awry, as though conflict was created for the sake of dislodging the notion of a smooth-sailing HEA and bring about the grovelling moment until the actual resolution arrived…in a rushed and abrupt way. It didn’t exactly detail the whole experience for me, but I’d certainly hoped for a different ending and a more realistic conclusion that didn’t quite involve a hurried wedding because of an unplanned pregnancy.

That said, ‘Daring the Pilot’ (the title seems like a complete misnomer) is nonetheless a quick but entertaining read, good for a few hours of distraction, as Marietta is always wont to do.

three-stars

Until You by Jeannie Moon

Until You by Jeannie MoonUntil You by Jeannie Moon
Published by Tule Publishing on March 17th 2015
Pages: 420
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two-stars

When newly divorced Kate Adams is approached on the sunny deck of a California hotel by hockey star David Burke, and he invites her to dinner, she almost says no. He’s obviously younger than her. And charming. And drop dead gorgeous. But there’s also something sweet about David, so Kate—who hasn’t done anything spontaneous in a very long time—accepts his invitation.
It is, after all, her fortieth birthday.
However, a real romance with thirty-year-old David, whose picture is in the gossip pages as often as it’s in the sports pages, is out of the question. No matter how much she wants him, it’s just too risky.
But meeting Kate has been David’s lightning strike. She’s the one for him, and he has no intention of giving up on her.
So while Kate guards her fragile heart, David sets out to win her over with the same determination that drives him on the ice.
And he’ll break every rule in the book if he has to.


Just a little too creepy for me really.

Not that I have anything against older women needing love and/or companionship especially after a difficult divorce, but David never felt like Kate’s equal; instead, he behaved too much like the shallow and carefree playboy that the media makes him out to be. And have Kate as a former teacher of David’s ex just sealed it for me…and not in a good way. I found myself cringing midway through and wincing at every turn of the relationship development (which felt more like a painful step to disaster than a rocky road to bliss), but I’m obviously in the minority here.

I do get Kate’s insecurity; I really do. If anything, her spoilt daughter’s POV that had been written into the book did serve the oblique purpose of showing the machinations of her evil ex-husband, compounding the problem of how alone – and betrayed – she felt. With David as a man-child whore, I thought Kate needed someone better and despite David’s valiant but laughable efforts, I still can’t see them sailing happily ever after into the sunset at the end. The change in David is too sudden, too quick after Kate’s miscarriage and it felt as though I was reading about a different character entirely, only with the same name.

While not a bad effort, I do think though, that the book would have benefitted from more exhaustive editing – and possibly additional beta readers – which might have lent depth to the simplistic caricatures of Richard and Marie and the consistency of characters like David.

two-stars