Author: Jill Sanders

French Kiss by Jill Sanders

French Kiss by Jill SandersFrench Kiss by Jill Sanders
Series: Silver Cove #2
Published by Idealist LLC on August 9th 2016
Pages: 300
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three-stars

For the next few weeks all Lilith has to do is run the prestigious East Haven Resorts while her best friend Sarah is on her honeymoon. No big deal, except it means she’ll be dealing directly with the head chef Adam, who is not only cocky, arrogant, and French, but damn sexy to boot. This was going to be the longest two weeks of her life.Adam really enjoys seeing Lilith riled up and flustered. Actually, it’s what gets him out of bed every morning. But, when someone else is threatening to sweep in and take her away, he realizes it’s time to stop playing games and go after what he wants.

This wasn’t a bad read at all, but I did come to this book without any expectations because Jill Sanders can be a hit or miss for me. Not having read the first book and having secondary characters flitting in and out was rather jarring, but by and large, Sanders does try for a balance between developing a relationship between two people who aren’t on equal footing to begin with and a tad bit of suspense on the side.

The setting was lovely as well. A resort town with great scenery it seems and the use of weather as foreshadowing (or am I reading too much into this?) created an overall languid feel to the entire story, essentially keeping the reader in a idyllic capsule of sunshine, fresh air and the blue sea up until the point Adam and Lilly get their HEA.

Yet I found myself bored at times; the pace did lag a bit and I found myself surprised when the love declaration parts came in so quick when Adam’s and Lilly’s relationship hadn’t quite hit its stride yet. There were eye-rolling moments as well, as I grimaced my way through Adam’s somewhat farcical French accent – being shipped off to an English-speaking country at age 9 would have long erased it – and the way he seemed to gravitate towards Lilly without some context or backstory given.

I do find myself by the end of the book, oddly neutral though. Distraction came too easily – in part due to the constant in-and-out movement of the sheer number of characters – and forgetting bits of the story in between didn’t make it that memorable at all, but there’s no denying that Sanders has come a long way in her writing.

three-stars

Return to Me by Jill Sanders

Return to Me by Jill SandersReturn To Me by Jill Sanders
Series: The Pride #7
Published by Jill Sanders on March 31st 2015
Pages: 276
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four-stars

Becca and Nick were destined to be together. He was the love of her life, or so she thought. Then tragedy strikes and Becca is left heartbroken and devastated. The road to recovery seems almost hopeless at times, but with love and support from the good people of Pride, she's looking forward to putting the past behind her. When Nick's best friend, Sean, returns home a year later, he brings with him an unexpected gift that has her reliving the past all over again.
Sean's homecoming is tarnished with the loss of his best friend along with the recent discovery of his fiancees infidelities while he was deployed. If Sean needs anything right now it's a good friend to lean on and Becca has always been there for him. When the two decide to get away for a while, they're forced to accept the undeniable attraction between them. But now an unforeseen challenge threatens to rip them apart forever.

I re-read this book by accident then wondered why I found it so familiar, but never regretted a moment of it at all. Then I needed to rethink the rating I’d initially given and thought that I should even write a review for this book which has immensely grown on me since I last read it.

I thought Jill Sanders handled the dynamics between Sean and Becca very well; they were always friends before becoming more – and never less than respectful towards each other – and I loved how they reminisced about Nick as they moved on together. With minimal angst and without unnecessary drama to stir things up, Sanders brings a couple fully deserving of each other together in a way I’d never quite thought possible as their relationship changes from warm to scorching during that trip away, with a touch of the forbidden that made me love the story just that tiny bit more. But this is as much about Becca as it is about their relationship: it is ultimately Sean who opens her eyes to adventures beyond her home, which provides a more layered dimension to the story as Becca herself grows in ways she herself couldn’t have expected.

four-stars