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(Book Binge book #8) The Stranger, book #3 in the Heroes of Heyday series by Kathleen O’Brien. Here we meet the final and most mysterious of the three McClintock brothers.
I’m noticing a prevalence of whips in Ms. O’Brien’s books :)
I really liked this series. I’m hoping for one more book with Mindy and Roddy’s story, but this one was great. Intrigue, love, small quirky town, bad guys peeing on books…what more could you ask for?
As always, highly recommended. I will say, just so I don’t sound like Paula Abdul, that I enjoyed the Firefly Glen series much more than this one. But I really really loved that one, and I just loved this one, so there you go. Constructive.
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(Book Binge book #5) The Sinner, book #2 in the Heroes of Heyday series by Kathleen O’Brien. I love a good series, and Ms. O’Brien never disappoints. Book #2 in the Heroes of Heyday series continues the story of a quirky town where zebras run amok owned by three estranged brothers. Brother two, the Sinner Bryce, returns to Heyday after being gone for 14 years to recover from a traumatic experience and get his bearings…and in true Harlequin style, finds love.
I was happy to see what was happening with the main characters from the first book, and glad to know the full story of the second brother. Looking forward to reading about the third brother in The Stranger.
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(April Book Binge #3) Happily Never After by Kathleen O’Brien. Definitely a departure from Kathleen’s other books. I still loved it and read it very quickly, but the storyline, dialogue, and characters were all very different to me. The one smart-aleky funny character is really what was missing. Not that this book needed one.
This book is about a marriage that never happened because the groom didn’t show up. The bride has been institutionalized and 10 years later, members of the wedding party start dying. The heroine, who would have been one of the bridesmaids (and happens to be in love with the groom) and the hero (the groom) are surprising characters to me. Normally, I would not like these people. But once the story is developed, and you learn all about all the different people involved, you start to cheer for them – in true romance fashion.
Happily Never After is pretty fast-paced. I wanted to know more about some of the people. I would have loved to see the families developed more (like, I want to see more of Adler and Imogene, why is Adler bad, why did Imogene marry him…) I think this book could have been published as a mainstream fiction book – like one of those big generational sagas by Danielle Steele.
Basically, I think Kathleen O’Brien belongs on the bestsellers lists, and I want to see her get there!
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(April Book Binge, #2) The Saint by Kathleen O’Brien. This book is the first of three in her Heroes of Heyday series. Of course, I’m hooked. I had checked this one out from the library, but I immediately went on amazon and ordered the next two. (The one bad thing about Harlequins…it can be hard to find the older ones at the library.)
So, The Saint dives right into the action in the first 20 pages. I’m not going to tell you what happens, but it’s unexpected and makes you want to read the whole book in one sitting – which I did.
I like this new town, almost as much as Firefly Glen, and I love these characters. The hero, a handsome high school football coach, is one of three brothers in a very rich family. I’m assuming the other two books, The Sinner and The Stranger are about the other two brothers, and I can’t wait to see what Kathleen came up with for their adventures.
I think my favorite thing about this book was the second story line involving the boy in high school. His trouble with his money-grubbing girlfriend and a lecherous older woman were very entertaining, although, it makes me nervous for my own son’s teenage years.
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Update: Check out the comments…I’m the “most awesome fan”!!! Woo hoo! Thanks Kathleen!
Quiet as the Grave by Kathleen O’Brien. Seriously, I thought that the last book was my favorite Firefly Glen book, but this one was the best. Intrigue, creepy people, murder, love, parenting issues…what more could you ask for? I’m glad I waited and read it last.
Now here’s my request for Kathleen. She introduced some of the kids created by all the love matches in the earlier books. I’d like to see some more Firefly Glen books featuring the kids when they grow up. It can be like how on Days of Our Lives, all the kids were babies, then all of a sudden, they were in high school with their own story lines. Now they have kids…you see where I’m going with this.
Come on Kathleen! Hurry and write some more :) No wonder this is a 2007 RITA finalist. I can’t wait until July to see if you won!