“it was ok, wanted to read it because it's written bij JR Ward”Be_nice wrote this review Thursday, November 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ 4.5 Feathers
Reviewed by Francesca & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
I LOVED THIS BOOK! It's another feel good romance from the Warden herself! I liked it better than the first, even though I saw a lot of people felt the other way around. I think I started liking Joy Moorehouse from the first book. She's the timid, younger girl that has had a crush on the towns' most eligible bachelor her whole life. She's had dreams of giving him her virginity and living happily ever after.
You can't help but like her! But at the same time she's no wilting flower. She has a backbone, she goes after her goals in life and in love. And when she loves she gives herself completely. To her family and to Gray.
Gray Bennett aka Most Eligible Bachelor, is a player as the title suggests. He keeps his job a secret in the small town his from and spends a great deal of time in New York City. While he was back in town visiting his dying father he saw Joy and found that she had transformed from the girl he used to know to a beautiful and sexy woman. And with her air of innocence he should be the last thing around her.
OK, so I'll admit that the plot where the guy thinks he's no good for the girl and wants to stay away because he will only bring her heartache is good, but to a point. I think that was my only complaint with this book. Gray kept thinking he was bad for Joy. I wanted to slap him sometimes. But that at least didn't stop him from pursuing her. And then there's his trust issue because of seeing his own mother cheat on his dad. So two things that got on my nerves just a bit.
But as you can see the good far outweighs the bad. I thought this story was sexy as hell, Gray being so delicious probably helped. It was also sweet and I loved the fact that it was a completely different story than the first book. With all the society parties going on it had the feeling of a historical romance but set in current times.
I cannot wait to read the next one, although it seems I might be waiting. I'm spoiled and I want to listen to the audiobook like I did with the first two. Which means.... indefinete wait because there's no date announced for the re-release of the last Moorehouse sibling's story! Waaaaaaaaaaa
“A JR Ward romance published under Jessica Bird. I picked this up mainly for the author rather than the story. It is a typical Silhouette type romance but Ward's stellar writing and plot construction are there. I enjoyed it.”Linsey wrote this review Wednesday, July 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Even though Joy Moorehouse only saw Grayson Bennett a few times a year, she was definitely in love with him. But realistically she knew he barely knew her name...or did he? Gray definitely paid attention when Joy entered a room. He knew she was a beautiful woman who should wait for a special guy who could love her. Gray felt he was incapable of loving anyone and didn't want to hurt her. But now he was finding it hard to stay away from her.
This book was a quick read, even though it became frustrating in places. How many obstacles could Gray throw out there between he and Joy? Seems like one after another. If I were Joy, I would have told him to take a hike long ago. But, lucky for her, she stuck with him and finally turned him around by the end of the book. My rating: 4 Stars.”
“Joy Moorehouse has loved Grayson Bennett for years, despite only seeing the successful political consultant a few times a year. She may be the provincial younger sister of Frankie and Alex, the baby of the family, but she's well aware that he doesn't even see her - not as a woman, anyway. Sure, he's always polite, but she and the older, powerful man aren't exactly in the same social circles. Still, she couldn't help but be thrilled at the opportunity of helping Frankie and her fiance Nate cater the birthday party that Gray is throwing for his father. Several hours of surreptitiously sneaking peeks at the dashing man may not do much for her equilibrium, but it'll definitely thrill her.
Gray Bennett has no illusions about his job. It's all about getting his hands dirty, being a political shark and knowing when the blood was in the water. Or tossing the blood in the water himself as needed. It made him powerful in D.C., but it didn't do much for his soul. But then, Gray has no illusions about himself, either. The product of a loveless marriage...at least on his slut of a mother's side...he learned young - too young - that women came in two categories. The innocent and guileless Joy Moorehouse was in the good category. Ever since he'd seen her in a bikini at the lake, all lush curves and faint blushes, he hasn't been able to get her out of his head. It's driving him crazy. Making him do wild things just to get near her, and even wilder things to get away.
She's too good for him, too young for him, too innocent for him...and she's all he wants. But his past and present conspire to keep him from being the man he knows she needs.
Jessica Bird (J.R. Ward) has penned another surprisingly complex and sweet contemporary romance with three dimensional primary and secondary characters and an enchanting backdrop of gorgeous upstate New York scenery and New York City high life. Bird/Ward has an innate ability to layer plot threads and bulk up a story with characters who evolve in genuinely organic fashion over the course of a series. It's an ability that has always impressed me with her BDB series and it translates nicely to contemporary romance.
We met Joy as the nearly angelic and giving younger sister of Frankie Moorehouse in the first book in the series, Beauty and the Black Sheep, but she really impressed me in her own book. Her character is likable and despite her innocence, has an inner strength and self respect that serves her well. She could have come across a bit too sweet or a bit too easily trod upon, but instead, her growth and evolution over the course of the book was handled very well as she gets a chance to both spread her wings and stand up for what she wants. I enjoyed her.
Gray...well...okay, I have to admit, I have a soft spot for men who act like total goobs over the women they can't admit they love. Especially when they're so uber-cool in every other aspect of their life and work. And Gray was a total goob over Joy. He did have a tendency to seem a little disturbingly self-loathing in some spots, though, and that was less fun, and he had an annoying habit of making assumptions based on incorrect answers to questions he was too stubborn to ask. As a general rule, I don't have a lot of love for romances that have primary conflicts as simple to resolve as miscommunications or misunderstandings, yet still drag on for any length of a book. It frustrates me. That aspect of this book didn't thrill me.
The rest was enjoyable. Jessica Bird (J.R. Ward) certainly manages a smooth, flowing narrative that balances description and action nicely, dialogue that has a genuine conversational flow, and a layered plot that complements the preceding book and sets up the following book even as it enhances and fleshes out this one.
At its core, this contemporary romance is simple and predictable. But then, at its core, what romance isn't? The devil...and delight...is in the details. Gray's Mommy issues, his growing distaste for his job, his love and care for his father, his charming bumbling with Joy, Joy's burgeoning fashion career, her yearning to spread her wings beyond her family's Bed & Breakfast, the guilt from the pleasure of being in the big city, and more...all of that juicy stuff is what elevates this simple romance beyond the parameters of feel good fluff. I'm hooked on this series, this family, and Jessica Bird's (J.R.Ward's) contemporary romances.
Reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another.
“Joy Moorehouse has lost her parents when she was young; her brother Alex left the family shortly after the funeral. So her older sister Frankie took care of her and their dementia grandmother. When Joy got older she did everything in her power to help her sister and their Bed and Breakfast, but always had the dream to design her own dresses. But Joy has another dream, involving her sexy neighbour Gray Bennett, who she has loved for years.
Gray Bennett is a rich political consultant and has had a pretty terrible family life; his mother couldn’t be fateful to his father. So Gray doesn’t really believe in the happy marriage life. But Gray has noticed Joy Moorehouse, but he think she is way too innocent and too young for him. He knows he cannot give her what she really wants, a happy family.
His Comfort and Joy by Jessica Bird is the second novel of the Moorehouse Legacy Series and another great easy read. The novel was well written and a perfect book to read, coming home from work and just drop down to enjoy a simple love story.
Joy is a strong young woman, who’s trying hart to design her own dresses and still looks after het dementia grandmother. So her sister Frankie can take care of running their family Bed and Breakfast. Then she gets the opportunity to go to the big city to show some of her designs and maybe get her own career of the ground.
Gray’s life had been rough and his trust in women has been growing less because of his unfaithful mother. But Joy Moorehouse is determined to let Gray see what he will be missing, if he doesn’t take the change to be happy with her. She isn’t going to wait forever.
I have to say that sometime Gray’s whining and jealousy was too much. I just wanted to smack him in the head and tell him to be a man and finally step up and claim the woman who loves him. But luckily for Gray, Joy is the more dominant in the relationship and she isn’t afraid to go after the things she wants.
I enjoyed the book and I recommend it to those who wants some easy read on a busy day, just simple relax and let the romance takes you away from it all. Jessica Bird aka J.R. Ward did a great job.
“Jessica Bird is a wonderful author. A way too jaded hero and a virginal heroine coming together is a plot cliche but the author was able to capture my interest enough to really care about finishing the book. The hero is a true alpha who doesn't think rationally at times but he does grovel at the end.”ALICE S wrote this review Wednesday, June 16, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No