(E–pub) [Still Lake] BY Anne Stuart
(E–pub) Still Lake BY Anne Stuart
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R clues to a decades old murder and eep his hands off the pretty curvy innkeeper The sexual tension between Sophie and John is palpable it Grave Tattoo kept me waiting impatiently for them to succumb to their mutual attraction and when they do it is fast hard and frenzied He went in hard fast deep only barely able to control himself She wrapped her legs around his and he reached down and pulled them higher up around his hips so that he was deeper still and she was tight clasping milking him with the power of her climax which was almost sweetly painful Anne Stuart gives us plenty of potential characters to ponder as theiller including Griffin however about a uarter way into the book I was pretty sure I Georgia and the Tycoon knew who theiller was I loved that Anne Stuart gave us a real woman in Sophie who is than willing to eat that second muffin or piece of pie Meanwhile Griffin is all Alpha and doesn t sugarcoat to seduce Sophieactually he does uite the opposite he s uite rude foul and doesn t give a rat s ass what anyone thinks of him including Sophie Another great AS read Audio book narrated by Marie Ellis who does an okay job not great but good Dear Romance Novelists Please stop making condoms the enemy to perfect sex It s a dangerous myth to perpetuate This novel was otherwise an entertaining read but I had to give it such a low ranking because of this issue The male sueeze was proud of his past promiscuity and the heroine was a virginSo one can unpleasantly surmise what Churchills Trial kind of other special gifts he gave her other than a good orgasmThis is a recent novel 2003 definitely written post AIDS awareness Pregnancy is the least of any heroine s worries Its the summer of 1982 in Colby Vermont and Thomas Ingram Griffin is arrested for the murders of three young women allilled uite brutally Years later Griffin returns to Colby and poses as a John Smith to finally put his past to rest to find out whether in fact it had really been him who had gone on a murdering spree that fateful night when his life had gone so horribly wrong30 year old Sophie moves to Colby Vermont to live the life she has always wanted to and dreamed about A homemaker and someone who loves the uiet serenity that the countryside provides Sophie looks after her now forgetful mother Grace and half sister Marty who has an attitude of her own a mile wide In the midst of Sophie s hard work to restore Stonegate Farm to its former prestige and glory to run her bed and breakfast what Sophie doesn t need is the enigmatic and mysterious man who claims to be John Smith to turn up next door and send her life spinning out of controlI just loved loved loved Still Lake I loved the 30 year old virgin Sophie who has her mind set about how she wants to live her life Sophie is the type of heroine that I just adore She is not the size six heroine who has everything going for her Rather she seems real she has a figure that practically drives Griffin out of his ever loving mind and I just loved how the sparks flew whenever Griffin and Sophie are togetherThe banter between Griffin and Sophie is one of the most wonderful aspects of the story It completely serves as foreplay for some of the scenes and gives the reader a laugh or two while Sophie tries to convince herself that she doesn t need a man like John Smith to ruin her and send her emotions into a tailspin And I loved how Griffin tries to convince himself that a woman like Sophie would be the most inappropriate addition to the life of a man like him Griffin is so over the top hot that I found myself completely enraptured by his character ready to lay myself down and plead him to carry me away Oh wellGrace and Marty certainly do add to the story with their rich characters and the little side romance that takes place warmed my heart And the creepy stalkerific iller who is much closer to all of them than anyone of them ever realized makes Still Lake a definite page turnerI so loved the ending in Still Lake to bits Left me with a huge ass smile on my face for a long long whileIf you are a fan of Anne Stuart and her uber hot flash inducing heroes Still Lake is a must read Highly recommended Rating4755 Original review posted on MBR s Realm of Romance Reading older books by an author you enjoy can be an important reminder that storytelling like other skills improves with practice Don t pick this up expecting the sexual tension sharp repartee and redemptive fing that got you hooked on Stuart s Ice series or the pirate y fun of her recent historical romances It s a me. Ome to Colby Vermont for a reason And that reason has something to do with Sophie and Stonegate FarmNow her dream is becoming a nightmareWho is John Smith Why does his very presence make Sophie feel so completely out of control And why is she beginning to suspect that this mysterious stranger will put in jeopardy everything she's dreamed of maybe even her own li.
Eing the two being unable to eep away from each other John or Thomas has some incredible body and is an incredible Lakeside Redemption kisseraccording to Sophie and I think I totally believe herSophie s family what a funny and so interesting characters Grace walking around seemingly in a total daze Marty the young sister with the hots for the young handyman the eccentric locals and all those twists and turns justeep you turning the pagesThe plot is fast paced lots of thrills and chills some really hot and erotic romance and the fabulous setting of the Vermont countryside is so vividly written that at times I felt I had been there myselfThis is a beautiful and gorgeous love story and two people finding love and if you like me like romance filled with sensuality and a good story then this book is for you While this was not my favorite Anne Stuart book it was still a good book Sophie h moved her mother and little sister to Vermont and bought a big old house in order to eventually open a Bed and Breakfast After moving there she finds out that 20 years ago there was a serial In Pursuit of a Princess killer that had taken the lives of 3 teenager girls This was right up her mother s alley as she is a fan of true crime novels Sophie s nit worried though because they had caught the guy and he was sent to prison when the murderes had happenedJohn Smith aka Thomas Griffen H has moved back to Vermont after all of these years to finally get some answers 20 years ago he was drunk and stoned and cant remember what really happened that nightall he remembers is waking up covered in blood He was arrested and spent years in prison before his conviction was over turned on a technicality Now he s ready to remember what happened all those years agonow if he can only stop getting distracted by his lovley neighbor Sophie Romantic suspense is my favourite genre but till now I have only read one book by Anne Stuart Black Ice And despite its great reviews I wasn t really impressed That is probably the reason it took me than two years to read another book by this author and it was only because it suited one of my challengesAnd I tried really hard to like this book but I just couldn t There were so many things that annoyed me Silly and na ve Sophie Griffin who is actually uite boring and irritatingly sex oriented The fact that everyone seems tonow better what is going on between Sophie and Griffin and aims to give her advice The non existent suspense part The unsurprising villain It was too much to enjoy the reading I also didn t like the first sex scene it seemed so accidental and passionless And it was too early regarding the non existent relationship between Griffin and Sophie I think the whole relationship between them was rather passionless And it was completely unbelievable since they Second Time Loving knew each other only few days and rarely talk And somehow the suspense part wasn t really developed which is strange considering the fact that romance also wasn t the greatest part of the story Griffin arrives to Colby to discover theiller but except visiting graveyards he does nothing to solve the mystery And a person I suspected from the very beginning turned out to be iller How disappointingI would give this book 25 stars if I could I will probably give Anne Stuart another chance but I don t believe her books will ever work for me 4 Murderous Stars When Sophie Davis buys a rundown lakeside farm she moves her parentless and rebellious almost 18 year old half sister and seemingly pre Alzheimer mother into what she hopes it to be the answer to her problems Sophie Davis according to her sister Martie is nown as the Poor Woman s Martha Stewart She uses her successful homemaking columnist skills to convert the old farm house into a BB Stonegate Farm on Still Lake in Colby VT unfortunately has a grisly history Meanwhile John Smith has rented the cottage across the lake and from the start Sophie resents his presence resents what he makes her feel and wants him gone Was he a murderer That uestion has haunted Thomas Griffin Griffin for twenty years 20 yrs earlier Griffin woke up at Stonegate farm covered in blood and accused of Dark Awakening killing his girlfriend Five years later Griffin s conviction was overturned and Griffin went on to become a successful lawyer and now it s time for Griffin to finally find out what happened that night Changing his name and renting the lake cottage he learns that the farm where the murder took place is being turned into a BB Now GriffinJohn Smith has to find a way to search the property fo. E doesn't even mind that the farm was the scene of a grisly multiple murder twenty years earlier Then a stranger comes to townWhen a stranger moves in next to the farm Sophie believes the sense of peace she has built for herself and her family is being threatened Because there's something different about John Smith It's clear he'seeping secrets and that he's
The prologue was really good leading me to believe this would be one of Stuart s better offerings Unfortunately things went downhill after a couple chapters Stuart s writing is so repetitive her banter is much the same from book to book and her villains aren t that great In fact I guessed who the villain was in the first hundred pages and I never even TRY to guess these thingsThe heroine did the thing all Stuart heroines seem to do decide in the dead of night when she can t sleep that she s going to go to wherever the hero is and let him Hawks Way (Hawks Way know she doesn t want him Uh huh Keep telling yourself that And of course she just happens to have put on impractical underwear moments earlier No one is fooled because we allnow these pointless confrontations end in sex Not that I m complaining but I wish these women wouldn t have such a dumb thought processAlthough the characters were amusing at times and the hero was one of Stuart s nicer ones this was rather forgettable I thought it was an okay book I definitely enjoyed itThe premise is a great one because the hero himself doesn t Family Men know if he s good or bad yet you root for him from the very beginningview spoilerI mean obviously he didn t do it It would be cool if he did though hide spoiler Sophie Davis has bought her dream property and plans to convert it into a bed and breakfast It s idyllic setting besides the lake is perfect and just what Sophie has always dreamed of However the same lake was also the sight a gruesome triple murder 20 years before Thomas Griffin was arrested for the murders when he was a teenager and then later acuitted if only henew whether or not he actually committed them the whole night is a blank in his memory and he has returned to the lake to discover if he really did commit the murders or if someone else framed him This was a good read it didn t rock my world but it had enough suspense sexy times and romance to make me enjoy it But although I did enjoy Still Lake I am glad this wasn t the first book I read by Anne Stuart as it hasn t left me in a rush to read anything else by her Which would be a mistake as I have read some fantastic books by Anne Stuart especially her historicalsBut this did have her trademark bad boy hero who at first seems cold and ruthless but you soon find yourself falling for anyways Anne Stuart excels at writing about the ind of boys your mama warned you about Her heroine Sophie seemed to be his polar opposite soft and caring but still stubborn and strong enough to garner his attentionSophie and Thomas were by far the best thing about the book Their chemistry was sizzling hot even though their relationship especially at the beginning was fairly hostile they had an undeniable attraction that neither character wanted but couldn t seem to help Unfortunately the suspense element of the book wasn t uite as good although a few red herrings were thrown out I had guessed the culprit pretty early in the book and wasn t wrong A good read even if it was predictable but if you are looking for a steamy romance and aren t too concerned about guessing whodunit it is worth picking up and giving it a try I can read any Ann Stuart s books over and over again and will still be on tender hooks from start to finish of her stories Still Lake was first published in 2002 and I have read it a few times and my enjoyment is still the same as the first timeSophie Davis is such a fabulous heroineshe s so damm realis not afraid to eat her own awesome muffinswho cares about the calories I so so engaged with her persona Leaving the rat race behind she has purchased a farmhouse in the Vermont countryside which she intends turning into a fabulous bb Only to discover that the property has some unsavory history Thomas Griffin had been accused and convicted years ago for the murder of his girlfriend and after being released on a technically has come back to the place where the murder happened and to try to find out why he has such a vague memory of the crime and also to look for clues so he can finally get the truth about it Unfortunately the lovely Sophie is now occupying the site of the crime so he rents a cottage next doorNaturally I now the whole plot by heart but still I love the way the author builds up the relationship and the sexual tension between John the name he s using and Sophie which is pretty hot Okay Sophie is still a virgin but wowwhen she and John touch each othersparks fly Their first sexual encounter is sexy lustful and absolutely gorgeous I loved se. It was a dream come trueBuying a run down farm in a beautiful Vermont town is the start of a new life for Sophie Davis She moves her mother Grace and her half sister Marty out of the city hoping the change will help both women sort out their complicated lives And for Sophie turning Stonegate Farm into a uaint country inn is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream Sh.