Well I have been reading a lot of books since I joined up to be a reviewer for the website Manic Readers and this is one of my many reviews for them. Today I’m going to be posting my review of Straight from the Hip which is an advance readers copy of the third book in Susan Mallery’s new series Lone Star Sisters which I wrote for Manic Readers. I hope to soon be reviewing the last books in the series for Manic Readers soon and will be posting it here as well so keep an eye out for them.
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Izzy has always been the fearless Titan sister but when an oil rig blows up, leaving her with only 30% of her vision, her sisters find themselves as concerned by her emotional withdrawal as by the possibility that the explosion was not just any accident. Are the mind games their long-lost brother Garth has been playing turning physical even though he has admitted to all the other misfortunes but this one? Or is someone else out to get them? When her sisters signed her up in a survivor training camp Izzy is not happy because Nick, her instructor, is determined that she won’t be left in the dark, in more ways than one. But if he tells her the terrible truth behind why he’s helping her, he’ll never see her again, unless they’re both willing to take the biggest risk of all. Letting themselves fall in love with one another with no restrictions and past baggage to interfere.
Under Her Skin is the first book in her Lone Star Sisters series, which will be officially be released in May 2009 with the second, Lip Service, and the third, Straight from the Hip, novels releasing in June and July 2009. Susan Mallery’s novels are wonderful reads because she always seems to come up with similar yet totally different novels with such compelling characters with intriguing issues. I like her series novels more than her stand alone novels but they are both very good reads in their own way. After reading and reviewing her first and second book in the series I was so looking forward to reading about the last sister’s love story. Reading the oldest Lexi Titan’s amazing love adventure with Cruz Rodrigues as well as the middle sister Skye Titan’s exciting love journey with former Navy SEAL Mitch Cassidy made me so excited about finally getting to read Izzy’s love story. Izzy Titan is the youngest of the three Titan sisters and in the first book seemed like the flaking and adventurous daughter who wanted nothing from her father unlike her older sister Skye. Jed is a man who was never there for Izzy or her sisters like a real father should have been while they were growing up. I like Izzy though at times I thought that she should finally grow up and settle down with a career that she’s really passionate about. Her relationship with her sisters is not as ideal as she would have liked but they seem very close to each other though Izzy, who is the wild child, seems to be a bit of a flake in the first two books seems to be growing up now. Skye and Izzy have the same mother and since she is the older of the two she controls the money that was left to them by their mother. Izzy’s struggle is to come to terms with her partial blindness since she has a childhood fear of the dark that still lives with her as adult.
Nick is just the perfect guy for Izzy because they both have personal past baggage that has really defined all of their relationships with the opposite sex. I thought that Nick was such a wonderfully sexy and strong man who could really use a wild and fun woman like Izzy in his life to shake things up. There were so much delightfully funny scenes mixed in with some lovely intimate scenes that I so enjoyed reading about between Izzy and Nick. I was also glad with all the progress the sisters have made with their relationships as sisters since the first novel in this great series. Reading about all the struggling that they were going through just to get their happily ever after was great fun and I knew that they would get there. Susan Mallery has delivered a wonderfully exhilarating story of the last of the Titan sisters to what I believe is one great new series that everyone should watch out for this year. Now there is one more novel in this series coming in November 2009 called Hot on Her Heels, which is about Dana the Titan sisters’ best friend and their older half-brother Garth. I’m very looking forward to reading that novel because it will give me the conclusion to the series and I am sure it will be amazing!
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