This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for Somebody's Lover
Jasmine Haynes ,
Date of Review: 08/09/06
With this collection of three stories about the wonderfully sexy Jackson brothers, Jasmine Haynes has made me fall in love with each of these amazing men, and added to my “Keeper” shelves.
In Somebody's Lover, Jace Jackson has loved Taylor for almost half his life. Though she married his eldest brother, Lou, and is now widowed three years later, Jace still suffers from guilt over his brother’s death. He blames himself and therefore does not think he deserves a woman as beautiful and wonderful as Taylor. Until the night he spies her in a pick-up bar, Jace has never thought to do other than help care for her and his brother’s children. Once he sees her trying to pick up a man, and tastes one kiss from her, all bets are off, and Pandora’s Box is opened. He can’t hide his feelings any longer, though he knows his family will never accept he and Taylor as a couple, he can’t help but love her with everything he is.
Not only did Jace and Taylor burn up the pages with their hot and steamy love scenes, the romance drawn by Jasmine Haynes was so beautiful, I found it hard to put the book down. Jace was a hero among heroes, and gave everything he had to Taylor. His guilt and self-condemnation was heartbreaking and brought tears to my eyes many times. Somebody’s Lover is a lovely and poignant story that will live in my memory for a very long time.
In Somebody's Ex, Randi Anderson returns to Willoughby after a failed marriage, trying to pick up the pieces of her life and her self-esteem once again. Her father and her ex-husband have viewed Randi as stupid and treated her as if she can do nothing right. Running out of gas on the side of the road, she meets David Jackson, after he almost runs her over with his truck. A nice “normal” guy, she begins to fall hard and fast, but has no use for a man who wants to control her, like her father and ex-husband had done. David will have to overcome his feelings of anger over Lou’s death in order to move on from always being “the careful one-the responsible one” in the Jackson family. It will take almost losing Randi for David to get his head on straight…
Somebody's Ex is a charming story of two people and their discovery of love and trust as well as their own self-worth in the most unexpected places. David and Randi were fabulous characters, both dealing with feelings long buried and denied. Using a mix of wit and laughter, the author transformed the initial lust they shared into a beautiful love story. Romantic and emotional, this story had it all; I loved it!
In Somebody's Wife, Connie is afraid she is losing her husband Mitch. She wants a baby in the worst way, while he is obsessed with pinching pennies. Though married for ten years, they are still in love, but lately they have been fighting much more than talking or making love. When Connie visits a sex toy shop in the neighboring town, she has plans to shake up her marriage and make Mitch unable to resist her any longer.
Though I started out not liking Mitch or Connie’s characters from the previous stories, I soon began to see how Lou’s death had affected Mitch as well as Connie. Connie was a very self-centered individual who seemed to be all about “me-me-me”, while Mitch seemed like a money-obsessed cold fish. It soon became apparent how wrong I was; this couple as well as the other two really burned up the pages, and showed that even the most successful marriage can grow stale without a little freshness added sometimes, and how misunderstandings and not talking to each other can breed resentment and distrust.
Bravo, Ms Haynes, SOMEBODY'S LOVER has earned a place on my “Keeper” shelves. Running the spectrum of emotions, this book made me cheer for the underdog, cry for the heartbreak, and sigh over the sheer romance of the stories and characters. This is a beautiful and poignant book about a very realistic tragedy and its effects on those closest to the victim.