Thursday, March 13, 2014

Review: Evening Stars (Blackberry Island #3) by Susan Mallery

Evening Stars (Blackberry Island #3)
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Author: Susan Mallery
Pub Date: Feb 25th 2014
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA 
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery returns to Blackberry Island with the poignant tale of two sisters on the verge of claiming their dreams.

Small-town nurse Nina Wentworth has made a career out of being a caretaker. More "Mom" than their mother ever was, she sacrificed medical school—and her first love—so her sister could break free. Which is why she isn't exactly thrilled to see Averil back on Blackberry Island, especially when Nina's life has suddenly become…complicated.

Nina unexpectedly finds herself juggling two men—her high school sweetheart and a younger maverick pilot who also wants to claim her heart. But as fun as all this romance is, Nina has real life to deal with. Averil doesn't seem to want the great guy she's married to, and doesn't seem to be making headway writing her first book; their mom is living life just as recklessly as she always has; and Nina's starting to realize that the control she once had is slipping out of her fingers. Her hopes of getting off the island seem to be stretching further away…until her mother makes a discovery that could change everything forever.

But before Nina and Averil can reach for the stars, they have to decide what they want. Will Averil stay? Will Nina leave? And what about the men who claim to love them? Does love heal, or will finding their happy ending mean giving up all they've ever wanted?
This is book 3 in the Black Berry Island series. I was excited when I saw this book on NetGalley. I have read book one and two, and loved them both. This time we get to read about Nina.
I rated this book 4 stars because something was missing. When I finished reading the book I felt incomplete. I thought something else should have been added to the book. All through out the book everyone had some type of problem, and just out of the blue everything was perfect. I thought the ending could have been rapped up a little better.
Now on to the good stuff! I thought the romance between Nina and Kyle was cute... but he was a bit to excited to see Nina. "Hey, Nina." The voice was low and sexy, but not the least bit familiar. "Who are you?" "You don't remember?" "No, she didn't and he was still holding her. She struggled a bit, and he quickly set her on her feet. She swayed as she found her balance, and was about to take a step back when he put his hands on her waist, drew her against him and kissed her. Just like that. If you would like to know what happened after that... well you should read the book!
I thought it was funny when he reminded her about the crush he had on her, when she use to babysit his sister. "I'm Kyle Eastland. The last time I saw you, I was twelve years old. It was August. A Tuesday. You were so beautiful." um... can you say stalker!
Even though Kyle is a bit stalkerish, I really liked his character. However, I liked Dylan even better. Dylan is an awesome character. He told Nina exactly what he wanted, and he went for it. Kyle jumped head first, and Dylan took his time. I liked both characters. It was hard to choose who I liked better, but Dylan won. Dylan was just one of those really sweet type of guys. Nina was sick, and he took care of her. Not a lot of guys would do that.Nina was one lucky girl!  
Okay, at the beginning I did not like Bonnie, Nina's mom. She was so selfish, and she reminded me of a child. She treated her children like they were the parents, and she was the child. After a while she grew on me, and I actually began to like her.
Miss Mallery has written a captivating book with awesome characters. The plot and flow of this book was really good. There were a few slow moments in this book, but nothing I couldn't handle!
Over all I really enjoyed this book, and I am excited to see what is next for this series! I highly recommend this book!
*Book provided by Harlequin on NetGalley.*

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