The Ladies’ Man / Some Kind of Wonderful

April 11, 2016 Book Reviews 4 ★★★

The Ladies’ Man / Some Kind of WonderfulThe Ladies' Man by Susan Mallery
Published by Harlequin on January 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: purchased
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Also by this author: Three Little Words, A Fool's Gold Christmas, Christmas on 4th Street, When We Met, Before We Kiss, Until We Touch, Yours for Christmas, Hold Me, Kiss Me, Thrill Me, Marry Me at Christmas, Best of My Love, Second Chance Girl, Why Not Tonight

Rachel Harper was a kindergarten teacher. She was definitely not a one-night stand kind of girl. But that was exactly what she'd done—she'd picked up a charming guy in a bar and brought him home. Mortified, Rachel couldn't get Carter Brockett out of her life fast enough. But then, a few weeks later, she discovers she's not quite done with Carter: she's pregnant with his baby.

The Ladies’ Man (review)

The Ladies’ Man deals with one of my least-favorite contemporary romance tropes: the accidental pregnancy following a one-night stand. But Susan Mallery handles it fairly well, although her hero is the least “bad boy” womanizer I’ve ever come across (actually, he’s kind of adorable, and I prefer nice guys to bad boys any day), and she almost over-emphasizes how uncharacteristic the one-night stand is for both hero and heroine. One of Mallery’s staples is the character who is avoiding love and/or commitment for one reason or another; in this case, it’s both of them initially, and I wasn’t sure which one would come to their senses first. Nonetheless, the plot is pretty predictable, but redeemed by a fair amount of humor and warm and supportive secondary characters. (3 stars)


The Ladies’ Man / Some Kind of WonderfulSome Kind of Wonderful by Sarah Morgan
Series: Puffin Island #2
Published by Harlequin on January 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: purchased
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Also in this series: First Time in Forever
Also by this author: First Time in Forever

Her whole life, Brittany Forrest has dreamed of adventure. And at the age of eighteen, she thought she'd found it when she married bad boy Zachary Flynn. But after just ten days, their whirlwind marriage went up in smoke. Now, the daredevil pilot is back on Puffin Island. The sparks between them are as powerful as ever, but can Brittany risk the life she's built for a second chance with Zach?


Some Kind of Wonderful (review)

Some Kind of Wonderful, the second book in Sarah Morgan’s Puffin Island trilogy, goes deeper into emotional territory with a terribly wounded “bad boy” who walked out on the heroine after ten days of marriage, ten years before. This story outshone Mallery’s in terms of emotional connection, vivid setting, and depth of characterization of both hero and heroine. I related to Brittany, Zach, and Puffin Island far more than I did Mallery’s Rachel and Carter even though in some ways, Brittany and Zach’s story is a bit less realistic. It never feels unrealistic, though, thanks to Morgan’s writing, a well-realized and believable (if idyllic) setting, and a skillful balance of humor, passion, and angst. (4 stars)


I was equally taken with the first Puffin Island novel, The First Time in Forever, so Some Kind of Wonderful is really why I bought this dual-story volume. The third book in the trilogy, Christmas Ever After (UK title), will be released in the US in April as One Enchanted Moment, in another two-for-one volume headlined by Lori Foster’s In Too Deep. I’ve already preordered it, but can’t help but wonder why Harlequin didn’t continue the series as single volumes, but bundled them with other writers. Surely Morgan, as good as she is, has enough fans to sell on her own in the U.S.?

NOTE: The cover shown is from the planned US paperback edition. I don’t know if that edition was ever produced; I certainly can’t find it. The book was eventually bundled with The Ladies’ Man, above.


About Sarah Morgan

USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated 4 times for the prestigious RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice. Sarah lives near London, England, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors.

About Susan Mallery

With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived.

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4 Responses to “The Ladies’ Man / Some Kind of Wonderful”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I like Mallery, but this was a reissue of an older book. As I said, I really bought the book for the Sarah Morgan story. 🙂

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    For some reason I haven’t even read the first Puffin Island book even though I’ve had it for ages. I’m glad you liked Some Kind of Wonderful. Even though it wasn’t the most realistic it does sound fun and I really like Sarah Morgan. The Ladies’ Man doesn’t really grab me. I’m not a big fan of the ladies’ man hero type but your review has me intrigued. Glad you enjoyed them both!
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