Ward Sisters Books 1-4 by Lucy Gage Review


Author: Lucy Gage
Title: Ward Sisters Books 1-4
Series: Ward Sisters Series
Release Date: January 12, 2015 

Back to December (Ward Sisters, #1)  
Only One (Ward Sisters, #2) 
Right Here Waiting (Ward Sisters, #3) 
This Year's Love (Ward Sisters, #4) Bonus Content 

Welcome to the world of the Ward Sisters, Emily, Anne and Charlotte. Get to know them, their friends and the new people who have come into their lives. Start with Emily's story, Back to December, where you'll meet the oldest Ward daughter, and the movie star, Rob Deacon, who sweeps her off her feet. Then, in Only One, you'll get to know Emily's bodyguard, Liam Neely, who happens to be Rob's best friend. You'll also meet Jenna Ackerman, Rob's assistant and his other best friend, the woman with whom playboy Liam falls in love. In Right Here Waiting, you'll learn about Emily's lifelong best friend, Meghan Miles, and meet the soldier who steals her heart, Captain Neil Murphy. And then, in This Year's Love, you'll hear middle sister Annie Ward's story of how she fell for her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh Ricker. Additional glimpses into the lives of these characters – in the form of deleted scenes which didn't make it into the published narrative – are included at the end of each story. For any fans of the series, these are peeks at the characters you won't want to miss.

Back to December


 Emily looked at Rob and couldn't read what he was thinking. She could tell there was something on his mind, but she had no clue what it was.
“Care to share?” she asked, curious.
“Can I kiss you?” he replied, his voice steady.
Em was stunned. She didn't know what to say. It had been over five years since she had been asked to be kissed. She nodded slowly, so as not to appear too eager, though she was, in fact, dying to kiss him. She had been looking at his mouth quite a bit these last few hours, and it always seemed so kissable.
Rob leaned toward her, and she met him halfway. That heady forest scent invaded her nostrils more thoroughly now and her brain swam. He looked at her with a sweet smile, just a little grin that said he was looking forward to this. She met his eyes and his smile with one of her own, though she suspected that, as soon as he'd asked, he'd known what her answer would be by the expression on her face.
His lips brushed against hers, gentle at first, with just a little bit of pressure. The gesture implied respect without stifling the desire that raced through Emily's blood. Her skin heated and the dampness between her thighs, which had been present since dinner, bordered on embarrassing. How could she want someone so much from just a simple kiss?

  Only One


They walked back to the car, hand in hand, in an unusual silence. Jenna started to step around the car to the passenger's side, and Liam tightened his grip on her hand so she couldn't let go. Her expression said she was curious as he drew her toward him and leaned against the car hood. She let him guide her until her body was pressed against his and their faces were inches apart.
His heart raced again, which Liam found odd – he hadn't felt nervous before he kissed a girl since junior high. Swallowing hard, he brushed the hair from her face like he'd done earlier. Her breath hitched, and he knew she wanted him to kiss her as much as he wanted to do it. He looked at her mouth, then into her eyes. They leaned in at the same time, crushing their lips together in a long-overdue kiss.
Heat rushed through his body and his dick hardened before she even slid her tongue into his mouth. As their tongues danced, one hand found her ass and pulled her pelvis to his, while the other threaded into her hair, bringing her mouth closer, and deepening the kiss. She whimpered and gripped his neck.
The kiss lasted a few minutes and then they needed air. They leaned apart, touched foreheads, their breath labored.
“Wow,” Jenna whispered.

“Yeah. I agree,” Liam said.

Right Here Waiting


Meghan stared back at him as intently. Finally, she said, “What's going on here, Neil?” “What do you mean? “This. What's happening between us? Am I reading you wrong? Are you not interested in me?” Neil couldn't let her think that. No. Never. He'd wanted her for too long to let her ever believe he wasn't interested, even for a moment. He pulled back, stood still and looked at her. He looked at her mouth. He wanted to kiss her, but if he waited until they were alone, she might give up on him. Danny was right, he had to stop sabotaging this. Neil threaded his hands in her sun-kissed hair. In her eyes, he saw a desire to kiss him as powerful as his own. He leaned in, pressed his lips to hers and a wave of heat washed over him. Meghan leaned into the kiss, opening her lips, and as he slid his tongue into her mouth, Neil had to use every ounce of restraint his military training had afforded him to keep it from getting indecent. Meghan pulled away and saved Neil from himself.

This Year's Love



“Are you okay?” she asked.
He nodded slowly and swallowed.
“Uh huh,” he muttered.
His dilated pupils said he liked what he saw. She grinned. In two strides of his long legs, he was right next to her and it was Annie's turn to gasp – he towered over her.
He looked at her, shook his head, then he crushed her to his body, his face a breath away. She opened her mouth and his tongue plunged inside. Unlike the other morning, he knew this was her and not Em. Yet, he kissed her with even more passion, stealing her air.
Before she knew what was happening, he lifted her off the ground, wrapped her legs around his waist and carried her to the bed. They collapsed onto the mattress, and when his pelvis pressed into her core, they moaned in unison.
“God, you're beautiful,” he breathed around her lips.

So this review is going to be a little different. Rather than going book by book and tell you the story; because the blurb has really told you the story. I am just going to go over the style and my likes and dislikes.
So to begin with, these books are not exclusively about the Ward sisters, don’t get me wrong, they feature all the way though the books. But it also is about friends and spouses of the ward sisters. The first book is about Emily Ward and Rob, The second is about Luke and Jenna; neither are Wards, but Luke is Rob’s bodyguard and Jenna is Rob’s assistant. Book three is about Meghan (Emily’s BFF) and Neil (Charlie Wards husband’s friend) and finally book four we are back to the Ward sisters with Annie and Josh’s story.
So to begin with the stories are great, detailed and without plot holes. The characters were whole, complete with back stories.
There were many things that I liked about the Ward Sisters books 1-4, but there are 2 things I hated with this whole series. The deleted scenes are the first. If it wasn’t good enough to be left in the book, please don’t post them at the end of the book, it was too confusing and in my humble opinion, they distracted from the story.
Flashbacks were the second thing, again it completely distracted from the story, I would have rather the author had started the book 11 years ago, with the confusing flashbacks to different time periods between the two lead characters.
Overall the Ward Sisters was an enjoyable read, which earns 8 out of 10 from me.

 

Back to December


Only One


Right Here Waiting


This Year's Love


  As a child, Lucy Gage relished time to use her imagination, whether it was playing with her siblings - dolls, cars and trucks, make believe, LEGOs - or reading a book. That still translates today, as she writes the stories bouncing through her head, or reads the work of others. Her two imaginative children play the same way she did in her youth and love to read. She considers this her greatest accomplishment to date.  Married for the past dozen years, she and her family live in rural Maine. When not at the keyboard, she most enjoys gardening, hiking, amateur photography, the beach, dancing, crafts, ice skating, snow shoeing, boating and of course, reading.


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2 comments

  1. Thank you for the review and for participating in the Tour. Victoria at My Family's Heart

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  2. Thank you for the review and for participating in the tour. Just an FYI, the deleted scenes were intended as bonus content in the boxed set for previous fans of the series. The published manuscripts of the individual books don't include the deleted scenes at the back.

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