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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: Once Upon a Highland Christmas by Lecia Cornwall

Once Upon a Highland Christmas (Once Upon a Highland Season, #3)Publisher: Avon Impulse
ISBN:0062328484
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Lady Alanna McNabb is bound by duty to her family, who insist she must marry a gentleman of wealth and title. When she meets the man of her dreams, she knows it's much too late, but her heart is no longer hers.

Laird Iain MacGillivray is on his way to propose to another woman when he discovers Alanna half-frozen in the snow and barely alive. She isn't his to love, yet she's everything he's ever wanted.

As Christmas comes closer, the snow thickens, and the magic grows stronger. Alanna and Iain must choose between desire and duty, love and obligation.

But it's Christmas in the Highlands, and there are bound to be a few surprises.

My Review:

Intro: Lecia Cornwall made her way into my favorite authors list with How to Deceive a Duke and she has continued to write books that I love since then. I very rarely give out cupcake ratings to authors twice in a row and I did with How to Deceive a Duke and What a Lady Most Desires. And I loved this one just as much.

Characters:

Heroine: Alanna-Alanna was such a great heroine. She was strong and kind. I loved that she was willing to do her duty to her family even though she did not want to. She was definitely more of the quieter kind of heroine which I really loved.

Hero: Iain-I was surprised by how much I loved him. He was also the quiet sort of hero. Strong and protective with a strong allegiance to duty. I did spend much of the book wanting to curb-stomp Penelope, the woman he had to propose to.

Chemistry: I am a big huge fan of Alanna and Iain. They are not the most boisterous or dramatic characters but they exhibited some of the most amazing chemistry I have come across in a long time. I also loved the whole third part Penelope problem. And she was a problem. An obnoxious one.

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Conclusion: I loved this book in the way that I love most of my favorite romances. I could easily finish reading the book and quite happily turn right back to the beginning again. It was that good. Lecia Cornwall is most definitely one of my favorites and this book is pretty high on the list of my favorites of hers. 
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Author Info
Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada, amid the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with four cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate Lab, and one very patient husband. She is hard at work on her next book.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Review: Corrupting Cinderella by Autumn Jones Lake

Corrupting Cinderella (Lost Kings MC, #2)Publisher: self
Pages: 266 pages
Genre:  Romance/Contemporary/MC
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Summary:

Can a lawyer and a criminal maintain an enduring romantic relationship?

Although Hope and Rock care deeply for one another, the truth is they come from completely different worlds. Add to that the fact that they are also both headstrong people, and they have a very rough road ahead of them.

For Rock that means introducing Hope to what it really means to be part of his brutal and shady world, where the Lost Kings Motorcycle Club is his main focus. For Hope it means accepting the things she can’t change, and understanding that Rock is a man who will do anything to keep her safe.

As Rock continues to draw Hope deeper into his world, painful misunderstandings and opposition from the members of his club will threaten to drive them apart.

My Review:

Intro: I’ve been sick for the past week. I managed to acquire an illness that not only includes sickly coldish feelings but also a stomach sick component that is truly special. I am now just beginning to feel a bit better. Also my Rottweiler may or may not have destroyed my e-reader. It was an unintentional thing. He’s apologized and all is well. I ended up buying a Kindle Voyage to replace my beloved Kobo Aura.

I did end up loving this book so much. It was one of the things that made me feel better while I was sick. I am a huge fan of motorcycle club romances and this one was great. I did make the mistake of reading it after I watched the Sons of Anarchy finale though.

Characters:

Heroine: Hope-She was the perfect heroine for this type of book. She was smart, strong and scrappy. I love how she made an effort to understand the quite challenging lifestyle that Rock leads. And I was also happy that she didn’t lose herself to it.

Hero: Rock-Oh dear. He was…perfect. He was a sweetie pie but still kept the alpha traits that I love in a MC hero. I love how sweet he is with Hope and how protective he is of her.

Chemistry: Hope and Rock were amazing together. They didn’t seem on first glance as if they would work well together but oh dear did they. They were sweet with a bit of an edge.

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Conclusion: So this here is another series and author that I need to follow. I loved this book. Hope and Rock were excellent but so were the secondary characters—I can’t wait to read the other boys’ books. I am off to read Slow Burn now and I will be following this series.  

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Author Info
As an only child, Autumn kept herself entertained by making up all sorts of stories. For a long time, life and school dimmed her enthusiasm for creative writing. But as soon as she rediscovered her love of storytelling, she put her fingers to the keyboard and hasn’t looked back.
Her favorite books to read are mystery, thrillers, horror, romance, erotica and urban fantasy. Her favorite thing to write is romance. All of her stories have to include a hunky hero and an optimistic ending.
When she’s not writing, Autumn spends time listening to music, going to concerts, and driving her family nuts. She enjoys reading, gardening, acting, and collecting nail polish. (Her husband says she shouldn’t be allowed to include gardening in her list of hobbies, because she makes him do all the work, but that’s not relevant.)
Autumn lives in Upstate New York with her husband and their three rescue dogs. She is actively involved with several dog rescue groups and her local RWA chapter.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Review: The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton

The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior (Dukes Behaving Badly, #1)Publisher: Avon
 ISBN:0062352210
 Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
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Summary:

All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?

When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.

As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.
But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything . . .


My Review:

Intro: I drafted this review while Rambo was taking his prevening and pre “Can I please go on a walk? No, I won’t chase any squirrels up a tree” beg that I can’t say no to.

Megan Frampton is a new to me author and I am so thankful for that because I haven’t read in new author in a while. And I loved this book so much. So yay another author to fangirl.

Characters:

Heroine: Lily-She was awesome. She had a bit of a rough go of it but never let it get her down. It gave her a strength to her character. She was smart, independent and quite feisty. I loved her.

Hero: Marcus-Marcus sort of reminded me of a college kid who keeps up his frat boy lifestyle long after it’s appropriate. Not that I didn’t like him. I did. But he was the type of hero who clings to his rakish ways even when he probably shouldn’t. I actually find this characteristic quite refreshing. I am used to rakes who brood. It’s nice to see a more easygoing rake.

Chemistry-I loved just about everything about them together. They had such amazing chemistry. Their banter was one of the highlights of the book. They just seemed so comfortable with each other and that just made me love them even more.

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Conclusion: I loved this book. The banter is really what got me. I love any author who can write great dialogue and Megan Frampton definitely can. I will be following this series in a fangirl way.


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Author Info
Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Review: Game On by Collette West

Game OnPages: 218 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Sports
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Summary:

Pitching phenom Bruce "Jilly" Gillette has a hard time talking to women. His hulking presence of tattoos and muscles is what makes him an intimidating closer on the mound, yet off the field, he's painfully shy, uncomfortable in his own skin.

Desperate to revamp his loner image, the New York Kings hold a dream date contest, granting the lucky winner a night on the town with their surly reliever, doing whatever it takes to force Jilly out of his comfort zone.

Hailey Halpert enters the contest on a whim, looking for answers as to why her high school relationship with Jilly hit the skids. Now she’s a popular romance author writing under a pen name, and her reappearance in Jilly's life is no accident. It turns out that her novels are all about the sexy players on the Kings, and Jilly has no clue that he's about to become her new leading man.

My Review:

Intro: I am not a big baseball but I love sports romance of any kind and I loved Collette West’s previous book so this one was kind of right up my alley. The only problem is that whenever I tried to read the book or write the review I had this staring at me:



His name’s Rambo and we rescued him a couple of months ago. Saying no to that face is near impossible. And the man wants to play fetch so that's what he gets. 

Characters:

Heroine: Hailey-I really liked her. She was just so refreshingly normal.  I did have moments when I wanted to give her a good scold but I also had those feelings about Jilly so it was not a big deal at all.

Hero: Jilly-I liked him as well. I love that he was a genuinely good dude. Sweet and shy in spite of his intimidating appearance.  Not the typical sports star type of hero. I really loved reading his point of view. I really did make a connection to him and you can tell how much he loves Hailey.

Chemistry: I absolutely loved Jilly and Hailey together. They frustrated me a bit, I have to admit but there was something so completely pure and sweet about them that I couldn’t not love them. I also loved the reunited lovers plotline.

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Conclusion: I loved this book. It took me a bit to get into it though but that was dog distraction—he’s new, he doesn’t know better. Collette West is quickly becoming one of my favorite sports romance authors. 
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Author Info
Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.
Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com
She is the author of NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER and GAME ON.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Review: Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover (The Rules of Scoundrels, #4)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0349400601
Pages: 385 pages
Genre:  Romance/Historical/Regency
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Summary:

By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking-in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered...until now.

Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear...including her heart.

My Review:

Intro: Sarah MacLean is one of my absolute favorites and the Rules of Scoundrels series is a favorite of mine. Needless to say, I was looking forward to this book in a completely ridiculous fashion. It did not disappoint me even a little bit.

Characters:

Heroine: Georgiana-She was just plain old awesome. She was so easy to like. She was one of the few heroines that I think avoid the Mary Sue trope while being genuinely awesome. She was strong and capable and was not afraid to be just a little bit vengeful.

Hero: Duncan-He was the perfect complement to Georgiana in that he was just as strong as she was. I also love that he didn’t mind the strength of his heroine. He did tend did tend to be a bit over-bearing at times towards Georgiana though. Not in a completely bad way.

Chemistry: This was a truly unique romance in that both the hero and heroine were equals. They were equally strong and equally heroic in their own right in this book. And I loved that so much. It’s not exactly a common thing to see in romances and it was so well done.

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Conclusion: This book was excellent. That’s it. I loved the characters, the plot and how well-plotted the story was. It’s very rare that I can read a book and not have any moment of boredom or distraction and I breezed right through this one. I love Sarah MacLean and this series. It will be one of the ones I go back and reread over and over.  

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Author Info
Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born far too late for her own season. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book.

Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, baby daughter, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers. Please visit her at
www.macleanspace.com

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone by Vivienne Lorret

Tempting Mr. Weatherstone (Wallflower Weddings, #0.5)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062387251
Pages: 96 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
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Summary:

Penelope Rutledge longs for passion, but only with the man of her dreams: the brilliant, dashing Ethan Weatherstone. If only her longtime neighbor would open his eyes and realize how much she loves him. If only they weren’t best friends with so much at stake. Penelope knows her future - and their friendship - is in her hands, but is she willing to take the biggest risk of all on the man she loves?

If it were up to Ethan, life and love would be as predictable as the figures in his ledgers - certainly nothing like the adventures Penelope longs for. Yet his childhood friend has grown into a beautiful, feisty woman blissfully unaware of the danger she causes when near. Ethan knows he must save Penelope-and her reputation...but can he save himself from the temptation of her lips?

My Review:

Intro: A friends to lovers romance is one kick in the pants I did not need but really loved oh so very much. This one was so amazing even though it was a novella and I usually like my romances long and drawn out.

Characters:

Heroine: Penelope-I loved her. She’s loved Ethan since they were children and he just sees her as a friend. I love that she wasn’t just willing to sit and pine over him but decides to leave and do her own thing instead of waiting. She didn’t just mope about and she didn’t whine about it. She was awesome.

Hero: Ethan-I have to admit that I kind of wanted to smack him. You could tell he had feelings for Penelope but he was content just to let them stay in their same old situation. I did like him. Quite a bit. He was the perfect hero if you like the more controlled sort.

Chemistry-Oh dear were they just lovely together. Ethan was so reluctant to change his relationship with Penelope and Penelope was so in love with him. It was both painful and adorable at the same time. I just wish he had made it clearer to Penelope how he felt about her.

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Conclusion: I do love a good novella but there are times that I wish that a couple in a novella had been given a full length novel. This is one of those times. But I am not going to down rate this novella because of that. I loved this book so much. Vivienne Lorret is quickly becoming one of my favorites. 
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Author Info
I fell in love with fairy tales and the romance behind happily ever after at a very young age. Like a lot of you, I tweaked the fables bit by bit in my imagination until they suited me perfectly. By the time I was eleven, a teacher encouraged me to start writing.
Throughout the years that followed, my teachers remained my most fervent supporters, giving me the tools I needed to continue my journey as a writer.
My husband and I have two teenage boys, who are heroes in their own right. For now, we live in a small Midwestern town near Lake Michigan…until a time in the future when a new adventure calls us to other shores.
I am currently working on my next novel, but I always enjoy hearing from my readers. Feel free to email me at vivienne@vivlorret.net

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Review: Her Winning Formula by Shannyn Schroeder

Her Winning Formula (Hot & Nerdy, #3)Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 98 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

Spring break was supposed to be a last blast of fun for three friends before the reality of adulthood set in. But for the trio’s science whiz, it’s an education in instant attraction… 


Chemistry major Felicity Stone can tell you everything about the way chemicals interact, but when it comes to social interaction, she needs schooling. Abandoned by her friends, Felicity is faced with spending spring break alone—unless she accepts a gorgeous stranger’s invitation to pose as his girlfriend at a family wedding. Not one to turn down a research opportunity, Felicity never expected it to produce such breathtaking results…

Teacher and baseball coach Lucas Tanner is fascinated by Felicity’s potent mix of spirit and scientist, not to mention her delicious curves. When Felicity asks him to return the favor by teaching her how to pick up guys, he can’t refuse—but he’s not at all happy with the idea of her using a formula for flirting on anyone but him. Can he convince her that together they have the perfect chemistry?


My Review:

Intro: The holiday weekend was busy. I had three separate Thanksgiving dinners. Different days but still three. So I am all holidayed out. I did, luckily, have the chance to read Her Winning Formula. And it was the perfect distraction in the midst of all the turkey.

Characters:

Heroine: Felicity-I loved her. She was as socially awkward as I was feeling as I was reading the book. She had no filter and I absolutely loved that. She said what she thought and I found that refreshing.

Hero: Lucas-He was just such a nice guy. I have been inundated with nice guy heroes lately and I am not at all upset about it. Lucas was just such a sweetie. I love how he is with Felicity. He just understands all of her quirks immediately.

Chemistry: These two were so perfect together. And, perhaps, on paper they shouldn’t have worked. But they did. Lucas just understands Felicity and guides her through her quirks.

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Conclusion: I have really loved this series. The characters and storylines are so engaging and I have a huge weakness for nerds. I will definitely be reading more of  Shannyn Schroeder’s books.


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Author Info
Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Review: Flirting With Love by Melissa Foster

Flirting with Love (Love in Bloom, #18; The Bradens, #10)Publisher: World Literary Press
ISBN: 1941480055
Pages: 300 pages
Genre:  Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

FLIRTING WITH LOVE is the newest addition to the BRADEN series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. This contemporary romance series features alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and very relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction.

IN FLIRTING WITH LOVE…

Elisabeth Nash has spent years dreaming of returning to the small town of Trusty, Colorado, where she spent summers with her favorite aunt. When she inherits her aunt’s farmette, she closes her Los Angeles pet bakery and pampering business, sure that life in Trusty will be as peaceful and as welcoming as she remembers. But being an outsider in the close-knit town proves to be very different from the happy summers she remembers from her childhood—and falling for Trusty’s hot, wealthy, and sinfully irresistible veterinarian, Ross Braden, sends the rumor mill into a frenzy.

Ross Braden learned long ago that gossip spreads faster than weeds in his small hometown, and Ross loves nothing more than his privacy. For that reason, he doesn’t date women who live in Trusty. But that was before blond, beautiful, and refreshingly honest Elisabeth Nash flew into his vet clinic seeking help for her panicked piglet and turned his comfortable life—and his heart—inside out.

Despite rumors about Elisabeth’s motives toward her aunt’s property, passion brews between Elisabeth and Ross. Every steamy kiss and every sensual touch brings the pair closer together, and when Ross helps Elisabeth try to fit into the town he adores, it makes their bond even stronger. But even Elisabeth’s efforts toward reaching the community, and the love she and Ross so desperately believe in, might not be enough for the protective small town to offer them a future.

My Review:

Intro: Happy Thanksgiving! I am getting this posted before going off to Thanksgiving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Melissa Foster is officially one of my favorites. I still have to play catch-up with the rest of this series but the books I have read have been excellent. And this one is no exception.

Characters:

Heroine: Elisabeth-I loved Elisabeth. She was such a sweet heroine. She’s the kind of heroine I could see myself being friends with in real life. I also want to steal some of her pie recipes. It’s the one pastry I fail pretty hard at.

Hero: Ross-I loved him. It was pretty difficult for me not to like him. I find it very hard to dislike people who are kind and loving to animals. And he was such a kind and gentle hero. It’s very rare that I find the “nice guy” hero to be very compelling but I loved Ross.

Chemistry: With these two, I could have very easily found them boring. But I didn’t. Not at all. They were sweet together. Compelling but not at all dramatic or angsty. I love the angst but I didn’t find myself missing it at all.

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Conclusion: Melissa Foster is amazing. I loved this book. It was light-hearted and fun. Something I don’t get very much of in my reading. I will definitely be following the rest of this series. 

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Author Info
"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"-- Bestselling Author Jennie Shortridge
"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. This  is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked."  International bestseller, M.J. Rose 
Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary CafĂ©. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding by Victoria Alexander

The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding (Millworth Manor, #4)Publisher: Kensington
ISBN: 1420132261
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
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Summary:

The bride and groom cordially request your presence for a wedding at Millworth Manor…

Guests will include Jackson Quincy Graham Channing, New York City banker, and Lady Theodosia “Teddy” Winslow, wedding planner to the finest families in England.

Introductions shall be followed by light conversation, dancing, flirtation, arguing, reconciliation, and an impulsive kiss that both parties are quite certain they will never repeat.

Until they do.

A mutually beneficial fake engagement will be accompanied by all manner of very real complications, scandalous revelations, nefarious schemes, and one inescapable conclusion: That true love—unlike the perfect wedding—is impossible to plan…



My Review:

Intro: This is going to sound random but I have spent the day in low grade mourning. My grocery store eliminated the book section. I love book stores but there is no place I shop more than my local grocery store and they had an awesome book section. And now it’s gone replaced by a random DVD selection. I am considering shopping somewhere else—you hear me, Pathmark!!

But that aside, I am a big Victoria Alexander fan. I love her books. Her heroes are always favorites of mine and that can be said for Jackson in The Shocking Secret Guest at the Wedding. He’s on the Favorite Heroes List.

Characters:

Heroine: Theodosia-She had some moxy. She was strong, vivacious and witty. I loved her. I loved that she stepped in to help her family avoid financial ruin with her party planning “hobby.” If Jackson goes on my Favorite Heroes List, Teddy definitely goes on my even shorter Favorite Heroines List.

Hero: Jackson-I read that his name was Jackson and immediately began to imagine Jax from Sons of Anarchy in Regency garb. I couldn’t help myself and it’s not a bad image at all. I love that he was an American hero. That’s not something I read too often and it was a nice change of pace. I did love that he did not debate whether or not to help Theodosia avoid a marriage proposal via a fake engagement. He just did it.

Chemistry: I love books involving a fake engagement. Especially ones where the main characters have strong personalities like Teddy and Jackson do. They bickered and bantered and had such amazing chemistry that it was difficult to avoid loving them together.

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Conclusion: I really enjoyed this one. I loved both Jackson and Teddy and thought they had amazing chemistry and I loved the banter between them. And I do so love a good fake engagement plot. Almost as much as an arranged marriage plot. 

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Author Info
New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award-winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and has never looked back. Victoria grew up traveling the country as an Air Force brat and is now settled in a very old house in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two allegedly grown children and two bearded collies. She firmly believes housework is a four-letter word, there are no calories in anything eaten standing up, procrastination is an art form, and it's never too soon to panic.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: Tall, Dark and Royal by Vanessa Kelly

Tall, Dark and Royal (The Renedage Royals, #2.5)Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 101 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

He's the man behind the mission to track down the illegitimate children of England's Royal Princes and help them get their due. But his deepest desire is far more personal… Magnificent and stubborn.

Fourteen years apart had not changed Chloe Steele, or Dominic Hunter's love for her. He'd been a street urchin, a boy raised at court, and finally a magistrate, yet he'd never belonged anywhere--except by her side. Now Chloe devoted herself to girls threatened by scandal--like she had been. But she was in danger, and Dominic was determined to help--and hopefully make up for lost time…

Even in childhood, Dominic had made Chloe feel safe. Now she also felt thrillingly flustered by the powerful man he'd become, and by the longing he inspired. Because Dominic meant not only to protect her, but to untangle the lies that had separated them. Yet for Chloe, surrendering to temptation may be easier than risking a future that could ruin them both…


My Review:

Intro: There are some books that you pick up and they make you squee like a rabid fangirl. This was one of them for me. I loved Tall, Dark and Royal. So much.

Characters:

Heroine: Chloe-I loved Chloe. She just had this compelling strength about her. She didn’t have it easy but she never let it get her down and she survived. It was impossible not to like her.

Hero: Dominic-It was impossible for me not to fall in love with Dominic. He was such a great hero. Strong and protective of Chloe with a very interesting story of his own. I love how attached he was to Chloe.

Chemistry: This was a different kind of chemistry—more layered and complex. Chloe and Dominic had a connection before the novella started—that I missed because I haven’t read the previous books—and they have been separated. I also love that they were a bit older. It gave the story a depth and maturity that I really enjoyed.

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Conclusion: I really liked this novella quite a bit. Chloe and Dominic had some amazing chemistry and their connection was truly fantastic. I normally worry with novellas if I will be able to get into the romance but that was not a problem here at all. I definitely have to catch up with this series in a big way. 
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Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.”  Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance.  Her current series, The Renegade Royals is a national bestseller.  Vanessa also writes USA Today bestselling contemporary romance with her husband, under the pen name of VK Sykes.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Review and Giveaway: What a Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamara

22084227Publisher: Loveswept
ISBN: 0553393766
Pages: 276 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Readers of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries will love Ashlyn Macnamara’s novel about a smoldering new love that is threatened by past betrayals.

Viscount Lindenhurst cannot seem to find a governess who meets his impossible standards—until Cecelia Sanford becomes the first woman to interrupt the widower’s brooding in years. Lind had returned home from the Napoleonic wars, broken in body and soul and longing for his wife’s embrace, only to find her changed. Before they could reconcile, an accident struck their son and claimed her life. Now enter Cecelia, with her soft curves and sharp tongue—a tempting distraction, it is true, but not a welcome one.

Past the usual marrying age and haunted by a scandal of her own, Cecelia soon finds herself caring for both the child and the man. The viscount is brittle and even abrupt at times, yet she cannot deny the attraction that stirs her body in his presence. Moved by the deep sense of abandonment that tortures his soul, Cecelia aches to fully awaken Lind’s heart from its rancorous slumber—if she can just keep their pasts from destroying a second chance at love.

My Review:

Intro: I actually had to rewrite this review because I lost the scrap of paper it was written on. And that is a good thing because I loved this book so much more the second time around.

Characters:

Heroine: Cecilia-I liked her. She was a smart, strong and very capable heroine. I liked that she didn’t let her past get to her too much. Her past plays a role but doesn’t define her or hinder her progress. I also loved how she bonded with Lind’s son, Jeremy.

Hero: Lind-He was ill-tempered and crotchety but he had a vulnerability about him that I really loved. His past had a very big impact on his life and his behavior. I found myself both frustrated with him and protective of him.

Chemistry: I absolutely loved Cecilia and Lind together. It sounds corny but they helped each other heal from their pasts and it was quite sweet. It definitely was a bit of a slow burn which I really appreciated.

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Conclusion: I loved this book so much. I haven’t read a book by Ashlyn Macnamara before but I think I need to pick up more of her books. This was the perfect balance of angst and romance. And I absolutely loved both Cecilia and Lind. They were such well-drawn and interesting characters. I will definitely be following the rest of this series.
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Author Info
Ashlyn Macnamara is the author of What a Lady Craves, A Most Devilish Rogue, and A Most Scandalous Proposal. She lives in the wilds of suburbia outside of Montreal with her husband and two teenage daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading, and wasting time on the Internet in the guise of doing research.

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