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Friday, June 26, 2015

Review: Healed by Love by Melissa Foster

Healed By Love (Love in Bloom; The Bradens, #13)Publisher: World Literary Press
ISBN:1941480152
Pages: 275 pages
 Genre:Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor are the newest addition to the award-winning Braden series and the Love in Bloom family, joining the Snow Sisters, the Bradens, the Remingtons, & Seaside Summers, (Voted BEST BOOK SERIES by Supportive Business Moms, UK). 
Fall in love with Nate Braden & Jewel Fisher in Healed by Love. 
Nate Braden has loved his best friend’s younger sister Jewel for as long as he can remember, but between their age difference and his respect for Rick, he’s always kept his feelings at bay. Now he’s back in Peaceful Harbor, and Jewel is no longer sixteen years old—but there’s an even bigger obstacle standing in his way. Nate and Rick joined the military together eight years earlier. Nate came home a hero, but Rick didn’t make it out alive.

My Review:

Intro: If you have been following my reviews for a while (first of all, thank you), you know that I love Melissa Foster’s books. Not a single one has let me down and that is very much true for this one as well. I am waiting for Melissa Foster to write a book that I don’t love.

Characters:

Heroine: Jewel-I loved her. I really really did. She was not exactly the most “likable” of heroines but I loved her nonetheless. I felt for her. She took so much responsibility onto herself with her family that I just wanted nice things for her.

Hero: Nate-He was such a sweet man. Just the type of person that Jewel needed. He was sweet, kind and supportive. He had his own issues to get over and it was lovely to see these two characters go through that journey together.

Chemistry: Jewel and Nate were amazing together. For so many reasons. Yes, they had amazing chemistry but their emotional journey was also really intriguing. They both carried so much guilt and pain and it was interesting to watch them heal each other.

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Conclusion: I loved Healed by Love so much. It was an emotional read. And I love how Melissa Foster can tackle really heavy issues but in a “fun to read” kind of way. She also never fails in writing characters that I connect to immediately. I’m just such a big fan. Seriously, waiting for the book that Melissa Foster writes that I don’t love. 

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Author Info
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. 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  World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 
Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.



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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Review: A Good Rogue is Hard to Find by Kelly Bowen

A Good Rogue is Hard to Find (The Lords of Worth, #2)Publisher: Forever
ISBN: 1455583839
 Pages: 358 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

HE THOUGHT HE'D SEEN IT ALL . . .

The rogue's life has been good to William Somerhall: He has his fortune, his racehorses, and his freedom. Then he moves in with his mother. It seems the eccentric Dowager Duchess of Worth has been barely skirting social disaster-assisted by one Miss Jenna Hughes, who is far too bright and beautiful to be wasting her youth as a paid companion. Now home to keep his mother from ruin, William intends to learn what's afoot by keeping his friends close - and the tempting Miss Hughes closer still. . . .

UNTIL HE MEETS HER

He's tall, dark, and damnably intelligent - unfortunately for Jenna. She and the duchess are in the "redistribution business," taking from the rich and giving to the poor, and it's going great - until he shows up. But even as William plots to make an honest woman out of her, Jenna will use all her wiles to reveal just how bad a rogue he can be . . .


My Review:

Intro: I haven’t been reading much lately. I have been so busy and a bit book burned out. But I did manage to finish this one and I really liked it quite a bit. Enough so that I got the previous book out of the library.

Characters:

Heroine: Jenna-I really liked Jenna. She was feisty and intelligent. I loved how realistic she was. She wasn’t super-human and she wasn’t meek. She was the middle road which seems the most real to me. I found her to be quite refreshing. I also loved the relationship Jenna had with William’s mother. It was lovely to see a heroine form a close relationship with a hero’s mother.

Hero: William-I did not find him to be very rogueish but I liked him nonetheless. He was definitely a unique hero. He was both jaded with and completely unaware of his privilege.  He didn’t fit into any romance hero box I tried to put him in. He’s not a rake or a rogue and he’s privileged but he’s bored with it and he’s not a brooder. He defied explanation.

Chemistry: Jenna and William were adorable. I tend to lean towards angst in my preferences but I could not resist these two.  They were sweeter and more light-hearted than I normally prefer but I did like them quite a bit.

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Conclusion: I really enjoyed this book. Definitely enough that I want (need) to read more of Kelly Bowen’s books. I loved the lighter feel of the book even though it was tacking some heavy issues. I sometimes tend to drown myself in angsty books so this was a nice break from that.

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Author Info
Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She worked her way through her teenage years as a back country trail guide and ranch hand. She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology.
But it was Kelly's infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance. When she is not writing, she seizes every opportunity to explore ruins and battlefields.
Currently, Kelly lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two boys, all of whom are wonderfully patient with the writing process. Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.


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Friday, June 12, 2015

Review: The Major's Faux Fiancee by Erica Ridley

The Major's Faux Fiancee (The Dukes of War, #4)Publisher:  Intrepid Reads
Pages: 200 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

When Major Bartholomew Blackpool learns the girl-next-door from his childhood will be forced into an unwanted marriage, he returns home to play her pretend beau. He figures now that he's missing a leg, a faux fiancée is the best an ex-soldier can get. He admires her pluck, but the lady deserves a whole man—and he'll ensure she gets one.

Miss Daphne Vaughan hates that crying off will destroy Major Blackpool's chances of finding a real bride. She plots to make him jilt her first. Who cares if it ruins her? She never wanted a husband anyway. But the major is equally determined that she break the engagement. With both of them on their worst behavior, neither expects their fake betrothal to lead to love...

My Review:

Intro: I am not having a good week. At all. Everything is pretty terrible. Plus my 30th birthday is on the 14th so I am all “meh.” So I am not sure if my current mood colored my opinion of this book at all but I found that while I liked the book, it’s not really going to be on my favorites list at all.

Characters:

Heroine: Daphne-I haven’t had this happen in a while but I just plain old did not like Daphne. Not even a little bit. She was judgy and so uppity. She turned her nose up at just about everyone who did not live up to her standards. And I did not really see much change in her throughout the book. I wanted to like her but I don’t think we…meshed well.

Hero: Bartholomew- Now Bartholomew I loved. He was such a great hero. He is grieving over the loss of his brother and his leg and he is just so heartbreaking at times. He was the real highlight of the book for me. He goes on my top heroes list, that’s for sure.

Chemistry: I liked them together. In spite of my frustration with Daphne, I really enjoyed her interactions with Bartholomew.  They personalities just worked against each other in the best way possible. They were opposites but they were so perfect with the chemistry.

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Conclusion: This is one of those reviews where I realize in writing the review that I liked the book more than I thought I did at the start. The only real negative was my reaction to Daphne but I loved Bartholomew and the fake engagement plot. 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Review: When Love Happens by Darcy Burke

When Love Happens (Ribbon Ridge, #3)Publisher: Avon Impulse
ISBN:  0062389335
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

In a town as small as Ribbon Ridge and with a family as large as the Archers, even the best kept secrets don’t stay buried for long...

Tori Archer is married…well, on paper anyway. She hasn’t actually seen her husband since the disastrous morning after their impulsive Vegas wedding. The memories of their intense passion may still make her weak in the knees, but Tori knows their marriage was a mistake.

After six months filming abroad, television producer Sean Hennessy wants nothing more than to track down his sexy, captivating wife and get her into bed… fast. So when his boss sends him to Oregon to persuade the famous Archer sextuplets-the former stars of a reality TV show-to do a reunion special, Sean sees the perfect chance to win Tori back.

Only, Tori wants nothing to do with him and is determined to push him away. But their attraction is as hot as ever and Sean will do anything to prove their relationship was more than just a fling…because he knows that when real love happens, it changes everything.


Intro: I don’t read much contemporary romance but there are a few authors who are always the exception. Darcy Burke is one of the exceptions. I love her books and this one definitely did not disappoint at all.

Characters:

Heroine: Tori-Tori confounded me a bit. I liked her a lot. But she frustrated me to no end. I vociferated between wanted to give her a good scold and really loving her. She caused some really strong emotions from me both good and…not so good. Mainly I really did not like how harsh she was towards Sean.

Hero: Sean-Sean is the exact sort of hero that I love. He’s adorable and sweet and apparently has the patience of a saint with what he deals with from Tori. I love how he did not give up on Tori and stuck with her even though she was giving him no hope at all.

Chemistry: Oh my dear did Tori and Sean have amazing chemistry. Tori was such a strong personality that it just worked that Sean was more easy-going . They were just perfect for each other in a very unexpected way.

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Conclusion: I loved this book. I breezed through it. I loved the interplay between Tori and Sean even though Tori made me want to pull my hair out strand by strand. I think I need to go back and reread the rest of the Archer series. It’s going to happen. 

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Author Info
Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her "spare" time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say "no," but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Review: To Ride a White Horse by Pamela Ford

To Ride a White HorsePublisher: Aine Press
ISBN: 9780990594222
Pages: 376 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Irish
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Summary:

Your feet will bring you to where your heart is.

Set against the backdrop of 1840s Ireland and America, To Ride a White Horse is an epic historical saga of hope, loyalty, the strength of the human spirit, and the power of love.

With Ireland ravaged by famine, and England unsympathetic to its plight, Kathleen Deacey, a spirited and strong-willed young Irish woman faces a devastating choice—leave her country to find work or risk dying there. Despising the English for refusing to help Ireland, she sets sail for Canada, determined to save her family and find her missing fiancé.

But her voyage doesn't go as planned and she ends up in America, forced to accept the help of an English whaling captain, Jack Montgomery, to survive. As Jack helps her search for her fiancé and fight to save her family and country, she must make an impossible choice—remain loyal to Ireland or follow her heart.

With insight and compassion, award-winning author Pamela Ford captures the anguish of a devastating period in Irish history, illuminates the resilience of the human spirit and celebrates the strength of love. To Ride a White Horse is a deeply-moving novel that wraps itself around the heart and doesn't let go.

My Review:

Intro: It’s been so long since I read a historical fiction. So long that it’s almost a bit shameful. But I was especially intrigued with this one because I love Irish history and I love historical fiction about it. I mean, Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly is still one of my favorite books and this one goes right up there with it.

Characters:

Heroine: Kathleen: Kathleen was such an amazing heroine. She was strong and vivacious. She had such a strong spirit to her that I just loved. She is one of those characters that I will remember long after I have finished this book.

Hero: Jack-I don’t think I have ever come across a hero named Jack that I did not like. I mean it started with Newsies and progressed from there. Jack was such an amazing hero with just as strong a personality as Kathleen. He was the perfect blend of strength and sweetness with a touch of humor.

Chemistry: They were oh so perfect together. I just loved their journey together. You see them progress from friendship and it is just so realistic and perfectly told. I almost always forget a couple after I finish read their book but I don’t think I will forget them.

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Conclusion: I loved To Ride a White Horse from the beginning to the very last page. It was written beautifully—I found myself highlighting some passages in the book because of the sheer beauty and I never do that-- and I fell in love with Kathleen and Jack. It’s a book I will pick up again and again. I very rarely find books like that so I feel sort of an accomplished joy when I do. 

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Review: Love in the Time of Scandal by Caroline Linden

Love in the Time of Scandal (Scandalous, #3)Publisher: Avon
 ISBN: 0062244922
Pages: 384 pages
 Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

The third book in a deliciously sexy series from USA Today bestselling and RITA award winning author Caroline Linden, in which an utterly shocking book--Ffty Shades of Grey for the Regency era-- has all of London talking and gives more than one young miss a mind for scandal.

Penelope Weston does not like Benedict Lennox, Lord Atherton. He may be the suave and charming heir to an earl, as well as the most handsome man on earth, but she can’t forget how he abandoned a friend in need-nor how he once courted her sister, Abigail. He’s the last man she would ever marry. If only she didn’t feel so attracted to the arrogant scoundrel…

Once upon a time, Benedict thought he and Penelope got along rather well. But, though he needs a wealthy bride to escape his cruel father’s control, spirited Penelope just doesn’t suit his plans for a model marriage -- until a good deed goes awry, and scandalous rumors link his name to Penelope’s. She might not be the quiet, sensible wife he thought he wanted, but she is beautiful…beguiling…and far more passionate than he ever imagined. Can a marriage begun in scandal become a love match, too?


My Review:

Intro: I’ve had a bad day. Nothing went right. Everything went wrong. I needed something to cheer me up and I figured a Caroline Linden book couldn’t hurt. And it didn’t. It was excellent. I loved it.

Characters:

Heroine: Penelope-This girl can hold a grudge like nobody’s business. I wavered between wanting her to let it go and supporting her in her grudge holding. I settle for a nice middle ground. I did find her to be a completely likable heroine even with her faults.

Hero: Benedict-He was the epitome of misunderstood hero. He was a good guy with a terrible father and much of his bad behavior stems from that. I loved him. He was a sweet hero with some flaws and mistakes along the way.

Chemistry: Penelope and Benedict were so perfect. They definitely had a history and some angst together. But I think part of what is amazing about the both of them is that they sort of grew up throughout the book and moved on from their past together.

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Conclusion: Caroline Linden never lets me down. This book was amazing and I loved everything about it. I think I need to go back and reread the earlier books in this series because I don’t think I appreciated them as much as I should have. 

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Author Info
Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer software before turning to writing fiction. Ten years, twelve books, three Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. Her books have won the NEC Reader’s Choice Beanpot Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA’s RITA Award. Since she never won any prizes in math, she takes this as a sign that her decision was also a smart one. Visit her online at www.carolinelinden.com.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Review: The Lady Hellion by Joanna Shupe

The Lady Hellion (Wicked Deceptions, #3)Publisher: Zebra
ISBN: 1420135562
Pages: 338 p
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

A Marquess’ daughter, Lady Sophia Barnes doesn’t take no for an answer. Especially when she’s roaming London’s seedy underground…dressed as a man.

A rabble rouser for justice, Sophie’s latest mission is to fight for the rights of the poor, the wretched—and the employees at Madame Hartley’s brothel. She’s not concerned about the criminals who will cross her path, for Sophie has mastered the art of deception—including the art of wearing trousers. Now her fate is in her own hands, along with a loaded gun. All she needs is instruction on how to shoot it. But only one person can help her: Lord Quint, the man who broke her heart years ago. The man she won’t let destroy her again…

The last thing Damien Beecham, Viscount Quint, needs is an intrusion on his privacy, especially from the beautiful, exasperating woman he’s never stopped wanting. A woman with a perilously absurd request, no less! For Damien is fighting a battle of his own, one he wishes to keep hidden—along with his feelings for Lady Sophia. Yet that fight is as hopeless as stopping her outlandish plan. Soon all Quint knows for certain is that he will die trying to protect her…

My Review:

Intro: My internet has been complete crap lately. I mean, my Time Warner connection has been near late 90’s AOL speeds and it’s driving me insane. So if this review pops up a little late, it’s because my internet is making me cry in a secluded corner…or I am yelling at my cable company. Either one.

Characters:
Heroine: Sophia-I liked Sophia. I did have a bit of trouble connecting to her storyline. I never find the girl dressed as a boy storyline very believable even it is done well. And even though this was done really well, the storyline is still not one of my favorites.

Hero: Damien-I loved Damien so much. He was a different sort of hero for me. I have been reading so many alpha heroes lately and it was nice to find more of a vulnerable hero with really complicated issues of his own.

Chemistry: I loved Sophia and Damien together. They were perfect. Damien was a more vulnerable hero while Sophia was more of a stronger personality. They balanced each other out in the best way.

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Conclusion: Aside from not really liking the heroine dressed as a man plot, I really did like this book. I loved the storyline and I really liked Sophia. But what kept me interested was definitely Damien. He was one amazing and complex hero.

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Author Info
Award-winning author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Review: Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane, #8)Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1455586358
Pages: 352 p
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

HE CAN GUARD HER

Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times-the very irritating Captain Trevillion.

FROM EVERY DANGER

Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King's dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all-until she's targeted by kidnappers.

BUT PASSION ITSELF

Caught in a deadly web of deceit, James must risk life and limb to save his charge from the lowest of cads-one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless marriage. But while they're confined to close quarters for her safekeeping, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the soldier's hard exterior . . . and the possibility of a life-and love-she never imagined possible.

My Review:


Intro: Elizabeth Hoyt is one of my failsafe authors and the Maiden Lane series is one of my favorites. I really was looking forward to this one. And it lived up to every single one of my expectations and beyond.

Characters:

Heroine: Phoebe-I have encountered many a blind hero but never a blind heroine. I don’t know why. It’s just not something I’ve come across. Phoebe was one of the best heroines I have come across. She was brave, smart, tenacious and sassy. I loved her.

Hero: James-He was broody. I like broody. A lot. He really was quite the captivating hero. I wanted to figure him out and it took me a bit longer than it usually does. He, honestly, is one of my favorite heroes in this series.

Chemistry: Phoebe and James were a case of opposites attract in all ways. They were complete opposites but so perfect. They had amazing chemistry. I mean, out of all the couples in this series, these two had the most electric of chemistries. Seriously. I am not kidding.

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Conclusion: Elizabeth Hoyt never lets me down. I loved this book. I picked it up at midnight, finished it at 3am and then read it again. It caused me not to sleep. It was that perfect. I don’t think I will ever find a romance novel couple like Phoebe and James again and that is not something I can say often. 
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About the author:
Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weeklyhas called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

The winters in Minnesota have been known to be long and cold and Elizabeth is always thrilled to receive reader mail. You can write to her at: P.O. Box 19495, Minneapolis, MN  55419 or email her at:Elizabeth@ElizabethHoyt.com.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Review: Going Rogue by Jessica Jefferson

Going RoguePublisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Pages: 255 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

The ribbon means you have it all – beauty, wealth, power ... everything but love.

Miss Meredith Castle leaves behind everything she knows to join her great aunt in London and become leader of the infamous girls’ club, The Ribbons. She’s willing to make whatever sacrifices necessary to redeem her ailing mother, even if that means leaving her childhood love behind to scale London’s social ladder.

When Derek Weston’s best friend receives the offer of a lifetime, he encourages her to take it. Unwilling to let her go completely, he chases after her, only to find the sweet girl he loved replaced by a spoiled debutante. A broken man, he leaves London to start a new life at sea.

Five years later, Meredith realizes her reign as Queen of the Ball is about to come to an end, if she doesn’t do something to fix her tarnished reputation. Pairing up with the Season’s newest wallflower seems like the perfect plan, until she finds out her demure friend is being pursued by the very man she thought she’d never see again. Only, Derek Weston isn’t who he used to be. He’s inherited a Scottish title and grown into an arrogant man she barely recognizes; yet in her heart, she knows she still loves him. Torn between her past and an uncertain future, can she find a way back to the life she used to have and the boy who once adored her?


My Review:

Intro: Yesterday was a day. A terrible one. Nothing went right and then it went really wrong. But, on the positive side, I loved this book. So much. I have never read a book by Jessica Jefferson before but I am a fan. I really don’t need any more authors to fangirl but I suppose this one is unavoidable.

Characters:

Heroine: Meredith-I initially had a bit of trouble understanding Meredith. Perhaps it’s because our personalities are so different or I was seeing her through Derek’s eyes but I really came to love her. She was a strong and confident heroine and I really came to identify with her.

Hero: Derek-I loved Derek. I really did. I did have some moments where I wanted to punch him for being a bit judgy. But I can see why he was a bit judgemental. He was a great hero and I really loved and empathized with him. Hero crush most definitely.

Chemistry: I am a complete mess of fangirl when it comes to the whole reunited lovers storyline. Especially when it includes some angsty goodness. And Meredith and Derek’s story definitely has that angsty goodness. There were so many misunderstandings and missed opportunities with them. I loved watching them reconcile the past and move on together.

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Conclusion: I love discovering new authors and Jessica Jefferson is definitely going to go on my “I’m going to buy her next book immediately” list. Going Rogue was amazing. Definitely one of my favorite books that I’ve picked up recently—if not all year so far. I also just realized the main characters are named Meredith and Derek. I’m not a Grey’s fan any longer—Mark and Lexie fan and still bitter—but this gave me a chuckle. 

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Author Info
Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, nine and three year old girls, guinea pigs, and English bulldog Pete.  When she's not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch "Real Housewives of [insert city here]" and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property.
Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist, infused with humor. She always tries to create endearingly flawed heroes and one of a kind heroines that you'll want to continue knowing long after you read the last page.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires by Sophie Barnes

Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires (Secrets at Thorncliff Manor, #1)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 006235888X
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Welcome to Thorncliff Manor, where London's elite mix, mingle, and may even find their heart's desire...

There are thousands of things Christopher, Viscount Spencer, would rather do than hunt for a bride, especially since experience has taught him that women are not to be trusted. Then he finds the intriguing Lady Sarah scrambling around in Thorncliff's conservatory and he is instantly charmed by her passionate nature. But why is she so intent on avoiding him?

Lady Sarah would make the perfect bride for a peer—if not for a tarnished past that she's hiding from the ton. A stay at Thorncliff Manor was meant to help her plan for her future, not fall in love. Yet Christopher's kisses are irresistible, his gallantry enticing. When her secret stands to be revealed, will the truth ruin their dreams of happiness?

My Review:

Intro: Sophie Barnes has been one of my favorite authors for a while. I always look forward to her books. They are the perfect lighthearted romances that give me a nice break from the angsty romances I usually read. Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desires was no different.

Characters:

Heroine: Sarah-Sarah was one of the most resilient and strong heroines I have come across in a long time. She made a mistake in her youth and was constantly made to pay for it by her family and by her own guilt. I loved how she didn’t let it make her weak or angry.

Hero: Christopher-I liked Christopher but this was one of the rare instances where I loved the heroine far more than the hero. I did like him though. I love that he didn’t really judge Sarah for her past. He was kind and sweet and just the perfect sort of smooshy hero.

Chemistry: I loved them both together. Sarah carries so much guilt about her past and I love how that and the fact that she had this huge secret played out. They were so sweet and perfect. I found them refreshing.

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Conclusion: I loved this book. To bits and pieces. I did not stop reading once I started it. It was a sweet sort of romance with engaging characters and a juicy plot. I think this may be my favorite Sophie Barnes book so far.
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Author Info
Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor's degree from Parsons. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.
While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion: writing. When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.



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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Review: Catching Cassidy by Melissa Foster

Catching Cassidy (Harborside Nights, #1)Publisher: World Literary Press
ISBN: 194148011X
Pages: 280 pages
Genre:  New Adult
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Summary:

Wyatt Armstrong never imagined that instead of celebrating his college graduation, he and his twin sister would be dealing with the death of their parents. Then again, Wyatt had never been one to think past tomorrow. He heads to their summer home in Harborside, Massachusetts, with his best friend Cassidy Lowell in tow, to deal with his parents’ death and to try to figure out his next step.

Six foot two, infuriatingly handsome, and flirtatious, Wyatt Armstrong has always been there for Cassidy, helping her pass her classes and fend off unwanted advances, while driving her insane with his one-night stands—but that’s what best friends are for, isn’t it? Having each other’s backs. There was never any doubt that she would accompany him to his family’s summer home—but she never expected to begin seeing Wyatt as more than a friend. Or has she been ignoring her feelings all along?

It’s impossible to ignore the sizzling heat between them as Wyatt and Cassidy get even closer, but Cassidy knows Wyatt’s past, and she has a real job to begin in the fall. Wyatt may be a sure thing for the summer, but Cassidy needs more. For the first time in his life, Wyatt is forced to look toward the future if he doesn’t want to lose the one woman who’s shared his past and owns his heart.


My Review:

Intro: My beloved computer crashed this Thursday and was unable to be revived. I was typing along innocently writing this review and kerplunk. This always seems to happen when I am writing a review. Luckily I was able to rescue some of this review and most of my files but still computer crashes are horrific.

Characters:

Heroine: Cassidy-Cassidy was awesome. She is one of those heroines you like from the start and she keeps improving as you go along. She was kind and selfless with an engaging personality. I found it so easy to identify with her.

Hero: Wyatt-I loved Wyatt as well. I loved watching him progress from a kind of frivolous playboy to a dependable and kind hero. I also loved how much he valued his friendship with Cassidy even though he had feelings for her.

Chemistry: I absolutely love romances where the characters are friends first. It gives the chemistry a great depth that otherwise wouldn’t be there. Cassidy and Wyatt were amazing together because they were friends first and already had a connection. I did get frustrated with Wyatt for clinging too much to the friends thing.

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Conclusion: Melissa Foster is a failsafe author for me. She rarely writes a book I don’t love. I am loving this new series so far. Almost as much as I loved her Love in Bloom series. This does feel a bit younger, more New Adult than romance but I love that genre too. And I think Melissa Foster could write a book about insect larva and I’d read it. 

Overall Rating


Author Info
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 Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs onFostering 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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