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Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: Making a Comeback by Kristina Matthews

Making a Comeback (More Than a Game, #3)Publisher: Lyrical Press
Pages: 275 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Sports
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Summary:

With a divorce in the works, Annabelle Jones heads out to Southern California, the land of sun and starting over. She wants to prove to herself and her young daughters that she still has what it takes to turn heads as a swimsuit model—that she doesn’t need a man to take care of her. Until an accident forces her to rely on the hunky, yet mysterious man next door…

Nathan Cooper is trying to revive his own career. Once a top left-handed relief pitcher, he tried to get over a hidden injury with the aid of banned substances. Not only was he caught and suspended, he was traded and missed out on winning the championship. Now he’s a free agent without a contract, and that means life is ready to play ball…

My Review:

Intro: I have to admit something completely shallow and probably inexcusable before I start with my review. I was initially attracted to this book because of the cover. I know. Completely shallow. But I stuck around because the book was awesome…and I am a complete weakling for sports romance.

Characters:

Heroine: Annabelle-She was such an amazing heroine. I really loved her strength. I found her to be really likable. This is also going to sound obvious but I loved that she was an amazing mother. In many books, I find that the children of characters fall by the wayside when the romance gets going. That doesn’t happen in Making a Comeback.

Hero: Nathan-I loved him. I really did. I loved that he really made an effort to change and be better not only for Annabelle but for her daughters as well. His relationship with Annabelle’s daughters is one of my very favorite aspects of this book.

Chemistry: Annabelle and Nathan were just so perfect. I did get frustrated with them because they kept trying to keep their distance from each other and I just wanted to scold them very profusely for it. But they were so sweet and I loved that Annabelle’s daughters were as important to Nathan as they were to Annabelle.

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Conclusion: I loved Making a Comeback. I have been on a bit of a sports romance kick and this one was just so awesome. I also normally don’t like books where children or babies play a large role but I didn’t mind it with this one. Nathan was just so cute with Annabelle’s daughters that I couldn’t help but squee at the cute. 
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Author Info
Kristina Mathews doesn't remember a time when she didn't have a book in her hand. Or in her head. But it wasn't until she turned forty that she confessed the reason the laundry never made it out of the dryer was because she was busy writing.
While she resigned from teaching with the arrival of her second son, she's remained an educator in some form. As a volunteer, parent club member or para educator, she finds the most satisfaction working with emergent and developing readers, helping foster confidence and a lifelong love of books.
Kristina lives in Northern California with her husband of more than twenty years, two sons and a black lab. A veteran road tripper, amateur renovator and sports fanatic. She hopes to one day travel all 3,073 miles of Highway 50 from Sacramento, CA to Ocean City, MD, replace her carpet with hardwood floors and serve as a “Ball Dudette” for the San Francisco Giants.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Review: Discovering Delilah by Melissa Foster

Discovering Delilah (Harborside Nights, #2)Publisher: World Literary Press
ISBN: 1941480128
Pages: 348 p
Genre:Romance/New Adult
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Summary:

After the death of her parents on the day of her college graduation, Delilah Armstrong thought she could finally follow her heart and come out to her closest friends, but the guilt of going against her parents’ beliefs haunts her. The feelings she has for her best friend, Ashley, are stronger than anything she’s felt before, but Delilah has never even kissed a girl, and fear stops her at every turn.

Ashley Carver promised herself that she would never again date another girl who wasn’t out, but that was before she met intoxicatingly sweet and sexy Delilah.

When another girl offers to teach Delilah the ropes, it changes Delilah’s whole world and gives her the courage to go after the only girl she really wants. But coming out isn’t as easy as Delilah imagined, and moving past her parents’ death and the feelings of guilt she is left with is even harder. The intense passion between Ashley and Delilah is too strong to deny, but coming together means risking everything.

Discovering Delilah is an edgy, evocative, romantic story of friendship, family, and the courage to love.

My Review:

Intro:   Melissa Foster is a favorite author of mine. Her books are consistently excellent and Discovering Delilah is no different. I loved it to bits and pieces.

Characters:

Heroine: Delilah- I really loved Delilah. I really identified with her and found her so likable. I loved her journey towards acceptance of herself. She really grew throughout the book and I found that really amazing to watch.

Heroine: Ashley-I loved Ashley as well. She was just such a strong and confident character. In many ways, I identified more with Ashley than I did with Delilah. She just had such a strong personality and I absolutely loved her.

Chemistry: Delilah and Ashley were so perfect together. I mean, all of Melissa Foster’s characters tend to be pretty amazing but Ashley and Delilah had something so special. Delilah was just coming to terms with her sexuality and Ashley was burned by a previous relationship where her partner was not out yet and treated her pretty terribly.  

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Conclusion: Melissa Foster can never let me down. I am waiting for her to write something that I don’t like. I have a feeling I am going to be waiting a long time. I loved this one. Delilah and Ashley were amazing heroines and I loved them both. They had amazing chemistry and I really loved their story.


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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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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Review: The Highlander's Choice by Callie Hutton

The Highlander's Choice (Marriage Mart Mayhem, #5)Publisher: Entangled
Pages: 195 p
Genre: Romance/Historical/Highlander
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Summary:

The Scottish Highlands, 1815

Lady Sybil Lacey is every inch an English woman. She's horrified her best friend is wedding a barbarian Scot. For aren't Scots naught but brutish, whiskey-swilling lechers? So to find herself secretly attracted to the tall and devastatingly handsome Scottish laird of Bedlay Castle is quite disconcerting...

Liam MacBride is convinced that English ladies are silly sassenachs who think of nothing but social events and clothes. So why is he intensely drawn to Lady Sybil? All they do is quarrel...until loathing turns into undeniable lust.

A tempestuous, fiery romance between an English lady and a Scottish laird cannot end well.


My Review:

Intro:   I don’t do well without the internet. As I was typing this review out, my internet connection died and did not come back. I am currently trying not to panic. On the plus side, I did get to proofread this review multiple times so that is an improvement. I did love The Highlander’s Choice. I haven’t read the rest of the series but I really do want to.

Characters:

Heroine: Sybil-I really did like her. She did have her opinions and she was pretty set in them but I loved watching her grow, mature and change. I did want her to really let Liam’s mother have it because his mother was terrible. Terrible as in evil and needed some really harsh comeuppance.

Hero: Liam-I really loved Liam as well. He was one of those alpha Highlander heroes that I love so very much. I did wish that he put his foot down with his mother earlier. And why would he even think of leaving Sybil home alone with that termagant.   

Chemistry: I really loved Liam and Sybil together. They had amazing chemistry and I love that the conflict in their relationship is not really between them but between their backgrounds. It was definitely a journey for them to begin to understand each other.

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Conclusion: I definitely need to read the rest of this series because I loved this one. I loved that the conflict in the book was so centered on the conflict between the English and the Scottish. It was done so well. This is another series that I will become obsessed with—and I really did not need another. 

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Author Info
The USA Today bestselling author of The Elusive Wife, Callie Hutton, writes both Western Historical and Regency romance, with historic elements and sensory details (The Romance Reviews). She also pens an occasional contemporary or two. Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, and daughter-in-law (thankfully all not in the same house), and her top cheerleader husband of thirty-eight years. She also currently waits with bated breath for the birth of twin grandsons. Callie loves to hear from readers, and would welcome you as a friend on Facebook.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Review: Melting Ice by Jami Davenport

Melting Ice: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Seattle Book 5)Publisher: Cedona Enterprises
Pages: 208 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Sports
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Summary:

USA Today Bestselling author Jami Davenport presents another Seattle Sockeyes hockey romance and the fifth book in her Game On in Seattle sports romance series showcasing alpha male heroes of football, baseball, and hockey.

Brimming with attitude and broken beyond repair, Isaac "Ice" Wolfe has a heart as cold as his nickname, and he likes it that way--until he meets his neighbor Avery Maxwell. Avery is unlike any woman he's ever known. Her smile thaws his frozen heart. Being with her heals his broken places. She makes him feel, and for Isaac that's not always a good thing. Isaac has burned every bridge in his professional hockey career. When he's traded to the Seattle Sockeyes halfway through their inaugural season, he knows he won't get another chance. He's never been a team player, yet he needs to become one--and fast.

Avery has only wanted one thing in her life--to train and show horses. Her decision to drop out of college to pursue her riding career causes a rift with her big sister, but Avery is tired of following everyone else's dreams. Now she's following her own, and no one is going to distract her from her passion--until she meets a dark stranger and his cantankerous dog.

When Isaac is warned away from Avery by the team's captain, who happens to be Avery's future brother-in-law, Isaac sees the writing on the wall. It's Avery or his career. To Isaac, a life without hockey wouldn't be a life worth living. But what about a life without Avery?

Do Isaac and Avery sacrifice their life's passions for their mutual passion for each other, or do they fight to have it all, even if by doing so, they might lose everything in the end?

My Review:

Intro: I am pretty particular about sports romance. I am a big sports fan—basically every sport aside from football and golf—but hockey has been one of the greatest loves of my life since I was a wee toddler. So I am pretty picky about hockey romances. The sport talk must be accurate. I would prefer it be accurate and if it can’t be accurate, not to include it at all. I was happy to find that all of the hockey was pretty accurate and the story was pretty great as well.

Characters:

Heroine: Avery-I loved her. She was such a sweet heroine. I immediately liked her. As I normally do with people who are kind to animals. She had a good soul and is the exact sort of heroine a rough around the edges hero like Issac needed.

Hero: Issac-I loved that he was a journeyman, brawler sort of hockey player who does not tend to play nice with anyone whether they be opponents, teammates, media, coaches etc. Those guys are my favorites—even though there aren’t any on my team because my team’s GM is not to be trifled with. I loved watching his journey and seeing him soften up towards Avery.

Chemistry-They were so well matched. Issac needed a heroine like Avery. She had this innate kindness to her that worked so well with the tough nature that Issac had. They were the perfect complement to each other.

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Conclusion: I cannot tell you how much I loved this book. I loved both Issac and Avery. I found myself loving Avery’s sweet nature as much as I loved Issac and his badassness. I also loved that the hockey was pretty accurate which this hockey fan greatly appreciated. I think I need to read the rest of this series. Badly.

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Author Info
USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island Series. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare. She works in computer support in her day job and juggles too many balls, but she wouldn't have it any other way.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Review: How to Marry a Royal Highlander by Vanessa Kelly

How to Marry a Royal Highlander (The Renegade Royals, #4)Publisher: Zebra
ISBN: 1420131281
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Illegitimate yet thoroughly irresistible, the Renegade Royals are leaving behind their careers as daring spies for the greatest adventure of all…

At sixteen, Alasdair Gilbride, heir to a Scottish earldom, fled the Highlands and an arranged betrothal. Ten years later, Alasdair must travel home to face his responsibilities. It’s a task that would be much easier without the distracting presence of the most enticing woman he’s ever met…

After one escapade too many, Eden Whitney has been snubbed by the ton. The solution: rusticating in the Scottish wilderness, miles from all temptation. Except, of course, for brawny, charming Alasdair. The man is so exasperating she’d likely kill him before they reach the border—if someone else weren’t trying to do just that. Now Eden and Alasdair are plunging into a scandalous affair with his life and her reputation at stake—and their hearts already irreparably lost…


My Review:

Intro: I’ve been away from the blog lately. I took an impromptu vacation—not really necessary but so useful. I have also been in a reading slump to end all reading slumps. But I did love this one. I have been looking forward to Alec and Eden’s story and it lived up to my expectations.

Characters:

Heroine: Eden-I really liked Eden. She was so relatable. She wavered in between being completely confident and so very shy. I relate to that in a completely frightening kind of way. I really did think that I was going to have trouble liking her but I didn’t…she was awesome.

Hero: Alec-I was a bit “meh” about Alec. Sure he was a rake and, of course, quite charming but I didn’t really make a connection to him. I did like him but I didn’t quite connect to him as much as I would have liked to.

Chemistry: Now this is where I did make a connection to Alec. Sometimes, I just don’t really connect to a character individually as much as I do with them paired up. Alec and Eden had such a great chemistry. They bickered and clashed and they were the perfect type of opposites attract chemistry. This is where the book really came alive for me.

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Conclusion: I really did enjoy this one. I have been waiting for Alec and Eden’s book and I ended up loving it. The chemistry between Alec and Eden really won me over. I seem to have a penchant towards romance novel couples who bicker quite a lot.


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Author Info
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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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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