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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney

Not Quite a Wife (Lost Lords, #6)Publisher: Zebra
ISBN:1420127160
 Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
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Summary:

Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent…except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife.

Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl—until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest.

Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love….

My Review:

Intro: Mary Jo Putney is one of those authors that I inherited from my Mother. I love her books. 

Characters:

Heroine: Laurel-She is one of those rare characters that started out bad and stayed bad. I mean, her husband killed an assassin in their home and instead of being thankful that they are still alive even if a bit rattled, she freaks out a considers him evil. And then proceeds to do it again. She’s just intolerable because she doesn’t change her behavior.

Hero: James-I loved him. He was such a good guy and was far more tolerant of Laurel’s behavior than she deserved. I actually ended up feeling quite bad for him throughout the book because his heroine gave me a headache.

Chemistry: I didn’t necessarily find it difficult to buy into their story because I quite enjoy angst. But I did have trouble in that I did not like Laurel at all and given that I loved James, I wanted him to divorce her and find someone nicer and less prone to tantrums.

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Conclusion: I really wanted to love this one and I came quite close at times but this one fell a bit short of love. Laurel was a source of great frustration for me. We just didn’t mesh well. But James almost completely made up for her shortcomings. And as always, Mary Jo Putney is a fantastic writer. 
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Author Info
Mary Jo Putney is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written over 60 novels and novellas. A ten-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won the honor twice and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. In 2013 she was awarded the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Though most of her books have been historical romance, she has also published contemporary romances, historical fantasy, and young adult paranormal historicals. She lives in Maryland with her nearest and dearest, both two and four footed.

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Review and Giveaway: Once More, My Darling Rogue by Lorraine Heath

Once More, My Darling Rogue (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, #2)Publisher: Avon
 ISBN: 0062276255
 Pages: 384 pages
 Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
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Summary:

From New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath, comes the second book in a brand new series, The Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, featuring three eligible bachelors...and the scoundrels that reside within each.

Born to the street but raised within the aristocracy, Drake Darling can't escape his sordid beginnings. Not when Lady Ophelia Lyttleton snubs him at every turn, a constant reminder he's not truly one of them. But after rescuing her from a mysterious drowning, he realizes she doesn't remember who she is. With plans to bring her to heel, he insists she's his housekeeper—never expecting to fall for the charming beauty.

While Ophelia might not recall her life before Drake, she has little doubt she belongs with him. The desire she feels for her dark, brooding employer can't be denied, regardless of consequences. So when Ophelia's memory returns, she is devastated by the depth of his betrayal. Now Drake must risk everything to prove she can trust this rogue with her heart once more.

My Review:

Intro: Lorraine Heath is usually a favorite of mine. She is one of those authors that has to write something particularly terrible for me to hate the book. I did like this one. I don’t think it’s going on the favorites list but it was a good read.

Characters:

Heroine: Ophelia-She started out so badly for me. She was mean-spirited and spoiled and all bad things that frustrate me. But as soon as she was stricken with amnesia all the bad went away and she became a character I truly liked. So I spent the rest of the book wondering if this nice Ophelia was just a product of the amnesia or if she really could change that much.

Hero: Drake-I loved Drake. He was a completely honorable hero with a mischievous side. I loved how he went about teaching Ophelia a lesson because it was a lesson she really needed.

Chemistry: I liked Drake and Ophelia together. But I was caught in a place where I wondered if Drake was falling in love with the real Ophelia and Drake was also scheming a bit with Ophelia. So, I was a bit concerned as to how it was going to work out.

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Conclusion: So it appears that Lorraine Heath can never really disappoint me. I really enjoyed this one. Maybe not to the level that I loved some of her other books but this will be a reread for me. And I really did love Drake and the amnesia plot.
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Author Info
LORRAINE HEATH always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals and computer code, but something was always missing. After reading a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA’s RITA® and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times best-seller lists.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Review and Giveaway: The Austin Series by C.J. Fallowfield

Book .5: Destined
Destined (The Austin Series, #0.5)Gabe Austin is tormented by demons from his past. Blaming himself for his part in a tragic accident and abandoned by his father when he needed him most, he uses his charm, good looks and ripped physique to find temporary solace in an abundance of one night stands. Dominating, distant, unwilling to commit, sex becomes his outlet for his pain. Until he sees her. One glance was all it took to turn his world upside down, to make him want to possess her completely. Gabe just knew that she was the girl to heal his shattered heart, she was his destiny.

Review:  Nice intro to Gabe. I felt better about him and felt as if I knew him better. It’s always nice to get more info on your hero before reading the first book in a series.

                                                Book 1: New Leaves, New Strings



She had a heart of ice and he wanted to thaw it. His mission, to use his sexual prowess to make him impossible to resist, until she was his and his alone.
New Leaves, No Strings (The Austin Series #1)Best friends Mia and Lexi start University and make a pact. Tainted by their pasts, they’re going to try and get over their commitment phobias. Mia’s going to lose her virginity with hot, no strings attached sex. Rebellious Lexi’s going to try ditching her one night stands and attempt to have a relationship. What Mia didn’t count on however, was Gabe Austin, confident and irresistibly gorgeous, who quickly inserts himself into her life. Inextricably drawn to each other, their desire soon leads to a passionate encounter. Gabe’s fears of abandonment and domineering attitude, combined with Mia’s own fears of attachment, threaten to derail his attempts to thaw her frozen heart. Despite her reticence, Gabe Austin’s a guy who is used to getting what he wants and he’s determined to make her his and his alone. Just as he seems to have won Mia around, he goes and does something that could ruin everything.
 
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Review: Such a good start to the series. Mia and Gabe’s chemistry was scorching and I loved their dynamic right off the bat. And the angsty bits were so perfect. Gah! New series to fangirl.

Book 2: Baggage & Buttons

Their scorching sexual chemistry brought them together, but will their combined emotional baggage tear them apart?
Baggage & Buttons (The Austin Series #2) 
The charismatic and gorgeous Gabe Austin had finally broken down some of Mia Page’s walls. His charms and sexual prowess coaxed her from sex no strings, to a committed relationship, but a misunderstanding threatened everything he had worked for. Gabe’s determined to make Mia forgive him, his ultimate goal, to possess not just her body, but her heart. Despite their incredible sex life, Gabe’s domineering and controlling personality really pushes Mia’s buttons, while she infuriates him with her stubborn and defensive nature. Their two personalities combined create fireworks.

To complicate matters further, Mia has to face up to her deteriorating health, while best friend Lexi also has a tough choice to make. Their decisions will not only affect their lives, but could affect those of the people who care about them.

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Review: This one is chock full of angst and perfection. There was a fair bit of conflict in this one. This may be my favorite in the series but yeah only 2.5 books in.  Fangirl! Lexi was also awesome in this one.  Love her with Doug.

                                                          Book 3: Forever & an Engine
Forever & an EngineMia and Gabe’s ingrained personality traits continue to rub each other up the wrong way, while Mia’s formal diagnosis creates even more tension in their relationship.

It forces them to start facing up to whether their love and raw sexual chemistry is enough to overlook their fundamental differences. Meanwhile Lexi starts having doubts about her plans for her pregnancy and she has to give the ever persistent Doug an answer.

Just when it seems that Mia and Lexi have made their decisions, something happens that will turn one of their worlds upside down.

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Review:This is really where Gabe won me over and I had moments where I wanted to slap Mia upside the head. He really is there for Mia. I just love how he is with her—dominating yet careful and kind. This is the way that type of hero is done. Gabe is perfect. There was also a fair bit of conflict in this one. Also, I don’t like Milo.

Book 4: The Honeymoon Period
The Honeymoon Period (The Austin Series #4)While Mia took her operation and diagnosis in her stride, it has taken its toll on Gabe. He desperately wants to convince Mia to change her mind, to one day agree to marry him and start a family, but Mia is still weighted down by the baggage of her past.

Gabe also struggles with his slow recovery from the accident, while Mia finds his increasing mood swings and possessiveness more and more difficult to handle. The friction only adds to their scorching sexual compatibility.

Robert Austin, aware that Gabe wants more, presents Mia with a difficult choice. Deal with her commitment issues, or walk away from his son for good.

Lexi however seems to be making remarkable progress in her personal life, handling not only her miscarriage, but a new relationship with Doug. Is she strong enough to sustain it all?

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 Review: Gabe’s character develops so well. I was a bit surprised to see him mature while Mia lagged behind…she is 18 though. I loved how into the relationship Gabe is and how much he loves Mia. I have to admit to waiting for him to screw up but he is just so awesome.

Book 5: Love & Loss
Love & Loss (The Austin Series, #5)
Physically scarred and emotionally tormented, Gabe struggles to deal with the way his accident is affecting his future and relationship. Mia is resolved to stand by her man, no matter what, and she reaches out to her father to try and deal with some of her fears in order to move forwards with Gabe. The results of their meeting are both shocking and illuminating, helping her take a major step in her healing process. Lexi struggles with the pressures of her past affecting her relationship as well as her University workload, and is forced to re-evaluate what she actually wants from her life.

The Campus Killer continues to evade the authorities and strikes too close to home.

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Review: Gabe really broke my heart a little in this one and Mia was just obnoxious. Some of the things she does just confuse me and anger me at the same time. But Gabe is still perfect.

                                                           Book 6: Infinite Love
Infinite Love (The Austin Series #6)With the Campus Killer having been revealed and life changing decisions having been made, it should be smooth sailing. As ever, nothing goes to plan. Much personal progress is made, but massive backwards steps are also taken. Will they finally get their happy ever afters?

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Review: This final book in the series was heartbreaking. It caught me by surprise. Both Gabe and Mia still have so much to work through with each other and the journey is not always the easiest.

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I am a very young hearted 44 year old female from the United Kingdom. I enjoyed writing fictional stories as a child but, like many, long working hours in my career meant that I had little time for anything else. Finding myself in the fortunate position of now being able to work from home part time, I have been able to rekindle this long lost passion for storytelling. Writing aids include chocolate, Ben & Jerrys and copious amounts of coffee, wine or cider.

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Review and Giveaway: Truth or Dare by Mira Lyn Kelly

Truth or Dare (Dare to Love, #1)Publisher: Loveswept
ISBN:0345548310
Pages: 270 pages
Genre: New Adult
Series:  Dare to Love
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Summary:

In a deliciously sexy twist on the classic game, USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly proves that when playing truth or dare—always choose dare.

After her one attempt at commitment ends with the discovery that her fianc√© already has a wife and kid, Maggie Lawson vows that the only people she’ll love ’til death do they part will be her friends. Unfortunately that means Maggie letting her bestie rope her into a year-long dating dare: score a new date each month or pay a penalty. Seems doable—until Maggie’s date stands her up, leaving only one option: the sexy stud who just moved in upstairs. The problem? He and Maggie can’t stop fighting—and that’s just the beginning.

His name is Tyler Daniels and the last thing he needs is his neighbor distracting him with her girl-next-door smile and sharp tongue. Tyler’s in Chicago for one reason: to woo back his selfish ex in order to reclaim the child he once thought was his—and that means keeping Maggie out of his bed. A tall order, since Maggie has become a bigger temptation than he ever expected to face. But before they can even consider leaving the past behind, Maggie and Tyler must accept a brand-new dare: real, forever love.

My Review:

Intro: I have been in the sort of reading slump lately where I only feel “right” reading books by authors I have read before. So the prospect of reading a new to me author is daunting. I don’t think it’s a slump really but a rut. But I ended up loving this one. A lot.

Characters:

Heroine: Maggie-I loved Maggie. She was so likable and witty. She came across as very real to me. That’s not a common thing for me. Her backstory was also quite heartwrenching.

Hero: Tyler-I liked him as well. Oddly enough I liked him a bit less that I liked Maggie. I can’t even pinpoint why. He was a great hero with all the good qualities a good hero should have but I didn’t feel quite the connection with him as I did with Maggie.

Chemistry: I love bicker at first sight romances. I love the banter. And these two definitely had the bicker going. Their stories were also quite tragic. It was lovely to see these two come together.

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Conclusion: I really liked this book quite a bit. It’s not very often a book can keep me interested even if I feel a disconnect with the hero. But Kelly created such compelling chemistry between the two main characters that it really didn’t matter if the hero wasn’t to my liking. I can’t wait for the next book.
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Author Info
USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly grew up in the Chicago area and earned her degree in Fine Arts from Loyola University. She met the love of her life while studying abroad in Rome, Italy, only to discover he’d been living right around the corner from her back home. Having spent her twenties working and playing in the Windy City, she’s now settled with her husband in rural Minnesota, where their four beautiful children provide an excess of action and entertainment. When she isn’t reading, writing, or running to keep up with the kids, she loves watching movies, blabbing with the girls, and cooking with her husband and friends.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Broken by Lauren Layne

Broken (Redemption, #1)Publisher: Flirt
ISBN:055339035X
Pages: 262 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

Lauren Layne’s New Adult novel tells the story of a girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both... or destroy them.

When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter society isn’t about charity—it’s about penance. Only, Olivia’s client isn’t the grateful elderly man she’s expecting. Instead, he’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s path to redemption . . . and whose smoldering gaze and forbidden touch might be her undoing.

Paul Langdon doesn’t need a mirror to show him he’s no longer the hotshot quarterback he was before the war. He knows he’s ugly—inside and out. He’ll do anything to stay in self-imposed exile, even accept his father’s ultimatum that Paul tolerate the newest caretaker for three months or lose his inheritance. But Paul doesn’t count on the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have. And the more she slips past his defenses, the more keeping his distance is impossible.

Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: Will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken?

My Review:

Intro: I read this one during a long stay in a doctor’s waiting room. I mean long. Like three hours long. That wait could have been pretty painful but this book made it go by so very quick.

Characters:

Heroine: Olivia-I had prepared myself to dislike her. I did and perhaps that it bad of me but I was preparing myself for a spoiled princess of a heroine. But I got a strong and likable heroine that I had no trouble at all making a connection to.

Hero: Paul-I loved Paul. He came off as quite surly but there was an underlying tenderness about him. I definitely felt for him throughout the book. His story was heartbreaking.

Chemistry: I just loved these two together. They were angsty and slightly contentious yet sweet and I loved how both characters developed as the book went on. They had such magnetic chemistry.

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Conclusion: I just loved this book and it wasn’t because it was my only respite during a long afternoon spent in a waiting room. It was an excellent story with perfect pacing and amazing characters. I need to read more of this series. 

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Author Info
Lauren Layne graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in political science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Layne moved to New York City, where she now writes full-time. She lives with her husband and their plus-size pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Beauty's Beast by Amanda Ashley

Beauty's BeastPublisher: Kensington Books
ISBN:1420135627
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Beauty

Fair of face and figure, Kristine is young, innocent, pure. Yet she has been condemned to the gallows for killing a man. The only one who can save her is a lord so infamous that some say he is the son of the Devil himself…

And the Beast

Erik Trevayne is called the Demon Lord of Hawksbridge Castle, but few know of the curse he lives under. Or the terrifying changes slowly gnawing away at his humanity. When he weds her, all he wants of Kristine is a son. But when he beds her, a wild hope is born—that love that can tame even the most monstrous of beasts...

My Review:

Intro: Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie. In fact, it’s the only one aside from Newsies that doesn’t represent some sort of childhood trauma—I still have nightmares about Ursula. And the fact that it also had some elements of the Phantom of the Opera made me even more excited.

Characters:

Heroine: Kristine-Now, one of the most painful parts of the Phantom of the Opera for me has always been Christine Daa√©. I hate her. She is one of the most obnoxious, vapid and self-centered fictional characters I have ever come across, in my opinion. I was hoping that Kristine had more Belle than Christine in her because I love Belle. I was a bit disappointed in that because there was a lot of Christine in her. Don’t get me wrong she was a little less intolerable than Phantom’s Christine but I did like her but I wish there had been a bit more of Belle's moxy and intelligence.

Hero: Erik-Erik is a bit more tolerable. I loved his broody grumpiness. He was also quite sweet and I definitely felt for him. But he also had some of the blockheadedness that I find quite annoying. I found myself getting frustrated with him and basically yelling at him through my Kobo.


Chemistry: This is where the book worked for me. You would think that in a book where I connected very little to the characters that I would find the chemistry lacking, right? Nope. The chemistry is what kept me reading the book. As bad as they were individually, that’s how much I loved them together. They were angsty in the best way possible.

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Conclusion: I wasn’t sure about how a Phantom and Beauty and the Beast cross over would work for me but I found that I really liked it. I do wish that Kristine had more of Belle’s moxy. It would have been a perfect read if I had been able to make more of a connection to her. 

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Author Info
Amanda Ashley is one of those rare birds—a California native. She's lived in Southern California her whole life and, except for the earthquakes, she loves it. She shares a home with her husband, as well as an adorable Pomeranian named Lady, a wild house sparrow named Tweety, and a tortoise who remains nameless. Amanda and her alter ego, Madeline, have written 60 books. Not bad for someone who started writing just for the fun of it. Her books regularly appear on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review and Giveaway: What a Lady Most Desires by Lecia Cornwall

What a Lady Most Desires (Temberlay, #3)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062332406
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
Series:Temberlay-1,2
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Summary:

On the night before the final battle against Napoleon, Lady Delphine St. James finds herself dancing with the one man she has always wanted, Major Lord Stephen Ives. He makes it clear he has no time for a lady he sees as flirtatious and silly, but as the call to arms sounds, she bids him farewell with a kiss that stirs them both. When he returns gravely injured, she is intent on caring for him, even if his surly behavior tests her patience.

After the battle, Stephen is not only wounded and blind, but falsely accused of cowardice and theft. The only light in his dark world is Delphine, the one woman he never imagined he could desire. But she deserves more than he can give her.

As their feelings deepen and hidden enemies conspire to force them to part forever, can their love survive the cruelest test of all?

My Review:

Intro: First of all, that cover is straight out of my childhood bodice ripper reading days. It’s perfect. And, yes, I am not ashamed to admit that most of my bodice ripper reading days came in my childhood.

Characters:

Heroine: Delphine-Delphine was such an excellent heroine. She was smart and strong and all those good things. I loved how she helped Stephen recover even though she wasn’t sure he returned her feelings. I didn’t know whether to find that cute or creepy at first but I landed on cute.

Hero: Stephen-What is it with blind heroes lately? I’ve been inundated with them. I am not complaining. At all. He was also such a sweet hero. I loved how Lecia Cornwall portrayed his recovery. It was gut-wrenching at times.

Chemistry: These two had a case of the stubborns. I spent half the time reading this book squeezing at their adorableness and the other half wanting to bash their heads in. But I love them for it. I also really liked how Delphine was infatuated with Stephen from the start but Stephen was holding a bit of a grudge.

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Conclusion: Lecia Cornwall is one of my favorite historical romance writers. She’s on my list with Lisa Kleypas and Laura Kinsale. Her books are excellent in their angst and complex emotions. This one is no different and I fangirl so hard right now. 

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Author Info
Lecia Cornwall is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America’s Seattle and Calgary Chapters. Her background includes all facets of writing, including running a successful freelance writing business specializing in direct marketing and advertising. Both history and writing have been lifelong passions. Lecia currently lives and writes in Calgary, Alberta, the heart of the Canadian West.


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Texas Twist by Cynthia D'Alba

Texas Twist (Texas Montgomery Mavericks, #4)Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 1619223880
Pages: 197 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Western
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Summary:

Real bad boys can grow up to be real good men. 
Hit hard by the death of her parents, Paige Ryan needs to figure out what to do with her life. She moves to Whispering Springs, Texas, to be near her step-brother. But just as she starts to get her life on track, the last man she ever wanted to see again sends it right back off the rails. 
Cash Montgomery was on the cusp of having it all. Three bull riding titles, fame, fortune and respect from his family. Until a bad bull leaves him injured, angry and searching for comfort at the bottom of a bottle. With nowhere to go, he moves into his sister-in-law’s old ranch house in Whispering Springs—which he’s surprised to find already occupied. 
As Cash rebuilds the dilapidated home and Paige starts out on her medical career, their old friendship begins to reemerge and sparks are ignited. Paige knows that Cash is nothing but a heartache waiting to happen. But maybe this bad boy has grown up to be a real good man? 
Warning: Watch out for falling lumber, falling in holes, and falling for the wrong guy…again. You can leave your hard hat on.

My Review:

Intro: I haven't read a Western romance in a long time. They are some of my favorites but I somehow very rarely read them. But I really liked this one.

Characters:

Heroine: Paige-I love it when there has been a past crush in my romance novels and Paige had a crush on Cash. Crushs are always a hotbed of angsty goodness. I did love Paige. She was completely likable.

Hero: Cash-Rodeo heroes are a weakness of mine. And Cash was quite perfect. He was injured and handling it rather badly. But I loved how Paige helped him recover.

Chemistry: They were perfect together. Their chemistry was more on the side of comfortable rather than intense but I think I may like that better. They were just so intrinsically perfect for each other that it was difficult for me to even find something about them that I did not like. And as you can see, I really couldn’t come up with anything.

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Conclusion: I really enjoyed this one. It is always nice to jump into a sweeter sort of romance when you’ve been reading a lot of angst. I may have to play catch-up with this series because I really loved this one and Cynthia D'Alba’s writing style. 
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Award winning author Cynthia D’Alba was born and raised in Arkansas. After being gone for seventeen years, she’s thrilled to be back home living on the banks of an eight-thousand acre lake. When she’s not reading, writing or plotting, she’s doorman for her two dogs, cook, housekeeper and chief bottle washer for her husband and slave to a noisy, messy parrot. She loves to chat online with friends and fans.


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Review: Dare to Submit by Carly Phillips

Dare to Submit (Dare to Love, #4)Publisher: CP Books
 ISBN: 9780989982443
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Erotica
Series:   Dare to Love-1,2,3
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Summary:

Decklan Dare knows about the unexpected loss of loved ones and for this reason, he values control in all areas of his life. Amanda Collins enjoys the freedom she finds in casual encounters without the emotional connection a relationship brings. They meet and their physical attraction is mutual but both experience feelings that could run deeper - if they drop their guard and let each other in. Decklan is first to trust, but when he discovers the secret Amanda's been hiding, will he forgive? Or will he rebuild every wall before she has a chance to explain?

My Review:

Intro: I have really liked what I’ve read of this series. So I was looking forward to picking this one up. And Carly Phillips is a favorite of mine.

Characters:

Heroine: Amanda-She was definitely an interesting heroine. She had body image issues, a critical mother and an avoidance of relationships. But she’s such a strong character throughout the book.

Hero: Decklan-Declan was just plain old awesome. He was…amazing. I have a huge thing for cop heroes and he is definitely in my top 10 of hero cops. He did have his own issues and I like how they gave him such vulnerability and depth.

Chemistry: Decklan and Amanda had some amazing chemistry. Seriously, some of their scenes made me blush…and I never blush. But I also like how there was a lot of emotional depth to their story.

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Ending Babble: I love this series. They are so good. I love how well the story is balanced with the heat level and also how well the characters were developed. I can’t wait for the next one. 
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Review and Giveaway: The Earl's Mistress by Liz Carlyle

The Earl's Mistress (MacLachlan Family & Friends, #10)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062100300
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
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Summary:

Women rarely refuse the wicked Earl of Hepplewood, whose sensual skills are the stuff of legend. But when his new governess answers his proposition with a slap to his face, then stalks out with references in hand, Hepplewood finds more than his face is left burning . . .

Isabella Aldridge has brains, bravado, and beauty-but the latter is no use to a servant. With orphaned sisters to feed, eviction nearing, and Hepplewood’s words ringing in her ears, Isabella realizes she must barter her most marketable asset . . .

But when fate unknowingly sends Isabella back into Hepplewood’s arms, the earl must make an impossible choice-draw Isabella down into his sensual darkness, or behave with honor for the first time in his life.

My Review:

Intro: I should begin by saying that I was immediately drawn to this book because of the cover. It’s purple and pretty and I love it. But I was further interested because this seemed like quite the departure for Liz Carlyle and quite an interesting one at that.

Characters:

Heroine: Isabella-I loved her. She was strong and capable. She was one of the most likable heroines I have come across in a while. I have been on a reading streak of damsels. And she, while she was in a difficult situation, never was a damsel.

Hero: Hepplewood-You normally don’t expect to see this type of hero in a historical romance nowadays. He was Ye Olde Christian Grey. But not really because he didn’t make me want to pull my hair out. I actually rather liked him.

Chemistry: Isabella and Hepplewood had chemistry. Oh boy did they have chemistry. They were amazing together. Even though both characters were a bit difficult individually at times. I liked the slight bits of angst.

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Ending Babble: I am not going to go ahead with any Fifty Shades of Grey comparisons because not all books with similar themes are similar and this one was 10x better than Fifty Shades. The writing is excellent and the characters likable and well-drawn. Liz Carlyle is one of my favs. 

Overall Rating


Author Info
A lifelong anglophile, Liz Carlyle cut her teeth reading gothic novels under the bedcovers by flashlight. She is the author of sixteen historical romances, including several New York Times bestsellers. Liz travels incessantly, ever in search of the perfect setting for her next book. Along with her genuine romance-hero husband and four very fine felines, she makes her home in North Carolina. You can contact her via her website at www.lizcarlyle.com.
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