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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. 

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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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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Review: Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch by Emma Cane

Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch (Valentine Valley, #6)Publisher: Avon
ISBN:0062323431
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

The only thing hotter than a cowboy...

Math teacher Lyndsay De Luca never surprised anyone-least of all herself-until this summer. First, she secretly published her debut romance novel. Then she started dating Will Sweet, the cowboy of her dreams. And now Lyndsay’s scrambling to hide the juiciest tidbit of all: that the hazel-eyed hero of her steamy fiction is the same guy whose kisses have become her mind-blowing reality.

Is a cowboy in love.

Ever since Will’s high school sweetheart died in a tragic accident, he hasn’t been able to commit to a long-term relationship. Lyndsay is the first woman in years who’s been able to catch-and keep-his attention. She’s fascinated by his work at Sweetheart Ranch, and a glance from her gorgeous brown eyes sends Will’s thoughts wandering. Will she be the one to finally break down the walls around his guarded heart?


My Review:

Intro: I’ve been a bit sick and brain muddled so please excuse me if this review is a bit choppy. It’s very rare that I love a contemporary romance but this one had me from the first chapter. I loved it. I loved everything about it. I bought my mother a copy before I bought one for myself because she LOVES this type of romance.

Characters:

Heroine:  Lyndsay-Lyndsay was the type of heroine I love to find. She’s completely relatable but completely unique. She was sweet, smart and kind. She was a very positive sort of heroine which I don’t normally like but I found her very refreshing.

Hero: Will-Oh my dear. He is the reason why I bought this book for my mother. She loves heroes like Will…and apparently so do I. He was sweet and kind but also very strong and fun. He did have a bit of that broken-ness to him because of a tragedy in his past.

Chemistry: Lyndsay and Will were amazing together. Their connection was so strong. And not in that super-angsty sort of way. They were quiety and more real. There was a depth to their story that I really loved.

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Conclusion: I haven’t read much by Emma Cane but I think I want to. I’ve already requested the previous books in the series from the library and I can’t wait to marathon read them. I absolutely loved this book. I loved the small town feel, the chemistry between Lyndsay and Will and Emma Cane’s writing style. 
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Author Info
Emma Cane grew up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies.
Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Review: Crushed by Lauren Layne

Crushed (Redemption, #2)Publisher: Loveswept Flirt
Pages: 304 pages
Genre: Romance/New Adult
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Summary:

Lauren Layne’s latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need.

Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael’s new half-brother, Devon.

Kristin’s mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make a startling discovery: She no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side.

After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he’s damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?


My Review:

Intro: I think Crushed is the type of book that can defy even the harshest of reading slumps. I loved this one. For so many reasons but it is a definite highlight of my reading year.

Characters:

Heroine: Chloe-I loved Chloe. So much. She was so refreshingly normal. It was so easy to love her because she was so easy to identify with. I felt so angry on her behalf much of the time. She was constantly in her sister’s shadow and I felt frustrated for her.

Hero: Michael-Initially, I was pretty angry at Michael for passing over Chloe for her sister Kristin. But he really grew on me. It wasn’t malicious and he was a generally great hero. He did have his dunderheaded moments. I wanted to knock him over the head with a cinder block at times.

Chemistry-The friend to lover plot is one that will always get me interested. Add to it the ugly duckling storyline and…you’ve got me. I love Michael and Chloe together. I wish they…Michael especially…had gotten their act together sooner. But they were the perfect blend of angst and sweet and I loved them.

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Conclusion: I loved Crushed so much. It combined so many things I love and did it all so well. The angsty bits are what got me but I loved the character development as well. I will definitely be following this series.
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Author Info
Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review: Twisted by Cynthia Eden

Twisted (Lost, #2)Publisher: Avon
ISBN:0062349651
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Thriller
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Summary:

In the second seductive Lost novel from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden, an obsessed Last Option Search Team agent goes looking for trouble—and finds her in the Big Easy.

Dean Bannon comes to New Orleans for one reason only: to track down a missing sixteen-year-old girl. That’s before he meets the drop-dead gorgeous con artist who makes him want to lose his legendary control.

With her past, Emma Castille doesn’t claim to be psychic. She just notices things other people don’t. Like the fear in a runaway’s eyes-or the pain in an ex-FBI agent’s heart. Her chemistry with Dean is blistering, but Emma follows her passion . . . not someone else’s orders.

Then a madman breaks into Emma’s home and leaves a twisted message: “You’re next.” Now Dean refuses to let her out of his sight until he pries every last secret from her full, sexy lips. And suddenly Emma’s aching to give him everything he wants.

My Review:

Intro: Guess what happened today? I finished a book (Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh) and loved it!! That may seem like something not so monumental but it’s been a long long time for me. I did like this one but it fell into the part of the reading slump were everything was a bit “meh” for me.

Characters:

Heroine: Emma-I liked her. She was smart and brave and very loyal. But she was one of those heroines that kind of fell a bit flat for me. Not in a huge way but it took me a while to make a connection to her.

Hero: Dean-I really liked Dean as well. But again, he just fell a bit flat for me. He was a strong, protective and kind hero. I have no idea why I had trouble making a connection to him but I did.

Chemistry: This is where the book came to life for me a bit. Emma and Dean had great chemistry. You could feel their connection instantly. I am always happy when characters who don’t necessarily work for me individually but work well as a couple. And they did.

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Conclusion: I liked Twisted. I did. It’s probably not going to go on my favorites list but I did like it. I have trouble getting into a book when I don’t connect with the characters so it took me a bit longer to get into the story but I really enjoyed the mystery aspect and thought that Dean and Emma had great chemistry. I may come back to this one after my reading slumped is defeated so I can see if my opinion changes. 

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Author Info
Award-winning author CYNTHIA EDEN writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty novels and novellas. Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies include hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Review: The Devilish Mr. Danvers by Vivienne Lorret

The Devilish Mr. Danvers (The Rakes of Fallow Hall, #2)Publisher: Avon Impulse
Pages: 194 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

For the first time in her life, Hedley Sinclair holds the keys to her own future. She’s inherited the crumbling Greyson Park, but the disrepair does nothing to dissuade her. No one will ever lock her up again or attempt to take away what’s hers. No one except Rafe Danvers—the charming, fiendish man from Fallow Hall. He’s determined to claim Greyson Park, but if Hedley isn’t careful, he’ll claim her heart as well.

Rafe has every intention of ridding Greyson Park of the conniving Sinclairs, once and for all. The last thing he expects is to find the beguiling Hedley Sinclair—the younger sister of his former fiancée—standing in his way. With drastic measures called for, he plans to marry her off in order to regain control of the estate. The only trouble is, he can’t seem to stop seducing her. Even worse, he can’t help falling in love with her.

My Review:

Intro: I am still not out of my reading slump. It’s better. Meaning I finished a book in a reasonable amount of time and it wasn’t like pulling teeth with a wrench. Was it a book I enjoyed? Not really. But still…baby steps. The Devilish Mr. Danvers however is a complete exception to my reading slump. This one was the brief respite from the sad lack of good books I have been reading lately. But I have loved all of Vivienne Lorret’s books so it should be no surprise.

Characters:

Heroine: Hedley-Hedley was one amazing heroine. She was one of the ones that tug at your heartstrings and make you want to protect her. Her story was truly heartwrenching. Her family was terrible and I wanted them to get what was coming to them. I love how you see Hedley coming into her own throughout the book.

Hero: Rafe-First of all, his name is Rafe. I have a serious weakness for that name. A serious one. I loved him as well. He was abandoned by Hedley’s sister at the altar and now hates her family understandably. I loved watching him let go of that. He really was an excellent hero.

Chemistry: I really loved Rafe and Hedley together. They were sweet but still had that edge of angst to them. They were both sort of damaged and I loved watching them heal together. They were just perfect.

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Conclusion: The Devilish Mr. Danvers was such a nice break of Great Book before I went back to the world of Blah Books. I loved this one. The writing was excellent, the characters were amazing and I was emotionally invested in the story. I am going to count this one as a victory and officially add Vivienne Lorret to my list of favorite authors.


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Author Info

USA Today bestselling author VIVIENNE LORRET loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order ... but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is proud to be an Avon Impulse author of works including: “Tempting Mr. Weatherstone”, The Wallflower Wedding Series, and the Rakes of Fallow Hall series.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Review: The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath

The Duke and the Lady in Red (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, #3)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062276263
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Sparks fly in the finale of the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Place series, as the last wicked rogue meets his match.

When Rosalind Sharpe gains the attention of the deliciously wicked Duke of Avendale, she’s torn between her distracting attraction to the notorious rogue and the knowledge that he—rich as Croesus—is the perfect target for a deception that will put her swindling days behind her.

However, Avendale is no fool. After he discovers the tantalizing lady packing up to leave London with his coins in tow, he confronts her with a scandalous proposition: she can have all the money she requires…for a week in his bed.

Desperate for the funds, Rose agrees, but on one condition: he must never question her motives. Avendale quickly sees beneath her mask and discovers she is more than passion and pleasure—she is everything he has ever desired. But claiming her requires he unveil her secrets and lose her forever. Unless he can put his own dark past aside and risk everything for a chance at love.


My Review:

Intro: I haven’t been around much lately. I’ve been in a reading slump. A big one. I’ve started like twelve books, finished one of them and liked none of them. I’ve just been extra grumpy with my books lately. I read this one before the slump started and I have a sneaky suspicion that this book may be the reason for the slump. It was so good that I expected every book after it to be just as good and when they weren’t…immediate book slump.

Characters:

Heroine: Rosalind-I loved her from the very beginning. She is one of those heroines that I will remember long after I have posted this review. She was such a complex and interesting heroine. She was very sweet and kind yet sort of sly and rough around the edges. There was also a pretty huge shocker about her and why she does what she does. And you’ll be shocked. I was shocked.

Hero: Avendale-He was also a bit rough around the edges. But I still loved him. He presents himself as a rake and a bit of a scamp but he’s so much more than that. He’s a very good and loyal man. He was much more than I expected him to be when we first meet him.

Chemistry: I learned very quickly with this book that Rosalind and Avendale are two characters that you have to take your time with. It takes time to get to know them and get past their guards—even as readers. They both are so much more than your initial impressions of them. And so is their romance. They have such a deep connection. They both have so many layers and guards up that it is interesting to watch them work through that.

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Conclusion: I loved this book so much. I mean, it’s Lorraine Heath. I should have expected it to be amazing. But I loved it so much I am considering a reread now to maybe bust up my slump. Maybe I will do a backlist read of all of Lorraine Heath’s books. 
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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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Friday, April 10, 2015

Review: Four Nights With a Duke by Eloisa James

Four Nights With the Duke (Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers, #2)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062223917
Pages: 384 pages
Genre:Romance/Historical
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Summary:

As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him-so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.

Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia’s audacious proposal, but there’s one thing he won’t give his inconvenient wife: himself.

Instead, he offers Mia a devil’s bargain… he will spend four nights a year with her. Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them.

Which Mia will never do.

Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart-and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can’t afford to lose.


My Review:

Intro: Eloisa James is one of my favorites. I have loved every single book I have read by her and Four Nights With a Duke is no different. I loved it. So much. I am still waiting for an Eloisa James book that I don’t love.

Characters:

Heroine: Mia-I liked Mia. She was all the things that make some heroines very likable in my book—smart, strong and independent. But what I really loved about her---and this may sound strange---is how controlled emotionally she was. I identified with that in a big way.

Hero: Vander-I LOVED Vander. He has a personality that could seem abrasive at times. And I liked that. His acerbic personality did verge on cruel a couple of times but I found that I could not fault him. And he does end up being quite the hero. You just have to dig through the layers to get to it.

Chemistry-Between Mia’s controlled emotions and Vander’s abrasiveness, you never really know which way is up with these two. But I found that I liked it. Their relationship was complex and not something you read in every romance.

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Conclusion: I love Eloisa James. This is one of my favorite reads of the year. It made me even more ready to rush through Mary Balogh’s backlist to get to my Eloisa shelf. I loved everything about this book. Mia and Vander were complex and interesting characters and I love a good bit of angst and this book definitely provided it. 

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Author Info

A New York Times bestselling author, Eloisa James is a professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but who can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. (Her husband is an honest to goodness Italian knight!) Eloisa’s website offers short stories, extra chapters, and even a guide to shopping in Florence. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.


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Review: What a Lady Requires by Ashlyn Macnamara

What a Lady Requires (The Eton Boys Trilogy, #3)Publisher: Loveswept
ISBN: 0553393774
Pages: 231 pages
Genre:Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries, Ashlyn Macnamara’s blazing hot novel tells the story of mismatched newlyweds who discover a simmering connection.

Unlike every other proper young lady, Miss Emma Jennings views marrying well as little more than a means to an end. Such a merger would provide her industrious father with social credibility, and Emma with a chunk of her vast inheritance. Emma’s practical views are shattered, however, when her father ties her to the fabulously handsome ne’er-do-well Rowan Battencliffe, a man she loathes on sight—from the smile that promises all manner of wickedness to the way he ogles her with those striking blue eyes.

Deep in debt, especially to his wine merchant, Rowan figures the sooner he gets his finances in order, the sooner he can go back to doing what he does best: burning through ridiculous sums of cash. Which is why Rowan agrees to marry the merchant’s daughter, a prim and proper woman with delightful curves and an ample dowry. But Emma seems to think it’s her business to reform him! Their marriage is a tinderbox—and it’s just too tempting to resist playing with fire.


My Review:

Intro: I’ve reviewed What a Lady Demands and absolutely loved it. It was a reading highlight and I was really looking forward to this one as well. And it lived up to all of my expectations. I’m getting really concerned because I have been reading amazing books lately and I am waiting for the really terrible one to break the streak.

Characters:

Heroine: Emma-She was awesome. She was one of the more unique heroines I have come across lately. She is smart as a whip. I love that she is brainy and a math whiz. It was also so easy to identify with her. I always identify with the bookish heroines.

Hero: Rowan-I just felt bad for Rowan. His situation was terrible and I just wanted to buy him an ice cream cone and tell him that everything was going to be okay. I did love that he had to depend on Emma’s skills to fix his problems.  

Chemistry-I love how the roles were sort of flipped around in this one. I have read many books where the heroine is in need of a hero with math skills to help them out of a predicament but I haven’t read many that I can remember where the hero needs the heroine’s help. It’s refreshing. I also loved the easy chemistry they had with each other.  

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Conclusion: I really liked this one quite a bit. I loved the reversal of roles and I loved the characters. Ashlyn Macnamara is definitely an author that I will be following. I need to go back and read the first book in the series. It’s a necessity. 
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Author Info
Ashlyn lives in the wilds of suburbia outside Montreal with her husband and two teenaged daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading and wasting time on the internet in the guise of doing research.

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