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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review: The Elusive Lord Everhart by Vivienne Lorret

The Elusive Lord Everhart (The Rakes of Fallow Hall, #1)Publisher: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 0062380508
Pages: 336 pages
Genre:Romance/Historical/Regency
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Summary:

Gabriel Ludlow, Viscount Everhart will never marry, and thus is sure to win the bachelor’s wager against his friends. Assuming, of course, that his deepest secret—a certain letter containing a marriage proposal made in a moment of passion—doesn’t surface. After all, without Calliope Croft to tempt him, there’s no danger in losing. Or in falling in love.

Calliope wants revenge. Five years ago, an anonymous love letter stole her heart and ultimately broke it. Now, Casanova has struck again, and Calliope vows to unmask the scoundrel, stopping him from breaking any more hearts. Yet, time and again, Gabriel distracts her from her task, until she can no longer deny that something about him calls to her...

Gabriel was a fool to deny the depth of his feelings for Calliope, but the threat that kept him from her five years ago remains. Now, he must choose between two paths: break her heart all over again or finally succumb to loving her...at the risk of losing everything.

My Review:

Intro: I’ve been fangirling many new authors lately and Vivienne Lorret is one of them. I have loved every single book that I have read of hers.

Characters:

Heroine: Calliope-I really loved Calliope. First of all, her name was awesome. Names are really important to me in my reading for some reason. A badly named hero or heroine can take me right out of a book. But what I really loved about Calliope was how strong she was. She never let anything bring her down. That was so refreshing.

Hero: Gabriel-It took me a while to like Gabriel. He started off as a sort of scampish type of hero. Not taking anything seriously and being sort of flippant. But that was really masking a really sensitive and sweet hero. He was a surprise for me and I absolutely loved him.

Chemistry: I absolutely loved Calliope and Gabriel together. They were so sweet and had an interesting but really well-paced progression to their story. They also had a sweetness to them that I really wasn’t expecting.

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Conclusion-My list of authors who cannot disappoint me is growing and Vivienne Lorret is definitely on it. I love how she develops her books with just the right amount of angst and sweetness. I definitely cannot wait to read more of her books. 

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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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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Review: Crashing Into Love by Melissa Foster

Crashing into Love (Love in Bloom, #20; The Bradens #12)Pages: 354 pages
Genre:  Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

Fiona Steele has a great career, strong friendships, and a loving family. To an outsider, her life appears happy and fulfilling. But the one thing that’s missing is true love, and the only man Fiona wants is the one she can’t have, sinfully handsome and seductively intense Jake Braden—the man whose heart she broke, which she has regretted ever since.

As an LA stuntman, Jake Braden’s at the top of his game. He’s hired for all the best movies, hooks up with the hottest women, and lives an unencumbered lifestyle where his needs come first—and where he doesn’t have to examine his life too closely. Except when he visits his family in his close-knit hometown of Trusty, Colorado, where he spends his time avoiding Fiona—the only woman who knows who he really is.

When Fiona’s best friend is hired to act in Jake’s movie, Fiona jumps at the chance to try to win him back. There’s no denying the white-hot attraction burning between them. With every encounter, Fiona hopes Jake can’t resist falling back into the love they once shared. But her well-orchestrated rendezvous doesn’t go over well with the brooding heartthrob. Living in the fast lane is perfect for a guy who’s buried his emotions so damn deep he’s not sure he can remember how to feel—and he’s not sure he ever wants to.

My Review:

Intro: I love Melissa Foster’s books. I have said that so many times. I love her and I love this series. I fangirl. Hard. In a big way. When I have the time, I am going to marathon read and live blog her whole Love in Bloom series. Because it’s that amazing and I am just that in love with that whole series.

Characters:

Heroine: Fiona-I loved Fiona. She had such…chutzpah. I mean, she never gave up with Jake even though he has such anger towards her because of their past relationship. I would never have had that courage but Fiona did. I loved her strength.

Hero: Jake-I wanted to smack him upside the head for being mean to Fiona but he definitely had his reasons. And I could definitely understand them. I loved how he had to grow into forgiving Fiona.

Chemistry: I loved these two. But seriously, when do I not love a couple in this series. Jake and Fiona especially. They were angst and sweetness and beautiful story all wrapped into one nice little package.

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Conclusion: As I said, Melissa Foster very rarely disappoints and she definitely didn’t with Crashing Into Love. I am a big fan of second chance love stories and this one was so well done. I think this one may be my favorite out of the books in the Love in Bloom series that I have read. 

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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. 

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Review: A Code of the Heart by Jacki Delecki

A Code of the Heart (Code Breakers, #3)Pages: 172 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Miss Amelia Bonnington has been in love with Michael Harcourt since she was nine years old… or so she thought until a not-so proper impassioned and unyielding kiss from the not-so honorable and equally disreputable Mr. Derrick Brinsley, gave her reason to question the feelings of the heart.

Derrick Brinsley, brother to the Earl of Falconbridge, shunned from society for running off with his brother’s fiancée, hasn’t cared about or questioned his lack of acceptance until meeting the beguiling Amelia Bonnington. One passionate moment with the fiery Miss Bonnington has him more than willing to play by society’s rules to possess the breathtaking, red-haired woman.

Amelia unwittingly becomes embroiled in espionage when she stumbles upon a smuggling ring in the modiste shop of her good friend. To prove her French friend’s innocence, she dangerously jumps into the fray, jeopardizing more than her life.

On clandestine assignment to prevent the French from stealing the Royal Navy’s secret weapon, Derrick must fight to protect British secrets from falling into the hands of French spies, but also the chance at love with the only woman capable of redeeming him.


My Review:

Intro: I am so happy to be back to normal after my February from Hades. It was not fun, let me tell you. If it could go wrong, it did. But that’s over now and I am back to reading and reviewing. Hopefully.

Characters:

Heroine: Amelia-I liked her. She was strong, intelligent and brave. I love how much of an active character she is. She’s not waiting around but doing it herself.  I love that so much.

Hero: Derrick-I liked Derrick. I didn’t, however, make much of a connection to him at all. He did have that sort of broken thing going for him which I did like. But there was definitely a bit of a disconnect with him for me. I may have to reread to see if that changes on a reread.

Chemistry: I think because I had such a difficulty connecting with Derrick, I also had a bit of difficulty connecting with Amelia and Derrick as a couple. It’s not that I didn’t like them or their story but I just didn’t get as engaged as I normally would. It’s always hard for me when I don’t connect with one of the characters.

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Conclusion: I liked this book. I did. I really enjoyed the spy plot. That’s really unusual for me. I usually go for the romance and nothing else. But for some reason the spy plot really kept me involved in the book. I did have a bit of trouble connecting with the romance but the rest of the book more than made up for it.
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Author Info
Descended from a long line of storytellers, Jacki spins adventures filled with mystery, healing and romance. Jacki’s love affair with the arts began at a young age and inspired her to train as a jazz singer and dancer. She has performed many acting roles with the Seattle Opera Company and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Her travels to London and Paris ignited a deep-seated passion to write A Code of Love, a romantic mystery set in the Regency era. Jacki is certain she spent at least one lifetime dancing in the Moulin Rouge.
Although writing now fills most of her days, she continues to volunteer with Seattle’s Ballet and Opera companies, as well as leading children’s tours of Pike Street Market. Her volunteer work with Seattle’s homeless shelters influenced one of her main characters in An Inner Fire. Jacki’s two Golden Labs, Gus and Talley, are her constant companions. Their years of devotion and intuition inspired her to write both dogs as heroes in A Code of Love. A geek at heart, Jacki loves superhero movies—a hero’s battle against insurmountable odds. Fortunately, her heroines don’t have to wear a unitard to fight injustice and battle for the underdog. Jacki’s extraordinary heroines love and heal. Visit www.JackiDelecki.com for more information.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Review: The Trouble With Love by Lauren Layne

The Trouble with Love  (Sex, Love & Stiletto, #4)Publisher: Loveswept
ISBN: 110188343X
Pages: 248 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

As Lauren Layne’s salacious Sex, Love & Stiletto series returns, a jaded columnist discovers a steamy way to get over an old flame: falling for him all over again.

As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar.

After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now he’s hanging up his cleats and giving journalism a shot. It’s just a coincidence that he happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancée . . . right? But when Emma moves in next door, it’s no accident. It’s research. And Alex can’t help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive—and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more.


My Review:

Intro: It’s not a good feeling to have to rewrite what you’ve already written. My computer decided to update in the midst of writing this review. The review didn’t save and I had to remember what I wrote which is never easy. It’s been a bad couple of weeks.

Characters:

Heroine: Emma-I loved Emma. I felt for her so badly. I became quite protective over her. In a sort of bad way because it predisposed me to not liking the hero. But I couldn’t quite help myself. She was such a compelling and likable heroine.

Hero: Alex-I spent the majority of the book wanting to throttle him. I am not even ashamed to admit it. Yes, he had reasons for doing what he did. But I still felt a sort of solidarity with Emma and, yeah, I wanted to throttle him. I did end up liking him. But it took a while.

Chemistry:  They were so perfect in that angsty way. Their history was painful and there were so many answers that needed to be had. I love the journey that they went through. It was so painful but I do love reading a good bit of angst.

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Conclusion: I really loved this book. Emma and Alex were such engaging characters and their story was the perfect sort of angst. Realistic but not too painful. I was rooting for both of them. 
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Author Info
Lauren Layne is a snarky cynic with a serious weakness for happily ever afters.
Marrying her high school sweetheart was a good start. *cue Disney soundtrack.* But Lauren wanted all romance, all the time.
Now she writes fictional happy endings, and considers her job done well if you swoon while reading her books. Don't worry. You will.
Once upon a time she lived in a Manhattan high-rise, but now she's on the laid-back train in the Seattle area. If you ever find yourself in Issaquah, she'll probably buy you a drink. Maybe.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Review: Back in the Game by Lori Wilde

Back in the Game (Stardust, Texas, #1)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062311263
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Sports
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Summary:

New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde welcomes you to Stardust, Texas . . . where dreams come true and love is always right around the corner

Wanted: ghostwriter. Must be female, a baseball fan, and have a great pair of legs.

Ex-pitcher Rowdy Blanton never saw a woman he couldn't conquer or a team he couldn't beat. And now that he's off the field he's ready to tell all about when he played the field. So he chooses Breeanne Carlyle to do the job-she's got the requirements, but more important, there's something about her that makes him want to be a better man.

Convinced there's more to Rowdy than a good fastball, a wicked smile, and a tight pair of pants, Breeanne can't help but be tempted. After all, it's boring always being the good girl, and Rowdy dares her to be just a little bad. The stakes are high, but win or lose, this time Breeanne's breaking all the rules playing the game of love.

My Review:

Intro: I spent the morning in the vet’s office. Rambo got into a chocolate stash. In a closet. On a shelf. Up high. I don’t even know how. But I was worried. Because I love him. A lot. So we took him to the vet. He’s fine and I am apparently a basketcase. I also ended up with a touch of food poisoning so there was that. So this review was a bit delayed. But, even delayed, I did love this book. There are some authors that you love but you sometimes forget that you love. Lori Wilde is one of them for me but I promise to remember this time.

Characters:

Heroine: Breeanne-For some reason I have been reading so many books where the heroine had an unrequited crush on the hero. Is the universe trying to tell me something? I did love Breeanne. She was so likeable and just so normal. She was so refreshing because I am still reading Mary Balogh’s early regencies and they tend toward the not so normal.

Hero: Rowdy-This is the third book I picked up this month with a hero named Rowdy. Kind of strange. But I really did like this Rowdy. He was such a gentleman with Breeanne and accepted her for who she was.

Chemistry: Rowdy and Breeanne were the sweetest…and I do mean that. Breeanne had a crush on Rowdy when she was a teenager—another reoccurring theme in my recent reads—but he never pushed that advantage with her. He was so sweet and kind to her and Breeanne was a loveable dork that I think I could be friends with.

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Conclusion: I absolutely loved this book. Rowdy and Breeanne were such real and engaging characters. Their story was so sweet and I loved how realistically it progressed. I will definitely be reading more of Lori Wilde’s books—and remembering how much I love her books for the next time. 
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Author Info
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses.
Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas.
A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. She's won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic.

Author Links:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest  | Goodreads

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review: Seaside Secrets by Melissa Foster

Seaside Secrets (Love in Bloom, #24, Seaside Summers, #4)Publisher: World Literary Press
Pages: 364 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed—at least for her.

Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past—and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.

My Review:

Intro: I am finally feeling better from my two weeks of illness. I was getting a little worried about myself there. I did, however, manage to get quite a lot of reading done during my lengthy illness and Seaside Secrets was one of the books I read---and loved.

I am a big fan of Melissa Foster. I have been reading through her books a bit sporadically but I have loved every one I have picked up.

Characters:

Heroine: Amy-It was so easy to identify with and like Amy. She was the shy and quiet girl with a long-standing crush. I mean that’s practically teen movie sort of perfect. It was so easy to root for her.

Hero: Tony-Tony was an awesome hero. He was kind and likable. He was protective of Amy and it is never in doubt just how much he loves her. He is definitely one of my favorite heroes in this series.

Chemistry- Amy and Tony have such a long and painful history that it is almost difficult to read at the start. There is plenty of angst and pain in their history together. But there journey back to each other is definitely interesting.

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Conclusion: Melissa Foster is one of my favorites and Seaside Secrets is the perfect example of why. Her writing style is engaging, her characters are likable and her stories are always heart-wrenchingly angsty. I loved this one..

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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 on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: When Good Earls Go Bad by Megan Frampton

When Good Earls Go Bad: A Victorian Valentine's Day NovellaPublisher: Avon
 ISBN: 0062380303
 Pages: 208 pages
 Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Megan Frampton’s Dukes Behaving Badly series is back, though this time it’s an earl who’s meeting his match in this delightfully fun and sexy novella!

What’s a lovely young woman doing asleep in his bed? Matthew, Earl of Selkirk, is shocked to discover it’s his new housekeeper! She’s a far cry from the gray-haired woman he expected. Matthew is no fan of surprises, and Annabelle Tyne is pure temptation. Perhaps he shouldn’t have had her hired sight unseen.

Annabelle, co-owner of the Quality Employment Agency, is no housekeeper, but she wasn’t about to lose a potential client simply because there was no one to fit the bill. Imagine her shock when the Earl arrives at his London townhome and she’s awoken in the night by the most attractive man she’s ever seen.

Matthew is a man who lives life by the rules, but sometimes rules are made to be broken…and being bad can be very, very good.


My Review:

Intro: Oddly enough, I am still sick. Not in the overtly sick way but in a marginally sick way where everything seems sleepy and slower. I am also tragically behind in everything. I mean everything. But I was able to read this book (and far too few others) and write a (hopefully coherent) review.

Characters:

Heroine: Annabelle-I liked her. I really did. She had a bit of the Anne Shirley complex. She chattered about constantly. It could get annoying on a far less charming character but she was oh so charming.

Hero: Matthew-I loved Matthew. He was dour, serious and kind of the straight man in the story. And I loved that. My favorite male literary character is Severus Snape so of course I like the more serious characters. I just loved him.

Chemistry-I don’t think there could possibly be two more different characters on the planet than Annabelle and Matthew. Almost to the point that you wonder how these two people could possibly get along or fall in love. But they are perfect together in that whole “complete opposite” kind of way.

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Conclusion: I really love novellas when I am not feeling at my best because my attention span goes out the window but I think I would have loved this one even if I was at my normal speed because Megan Frampton is awesome in a big way. And Annabelle and Matthew were just wonderful.

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

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Review: Bound By Bliss by Lavinia Kent

Bound by Bliss (Bound and Determined #2)Publisher: Loveswept
ISBN: 0553394177
Pages: 288 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

In Lavinia Kent’s luscious, erotic historical romance, a free spirit learns her true desires from a master of the heart, of the body—and of the sweetest discipline.

Lady Bliss Danser, daughter of the Duke of Mirth, is a scandal waiting to erupt. Which is why her highly conventional brother wants to saddle her with Stephan Perth, Earl of Duldon, the only man he thinks will marry her. Worse, Stephan keeps threatening to punish her, to teach her just how a woman should behave. His words may cause Bliss to tingle in the strangest places, but that doesn’t mean she likes the man himself.

Stephan has secretly desired Bliss for years, but he knows how close he is to losing his beloved. Careful not to rile her impetuous heart, he promises only to aid Bliss in her search for another fiancé. And if she’s determined to understand the male body first, he’s happy to comply in that regard as well. However, she must follow his rules or face the consequences. Slowly he takes Bliss to the darker, steamier side of his world . . . where she realizes that Stephan is everything she’s ever wanted.

Bound by Bliss is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

My Review:

Intro: I am normally a bit iffy about jumping into a series so late but I figured I would give it a go with this one. It just sounded so good and I am a bit of a weakling when a book sounds good.

Characters:

Heroine: Bliss-She is one of the best heroines I have come across in the BDSM genre. She is strong, smart and not at all wishy-washy. She takes some control. She is not a bystander.  

Hero: Stephan-He frustrated me a lot. He seemed very controlling and overbearing towards Bliss. Not as bad as Christian Grey. Not even a little bit. But still enough that I wanted to throw a shoe at him.

Chemistry-I loved how Kent portrayed this type of relationship. The rules were laid out and agreed upon. Both characters had agency and control. I find that lacking in other similar books---not mentioning any titles.

Chemistry Rating:


Conclusion: I really liked this one. I think I may look into this genre more given how much I loved Bound By Bliss. I will definitely be going back and reading the previous books in the series which sound just as good. 
Overall Rating

Author Info
Lavinia Kent is a former two-term president of the Washington Romance Writers and a four-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart nominee. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family and an ever-changing menagerie of pets.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Review: Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuiston

Diary of an Accidental Wallflower (Seduction Diaries, #1)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062335014
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Pretty and popular, Miss Clare Westmore knows exactly what (or rather, who) she wants: the next Duke of Harrington. But when she twists her ankle on the eve of the Season’s most touted event, Clare is left standing in the wallflower line watching her best friend dance away with her duke.

Dr. Daniel Merial is tempted to deliver more than a diagnosis to London’s most unlikely wallflower, but he doesn’t have time for distractions, even one so delectable. Besides, she’s clearly got her sights on more promising prey. So why can’t he stop thinking about her?

All Clare wants to do is return to the dance floor. But as her former friends try to knock her permanently out of place, she realizes with horror she is falling for her doctor instead her duke. When her ankle finally heals and she faces her old life again, will she throw herself back into the game?

Or will her time in the wallflower line have given her a glimpse of who she was really meant to be?

My Review:

Intro: I have the flu. Again.  I am not the best sick person on the planet so everything I had planned for this week kind of went by the wayside. I am just now getting back into the swing of things…on Thursday evening…way too late to do anything constructive.

Characters:

Heroine: Clare-I have to admit that I didn’t like Clare at the start. I don’t have much patience for wimpy heroines lately but she grew on me and definitely wasn’t as weak as I first thought. She was really strong and not at all what I first thought of her.

Hero: Daniel-I absolutely loved Daniel. He was such a complex and interesting hero. He’s not the type you come across in every romance novel. He was intelligent, kind and it was difficult not to love him. He’s like an 8.5 on the Darcy-Craven Scale of Hero Awesomeness.

Chemistry: I say this often but I really shipped them. In the joining a fan club sort of war. Clare and Daniel were so sweet and perfect and I loved them. They had their issues and obstacles but they were just so amazing together.

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Conclusion: I really love Jennifer McQuiston's books. I don’t think I have read one that did not work for me and this is definitely up there in the favorites. I can’t wait to read more of this series because it definitely started out well.



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Author Info

A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal. Jennifer can be reached via her website at www.jenmcquiston.com  or followed on Twitter @jenmcqwrites

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Review: Game Play by Lynda Aicher

Game Play (Power Play, #1)Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 248 pages
Genre:  Romance/Contemporary/Sports
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Summary:

One night, one time, nothing more. That’s all it was supposed to be. They’d agreed their first night together would be their only night together—and Minnesota Glaciers defenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates’s merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.

One night, one time, nothing more. Fresh off representing the US at the Games and with nowhere else to play, Samantha gave in to one night of frantic passion with the Glaciers’ brawny hotshot. She couldn’t get hurt—not if she controlled the outcome. And she planned to leave Minnesota soon, anyway. She didn’t expect to be recruited to coach Dylan after they’d gotten down and dirty.

When brutal on-ice workouts lead to kinky locker room sessions and “one night” falls by the wayside, Samantha insists on keeping things casual, despite Dylan’s quiet hope for more. But when Dylan goes down—hard—and his career is in jeopardy, Samantha is the first one by his side. What will it take to keep her there after he’s healed?


My Review:

Intro: As I said in my previous review, I am a terrible sick person and I managed to get the flu. So I apologize if this review is not up to par. I tried my best. I’m also a big hockey fan so I tried extra hard.

Characters:

Heroine: Sam- I loved Sam. I loved that she was a hockey player too. And I love that she had a chip on her shoulder about the limited opportunities that female hockey players have. I love that she just didn’t accept it.

Hero: Dylan- He was less alpha than I would have liked. But I loved how that played out here. He was okay with letting Sam train him and be a bit of the stronger personality. He was so supportive and kind to Sam that it was difficult not to like him.

Chemistry: They definitely had plenty of chemistry. I wasn’t really expecting to love them together but I really did. They were great together. I loved the interplay between them with Sam training Dylan and how that works out.

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Conclusion: I really liked this book. I love hockey so I tend to notice all of the inaccuracies with the sport and there were some in this one. But I don’t really read romance for hockey discussion so I feel okay dismissing those quibbles. I did really like this one.

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Author Info
Lynda Aicher has always loved to read. After years of weekly travel implementing computer software into global companies, she ended her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties as a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, volunteer, cleaner and mediator. Find her at: http://lyndaaicher.com

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