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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review: Highland Heat by Mary Wine

Highland Heat 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402237391
Pages: 352 pgs
Genre: Romance/Historical/Highlander
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

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Summary from publisher:

The rugged Scottish Highlands bred warrior men and women who fought for country, keep, and kin, and loved as passionately as they lived.

Laird Quinton Cameron and an ostracized laird's daughter with nothing to lose work together to outwit an enemy to king and country, as the sparks of their mutual attraction burst into flames...
 
My Review:  

I’m still in the doldrums. Reading has taken a backseat to other randomness going on in my life at the moment. But I was glad to pick this one up. I love Highlander romances and, even more, I love Mary Wine’s books.


I vociferated between intense like and lukewarm annoyance with Deirdre. She was stubborn, brash, and vulnerable. But I did have those moments where the annoyance levels rose and I wanted to strangle her. I did empathize with her. She was clearly emotionally scarred by her previous lover and did not trust men as a result. Quinton was just as stubborn and headstrong as Deirdre…They were perfect for each other. Watching them clash was quite interesting. I did like that Quinton knew he loved Deirdre from the moment he saw her—he just needed to convince Deirdre herself. It was quite the new dynamic because I am used to do the convincing.

I have read many of Mary Wine’s Highlander romances and I have loved them all. ButI think this one may be my favorite. The chemistry between Deirdre and Quinton pops off the page. Wine brings the story to life with rich historical detail and a great plot. If you are looking for a really good Highlander romance, Mary Wine is always a good bet. It is my humble opinion that her Highlander novels are the best ones out there. She melds the history and the romance so well and always manages to create an intriguing plot.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Review: It Happened One Bite by Lydia Dare

It Happened One BitePublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402245076
Pages: 
416 pgs
Genre: Romance/Paranormal/Vampire
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

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Summary from publisher:
He's lost, trapped, doomed for all eternity...
Rich, titled, and undead, gentleman vampyre James Maitland, Lord Kettering, fears himself doomed to a cold and lonely existence-trapped for decades in an abandoned castle. Then, beautiful Scottish witch Blaire Lindsay arrives, and things begin to heat up considerably...

Unless he can persuade her to set him free...
Feisty Blaire Lindsay laughs off the local gossip surrounding her mother's ancestral home-stories of haunting cannot scare off this battle-born witch. But when she discovers the handsome prisoner in the bowels of the castle, Blaire has no idea that she has unleashed anything more than a man who sets her heart on fire...
 

My Review:

I loved Lydia Dare’s Westfield Brothers series to a fangirl level. That series still remains my go to shapeshifter romance series. I was so excited to see what Lydia Dare could do with my second favorite supernatural creature—the vampire.

Blaire was one of the more interesting heroines that I have ever come across. Most strong battle ready heroines that I have come across are usually just damsels in waiting. Don’t get me wrong. I love strong and able heroines but the ones I have found in my reading life usually need rescuing at some point. Blaire was a legitimate bad ass heroine. She held her own and seemed borderline fearless. I also loved her chemistry with James. I love how different he is from the Westfield shapeshifters. They are so gruff while James has this suaveness about him that perfectly complements Blaire’s toughness.

I loved the way Lydia Dare’s version of vampires. They are not like any vampires I have seen before. They are not big baddies and they most definitely don’t sparkle. Lydia Dare create a suave and rakish vampire that completely fit in with the Regency time period the novel was set in. I also love how this new series ties in so well with the Westfield Brothers series. I like walking into a series knowing that there will be familiar characters and I was so happy to see some of those characters from the previous books in this one. Lydia Dare writes paranormal romance like no other. It Happened One Bite comes highly recommended and I can’t wait for the next book about Matthew—I loved him in this one.


*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Review: My Jane Austen Summer: A Season in Mansfield Park by Cindy Jones

My Jane Austen Summer: A Season in Mansfield ParkPublisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN: 0062003976
Pages: 352 pgs
Genre: Jane Austen Adaptation/Mansfield Park
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

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Summary from publisher:
Lily has squeezed herself into undersized relationships all her life, hoping one might grow as large as those found in the Jane Austen novels she loves. But lately her world is running out of places for her to fit. So when her bookish friend invites her to spend the summer at a Jane Austen literary festival in England, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself.

There, among the rich, promising world of Mansfield Park reenactments, Lily finds people whose longing to live in a novel equals her own. But real-life problems have a way of following you wherever you go, and Lily's accompany her to England. Unless she can change her ways, she could face the fate of so many of Miss Austen's characters, destined to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

My Jane Austen Summer explores how we fall in love, how we come to know ourselves better, and how it might be possible to change and be happier in the real world.


My Review:
I don’t like Mansfield Park. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the magnificence of Jane in Mansfield Park. It’s just Fanny. She’s not my favorite Austen heroine. As a matter of fact, I spent the majority of Mansfield Park thinking of ways to end her and every other character in the blasted novel. I may need a reread sometime soon because a reread worked with Northanger Abbey. But this is not a review of Mansfield Park. This is a review of My Jane Austen Summer so I should probably get on with that.

Lily was one of those characters that I loved one page and hated her the next. I did love that she loves books like I love books. They become real to her. I’m not saying that I have fantasies about the books I read but it’s not far off. I’ve had imaginary conversations with authors before. Mark Twain and I had a major blowup about Jane Austen. It wasn’t pretty. I did have some moments where I was majorly annoyed with Lily—probably because she reminds me so much of Fanny. But she was everything I love in a character—she was a bibliophile, slightly crazy and neurotic. I identified with her in ways that scared me. I could not understand why Lily was so enamored with Willis. I did not like him almost as much as I did not like Edmund. He cheated on his fiancĂ© with Lily and I couldn’t seem to reconcile that even though I wanted to.

I really did like this book quite a bit. I did stay up for the majority of the night reading it. For once, the romance in the book was not what pulled me in but I fell in absolute love with the writing and the love of literature shown throughout the book. Lily was a true bibliophile and that’s why I loved her.  I couldn’t necessarily buy into the romance when I didn’t like the hero very much. I did like the Jane Austen Festival. I want to go to one very badly. Do they exist? Where can this girl go to get in on one? I must warn that the ending was a bit iffy for those that like their endings tied neatly in a little bow. I loved how the book ended and thought it was really creative but some may be a bit disappointed.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Review: Tyler by C.H. Admirand

Tyler (The Secret Life of Cowboys)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402243758
Pages: 352 pgs
Genre: Romance/Western
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

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Summary from publisher:
Desperate times call for desperate measures...
When Tyler Garahan said he'd do anything to save his family's ranch, he never thought that would include taking a job as a stripper at a local ladies' club. But the club's fiery redheaded bookkeeper captures Tyler's attention, and for her, he'll swallow his pride...

And one good turn deserves another...
Emily Langley feels for the gorgeous cowboy. It's obvious that he's the real deal and wouldn't be caught dead in a ladies' revue if he wasn't in big trouble. And when he looks at her like that, she'll do anything to help...

Working days on the ranch and nights at the ladies' club, Tyler is plumb exhausted. But could it be that his beautiful boss needs him just as much as he needs her...


My Review:
I am in the midst of what some may call a doldrums. Not in my personal life-that would be tolerable-but in my reading life-it's unbearable. I have even broken out the old standbys to get me out of it--Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Jane. Nothing has worked. I did, however, find myself completely engrossed in a great western romance this weekend. It was a completely unsuspected gem and I am so happy that I found it.

I have always said that any man who would "Yes, Ma'am" me even though I look and sound like a 12 year old is a good man indeed. Tyler sounds like just that type and I love him for it. He was such a gentleman. That's a very rare breed. He was also very pure in his intentions with Emily. I loved Emily. She was such a firecracker. She also had a sweetness and a vulnerability about her that I really loved. Emily and Tyler had a really natural chemistry. It did not feel forced like in some romance novels. They were very sweet together but had this intense passion.

Call me abnormal but I really don't like books about strip clubs. It usually ends up being sleazy or degrading. The Lucky Star, however, was run by strong, intelligent women and there is never a moment of sleaze. I loved everything about this book and not only because it helped me out of my reading doldrums. The characters were well drawn, the lead couple had intense chemistry and the setting was intriguing. It wasn't very big on action but I really liked that. The focus was on the characters and their chemistry.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.
 

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