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Friday, August 31, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday (August 31st)


Reviews Posted This Week:

Q: Best Cover? What is the best cover of a book that you’ve read and didn’t like?


This is probably going to come as a huge surprise but it a tie between the Twilight series and The Wolves of Mercy Hall series. 


Twilight: I am one of those people that can sit through reading the Twilight books and actually enjoy them but in a couple of hours, I find myself in a rage at myself for wasting my time, the author for writing such tripe and Bella for being such a selfish moron. The covers were admittedly gorgeous. 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)New Moon (Twilight, #2)
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)


The Wolves of Mercy Hall: Loved the first book, loved the second book and HATED the last book. There was no ending. Who wants to read a book with no clear ending for a couple you have invested time in? I will never read another book by this author simply because she never gives her couples a happy ending. But I love the covers and how the print color mimics the cover.
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)
Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)

Review: I Own the Dawn by M.L. Buchman

I Own the Dawn (The Night Stalkers, #2)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN:1402258135
Pages: 404 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Military
Series:  The Night Stalkers-1
Challenges- TK
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's
Summary 
Name: Archibald Jeffrey Stevenson III
Rank: First Lieutenant, Dap Hawk Copilot
Mission: Strategy and execution of special ops maneuvers

Name: Kee Smith
Rank: Sergeant, Night Stalker Gunner and Sharpshooter
Mission: Whatever it takes to get the job done

You Wouldn't Think It Could Get Worse, Until It Does...

When a special mission slowly unravels, it is up to Kee and Archie to get their team out of an impossible situation with international implications. With her weaponry knowledge and his strategic thinking, plus the explosive attraction that puts them into exact synchrony, together they might just have a fighting chance.

My Review:

Military romances are a bit of a mixed bag with me. It's very rare that I find an absolutely amazing one. Usually they all fall into the "meh" category. This one, I do have to admit, is on the much higher end of "meh" for me.

I liked Kee. I did. But there was just something about her that didn't work for me. I just couldn't make a connection to her. I tried but there was a disconnect. At times, she just came across as immature but I did grow to like her more towards the end of the book. I loved Archie. He was definitely a bit of the strong, silent type but also very sweet. A definite contrast to Kee. The contrast helps this book along quite a bit because an alpha hero would just have overwhelmed me.

I blasted through this book. I think I finished it in one go in about three hours. Not exactly my quickest reading time but close. I absolutely loved the military aspect of it. It's the part that I was expecting to struggle with but I absolutely loved it. Kee and Archie had this very, and I don't even know if I am using the right word, normal sort of chemistry. It wasn't intense like I see in most romance novels but I felt like it was something that could happen in real life. The only issue I had with the book was Kee. I had moments of intense like for her but then I would have moments where I would be absolutely okay if she fell off of a cliff.

Overall, I did like this book in spite of my troubles with the heroine and I will be searching out the first book.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Review: A Little Mischief by Amelia Grey

A Little MischiefPublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402239807
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
Challenges-
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's
Summary 
How can a lady avoid a scandal...

Just as Miss Isabella Winslowe is finally achieving comfortable respectability, the fascinating and decidedly unrespectable Earl of Colebrooke inconveniently appears...

When a gentleman is so determined to flirt...

The darkly handsome Daniel Colebrooke is intrigued and alarmed when an alluring young lady arrives at his door in need of assistance. In a moment of impetuosity, Daniel decides he must keep a close watch on Isabella, and what better way than to strike up a not–so–innocent fliration...

Together they'll cook up more than a little mischief when a disappearing dead body and a lascivious scandal spins their reckless game entirely out of control.

My Review:

Amelia Grey has long been one of my favorites. I was looking forward to this one because I knew it was a reissue of one of her old titles and I have always been a bit curious about them. I always intend to buy them and always forget. I did like this one but I do have to say that I prefer her newer releases for reasons that I am not yet sure of. Perhaps by the end of typing out this review I will have figured it out.

Isabella was one of those easy to love heroines. She was smart, strong and had none of those obnoxious traits that make me want to strangle other heroines. Our hero, Daniel, on the other hand, got on my nerves just a little bit. Daniel was a great hero, don't get me wrong, but he treated Isabella like crap for most of the book. He was convinced she was a bad influence on his sister with little proof. He just made assumptions and ran with it.

I pretty much blasted through this book. I finished it in an hour and then read it again. So I guess you can say I really did like it. Perhaps not as much as I liked the other books I have read by Amelia Grey but good enough that reading it twice in succession was no hardship at all. I also really liked the mystery. It was a big part of the plot and, while I did feel that it over-shadowed the romance, for the most part I liked it and found it highly entertaining. I also usually like my romances a bit more angsty and not so frothy so it surprised me that I liked this as much as I did. I do wish that the romance had played a much bigger role---because I am a bit of a romance fanatic.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Review: Call Me Wild by Robin Kaye

Call Me Wild (Wild Thing #2)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402257333
Pages: 346 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Series:  Wild Thing-1
Challenges- TK
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's
Summary 
She doesn't know a single thing about relationships...

Unemployed sportswriter Jessie James plans to make a killing writing a bestselling romance novel. She's never read one, but really, how hard can it be? Moving cross–country to a borrowed house in Idaho, Jessie starts her research with the first gorgeous guy she runs into...

Luckily, he knows everything...

Sports doctor Fisher Kincaid notices Jessie right away—the transplanted Easterner sticks out like a sore thumb in the small town. When he discovers she's researching attraction and romance, he graciously offers himself as a test subject. That's when everything starts to go wrong, and they both find out how much they need a few good lessons in love...

My Review:

Robin Kaye has long been one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. Her Domestic Gods series is one of my favorites. I always look forward to her books and I was really looking forward to this one.

Usually (okay always) in order to like a book, I have to like the hero and heroine. Sometimes both but sometimes one is good enough to make up for my issues with the other. In the case of Call Me Wild, it just wasn’t. My annoyance with Jessie was not abated by my love for Fischer. Jessie got on my every nerve. It’s based mainly on her belief that love doesn’t exist. Not because I am a big believer in love but because of the way she had this “Oh you’re so stupid” attitude when explaining it to people. She also made some pretty heinous assumptions about Fischer right off the bat without even getting to know him at all. Fischer, on the other hand, was such a nice guy. Sweet and kind and could cook---not bad at all. I kind of wondered why he would bother with Jessie at all. She constantly put him down and treated him like crap.

As always, Robin Kaye’s writing style is a pleasure to read. It’s fun and lively. Every single character comes to life—that’s also probably why I have such strong reactions to them. I do wish that I didn’t dislike Jessie so much because I did love everything else about this book. But sometimes, I think, personalities just done gel and mine definitely does not gel with Jessie’s. I did like that she was an aspiring romance novelist —even though her feelings about the genre as a whole were not so good. I even read the book twice to maybe change my mind about her but if anything, it got worse. Even though Jessie was a bit of a miss for me, I did enjoy this book and I can’t wait for the next one—hopefully Karma’s story—I already know who I want her to end up with-- because she’s my favorite character out of them all.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday (August 17th)


Reviews Posted This Week:

Before I answer this weeks' question, would everyone please vote on the poll in the upper corner of the page? I am having a devil of a time figuring out what author to read next---after I finish reading Lisa Kleypas'  books.

Q: What blogger inspires you? It can be any kind, it doesn’t have to be a book blog.


I get inspired by all kinds of blogs. Food blogs, funny blogs, and, of course, bookish blogs. My favorites are:

  • Annie's Eats- Her recipes are fail-proof and delicious. I think she's a genius of the culinary variety. 
  • Smart Bitches, Trashy Books-Single handedly helped me rediscover my love of romance novels. Always funny and witty. If they like a book, I buy it. 
  • Dear Author-Pretty much the same. 
  • Underground New York Public Library-This is a collection of photos of people reading on the NYC Subway. Never fails to inspire me. I miss being a Subway reader. There is nothing like it.
  • Forgotten Bookmarks-Perhaps my favorite blog ever. I buy lots of used books so I find it amazing what some people will leave in an old book.  

Monday, August 13, 2012

Review: Enchanting the Lady by Kathryne Kennedy

Enchanting the LadyPublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 140226982X
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Fantasy/
Magic
Series: Relics of Merlin-2,3
Challenges-TK
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's
Summary 
His Magic Condems Him...

In a Victorian England with a rigid hierarchy of magic, lion shapeshifter Sir Terence Blackwell is at the bottom of the rung of society. Only Lady Felicity Seymour, who has no magic, no inheritance, and no prospects, may be willing to judge the man strictly on his own merits...

Until She Reveals His True Power...

When family pressures push Lady Felicity into a terrible fate, she has only Sir Terence to turn to. Together, the two outcasts become embroiled in the dark depths beneath society's facade. And what they discover about each other is the only thing that's real...

My Review:
To be honest, I did not really know what I was going to get out of this one when I started. I loved Kennedy’s other series, The Elven Lords, but I was unsure of this one. And yet again, here I am admitting my utter wrongness.

I loved Felicity. She was one of those rare heroines that had nary an annoying moment. Seriously. She was likable to the extreme. I also identified with her quite a bit. Who hasn’t felt a little insignificant and invisible once in a while? The same thing goes for Terence. The only thing that I did not like about him was his name and his semi-putzy tendencies. And, yes, he does have putzy tendencies. Big ones. But generally, I did like him. Even though he did a sort of very mean thing to Felicity who I feel very protective of.

I am not usually one of a magic plot. Unless it’s Harry Potter, I don’t want to read it and even then after Snape died, I wasn’t interested. But I loved the way it worked here—magical ability determines class rank. And there are shapeshifters, social outcasts and very low ranking, which makes it even better. I’m explaining it terribly but it was really well thought out and very interesting. Terence and Felicity were great together as well even though Terence started out with not so great intentions. I had to grow to like him but I eventually did. I always like the ones that start out the worst.

I should have trusted Kathryne Kennedy to give me a good read. I won’t doubt her again.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Review: A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious by Mary Wine

A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious (Steam Guardians, #1)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402264801
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Romance/Fantasy/Steampunk
Series: Steam Guardians
Challenges-
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's
Summary 
Beneath the Surface of Victorian Life Lies a Very Different World...

Hated and feared by the upper classes, the Illuminists guard their secrets with their lives. Janette Aston's insatiable quest for answers brings her to their locked golden doors, where she encounters the most formidable man she's ever met.

Darius Lawley's job is to eliminate would–be infiltrators, but even he may be no match for Janette's cunning and charm...

My Review:

This is my first official steampunk of any sort. I am kind of ashamed to say that. I did not think the genre would have any appeal to me. Apparently, I was wrong...like usual.

There was literally nothing to dislike about Janette. She was a smart, ambitious and spunky heroine and she lost none of it when she met her hero. She had a goal and she stuck to it. I also like that she accomplished her goals without Darius holding her hand. Darius was a bit of a conundrum. He ran a bit hold and cold. He confused me as much as he confused Janette. But I did like I'm as much as I was confounded by him. He did have this authority about him that I found really interesting.

Mary Wine is one of my "go to" Highlander romance authors. I may not always love her Highlander romances but I usually like them well enough to read every book she releases. But this one, a steampunk romance, goes beyond any of the others. I loved this book. I loved both the hero and the heroine, the mystery, and the whole secret society thing. It was perfect. I can't wait to read the rest of this series.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday (August 10th)



First of all, I am so sorry that I was unable to comment on any of my lovely commenter's blogs last week. I had a wedding (not mine, of course) last week and I over-estimated my ability to prepare for it. I do not like weddings. It's torture for any person attending who is not the married couple.

I will comment and follow every commenter this week :)

Reviews This Week:


Q: What would you do over if you were to start your blog again from scratch?


I think I would do 3 things differently.
  1. I would start on Blogger. Wordpress just didn't work for me. I knew I needed to change almost immediately but I am a stubborn cuss. 
  2. I would make the blog all prettified from the start. I tried to skate by on the basic stuff early on but it was not at all a reflection of me or what I want this blog to look like. Books Like Breathing has never looked like I wanted it to look until very recently. 
  3. I would (and should) have focused my blog on romance novels immediately. It's what I have always liked to read so I have no idea why I didn't declare it my focus immediately but it definitely is now. 

Review: Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises, #2)Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 0312351658
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Series: Travises-1
Challenges-TK
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's
Summary:
His name is Hardy Cates. He’s a self-made millionaire who comes from the wrong side of the tracks. He’s made enemies in the rough-and-tumble ride to the top of Houston’s oil industry. He’s got hot blood in his veins. And vengeance on his mind.

She’s Haven Travis. Despite her family’s money, she refuses to set out on the path they’ve chosen for her. But when Haven marries a man her family disapproves of, her life is set on a new and dangerous course.

Two years have gone by. Now Haven has come home. This time, she is determined to guard her heart. And Hardy Cates, a family enemy, is the last person she needs darkening her door—or setting her soul on fire.

My Review:

The Travis series is quickly becoming a benchmark for me for contemporary romance series. This series is THAT good. And this one was probably my favorite of the series.

I loved Haven. Watching her go though her marriage was heartbreaking, traumatic (for both Haven and the reader) and, quite frankly difficult to read. There is a quite graphic scene of marital rape that one should avoid if that is a trigger. But watching her recover was truly amazing and inspirational. I also loved watching her warm to Hardy because it was definitely a great journey. I didn't like Hardy much in the last book--well the last half Of the book--but he really was an amazing hero. He was stalwart and dependable if a bit scampy at times. I loved how he could be so naughty and playful but he was always there for Haven when she needed him. That is the mark of a really good hero.

I loved this one even more than Sugar Daddy. I didn't think it was possible but it did. Probably because Hardy and Haven got more real estate than Liberty and Gage did. Not that I didn't like Liberty and Gage but I definitely liked the focus in this one better as much as I loved the complexity of Sugar Daddy. I need my romance novels to focus on the couple. Call me simple but I need to see the development and I am happy that I got to see more of it in this one.



Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Review: Marrying Up by Wendy Holden

Marrying UpPublisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 1402270674
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Humor
Challenges-TK
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's
Summary 
Beautiful but broke student Polly and scheming social climber Alexa may have grown up in the same place, but they couldn't be more different. Polly's just fallen for Max, a handsome country vet. But Alexa can't be bothered with love—any guy with a pedigree will do, mind you, as long as he comes with a title, a mansion, and a family tiara.

Alexa wiggles her way into friendship with Florrie, a clueless aristocrat who could support entire countries with her spare change. Suddenly the grandest doors swing open for Alexa, and a new life is so close she can taste it. Polly could care less about Max's money, but his mysterious habit of disappearing scares her. What's he hiding?

Razor sharp in its wit, and as fresh as newlywed royals, Marrying Up reveals how sometimes a rags–to–riches story can rip a girl to shreds—and how sometimes the rewards of love aren't always what you expect.

My Review:

I wasn't so sure about this one. At all. I was caught between looking forward to it and fearing reading it because I knew that I was going to either love it or hate it. I find myself a bit flummoxed because my reaction to this book is caught firmly between love and hate.

I loved Polly. I really did. She was just so darn likable. She's sweet, completely down to earth, a bit dippy but altogether lovable. She was completely free of the social climbing pretentions that plagued her foil, Alexa--social climber from Hell. Max--I have a particular weakness for heroes named Max. I just do and, really, I don't know why. He was made even more attractive by his love for animals and his complete devotion to his dog, Beano. He's an all around good dude with some, shall we say, baggage.

This book was made bearable only by the presence of Polly and Max--the only sane characters in a mess of insanity. I just have to wonder, why was there so much Alexa? I know it's fun to write about the crazy characters and Alexa's extreme craziness exhibited the differences between her and Polly  but Alexa took over the book. I wanted more Polly and Max development and I just had to slog through Alexa's antics most of the time. It became exhausting after a while and it did take away some enjoyment from the book. I think I was supposed to find her funny but I just found her vexing. I wanted more of the relationship between Polly and Max. Call me crazy but I want to like the characters in the books I read and it's impossible to like Alexa.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Review: Hell on Wheels by Julie Ann Walker

Hell on Wheels (Black Knights, Inc., #1)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN:1402267134
Pages: 349 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Military
Series: Black Knights, Inc
Challenges-TK
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's
Summary 
Black Knights Inc.—Behind the facade of their tricked–out motorcycle shop is an elite special ops team assigned the jobs too hot for anyone else to handle.

Hold On Tight...

Ex–Marine Nate "Ghost" Weller is an expert at keeping his cool—and his distance—which makes him one hell of a sniper. It's also how he keeps his feelings for Ali Morgan in check. Sweet, sexy Ali has always revved his engine, but she's his best friend's baby sister...and totally off limits.

Rough Road Ahead


Ali's never seen anything sexier than Nate Weller straddling his custom Harley—or the flash of danger in his eyes when she tells him she's in trouble. First something happened to her brother, and now she's become the target of a nasty international organization. With Nate, her life is in the most capable hands possible—but her heart is another story altogether.
My Review:

This is my first non-Lisa Kleypas book in a little over two weeks. It was a nice break because it was so different.

I liked Ali. I did. She reminded me of every Kindergarten teacher I have ever met (pathologically cheerful yet with a look as though they've been through intense combat). She did have a tendency towards vomiting every other page. I found that to be extremely obnoxious especially because Walker did not skimp on the details of every vomit episode. It did not serve any purpose for the character other than to make me, the reader, ill. Nate was almost able to make me forget about the vomit episodes. How can you not like Nate? He was a bit cold and unapproachable but he was generally a good guy. He also had a good reason to keep his distance but to tell you would, of course, be a spoiler and as much as I like them, most people don't.

I really did like this book a lot. The black ops plot is always one of my favorites. The language was a bit choppy but it characterized the book really well. Ali and Nate also had great chemistry. I did wonder about his attraction to her at some points but in general I liked them together. I also loved all of the secondary characters. I can't wait for both Becky and Frank and Ozzie and whatever lucky woman ends up with. I may be being a bit nitpicky but there were two things that really got on my bad side. (1) the vomiting all the time and anywhere. Did this woman ever keep any food in her stomach? At least the heroine admits that it's not normal. It did creep me out that they had sex right after she vomited. Call me a prude but even though she brushed her teeth, there are remnants and it's disgusting. (2) the constant use of "H-E-Double hockey sticks". I get she doesn't like to curse but pick something else. It got repetitive. But aside from these two gripes, petty as they may be, I did devour this book in a little under two hours and I did enjoy it.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday (August 3rd)


Reviews Posted:


Q: Do your reading habits change based on your mood? Do you read a certain genre if you are feeling depressed or happy?

I am pretty much a two trick pony. I waver between romance and YA with a smattering of classics in between. I am kind of boring because lately all I've been reading is romance because I've been on a Kleypas kick. My moods don't really effect my reading usually but my reading does often effect my mood. If I am reading a really great book, I tend to be in a good mood but if the book I'm reading sucks, I'm usually not the nicest person on the planet. Am I weird? Is that how it is for anyone else?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Changes to Review Policy

Book blogging is a hobby for me. I don't make any money from this blog. The only real reward I get from this blog is the connection I make with readers, bloggers, authors and publishers. I love sharing my opinions and thoughts about the books I read. It was one of my favorite parts about blogging and I was always happy to lend my support to any indie author whose book appealed to me. Lately, however, the blogging world has not been so friendly. In fact, it has been openly hostile and dangerous. I do not feel comfortable giving my address out to certain self-published authors any longer. If I already have your book for review or have reviewed for you previously, this does not apply to you. 


Here is the change to my review policy:


Note about Self-Published and Indie Authors- I used to review these books as often as traditionally published books but now, given the rather hostile climate, I will accept a very VERY limited amount of self-published books for review because I am not ready to close that door completely...yet. I will accept books within my genres of preference only--there are no exceptions to this. I will also be more cautious about the authors I do accept. The books I currently have will be reviewed. I am just not willing to take the risk of being attacked if I don't like a book or don't get to it quick enough. This is a hobby and it should be a fun one but some authors seem to forget that. 


Email: My policy has always been to not respond to emails when I am not accepting the book for review. Not because I am being rude but, simply, I don't have the time to sit and email every author. I say no far more than I say yes so it would be very time consuming. However, it does not help your case to repeatedly email me about the book. I've said no once. That answer won't change. No means no, people.


I am also making certain changes in my "Preferred Genres".


Highly Preferred Genres: 


     Romance
  • Historical (esp. Regencies, Highlander, Victorian, Irish, Pirate...anything really)
  • Contemporary
  • Western
  • Paranormal
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Steampunk-Just read my first one and...so good.
  • I have a particular love for romances with particularly bad rakes and rogues. The badder the better.

Preferred Genres

  • Young Adult (mainly paranormal romance)
  • Historical Fiction (limited)
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Horror(limited)
  • Memoirs/Biography (limited)
  • Chick Lit
  • Cookbooks especially about desserts—I am a baker and will bake and review a recipe from the book with photos.

Genres I don’t accept: 

  • Science fiction
  • Self-help
  • Any type of religious or political book
  • Mysteries or Thrillers
  • Straight fantasy
  • anything "mob" related. It's just not my schtick and quite frankly, as an Italian-American, I find most of it offensive. 

Review: Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas

Sugar Daddy (Travises #1)Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780312351625
Pages: 432 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Series: Travises-2,3
Challenges-TK
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's
Summary 
Liberty Jones has dreams and determination that will take her far away from Welcome, Texas—if she can keep her wild heart from ruling her mind. Hardy Cates sees Liberty as completely off-limits. His own ambitions are bigger than Welcome, and Liberty is a complication he doesn’t need. But something magical and potent draws them to each other, in a dangerous attraction that is stronger than both of them.

When Hardy leaves town to pursue his plans, Liberty finds herself alone with a young sister to raise. Soon Liberty is under the spell of a billionaire tycoon—a Sugar Daddy, one might say. But the relationship goes deeper than people think, and Liberty begins to discover secrets about her own family’s past.


My Review:

Here begins my odyssey into the works of Lisa Kleypas. I read Sugar Daddy in March. That should give you an idea of how freaking long it takes me to get a review out for a non-review book. I decided to get the contemporaries out of the way because, above all, I wanted to get to the historicals. I really loved this one. It came as quite a surprise but I did.

I don’t think I have ever fallen quite so in love with a contemporary romance heroine as I have with Liberty. I think it’s because we see her grow up in detail. We know where she comes from and why she is the way she is. We don’t see her remembering her childhood but we live it with her. And some of it was so heartbreaking and painful that even the most hardened of readers would sympathize with her. She kind of reminds me of Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird or Bone from Bastard Out of Carolina. I spent most of this book waiting for Hardy to swoop in and sweep Liberty off of her feet but then we meet Gage and his model girlfriend and I understood where this was going. Gage was perfect. He had the ice prince thing going but he was also stalwart and dependable.

I was thoroughly surprised by this book. It was not your simple romance. Most of the book was dedicated to telling Liberty’s story and the romance mainly occurred toward the end of the book. It reminded me more of a coming of age novel. That’s not a bad thing but it’s not what I expect when I pick up a Lisa Kleypas novel. This book, for me, was carried by the pure awesomeness of our heroine. I mean, this was her book. Literally. This was her life story. If I had hated Liberty, I probably would have hated the book but thankfully I didn't hate her and I did love the book but it could have happened. I did want more of the romance and more of Gage. I felt like it was added on at the end just to satisfy Kleypas’ regular readers. But, otherwise, this book was excellent and, as far as contemporaries go, this was one of the best.

 

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