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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Review: Surrender to Sultry by Macy Beckett

Surrender to Sultry (Sultry Springs, #3)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402270429
Pages: 311 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Series:   Sultry Springs-1,2
Challenges- 2013 150+ Challenge , 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge ,Romance Reading Challenge 2013, 2013 Outdo Yourself Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


Feeling the Heat
How do you stay under the sheriff's radar in a town that prides itself on knowing everyone's business? Leah's not sure it's possible, but she's determined to avoid Colton Bea for as long as she can. Seeing him again would be too heartbreaking-and she knows from experience his bone-melting kisses are way too tempting.

Colt still hasn't forgiven Leah for her sudden disappearing act ten years ago. He may no longer be the hellion he was in high school, but he's still willing to play dirty to get what he wants. And he won't let Leah get away again. Armed with chocolate éclairs, a killer smile, and an adorable niece, he will make sure that this time the love of his life has plenty of reasons to stay.


My Review:

Beginning Babble: This series has consistently been one of my favorites. Usually series drop off for me but this one hasn't. It's to the point where I don't think Macy Beckett can write a book I don't love.


Heroine: Leah-She was a great heroine. There wasn't anything extremely extraordinary about her. But I think that's why she worked for me. She was extraordinary in her normality. Her normality made it much easier to empathize with her...her past with Colt was quite heartwrenching.

Hero: Colt-Colt could have come across really skeevy. And in the hands of a lesser author, he would have. But he wasn't. He was kind, gentle and a bit of a scamp. I did have moments where I wanted to smack him upside the head with a brick but, for the most part, I really liked him.

Chemistry: I think part of the reason this couple worked so well together is their past together. It gave their relationship depth. We got to understand their history as a couple and how different it was from the present. Both acted childishly in their past (and Colt had a moment there towards the end of the book) but it was easy to see the growth of the characters based on their history together.

Chemistry Rating:

Ending Babble: I love this series for more than the amazing romance. The small town feel and the characters always feel extremely authentic. The secondary characters are lively and Sultry is a place I would want to live in. The only character that didn't really work for me is Colt's niece Emma who needed a lesson in manners and some discipline. I do not like bratty children in my romance novels...or real life. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Release Day Goodies: A Rake's Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell

A Rake's Midnight Kiss (Sons of Sin, #2)


It Takes A Lady

Brilliant scholar Genevieve Barrett knows how to keep a secret. Her identity as the author of her father's academic articles has always been her greatest deception—until a charming housebreaker tries to steal the mysterious Harmsworth Jewel from her. She doesn't reveal that she recognizes her father's devastatingly handsome new student as the thief himself. For Genevieve, this will be the most seductive secret of all...

To Catch A Thief

Sir Richard Harmsworth has been living a lie, maintaining a rakish façade to show society that he doesn't care about his status as a bastard. Yet long haunted by his unknown father's identity, Richard believes the Harmsworth Jewel will confirm his claim as the rightful heir. But when Richard sets out to seduce the bookworm who possesses the stone, he instead falls for its beautiful owner. But even as she steals Richard's heart, Genevieve will be in greater danger than her coveted treasure...

Fun Facts:

  1. I had great fun writing Sirius, Richard’s mixed-breed dog, who’s definitely the cleverest character in the book. In personality (if not in looks – Sirius is very scruffy!), he’s based on my dog when I was growing up on an avocado farm on the Queensland coast. Astro the collie is still the smartest critter I’ve ever had the privilege to know. He didn’t actually NEED to talk!

  1. When I was a teenager, I had a taste for the Tudors (interesting to notice that Henry VIII and his offspring are still top of the hit parade when it comes to books about British royalty). As a result at university, I did an awful lot of 16th century English history, including the dissolving of the monasteries after Henry broke with the Pope. In A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS, I got to use a little bit of this in the scenes at the ruined abbey. In the second draft, those scenes needed major pruning (I’m talking pages!). Clearly all that early enthusiasm was dying to make itself heard!


He shrugged. “Even master criminals make the occasional mistake, Miss Barrett.”

Her belly knotted with dread. This time not even her strongest efforts steadied her voice. “How do you know my name?”

The lips below the mask twitched and he stepped closer.

Stay back!” she snapped. Her heart banged so hard against her ribs, surely he must hear it.

Ignoring her pistol with insulting ease, he lifted the candle and subjected her to a lengthy and unnerving inspection. Genevieve’s sense of unreality built. Everything around her was familiar. The shabby comfort of her favorite room. The jumbled items on the desk. The pile of pages covered in her writing. All was as it should be, except for the tall masked man with his indefinable air of elegance and his smile of indulgent amusement. She had an irritating intuition that the reprobate played with her.

Bracing under that assessing regard, she made herself study him like she’d study an artifact, although with his face covered she would never be able to describe him to the authorities. Candlelight glinted on rich gold hair and found fascinating shadows under the open neck of his white shirt. He wore breeches and boots. Despite this basic clothing, his manner screamed privilege. And while she couldn’t see his face, something about the way he carried himself indicated he was a handsome man.

A most bizarre burglar indeed.

A good thief does his research.” He answered the question that she’d forgotten she’d asked. “Although research occasionally lets one down. For example, village gossip indicated that you attended a soiree at Leighton Court tonight.”

I wanted to—” She realized she responded as if to any polite enquiry. The hand holding the gun showed a lamentable tendency to droop, pointing the barrel harmlessly at the floor. She bit her lip and hoisted the gun in what she prayed was a convincing gesture. “Get out of this house.”

But I haven’t got what I came for.”

Release Day Goodies: The Knight's Temptress by Amanda Scott

The Knight's Temptress (Lairds of the Loch, #2)



Sir Ian Colquhoun has never feared danger. So when Lady Lachina MacFarlan is captured by a ruthless enemy, mounting a daring rescue seems only natural for the courageous knight. But once he has Lina safe in his arms, he sees that the prim young girl from his youth has grown into an alluring woman of extraordinary gifts. When circumstances force him to take her as his wife, the stakes-for her life and their growing love-rise even higher.


Grateful for Ian's bravery, though wary of his recklessness, Lina agrees to his unexpected proposal. As the two begin to know each other as husband and wife, Lina realizes that she desires more than a passionate protector. But when evil threatens both her family and the knight she has come to love, the lady must take the greatest  chance of all . . .

Fun Facts:

  1. Prisoners of war, like Sir Magnus Mòr Galbraith, husband of Lady Lachina’s sister Andrena, develop extraordinary senses and/or perceptual abilities as matters of survival. Some of these abilities are ones that women innately possess, such the ability to multitask, sharper hearing, a sharper sense of smell, and wider peripheral vision. Males normally have a much “narrower view,” and although many men of the computer age might insist that they can “multitask”, they will still insist that others mute the TV if they get a phone call, while their wives can keep track of TV, children, husbands, recipes, and whatever is cooking without difficulty. —See Alan & Barbara Pease, Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps

  2. In the middle of writing The Knight’s Temptress, my husband and I decided at last to get rid of our ancient bed and treated ourselves to one that adjusts for position and vibrates for massage. Our four-year-old grandson is delighted with it. He asks permission to “ride the bed”, climbs up, settles himself warily against the pillows, and nods when I ask if he is ready. After I raise the head and foot to where he wants them, he says, “Shake the bed, Mimi!” Our cat, Willie Magee, gets the same wary look on his face when the bed moves.

  3. My crazy cat, Willie Magee, who was a kitten and therefore the model for the “wee biter” in Seduced by a Rogue, continues to offer unneeded advice and help with my work. He has managed to delete as many as three pages of work, evidently thinking it unsuitable for public view. Since he is too big now to sit comfortably on my lap while I work, he sprawls across the keyboard instead and looks indignant when I move him. He has also learned to “talk” and expresses himself in other ways, such as banging cupboard doors if he thinks he is being ignored.

  4. I spend much of each summer by and on the water and have done so since I was two or three, and I was also stroke for a champion women’s crew when I was in college. Since the sea was the primary highway for Highlanders and Islesmen—and since “the sea” includes the firths and lochs that open onto it—I have been able to draw on my own experience in many ways when writing books about the western Highlands and the Isles of Scotland.


“I haven’t kissed you properly yet,” Ian said, taking Lina by the shoulders and drawing her slowly nearer, tantalizing himself with lusty images as he did.

Someone had lit a cresset on a corner table and several branches of candles, so he had light enough to see her eyes widen and her pupils enlarge.

Her dusky eyelashes fluttered lower.

The bed—invitingly large—stood behind her, its dark red curtains tied back to show that someone had turned down the covers for them.

Putting two fingers beneath her chin, Ian tilted her head up and touched her lips gently with his as he had earlier. Feeling her tremble, he pressed harder and eased his free hand from her warm shoulder down her back. Then, he urged her closer, wanting her to feel the length of his body against hers for the first time. 

“I think I’ve dreamed this,” she murmured against his lips.

“Have you?” he murmured back. “I hope not all of this. That would be most unseemly for a maiden, lass. Did you dream this part?” he added, sliding his tongue into her mouth. Then, moving the hand at her chin to cup the back of her head, he held her so that she would not pull it back. 

As he explored her mouth with his tongue, he deftly removed her veil. Then, casting it aside, he wove his fingers into the thick, silky coils of her hair. His tongue continued working busily, tantalizingly, in the velvety confines of her mouth. 

He felt her soft breasts swell against him.

When she moaned softly, he eased his fingers through her hair, finding pins and loosening the coil and then her golden plaits. His free hand drifted from the small of her back to the curve of her bottom.

“You taste like honey,” he murmured against her lips. He savored the taste and tasted again.

She was silent but wonderfully submissive as if she were willing to learn as he explored her, and once again, he marveled at her calm. But it stirred him, too, as it had in the past, when it had stirred him to mischief. Now, it stirred other senses. 

He wanted her even more than he had anticipated. But, his father had often said that a marriage was a long and often thorny relationship. One did well to remember that and not proceed as if one had just received a new plaything.

“I see that you have set me a new challenge,” he whispered in her ear.

“What?” Her breath touched his neck, sending blood coursing through him.

“To make you want me just half as much as I want you.”

With a little gasp, she pulled back enough to look at him, her rosy lips softly, sensuously parted. Her eyes warmly reflected the golden glow of the candlelit room.

Sure of himself now, he reached for her kirtle laces.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Review: Love on a Midsummer Night by Christy English

Love on a Midsummer Night (Shakespeare in Love, #2)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402270488
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
Series:   Shakespeare in Love-1
Challenges- 2013 150+ Challenge , 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge ,Romance Reading Challenge 2013, Sports Romance Reading Challenge 2013,The 2013 Literary Exploration Reading Challenge, 2013 Outdo Yourself Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


How to Avoid an Unwanted Marriage:

1. Track down his first love
2. Slap his face when he propositions you to become his mistress
3. Flee the countryside with aforementioned scoundrel
4. Join a traveling troupe of Shakespearean actors
5. Don't fall under the enchantment of a magical midsummer moon...

To escape the scheming, pawing clutches of her late husband's nephew, Arabella Darlington turns to Raymond Olivier, the only man she ever loved, for help. But the sweet Raymond she knew as a girl is now the dissolute Earl of Pembroke—the most notorious rake in London.

When the situation turns deadly, Arabella and Raymond are forced to hide in the country. As she finds herself succumbing to Raymond's puckish charm, Arabella starts formulating a new plan: how to persuade a rake to propose.


My Review:

Beginning Babble: Can I take this time to admit to something? I dislike Shakespeare with a fierce intensity. When his works were taught in school, I was reading another book under my desk. It's not exactly something I am very proud of but we all have those things...Shakespeare is mine. In spite of my deficiencies, I did love this book. A whole lot.


Heroine: Arabella- I really loved her. She was a strong, smart heroine with a good deal of emotional depth. It was easy to empathize with her. I do wish she had a bit more backbone at times but I really did love her.

Hero: Raymond-He's a bit bitter but he has reason to be. He's a good dude that has had very bad and sad things happen to him. And I think that's why I like him. He's also quite a bit of a rake...which, oddly enough makes me love him more.

Chemistry: The lost love story is always one of my favorite. It provides some of the best angst which I love. This one is definitely one of the prime examples of the lost love storyline. Arabella was forced to marry an old duke and abandon Raymond. Raymond, of course, is clueless that she was forced into marrying someone else and thought she just threw him over. Isn't that just heartbreaking? Arabella and Raymond had some of the very best chemistry and their love was obvious even through their long separation.

Chemistry Rating:

Ending Babble: I loved this book—even with the Shakespeare. The characters were engaging and their story was so heart wrenching. The writing was excellent as well. There were quite a few loose ends at the end of the book that I hope are tied up in the next book. I really need to get a copy of the first book in the series...

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Review: Wicked Beat by Olivia Cunning

Wicked Beat (Sinners on Tour, #4)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN:  1402245866
Pages: 416 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Erotica
Series:  Sinners on Tour-1,2,3,5
Challenges- 2013 150+ Challenge , 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge ,Romance Reading Challenge 2013, 2013 Outdo Yourself Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


How Far Out Are Your Fantasies?

When Rebekah Blake becomes the Sinners' new soundboard operator, she has no idea that red-hot drummer Eric Sticks is the only man who can give her everything her dirty mind desires...


My Review:

Beginning Babble: This is one of my very favorite contemporary series. I am very sad to see it end. But I have been looking forward to Eric's book since the beginning of the series. He has always been my favorite of the Sinners.


Heroine: Rebekah-She started off well. Very well, in fact. She seemed smart, witty and likable. But, sadly, I ending up really disliking her. She started off the book with an obsession with Trey. To the point where I think that she never would have given Eric a chance if Trey didn't let Eric have her. And also that whole “let Eric have her” thing took away all of her agency. She didn't make the decision to pursue Eric, it was made for her. That part of her character just did not work for me.

Hero: Eric-As much as I did not like Rebekah was how much I loved Eric. He was such a good dude. He was sweet, friendly and kind but, of course, completely badass in a rock star kind of way. I really did like him and wanted to kick Rebekah for not realizing this right away. All in all, I thought Eric deserved a better heroine.

Chemistry: As much as I loved Eric, I just didn't buy into the relationship between Eric and Rebekah. If Trey had not left Rebekah to Eric, she would have been content to plod along after Trey. I never really believed she loved Eric, he was just convenient. He was the only one left. Trey passed on her and the others were in relationships. I think I would have loved this couple if Rebekah had not had an obsession with Trey. It makes her intentions and motivations suspect.

Chemistry Rating:

Ending Babble: I really wanted to love this one. I really did. It's one of my favorite series and this one is dedicated to my favorite drummer of all time. But I just couldn't get into it. And I blame Rebekah because I loved the storyline and I loved Eric and I loved the rest of the Sinners but I abhorred Rebekah. I do think the other aspects of the book were well-done but I usually have trouble getting into a book if the heroine falls short. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review: Can't Help Falling in Love by Bella Andre

Can't Help Falling in Love (The Sullivans, #3)Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA
ISBN:  0778315584
Pages: 336 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Series: The Sullivans-1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Challenges- 2013 150+ Challenge , 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge ,Romance Reading Challenge 20132013 Outdo Yourself Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


How much is worth risking? 

Gabe Sullivan risks his life every day as a firefighter in San Francisco, but he knows better than to risk giving his heart again. Especially not to the woman he saved from a deadly apartment fire…and can't stop thinking about.

Megan Harris owes everything to the heroic firefighter who saved her and her daughter. Everything except her heart. Because after losing her pilot husband, she has vowed to never suffer through loving—and losing—a man with a dangerous job again.

But when Gabe and Megan meet again, how can he possibly ignore her courage, determination and beauty? And how can she deny not only his strong bond with her daughter…but also his sweetly sensual kisses, challenging her to risk everything she's been guarding for so long?

My Review:

Beginning Babble: First of all, I must apologize for the lateness of this review. I hurt my wrist and have been on limited typing for the past couple of weeks.

I have spent a good deal of the summer reading Bella Andre's books and I find that I really do love them. The characters are always so interesting and the stories fun and sweet. Bella Andre is quickly making her way onto my favorite contemporary romance authors list. This one was my favorite of the trilogy.

Heroine: Megan-I really did like her. But oddly enough, I don't think I would have liked her on her own as much as I liked her with her daughter, Summer. Summer added depth to Megan's character and helped me relate more Megan as a character.

Hero: Gabe-I have a huge weakness for fireman heroes. A big one. It goes beyond the logical. I really loved Gabe. He was this awesome dichotomy of gentle and tough and I find that so very appealing. He also had a little broken to him which gave him a nice depth of character.

Chemistry: I am going to say something I never say. I would have liked this book (and this couple) less without Summer. I think Megan and Gabe needed the added aspect of a child to really come together as a couple. Summer added an extra dimension and complexity to their connection.

Chemistry Rating:

Ending Babble: I really loved this series so far—there are many, many more in the Sullivans series. It's not the most complex of stories but it's wonderful in it's simplicity. I think that's why I loved this book so much. It's well written, the main couple has excellent chemistry and it's simple and good. I will be following along with the Sullivans because they just keep getting better.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Review: Paradise Valley by Rosanne Bittner

Paradise ValleyPublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402280971
Pages: 341 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Western
Challenges- 2013 150+ Challenge , 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge ,Romance Reading Challenge 20132013 Outdo Yourself Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


"Stop! Or I'll shoot your hat off."
Maggie Tucker has just gone through hell. Outlaws murdered her husband, looted their camp, and terrorized Maggie before leaving her lost and alone in the wilds of Wyoming. She isn't about to let another strange man get close enough to harm her.

Sage Lightfoot, owner of Paradise Valley ranch, his hunting for the men who killed his best ranch hand. But what he finds is a beautiful, bedraggled woman digging a grave. And pointing a pistol at his heart.

From that moment on, Sage will do anything to protect the strong-yet-vulnerable Maggie. Together, they'll embark on a life-changing journey along the dangerous Outlaw Trail, risking their lives...and their love.


My Review:

Beginning Babble: I am a big fan of western romances but I don't tend to read them that often. I sometimes feel as if the Western aspect takes a bit of a backseat to the romance and I just can't abide by that. That being said, I am happy I found Rosanne Bittner because this is the best Western I have read in a very very long time.


Heroine: Maggie-Maggie was perhaps one of the strongest heroines I have ever come across. She is a survivor pure and simple. She never cracks or becomes weak. She got angry and wanted revenge. The terrible things that happened to Maggie would have taken a weaker person down but not Maggie and I really liked that.

Hero: Sage-I also really liked Sage. He was a good guy and was very kind and protective. He also had the prototypical psycho ex-wife which made him a bit more interesting. I didn't make as much of a connection to Sage as I did to Maggie but I liked him all the same.

Chemistry: I really enjoyed Sage and Maggie together but, for some reason, the romance storyline falls a bit by the wayside. Don't get me wrong , they have great chemistry but the adventure kind of takes over. I really loved that.

Chemistry Rating:

Ending Babble: I really loved this book. It was a true Western in the best way possible. The adventure was gripping, the characters well-written and likable and the baddies were very bad. I didn't mind that the romance kind of fell to the background because I was so interested in everything else that was going on in the story. I know my mother has other Rosanne Bittner books on her shelves and I will have to ask her to borrow them.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Review: Once Upon a Tartan by Grace Burrowes

Once Upon a Tartan (MacGregor Trilogy, #2)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402268696
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Highlander
Series:   MacGregor Trilogy-1
Challenges- 2013 150+ Challenge , 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge ,Romance Reading Challenge 2013, 2013 Outdo Yourself Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


Honor or happiness-he can't have both.

Tiberius Flynn may be every inch an English lord, but smart, headstrong beauty Hester Daniels has no use for his high-handed ways--no matter how handsome, charming, or beguiling he is. They only see eye to eye in caring about the feisty little girl who is under their protection.

Tiberius's haughty insistence that his wealthy estate in England is a better place for the child than her beloved, rundown Scotland home sparks Hester's fierce protectiveness, and the battle lines are drawn.


My Review:

Beginning Babble: I am, not quite surprisingly, a big fan of Grace Burrowes. She has yet to pen a book I don't like. The first book in this series was one of my reading highlights last year. So to say I had high expectations is a big huge understatement. But I am happy to say that this book exceeded all of my lofty expectations by leaps and bounds.


Heroine: Hester-I have come across many a heroine with a ruined reputation in my day. It's kind of a thing in historical romance. So really, Hester should not be special. But Grace Burrowes wrote her in such an amazing way. She was strong, smart and kind. It was easy to empathize with her. She wasn't one of those weakling heroines either which I really appreciated.

Hero: Tiberius: He was very buttoned up at first. And given the task he was given, his buttoned up-ness was quite reasonable. But once he loosened up and began developing an adorable relationship with Fiona, I really began to like him. It is always difficult for me to like heroes (or heroines) who I feel let others boss them around. I really don't like lackeys.

Chemistry: This was more of a slow burn. They really didn't begin forming any sort of romance until the middle of the book. I really loved all of the subtle nuances of their relationship. And when the romance did start, the chemistry was....epic. Very few authors can build chemistry like Grace Burrowes.

Chemistry Rating:

Ending Babble: I loved everything about this book. I even liked the child character and I never do. Fiona was such a lovely and lively child. I also loved the secondary romance between Tiberius' parents. It was so sweet and unique.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Review: If the Shoe Fits by Megan Mulry

If the Shoe FitsPublisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 1402270003
Pages: 313 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Challenges- 2013 150+ Challenge , 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge ,Romance Reading Challenge 2013, 2013 Outdo Yourself Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


The only thing worse than being in the spotlight is being kept in the dark...

With paparazzi nipping at his heels, Devon Heyworth, rakish brother of the Duke of Northrop, spends his whole life hiding his intelligence and flaunting his playboy persona. Fast cars and faster women give the tabloids plenty to talk about.

American entrepreneur Sarah James is singularly unimpressed with "The Earl" when she meets him at a wedding. But she's made quite an impression on him. When he pursues her all the way across the pond, he discovers that Miss James has no intention of being won over by glitz and glamor—she's got real issues to deal with, and the last thing she needs is larger-than-life royalty mucking about her business...
Beginning Babble: I really loved the first book in this series, A Royal Pain. It was such a fun read and I couldn't wait to read this one. I really liked both Sarah and Devon in the previous book and was curious to see how their romance developed.


Heroine: Sarah-I really liked Sarah. Not as much as Bronte but close enough. She was more lively. I also appreciated that she was ambitious and wanted Devon to maintain some distance from her career.

Hero: Devon-Like with Sarah, I preferred Max from the previous book. Devon was very bright and shiny in that rascal kind of way. I don't know why that didn't exactly work for me with him but it didn't. I did like that he was intelligent and did look out for Sarah's best interests.

Chemistry: I did like them together in spite of my troubles with Devon. They played well off of each other. They were more lighthearted than Bronte and Max and it worked well. They did have their big misunderstandings and a good amount of angst. I did feel as if the drama at the end was thrown in there to cause the big misunderstanding and was resolved, perhaps, a bit too quickly.

Chemistry Rating:

Ending Babble: If The Shoe Fits was a fun and quick read. I really appreciated the humor and the lightness. I have been reading very heavy books lately and it was nice to get a bit of a break. The only issue I had was my slight quibble with Devon and the big misunderstanding. Otherwise, this was a delightful read. I highly recommend this one and A Royal Pain.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

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How do you handle a book you don’t like? Do you DNF or do you power through?

I used to power through. I used to dedicate weeks to finishing crappy books because I felt intense guilt about not finishing a book I had started no matter how craptastic it was. But, lately, I have realized that I only have a certain amount of time to read all of those books I really really want to read and that I should not waste my time reading books I don't like. I also don't want to waste a good deal of my life being bored out of my mind. I instituted a 5 Chapter limit. If a book hasn't caught my interest by Chapter 5, it's not likely to. I also don't believe in not reviewing DNF'd books because if I hated a book enough that I gave up on it, there are reasons and I don't need to suffer through a terrible book in order to tell you why I hated it. I do state that it was a DNF in the review though but I will tell you why, in detail.

Review: The Outcast Prince by Shona Husk

The Outcast Prince (Court of Annwyn, #1)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402280165
Pages: 313 pages
Genre: Romance/Fantasy/Fairies
Series:   Court of Annwyn
Challenges- 2013 150+ Challenge , 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge ,Romance Reading Challenge 20132013 Outdo Yourself Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


Just One Taste Is All It Takes...
This is no ordinary mirror. Caspian caught a hint of color, a whirl of a waltz just past his reflection—a glimpse into the decadent Fairy Court of Annwyn. The home he could never have. It called to him, whispering temptation after temptation...if he could only reclaim his rightful heritage.
To Be Forever Lost...
Caspian has an even stronger reason to stay in the world of humans. He's just met a woman who captivates him like no other. But loving him has proven to be dangerous. And he will do whatever it takes to protect Lydia from the vicious, seductive world of Court—even if doing so requires the ultimate sacrifice: his soul.


My Review:

Beginning Babble: I loved Shona Husk's Goblin series so very much. So when I saw that she was publishing a fairy series, I basically jumped for joy. I love fairies. As far as paranormal creatures go, they are second only to shapeshifters in awesomeness.


Heroine: Lydia-She was very buttoned up. Not stuffy but very reserved. I guess that works for me because I can identify with that. It did make it a bit difficult to get to know her. I did really like her when she busted out of her shell a little.

Hero: Caspian-His powers were awesome. Being able to see the history in every house, every antique is the superpower I would want. He was also a good guy. He was smart and protective if a bit on the broken side.

Chemistry: Very good. Perhaps not the most electric chemistry I have ever come across but good enough that I will follow the rest of the series.

Chemistry Rating:

Ending Babble: The world building, as with Husk's previous series, was absolutely excellent. It was detailed and it was interesting. I really can't wait for the next book in this series because I love the world that Husk created. I am not really the type to get too involved in the worldbuilding aspect of fantasy romance—the historical romance reader in me just won't let me---but with this one I was basically enthralled. 

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