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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Review: A Shot of Sultry by Macy Beckett

A Shot of Sultry (Sultry Springs, #2)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402270399
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Series:   Sultry Springs-1
Challenges-TK
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Summary:

Welcome to Sultry Springs, Texas: where home can be the perfect place for a fresh start.

For West Coast filmmaker Bobbi Gallagher, going back to Sultry Springs is a last resort. But with her career in tatters, a documentary set in her hometown might be just what she needs to salvage her reputation. She just can't let anything distract her again. Not even the gorgeous contractor her brother asked to watch over her. As if she can't handle filming a few rowdy Texans.

Golden boy Trey Lewis, with his blond hair and Technicolor-blue eyes, is a leading man if Bobbi ever saw one. He's strong and confident and—much to her delight—usually shirtless. He thinks keeping his best friend's baby sister out of trouble will be easy. But he has no idea of the trouble in store for him...

 

My Review:

Macy Beckett's Sultry With a Twist was one of my reading highlights of 2012. I was anxious for this book because I knew it would be about Trey and I just loved Trey in the last book. Beckett did not disappoint.

Bobbi was just great. I loved her. She was feisty and lively. She had the same feelings about marriage that I do and also the same dislike of misplaced apostrophes. She also had a bit of a rocky past which added a nice depth to her character. It was difficult not to like her even though reality TV leads to kind of slimy associations. I knew I would love Trey so it was not such a surprise that I did end up loving him. But I am a bit surprised at how much. Possibly more than Luke. He was sweet and a bit scampy and I loved him.

I loved this book. I did and even writing this review on perhaps the worst day of my life, it still brings a smile to my face thinking about it. I always get extremely excited when books I am anxiously awaiting don't disappoint me. The chemistry between Bobbi and Trey was amazing. They bickered and fought but they were just perfect together. I love them more than June and Luke. Macy Beckett is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. I will be anxiously awaiting Colton's book—he's going to be quite the hero.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Review: If You Give a Rake a Ruby by Shana Galen

If You Give a Rake a Ruby (Jewels of the Ton, #2)Publisher:Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402269765
Pages:352 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Series:   Jewels of the Ton-1
Challenges-TK
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  Summary:

Her Mysterious Past is the Best Revenge...
Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery, is a celebrated courtesan with her finger on the pulse of high society. She's adored by men, hated by their wives. No one knows anything about her past, and she plans to keep it that way.
Only He Can Offer Her a Dazzling Future...
Warrick Fitzhugh will do anything to protect his compatriots in the Foreign Office, including seduce Fallon, who he thinks can lead him to the deadliest crime lord in London. He knows he's putting his life on the line...
To Warrick's shock, Fallon is not who he thinks she is, and the secrets she's keeping are exactly what makes her his heart's desire...

 

 

My Review:

Shana Galen's The Making of a Gentleman was one of my reading highlights of a couple of years ago and I have loved each one of her books since then. This one pretty much keeps with that trend because I loved this one.

I liked Fallon. I didn't think I would because she came across as a bit frivolous at the start but she grew on me. I found her to be likable and easy to empathize with. She had a tragic past and you just felt for her. I also didn't like Warrick initially. He came across as quite slimy and sneaky. But again, his tragic past let to a vulnerability, a crack in the armor and that made him likable.

I loved the mystery in this one. It didn't overwhelm the romance at all and the storyline was very balanced. The chemistry between Fallon and Warrick was great even with all the focus on the mystery. Their connection was intense and their interaction lively and interesting. The one thing that did not quite work for me with this one was the ending. It was a bit of a cliffy with the mystery. I like a good solid ending with my romances and I did not get that here. I will be anxiously awaiting Lily's book because I am not a patient person.

 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday (March 22nd)

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Q: What is your guilty pleasure as far as reading? Is it a genre, or is it a certain type of book?

I have a BIG HUGE guilty pleasure when it comes to my reading habits. I love bodice rippers. The really old ones where the hero does Very Bad Terrible Things—like cheating on the heroine after he forced her to marry him after he kidnapped her from her abusive evil step-mother who lived in a brothel-- and often gets away with them. Oh and sometimes on very special occasions they even include time-travel. Yay!They are the most baudy, over-dramatic things in the world but I love them. Also, basically, if the hero behave really badly, I will love him more.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Review: Free Fall by Catherine Mann

Free Fall (Elite Force, #4)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402274963
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Military
Series:  Elite Force-1,2,3
Challenges- TK
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Summary:

On This Mission, There Are No Accidents...
Pararescueman Jose "Cuervo" James is the guy they call for the most dangerous assignments. He lives for his job.
On a high-risk rescue deep in the African jungle, Jose encounters sexy, smart Interpol agent Stella Carson. They'd once had an affair that burned hot and fast, but family is everything to Stella, and Jose just can't go there.
Fate has thrown them into the deadly hot zone together, and sparks will fly...but only if they can live to tell about it.

 

My Review:

It's not often that I branch out into the realm of military romance but when I do it better be good or I'm going to give up after 20 pages. I breezed through Free Fall because it was just that good.

I wasn't sure about Stella at first. I find that many heroines in romantic suspense or military romance have too much of the Mary Sue in them to be likable. Stella had some of those characteristics---the knowledge of nearly everything, the need to be rescued. But as I kept reading I realized that Stella was not a Mary Sue at all. She was one of the more likable heroines I have come across in a non-historical romance. She was brave and smart and had not one obnoxious moment. Jose was great, too. He was the typical strong and brave hero but with a nice vulnerable side. He also had an interesting backstory.

I really liked Free Fall quite a bit. The action sequences were well done. The descriptions within the action scenes were amazing. Very vivid and lively. I also like how the action didn't overwhelm the development of the romance. Stella and Jose also had great chemistry. They had a past, a history together and it was interesting to see how their relationship developed from their past relationship to their current reunion. I also appreciated how seamlessly the story of the past and present were woven together. That can sometimes come across as clunky but it was done very well in this one.

 

Review: How to Deceive a Duke by Lecia Cornwall

How to Deceive a Duke Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062202413
Pages: 373 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Challenges- TK
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Summary:

Lecia Cornwell wowed readers with her historical romance debut, Secrets of a Proper Countess, which Publishers Weekly called a "seductive read." This hugely talented author has launched an enchanting new series with How to Deceive a Duke, a captivating Regency romance featuring a lady who stands in for her runaway sister as the Duke of Temberly's bride—a deception the duke will exact a passionate price for from his new wife! Writing in the tradition of bestselling authors such as Lorraine Heath and Elizabeth Hoyt, Lecia Cornwell is sure to satisfy fans of sensual and smart historical romance.

My Review:

 

I have been a bit remiss in my reviews lately. 2013 has been very busy and crazy so far but life has begun to calm down so I should be back to a regular blogging and reviewing schedule in the soontime.

I read How to Deceive a Duke a while ago and it stuck with me. There are just some books that appeal from the first page. How to Deceive a Duke was one of them. It did not disappoint not one bit.

I loved Meg in the way that I wanted to protect her. She had been overlooked by everyone (including the hero) because she's supposedly plain. The poor girl. It's difficult not to want to jump into the book and kick everyone for being mean to her but I was glad to see her come into her own (if a bit late). She was, perhaps, one of the strongest and bravest heroines I have ever come across. Nicholas is quite the different story. I had the great desire to scold him very sternly for how he treated Meg. And quite frankly, he treated the dirt on his shoes better than he treated his wife. But somehow, I did like him for the most part. He eventually came around.

I loved this book. I sat with my Nook for hours straight reading this one. The chemistry between Meg and Nicholas was just amazing—even though their story was full of confrontations, bickering and heartfail. Lecia Cornwall's writing style is just delightful and she can wring emotion from a scene like no one else. I haven't read any of her other books yet but I will because she's amazing. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Review: Checkmate, My Lord by Tracey Devlyn

Checkmate, My Lord (Nexus, #2)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402258259
Pages: 394 pages
Genre:Romance/Historical
Series:   Nexus-1
Challenges-TK
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Summary:

THE STAKES ARE HIGH, THE PLAYERS IN POSITION...

Catherine Ashcroft leads a quiet life caring for her precocious seven-year-old daughter, until a visitor delivers a startling ultimatum. She will match wits with the enigmatic Earl of Somerton, and it's not just her heart that's in danger.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN...

Spymaster Sebastian Danvers, Earl of Somerton, is famous for his cunning. Few can outwit him and even few dare challenge him--until now. After returning to his country estate, his no-nonsense neighbor turns her seductive wiles on him--but why would a respectable widow like Catherine risk scandal for a few passionate nights in his bed?

 

My Review:

Checkmate, My Lord came as a surprise to me. I've been snailing my way through books lately. Even if I loved them. But not this one. I breezed right through it and enjoyed every single page of it.

Catherine was one fantastic heroine. She was smart and capable. She made some bad decisions in trusting the wrong people while being suspicious of the person she should trust but she did her best for her daughter. I love how her concern for her child never faded to the background when she met Sebastian. She was willing to do anything for her child and you have to love that. Sebastian was the perfect hero for Catherine. He was very “spy”. Very logical and fact-oriented. He did have a softer side when it came to Catherine and her daughter.

I really liked this book. I'm not usually a fan of spy storylines in my romance novels. It tends to take over and the main characters kind of lose their chemistry in order to solve whatever mystery. But not in this one. The mystery was front and center but the development of the relationship was just as important. Catherine and Sebastian also had some amazing chemistry. They had a nice push/pull type of bickerson relationship for much of the book. Normally, that doesn't quite work for me and takes me out of the love story but it actually added to my interest in Catherine and Sebastian. This is one of the rare spy/historical romances that manages to balance the spy and historical romance storylines well. Needless to say, I am waiting for Tracey Devlyn's next book very anxiously.

And...has there ever been a Bad Romance book with a hero named Sebastion? I'm really curious about that.

 

Review: X Marks the Scot by Victoria Roberts

X Marks the Scot (Bad Boys of the Highlands, #2)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402270097
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Highlander
Series:   Bad Boys of the Highlands-1
Challenges-TK
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Summary:

He was a Highland rogue—
wicked with a bow and just as wicked with the ladies.


Declan MacGregor hadn’t a care in the world beyond finding a soft bed and willing woman…until he had to escort Lady Liadain Campbell to the English court. The woman needles him at every turn, but he can’t just abandon her to that vipers’ nest without protection.

She never asked for a bodyguard…

Liadain wasn’t thrilled to be left in the care of her clan’s archrival. It was as if the man never had a lady tell him no before! And yet as whispers of treason swirl through the court and the threat of danger grows ever sharper, her bitter enemy soon becomes the only one she can trust…

My Review:

Victoria Roberts is quickly becoming one of my favorite Highlander romance authors. Her first book, Temptation in a Kilt, was excellent and this one was just as good.

Liadain was amazing. She was one of the more smart and strong heroines that I have come across in a while. She was strong-willed and stubborn but with a purpose. I loved her. And I very rarely say that about heroines. Declan was a bit of a conundrum for me. He was a bit immature at times and I wanted to tell him to grow up. But he grew on me as the book went on. I loved that he was a bit rakish. They are my favorite.

I loved this book. I read it while I was all fluish so I am surprised that I remember so much of it. I loved the slow burn of the romance. It wasn't insta-love. Both characters were on a journey and had real obstacles to their happy ending. They also had really strong chemistry even when they were bickering like an old married couple. There were also nice bits of action as well. I can't wait for the next book because I have a feeling this series is only going to get better. 

 

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