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Friday, January 31, 2014

Review: The Magic Between Us by Tammy Falkner

I use Grammarly's free plagiarism check because the shadow game isn't as cute on you as it is on Michelle Tanner.

The Magic Between Us (Faerie, #3)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402268181
Pages: 322 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Paranormal
Series:  Faerie-1,2
Challenges- TK
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


When These Worlds Collide
Cecelia Hewitt has lived her whole life in the land of the fae, and she dreams of a future with her childhood sweetheart, Marcus Thorne. When Marcus is called upon to dwell in the human world, it means leaving Cecelia behind and breaking both their hearts...

More Than Sparks May Fly
Marcus was groomed for leadership in the land of the fae, but now that he has found his human parents, he will inherit his father's title and position in the British ton—and he will marry a human. As love and passion continue to burn between Cecelia and Marcus, the question remains: Can two people fated for different worlds find one to share?


My Review:

The first book in this series, A Lady and Her Magic , was a bit of a revelation for me. Fairy romances were never really a favorite of mine but I loved the way Tammy Falkner weaved her story and the chemistry her characters had. I was really looking forward to the sequel. It lived up to every single one of my expectations and more.

I absolutely loved Cecelia.  I tend to make more of a connection to heroes so I was quite surprised that I loved Cecilia so much. She was strong and spunky. I loved how she didn't let Marcus get away with leaving her easily. She didn't let him off the hook and, for that, I was very glad. Sometimes heroes tend to get away with more than they should. Marcus was a bit of a nodcock and I say that with the utmost affection. He was a nodcock in an adorable kind of way. It's a "you're behaving in a way that I don't approve of but I like you nonetheless" sort of disapproval. There were so many less hurtful ways that he could have chosen to leave Cecilia but he chose the way of most pain and suffering for the both of them. He was inept in a well-intentioned but badly executed way.

I loved The Magic Between Us maybe even a little bit more than A Lady and Her Magic. Marcus and Cecilia had this slightly angsty thing going. Especially in the beginning of the book. That opening scene is so gut-wrenching. They had a past together and they truly loved one another. They had to work through some things before they could be happy together. It was a well-rounded progression of a romance.I am also not generally a big fan of fairies in my reading. I had an irrational fear of Tinkerbelle as a child—something to do with her incredibly small size, immense power and her impervious cheerfulness. I do, however, love how Tammy Falkner wove fairy lore into this book. It's detailed and done in a completely new and interesting way. I can't wait for the next book. I hope Allen and Ainsley get a book next.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review: One Rogue Too Many by Samantha Grace

One Rogue Too Many (Rival Rogues, #1)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402286589
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Series:  Rival Rogues
Challenges- TK
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


From the Betting Book at Brook's Gentleman's Club:
Wager: £2,000 that Lord Ellis will throw the first punch when he discovers Lord Throne is wooing a certain duke's sister.
All Bets Are Off When the Game is Love
Lady Gabrielle is thrilled when Anthony Keaton, earl of Ellis, asks for her hand in marriage. She's not so pleased when he then leaves the country and four months pass without a word. Clearly, the scoundrel has changed his mind and is too cowardly to tell her. There's nothing to do but go back on the marriage mart...
When Anthony returns to town and finds his ultimate rival has set sights on Gabby, his continual battle of one-upmanship with Sebastian Thorne ceases to be a game. Anthony is determined to win back the woman who holds his heart--but he's not expecting Gabby herself to up the stakes...


My Review:

Intro Babble: Samantha Grace is quickly becoming one of my favorites. She never fails to make it interesting. I think this one may be on my list of favorites because even though the heroine worked my nerves a little bit, I can still see myself coming back and rereading this one.

Heroine: Gabrielle- At first, I had trouble with Gabby. She played both Anthony and Sebastian against each other too often when I didn't think it was necessary. But towards the middle of the book, her reasons for this became more obvious and Anthony gave her every reason in their past to make her want it to be a little difficult for him.

Hero: Anthony-In some ways, he was the protypical “I don't want her until someone else does.” Or as I like to classify it—typical amn tomfoolery.. That is always very frustrating. I did like Anthony though. He was a good guy. Perhaps a bit wrong in his decisions in the past but still a good man. I do have to admit that I liked Sebastian quite a bit more. I lobe the rakes...I feel like I should apologize for that.

Chemistry: I am not a fan of the love triangle. It takes attention and some chemistry away from the main couple. But I did like how it was done here. I liked all three characters and did not feel as if the triangle with Sebastian took anything away from Gabby and Anthony.

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Ending Babble: I absolutely love Samantha Grace's writing style. There is just something about it that appeals to me. The characters are always interesting, the dialogue is lively and the romance and story is always well-plotted. She's well on her way to becoming one of my favorites. This one was pretty excellent. The only thing is, I made more of a connection to Sebastian than I did to Anthony. I am prepared to beg for a book about Sebastian. I am and I am not even sorry. 

Update: I just looked it up and the next book is about Sebastian. Yes! Yes! YES!! It's called In Bed With a Rogue and it comes out in September 2014. *happy dancing*

Friday, January 17, 2014

Review: Welcome Back To Apple Grove by C.H. Admirand

Welcome Back to Apple GrovePublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402269056
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Small Town
Series:  Small Town USA-1,2
Challenges- TK
 Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


There's No Place Like Home...

Grace Mulcahy thought she'd finally gotten Apple Grove, Ohio, out of her system. Then she's lured back for a family barbecue and spies a broad-shouldered hottie hanging out at the grill. He somehow seems utterly at ease, whether flipping burgers or horsing around with her hellion nephews. Why didn't her brother-in-law tell her he had such gorgeous friends? Suddenly her mouth is watering for more than her best friend's famous pie.

Some fires aren't meant to be fought

When firefighter Pat Garahan sees Grace, it's like a five-alarm bell goes off and he's the one ablaze. She says she wants to leave Apple Grove, but he will do whatever it takes to keep her around. The life of a firefighter isn't an easy one though, and he'll have to prove their immediate spark can have a lasting chance at love..

My Review:

Intro Babble: To start off, this is a namesake book. I love them and have a small collection of them. I have been waiting for Grace's story in a big way. Not only because we share a first name but she's been my favorite character in the series. And she didn't let me down. I absolutely loved this book.


Heroine: Grace-I loved her and it's not just because we share the same name. She was smart, spunky and one of the most realistic, non-obnoxious heroine I have ever had the good fortune to come across. If you are ever in a drought where every heroine you come across seems like a bleating ninny, read this book. It will cure you of the heroine induced weariness.

Hero: Patrick-I absolutely loved him as well. He was a sweetie. He was also a fireman so he had that man in uniform thing going for him. I did have some moments where I wanted to smack him but they were few and far between.

Chemistry: It was sort of love at first signt but not in that obnoxious way. It was believable and not at all overdone. Patrick was buttass in love with Grace from the beginning but it was done in such a perfect way. Grace and Patrick had their moments of slight angst but, overall, they are the romance couple to give you a nice break from all the other romance couple who make you crazy. Or at least that's what they were to me.

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Ending Babble: I love C.H. Admirand. Contemporary romance authors very rarely make my favorite authors list but Admirand is on it. Her books remind me very much of Jill Shalvis. Small town romances with perfectly loveable characters and interesting stories. This book was perfection. Grace and Patrick were so perfect together and they were so well written, the town is full of interesting characters and the writing is excellent. I highly recommend that you pick up this one. Or any C.H. Admirand book. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review: Wicked Little Secrets by Susanna Ives

Wicked Little SecretsPublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN:  1402283571
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/ Historical
Challenges- TBA
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


It's Not Easy Being Good...

Vivacious Vivienne Taylor has finally won her family's approval by getting engaged to the wealthy and upright John Vandergrift. But when threatened by a vicious blackmail scheme, it is to her childhood friend that Vivienne turns; the deliciously wicked Viscount Dashiell.

When Being Wicked is so Much More Exciting...

Lord Dashiell promised himself long ago that his friendship with Vivienne would be the one relationship with a woman that he wouldn't ruin. He agrees to help her just to keep the little hothead safe, but soon finds that Vivienne has grown up to be very, very dangerous to all of Dash's best intentions.

My Review:

Intro Babble: I took a self-imposed break from the blog to get myself back into a groove during the holiday and I think it worked. I'm hoping at least. It just so happened that I read this one during my break and I loved it. Susanna Ives is a new to me author and I definitely think I will be reading more of her books.

Heroine: Vivienne-I liked Vivienne. I did. Even though she frustrated me. And she did. She really really did. She was so willing to be led around by everyone—her fiance, her Aunt Gertrude—that I was kind of wondering if she was ever going to snap out of it and assert herself. I wanted that big “come to Jesus” moment for her because I really did like her.

Hero: Dashiell-He was lovely. In a completely naughty way. He was a scamp. He was mischievous and a big ol' sweetie pie. I loved when he had his little freak out episodes and I loved it even more that he was never really free of them.

Chemistry: At first, Vivienne came across as very judgemental and snooty. Especially towards Dashiell. But, throughout the novel, Vivienne became less judgmental and I began to buy into their relationship more. I do wish that Vivienne had woken up sooner. I also liked that Vivienne and Dashiell had a connection from when they were children. It added another interesting dynamic.

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Ending Babble: I really enjoyed Wicked Little Secrets. I blew through it. It was sweet and had some really funny moments—one of the funniest moments I have ever encountered in my reading life occurs towards the end of the book. There is also a nice twist towards the end. I did find myself a little annoyed at the constant mentions of religion but it fit with the story and it was necessary with a character like Gertrude. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and I am really looking forward to the next one from Susanna Ives. 

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