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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Wed at Leisure by Sabrina Darby

Wed at Leisure (Taming, #2)Publisher: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 0062304518
Pages: 100 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
Series:  Taming-1
Challenges-TK
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Summary:

In all of Sussex—scratch that—in all of England, there is no one prettier than Kate Mansfield, and Peter Colburn, heir to the Duke of Orland, has known that since the age of 15. But since her vivacious nature comes with a temper to match, Peter has always masked his hunger for her behind ruthless teasing.

As far as Kate is concerned, there is no one as annoying or as incredibly handsome as Peter. So when he surprises her with a sudden and romantic courtship, Kate is sure this must be his idea of a sick joke. After all, he's the one man who knows how flawed she really is. And the only man to whom she has ever been so attracted. It's only after she rejects him that she realizes he might actually have been serious. And she just might be regretting her hasty decision.

As Kate's determination wars with her traitorous heart, it may be too late. Now she's putting everything, including her reputation, on the line to give this accidental tragedy a happy ending.

My Review:

Intro Babble: Kate is my favorite character in all of Shakespeare. That being said, I don't like Shakespeare very much. But, nevertheless, I have always identified with the shrew. I spent much of the time I was reading Woo'd in Haste anticipating reading Wed at Leisure.

Characters:

Heroine: Kate-I loved Kate as I expected I would. Some may dismiss her as just a typically bratty character but she had her reasons for raising hell. I wanted to give her whole family a sound wallop especially her mother. She had such emotional depth. She wasn't exactly likable all the time but I always empathized with her.

Hero: Peter-When you first meet Peter you wonder how he could be the one to end up with Kate. His is such a mellow and fun character. He was immediately likable and I worried for him because I thought Kate would tear him limb from limb.

Chemistry-When you first meet Kate and Peter, it's almost amazing to think that these two completely different people can have even the slightest bit of believable chemistry. But they do. And I think it's their differences that make it work. Kate and Peter make each other better. In a way, I think this works better than Bianca and Lucien who are very similar.

Chemistry Rating:


Ending Babble: I loved this book. I liked Woo'd in Haste but this is the book that will keep me coming back to this series. I love Kate and Peter and they had such amazing chemistry even though I doubted that Peter would even manage to survive Kate. I really loved the contrast in Kate and Peter's characters and the way Darby was able to build chemistry based on those differences.

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Review and Giveaway: Woo'd in Haste by Sabrina Darby

Woo'd in Haste (Taming, #1)Publisher: Avon Impulse
ISBN:0062304488
Pages: 160 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
Series:  Taming
Challenges-TK
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Summary:


Miss Bianca Mansfield is ready for her debut. If only her older sister didn't insist on marrying first. She's doomed to wait to find love. Until she meets … him.

For Lucian Dorlingsley, Viscount Asquith, recently returned from an extended tour abroad, it is love at first sight. He's determined to meet Bianca, even if it means masquerading as a tutor to her young half-brother.

Soon Bianca is torn between love and duty and about to make a desperate decision. Can Lucian calm her fury over his betrayal when he reveals that he's not nearly as improper a match as he seems? And will they ever be able to find a match for her older sister to turn this masquerade into wedded bliss?

My Review:

Intro Babble: I must preface this review as I do every book with any sort of basis in Shakespeare with a warning. I don't like him. At all. He is one of the few that I muddled through in English class. Taming of the Shrew is one of the exceptions. I identified with Kate in a big bad way.

Characters:


Heroine: Bianca-I normally have such trouble with Bianca. She just comes off as wishy-washy and boring. But not here. She is still Bianca in essence but more active and lively. She has personality and I am so very thankful for that because I could not have gotten through even a 100 page novella with Shakespeare's Bianca.

Hero: Lucien-I actually had a bit of trouble with him. He fell kind of flat for me because he just came across to me as a dude with a crush. Towards the middle he did start to grow on me in an “you're an adorable puppy boy” kind of way.

Chemistry-I did have a bit of trouble with Lucien on his own but paired with Bianca, they were perfect. They were the perfect complement to each other. They were both unassuming characters and their chemistry is the quiet sort.

Chemistry Rating: 

Ending Babble: I really did enjoy this novella. I breezed through it during a car ride and I found it so very enjoyable. I did find myself anticipating Kate's story though. She is my favorite character in Taming of the Shrew and, as much as I liked Bianca's story, Kate promises more fireworks.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Last Second Chance by Caisey Quinn

Last Second Chance ISBN: B00K60M99E
 Pages: 266 pages
 Genre: New Adult
 Series:  Second Chance
Challenges-TK
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Summary:

When Stella Jo Chandler gets an offer to work at the Second Chance Ranch celebrity rehab facility right after graduating from Texas A&M, she’s tempted to turn it down. She wants to help real people with real problems, not spoiled celebrities going on vacation for publicity. But growing up on her family’s ranch left her with a love of horses that draws her to the opportunity. How bad can babysitting a bunch of strung out celebrities be?

What she didn’t count on was being roped into a tangled mess with infamous rocker and three-time rehab drop out Van Ransom on her first day. And she sure didn’t expect to feel the overwhelming attraction that pulls her to the man who has more issues than she can count on both hands. Like the hotel rooms and tour buses he’s famous for trashing, the havoc he could wreak on Stella’s heart would be irreparable.

Van isn’t at Second Chance for publicity or because he’s suffering from “exhaustion”. He’s on the brink of destruction, and he needs the kind of help Stella isn’t sure she can give. But without her, he'll lose everything. Because he’s on his last second chance.

My Review:

Intro Babble: I have been having a rough go if it lately. Between my writer's block and reading slump and various other issues, I don't know which end is up. But it is always a pleasure to find a good book to distract you from all of it. This one was exactly that. And it had a tattoo boy who also happened to be a little bit bad and a rock star. So very appreciated.

Characters: 

Heroine: Stella Jo-I loved Stella so much. She was an interesting character because my initial impression of her was so wrong. She surprised me and that so very rarely happens. She was completely different from what I expected and so much more awesome than I anticipated.

Hero: Van-I have a well known weakness for rock star heroes. I do in a big way. But Holy Hades, what am I going to do with Van? I finished this book and I did not want to let him go. He was the perfect combination of bad boy and sweetie pie. He was like that Sour Patch Kids commercial. You know the one where the Sour Patch candy guy is all badly behaved then he apologizes in a sweet way and all is okay because he's cute. 

Chemistry: I love it when romance novel couples have a definite impact on each other. Other than the obvious of course. That is true for Stella Jo and Van. They bring out new aspects of each other's personalities and I absolutely loved that.

Chemistry Rating: 


Ending Babble: I cannot tell you how much I loved this book. It was excellent. The writing, the characters, the dialog...everything was a giant smushfest of awesome. I just fell in love with this book almost immediately. Just based on Van and Stella alone. They were peerfect. I can't wait for this series to continue
About Caisey Quinn
Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult Romance novels featuring coun-try girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online:

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Winning Miss Wakefield by Vivienne Lorret

Winning Miss Wakefield (Wallflower Weddings, #2)Publisher: Avon Impulse
ISBN:0062315765
Pages: 300 p
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Series: Wallflower Weddings1
Challenges-TK
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Summary:

She's got nothing left to lose …

With her fiancĂ© suddenly engaged to another and her reputation in tatters, Merribeth Wakefield needs a bold plan to reclaim her life. She must be brave. Confident. She must … kiss a rake? The suggestion is ludicrous! Yet when Merribeth finds herself alone with the dark and brooding Lord Knightswold, suddenly the plan doesn't seem so farfetched. So she does something she never thought she'd do—she kisses him.

But he has everything to gain …

The Marquess of Knightswold—Bane to most—has no use for the affections of women. Well, none lasting longer than a single night. A plot for revenge weighs heavy on his mind, leaving no room for romance. But then a shy, witty miss borrows a kiss from him in a darkened room, and everything he thought he knew about innocent debutantes vanishes along with her.

When a twist of fate brings Merribeth within Bane's grasp, he'll have to resist her charms—or risk losing everything—for the sake of his heart.

My Review:

Intro Babble: After finishing Daring Miss Danvers, I was thrilled to start this one. It's a rare second book that can live up to the awesome of the first one but this one accomplishes that.

Characters:

Heroine: Merribeth-I absolutely loved her. She was smart, strong and brave. I made such an instant connection to her to the point where I felt like punching anyone who was even the slightest bit mean to her. I can say one thing about Vivienne Lorret, she knows how to write a great heroine. That is enough for me to fangirl her.

Hero: Bane- Let me start by saying, how awesome is his name. It just brings to mind Tom Hardy and that never is a bad thing. Never. Ever. I digress. He was a great hero in much the same way that Oliver was a great hero but he was more the traditional alpha. He was also quite the mush when it came to Merribeth.

Chemistry: Merribeth and Bane had the most amazing sort of chemistry. They were the perfect mix of sweetness, intense chemistry and a little bit of angsty goodness. I think they may top Oliver and Emma as my favorite couple in this series. For now.

Chemistry Rating:


Ending Babble: It's official. Vivienne Lorret is on the road to being on of my auto-buy authors. Everything about her books is perfect. The dialog, the characters, the storytelling. Everything. I don't fangirl often but when I finished this one, I was fangirling. And I have been in the middle of a reading slump. I start every book with expectations of doom. But this one was excellent. 
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Review: Daring Miss Danvers by Vivienne Lorret

Daring Miss Danvers (Wallflower Weddings, #1)Publisher: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 0062315749
Pages: 300 p
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Series:  Wallflower Weddings
Challenges-TK
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Summary:

It's all fun and games . . . until someone falls in love.

Oliver Goswick, Viscount Rathburn, needs money—and soon. With time ticking away and his inheritance held hostage until he's properly wed, Rathburn's slim options point to a single solution: a faux engagement. In need of the perfect bride, he knows of only one candidate: his best friend's wallflower sister. The plan seems flawless, except for one problem . . . He can't help falling in love with her.

Poised, polished Emma Danvers knows nothing good can come of Rathburn's scheme. Spending the next two months engaged in a mock courtship is not what she'd imagined for her final season. Yet, charmed by his roguish ways and the inexplicable hammering he causes in her heart, she accepts his challenge.

For Emma, keeping the secret seemed easy when it was just a game . . . But as Rathburn begins to see past her reserved exterior to the passionate woman within, the risk of losing her heart becomes all too real.

My Review:

Intro Babble: It's been pretty apparent to me lately that my reading slump is quite ongoing in a sporadic kind of way. I will read and review absolutely nothing for a week and then binge on books and reviews for a week and then back to slumping. Does anyone have any tips for busting out of a slump like this?

This is one I picked up during the non-slumping times and I absolutely loved it. It was a nice jolt of sweet historical romance before delving into another angsty historical romance.

Characters:

Heroine: Emma- There was nothing to dislike about Emma. At all. It was so easy to like her and to make a connection to her. I also found her to be quite the realistic heroine. She was strong but not in a bombastic way and she had her faults.

Hero: Oliver-He was an alpha in a not obvious way. That's not exactly the best way to describe him. But he was an alpha in the way that Mr. Darcy was an alpha. He just had a way about him and his presence just jumped off the page. He also had his moments of complete and utter sweetie pie.

Chemistry: There is just something about these two together that just goes beyond anything I thought they would be. They were so sweet together. Sweet almost in the way that they can even maintain the sweet through any minor conflicts they may have. And they had a few in the book. They did not get their merit badge in communication.

Chemistry Rating:


Ending Babble: Daring Miss Danvers was excellent from start to finish. It's perfect for when you want a historical romance without the angst but with a really compelling main couple. Vivienne Lorret is a new to me author but she is definitely one I will be revisiting.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Review: Night Child by Lisa Kessler

Night Child (The Night Series)Publisher: Entangled: Edge
ISBN: 1622665465
Pages: 330 p
Genre: Romance/Paranormal
Series: Night-1,2
Challenges-TK
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Summary:

A psychic gift…

Muriah La Deaux’s latest job requires her to locate an ancient codex detailing a prophecy of an immortal birth. But before she can deliver it, her client is brutally murdered. Now a man with chaos in his eyes wants the codex she’s hiding.

An immortal child…

Issa is one of the original Night Walkers, a proud protector of the mortal world. Now, when the survival of his entire race rests on protecting an unborn child, Issa is the only immortal strong enough to protect Muriah on a risky mission—locate the lost scrolls that will trap their foe—but his tenuous grasp on his sanity is slipping.

The ultimate sacrifice…

Muriah’s headstrong spirit awakens feelings in Issa that are best left buried. But as the battle between love and chaos ensues, sacrifices must be made.

My Review:

Intro Babble: I must begin the review by apologizing for its lateness. My computer died a sad death last night and had to be replaced by a newer sexier model. The computer also met it's demise when I was drafting this review so I apologize if the quality is a bit iffy.

This type of book is not normally my thing--it takes a really amazing book description or a recommendation from a friend for me even to pick up a paranormal. Paranormal romance is very hit or miss with me and I tend to be very picky with this genre in particular. But I found that I really did like this one.

Characters:

Heroine: Muriah: I liked her. She was strong, capable and smart. She was also a very likable and engaging heroine. She was bookish as well which boosted her greatly in my esteem.

Hero: Issa-He came off as a bit broody. And oh boy do I like broody. But I loved him. He's the type of hero you want nice things to happen to because you think he deserves them not simply because he's pretty.

Chemistry: Normally when I read a paranormal romance, I end up feeling as if the paranormal element overwhelms the romance—that's part of the reason why I avoid most paranormal romance—but that wasn't the case here. The development of Muriah and Issa's romance was well paced and both characters were the perfect fit for each other.

Chemistry Rating: 


Ending Babble: I am kind of a rookie when it comes to paranormal romance so sometimes I feel overwhelmed when there are too many paranormal aspects in a book. That was kind of the case here. The Mayan gods, the vampires etc just jumbled up a bit. It didn't lessen my enjoyment of the romance but it took a little while to adjust.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Forever by Miranda P. Charles

Forever (Time for Love, #1)Publisher: Createspace
ISBN: 1497334322
Pages: 242 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Series: Time For Love
Challenges: TK
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Summary:

Rebecca Andrews knew she was lucky to be hired as a private nurse for an elderly lady who was going on a one-month trip aboard a luxury cruise ship. But there was one big problem. The client was the grandmother of her ex-boyfriend--the guy she was still in love with; the guy who didn't love her back.
Zach Carmichael couldn't say no to his grandmother's plea to join her on a month-long cruise for her eightieth birthday. But he didn't expect his spritely gran to bring two private nurses with her. One of them happened to be the woman who broke his heart--the one he believed lied to him about her feelings.
Aboard a luxury liner, their passion for each other flared again. Was it just a temporary flame brought about by the romance of being in a cruise? How could they give love another chance when they were both afraid to put their hearts back on the line?

My Review:

Intro Babble: This was another one that I was a bit unsure of when I started but quickly began to love. I mean cruise ships creep me out for many reasons and this one had a big giant cruise ship on the cover. But there was a good amount of angsty goodness to make up for the creepy of a cruise ship.

Characters: 


Heroine: Rebecca-She was likable. She was a bit of a conundrum for me because I liked her and was able to empathize with her but I never really made a connection to her. That's very strange for me. Usually one goes with the other but in this case it didn't.

Hero: Zach-I really liked him. Although I did want to kick him in the kneecap a couple of times. He had putzy tendencies but I generally really like heroes with putzy tendencies so it worked out.

Chemistry-I make no secret of the fact that I love angst and nothing brings more angst than a couple forced together. I did kind of want to yell at them both for their inability to communicate but I really loved the angst in this one.

Chemistry Rating:

Ending Babble: This one was so good. It was a nice shortish read that kept me interested and really really wanting a bit more. I was a bit wary at the start of the whole cruise ship things because I have had a healthy fear of those boats for most of my life but I really loved the story and the journey of Rebecca and Zach.

Author Info
Ever since I was a young teenager, I have loved reading romance novels. My auntie used to send me boxes of her books and I would devour them one after another.
Every so often, I would read a mystery or a suspense or a paranormal novel as I love those genres too. But romance is still my favourite. :)
For many years, I wrote technical and non-fiction materials for professional use and had only dreamt about writing a novel. Then, one day, after a period of binge-reading sexy romances, I decided to sit in front of my computer and start writing my first fiction book. The result? My debut novel Will To Love, the first in the hot and sexy Lifestyle by Design series. After that, I knew that I would love to tell more beautiful love stories through my books.
I live in Sydney, Australia with my amazing husband who lovingly cheers me on in my journey as a novelist.

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