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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review: Twisted by Cynthia Eden

Twisted (Lost, #2)Publisher: Avon
ISBN:0062349651
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Thriller
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Summary:

In the second seductive Lost novel from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden, an obsessed Last Option Search Team agent goes looking for trouble—and finds her in the Big Easy.

Dean Bannon comes to New Orleans for one reason only: to track down a missing sixteen-year-old girl. That’s before he meets the drop-dead gorgeous con artist who makes him want to lose his legendary control.

With her past, Emma Castille doesn’t claim to be psychic. She just notices things other people don’t. Like the fear in a runaway’s eyes-or the pain in an ex-FBI agent’s heart. Her chemistry with Dean is blistering, but Emma follows her passion . . . not someone else’s orders.

Then a madman breaks into Emma’s home and leaves a twisted message: “You’re next.” Now Dean refuses to let her out of his sight until he pries every last secret from her full, sexy lips. And suddenly Emma’s aching to give him everything he wants.

My Review:

Intro: Guess what happened today? I finished a book (Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh) and loved it!! That may seem like something not so monumental but it’s been a long long time for me. I did like this one but it fell into the part of the reading slump were everything was a bit “meh” for me.

Characters:

Heroine: Emma-I liked her. She was smart and brave and very loyal. But she was one of those heroines that kind of fell a bit flat for me. Not in a huge way but it took me a while to make a connection to her.

Hero: Dean-I really liked Dean as well. But again, he just fell a bit flat for me. He was a strong, protective and kind hero. I have no idea why I had trouble making a connection to him but I did.

Chemistry: This is where the book came to life for me a bit. Emma and Dean had great chemistry. You could feel their connection instantly. I am always happy when characters who don’t necessarily work for me individually but work well as a couple. And they did.

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Conclusion: I liked Twisted. I did. It’s probably not going to go on my favorites list but I did like it. I have trouble getting into a book when I don’t connect with the characters so it took me a bit longer to get into the story but I really enjoyed the mystery aspect and thought that Dean and Emma had great chemistry. I may come back to this one after my reading slumped is defeated so I can see if my opinion changes. 

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Author Info
Award-winning author CYNTHIA EDEN writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty novels and novellas. Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies include hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Review: The Devilish Mr. Danvers by Vivienne Lorret

The Devilish Mr. Danvers (The Rakes of Fallow Hall, #2)Publisher: Avon Impulse
Pages: 194 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

For the first time in her life, Hedley Sinclair holds the keys to her own future. She’s inherited the crumbling Greyson Park, but the disrepair does nothing to dissuade her. No one will ever lock her up again or attempt to take away what’s hers. No one except Rafe Danvers—the charming, fiendish man from Fallow Hall. He’s determined to claim Greyson Park, but if Hedley isn’t careful, he’ll claim her heart as well.

Rafe has every intention of ridding Greyson Park of the conniving Sinclairs, once and for all. The last thing he expects is to find the beguiling Hedley Sinclair—the younger sister of his former fiancĂ©e—standing in his way. With drastic measures called for, he plans to marry her off in order to regain control of the estate. The only trouble is, he can’t seem to stop seducing her. Even worse, he can’t help falling in love with her.

My Review:

Intro: I am still not out of my reading slump. It’s better. Meaning I finished a book in a reasonable amount of time and it wasn’t like pulling teeth with a wrench. Was it a book I enjoyed? Not really. But still…baby steps. The Devilish Mr. Danvers however is a complete exception to my reading slump. This one was the brief respite from the sad lack of good books I have been reading lately. But I have loved all of Vivienne Lorret’s books so it should be no surprise.

Characters:

Heroine: Hedley-Hedley was one amazing heroine. She was one of the ones that tug at your heartstrings and make you want to protect her. Her story was truly heartwrenching. Her family was terrible and I wanted them to get what was coming to them. I love how you see Hedley coming into her own throughout the book.

Hero: Rafe-First of all, his name is Rafe. I have a serious weakness for that name. A serious one. I loved him as well. He was abandoned by Hedley’s sister at the altar and now hates her family understandably. I loved watching him let go of that. He really was an excellent hero.

Chemistry: I really loved Rafe and Hedley together. They were sweet but still had that edge of angst to them. They were both sort of damaged and I loved watching them heal together. They were just perfect.

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Conclusion: The Devilish Mr. Danvers was such a nice break of Great Book before I went back to the world of Blah Books. I loved this one. The writing was excellent, the characters were amazing and I was emotionally invested in the story. I am going to count this one as a victory and officially add Vivienne Lorret to my list of favorite authors.


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Author Info

USA Today bestselling author VIVIENNE LORRET loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order ... but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is proud to be an Avon Impulse author of works including: “Tempting Mr. Weatherstone”, The Wallflower Wedding Series, and the Rakes of Fallow Hall series.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Review: The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath

The Duke and the Lady in Red (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, #3)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062276263
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Sparks fly in the finale of the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Place series, as the last wicked rogue meets his match.

When Rosalind Sharpe gains the attention of the deliciously wicked Duke of Avendale, she’s torn between her distracting attraction to the notorious rogue and the knowledge that he—rich as Croesus—is the perfect target for a deception that will put her swindling days behind her.

However, Avendale is no fool. After he discovers the tantalizing lady packing up to leave London with his coins in tow, he confronts her with a scandalous proposition: she can have all the money she requires…for a week in his bed.

Desperate for the funds, Rose agrees, but on one condition: he must never question her motives. Avendale quickly sees beneath her mask and discovers she is more than passion and pleasure—she is everything he has ever desired. But claiming her requires he unveil her secrets and lose her forever. Unless he can put his own dark past aside and risk everything for a chance at love.


My Review:

Intro: I haven’t been around much lately. I’ve been in a reading slump. A big one. I’ve started like twelve books, finished one of them and liked none of them. I’ve just been extra grumpy with my books lately. I read this one before the slump started and I have a sneaky suspicion that this book may be the reason for the slump. It was so good that I expected every book after it to be just as good and when they weren’t…immediate book slump.

Characters:

Heroine: Rosalind-I loved her from the very beginning. She is one of those heroines that I will remember long after I have posted this review. She was such a complex and interesting heroine. She was very sweet and kind yet sort of sly and rough around the edges. There was also a pretty huge shocker about her and why she does what she does. And you’ll be shocked. I was shocked.

Hero: Avendale-He was also a bit rough around the edges. But I still loved him. He presents himself as a rake and a bit of a scamp but he’s so much more than that. He’s a very good and loyal man. He was much more than I expected him to be when we first meet him.

Chemistry: I learned very quickly with this book that Rosalind and Avendale are two characters that you have to take your time with. It takes time to get to know them and get past their guards—even as readers. They both are so much more than your initial impressions of them. And so is their romance. They have such a deep connection. They both have so many layers and guards up that it is interesting to watch them work through that.

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Conclusion: I loved this book so much. I mean, it’s Lorraine Heath. I should have expected it to be amazing. But I loved it so much I am considering a reread now to maybe bust up my slump. Maybe I will do a backlist read of all of Lorraine Heath’s books. 
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Author Info

LORRAINE HEATH always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals and computer code, but something was always missing. After reading a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA’s RITA® and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times best-seller lists.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Review: Four Nights With a Duke by Eloisa James

Four Nights With the Duke (Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers, #2)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062223917
Pages: 384 pages
Genre:Romance/Historical
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Summary:

As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him-so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.

Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia’s audacious proposal, but there’s one thing he won’t give his inconvenient wife: himself.

Instead, he offers Mia a devil’s bargain… he will spend four nights a year with her. Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them.

Which Mia will never do.

Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart-and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can’t afford to lose.


My Review:

Intro: Eloisa James is one of my favorites. I have loved every single book I have read by her and Four Nights With a Duke is no different. I loved it. So much. I am still waiting for an Eloisa James book that I don’t love.

Characters:

Heroine: Mia-I liked Mia. She was all the things that make some heroines very likable in my book—smart, strong and independent. But what I really loved about her---and this may sound strange---is how controlled emotionally she was. I identified with that in a big way.

Hero: Vander-I LOVED Vander. He has a personality that could seem abrasive at times. And I liked that. His acerbic personality did verge on cruel a couple of times but I found that I could not fault him. And he does end up being quite the hero. You just have to dig through the layers to get to it.

Chemistry-Between Mia’s controlled emotions and Vander’s abrasiveness, you never really know which way is up with these two. But I found that I liked it. Their relationship was complex and not something you read in every romance.

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Conclusion: I love Eloisa James. This is one of my favorite reads of the year. It made me even more ready to rush through Mary Balogh’s backlist to get to my Eloisa shelf. I loved everything about this book. Mia and Vander were complex and interesting characters and I love a good bit of angst and this book definitely provided it. 

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Author Info

A New York Times bestselling author, Eloisa James is a professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but who can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. (Her husband is an honest to goodness Italian knight!) Eloisa’s website offers short stories, extra chapters, and even a guide to shopping in Florence. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.


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Review: What a Lady Requires by Ashlyn Macnamara

What a Lady Requires (The Eton Boys Trilogy, #3)Publisher: Loveswept
ISBN: 0553393774
Pages: 231 pages
Genre:Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries, Ashlyn Macnamara’s blazing hot novel tells the story of mismatched newlyweds who discover a simmering connection.

Unlike every other proper young lady, Miss Emma Jennings views marrying well as little more than a means to an end. Such a merger would provide her industrious father with social credibility, and Emma with a chunk of her vast inheritance. Emma’s practical views are shattered, however, when her father ties her to the fabulously handsome ne’er-do-well Rowan Battencliffe, a man she loathes on sight—from the smile that promises all manner of wickedness to the way he ogles her with those striking blue eyes.

Deep in debt, especially to his wine merchant, Rowan figures the sooner he gets his finances in order, the sooner he can go back to doing what he does best: burning through ridiculous sums of cash. Which is why Rowan agrees to marry the merchant’s daughter, a prim and proper woman with delightful curves and an ample dowry. But Emma seems to think it’s her business to reform him! Their marriage is a tinderbox—and it’s just too tempting to resist playing with fire.


My Review:

Intro: I’ve reviewed What a Lady Demands and absolutely loved it. It was a reading highlight and I was really looking forward to this one as well. And it lived up to all of my expectations. I’m getting really concerned because I have been reading amazing books lately and I am waiting for the really terrible one to break the streak.

Characters:

Heroine: Emma-She was awesome. She was one of the more unique heroines I have come across lately. She is smart as a whip. I love that she is brainy and a math whiz. It was also so easy to identify with her. I always identify with the bookish heroines.

Hero: Rowan-I just felt bad for Rowan. His situation was terrible and I just wanted to buy him an ice cream cone and tell him that everything was going to be okay. I did love that he had to depend on Emma’s skills to fix his problems.  

Chemistry-I love how the roles were sort of flipped around in this one. I have read many books where the heroine is in need of a hero with math skills to help them out of a predicament but I haven’t read many that I can remember where the hero needs the heroine’s help. It’s refreshing. I also loved the easy chemistry they had with each other.  

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Conclusion: I really liked this one quite a bit. I loved the reversal of roles and I loved the characters. Ashlyn Macnamara is definitely an author that I will be following. I need to go back and read the first book in the series. It’s a necessity. 
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Author Info
Ashlyn lives in the wilds of suburbia outside Montreal with her husband and two teenaged daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading and wasting time on the internet in the guise of doing research.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review: A Perfect Ten by Linda Kage

A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men, #5)Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1508511934
Pages: 426 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

Let your hair down, Caroline, they said. It'll be fun, they said.

I know I've closed myself off in a major way in the past year, ever since “the incident” where I messed up my life completely. It's past time I try to live again or just give up completely. But this is quite possibly the craziest thing I've ever done. In a last ditch effort to invigorate myself, I'm standing outside Oren Tenning's bedroom, I just peeled off the sexiest pair of underwear I own, and my hand is already raised to knock. My brother would disown me for doing anything with his best friend, and he'd probably kill Oren. But if I play my cards right, no one will ever know about this. Not even Ten.

Maybe after tonight, I’ll finally get over this stupid, irrational crush I hate having on the biggest jerk I’ve ever met. Or maybe I’ll just end up falling for him even harder. Maybe I’ll discover there’s so much more to my crude, carefree hunk than meets the eye.

My Review:

Intro: If anyone follows me on Twitter, you would know that I had a terrible night last night. There was an evil person with an evil car alarm in my neighborhood a couple nights ago. The alarm went off like clockwork every 5 minutes while I was trying to sleep. This resulted in me getting about an hour of sleep and a huge migraine all day yesterday and today. It was painful and not fun. I had intended to post this review yesterday morning but I didn’t get a chance to edit it so it’s up now albeit a day later.
I did fall in love with this series. I have no idea how I missed it before but I must read the previous four books. I must. It’s a necessity.                                  

Characters:

Heroine: Caroline-Caroline was awesome. She is perhaps one of the most likable characters I have come across in my recent reading—I’ve been in a bit of a slump but that’s not to take away from the awesome that is Caroline. I love how she went after what (or who) she wanted without even a bit of fear.

Hero: Ten-Now this is how I know I absolutely must read the whole series. I loved Ten so much. He’s a bit of a playboy. But he’s just such a loveable guy that I couldn’t help but like him. He has a great sense of humor and he’s such a sweetie. He’s definitely a hero crush.

Chemistry: I love the disapproving sibling storyline. Almost as much as the crush on the brother’s best friend storyline. Both of which this story has. Caroline and Ten also had this chemistry that walked the line between completely comfortable and extremely intense. They also had moments of humor which I loved but also moments of angst which I loved even more.

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Conclusion: I loved this book so much. Caroline and Ten were perfect. They had amazing chemistry and were so sweet together. I think I loved this book enough just based on how amazing the characters are but I was just unable to put this book down. I need to read the rest of this series ASAP.



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Author Info
Linda grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now she lives in Kansas with her husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. Her life's been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing's always been a major part of her world, and she is so happy to finally share some of her stories with other romance lovers.

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