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Friday, May 29, 2015

Review: Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane, #8)Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1455586358
Pages: 352 p
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

HE CAN GUARD HER

Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times-the very irritating Captain Trevillion.

FROM EVERY DANGER

Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King's dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all-until she's targeted by kidnappers.

BUT PASSION ITSELF

Caught in a deadly web of deceit, James must risk life and limb to save his charge from the lowest of cads-one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless marriage. But while they're confined to close quarters for her safekeeping, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the soldier's hard exterior . . . and the possibility of a life-and love-she never imagined possible.

My Review:


Intro: Elizabeth Hoyt is one of my failsafe authors and the Maiden Lane series is one of my favorites. I really was looking forward to this one. And it lived up to every single one of my expectations and beyond.

Characters:

Heroine: Phoebe-I have encountered many a blind hero but never a blind heroine. I don’t know why. It’s just not something I’ve come across. Phoebe was one of the best heroines I have come across. She was brave, smart, tenacious and sassy. I loved her.

Hero: James-He was broody. I like broody. A lot. He really was quite the captivating hero. I wanted to figure him out and it took me a bit longer than it usually does. He, honestly, is one of my favorite heroes in this series.

Chemistry: Phoebe and James were a case of opposites attract in all ways. They were complete opposites but so perfect. They had amazing chemistry. I mean, out of all the couples in this series, these two had the most electric of chemistries. Seriously. I am not kidding.

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Conclusion: Elizabeth Hoyt never lets me down. I loved this book. I picked it up at midnight, finished it at 3am and then read it again. It caused me not to sleep. It was that perfect. I don’t think I will ever find a romance novel couple like Phoebe and James again and that is not something I can say often. 
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About the author:
Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weeklyhas called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

The winters in Minnesota have been known to be long and cold and Elizabeth is always thrilled to receive reader mail. You can write to her at: P.O. Box 19495, Minneapolis, MN  55419 or email her at:Elizabeth@ElizabethHoyt.com.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Review: Going Rogue by Jessica Jefferson

Going RoguePublisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Pages: 255 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

The ribbon means you have it all – beauty, wealth, power ... everything but love.

Miss Meredith Castle leaves behind everything she knows to join her great aunt in London and become leader of the infamous girls’ club, The Ribbons. She’s willing to make whatever sacrifices necessary to redeem her ailing mother, even if that means leaving her childhood love behind to scale London’s social ladder.

When Derek Weston’s best friend receives the offer of a lifetime, he encourages her to take it. Unwilling to let her go completely, he chases after her, only to find the sweet girl he loved replaced by a spoiled debutante. A broken man, he leaves London to start a new life at sea.

Five years later, Meredith realizes her reign as Queen of the Ball is about to come to an end, if she doesn’t do something to fix her tarnished reputation. Pairing up with the Season’s newest wallflower seems like the perfect plan, until she finds out her demure friend is being pursued by the very man she thought she’d never see again. Only, Derek Weston isn’t who he used to be. He’s inherited a Scottish title and grown into an arrogant man she barely recognizes; yet in her heart, she knows she still loves him. Torn between her past and an uncertain future, can she find a way back to the life she used to have and the boy who once adored her?


My Review:

Intro: Yesterday was a day. A terrible one. Nothing went right and then it went really wrong. But, on the positive side, I loved this book. So much. I have never read a book by Jessica Jefferson before but I am a fan. I really don’t need any more authors to fangirl but I suppose this one is unavoidable.

Characters:

Heroine: Meredith-I initially had a bit of trouble understanding Meredith. Perhaps it’s because our personalities are so different or I was seeing her through Derek’s eyes but I really came to love her. She was a strong and confident heroine and I really came to identify with her.

Hero: Derek-I loved Derek. I really did. I did have some moments where I wanted to punch him for being a bit judgy. But I can see why he was a bit judgemental. He was a great hero and I really loved and empathized with him. Hero crush most definitely.

Chemistry: I am a complete mess of fangirl when it comes to the whole reunited lovers storyline. Especially when it includes some angsty goodness. And Meredith and Derek’s story definitely has that angsty goodness. There were so many misunderstandings and missed opportunities with them. I loved watching them reconcile the past and move on together.

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Conclusion: I love discovering new authors and Jessica Jefferson is definitely going to go on my “I’m going to buy her next book immediately” list. Going Rogue was amazing. Definitely one of my favorite books that I’ve picked up recently—if not all year so far. I also just realized the main characters are named Meredith and Derek. I’m not a Grey’s fan any longer—Mark and Lexie fan and still bitter—but this gave me a chuckle. 

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Author Info
Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, nine and three year old girls, guinea pigs, and English bulldog Pete.  When she's not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch "Real Housewives of [insert city here]" and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property.
Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist, infused with humor. She always tries to create endearingly flawed heroes and one of a kind heroines that you'll want to continue knowing long after you read the last page.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires by Sophie Barnes

Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires (Secrets at Thorncliff Manor, #1)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 006235888X
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Welcome to Thorncliff Manor, where London's elite mix, mingle, and may even find their heart's desire...

There are thousands of things Christopher, Viscount Spencer, would rather do than hunt for a bride, especially since experience has taught him that women are not to be trusted. Then he finds the intriguing Lady Sarah scrambling around in Thorncliff's conservatory and he is instantly charmed by her passionate nature. But why is she so intent on avoiding him?

Lady Sarah would make the perfect bride for a peer—if not for a tarnished past that she's hiding from the ton. A stay at Thorncliff Manor was meant to help her plan for her future, not fall in love. Yet Christopher's kisses are irresistible, his gallantry enticing. When her secret stands to be revealed, will the truth ruin their dreams of happiness?

My Review:

Intro: Sophie Barnes has been one of my favorite authors for a while. I always look forward to her books. They are the perfect lighthearted romances that give me a nice break from the angsty romances I usually read. Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desires was no different.

Characters:

Heroine: Sarah-Sarah was one of the most resilient and strong heroines I have come across in a long time. She made a mistake in her youth and was constantly made to pay for it by her family and by her own guilt. I loved how she didn’t let it make her weak or angry.

Hero: Christopher-I liked Christopher but this was one of the rare instances where I loved the heroine far more than the hero. I did like him though. I love that he didn’t really judge Sarah for her past. He was kind and sweet and just the perfect sort of smooshy hero.

Chemistry: I loved them both together. Sarah carries so much guilt about her past and I love how that and the fact that she had this huge secret played out. They were so sweet and perfect. I found them refreshing.

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Conclusion: I loved this book. To bits and pieces. I did not stop reading once I started it. It was a sweet sort of romance with engaging characters and a juicy plot. I think this may be my favorite Sophie Barnes book so far.
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Author Info
Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor's degree from Parsons. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.
While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion: writing. When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.



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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Review: Catching Cassidy by Melissa Foster

Catching Cassidy (Harborside Nights, #1)Publisher: World Literary Press
ISBN: 194148011X
Pages: 280 pages
Genre:  New Adult
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Summary:

Wyatt Armstrong never imagined that instead of celebrating his college graduation, he and his twin sister would be dealing with the death of their parents. Then again, Wyatt had never been one to think past tomorrow. He heads to their summer home in Harborside, Massachusetts, with his best friend Cassidy Lowell in tow, to deal with his parents’ death and to try to figure out his next step.

Six foot two, infuriatingly handsome, and flirtatious, Wyatt Armstrong has always been there for Cassidy, helping her pass her classes and fend off unwanted advances, while driving her insane with his one-night stands—but that’s what best friends are for, isn’t it? Having each other’s backs. There was never any doubt that she would accompany him to his family’s summer home—but she never expected to begin seeing Wyatt as more than a friend. Or has she been ignoring her feelings all along?

It’s impossible to ignore the sizzling heat between them as Wyatt and Cassidy get even closer, but Cassidy knows Wyatt’s past, and she has a real job to begin in the fall. Wyatt may be a sure thing for the summer, but Cassidy needs more. For the first time in his life, Wyatt is forced to look toward the future if he doesn’t want to lose the one woman who’s shared his past and owns his heart.


My Review:

Intro: My beloved computer crashed this Thursday and was unable to be revived. I was typing along innocently writing this review and kerplunk. This always seems to happen when I am writing a review. Luckily I was able to rescue some of this review and most of my files but still computer crashes are horrific.

Characters:

Heroine: Cassidy-Cassidy was awesome. She is one of those heroines you like from the start and she keeps improving as you go along. She was kind and selfless with an engaging personality. I found it so easy to identify with her.

Hero: Wyatt-I loved Wyatt as well. I loved watching him progress from a kind of frivolous playboy to a dependable and kind hero. I also loved how much he valued his friendship with Cassidy even though he had feelings for her.

Chemistry: I absolutely love romances where the characters are friends first. It gives the chemistry a great depth that otherwise wouldn’t be there. Cassidy and Wyatt were amazing together because they were friends first and already had a connection. I did get frustrated with Wyatt for clinging too much to the friends thing.

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Conclusion: Melissa Foster is a failsafe author for me. She rarely writes a book I don’t love. I am loving this new series so far. Almost as much as I loved her Love in Bloom series. This does feel a bit younger, more New Adult than romance but I love that genre too. And I think Melissa Foster could write a book about insect larva and I’d read it. 

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Author Info
Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary CafĂ©. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs onFostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Review: Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch by Emma Cane

Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch (Valentine Valley, #6)Publisher: Avon
ISBN:0062323431
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

The only thing hotter than a cowboy...

Math teacher Lyndsay De Luca never surprised anyone-least of all herself-until this summer. First, she secretly published her debut romance novel. Then she started dating Will Sweet, the cowboy of her dreams. And now Lyndsay’s scrambling to hide the juiciest tidbit of all: that the hazel-eyed hero of her steamy fiction is the same guy whose kisses have become her mind-blowing reality.

Is a cowboy in love.

Ever since Will’s high school sweetheart died in a tragic accident, he hasn’t been able to commit to a long-term relationship. Lyndsay is the first woman in years who’s been able to catch-and keep-his attention. She’s fascinated by his work at Sweetheart Ranch, and a glance from her gorgeous brown eyes sends Will’s thoughts wandering. Will she be the one to finally break down the walls around his guarded heart?


My Review:

Intro: I’ve been a bit sick and brain muddled so please excuse me if this review is a bit choppy. It’s very rare that I love a contemporary romance but this one had me from the first chapter. I loved it. I loved everything about it. I bought my mother a copy before I bought one for myself because she LOVES this type of romance.

Characters:

Heroine:  Lyndsay-Lyndsay was the type of heroine I love to find. She’s completely relatable but completely unique. She was sweet, smart and kind. She was a very positive sort of heroine which I don’t normally like but I found her very refreshing.

Hero: Will-Oh my dear. He is the reason why I bought this book for my mother. She loves heroes like Will…and apparently so do I. He was sweet and kind but also very strong and fun. He did have a bit of that broken-ness to him because of a tragedy in his past.

Chemistry: Lyndsay and Will were amazing together. Their connection was so strong. And not in that super-angsty sort of way. They were quiety and more real. There was a depth to their story that I really loved.

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Conclusion: I haven’t read much by Emma Cane but I think I want to. I’ve already requested the previous books in the series from the library and I can’t wait to marathon read them. I absolutely loved this book. I loved the small town feel, the chemistry between Lyndsay and Will and Emma Cane’s writing style. 
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Author Info
Emma Cane grew up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies.
Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Review: Crushed by Lauren Layne

Crushed (Redemption, #2)Publisher: Loveswept Flirt
Pages: 304 pages
Genre: Romance/New Adult
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Summary:

Lauren Layne’s latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need.

Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael’s new half-brother, Devon.

Kristin’s mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make a startling discovery: She no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side.

After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he’s damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?


My Review:

Intro: I think Crushed is the type of book that can defy even the harshest of reading slumps. I loved this one. For so many reasons but it is a definite highlight of my reading year.

Characters:

Heroine: Chloe-I loved Chloe. So much. She was so refreshingly normal. It was so easy to love her because she was so easy to identify with. I felt so angry on her behalf much of the time. She was constantly in her sister’s shadow and I felt frustrated for her.

Hero: Michael-Initially, I was pretty angry at Michael for passing over Chloe for her sister Kristin. But he really grew on me. It wasn’t malicious and he was a generally great hero. He did have his dunderheaded moments. I wanted to knock him over the head with a cinder block at times.

Chemistry-The friend to lover plot is one that will always get me interested. Add to it the ugly duckling storyline and…you’ve got me. I love Michael and Chloe together. I wish they…Michael especially…had gotten their act together sooner. But they were the perfect blend of angst and sweet and I loved them.

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Conclusion: I loved Crushed so much. It combined so many things I love and did it all so well. The angsty bits are what got me but I loved the character development as well. I will definitely be following this series.
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Author Info
Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

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