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Friday, June 26, 2015

Review: Healed by Love by Melissa Foster

Healed By Love (Love in Bloom; The Bradens, #13)Publisher: World Literary Press
ISBN:1941480152
Pages: 275 pages
 Genre:Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor are the newest addition to the award-winning Braden series and the Love in Bloom family, joining the Snow Sisters, the Bradens, the Remingtons, & Seaside Summers, (Voted BEST BOOK SERIES by Supportive Business Moms, UK). 
Fall in love with Nate Braden & Jewel Fisher in Healed by Love. 
Nate Braden has loved his best friend’s younger sister Jewel for as long as he can remember, but between their age difference and his respect for Rick, he’s always kept his feelings at bay. Now he’s back in Peaceful Harbor, and Jewel is no longer sixteen years old—but there’s an even bigger obstacle standing in his way. Nate and Rick joined the military together eight years earlier. Nate came home a hero, but Rick didn’t make it out alive.

My Review:

Intro: If you have been following my reviews for a while (first of all, thank you), you know that I love Melissa Foster’s books. Not a single one has let me down and that is very much true for this one as well. I am waiting for Melissa Foster to write a book that I don’t love.

Characters:

Heroine: Jewel-I loved her. I really really did. She was not exactly the most “likable” of heroines but I loved her nonetheless. I felt for her. She took so much responsibility onto herself with her family that I just wanted nice things for her.

Hero: Nate-He was such a sweet man. Just the type of person that Jewel needed. He was sweet, kind and supportive. He had his own issues to get over and it was lovely to see these two characters go through that journey together.

Chemistry: Jewel and Nate were amazing together. For so many reasons. Yes, they had amazing chemistry but their emotional journey was also really intriguing. They both carried so much guilt and pain and it was interesting to watch them heal each other.

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Conclusion: I loved Healed by Love so much. It was an emotional read. And I love how Melissa Foster can tackle really heavy issues but in a “fun to read” kind of way. She also never fails in writing characters that I connect to immediately. I’m just such a big fan. Seriously, waiting for the book that Melissa Foster writes that I don’t love. 

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Author Info
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. 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  World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 
Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.



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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Review: A Good Rogue is Hard to Find by Kelly Bowen

A Good Rogue is Hard to Find (The Lords of Worth, #2)Publisher: Forever
ISBN: 1455583839
 Pages: 358 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

HE THOUGHT HE'D SEEN IT ALL . . .

The rogue's life has been good to William Somerhall: He has his fortune, his racehorses, and his freedom. Then he moves in with his mother. It seems the eccentric Dowager Duchess of Worth has been barely skirting social disaster-assisted by one Miss Jenna Hughes, who is far too bright and beautiful to be wasting her youth as a paid companion. Now home to keep his mother from ruin, William intends to learn what's afoot by keeping his friends close - and the tempting Miss Hughes closer still. . . .

UNTIL HE MEETS HER

He's tall, dark, and damnably intelligent - unfortunately for Jenna. She and the duchess are in the "redistribution business," taking from the rich and giving to the poor, and it's going great - until he shows up. But even as William plots to make an honest woman out of her, Jenna will use all her wiles to reveal just how bad a rogue he can be . . .


My Review:

Intro: I haven’t been reading much lately. I have been so busy and a bit book burned out. But I did manage to finish this one and I really liked it quite a bit. Enough so that I got the previous book out of the library.

Characters:

Heroine: Jenna-I really liked Jenna. She was feisty and intelligent. I loved how realistic she was. She wasn’t super-human and she wasn’t meek. She was the middle road which seems the most real to me. I found her to be quite refreshing. I also loved the relationship Jenna had with William’s mother. It was lovely to see a heroine form a close relationship with a hero’s mother.

Hero: William-I did not find him to be very rogueish but I liked him nonetheless. He was definitely a unique hero. He was both jaded with and completely unaware of his privilege.  He didn’t fit into any romance hero box I tried to put him in. He’s not a rake or a rogue and he’s privileged but he’s bored with it and he’s not a brooder. He defied explanation.

Chemistry: Jenna and William were adorable. I tend to lean towards angst in my preferences but I could not resist these two.  They were sweeter and more light-hearted than I normally prefer but I did like them quite a bit.

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Conclusion: I really enjoyed this book. Definitely enough that I want (need) to read more of Kelly Bowen’s books. I loved the lighter feel of the book even though it was tacking some heavy issues. I sometimes tend to drown myself in angsty books so this was a nice break from that.

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Author Info
Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She worked her way through her teenage years as a back country trail guide and ranch hand. She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology.
But it was Kelly's infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance. When she is not writing, she seizes every opportunity to explore ruins and battlefields.
Currently, Kelly lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two boys, all of whom are wonderfully patient with the writing process. Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.


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Friday, June 12, 2015

Review: The Major's Faux Fiancee by Erica Ridley

The Major's Faux Fiancee (The Dukes of War, #4)Publisher:  Intrepid Reads
Pages: 200 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

When Major Bartholomew Blackpool learns the girl-next-door from his childhood will be forced into an unwanted marriage, he returns home to play her pretend beau. He figures now that he's missing a leg, a faux fiancée is the best an ex-soldier can get. He admires her pluck, but the lady deserves a whole man—and he'll ensure she gets one.

Miss Daphne Vaughan hates that crying off will destroy Major Blackpool's chances of finding a real bride. She plots to make him jilt her first. Who cares if it ruins her? She never wanted a husband anyway. But the major is equally determined that she break the engagement. With both of them on their worst behavior, neither expects their fake betrothal to lead to love...

My Review:

Intro: I am not having a good week. At all. Everything is pretty terrible. Plus my 30th birthday is on the 14th so I am all “meh.” So I am not sure if my current mood colored my opinion of this book at all but I found that while I liked the book, it’s not really going to be on my favorites list at all.

Characters:

Heroine: Daphne-I haven’t had this happen in a while but I just plain old did not like Daphne. Not even a little bit. She was judgy and so uppity. She turned her nose up at just about everyone who did not live up to her standards. And I did not really see much change in her throughout the book. I wanted to like her but I don’t think we…meshed well.

Hero: Bartholomew- Now Bartholomew I loved. He was such a great hero. He is grieving over the loss of his brother and his leg and he is just so heartbreaking at times. He was the real highlight of the book for me. He goes on my top heroes list, that’s for sure.

Chemistry: I liked them together. In spite of my frustration with Daphne, I really enjoyed her interactions with Bartholomew.  They personalities just worked against each other in the best way possible. They were opposites but they were so perfect with the chemistry.

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Conclusion: This is one of those reviews where I realize in writing the review that I liked the book more than I thought I did at the start. The only real negative was my reaction to Daphne but I loved Bartholomew and the fake engagement plot. 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Review: When Love Happens by Darcy Burke

When Love Happens (Ribbon Ridge, #3)Publisher: Avon Impulse
ISBN:  0062389335
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

In a town as small as Ribbon Ridge and with a family as large as the Archers, even the best kept secrets don’t stay buried for long...

Tori Archer is married…well, on paper anyway. She hasn’t actually seen her husband since the disastrous morning after their impulsive Vegas wedding. The memories of their intense passion may still make her weak in the knees, but Tori knows their marriage was a mistake.

After six months filming abroad, television producer Sean Hennessy wants nothing more than to track down his sexy, captivating wife and get her into bed… fast. So when his boss sends him to Oregon to persuade the famous Archer sextuplets-the former stars of a reality TV show-to do a reunion special, Sean sees the perfect chance to win Tori back.

Only, Tori wants nothing to do with him and is determined to push him away. But their attraction is as hot as ever and Sean will do anything to prove their relationship was more than just a fling…because he knows that when real love happens, it changes everything.


Intro: I don’t read much contemporary romance but there are a few authors who are always the exception. Darcy Burke is one of the exceptions. I love her books and this one definitely did not disappoint at all.

Characters:

Heroine: Tori-Tori confounded me a bit. I liked her a lot. But she frustrated me to no end. I vociferated between wanted to give her a good scold and really loving her. She caused some really strong emotions from me both good and…not so good. Mainly I really did not like how harsh she was towards Sean.

Hero: Sean-Sean is the exact sort of hero that I love. He’s adorable and sweet and apparently has the patience of a saint with what he deals with from Tori. I love how he did not give up on Tori and stuck with her even though she was giving him no hope at all.

Chemistry: Oh my dear did Tori and Sean have amazing chemistry. Tori was such a strong personality that it just worked that Sean was more easy-going . They were just perfect for each other in a very unexpected way.

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Conclusion: I loved this book. I breezed through it. I loved the interplay between Tori and Sean even though Tori made me want to pull my hair out strand by strand. I think I need to go back and reread the rest of the Archer series. It’s going to happen. 

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Author Info
Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her "spare" time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say "no," but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Review: To Ride a White Horse by Pamela Ford

To Ride a White HorsePublisher: Aine Press
ISBN: 9780990594222
Pages: 376 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Irish
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Summary:

Your feet will bring you to where your heart is.

Set against the backdrop of 1840s Ireland and America, To Ride a White Horse is an epic historical saga of hope, loyalty, the strength of the human spirit, and the power of love.

With Ireland ravaged by famine, and England unsympathetic to its plight, Kathleen Deacey, a spirited and strong-willed young Irish woman faces a devastating choice—leave her country to find work or risk dying there. Despising the English for refusing to help Ireland, she sets sail for Canada, determined to save her family and find her missing fiancé.

But her voyage doesn't go as planned and she ends up in America, forced to accept the help of an English whaling captain, Jack Montgomery, to survive. As Jack helps her search for her fiancé and fight to save her family and country, she must make an impossible choice—remain loyal to Ireland or follow her heart.

With insight and compassion, award-winning author Pamela Ford captures the anguish of a devastating period in Irish history, illuminates the resilience of the human spirit and celebrates the strength of love. To Ride a White Horse is a deeply-moving novel that wraps itself around the heart and doesn't let go.

My Review:

Intro: It’s been so long since I read a historical fiction. So long that it’s almost a bit shameful. But I was especially intrigued with this one because I love Irish history and I love historical fiction about it. I mean, Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly is still one of my favorite books and this one goes right up there with it.

Characters:

Heroine: Kathleen: Kathleen was such an amazing heroine. She was strong and vivacious. She had such a strong spirit to her that I just loved. She is one of those characters that I will remember long after I have finished this book.

Hero: Jack-I don’t think I have ever come across a hero named Jack that I did not like. I mean it started with Newsies and progressed from there. Jack was such an amazing hero with just as strong a personality as Kathleen. He was the perfect blend of strength and sweetness with a touch of humor.

Chemistry: They were oh so perfect together. I just loved their journey together. You see them progress from friendship and it is just so realistic and perfectly told. I almost always forget a couple after I finish read their book but I don’t think I will forget them.

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Conclusion: I loved To Ride a White Horse from the beginning to the very last page. It was written beautifully—I found myself highlighting some passages in the book because of the sheer beauty and I never do that-- and I fell in love with Kathleen and Jack. It’s a book I will pick up again and again. I very rarely find books like that so I feel sort of an accomplished joy when I do. 

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Review: Love in the Time of Scandal by Caroline Linden

Love in the Time of Scandal (Scandalous, #3)Publisher: Avon
 ISBN: 0062244922
Pages: 384 pages
 Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

The third book in a deliciously sexy series from USA Today bestselling and RITA award winning author Caroline Linden, in which an utterly shocking book--Ffty Shades of Grey for the Regency era-- has all of London talking and gives more than one young miss a mind for scandal.

Penelope Weston does not like Benedict Lennox, Lord Atherton. He may be the suave and charming heir to an earl, as well as the most handsome man on earth, but she can’t forget how he abandoned a friend in need-nor how he once courted her sister, Abigail. He’s the last man she would ever marry. If only she didn’t feel so attracted to the arrogant scoundrel…

Once upon a time, Benedict thought he and Penelope got along rather well. But, though he needs a wealthy bride to escape his cruel father’s control, spirited Penelope just doesn’t suit his plans for a model marriage -- until a good deed goes awry, and scandalous rumors link his name to Penelope’s. She might not be the quiet, sensible wife he thought he wanted, but she is beautiful…beguiling…and far more passionate than he ever imagined. Can a marriage begun in scandal become a love match, too?


My Review:

Intro: I’ve had a bad day. Nothing went right. Everything went wrong. I needed something to cheer me up and I figured a Caroline Linden book couldn’t hurt. And it didn’t. It was excellent. I loved it.

Characters:

Heroine: Penelope-This girl can hold a grudge like nobody’s business. I wavered between wanting her to let it go and supporting her in her grudge holding. I settle for a nice middle ground. I did find her to be a completely likable heroine even with her faults.

Hero: Benedict-He was the epitome of misunderstood hero. He was a good guy with a terrible father and much of his bad behavior stems from that. I loved him. He was a sweet hero with some flaws and mistakes along the way.

Chemistry: Penelope and Benedict were so perfect. They definitely had a history and some angst together. But I think part of what is amazing about the both of them is that they sort of grew up throughout the book and moved on from their past together.

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Conclusion: Caroline Linden never lets me down. This book was amazing and I loved everything about it. I think I need to go back and reread the earlier books in this series because I don’t think I appreciated them as much as I should have. 

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Author Info
Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer software before turning to writing fiction. Ten years, twelve books, three Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. Her books have won the NEC Reader’s Choice Beanpot Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA’s RITA Award. Since she never won any prizes in math, she takes this as a sign that her decision was also a smart one. Visit her online at www.carolinelinden.com.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Review: The Lady Hellion by Joanna Shupe

The Lady Hellion (Wicked Deceptions, #3)Publisher: Zebra
ISBN: 1420135562
Pages: 338 p
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

A Marquess’ daughter, Lady Sophia Barnes doesn’t take no for an answer. Especially when she’s roaming London’s seedy underground…dressed as a man.

A rabble rouser for justice, Sophie’s latest mission is to fight for the rights of the poor, the wretched—and the employees at Madame Hartley’s brothel. She’s not concerned about the criminals who will cross her path, for Sophie has mastered the art of deception—including the art of wearing trousers. Now her fate is in her own hands, along with a loaded gun. All she needs is instruction on how to shoot it. But only one person can help her: Lord Quint, the man who broke her heart years ago. The man she won’t let destroy her again…

The last thing Damien Beecham, Viscount Quint, needs is an intrusion on his privacy, especially from the beautiful, exasperating woman he’s never stopped wanting. A woman with a perilously absurd request, no less! For Damien is fighting a battle of his own, one he wishes to keep hidden—along with his feelings for Lady Sophia. Yet that fight is as hopeless as stopping her outlandish plan. Soon all Quint knows for certain is that he will die trying to protect her…

My Review:

Intro: My internet has been complete crap lately. I mean, my Time Warner connection has been near late 90’s AOL speeds and it’s driving me insane. So if this review pops up a little late, it’s because my internet is making me cry in a secluded corner…or I am yelling at my cable company. Either one.

Characters:
Heroine: Sophia-I liked Sophia. I did have a bit of trouble connecting to her storyline. I never find the girl dressed as a boy storyline very believable even it is done well. And even though this was done really well, the storyline is still not one of my favorites.

Hero: Damien-I loved Damien so much. He was a different sort of hero for me. I have been reading so many alpha heroes lately and it was nice to find more of a vulnerable hero with really complicated issues of his own.

Chemistry: I loved Sophia and Damien together. They were perfect. Damien was a more vulnerable hero while Sophia was more of a stronger personality. They balanced each other out in the best way.

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Conclusion: Aside from not really liking the heroine dressed as a man plot, I really did like this book. I loved the storyline and I really liked Sophia. But what kept me interested was definitely Damien. He was one amazing and complex hero.

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Author Info
Award-winning author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.

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