Thursday, January 12, 2017

Review: The Danger in Daring a Lady (The Naughty Girls #4) by Emma Locke


Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Intrepid Reads (March 10. 2016)

From Goodreads.com: A WAGER HE CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE 
Devil-may-care rogue Lord Darius Alexander can’t resist a wager. When a game of cards is suggested at the remote inn where he’s stopped for the night, he antes up his family’s savings, certain his Town bronze will give him the advantage. He never expects to lose his fortune to the irritatingly confident, uncommonly beautiful hoyden daring to play with the men. …Nor does he expect to lose his heart. 

A WOMAN HE DOESN'T DESERVE TO WIN 
Caitlin Hart is known for her good sense. When a ridiculous reprobate tosses his savings onto the gaming table, she doesn’t hesitate to divest him of it. But Lord Dare won’t accept defeat like a gentleman. He suggests a compromise, and before long the handsome scoundrel is working back his losses on her small farm. But her neatly plowed fields might be too close for her heart’s content, for soon she finds herself wondering if she can dare him to stay forever when the last of his coin is tucked safely into his pocket. 


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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Let me begin my saying that although this is book number four in a series, you do not need to have read the previous books in order for this story to make sense. This was actually the first in this series that I have ever read, and I had no trouble understanding this story. In fact, if anything, this novel has made me want to read the others in the series even more! 

I also have to admit that it took me awhile to warm up to Darius. He was an unrepentant... well a lot of things. A rake, a gambler, a sorry brother and an even sorrier son. I couldn't understand why after all that he had done, his family didn't turn him away. Even at the end of things, he still escaped punishment more because of what someone else did for him than by his own actions (even though at this point he had finally decided to do the honorable thing). 


However, the journey of the hero and his heroine is one worth reading. I enjoyed watching their relationship bloom almost as much as I enjoyed the witty banter between them. Added to that the drama of the contract Darius had with his mistress, and you have yourself a very entertaining way to spend a lazy day! 

Overall, I am sure this story will appeal to those who enjoy well written historical novels with witty and well developed characters. I would read more from this author. 


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                     The Danger of Daring a Lady 
is available from Amazon.com

Monday, January 9, 2017

Review: An Intimate Obsession by Elizabeth McGregor


Print Length: 360 pages
Publisher: Endeavor Press (December 13, 2106)

From Goodreads.com:  When obsession becomes deadly… 

Eve Ridges fears the worst when her father suddenly goes missing. 

Suffering from Alzheimer’s, Bill Ridges is incredibly vulnerable, and a police investigation is soon under way. 

Right by Eve’s side is her neighbour, Hugh Scott, who is determined to help Eve find her father – or so it seems. 



For Hugh has secretly been in love with Eve for decades, and over the years his infatuation has only intensified. He has even planned their wedding and future life together – all unbeknownst to Eve. 

And as far as Hugh’s concerned, Bill’s disappearance is the perfect opportunity for him and Eve to finally be together… 

But Hugh’s carefully-laid plans are jeopardised when Eve finds solace in the arms of Jonathan Davies, a much younger man. 

And when Hugh finally reveals his true feelings, he is met with rejection. 

Humiliated, he begins to plot his revenge… 

Caught in the crosshairs of Hugh’s revenge plot, will Eve escape unscathed? 

And what really happened to Bill Ridges? 

An Intimate Obsession is a chilling psychological thriller that builds up to a shocking and violent climax. 



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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This book had such a promising synopysis that I am very disappointed in it. 

To begin with, these characters felt very one dimensional. Eve seemed a lot younger than she was supposed to be, both in her demeanor as well as the naivety that she presented. On the flip side of that Jon? Did not come across as only being nineteen. And Hugh? I really didn't understand him at all. It almost seemed as though at times he was the same age as Eve's father, then at times he seemed younger. And even though he was obsessed with Eve, he seemed at times to almost have the mental capacity of a child. Even when Eve said no, he didn't understand.

Added to that, this novel seemed to drag on to the point that I found myself wanting to skip parts of it just to find out what happened. Usually a lot of descriptive passages is a good idea, but not when it becomes so much that the reader becomes confused. And then when we finally got to the end of the story? I still felt like there were things that were left unresolved. 

All in all, this was a solid concept that I think will still appeal to those who enjoy psychological stories, however this one just wasn't for me. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                            An Intimate Obsession 
is available from Amazon.com

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Review: One Grand Season by Sarita Leone


Print Length: 129 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (May 15, 2015)

From Goodreads.com: Vivian Fox may be the Gregory family's poor relation, but she won't be forced into a marriage with a man who does not capture her heart. One grand Season-- a taste of the good life—is all she wants. But, as fate would have it, she gets much more than she bargained for.


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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5
I would have liked this story so much more if there had been more to it. I loved the unconventional romance that popped up, but I feel like by the time it was mentioned, it felt rushed and unbelievable. I also would have liked to have seen more of the "thief" story-line as that also felt like the author just threw something together at the end in an attempt to tie everything up at once. As good as everything else was, I feel like the ending did not do the rest of the story justice. 

Al things considered, this story will still appeal to those who like a more unconventional historical romance novel as well as those who are a fan of stories that are longer than a standard novella, but shorter than a full length novel. I would read more from this author.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                                 One Grand Season 
is available from Amazon.com

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Review: Stalked (The Profiler #4) by Elizabeth Heiter


Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (December 27, 2016)

From Goodreads.com: If you're reading this, I'm already dead… 

That's the note seventeen-year-old Haley Cooke leaves behind when she disappears from inside her high school. FBI profiler Evelyn Baine is called in to figure out who had reason to hurt her. On the surface, the popular cheerleader has no enemies, but as Evelyn digs deeper, she discovers that everyone close to Haley has something to hide. Everyone from estranged parents, to an older boyfriend with questionable connections, to a best friend who envies Haley's life. 

Secrets can be deadly… 

One of those secrets may have gotten Haley killed. If she's still alive, Evelyn knows that the more the investigation ramps up, the more pressure they could be putting on Haley's kidnapper to make her disappear for good. It's also possible the teenager isn't in danger at all, but has skillfully manipulated everyone and staged her own disappearance. Only one thing is certain: uncovering Haley's fate could be dangerous—even deadly—to Evelyn herself.



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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Let me begin my saying that although this is book number four in a series, you do not need to have read the previous three books in order for this story to make sense. 

I'm sure there will be a lot of people who enjoy this story. It was well written, and I imagine it goes the same way a lot of police work goes - lots of dead ends, lots of theories, and one eventual thread that ties it altogether. 

However, this story just seemed to be entirely way more complicated than it needed to be. There was a wide array of characters who may, or may not have had anything to do with Hayley's disappearance, just like there are characters who may or may not be involved in a human trafficking/prostitution ring. It seemed the lead investigators on this case spent more time chasing their tails, and going after the wrong leads that instead of making the story seem realistic, it instead made it drag on. 

By the last third of the book, I was tired of it. I was tired of the characters, I was tired of the dead ends and confusing sub-plots. I did finish this story just to find out what happened to Hayley and whether or not by this point she would be found dead or alive, and I will say that the ending was surprising and not what I had expected, but I don't feel it was worth it to have gone through the rest of the story just to get to that point. 

Overall, I am sure this story will appeal to those who enjoy crime and thriller novels. I would read more from this author. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                                 Stalked
 is available from Amazon.com

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Review: The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle


Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (December 27, 2016)

From Goodreads.com: Even the perfect marriage has its dark side… 

Iris and Will's marriage is as close to perfect as it can be: a large house in a nice Atlanta neighborhood, rewarding careers and the excitement of trying for their first baby. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Orlando, Iris's happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers on this plane. 

Grief-stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. But as time passes and there is still no sign of Will, she reluctantly accepts that he is gone. Still, Iris needs answers. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to find out what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she receives will shock her to her very core.


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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This story will definitely keep you up at night (in a good way)! Starting off with a quick glimpse into the romantic life of Will and Iris as he gives her a heart-warming git before his trip, this story quickly turns into a page-turning quest for answers. As Iris delves deeper into Will and who he really was, someone is closing in on her - and not everyone is who they seem to be. 

I definitely enjoyed the way the author managed to hook the reader right within the first few chapters, and was able to keep that momentum going throughout the entire story. The characters were interesting - and the depth of Iris's grief and determination made her not only realistic, but also one of the strongest characters I've seen in this type of novel. There were several instances of this story that I did not see coming - and that ending! It is one of those that definitely has to be read to be believed!  

Overall, I am sure this story will appeal to a variety of readers. I would read more from this author. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                                 The Marriage Lie
 is available from Amazon.com

Monday, December 12, 2016

Review: Dark Surrender (The Dark Ones Saga #3) by Rachel Van Dyken


Print Length:  pages
Publisher: Smashwords (December 12, 2016)

From Goodreads.com: I grew up as a prince...
And lead the life of a King.
There isn't anyone or anything that doesn't want me, that isn't attracted to me. They can't help it. And I sure as hell don't want them to. I live for their lust, I crave touch like an addiction, I make them beg on their knees for one, simple, caress.
As a male siren it's my job to feed off emotion.
And I was happy to do it.
I am happy to do it.
What I'm not happy about? Being told I have to mate with some withering human and stay loyal to that one person for the next few centuries. There's a war coming and being the idiot I am--I offered to take one for the team in order to help a friend.
Now my sexual appetite is taking a freaking kick in the nuts.
And I'm left wondering if it's worth it.
If she's worth it, with messy hair and dirty human hands.
But I have a world to save.
A job to do.
Now, if only, she would just let me do it rather than fighting me at every turn. I've lived lifetimes as the most irresistible being on the planet.
Only to meet my match.
With one.
Measly.
Human.
They say hells hot. They're wrong.
Because Hope, my little human, is way hotter.
And before this is over--she may just singe me alive.

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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

To be honest, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I have the previous books in this series. The story-line was good, and I enjoyed how it connected to the first two books while still managing to have a beginning and an ending. However - there was just something missing that kept me from enjoying it as much. 

To begin with, I could not like Alex at all in this book. Instead of coming off the way he had in the first two stories, in this one? He came across like a narcissist and an asshole. I mean seriously, some of the things he did were just too unbelievable (and I wish I could talk about them in detail - but I don't want to spoil it for anyone).

I also wish there would have been more of a build-up between Alex and Hope. It seemed as though he went from hating the thought of her, to being in love with her within a finger snap, and those types of romances have never worked for me. And even though I understand why it was done that way, having it suddenly come out near the end of the story made it seem a little strange and out of place.  

Overall, I am sure this story will appeal those who enjoy paranormal stories. I would read more from this author. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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                                 Dark Surrender
 is available from Amazon.com

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Review: Whispered Music (London Fairy Tales #2) by Rachel Van Dyken


Print Length: 300 pages
Publisher: Astraea Press (September 3, 2012)

From Goodreads.com: Scarred at a young age, Dominique Maksylov, Royal Prince of Russia, has lived a reclusive life. As a musical prodigy, his music has wide reach into the world, but few ever see his face. He never ventures into polite society, but when he dis-covers he is the only heir to the Earldom of Harriss, he goes to one ball. And that one ball, was enough to change the direction of his life forever.
But how could he possibly have known that other person— the other half of his whole—would not only need his help but threaten his very existence?

She didn’t know how hard it would be to love the broken.
Isabelle Hartwell’s mother just sold her to the Beast of Russia. He’s mean, tem-peramental, and the most virile, handsome man she has ever encountered. But he has a secret, one he’s willing to die for and he refuses to let anyone in. Will she be able to reach his heart before it’s too late?

Find out if love prevails in this regency retelling of how Beauty tamed the savage Beast…

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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This is the second book in the London Fairy tale series (which honestly I'm horribly late in reading as they came out in 2012), so I do have to say that I feel like the author is writing much better now days. In fact, she is one of my favorite authors now so I'm glad I read her newer stories first.

As for this story in particular, this was another unfortunate case of a interesting premise that delivered unlikable characters. Dominique was often unnecessarily cruel, alternating between pushing his wife away and then accusing her of finding affection elsewhere. Not that she did, but I wouldn't have blamed her if she had. At the same time, Isabelle cows to him instead of standing up to him. Together it made for a very tiresome story. One step forward in the relationship and three steps backwards. 

Overall, I am sure this story will appeal to some readers. I would read more from this author. 

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                                 Whispered Music
 is available from Amazon.com