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Review: Compromising Miss Tisdale by Jessica Jefferson

Friday, November 21, 2014


Print Length: 222 pages
Publisher: Soul mate Publishing (November 5, 2013)

From Goodreads.com: Ambrosia Tisdale is the very picture of propriety and the epitome of what a respectable young lady should be. Haunted by a memory and compelled by her family, she pursues perfection to a fault.

The Earl of Bristol, Duncan Maddox, has returned to London after years of familial-imposed exile. As the second son, he has led a life filled with frivolity, leisure, and a healthy dose of debauchery. Now his older brother has died, leaving the family’s flailing legacy in Duncan’s unwilling arms.

At the behest of his uncle, Duncan is advised to do the one thing that could provide instant fortune and respectability—he must marry. But there is only one prospect who meets the unique requirements to solve all the Earl’s problems—the lovely Miss Ambrosia Tisdale. But securing the prudent daughter of a Viscount’s hand proves to be more challenging than this scandal-ridden second son of an Earl has bargained for.

With scandal, extortion, treachery, and even love itself threatening to keep him from his goal, will Duncan succeed or find himself compromised by Miss Tisdale?


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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

My Review: I have so many mixed feelings about this novel. To begin with, I often found myself annoyed with the heroine, which is never a good thing. While I admire her "desire to remain proper at all times", I felt that her actions were inconsistent with who the author wanted her to be. Straightaway, we find her kissing Duncan in the library.. without evening knowing his name! Later on in the story, he finds her alone out in her own garden (during a party no less), and not only bares her breasts, but kisses them; once again leaving me shaking my head and wondering who this girl was and why, if she considered herself the epitome of "propriety", would she allow this to happen. 


The majority of this story is fairly slow going (and somewhat repetitive). Miss Tisdale gives Duncan the cold shoulder. Duncan gets a rise out of her, they find some sort of common ground, Duncan oversteps her "boundaries" (when they show up), and they find themselves at odds, only to repeat the process again. Being that this was a historical romance novel, I knew they would end up together in the end, I just wish there had been more detail about them actually falling in love, and less of them being at odds and suddenly discovering their love for each other. 

I found that although the last few chapters held some surprises, overall, it felt a bit rushed and thrown together. I wish there had been more depth to the events that took place, and more leading up to the "big reveal" (for lack of a better word). 


Compromising Miss Tisdale is available for purchase from Amazon.com

Review: Captivated by Megan Hart, Tiffany Reisz

Monday, November 10, 2014





Print Length: 240 pages
Publisher: Harlequin (October 28, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: Double the passion and seduction as New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart and international bestselling author Tiffany Reisz weave two provocative tales about power, bad-boy lovers and secret desires!

LETTING GO by Megan Hart 
Colleen goes to the same bar every night and orders the same drink: a whiskey, neat. She doesn't drink it, though. Jesse the bartender notices the beautiful, sad woman who keeps to herself. Until one night when she lets go and lets him in. And after that, Jesse has only one mission--to show her one night is only the beginning.

SEIZE THE NIGHT by Tiffany Reisz 
Four years ago, a night of forbidden passion between Remi and Julien, the heirs of two powerful and competitive horse-racing families, led to a feud that is threatening to ruin both farms. Now Remi must find Julien again, but when she does, her need for Julien is just as strong and just as forbidden.



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My OVERALL Rating (combining both novellas): 4 stars out of 5

Because these were two separate stories, by two separate authors, I feel its only fair that I give them each their own separate rating & review. It should be noted that my overall feeling of this anthology as a whole was positive and I would recommend them to anyone who likes erotica, or those who enjoy a good romantic novel and can overlook the erotica aspect. I will warn you however that these stories do contain explicit sexual content, and should NOT be read by anyone under the age of 18.

Let us begin with Letting Go by Megan Hart

My Rating: 3 stars out of 5
My Review: Let me start off by saying that this was the first time I had heard of this author (much less read anything by her). And while there was a certain complexity to this story and the characters that I enjoyed, there was a lot of things that grated on my nerves after awhile.


On the positive side, all of the characters in this novel had their flaws. Colleen was a divorced woman, trying to rid herself completely of her verbally abusive and toxic ex-husband (although for some reason they still owned a beach-house together), while Jesse had a child young, and was trying to co-parent her with his ex-girlfriend. There was definitely a sexual spark and connection between Colleen and Jesse, and while I found his reactions to be on-par with his character, I found the character of Colleen to be - well annoying. 

I can understand and sympathize with her (to a point). She has certain dominate traits that her ex was determined to squash out of her. He was verbally and emotionally abusive, which I have no doubt left scars on her, but the fact that she was constantly thinking about him, comparing Jesse to him, even going so far as to still co-own a beach house with him when she obviously couldn't stand him, left me more annoyed than anything else. 

I will say that the sexual scenes were hot, and seeing Colleen stop letting her ex-husband control her actions was a nice change. I especially enjoyed the ending of this one, and will probably read more from this author in the future. 

And now lets talk about Seize the Night by Tiffany Reisz

My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
My Review: I have been a fan of Ms.Reisz since I first read The Siren back in 2012. In fact, she was the main reason I requested this novel, I had to read more from her. I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed  at first by the synopsis. Julian and Remi did not have a "forbidden night of passion" as I would call it, they were caught before anything really happened. However, that small detail aside, this was another wonderful novel from the mind of Ms.Reisz. 

This was more than just a story between two "star crossed lovers", there was a mystery running throughout, and the two not only rekindled their passion for each other, but were able to also save both their families from ruin. I loved the complexity of the characters, and hope that there will be another novella in the future about not only this couple, but also about Merrick and his conquests as well. 

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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 Captivated is available from Amazon.com

Review: The Competition (Rachel Knight #4) by Marcia Clark

Saturday, November 1, 2014




Print Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Mulholland Books (July 8, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: In Marcia Clark's most electrifying thriller yet, Los Angeles DA Rachel Knight investigates a diabolical high school massacre.

A Columbine-style massacre at a high school in the San Fernando Valley has left a community shaken to its core. Two students are identified as the killers. Both are dead, believed to have committed a mutual suicide. But in the aftermath of the shooting, as LA Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller dig deeper, they realize that the pieces don't add up. Could it be that the two "killers" were themselves victims? And if so, does that mean that the real killers are still on the loose? When someone starts dropping clues that another horrific crime is in the works, Rachel and Bailey scramble desperately to profile their suspect and prevent another killing--before it's too late.
 



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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

DISCLAIMER #1: This book may contain "triggers" for certain people. It is definitely not for someone who has lived through this type of experience, nor is it for the "faint of heart". It is, at times, painful to read simply due to the subject matter. 

My Review: Oh my word! This was hands down the best novel in the Rachel Knight series that I've read to date! This was everything that the synopsis promised that it would be - without all the other things that made me not enjoy the first few books in this series. 


For those of you new to my blog, I have recently reviewed the previous three novels ( Guilt by Association , Guilt by Degrees & Killer Ambition), and found a lot to be desired in the majority (although the third book was better than the first two). It was my belief that there was way too much attention paid to frivolous details, and not enough attention paid to the actual crimes, or enough detail to keep me guessing. 

I absolutely loved the twists and turns this story had to offer. Just when I thought I had it figured out, the author would throw in a twist that I never saw coming, and I would be left feeling just as frustrated (but in a better way), than the investigating officers. This novel was definitely more action packed than previous ones, and it more than proved the author's ability to write a story that would draw the reader in and keep them glued to the edge of their seat.

The Competition is the fourth book in this series, however (as with the previous novels), it can be read as a stand alone novel without revealing any overt spoilers from the previous novels. Yes, certain details from them are mentioned (including one detail that may be considered a spoiler to some, however I found that had I not previously read the novel the mention of it would entice me to purchase the original novels); however overall, this can be read by itself and you won't be missing anything. 

Despite my misgivings about the first two novels, the third and fourth have sealed the deal for me. I now know that this author is capable of delivering on a level that I can get into and enjoy, and I am eagerly anticipating more stories featuring Rachel Knight! 

This is one of those novels that will appeal to many readers. Whether you like thrillers, or crime dramas, or even a good courtroom drama, this novel has something for everyone! 

DISCLAIMER #2: 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 Competition (Rachel Knight #4) is available from Amazon.com

A Courtship for Cecilia by Ruth J. Hartman

Tuesday, October 28, 2014




Print Length
Publisher: EsKape Press (October 28, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: Cecilia Fletcher longs for true love with the man of her heart. A life of her own, away from her demanding mother would be an added benefit. But in order to do that, Cecilia must live a lie, making it necessary to use a false name in order to hide a family secret.

Barrington Radcliff has been betrayed by a woman who he thought loved him, having his heart broken in the process. Because of that, trust is hard to willingly give. When he meets pretty Cecilia Fleming, his heart longs to give her a chance. Something about her doesn’t ring true, but Barrington allows love to overrule his good judgment.

Can Cecilia and Barrington get past their hurt and secrets long enough to find true love?



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 My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

My Review: 
Oh my! This was another wonderful story from the mind of Ms.Hartman! There were so many times that I found myself aggravated (in a good way.. trust me it was in the characters best interest for the reader to side with them), sighing happily, biting my nails and (maybe best of all) laughing out loud. 

While I loved Cecilia and Barrington (secrets,  flaws and all), I have to admit that my favorite character of all was Barrington's Uncle Percy. He seemed to have a knack for getting to the "heart of the matter", even if his methods were a bit... unconventional. He added just the right amount of "spice" to the novel to keep the reader not only laughing, but glued to the pages just to see what happened next.

While speaking of the characters, I have to say that I thoroughly detested Cecilia's mother, as well as her would be suitor Horace (both for different reasons, although I have to admit that my hatred of them only added to the overall story). I cannot fathom the reasons behind their actions; even though her Mother tries to explain her reasoning, it still makes little sense that she wouldn't want something better for her own child. 

I also thoroughly enjoyed the way that Cecilia and Barrington interacted, not only with each other, but with their peers as well. Cecilia had a backbone that couldn't be ignored, and while still recovering from the betrayal of another, Barrington possessed a certain jealousy and possessiveness when it came to Cecilia that was not over-bearing, but rather endearingly sweet. 

This book appeals to those who enjoy a good, clean (and cute) regency romance. 

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. 


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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Review: Killer Ambition (Rachel Knight #3) by Marcia Clark

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Print Length: 452 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (June 18, 2013)

From Goodreads.com: When the daughter of a billionaire Hollywood director is found murdered after what appears to be a kidnapping gone wrong, Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller find themselves at the epicenter of a combustible and high-profile court case. Then a prime suspect is revealed to be one of Hollywood's most popular and powerful talent managers--and best friend to the victim's father. With the director vouching for the manager's innocence, the Hollywood media machine commences an all-out war designed to discredit both Rachel and her case. 

KILLER AMBITION is at once a thrilling ride through the darker side of Tinseltown and a stunning courtroom drama with the brilliant insider's perspective that Marcia Clark is uniquely qualified to give.


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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

My Review: After reading the first two novels in her Rachel Knight series Guilt by Association & Guilt by Degrees, I was reluctant to continue reading anymore novels in this series. In the past, I have found there was too much attention paid to what the characters were drinking (and wearing), and not enough detail paid to the real "meat" of the story. However, I committed myself to reading four of the novels by this author, and I will finish them. 



That being said, Killer Ambition was (thankfully) completely different from the previous two novels in this series. Yes, the main characters still drank and occasionally spoke about what they were wearing, but it wasn't this constant run down of every little detail of their lives that had been consistent with the other two novels.  

Although part of a series of novels, this could be read as a stand alone without revealing any spoilers from the previous two books. There was less emphasis on the relationships of the characters (which after the first two novels I found refreshing), and more emphasis on the actual crime, the trial, and the good, bad and ugly that comes with taking a case to trial. There were also new characters introduced on the courtroom side of things, which not only kept the story-line interesting, also made for a handy "villain". Not in the actual sense of they did something wrong, but more in the sense of they said and/or did something that made them easy to dislike. 

Speaking of the characters, as in the two previous novels, they are well developed, and different in their own ways. I love the diversity in the main characters, and her "outside" characters (ie. the victims, the witnesses, etc) are also more developed than I would expect from an author who is only going to be using them to tell one particular story (although I sincerely hope this is not the last we see of Declan, as I loved him)! 

This is one of those novels that will appeal to many readers. Whether you like thrillers, or crime dramas, or even a good courtroom drama, this novel has something for everyone! 


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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Killer Ambition (Rachel Knight #3) is available from Amazon.com

Review: West Winds of Wyoming (Prairie Hearts #3) by Caroline Fyffe

Sunday, October 19, 2014



Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Montlake Romance (September 30, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: In Book Three of the Prairie Hearts series by USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fyffe, two broken hearts just might find a second chance at love.

When widower Charlie Rose shows up looking for work at the struggling Cotton Ranch, no one knows he’s secretly trying to outrun trouble—and he intends to keep it that way. He wants to start over fresh in the small town of Logan Meadows, where his blind daughter can grow up safe…and where danger can’t find him.

Feisty and independent, Nell Page is determined to protect the Cotton Ranch, despite threats from the bank…and the mysterious stranger lurking on the ranch’s borders. In spite of her better judgment, Nell instantly feels drawn to handsome, dependable Charlie. The more they ride together through the beautiful Wyoming mountains and plains, the more their feelings grow into a love that could be strong enough to last forever. But will Charlie’s past catch up with him and dash their hopes for a future together?



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 My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

My Review: To begin with, although this is considered book #3 in the Prairie Hearts series, it can be read as a stand alone novel. There are characters from the first three novels included in this story, however, you don't need to know their back-stories in order for this one to make sense. 


That being said, I have not (yet) read the other stories in this series. And based on my feelings of this particular novel, I'm not sure if I will or not. 

I did enjoy several aspects of this novel. I enjoyed the "non-romantic" aspects; such as the rustling of the wild horses, and the interaction with the rest of the townsfolk. I also thought that the "romantic" aspects were very true to the characters. There was an appropriate amount of hesitation, jealousy, and OMG SO ROMANTIC moments that it kept my attention.

However... I felt the overall story was slow moving. There was deceit, mystery, romance.. all the  things that make a good story. Unfortunately, they were so few and far between that it kept me from declaring this story one of my favorites. The final conflict (the one that kept Charlie from revealing his true name and story) felt so rushed and added that it was anti-climatic instead of adding to the plot. 


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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West Winds of Wyoming (Prairie Hearts #3) is available from Amazon.com

Review: Pillow Talk by Ruth J. Hartman

Thursday, October 16, 2014




Print Length
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press (September 4, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: What happens when a tooth fairy falls in love with her dentist? 
The dental community may never be the same. 
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Trixie Trident has a secret. Everyone knows she creates one-of-a-kind jewelry during the day. It’s what she does on her night job no one would ever guess. 


She’s a tooth fairy. Not the tooth fairy, just one of many. It would take her whole life just to combat the many misconceptions people have about TFs. Like how nobody wears tutus or uses a wand. Or stands three inches high. Nope, Trixie looks just like any other woman in her mid-twenties. And she’d tell people all of that stuff. If she was allowed to. But she’d sworn a sacred tooth fairy oath that she’d never tell a soul. And she hadn’t. Except for her best friend, who would never breathe a word to anyone. 

Gray Keebler meets Trixie when she comes to his dental office as a new patient. He’s had lots of single women patients before, but not one has ever sparked his interest like Trixie. What is it about her that’s so unique? He can’t quite figure it out but he’s determined to try, even when she turns him down for a second date. Trixie is attracted to Gray like she’s never been to any man before. He’s what she always dreamed of in a man. And they even have the subject of teeth in common. But a relationship with the gorgeous dentist can never be. How could it when she’s a tooth fairy? Not only can’t she tell him, but he’d never believe her anyway



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 My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

My Review: At first, I was a little... worried about reading a novel where the main character was a tooth fairy, but all in all this was a cute romance, filled with a lot of "laugh out loud" moments. 


I think Ms.Hartman did a wonderful job of taking a fairy tale, and turning into something that felt real. The chemistry between Gray and Trixie was undeniable, even though she tried to push him away, and despite being a "tooth fairy" and a "dentist", and all the reasons I thought I wouldn't like this novel, their romance really worked for me.  I was immediately swept up, and could not put it down until the last page when everything was laid out on the table, and the surprises were announced. 

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of a fun, clean romance! 

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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Pillow Talk is available from Amazon.com
 

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