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Monday, May 18, 2015

Review: A Kiss for Miss Kingsley by Collette Cameron

Print Length: 48 pages
Publisher: Collette Cameron (December 21, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: Olivia Kingsley didn’t expect to fall in love and receive a secret marriage proposal two weeks into her first Season. However, one dance with Allen Wimpleton, heir to a viscountcy, and her fate is sealed. Or so she thinks until her eccentric and ailing father, unaware of Allen’s proposal, announces he’s moving the family to the Caribbean for a year. Unaware of her father’s ill health, Allen demands she choose—him or her father. 

Heartbroken at his callousness, but thankful he’s revealed his true nature before she married him, Olivia turns her back on their love. The year becomes three, enough time for her broken heart to heal, and after her father dies, Olivia returns to England. Coming face to face with Allen, she realizes she never purged him from her heart and once again the flames of love ignite, but is it too late?

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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Forty-eight pages is just not long enough! Seriously, the premise of this story is so promising, that even going into it knowing it was a short story, I don't feel as though the story was fully embraced and played out. There was so much more that the author could have done with this story - she could have played out their first meeting and the subsequent fallout, she could have showed what the pair was up to during their time apart, etc. There could (and in my opinion should) have been more back-story played out rather than just briefly touched on. Also, I feel as though once the characters to reunite - the book moves very rapidly towards its close, leaving me feeling unsatisfied. I wanted to see more from them - more about their wedding, more about their future together. I would also have enjoyed seeing a revenge plot from the other girl who had set her cap on Allen.

All of that being said however, what was there was so wonderfully cute that I enjoyed it very much. The author's writing was vivid, allowing me to clearly picture the people and the scenes as they played out before my eyes. I found her characters to be delightful and well thought out. I will definitely be reading more from this author, and I hope to see more of Allen and Olivia in future stories! 


  A Kiss for Miss Kingsley is available from Amazon.com 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Review: Crown Me (Royals Saga #3) by Geneva Lee


Print Length: 248 pages
Publisher: Westminster Press (February 10, 2015)

From Goodreads.com: 
As the world tried to tear us apart, Alexander fought for me, claiming me as his own. I belong to him—body, heart, and soul. I found strength in his dominance. In his control. In his love.

Still I could always feel it: the darkness creeping toward our joy, threatening to overcome us. But I never imagined it would end like this. I thought I knew what marrying Alexander meant to my life. To my independence. To us.

I was wrong.

Ripped apart by tragedy, fighting for love, Clara and Alexander face their darkest hour in the stunning conclusion to their saga…
 

For readers 18 and up due to mature, erotic scenarios.
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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Finally! I am done with this series, which to be honest hasn't been a favorite one mine as it is one that I probably won't ever read again. I gave Command Me one star, and Conquer Me two stars due to their over abundance of repetitive sex and their overall lack of anything of substance. I did mention with book two that I was starting to see more from the writer, a sub-plot that had the potential to be interesting, and a focus on the main couple that wasn't focused on them copulating like rabbits. I had hope for the third book - albeit a small hope - that it would be everything the first two weren't.

And it was. Sort of. 

As with the previous two books in this series, this book also contained an over abundant amount of sex. And while I once again found myself skipping over the majority of the sex scenes, there didn't seem to be quite as many as there were in the prior books. I did become annoyed with Alexander a few times in this one, the first when he showed up on Clara's "girls only" night proving that even when she asked for time alone he couldn't grant it to her, and the other time was when his behavior went back to how it had been previously - as though the other two books and all of their progress as a couple had been for nothing.  


When they aren't having sex, the book moves at a fairly quick pace. There were a lot of details added to this novel that the first two were severely lacking. The characters each had a full story arc, there was action, there was worry - there was even a moment where I thought for sure something different was going to happen (unfortunately due to spoilers I can't say what that was, but I will say it involved Clara and a hospital). I do feel like there were some questions that were still left unanswered at the end of this, however for the most part I felt satisfied by the majority of events and their outcomes. 

In the end, I enjoyed this book more than the other two, however I'm not sure it was enough to warrant me to continue on with this series (as I read that even though their story has come to an end there will be a fourth book in the overall series). 


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 Crown Me (Royals Saga #3) is available from Amazon.com

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Review: Conquer Me (Royals Saga #2) by Geneva Lee


Print Length: 300 pages
Publisher: Westminster Press (November 11, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: 
Alexander had the world at his feet and me on my knees until secrets tore us apart.
I should stay away from him. I should run. But I'm addicted to him...to the pleasure and the pain. 

He warned me about his dark side...about his past. But I have a dark side, too. Together we'll conquer our demons...if we don't destroy each other first. 

Love doesn't always conquer all, but it can Conquer Me.
 
For readers 18 and up due to mature, erotic scenarios.
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My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

I had literally just finished book one in this series, and was having series reservations about starting this one right away (instead of reading something else in between). I didn't care for the first book at all, but I figured it was better to just "just it over with" and finish off this series before starting another.

Unfortunately, this book was almost as bad as the first. To begin with, the first time Clara comes into contact with Alex after the events of book one, they immediately have sex. There is no coming to terms, there are no apologies, she literally jumps right back onto him knowing full well what happened last time which made me see her as weak and nothing like the strong heroine she was purported to be. 

As with Command Me, this book also contained an over abundant amount of sex. I would even go so far as to say that this read more like a smut book with too much sex and very little plot otherwise. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy good sex scenes just like anyone else, but when it gets to the point that it is literally pages of sex (with a lot of repeating words and phrases), and there is very little actual substance otherwise - you not only begin to get bored with it, but you find yourself skipping the sex scenes in order to get back into the book itself. 


When they aren't having sex, the book moves at a fairly quick pace. I think my favorite scene in this whole novel was the one that took place on the London Eye - it proved that this author was capable of writing more than just sex when it came to her main characters. The sub-plot that was introduced during the housewarming party also gave this one a deeper level that the first book was lacking. 

 I do have the last book in this series, so expect my review on that shortly. From the snippets of actual story and not "add to my word count" sex, I feel that this author is capable of more, and I hope the last book captures that. 


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 Conquer Me (Royals Saga #2) is available from Amazon.com

Monday, May 4, 2015

Review: Command Me (Royals Saga #1) by Geneva Lee


Print Length: 361 pages
Publisher: Westminster Press (May 5, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: 
When he kissed me, I was shocked. He was a stranger and still so familiar. It wasn't until I woke up to my picture splashed on the cover of tabloids that I realized I knew who he was.

Prince Alexander of Cambridge.

Royal bad boy.

Exiled heir to the throne.

He isn't Prince Charming. He's controlling. He's demanding. He's dangerous. And I can't say no to him.

We both have secrets—secrets that could tear us apart or drive us closer together—and as the paparazzi exposes each one, I have to decide just how far I'm willing to go for King and Country.

For readers 18 and up due to mature, erotic scenarios.
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My Rating: 1 star out of 5

Its books like this that give the erotica (and BDSM) genre a bad name.  
Seriously, if you want to read good erotica where the sex is hot, but the focus of the book isn't on it - I would highly recommend checking out Tiffany Reisz and her Original Sinners series. 

That being said, lets talk about this book for a minute shall we? To begin with, I felt like this book was more of a fanfiction than an actual novel. A well-off trust fund girl fresh out of college meets the heir to the British throne - sort of shades of Willam and Catherine anyone? However, in this series his sister is the one who dies in a horrific car crash, and not his mother. 

Then there is the over abundant sex (none of which is BDSM in nature even though the female lead consistently talks about his dominance of her). Now don't get me wrong, I like a good sex scene just like anyone, but these were not only so overdone it became annoying, but they were also virtually the same. I can only read about "crowns" and "seams" and "beading nipples" so many times before I start skipping those parts altogether - which unfortunately is more than half of the novel. 

While we are on the subject of overabundance, let us also talk about Alexander frequently calling Clara "poppet" which I get is a term of endearment, but it was like he either couldn't remember her name or he was calling her "puppet" due to the way he could pull her strings anytime he wished. And I simply can't overlook the amount of times the word c-u-n-t was used throughout the book. It didn't make it hot, it didn't make it erotic - it made it trashy. 

Unfortunately, I do have the other two books in this series, so I will be continuing them (I am actually on the last book now, so expect my review of the second one shortly). Hopefully, they get better. 


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 Command Me (Royals Saga #1) is available (for FREE at the time of posting) from Amazon.com

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review: Maid For Romance (The Love Birds Series Book 4) by Ruth J. Hartman


Print Length: 168 pages
Publisher: EsKape Press (April 30, 2015)

From Goodreads.com: Lady’s maid Leah Hunter must choose between two men. Valet Daniel Barlow makes her laugh, fills her heart with delight, and answers her body’s desire for love. But Felton Kensington would give her a better life. Security. Prestige. And choosing him would take away the one thing that plagues her mind with worry and confusion.

Felton Kensington scoffs at the valet’s attempt to steal away Leah. With what Felton has to offer, he’s quite confident Leah will be his. In every way.

Daniel Barlow knows what he wants. And that’s Leah Hunter. He’s trying everything in his power to win her over. But competition from Felton Kensington is stiff. How can a valet compete with a wealthy gentleman?

                              
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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Another wonderfully sweet and clean romance by Ruth J. Hartman, Maid for Romance will have you sighing in your seat (when you're not laughing of course). 

From discussing cats in tiny corsets, to frogs captaining minuscule ships, this story will have you laughing out loud. I don't know where Ruth gets her ideas, but I certainly hope they never run out! 

The characters are unique (a valet and a lady's companion don't typically get their own romance novel), and it was a pleasure reading about these new characters whilst still getting the chance to spend time with Cecilia and of course Uncle Percy. Who doesn't love Uncle Percy? And once again, the man has proven to not only have a heart of gold, but also that he is most willing to take the most unusual means of getting things done.  He is probably hands down my favorite character of this series. 

I do have to say I was rather unsure of Felton's character. I kept expecting him to have ulterior motives, or to let his anger slip out to show his true character. I do know that I did feel just a bit sorry for him at the end of everything. I would like to see more of this character, just to be able to get inside his head for a bit and see what he's all about.


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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Maid for Romance is coming soon. Links will be provided.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Review: Unlaced (Undone by Love #1) by Kristina Cook


Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Kristina Cook (May 13, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: 
From Nationally bestselling author Kristina Cook comes an award-winning historical romance set in Regency England. First time in digital!

All Lucy Abbington wants is to get through her first London season without losing sight of her true ambition—gaining some informal training in veterinary arts so that she can retire peacefully to the countryside with her beloved horses. Instead, she’s caught up in a whirlwind of balls, marriage proposals, and ton intrigues. Worse, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to her sponsors’ maddening neighbor, Henry Ashton, the Marquess of Mandeville. The handsome, arrogant, sometimes infuriating Mandeville stokes a passionate fire within her that won’t be denied, no matter the consequence. 

Deep, emotional scars secretly plague Henry, Lord Mandeville. As a result, he’s avoided romantic entanglements at all costs. Only, now he needs a wife—someone from a wealthy, powerful family to further his political aspirations. Instead, he finds himself all but obsessed with the beautiful but unconventional Lucy Abbington—a woman whose passions and wit stir desires he’d rather ignore. And yet…she might just be the one woman who can heal his wounded heart. 

Lucy and Henry’s heads say no, but their hearts say yes. Will they find themselves undone by love?


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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5
To begin with, I thoroughly enjoyed Lucy's character. As a leading lady of a story (and especially one set in this time period), the fact that she had goals and desires of her own outside of the drawing room and what was considered proper was refreshing and made her instantly likable. I loved the way she first took Henry by surprise, being able to accurately diagnose and treat his prize stallion before she "transformed" into the proper young lady she was supposed to be in time for dinner. 

Henry's character however, left much to be desired. One moment, he is kissing her senseless, nearly undressing her and having his way with her - and the next minute? He's telling her how he can't, make that won't, marry someone like her. He tells her time and again that her station is too beneath him and therefore a relationship between them would not be acceptable nor proper, and then he's all over her again. His character added to the fact that she continually accepted his apologies and his inappropriate behavior towards her made parts of the story hard to get into. In fact, for the majority of the novel I downright hated him and wished that she would walk away and settle down with someone who wouldn't treat her like a common woman of loose morals. 

Going along with what I said above, I wish that there had been more to the romance between these two. While I typically enjoy relationships that take awhile to build (rather than those that seemingly jump into things), this one seemed to have a little too much hostility and hurt feelings to really make it seem believable. I also feel as though there were some obvious points that were overlooked that would have added to the overall plot (Lord Sinclair seeking revenge against Henry for the embarrassment suffered at the opera for example). 

Aside from those things, the book moved fairly quickly, with just enough minor twists to keep readers interested. I am sure there will be a lot of people to whom this book will appeal. 

  Unlaced (Undone by Love #1) is available (for free at the time of posting) from Amazon.com 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: The Keepers: Declan (The Keepers #2) by Rae Rivers


Print Length: 288 pages
Publisher:Harper Impulse  (June 21, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: Declan Bennett has zero tolerance for thieves. He and his brothers, the Keepers, are fiercely protective of their witch, Sienna, and their privacy.

So when Kate Carrigan breaks into their estate, he'll be damned if he lets the little wildcat get away with it – especially after she seduced him three months ago, leaving him buck-naked in a New Orleans hotel. Declan wants payback – and some answers.

Before she was murdered, Kate's mother ingrained it in her not to trust anyone. Kate’s magical powers make her a pawn in the war between good and evil, a war she’s always avoided. Declan is everything she’s been taught to fear, even if she can’t forget the memory of his touch that one night…

Trouble is brewing as the powers of evil regroup – bolder and hungrier than ever – and Kate is forced to choose a side.

Hot romance, epic battles and action abound in Book 2 of The Keepers.
                              
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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

After reading the previous novels in this series, I was eagerly awaiting this one - and thrilled beyond belief when I was granted an advanced reader copy. 


Just as in the other stories, this one was well-written, engaging and full of action, chemistry and page turning events. Not only are the characters impossible not to like, but they are so completely believable that its hard to remember that this is in fact a paranormal novel, and that these things don't exist in the real world. 

Rae Rivers has a gift with words that allows you to not only be completely drawn into the world she has created, but to also be able to see the story in your mind as it unfolds. 

This book will definitely appeal to not only fans of paranormal romances, but regular romances as well. I can't wait for the next installment so I can continue on with this amazing journey. 

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 Keepers: Declan (The Keepers #2) is available  from Amazon.com 

 
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