Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (February 13, 2018)

From They called themselves “the lucky ones.” 

They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.

Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She's determined to find out what really happened that fateful night--was it an accident or, as she's always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?

But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she'll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.


My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Let me begin with a bit of a disclaimer. This story is NOT for everyone. There are cases of adopted siblings and foster siblings having romantic relationships (either as late teens or as adults). A lot of people complained it was "incest", but I feel I must point out it was not as these people are not biologically related to each other. Sure it's a little weird, but given what they have gone through, and how the author portrayed it, kind of understandable. 

Now, I have read A LOT by this author. In fact, I have had this novel sitting on my kindle for awhile now. And I have been putting off reading it - not because I expected there to be anything wrong with it, but because of the publish date. I knew the minute I started reading, I would not be able to put it down, and I had other stories that were being published sooner. 

But I was right to wait. Because this novel? Surpassed my expectations. It was everything I have come to love and admire about this author, and more. It doesn't matter the genre, the location, or the characters, Tiffany Reisz has a gift. She simply creates a world, and makes the reader powerless to escape it until the very last page. And once its over? It's a very bittersweet good-bye. Sure you have finished a story, but you have FINISHED with that world. And I for one am never ready to say good-bye to the characters this author creates.

Strong, if flawed, characters, intriguing story-lines, twists and secrets you will not forget? If any of these things sound like you cup of tea, than you are sure to enjoy this novel! 

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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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Review: Salvation (Corsets and Carriages, #3) by Carla Susan Smith

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Publisher: Lyrical Press (February 13, 2018)

From “I will not be a wife in name only.” 

Rian Connor’s proposal of marriage should have been the happiest moment of Catherine Davenport’s life. He is her savior, her tutor in the ways of flirtation, the man she wants for her lover. But two impediments bar the way: the vicious assault that may have ruined her ability to enjoy any man’s touch; and the vindictive woman who will stop at nothing to regain Rian’s affection.

“There can be no turning back once you have given yourself to me.” 

One exquisite night of completely mutual pleasure proves to Catherine that with Rian, the physical side of their union will bring only joy. But even her new husband cannot protect her from the diabolical scheming of his former mistress. Delivered into the hands of the madman who once delighted in tormenting her, Catherine is swept back to the place where it all began. And this time, the price could be her future with the man she is finally free to love.


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Unfortunately, this IS one of those stories where you have to have read the other stories in the series, otherwise, this one will not make sense to you.

Salvation more or less picks up where book two leaves off. And just as with the prior stories, the author manages to seamlessly weave together several different points of view, as well as story-lines in a way that not only makes sense, but keeps the reader interested. 

This was the epic conclusion that I had been hoping for! It tied up all the loose ends that had been left within the first two books, while still moving the relationships between the characters forward, and showing how they have grown, both as friends, and as family since we first met them. 

The one thing that I wish would have been different is the ending as it pertains to Isabel. I felt as though after everything she had done, her punishment should have been more severe. I think it speaks volumes about the character of the brothers that they let her go as they did. Especially Liam. 

I believe this story will appeal to those who enjoy slightly unconventional historical romance novels. I would definitely 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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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Review: More or Less a Marchioness (The Somerset Sisters #1) by Anna Bradley

Print Length: pages
Publisher: Lyrical Press (February 6, 2018)

From The Somerset sisters, three beautiful, headstrong debutantes in Regency London, are discovering that a bit of scandal is a delightful thing...

For the sake of propriety, and her younger sisters’ reputations, Iris Somerset has kept her rebellious streak locked away. But though she receives a proposal from Phineas Knight, Lord of Huntington, Iris can’t marry a man she knows isn’t truly enamored with her. In fact, Iris no longer wants to be chosen—she wants to choose. Under the clandestine tutelage of “wicked widow” Lady Annabel Tallant, she’ll learn how to steer her own marriage prospects—and discover her secret appetites.

What kind of debutante refuses a marquess? Finn is surprised, a little chastened—and thoroughly intrigued. This new, independent version of Iris is far more alluring than the polished socialite she used to be. Finn believed he needed a safe, quiet wife to curb his wilder impulses. But the more Iris surprises him, the more impossible it becomes to resist their deepest desires.

My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

I have read, and enjoyed, other stories by this author, so I have to admit his one was a bit of a disappointment to me. No matter how hard I tried, I just could not invest myself in these characters or their story. I feel as though the characters fell flat - Iris jilts him without at first giving him a real reason, and Finn treats her like the toy he lost on the sandbox. He wasn't overly interested in her until someone else wanted her. And of course that someone else must be a villain - its cliche for a reason. I didn't even see where Annabel really even took her under her tutelage other than to suggest she read erotic (and therefore highly inappropriate) books, and place an idea in a head here or there, merely for her own amusement as she says several times. 

I think this book could have been so much better with just a few changes, and I know what this author is capable of so I feel she could have done better than this. All things considered however, I do believe this story will still appeal to those who enjoy historical romance novels.

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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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Review: The Missing Child (Detective Rachel Prince Book 1) by Alison James

Print Length: 316 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (February 7, 2018)


Six-year-old Lola Jade Harper is taken from her bedroom. Her mother is distraught. She is convinced her estranged husband, Gavin Harper, has abducted their daughter.

Detective Rachel Prince is leading the investigation but is soon out of her depth as she searches for the most high-profile missing child in the country. To uncover the truth about Lola’s disappearance, Rachel must untangle the Harper family’s complicated web of secrets and lies.

As the case progresses, the body of a local woman is found. The death at first seems unrelated, until a trail of social media posts lead Rachel to a chilling discovery. 

And then another little girl is taken…

With growing pressure from the public and the appearance of someone from her past she’d rather forget, will Rachel be able to solve the connection between the two missing children and the murder - before it’s too late?


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This was unfortunately one of those novels that despite some pretty interesting twists and turns, just ends up taking too long to get there. I think this author definitely has potential, and there were times when I was thoroughly engrossed in this story, but for the most part I found it entirely too easy to put down and walk away from. 

And while part of that is definitely the fact that is very much is a classic "police" story in that there is very little action per-say, but when things break - all hell breaks loose. There are so many twists and turns that I feel as though it would have been a least a solid four stars if not more if there were just a couple of changes. 

Let's start with the two main "police" leads. Rachel makes it very hard to like her. She apparently made a bad choice when she was younger, and instead of dealing with the consequences she continues to avoid them, acting like a spoiled child instead of the woman she supposedly is. She continues to act as though she feels she is "better" than everyone else, whether she is referring to her own family, or simply trying to explain why she doesn't like "girls nights", instead of coming across as complex, she comes across like a snob. And don't even get me started on the fact that she made very inappropriate advances towards a married man. 

If we take a step back from Rachel, we are left with her partner Brickhall, and well.  It's very hard to like, or even have any sympathy for someone who not only uses a police database to "find" someone's home address so they can casually "run into them", but who also "copies" said person's phone number from court files to contact them in direct violation of their duty. But then to have them be surprised and dare I say angry, when the object of their "affections" gets upset and files a complaint against them? It was a ridiculous story-line that did nothing to endear the reader to the characters, nor did it really do much for the overall main plot. 

As to the overall plot. It was interesting if a bit on the unbelievable side. It actually kind of showed police in somewhat of a negative light. It was nearly unfathomable how no one had figured it out before Rachel and company got on the case.

Even considering all of that, I still believe this story may appeal to those who enjoy police procedural/whodunit novels. I would read more from this author to see how she grows from here. 

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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Monday, February 5, 2018

Review: Duke du Jour (Lords in Time #1) by Petie McCarty

Print Length: 337 pages
Publisher: Wild Rose Press (January 15, 2018)

From Jared Langley, present-day Duke of Reston, tumbles into an abandoned fountain on his ducal estate and travels back in time to the year 1816. There, Reston servants and local villagers think him a dead ringer for his namesake and rakehell ancestor—the seventh Duke of Reston, gone missing at the Battle of Waterloo. Unfortunately, Seven got mixed up with French spies out to assassinate the Duke of Wellington, and an unwary Jared ends up in their crosshairs.

Lady Ariana Hart has loved Jared Langley, the seventh Duke of Reston, since she was twelve years old, until the night the rogue broke her heart. Given up for dead, her rakish neighbor makes a miraculous return from Waterloo—only Jared shows up a changed man and reignites all the feelings Ariana had long ago buried.

Jared is in a race against time. He must waylay the suspicions of his quirky servants and neighbors, get to Wellington before the French spies do, fix his fountain—before Seven shows up—so Jared has a way home, and definitely not fall in love with the irresistible Lady Ariana.


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This is more of a 3.5 star read. I loved the spy aspect that was woven in, and the mystery of who was involved and why. There were definitely some surprises along the way, and once that part of the story got moving, I couldn't put it down. I also enjoyed the time-travel aspect. It isn't something that you see a lot of, and what you do see sometimes is a little "out there", but this was well done. The interactions between the MALE characters were interesting, and I enjoyed watching Jared of "now" become close with the people the Jared of "then" knew. I also liked the fact that although there were some close encounters, this remained a sex free novel. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a good sex scene, but so often they are thrown in for the sake of having one, or moving the characters relationships along (and lets be honest here, the author could have had one and cleared some things up in the end), however the fact that they chose NOT to do that spoke volumes. 

What kept this from being a solid 4 star read for me was two things. To begin with, the outcome was painfully obvious. I knew there was only one outcome, and I feel like anyone who reads this will come to the same conclusion. The second (and bigger) issue for me was that I do not like Ariana. I could not like her. I TRIED. But it seemed like she was always and forever running away and bursting into tears over something she had overheard. Where was the backbone that she showed the rest of the novel? Why didn't she stand her ground and stand up to Jared during these times when she seemed to have no trouble doing so when they were alone? 

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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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Review: Resolve (Corsets and Carriages #2) by Carla Susan Smith

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Publisher: Lyrical Press (January 30, 2018)

From “I am not so naïve that I don’t know what happens between a man and a woman when they are lovers.” 

In the sanctuary of Rian Connor’s magnificent ancestral estate, Catherine Davenport struggles to remember who she was before he found her wandering practically naked on the docks of London. She has little memory of the vicious attack that brought her there, but she can’t deny the feelings Rian awakens in her. In danger of losing her heart to a man tormented by the dark secrets of his own past, Catherine questions what an innocent like her has to offer such an experienced man of the world.

“You have no idea what you are doing to me—how much I want you, how much I need you!” 

On the night of his brother’s wedding ball, Rian proves exactly how much he wants his beautiful young protégé, only to be lured by his former mistress into committing the ultimate betrayal. For Isabel Howard will stop at nothing to do away with Catherine and destroy her future with the man they both desire above all others.


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Let me begin by saying that this story is part two in a series, and as such, the story does not conclude in this novel. It does however perfectly set up for the continuation of the story in book three. 

This story more or less picks up where book one leaves off. Once again this author manages to seamlessly weave together several different story-lines in a way that makes sense and keeps the reader interested. I also enjoyed seeing more interaction between Rian and Catherine, and watching their relationship begin to evolve into something more. And oh Isabel! Just when you think she can't sink any lower, she manages to surprise you even more. In my opinion, she's a near perfect villain, and I can't wait to see what else the author has in store with her! 

I believe this story will appeal to those who enjoy slightly unconventional historical romance novels. Honestly, I can't wait to find out how it all ends it book three!

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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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Review: Never Dare a Wicked Earl (Infamous Lords #1) by Renee Ann Miller

Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Zebra Shout (January 30, 2018)

From Known as a brazen philanderer, Hayden Milton, Earl of Westfield, is almost done in by a vengeful mistress who aims a gun at a rather essential part of his anatomy—but ends up wounding his thigh instead. Recuperating in his London town house, Hayden is confronted by his new medical attendant. Sophia Camden intrigues him, for behind her starched uniform is an enticing beauty better suited for bedding than dispensing salves and changing bandages. 

Unshaken by his arrogance, not to mention impropriety, Sophia offers Hayden a dare: allow her ten days to prove her competency. If she resigns in exasperation like her two predecessors, she will be beholden to this wicked seducer. As a battle of wills begins, Sophia finds herself distracted by the Earl's muscular physique . . . and discovers that the man within longs only for a second chance to love.


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
This is the second story in the span of a week that I have read that deals with the Hero having been shot, and the Heroine having to take care of him. When I first began reading, I was a little distraught. I mean how many novels with the same initial story-line can one read so close together and still be entertained? 

Thankfully, this one was so much different from the other that I found myself completely drawn in. The author weaved such a compelling story-line that it was hard to put down. I adored both of these characters - Hayden's inner demons  coupled with his reputation made him a complex character that I enjoyed watching Sophia peel back the layers of. I also liked that she was a very strong willed character. I do feel this would have been a slightly better story if the Hero didn't fall into the "let me do stupid things that upset the object of my affections in the name of protecting her" story-lines, and the Heroine wasn't equally guilty of the "let me overhear something I shouldn't that makes me doubt everything". 

While those are two story-lines that while it no doubt work consistently, they do become tiring, and honestly, they make the story become somewhat predicable after that. We know how the Heroine is going to react, we know something bad is going to happen, just like we know the Hero is going to try to save the day. Perhaps that is a sign that I read too many stories like this, but every now and then I would like to see the Hero treat the Heroine like an equal and have them face the threat together. 

Even considering that, I still believe this story will appeal to those who enjoy slightly unconventional historical romance novels. I would definitely 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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