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

Monday, May 4, 2015


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

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

Thursday, April 30, 2015


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.

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

Friday, April 24, 2015


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 

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

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


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 

Review: Abby: Mail Order Bride (Unconventional #1) by Verna Clay

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Print Length: 129 pages
Publisher: M.O.I Publishing (June 9, 2012)

From Goodreads.com: 
"2014 Historical Romance Gold Medal Winner Readers' Favorite Book Contest"

Brant Samson has fallen on hard times with the death of his beloved wife a year earlier from lung fever. Left with three children, he's desperate to find a mother for them. Ten year old Jenny does her best to care for two year old Ty, and fourteen year old Luke works the ranch with his father, losing himself in dime novels to ease the pain of his mother's passing. Brant's options are limited since eligible women seldom pass through Two Rivers, much less settle in the small Texas town. In desperation, he places a classified advertisement for a mail order bride. Marrying a woman he'll come to know through a newspaper advertisement scares the bejesus out of him, but at this point, he's out of options.

Abigail Mary Vaughn always dreamed of having her own family, but caring for her elderly parents, as well as working as a teacher to help with finances, ended that dream. Her parents are now dead and she's faced with the reality of her lonely existence. After reading Mr. Samson's advertisement in the Philadelphia Inquirer, she garners enough courage to respond. Since she is considered an old maid at the age of thirty-eight, she'll more than likely spend the rest of her life wondering "what if" unless she does something unconventional.

Sensual love scenes.
                              
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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This was one of those stories that while I didn't love it... I didn't completely hate it either. 
Usually, I don't like to include spoilers in my reviews. However, this particular story includes an event that could be a "trigger" for some readers. Without going into the details of who, what, where and why, I will say that a very young child does die during the course of the story, so anyone who is touched by that particular event may want to look elsewhere for their entertainment.

In fact, sadness and loss was the reoccurring theme of this story, and instead of feeling like I was being transported into a place I wanted to be in, the last half of this book honestly took me awhile to read because it was so darn sad and depressing that I had to keep putting it down and coming back to it. 

The author did have an easy-flowing style and the book was engaging enough (if you can look past all of the sadness). The characters were likable enough, and the plot-line mostly realistic. There was just enough drama (not including what I mentioned above) that the first part of the book flew by. It wasn't until near the end that things just took a turn for the more depressing. 

All of that being said, I'm sure there are a great many people that this book will appeal to, however I won't be reading it again, nor do I think will I read anymore by this author. 


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 Abby: Mail Order Bride (Unconventional #1) is available (for free at the time of posting) from Amazon.com 

The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister #1) by Courtney Milan

Monday, April 6, 2015


Print Length: 270 pages
Publisher: Courtney Milan (December 8, 2012)

From Goodreads.com: 
Sometimes love is an accident.

This time, it’s a strategy.


Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly--so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least they don't get trampled. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention.

But that is precisely what she gets.

Because Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, is not fooled. When Minnie figures out what he's up to, he realizes there is more to than her spectacles and her quiet ways. And he's determined to lay her every secret bare before she can discover his. But this time, one shy miss may prove to be more than his match..
                              
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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

I finished this novel yesterday, and to be honest, I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. 

I guess I will begin by saying that this is not a "clean" romance. Although the pair does wait until after marriage to engage in any adult activities, that doesn't stop them from fantasizing about such activities before marriage, and the author does go into some pretty heavy detail. 

That detail (which to me was minor) aside, there were a few other aspects of this novel that shifted my review to a more neutral tone rather than a more positive tone.

When I first began the novel, it started off strong - and with a lot of potential. However, as it continued on the plot began to move slower and slower and became more and more confusing (and in some cases downright unrealistic). A lot of the dialogue and thoughts of the two main characters seemed more in line with today's society, not with the society in which they were supposed to be living in. The addition of numerous minor characters (some of which really had little or nothing to do with improving the overall story), ended up making the story more confusing instead. At one point, I had to start making actual notes of who exactly everyone was and their relationship with the other characters (where there was one) just so I could keep everyone straight. 

I was also a bit put off about the sudden shift in attitude by the Dowager Duchess. It seemed that she did a complete 180 degree shift in her personality where Minerva was concerned, with no explanation as to why which to me did not seem realistic. I was actually enjoying her as the "wicked" mother-in-law to be, so for her to switch gears so suddenly was a huge disappointment. Another huge disappointment to me was the way that the Duke almost immediately got over his anger and hurt at what Minverva had done, I expected more drama from that as it was such a big plot-line.  


Moving on to some things I did like about this novel - I enjoyed watching the relationship between the Duke and Minerva come about. They started off as strangers, moved to adversaries, and eventually found their way to more.  And although I found there to be a lot of slow moving dialogue and plot-line throughout the novel, there were also some very entertaining parts (that even made me laugh out loud a couple of times), and there was also just enough action and sub-plots that when they were played out, they kept things moving and interesting (it was just a shame some of these sub-plots took so long in coming about). 

Overall, I definitely think there will be some people who do not care for this novel, but I also think there will be a great many people who do. 

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The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister #1) is available (for free at the time of posting) from Amazon.com 

Review: The Perfect Lady Worthe by Rose Gordon

Saturday, April 4, 2015


Publisher: Parchment & Plume  (March 24, 2015)

From Goodreads.com: The last thing Jane Cavanaugh would ever expect is to be married—she is an invalid, after all—but that doesn't mean she can’t help with her sister’s husband hunt! (Even if it is with a wee bit of reluctance.)

The last thing Gareth, Lord Worthe would ever want to do is to fall in love with his closest friend’s younger sister.

But fate just might have something else in store for these two…

Please note, this novella is approximately 23,500 words.


                              
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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

There was a lot that I LOVED about this book - and there were a couple (of silly things) that I didn't love about this book. Lets start with what I DIDN'T LOVE.


It was a novella. I say this a lot - in fact this is probably my biggest pet peeve with novellas - they are such strong books on their own that I desperately wish for more. No, this is not a bad thing, it is simply me wanting to spend more time with these particular characters and spend more time in their world. It also makes me want to know more about the secondary characters as well. 

As it pertains to this story (this will also cover what I LOVED about it) - I absolutely LOVED these characters! I loved the fact that Jane wasn't the "perfect" heroine as we see in so many other stories set in this time period. She had a physical disability that I think many people will be able to relate to, but the fact that she was disabled only added to her character and who she was inside. That to me, the inside beauty overshadowing the outside beauty, is one of the things I enjoyed most about this story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the banter between her and Gareth, and seeing their romance bloom (although I too wish there would have been more to enjoy between them). 

There is a bit of "back and forth" in the POV of the characters, which as the reader, helped me to better see/understand the perspective of each of the different characters. While I understood Michael's desire to protect his sister (even if I didn't always like his methods), it was also refreshing to see not only how Jane saw herself, but how Gareth also saw her. 

I do hope that even with this being a stand-alone novella, that there will be more from these characters. I would love to read about Charlotte finding her happily ever after as she was the reason Jane found hers, and I would definitely like to see their brother Michael finally meet his match 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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The Perfect Lady Worthe is available  from Amazon.com 
 

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