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review 2017-04-21 07:06
Arc Review: I Dared the Duke (The Wayward Wallflowers, #2) by Anna Bennett
I Dared the Duke - Anna Bennett

Second installment in The Wayward Wallflowers series but can easily be read as a standalone. Both Alex and Beth are unique characters in that he’s not what he’s allowed the ton to believe and she’s not the meek mouse he’s thought her to be. Although there is some sort of spark when they first meet there is no instant physical attraction, which I truly appreciated. I was glad to see their feelings blossomed from engaging in actual conversations and from daily interaction.

There was an easy and funny banter between the two that made their relationship feel real and believable. Even though the Duke behaved roguish and intimidating at times, Beth showed plenty of resolve and strength of character, both to resist his charms and later to help him overcome some personal issues.

There was however that little issue with the so-called “incidents”. The heart of the matter is that it appears someone was trying to hurt Alex. Instead of enlisting the help of professionals or at least gather more intelligence before jumping to conclusions he actually secluded himself into his old home with the person he said he loved the most. There is also Beth, who at the beginning of the story showed such wit and an agile mind but towards the end was pushing Ben to act recklessly and even use her as bait to uncover the villain. It was as if she was a completely different person than the woman at the beginning.


In short, I was hooked when the story started but not so much as the story progressed and quite frankly I was conflicted in how I felt when I finished it. I suppose it was still a good story but in my opinion it just didn’t deliver in the mystery aspect nor did it provide the ending I needed.
3.5 stars.

*** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

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review 2017-04-20 14:30
Arc review: Saving the Space Pirate (Ruby Robbins Sexy Space Odyssey #3) by Nina Croft
Saving the Space Pirate (Ruby Robbins’ Sexy Space Odyssey) - Nina Croft

Third and final installment in the fast-paced, action-packed, sometimes incongruous but still funny at others saga.

Ruby and Killian live another day only to find themselves back in the lion’s den, attempting to complete another suicide rescue mission, only this time Killian is no longer a pirate but a man with a purpose and a sense of honor. Against all odds, the mission is a success, there are more surprises along the way, and Ruby and Killian find some kind of HFN.

I thought the serial as a whole was pretty interesting, if only there would have been more story as opposed to so much insta-lust and gratuitous sex then I would have liked it more. Then again this is more of an erotica so I'll take it as is and I'm sure other readers will enjoy it much more. 

*** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

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review 2017-04-13 17:39
Review: Convenient Proposal to the Lady (Hadley's Hellions #3) by Julia Justiss
Convenient Proposal to the Lady - Julia Justiss

I’m in love with this series, not only because the so-called Hellions are more like gentlemen in disguise but because the author knows how to weave a solid and interesting plot with a good dose of romantic emotions.

The “Hellions” are labeled so because of some shenanigans of the past, but their life is different now and as politicians they are trying hard to better themselves and the society they live in. Ben for instance set out to warn Lady Alyssa as soon as he learned of the despicable plot that others planned to ruin her. He was an illegitimate son thus he knew what was like to be shunned in life and did not want that for her or anyone else.

I liked very much that Alyssa and Ben’s relationship was more than anything based on honesty and openness. That helped them learn each other’s fears, wants, dislikes, and dreams. So once it was time to move into the romantic spectrum of the relationship they both knew what they were walking into.

They both had demons to overcome, and in a way Alyssa’s approach to conquer them put me off. I also think it put a hinder in the romantic side of the story because it sounded as if she saw Ben as a savior rather than a lover. I suppose there was nothing wrong with that but I thought he deserved better. In the end I think they found common ground and they set out to find their own HEA, which is of course the point of it all.

*** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

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review 2017-04-06 16:53
Review: Courting Chaos (Dunaway's Daughters Book 2) by Lynne Barron
Courting Chaos (Dunaway's Daughters Book 2) - Lynne Barron

Second Installment in Dunaway’s Daughters series and set several years after the first one. It may be best to read the first one in order to fully enjoy and follow the pace of this one.
One thing I love about this author’s heroines is that they are all uniquely independent, astute, and unafraid to follow their own paths. There are so charismatic if not blindingly beautiful that even the most stubborn of men tend to fall prey to their captivating charms without a second thought about their physical appearance.
In the case of Phineas Griffith, the new Viscount Knighton, he was not only attracted to our heroine’s outward looks but also fascinated and even “terrified by her intelligence.” In the case of our heroine Harry O’Connell, I’m going to have to say so much intelligence hindered the romance and put a damper on the whole story.

I had some trouble following the fist half of the book. I believe there was too much talk, secrets, and misunderstandings that just made me keep frowning at the pages. Harry’s “oddities” made me wonder if she suffered from some kind of mental illness but that was never explained or even referred to in the story so I don’t think that was the case. The thing is that it was as if she suffered from some kind of OCD because she had a strict schedule and became extremely distressed if anyone disrupted it. Not only that, to me it was like she was using and hating Phineas for something he had yet done. On the other hand, it seemed the true purpose of her life was motivated by revenge and sentimentalism. I liked Harry’s street smarts and quick wit but I think it was that juxtaposition of being a stickler for doing things a certain way and then letting her emotions control her actions that got me confused and didn’t let me enjoy the story to the fullest.

Fast-forward to the second half and everything changes. Harry’s thoughts and actions become more aligned, and not because she grew as a character but because that’s where the arc got her. Either way, Phin and Harry start getting closer and the tone of the story moves to a more subtle yet exciting place. And of course the writing throughout was impeccable and the banter between H/h was nothing if not sexy and smart. I only wish the whole book would have focused more on both Phin and Harry as opposed to only one side of them.

3.5 stars.

*** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.**

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review 2017-03-09 19:11
Review: "Hard Wired" (Cyberlove, #3) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Hard Wired - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell

"Why are ninety percent of our conversations propping each other up?"

"We both need a lot of propping? I don't know. Why are we like this?"

Good question.

 

 

I had high hopes for the third Cyberlove book after Strong Signal and especially Fast Connection, the phenomenal second book in this series. And while I still loved the writing and the general premise of this series (falling in love online), I'm afraid that this book just missed the mark for me. Which pains me to admit, because I'm a big fan of the Cyberlove series.

 

I usually don't mind angst in my books; in fact I love me some angst, it makes the HEA so much more earned and deserved. What I don't like though is melodrama. Especially unnecessary melodrama. I couldn't, for the life of me, connect to Ian's issue with his different (online) personalities. I mean, don't we all have different personalities, considering who we're interacting with and given the circumstances? I know that *I* am certainly acting and behaving differently when I'm talking to my parents than when I'm talking to my fellow M/M pervs online.

 

 

And I know that this was supposed to be a mutual hurt/comfort story, but for me, the comfort part in Ian's and Jesse's relationship was totally one-sided. I feel like 95% of every conversation/discussion/fight revolved around Ian and his online persona Cerise. There was only little to no support from Ian at all that led to Jesse finally standing up to his parents, and Jesse was THIS close to being a total doormat personality. I don't know why he kept bothering with Ian after their first encounter. Ian,...

 

 

The ending was also rushed, and given Ian's emotional trauma (I think he's been abused by his foster father, but that aspect has never really been fully explained nor dealt with) and social anxiety, it felt also incredibly forced and unbelievable.

 

The guys decided to move in together after one hookup at a con and after spending three days together months later. This was a little too much Disney fairy tale ending for my taste; I think Ian should have at least considered some therapy.

 

 

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A nice addition to this book is the Cerise's fanart page on Tumblr; I totally dig additional website pages and fan services like that.

 

 

So anyway, I'll just consider this book as a minor slip-up in this otherwise excellent series, and I will still be looking forward to the next installment.

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