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review 2018-02-08 03:27
NEVER DARE A WICKED EARL by Renee Ann Miller
Never Dare a Wicked Earl (The Infamous L... Never Dare a Wicked Earl (The Infamous Lords) - Renee Ann Miller
  Hayden is shot by a woman who wants to be his wife. Sophia is his nurse. They are at odds from the beginning on his treatment. He suggests a bet that she will not stay 10 days. And they are off.

I enjoyed this story. Hayden and Sophia are well developed characters. At times they are funny as they fight about his treatment. I am glad that they learned to communicate and tell the truth rather than keep secrets. Both have secrets that weigh them down with guilt. Celia, Hayden's daughter, is a doll. I liked the acceptance both find with the other and within the family.

This is a good set up for the series, Infamous Lords. I look forward to more of the books
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review 2018-02-05 02:32
It Was OK
Never Dare a Dragon (Boston Dragons) - A... Never Dare a Dragon (Boston Dragons) - Ashlyn Chase

While attending the funeral of a fellow firefighter, Kristine starts a flirty conversation with a firefighter from Boston. Jayce Fierro is part of a family of firefighters. He’s also part of a family of Phoenixes, making it difficult to have any lasting relationships.

This was an ok book. I loved the flirty banter between Kristine and Jayce and the story flowed well. However, like with the other book I read in the series, the side characters tended to grate on me and dim my opinion of if.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2018-01-30 19:50
Book Review: Where I End By Michelle Dare
Where I End - Michelle Dare

 

* If you are thinking about committing suicide or have gone through any abuse (sexual, verbal, or otherwise) please get help. There are places dedicated to helping people going through the same thing you're going through. Remember you are not alone! Please visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

 

This novel deals with very serious subject matter and as much as I respect that, I didn't necessarily like the way it was told. Something was off about it. Maybe it was the writing style or the way the author set out to tell it. Unfortunately, I didn't love it.

 

There were times when the dialogue was robotic and excessively wordy for no apparent reason. There were other times when the character seemed to have verbal diarrhea because they wouldn't shut up about how they were feeling when the original question was the equivalent to "how's the weather today?".

 

Though I can respect a good and sometimes elaborate monologue this book, at times, had too little of it and other times too much of it. Things were getting over explained from different point of views and didn't have the effect that the author was hoping for from me. The story started to drag on in some moments and speed up at other moments.

 

On a better note, I really liked Cy. He had a horrible series of events happen to him and to top it all off his mother never believed a word he said about it all until drastic measures were taken. He's earned my respect especially when he made it a point to get help. I would have loved to see a scene of one of his therapy sessions in the book. The only turn off was in the beginning with him bullying the heroine. Everyone makes mistakes, but had I been in Eve's shoes I wouldn't have cared about what could have happened to him.

 

Eve was a very likable character. She was bullied when she was younger and she claims that it made her the person she is today. I can agree that a few bad situations can build character, but I wouldn't want to be in the same room as the person who has hurt me up to that point in life. I liked how she was the bigger person and forgave Cy. Their relationship was cute, if not a tad bit overbearing and overprotective on Cy's part.

 

The ending was too perfectly predictable. When I say that I'm referencing the letters from Risa. What if the complete opposite had happened and she was just reading too much into the situation? Some moms are known to do that. I knew that was the way it was going to end up eventually, but those letters were the straw that broke the camel's back. As dark and twisted as this story was I didn't like how it was executed overall.

 

My Favorite Quotes:

 

"Because your life is worth more than my hurt feelings. Because as much as you don't think so, you matter to me."


"It's possible to go through life on autopilot. I've done it many times."


"Once I escaped this h*ll, there was no returning."

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review 2018-01-28 00:00
Beauty and the Blacksmith
Beauty and the Blacksmith - Tessa Dare It was fine. It was a short story about two sweet and beautiful people and their sweet and beautiful love for each other.
The end.
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review 2018-01-21 00:00
A Lady by Midnight
A Lady by Midnight - Tessa Dare Apparently I need more heroine tags. I really enjoyed Kate in this one. That said, it was a little bit of a miss for me...but only just. I enjoyed the terse and serious Thorne, Kate was a strong, patient, kind character. I really saw her warmth and dug how self-assured she was. Their relationship was great, as was the backstory (I'm a sucker for that)-but that's where my first hang-up is. I wish the enemies-to-lovers thing would've played out a little longer or had a bit more bite. It would've been nice to have it revealed to us a bit more slowly, especially since the sexual tension was great and lasted SOO long.

The length and pacing of the relationship is the main reason for the only just. I love that Dare did not make her hero some articulate charismatic man in love, she kept him at few words and Kate learned to interpret his actions.

The subplot of her heritage wasn't awful but it was incredibly overboard. That 25% or so of the book was where I got a bit impatient. I think this is what I'm referring to when I say the enemies-to-lovers could have had a bit more play. This had so much time and felt like it became an unnecessary distraction to the rest of the story and characters which felt quite strong. Unfortunately, that's why this is only a 3 despite featuring some of my favorite tropes and feeling light and funny with characters I liked.

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