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review 2017-06-29 05:34
Have Mercy (Harlequin Blaze #398) -

Cover commentary - H is in 30s, h in late 20s. Cover appears to be a high school cheerleader and some kid who's having difficulty growing proper facial hair.

 

It had its moments but...

 

There was the whole inconsistency of the h's characterization - she's written as socially awkward in the beginning. Not shy, not suspicious; socially awkward. And yet, later she's acting perfectly normal.

 

The H is a reformed grifter who lies through his teeth to the h while getting into her pants.

His grandmother is out for revenge as some distant cousins who'd sent her late husband to prison are in the process of pulling a con.

 

It is a comedy of errors featuring the improbability of a heroine living in the closet of a crack house, having time to keep her hedge trimmed, and bouncing between being unable to talk to people and acting the consummate professional, a gypsy who broke character and abandoned his family, and of course, an old bat who resents the hell out of him going legit and while she doesn't want him to rot in prison, almost scorns his desire to avoid legal issues.

 

I found some of it funny, the language a bit crude for a harlequin, and well... I mostly finished it because I didn't really want to just DNF it but at the same time, I didn't want to linger - there are better books out there.

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review 2017-06-27 03:14
After Dark (Harlequin Blaze #446) - Wendy Etherington

It was entertaining anyway. The h, local librarian, sheriff's daughter, and member of the preservation society, invades the H's sphere of existence because he's bought the local mansion. The H, hiding and grieving from his parents' recent murder, reluctantly finds himself being pulled into the open, and falling for her.

 

Adding to the story is the rest of the preservation society, and the murder of a local handyman. Also, the return of the h's ex who wanted to take up where they left off (which would be his breaking up with her and going after some secretary).

 

As said, it was entertaining.

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review 2016-12-01 12:50
Gets you into the holiday spirit!
A Christmas Seduction (Harlequin Blaze) - Daire St. Denis
A Christmas Seduction by Daire St. Denis
 
Merry Christmas Jolie! Jolie was brought up in a family that didn't celebrate the holiday, heck they didn't even say the word Christmas, but the family always got together on December 25th for a nice dinner before her parents ran off to the hospital. But this year Jolie was doing things differently, she was spending the holiday on a Ranch in Montana, under the guise of work Jolie set out to try new things...and boy did she. Thad was the ranch "hand" and he was more than happy to give Jolie a hand with anything she wanted. The chemistry was great and the two were having a lot of fun, that was until Thad's past caught up with him.
 
A Christmas Seduction by Daire St. Denis
 
This story was a sweet and sexy holiday romance and it definitely got me into the holiday spirit! A Christmas Seduction by Daire St. Denis
 
 
 
**I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book given to me by the author, this is a completely honest and non-incentivized review**
 
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review 2016-08-11 06:23
My hero
Breaking the Rules (Harlequin Blaze) - Tawny Weber

This is the 14th book in the Uniformly Hot series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  I recommend reading series books in order for better understanding.  

 

Sophia & Max meet under less than typical circumstances.  He promised her brother he would look in on her.  She is sick of being babied by another brother or friend.

 

Max just wants to pay his brother in arms back by doing a simple favor.  How did he know the sister he was to check up on was seriously hot?  His attraction aside, she needs him.

 

This was an amazingly hot and sexy story!  I love the banter.  The pages literally sizzle there is so much chemistry.  Really fun read.  Great addition to the series too.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2016-07-19 19:45
Cold Case, Hot Bodies (Harlequin Blaze #355) - Jule McBride

It's difficult to finish a book when you realize you don't like any of the characters.

The prologue starts out a century past when a man and his mistress are in a carriage accident. Of course, this is after their son's wedding. She dies. You find out later that apparently he did too but...

 

There's this argument about who owns the former brothel that she once lived in/behind/something. Two who are after it are... the descendent of the man and his mistress (the h), the descendent of the man and his wife (the slimy developer), the family whose ancestor ran the place (the "H" is one of these), and the creepy curator of the sex museum who obsesses about the place...and the mistress.

 

Everyone is out for themselves.

 

The slimy developer has hired arsonists to burn down properties in the area so he can buy them cheap. The only reason this one hasn't been torched - yet - is due to his somewhat tenuous claim to it.

 

The family is one of those stereotypical Italian families where everyone is in everyone else's business. They convince the "H" to do things like oh, use police surveillance equipment for their own gain. He of course, has no hangups about using this, any more than he has using his badge to gain access to the h's motel room where he more or less solicits her for sex - if she wants to look for the family jewels that belonged to her ancestress and which are supposedly hidden in the house.

 

She wants the jewels, presumably to sell so she can reestablish her business.

The museum curator wants to restore the house and, one suspects, have her as its prize occupant.

 

I read the ending of course. I know her ex husband was snooping around, looking for the jewels. I know a fire was started but they happened to be there and were able to get help. I also know they caught the arsonist.

 

What I wish is that it had ended a chapter or two earlier - after she disappeared, without her attempting to negotiate a deal with the H's dad, and with him feeling screwed over. After all, he WAS the one who forced his way into her motel room and coerced her to have sex. Jerk.

 

And somehow, I think the author was angling for humor with this. Hard to laugh when you want to punch someone in the balls.

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