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review 2017-09-05 15:26
Diamond Girl by Diana Palmer
Diamond Girl - Palmer

For the past two years, Kenna Dean has been mooning after her boss without the man taking notice. Except when she's crossing figurative sabers with his older stepbrother. She's never met two brothers more different; Denny is golden and a perfect gentleman, while Regan is dark, beastly, and an utter jackass to her.

But she's willing to forget all his bad qualities when he decides to help her get Denny away from his newest flame. It might take a while, but they'll get it done.. Then the plan backfires and Denny isn't the only one noticing the new and improved Kenna...


Trope-ish and predictable, but nevertheless cute and sweet; even funny with all the initial bickering and spark-denying animosity between Kenna and Regan.

In time, it lost a little of its charm, thanks to the sporadic animosity displayed by Regan and his stubborn inability to see what was in front of him, and admit to it, before it was too late.
The conflict went on a little too long for my taste, making the heroine lose a little of her spine as it progressed and she went all gooey female doormat on the guy (and the reader).

The resolution had also a bit to be desired with Ms Palmer resorting to yet another trope (near-miss experience), but overall, it was a cute and sweet story.

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review 2017-09-04 15:24
Treacherous Beauties by Cheryl B. Dale
Treacherous Beauties: Featuring Major TV Movie Stars - Cheryl Emerson

Annabelle's dead brother haunts her dreams, pleading with her to help him, and the only way she knows how, is to go to where Alan died and try to find his killer...


The mystery was intriguing, the slightly paranormal angle satisfying without descending into the bizarre, the suspense intense...It would've made for a pretty awesome suspense/thriller if it weren't for:

  1. the premise itself—the heroine goes to the town where her brother was murdered determined to find his killer; she's not law enforcement, she's not a detective, she's just a widow posing as an accountant
  2. and the idiotic heroine—read above and add the fact every single decision she makes when she's there proves just what a naïve idiot she really is (you can't say you love someone while lying to them and believing them a murderer; you can't take the word of the only woman the hero dislikes as judge of his character while having proof of his amiability in his interactions with pretty much everybody else in town).


The fact it was written in the first person POV of the heroine didn't help matters at all, merely compounding her bad traits.

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review 2017-08-28 13:58
Irish Rebel by Nora Roberts
Irish Rebel - Nora Roberts

Brian Donnelly transfers from Ireland to America in order to take the lead trainer position on the Royal Meadows horse farm. There he, nomad his entire life, will discover the beauty of permanency and true love. Both in the form of two special horses, and the woman that's been meant for him.


For some this story is the worst in the bunch, while for me it's the best. Most reviewers complain about Brian and his prickly disposition, disregarding the fact that the previous heroes in this series were much much worse cavemen, children of 80's romance fiction, I guess.

For me, this was a true Nora Roberts book, along the lines of those I came to know and cherish in my reading history. Yes, the hero was a bit prickly and a reverse-snob, but the heroine was more than capable of going head to head with him in her stubbornness and pride.
I found these two much more evenly matched than their predecessors where the heroine was, granted Irish, but still pretty much a doormat when it came to her hero.
I liked Keeley in all her prideful, cold-princess, stubbornly independent glory, and I liked Brian with his complexes and prejudice that easily crumbled into dust the more he got to know his woman. I loved the fact he was the one to fall first, and even though he was too stupidly blind to confess his feelings first, Keeley was there, hounding him along the way, chipping away at his reservations and male pride.
Theirs was a slowly-building romance that started in animosity, moved through mutual respect and friendship only to blossom into love.

I absolutely loved it from page one, and would not have changed a thing, even if I could.

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review 2017-08-27 13:57
Irish Rose by Nora Roberts
Irish Rose (Irish Hearts) - Nora Roberts

They meet when her cousin, Adelia comes to Ireland for a visit with her children, her husband, and her husband's friend. Burke immediately recognizes a similar soul in Erin, knowing she's dying to get out in the world, and offers her an opportunity to do so in the form of a job offer...But they'll both soon learn some bargains and decisions are not to be taken lightly.


Compared to its predecessor, this was an utter and complete wreck. The hero was an asshole, the heroine a greedy bitch, and Ms Roberts wanted me to buy the starry-eyed romance between these two people.

Well, I didn't.

Not even at the end, when the idiotically long (and unnecessary, easily solved with a conversation) conflict was finally resolved. I merely saw two compatible, similar characters living under the same roof and sharing a bed, I didn't see them as a couple in love as it happened with Adelia and Travis, who even in this story where they served as mere supporting cast, had more chemistry and more passion than the main characters.

The only spark of light in this otherwise dull and gray story, was the all-too-brief moment of suspense.

What a pity.

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review 2017-08-27 13:55
Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts
Irish Thoroughbred (Irish Hearts) - Nora Roberts

Having been forced to sell her farm after her aunt's death, Adelia Cunnane has nowhere to go, but to live with her uncle in America. There, she starts working at one of the finest horse ranches in the States, and falls in love with the owner...


A cute little story, that would've worked better if it were much shorter. Adelia's true feelings for Travis Grant were "revealed" too quickly, and though the reader never gets any glimpses into Travis's mind and/or feelings, so were his.

So after a few cute chapters of these two adorably trying to pretend they're just friends, and him picking on her merely to get her to spit fire, and then kiss her senseless, the story quickly lost its pace. And its charm with it. The "big conflict" was a mere trope, as was the twist that brought the two to said "conflict".

Also, I didn't care for the fact Adelia came through as if she's come from the past or some backwater cave in the middle of nowhere. We're talking about the eighties, here, not middle ages. Naive I could stomach, but looking at everything around her (planes, cars, household appliances, for Christ's sake) as if she's barely invented the wheel was a bit too much.

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