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review 2017-08-14 13:32
Review: A Promise by Daylight by Alison DeLaine
A Promise by Daylight (Hqn) - Alison DeLaine

DNF at 35%

 

Reasons:

1. The heroine is doing a half-ass job of disguising herself as a man. No voice alteration, no alterations in movement, just clothes and a prosthetic penis that is way too big for her body or to be believable. The hero knew from the jump she wasn't a man because of the bulge.

 

2. The hero is a creep; he went into a secret room so he could watch the heroine take a bath in her dressing room.

 

3. Hero is Over The Top Rake - everything is sex with him and its at the point I think he has a sex addiction.

 

4. Heroine is hoping that indulging in his sex addiction, the hero would be heading back to Greece (his original destination, before the accident in Paris); the reason she took the job was that this was her free trip to Greece, where she could go to surgeon's school. Since the duke decided to return to England instead, she is hoping that a parade of women would improve his mood enough to head back to Greece so he can indulge more kinky stuff. Hero really likes his orgies. Heroine does not care about hero's health, she just wants a free ride and wages to pay for school.

 

5. Hero's man servants are pissed that the hero hasn't been up to his usual orgies and they haven't gotten any of his sloppy seconds or willing traveling maids of hero's visitors. The man servants (Harris and Sacks) are just gross, especially in their conversations with the heroine (who they think is a like-minded male).

 

6. All the female characters in this book are only mentioned in their purpose of satisfying the hero. There is the stereotype of Parisian and Spanish women being slutty and objectifying on a absurd level. The only woman character to come out as anything but a fuck toy is (OF COURSE) the English heroine.

 

7. It is set in Georgian England, but you wouldn't know that because there are NO period details whatsoever. I guess that would take away from the SEX! SEX! SEX! details.

 

Give this a hard pass.

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review 2017-08-13 22:55
Review: The Baby Barter by Patty Smith Hall
The Baby Barter (Love Inspired Historical) - Patty Smith Hall

I read one other book by this author and that was a DNF. I picked up this book during Harlequin's October sale, so that was prior to the DNF. I struggled at times to get through this book, but it was a decent inspirational romance.

 

Sheriff Mack Worthington is trying to handle the changing times in his small town of Marietta, Georgia while also trying to adopt a baby girl named Sarah. Sarah was born with a mouth deformity (read to me like it was a cleft palate). The changing nature of his small town was due to the war ending (sending GIs home) and the bomber plant cutting jobs (mostly women employees). The judge for the adoption is not looking favorably on Mack's lack of marriage prospects. Lucky for Mack, his high school friend/crush has come home from the war along with the GIs.

 

Thea was an Army nurse during the European campaign and is home only to help out her dysfunctional family. Thea left Marietta eight years ago (for nursing school, then the Army) and her presence has the whole town buzzing. Thea's goal is to find her recently deceased sister's baby and raise it as her own. Her high school friend/crush just so happens to be trying to adopt the baby.

 

There was a lot to like about this story. Mack and Thea had a history that was based on friendship and honesty. Thea was a capable nurse and had a wonderful bed side manner. Ms. Aurora Adair is an angel and the confident both Thea and Mack needed individually. She was my favorite character in the book. The pacing was slow in the first half of the book, but picked up when Thea agreed to a marriage of convenience to Mack.

 

There were some lackluster parts to the story. For one, all the answers to the question of Sarah's birth parents can be found in Ms. Williams' letter that neither Mack or Thea ever opened or read. That was the major plotline behind the stalled adoption and it was never resolved. Mack's cousins and his lawyer were cloying and annoying, especially Beau (Mack's conversations with Beau is what I struggled with). For a book that took place mere weeks after the end of WWII, there was hardly any world building or period details. The religious tone and actions/words from the characters felt very performative and shoe-horned in and not natural to the story or the characters.

 

I am glad I kept reading this book, but I don't think I want to read anything more from this author. I just wasn't "Wow"ed by the writing.

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review 2017-08-12 03:58
Virtue
Virtue (Sons of Scotland Book 1) - Victoria Vane

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Title: Virtue
Author: Victoria Vane
Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing
Series: Sons of Scotland # 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Virtue" by Victoria Vane

MY SYNOPSIS

As always this author gives her readers another well written read that will keep one thrilled and intrigued with a story that also keeps one turning the pages to see what will happen next in this Highlander Scottish Romance series. The story features two main characters...Sibylla Mac William and Alexander. It was very interesting that when these two meet you will be able to feel the connection that is their between them. We find Alexander not really knowing of his heritage, left to leave as a monk but goes as a teacher to help a Highland family that needed a Tudor. After arriving and seeing and meeting Lady Sibylla his finds that his heart is conflicted. Now, why is that? This is where I say I don't want to spoil it for you so, you will have to pick up this read to see if these two will get their HEA.

I liked how the twist and turns, fast pace and surprises that were feed into the story that really keeps the reader on the edge of there seats wondering how this story will come out in the end. Be prepared for a little bit of it all from... 'secrets, betrayals, danger, passion and love' that will take the reader into the next series of 'Sons of Scotland.'
 
 

 

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text 2017-08-11 11:32
Friday Reads - August 11, 2017
Christian Seaton Duke of Danger - Carole Mortimer
Secret Agent Under Fire (Silver Valley P.D.) - Geri Krotow
The Baby Barter (Love Inspired Historical) - Patty Smith Hall
A Promise by Daylight (Hqn) - Alison DeLaine

Haven't done a Friday Reads post in a while. Today is the last day of my library's summer reading program; Tuesday is the awards party.

 

The only plans I have this weekend aside from reading is going to a Food Truck Rally and Party on base tonight (food, bouncy castles, DJ, and mom not having to cook!) and working on finalizing some PTO stuff. Our first event is on the 17th and then it is a whirlwind until winter break.

 

Here is what I want to get done this weekend and next week:

1. Christian Seaton: Duke of Danger (Dangerous Dukes #6) by Carole Mortimer - at 20% read, the heroine is a little too innocent and naïve for my taste. And there is a lot of party in his pants feelings from the hero. Down boy, you got a spy job to take care of.

 

2. Secret Agent Under Fire by Geri Krotow  - 10% read; the heroine is a little too bitchy towards the hero for no good reason but the plot centers on finding a religious cult using arson to terrorize a small Pennsylvania town and I am here for it.

 

3. The Baby Barter by Patty Smith Hall - only at 10%, but so far so good.

 

4. A Promise by Daylight by Alison DeLaine - heroine dresses like a man so she can pursue her work as a doctor; hero needs medical care after a carriage accident...but his eyes are working just fine.

 

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review 2017-08-10 20:38
Review: Mission of Hope by Allie Pleiter
Mission of Hope (Love Inspired Historical) - Allie Pleiter

Allie Pleiter wrote another wonderful, engaging historical romance that was also a page turner. Ms. Pleiter takes readers to some of the hardest times in American history and delivers inspiring, loving stories - she has such a gift.

 

The book begins 3 months after the April 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire that destroyed the growing port city. Nora is the daughter of the post master; her well to do family lost their home in the disaster as well as Nora's cousin Annette. Nora and her parents are living in her grieving aunt and uncle's house in a different part of the city. I had no sympathy for any of Nora's family; snobbish, weak assholes all of them. But Nora (and to a smaller extent, the memory of Annette) was already becoming a modern, independent woman. Living in the aftermath of the disaster only sped up the maturing process.

 

Quinn found a locket in the rubble of the city and fixed it up with the intention of finding the owner of the locket and giving it back. The locket held a picture of Nora and Annette, so Quinn identified Nora via her picture; it was Nora's gift to Annette for her cousin's birthday and the last remaining piece of Annette. The cute meet was what sucked me in the story, and I rooted for Quinn and Nora from that moment. Their love story is one of overcoming class differences and keeping the faith that in the worst of times, one needs hope and joy wherever they can find it. Quinn and Nora do so much good work for the people of the "unofficial" camp (aka the shanty town that sheltered the poor people of the city) and through their good work grew a strong bond and eventually love.

 

Reverend Baurs was a delight to read and his manipulations (all for the glory of God and to help the disaster's poor refugees) made him seem more like an impish angel than a stuffed shirt. Baurs had skills no ordinary pastor should have, but those skills came in handy when disaster strikes. I don't think Major Simon was a true villain, but I also wouldn't want to read about him as a hero in another book - he is too untrustworthy after reading this book.

 

Overall, an exciting and great romance. 

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