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review 2018-03-24 22:43
Review(?): The Bride
The Bride - Julie Garwood

So I had a few drinks at a fundraiser masquerade and got into a conversation about romance novels with a friend. I asked her to recommend some titles that featured smart women and consent, and for some absurd reason, this was one of the two titles she dropped.

 

I . . . feel we have different definitions of consent. And possibly smart? But I DNFed this at the second non-consensual sex scene so maybe she does turn out to be smart?

 

I mean, I had my doubts when it was a forced marriage plot with an alpha male, but surely, with only two criteria in the selection process . . . no. Just no. My definition of consent doesn't include "he wanted to be able to control himself, but couldn't." It doesn't include no's that don't mean no. It sure as fuck does not include a woman waking up to find a man having sex with her. That was about the time I remembered that this friend was so pumped for me to read Twilight that she put a copy in my hand.

 

I don't know if I'm going to even try the other title she suggested. 

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review 2018-01-02 18:24
Begs For A Sequel
The Prize - Julie Garwood

"The Prize" takes place during William the Conqueror's time. We have the Saxon and Normans at each others throats. When Lady Nicholaa is captured by Royce Melborn, she finally is forced to pick a husband out of the Normans. She ends up choosing Royce and from there, these two have what I consider one of my favorite romances. 

 

Seriously you guys, when Nicholaa comes across Royce, she ends up taking his ass out during a battle with a slingshot. I kind of fell in love. Nicholaa does what she can to protect her home and family, and tricks Royce (dude I laughed through most of this book) but eventually is outmaneuvered by Royce. 

 

Nicholaa is everything you want in a heroine. Smart, loyal, and when she realizes she loves Royce, decides she will be the kind of wife he keeps lecturing her she should be. Royce's constant lectures pop up throughout this book and will make you laugh. I loved Royce cause he treats Nicholaa with respect throughout the book and realizes how smart his wife is. When one of Nicholaa's brothers (Justin) is found, missing a hand, Royce trains him along with the rest of his men and won't let Justin go off and die somewhere.

 

I have to say that I loved Royce, no more than when he realizes that when Nicholaa decides to be the kind of wife he says he wants, he realizes he was an idiot, and wants his bossy wife back again. 

 

There are wonderful love scenes in this one and some great palace intrigue as well. 

 

I found myself loving Justin as much as Nicholaa and wished that Garwoord had written a sequel telling his story, since there is still the loose end of one of Nicholaa's brothers who is hell-bent on killing William the Conqueror and the rest of the Normans. 

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text 2017-11-06 17:40
Rebellious Desire by Julie Garwood $1.99
Rebellious Desire - Julie Garwood

She was a ravishing beauty from Boston, with a mysterious past and a fiery spirit. Drawn to the powerful duke, undeterred by his presumptuous airs, Caroline was determined to win his lasting love. But Bradford would bend to no woman—until a deadly intrigue drew them enticingly close. Now, united against a common enemy, they would discover the power of the magnificent attraction that brought them together...a desire born in danger, but destined to flame into love!

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text 2017-11-01 18:56
The Secret by Julie Garwood $1,99 A classic!
By Julie Garwood The Secret - Julie Garwood

Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another, private reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, Laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

In a spirited clash of wills and customs, Judith reveled in the melting bliss of Iain's searching kisses, his passionate caresses. Perplexed by her sprightly defiance, bemused by her tender nature, Iain felt his soul growing into the light and warmth of her love. Surely nothing would wrench her from the affection and trust of Iain and his clan...not even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious of loves!

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text 2017-07-17 20:08
Suggestions for Booklikes-opoly Ring Card
Lisey's Story - Stephen King
Prince Charming - Julie Garwood
The Heiress Effect - Courtney Milan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Realizing now that we didn't have any suggestions for this one when we were putting together lists. FYI, every time I Google looking for books that fit this card Fifty Shades of Grey pops up. Help a reader out guys. Let's post some good books for this one.

 

I was thinking that actually a good horror book that would count towards this is "Lisey's Story" by Stephen King. The main character gets married in that book during a flashback. 

 

A good romance that I enjoyed was "Prince Charming" by Julie Garwood where two characters get married and also "The Heiress Effect" by Courtney Milan.

 

Post any suggestions in the comment boxes below. I cannot do the second book in FSOG. I cannot. I got asked to, but I don't love you all enough to suffer through that right now. I may set something on fire. 

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