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review 2015-09-15 03:53
Fairly trite romance
Taken Away - Patricia Yager Delagrange

“I never wanted to be pregnant. I want to paint. I don’t want to burp a baby, feed it bottles, change dirty diapers. Shit! You know that.” – Serena Middleton, wife of Dr. Jessee Bradford

 

Serena never wanted to be married. Never wanted to have a baby. But, she did both. Sophia is a beautiful child, and Serena seems to settle. She is painting, Jessee is working as a veterinarian in a 24-hour emergency animal hospital, and they are happy.

 

Then one day Jessee comes home to an empty house. And neither the FBI nor private investigators can find Serena and Sophia. Kidnapping? Or did Serena simply run, taking Sophia with her? Jessee doesn’t know and, subject to panic attacks and severe depression he decides to leave Santa Monica and return to his home in Iowa to take over his grandfather’s veterinary practice.

 

There, he learns to relax. To enjoy his grandparent’s company, and even finds someone to love. But then? A visit to a gallery changes everything. Is Jessee’s life destroyed? Or will all his dreams come true?

 

There are things I liked about the story, and other things that didn’t quite work for me. The book it written in first person, which sometimes works, but in this case simply led to “telling not showing.” It made the story slow going, and I found myself flipping pages to get past the boring parts. Delagrange also devolves into the trite and corny much too heavily for my tastes. For example, there is an instance at the very end, involving Laura, that was just too ‘smarmy on steroids’ for me. It was OK, but not a book I will keep in my stash.

 

I received Taken Away from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

Source: soireadthisbooktoday.com
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review 2015-08-27 00:37
A match made in Scotland
Hannah and the Highlander (Untamed Highlanders) - Sabrina York

This is just what the avowed Scottish highlander historical reader would ask for: a steamy, emotional love story set in a well-researched Scottish historical setting. I enjoyed Alexander and Hannah's journey to love, and Alexander is scrumptious enough to substitute for a nice hot fudge sundae. I look forward to her sister's stories, particularly young and quirky Lana's.

Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com.

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text 2014-09-29 16:47
The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part I - L.J. Smith

L.J Smith’s books occupy a significant portion of my bookshelf and even though the Vampire Diaries books are very disappointing compared to the show, I like the rest of them especially the Night World series. So, after hearing about the Secret Circle series and the show based on them, I was itching to try them out. I am happy to state that the books, with their witches and magic theme, are quite interesting and I am in the middle of the second book...and enjoying it. The heroine, Cassie Blake, is not that likable due to her weak and mousy nature but I still like her and Adam’s side-romance or the potential for it anyway because Adam is already taken and his girlfriend is Cassie’s best friend! As for the rest of the characters, they’re all pretty mysterious and intriguing especially Deborah and Nick. Faye, the girl you love to hate, is the entertaining factor. All in all, I think the Secret Circle series is way better than the Vampire Diaries books and as soon as I finish with them, I will check out the show...I just hope Adam and Cassie end up together in the end! :D

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review 2014-08-21 21:23
P.S. I Don't See What All The Fuss Is About...
P.S. I Love You - Cecelia Ahern

Today, I finally read the novel that has been mentioned so many times by so many people and which, according to it's cover, is Cecilia Ahern's BESTSELLING debut novel and I found it...likable enough. That's it. Here's what I loved about the story: Gerry and his heart-melting final letters OF COURSE (which added that special and unique touch to the story). Aside from that, I enjoyed all the scenes with Holly's family in them and I thought her friends, Sharon and Denise, were the bestest and truest friends a girl could have. 

However, the rest of it was not completely satisfying especially the ending where Daniel, the potential love interest, took a complete U-turn after declaring his feelings for Holly. I was unsure whether they would get together in the end but any outcome would have been fine. I just didn't expect him to get back together with his ex-fiance'. Not in a million years. Honestly, throughout the book, I didn't find Daniel himself interesting enough (like Holly). He was BORING so I didn't even feel excited for them to end up together. In short, I did have a good time reading this book and some scenes made me choke up and smile and laugh even BUT all I can say is that I'm glad that this wasn't the first book I read written by Cecilia Ahern!

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review 2014-01-12 01:20
This second chance at love story makes for a delicious read
Loving Lord Ash - Sally MacKenzie

Loving Lord Ash does the estranged married couple theme very well. I had some happy surprises reading this book, including two main characters who I found thoroughly likable. Lighter historical romance, but the tone and the storyline are very engaging.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur magazine in the March 2014 issue: http://affairedecoeur.com.

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