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review 2016-06-16 10:27
Marriage of Convenience Trope Done Right
His Wicked Wish - Olivia Drake

“I was an upstart actress who sold herself to you at auction. Now I’m going into trade. I’m afraid I won’t ever be a proper society wife.”
Nathan’s mouth curved in a wicked smile that put his gorgeous dimples on display. “Then we shall be improper together.”

What do you get when you pair together a virginal actress on a mission with the black sheep of a noble family who has his own vendetta? You get one highly enjoyable historical romance that had more than its fair share of desire and drama.


His Wicked Wish was actually a lot of fun in addition to the passion and the family issues both of our protagonists faced. Maddy and Nate’s relationship was what really stood out to me, with their quick, witty bantering and the romance that neither of them wanted to admit to.


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review 2015-12-14 00:00
If the Slipper Fits
If the Slipper Fits - Olivia Drake No stars. Fuck this.
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review 2015-11-07 03:36
His Bark is Worse Than His Bite
Bella and the Beast (Cinderella Sisterhood Series) - Olivia Drake

Unfortunately, I didn't like this as much as the last book. "Beauty and the Beast" retellings have to be very good to win me over, and I wasn't convinced of the love connection until the very end. But overall, this was entertaining.

Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.

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

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review 2015-11-06 01:24
Bella and the Beast (Cinderella Sisterhood Series) - Olivia Drake

Olivia Drake is a new-to-me author. However, after reading Bella and the Beast, I plan to go back and read her backlist of books, starting with the other books in the Cinderella Sisterhood series.


I found Bella and the Beast to be a completely enchanting story. It felt a bit like a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and was extremely well done. I fell for Bella and Miles as a couple long before they acted on their attraction to one another. Both Bella and Miles (Aylwin) are such strong characters, and both are so passionate about the Egyptian antiquities found by their fathers. The interactions between them were so much fun to watch and I loved the slow build up of feelings between them. Yes there was attraction pretty much from their first meeting, but true feelings developed the more time they spent together.


I loved the romance of their lovemaking. Miles was so sweet to make sure Bella's first experience was wonderful, and it almost was out of character for him to be that sweet. I really felt like Bella had tamed the Beast in Miles long before it became evident to others, including Miles. Of course, neither Bella nor Miles was sharing the real reason for wanting to be there, so the secrets and the past seemed to catch up with them. I loved how protective Miles became of Bella and how he started putting her needs above his own. I absolutely loved that he let her younger brother and sister move into the manor so Bella could continue to work with him.


There was a bit of a mystery pertaining to the possible hidden treasure map, and I have to say I was completely wrong in my guess as to who else was looking for the map besides Bella. I seriously had pegged the wrong person simply because he was such an unpleasant individual. 


I thoroughly enjoyed Bella and the Beast and am happy to say I have a new go-to author for historical romance. While I started reading historical romances years ago, it seems I only read favorite authors now. I'm happy to say I found a new favorite author in Olivia Drake.


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review 2015-10-29 00:00
Bella and the Beast
Bella and the Beast - Olivia Drake Bella and the Beast - Olivia Drake Bella and The Beast is an adventurous read that intermingles with a burgeoning love story. Olivia Drake did an exquisite job with her descriptive writing. It makes the story so much more enjoyable because the reader feels like they are a part of the story and experiencing the exotic locations first hand. I was even a fan of Bella. Determined to provide for her siblings she did not sit back and wait to be rescued. She took charge and went to any means necessary. Strong female characters are a great asset to any story. I did not like the love story. It came across forced and rushed. I received an ARC of Bella and the Beast from NetGalley. For anyone who has an adventurous spirit this is the book that will satisfy that craving.
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