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review 2018-01-19 16:54
DUKE OF STORM by Gaelen Foley
Duke of Storm (Moonlight Square, Book 3)... Duke of Storm (Moonlight Square, Book 3) - Gaelen Foley

The previous 3 Dukes of Amberly have died in a short period of time.  The new Duke is from Ireland and faces much discrimination.  The Ton wants nothing to do with him but it is up to him to figure out what happened to the other three Dukes when he learns that others believed they were murdered.  He needs an entrée to the Ton which he gets through his neighbor, Lady Margaret Winthrop, who lives with her married sister. 

 

I liked Connor, the new Duke, but I loved Maggie (Margaret).  She was feisty and would not let Connor treat her like his troops.  Her sister I would have loved to dropped kicked her.  She was a witch of the first order.  Thoroughly disagreeable!  The male villain was somewhat predictable.  He did what I figured he would from the beginning although his "accomplice" at the end was unexpected.  I also liked the other members of Moonlight Square and their insights into Maggie and her sister, as well as their support of Connor. 

I am enjoying this series more and more. 

 

The women are independent and the men can handle them and work with them instead of trying to put them into a stereotypical role.

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review 2018-01-18 03:36
My Fair Captain (Sci-Regency #1) by J.L. Langley
My Fair Captain (Sci-Regency #1) - J.L. Langley

Not as good as the first time around, maybe 3.5 stars.

Insane amount of characters with nick-names, titles and birth-names drove me almost to the mad house this time. How did I keep up in the first place, I have no idea - this is clearly some kind of name porn read. Chadwick, Coldwell, Cony, Jeremy, Jensen, Benson, Braxton.... what the hell happened to all the other letter in the alphabet? Why so many of them have to start with the same letter? 

In contrast, Nate calling Aiden "boy" in the second part drove me crazy, too. It's your spouse, you moron! And a prince! Show some respect! :/ Arghhh!

 

On sci-fi side... why not install GPS on your lift/car or a tracker app on your tablet?

There are inconsistencies and holes in the story, but - whatevers, it was still a fun read :)


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review 2018-01-13 05:14
A Cunning Plan by B. Snow
A Cunning Plan - B. Snow

While Alec is an overgrown, clueless child, Morgan is a lying, pushy weasle with a sharp set of claws he is desperately trying to sink into Alec. 

Both characters are chaotic and prone to contradictions. Alec is petrified he'll end up in hell because of his "madness", but has no problem doing other stupid things that might land him in that particular place. The whole Penny/Morgan's sister story is so messy, that I am afraid to say more, lest the whole thing sucks me down like quicksand and I end up with a small novel for a review.

From the moment we meet the little fox, the story becomes predictable, the lies and excuses transparent. The plot calls for Alec to remain in the dark, but to the readers the whole affaire is blatantly clear, which makes it a frustrating read. 

When Morgan came out to Alec, the scene was so anticlimactic I almost DNF-ed right there and then. Actually, to be honest, I did stop reading and started skimming, doing my best impersonation of Dr. Spencer Reid.

Sorry, but I can't give this more than 2 stars.

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review 2018-01-13 03:15
Damon Snow and the Nocturnal Lessons
Damon Snow and the Nocturnal Lessons - Olivia Helling

I am not sure what to say about this book. Let me think here for a second...



So. Hmmm... OK. Ugh....

Paranormal aspect. 
I have no idea why it is even mentioned, to tell you the truth, unless it's relevant somewhere down the line in book 5. I just don't see it playing a significant role in incubus-turned-dirt-poor-rentboy setup in the near future. There are no superpowers. There is not a sniff of something dark or magical in the air. Any talented and eager rentboy with years of experience on top of it should know how to satisfy and manipulate clients. 

Language.
I do like and read historicals/classics. But still I managed to get tangled in pinks, flats, culls and what have you.

Time Setting.
There are no references to the historical period, except for the opening sentence. There is no (paranormal) world building. MC's world is tight. So tight, in fact, I feel claustrophobic. This whole affair could be happening on Alpha Centauri 1649 years from now it's so bland where the environment is concerned.

Positive.
The story turned around close to the middle and allowed for interesting developing which I did not anticipate at all. A star for that. 

However, I don't believe I will be continuing this series. Unless I am in dire need of a super quick read.

2 stars for the first 40-50%, 4 for the rest of it.

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review 2018-01-12 21:23
Quick Historical Romance
Surrendering to the Rake (A Steamy Regen... Surrendering to the Rake (A Steamy Regency Romance) (Volume 1) - Georgette Brown

Surrendering To The Rake is my first book by Georgette Brown, but won't be my last.  Ms. Brown has delivered a well-written book.  He characters are outstanding.  Heloise and Sebastian's story is packed with drama, humor and sizzling hot sex.  I enjoyed this book and only wish it was longer.  Surrendering To The Rake is book 1 of A Steamy Regency Romance Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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