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review 2018-11-20 01:53
More or Less a Temptress (The Somerset Sisters #3) by Anna Bradley
More or Less a Temptress (The Somerset Sisters #3) - Anna Bradley

More or Less a Temptress (The Somerset Sisters #3) - Anna Bradley 

 

Regency romance story with a brooding man and a timid debutante. The mystery aspect kept me wondering until the end but I found it hard to connect with the characters, especially Hyacinth. I don't know if it's because I'm starting to find meek debutants tiresome or it was this heroine in particular that I din't like. Lachlan was ok for the most part but there were instances when I thought his surliness was over the top. I also found the pace a little to slow for my taste and the end was not my favorite either. Overall it was an ok read but unfortunately not the best in the series or by the author. 

* I received a copy of this book at no cost to me. This is my own opinion, not influenced by publisher or author.*

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review 2018-11-20 00:46
Love Notes
Love Notes - Tammy Andresen

Derek is the lead singer of the band, Echo Station. Tattooed and burly, Derek fits the look of the bad boy to a tee, and usually has a short term girlfriend to match. Derek has just had a crazy breakup with now ex-girlfriend Nicole and decides to swear off women for a while. Band mate Drew brings in marketing major, Melissa to watch the band perform and see if she can help them get bigger crowds. Melissa is career focused and has a plan for love and boyfriends. While trying get some promo shots, Melissa instantly notices Derek's presence; however this bad boy is not the Harvard guy she imagined herself with and Derek seems to think she an annoyance. At some point these two realize that love doesn't always look like they think it should. 

The third installment in the Accidental Kisses series does not disappoint. In Love Notes the sweet and sassy romance continues with the friends of characters met in the first two books. This being said, you do not have to read the first two books to understand this one, but it was nice to see the other relationships from the outside. Melissa and Derek are complete opposites. Melissa has life planned out in her head, with a man exactly like her. Derek thinks he can only have girls that fit into his rock lifestyle, but those girls are always caustic. When the two meet, sparks fly, but not in a good way. Like the other books in the series, the point of view alternates between the the two so we get an inside look into Melissa and Derek's thoughts. I enjoyed seeing the uncertainty and leaps of faith as the romance blossomed. I liked that Derek didn't fit his outward stereotype in the end and that both Melissa and Derek both could see that there is more to a person than their outward appearance. An intense and fast-paced sweet romance that I read in one sitting, I can't wait to see who falls in love next.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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review 2018-11-19 21:37
Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck (Southern Eclectic Novella)
Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck - Molly Harper, Amanda Ronconi

If you read the Southern Eclectic novels, this is a prequel back story for one of the characters, Marianne, and how she ended up with Carl.

 

It's short, but it covers all the bases, introducing most of the family, including one character that dies before the full-length books begin.  We get a bit more insight into Donna, Marianne's curmudgeonly mother.  Less funny than most of the other books, it's sweet in its way and since I went in already invested in the characters, I enjoyed it well enough.

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review 2018-11-19 19:27
Book Review: Hunter's Curse by Pandora Pine
Hunter's Curse (A Cold Case Psychic Spin Off, #5)Hunter's Curse by Pandora Pine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So I'm a little late to the Pandora Pine party as this is the first book of hers that I've read. Wheee, this was a roller coaster ride of fun, action and hot man sex. I have to say I was most impressed with her writing style and the world she's created. The characters are gorgeous too.

This book starts in the 418 AD. Demon slayer Hunter Conroy is caught in a trap of evil warlock Osian. The choice he was given, join Osian and kill his own family and other demon slayers like him, or be cursed to spend eternity as a stone gargoyle for ninety years of ever one hundred and then a brief ten year reprieve before the choice was offered again. Hunter, of course, declined. And then spent the next six centuries watching the world change through the unblinking eyes of his gargoyle save for those ten tiny years of freedom granted as reminder that he'd spend the next ninety in stone.

In 2010 Hunter came out of his gargoyle to find himself in Salem, Massachusetts. He'd made a quiet life for himself but had somehow found himself pulled into the community's more supernatural side despite trying to lie low. And then he meets Doctor Walker Harmon. And for the first time in centuries Hunter has someone to fight for, someone to stay for. But his curse is coming due and Osian will turn him back into a gargoyle, possibly forever this time around. But Salem protects its own and the community of witches, psychics, vampires and magic users band around Hunter and Walker, determined to break the evil warlock's curse and give the couple the happily ever after they deserve... but are they enough to stop a centuries old warlock who has a fallen angel on his side?

Read the book and find out!


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review 2018-11-19 18:26
Kilty As Charged by Amy Vansant
Kilty As Charged - Amy Vansant

I read this book for my local reading group. There are seven of us. Three of us finished this book and none of us are reading the sequel.

Now I’ll be fair here. This is a book featuring a time-travelling, kilt wearing Scottish Highlander who says things like, “Dinnae ye want to see mah wizard’s wand?”and I bored of these suckers about a decade ago. I didn’t have good thoughts going in but once I was in I decided to stick with it because it was only mildly irritating and, at times, slightly entertaining and I thought I was going to have to converse about its plot intricacies or lack thereof (turns out the other 2 had nothing at all to say).

Catriona is a “fixer” for wealthy movie people. She’s used to dealing with odd requests and weirdos so when she discovers a man wearing a kilt on set, with nothing on underneath, she gives that naked bum a smack to get it and his “twigs and berries”moving. 

Well, wouldn’t you?

Catriona thinks, “She made it a point to know everyone on the lot who was someone. This guy was no one.”

Ugh.

Turns out he isn’t your average, everyday nobody, of course. He’s a time-travelling Scottish mercenary and they have an adventure to go on. Or something like that.

There is a lot of time spent ogling his bod but there’s some other stuff happening too. Just don’t ask me what it is because I read this last week and the details have already fled in terror from my head. I do remember that there is a villain and his two inept sidekicks who belong in a remake of Home Alone instead of inside a novel written in 2016. 

To wrap this up, silliness happens, sexual encounters almost happen, and they insult each other and pretend they don’t find each other attractive and there’s tons of awkward dialogue there to stumble over. I honestly believe that I am too grouchy for this book. I am totally, 100% the wrong audience and will not deny that. I found it contrived and not funny. I think it tried way too hard to be cutesy and ended up annoying the heck out of me. But even more annoying was the fact that NONE of my questions were answered when I turned the last page because there is a sequel. There is no real character depth or relationship development either but if you’re looking for a read so light and free of substance that it may fly away, this might be the thing for you.

 

But don't trust me as the final word. Apparently, I am in the minority, as usual.

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