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review 2018-09-10 16:03
A Night to Surrender - Tessa Dare

This book left me feeling...confused I guess. Too much whimsy for a serious historical yet not really funny. Not light either.


The h - mid-late 20s, spinster - lives with her father in this tiny seaside town. It's become a haven for society's female misfits. Her father is an inventor, and being the absentminded sort, he essentially takes her for granted. She's his keeper IOW. His inventions are of the military sort, and his obsession has been to make a rifled cannon. They keep blowing up though and after the last time, she made him promise not to do any more field testing. He resents this.


The H - didn't actually catch an age - is recovering from a gunshot to the knee, and is determined to get back to the front line. He, his cousin, and one fellow soldier arrive to see if he can convince the h's dad to put in a word for him.


Dear old dad has machinations in mind - an excuse to test the latest prototype of the cannon, and well, he doesn't tell the H everything, and in fact, outright lies about things.

This...is the bones of the story, and it makes you want to punch the dad in the face (or at least, slap him with a glove). Because he manipulates the H, dismisses the h (really, the H/h were involved and he hands the H the approval to allow him to go back to his regimen, tells the h to get over herself or something like that). I guess in some ways, he was subconsciously trying to keep his housekeeper (the h).


And yet... at the beginning, when the H and his companions arrive, they're blocked by a flock of sheep, and they use gunpowder to run them off (a bit drastic, yes?). A lamb attaches itself to the H and becomes a pet. The blacksmith makes jewelry, the pub has become a tea shop, the women all are expert markswomen... The town has an unofficial name (amongst men in London) as Spinster Cove. There's the twin boys who remind me somewhat of Merry and Pippin. Not much out and out funny, but too tongue in cheek for the basic tale. Maybe that's the issue.

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review 2018-07-25 16:07
Intriguing historical romantic mystery
The Secret To Your Surrender - Adele Clee
I loved listening to this story! Liisa Ivary kept me in the story. Secrets, pride, and fear of scandal put a lot between Sarah and Anthony. I enjoyed Sarah's tenacity in her feelings for Anthony despite how much he put her off. The mystery behind the romance was also exciting, watching the twists and turns. Having the women follow their own leads and still ending up where the men did was chuckle worthy. There were some tense moments, some funny moments, and some moments of tears. I recommend this story.

I received a copy of the audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.


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review 2018-07-23 15:13
Scion's Surrender (Seven Seals #2) by Traci Douglass
Scion's Surrender (Seven Seals #2) - Traci Douglass

Scion's Surrender is the second book in the Seven Seals series, and we meet Chago. He is the Scion of War, and has moved to be close to his host, Irena. She has fallen in love with Chago over the period of three years, but doesn't think she has a chance. That is, until Chago has a bit too much to drink, and confesses his feelings, and what he is.


Like the first book, this is a fast-paced novella that still has plenty of story for you sink your teeth into. Kagan and Mira's story is also involved with this (as the overall story arc) so we see progression with that too, plus appearances by them.


A very good continuation of the series, with a great story for Chago and Irena, a catch up for Kagan and Mira, and an introduction to Wyck. Absolutely recommended by me.


* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *



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review 2018-07-21 02:14
Surrender to the Highlander - Lynsay Sands

While to a large extent, a book would have to be really good to make much of an impression after reading Iron and Magic, this...


I really hate the v. basic plot of h is in danger and it takes H forEVER to figure out who the villain is (who often is a relative with some pointless and stupid grudge). Occasionally it's the H but it still takes forever, and still seems pointless.


In this case, it's further hampered by it taking a month for it to even occur to them that *maybe* there were secret passages (in a castle? Of course there are. D'oh). And after all that, and them finally figuring out who, the who in question makes one last attempt, though I fail to understand why. Seems like the wisest course of action would have been to run.


The H/h pairing? No problems with that. Really, this one would have done just fine focusing on their relationship development..but then again, so would the rest of the series. Unfortunately (and this isn't necessarily an issue with this author; it's the genre in general), we don't get that.

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review 2018-07-15 18:13
Surrender (Harris Brothers, #4) by Amy Daws
Surrender - Amy Daws


Just when you think you have life all figured out, fate rolls in and knocks you on your butt. Gareth is the golden boy. Thanks to a career he loves, he's managed to rise above the pain of his home life and create a name for himself. Sloan is a woman in transition. She's getting back on her feet after a string of bad choice almost derailed her dreams. A new environment could be what she needs to move forward in her life. Neither counted on the hands of fate upended their new beginning. Will they survive the fall out? Surrender is surprisingly unpredictable. Like life the course is a bit bumpy, but totally worth the ride.

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