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review 2018-09-19 02:16
Mrs. Brodie's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies by Shana Galen & Theresa Romain
Mrs. Brodie's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies - Shana Galen,Theresa Romain

Mrs. Brodie's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies - Shana Galen,Theresa Romain 

 

I'd describe this duo as one of those that give you an AWWWW! feeling and that feeling stays with you long after you put the book down. Both stories are about second chances. 

The Way to A Gentleman's Heart by Theresa Romain stars Marianne, a lady of society-turned cook, and James, a man with plenty to regret but willing to make amends and hoping for forgiveness. I always find this author’s stories kind of hard to understand in the sense that I don’t connect with the characters right away. At first I thought James had hurt Marianne too much and grueling for the rest of his life wouldn’t be enough to deserve forgiveness, however once Marianne’s musing put their relationship in a different light and she realized he was a worthy man I too realized just as much. 

Counterfeit Scandal by Shana Galen intertwines characters from No Earls Allowed, book 2 in her The Survivors series but you don’t need to read that book first in order to read this one. Bridget and Caleb were forced to part ways at a moment when Bridget needed him the most. Fast forward several years later and Caleb seems to be the only one to help her find what she once lost but loves the most. I liked this story a lot. The author was able to pack plenty of character development, emotions, action, and redemption in only a few pages. The fact that Caleb was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for Bridget was kind of the cherry on top. 

I think this set perfectly represents what each author is about so if anyone's thought about trying something by either one I encourage you to give these novellas a go. 

I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.

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review 2018-06-06 01:38
Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress
Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress - Theresa Romain

Augusta was someone who stood out to me in the previous book, so I was excited to read her story. I thought this had a slow start, but once it got going, I got into it. I really liked that Joss and Augusta were non-titled and on the outside of society. I liked that Joss finally accepted his Indian heritage at the end.
I thought Joss was the perfect hero. Kind, empathetic, ambitious. He was absolutely an awesome Beta hero. While I liked that Joss professed his feelings first, I wish Augusta had been more empathetic to him. While I did like her, I thought she was selfish. 
A good end to the trilogy. (But no Matchmaker in this one).

 

For Ripped Bodice Bingo- I'm using this for the "Hero smells like MAN" square. Augusta repeatedly mentions Joss's sandalwood fragrance.

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review 2018-04-29 17:46
Lady Rogue (The Royal Rewards #3) by Theresa Romain
Lady Rogue - Theresa Romain

 

Isabel was not looking for scandal. It just found her twice. Callum did not plan to end risking his reputation and heart. It just happened. Can this tantalizing duo, give love a chance as they race to right a wrong? Lady Rogue is an intricate tale of love, lust and intrigue. What began as an affair quickly spirals into something beyond their control. Love.

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review 2018-04-29 01:32
To Charm a Naughty Countess
To Charm a Naughty Countess - Theresa Romain
I thought Caro and Michael fit each other perfectly. Sometimes slow-burn romances are nice and this one was. But, the journey to get there was slow at times. Both have issues. Said issues could have been dealt with much easier and faster had they just talked. Instead, assumptions were made. And you know how that goes.
One thing I really enjoyed: a beta, virgin hero! Michael also has an anxiety disorder that complicates things for him. Caro was experienced and that was also refreshing. The author's note at the end explaining the historical significance of 1816 (being one of the coldest summers/years recorded) was also interesting.
3.5*- not quite a 3, not quite a 4. For GR purposes I am rounding up. 
Looking forward to the last book in this trilogy; the heroine Miss Augusta Meredith made an appearance in this one and she's interesting.
 
 

 

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text 2017-11-01 08:00
November 2017 Reads
Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War - Lauren Willig,Joshilyn Jackson;Hazel Gaynor;Mary McNear;Nadia Hashimi;Emmi Itäranta;CJ Hauser;Katherine Harbour;Rebecca Rotert;Holly Brown;M. P. Cooley;Carrie La Seur;Sarah Creech,Jennifer Robson,Marci Jefferson,Jessica Brockmole,Beatriz Williams,Evangeli
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir - Kelle Hampton
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly
A Gentleman's Game (Romance of the Turf) - Theresa Romain
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston
Death of a Christmas Caterer - Lee Hollis

Winter has come to East Anglia. Good weather for bundling under blankets with a cup of tea and a book. COYER Winter Edition sign ups start mid-November, and the challenge starts in mid-December. And I have been working my way through the SBTB GR Oct-Dec challenge. I'm going to participate in the festive holiday game here on BL with MbD and TA hosting. All this plus meeting my BL/GR reading challenge (just one more book)!

 

Here is what I hope to read in November....

 

1. Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War by Various Authors

    Will use for Pop Sugar Challenge, just don't know where yet. Can also use the book to fill the prompt "veterans' day" in the SBTB GR challenge.

 

2. Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected by Kelle Hampton

    Pop Sugar prompt: By/About a Person with a disability (memoir about motherhood and raising a child with Down's Syndrome)

 

3. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

    I have already seen (and loved) the movie, but I wanted to read the book for the Pop Sugar prompt 2017 movie adaptions.

 

4. A Gentleman's Game (Romancing the Turf #1) by Theresa Romain

    To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "game day"

 

5. The Unyielding (Call of Crows #3) by Shelly Laurenston

     To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "give thanks" 

 

6. Death of a Christmas Caterer by Lee Hollis

    To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "food coma"

     

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