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review 2018-07-21 20:41
A CURIOUS BEGINNING by Deanna Raebourn
A Curious Beginning - Deanna Raybourn
Veronica's last guardian has died and she is alone in the world.  When she returns to her cottage after the funeral she finds a man ransacking it and she is rescued by a baron.  They travel to London where the baron puts her under the protection of Stoker.  The next morning the baron is dead--murdered and the plot thickens.
 
I enjoyed this book.  I loved Veronica and Stoker.  She is a kick-ass broad and Stoker learns early not to get in her way.  Both have pasts and Veronica is always shocking Stoker with hers as she pulls his out of him. 
 
The world building in the story is good.  The mystery is good.  The story is good.  I hope some of the secondary characters remain in the series.  I look forward to book 2.
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review 2018-07-03 02:35
The Scot Beds His Wife (Victorian Rebels) - Kerrigan Byrne

Ok well... that was fun. The h was ah...uncouth? Certainly not what the H was expecting. Not really what I was expecting either.

 

I gotta say, I really dislike that these heroes keep pushing the heroines away over something *they're* not really in a position to judge anyone for. At least this one didn't endanger the heroine by doing so. To be fair, the only time she really was ever helpless was when she got caught without her guns.

 

And I gotta wonder about The Rook - another brother? Was he the one who was supposedly beaten to death in Newgate by goons who mistook him for Dorian?

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review 2018-06-01 07:42
Victorian Fairy Tales
Victorian Fairy Tales - Michael Newton

This was one of these books that really just wasn't for me. It features a nice introduction on fairy tales in the Victorian era, which was a good read and although I'm not particularly interested in the subject, I found it entertaining and interesting.

Next is a string of fairy tales and frankly, I enjoyed them very little. It became a burden for me to pick up the book, as I either struggled with the translation of some of the stories, and especially the long stories were plain boring. While I'm sure they are a nice representation of fairy tales in that time, I just found out those really are not for me.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2018-05-13 11:07
The Theft by Andrea Kane
The Theft - Andrea Kane

Lady Noelle Bromleigh knows the circumstances surrounding her birth, what she doesn't know is her sire's identity. So she asks her adoptive father, her uncle, Eric Bromleigh to investigate, just to know the whole truth. But when she's presented with the fruits of said investigation on her eighteenth birthday, her curiosity gets the better of her, and she travels to London to catch a glimpse of her sire, and on the way meets her destiny...


The better part of this story was pretty good. Though I sometimes wished someone would slap the heroine silly, she quickly "mended her ways" thanks to the hero's influence, and she ended the story a rather mature young woman. The hero was once more a typical AK creation; tall, dark, handsome, intense, confident and using the requisite nickname for the heroine.

While the romance left me rather cold (it happened rather swiftly and I didn't really believe it), the best part of this plot was the suspense—especially once murder came into play.
Unfortunately the real villain was rather blatantly revealed (to the reader, not the protagonists) somewhere in the middle, but I was still looking forward to how the case would be solved.

Sadly, the tempo dropped tremendously right at the climax of the story as scenes dragged on for too long and, instead of creating tension and anticipation, the whole thing bordered on boring as I waited for the axe to finally fall.
Instead, it merely brought down the rating.

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review 2018-05-08 06:27
Yuletide Treasure by Andrea Kane
Yuletide Treasure - Andrea Kane

Four-year-old Noelle is a handful. Such a handful in fact, no family in the county wants to raise her and they keep returning her to her embittered uncle, until one day he snaps and decides to acquire a live-in governess for the girl. And he's adamant in accomplishing his goal, even if it means he has to marry the unsuspecting "victim".


This was a story about a spoiled brat of a child in need of a good thrashing, a brooding hero in need of a good smack on the head with a shovel, and a saint of a heroine that heals them both with her love and brings all of them together as a family just in time for the holidays.

It made my teeth ache with all the sugar, but it accomplished its goal of making me go "awww" in the end.

It was definitely too short, making the plot appear hole-y. The characters never really got the chance to shone through and this severe underdeveloped failed in making me know them and empathize with them, which caused huge disbelief in how easily it was all resolved (all thanks to love).

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