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review 2017-06-17 07:23
A Simple Case of Seduction by Adele Clee
A Simple Case of Seduction - Adele Clee

Three years ago, Daniel Thorpe offered marriage to his friend's widow, only to be summarily rejected. His heart broken, he still kept an eye on her throughout the years, keeping her safe. But it looks like he hasn't done a good enough job, since a ghost from the past is haunting her, never to be seen and never taking anything. It looks like the ghost is looking for something, but Daphne has no idea what or why. Looks like this might be a job for her guardian angel.


In my review of the previous book in this quasi-series, I mentioned how Mr Daniel Thorpe and Mrs Daphne Chambers had more chemistry and more spark in their one little scene together than the two leads of the book in the entire story. Well, that chemistry was utterly absent in their own book.
I have no idea what drew him to her and vice versa, I didn't feel any sparks nor attraction...They appeared merely props, characters written for the sake of the story, pushed together because they happened to be main characters. Period.

She was a tad too naive for a woman of her age, especially a woman in her profession, her gullibility, her bubbly-ness, and her idiotic blindness to her own ineptitude (she's survived so far mostly because he was there to get her out of trouble, which she learned toward the end) got annoying really fast, and I actually wanted something bad to happen to her to make her see reason.
But she had her guardian angel to get hurt instead of her, the gruff, abrupt thundercloud by the name of Daniel Thorpe. The chip on his shoulder was rather disproportionate to what actually happened to him, and he definitely held the grudge for too long (or maybe we weren't given all the facts), and no matter how attractive, protective, and charming (when he wanted to be) both the author and the heroine made him appear, I wasn't convinced.
I was utterly indifferent about both of them, not caring one way or the other about what did, might, and would happen to them.

The suspense also left me quite cold. It was uninspiring, dull, slow-paced, and, let's face it, quite forced with the whole treason sub-plot. It just didn't click, feeling disconnected from the rest of the story, making it seem like I was writing two different books (neither of them particularly good).

A real disappointment given the great introduction to these two characters in the previous book and all the possibilities of suspense elements given their specific line of work.

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review 2017-01-27 02:39
Great historical romance!!
A Curse of the Heart - Adele Clee

A Curse of the Heart by Adele Clee is a well-written book.  Ms Clee has delivered a book with fantastic characters that will keep you entertained from cover to cover.  There is plenty of suspense, bits of humor and a little spice to help glue you to Rebecca and Gabriel's story.  I loved reading A Curse of the Heart and look forward to reading more from Adele Clee in the future.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I received a copy of this book from InstaFreebie.

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review 2017-01-24 21:42
Fantastic Historical Romance
To Save a Sinner - Adele Clee

To Save A Sinner by Adele Clee is the second book I've read from this author, and I enjoyed both of them.  To Save A Sinner is a well written book.  The characters are exceptional.  Lucas and Helena's story is loaded with drama, suspense, humor and spice.  Ms Clee has delivered a book that will grab readers' attention and hold it from cover to cover.  To Save A Sinner is a great read and I look forward to reading more from Adele Clee in the future.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. 

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review 2016-12-12 16:39
The Secret to Your Surrender by Adele Clee
The Secret To Your Surrender - Adele Clee

Anthony Dempsey is a man at the end of his rope. Trying to keep a secret from his brother, trying to prevent the Harwood name from being associated with another scandal, and dealing with a blackmailer, all the while keeping Sarah Roxbury, the woman who makes his heart sing, at arm's length in order to protect her, is taxing.

But his brother is stubborn, his sister in law is determined and filled with pregnancy hormones, and Sarah Roxbury is too beautiful, too tempting, and too damn irresistible to keep away. Is it any wonder Anthony cannot keep his secret any longer?


Well, I jinxed it. If this were the first book in the series, I wouldn't read any further. Disappointing, to say the least.

With an insipid hero (I never would've thought he could be even remotely related to Lucas Dempsey) and his idiotic reasoning for not revealing the "secret" at least to his brother sooner, a vapid heroine (so far away from her sister's lively character), who kept spouting headache-inducing flowery prose whenever they were in close proximity to each other, a suspense (if one could call it that) plot as weak as a newborn, and a resolution to the "suspense" plot even weaker, I must say Ms Clee dropped the ball with his one.

If it wasn't for Mr Thorpe and Mrs Chambers, who even in their first brief interaction on the page had more chemistry and more spark than the two leads (I can't wait to read their story, A Simple Case of Seduction), this story would've been a disaster. Granted, I never really took to liking Anthony Dempsey very much (even in his brother's book I found him bland, ordinary, and unexciting), but I never would've imagined his story would be so utterly boring and dull.

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review 2016-12-12 16:38
What Every Lord Wants by Adele Clee
What Every Lord Wants - Adele Clee

Maximus "Max" Roxbury has to marry before his thirtieth birthday in order to claim his inheritance. But since he refuses to give his dead father the satisfaction for marrying out of duty instead of love, he's in quite a predicament. Then Prudence "Pickle" Roxbury, a distant relation and former resident of the house he's inherited despite his single status, appears on his doorstep and asks him to sponsor her sister's outing in society. As soon as he sees the sister in question, Max knows Prue actually wants him to offer for the chit, yet despite her beauty Sarah Roxbury cannot hold a candle to her older sister.


A cute and sweet story of love blossoming in unexpected ways in unexpected places in unexpected times. Great characters, with the requisite "evil" woman scorned, wonderful pacing (as always), a great lesson in the beauty being in the eye of the beholder, and a wonderful cameo by Lucas and Helena "Sharp Tongue" Dempsey.

Ms Clee has yet to disappoint with her literary ventures into the Regency era. More, please.

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