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review 2018-01-09 12:13
Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts
Brazen Virtue - Nora Roberts

Mystery writer Grace McCabe, fresh from a book tour, is bunking with her sister in D.C. for a few days, alarmed at the fact that after a nasty divorce, Kathleen let her son with his father, moved across the country and makes her living as a phone-sex operator.

When she comes home one night and finds her sister murdered, Grace's first thought is, Kathleen's ex-husband did it. But then another phone-sex operator, employed by the same agency as Kathleen, turns up dead...


This book was yet another let-down. The heroine came across as too much of a self-absorbed airhead for my liking, the hero didn't get enough space to shine, the killer was once more relegated into the sidelines...

There was too much going on, mostly revolving around the heroine, instead of focusing on the suspense and in the end the one thing that was interesting about the story was brushed under the carpet, while the rest (mostly ballast) got the spotlight.

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review 2018-01-09 06:59
Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts
Sacred Sins - Nora Roberts

A killer is plaguing Washington, D.C., strangling women with a priest's amice and leaving notes about their sins being forgiven. The police is stumped, so they reluctantly engaged the help of psychiatrist Dr. Teresa Court.

As the tension over the murder case rises, sparks fly between Tess and Detective Ben Paris, but soon they're not just sparks of animosity.


I already read this one in 2011, gave it three stars without writing a review, and completely forgot about the story. On this second re-read, it loses a star, but I'm pretty sure that I'll still forget about it, since it was quite a disappointment.

I liked the premise, the suspense (what there was, that is), and I liked the killer's mind. Unfortunately, he was relegated into the background, overshadowed by the two protagonists and the drama around their budding "relationship".

I didn't like neither Tess nor Ben. He was mostly an ass with a chip on his shoulder about shrinks (rather understandable, but they cannot all be the same) and she was a bleeding heart convinced the killer needed help and healing. She seemed not to care much about the killer's victims or the fact the guy was a killer, she just wanted to help him.
So I wanted to smack them both, I didn't buy their romance because of their different opinions and stands on quite a lot of things...

The only saving grace was the aforementioned killer (pity, he didn't appear much), the final surprise when his identity was revealed, and Ben's partner Ed, the gentle giant.
I'm quite looking forward to his story.

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review 2018-01-03 10:20
Christmas in Venice (or The Italian's Christmas Bride) by Joanne Walsh
Christmas in Venice - Joanne Walsh

***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

After five years, exes, Ashlynne and Lorenzo, meet again at the Marco Polo airport. Due to weather conditions, she cannot return home, so he offers her shelter in his apartment. They soon discover that the passion and attraction are still there, but so are old insecurities that helped their marriage to implode.


Formulaic, predictable and with a very Harlequin-Silhouette feel, with an insecure heroine that believes and trusts the words of a stranger over the words of the man she supposedly loves, a bland hero that still merits sainthood for putting up with the idiot woman, a lukewarm at best romance and as sugary as possible ending.

Blah!

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text 2018-01-02 18:27
A Yorkshire Christmas by Kate Hewitt
A Yorkshire Christmas (Christmas Around the World Book 2) - Kate Hewitt

***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

Dejected after a near-brush with disaster in her personal life, Claire Lindell has flown to England to spend a solo Christmas in her godmother's cottage in Ledstow, Yorshire...But her car slides off the road in a snowstorm, and there's no one around to help, but Noah Bradford, who also needs Claire's help to save one of his ewes from a ditch...And then some.


The only thing I liked about this book was the setting; the sleepy, snow-covered Yorkshire village. That's it.

The rest was utter rubbish. The heroine was a pathetic and needy idiot that needed someone to slap her silly, the hero was a bland copy of almost every single-dad hero in Romancelandia, the kid was annoying, and the romance was so far removed from any possibility of reality I couldn't even begin to describe it.
It didn't even come across as a romance, but more of a compromise for the needy idiot of a heroine (who had a perfectly functional family, but was all about the greener grass on the other side of the fence) and something to placate the hero's daughter so she wouldn't be so cross at her deadbeat father.

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review 2017-12-19 18:29
Christmas in New York series
This Christmas - Jeannie Moon
Christmas Light (Christmas in New York Book 3) - Jolyse Barnett
All I Want for Christmas - Jennifer Gracen
Goodness and Light - Patty Blount

This Christmas by Jeannie Moon ***

 

***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

Ten years ago Jake broke Sabrina's heart by marrying a woman who carried his child, never knowing Sabrina was also pregnant.
It turned out, his wife's child wasn't his and they divorced, but Jake never returned...And Sabrina never told him about his daughter.

But now he's back, he's connected the dots and he wants to make amends. Will Sabrina let him?



This was a sweet little second-chances seasonal romance with a drool-worthy sweetheart of a hero, a cute little fruit of his loins that was definitely smarter than her mother, and set in a picturesque, idyllic little village.

It would've been much, much better if the heroine at the beginning wasn't a selfish and whiny bitch, and her family and friends had possessed a little more sense than just going along with whatever her reasoning for not telling a guy he was a father and then blaming the guy for not being there for the child he never knew he had.

And when she finally got over her selfishness, she was still a whiny scaredy-cat not trusting him because he abandoned her all those years ago (he thought he was doing the right thing) and not allowing him into her heart until her friends and family talked some sense into her.

It was cute and sweet, but it would've worked better with a different heroine. But then, a different heroine would've probably told the guy everything and we'd have no story.

 

 

Christmas Light by Jolyse Barnett *

 

***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

Jade Engel is back in her hometown, just for a month, and hooks up with her childhood friend whose pre-teen heart, she'd so callously broken twenty years ago...But soon the friends-with-benefits agreement starts chafing.


Is a bitchy heroine a new norm in the contemporary romance category? Because you can be strong and independent without being bitchy. The problem was, Jade wasn't strong or independent, since everybody treated her like a doormat and she let them. She even ruined her friendship with Ben back in school because she was worried about what others thought.
So, since she was obviously unable to make decisions, let everybody dictate her life (she was thirty and still obeyed her mother!), and almost ruined her and Ben's love lives the second time around, no wonder she was bitchy.

Poor Ben for having to put up with her...And doing all the work in the end.

 

 

All I Want for Christmas by Jennifer Gracen **

 

***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

Seven years ago, he broke her heart and left... Now she walks into his bar just before Christmas and it just might be the best present of all.


Yet another second-chance romance that would've worked better if it wasn't a constant mope-fest. I got the gist. He left for her own good devastating them both. She was afraid of trusting him again. He was trying to make her see he's changed. I got it! There was no need for repeating the same spiel over and over and over again.
The story was short as it was, the space could've been better spent with some character presentation and development instead of constant repetition.

In the end the characters were one-dimensional husks merely going through the motions.

I liked the premise, though.

 

 

Goodness and LightThis Christmas - Jeannie Moon  by Patty Blount *

 

***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

They met thirteen years ago when he gave her a crystal snowflake on the first Rememberance day. Now they meet again and he knows it's a good sign. She's not that optimistic.


This was a cute and sweet romantic story of (self)forgiveness, friendship, family and hope, yet it was completely ruined by an idiotic and extremely selfish heroine. Everything was about her, no one loved her, she was a black hole, she didn't deserve happiness...Boohoohoo.

Instead of romance we got drama, drama, drama.

What a pity.

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