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review 2015-09-30 22:37
The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne
The Highwayman - Kerrigan Byrne

This had a lot of my romance catnips. Tortured, scarred, brutal and cold hero, sweeping, all enduring love. Great side characters. A heroine so endearing in her inability to give up on love.

 

Its the kind of sweeping adventure type romance with the overcast of the dark underbelly and villains that I devour. I loved every moment of this journey.

I love historical romances that take me on a emotional roller coaster like this. 

 

My first by this author and will not be the last.

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review 2015-06-14 17:14
Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones
Eighth Grave After Dark - Darynda Jones

So far my least favorite of the series. Some stuff just seemed off. I can't explain it better. Some stuff seemed rushed. The last one was so fantastic that this was a bit of a let down.


And some stuff just seemed like it was dropped or rewritten mid book and other events didn't make sense base on actions of previous books.

 

A couple of times there was like a repeat of something that had already bee explained a few pages earlier, like the author forgot she already "told" us.
The explanation of why she had to give the bottle to the baby was one such instant.

 

And all this buildup with the big meanie and then a couple of pages and it was done. Well for now, but lots of characters felt neutered to me here.

 

I do still love the characters and the end at least gave me some intriguing possibilities.

I just missed a lot of the stuff here that I loved in the other installments. The cases, the mysterious stuff that getting more shocking the more they found out about it. I don't know, it was just lacking a bit of heart.

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review 2015-05-27 20:46
I've Got My Duke to Keep me Warm by Kelly Bowen
I've Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm - Kelly Bowen

Another great new to me author, can't wait to read the next. Really enjoyed this one ad it got me out of a reading slump I had been in. The theme, the plot, the characters, it all worked for me and it was a total page turner. Awesome hero and heroine. And the side characters are well fleshed out and not just fillers.

Tough subject was handled in an interesting way with wit and humor sprinkled through, along with deeply felt pain.

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review 2014-03-28 21:01
The Devil of Clan Sinclair by Karen Ranney
The Devil of Clan Sinclair - Karen Ranney

I am never let down by Ranney. 

 

In this one the hero and the heroine have to overcome quite some obstacles to be together. They meet and fall almost instantly in love, but her father a wealthy American, wants a title for his daughter and is not about to let her marry a Scot. 

 

So they are apart with her married to someone else. Hero is an inventor of an ice machine and pines for her. 

 

She then blows back into his life as a widow and then the even bigger problems between them start. She does something pretty despicable, but she does it for the family of her dead husband. 

He also later does something pretty bad out of being hurt by her. So they both act against each other in pretty horrible ways, out of hurt. 

 

Its how they find their way back to each other that is the meat of this story. Quite the flawed people in this one. 

 

Only thing I didn't like was the somewhat abrupt ending. I would have liked to see it more "finished" for lack of a better word. 

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review 2014-02-18 01:57
Heiress in Love by Christina Brooke
Heiress in Love - Christina Brooke

A misunderstood hero, who's ugly past keeps sticking to him like glue and a somewhat stiff and proper heroine who isn't easy to like. For me, that makes for interesting reading. 

 

So we have a puppet master, the Duke of Montford. He has "collected" orphan children of kins over the years and then sets them up for advantageous marriages to further his agenda to enlarge the family prestige and coffers.
Or something like that. They are basically his wards.

The heroine came to him when she was 8 years old.
He arranged her marriage and she is now a widow as we start the novel. And the will her dead hubby leaves behind splits the estate between her and a cousin, Constantine, who will now inherit. He has the estate, she has the money and from this it seems there seems but one solution, they must marry. Seems simple enough, but it isn't.

 

I really liked that both had a lot of learning to do of each other. She was not very approachable and for me it was a bit hard to like her. Not sure if I ever quite completely warmed up to her. But somehow it all worked for me. The two have a kind of chemistry that cuts through all of her stiffness and it also opens up his hardened heart. It really is the slow getting to know one another what makes this romance. 

 

A great start to a series and I am looking forward to reading the next. I do want to find out more about the Duke of Montford and Lady Arden and their rivalry about setting up these marriages. Its a bit distasteful, but I am intrigued nonetheless.

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