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review 2017-07-17 21:43
Review: Keeping Her: A Dark Romance by Angela Snyder
Keeping Her: A Dark Romance (Keep Me Series Book 1) - Angela Snyder

What a roller coaster of emotions! One moment I was hating the characters, the next I was sympathizing with them, the next I was in love, and before I knew it was exasperated and then back in love. Crazy stuff! 

Now, I feel the most important thing I need to point out is that this is a dark romance and that there are some serious **** TRIGGER ISSUES **** that may make some readers uncomfortable so read with caution. 

The story, which was narrated in first POV by various characters, gave me that feeling of intense passion and angst. I think the author made a good job by portraying Lucian with so many emotional and character flaws, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to overlook his numerous acts of possessiveness and cruelty, even after a very important truth is uncovered and he has no reason to keep acting that way. Adeline is the sweet and innocent girl that captures his attention in a way that no one thought possible. And when I say innocent, I really mean it, and for good reasons too. Odd thing was that it was hard for me to connect with and understand her character but I think that was because of everything that happened in her previous life and her current situation. I just couldn’t relate to her in any feasible way. 

The story has a good pace and flow although I found the characters talking too much to themselves and at times I found their inner dialogue a bit repetitive. However one thing I liked a lot was that even though Adeline started as a victim, she never behaved as one and that made her a more realistic character. 

On a side note, I was totally blindsided by what happened towards end and the cliffhanger. It’s a good thing we don’t have to wait too long how this story ends as the next installment will be out in only a couple of months. 

I received this book from the author 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 2017-05-16 23:09
Arc Review: Jane Grey: A Homage to the Brontë Classics (The Brontë Brothers #1) by Nina Mason
Jane Grey (The Brontë Brothers Book 1) - Nina Mason

 

I’ll start by saying that Jane Eyre happens to be my least favorite classic historical romance. So when offered the chance to read this story I was truly intrigued and couldn’t pass the opportunity to read it.

 

Well, Jane Grey was a great romance story indeed! I don’t want anyone to think it wasn’t based on my rating. I did enjoy it from start to finish, true, however I also did have a few issues with the story itself. At any rate, I still recommend it to any fan of the original and to those looking for a worthwhile happy ending.

 

Matthew and Jane have a lot in common and that’s obviously what drew them together. They were both hopeless romantics to the point they could both recite poems by heart and Matthew was a painter hoping to revive his then-dormant muse.

At the start of the story, Matthew was hurt and vulnerable, thus he gave me the impression of just having fallen in love with the idea of the perfect woman that could possibly be Jane as opposed to the woman herself. As the story progressed and they got to know each other better, his attitude left no doubt in my mind that he had in fact fallen for Jane as a woman so I was happy on that end.

 

Their relationship was endearing and heart-warming. The story was heart-wrenching at times and hopeful at others. The descriptive settings made me feel I was part of the story itself and the writing was as beautiful as ever when it comes to this author.

 

As for Jane, she was sweet and considerate, but to an almost maddening point in my opinion. Most of the time she showed strength of character and common sense but when it came to trusting unworthy people or when it came to continue on the path she had already set her mind to follow she was inconstant and mutable. That whiplash attitude was one of the reasons I couldn’t enjoy the story more.

Also, the story is set in a place where propriety is not as strict as it would have been in England at the time but I still thought Jane didn’t come up to scratch as a governess to some extent. I’m not going to give specific examples because I don’t want to give spoilers but suffice to say her pupil would act incredibly unlady-like and Ms. Gray would just stand there and do nothing. I know, I’ve been told I need to let go of certain things when it comes to historicals but I just can’t!

 

As I said earlier dear reader, it IS a lovely story, full of passion, regrets, ambition, and true love. If this sounds like your cup of tea then I’m sure you are going to love it. 

 

*** I received this book from the author 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 2017-01-08 15:00
Review: 5/5 for When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) by Tessa Dare
When a Scot Ties the Knot - Tessa Dare

I know I’m late to the party and that there is nothing I could possible say that hasn’t already been said about this book but it was oh so good! I had the pleasure of listening the audio format and the narrator did a superb job! She nailed all the accents and gave each character its unique and distinctive voice.

 

Maddie is captivating from the beginning. Her imagination and innocence grabbed me from page one. As the story progressed and she matured with time, she only became more endearing. She is one of those girls that even though naïve she was not silly or acted as a simpleton. I suppose her “disability” –she suffered from panic attacks- only made her more endearing in my eyes. I know from experience how disabling some episodes can be and that made her a more relatable character as well.
And Logan, can we say W-O-W! Although he started as an infuriating man that pushed his way into Maddie’s life by way of blackmail he turned out to be all “mushy” inside. He was just pretending to be a hard man because of the life he’d lived and because he was afraid to love for fear of rejection. But the more he tried to be unlovable, the more Maddie (and I) fell in love with him. Because really, who wouldn’t fall in love with a man that likes reading?
Secondary characters were all a riot but also engaging. They all had their own stories to tell and contrary to other stories where too much of others overpower the plot of the main characters, in this case it just added luster to the main story.

 

I could go on and on and on about all the things I loved about this book but suffice to say that it was funny, romantic, and tug-at-your-heartstrings kind of book; the kind of book you can’t stop thinking about long after the last page was turned, or in my case the last second was played.

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review 2016-12-06 23:03
Duke Goes Rogue (Must Love Rogues Book 3) by Eva Devon
Duke Goes Rogue (Must Love Rogues Book 3) - Eva Devon

Although I have loved pretty much everything I’ve read by this author, I’m going to have to say I liked this book but I didn’t love it.


So the Duke is supposedly a stiff man, always doing the right thing, however he and his brother did something terrible that’s been hunting them for some years. So, has he always been so strict, or did he become so after that incident? And what exactly was that they did? I waited until the end but I never got an answer to that. And when it came to the Duke being rogue, he didn’t show many signs of it. Although if you want to get technical, I suppose breaking his own rules would make him a rogue in his own mind.
Olivia was supposedly a smart and worldly woman, but it sounded like she never knew what do after she was sent packing from the Duke’s employ and was always relying on others to re-direct her life. Or perhaps it was the fact that I felt the story had too many arcs when it came to her and I felt I was being pulled in many directions.

I liked the premise of the story; I liked how it started and definitely how they reached their HEA. Overall an ok story, I just feel it didn’t have the fluidity that her other stories have had.

*** I received 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 2016-12-06 21:54
Hunt the Dawn (Fatal Dreams #2) by Abbie Roads
Hunt the Dawn (Fatal Dreams Book 2) - Abbie Roads

This is the second installment of the Fatal Dreams series but can definitely be read as a standalone because I haven’t read the first one and never felt lost.
I feel like that the first thing I need to say is that this book should come with the words ***TRIGGER WARNING***, and in big bold, capital letters, if not on the blurb then at the beginning of the book at the very least. Please be aware that there are scenes with emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and they are extremely descriptive.

To me it was not so much a romantic suspense but rather a thriller with paranormal and romantic undertones. I liked the plot but overall I didn’t love it as much as others did. There were a some things that didn’t click with me especially when it came to Evanee and the main villain.
The beginning of the story provided a nice background to both main characters, however, and this might just have been that the author is new to me, the prose sounded a bit trite and repetitive. Without going too much into spoilery ground, I’m going to say that when Lathan and Evanee meet, she does the exact opposite of what I think any sane person would do. Her actions were later explained in the book but when I read it they sounded so reckless that I had to roll my eyes. I also feel the story focused too much on her past history and that left Lathan’s feeling incomplete. Finally, towards the end when she’s told someone she's come to trust has done terrible things (and was about to commit some more) she still wanted to remain friends with that person. Uhm, huh? That felt as if the author wanted to reassert what a loving and innocent person she still was in spite of the rough life she’d lived but I thought that was utterly unnecessary.

I don't know, perhaps if there would have been just one thing to focus on but there were just too many things to look at. What with the psycho, the sociopath, the survivor, the rapist, the toxic family, the hero with the hearing disability and "superpowers", the crazy-a$$ dreams... Honestly, this book had me ranting plenty of times but when I wasn’t ranting I kind of liked it. I specially liked the friendship between Lathan and his friend Gill. I’m still debating whether I want to continue reading the series if more books come out but since I already have the first one I will at least read that one.


*** I received this book via Netgalley 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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