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review 2015-08-11 20:41
The romance could have been a tad better..
Scotsman of My Dreams - Karen Ranney

***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Scotsman of My Dreams ended up being a very fun book to read but as much as I enjoyed it, I also thought there was way too much buildup for the romance.

Minerva and Dalton make a fantastic team and while they were a team for huge chunks of the book, they were also on opposite sides for most of the book. So while the tension between them was amazing, I hated that they weren’t on the same side. It meant that it took longer for their relationship to develop to a point where they could admit feelings and it also meant that there was a certain level of distrust between the two.

Minerva and Dalton are both fantastic characters in their own right and I LOVED reading about them as characters but  I wanted more from them together which was why I cannot give this book the 4 stars I would have otherwise.

Moving on though, I DID enjoy many aspects of the buildup especially since Minerva and Dalton worked together a lot and they were so FLIPPIN CUTE!

Minerva is an independently wealthy woman who never had the time for any sort of relationships after her parents died and left her in charge of her younger brother. Minerva took what she got and raised her brother and instead invested her time in her interests, archaeology.

Dalton, on the other hand, is an ex-rake. He made some poor decisions and decided to go fight in the civil war for the funsies and learnt that war wasn’t what he thought he was. Unfortunately, he also got injured, lost his sight and returned to a newly inherited earldom because of his older brother’s death. Dalton was dealt many blows in one go but these blows really helped him grow. He was no longer the cocky, poor decision making Dalton of the past, but rather a new Dalton who realizes how much of his life he wasted because he was ‘bored’. It was so much fun to watch him develop over the course of the book and I loved seeing the part Minerva played in helping him get there.

Their romance is fantastic (my issues aside) and I loved seeing them help each other overcome their insecurities.

This book was so much fun to read and I’d definitely recommend it if you are looking for a quick fun HR to read that won’t fail to make you swoon!

Note that I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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review 2015-05-05 00:52
Hodge works her magic again
Crimson Bound - Rosamund Hodge

***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

After falling in love with Cruel Beauty last year, I was ready to see what else Rosamund had to offer. When I found out she had a new book coming out, and that it would be a retelling of Red Riding Hood, I was over the moon! This book was absolutely, a 100%, worth the wait. I stayed up until 5:30 in the morning finishing the book and I loved every single minute of it. Here are reasons why you should read the book.

1. The fantastic female lead. Rachelle is badass and she is almost an anti-heroine but you cannot help love her and want to cheer for her because even though she doesn't believe it, we know that she is a fantastic human being at heart.

2. Armand. ARMAND WAS SO SWOON-WORTHY and I cannot even. Whoever said good boys finish last? I know I didn't because good boys like Armand are definitely not going to finish last. The thing about Armand is that he is so pure of heart and so good but he isn't helpless. He is confident and knows how to take charge. He is a wonderful human being and I love him.

3. The romance. While the romance needed some more development (in my opinion) I will definitely say that it was one of the more enjoyable ones I've read. Armand and Rachelle do not have a case of instalove and it's so great seeing them fall in love with each other (even if it was a little sudden). They work well together and I just love them, okay?

4. The world building. Given how great it was in Rosamund's debut novel, it's not surprising at all that she put so much effort into developing this new world and it's intricate details.

5. The plot. It's well paced and maybe you'll even pull an all nighter reading the book like I did.

So basically, you should read this amazing book.

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