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review 2017-08-11 17:43
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If the Rogue Fits (Must Love Rogues Book 2) - Eva Devon

Heiress is tall and not conventionally attractive, because of how her father always puts her down and men act toward her, she becomes very bitter towards the opposite sex. Earns reputation for being a man hater.

Gorgeous poor Earl needs money to rebuild estate father ruined. Finds out heroine is rich and goes for her, lucky him, he finds her sassy great.

Heroine's whole gender male hating and gruffness was a bit off-putting and hero's genial good guy shucks was a bit hokey dokey. Not a lot of depth to the writing, very surface characters with cliche villainous daddies and non-villainous misunderstood sister and friend. 

The story was predictable from beginning to end and was a quick read. Some dialogue connection moments between hero and heroine but never flushed out. Surface and over trodden ground.

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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 2016-10-18 21:02
Scandal's Daughters by Eva Devon, Christi Caldwell, Elizabeth Essex, Anthea Lawson, and Erica Ridley
Scandal's Daughters - Christi Caldwell,Eva Devon,Elizabeth Essex,Anthea Lawson,Erica Ridley

I've said it before and I'll say it again, an anthology is the best way to get to know authors if you didn't know them before. I got this particular one because I'm a super fan of one the authors but I'm ever so glad I got to know the work of the others as well.

Only for Her Honor by Christi Caldwell~ Eve is trying to escape from the sin's of her family while Lucas is trying to survive in a whole that is giving him no reasons to live. More than scandalous this is was a story that tugged to the heart and hit in all the right places.

Sleepless in a Scandal by Eve Devon~ The least thing the Marques of Talbot wants is to get married. The only thing Felicity is trying to accomplish is find a suitable husband for herself and all of her sisters. This story was a bit on the lighter and funnier side. The relationship may feel a little rushed but I think given the circumstances it was totally understandable.

A Fine Madness by Elizabeth Essex ~ Elspeth has lived a very sheltered albeit strict life a the hands of her two old maiden aunts. However once she gets the chance to visit her father's sister, she fulfills her lifetime wish of seeing more than the village where she's lived all her life. I believe this one was the longest of all the stories and perhaps the least spicier.

I didn't want to give anything away when it came to the stories themselves but I do believe the set as a whole will any historical romance lover plenty satisfied.

** I was gifted a copy of this story from the author at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher **

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review 2016-07-29 06:42
Not Quite a Duke (Duke's Club #6) by Eva Devon
Not Quite A Duke (Dukes' Club Book 6) - Eva Devon

This was such a fun read. It was one of those that even though it got in my nerves and made me roll my eyes several times it also made me want to keep turning the pages to know what was going to happen next. The author was able to combine humor, romance, and poetry all into one well-written love story. 

 

I always try to connect to the books I read and I try to understand where the characters are coming from to have a better understanding of their behavior and the story itself. In the case of lady Patience, her attitude reminded me so much of myself at one point in my own life. I suppose that’s not here nor there but there was also something about her that that still rang true to this day. She wasn’t made out to be the epitome of beauty or with a body “made out to sin” and when she and Lord Charles met he flatly judges her as a woman in despair, not even giving her the chance to show him how smart she really is. That is something I believe many women still encounter these days.

Ah, but how gratifying it was that this “damsel in distress” got to set him straight and let him know that she actually didn’t need him at all. I believe I can nominate Lady Patience as one of the best historical feminists I’ve ever read.

 

“The arrogance of him to suppose he would know what was best for her. Then again he was a man.”

 

 

Dear Charles was a rake of the best kind of course *wink wink* Despite his faux pass with Patience, he was a charming character. He had a dark secret and to hide it he became the debauched man everyone knew him to be. Of course, Patience had no patience for anyone like him because what woman in her right man would trust a man like him?

As the story progresses and they are forced into doing things they may not have done in other circumstances, their relationship proves to be worth fighting for.

 

“But she was a goddess. His goddess. And since he’d longed to kneel and worship before her, having her declare that he belonged to her suddenly made him feel like an acolyte being praised by his deity… In short, it was rare and absolutely glorious.”

 

 

I love it when an author is able to turn simple words into poetic writing. Miss Devon is able to capture the feelings and thoughts of all her characters in such words that any other time I’d thought them corny but right here they are most definitely not.

 

 

And, to finish my feminism rant: there was something about the second half of the book that I felt missed the mark because I didn’t want Patience to be rescued, however later I understood that given the times she wasn’t being rescued but she was actually being granted some kind of freedom (You’ll get this when you read the book because I kind of paraphrased it from it ;) )

 

Definitely a great read and I recommend it to all historical romance lovers.

 

** I was gifted a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review **

 

~ Please note: all quotes on this review are from an uncorrected ARC. They may change and  may not appear on the final edition of the book. ~

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text 2016-07-22 01:31
Reading progress update: I've read 34%.
Not Quite A Duke (Dukes' Club Book 6) - Eva Devon
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