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review 2017-05-20 08:21
Arc review: Indiscretion: A Standalone Forbidden Romance by Lane Hart
Indiscretion: A Standalone Forbidden Romance - Lane Hart

 

Not what I was expecting! 

Although I’ve heard great things of this author this is actually my first book by her. I’m not much of a contemporary romance reader unless it’s packed with action and suspense but there was something about the blurb that caught my attention and I just couldn’t pass the chance to read this book. 

 

So, for starters, Clark Kent as my physical therapist? Sign me up!

 

 

 

The story begins with what Sam thinks is a little white lie to her PT, Dr. Grant Matthews, never imagining it could potentially ruin the man’s future. What starts as silly flirtation and later sizzling make-out sessions turns into something deeper and more meaningful before either one of them realizes it.

 

I’ll be honest and say that I’m not too fond of stories told in the present tense or in the first person POV but that didn’t even bother me here because it was just that well-told. All characters’ personality jumped out of the pages and that’s something I can always appreciate. Sam was innocent without sounding dim-witted; I think she was just a woman acting her age. Grant on the other hand kind of grew on me because when the story started I sort of hated the man, like big time, sexy glasses and all.

 

The story had plenty of twists and turns that I did not expect, some that I could see coming but were still interesting, plenty of laugh out and tear-jerking moments, and some that had me cheering for love and justice to triumph over everything. I’m not so sure about the ending because I thought it was tied up way too nicely however overall it was a great story and I’ll definitely be reading more from this author.

 

 

 

** 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 2016-11-09 00:41
Axion (Red Rock Alien Mail Order Brides #2) by Erin Kellison
Axion: Red Rock Alien Mail Order Brides 2 (Intergalactic Dating Agency) - Erin Kellison

We met our main couple in the first book of this series by this author. I liked Leif but I had no idea he’d be so funny in his own unique way. He was aloof and cold, and the least thing in his mind was love. Nina on the other hand had been looking for love and a way out of this world for most of her life. Although Leif was there and she thought he was attractive they never really clicked. That is until a visit from the future changed everything in their present and battle for survival and to find out who’s friend and who’s foe took place.

 

This book has everything a sci-fi romance story should have: aliens, shifters, a malicious race trying to take over the world, time-travel, laugh out moments, a spunky heroine, and of course a hunky, intelligent outer being.
You would think that would be plot overkill but it’s not! The whole story is set at a perfect pace and it’s told with a super smooth flow. The chemistry between Leif and Nina was there from the get go but didn’t feel rushed. I only wish these stories by the author were longer because they are sooooo good and as usual they only leave me panting for more!!

 

*** 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 2016-10-29 19:57
The Devils Who Would be King (Royal Pains #4) by Nina Mason 4/5 stars
The Devils Who Would Be King (Royal Pains) (Volume 4) - Nina Mason

Last one in the Royal Pain series and they must be read in order. It started a bit slow but it sure ended with a BANG!

Our hero Robert is away on an assignment by the King on England, missing his lovely wife like the devil and risking his life for King and country. Maggie, as the dutiful wife she is, stays behind dreading the day she may receive news that Robert is never coming back.

 

Ok, so I have to say I had loved this series because although it was high in eroticism it also stayed on the path of true romance when it came to Robert and Maggie. Those two had a relationship very different from anything I had ever read before. They were possessive and protective of each other but at the same time they let each other be and explore their own romantic, sexual, and whatever needs. That still rings true in this book however I felt that while Robert was putting his life on the line, Maggie was too content living the court life and in a way forgetting about Robert. Later, the story takes a turn for the better, IMO and it switched back to what I had always loved about this series. It had scandal, duplicity, espionage, power-hungry nobles, and of course a couple that was willing to face everything as long as they were together. In the end, everything was tied up perfectly in a way that only this author could have achieved.

 

I wouldn’t recommend it for those that like clean, sweet romances but I dare say it is for those that like erotic stories with historical accuracy.  

 

*** 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 2016-10-27 22:33
Review: Rock God (Hearts of Metal Book 3) by Brooklyn Ann ~ 4 out of 5 stars!
Rock God (Hearts of Metal Book 3) - Brooklyn Ann

This story had the perfect balance of sexy, sweetness and romance. The romance felt so real that I could see myself falling for a guy like Dante, regardless of his occupation. I loved that although protective and assertive he was never domineering and always kept in mind she a mind of her own ~~ Love me a man that never forgets that fact ~~
Shayna although shy by all standards, she was no meek mouse. She obviously had a troubled past but once she decided to leave that life behind she knew she could start anew. You could tell from the get go she was smarter than she even gave herself credit.

The story itself kept a very nice flow and steady peace, which was probably why the romance didn’t feel rushed. And, have I mentioned the romance? I just cannot get past how the relationship blossomed and how he handled those bumps that got in the way.

I’ve read other genres by this author and thought they were pretty good so I thought I’d give this one a try. Though part of a series it can be read as a stand alone. It was definitely worth trying and I cannot wait to see what comes next.

*** 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 2016-09-07 07:16
Stolen Encounters with the Duchess by Julia Justiss
Stolen Encounters with the Duchess (Hadley's Hellions) - Julia Justiss

This is the second installment in the Hadley's Hellions series but can definitely be read as a standalone. 

The author has a knack for making the reader immerse into the story right from the get-go, and her storytelling is so fluid and in accordance with the times she writes about that it was really hard for me to put down the book when it was time to make a pause (I suppose I had to eat and sleep, oh, and work too). 

 

 

Faith and David met at her cousin's 10 years earlier, when they were both full of illusions and life. They fell in love but well aware that as a lady of society they couldn't possibly ever be more than friends. Faith went on to marry a Duke and David went on to become a well-renowned member of Parliament. Now, recently widowed Faith is trying to find a new purpose in life while taking care of her 3 children. It seems all life had been extinguished out of her and David, as the true friend he's always been, tries to help her out while at the same time avoiding any interaction that could ruin her reputation or could break the little restrain he has when he's around her. 

Faith on the other hand looks for excuses to spend time with him and to be closer to him than it's acceptable *wink wink* So much so that she sometimes seems to forget she's a Duchess, her wary position in society, and even her children. 

 

What I like the most about this story is that the lady here is the instigator, the rake trying to corrupt the gentleman's honor. She makes the offer to take him as a lover but in her rush to live life to the fullest never mentions marriage and he is the one refusing the affair. In this role reversal story, he's the offended party and she's the one forgetting he's got feelings as well. 

 

"'Every creature, no matter how lowly, has value,' Davie said quietly. 'Only men with small minds and hard hearts treat cruelly or slightingly those of lesser estate than themselves. A man of high position, as you will one day be, has a responsibility to protect those who are poorer and less fortunate."

 

I think this quote describes David perfectly. He's not a titled man but knows a man capable of making great changes in the world does not need a title and those that have one have a greater responsibility for others around him. 

If you haven't noticed, my favorite character here was David because of his honorability, integrity, and courage. Faith was sweet and funny and a loving mother. Her children were on point, especially Edward, heir to the dukedom.

 

I definitely recommend this story to all lovers of historical romance. 

4.5 stars. 

 

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

~ Please note that the quote here was taken out of an ARC and may not be included in the final published copy of the book. 

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