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review 2016-01-25 12:13
There's one thing to be said for constant turmoil in one's life...It got easier and easier o remain standing when she felt like falling down.


His life was like a mountain- a long, rough climb through jagged peaks, then getting to the top only to find a valley on the other side.
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review 2014-07-25 14:00
Defy Not the Heart by Johanna Lindsey
Defy Not the Heart - Johanna Lindsey

Ooh I liked this one!

 

A medieval romance was a nice change of pace.

 

Reina was able to stand on her own. In the beginning of the book she helps defend her castle against invaders. She also doesn't become a doormat when she marries Ranulf. Even though he becomes Lord of the place, Reina is still a Lady and retains her power. She's feisty, but it isn't just for show.

 

Ranulf is a knight and has a pet cat. Awwww! I liked Ranulf a lot too. He's tough and strong but has a good heart. He's never really aggressive with Reina.

 

The way Reina and Ranulf's relationship progressed was great. Throughout the book they learn about each other and slowly fall in love. They actually try to talk to one another when they have problems. Their problems aren't solved right away, but you definitely see that their relationship is taking a step forward every time.

 

There were plenty of funny moments that made me smile.

 

The twists at the end were pretty good and tied up everything nicely.

 

Verdict: I recommend it!

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review 2014-07-12 14:00
Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
Scandal in Spring - Lisa Kleypas

Scandal in Spring wasn't the strong finish I was hoping for since it's the last full novel in the Wallflower series.

 

It was good. Don't get me wrong. Daisy and Matthew make a cute couple. I wasn't surprised she didn't end up with Cam since I already read his book, Mine Till Midnight (which I absolutely loved by the way) and knew what happened to him.

 

I thought Matthew was a good match for Daisy. I liked the set-up of Mr. Bowman giving Daisy the ultimatum that she should find a man to marry by the end of May or else he will make her marry Matthew. This way you get to learn more about the Bowman family dynamic, like about Mr. Bowman and how the way he runs his business affects his family.

 

It was adorable how Matthew likes to carry so much stuff in his pockets, things like a folding knife, fishing line, coins, a pen nib, a pair of spectacles and more.

She let a teasing note enter her voice. "Is there any emergency for which you are not prepared, Mr. Swift?" "Miss Bowman, if I had enough pockets I could save the world."

I thought it was funny how competitive Daisy and Matthew got when they played lawn bowls, a game which is kinda similar to bowling. (You play by trying to roll a ball and get it as close as you can to another ball called a jack.)

 

So many good things to say. Yet, Scandal in Spring just didn't feel quite perfect. I think maybe the problem was that I had trouble fully appreciating Daisy's character. She likes books and is whimsical and a little quirky, just simply adorable, but I feel like she doesn't stand out even in her own book. I like her sister Lilian more. Lilian tends to steal the show with her big personality and overshadow Daisy.

 

Speaking of Lilian, I like the way she looks out for her sister. She comes off as overprotective, but eventually she softens up her stance against Matthew.

 

Oh and there were some nice Lilian and Lord Westcliff moments too. I welcome it, because Westcliff is my faaaavorite. Sorry, Daisy.

 

Another problem I think is that compared to the other books Scandal in Spring isn't as intense. Daisy and Matthew's story is lighter and sweeter. That is not a bad thing, but it makes the book feel like it's missing some fire.

 

There's a novella after this called A Wallflower Christmas. Hopefully that will conclude the series in an even better way. I will write my thoughts on the series as whole when I review that book.

 

Scandal in Spring Verdict: I recommend it.

 

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review 2014-06-12 07:30
Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
Devil in Winter - Lisa Kleypas

I finished this some time ago, but I completely forgot to write a review! I've been too busy lately. Bah.

 

But just because I forgot my review doesn't mean this was a forgettable book. Oh no, that would be quite wrong. I loved it! Devil in Winter was absolutely satisfying. However I wouldn't say it's my favorite of the Wallflower series as of yet. It Happened One Autumn still holds that honor. (Lilian and Lord Westcliff are too funny. I love their chemistry.)

 

I was mostly glad that Sebastian redeemed himself in this book since last time he tried

to kidnap Lilian.

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It was pretty awesome to see him soften up and grow to care for Evie.

 

 A definite thumbs up from me! I now see why it gets high remarks.

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text 2014-05-05 01:30
Did not finish: Fallen Roses by Laura Brooke
Fallen Roses - Laura Brooke

I went about halfway through Fallen Roses and gave up, because I was too bored by it. It was not catching my attention at all, and I didn't want to waste any more of my time with it.

 

Since the cover doesn't appear to be on any sites, I scanned it.

 

Fallen Roses by Laura Brooke front coverFallen Roses by Laura Brooke back cover

 

Book description:

IT WAS A WORLD OF FLEETING SPLENDOR . . . AND LOST INNOCENCE

MARIENBAD, AUSTRIA. 1905. In the scented gardens and shady promenades of Europe's most luxurious spa, they flirted, gossiped, and romanced . . . powerful men and pampered ladies, pursuing their pleasures while England's King Edward VII turned dazzling extravagance into a fine art. Into this decadent world came young Katie Conway, fresh-hearted, proud, and intrigued by the work of a young doctor studying the spa's health-giving secrets. Katie learned much from the doctor--and discovered the breathless stirrings of passion in his urgent embrace. Even though she fled from the desires of her heart, returning home to America, Katie's fate was sealed forever.

 

But with the passing of the year, and the success of her natural cosmetics empire, Katie changed . . . and so did the world. The glamour that once had gilded Europe like a radiant jewel darkened under the iron clouds of war. And Katie, in the full beauty of womanhood, sailed back to nurse the wounded amidst the carnage and chaos of the front lines. Now she vowed to reclaim the love she had so foolishly abandoned. Now, in the arms of her lover, she would cherish a passion as rare, as exquisite, as the blush of . . . Fallen Roses

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