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review 2017-02-18 12:02
The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae (Cynster Sisters Trilogy, #3) - Stephanie Laurens

Angelica Cynster knew that she was going to have to get to know a man she sees across a crowded room, the necklace from the Lady says that he's for her, little does she think that he's going to kidnap her and bring her to Scotland, little does he know that she's partially good with this plan and is going to help. I kept thinking of the phrase about a man chasing a woman until she caught him.

Thankfully not a Stockholm syndrome story (not quite, she is a bit more enthusiastic because of the necklace before it all starts and she just gets caught up with it. I really enjoyed it. The couple worked for me.

But please, can we have fewer hulking brutes as heroes?

 

I get it, I do get it, big men are interesting to some people but honestly the huge guy and tiny woman trope is just overused at the moment.  It's like people prefer the Beast to the ordinary guy in Beauty and the Beast and all the men in their world are like that.

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review 2017-02-15 15:03
Voyageurs
Voyageurs - Keira Andrews

I loved this.  

 

While short, Keira packs the emotional punch with this historical voyage through the Canadian wilderness.  

 

 

 

Set in 1793, this story follows the thousand mile journey of two men who over the course of their journey develop a relationship unlike either have ever experienced.  

 

He didn’t know how to feel. Exhilarated. Embarrassed. Apprehensive. Excited. Confused.

Fulfilled.

 

***

 

“You’re like me, aren’t you?”

Simon was puzzled. “Like you?”

“You wouldn’t want a woman even if there was one here.”

“No. I wouldn’t.” Simon was thrilled. Could Christian feel the same way he did? Did he sense the bond between them growing ever stronger?

“The others I’ve met, they…they weren’t like us. For them it was just to fill a void. A need. Nothing more. They’d choose a woman if they could.”

Simon pressed their lips together, wishing he could see Christian’s eyes in the gloom. “I’ve never wanted a woman. And I want every part of you.”

 

Discovery.

 

And yet, this one ended too soon, as all shorts do.  I could have continued with this for many many more pages.

 

*Highly Recommended*

 

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review 2017-02-14 21:40
Review: Dangerous Allies (WWII book one) by Renee Ryan
Dangerous Allies - Renee Ryan

Romance Bingo - Rogue square

 

Too much religious preaching and repetitive preaching at that. The religious preaching showed up in inopportune or inappropriate times (such as when Jack is having a major conversation with Heinrich Himmler and all he can think about is one-liners from the Bible - dude pay attention to your surroundings). There was one point in the preaching that crossed the line into bigotry; painting all pagans as evil because some Nazis believed in the occult and/or pagan spirituality was a big turn off for me.

 

Aside from the constant preaching, this was a good story about two British spies: Kat (a former Russian princess and now actress in Germany) and Jack (an American naval engineer on loan to the Brits). The conflict was something different than most of the romances I read - how do to spies trust each other with their lives, their hearts,  and the missions? I thought the writing really captured how they went about trusting each other slowly while planning and completing the parts of the mission. There was an intensity to the espionage scenes that kept me engaged in the story. However, the author's note at the end (a substitute for an epilogue) felt sloppily written and as a last minute add-on to turn the HFN ending into a HEA. Personally, I would have preferred the HFN ending.

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review 2017-02-14 03:44
Review: Rake to Riches (The London Lords #2) by Nicola Davidson
Rake to Riches (The London Lords Book 2) - Nicola Davidson
Rake to riches is the second in the series but can be totally be read as a standalone.
Set in regency England, Louisa’s heart is more into the perils of science and experimentation (all kinds of it) than in fulfilling her parents’ wish of marrying a man of title if not money. Unfortunately the only man that could have at one time changed her mind about marriage holds no title and little can be said about his financial situation. Apparently something happened in the past that drew an edge between the two and made them become some sort of enemies after they had been good friends since childhood. Now Louisa wants nothing to do with the man but fate puts him again in her life and neither one of them have a choice but to learn to trust one another as they once did.

I adored the voice of this author, it just held my interest from page one. The dialogue was funny and engaging. The way she gave life to the characters was different from what I have read in the past. Each character was unique in their own way and not one of them tried to hide that uniqueness. For instance, George could have very well been the typical rake that sought pleasure because other things were denied from him but instead he simply rolled with the punches. Yes, he resented many things but he looked for solutions and not culprits. Another favorite of mine here was that Louisa was more concerned with being catalogued as a renowned scientist than a refined lady of the ton. She had her silly moments but she was at least trying to better herself. The romance was sweet yet passionate. The way George managed to keep Louisa to task with science was both endearing and entertaining. To me that said how much he knew her and that he truly care about her.
The rake to riches arc was interesting as well. If anything I would have loved to see what would have happened if George’s social circumstances had not changed at all or perhaps not so drastically. Either way the story ended in a satisfactory way and of course I will continue reading the series and anything else written by 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 2017-02-13 12:18
Bound by One Scandalous Night (The Scandalous Summerfields) - Diane Gaston

Some moments that are quite heart-wrenching (but spoilerish); Amelie Glenville has a night before Waterloo with Lieutenant Edmund Summerfield and it has consequences.He has rescued her once, is he willing to rescue her again and are they willing to to find a life together that suits them both.

 

I liked it, the two characters were good together but they needed to talk more.

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