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review 2017-04-06 16:53
Review: Courting Chaos (Dunaway's Daughters Book 2) by Lynne Barron
Courting Chaos (Dunaway's Daughters Book 2) - Lynne Barron

Second Installment in Dunaway’s Daughters series and set several years after the first one. It may be best to read the first one in order to fully enjoy and follow the pace of this one.
One thing I love about this author’s heroines is that they are all uniquely independent, astute, and unafraid to follow their own paths. There are so charismatic if not blindingly beautiful that even the most stubborn of men tend to fall prey to their captivating charms without a second thought about their physical appearance.
In the case of Phineas Griffith, the new Viscount Knighton, he was not only attracted to our heroine’s outward looks but also fascinated and even “terrified by her intelligence.” In the case of our heroine Harry O’Connell, I’m going to have to say so much intelligence hindered the romance and put a damper on the whole story.

I had some trouble following the fist half of the book. I believe there was too much talk, secrets, and misunderstandings that just made me keep frowning at the pages. Harry’s “oddities” made me wonder if she suffered from some kind of mental illness but that was never explained or even referred to in the story so I don’t think that was the case. The thing is that it was as if she suffered from some kind of OCD because she had a strict schedule and became extremely distressed if anyone disrupted it. Not only that, to me it was like she was using and hating Phineas for something he had yet done. On the other hand, it seemed the true purpose of her life was motivated by revenge and sentimentalism. I liked Harry’s street smarts and quick wit but I think it was that juxtaposition of being a stickler for doing things a certain way and then letting her emotions control her actions that got me confused and didn’t let me enjoy the story to the fullest.

Fast-forward to the second half and everything changes. Harry’s thoughts and actions become more aligned, and not because she grew as a character but because that’s where the arc got her. Either way, Phin and Harry start getting closer and the tone of the story moves to a more subtle yet exciting place. And of course the writing throughout was impeccable and the banter between H/h was nothing if not sexy and smart. I only wish the whole book would have focused more on both Phin and Harry as opposed to only one side of them.

3.5 stars.

*** 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 2017-03-20 23:05
Great historical romance!!
Courting Chaos (Dunaway's Daughters Book 2) - Lynne Barron

Courting Chaos by Lynne Barron is a fantastic historical romance.  Ms Barron has woven a twisted tale and incorporated phenomenal characters making this a book you hate to put down.  Harry (Hesperia) and Phineas' story is loaded with humor, drama, spice and has so many twists and turns you're anxious to get to the end, but at the same time, hate to see the story end.  Or maybe I should say Harry throws so many twists into the story you hate to see it end.  I totally loved Harry's sass and attitude.  I enjoyed reading Courting Chaos and look forward to my next book by the talented Lynne Barron.  Courting Chaos is book 2 in the Dunaway's Daughters Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from a third party.

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review 2016-09-29 16:56
Taming Beauty by Lynne Barron
Taming Beauty - Lynne Barron

Fun semi-short read. It starts with Lilith taking her younger sister to her soon-to-be husband as a favor to their father, but there is more to this favor than meets the eye.

True to his author’s style, there were plenty of twists, end pieces to connect, and complex characters that kept me engrossed in the story from beginning to end. My only cavil is that I think the romance was a bit rushed, and not in the sense that the main characters acted upon it too soon but rather they fell in love too quick. Perhaps if the story had been a little longer their love would have felt more real. Then again given the circumstances and the times I suppose their love match could have been feasible.
All in all it was a joy to read and will definitely continue reading anything else that this author writes.

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

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review 2016-09-26 23:54
Excellent Historical Romance
Taming Beauty - Lynne Barron

Taming Beauty by Lynne Barron is an amazing read.  Ms Barron has once again impressed me with her story telling abilities.  Lilith and Jasper's story is a well written, fairly short read, perfect for those with limited time for reading.  This book is loaded with drama, humor, sizzle and the most awesome characters that I've read from this talented author so far.  I loved this book and look forward to reading more from Lynne Barron in the future.  Taming Beauty is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I received a copy of this book for review purposes.

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review 2016-08-27 00:22
Love it! Love it! Love it!
Unraveling the Earl (Idyllwild) - Lynne Barron

Oh what a fantastic read!!  Unraveling the Earl by Lynne Barron was made into a marvelous book by her amazing characters.  Georgie was whimsical and a fun character to read.  I loved her sass.  Henry struggled to keep up and was heartwarming and lovable.  Ms Barron stuffed plenty of drama, humor, sizzle and suspense between the covers of this book.  I loved Unraveling the Earl and look forward to reading more from Lynne Barron in the future.  Unraveling the Earl is book 3 in the Idyllwild Series but can easily be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I received a copy of this book from a third party for review purposes.

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