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review 2018-01-23 20:35
Secrets!
Rogue's Son - Darcy Flynn

Rogue's Son by Darcy Flynn is a book that will draw you in deeper and deeper as you read until you can't put it down.  Ms. Flynn has given us a book that is well-written and packed it with amazing, lovable characters.  Kit is struggling to keep her family's B&B solvent.  Sam has opened a lodge on the neighboring ranch but he needs something from Kit to open his resort to capacity.  Their story is full of drama, humor and sizzle.  I enjoyed reading Rogue's Son and look forward to reading more from Darcy Flynn in the future.  Rogue's Son is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read a print copy of this book.

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review 2017-12-26 13:15
Review For: The Duke of Ice by Darcy Burke
The Duke of Ice - Darcy Burke

 THE DUKE OF ICE‚Äč by Darcy Burke is book Seven in "The Untouchables" series.  This is the story of Nicholas Bateman and Violet Caulfield Pendleton.   Violet and Nick were once in love but her parents married her off to Viscount Pendleton breaking her heart.  Nick too was upset but he went on and later ended up getting the title of Duke of Kilve...he even married someone.  But that was eight years ago and both are widowers who haven't seen each other in all that time.  Neither it seemed kept up with the other one because with they meet at a house party given by Mr &Mrs. Linford neither knew what had happened to the other.  Hannah Linford is best friends with Violet and asked for her help with this party.  Hannah had invited the two dukes Simon and Nick to make her party more popular.  Simon and Nick don't get any invitations anymore due to their scandalous reputations.  Simon talks Nick into going which lead to him wanting to continue his affair with Violet that started all those years ago.  But can they move past their old hurt and what they think they have become?  
A great second chance at love story!

Source: www.amazon.com/Duke-Ice-Untouchables-Book-ebook/dp/B075Z3H493/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1514229984&sr=1-1&keywords=THE+DUKE+OF+ICE%E2%80%8B
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review 2017-12-19 08:57
Jim Henson's The Storyteller
Jim Henson's The Storyteller: The Novelization - Darcy May,Anthony Minghella,Jim Henson

If you watched The Storyteller when it aired back in the late 80’s, this book is pretty much exactly the same, minus the commercial breaks and amazing Muppets. All nine featured stories are here; the good, the bad, and the most messed-up Cinderella version I have ever read.*

 

I was young enough when the show was running that the fairy tale magic was everything and the usual fairy tale misogyny went over my head, but now that I’m older I would argue with the late, great Henson’s assertion that these tales are timeless and applicable in a modern era. (Unless you really do want to teach your children that if they’ll just put up with horrific abuse they’ll be rewarded with princes and princesses and babies and kingdoms and riches beyond measure. Yep. Timeless.)

 

But I came for the fairy tale magic and the nostalgia, and I got both. Out of the nine, the only tale that remained truly timeless for me was The Heartless Giant. That one got me in the feels as a kid, and it got me even harder as an adult. Overall, it was an enjoyable read, but I kind of missed John Hurt’s narrating.

 

 

*I’m not kidding. Sapsorrow is horrifically messed up. I mean, I get the running away from home so the princess doesn’t have to marry her father the king (he wasn’t into it either, but they had to do it because Ye Olde Official Royal Wedding Ring fit her finger and kings can’t change stupid laws even to avoid incest, apparently). But tell me, princess, why you fell in love with the prince. Was it the way he looked down on you and treated you like dirt? Or the way he gave you a sharp kick and ordered a dozen of your goose friends be killed for his banquet? Or the way he looked straight at you and never saw you until you put on a pretty dress and combed the mice out of your hair? Ugh! You should’ve kept your mouth shut and let him marry your mean sister.

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review 2017-12-09 00:00
The Duke of Ice
The Duke of Ice - Darcy Burke Dramatic, traumatic and romantic collide in an emotional tale of soul searching and second chances. The Duke of Ice is about facing fears and owning up to mistakes. Life's greatest fear is of the unknown. Things we can't control, but always weigh on our minds. Ms. Burke always creates great characters, but for me Nick proved to be breathtaking. The tortured soul with so much love to give, but a ton of guilt to bear. My heart broke for him. Love should be a beautiful adventure, but for him it seemed to be the beginning of something much darker. A lifetime of pain. Violet was the light at the end of the tunnel. She was the key to a mystery years in the making. All he has to do is trust his heart and open his soul. Darcy Burke went in an unexpected direction, but delivered one of her most human tales to date. Violet and Nick will leave readers breathless.
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review 2017-12-06 23:38
A joy to read despite the shortcomings
Only Mr. Darcy Will Do - Kara Louise

I’m such a sucker for these kinds of books featuring Pride and Prejudice. There are so many different types of retellings and most of them are good. This one has its moments and it was enjoyable to read.

 

So in this twist, our beloved Mr Bennet dies prematurely and Elizabeth becomes a governess. This was rather interesting, and it does suit Elizabeth rather well - although back then in the day it’s a drop in the society ladder and everyone she knows makes sure she knows it.

 

So she meets Rosalyn which I thought at first, was an ideal friend for our dear Lizzie. She’s a bit  vapid and valley girl type of character. Especially when Mr Darcy is around (can’t blame her, we all love Mr Darcy) but it’s almost to the point where she’s annoying about it.  It’s not until the latter half of the novel where Rosalyn does a complete 360 and she becomes a pretty awful person (including her mother).

 

The plot in this one tries to stay within the main one we’re all familiar with it just diverts the path a bit and comes back to full circle. Which is nice as it tries to stay true to the original story at the same time you just get a different “what if” scenario to enjoy reading. I’d have to say I enjoy reading Hamilton (another cousin of Darcy’s) playing along with Elizabeth. It was playful banter and he sounded like the type of rogue we all love to read and fall for (albeit, foolishly). It was a bit hard to get into at first but it’s worth going through to the end as once Rosalyn does her 360 turn, everything becomes much more interesting.

 

The only thing I did not enjoy reading is towards the end Darcy does something completely out of character and it just did not sit well with me. He’s not the type to be outspoken even when it comes to be madly in love. Don’t make him something he’s not. It nearly ruined the entire book as it was doing so well staying close to the true nature of the characters only to have him do something he wouldn’t EVER do (nor can you picture him doing so).

 

Also, the ending just dragged too much for me. We get it. We all know what’s going to happen. We all know what did happen. There’s no need for extra fodder in the last few chapters of the book. It could have just ended with the proposal or wedding and done. Perhaps the last few chapters could have been made into an entirely new idea for another book to be made. It was just so unnecessary.

 

Overall, it was a good read for those that love Pride and Prejudice “what if” scenarios and fans. I enjoyed it despite those changes in characters that nearly caused me to grind my teeth and yelling out certain expletives.

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