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review 2017-03-04 01:25
Review: Desert Eden (Devereaux Family #3) by Patricia Grasso
Desert Eden - Patricia Grasso

When I first started reading this story I thought it reminded a lot of the stories I remember reading back in the 90’s … and then I realized it was first published in 1993 so it’s actually a re-release. To be honest had this story been first released recently I would have rated it one star however back in the day things were different so I can see why the story was written the way it was.

So, our heroine Heather is a spoiled brat that is accustomed to getting away with pretty much anything and everything, except with choosing the man she gets to marry. When she meets dashing but “savage” Khalid and is threatened with becoming a slave she behaves as expected and never bends to his will. The interaction between the two was interesting to say the least. It was pretty funny at times but it also tended to be annoying.
I had too keep reminding myself of her age most of the time so I didn’t hate her for being such a shrew and him for acting so superior.

The story and plot were interesting enough to keep me up until late at night but I felt the pace and dialogue were somewhat stilted, but again that could have been my fault because I haven’t read anything like this in a looooong while. Overall it was an ok read and I’ll probably 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 2017-01-31 17:50
Review: 4 out of 5 stars MOGUL (The Knickerbocker Club #3) by Joanna Shupe
Mogul (The Knickerbocker Club) - Joanna Shupe

It took me a little while to warm up to the characters and the story, but I think that was because I didn’t quite get what was going on between the two main characters. It was just a serious case of miscommunication and mistrust but once the story got rolling and they had to work together it started to get better.
Calvin and Lillian lived a torrid yet brief romance four years earlier. They parted in the worst of terms, Lillian thinking the worst of Calvin and he thinking it was for the best. Fast forward four years later when she is pretty much forced to work alongside Calvin in order to find her missing brother.
Calvin sounded so arrogant and annoying that I really didn’t get how anyone could possibly like the guy. Lillian was strong-minded but acted so impetuously at times (and for the times) that made me wonder how she managed to stay alive that long. However, it turns out it was only a facade each of them created in order to atone for past mistakes and/or to forget about the love they once shared for one another. Their relationship was tempestuous at times, frigid cold at others but blazingly hot through and through.

I liked how the author made the story revolve around The Chinese Exclusion Act for so many people. I thought that was the event that added poignancy to the plot and pretty much helped the story stay on track. It also helped my mind stay in New York and not wander to England as I was reading. There were times I was starting to question an action and then I remembered Oh, this is New York, not England! Ok, back to the story now… Funny how the mind works some times. The book also included the novella Tycoon which was also a plus. I only wish it would have had a more climactic ending but other than that I liked it very much.

*** 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 2016-10-18 21:02
Scandal's Daughters by Eva Devon, Christi Caldwell, Elizabeth Essex, Anthea Lawson, and Erica Ridley
Scandal's Daughters - Christi Caldwell,Eva Devon,Elizabeth Essex,Anthea Lawson,Erica Ridley

I've said it before and I'll say it again, an anthology is the best way to get to know authors if you didn't know them before. I got this particular one because I'm a super fan of one the authors but I'm ever so glad I got to know the work of the others as well.

Only for Her Honor by Christi Caldwell~ Eve is trying to escape from the sin's of her family while Lucas is trying to survive in a whole that is giving him no reasons to live. More than scandalous this is was a story that tugged to the heart and hit in all the right places.

Sleepless in a Scandal by Eve Devon~ The least thing the Marques of Talbot wants is to get married. The only thing Felicity is trying to accomplish is find a suitable husband for herself and all of her sisters. This story was a bit on the lighter and funnier side. The relationship may feel a little rushed but I think given the circumstances it was totally understandable.

A Fine Madness by Elizabeth Essex ~ Elspeth has lived a very sheltered albeit strict life a the hands of her two old maiden aunts. However once she gets the chance to visit her father's sister, she fulfills her lifetime wish of seeing more than the village where she's lived all her life. I believe this one was the longest of all the stories and perhaps the least spicier.

I didn't want to give anything away when it came to the stories themselves but I do believe the set as a whole will any historical romance lover plenty satisfied.

** I was gifted a copy of this story from the author at no cost to me and 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 06:08
Hart's Reward (Pirates & Petticoats #3) by Chloe Flowers
Hart's Reward (Pirates & Petticoats) (Volume 3) - Chloe Flowers

Number three in the Pirates and Petticoats series. Just as Keelan and Landon Hart thought they were going to find some happiness by getting married, her brother is kidnapped by the same man that had sworn revenge on Keelan. 

Aaahh! Too much! Too much! But all in a good way... 

 

The twists and turns of the story kept me on my toes. The romance storyline has already been established so I was really eager to see how the author was going to overcome the amnesia and I'm pleased to say I was happy with the results. In addition to Keelan and Hart's romantic issues, other characters and situations helped the story moved along swiftly. I particularly liked when Keelan made use of her fighting skills and Hart got to show what a great Captain and leader he is. Oh, and this one showed more character depth and insight into the main characters so that was another plus. All in all I think this is my favorite of the 3 and I'll most likely be reading the continuation to the saga. 

3.5 stars. 

 

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

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review 2016-09-07 05:36
Hart's Passion (Pirates & Petticoats #2) by Chloe Flowers
Hart's Passion (Pirates & Petticoats) (Volume 2) - Chloe Flowers

Second installment in the Pirates and Petticoats series.
A bit of a spoilers ahead ~~~ The first book ended in a cliffhanger so you must read the first one in order to fully enjoy this one


As Hart and Rachel head out to escape her uncle and a marriage she doesn't want, she's kidnapped. While trying to escape she kills a man that warrants revenge from another evil man. Now they are not only trying to protect her freedom but also her life.
I liked the plot of this story but unfortunately I could not put up with the heroine's indecisiveness what with one minute was willing to go with Hart the next she was sure he was only going to take advantage of her virtue because he was a man of the sea. There was a moment when that was particularly annoying when she thought he had gone without her and she was regretting not letting him know how much she loved him and not trusting him. Then they meet again (in the middle of a terrible fight where people may be dying) and she started doubting his love again. And this goes on for the rest of the story. He loves me, he loves me not... I trust him, I trust him not... It was overly tiresome to say the least. The story dragged on because of this and I just couldn't fully appreciate it because of so much telling and not enough showing when it came to characters feelings.
2 stars.

 

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

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