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review 2017-06-21 06:55
Priate Seeks Bride by Christmas
A Pirate for Christmas - Anna Campbell
  Another book I am mega-late reviewing. I finished this the first of January of this year, although I started it in December. I am huge fan of Anna Campbell, and while I found this enjoyable, it's not nearly as memorable as my favorites by her. It's a good Christmas novella, and it has her distinctive and well developed chemistry between the characters. The hero is a ginger, which is definitely a plus for me as I love gingers. He's also a bit of a bad boy, but a good-hearted sort. He's spent most of his life at sea, so he's adapting to being back on solid ground and being an early. When he meets Bess, he knows she's the woman he's been waiting for, which was another thing I liked about him. He spends almost all of this story wooing her, which means going along with her holiday plans. This helps to get him rooted in the community since he never lived there, having grown up in Scotland. Rory definitely has the manly vibe going for him, and he's just a fundamentally good person. Sometimes you just got to be happy when you see that in a hero. I liked Bess. She was feisty and sweet. She was woman enough to handle Rory, and I liked how she responded to his flirting. She wasn't the type to just fall out of the hero, but gave him enough challenge to make the story interesting. The unfolding of the yearly Christmas Navitity play was fun, especially the spirited donkey who has a pivotal role.

In summary, this was an enjoyable short story to read for Christmas. I wish I had time to read it before Christmas. Hope I do better with that this year.

 

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review 2016-09-25 03:13
Deegan's Rescue (Survivors of Paradise, #2) by Kimberlyn Day Review
Deegan's Rescue: Survivors of Paradise (Book 2 ) - Kimberlyn Day

Deegan is so sick of aliens. Especially one particularly hunky—and pushy—Abbaleer.

Tugarth can take his muscles and his sweetness and his protectiveness and his muscles…so many muscles…such big, strong muscles…No!

No muscles.

No flirting.

No sex.

Yeah…right. One kiss and everything Deegan thinks she wants ends up out the airlock. Instead of holding on to her hard-won independence, she winds up lifebonded to a possessive, endearingly gruff alien who openly admits to being over the moon.

So what’s a girl to do when it turns out that her alien husband might have tricked her into lifebonding? Unfortunately for Tugarth, he’ll soon find out.

Deegan survived Paradise, Tugarth will have to survive her.

 

Review

 

It is hard to to like a hero who is just so into the heroine. Awww.

 

The heroine is resistant but can't help be charmed herself by the hero.

 

We get a good arc of the series plot here learning more about what changed the humans and the world is nicely built.

 

Fun!

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text 2016-03-25 13:10
All the TBR Thursdays in the last 3 months
Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary - Anita Anand
Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster - T.J. English
Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World - Linda R. Hirshman
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape - Jenna Miscavige Hill,Sandy Rustin,Lisa Pulitzer
The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace - Lynn Povich
Red: A History of the Redhead - Jacky Colliss Harvey
Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey - The Countess Of Carnarvon

I have not been keeping up on TBR Thursdays* since at least the start of the year. I will pick it up again in April. Some of the books listed are from Harlequin's big sale late last year. Here are the books I picked up since the start of the year:

 

1. Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revoluntary by Anita Anand.

     Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast had an episode on Princess Sophia. I wanted more after listening.

 

2. The Sport of Baronets by Theresa Romain.

    A DABWAHA tournament nominee. Free novella, so I am taking the opportunity to read a new to me author. The author was hilarious when she was "trash talking" her competitors on Twitter.

 

3. True Pretenses by Rose Lerner.

     Lerner tends to feature working class and middle class MCs, which is nice break from the constant earl/duke/viscounts found in historical romance.

 

4. Far From Home by Neve Cottrell.

    Free from the NOOK store. Contemporary romance about politics.

 

5. Paddy Whacked by T.J. English.

    Non-fiction about the Irish Mafia.

 

6. The Stonemason and the Lady by Elizabeth McGlone

     Free from the NOOK store.

 

7. A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman.

   A long-time member of my wish list. Set in 1920s, so another nice break from Regency.

 

8. Mission to Murder (Tourist Trap #2) by Lynn Cahoon.

    The final piece needed to read through the series.

 

9. Succubus Lost (Files from the Otherworld Enforcement Agency #2) by Tiffany Allee

10. Lycan Unleashed (Files from the Otherworld Enforcement Agency #3) by Tiffany Allee

11. Vampire Games (Files from the Otherworld Enforcement Agency #4) by Tiffany Allee

      I picked up and read the first book (Banshee Charmer) in the series (free from the NOOK store) and liked it so much I picked up the rest of the series.

 

12. A Winter Wedding by Amanda Forester.

13. Listen to the Moon by Rose Lerner

14. Sisters in Law by Linda Hirshman

      Non-fiction book about Ruth Bader-Ginsberg and Sandra Day O'Connor and their relationship on and off the bench.

 

15. Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill.

      Another wish list item. Seems everyone is reading this book.

 

16. Red: A History of the Redhead by Jacky Colliss Harvey.

      I blame Rebecca from Book Riot for mentioning this book in one of the podcasts. I love micro-history.

 

17. The Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich.

      One of the most important cases that started the second wave of feminism in the US.

 

18. The Nightingale Nurses (The Nightingales #3) by Donna Douglas

      Final book needed to read through the series. The series is really popular here in England.

 

19. Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon.

     Because I am still in mourning after DA is finished.

 

20. Dangerous Allies by Renee Ryan.

      WWII spies sent to spy on each other and the enemy. YES!!!

 

21. Her Holiday Family by Winnie Griggs

22. My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin.

23. The Bootlegger's Daughter by Lauri Robinson.

24. A Dance with Danger by Jeannie Lin.

25. The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin.

26. The Soldier's Dark Secrets by Marguerite Kaye.

27. A Lady for Lord Randall by Sarah Mallory.

28. A Mistress for Major Bartlett by Annie Burrows.

29. A Rose for Major Flint by Louise Allen.

 

Edited to add:

30. Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole. Romance set in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.

31. Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole. Romance set in the American Revolution era.

 

*TBR Thursdays bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader

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review 2016-03-01 00:00
The Redhead Plays Her Hand
The Redhead Plays Her Hand - Alice Clayton This review was originally posted on Bookish Things & More

5 Reasons to read The Redhead Plays Her Hand



Katrina

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review 2015-10-10 22:06
Revenge Is A Redhead By Phil Beloin Jr.
Revenge is a Redhead - Phil Beloin Jr.

What I liked reading the most in ´Revenge Is A Redhead´ is Phil Beloin Jr.´s ability to turn around his sentences in midair, and getting to a complete different ending than with what he started out. This turnaround makes the dialogues extremely funny, as they come so unexpected, and all the thoughts and musings of Rich hilarious even the darker undercurrent is always there. The situation he, and Cherry, are finding themselves in aren´t exactly funny, but funny they are due the sarcastic take on any event happening.

Cherry Pop (what a name!) has snark as her default setting and her sarcasm is as rich as those of Rich, which is rich, as both are poor as dirt. A prostitute and an out of luck, and kicked out from cop daddy´s home, lazy bum/loser make an excellent pairing in this rather short, and fast read novella. Sex and death and a homeless shelter makes one kind of an absurd and bizarre story. Throw in some thugs, drugs, an unhinged doctor, a nasty hotel landlord, a not so kind reverend (the joke´s on the reverend), and a crucifixion of sorts - which sounds rather unpleasant - and wham bam thank you ma´am everything´s set up for a dark joyride into the night.

There is non-stop action, seen through Rich´s eyes, with a ton of violence, but of the believeable sort. No one gets into any kind of fight with guns ablazing, but with a good reason, messed up as everything is. Vulgar and dirty both don´t exactly stumble into anything, but rather are thrown into motion due circumstances out of control, where one thing leads to the next. Bad guys don´t play by the role, so they can´t either, not that Cherry always wants to do that. She is, rather surprisingly, the tougher one of the lot, while Rich is not exactly a wuss, but more reluctant and don´t really know what happens all around him. Cherry is street smart, so having some sorry little fuck holding a gun at her head is nothing to worry about. She is that kind of girl, and can talk her way out with her ass any time.

Crisp and with involuntary street cred Rich wants nothing more but a warm bed that night, food in his stomach and popping Cherry Pop´s cherry, but being out of luck, everyone else is plowing through her. It´s a dick move, alright, if only his dick would move. As the body count gets higher and higher one thing is true for sure. Redheads are the sweetest things in the world (I should know!). Except when they aren´t anymore, and out for revenge.

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