logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: romance-book
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-10-10 22:42
Sweet, sexy romance
The Pretend Husband: Romance In the City, Book 1 - Declan Rhodes

In all honesty, I've grown a bit tired of the fake marriage trope for romance, but Rhodes gives us something a little different than the typical with this type of love story, and make no mistake, this is a love story, even when our sexy fellows don't know it.

Liam and Alex are so good together and I found it amusing that for much of this story, everyone realizes that except for this miss-communicating pair. Their chagrin at how quickly the ruse has spread along with the struggle to find a resolution is equally amusing and kept me turning pages, hoping for their happy ending. 

Overall, Rhodes has given us another sweet, sexy romance and an all-around fun read. It's well-written with great characters and a witty dialogue. This reader will be anxiously awaiting whatever comes next for this series. 

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-10-04 15:04
A Chance This Christmas (Road to Romance) by Joanne Rock
A Chance This Christmas (Road to Romance Book 3) - Joanne Rock

 

Gavin and Rachel chose to take the scenic route to love.  The trip consisted of regrets, betrayals and heartache, but the endgame proved worth every bump in the road.  It's never too early to get in the holiday spirit.  Especially when you live in a picturesque town like Yuletide.  Ms. Rock takes the best parts of the holiday season and places them in a small town setting.  A Chance This Christmas is a Hallmark movie just waiting to be made.  On the wings of love, Ms. Rock delivers a story of forgiveness, new beginnings and heartwarming fun.

 

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-10-04 01:21
Didn't Like It
Second Chance Cowboy (Road to Romance Book 2) - Joanne Rock

Larissa Martine is starting over in Las Vegas after a failed career in New York. Along the way, she’s promised her friends she would stop by her hometown in Cheyenne, WY and make peace with her ex, Matt Briggs, whom she left without an explanation.

This book started out good but once the interactions between Larissa and Matt began, very quickly they were bypassing the whole crux of her leaving. This happens a lot with second chance romances and it’s a big irritation of mine with this genre.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-09-22 06:01
The twists keep coming
Jewels and Panties (Book, Eight): Romance Suspense - Brooke Kinsley

The title of this one says it all when it comes to this dark, twisted series. We don't see much on the page romance in this one, but there is plenty of suspense. It's hard to say much about this particular book in the series without giving spoilers, but it's just as twisty as its predecessors and for Etta and Lincoln, the hits just keep coming. 

The Jewels and Panties series is a continuing story and should be read in order. Each book is a fast-paced, quick read and there are some pretty big cliffys as the tale progresses, but the whole series is well-written, dark, and at times a bit creepy, and I can't get enough of Etta and Lincoln!

Like Reblog Comment
review 2017-09-06 13:37
My Fair Baron by Licie Laine
My Fair Baron (Romance Remade Book 1) - Licie Laine

I initially read this story in its original form, when it existed as fanfiction. 

 

Will and Claire are completely different characters compared to the source material. As such, it is not difficult for me to read this as a work of original fiction.

 

On the strength of this story, I have always liked the fake marriage trope. Lady Isadora gets some humourous lines;  displayed some kickass gun shooting skills, and totally deserves a novel of her own.

 

The story flow is good, it is easy light reading, and the cover picture is very pretty. In essence, it's about two (slightly) broken dented characters helping each other heal, letting go of their respective sad pasts to find happiness together. And that is always the sort of story worth reading.

 

In short, I think this series has potential, and I definitely have The Meddling Madame on my waiting list for when it comes out next year.

 

- - - - - - -

 

Now, I am going to nitpick on the historical inaccuracies that bother me. Please feel free to stop reading at this point because whenever I do this to my friends, their eyes glaze over.

 

Disclaimer: I never criticise fanfiction because most fanfic writers devote their free time writing out of love for a fandom, and they tend to find it demotivating to receive (unsolicited) criticisms. That said, published novels are an entirely different game, and I definitely criticise novels when I review them. 

 

Firstly, baron is a rank, not an appellation. In the novel, Will and Claire addressed each other as Mr. & Mrs Knightley. Given that they hold the ranks of baron & baroness, they should be Lord & Lady Knightley. In society, he would have been presented as Lord William Knightley, Baron of _____ . Not Baron William Knightley. 

 

There were hardly any mentions of servants. The lady's maid performs the duties of a butler in addition to her own, Claire doesn't wear mourning colours, she gallivants around London unaccompanied by a maid or footman, there are no footmen in Claire's house, (footmen were supposed to be everywhere!), Baron Knightly has no valet, and they are completely unchaperoned (Lady Isadora, being unmarried herself, cannot be considered a chaperone, even if she is middle-aged, which she is not). They even live in the same house as an unmarried couple. This is the stuff of scandal in those days.

 

 

Third, no patroness launched Claire into society, no presentation to the royal court at the beginning of the season. Underaged, but no appointed guardian (a legal requirement). No mention of fortune hunters. And yes, I know I am getting ridiculous at this point, but we're talking about a time era so ritualistic in nature that non-adherence to the rigid customs caused scandals and led to ostracisation from society, so it stretches my suspension of disbelief just a little too much.

 

And about the 'restoration' of the barony ... I don't think that's how it works, but I don't even want to get into that topic lol. This post is already long enough as it is.

 

- - - - -

 

All these, however, do not detract from my enjoyment of the novel (much) and I look forward to future books by this author. :)

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?