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review 2017-06-17 07:40
After the End by Katie Ruggle
After the End (Search and Rescue) - Katie Ruggle

***eBook available for free on Amazon***

They each found their happily-ever-after in their books, now Ms Ruggle brings us their "second epilogues". Engagements, surprise weddings, puppy-napping and pregnancies, rockslides, and a brand new, surly character to herald a new series (which I'll certainly read).

Lighthearted moments mixed with some sadness, happiness folded in with just a dash of danger, these epilogues were fun to read (one of them even better than the book—which wasn't difficult).
It was fun revisiting these old friends, take a peek into their lives after HEA (which seem to be over-the-top good, but that's Romancelandia for you), and the little glimpse of the hero in the next book (and next series) whetted my appetite just enough.

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review 2017-06-13 09:28
Local Hero by Nora Roberts
Local Hero (Silhouette Special Edition #427) - Nora Roberts

It started with a pizza delivered to the wrong door, but then he fell in love with her son...and her legs, and Mitch Dempsey knew life would never be the same.


What a lovely, heart-warming, a little sad at time, and slightly exasperating, thanks to the heroine, romantic little story this was.

I loved Mitch (the hero) for his steadfastness, comfort with himself and around other people, for his stubbornness when he knew he was doing (and demanding) the right thing, and his love and care for Radley. I loved Radley for his openness, his optimism, and his love for his mom and his new hero. He looked at life as full of possibilities, unlike his mother who looked at life as full of obstacles, especially when it came to her and men in her (and Radley's) life.

I understood her reservations given what she's been through with Radley's father, but as the story progressed and the reader (and her) got to know Mitch, I couldn't help but find her a tad annoying in the way she kept using Radley's no-good father and her poor experience (a long time ago, mind you) with him as a crutch to push the more-than-decent guy away.

Luckily, Mitch was just stubborn enough and he had help in the form of his little Corporal, and the conflict (that shouldn't have been there in the first place) was resolved rather quickly...

Loved it.

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review 2017-06-09 09:25
Gabriel's Angel & Unfinished Business by Nora Roberts
Gabriel's Angel - Nora Roberts
Unfinished Business (Silhouette Intimate Moments #433) - Nora Roberts

GABRIEL'S ANGEL

She almost crashes into him on a snowy road, he offers her temporary shelter in his cabin, discovers she’s pregnant, and on the run. To protect her, he decides to marry her, delivers the baby, and slays her dragons.


Sheesh. Far from Nora Roberts’s best work. Slow and as annoying as the heroine, with a bland hero, an unbelievable (in this day, but maybe it worked when it was written) premise and even more unbelievable romance and insta-love.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

She left town when she was sixteen, traveled the world with her father, became a famous pianist...Now, a few months after her father's death, she's back in her hometown, living with the mother who supposedly hadn't wanted anything to do with her in the past years, and falling all over again for the man who abandoned her.


It was a nice story, with lovely secondary cast, lovely secondary romance, a lovely small-town setting, and a very lovely leading man.
Pity the heroine ruined everything. Rather self-centered, with a penchant of sticking her head in the sand, blaming pretty much everybody but the person who was responsible for her leaving, for her mother "abandonment", her crush supposedly dumping her.

I didn't understand her, I didn't get her reasoning, and I couldn't have cared less about what happened to her. Pity she was the heroine.

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review 2017-03-13 07:12
Hudson & Maverick by Ellis Leigh
Hudson: Motor City Alien Mail Order Brides #2 (Intergalactic Dating Agency) - Ellis Leigh
Maverick: Motor City Alien Mail Order Brides #3 (Intergalactic Dating Agency) - Ellis Leigh

HUDSON

Hudson finally gets the news he's been waiting for for so long—he's been matched. When he meets her, he finds out he's been matched to a beautiful little woman who smells of dead things. A veritable perfume for a hunter.

Macy's been pimped by her own sister. Her twin, Stacy, had applied her for a mail-order-bride deal posing as her, and now that she's been matched, Macy cannot find it in herself to renege on the "deal". Especially when the deal comes in a package like Hudson.


After the first story in this little trilogy, Cutlass, that was cute, sweet, sexy, and funny, this came as a disappointment. I liked the hero, although he lacked the humorous cultural-gab moments of his predecessor, but I disliked the heroine with her codependence with her manipulative sister, and her complete inability to send the aforementioned sister to hell.
I understand the whole cancer-scare thing, but it was a long time ago, and letting her twin walk all over her, making everything about herself, literally cockblocking her on the date Stacy herself helped put in motion, was a bit too much.

Also, the story lacked the ease and fun of its predecessor, sounding rather forced.

 

 

MAVERICK

I was looking forward to Maverick's story since the beginning of this trilogy, because the grumpiest usually fall the hardest, but I couldn't have been more disappointed if I tried.

I hated his heroine with a passion. Bossy, brash, self-centered, egotistical and bitchy Stacy couldn't have been redeemed no matter what happened. I felt a sliver of empathy somewhere around the half mark, but she ruined it all soon afterward when she couldn't have been bothered with actually sticking around and listening, preferring to wallow in self-pity.

It was always and all about her. Maverick sure deserved better.

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review 2017-03-13 07:08
The Princess Series by Alexa Riley
His Princess (Princess Series Book 1) - Alexa Riley
Stolen Princess (Princess Series Book 2) - Alexa Riley
Claimed Princess (Princess Series Book 3) - Alexa Riley
Forbidden Princess (Princess Series Book 4) - Alexa Riley

HIS PRINCESS

It was cute and sweet, with a nice (albeit predictable) plot and rather solid characters. The insta-love was bothersome (unbelievable and unrealistic), and the story reminded me slightly of a Barbara Cartland plot.

The flowery prose was kept to a minimum, and everything went along rather nicely, but then in the second part (@ 67%) the hero's inner monologue about his queen's particular position being optimal for breeding ruined it.

Sheesh. Talk about overkill.

Still, it was better than the daddy-debt crap.

 

 

STOLEN PRINCESS

Worse (if possible) than the first story in this series, but still better than the daddy-debt crap.

The usual template applies...The hero getting all down and dirty while spouting flowery prose to the virginal, inexperienced, but incredibly beautiful heroine who's also a very quick learner when it comes to sex. They fall instantly in love and do it (repeatedly) without a condom.

The end.

Now you'll ask me, why I keep reading these stories if I don't like them. I call'em palate cleansers. A nice, quick, sometimes even cute, respite from "meatier" story-lines.

 

 

CLAIMED PRINCESS

Definitely the worst so far. Slow, boring, with a childish heroine (she sounded more like eleven than twenty-one), and a virgin hero to boot.

My standards aren't that high, but come on!

 

 

FORBIDDEN PRINCESS

Okay, this is officially ridiculous. Although I don't know which is more. This series (which went from bad to worse) or me for reading it.

I cannot claim these type of stories to be palate-cleansers anymore, they're just shyte. Over-the-top, unbelievable, fantastical, ridiculous crap. The heroes spout flowery prose a real-life man wouldn't be caught dead saying, and let's not speak of their oral fixations—talk about unrealistic. And the heroines are all perfectly happy to spend the rest of their lives alongside a sexually-obsessed maniac who bangs them without a condom to make as many babies as possible with a complete disregard to the woman's health.

I only read this one because I liked Tabby and Vlad in the first book, but I should've known that their story would ruin all good feelings from that little short scene. And I was right. Does that make me a glutton for punishment?

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