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review 2017-04-26 16:48
Fall (Hold, #3) by Claire Kent Review
Fall (Hold Book 3) - Claire Kent

As a pilot and a smuggler, Lenna has spent her life flying under the radar in Coalition space--taking care of herself, not relying on anyone. She's always liked it that way.

But now she's stranded without any resources on a stone-age planet, and the only way to survive is to hook up with a bunch of cavemen. She'll do whatever she needs to do in order to survive in their world--even if it means letting one of them take her as a mate.

She doesn't expect to like it. Or like him. Or lose her heart in the process.

 

 

Review 

 

For many people, this might be a guilty pleasure read. Caveman Alien. Yeah.

 

I have no guilt. Well, a little guilt for the heavy handed simple living rejecting a life with more agency but then getting agency in the choice stuff but other than that.... no guilt!

 

I love language barriers and cultural adaptation romance. Some really fun world building here and I believe the love story. I can see this become a silly comfort read.

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review 2017-04-19 17:38
Release (Hold, #2) by Claire Kent Review
Release (Hold Book 2) - Claire Kent

Kyla was born the younger daughter of the royal family of a planet known throughout Coalition space for its indulgence and debauchery. Travelers come from all over to give into their deepest desires in the decadent royal court, but Kyla has been surrounded by sex and physical indulgence since childhood. Now she wants nothing to do with such empty pleasures--at least, until she encounters Hall.

Hall is irresistibly sexy and mysterious, and he seems to know her from the inside out. He makes her want to explore the sensual side of herself for the first time. But he has already declared himself as a potential suitor of her sister, which means he's completely off limits to Kyla. He's also hiding a gift that makes him as dangerous as he is attractive.

When she discovers a plot that threatens to bring down the iron fist of the Coalition on her peaceful planet, Kyla is forced to rely on a man who has been hiding secrets from her all along--a man who makes her want things she's never wanted before.

 

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I was very excited when I realized Kent was going to put out more books in the world she set Hold.

 

This book isn't a prison planet one but it does feature a character we met there. He has cool powers and time in the prison changed him into a better person. Kind of... lol The heroine is a bookworm living in a public sex/orgy society who does care for that sort of thing. T

 

his is an odd book for me. I read it easily and happily. I like the characters and the writing as always with Kent/Noelle Adams is very good. But everything is paper thin. The love between the couple, the world building, character motivation... I think because I knew the hero from the last book and had snuck and read the third book in the series, I was more inclined to hang in there.

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review 2015-12-31 02:25
The Professor and the Smuggler (Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon)
The Professor and the Smuggler - Bonnie Dee,Summer Devon
Take and steal and have all of me that you want.



First thing that came to my mind when I finished this was … “this is so charming and romantic”. I guess, I immediately fell in love with former professor Phillip Singleton the moment he appeared on the page, tripped and knocked over a menhir that has been raised over thousands of years before. I found Phillip to be so endearing, the way that he was jubilantly talking about his writing a book (with photographs!!), about his camera, about wanting to have an adventure. He was such a darling!

I also found him to be quite surprising … in a sense that he was actually the one who had experience with men. It was a bit of a different set-up for me, because it is usually the blue-collar men who become the ‘teacher’ for the academic (and sometimes virgin) gentleman. Here, however, it was the other way around. On top of that, although I also thought of Phillip as being a romantic with a gentle dreamy heart, he also never pushed for a relationship, even if he longed for it. I loved Phillip so very much. *hugs*

Of course, the rugged Carne Treleaven (can you believe that Phillip thinks of Carne as a DAFFODIL? *laugh mirthlessly*) was also fighting for my heart – I guess I loved him for being protective towards Phillip, even though it started with Carne wanting to stop the former professor from discovering the illegal smuggling activities that were still active at Par Gwynear. I also wholeheartedly enjoyed the process of him taking the important step of embracing the love of another man. It was something new for Carne – before Phillip, he found comfort in the arms of women.

The surrounding place added the nuance to the story – the idea of a town whose people involved in smuggling activities was intriguing, in addition to the danger posed towards Phillip because there were locals who didn’t want him to find out. The romance and the action blends nicely; with two lovable main characters, The Professor and the Smuggler is another winner from Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon for me.

 

 

The ARC is provided by the author for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

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review 2015-02-25 00:00
The Smuggler and the Warlord (A Charm of Magpies, .5)
The Smuggler and the Warlord - K.J. Charles ‘He cut you. Boghda.’

‘Yes.’

‘Why?’

‘Because he’s a sodding animal.’

‘Which is what I said when we got here,’ Merrick pointed out. ‘And you said, 'he’s really rather charming' and I was to shut up and let you alone.’

‘He was rather charming at that point.’


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A little snippet of the 'Warlord' incident from Merrick's POV. It's Merrick and Lucien so what's not to like?



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text 2013-11-29 15:55
Happy Thanksgiving!
Smuggler's Bride - Darlene Marshall

"She excused herself from the heat of the cane fires and walked to the tables where the women were laying out an array of pumpkin and pecan pies, shortbread oozing with sweet jam, all of it covered with light cloths to keep the insects off. Crocks of preserves and pickled tomatoes, cucumbers, and relishes shone in the sun. Her persimmon cakes were added to the pile. While once Julia might have wondered who could consume so much food at one sitting, she’d seen the Crackers sit down to their victuals and knew the food would be little more than a memory by the time the day was done.

 

Barefoot children chased a brindle hound bitch through the yard, stopping long enough to beg for slices of buttered cornbread before heading down to the creek for some of the last swimming they’d do before the air and the water got chilled by winter."

 

Smuggler's Bride

 

 


I want to wish all my friends and readers a very happy Thanksgiving holiday. I'm thankful for my family, my health, and the joy I experience when people say my stories entertained them. Thank you all very much.

 

And I don't care what those Yankees claim, the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1565, in St. Augustine, Florida. You can read more about it here.

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