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review 2017-04-13 17:39
Review: Convenient Proposal to the Lady (Hadley's Hellions #3) by Julia Justiss
Convenient Proposal to the Lady - Julia Justiss

I’m in love with this series, not only because the so-called Hellions are more like gentlemen in disguise but because the author knows how to weave a solid and interesting plot with a good dose of romantic emotions.

The “Hellions” are labeled so because of some shenanigans of the past, but their life is different now and as politicians they are trying hard to better themselves and the society they live in. Ben for instance set out to warn Lady Alyssa as soon as he learned of the despicable plot that others planned to ruin her. He was an illegitimate son thus he knew what was like to be shunned in life and did not want that for her or anyone else.

I liked very much that Alyssa and Ben’s relationship was more than anything based on honesty and openness. That helped them learn each other’s fears, wants, dislikes, and dreams. So once it was time to move into the romantic spectrum of the relationship they both knew what they were walking into.

They both had demons to overcome, and in a way Alyssa’s approach to conquer them put me off. I also think it put a hinder in the romantic side of the story because it sounded as if she saw Ben as a savior rather than a lover. I suppose there was nothing wrong with that but I thought he deserved better. In the end I think they found common ground and they set out to find their own HEA, which is of course the point of it all.

*** 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 2017-01-12 18:24
Review: Until Dawn: A Dragons of Bloodfire World Novella by Erin Kellison
Until Dawn: A Dragons of Bloodfire World Novella - Erin Kellison

Vampire Cal is on a mission. Find out who’s trying to harm reality tv star (and witch) Judith and eliminate the threat if necessary. This author kept the illusion that it was going to be a simple tale but the story was so neatly told and full of surprising turns that before it was over it was obvious it was nothing I thought it would be. I liked her different take on vampires and how they ranked among the other beings in this world. For such a short story it had plenty of action, drama, and a sweet ending. I hope there is more from this couple or at least from Judith's “coven” because they sounded like fun.
3.5 stars rounded to 4.

*A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion*

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review 2017-01-08 15:00
Review: 5/5 for When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) by Tessa Dare
When a Scot Ties the Knot - Tessa Dare

I know I’m late to the party and that there is nothing I could possible say that hasn’t already been said about this book but it was oh so good! I had the pleasure of listening the audio format and the narrator did a superb job! She nailed all the accents and gave each character its unique and distinctive voice.

 

Maddie is captivating from the beginning. Her imagination and innocence grabbed me from page one. As the story progressed and she matured with time, she only became more endearing. She is one of those girls that even though naïve she was not silly or acted as a simpleton. I suppose her “disability” –she suffered from panic attacks- only made her more endearing in my eyes. I know from experience how disabling some episodes can be and that made her a more relatable character as well.
And Logan, can we say W-O-W! Although he started as an infuriating man that pushed his way into Maddie’s life by way of blackmail he turned out to be all “mushy” inside. He was just pretending to be a hard man because of the life he’d lived and because he was afraid to love for fear of rejection. But the more he tried to be unlovable, the more Maddie (and I) fell in love with him. Because really, who wouldn’t fall in love with a man that likes reading?
Secondary characters were all a riot but also engaging. They all had their own stories to tell and contrary to other stories where too much of others overpower the plot of the main characters, in this case it just added luster to the main story.

 

I could go on and on and on about all the things I loved about this book but suffice to say that it was funny, romantic, and tug-at-your-heartstrings kind of book; the kind of book you can’t stop thinking about long after the last page was turned, or in my case the last second was played.

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review 2016-10-27 22:33
Review: Rock God (Hearts of Metal Book 3) by Brooklyn Ann ~ 4 out of 5 stars!
Rock God (Hearts of Metal Book 3) - Brooklyn Ann

This story had the perfect balance of sexy, sweetness and romance. The romance felt so real that I could see myself falling for a guy like Dante, regardless of his occupation. I loved that although protective and assertive he was never domineering and always kept in mind she a mind of her own ~~ Love me a man that never forgets that fact ~~
Shayna although shy by all standards, she was no meek mouse. She obviously had a troubled past but once she decided to leave that life behind she knew she could start anew. You could tell from the get go she was smarter than she even gave herself credit.

The story itself kept a very nice flow and steady peace, which was probably why the romance didn’t feel rushed. And, have I mentioned the romance? I just cannot get past how the relationship blossomed and how he handled those bumps that got in the way.

I’ve read other genres by this author and thought they were pretty good so I thought I’d give this one a try. Though part of a series it can be read as a stand alone. It was definitely worth trying and I cannot wait to see what comes next.

*** 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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