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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-06-11 01:34
The Wedding Journey
The Wedding Journey - Carla Kelly

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

It’s always a little difficult for me to review a Carla Kelly book, mostly because I know I won’t be able to capture the life of her stories. So I can only hope that I make anyone reading my reviews intrigued enough to consider checking out that book. The Wedding Journey is one from her quite lengthy backlist (thank God for that, I hope she continues to write for years to come!) and a book that was equally heartwarming and heartwrenching. I just don’t know how to else to put it but this is what her books do to you. They make you feel every single emotion her characters are going thru!

Much like many of Ms. Kelly’s books, The Wedding Journey, is set around wartime. The Napoleonic Wars to be precise. The story begins in a camp somewhere in Spain where we find little Elinore, AKA Nell Mason, working around the Head Surgeon’s tent. Her parents were the dumbest people out there, or so everyone knew them to be. She had a younger brother whom she had to take care of most of the times, much like she had taken care of herself since she’s learned to walk and talk. Her father, Major Mason, was always in his cups and never had enough money to take care of his family. Not that he bothered. Her mother, Audrey, had suffered thru it all. She’s now a shell of a woman after years of trudging thru war-zones with her husband. She simply didn’t care anymore. But Nell, even at the age of 10, knew she had to take care of her family.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-28 22:28
The Heart of a Texas Cowboy
The Heart of a Texas Cowboy - Linda Broday

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

The Heart of a Texas Cowboy is the second installment of Linda Broday’s new series, Men of Legend. I have read her Bachelors of Battle Creek series and loved it, and now I’m loving this series as well. From book 1, I had thought Houston was the brother who had already had his HEA and won’t have a book. Who knew he had such a story to tell of his own?!

Much like Bachelors of Battle Creek, Men of Legend focuses on a family or a ‘band of brothers’ if you can call them. Even though, the brothers of Bachelors of Battle Creek series weren’t brothers by blood, these Legends brothers certainly are! The first book focuses on Sam Legend, a former Texas Ranger, who was estranged from his family because of the demands his job used to put on him. Houston is his older brother and shoulders the responsibility of the huge Legend ranch called Lone Star. They met Luke, a brother they didn’t know existed, in Sam’s story.

Sam had enjoyed his job as a Texas Ranger until he thought death had finally caught up with him. A pretty terrifying description is given at the beginning of book 1, To Love a Texas Ranger, when he’s almost hanged by a group of outlaws. When he thought he was done for, a known outlaw he’s been chasing, Luke Weston becomes his unexpected savior. Luke has been so elusive that Sam had a tough time tracking him down, unable to catch him even once despite Sam’s expertise. Yet there was this odd game was being played between the two where Luke seems to chase Sam just as much as he did. And they enjoyed it as well. Why, he couldn’t tell. Until the day Luke saved his life, Sam wouldn’t have thought he’s capable of any good deed. Now he’s willing to rethink his opinion of the outlaw.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-28 23:16
The Slayer's Redemption
The Slayer's Redemption (Warriors of York) (Volume 1) - Marliss Melton

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

I picked up The Slayer’s Redemption because it was recommended somewhere. I read the blurb and wanted to check it out. And I can honestly say I haven’t regretted that decision.

The Slayer’s Redemption, book 1 of Warriors of York, by Marliss Melton is the reissue of her debut novel Danger’s Promise. I haven’t read anything by the author prior to this, not even the original so can’t really do a compare and contrast. However, what I can tell you is that I’d be waiting for any medieval/historical romance she writes from now on! This was a pure feel-good medieval romance, like those I had read from other famous authors like Julie Garwood. It had fun, some quirkiness with some mysteries and really odd stuff happening throughout. The heroine was adorably clueless sometimes but she was not TSTL by any means. And the hero, nicknamed The Slayer because of rumors of him being a killing machine, was nothing like that. He was also adorably clueless, and grumpy. Most of the times. But he was true and loyal where it mattered the most—in his heart. The Slayer definitely had a heart and it wasn’t black contrary to what everyone, including himself, believed. And that is what the author set out to tell us in this adorable little novel.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-09-10 20:59
Maythorn's Wish
Maythorn's Wish - Emily Larkin

NOTE: I found the new adblocker I added to my firefox was blocking the editing option entirely! >.< Ugh! Disabled it from booklikes and now I see everything perfectly.

 

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

 

Maythorn’s Wish is the beginning of an exciting new historical romance series by author Emily Larkin. This short “prologue” to the Baleful Godmothers series, and book 1 of The Fey Quartet , was really sweet and charming.

 

As stated above, The Fey Quartet portrays the backdrop telling the tales of the ancestors of the heroines of The Baleful Godmothers series, the first scheduled to be published in November 2016. I wasn’t sure how I should proceed until Ms. Larkin explained it to me. Even though it’s not necessary, I’d highly recommend that you start with the prologues as each story clarifies how a bloodline of humans, particularly the females, came to be in possession of a special ability of their own.

 

The whole series is set in Dapple Vale, a place hidden from the human eyes, though the ones that dwell there are humans...

 

Dapple Vale is surrounded by woods and hills and forests. It seemed to me like one of those magical places that no trouble, manmade or otherwise, can touch. Each little village of Dapple Vale has been blessed thus. There was, of course, a reason behind it. Dapple Vale bordered with the Fey world by a thinnest of thin, very invisible, line. Yes, the story takes place at a time when Fey rumored to have walked the earth. Or when the Norman’s invaded England.

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review 2016-06-04 17:31
Scarred Hearts
Scarred Hearts - Bonnie Dee

3.5 stars. Short and sweet historical romance by Bonnie Dee with a favorite theme of mine... :) Two seemingly lost souls, Shadow and Lettie, both by circumstances of their birth, find each-other when they were least expecting it.

Samuel, or Shadow as he's called by his boisterous and troublemaker family, is a WWI veteran who returned home scarred and hopeless. To say his family was not supportive would be an understatement. Let's just say no one saw him anything but a burden. You wouldn't even wish Robeson family on your enemy, they were so violent and disgustingly selfish. Though from a distance, he and Lettie have known each-other ever since they were children, they had no idea that they were meant to be together, until one day, Shadow saves Lettie from the grabbing hands of one of his own a$$hatty brothers. That day sealed their fate. Lettie was known to be a "whore" for her own troubled past, which she was trying hard to erase. But in a small-town, no one forgets when you make mistakes; especially if you are a woman. She had still been paying the price for a mistake she made when she was barely a teenager. After her mother's death, Lettie thought she was all alone in the world until she discovers not all hope is lost for her. That, not all Robeson brothers are the same. But then she didn't know what she can expect from a Robeson boy, the richest family in town that controls everything; who is known to rise hell anyone going against them.

That's the exact same thing Lettie and Shadow had to do to get away from this madness. Trouble follow them in the form of the Robeson family but their bond was strong enough to weather it all.

Slightly predictable but a good read nonetheless. I enjoyed it, mostly because I was surprised to find that Shadow was a virgin (hear me squeal!!). :D

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