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review 2018-07-24 23:51
The Lawrence Browne Affair (The Turner Series, #2) by Cat Sebastian 4.5 Stars!!
The Lawrence Browne Affair - Cat Sebastian

An earl hiding from his future . . .

Lawrence Browne, the Earl of Radnor, is mad. At least, that’s what he and most of the village believes. A brilliant scientist, he hides himself away in his family’s crumbling estate, unwilling to venture into the outside world. When an annoyingly handsome man arrives at Penkellis, claiming to be Lawrence’s new secretary, his carefully planned world is turned upside down.

 

A swindler haunted by his past . . .

Georgie Turner has made his life pretending to be anyone but himself. A swindler and con man, he can slip into an identity faster than he can change clothes. But when his long-dead conscience resurrects and a dangerous associate is out for blood, Georgie escapes to the wilds of Cornwall. Pretending to be a secretary should be easy, but he doesn’t expect that the only madness he finds is the one he has for the gorgeous earl.

 

Can they find forever in the wreckage of their lives?

Challenging each other at every turn, the two men soon give into the desire that threatens to overwhelm them. But with one man convinced he is at the very brink of madness and the other hiding his real identity, only true love can make this an affair to remember.

 

Review

 

So much to adore about this frothy historical romance between a genius Earl and a con man.

I loved Georgie in the first book in this series and was thrilled to see him get the hero treatment here. 

Laurence is my favorite kind of hero- gruffy, grumpy genius. 

What I loved about this book is that the character growth and the falling love happens because these heroes slow down and really reflect on themselves and then they fall in love and lust. 

We have a crumbling estate, a dog, a child, bumps in the night, experiments of all kinds but also a really fine discussion of mental health and its intersection with homosexuality (or not really), cruelty, genetics depression, anxiety. 

And then Georgie's dire poverty and his criminal and ethical choices are just as interestedly engaged. The need for him to make a home of Lawerence child could have been more carefully explored but that is really a quibble. 

The secondary cast (especially the dog who is pretty much a service animal without the name) is well drawn. 

Georgie and Lawerence have a vibrant love story here. A treasure. 

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review 2018-05-14 04:08
The Soldier's Scoundrel (The Turner Series #1) by Cat Sebastian
The Soldier's Scoundrel - Cat Sebastian

This was my first by the author and it for sure won't be my last. Oliver and Jack were from opposite sides on the social scale and yet they found a way to make it work in a totally believable way. Even though Jack was kind of a jerk at times he was still lovable and charming and oh, so sexy. Definitely an enjoyable, satisfying story. 

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review 2018-02-18 15:04
Classic Tiffany Snow
Turn the Tables - Tiffany Snow Turn the Tables - Tiffany Snow

***Attention fans of Tiffany Snow***

 

It's here at last! This is the prequel all fans of The Kathleen Turner Series have been waiting for... The long-awaited brotherly bonding trip to Las Vegas, where Blane and Kade somehow manage to get themselves a lifetime ban from the MGM Grand hotel.

 

I love both the previous companion novels; Blane's Turn and Kade's Turn because we get to learn and understand the dynamics between Blane and Kade in the early stages of their relationship. I've always enjoyed their interactions and Turn the Tables gives us a glimpse of how they relate to each other as adults...before their lives became even more entwined and complicated.

 

The trust, respect and admiration for each other is ever present between Blane and Kade as we see them in a more relaxed setting...almost! Nothing is ever as it's intended to be and their break in sin city is a shining example of always expect the unexpected!

 

This novella is highly entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny. The plot is without a doubt completely over the top, but at the same time so very fitting considering it's set in Las Vegas. The timeline is short and the pace is lightning fast but not overwhelmingly so. Ms Snow crams a lot into the pages of this novella, but everything melds together perfectly.

 

Their escapade is supported by a colourful supporting cast of characters, complimented by the usual quick-witted banter we associate with the protagonists. There are a few surprises along the way but I'm not to give anything away with regards to the plot. All I will say is that anyone who loves Blane and Kade will want to read this light-hearted and fun caper.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/2251190307
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text 2016-01-07 17:34
Unveiled By Courtney Milan 99 cents
Unveiled (A Turner Series Novel) (Entangled Edge) - Courtney Milan

Of all Ash Turner's accomplishments, stealing a dukedom from his old enemy is by far the most brazen. Now that he's been recognized as the heir, nothing remains but to head to Parford Manor and survey the estate that will be his. He expects opposition.

He gets Lady Margaret.

Margaret lost everything when Ash claimed the dukedom: her dowry, her legitimacy, and her place in society. Now Ash wants to take her family home, too. She disguises herself as a nurse, determined to learn his weaknesses. But the closer she comes to Ash, the greater the pull of his reckless charm. If she wants to reclaim what she has lost, her only choice is to betray the man she is beginning to love...

This is an enhanced ebook. In addition to the text of the book itself, it contains pictures and audio. You can read this enhanced ebook on any device, but the audio content may not be accessible on all ereaders. That content has been made available on the web, so you won't miss anything if your device doesn't support audio. 
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review 2015-11-04 00:00
Unclaimed (A Turner Series Novel) (Entangled Edge)
Unclaimed (A Turner Series Novel) (Entangled Edge) - Courtney Milan I admit that this book has a very interesting premise with an extremely intriguing hero, Mark. A virgin hero who advocates that men only have sexual relations with their legally married spouses. Now that is an original character.

Too bad he is paired with Jessica. I see what Courtney Milan is going for and she certainly has a cool story to tell here. Great writing, a very imaginative way with words. I just cannot warm up to Jessica. She is just a little too "broken" for my taste.

The pairing has been done before, just usually with a vicar. This vicar-like hero with a courtesan-like heroine kind of pairing seems to be a trend. I have tried quite a few books with such character pairing and only one of them ever made me want to continue reading, and that was a novella.

Quite to my dismay I cannot pinpoint what did not work for me in this story. I know I did not mind Mark, honestly I never mind much what the heros do. It is the heroine that either makes or kills a story for me. And I did not like Jessica. I know that she had a difficult life, that she was only trying to make a living for herself, that she was only deceiving Mark to ensure her survival. I don't dislike her. I just don't like her, which, according to Countess Violet, are 2 quite different things.

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Why? I wish I knew.

I will try to describe what I don't like about Jessica. These are personal feelings and have nothing to do with the writing quality or the story. But the character of Jessica totally destroyed the story for me.

Jessica was a courtesan. Like most women in the business, it was not her dream job. So she wanted out. She wanted to secure funds before she "retired" so she offered Mark's political enemy to engage Mark in sexual activities to discredit him, because Mark was famous for his self-imposed celibacy. He wrote a book about it, god damn it. So they met and of course the saint Mark, who was only just a man, oft tempted but never succumed to his baser desires before he met Jessica, found Jessica irresistible.

This was my first ever problem. Why? I did not understand Jessica's undefinable allures. I am usually pretty lenient on such things but with Jessica and Mark, I wanted to ask: why Mark? She was beautiful yeah but you have met beautiful women before. The entire plot just felt like one convenient excuse to make this vicar and courtesan kind of thing work. Only that I was not buying.

So often with courtesan heriones, they must hate their job and the sexual act. They could not respond to the normal stimula and so on and so forth, you catch the drift. So basically with such a pairing the relationship is some kind of a sexual awakening for the heroine, to have sex with a man she loved. This storyline never goes down well with me. I am not interested in another woman's road to sexual fulfillment. Good for her, but thanks no thanks. I don't need to see it.

Then there is this self-defeating thought: "I am a courtesan. Why would a respectable man love me? People treat me like shit because I am a courtesan. So let me act cold and pretend not be hurt because I have my pride and I am still a good woman even though I sell my body for money." I mean this kind of self-defeating narratives get old quickly with me. OK you have had a difficult life. Must you act like a poor little girl who acts tough but secretly craves acceptance? It was not your fault that you had to become a courtesan so get over it and show some some respect for the tough decisions you have made to support yourself. Now let me quote Countess Violet again:

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Now I believe I have established 2 things:

1. I do not like Jessica.
2. I love Countess Violet.

So you see, Jessica and I never had a chance. I feel nothing for her, not her suffering, not her struggle, not her dilemma, not her sexual self-exploration and naturally, not her relationship with Mark. I cannot establish a connection with Jessica. I could not care less about her love story. This "a woman who is just waiting for the right man to do right by her" kind of story.....it is just not my thing. Such characters always make me feel that they are emotionally inadequate. They are looking for acceptance, for salvation. And one man comes along and loves her and her life is now different......it pisses me off just thinking about it.

My rating and review are my personal views. They do not reflect the quality of the book. I would have given the book 3 stars if I liked Jessica a little better. But I really don't like this heroine. No offense, Jessica. It is not you, it is me.
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