First, I have to say this: Because I skimmed much of the last 100 pages, it may be more accurate for me to write this book off as a "DNF". But for my...moreFirst, I have to say this: Because I skimmed much of the last 100 pages, it may be more accurate for me to write this book off as a "DNF". But for my own records, I am choosing to rate it instead, though I'm afraid the rating is below average.
The first few chapters I found fairly entertaining, and I had high hopes for the book. But as the pages went by, I became more easily distracted, and found myself pulling away from the story and characters. As much as I hate to admit it, I had many moments of "I don't care...I don't care....*skip a page*... Nope, still don't care".
To be honest, I probably shouldn't have read this book. I have tried Kramer's writing before, and I had to DNF that one, as I just wasn't interested enough to continue it. For me, personally, the story, the characters, the writing—it just didn't work for me. Now, I happen to know others who LOVED this book, and her previous novels, and that's great! But for me, I won't be reading any more by this author, as I don't wish to waste my time or bring down the author's ratings when it's clear that I'm not the right reader for her books.
There were a few things that bothered me in Say Yes to the Duke. The most important was the lack of connection I felt with the hero and heroine, and more importantly the lack of connection and chemistry I saw between the two. They were quick to start kissing and meeting in the barn for secret trysts, but I had not clue why. Why was she willing to throw away her reputation and virtue? I kept asking myself this--why, Janice, why? I saw no clear reason why, and honestly didn't care much for the hero.
But then again, that's just my opinion. I will say this--lately I've had a much harder time getting into a book, especially historical, which was actually the first genre I fell in love with. So perhaps I'm simply burned out on this genre. Perhaps I've become a bit more selective over the years. Perhaps I'm just in a really foul reading mood--who knows! But whatever the reason, this particular book didn't work for me.
If it sounds like something you'd enjoy, or this is an author that you are already reading, then please do not let my opinion change that. To each her own and all that... (less)
Only a very special book can make you fall in love with a genre again. It Takes Two to Tangle did just that, rekindling my love of historical romance....more Only a very special book can make you fall in love with a genre again. It Takes Two to Tangle did just that, rekindling my love of historical romance. Theresa Romain has a talent, a rare ability to blend beautiful writing, great characters, delicious banter and a lovely romance, all in one perfect package.
ITTtT is simply beautiful, inside and out; the cover sweeps you away to Regency England as does the story contained inside. Within a few chapters, I knew it was to be a favorite of mine, and I look forward to enjoying Romain's books again in the future.
I loved how the sparks flew between Henry and Frances. There were more than a few such passages that I marked, though I won't be sharing them today, as they were fairly long--sorry! You shall just have to trust me--if you love wit and banter in your romance (and who doesn't?) then you will love this book!
As wonderful as the story and characters are, it is Romain's writing that captured my attention the most. She has a way of writing that turns a seemingly simple scene into a powerful one.
Truly, her writing is gorgeous and it made me feel as if I were there with Frances and Henry. Well done, Ms. Romain, and thank you for this delightful story!
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The Untamed Mackenzie is a quick, enjoyable read, although it is not my favorite of the series. However, reading about the crazy Mackenzie family agai...moreThe Untamed Mackenzie is a quick, enjoyable read, although it is not my favorite of the series. However, reading about the crazy Mackenzie family again made me want to re-read the earlier books. I felt like the part where Lloyd and Louisa fell in love was missing, which is the best part of any good romance novel. Perhaps if I had read the last novella and novel I would have liked this one better, as I did feel like I had missed out on some of the family drama and backstory. When will I learn to stop reading out of order? Ahem...
All in all, The Untamed Mackenzie was pretty good, but it would not be the book I would recommend to new readers of this series. I will be reading this author and series again though, and I will also be recommending the first 3 books in the series, as I loved them! (less)
I've been a fan of Stephanie Laurens since I picked up “Devil's Bride” years ago (back when...moreReview originally posted on TBQ's Book Palace
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I've been a fan of Stephanie Laurens since I picked up “Devil's Bride” years ago (back when I was still a teenager and had to sneak my romance novels...). I quickly devoured most of her books, and while I liked some more than others, overall I really enjoyed her books.
I haven't read one of her books in a few years now; I'm behind on many of her series. And so I was looking forward to reading The Lady Risks All. But, after a few chapters, I found myself losing interest in the book. Oh don't get me wrong—it wasn't a bad book, but it simply wasn't one that I loved. In the end, I was flipping pages, as the story seemed to drag on and I just wanted to move on to a new book.
I think reading The Lady Risks All showed me that a reader can love an author without necessarily loving every book that she was writes. Despite the fact that this particular book was just “okay”, I'll still come back to read Laurens' other books in the future, as well as reread her previous books. But, for me at least, The Lady Risks All was missing something—whether it was in the writing, the plot or the characters, it's hard for me to say. Instead of diving into the book and not wishing to come out of it, I found myself just skimming this one, waiting for it to change, hoping that by the end I'd be in love. Sadly, this didn't happen.
3 STARS! Here's the thing: if you are already a fan of Laurens' novels, you may like this one, perhaps even more than I did. If you have yet to read any of her books, this is not the one I would personally recommend for you to start with—many of her previous novels are, I feel, much better than this one. Start with her backlist; leave this one for a later date. (less)
This was my first time reading Caroline Linden's work, and The Way to the Duke's Heart was actually a good book. I was intrigued by the blackmail and family secrets, and I flipped the pages to find out how everything turned out.
I liked the hero and heroine—they may not be in my top 10 list, but I still enjoyed reading their story. Tessa was very strong, very intelligent, and I respected her for that. I also came to respect Charlie for understanding her, and not just seeing a beautiful woman, as many other men have seen.
The romance was great, very passionate, and I loved every minute of it. I was happy when Charlie realized that he had made a mistake when he was younger, thinking himself in love with Maria; the fact that it took finding Tessa, and realizing that he not just wanted her, but needed her, to realize that he had never really loved Maria...I loved watching him come to terms with this!
4 STARS! A wonderful historical, with just the right amount of mystery and romance, but also with a dose of wit and sexy, The Way to the Duke's Heart is a great choice for any fan of the genre! Now I'm only sorry that I didn't wait and read the previous two books in this trilogy, but I will definitely be doing so soon. I look forward to seeing what Linden will write next! (less)
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Cath Talarico's life has been one huge...moreThe review that follows is a partial review. To read the full text, please visit TBQ's Book Palace
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Cath Talarico's life has been one huge train-wreck, damaged and twisted. She's made mistake after mistake, and they've all cost her, emotionally and physically. She decides to turn her life around and start anew, never again to make such mistakes.
Until she met Nev.
Nev Chamberlain has lived the life expected of him. A respectable—and well-paying—job in the family business, the proper wardrobe, the right friends. But he doesn't want to live like this, never has. He's been trying to break out of the mold his family has placed him in for years. This point is driven home once he meets Cath. He realizes that he needs to find himself, change his ways, live his own life. But will Catch allow him to live out his new life with her?
About Last Night is one of the most emotionally charged books I have read in a while! I am not one to cry while reading, but watching Cath open up to Nev, and learn to put her past behind her—well, my eyes were a bit misty, I'll admit. And I loved every minute of it!
Cath makes for a great heroine, tortured, scarred (emotionally and physically), but strong, much stronger than she thinks. She's been through hell, but she's turned things around. And after Nev enters her life, she finally realizes that, yes, her past helped to make her who she is today, but it isn't who she is. I really enjoyed Catch, and I wouldn't turn down having her as a friend if given the chance. :)
And Nev...oh Nev! I never thought I'd fall for a stuffy, wealthy banker, English accent or not. But I fell for Nev—hard, just like Cath did. Not because of the character we were first introduced to (the stuffy, wealthy banker). Nope. It was the man he became for Cath that made my heart flutter and my pulse race. His creativity, his talent, his devotion and love for Cath—all these things and more made me love him. And his sexy, passionate side didn't hurt, either. :) Not to mention that accent... *sigh*
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Laurel McKee may be a new author to me, but she is now officially on my list for wickedly sexy historicals!
One Naughty Night lives up to its title (again...and again...and, well, you get the point)! As the first book in McKee's new series, we are introduced to the very interesting theater family, the St. Claires, and the family they've been feuding with for centuries, the titled Huntingtons. Based on how entertaining this book was, I have no doubt this will be a great series to come!
Lily and Aidan are perfect for one another. Both are more complex than it seems, and very different from what Society thinks they are. I loved Aidan, he was a hero the reader can lust for. And Lily was a great heroine, one that many readers, including myself, would be thrilled to have as a friend. Watching the two finally realize they love each other—ah, great times!
Banter and sparks both fly wildly when they meet, and only increase as the pages turn. There isn't a lukewarm moment to be found anywhere in this book; this is one fiery novel, and I loved every moment of it!
“I must be mad, then, for I like your arrogance. You're always who you truly are. You never pretend.”
“And you shouldn't either.” Aidan lay down beside her on the pillows, his body stretched out so that he curled around her protectively, and bent his head to kiss her shoulder. “You should never be anyone but you, Lily. Just as you are.”
4.5 STARS! If you enjoy your historicals with fire and wickedly sexy romance, then One Naughty Night is the perfect book to pick up. I am anxious to continue the St.Claires story, to see who falls next, and in the meantime I will be picking up McKee's previous novels.
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My first Tessa Dare novel, but by no means my last! I loved exploring Spindle Cove, and plan on returning very soon. Fun and witty, sweet and yet very...moreMy first Tessa Dare novel, but by no means my last! I loved exploring Spindle Cove, and plan on returning very soon. Fun and witty, sweet and yet very passionate at times--this was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to end! (less)
3.5 Stars. The review that follows is a partial review. To read the full text, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~*~ Much Ado A...more3.5 Stars. The review that follows is a partial review. To read the full text, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~*~ Much Ado About Rogues tells the story of Jack Blackthorn and Lady Tess. Their story is one of secrets and lies, troubles from the past and hopes for the future. It's not a simple tale by any means!
When Jack left her four years ago, Tess was heart-broken. She thought what they had was love! But apparently he was only using her (or so it seemed). Now Jack shows up in her life again, and she finds that she still feels for him, still wants him around. But will he forgive her for the secret she's kept these four long years?
They must work together if they are to catch Tess's father, as well as the mysterious Gypsy. But after both are taken care of, where do the two of them go? Do they have a future together or will Tess raise little Jacques on her own?
There were things in this novel that I liked—and some that annoyed me. In the end, it was a slightly above average read for me, though I'm still interested enough to go back and read Beau and Puck's stories.
I liked many of the characters, they added a bit of life to the story. I even liked that Tess was another strong heroine (you can never have too many!), one that can hold her own as well as solve riddles and mysteries. Jack wasn't too bad of a hero, though I was often as confused as Tess, wondering who's side he was playing for and what his plan was.
That seemed to be a common occurrence while I was reading. I'd get a bit lost in the shuffle, not sure what was going on. It's like some of the details were either muddled or missing—or I just wasn't able to follow them.
The romance was okay, but a tad disappointing. With their past and the tension between them, I was looking forward to a hot read, but instead I got only lukewarm. In fact, during the few brief love scenes, I wasn't even sure they had, ahem, done anything. I'd reread it, still unsure—and disappointed—and the only proof that they had, indeed, done it was references later to spending the night together, offering each other comfort, etc. I was expecting so much more from Jack and Tess, but I never got it.
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