I enjoyed the two stories and I liked the simplicity of the author's writing style. I could safely say this could be read by history buffs who aren'tI enjoyed the two stories and I liked the simplicity of the author's writing style. I could safely say this could be read by history buffs who aren't too uptight. It could also be appreciated by children since there are a lot of morals in the stories.
I liked the concept of time travel and the rituals it involves. The beginning wasn't all that but soon I was turning page after page. It reminded me of Arabian Nights because it just has that feel. We have Greek, Egyptian, and Minoan gods at play and they were portrayed ad expected.
For awhile there I wondered where the characters would start living, the past or the present. I liked how the author played with history and connected some facts into fiction. I admire writers like this one, who have a vivid imagination. She has a sense of adventure and I'm glad that evil could turn to good in the right circumstances....more
I gotta be honest. I didn't understand what really happened in the end. Nonetheless I enjoyed it, in the spirit it was written - for entertainment. I'I gotta be honest. I didn't understand what really happened in the end. Nonetheless I enjoyed it, in the spirit it was written - for entertainment. I'm in a serious mood right now and this affects my reaction and way of thinking. Though Anya's writing style could be comic and outrageous, she still gives serious morals. In this case, get to know someone really well before you marry him/her. Anya portrayed the innocent princess who defied her parents and ran off with a commoner, who isn't worth the trouble at all. She was a trophy wife to him, like a toy in other cases.
This is what I like most about Anya's writing: her hilarity in the most serious situations that really touches the heart. The princess who was renamed Anahita mastered singing, with the urging of a mysterious man who could mentally speak to her, until she flew to the clouds because he and she are alike.
Again, it could be just me or Anya just wants to have fun but I really didn't get it. Call me slow if you want, cause after reading it I was still pouring over it....more
This is the first book I've read from Paula Quinn and I'm excited to read the rest of her works.
I loved the story, the mystery, and the author's writThis is the first book I've read from Paula Quinn and I'm excited to read the rest of her works.
I loved the story, the mystery, and the author's writing style. It really worked for me because I love strong heroines and Neanderthal Highlanders (he isn't annoying though). The fight scenes were good too, and Ms Quinn puts on the gore with some, without explicit details.
The love scenes between Davina and Rob were really that - love scenes. They could be tender and rough too and it didn't have to be dirty (though I wouldn't mind that). I'm really impressed with how she wrote those scenes without much detail and yet the passion was there.
I love how it ended and can't wait for more!...more
I certainly did not expect to like this book but given my 4-star rating, I did. Very much.
This is the first novel from this brilliant author I've readI certainly did not expect to like this book but given my 4-star rating, I did. Very much.
This is the first novel from this brilliant author I've read that has a historical romance genre. I love her Whiskey Creek series and given her writing style, I read on and took the plunge.
I was really intrigued by the characters especially our curious and headstrong heroine, and the hero in disguise of a crook. Grave robbing was an issue before in the medical field and I read about it in a separate book from Tess Gerritsen.
I don't want to sound negative about not expecting to like this. It's just that I didn't expect anything so I was drawn into the world of grave robbers and alpha males, murder, Stockholm Syndrome, and finding love in the most unlikely places. I like that the knots were tied and they get a HEA.
The romantic suspense angle was something to read about, it really kept me on edge, and it always made me wonder.
Whoa, it's been so long since I've read a "bodice ripper" novel and it's a good thing I skimmed the reviews so I knew what to expect. Fires of WinterWhoa, it's been so long since I've read a "bodice ripper" novel and it's a good thing I skimmed the reviews so I knew what to expect. Fires of Winter indeed!
This is the first book of Johanna Lindsey I read that's based on Norway and I was really interested in the Vikings. There are a lot of rape scenes so be warned. I kept an open mind to appreciate this story. I love those which conquer the test of a lot of things like trust, and hardships. The author clearly knew how to write about Brenna with I as the reader would really sympathize and see things the same way. Though I know at the back of my mind, I should make do with what life throws me and handle it accordingly, I still admire Brenna's unflagging spirit. I do love feisty heroines who could wield a sword, in this case Brenna is overpowered because of the men's physical strength.
Garrick is the typical scorned man, but it's not his heart that was broken, it's his pride that was hurt. He's preferable over Hugh and he is kinder in nature. He's just too stubborn and most likely afraid to trust another woman again. He fell for Brenna the same way she did him, but she's the one who admitted it first. It really takes a life and death situation for the truths to come out.
I don't want to prolong this review 'cause given the 4-star rating, I liked it. Others may not appreciate it, there's violence against women, neanderthal ways, and customs most of which are not familiar with. The love scenes were tame, not in explicit detail but that's the author's style and it works....more
NOTE: The author gave me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I've enjoyed Ms Vane's "Devil DeVere" series and this one is no different. Being a wNOTE: The author gave me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I've enjoyed Ms Vane's "Devil DeVere" series and this one is no different. Being a woman, I was totally on Lydia's side when she wanted to break the engagement. I found Marcus so sure of himself and it was annoying. I wasn't irritated really, Ms Vane added a little humor and I enjoyed reading this.
I didn't mind the brevity of the story at all. It was just right. I realized that Marcus had a point. At 21, he wasn't ready for marriage and family life, their union might not have worked. I liked Lydia, she's not a country miss, she enriched herself with learnings no normal girl of her age would immerse in.
I liked the witty banter and of course the sexual tension which eventually led to steamy and sensual scenes. Unlike most happy endings, I liked Lydia's consistency in supporting Marcus' dream and he in turn gives her credit. I'm sure Mariah and Nick have their own story....more
This was a short and light historical read and it was just ok. There was humor, infatuation, a little lust, and love of course. Chelsea and Brett gotThis was a short and light historical read and it was just ok. There was humor, infatuation, a little lust, and love of course. Chelsea and Brett got to know each other well and in the course of their walks found each other intriguing.
Chelsea was really amusing and she's likeable, the champion of the underdogs, human and animals alike. It's an admirable trait. She has the zeal for justice and is not afraid to stand up to those who pick on the weaker ones.
Brett is the usual jaded rake who found Chelsea a bit of fresh air. It's no wonder he's jealous when she flirts with the others. The sex scenes were tame and just as well. I liked how Chelsea rescued herself, reminds me of Drew Barrymore's character in the movie "Ever After"....more
After all Elizabeth went through, I'm glad she found peace. It's an aptly titled novel with diverse characters. Protagonists are likeable and antagoniAfter all Elizabeth went through, I'm glad she found peace. It's an aptly titled novel with diverse characters. Protagonists are likeable and antagonists are those we love to hate. The fight scenes were well written it's as if I were watching it. If I were to give analogies, Richard is a lake while Elizabeth is a roaring rapid.
I love strong heroines and I noticed with Ms Shea's characters that along with being a kickass swords woman, they're also stubborn. I just hate it when a man does bodily harm to a woman. There's a lot of violence here, but there's also love.
I liked how Elizabeth and Richard's love blossomed. They were well matched; Richard is the calm one and Elizabeth the feisty one, they complement each other very well. It was difficult for him to watch her get hurt but he honored her wishes and treated her with respect. He really showed he cares and valued her like a treasure.
This story is about suffering and dealing with it, how to get up again after every fall, and one couldn't control another's actions, only one's reaction. Only then could one find peace. I liked the morals and of course the happy ending....more
I really loved this story of the now-grown-up Daniel at 25 years old, and Violet the fraud.
The remark above may seem negative but it's the truth. TheI really loved this story of the now-grown-up Daniel at 25 years old, and Violet the fraud.
The remark above may seem negative but it's the truth. The only difference is our heroine doesn't do it with malice, but for survival. At a young age, Violet has taken care of herself and those around her (mother and help) and is not used to being doted upon.
Though it wasn't obvious at first, Violet is a smart woman. I didn't even care that she's older than Daniel. When he discovered her wind machine, it was a perfect setup for a solid love story, since Daniel mentioned something about marrying someone like him who is into engines.
I enjoyed reading about Daniel and the author wrote his character as lovable. It's really easy to like him. He's real and not a pompous aristocrat. He could do manual labor and even cook. Most importantly, he's devoted to Violet and he showed it.
On to the sexy scenes... I loved the author's creativity! Daniel and Violet enjoyed some sensual delights. My favorite part involved strawberries and chocolate. I also loved their adventures. They dated in a sense, and did some "couple" things together. They really clicked and had fun with each other.
I'm not sure if there are more books to come cause I can't get enough MacKenzies....more