Sadly, it just didn't do it for me - I'm not a big fan of widowed heroines to begin with, and I don't particularly like the hero. Throw in the light pSadly, it just didn't do it for me - I'm not a big fan of widowed heroines to begin with, and I don't particularly like the hero. Throw in the light paranormal elements and it just didn't keep my interest.
Expected Release Date: October 25, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarleqThis is a Quickie Reveiw. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic
Expected Release Date: October 25, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Mira Author’s Website: http://www.brendanovak.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Fifteen years ago, Clair O’Toole’s mother vanished without a trace. The sleepy little town of Pineview, Montana, was convinced that she simply ran away, abandoning her husband and two daughters, but Claire believes she was murdered. Despite her entire family’s determination that she let sleeping dogs lie, Claire’s obsession with finding out what happened to her mother is consuming her life.
Having given up hope of ever leaving the town due to misplaced feelings of guilt towards her younger sister, whose back was broken in a sledding accident when they were both young, Claire nonetheless settled down with her high school sweetheart, David, and allowed herself to put her quest on the back burner, and instead focused on being happy with David.
When David was killed in a hunting accident a year ago, however, Claire soon discovered that without something to focus on, her grief was eating her alive, and so she has picked up her investigation, much to the dismay of both her family and the townspeople.
Ten years ago, while David was at college and he and Claire both agreed to take a breather and see other people, Claire found passion and affection with local badboy Isaac Morgan. Sexy, irreverent, and a notorious heart-breaker, Isaac was exactly what Claire was looking for. When she confessed her love, however, Isaac threw it back in her face, telling her to go back to David.
For years, Isaac has regretted his knee-jerk reaction to Claire’s confession of love. Having never known love in his own life ever since his mother abandoned him at a hotel in the small town, he simply didn’t know how to properly return her feelings. Now, even with the ghost of David’s memory hanging between them, Isaac can’t help but want a second chance with the one he let get away.
Unfortunately, Claire’s snooping into the events of the past awaken a wasp’s nest of deceit, secrets, and conspiracies that will rock the small town of Pineview to its core — and could cost both Claire and Isaac their very lives.
Overall, this was a perfect ending to a wonderful trilogy. Newcomers to the series will be happy to note that this book stands very well on its own, and does not require the two previous books to make an incredible impact, while fans of the series will enjoy the involvement of both Laurel and Myles, as well as the small-town vibe of Pineview that we came to love in the previous story.
The suspense was fantastic, with plenty of danger and action, and the love scenes had a perfect balance of sweetness and heat.
The only thing that kept this story from receiving the same 5/5 Star rating that the previous books in the series received from me was the fact that Claire and Isaac had been in love while she and David were split up during college. It almost made it seem as though she had married David on the rebound, when the rest of the story about their history did not indicate that in the least, and that seemed to do a slight disservice to David, who by all reports truly was a good man who really loved Claire.
Recommended for fans of small town intrigue, twisty and emotional love stories, and of second chances to rectify youthful mistakes.
A very solid 4.5/5 Stars.
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**spoiler alert** Loved the cover, loved the hero, even loved the basic plot... I just really, really disliked Pandora. I can't really put my finger o**spoiler alert** Loved the cover, loved the hero, even loved the basic plot... I just really, really disliked Pandora. I can't really put my finger on it, either, as to what it was about her that I disliked. Was it her perfect body and decided lack of missishness when it came to lovemaking, despite her inexperience? Her willingness to employ unemployable servants, or to take the social fall in order to protect an innocent family? I don't know. I just know that she just didn't do it for me, and it's hard to love a book when you really dislike the heroine.
The writing style was great, and the other characters fascinating (even the high-strung maid), and I even enjoyed the angst that resulted from much of Pandora's dealings with Rupert.
There was still something missing -- something that I can only chalk up to my dislike of the heroine.
Luckily for me, I know that I enjoy other books by this author, and so I'm not completely put off by this story. Other readers may in fact love Pandora for the very reasons that she grates on my nerves, but for me, this was only a 3/5...more
Expected Release Date: September 27, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 27, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://www.victoriadahl.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2 Donovan Brothers Brewery Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Olivia Bishop is a 35 year old, straight-laced divorcee who is trying to rebuild her life after she left her cheating scum of a husband, whom she’d already wasted half her life on. Finally vowing to make some new friends and have a good time, she joins some local ladies for a book club meeting at the Donovan Brother’s Brewery, only to realize the point of the club is not to discuss the books, but rather to ogle the local man-candy that is Jamie Donovan.
Sexy, charming, and able to rock a kilt like nobody’s business, Jamie Donovan is a playboy and a screwup — at least, that’s what his family thinks of him. A long history of indulging in his wild streak has blinded them to the fact that Jamie is finally growing up, making it hard for him to prove himself.
Wanting to expand the family brewery to include a small food service with gourmet-quality food that would pair well with the brewery’s designer beer, he decides to take a non-credit class on restaurant development at the local college. When he discovers that the buttoned-up beauty from the book club is actually his new instructor, he finds he’s more than a little hot for teacher. But can he convince Olivia that he’s more than just a party animal looking for a good time?
Overall, this was a very strong entry into the Donovan Brother’s Brewery series, and I adored it. I’m not typically a big fan of “contemporaries”, but as always, Ms. Dahl has managed to not only keep me invested in her characters, but has also made me put down the book with a big fat smile on my face.
Jaime was absolutely wonderful to read about. Having been introduced to him in the first book, GOOD GIRLS DON’T, I was intrigued as to how Ms. Dahl was going to tame the notorious bad-boy and turn him into a worthy hero, but once again she’s proved her skills and managed to do that and more. Knowing that he was a screw-up, and carrying around a horrendous burden of guilt from his childhood, Jaime has been determined to prove to his family that he’s a man instead of a boy, but nothing ever seems to be good enough for his big brother Eric and his sister Tessa.
Watching things reach their breaking point within the family was both heartbreaking and exhilarating, and adding Olivia into the mix was absolute perfection.
Olivia is one of those heroines that you can’t help but sympathize with. She didn’t have some horrible childhood, and certainly had her share of insecurities, but she was determined to reinvent herself. While she did set out to just use Jaime in the beginning, it was plain to see from the very beginning that her plan would not succeed and that she would very quickly fall for him, which is probably why this reader had no problem in forgiving her for some of her more foolish actions.
In the end, this book absolutely meets the high standard of Victoria Dahl’s contemporaries. As I’ve mentioned, I’m not typically a huge fan of contemporary novels in general, but this book, and truly this series as a whole, have definitely earned themselves a place on my highly coveted Keeper Shelf. Her fantastic blend of humor, angst, sensuality, and sweet romance are more than enough to keep you coming back for more.
Highly recommended for fans of reformed playboys, straight-laced heroines finally allowing themselves to let loose, and intricate but beautiful family dynamics, this one earns a very enthusiastic 4.5/5 Stars. ...more
Expected Release Date: February 22, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarpThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: February 22, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.julieannelong.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Pennyroyal Green Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
When Ian Eversea is caught with his pants down — literally — by the Duke of Falconbridge, in the bedroom of Falconbridge’s fiance, he is right to fear for his life. However, some of the vicious rumors circling the Duke are true, especially the one that intimates that he savors his revenge as a dish best served cold. Being forced to escape out a window without his clothes, Ian knows that he has gotten off lightly. A short time later, Ian’s family, knowing nothing of this incident, is thrilled to discover that they are to have an incredibly distinguished guest for a few weeks — Alex Moncrieffe, the Duke of Falconbridge.
Unfortunately for them, Moncrieffe has decided to partake of his revenge, by taking something valuable and beloved from Ian — his sister.
Intending to seduce and then discard Genevieve, he’s astonished to discover that while she’s a bit on the plain side, there is so much more to her than first appears, and he cannot help but to find himself intrigued by her.
Recovering from the heartbreak of discovering that the man she loves is not only oblivious to her feelings but actually intends to wed her best friend, Genevieve is not exactly sparkling company for the Duke. In fact, she does everything she can to, politely of course, tell him to bugger off. Far from discouraging him, however, he’s intrigued by her quick thinking and obvious personal depths, as well as the mystery of her heartbreak, and soon an unlikely friendship blossoms.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Between Moncrieffe’s dark past, Genevieve’s heartbreak, the revenge plot, and the delightful ongoing torment of Ian, I simply couldn’t put it down. While I was incredibly frustrate with Genevieve towards the end, I couldn’t put it down.
Recommended for fans of brutally painful unrequited love, of dark and brooding older heroes entranced by a younger and surprisingly mature heroine, and of grand gestures by heroes gambling for the heroine’s heart.
Expected Release Date: September 15, 2009 (Available Now!) Publisher: SamThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 15, 2009 (Available Now!) Publisher: Samhain Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: www.alisharai.com My Source for This Book: Amazon Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
Not that it actually pertains to anything important, but I had to laugh because I read this book immediately following What I Did For a Duke by Julie Anne Long, and the hero and heroine in that book were named Alex and Genevieve as well. Before we continue, I’d like for you to just pause and ponder for a second what a total mind melt that can be when going from a historical romance to a contemporary PNR.
Now onto the actual book :)
Genevieve Boden is a witch. Having inherited her mother’s abilities, she learned at an early age that wielding great power can also come with a great price, and after a horrible incident in her youth, she’s now living in her mother’s old cabin deep in the woods of backwater West Virginia. Despised and feared by the townspeople, despite the fact that she has actually lost her powers, she has little contact with the outside world until on the eve of a major blizzard, a horribly wounded man collapses on her front porch.
While tending him, she discovers that her faded powers have returned enough to heal him, and aided by her restorative powers, she nurses him back to health.
Alex Riviera has recently moved to West Virginia after the fatal shooting of his partner in New York. Plagued by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, he’s hidden his condition from his superiors and shrinks, and hopes that the quiet life of a small-town police chief will help him settle down. Uncertain of who shot him, or whether or not they could still be out there, Alex is stunned to awaken to a beautiful voluptuous angel — one he soon discovers possesses a sharp tongue, a shotgun, and a very real dislike of the police.
Forced to remain in each others’ company both by the blizzard outside and by Alex’s injury, Genevieve slowly warms towards Alex, and his powerful presence combined with his obvious attraction to her plump body soon break down her defenses and they give in to the powerful attraction crackling between them.
However, the person who shot Alex is still out there, and just as determined to see him fall as ever…
I admit, I’ve never read Alisha Rai’s books before — actually, I’m ashamed to say that I’d never even heard of her until someone on my Twitter stream wished her a Happy Birthday yesterday — I will absolutely be reading more (just as soon as I can decide which ones — they all sound so good!)
Genevieve was carrying around some horrendous guilt, and the fact that living in seclusion and paranoia was a bit of personal penance really made me feel for her character. Alex was simply delicious, from his looks to his personality to his protectiveness and his sensuality, I simply couldn’t get enough of him. I adored how open-minded he was about her powers after he got over the initial shock, and how real he seemed with his troubles with PTSD after the death of his partner.
Recommended for fans of curvy heroines who let guilt force them to retreat from life, of injured heroes who would gladly put their life on the line for the ones they love, and deliciously sexy ways to pass the time during a snowstorm, all sprinkled with a hint of the paranormal.
Expected Release Date: November 11, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster IThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: November 11, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Star Author’s Website: http://kellymeding.com My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, MetaWars Series Series Best Read In Order: Probably Steam Level: Warm Pet Peeves: Flat Hero Favorite Tropes: Superheroes, Physically Imperfect or Scarred, PTSD, Bad Guy Turns Good
I really shouldn’t have skipped the last few books in this series… It wasn’t intentional — I just never really got around to them. Thus I found myself a bit lost a times, even though the author did a pretty good job “catching up” new readers.
I wasn’t too keen on Derek though — he didn’t get as much character development as I would have liked, and the whirlwind romance didn’t help matters any. I did, however, enjoy his relationship with both Renee and the other Metas, and overall, I would say that it was a good read — plenty of action, quite a bit of character development on the part of the our heroine, Renee, and an obvious continuation of the series’ story arc.
Expected Release Date: February 28, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint:This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romancehaolic.
Expected Release Date: February 28, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: mayarodale.com My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Writing Girls Series Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone. Steam Level: Steamy
This one got off to a bit of a slow start for me, but about, oh, 1/3 of the way in, things really started to pick up. Once things started to pick up, however, I ended up staying up all night to finish it, because I couldn’t stand the thought of putting it down even for a few hours. I quickly fell in love with Sebastian and was on the edge of my seat waiting for an elegant solution to Eliza’s dilemma. While I was a little disappointed with the number of villains, I have to admit that having several antagonists certainly kept the pace right where it needed to be.
I’m also thrilled that the next book is going to be Knightly’s! *fangirls all over the place for a moment*
Recommended for fans of deliciously reformed rakes, of ruthless heroines trying to balance between her ambitions and her conscience, and of seemingly impossible love finding a way.
Three very sweet romances (with a bit of a fourth) all tied up into one complete narrative. Perfect for fans of Love At First Sight, it was a wonderfuThree very sweet romances (with a bit of a fourth) all tied up into one complete narrative. Perfect for fans of Love At First Sight, it was a wonderfully light read with just enough steam to keep things from getting boring.
A very solid 4/5 stars, with a full review to follow. ...more
It is always hard to write a review for a J.R. Ward book, because I tryThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
It is always hard to write a review for a J.R. Ward book, because I try so hard to avoid spoilers, and yet, I want to either rant or rave about almost every tiny detail.
At times this book was so overwhelming with minute details, that it felt as though she were trying her hardest to give every single character that had ever appeared in the stories, if not an actual cameo, at least a mention. And yet, at other times, it felt as though important characters and events were glossed over with a quickness that left me re-reading a few pages thinking that I must have missed something, because I ended up not quite sure what exactly was going on.
In the end, however, there are two main factors that I feel I should focus this review on. First, the relationship between Blay and Qhuinn, and second, the overall progression of the series’ story arc.
On the first, I can say I was generally pleased. The pacing was perfect, with tons of angst and heartache on both sides, as well as plenty of chemistry. While the actual love scenes were mostly deliciously hot, there were a few quirks that left me a bit cold, and that’s coming from someone who’s typically a fan of male-male romance.
On the second, however, is where the book really shone. Old foes come back to the forefront, with surprising results, and the villains from last book begin to take unexpected paths in their quest to wipe out the Brotherhood and Wrath. In addition, we get quite a bit of history on the Shadows, Trez and iAm, as well as a very fascinating (and sexually charged) sub-plot with the dangerously sexy Assail.
Add to that an absolutely fabulous epilogue, and this book is definitely a keeper.
Newcomers to the series, however, should realize that this is not a series that can really be read out of order.. Books 1 – 5 are arguably interchangeable, and able to stand on their own, but I would personally suggest just going ahead and reading everything in order and saving yourself the massive headache of trying to sort things out.
This was a cute tale of a "proper" Duke's daughter trying to find her independence in Regency England -- and of course, choosing to do so by finding aThis was a cute tale of a "proper" Duke's daughter trying to find her independence in Regency England -- and of course, choosing to do so by finding a wicked rake to "tutor" her in scanadalous ways.
Despite this trope having been done nearly to death in historical romance, I still enjoyed it. Iona wasn't QUITE as stupid about her escapades as many heroines in similar situations (though really, the whole gambling thing with the mustache made me shake my head), and Nathan actually managed to redeem himself in my eyes despite having gotten off to a VERY nasty start.
This was free on Kindle when I picked it up, but I'd still recommend it had it been regular price -- a sweet, easy read with just enough drama, angst, and steam to keep things interesting.
Expected Release Date: June 1, 2001 (Reprinted September 1, 2010) (AvailThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 1, 2001 (Reprinted September 1, 2010) (Available Now!) Publisher: Penguin Group Imprint: Jove Author’s Website: http://www.ameliagrey.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Mirabella Whittingham is engaged to be married. Unfortunately, her would-be husband has been gone for six long years, making his fortune in the Americas. An arranged betrothal, she’s never actually met her wayward fiance, but overheard him speaking to her father years ago, saying that he would return for her when he was “old and gray”.
Mirabella’s best friend and cousin has quietly taken her own life after discovering that the man she thought she loved had discarded her and left her not only ruined, but also with child. Determined to find the vile man, Mirabella sets out on a personal quest to discover his identity. The only clue she has, however, is that the man in question has a thick scar on the right side of his neck — a part of a man’s body that no proper miss would ever have the opportunity to observe outside of marriage.
Having resigned herself to the fact that she will never have a chance to marry, especially not for love, she has little care for her reputation, and seeks out the culprit in the only way she knows how — by narrowing down a list of possible suspects based on clues from her friend’s diary, and allowing these gentlemen to kiss her in the garden. These chaste and occasionally distasteful kisses allow her to discreetly slip her finger inside of their cravats to see if they have the scar in question.
Meanwhile, her missing fiance finally returns to England. While initially intending to break off the match, Camden soon realizes that his family’s financial situation gives him little choice but to continue on as planned and marry the chit. Resigned to his fate, he approaches Mirabella’s uncle at a ball and request an introduction. Unfortunately, Camden’s timing could not be worse, for Mirabella is in the gardens with yet another suspected seducer, and is caught in a passionate embrace.
Disgusted by her behavior, Camden initially berates her, but Mirabella is unapologetic — after all, Camden has exposed her to gossip and ridicule for six long years with his absence, so if anyone should be explaining their behavior, it would be him.
The two soon agree to continue the pretense of a legitimate engagement, for not only would her reputation suffer if her engagement was broken so soon after Cam’s return to England, but his family is in debt and cannot risk having creditors panic with the realization that the money from Mirabella’s dowry will never materialize.
Undaunted, Mirabella vows to stop kissing gentlemen in gardens out of respect for Camden’s reputation, but refuses to stop her secret investigation into the man behind her friend’s suicide. But when she soon finds herself falling for Camden’s heated glances and delicious kisses, will the cost of her investigation finally be too much?
Overall, I found this one quite enjoyable. While it was a bit predictable at times, and honestly, Mirabella needed to be locked into her room for her own good on occasion, I couldn’t help but admire both her spirit and her courage. I also liked that Camden was willing to own up to his own mistakes, despite a bit of occasional arrogant male blustering, as well as the fact that both were willing to make sacrifices for their families.
In then end, this was a fast, fun, and tasty read, and I would highly suggest that fans of regency romances snag this one while it’s still free on Kindle.
I loved it right up towards the end. Without giving anything away, the whole dynamic of the book changed by one of the hero's actions, and never evenI loved it right up towards the end. Without giving anything away, the whole dynamic of the book changed by one of the hero's actions, and never even apologized to the heroine for any of it. This ended the book on a very sour note for me, and as a result, it's only 3.5/5 Stars.
It was still a good story though, and a full review is to follow. ...more