**spoiler alert** I'll be completely honest -- in general, I find this author's books to be, well, distasteful. I know I know that's not a popular opi**spoiler alert** I'll be completely honest -- in general, I find this author's books to be, well, distasteful. I know I know that's not a popular opinion, but almost all of her books just didn't do it for me.
I was poking through my local library's e-book catalogue the other day, however, and this popped up in my suggested books list. I figured, eh, I'd give it a go.
I'm so glad that I did.
This was and excellent read -- lighthearted and yet tackling some pretty serious issues.
I LOVED that our hero was blind (and was not miraculously healed by the end! Ahh you've no idea how happy that made me!) and our heroine, while not conforming to conventional standards of beauty (very slim, not curvy, small breasts, hips, and bum, etc), was considered beautiful and desirable by our hero (who of course has to go by touch, and touch he does.. mmmph). She didn't turn out to be some curvy little thing that simply didn't know how to dress or other nonsense that we often find in other books, and I think I loved her all the much more for it.
There's no villain, not huge Big Misunderstanding, and yet there was still just the right amount of angst to add tension without making you want to bash one of the protagonists over the head with your kindle.
Both protagonists had a lot of growth throughout the story, not just as a couple, but as individual, which I liked as well.
I admit I'm a bit hesitant to read more in the series, because while I thoroughly enjoyed this one, my history with this author is somewhat spotty, and for now, I think I'd like to just enjoy how good this particular story was.
Both Az and Lilli need to be smacked, but other than that it was a good story. I'll wrote more when I'm not on my Kindle, but right now I'm between aBoth Az and Lilli need to be smacked, but other than that it was a good story. I'll wrote more when I'm not on my Kindle, but right now I'm between a 3.5 and a 4/5
There's not much I enjoy more than a good revenge romance, and this one has all of the good points. Estranged lovers, TONS of angst, plenty of chemistThere's not much I enjoy more than a good revenge romance, and this one has all of the good points. Estranged lovers, TONS of angst, plenty of chemistry, and some delicious groveling. There were a few rather predictable plot points, but then again why read a Harlequin Presents if not for some of the predictable plot points? A solid 4/5, full review to follow closer to publication....more
Oh how I've missed this series. There were a few issues that I think had more to do with editing than writing (as this was an ARC) so I'll need to cheOh how I've missed this series. There were a few issues that I think had more to do with editing than writing (as this was an ARC) so I'll need to check the final print version before mentioning, but overall, highly enjoyable. I do think newcomers would fare well without having to read the previous installments, but I would still suggest reading it in order. A solid 4/5 with a full review to follow closer to publication....more
I know this sounds awful but I wish there'd been more drama between the heroine and her parents -- such a big deal was made over their horrible treatmI know this sounds awful but I wish there'd been more drama between the heroine and her parents -- such a big deal was made over their horrible treatment of her when she was a child (neglect, not abuse), and yet, it was almost brushed aside and just lightly explained away.
I guess I'm more of a prude than I realized, because this book and I got off to a bad start when the very first scene involved the hero and heroine meI guess I'm more of a prude than I realized, because this book and I got off to a bad start when the very first scene involved the hero and heroine meeting for the first time, and her promptly (and cheerfully) surrendering her virginity to him.
It rather went downhill from there, with several Too Stupid To Live moments, a hero and heroine who BOTH really deserved to be horsewhipped on occasion, and quite a bit of utter ridiculous behavior from people who were supposedly in the upper echelon of society.
Don't get me wrong, it was delightfully steamy, with plenty of naughty romps, but in the end, that wasn't enough to save me from characters that I wanted to throttle for more than half of the book.
Expected Release Date: January 23, 2013 Publisher: Spencerhill AssociatesThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: January 23, 2013 Publisher: Spencerhill Associates, Ltd. Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Muses of Mayfair Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Unrealistic Behavior: Historical, Vindictive Ex Favorite Tropes: Courting Scandal, Hero In Pursuit
There are a lot of historical romances out there with a heroine courting scandal by participating in behavior that is more suitable for males and/or the lower classes, but this is the first one I’ve read with a member of the ton actually treading the boards as an actress — and not just any actress, mind you, but a wildly talented and successful one.
With such a unique storyline, I was hooked from the beginning. While there were admittedly times where I had trouble suspending my disbelief, because to pull off such a feat in real life would be virtually impossible, for the most part, I was able to sit back and enjoy Madeline’s escapades.
My biggest issue with this story was the presence of the dreaded Vindictive Ex, who played the part of our main villain in the story. I despise having a hero’s ex-lovers thrown into the heroine’s face throughout the story, and so this has always been one of my least favorite tropes in romance, and this was no exception.
However, making up for her presence was the fact that Ferguson was besotted with Madeline very early on, and the secondary storylines of both his and Madeline’s families, and the major developments both of their characters made as the story progressed.
In the end, it was a highly entertaining read, and I will definitely be reading more from Ms. Ramsey in the future.
A bit too whirlwind for me, but then again, so are most novellas. Nice and steamy though; great for Valentine's Day. Full review to follow (and can IA bit too whirlwind for me, but then again, so are most novellas. Nice and steamy though; great for Valentine's Day. Full review to follow (and can I just say how much I'm looking forward to Owen's book?!)...more
I was poking through the Kindle Lendable Library for Amazon Prime (because today is the last day of the month and I remembered I hadn't borrowed anythI was poking through the Kindle Lendable Library for Amazon Prime (because today is the last day of the month and I remembered I hadn't borrowed anything yet) and was in the mood for something with an intense, primal, animalistic flavor to it, so when I saw that Cynthia Eden had a book available that I hadn't read yet (and really, how the heck did that happen?!), I had to snatch it up.
It was just what I was looking for, with Ms. Eden's trademark heat and mouthwatering chemistry, combined with that scrumptious primal intensity that comes from the world of vampires and shifters.
While there were a few things that stuck out as possible continuity errors, and I felt that one character in particular got away without the butt-kicking that was so sorely deserved, I enjoyed the fast-paced action and the tasty romance.
Not my favorite from Ms. Milan, but still a very enjoyable read. Full review to follow, but for now, 4/5 Stars :)
Originally read December 2012 ---- Re-rNot my favorite from Ms. Milan, but still a very enjoyable read. Full review to follow, but for now, 4/5 Stars :)
Originally read December 2012 ---- Re-read February 2015
I make it a policy to never change my ratings after I've made my initial review, but honestly I would love to add another half-star to this book.
Robert, oh how I loved Robert. Even when he deserved to be slapped, and when he failed to even consider the idea of discussing a major decision with his beloved wife, I adored him. A romantic at heart, having been shunned over and over (in his admittedly privileged life) for things that were out of his control, but that left deep emotional scars, he was nonetheless an honorable man.
I loved Minnie too, more so on the re-read, where I could perhaps appreciate both her character development as well as some of her own very stupid actions.
There's angst aplenty in this story, of that there's no doubt, but balanced with that angst is a tale so romantic that it had me looking around to see who has been cutting onions.
I enjoyed the epilogue, though I still think that the ending before the epilogue was a bit too abrupt, and it would be remiss of me to leave out the delicious chemistry between Robert and Minnie, as well as a *gasp* virgin hero who perhaps needed to be taught some of the finger aspects of actual consummation -- and Minnie instead of making some big overwrought production of how he was perhaps not perfect on the first try (as some authors love to do), approached the situation as she would have any other -- with practicality and love.
So, while I can't change my final rating, know that I closed this book with a tear in my eye but have as of yet found no one actually cutting onions in my house.
Brava, THIS is how romance should be done.
A very solid 4/5 and then some.
(By the by, this book is currently free in e-book format on Amazon at the time I wrote this long-overdue review. Go pick it up and fall in love with Robert and Minnie and the other Brothers Sinister.)...more
Deliciously sexy and fantastically creepy, this book was exactly the typThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Deliciously sexy and fantastically creepy, this book was exactly the type of spooky story I was in the mood for this close to Halloween. Andi’s powers and David’s family history both added quite a bit of depth to the story, and the powerful attraction and chemistry between them definitely kept things heated up.
With plenty of steam and quite a few chills and thrills, I found myself thankful that I had to have my light on to read this one.
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Expected Release Date: October 30, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Gallery Books Author’s Website: My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 6, Hellions of Halstead Hall Series Best Read In Order: Works Well As a Standalone Steam Level: Steamy Favorite Tropes: Neglectful Parents, Closed off From Love, Unhappy First Marriage Pet Peeves: Wanna Be My Mistress?, Stretching Out The Mystery
This book was so typical of Sabrina Jeffries — that is, full of powerful emotion, intriguing mystery, and delicious chemistry. I’m a sucker for protagonists who had neglectful parents, and I loved that we got to relive the heartache of Pierce’s childhood as the story progressed. That said however, while the mystery as to what exactly caused his mother’s behavior was interesting, I admit there were times when I just wanted to shake them all and yell “Out with it already!”
Outside of Pierce’s relationship with his mother, I really enjoyed watching him grow closer to Camilla and even her son, Jasper. I’m not usually a fan of children in romance, but it’s easy to see that he was an absolutely essential character in this tale. I loved that Camilla was so stubborn in her defense of a woman who had been nothing but kind, and I loved watching her and Pierce both become a bit more open minded as the story progressed. I loved watching Camilla force Pierce to realize that happiness was within his reach, but only if he let go of his bitterness and anger towards his parents first.
As a side note, newcomers to the series will be happy to know that this book stood quite well on its own, with its connection to the Hellions of Halstead Hall consisting mainly of casual references and cameos, and both new and old fans alike will be pleased with the depth of emotion as well as the delicious chemistry Ms. Jeffries always crafts into her stories.
Recommended for tortured heroes, stubborn heroines, and family intrigue, all with a healthy sprinkling of chemistry and holiday cheer.
While there were a few loose ends that bothered me (but forgivable, since this is obviously part of a series/continuity), and there was something I feWhile there were a few loose ends that bothered me (but forgivable, since this is obviously part of a series/continuity), and there was something I felt was a bit misleading that I can't mention because it's a major spoiler (gah!), it was still a really enjoyable friends-to-lovers story.
Lighthearted and sweet, with just enough conflict to keep things interesting, a solid 4/5 Stars, with a full review to follow. ...more
Can I just say how happy I am to discover non-virgin heroines in some new category romances? I just read this and Michelle Celmer's Caroselli's ChristCan I just say how happy I am to discover non-virgin heroines in some new category romances? I just read this and Michelle Celmer's Caroselli's Christmas Baby, and was very pleased to note that the heroines of both books, while not promiscuous in the slightest, were still somewhat experienced and confident in what they wanted.
Unfortunately, I never really felt love on Lucus' part (though lust was never a problem lol), so I wasn't really feeling his "transformation" from cold, unfeeling man who'd shut himself off from his emotions after a past tragedy into a loving partner.
Ehhhh..... I'm usually a pretty big fan of Stacey Kennedy, but honestly, I just couldn't get into this one.
While I liked the concept behind Nexi's paEhhhh..... I'm usually a pretty big fan of Stacey Kennedy, but honestly, I just couldn't get into this one.
While I liked the concept behind Nexi's past and quest for revenge, as well as the idea behind the whole hybrid guardian/witch thing, Nexi herself was... well... rather obnoxious.
Add to that the fact that I really didn't like the concept of soul sisters (and wanted to beat Haven senseless about, oh, 98% of the time she was on the page), Kayden was had more mood swings than a thirteen year old girl, and the chemistry that was supposed to be sizzling between the Kayden and Nexi fizzled more than sizzled for me, and I couldn't go on.
Recommended for fans of more lighthearted, quirky, urban fantasy.
When I first sat down to write this review, I realized that I had a bitThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
When I first sat down to write this review, I realized that I had a bit of a problem — how on earth was I going to rein in my inner Fangirl long enough to put together coherent sentences on just how fantastic this book was? I’m still not certain that I am able to do it justice, but suffice it to say, I loved this book. It easily ranks right up there with my adoration of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, and yes, even Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series, and I will tell you that is no small feat at all.
With not only intriguing characters but fascinating world-building, new twists on old mythologies as well as original creations, and an exciting mystery behind the disappearance of many non-human children, the story never felt rushed, even though it was full of action and multi-faceted characters that made it easy to become fully immersed in Kit’s world.
Recommended for fans of strong heroines with a horrifying past, of alpha heroes with hidden depths, and of fresh new twists on old mythologies.
An impossibly solid 5/5 Stars. *As of 7/10, I've read this three times. If anyone wonders why I'm "behind" on my 2012 reading challenge, this is why lol (and yes, it's still 5/5)
-- A Slightly Off-Topic Rant (10.19.2012)
I've noticed quite a few reviews where people were upset that Kit wasn't a Kate Daniels clone. Kit isn't Kate, despite the similarity in names and their penchants for sharp pointy things. Kit is, well, Kit. She has a completely different past, a different skill set, different magic, and lives in a completely different world with its own set of rules.
I can't speak for anyone else, but when I first read this and went around the internet gushing to anyone who would listen about how this was the best Urban Fantasy I'd read since the Kate Daniels series, it wasn't because I thought that Kit and Kate were so similar, it's because I recognized in Kit the same vulnerability, stubbornness, and potential that I saw in Kate in her first book.
If you look back at Kate in her first novel, she was a lot younger and lacked a lot of the experience and maturity that has developed her character into the awesome power that she is. Kit's also like that in some ways -- she's not superwoman, she doesn't always make the right choices, she occasionally acts impulsively, and she's got her own personal demons to battle just like anyone else. And I for one can't get enough of her.
So please don't go into this expecting a heroine just like Kate Daniels, or you're probably going to be disappointed. And please, don't be put off by the reviews expressing disappointment that Kit turned out not to be Kate... Instead, go into this book with an open mind, and I think you'll find that Kit is a character that you're going to want to follow through many books to come.
Expected Release Date: April 17, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A AuthorThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic
Expected Release Date: April 17, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://haileyedwards.net/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the Author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Araneae Nation Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
While I admit that I probably would’ve fared better had I had a map of the clans or perhaps a glossary with my copy, I absolutely adored this story. Had it not been for the multiple instances where poor Lourdes’ bosom was exposed to all and sundry, this would have been rated higher, but even with the abundance of that major pet peeve of mine, this was a very solid read.
The originality of the universe Ms. Edwards has created along with the multi-faceted characters grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let me go. I know it sounds cliche, but I quite literally couldn’t put it down. Rhys is easily a favorite hero of mine, and the well-paced developing romance between him and Lourdes had just the right hint of steam.
Recommended for fans of dangerous (yet awesome) heroes, headstrong heroines, and fantasy adventure with just a dash of heat.
Expected Release Date: March 28, 2012 Publisher: NLA Digital Liaison PlatThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: March 28, 2012 Publisher: NLA Digital Liaison Platform Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.maggiemarr.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
This was a fun, fast read. While there was a “Big Misunderstanding” (during which Cole needed to be pimp-slapped for his major overreaction), there was no truly heavy drama. Instead, we got to focus on the sweetness of the relationship between Meg and Cole, and to enjoy watching them fall in love.
Recommended for fans of inter-office romance, Big Misunderstandings, and learning to trust again.
I went into this story having no idea who the hero was. After all, the oThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
I went into this story having no idea who the hero was. After all, the official blurb makes no mention of his name, and I have to agree with the author/publisher that this was an excellent ploy -- had I known who the hero was, I'm not certain I would have given it a chance, and would have missed out on what turned out to be a really enjoyable story.
I definitely enjoyed it, with amnesia and physically scarred heroes ever being a favorite of mine, and for once, I truly felt the battle between good and evil in this particular soul.
I also enjoyed Mels' character, not only for her blend of softness and self-sufficiency, but the small side story of her relationship with her mother was surprisingly enjoyable.
While I think fans of the series will note that the "romance" in this story was a bit more subtle than in the previous books, there was still plenty of steam and chemistry, and I would be hard pressed to express disappointment to the surprising additions to the overall story arc.
However, there were a several of my pet peeves, without the... freshness, I suppose you could call it, that I typically find in a J.R. Ward book. I'm not sure if it's because I've read all of her Urban Fantasy novels, and therefore have perhaps become a bit blase about her writing voice, or if it was the unreasonably high expectations set by the expense of the Kindle edition, but there almost felt like something was missing.
Still, I loved the hero with such a fierceness, and the ending was so satisfying for me, that I didn't really care about those things.
Recommended for fans of physically and mentally damaged heroes, self-sufficient (yet realistic) heroines, and kick-butt action, topped with just the right amount of steam.
Expected Release Date: February 21, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HarThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: February 21, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Blaze Author’s Website: cathyyardley.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Player’s Club Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Hot
I had the pleasure of reading this entire series in one sitting, and have been blown away by the fun and steam throughout the story. I wasn’t quite sure that Diana would be the ideal partner for Finn, as they’re initially complete opposites, but as she becomes involved in the Player’s Club, and as she gets to know Finn a little better, it became clear that they were truly made for each other.
With plenty of steam and a heavy dash of adventure, this book was a wonderful ending to what has quickly become a favorite trilogy of mine, and I greatly look forward to reading more books by Ms. Yardley.
I actually enjoyed the whole series, though I read them in backwards order, so some of it was a bit disorienting to me.
The heroine's a bit of a barefI actually enjoyed the whole series, though I read them in backwards order, so some of it was a bit disorienting to me.
The heroine's a bit of a barefooted hippie (complete with a bit of a "free love" attitude, despite her innocence), the hero (thinks he) is in love with another (married) woman, there's a whisper of magic (not really enough to make me classify it as "paranormal", but definitely there), and there's enough lighthearted angst (if there truly is such a thing) to fill a bathtub.