I keep flipping between a 3.5 and a 4 for this one, though I am leaning towards a 4. There was just something about the hot smexin before either one e...moreI keep flipping between a 3.5 and a 4 for this one, though I am leaning towards a 4. There was just something about the hot smexin before either one even cared for the other that I think bugged me a bit -- I prefer for there to be something more than just chemistry between protagonists before they hop into bed, even (or maybe especially) if it's only on one side.
Still, great story, plenty of heat, and a lovely ending.
I know that the hero and heroine were in a fairly long relationship before the beginning of the story, but even so, the I Love You's felt a little too...moreI know that the hero and heroine were in a fairly long relationship before the beginning of the story, but even so, the I Love You's felt a little too quick from our hero's side.
Very light, easy reading, with some lovely angst and steam, but I wish that our hero had been forced to grovel a bit more.
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Expected Release Date: May 13, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: Entangled Select Author’s Website: http://robyngrady.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the publisher Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Idol Series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Obnoxiously Clumsy Heroine Favorite Tropes: Class Barrier
Full of action and steam, the plot was a bit overly dramatic at times, but that’s exactly the sort of thing that I was seeking out when I picked this one up.
While I did find myself flabbergasted at Helene’s extraordinary clumsiness, and the plot progressed along a very obvious path, I still enjoyed Helene and Darius’ unconventional courtship, especially the lovely chemistry and the seeming impossibility of their relationship going any further than the island due to Darius’ princely status.
Overall, this was a very light, easy read, and perfect for summertime.
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 treatm...moreI 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.
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Expected Release Date: January 22, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Presents Author’s Website: http://www.jennielucas.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Book 1, Princes Untamed Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Favorite Tropes: Holy Crap She’s A Virgin!, Con Artist, Revenge Pet Peeves: Overly Self-Sacrificing Heroine, Contemporary: Virgin Heroine
I don’t think I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading a contemporary romance that featured a heroine who used to be a con-artist in the past, at least not one that didn’t have some sort of urban fantasy feel or something, and so this book grabbed me from the very beginning and refused to let go.
The fact that Vlad and Bree were estranged lovers, with an enormous misunderstanding in their past (or was it?), added quite a bit of delicious tension. Even though I think some readers may find Vlad to be overly brutish and possibly even cruel to Bree, I felt it was, for the most part, pretty well deserved.
With a fresh storyline to appeal to modern readers, but enough of the scandal, betrayal, and money that keeps us coming back to the Harlequin Presents line year after year, I loved it.
Recommended for self-sacrificing heroines with sketchy pasts, bitter heroes who revel in revenge, and of hot chemistry that neither can deny.
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 fe...moreWhile 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. (less)
This one came recommended by some of my Facebook friends, and I was quite pleased with it. Physically weakened heroine, scars, family issues, revenge,...moreThis one came recommended by some of my Facebook friends, and I was quite pleased with it. Physically weakened heroine, scars, family issues, revenge, lots of chemistry, TONS of angst...
Full review to follow, but for now, a pretty solid 4/5(less)
I was just thrilled that this somehow managed to avoid my HP Pet Peeves lol Great if you're in the mood for a (typical to Harlequin Presents) overbear...moreI was just thrilled that this somehow managed to avoid my HP Pet Peeves lol Great if you're in the mood for a (typical to Harlequin Presents) overbearing hero, TONS of heartache, a BIG misunderstanding (originating from before the start of the book) and a dash of heat. Which, apparently, I was. 4.5/5 Stars, full review to follow.(less)
Ehhhh, this one was a bit iffy for me. While I loved, LOVED, the angst, I didn't think Nikos groveled nearly enough, and frankly, I wanted to slap Jan...moreEhhhh, this one was a bit iffy for me. While I loved, LOVED, the angst, I didn't think Nikos groveled nearly enough, and frankly, I wanted to slap Janine right in the mouth for (view spoiler)[flipping so quickly from being revolted at the idea of ever touching Nikos again to being "in love" and "together". (hide spoiler)]
I also couldn't quite get behind the whole "having to marry" thing. (view spoiler)[She wasn't pregnant, so really, you're going to commit yourself for presumably the rest of your life to a man you despise just so your father and step mother won't feel "guilty"? Erm. No. (hide spoiler)].
In the end, the delicious angst wasn't quite enough to save this one for me, but it wasn't a bad way to pass the day.
Recommended for fans of mistaken identity, forced marriage, and angsty reads.
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Princess Katharine of Austrich has always known that she was destined to have an arranged, political marriage. Having been seen as nothing more than a commodity by her cold father, she’s always striven for her every action to matter – attending parties brings rich tourists to her country, agreeing to a political marriage cements trade agreements and gives protection to her people, and remaining a virgin to appease the traditional rulers of other countries ensures that she always has a bargaining chip if the original agreement falls through. Cold blooded, true, but Katharine knows that since a female can never rule her country, she must do whatever is necessary to make sure that she can contribute in any way to the well-being of her people.
When her intended husband and his family are killed by insurgents of his country, leaving only the younger son Zahir to rule, Katharine is saddened by the loss but not heartbroken — after all, while she certainly liked Malik, theirs was by no means a love match.
Now several years later, with her father quickly approaching his deathbed and her younger brother too young to ascend the throne, Katharine must approach Malik’s younger brother and convince him to enter into a political marriage with her, or else her beloved country would be placed under the rule of a power-hungry man who would surely destroy everything her family has worked for.
Sheikh Zahir of Hajar is as reclusive as a monarch could ever be — choosing to address his people via radio from the security of his palace walls, and delegating whenever possible. Horribly scarred, both physically and emotionally, by the attack that took the lives of his entire family, Zahir has well earned his reputation as The Beast of Hajar.
When the lovely Katharine first approaches him with the idea of their marriage, Zahir expects her to flee in terror when faced with both his scars and his temper, but the beauty surprises him with both her tenacity and her pleas for him to think of the good of both their countries.
Reluctantly agreeing to a temporary marriage to protect Austrich until Katharine’s brother reaches the age at which he can legally rule, Zahir waits for Katharine to turn from him, but the infuriating woman not only refuses to be intimidated, but insists on trying to break him out of his self-imposed isolation.
Having agreed that their marriage will be a temporary one, both Zahir and Katharine soon discover a blistering attraction that has the power to leave them both burned…
Anyone who knows me already realizes that I am a Maisey Yates fangirl, so I pretty much fell over with joy when this arrived in the mail, and I was so happy to discover that it more than lived up to the hype.
Ms. Yates has such a talent for writing heroes who can be ruthless jerks and yet we readers cheerfully forgive them for their behavior because they’re so beautifully damaged. Zahir was absolutely delicious, even with his physical imperfections, and Katharine proved that even a perfect outer appearance doesn’t always protect one from internal scars.
Perfect for fans of tortured and scarred heroes, arranged marriages, and of finding that sometimes protecting those you care about just means loving them with all your heart.
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Expected Release Date: July 19, 2011 (Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Presents Author’s Website: http://www.caitlincrews.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, The Notorious Wolfs Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Grace is definitely one of my favorite HP heroines at the moment, with her backbone, sass, confidence, and vulnerability, and Lucas was delightful as well. The dynamics of their relationship were what really kept me invested, and the crackling chemistry between them was just the icing on the cake.
Recommended for fans of conceited playboy heroes, of stuffy but not innocent heroines, and of choosing to fight past long-standing obstacles that may come between you and happiness.
I hope to write a full review soon, but have to crack the whip on the review queue a bit first.
Typical category romance, with plenty of Big Misunderst...moreI hope to write a full review soon, but have to crack the whip on the review queue a bit first.
Typical category romance, with plenty of Big Misunderstandings, a Big Secret (that really doesn't seem like it should be that big of a deal), a heroine who just can't control her hormones around the hero, and a continuity error or two (ie. on the cruise ship, did she wear the same clothes for two weeks?!)
Not that bad, but not that good, and certainly not as good as Ms. Singh's PNR's.
The main plot was intriguing - best friends share a night of passion while the heroine is emotionally distraught, they agree to pretend it never happe...moreThe main plot was intriguing - best friends share a night of passion while the heroine is emotionally distraught, they agree to pretend it never happened, oops turns out she's knocked up, and now he insists on marrying her.
Unfortunately, the writing style jumped around so much and just barely skimmed the surface of any true emotions or drama, and it lacked any real "punch". If not for the short length, I probably wouldn't have finished it to be honest.
While I enjoyed all of the lovely angst brought about by the unconventional marriage, the author played a nasty trick on the readers in the middle, an...moreWhile I enjoyed all of the lovely angst brought about by the unconventional marriage, the author played a nasty trick on the readers in the middle, and honestly, this one was |thisclose| to being a wallbanger. My own sheer stubbornness was the only thing that kept me from slapping it firmly into the DNF pile with a look of disgust, and even though the ending was quite lovely, it wasn't nearly enough to make up for the middle.
2.5/5 Stars, only that high because of the author's writing skills -- plot alone would rate a DNF.
Expected Release Date: September 20, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Har...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 20, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Historical Author’s Website: http://www.jeannielin.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: In the same world as Butterfly Swords Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Official Blurb: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COURTESAN OF THEM ALL…
Former Emperor’s consort Ling Suyin is renowned for her beauty; the ultimate seductress. Now she lives quietly alone—until the most ruthless warlord in the region comes and steals her away….
Li Tao lives life by the sword, and is trapped in the treacherous, lethal world of politics. The alluring Ling Suyin is at the center of the web. He must uncover her mystery without falling under her spell—yet her innocence calls out to him. How cruel if she, of all women, can entrance the man behind the legend…
With just the right amount of sensuality to blend with the delicious tapestry of love, lust, deceit, and betrayal, The Dragon and the Pearl is a wonderful addition to the Harlequin Historical line.
The political maneuvering, while occasionally exhausting, definitely added a high level of suspense to the novel, and the forbidden aspect of the romance between Li Tao and Ling was wonderful.
Overall, while not a light read by any means, the richness of the world painted by Ms. Lin combined with the political storm and strong characters definitely made this one worth reading.
Recommended for fans of Ancient China, forbidden romance with stolen moments, and of complicated political schemes. 4/5 Stars(less)
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Expected Release Date: August 8, 2011 (Re-issue, Originally Published 1990)( Available Now!) Publisher: Random House Publishing Group Imprint: Loveswept Classic Romance Author’s Website: http://www.deborah-smith.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No. Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Elgiva MacRoth is a woman on a mission. When her quaint village in Scotland is threatened by a billionaire determined to purchase the estate that lawfully belongs to her family, she hatches a scheme to put a stop to the purchase. A daring kidnapping of Douglas Kincaid, the man behind the money ends with him locked in a cell in her small remote cottage in Scotland, where she hopes to not only keep him captive until time has run out on his deal to purchase her family’s estate, but also to get him to fall in love with Scotland. Douglas is actually a member of the long-forgotten Kincaid clan, whose feud with the MacRoth’s in history resulted in their banishment to the Americas long ago. Determined to use her time with Douglas to put an end to the centuries-old feud, Elgiva is astonished by not only her physical attraction to Douglas, but also to how badly she may have misjudged him.
Overall, this was a fun twist on the classic “guy kidnaps girl from feuding clan then they fall in love” story. Having the heroine be the main one behind the kidnapping of the hero was brilliant, and I really enjoyed how Douglas attempted to lash out at her but always felt horribly guilty afterwards. I also liked Elgiva’s determination to kill him with kindness, and the sheer stubbornness of them both.
This was a fairly quick read, with quite a bit of avoidable drama. That said, I tend to enjoy avoidable drama, and treated this one as a Category Romance even though it may technically not be one, since most CR’s have a lot of melodramatic issues that could’ve been avoided if the characters had simply talked.
In the end, I found it quite enjoyable despite the few formatting errors, and my irritation with a few of the turns the plot took.
Expected Release Date: September 13, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Ha...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 13, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harelquin Desire Author’s Website: http://mayabanks.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Pregnancy & Passion Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Bryony Morgan has come to New York to confront the lowlife businessman who lied to her, seduced her, and then abandoned her, leaving her pregnant with his child. Spotting him at a social event, she's prepared for anything -- except for the cad to pretend that they've never met!
Rafe de Luca has been suffering from selective amnesia ever since his private plane crashed returning to New York after landing the business deal of the year. Unable to remember a month-long period of his life, his doctors are baffled, and insist that there is a psychological reason behind his amnesia rather than a physical one, but regardless of the cause, he can't let investors get wind of his condition without risking their support.
When he spots the lovely Bryony at a party for his investors, he tries out his most charming smile on her, only to receive a punch in the face for his efforts!
Now faced with a woman who claims not only did he promise that he would not develop the island property he purchased from her -- an action that is so out of character that it might as well be impossible, but that he is also the father of her unborn baby!
Determined to get to the bottom of his seemingly inexplicable behavior, Rafe accompanies Bryony to the island in question to see if anything can spark his memory, but that's not the only thing sparking between him. Unable to resist the crackling chemistry between her and the man she still loves -- the man who claims to remember nothing about their time together -- Bryony is determined that even if Rafe never regains his memory, she will make him fall in love with her again...
While a bit short for my tastes, this book had several of my favorite things in category romance -- amnesia, a forgotten woman whom the hero got pregnant during the time he's forgotten, betrayal, and of course, incredible chemistry.
Rafe also makes a wonderful groveling hero, and his grand gesture was not to be missed.
Overall, this one was definitely a solid entry into the Harlequin Desire line. With just the right amount of angst and sensuality, this book would be a perfect fast read for those in need of a quick love story.
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Expected Release Date: July 15, 2011 (UK), August 1(US-iBooks) Publisher: Mills & Boon Imprint: Modern Author’s Website: maiseyyates.com My Source for This Book: Won in a contest Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Ella is a talented fashion designer, determined to find success with her own line and small boutique. Though technically an “heiress” of a famous family, she relies only on her own talent and perseverance to make something of herself with her line. Unfortunately, fashion is a very expensive business, and she’s accumulated massive debt with her business. When her loans are purchased by Blaise Chevalier, a man well known for both his playboy lifestyle and his ruthless business acumen, she sees all of her dreams going down the drain.
However, Blaise has seen Ella’s potential, and knows that with the right connections, he can make them both incredibly rich off of her work. All she has to do is give up control of her precious company to a man whose reputation paints him as heartless.
Even knowing that it’s unwise to mix business and pleasure, both are unable to resist the attraction crackling between them, despite the fact they each know they have nothing to offer each other…
To be absolutely fair, I have to start off any review of a Maisey Yates book by saying this: I am a Maisey Yates fangirl. I have, thus far, absolutely adored everything that I have read by her, and was incredibly upset to learn that at the time of its publishing in the UK, there were no plans for a U.S. release, and that it was therefore unavailable to me. When I found out I’d won this book through a contest on the SEVEN SASSY SISTERS blog, my husband can attest to the fact that I quite literally squealed like a little schoolgirl and probably frightened my neighbors. Never fear, they’ve recovered, but my excitement about this book never faded.
Overall, I of course loved it. Two tortured people hiding their vulnerabilities behind a public mask of indifference, they were absolutely perfect for each other. Ella used her smaller, more visible burn scars to erect a sort of armor around her, flaunting them to satisfy the morbid curiosity of the masses. Blaise, on the other hand, fell into his role of heartless womanizer, ensuring that he’d never fall vulnerable to the traitorous and disasterous emotion of love. Together, however, neither could resist both the physical attraction between them, nor the lure of finding out just what was hiding behind each others’ masks.
The love scenes were tasty, but more than that, this book was romantic. The scene on the yacht with the rose just blew me away — I literally re-read it three times before moving on, because the incredible tenderness and respect that Blaise showed Ella completely decimated her resistance to him.
Recommended for fans of tortured heroes, stubborn and physically damaged (and therefore insecure) heroines, and of finding someone to love you in spite of all of your flaws.