Fun fun fun -- lots of action (of both the fighting and the *ahem*ing variety), interesting world-building, and likable characters. I can't wait for m...moreFun fun fun -- lots of action (of both the fighting and the *ahem*ing variety), interesting world-building, and likable characters. I can't wait for more of this series!
I have a theory (it could be demons... Dancing demons, no, something isn't right there...) about some of the other characters that I'm DYING to discover the truth about.
Full review to follow shortly, but for now, 4.5/5 Stars will have to do. (less)
Expected Release Date: November 15, 2012 Publisher: Kensington Imprint: Ke...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: November 15, 2012 Publisher: Kensington Imprint: Kensington Trade/eKensington Author’s Website: http://kckleinbooks.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Adultery or Infideliy, Too Much Emphasis On Secondary Romance Favorite Tropes: Unrequited Love, Good Use Of Flashbacks
As most followers of my reviews already know, I tend to shy away from contemporary novels in general, but as a fan of Ms. Klein’s sci-fi tales, I couldn’t turn this one down.
The use of flashbacks was brilliant, and expertly crafted to build tension without becoming tiresome, and the copious amounts of angst and heartache in the story were sublime.
The two biggest, and really only, drawbacks for me were the presence of infidelity on the part of one of the protagonists, as one of them was involved in a relationship with another person when Katie was unexpected thrust back into Cole’s path, and the secondary romance between Jett and Nikki. The former is simply a pet peeve of mine, and the latter threw me off quite a bit. Cole and Katie’s tale is interrupted somewhere around halfway through by a full albeit integrated secondary tale of Cole’s sister Nikki and Cole’s best friend, Jett. As the story progressed, I began to really enjoy the secondary storyline, but was incredibly disappointed by the ending — so much time had been spent building up things between them, but the ending is at worst unsatisfying and at best bittersweet, and not at all what I was expecting as the book was obviously drawing to a close.
Even so, the emotional roller coaster that was Cole and Katie’s relationship made it more than worth the while to read. This is not a light, fluffy romance by any means, but I think that those looking for a harder road to a happy ending will be quite pleased.
4.5/5 Stars, and I’m really hoping that Nikki and Jett get a sequel.(less)
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.
I didn't realize this was a re-issue when I picked it up, but sadly, it became obvious as I read it. :-/ The book felt quite dated, even though some o...moreI didn't realize this was a re-issue when I picked it up, but sadly, it became obvious as I read it. :-/ The book felt quite dated, even though some of that "dated" feeling could be chalked up to the fact that the book was set in a small town where people tend to be a bit more old-fashioned than their big-city neighbors.
Even so, this one didn't really do it for me.
I think I was disappointed in the fact that it started off feeling almost as though it were a paranormal romance, and it ended up being a straight-up contemporary, which threw me for a loop.
The romance itself was solid, with likable protagonists, and the chemistry was good, but the story itself fell a bit flat.
Not terrible, but not really something I'll be likely to re-read in the future.
Expected Release Date: January 22, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harl...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
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.
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)
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 pa...moreEhhhh..... 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.
This author is quickly turning into a Guilty Pleasure author for me. While the books (at least, the contemporary genre ones) are starting to sound for...moreThis author is quickly turning into a Guilty Pleasure author for me. While the books (at least, the contemporary genre ones) are starting to sound formulaic, I still enjoy them, despite the horrible tendency to pick a pet name for the heroine and abuse it until the very end.
Cute book. A little cheesy, but cute nonetheless. A good enemies-to-friends-to-lovers story, with a tiny bit too much drama and a BIG overusage of pet...moreCute book. A little cheesy, but cute nonetheless. A good enemies-to-friends-to-lovers story, with a tiny bit too much drama and a BIG overusage of pet names.
Still, really entertaining, especially for the price. (less)
Expected Release Date: June 5, 2012 Publisher: Self Published Imprint: N/A...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 5, 2012 Publisher: Self Published Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: zoewintersbooks.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Preternaturals Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
I would definitely recommend that new readers go back and pick up the earlier stories in the series before reading this one. As someone who has read the entire series, but has forgotten much of the details, I found myself struggling to follow along at times, and while I think Ms. Winters did an admirable job of making this book stand alone, I do feel like I missed out on how meaningful some of the events actually were in the context of the series.
That said, I did enjoy it. While not as heavy on the steam as many paranormal romances, there was plenty of chemistry and romance to be had in the meantime. While I did wish that Fiona had a little less hormonal reaction to Z and a little more emphasis on the agoraphobia, I enjoyed her character immensely. I also really enjoyed how Z's behavior was not typical for a jaguar shifter, since that made his reaction to Fiona quite a bit more meaningful in my mind.
Overall, while I personally think that previous fans of the series are going to benefit most from this story, I would recommend it for fans of reformed rakes, agoraphobic heroines, and reunited lovers.
Expected Release Date: July 3, 2012 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Im...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 3, 2012 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Imprint: Forever Yours Author’s Website: http://www.brittbury.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Immortal Heat Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
I think a lot of readers are going to be drawing parallels between this story and Kresley Cole’s incredibly popular Immortals After Dark series… The biggest comparison I found, outside of the wonderful chemistry and wicked humor is the existence of the Court of Contention – where every 400 years, Heaven, Hell, Earth, and Cypher all open up for four days of mayhem and horror. This reminded me a lot of the Ascension from the Immortals After Dark series, which of course is every 500 years instead of 400, but still involves all of the paranormal species basically trying to wipe the floor with members of the other species.
Don’t get me wrong, while I, personally, thought the Court of Contention was a wee bit too similar to the Ascension for my comfort, I never felt as though this book was in any way a knockoff of the IAD series, and instead, consider the drawing of comparisons between the two series to be a compliment.
The fresh new species of paranormal creatures, the important and interesting fact that full-blooded humans are now extinct, and the fascinating world building all blend well with the more personal factors of delicious chemistry, devastating betrayal, and some truly lovely groveling. Overall, a great start to what promises to be an incredible series.
Expected Release Date: June 26, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avo...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 26, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://jeanienefrost.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1 Night Prince Series, Spinoff of Night Huntress Series Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone, but suggest reading original series anyway. Steam Level: Steamy
I think my biggest problem going into this story was that I had approached it like the two titles in the Night Huntress World Spinoff Series — both of which were traditional “Paranormal Romance” with a very definite Happily Ever After feel to them. Instead, this new Night Prince spinoff follows in the tradition of the Night Huntress Series — that is, in being an Urban Fantasy series with the main couple’s relationship being stretched out over the course of the series. While I do think that Urban Fantasy romance tend to be a bit more satisfying in the long run than their Paranormal Romance counterparts, I also think that it’s very important to know which classification a book falls into before picking it up in order to avoid disappointment.
Despite my displeasure with the ending, I still devoured this tale. Vlad was just as delicious (and arrogant) as I’d imagined him, and Leila is easily a favorite heroine of mine now. While the forced nudity also sapped my enjoyment a bit, the plot was exciting, the love scenes were beautifully sexy, and the minor characters rounded out the story beautifully.
In the end, a very solid 4/5 Stars, and I’m greatly looking forward to future installments into the series.(less)
Princess Katharine of Austrich has always known that she was destine...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.com.
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.
In the end, I would categorize this as a Guilty Pleasure read — that is,...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
In the end, I would categorize this as a Guilty Pleasure read — that is, something that I realize is pretty badly written and full of terrible tropes, and yet I enjoyed it anyway. I would say the same about books by authors such as Laurann Dohner and Christine Feehan, and I have read almost everything both authors have ever published.
Do I recommend that others read it? Honestly, I do, if for nothing else than to make sure you’re not the only one standing there clueless when every single person you know starts discussing it.
Expected Release Date: October 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Hachet...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: October 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Hachette Book Group Imprint: Orbit Author’s Website:http://kristenpainter.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, House of Comarré series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm
Chrysabelle is a Comarré — a person born to be a pampered blood-slave to a high-ranking member of the vampire race. Extensively tattooed with pure gold, her appearance ensures that all those around her give her the respect due to the high nobility of the vampires. When her patron is murdered, leaving her the prime suspect, she flees, attempting to blend in with the world of the kine — humans who have no idea of the othernatural world lurking just within the shadows of their reality.
Unfortunately, her flight leads her straight into the arms of Malkolm – an anathema (outcast) who himself has been erased from the history of the nobility for the unforgivable crime of killing his vampire sire. Doomed to never drink from another being without killing them, Mal is also cursed with the voices and names of all of those he’s killed since his birth. Having been an executioner during his human life, the names cover almost every inch of his skin, and the voices are enough to drive anyone mad.
An ambitious vampire seeks to break the Covenant – the powerful agreement forged between angels and the devil to keep the existence of the othernaturals a secret from the human world, and one which protects both human and othernatural alike — and only Chrysabelle and Mal can stop it.
One thing that should be pointed out ahead of time is that this is an Urban Fantasy novel (actually, I believe the author and publisher classify it as a Gothic Urban Fantasy novel), and as such, the story of Chrysabelle and Malkolm will be continued over the course of quite a few books (the next one due out late October/early November of this year). While I personally had no problem with this, I know most of the vampire books that I review fall more firmly into the Paranormal Romance genre, and I don’t want anyone going into this one thinking there will be a lot of sexytime.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. While I will easily admit that the first half of the novel got off to a slow start, I highly recommend any new reader give the book a full chance rather than giving up early on. There are many unfamiliar terms and customs needed to familiarize yourself with, but once everything starts to come together in the middle, it’s an incredibly pulse-pounding, thrilling ride to the end.
Recommended for fans of intricate urban fantasy worlds, of heroines willingly sacrificing their coveted positions in society to pursue both happiness and what is right, and of incredibly tortured heroes finally finding something worth fighting for.
A delightfully solid 4/5 Stars, and I greatly look forward to the rest of the series.(less)
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: July 15, 2011 (UK), August 1(US-iBooks) Publisher:...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
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.
Expected Release Date: July 25, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 25, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://www.shannoncurtis.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
This book started out with a bang and didn’t slow down until the very ending. We open with dowdy Maggie Kincaid, librarian for a large university, having to sneak into work so that she won’t be mobbed by her “admiring fans”. You see, Maggie, for all her prim clothes and boring lifestyle, bears a striking resemblance to a luscious model who recently posed nude for a car calendar.
Unfortunately for Maggie, this case of mistaken identity is not the only one in store for her, and minutes later she finds herself under arrest for theft and murder. It seems she’s been mistaken for a notorious international spy named Viper! But the police aren’t the only ones who want to get their hands on Maggie — the real Viper has double-crossed her boss and framed Maggie, and suffice it to say that the bossman isn’t happy. Kidnapped from the police, she must rely on her own quick thinking to escape a horrible fate when she literally stumbles into the incredibly handsome Luke Fletcher, who insists that if she wants to live, she’ll have to come with him.
Luke is a security expert charged with capturing the Viper and recovering the suit she’s stolen — a prototype of technology that can literally render the wearer invisible as it bends light particles around it. Sounding more in the realm of science fiction, the technology is frighteningly real, and the implications of it being sold on the black market are absolutely devastating.
Convinced that Maggie is actually the Viper, he presents to her seemingly irrefutable evidence of her guilt in an attempt to gain her cooperation, but Maggie insists on her innocence. Chastising himself for falling for the ploys of a master spy, he continues to interrogate her, but the more time he spends with her, the more he begins to doubt that her innocence, fear, and frustration are a ploy, as well as the harder it becomes to ignore the temptation of her body.
Soon, he not only begins to work to clear Maggie’s name, but also allows himself to give into their attraction. When more details come in, however, Luke becomes convinced that Maggie is yet again lying to him, and once again begins treating her as a suspect.
Heartbroken by Luke’s mistrust and casual disregard for their budding relationship, she escapes, determined to prove her innocence in the only way she knows how — by capturing the notorious Viper herself!
Overall, this was an incredibly fun read with just the right amount of sexual tension. A heroine whose prim facade was a result of her situation rather than lack of personality, a hero who can’t help but resist the one woman he knows he should avoid at all costs, and an exciting mystery with both espionage and just enough of a sci-fi element to appeal to the geek in all of us lead me to a solid final rating of 4/5 Stars(less)
Expected Release Date: July 19, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequ...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 19, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Presents Author’s Website: http://www.lynnegraham.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Volakis Vow Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot Years ago, Tally’s mother tried to trap a tycoon into marriage by intentionally getting pregnant. Unfortunately for her, he didn’t succumb to her machinations, and instead merely provided for Tally, whom he considers to be his dirty little secret. When he asks her for the favor of watching out for her half sister at a house party, she reluctantly goes along, even though the 17-year old resents her presence, and refuses to acknowledge her as family. Instead, Tally is forced to pose as her sister’s “assistant”, and is treated as little better than a servant amongst her sister’s rich friends.
Sander Volakis is an independent man. His older brother was the apple of his parents’ eye, and nothing he could do ever compared to his paragon sibling. When his brother dies, Sander is forced back into the family fold to help with the business that is floundering under his late brother’s control, and when his father insists that he attend a house party thrown by the family of his deceased brother’s fiance, he can do little but simply go along with the plan.
As soon as Tally sees Sander, she’s mesmerized. His physique and presence awaken dormant feelings of desire for the first time in her life, and the fact that he seems taken by her is a huge ego boost as well. Despite the fact that she has never been with a man, she begins to feel a connection to Sander, and gives herself to him in what turns out to be a very dissatisfying and even humiliating experience.
Put off of physical intimacy completely by that horrible experience, she walks away from Sander and never intends to look back. Unfortunately for her, he is intrigued by the woman who refuses to be enraptured by him, and sets out to seduce her. When she bluntly informs him that she expects exclusivity from any man that she has a relationship with, he’s furious because he thinks she’s just like other women who try to pin him down. He quickly realizes though, that if he wants to pursue their attraction, he’ll have to make concessions, and agrees that so long as he’s still interested in her, he will remain exclusive.
Their relationship progresses until one night, Tally catches him kissing and caressing another (more beautiful and sophisticated) woman and walks out on him. Of course, things are never that simple, as she soon discovers that he’s left behind more than just her broken heart — she’s pregnant! I was a little surprised as to just how much I enjoyed this one. The angst was absolutely delicious and the love scenes were incredibly hot. You could feel the chemistry between the two of them, and their explosive liaisons never disappointed. I really adored how the fact that she was a powerful man’s daughter came into play, and how her having hidden that fact initially made things that much worse in Sander’s eyes.
It is absolutely killing me that this book is actually part of a duet, because it ended on such a happy note that I felt that the story was complete. Instead, the next book (due out in August in the US) opens with Tally and Sander getting a divorce! This knowledge detracted greatly from my satisfaction with the ending, and while I’m sure that Bride For Real will end in a HEA, I’m not sure that I’ll be able to trust it when it comes.
Overall, however, this was a delightful read. Full of melodramatic angst and misunderstandings just like all of my favorite Harlequin Presents novels, I would highly recommend this one for fans of accidental pregnancies, heroes who are blackmailed into marriage, and affairs that end on a sour note yet turn into a sweet love.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harleq...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Presents Author’s Website: http://www.eharlequin.com/author.html... My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: No Steam Level: Hot
I’ve read a lot of category romances in my time. One thing that we all love is the ruthless tycoon (or prince or sheikh of course) whose arrogance and physical desire for the heroine makes him run roughshod over her, giving her a taste of incredible passion before reluctantly falling in love. Sometimes there’s amnesia, sometimes there’s blackmail, or even secret babies, but in the end, it’s the arrogance and incredible abilities as a lover that we enjoy reading about. While this does follow the “standard” formula for a HP — virgin heroine is blackmailed into being the mistress of a powerful tycoon, and of course the couple discovers incredible passion together — there are enough deviations from the standard to make this a very refreshing read.
I have to say, this is one of the most enjoyable HP’s that I’ve read, and that’s saying something. There was still deliciously hot UST and lovemaking, and enough of the HP standby’s to appeal to fans of the genre, but Sally’s power in the relationship, and the fact that Zac grovels so wonderfully in the end made all the difference for me. A very cheerful 4/5 Stars(less)
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Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Presents Extra Author’s Website: http://www.maiseyyates.com/ My Source for This Book: eHarlequin Part of a Series: Yes, Kings of the Desert (sequel to An Accidental Birthright) Series Best Read in Order: Works well as a standalone. Steam Level: Hot
We met Princess Isabella very briefly in An Accidental Birthright, also released this month from Harlequin Presents. Raised knowing from a young age that love would play no part in the arranged marriage that she’d been groomed for since birth, Isabella has never known any freedom. From what to wear, where to go, what to eat, she’s never been allowed to make her own decisions. Two months before her arranged political marriage to a man she’s never even met, she escapes to Paris, desperate for even the smallest taste of freedom and a chance to discover who she really is before falling back into a role that dictates she live to please everyone but herself.
Her freedom is very shortlived, however, when the sexy Adham appears on her hotel doorstep, sent by her sheikh fiancée to retrieve her before she can cause a scandal that will shame him and put their political alliance at risk. Adham wants absolutely nothing to do with the spoiled principessa, whose “poor little rich girl” attitude makes his blood boil. Unfortunately for Adham, it’s not only anger that he feels for the runaway princess, but also a fierce attraction that he must fight, for she is destined for his brother…
As with any Harlequin Presents, there’s a lot of avoidable angst, but I really do love a Poor Little Rich Girl story. Add to that Adham, with his intense code of personal honor and his struggles to avoid falling in love with her, and I was in melodrama heaven.
This is only the second Maisey Yates book that I have read, but from my experience with both this and An Accidental Birthright, I can confidently say that I will be reading more of her in the future. A very cheerful 5/5 Stars, highly recommended for fans of Sheikh HP novels.(less)
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harleq...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Presents Author’s Website: http://www.maiseyyates.com/ My Source for This Book: eHarlequin Part of a Series: Yes, Prequel to The Inherited Bride Steam Level: Steamy
All Alison wanted was to be a mother. Having seen the devastation caused by the divorce of her parents, she’s never allowed herself to get close enough to a man to experience a serious relationship, let alone to marry and have children. For the past several years, she’s prepared herself mentally, financially, and physically to undergo an IVF procedure to fertilize one of her eggs with the sperm of a carefully selected donor. When the procedure finally succeeds, she’s horrified to learn that a mixup at the IVF clinic has resulted in her being impregnated not by the anonymous donor she’d selected, but by another man entirely. Since Alison is a carrier for the Cystic Fibrosis gene, she knows she must contact this man in order to find out if he’s ever been screened, and if her unborn child is at risk of contracting the terrible disease that took her sister at an early age.
Years ago, Maximo and his now-deceased wife longed for a child. When tests revealed that she would require fertility treatments, he was quick to donate in order to fertilize his wife’s eggs. After a tragic accident took the life of his young wife, he never contacted the clinic to dispose of his sperm, and now due to a mixup, Alison has been impregnated, and he’s going to be a father!
Unbeknown to Alison, Maximo isn’t just a random stranger — he’s the crown prince of Turan! Now she must marry this stranger, else her child will be born a royal bastard, complete with the social stigma and denial of his or her birthright and inheritance.
Although the premise was one that I’d never read before, it was still pretty standard HP fare. A virgin heroine, marriage for the sake of the baby, middle-class heroine, super rich/powerful hero, and a hero who refused to fall in love because he’d been emotionally drained and damaged from his previous marriage. That said, the simple fact that the pregnancy came before Max and Alison had even met made this one much more intriguing. Add to that the fact that Alison wanted to keep Max at a distance, both physically and emotionally, and I found this a very entertaining read. I really enjoyed Ms. Kates’ writing style, and was very glad to discover that Max’s sister, Isabella, also gets her own story.
Expected Release Date: May 31, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Autho...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 31, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://www.lorifoster.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2 – Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor Series Best Read In Order: Would work well as a standalone. Steam Level: Hot
Oh how I wanted to like this book. I adore Lori Foster, and typically enjoy her romantic suspense novels. Foster has a way of writing the tough gamma male in a way that makes you want to throw yourself into dangerous situations in hope of someday meeting a man like one of her heroes.
That said, this book just wasn’t for me.
I actually found it hard to finish this one. By constantly having one of my pet peeves in romance played out over and over, I couldn’t really get into this one.
I am still a fan of Lori Foster, and I have to say that she definitely writes both action and romance in a way that keeps you glued to the page, but in this particular case, this book was simply not for me.
Other readers who aren’t put off by that particular literary device will likely thoroughly enjoy this book, so definitely take my review with a grain of salt.
That said, however, I’m unfortunately going to have to rate this one a 1.5/5, as I just truly didn’t enjoy it.
*** ORIGINAL REVIEW AS POSTED IN MARCH 2011: Normally I don't review books this far ahead of the publishing date. However, I think it's very important that I clarify the reasoning behind my low rating.
This is THE big negative for me — one of my top pet peeves in romance. I hate when a modest heroine is forced to be naked in front of others. Hate, hate, hate this literary device in romance novels.
I can count five instances where our modest, virginal heroine, ends up naked or sexually humiliated in front of someone.
Other readers who aren’t put off by that particular literary device will likely thoroughly enjoy this book, so definitely take my rating with a grain of salt.
My final rating? 1.5/5
Full review will be posted in May, closer to the release date. (less)
Nothing could tempt widower Ward Miller from his self-imposed seclusion. U...moreFull review available on The Romanceaholic
From the Mini-Series: The Takeover
Nothing could tempt widower Ward Miller from his self-imposed seclusion. Until the private celebrity met his new “handler,” the beautiful, no-nonsense Ana Rodriguez. While he’d only stepped back into the spotlight for the worthy charity Ana ran, having her by his side was the benefit he truly wanted.
She claimed she’d never fall for a musician—being starstruck wasn’t her style. But that wouldn’t stop Ward. Ana made him want things he hadn’t wanted in much too long. So he’d pursue her…and with one kiss turn the tables on this innocent, leaving her begging for his touch.
Oh, I know, the title is simply awful. Romance lovers should not allow that to prevent them from reading this sweet little story, however.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. There was only one real love scene and it was fairly “tame” for a Harlequin Desire, which to be honest was a rather nice change from some Harlequins where it seems the hero and heroine can’t do anything but fall into bed together. For less than $4 on eHarlequin, I couldn’t resist snapping up this book, and would recommend it to any Harlequin fan as a tasty little summer read. 4/5 Stars(less)