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
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Readers who follow me here on Goodreads may remember that I gave The Ugly Duchess, featuring Griffin’s cousin, James, a pretty harsh review considering how much I typically enjoy Eloisa James books. The biggest thing was that I blasted James for his infidelity, especially when he initially appeared remorseless about it.
However, even though Griffin was much more promiscuous than James, and just as married at the time, the infidelity in this story is off-camera and most importantly, before the story begins. Plus, I think it helps that he and Phoebe never actually consummated their marriage to begin with. For some reason, it was much easier for me to get past it in this one.
I really enjoyed this one. My biggest issue was the speed of the “romance”. Phoebe and James literally known each other approximately 48 hours (even though they’ve been married over a decade), and they’re bringing out the I Love You’s before the novella ends? I’ve never been able to buy that sort of thing in romance, and this was no exception.
Even so, this was a very well written, very entertaining novella that reminded me again why I enjoy reading Ms. James’ works.
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 petCute 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. ...more
Expected Release Date: December 27, 2011 (Available Now) Publisher: HarpeThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: December 27, 2011 (Available Now) Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.eloisajames.com/ My Source for This Book: Wal-Mart Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Fairy Tales Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Cute and sweet and funny and exciting and sexy and occasionally heartbreaking, I loved Quin, and of course was all about Oliva, with her overweight figure and bawdy sense of humor. For the most part, the story was quite lighthearted, even when things looked to be quite serious, and there were only a few spots that I didn’t really care for.
I loved the dynamic between Olivia and her sister, and the angst caused by the forbidden romance between her and Quin, as well as the excitement that happened later in the book.
Overall, I would recommend this to fans of realistically sized heroines, forbidden romance, and unconventional heroes.
Expected Release Date: June 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarlequinThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Historical Author’s Website: http://www.margueritekaye.com/ My Source for This Book: eHarlequin.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Princes of the Desert Series Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
I have a confession to make: I adore Sheikh stories. They’re a total guilty pleasure of mine. I also happen to love historicals, so when I saw that this was not only a Sheikh story but an historical Sheikh story, I knew I had to snag it.
Luckily for me, it quite lived up to my expectations. Having several of my favorite (and guilty pleasure) tropes, there was plenty of drama and angst, but also wonderful sensuality and of course the lovely exotic backdrop of a Middle Eastern country that is a main reason to read Sheikh stories.
Celia was a strong heroine, without being blatantly “modern” — she was uncomfortable at first in the native garb of pants and a tunic and the idea of no corset, and she was appalled at the idea of being installed into a harem, or even bathing in front of other women. Ramiz, as well, was “progressive” without completely ignoring the traditional male roles of the period. He was astonished at the idea of sharing political conversations with a female, and while he was strongly attracted to Celia, I think it was a while before he truly saw her as more than just a “woman”.
While I do wish it had been a bit longer, and perhaps had been a tiny bit more realistic ending, overall I greatly enjoyed this story. A very solid 4/5 Stars...more
Expected Release Date: December 9, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Self-This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: December 9, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Self-Published Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: www.courtneymilan.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book #3, Turner Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
I do think that for the most part, this book works well as a standalone. However, there’s just enough interaction with the rest of the Turner family and previously introduced characters that I do think new readers may feel a little lost at parts, as they will be missing out on the histories and nuances of the family and their relationships.
If I absolutely had to choose from the Turner brothers, I think Smite would be my favorite, though I admit it would be a close call. I have been anxiously awaiting Smite’s story ever since I was lucky enough to pick up the first book in this series, Unveiled, and was so thrilled to discover that it was everything I’d hoped it would be.
Inner turmoil from Smite’s abusive childhood, emotional distance from the family that desperately wants to include him, the rude comments he must endure due to his determination to give everyone an equal chance in the courts, and the way he tried to hold himself apart emotionally from Miranda was delicious.
Overall, I absolutely adored it. While I was a bit put off momentarily by Miranda’s easy acceptance of his offer to make her his mistress, I quickly got past that, and simply enjoyed watching them both lead each other on a merry chase. Throw in Smite’s interesting family dynamics, and the mystery surrounding The Patron, and this easily became an outstanding read.
Expected Release Date: September 20, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarThis 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...more
Expected Release Date: December 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: GranThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceacholic.
Expected Release Date: December 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Imprint: Forever Author’s Website: http://larissaione.com/ My Source for This Book: Won in a contest/Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Lords of Deliverance (a spin-off of the Demonica series) Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
I was so incredibly torn with this book when trying to come up with a final rating. On one hand, it’s a favorite series of mine, so of course the underlying plot grabbed my by the privates and wouldn’t let me go. I also enjoyed Limos with all of her different faces — innocent, loving and loyal sister, warrior, liar, manipulator, and woman. Erik was wonderful as well, with not only his strength in refusing to break under torture but also his desire for revenge, and how he came to care for Limos despite his disappointment and anger with her. Then of course, there’s the byplay with Reaver and Harvester (and c’mon, I can’t be the only sick puppy who sincerely hopes they end up together in the end, can I?), and Reseph/Pestilence and the possibly futile hope that there may be a way to bring him back. The delicious sexual tension between two other characters was deliciously hot, and there was plenty of angst to be had.
On the other hand, there was the rape of a major character (though to be fair some readers may feel it was more of a case of “dubious consent”) — something that I truly want to rant about for several paragraphs but cannot without giving away spoilers. There was very little chemistry and sexual tension between Limos and Erik until the very end of the story. There was so much gore and horror and action and torture that I found myself becoming bored with major injuries instead of sympathetic or concerned for the characters in question.
So in the end, this was not a 5-star book for me, no matter how much I adore the series as a whole and am in love with Ms. Ione’s writing style and world-building. However, so much of the book’s positive points are a large collection of small things that I cannot mention them all without actually retelling the story or giving major spoilers. While it may, at first glance, appear that there are more negative points in my review than positive, that’s certainly not the case. The book absolutely sucked me in, chewed me up, and spit me out, leaving me begging for more. Despite any misgivings I may have had about a few points in this story, I am already anxiously awaiting the sequel, Lethal Rider, due out in late spring of 2012.
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Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Penguin Group Imprint: Putnam Adult Author’s Website: http://www.amandaquick.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Looking Glass Trilogy Book 2 (Book 11 Arcane series) Series Best Read in Order: Yes, but works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
For readers who are unfamiliar with Amanda Quick, this is actually the historical pen name for contemporary author Jayne Anne Krentz (who also writes futuristic novels under the name Jayne Castle, and has older contemporaries under the name Stephanie James).
This book was standard JAK fare. Long-time readers will recognize The Formula she uses to write her novels, the abuse of the word “psychical”, and the delicious intensity and social awkwardness of the hero. Despite the fact that it was predictable, and in some ways painfully similar to many of her other books, I still enjoyed it.
Virginia is a spinster who makes a living using her psychic powers to view the dead using mirrors. Due to the fact that she makes a living using her talent, she, and others like her, are frowned upon by the prestigious Arcane Society. She therefore has aligned herself with the Leybrook Institute, which employs a few real talents such as herself, but also unfortunately includes quite a few charlatans as well.
Owen is a Sweetwater. Fans of the Arcane series will recognize the name, but never fear, if you’re new to the series, you will soon figure the important parts out. Owen is investigating the murders of several other glasslight talents, and initially associates with Virginia in order to pursue the killer. Soon, however, he finds himself overwhelmingly attracted to Ginny, for both her talent, her intelligence and of course, her unconventional beauty.
All in all, a very uncomplicated, decent read. Those new to the series shouldn’t have too much trouble following along, as JAK does a very good job of explaining things in each novel. In the end, I wasn’t blown away but I still enjoyed it, so my final rating is 3.5/5 Stars....more
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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...more
**spoiler alert** I'm reminded again why I adore Cynthia Eden.. I first discovered her as an author in the Everlasting Bad Boys anthology with her sho**spoiler alert** I'm reminded again why I adore Cynthia Eden.. I first discovered her as an author in the Everlasting Bad Boys anthology with her short story, Spellbound, and immediately fell in love with her writing style.
The Vampire's Kiss is no exception. It had the "fated mates" vibe without the absolute sense of unavoidable destiny, which was refreshing, and I loved the little twist as to why Savannah's mind was different than all the other humans that William had experience with. The romance was hot without being overwhelming to the story, and I really enjoyed the parts where William helped to teach Savannah all the new vampy things she needed to know after her transformation.
Even though I figured out the last twist in the book right when it was first presented, it was still a good one and IMHO definitely added to the HEA.
I was really hoping for a sequel for a certain character that really deserves a HEA, but from my understanding there hasn't been one nor is there one in the works. Boo hiss.
Strong characters, an action-driven plot that keeps you on your toes, and plenty of twists to keep your interest earned this one a solid 4 1/2 Stars....more
**spoiler alert** I'm mildly ashamed to admit that I liked this book lol
First things first, let's get the major point of contention out of the way.
The**spoiler alert** I'm mildly ashamed to admit that I liked this book lol
First things first, let's get the major point of contention out of the way.
Their first sexual encounter, if not strictly "rape", was most definitely "dubious consent"... Honestly I'm leaning towards the "rape" designation, as seen in my keywords. He doesn't physically force her, but when a man tells you to get naked and get in the bed or else he'll have his men come and forcibly undress you, that's rape.
I still liked the book *hangs head in shame*
It was nice to find out that while Alex hadn't been a saint, that a lot of his previous reputation was exaggerated, and it was plain to see that he was actually devoted to Natasha...
Of course, it earned a spot on my notorious "oh noes u saw me nekkid" shelf, which is, as some of you may know, a pet peeve of mine... I can't stand when a hero sees a heroine naked without her knowledge or consent -- drives me bonkers but it seems to be so popular in romances for some reason. Get a clue authors -- that's not sexy!
*clears throat* Er. Sorry. Soapbox issue and all that..
Anyway, Natasha earned a place on the TSTL shelf because she actually went along with her brothers' scheme to begin with *facepalm* Yeah sooooo wouldn't have happened in real life, but hey, it's an HP -- that's why we read them, true?
And yeah, I guessed what the sister's deal was waaaaaaaay back in the beginning, though I didn't have the specifics quite worked out in my head.
Yes, it was contrived. Yes, it was melodramatic, and yes, the ending was way too neat and pretty, but that's all part of being an HP. You wouldn't read them if you didn't enjoy a bit of a literary soap opera, now would you? :D
So despite all the negatives, I have to say that overall it was an enjoyable read.
I think I would have enjoyed it more had it been the first Samantha James novel that I'd read, but having just finished Gabriel's Bride, I couldn't heI think I would have enjoyed it more had it been the first Samantha James novel that I'd read, but having just finished Gabriel's Bride, I couldn't help but notice the bajillion similarities between the books. There were even several instances where it seemed that she'd taken phrases and just copy/pasted them into the other text.
Ahh well. It was still an enjoyable story. Thus far, I've found her books to be very similar to books written by Elizabeth Rolls, in that there's always a ton of angst caused by characters being too quick to judge and too locked into their preconceptions (and refusing to be adults and just sit down and have an actual conversation for once).
Her books do seem to contain quite a bit of dubious consent (meaning some readers might perceive one or more sexual encounters to be rape situations), so sensitive readers should keep that in mind....more