I don’t often read contemporary or romantic suspense, but I highly enjoyed this one.
While I admit, it took me a while to warm up to Ellie, there’s noI don’t often read contemporary or romantic suspense, but I highly enjoyed this one.
While I admit, it took me a while to warm up to Ellie, there’s no denying that Pax was scrumptious from the moment he stepped onto the pages. There’s not much that I enjoy more than a deliciously tortured, yet honorable and protective man, and Pax had it in spades.
As for Ellie, I think it was her complete and somewhat willful blindness to the danger that she faced that made me want to shake her so badly. Sure, there were those around her who were taking pains to make sure she was kept in the dark, but even so, considering the trauma she’d faced as a child, I would have hoped that she’d been a little less naive when Very Bad Things started happening around her.
Through most of the book, though, I kept holding my breath, waiting for Ellie to find out that Pax was not exactly who he’d claimed to be, and instead was hired on to protect her from the blackmailer who’d targeted her father, and when the reveal happens, the fallout didn’t disappoint.
I also enjoyed that while the mystery and danger certainly took center stage, this book never had that “heavy” vibe that a lot of romantic suspense suffers from, though plenty of action that kept the story moving along. There was also a wonderful twist, just when I thought I’d figured out the whodunit, that had me gasping.
Of course, I have to mention that I do prefer my romances to be a bit on the steamy side, so the fade-to-black lovin’ isn’t really my style, though I know there are many readers out there who will appreciate it. Even so, I enjoyed the almost whirlwind feel to the romance, and couldn’t wait for them to get their Happily Ever After, which in the end was just as satisfying as I’d hoped.
Overall, this was an excellent debut novel, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what this author has in store for us next.
A very solid 4.5/5 Stars
For the sake of full disclosure and in accordance with FCC regulations, please note that I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review, and that I have personally known this author for several years prior to her pursuing a writing career....more
I'm not a hundred percent certain how I felt about this book. On one hand, I love the series, I loved the characters, and the chemistry was delightfulI'm not a hundred percent certain how I felt about this book. On one hand, I love the series, I loved the characters, and the chemistry was delightful. On the other, the whole supernatural element that came into play with the curse fell a bit flat for me, not due to the writing, but because I'm simply not in the mood for paranormal romance, even when the "paranormal" elements are so light.
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.
Expected Release Date: December 11, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster IThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: December 11, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Star Author’s Website: http://www.meredithduran.com/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, book 0.5, Rules For The Reckless Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Favorite Tropes: Abused Heroine Pet Peeves: Misleading Blurb
This novella was an absolute joy. While I was a little surprised that the blurb seemed to be slightly misleading, it turned out that the resulting story was even better than I had hoped for.
With plenty of adventure, chemistry, heartache, and romance, I was glued to the pages, and even though it was a complete story, I couldn’t help but be a little bit saddened to see it end.
I loved it right up towards the end. Without giving anything away, the whole dynamic of the book changed by one of the hero's actions, and never evenI loved it right up towards the end. Without giving anything away, the whole dynamic of the book changed by one of the hero's actions, and never even apologized to the heroine for any of it. This ended the book on a very sour note for me, and as a result, it's only 3.5/5 Stars.
It was still a good story though, and a full review is to follow. ...more
Expected Release Date: November 29, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A AThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: November 29, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.moirarogers.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the author (Bree) Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Children of the Undying. Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
Clocking in at only around 100 pages, Demon Bait packs quite a bit of punch for what could be considered a relatively low word count. With a captivating universe where evil demons have taken over and the world’s human population has taken to the underground for protection, much of a person’s life is spent in virtual reality. Having blamed summoners for bringing down the scourge of demons, humans live in fear and prejudice against those who may carry demon or summoner blood.
Marci was wonderful. She was a strong character without being bitchy, and Gabe was alpha while still desperately trying to find a balance between his instincts and actual consideration for Marci.
While I do of course wish there’d been a few more details of both the history of the demon/summoner relationship and of the realities of the world outside of the compounds, I still found this an incredibly satisfying read.
As always, the love scenes are steamy without ever feeling gratuitous, and the ending was absolutely perfect.
A delightfully solid 4.5/5 Stars, and I’m very much looking forward to reading the sequel....more
Expected Release Date: February 27, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: HThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.com
Expected Release Date: February 27, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://www.cristamchugh.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm
This was a very sweet, incredibly romantic novella, and I absolutely adored it. While not a sensual romance, the emotion that developed over the course of this love story more than made up for any lack of steam in my opinion.
I really enjoyed the sort of Cinderella story, with Susanna having gone from riches to rags, and then back to riches again, and her own tenacity in dealing with Teddy.
In the end, this was a delightfully romantic, easy read, with just enough conflict to keep things interesting.
Expected Release Date: September 28, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 28, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.elizabethboyle.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com (Kindle) Part of a Series: Yes, Book 7, The Bachelor Chronicles Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone. Steam Level: Steamy
Having been sold off into a horribly unhappy marriage already, the now-widowed Lady Elinor Standon absolutely refuses to allow her greedy step-father to do the same to her youngest sister. Needing to gain guardianship of her sister, Elinor knows she must marry a man powerful enough to stop her step-father, and for this, only a duke will do. Hiring a solicitor to investigate her potential bridegrooms -- and report back any information that might be useful in snagging a duke -- seems to be the most logical course of action. Unfortunately Elinor discovers that her handsome solicitor is exactly what she's always wanted in a husband. Too bad a mere mister will never be enough to prevent her step-father from paying off his debts with her sister's future.
James Tremont, the Duke of Parkerton, is stunned when the impertinent and scandalous widow Standon mistakes him for a solicitor, but circumstances prevent him from correcting her misconception. Blinded by Elinor's beauty and spunk, he soon finds himself entangled in her wild plan to wed a duke, and is both offended and intrigued to find that he himself -- or, that is, the Duke of Parkerton -- is not on her list of potential suitors! Will Elinor be able to forgive his deception, or will Parkerton have unwittingly sent her straight into the arms of a rival?
Lighthearted and funny, this book was exactly what I needed to read right now. A case of mistaken identity, the freedom found in not being yourself, and love at first sight with the most impossible candidate for marriage possible all wound together to create a fun story that left me closing the book with a big smile on my face.
Expected Release Date: February 1, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: BlazThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: February 1, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Blaze Author’s Website: www.cathyyardley.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Player’s Club Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
Player’s Club — a secret organization where members learn to live life to the fullest. The catch? There’s a big emphasis on the “secret” part. So when D-List celebrity Juliana Mayfield decides that joining the elusive Player’s Club can be her big ticket back into the limelight, she cajoles her way into the club, despite founder Lincoln Stone’s intense dislike of media darlings.
Lincoln has his own reasons for keeping the Player’s Club, as well as his own life, a secret from the public and the media, and he sees Juliana as nothing more than an attention-starved poor-little-rich-girl. Vowing to keep an eye on her, he soon discovers that keeping his hands off of her is going to create a bigger challenge.
But when Juliana’s ambitions bring the Player’s Club into the spotlight, is there any way for her to redeem herself in the eyes of the club — and in the eyes of the man she’s fallen in love with?
I’m a huge fan of this series. The entire concept behind the Player’s Club fascinates me, and I adore watching the pledge challenges play out. More than that, however, was the absolutely decadent tension between Juliana and Lincoln, and the lovely angst caused by Juliana’s ambitions.
Recommended for fans of secret societies, high-octane adventure, and sizzling sensuality.
Expected Release Date: March 6, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A AuthorThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: March 6, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.leighlavalle.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
I was very surprised to learn that Ms. LaValle is a debut author — with intense chemistry and beautiful romance, with a dash of action and a pinch of mystery, this book felt as though it had been written by someone with far more experience. I loved the idea of Maize having joined in with a highway robber as a Robin Hood of sorts, and of Trent, the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire being the one determined to get the truth from her.
Maize’s stubbornness against Trent’s own determination to get the truth from her made for a lovely amount of tension between the two, and when coupled with the absolutely palpable chemistry, it made for an explosive combination.
Overall, this was a highly enjoyable read. While I did figure out the “twist” fairly early on, I found that the romance more than made up for it, as did the excitement and drama of the ending.
Recommended for fans of enemies to lovers, secret identities, and historical heroines who refuse to be held back by society’s strictures.
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.
Expected Release Date: August 30, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: MiraThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 30, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Mira Author’s Website: http://pamelamorsi.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm
Erica Bentley has a picture-perfect 9-year marriage and a beautiful young son. Now that her son is in school, she's decided to go back into the work force to help alleviate her daily boredom and to bring in some more money, while her devoted husband Tom works hard in their custom car restoration business.
Really not "getting" Tom's passion about cars, she is nevertheless completely supportive of his passion and finds joy in his joy. The small things, such as not having money to redecorate, or to drive a nicer car, or even to replace the washing machine that is constantly on the fritz, matter very little to Erica because she is so content with her life and her husband.
When the gossiping biddies at Erica's job continue to harp on the idea that there's no such thing as a faithful man, however, Erica starts noticing all sorts of "warning signs" -- a credit card in Tom's name that she didn't know about, late nights at work, and even his showering at the shop -- all things that are unusual. Her paranoia starts to grow when she begins to sense that Tom is lying about certain things, and she begins to do some investigating on her own. While all evidence seems circumstantial, Erica can't help but to think that her perfect life is starting to slip through her fingers...
I loved this book. I'm not usually one for "straight" contemporaries, where couples deal with real life problems, but it was only a few pages before I was drawn into Erica and Tom's world, and only a few chapters before I knew I wouldn't be able to put it down.
Even though there was a lot of foreshadowing, and readers knew what would be coming next whenever a character made a certain choice, the story never dragged. Ms. Morsi did a beautiful job of capturing the very real stress and emotions involved when a stay at home mom suddenly re-enters the workforce, when a husband feels forced to lie (even if just by omission) to cover for a friend, and when family pressures and expectations start to wear on a couple.
While I myself am completely ignorant about cars, I couldn't help but enjoy all of the details about the classic cars and Tom's business, including the entire storyline about Clara herself.
Sweet, sexy, funny, and poignant all at once, The Bentleys Buy a Buick easily tops my list of favorite contemporary romances of 2011.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Blaze AuThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Blaze Author’s Website: http://www.vickilewisthompson.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Sons of Chance Miniseries Series Best Read In Order: No Steam Level: Hot
This is actually two books in one — Cowboys Like Us followed by the full-length story, Notorious.
The main book, Cowboys Like Us, follows Logan Carswell, who is a self-proclaimed “washed up baseball star”, after sustaining a serious knee injury during a game. Unable to play any longer, he finds himself adrift, with his girlfriend having left him now that he’s no longer a pro-ball “star”, his big-league friends rarely returning his phone calls, and the only career path available seeming to be sportscasting, which is something he simply can’t see himself doing.
Leaving Chicago behind for a few days to attend a friend’s wedding, Logan can’t even relax in the manner to which he’s become accustomed — the prescription painkillers that allowed him to dance at the reception can’t be mixed with alcohol, and being in a small town prevents him from hooking up with even the most willing of women, because he can’t bring himself to leave a woman behind to face the small-town judgement that would result in her having had a weekend fling with him.
However, his plans to behave are obliterated when he meets Caro Davis, the wholesome yet sexy bartender who has forgotten how to relax since her grandmother has moved to an assisted living community. With her grandmother and her job literally taking all of her time, she hasn’t had time for men, but when it becomes clear that the incredibly hot Logan Carswell is interested, well, all bets are off.
While Caro’s belief that she wouldn’t be subject to pity after Logan left annoyed me, I found her determination to engage in an affair and let the rest of the town go hang was a bit refreshing. I also loved that Logan was a gentleman from the start, even though he intended for their time together to be a simple fling.
I think the fact that this was actually two books in one threw me off, and made me feel as though the ending were rushed, even though it really wasn’t. I still had so many pages left before the end of the book that when the resolution and even epilogue presented itself, I was taken a bit by surprise.
Overall, this was definitely hot little read, perfect for summertime. 3/5 Stars
Keywords: Affair Turns To Love, Bartender, Contemporary, Harlequin Blaze, Professional Athlete, Secret Affair, Small Town, Steam Level: Hot, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Western Romance.
[b]BONUS STORY — Notorious[/b]
Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
Feeling stuck in her small hometown, and suffering from an unrequited crush on the sexy Noah Garfield, nineteen year old Keely Branscom shocked the town (and her family) by posing nude as the centerfold of Macho Magazine. Disgusted with her behavior, her father was understandably angry, but his harsh words were only the nudge Keely needed to leave her podunk town far behind.
Now, years later, Noah is in Vegas for his best friend’s bachelor party and wedding, when he literally bumps into Keely outside of a strip joint. A few arrogant assumptions later, and Noah is determined to play White Knight to Keely’s Damsel in Distress, only Keely isn’t looking for a white knight. Instead, she realizes that this is her only opportunity to exact some revenge on the serious Noah for turning her down when she was younger, and is determined to show him what he’s been missing all these years.
Overall, this one was surprisingly enjoyable. I don’t typically go for such brazen heroines, but the sexual tension and chemistry between Keely and Noah was enough to make the devil sweat. The misunderstanding about her career amused me, as did Noah’s determination to show her that someone could want her for more than just her body, especially when he started to justify his desires to himself by making it sound as though he would be doing her a favor by sleeping with her.
A very easy, sexy read, this too would be perfect for a lazy summer day. 3.5/5 Stars
Keywords: Affair Turns To Love, Childhood Friends to Lovers, Contemporary, Mistaken Identity, Reporter, Secret Identity, Unrequited Love, Harlequin Blaze, Small Town, What Happens In Vegas, Family Issues, Steam Level: Hot, UST Galore, Vicki Lewis Thompson.
This is the first time I’ve read a Harlequin that was essentially two books for the price of one. For less than $4 on the Kindle, you can enjoy both the sexy city-slicker-turned-cowboy Logan, and the staid rodeo rider Noah whose determination to not take advantage of the one woman he wants the most leads to some of the tastiest tension I’ve read in a Harlequin in a while....more
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: AvThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.lynsaysands.net/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Madison Sisters Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Hot
Ever since reading The Countess, I’d been anxious to find out what was going to happen between Suzette and Daniel.
Suzette is an heiress. She and her two sisters have inherited an extensive dower that they will be able to access once they are married. At the insistence of their family, however, they’ve kept it a secret to help keep them safe from fortune hunters. Suzette’s older sister, Christina, married a man in what she thought was a love match, only to discover that he was really only after her money. And to make matters worse, their father has once again gambled away their estate, and the only way to save the family from scandal and ruin is for Suzette to marry immediately so that she may access her dower.
Suzette has learned a lesson from her sister’s unhappy marriage however. Since you cannot count on a love match, the only way Suzette sees to retain power in any marriage is to make her husband dependent on her. She decides to seek out a man desperately in need of her money, who will in turn allow her to keep half of her extensive fortune, and to retain her freedom.
Daniel grew up in poverty. Unlike most people in the same situation, however, his mother insisted on pretending to have a fortune, so society never really suspected. Now, with the help of his best friend Richard, he has gained a true fortune through investments, and yet knows that his fortune is the most attractive feature amongst the marriage-minded mamas determined to marry him off to their daughters.
When Suzette meets Daniel and begins to explain her need for a hasty marriage, she asks him outright if he has money. Thinking that she’s only out for his fortune, and that the quickest way to scare her off is to tell her he is poor, he bends the truth and tells her about his childhood without mentioning his reversal of fortunes. He’s shocked when not only is Suzette thrilled by his apparent poverty, but when she immediately proposed marriage. Even more surprising than that though, is the intense physical attraction and chemistry between them when they end up kissing in the garden after she basically insinuates that he’s no good at kissing (and so of course he has to prove her wrong).
While the first half of the novel being basically a recap from the last story in a different POV would likely help newcomers to the series know what was going on, I still suggest reading The Countess before picking this one up. I thought to myself several times that I was glad that I’d read the first one or else I’d be well and truly lost, since Dicky’s actual death was pretty much glossed over, as was a lot of the plot that Dicky had made (not to mention the fact that the real murderer was never mentioned in this book even though it was revealed in the first).
There were also a few Too Stupid To Live moments on Suzette’s part, but I mostly forgave that simply because the UST was so delicious between the two. Plus, their courtship is pretty much a comedy of errors, which was greatly entertaining, even when you wanted to shake some sense into Suzette.
Overall, the hotness of this story helped to overcome the fact that the first half of it was mainly a recap of the first book and Suzette needed to be smacked on occasion. Recommended for fans of whirlwind romances, tiny lies that spin out of control, and evil plots by villains determined to keep the hero and heroine apart.
Since this is an ARC, I will do my best to avoid spoilers, including in my shelf tags, so please keep in mind that this book would be categorized in at least three extra shelves than are listed (and yes, it's killing me to do that because I know I'll forget to come back after the novel has been released and fix them) :P
What worked for me: *As the back cover says "Her methods may be scandalous" -- scandalous, perhaps, but hilarious. It reminded me in ways of At the Bride Hunt Ball by Olivia Parker (which is an under-appreciated novel in and of itself). I also loved the push and pull between Tristan and Tessa as each attempted to keep the upper hand in the proceedings.
*The UST between the two was delicious, and the carriage scene was smoking!
*I thoroughly enjoyed the girls that Tessa had chosen to vie for Tristan's hand, and especially enjoyed how several of them ended up being much more developed characters rather than the caricatures that Ms. Dreiling could have turned them into.
*The Duchess was awesome! I always enjoy the scheming old "dragons" of the ton, and I also liked how multi-dimensional she was. Ms. Dreiling could've easily played her off as a caricature as well, but chose to give her many sides to her personality rather than the requisite "disapproving relative".
What didn't work for me: *There is indeed a TSTL moment, though not nearly as big a one as some stories might have. Let's just say the heroine is a bit too independent for her own good at times.
*I did figure out what Tessa was keeping from her friends fairly early on, though I suspect with the vast amount of clues given, that was intentional on the author's part.
*The obligatory consummation scene felt just that -- obligatory. It felt like a quicky -- all main event and no foreplay lol As a reader, I like to drowned in UST before a couple gives into their passions, but the final love scene felt much more like Ms. Dreiling was re-reading an edit and said "Hmmm. They're together now officially, so I guess I have to make them scrump." I almost feel as though it would've been more appropriate to have lowered the sensuality rating a wee bit and done everything fade-to-black, though I admit I would've missed the **CENSORED FOR SPOILER** scene had that been the case. ;)
*There were a few instances where Tessa seemed much more experienced or knowledgeable than she should have. Specifically, in one instance, we'll just say she seemed to know a bit more about the mechanics of things than I would've expected from her.
Anything else of note that don't really fall into the "worked/didn't work" categories *The ball at the end was a bit syrupy and almost over-the-top. On the other hand, however, who doesn't dream of a "grand gesture" from their beloved? And I admit, the very last paragraph of the novel made me grin and say "Awwwwww" out loud. Yes, my family thinks I'm insane now :P
*I kid you not, Tristan mentally referred to his wang as "the bad boy in his drawers" (page 255 if you don't believe me lmao). Now, I'm all for creative euphemisms, because I'll be the first to admit that reading the word "penis" in a romance novel makes me twitchy (and not in a good way), but really? Bad Boy?
There were several moments that had me chuckling such as the quote I mentioned in my status update where he chalked the fluttery feeling he got when touching her hand up to indigestion, or when he waved the white flag in the drawing room.
Overall? A very enjoyable, light and easy read. I was actually smiling when I finished the book, and therefore I give it a solid 5 Stars....more
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What worked for me: *Unrequited love plus a revenge plot = epic win in my book
*It was set in the states, and on the east coast, which is a refreshing change for a historical novel
*It. was. angsty. as. faaak. *falls over*
*The writing itself is beautifully done. Rich without being flowery, deep without being dragging. Even when I didn't necessarily agree with where the plotline was going, I was glued to this book.
*The push and pull between our hero and heroine, who desperately didn't want to fall in love with each other but couldn't help but do so. The fact that they both felt guilty about what they'd done/were doing to the other, and the fact that they HAD developed a friendship before they got married in the beginning was lovely.
What didn't work for me: *Plus size heroine loses all the weight and becomes incredibly hot before she gets her man. Bah. Once, JUST ONCE, I'd like to read a book where the hero is initially turned off by the fat chick only to fall in love with her despite her physical appearance not being what he's normally attracted to. Anybody know of a book like that? Bueller? Bueller? Anybody? Bueller?
*The twist with the grandfather -- I really think that WHOLE subplot could've been left out without hurting the story, and it would've shortened it quite a bit.
*I admit, I'm stuck on the divorce. Especially since in those days, divorcing a woman was as good as proclaiming her a harlot and stitching a big fat A on her bodice -- there is no way that he didn't know that divorcing her would hurt her worse than a marriage of convenience. Srsly, this book makes me wish I wrote fanfiction so that I could change the plot so that they never divorced, but that he merely abandoned her or disillusioned her or hell, fell for her chubby arse shortly after marrying her. Or something lol
And yet, despite those things, it was a really fanfrickintastic book. There was just enough comedy to keep things from getting too heavy, and just enough immaturity and angst amongst the main characters to keep me reading.
I'm gonna say 4 1/2 Stars (it'd be five, but dangit just once I want the fat chick to get her man while she's still fat lol) ...more
Really enjoyed it, but I really don't like it when the hero still bangs other women after he's started a relationship with the heroine. Let me be cleaReally enjoyed it, but I really don't like it when the hero still bangs other women after he's started a relationship with the heroine. Let me be clear, he's "courting" her (well, kinda), not like he's vowed his love or proposed or even promised exclusivity, but still. I'm one of those sappy gals who thinks that once the hero meets the heroine, no other gal will do it for him (usually much to his dismay lol)