This is book #3 in the Geek Girls series. I actually had no idea that this was part of a series when I requested it. No wonder Ella took time travel iThis is book #3 in the Geek Girls series. I actually had no idea that this was part of a series when I requested it. No wonder Ella took time travel in stride!
I really loved the way that the author constantly showed the differences between the two timelines. Throughout the book Ella kept her modern personality and never lapsed into ordinary speech patterns the way some characters in other time travel romances do.
Ella was funny and smart. She was exactly the type of character that I love and I easily connected with her. Patrick was a bit of a jerk sometimes but I couldn't help but like him.
This was a sweet romance story with a little bit of angst thrown in. The writing was excellent and I loved the story line.
I'm going to read the first few books in the series for sure. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves geeky girls, historical romance, or time travel.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for sending me an ARC. ...more
This was another amazing book by Jordan L. Hawk. I'm really impressed with her writing. Most books of this genre focus on the romance and leave the plThis was another amazing book by Jordan L. Hawk. I'm really impressed with her writing. Most books of this genre focus on the romance and leave the plot full of holes or sometimes abandon it altogether. Restless Spirits was a perfect balance of romance and plot and Ms. Hawk obviously spent a lot of time thinking things through.
This was also a book about racism and discrimination. The characters weren't white-washed. There was a Native American man, an African American girl, and (view spoiler)[a transgendered person (hide spoiler)] in a time period when people like them were thought to be of less worth than anyone else. And Jordan L. Hawk handled it perfectly. Bravo!
All of the characters were amazing. I loved Henry and Vincent and their relationship felt natural to me. Even the side characters were fleshed-out and they added a lot to the story. I just saw that this is meant to be a series and I'm looking forward to seeing more of these characters in the future.
*Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for sending me a free copy for review*
I love Celeste Bradley. She has been on my favorite author list for year*Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for sending me a free copy for review*
I love Celeste Bradley. She has been on my favorite author list for years because of her Liar's Club and Royal Four series. There were several characters from those series that make an appearance in this book, which I enjoyed a lot. Button will always be welcome!
With This Ring ended up only being about 3 stars for me, which is still a pretty good rating. I have a difficult time connecting with some heroines, especially when they are stubborn and headstrong. Elektra had her reasons for being the way she was, but she still irritated me to no end. She uses people and manipulates them to get her way, and since she is so focused on her family she convinces herself that it is all worth it. She didn't seem overly concerned when her actions caused hardship for other people. Even so, she softened toward the end and seeing her through Aaron's eyes helped me to understand her more.
Aaron himself was a good character. He was honorable and trying to make up for his past mistakes. I loved the relationship with his friend because it showed the reader exactly how far he's come since he was an arrogant young man.
I'm glad I read this book and I would definitely read more from this series in the future. Celeste Bradley still remains one of my favorite authors. ...more
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I've read several books by Grace Burrowes and I've never been disappointed by a *Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me an ARC for review*
I've read several books by Grace Burrowes and I've never been disappointed by any of them. Each book is fresh and interesting, with a writing style that leaves no question why Mrs. Burrowes is one of the most well-known romance writers.
At first, I was concerned because I didn't quite love the way the book began. It starts in the middle of a conversation between the two main characters and I wish there was a bit more of a lead-in. After that, though, the book really takes off. It is a wonderful story with amazing characters.
Noah Winters is dark and brooding (exactly the type of hero I love) but he is also affectionate and shy. I really loved the way his character was written. He was given a heroine who deserved him.
Thea was very brave and sweet. She has moved on from her past and done the best she could to care for her family. I'm glad this honorable woman was given such a wonderful hero. The romance between the two was very believable.
The two of them had a rocky start and had to build their trust over time, given the fact that (view spoiler)[ Thea wasn't a virgin on their wedding night and Noah was understandably upset. He is a duke, after all. (hide spoiler)]
This actually made them take longer to get to know each other and made their love stronger, imo.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves romance, and I'd also recommend it to anyone who wants to give romance a try. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
*I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley*
I haven't read the two previous books in the series, but after reading Never Surrender To A Scoun*I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley*
I haven't read the two previous books in the series, but after reading Never Surrender To A Scoundrel I'm going to remedy that right away. I loved this book!
The characters seemed very real to me. Anyone who's read my other reviews knows that good characterization is something I look for most in a book. I was very pleasantly surprised with this one. The plot itself touched on something that isn't usually mentioned in romance (view spoiler)[(the heroine carrying someone else's baby) (hide spoiler)] and I like that the author didn't shy away from it.
Clarissa made a terrible mistake, one that is forgivable considering that she is young and naïve. I loved that she picked herself up and moved on and tried to make the best of her situation. And she did it in such a way that I began to admire her quite a bit. She is sweet and strong, never tempestuous like most romance heroines turn out to be. I adored her.
Dominick (or Donovan, since I think the name was changed before publication?) was everything I love in a hero. He's the very definition of tall, dark, and handsome with an extra helping of dangerous. Yum.
This book had everything: great romance, well thought-out plot, and great characters.
I'd recommend it to anyone who reads romance. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
It's been a while since I've read any historical romance. I gave up on them for a while because every heroine I*I received an ARC copy via Netgalley*
It's been a while since I've read any historical romance. I gave up on them for a while because every heroine I came across irritated me to no end. It was like every author went out of their way to make them stubborn as a mule and TSTL.
I didn't know what to expect when I requested In Bed With A Rogue, but I was sure that I was going to have the same issue with the heroine as I usually do. I was very pleasantly surprised to find a heroine who wasn't TSTL, and I was overjoyed when the author put her in several situations when it would have been easy for Helena to act stupidly. And then she used her head and communicated with her friends! She was very independent and intelligent and while she didn't let Sebastian run roughshod over her, she also didn't act stubborn just for the sake of it.
Sebastian has to be one of my all-time favorite heroes. He is a very sweet man who cares very deeply for his family and isn't afraid to show it. He has a wicked sense of humor and I loved hearing about his past antics. He was the absolute perfect hero to match with Helena.
The absolute best thing about this book was the communication between the two characters. They discussed their feelings and their fears. It made their love more believable and real for me.
The only problem I have is that the book's synopsis makes Sebastian sound like a scoundrel who uses Helena's secret to get her in bed with him, and that may be off-putting to some people.
Definitely a book I would recommend for people who love historical romance. ...more
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley*
This one fell a little flat for me. I was expecting more and I think I just got m*I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley*
This one fell a little flat for me. I was expecting more and I think I just got my hopes up. I feel like I didn't get to know the characters well and I couldn't connect with them at all. Their relationship didn't feel believable to me and I was beginning to wonder what they saw in each other that made them profess their love. For me, they were just flat and one-dimensional.
The worldbuilding was interesting and I liked the steampunk aspect. The machines that the prospectors used to carry their gear over the passes were very unique and I just wished we could have learned more about them.
I probably would given this book a higher rating if I had been able to like the characters more. In a book that focuses mostly on the relationship between two characters, that is very important to me.
I am still a fan of L.A. Witt and look forward to reading her next book!
*I received a free copy for review from the publishers via Netgalley*
I really enjoyed this one! The synopsis was intriguing enough that I requested i *I received a free copy for review from the publishers via Netgalley*
I really enjoyed this one! The synopsis was intriguing enough that I requested it from Netgalley a while back. Quite a while back, if I'm being honest here. It's my mission this year to read most (or all) of my Netgalley books. Since this book was one of my earliest requests I started here.
Since this book has a "big misunderstanding" theme, I expected a lot more fighting and tantrums. It was surprising that the main characters actually behaved like adults and had an honest to God conversation! That made my rating go up immediately. I love some angst now and then, but mostly I like when the characters are mature enough to work things out.
I loved the plot and the writing. It was interesting, and while it was slightly unbelievable at times, I thought the author did a great job.
The characters were especially well-written. I loved Victor and his loyalty to Isa even when he was under a lot of pressure. Isa herself was strong and courageous. I loved the interactions between the two of them.
I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to read a good romance. ...more
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There are certain things that I've come to expect from any book written by AleksandrI received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.
There are certain things that I've come to expect from any book written by Aleksandr Voinov: Historical settings with incredible attention to detail, characters that are unique and complex each in their own way, and the emotional impact of a battering ram. This book was no exception. I haven't read much by L.A. Witt, so that's probably why I can't 'hear' her voice as well as Aleksandr's. They worked so well together that the story is as seamless as if it were written by one person.
The setting is France during the last year of World War II. From what I've heard, Aleksandr is a WWII nut and it definitely shows. I was drawn in immediately because of the attention to detail and the way the setting was described so vividly. Everything from the uniforms, the weapons, the landscape...it was written so perfectly that I could easily imagine being there.
What really made the book a five star read was the tension between characters who are so different on the outside but are really quite similar at the heart of things. Their interactions are filled with a mixture of hatred, confusion, compassion, and longing. John's interrogations and Hagen's reactions put so much psychological tension in the mix that I just couldn't put the book down. I loved every bit of the story because it never let me stop feeling. I was a big emotional mess until the end and I wanted to reread it as soon as I was done. I could go on all day just trying to explain how much Unhinge the Universe made me feel.
I'm so happy that I was able to read this one. Bravo, Mr. Voinov and Mrs. Witt....more
Why do I do this to myself?? I stopped reading anything by Stephanie Laurens a while ago, but for some reason I picked this up when I saw it in the liWhy do I do this to myself?? I stopped reading anything by Stephanie Laurens a while ago, but for some reason I picked this up when I saw it in the library. And nothing has changed. The heroine in every Stephanie Laurens book I've read is so ridiculously stubborn, I want to pull my hair out.
I don't know about anyone else, but I don't want my heroines to be prissy little shrews. A woman can be independent and strong without having to bend every man to her will, or go against everything anyone else says. Here's how these books tend to go:
Hero: "Don't jump off of that cliff, you'll kill yourself on the rocks below." Heroine: "You can't tell me what to do!" Heroine jumps off the cliff. Hero: "Thank god."
This one wasn't quite as bad as some of the other Cynster books, but it was still enough to be extremely frustrating.
Plot-wise, it was ok...not incredibly original, but there were some good moments. Unfortunately, when you actually are wishing the heroine will have a fatal accident, the romance aspect of it is lost.
I received this book as a First Reads free giveaway and I was so excited when it finally came. This story was beautifully written. Jessica James showeI received this book as a First Reads free giveaway and I was so excited when it finally came. This story was beautifully written. Jessica James showed both sides of the story, both the Union soldiers who fought for the freedom of the oppressed and the Rebels who fought out of love of their land. Alexander Hunter is a Confederate officer who is fearless in battle and treats his men like brothers. He fights the Union soldiers using bravery, luck, and fear that his reputation has gained. He and his men would rather die than surrender; they laugh in the face of danger and face their deaths with smiles and jokes. Underneath the dirt and grime, Alex is kind and honorable, and his love for his home goes beyond everything. He is also a very well-proportioned and a dashing, handsome man. Very yummy, ladies. Enter Andrea "Andrew" Sinclair: A daring (sometimes overly so) woman who dresses as a man so that she can deliver messages for the Union. Except that she doesn't stop there and she seems to think that she can single-handedly defeat the Confederacy. She is defensive, aggressive, and doesn't listen to anyone whose opinions differ from hers. Her behavior is often very childish, and I found myself dreading the times when she opened her mouth. Andrea is the kind of shrew…ahem, I mean woman…who would rather argue and snarl than talk calmly. A good portion of the book is her starting a fight and Hunter marveling at her quick temper. Please, please, get her away! Hunter more than makes up for this by being pretty much perfect, in a perfectly delicious way. Thankfully, by the end of the book she matures and realizes that not everything is black and white. I did find that the story really gave you a good sense of the time period and what it would be like to live back then. I really felt for both sides, it was an impossible situation and most people only did what they thought was right. History is not my strong suit, so I can’t comment much more on that aspect of the book. There are some twists and several things happen that I didn’t expect at all, so the book really keeps you on your toes, especially toward the end. ...more