Courtney Milan doesn't shy from what I consider unusual or unconventional storyline in romance. Sure, we see women's right (or lack thereof) being raiCourtney Milan doesn't shy from what I consider unusual or unconventional storyline in romance. Sure, we see women's right (or lack thereof) being raised from time to time in the genre, but I bet not a lot really get in the painful meats of it like this one little novella does. It's not very fun to read from the entertaining stand point, and I sure think it is even harder to write. I appreciate and respect this author for this quality. For the romance, I find it at one point very breathtaking in its potential to be such a devastating story of old love lost because of one single, yet so convincing misunderstanding. However, as it happens quite often for me with this author, something is missing that never propels me to give her story five full stars. After feeling so high and almost near tear when learning of what had torn the couple apart, the story and dialogue, instead of soaring, just go into a stall mode afterward. I don't know. I just can't put finger on it, because this is a very good, very hard-working, very brave author for sure. She just never thrills me like some other authors who are not as technically perfect can. I guess it's chemistry. For those of you who haven't tried this author, I recommend you start with all her novellas. I think overall they're superior than her full-length ones. This one is also up there. 4 stars...more
**spoiler alert** Sequel to one of the most spectacular debuts I've witnessed in romance. With that reason, A Raven's Heart feels to me a bit of a let**spoiler alert** Sequel to one of the most spectacular debuts I've witnessed in romance. With that reason, A Raven's Heart feels to me a bit of a let down. This follows very much the formula of the first one, road romance with an expected ultimate climax at the end of the road. The dynamic between h/h, however, is totally different. In the first book, you have them start as total adversaries with some healthy mix of sexual attraction and gradually develop into respect and love. Their journey is fraught with tension. The push and pull are natural and believable, considering their roles. In this book, they start as what, already half way being in love. But they have to resist. Her reason? He used to reject her and she's too prideful to beg again. His reason? He thinks himself despicable for whatever reason I can't fathom. So they fight then jump each other, then back to sulk all the way to the end just because. The action scenes are not as thrilling as those in the first book as well. All around, after a long and eager anticipation, disappointing is an understatement because I know the level of brilliance this author is capable of. 3 stars...more
WOW... Note to self: KC Bateman is the name to remember. Note to fellow goodreaders: Best debut in historical romance I've read in a long long time. NWOW... Note to self: KC Bateman is the name to remember. Note to fellow goodreaders: Best debut in historical romance I've read in a long long time. No, not just debut, best book I have read in this genre in the last few years. This is huge for me, considering a lot of my autobuy authors' recent effort has been mostly bust. Now I have hope. The next book can't come out fast enough. Note to the publisher: find her a better illustrator next time. Invest in this one, guys. She's going to be huge. 5 stars...more
Glimpses of brilliance in terms of chemistry. However, the story is very lack of focus. The banters are quite nice, but the overall dialogues are veryGlimpses of brilliance in terms of chemistry. However, the story is very lack of focus. The banters are quite nice, but the overall dialogues are very illlogical and hard to follow. DNF...more
I am able to finish two out of four, which is not bad for me and anthology in general. However, a bit disappointing I can't come away with new authorsI am able to finish two out of four, which is not bad for me and anthology in general. However, a bit disappointing I can't come away with new authors to follow on as those two are already on my list.
The Heiress and the Hothead, Sabrina Jeffries We get the story of Amanda Keanes as a novella. Sigh. I had hopes that she'd be featured in a full-length novel, but I'll take it. The hero is a younger brother of a recurring character in her Sinful Suitors series and he's a journalist. They start off with a mistaken identity which turns into an instant attraction. Well, we can't diddle much I guess since this is a novella. Do I believe the attraction? Yes, a bit. It's adequately well done. The encounters afterward are quite sexy. Unfortunately, the author decided the characters to consummate their attractions in a most inappropriate time. I don't think anyone, and I mean anyone, would do what they did under the circumstance, ever. So instead of enjoying the scene, I rushed through the pages to help them finish the deed faster so that they could do the sensible thing and save themselves. Yes. The scene ruins the whole story for me. Ughh.. 2.5 stars
Twelve Kisses To Midnight, Karen Hawkins Old lovers. Misunderstanding. Years apart. Meet again in a party. Stuck in a hut together. The heroine keeps putting out, the hero, despite wanting it, keeps resisting. If done the right way, this plot line has potentials. Unfortunately, it's not. The misunderstanding, when revealed, is pretty stupid, and that makes the characters look stupid in my eyes. The will-we-won't-we is exhausting and repetitive. DNF
By Any Other Name, Candace Camp If you have a fantasy of having a strange guy chasing and mauling you every chance he's got, for no particular reason, you'd love this story. DNF
Sweetest Regret, Meredith Duran This one alone saves the book for me. See my description of Twelve Kisses To Midnight above. Same trope. No huts, but a million times better. I wholeheartedly believes their hurts and attractions. Their scenes are sizzlingly hot. The ending is bit of a mess, but not to the degree that it ruins the story for me like the first one. 4 stars.
It's not the best book as you can see from my rating. But it is sure as heck memorable, some parts are going to stay with me for a long long time. 4 sIt's not the best book as you can see from my rating. But it is sure as heck memorable, some parts are going to stay with me for a long long time. 4 stars...more