I’m not the biggest fan of historical books, but do tend to like the regency era and medieval settings. I was not expectiI received a copy for review.
I’m not the biggest fan of historical books, but do tend to like the regency era and medieval settings. I was not expecting to like those novellas in this set like I did. I also did not expect to enjoy them more than the contemporary ones.
Novellas normally always follow the plague of being too fast-paced. There were some that did this a tad, but again, I felt that the historical novellas handled that slightly better. If I had to pick a favorite of the historicals, it would probably be A Lady of Sense. For the contemporaries, my favorite would be the one by Sariah Wilson. I have read her first full-length book in the Royals of Moneterra and enjoyed this novella set there as well. It’s hard to go wrong with princes. ...more
*I received a copy from the publishers via Netgalley.
I was not sure what to expect from this book because I never really paid a whole lot of attention*I received a copy from the publishers via Netgalley.
I was not sure what to expect from this book because I never really paid a whole lot of attention to reviews or the summary. I did notice that the reviews were mixed, so I did not expect to like it. I know I loved the cover and was intrigued by it. I’ve always said I’m iffy about fantasy, but after I have read some, I think I may just be picky with it. This one, for the most part, kept my attention. The one problem I had with this story is it took me a little bit to like Cohen as a lead. I’m easily caught up with how a main character feels toward the main guy. It took me a little bit to warm up to Cohen.
Overall, I found this to be a fairly clean read. There was some mild cussing. There were phrases said that wouldn’t be curse words the world adopts, but there are phrases said several times throughout the book that I would consider the characters used to curse. There is also a scene where the characters sleep in the same bed.
On a side note, the author answered a question and confirmed there is LGBT in the next book....more
Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 is an anthology of 17 novellas. I received a bundle of 5 of them to review. All of these are the first works I’ve read by theSweet Christmas Kisses 3 is an anthology of 17 novellas. I received a bundle of 5 of them to review. All of these are the first works I’ve read by these authors and will keep an eye out for future stories.
Second Chance Christmas by Merrillee Whren A young boy helps his estranged parents find love again at Christmas.
I get that the couple is married, but it didn’t sit well with me about mentions of the estranged couple’s choices of bedroom activity at some point of the book. Yes, the couple is still legally married, but it has been four years since they have seen each other. I just could not get past that. I was expecting more of a Christmas feeling to this story.
Christmas Eve Wedding by Cindy Flores Martinez A maid of honor is swept up in the chaos of planning her best friend’s spur-of-the-moment Christmas Eve wedding.
To me the, setting of this book captured the Christmas feel that I have of the season. I thought this story began really strong. I liked the dynamics between Al and Jillian and would have liked a longer story with them. I just wish the last chapter was drawn out more. It was really abrupt and tried to fit too much information at once. I wish there was another chapter or two to really flesh things out better. There is a couple in the book that already had a story. I am interested in reading about them.
Secret Wish by Victoria Pinder Luke Morgan doesn’t believe in miracles, but this season Christmas brought him Caro Soliz, the family maid.
I was confused a little bit with all of the family drama, but that may just be me. I really wished this book wasn’t a part of an existing series. I didn’t really feel as connected to the characters with this story as I did in others. There is a minor plot point that doesn’t get fully resolved either. I would rather the whole novella have tied up completely.
Candleglow and Mistletoe by Josie Riviera A rising pianist and a pro stuntman winding down his career find love amid the glow of Christmas candles.
I feel like this book me more into a wintery mood than Christmas, but I still rather enjoyed it. I really like that it included a candle shop. I liked that Gabe had a crush on Noelle since high school, but I do felt like it moved a little fast for each other since it has been a while since they have seen each other. I also really hated some of the language in the story. I do believe the pacing other than I mentioned was good.
Couple by Christmas by Pat Simmons Divorcee Derek Washington wants to reconcile with his ex-wife by Christmas. Although he’s got a plan, with the help of his six-year-old son, Derek only has two weeks.
5 stars This story probably had the best, true representation of Christmas. Although the couple definitely had a past together, I did not feel over logged with any backstory. To me, incorporating backstory is one of the hardest thing in book, let alone a novella. I think Pat handled this the best I’ve seen in a while. Most Christian books I’ve read don’t include the Holy Ghost as much as this one has. I really enjoyed this one a lot more than I thought I’d would. I will say this novella isn’t fully complete. The couple’s story will be continued in another novella. Although I wish the story was completed in this novella, I think the ending was the right one.
Final thoughts on all: I did enjoy this set as a whole. I have bought the whole set and plan to read them all at some point. As I read more stories in this set, I’m going to try to update this review and add them below this. I think this is a great deal. My biggest qualm is I felt like most of the stories had Christmas as an afterthought. There were standouts in that regard, in which I think Couple by Christmas and Christmas Eve Wedding had it more for me. I still recommend this set, especially if you want to sample a huge array of authors for a steal. ...more
This is the 9th book in the loosely related series, Power of the Matchmaker, and the third book that I read. At first gl* I received a copy for review
This is the 9th book in the loosely related series, Power of the Matchmaker, and the third book that I read. At first glanced, I thought the title of the book was so funny, but I was hesitant about the blurb of the book due to the mention of Miss Pearl, the matchmaker in the series, wanting Esme and Hunter to give each other a chance while she was engaged. It really didn’t sit well with me.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book at first because I found the very beginning hard to get through, but I found myself flipping through this book pretty fast. It was definitely a quicker read for me. I will say that I loved Pearl in this more than the other 2 books I’ve read in the series, but the other 2 had much cleaner content. I was definitely put off by the content of this book. I’ve been waiting for Miss Pearl to have a role more in the line of the Asian lady in the movie, Freaky Friday. There was definitely that kind of fun, pushy personality that I loved.
All my qualms aside, I still rather enjoyed the book as a whole. The one major downfall for me was the mild innuendos, and I really didn't like Jon and Hunter that much. ...more
This is the first book I have read by Kathryn Cushman. Mostly because hers deal with sadder issues. I*I won a copy from the publishers via Good Reads
This is the first book I have read by Kathryn Cushman. Mostly because hers deal with sadder issues. I remember seeing this on Good Reads and thinking it sounded interesting. I was bummed to learn it had hardly any romance, but I still enjoyed the book quite a bit without it.
I’ve read some other reviews about how the incident seems unlikely to lead to being blackballed. I think it could go either way depending on the circumstances. I believe it is kind of likely. It might have bothered me a little bit because I know that has really happened in the fashion industry with celebrities but never have heard the designers receiving the backlash.
Anyway, I really liked Lauren and though she was a like-able character. I do admit I understand why she wanted to work with Lauren because of wanting to clear her name. I can sympathize with Lauren in her attempts to become friends with Charlotte, the woman who Kendall wants information on. Charlotte was a hard character to like, even near the end of the book, it was hard for me to get past what she was doing and had done.
I thought this story was well-done. I had minor qualms with the book. I thought the name Kendall Joiner was way too close to Kendall Jenner. I never thought that the story dragged. I felt like I read this one rather quickly for being a trade back size.
If anybody has ever wanted to read a book by Kathryn, I highly recommend starting with this one because as far as I can tell, this is definitely a more lighter read than her other books.
I saw the cover of this book in Wal-Mart and was immediately drawn in. I will say I’m not particularly a huge fan of fantasy. I like some of it especiI saw the cover of this book in Wal-Mart and was immediately drawn in. I will say I’m not particularly a huge fan of fantasy. I like some of it especially when it deals with mermaids, but this is clearly not a mermaid book.
I was hesitant after I read the synopsis because I try, for the most part, to stay away from dark books. Definitely was afraid to pick up the book because of this. I finally decided to read it about 2 years later and was right on it being a darker book. Maybe, the better word would be heavy.
I never have read fantasy books that had kingdoms based on seasons, and I really enjoyed that. I really am a newb when it comes to fantasy. I loved that people from a specific kingdom looked a certain race, similar clothing, etc.
Character-wise, I did not care for Meira much. I sometimes felt for her, but I am put off my the war torn, hard-edge girl that can is displayed a lot. I loved reading about Meira and Mather together but that quickly changed. There is a love triangle in this. Enter Theron, a prince of the Summer Kingdom.
I was like, “oh, no,” when I Theron entered the picture. I normally don’t have problems with love triangles and actually prefer having them in books. However, I was already invested with Mather. I really ended up liking Theron and do think I’m leaning forward more to his direction.
Meira was so blasé in how she dropped her feelings for Mather so quickly at a certain point in the book because I feel like someone in that situation would have at least felt sad instead of cutting feelings off completely. This made me have very negative feelings toward Meira.
I do like Theron and am unclear if I really like him more than Mather.
Meira and Mather have been through a lot and I believe he deserved better.
There was something that I suspected would happen and it did. However, something happened that reversed it, which I feel happy and cheated. I am so conflicted on how I feel about what I’m alluding, too.
Overall, I’m pretty surprised that I loved the book like I did, but I didn’t like how violent it got or some cursing. It only cussed maybe 4 or so times, so it’s not as much as I have read....more
I’ve read reviews that compare this to Tiger’s Curse series, but these are two completely different series. Yes, there are brothers in the series, mytI’ve read reviews that compare this to Tiger’s Curse series, but these are two completely different series. Yes, there are brothers in the series, mythology, a teacher figure, and an epic quest. However, it doesn’t read like Tiger’s Curse. The characters are completely different when comparing each series.
I believe, for the most part, people that loved Tiger’s Curse series probably will like or not like this book, while others that only liked the Tiger’s Curse series, will love and enjoy this book much more. I fall in the first category. For me, I loved the sweetness and otherworldliness I felt Ren possessed and loved the naivety and sweetness that Kelsey had more than the main characters, Lily and Amon.
I’m a big advocate of not comparing books to other books and trying to enjoy books as completely separate books. I’ll admit, it was definitely hard for me not to do it to Reawakened. I loved the detailed imagery and overall feeling of Tiger’s Curse so much, I feel like I hyped this series up way too much for myself.
That’s one reason I think people don’t enjoy Tiger’s Curse as much. Anybody that felt like this with that series should love this series more because I don’t feel like Colleen had a lot of descriptions. I think this book could have benefited more from it. I felt like this book lacked story building.
I didn’t mind Lily much, but I couldn’t stand Amon at first. I thought he read pretty conceited in the beginning, and it took me a while to like him as a character. I wish Colleen drew out the adventure and quest aspect to this book more. I come to her books looking for a gut-wrenching romance and lots of adventure and heartbreak. I got none of that magical feeling out of this book. I still liked this book, but it definitely did not meet my expectations. ...more