Dances Long Forgotten wasn't even a blip on my radar until I started seeing this stream of 5-star reviews from my friends. I'm not a huge novella fan,Dances Long Forgotten wasn't even a blip on my radar until I started seeing this stream of 5-star reviews from my friends. I'm not a huge novella fan, so I was tempted to pass by this one, but I'm so happy I didn't. Dances Long Forgotten by Ruby Moone was lovely in every way.
I was leary of the fact that there are essentially 2+ couples in the story, but the author handled everything seamlessly. I was, admittedly, much more invested in Hugo's story, but I enjoyed the modern-day romance of James/Dylan as well. However, Hugo stole my heart. He was so vulnerable and endearing.
It's amazing how Ruby Moone was able to pack so much emotion into a novella, but she certainly did. I have a feeling that I'll be inhaling this entire series.
I really, really like Olivia Waite, and I LOVE how she is writing the smart F/F historical romances that we all w*3.5 stars*
So. Many. Plotlines.
I really, really like Olivia Waite, and I LOVE how she is writing the smart F/F historical romances that we all want to read. I adore historical romance, and I love nerds, so I'm always dying when I read about each upcoming book from this author. However, I think this author gets in her own way a lot of the time.
The good news is that we have two older MCs, a lovely slow-burn romance, and some explicit sex on page, though we have to wait ages to get it. Also, I could have read about the bee-keeping stuff all day long. Very interesting and a lot to delve into there. I also felt like Penelope's family dynamics and marriage had a lot of meaty plot elements that really fleshed out the story.
But the author just couldn't stop there.
We get endless chapters about the King and Queen and their marital issues, sedition laws, religious and puritanical power movements, relationship complications with side characters, and it goes on and on. There are details that are introduced and focused on and then seem to fade in importance. There is just so much there, so much that could have been spread out with another story, that it really muddled the romance for me. The book is very long, and a lot of it felt like extraneous information. I would have been happy with just the bee-keeping stuff alone with maybe a little family drama thrown in. As it was written, I found myself zoning out during the endless pages about the royal scandals.
The romance was very slow to develop, and though I like a slow burn, I wish more of the book had these two women in an actual relationship, not just pining for one. I understand that open communication was very risky during those times, but they basically hinted at each other for over 300 pages until they got their act together. But when they got together finally, whew, lots of chemistry and heat! Thank you, Olivia Waite!
I appreciated all of the research that went into this story, and I think the author did a very good job writing it, but I wish it had been paired down some to make the romance take center stage. Still, I can't wait to read more from this author and see where else she can take me.
I was sort of afraid that Max woulAbout a Rogue was my first book from Caroline Linden, but it won't be my last. I found it to be utterly delightful.
I was sort of afraid that Max would be a difficult MC to like, but he was really someone I enjoyed for the entire book. He was smart and resilient, and just very, very likable. Plus. his chemistry with Bianca was electric. I really enjoyed the slow-build, enemies-to-lovers romance, and I felt as though everything evolved very organically. Bianca was a little harder to like as she hates Max at the beginning, and runs with that hatred for way longer than Max deserves. However, I liked how fiercely loyal she was and how she fought for what she believed in.
Everything from the plot to the supporting characters was really well done. It was the kind of book where I had trouble finding something I didn't enjoy. Sure, it wasn't the kind of book that I stay up all night reading, but I would recommend this book again and again to my historical romance-loving friends.
A very solid romance and a great introduction to Caroline Linden. A big win for me.
While part of me enjoyed Her Lady's Honor by Renée Dahlia, a bigger part of me found Beatrice to be truly exhausting.She just isn't worth it, Nell.
I While part of me enjoyed Her Lady's Honor by Renée Dahlia, a bigger part of me found Beatrice to be truly exhausting.She just isn't worth it, Nell.
I read a number of lesbian romances, but not many historical ones, and since I have a deep, deep love for HR, I was pumped to give this book a go. Also, I haven't read any historicals that take place in the time period of setting of Her Lady's Honor so that was interesting for me.
I appreciate that the author addressed class disparity in her book, and I think it was important for Beatrice to speak up when Nell was being blind to her privilege, but Nell couldn't say anything without Beatrice taking offence. It was insane. I started bookmarking each page where Beatrice criticized and made Nell feel in the wrong because it was so frequent. I get that Nell made some blunders, but she was a good person who didn't deserve the treatment that she got from Beatrice.
I actually enjoyed the storyline, and I found the plot pretty engaging. I only put down the book twice while reading, and I think the author had very good pacing. However, the actual romance and dialogue was lacking. Both felt stiff and forced, without any joy or energy.
I'm a big fan of Bonnie Dee, and she does another fantastic job with The Thief. If you like Bonnie Dee's historical romances, you'll like this one, I I'm a big fan of Bonnie Dee, and she does another fantastic job with The Thief. If you like Bonnie Dee's historical romances, you'll like this one, I promise.
I've read a number of these type of "con-artist falls in love with his upper-class mark" types of romances, yet The Thief still felt special. I'm not sure if it was the pacing or the way the plot unfolded, but I was hooked. It was difficult for me to put down.
I liked the story being told from a duel POV, and I really liked how we got to see Jody make lots of mistakes. Too often authors have their characters make "mistakes" that are really like good deeds in order to not tarnish the characters in our eyes. Jody screws up and does things that are cringy, yet I liked how he kept redeeming himself and winning Cyril over again.
Cyril was a bit difficult for me to picture, physically, but I really got a great sense of his caring, gentle soul. He put himself fully out there, and I loved his vulnerability. I also liked how this story evolved. It was actually a pretty rapid-paced book, and I didn't want it to end. We get to take a real journey with these characters, and I felt like I knew them well.
There is a touching romance, a bit of danger, and a fresh start for these special characters. Bonnie Dee struck just the right tone with The Thief.
The Footman doesn't pull any punches. If you don't like your main character doing some very morally questionable behavior and having to redeem himself with chapters of intense grovelling, then this book might not be for you. I happen to like those scenes where a character royally screws up and then has to beg for forgiveness. Bring on the grovel-porn! The male main character was relentless in his quest for revenge, and I found it all to be an intensely compelling read.
I loved the female MC, though it was painful to read what she had gone through in her life. I admired her so much, and I lauded her desire to be a physician and help others, despite her physical limitations. She was so interesting and so strong.
Though this book reached 350 pages, it absolutely flew by. I couldn't stop reading, and I would have read all night to finish it. It takes a very skilled author to craft a long book that is also well-paced. Though the plot edged on too-complicated at times, it still reined it in enough to be a cohesive and thoroughly satisfying read.
My only qualm is that I still felt a bit suspicious of Stephen, even at the end. He screwed up so epically that I still questioned his moral compass. However, I thought the romance was lovely and, I'll admit, I'm a sucker for a red-headed MC. I'm weak! But he really has a lifetime of begging ahead of him...
A must-read for fans of S.M. LaViolette, I can't wait to read more in this series.
The Ruin of Evangeline Jones was my first read by Julia Bennet, and though my attention wandered while reading at times, I thought it was a very promising, interesting read. Though it is the second in a series, it works perfectly well as a stand-alone.
I've read a few books where the MC is a medium or spiritualist charlatan and the love interest is the person trying to figure out if they are a fraud, my favorite of which is An Unnatural Vice, so this book had big shoes to fill. I was pleased by the grim, darker tone of the story and tense feeling of the writing. I thought that the author delivered in a lot of ways with the overall atmosphere of the story. The couple was also interesting together, though I struggled with the attraction from the female MC.
However, I feel like something was a bit off with the pacing. The story felt very long, and it took me five days to finish, which is a long time for me. I also didn't quite buy that Evie was into Alex. I felt like she was a very vulnerable character, and her attraction came out of nowhere. I was more fearful for her, and I don't think romance would have been at the forefront of her mind.
I was intrigued by the side characters, and I will be very interested in reading book 3, which will probably feature Alex's cousin. I think the author did a lot right with this story, and I could see myself falling in love with her writing in the future.
I truly love everything that Kerrigan Byrne writes, so I was going into All Scot and Bothered with very high expectations. Though it took me a little I truly love everything that Kerrigan Byrne writes, so I was going into All Scot and Bothered with very high expectations. Though it took me a little while to get into the groove with this story, I'm happy to report that it fully won me over in the end.
The plot threw me for a loop, as it's... complicated, to say the least. I was trying to figure out how all of these unbelievable pieces would fit together. Sure, I think it got overly muddled at times, but I eventually got into the groove of things and became immersed in these characters.
Kerrigan Byrne writes characters with Angst, that's right, capital A. Her characters usually have to crawl their way back from hell, and I liked that she pulled no punches with this story. Both of these MCs have suffered in the past, and it made their happiness that much sweeter.
I absolutely love that we got a curvaceous heroine. Not someone who has a little extra meat on her bones, but a thick woman with curves for days. It's what I needed in my life. And the hero loves every inch of her and craves a woman like that. Yes, please! I also adored the enemies-to-lovers plotline, and the uptight male MC who was hiding a passionate soul. Just the type of characters I love to read about.
Put aside some of your logic to make the plot work and you'll be a happy camper, just like me. I swear, Kerrigan Byrne can do no wrong.
I got this adorable novella signed by the author in person, so I was hoping it would be a winner. Novellas are always hard for me because they usually aren't long enough to fully get the level of emotion that I want in my romance. The Earl's Christmas Pearl managed to get close, but I didn't get all the way there.
I enjoyed the puns, the Christmas theme, and the angst-free romance. An easy, fun read, and I'm glad I have this signed for my physical bookshelf.
I really wanted to love To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman, but I found it to be extremely hard to get into. It took me almost two weeks to finish, whicI really wanted to love To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman, but I found it to be extremely hard to get into. It took me almost two weeks to finish, which is nearly unheard of for me.
I found Emmy to be a frustrating character. First of all, if you have a very distinct, personalized perfume, why on earth would you wear it before stealing something extremely valuable?? It was just a TSTL move, and I was smacking my face. It was like she wanted to get caught. She kept doing things like that, just revealing herself over and over again.
I also didn't like her crimes, which weren't "crimes for noble reasons" but rather just straight up thievery. I didn't find them to be charming. I also thought the chemistry between the two MCs was lacking. It just felt forced.
To Catch an Earl never grabbed me, and, unfortunately, it was a unmemorable read for me.
First of all, I highly recommend that you read at least the first book in the series as I don't think this book works particularly well as a stand-alone. It really helps to get some background knowledge about the Sedgwick family before starting this story.
I enjoyed so many things about Two Rogues Make a Right. First of all, we get a demisexual MC. I love the growing number of asexual-spectrum characters in romance, and I really dug it here. We also get a pan/bisexual main character (love), a character struggling with a chronic illness, and a main character who is a former opium addict. I loved how these were not perfect characters. They were both deeply flawed, with jealousy, a lack of proper communication, and years of pent up longing and resentment.
Plot-wise, this book is... thin. Truly, not much happens at all, but that was pretty much fine by me. If you are a reader who likes an exciting plot and/or a fast-paced story, this is not the book for you. It is a gentle friends-to-lovers romance with some meandering parts to the story and lots of peace, quiet, and countryside.
I'm a big fan of Minerva Spencer, and I was very excited to read A Figure of Love after I loved the first in the series. And Minerva did it again withI'm a big fan of Minerva Spencer, and I was very excited to read A Figure of Love after I loved the first in the series. And Minerva did it again with another interesting, exciting historical romance story.
Though it doesn't explicitly say so, I loved how we got a male MC on the autistic spectrum. Autistic MCs are fairly rare in romance, though I've read a few, and it was exhilarating to find one in this story, even if he was on the very high functioning end of the spectrum. I sincerely hope that this author keeps coming up with interesting, less mainstream characters because I'm absolutely here for it.
Minerva Spencer writes characters with tortured, angsty pasts, and I liked how she balanced the true hardships they've been through without weighing down the story and making it feel overly depressing. She is an expert at that, and I really enjoyed it here.
The plot was a bit confusing and muddled at times, but I didn't want to put it down. It's fairly fast-paced, and you will want to keep reading straight through in one sitting. The great chemistry and pacing makes up for the overly complicated plot.
There were so many tropes to love. Fake boyfriend/girlfriends, predicament rescue, and friends-to-lovers and they all worked. I'm a huge fan of the fake relationship plot device, and so I was immediately hooked. I also liked that Lucy was a girl who beat to her own drum and didn't feel pressured by society's rules. She was quirky and unique, and I love that in a heroine.
The big Scottish character always works for me (natch), and so I was predisposed to like Ciaran, but he won me over more and more as the story went on. Ciaran was just so nice. I think a lot of authors are afraid of writing nice male MCs, so they air towards making them rude or boorish. Ciaran was just a good dude, and I was so happy when he finally realized his feelings for Lucy.
Anna Bradley does a good job with side characters and accessory romances, and I loved that here. I was invested in Lucy's friends and their side plots, and it made the story feel every more exciting.
My one issue, and this is not at all the author's fault, is I had just read Scot Under the Covers by Suzanne Enoch and the two books are very similar. I kept mixing them up in my mind a bit, and that maybe affected my enjoyment of this one a tiny bit. I wouldn't recommend reading them back to back!
Overall, a romping good time romance with a fun plot and a very sweet couple. Another win for Anna Bradley.
I read this book off and on between other reads because, well, it didn't hold my attention. However, it's funny because the parts I did read, I actually liked. It just didn't have the grab, that thing that keeps me riveted to a book.
I liked that Violet made James work for her affections, as he was more than a little bit of a jerk. He was self-absorbed, so I thought it was great that Violet didn't just forgive him. I also really liked the entertaining side characters and worldly plot, which was a nice change of pace from just British settings in historical romance.
I did want a little more... something. More romance at the end, more drive to the plot. However, I ended up enjoyed it as it was, and I'd recommend it to historical romance lovers.
A timely read and an important romance novella, though I really wish it was longer so the couple got more page time to develop.
Novellas ar*3.5 stars*
A timely read and an important romance novella, though I really wish it was longer so the couple got more page time to develop.
Novellas are hard to do well, but Alyssa Cole did the novella format justice with Let It Shine. I picked an incredibly relevant time to read this topical story of a romance between a Black woman and Jewish man set in the early 1960s. Whew, this book was tough to read at times, but it's such a powerful little story.
My only real gripe is that as a romance, it felt like it was on fast-forward, just zooming through to get to the end. I liked the multiple epilogues, but I really wanted more time with these two to see their romance progress. The historical aspects shined and really engaged me, but the romance was more lack-luster. Still, one of my favorites from Alyssa Cole, and I'd love to her to write more historical romances as she seems to have a knack for them.
I'm a huge fan of Minerva Spencer, and I'm an even bigger fan of atypical MCs, so I was immediately drawn to The Music of Love. And, truly, Minerva Spencer didn't let me down.
What really sets this story apart is that the male MC has albinism, which is very unusual for a character in a romance book. Now, as a person with a science background, I was a little dismayed at how the character was portrayed as there were some glaring errors (eye color, how albinism is passed down- very rare as it requires two recessive genes so it can be buried in a family for generations), but I'm hoping the author corrects some of those in the final copy.
Aside from some science-y things that may not bother most readers, I loved the story. I read the story all night long, and didn't want to put it down. It's a fairly long book, but I breezed through it. It was addictive and oh so good.
The more I read romance, especially historical romance, the more I like a feisty female MC. I'm done with meek little mouses, and I like a woman with bite. Portia did not play when it came to her emotions, desires, and temper, and I loved every second of it. She was sensual and sex-positive, and just a delight to read about.
Stacy was a good contrast, actually, and I liked that under his cool exterior he was also explosive, both in the bedroom and with his emotions. He was smart, strong, and different, and I admired all of those things. I also loved, loved how he didn't subscribe to society's expectations of who he should be and who he should associate with. He made his own rules, and he was his own man. Loved it.
Sure, the story is pretty outlandish, but I've come to realize that life is outlandish also, so who says a story like this couldn't happen. The plot moved forward with a fast, exciting pace, and it kept me interested through every page.
A story full of intrigue, deception, and a male MC with a rare genetic condition, The Music of Love was exactly the type of book I love to read.
I've basically been begging Anna Bradley to write a full-length M/M romance for somReview for only The Captain's Surrender by Anna Bradley
I've basically been begging Anna Bradley to write a full-length M/M romance for some time now, and she came in swinging with this story, a pirate romance with some heavy angst and lots of pain between the two MCs. Overall, the story was fantastic, but I think most of my issues had to do with the fact that the story was so short.
I didn't love the erotic content on page between the two when they were teenagers (not my bag...), and I thought that these two went from brutal enemies to lovers too quickly and perhaps a bit awkwardly once they met again as adults. I think if the story was longer, everything would have felt more organic and flowed a bit better. Also, the sexual dynamics would have had time to really come about more naturally. However, I usually don't like short stories, and the fact that the author packed so much content and so much feeling into a short story format was truly awesome. I think that we got a solid romantic connection between the two MCs and a fully storyline, which I really was into. I basically read the entire story in one sitting (yeah, I know it was short but still), and I left the story wanting more, which is always a good thing.
A great taste of what Anna Bradley has to offer the world of M/M, I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeve!
I'm a big Kelly Bowen fan, and I've read all of the books in the Devils of Dover series, though I haven't loved all of them. However, even though thisI'm a big Kelly Bowen fan, and I've read all of the books in the Devils of Dover series, though I haven't loved all of them. However, even though this was a novella and not even a full-length story, it was one of my favorites.
Night of the Scoundrel brings back King, a character from previous books, so some background knowledge is helpful, though I think you could manage this one as a stand-alone. Even though I've read all the books in the series, it still took me a chapter to get my bearings and remember some details.
I loved Adeline and how principled and crafty she was. She was relentless in her quest for justice and truth, and I admired that about her. King was more enigmatic at first, but his story took me by surprise and really squeezed my heart.
I think the romance between them could have used some more page time, but the plot really carried me. I was hungry for revenge and justice, almost as much as these characters, and I couldn't wait to see how the story played out.
The writing was some of Kelly Bowen's best. It felt dark and dangerous, and I didn't want to put the story down. It makes me hopeful that the rest of the series could be this good.
I really liked that K.J. Charles brought trans and ace representation into her historical romance, and I enjoyed this short little novella set in the Lilywhite Boys universe.
Admittedly, I'm not a big fan of Any Old Diamonds, so I was a little hesitant to try this one, but K.J. Charles write so well and incorporates so much diversity into her historical romance that I had to give it a go.
I have to say, I wish the story was a bit longer because it was hard to get a real feel for the romance and romantic chemistry between the two MCs, but I liked what I did read. I thought it was a very nice intro to the series and a effective little story, even if it didn't wow me.
Solid read, well worth the $0.99, for those interested.
It kills me to pull the plug on this story, but I had to DNF at just over 50%. There were aspects that I LOVED, including the personality of the femalIt kills me to pull the plug on this story, but I had to DNF at just over 50%. There were aspects that I LOVED, including the personality of the female MC, but the story got SO convoluted. And I hate, hate, hate multiple POV (two is my max per story). All of the POV shifting made me so annoyed. I'm stopping while I'm ahead....more
A Gentleman in Moscow was one of my husband's favorite books of the year, and so I had to try it. While I liked the book, I didn't love it, an[image]
A Gentleman in Moscow was one of my husband's favorite books of the year, and so I had to try it. While I liked the book, I didn't love it, and though my husband is sure that's because I'm into books with more instant gratification, I maintain that he just likes things that are, well, more boring (see exhibit A: his obsession with "Air Disasters," as seen on the Smithsonian Channel...).
The audio for this book took me almost two months to get through, which says a lot because I've listened to far longer books in under a week. The narrator, Nicholas Guy Smith, does an excellent job with the nuances of the story, even if he sounds older than the characters at times. I can't really fault the narrator for anything, but listening to a book where not much happens felt like a bit of a chore at times.
I found the book both simultaneously fascinating and dull. The stories were all amusing or enlightening, but the story is basically just the every day life of a member of the formal royal class who is stuck in a hotel for decades. It is interesting, but only just so. The writing was exquisite, but that only took me so far.
I liked the story, but I'm not one of those readers who is obsessed with it. I get it, and I see you, my friends, even if you are siding with my husband over me. I think the book was worthy of my time and energy, but I'm happy that it's over now.
Marry in Secret was my first book by Anne Gracie, and I'm sure I'll read her again, even though I suspect this story wasn't her strongest work.
I likeMarry in Secret was my first book by Anne Gracie, and I'm sure I'll read her again, even though I suspect this story wasn't her strongest work.
I like a reunited lovers story, and I thought it was done decently here. I found the male MC to be compelling and with an interesting backstory, though I'm not a fan of mystery-elements. I'm a sucker for a hero who has been through hell and back, so I felt for him.
The heroine was more... inconsistent. She was supposed to be this stoic, practical woman, but once her long lost love returned, she flipped a switch and was this happy, ebullient person. My head was spinning. Shouldn't she have some reservations, some hesitations from her earlier experiences? She was like a different person.
The plot was good, actually, though it dragged in a few places. I found myself getting more and more engaged, and drawn into the family dynamics. Honestly, the family members and their interactions and were my favorite part of the story.
A good story, but not a great one, Marry in Secret will satisfy most readers, though I wanted a bit more.
I was drawn in right away by Scandalous, and I could barely put it down. I fAnother stellar historical romance from the very talented Minerva Spencer.
I was drawn in right away by Scandalous, and I could barely put it down. I finished the whole book in about 24 hours, and though it wasn't without flaws, it's a smart, interesting historical romance that Minerva Spencer fans will adore.
I loved both the male and female MC, and thought the author did a great job portraying them as complex characters. Their individual storylines were fascinating, and I found the plot to be unique amongst all of the romance books I've ever read. I just really wanted to know these two, especially Sarah. Sarah really shown in this story, and I could have read a book just of her (sans romance). She had an interesting life, and I loved her way with people.
Oddly, my biggest issue with this book was the romance. The male MC fought against the romance, tooth and nail, and I found it to be tiresome at times. He was rude and abrupt, and though I often find that to be endearing, I wanted him to grow up and come to his senses. Admittedly, he had a terribly hard life and truckloads of baggage, but it made the romance an awkward match.
Even though the romance left me wanting, the story was so tightly written and with such skill that I could barely put my Kindle down. That means a success, in my book.
I'm getting so into lesfic recently, and I knew it was time to crack open my signed copy of The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics. I was promised a geeky queer romance and that's exactly what I got!
I thought this book was lovely and I adored the feminist, academic feel of the story. The author really excited me because her characters were comfortable in their attraction, and I was happy to have a historical lesbian romance with little to no shame. The story had so many excellent components, but I think it needed some reworking to take it from good to great.
The story shone in the beginning and the end, but the middle... boy, it dragged. The plot needed to be tighter, zippier, because I felt my attention wandering at times. The academic plot line side of the story went on for a very long time, and I felt like the romance started taking a backseat. It picked up a lot towards the end, but I had to force myself to read through the middle. And, because I'm thirsty, I wanted even more heat.
A solid read for lovers of historical romance, but I'm excited to also see where else this author can take this series.
As a Jewish reader, I'm always on the lookout for books with Jewish protagonists, and bonus points if they aren't horribly depressing. A nice romance book with Jewish MCs, and bonus, a historical romance (my favorite), and I'm all in. I was so, so thrilled to see this book and this series, and I couldn't wait to try it. But, alas, it wasn't all that I was expecting.
I liked the Jewish aspects of the story most of all. I liked the signs of the characters' religious observances, like the male MC's tzitzit and kippah, and the little ways that their Judaism affected their life.
However, I struggled with the characters themselves. Both seemed a bit fickle and immature, both toying with one another and going back and forth with their emotions. I had a hard time getting behind them, both individually and as a couple.
But an even bigger issue was the pacing. It took me absolutely ages to finish the story, and I found it to be very slow and hard to get through. After two weeks of forcing myself to read, I had to skim a bit in order to finish.
Maybe it's the fact that I don't really read any American romance, or maybe it's that this was my first experience with this author, but the book didn't quite measure up. Too bad, since the world needs more Jewish romance.
I'm not sure what to make of Gentleman Wolf. I think I liked it in the end, but it wasn't at all what I expected.
Things to know about this*2.5 stars*
I'm not sure what to make of Gentleman Wolf. I think I liked it in the end, but it wasn't at all what I expected.
Things to know about this story:
It is not really a romance. By definition, a romance has a HEA or a HFN. This book simply doesn't. The plot clearly continues on to the next in the series, but I was expecting some sort of HFN at least at the end. I was feeling pretty irritated at 95% in when I realized that it wasn't coming. Just know going in to the story that it is more of a paranormal/historical fiction story than a romance.
It is a dark, suspenseful story. The book had a ominous beginning, and I honestly wanted to DNFed it at 25%. I wasn't feeling the story, and the torture-punishment vibes weren't working for me. I also didn't quite get the relationship between the MC and his friends/fellow wolves. I personally find suspense to be stressful, and this book stressed me out greatly.
There is insta-attraction/love. Lindsay is drawn to Drew right from first meeting, and though I have a pretty high tolerance for that in a shifter romance, the pair didn't spend enough time together for the romance to develop. It remained a "strangers who are drawn to each other" type of dynamic in my mind.
I'm a huge Joanna Chambers fan, so even though I had issues with the story I still enjoyed the beautiful writing style. It felt very atmospheric and dark, like the story, and I always love the way Joanna crafts her details and builds a whole vibe for the readers.
I might continue on with the story... but I also might change my mind. I think if my expectations were a little different, I would have enjoyed the story more, but I left it feeling mildly frustrated.
Brazen and the Beast was a solid historical romance with some pacing issues and other small problems that just knocked it down from "great" to "good."Brazen and the Beast was a solid historical romance with some pacing issues and other small problems that just knocked it down from "great" to "good."
I think I liked Brazen and the Beastslightly less than Wicked and the Wallflower, which seems to be a bit against the grain from my fellow reviewers. The ideas were all there, but it took me about a week to get through it, which isn't the best sign for me.
I really liked how Sarah MacLean made an effort to include a diverse cast of characters, including some queer representation. I also liked the general idea of the story, which had an interesting plot line. But all of those good things weren't quite enough.
My problems stemmed from the fact that I found the story to be quite repetitive. I started "Brazen and the Beast" right after "Wicked and the Wallflower," and so much of the plot line is rehashed in the second book that it was tiring to read. For example, even though Haddie was the kind of character I could get behind, we didn't have to hear about how smart and what a good business woman she was on practically every page!
Whit was on and off with their romance, and it got to be too much. I think the book could have been edited down to be a lot tighter and more compelling.
Some great ideas, and some not as good execution, but I'm still excited for the third book in the series!
I loved this book in ebook form, and I loved it just as much in audio. The narrator (Gary Furlong) did an amazing job with the voices and really helped the story come to life. I couldn't stop listening. I didn't want it to end.
If you love audiobooks and K.J. Charles, this is a must-buy.
An enjoyable historical romance from new-to-me author Kate Bateman.
I love strong female characters in any novel, but I especially love the*3.5 stars*
An enjoyable historical romance from new-to-me author Kate Bateman.
I love strong female characters in any novel, but I especially love them in historical romance. Give me an independent, smart, unique woman and I'll give you my heart.Kate Bateman managed that and more in This Earl of Mine.
The plot is far-fetched... and I mean, really far-fetched, but I don't mind those pesky little details like plausibility in my romance. I just went with the flow and enjoyed the chemistry and banter between the two MCs.
I wanted a little less mystery (I wasn't that intrigued by the work of the male MC) and a little brisker pace, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the character development and all of the main and side characters. There was a lot to work with there, and Kate Bateman set things up nicely for more books in the series.
Very enjoyable and promising start to a new series.