I can't even tell you how much I wanted to love this book, with that cover (to die for!) and all of that fabulous diversity rep, but, like the othersI can't even tell you how much I wanted to love this book, with that cover (to die for!) and all of that fabulous diversity rep, but, like the others in the Reluctant Royals series, it fell short for me. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole, but I wanted to gush about it and I didn't get to that place.
I started off really enjoying the story. I live for a princess-fantasy story, and I also love an aloof bad boy (though that really isn't even the male MC), so the book really piqued my interest. I was sure I was going to give the story at least 4-stars, then things started to fall apart a bit for me.
The story is really, really long, clocking in at just under 400 pages, and it felt that way to me. The plot felt like it was getting more and more convoluted as it went along, with government conspiracies, a fake engagement, and multiple layers of family issues, and I felt my attention wavering away from the main couple. The plot became too busy for me.
I also didn't quite feel the true chemistry between the MCs. I mean, I felt some of the lust, but there was even a "big misunderstanding" looming until nearly the end of the story, so I didn't see how the "love" could really develop.
I adored the protective big brother character in Johan, but I felt Nya's portrayal was more disjointed. I also didn't get why Johan was so fixated on preserving the family's royal image when everything was resolved so seamlessly and without any hiccups at the end. I was picturing more traditional, uptight old monarchy-vibes and that's... not what we get. It all resolved too easily, and the whole drama felt too... simple (being vague because of spoilers).
Overall, I enjoyed the story and I enjoyed the book, but I think I just wanted to like it so darn much that that carried me through. Still, the cover and the diversity is everything, and Avon and the author should be really proud of that.
It isn't often that I'm screaming, "NO!" while listening to an audiobook, but I wanted to throw this out the window (I didn't, because I was
It isn't often that I'm screaming, "NO!" while listening to an audiobook, but I wanted to throw this out the window (I didn't, because I was listening on my phone, but still...).
This story both made no sense and also enraged me.
First of all, Slade is a huge dick. No woman should have to be nice to a guy who treats her like utter trash for literally no reason. He blames Mac for something that she actually has zero to do with (no misunderstanding, he just blames her for a reason I couldn't begin to fathom), and then repeatedly says horrible things to her. No thanks. I don't care that he was going through some "things," Mac doesn't have to be nice to him, and I think it's damaging to teach women that they have to be sweet and forgiving to a person who deserves no forgiveness, who hasn't even apologized.
Secondly, there is NO WAY a billionaire's daughter would be doing menial assistant work. If you are a billionaire (A freakin-billionaire!!), and you want to clear your head and escape, you do not take a job as cleaner/dog-walker. There is no way, in any world, that that would happen. It just wouldn't. I don't care how down to earth you are, it just doesn't make sense.
Look, I can put up with some outlandish plots, but combine all that nonsense with a narration that grated on me and I'm out.
I'm a total sucker for historical romances, and I read a lot of them. No Other Duke But You is the 11th in a series that I've read sporadically, and I think you can manage it as a stand-alone. There are a ton of previous characters mentioned, so you do get a leg up if you recognize some of them, however.
I struggled with this book, practically from start to finish. The female MC reads very young and immature, and I wasn't feeling her over-the-top spastic-ness. It was grating, and I found her to be painfully imperceptive. Also, both main characters felt very underdeveloped, and I felt like I was missing something (maybe something from a previous story).
The lack of communication was insane. I hate stories that rely on communication mishaps, and that is practically this entire story. I wanted these two to just act like adults with one another, and instead they acted like young teenagers. Everything would have been solved with just one conversation. Maddening.
Not the story for me, I'm afraid, which is too bad because I was looking forward to this one.
The Cliff House was my first book by RaeAnne Thayne, and I would read another book from her any day of the week. The way she wove together*3.5 stars*
The Cliff House was my first book by RaeAnne Thayne, and I would read another book from her any day of the week. The way she wove together three separate romances was very well done.
There is a lot of family drama and angst in the story, but I didn't feel overwhelmed by it all. I'm actually very surprised at how I was able to focus on the love stories with all of the side plots happening, but somehow I was. Part of me wishes the story had one fewer romance so we could have delved even deeper with the other two, and part of me admires the hell out of RaeAnne Thayne for trying something so ambitious.
I liked the small-town romance vibes, and I liked the writing style, though I wish the author had her character's communicate more. A lack of basic communication in romance is always something that irks me, and parts of this story edged towards melodrama and relying on misunderstandings.
Though the story felt a little busy, I enjoyed reading it a great deal. I fell in love with the characters and the scenic seaside town, and I can't wait to read another RaeAnne Thayne book in the future.
Look, I'm going to be kind here and not rate this story, but let's just say I didn't enjoy it.
The narrator was... fine, even if she was a
DNF at 17%.
Look, I'm going to be kind here and not rate this story, but let's just say I didn't enjoy it.
The narrator was... fine, even if she was a step down from the excellent narrator from my audiobook I had just previously listened to. But the story... phew, that was hard for me to get through.
The story is billed as YA but it felt veeeeeery young. I'd say more 13-ish range, even though I know the characters are supposed to be older.
What really annoyed me was, as a medical/science-y person, I couldn't get past the flawed premise of the book, even though it was an interesting hook.
Warning: nerdy rant ahead
There is just no way that someone could consume food and then, through any sort of genetic modification, could get more calories from the food and be able to make some pills out of those calories to feed others. The energy has to come from somewhere. If they genetically modified everyone to process food and calories more efficiently, I would be all on board, but you can't get more calories than exists already. I couldn't get past that. And, yes I know it's supposed to be fantasy and we aren't supposed to analyze it that much but I can't help it!!!
I just couldn't with the whole story, and though Pintip Dunn is probably a very talented author, I'll have to try again with another of her stories.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath as this was my first Lorraine Heath, and, as usual, I barely read the blurb before buying it. But I really, really liked it, and I could barely put it down in the last 100 pages.
Whenever I go to a book convention, I try to read as many of the attending authors as possible. Book Lovers Con is fast approaching, and Lorraine Heath was my first author to check off my to-read list. I am truly thrilled that I bought The Viscount and the Vixen in paperback because it was a delight to read.
I'm happy I read this book without reading any spoilers because each moment of the book was new and surprising for me. I loved the chemistry, the sexual tension, and the way the romance went from an enemies-to-lovers-ish vibe to something intensely romantic. It was a beautiful progression, and I felt like it happened naturally.
I also liked all of the secondary characters, especially Locke's father, who's love for his deceased wife brought me to tears at times.
The story drew me in more and more the further I got in the story, and I didn't want to put it down by the end. Now I have to read all the other books in the series (already purchased, also in paperback). Very excited to discover Lorraine Heath's backlist now.
I'm reading new authors that I haven't read before in anticipation of Book Lovers Con, and I was pretty surprised at how much I enjoyed Romancing Lady Stone. For a novella-length book, it felt complete and absurdly romantic, which is about all I could ask for.
I wanted to love this book for the simple fact that the female MC was forty years old, practically unheard of in the romance book world. And I am so happy that the story worked for me. I haven't read a historical romance with a Russian MC before (that I can recall), and so the whole story was newish territory.
The book can 100% work as a stand-alone, for those who are afraid to try it because it's the 6th in a series. I'm adding all of the other ones to me to-read list because I'm dying to see what else this author has in store for me.
I was drawI so wish that I can say that I loved Breaking His Rules by new-to-me author, Aliza Mann, but, frankly, it was a struggle for me to finish.
I was drawn to Breaking His Rules because of that gorgeous cover and the fact that I'm trying to read as many authors going to Book Lover Con this year as possible. However, I always struggle with M/F contemporary romance, and this book fell to that curse.
I'm not sure exactly why I had so much trouble with the story. It felt polished and well-written, but it took me ages to read. I had to force myself to read a few pages every day, and my mind kept wandering to other books and I'd put this one down again. It didn't engage me.
Part of the reason is probably that I don't like when book start off sex-forward. I am a huge fan of the slow, slow burn and sexual tension that builds over time. I like the MCs to not even kiss before 50% in, just build the tension and get to know one another. I know that is just my personal preference, but I tend to check out when relationships process too fast because I just don't get as emotionally invested in the romance. I also thought it was strange in this story how there was a BDSM-lite scene right off the bat, which didn't quite fit with the tone of the story.
I was also excited for a reformed-rake premise, which is a weakness of mine, but Ashton went from "I never get involved" to extremely attached in the blink of an eye. I wanted more of the cocky playboy who gets schooled-vibe, which I didn't quite get.
I wish I loved this one, but it was just okay for me. Bummer.
I'm not sure what to make of this story. It wasn't quite the book for me, content-wise, but I was willing to give it a go because thereDNF. No rating.
I'm not sure what to make of this story. It wasn't quite the book for me, content-wise, but I was willing to give it a go because there was something very compelling about the writing style. I don't love police procedural stories, but I've been meaning to read this author for some time.
However, this book needed an editor SO BADLY. Not only was it way too long (at 400 pages), but there were so many basic grammatical errors and run-on sentences that it was hard for me to get through. I started highlighting the editing errors as I was reading but then gave up after a while because there were too many of them.
Still, there were interesting elements about the writing, and I would want to read something else from this author in the future as long as it was well-edited.
Whenever I go to a book convention, I try to read as many of the attending authors as possible. I'm going to Book Lovers Con in May, so I'm checking aWhenever I go to a book convention, I try to read as many of the attending authors as possible. I'm going to Book Lovers Con in May, so I'm checking as many new-to-me authors off my list as I can.
I basically went into this book blind, but I love paranormal and the plot sounded fun. However, I had issues with To Catch Her Death.
The story wasn't a romance, which surprised me but wasn't a big deal. I actually liked the basic set up for the story, but I had a lot of content issues, some of which will sound a bit nit-picky.
I had problems with the way the gay side character was depicted in the story. It was a small thing, just a few scenes, but as a gay romance reader and reviewer, I didn't appreciate the way the gay hairdresser was shown. Plus, no one, and I mean no one, would go for a spiky blond cut with two pieces hanging down long around the face. I was getting bad Kate Gosselin flashbacks.
The plot became predictable and boring, the editing needed a LOT of help, and though I think the author had some really interesting ideas, I don't think she is the author for me.
I read this story in anticipation of Book Lovers Con, where I try to read as many authors attending as possible.
IA totally fine paranormal romance.
I read this story in anticipation of Book Lovers Con, where I try to read as many authors attending as possible.
I read a lot of shifter romance, and this one was pleasant but wasn't a stand-out. It's novella length, which is a hard length for me to develop a believable romance, but I think the author did a good job with it. I felt the resolution was too simplistic, and it could have been more fleshed out, but it was a story worth my time.
I enjoyed the character, writing style, and the romance, but the plot... yeah, it wasn't my bag.
When a Duchess Says I Do was my first read from Grace Burrowes, but I would read her again any time, any place. Her writing was competent and professional, and I'm sure she has already written some stories that could be favorites of mine. However, When a Duchess Says I Do was a bit too stressful and far-fetched for me.
When I read a story with a big mystery element, where a lot of details are left out until the end to keep us readers in the dark, I get a feeling of impatience or stress. That's what happened when I read this story. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, for something horrible to happen. I don't like that anticipation, but I recognize that that is something that is 100% just my tastes. I found myself rushing through certain sections and dreading to pick the story up again in others, which is why it took me over a week to finish a fairly regular length book.
Aside from that, and the fact that the actual plot was a bit confusing and unlikely-sounding, I really enjoyed these characters and the romance. I like a woman who is *not* a virgin in historical romance, and I liked Matilda's practicality and confidence. She was a strong, self-reliant woman, and I enjoyed her as a character very much. I also liked the reserved and moral Duncan, who resonated with me quite a bit.
The story was entertaining, and it made me want to read more in this series, but I still didn't mesh well with the mystery that ran throughout the book. However, fans of reads that are a bit more suspenseful (and who don't mind many, many POVs) will enjoy this one.
From that title, I was expecting something fun and funny and full of romance, and that's exactly what I got.
I loved how both MCs were instantly likable. Of course I adore an outspoken female MC, but we also get a hulking, masculine male MC who loves strong women (hallelujah) and isn't afraid to be himself. In fact, both MCs were truly their own people, and it made the story a joy to read.
I enjoyed the family dynamics, I enjoyed the trajectory of the relationship, and I liked how the author didn't rely on silly misunderstandings or other plot devices to give tension to the story. Though the story edged on too long and drawn-out (it's over 350 pages), the pacing kept me glued to the story and I finished the book in under 24 hours. That's a big deal!
Though the characters and the romance really sang, what really won me over was the subtle wit and humor. The author kept the story light and fun, and I had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading. It was just so, so delightful.
If you are looking for a well done, light romance between a highlander who isn't supposed to fall in love with an English woman who is his brother's betrothed (but does), look no further than It's Getting Scot in Here.
Another good story from Valerie Bowman, though it was a little too abrupt for my tastes.
I've been really loving Valerie Bowman recently, and I thinkAnother good story from Valerie Bowman, though it was a little too abrupt for my tastes.
I've been really loving Valerie Bowman recently, and I think that this book had a lot of potential, but the novella format stopped it just short of being great.
Mr. Hunt, I Presume was a very sweet second-chance romance between a long-ago separated couple. Colin is a workaholic and Erienne is resigned to be no more than a governess. Everyone from the side characters to the main couple were great, full-fleshed out characters, which is hard to get in a novella. I enjoyed the lightness and good-natured humor in the story.
However, I didn't love the fact that all of the tension in the story relies on a long-ago misunderstanding, and I think that Erienne and Colin still had years of turmoil to work through when the story ended. I wanted more time with them as a couple, getting to know one another again. Still, the relationship was fulfilling and lovely, and it made me want to read more Playful Brides novels to find out what else Valerie Bowman can come up with with a full-length story.
I pretty much know what I'm getting from an Erica Ridley book: low steam, uniqueNever Say Duke is one of my absolute favorite books from Erica Ridley.
I pretty much know what I'm getting from an Erica Ridley book: low steam, unique female MCs, and, usually, a very sweet, easy story. Never Say Duke took me by surprise because I really, really liked it, and I had a hard time putting it down.
I adored the female MC. Though it isn't explicitly stated, Virginia Underwood seemed neuro-atypical to me, which was an unexpected pleasure. I love a unique MC, and Virginia's gentle, blunt nature and her quirks made her memorable and special to me. She had great chemistry with Theo, and also great chemistry with Duke, her feisty cat, who made the story even more fun.
I also love an interesting hero, and Theo's injuries, limp, and myriad of facial and bodily scars only increased his appeal for me. I felt very invested in his recovery, and I loved his gruff and grumpy demeanor and seeing how he softened to Virginia over time.
The story had a lot of weight to it, but it was kept light by Duke's (the cat) antics and the delightful banter between the MCs.
There was a little unnecessary drama in the last part of the story, which irritated me, but the author pulled it out in the end. It was a grand romance-y romance ending that all historical romance readers will swoon over.
Though the blurb doesn't mention it, The Wayward Bride is about not one but TWO separate romances, and gay romance lovers rejoice, because we got oursThough the blurb doesn't mention it, The Wayward Bride is about not one but TWO separate romances, and gay romance lovers rejoice, because we got ourselves a lovely (and unexpected!) love story.
Anna Bradley is one of my favorite historical romance authors, and this book showed me again why I love her. Though this book is billed as the first in a new series, it's absolutely tied to The Somerset Sisters series, and I'd recommend readers read that series first. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I think the other books give more context.
I'm an avowed queer romance lover, but as Anna Bradley has never written a gay romance and the book blurb doesn't mention anything of the sort, I was 100% percent not expecting to find a second romance in this story that involved two men. And I was living for it. In fact, the romance between Sydney and Lucas far outshown the romance between Isla and Hugh.
I loved, loved, loved the M/M romance, and I think Anna Bradley should venture into the genre fully. It was low steam in contrast to the M/F sections of the book, but the emotions were so powerful. I adored the taciturn Lucas, and I really enjoyed the dynamic between the two.
I also enjoyed Isla and Hugh together, though Isla did a few things that were TSTL that annoyed me. I think they got in their own way too much, but I felt the romance and their chemistry in the end, even if it took them awhile to get their acts together.
A very enjoyable romance that I read in less than a day, Anna Bradley shows her range and skill in The Wayward Bride.
I liked this Hanukkah romance with its confident, body-positive female MC and both MCs being Jewish. I am a sucker for a Jewish guy, so this book realI liked this Hanukkah romance with its confident, body-positive female MC and both MCs being Jewish. I am a sucker for a Jewish guy, so this book really called to me.
I struggle a lot with M/F contemporary romance, and I felt a little bit of that struggle while reading this one. I felt my mind wandering a bit, and the Hanukkah elements seemed a bit thrown in and not quite integral to the story. It didn't give me that holiday feel that I'd expect from a book marketed as a holiday romance.
I liked how brazen and strong the female MC was, really enjoyed that. I thought Yo was a bit underdeveloped, but I liked him as well. Overall, a nice read but it won't be my favorite from this Hanukkah.
I hated Beautiful Bastard, a book that most readers love, and haven't read Christina Lauren since. And, to make matters worse, contemporary romances are my least favorite subclass of romance, and get my consistently lowest ratings. As a result, I was shocked at how much I enjoyed My Favorite Half-Night Stand .
The book was funny, like really funny. I was highlighting and laughing out loud for so much of the story- just funny, witty banter that put a smile on my face. I wasn't expecting that.
I usually feel wishy-washy about friends-to-lovers. I don't like when the emotional bond is already there prior to the story's start, but in this case, it really worked. I related to both MCs and I loved the duel POV.
My Favorite Half-Night Stand was just simply a really, really good read. It made me happy, and I believed in the main couple, and, for me, that's what reading romance is all about.
The book didn't feel well-plotted to me. I read a ton of historical romance, and The Girl with the Sweetest Secret was all over the place. We get a head-hopping, ever-changing POV (I really dislike that), and a plot that throws way too much in the pot. There is just too much going on for there to be any real focus, and I often lost sight of the developing romance due to the side stories and confusing POV changes.
I don't know why the book came across as boring as it did, but I was bored the entire time I was reading. I didn't dislike the story, per se, but it didn't hold my attention. I had to force myself to read in chunks, and even then I was thinking about what else I could be reading. I think there was something about the style or the multiple tangents that made it hard for me to focus.
I can't resist a holiday historical romance, and though I haven't read any of the previous books in the Playful Brides series, I decided to just jumpI can't resist a holiday historical romance, and though I haven't read any of the previous books in the Playful Brides series, I decided to just jump in. Unfortunately, while Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman was nice, it didn't rise above that.
My favorite thing about this book was how sex-positive the female MC was. She was going to get her man and her good time, goddamnit, and I liked that about her. I also liked the male MC, who had his own reasons to resist our female MC, and his own past to contend with.
What bothered me was the plot. It seemed to ramble on, and I lost my interest at times. The end was very melodramatic, and I didn't even get that holiday spirit that I was so looking forward to.
While the story was pleasant, I need to keep searching for my 2018 historical Christmas nirvana story.
First of all, that cover is PERFECT. So often we get a cover that doesn't reflect the characters, and I think this one nailed it. Bonus points for that.
I was a little... no, very nervous about reading a story about a school shooting as that's something that occupies my anxious-mom-brain daily. However, I was also really intrigued.
I think the author did a great job handling the way each person processed their loss and grief and made it seem realistic. It felt sensitive and considerate, and I liked that aspect of the story. Each person, even the side characters, had their own unique reaction to the tragedy, and I think the author treated those respectfully.
I also really felt for each of the MCs and what they were going through. Though the subject matter was really dark and each MC was in a lot of emotional pain, I was still able to get through the story without getting bogged down by negativity. I liked that.
What I didn't enjoy was the DRAMA. Of course there is going to be drama- I mean, how could there not be with the backstory of these two characters, but the drama in this book felt artificial. I didn't love that. I hate manufactured-feeling pain and angst. Also, while I liked the two MCs as a couple, I didn't get that insane chemistry that I want in a romance.
I think the author did a nice job with two unique, intellectual characters in some extraordinary circumstances. The pace and the plot grabbed me, and though the couple wasn't magnetic, I think the story was successful overall.
When I saw that Teddy Hamilton was one of the narrators for Boy Toy I one-clicked that audiobook soooo fast. If your ears haven't had the p
When I saw that Teddy Hamilton was one of the narrators for Boy Toy I one-clicked that audiobook soooo fast. If your ears haven't had the pleasure of listening to Teddy yet, you need to make that happen. He is a serious wonder, and I wish more authors used him. While on the subject of narrators, I was worried that Tanya Eby wouldn't hold her own, but I was pretty surprised by how great she was, especially with her male voices. Bravo to her.
Now, the story itself took me almost a month to get through, which is saying something. It isn't bad, not at all, but the start of the book felt a bit dull and a bit tropey. I also got really tired of hearing about Liam's "inner fourteen year-old." Yeah, we get it, he used to have a crush on Sadie, stay in the NOW, dude.
However, just when I was ready to write this story off as just meh, the last 25% rolled around. Though there was still some unnecessary drama, the ending was so stinking cute that I felt that the story totally redeemed itself. Plus, I have to give a bonus star just for that killer narration. Teddddddyyyyyyyyy!
Enjoyable and entertaining, Lord of Vice was another good book by Erica Ridley.
I had a little bit of trouble in the beginning believing th*3.5 stars*
Enjoyable and entertaining, Lord of Vice was another good book by Erica Ridley.
I had a little bit of trouble in the beginning believing the whole set up. I couldn't picture Bryony having the level of freedom that she did, sneaking around London with ease and without anyone from her house knowing she was missing. I also didn't buy that Max would be cool with her breaking into and chilling in his study. No, not him. I just couldn't see it.
I also thought that the romance was too fast. They were feeling these deep feelings way too quickly. I like a really slow burn where emotions and romance take a long time to develop, so the speed of their romance took me by surprise.
However, once I got past my initial obstacles and made it into the second half of the book, I couldn't put it down. I still don't think this story was very historically feasible, but I was too swept up in the romance to care. The second half of the story was very lovely and totally enjoyable, and I stayed up WAY too late to finish.
Though Lord of Vice started off a little shaky, it ended beautifully. A very nice read in the Rogues to Riches series.
Kelly Bowen is an extremely gifted author of historical romance, but Last Night with the Earl felt off.
I was excited about this story because I love a hero who is broody and who has a disability/disfigurement. I love interesting male and female MCs, and I had high hopes for both Eli and Rose. However, Eli goes from a hermit who stayed away from civilization for years to out in society way too easily. It felt... fake, and forced.
I also really didn't like how Rose was so forceful with Eli and made him socialize when he was truly scared to be exposed, but was such a hypocrite herself. She really bothered me, and I didn't warm up to her.
Aside from that, I didn't get that much of a sense of Eli and Rose's shared history. We are told that they were extremely close friends, but we don't get much of a sense of that relationship. I wanted more details, more build-up, more information that really could give me that feeling of intimacy.
I also was confused by the pacing of the story. I kept thinking that the ending was around the corner, due to something dramatic and concluding-feeling happening in the story, but then I would notice that I had 40% left to read. It was strange, and threw me off.
The whole book felt off-kilter. I love Kelly Bowen's writing, but even that felt strained. I didn't hate the story, but it just didn't gel for me. I will, however, be 100% reading Harland's book. I just hope that the magic from A Duke in the Night returns.
Barbarous started off VERY strong, and I was sure I was going to love it. As the book went on, my enjoyment waned, but it still remained a very enjoyable book overall.
Barbarous had that piratey, interesting feel from the first in the series, and the unlikely hero/heroines (I LOVED that), but it suffered from some unexpected pacing issues. The middle and end dragged on and on, and I think Minerva Spencer has some work to do with her editing team in her future books.
I really enjoyed Hugh and the revenge subplot, and I liked his chemistry with Daphne. I am a total sucker for a scarred/injured MC, and I liked the fact that Hugh wasn't physically perfect. A huge (I mean super tall, but huge in every way as well) man is also never a bad thing.
I'm curious and excited to see where this series takes me, especially if the pacing issues that plague the middle parts of this author's stories are resolved. I know Minerva Spencer has winners up her sleeve.
Wow, THIS is how you write a debut book. Minerva Spencer just made her way to my auto-buy list.
Dangerous was refreshing. In a sea of romances featurinWow, THIS is how you write a debut book. Minerva Spencer just made her way to my auto-buy list.
Dangerous was refreshing. In a sea of romances featuring virginal women, I loved Dangerous's sensual, sexy female MC. Mia was smart, powerful, and in her thirties. Oh happy day!
I loved Mia's relationship with the wealthy and secretive Adam de Courtney. In fact, Adam stole the show for me. He was exactly the type of hero I end up loving, and I wanted to know more about him. It was his intrigue and the chemistry between the two MCs that kept me wanting to read just one more page.
I wish the ending of the book was as strong as the start. I hated how Mia went from smart to TSTL (I mean, please), and how outlandish the plot became near the end, but the book was so satisfying as a whole that I had to give it 4-stars. Minerva Spencer is an author to watch.
*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
Anna Bradley's writing is always solid, but I didn't like Hyacinth Somerset from the start, which is sort of a problem... it's kinda a good thing if you enjoy your heroine.
Hyacinth was tiresome and underdeveloped, and while she was made to be meek and coddled by her overprotective family, I didn't like how she just... let them. She got better as the story progressed, but at times she didn't even seem like the same character- her personality changes didn't ring true. And I couldn't see the person from the start of the book getting involved and reacting as she did to the (unnecessary) drama that happened at the end of the story.
The male MC was okay, and I liked him more, but I think his character could have been taken even farther. I was really intrigued about him at the start, but the strange fighting scene seemed to peter out and not amount to much of anything by the end. I mean, the author made it seem like it was a regular thing and then... not really.
I thought the plot moved along smoothly, and I enjoyed the story, but I just found this one to be less than the others in the series.
I have a thing for disabled characters in romance, and I liked caring, sweet Lorelei who suffered and survived for years under the hands of her abusive brother. I loved that Ash saw past a girl with a crippled ankle and saw her complete inner and outer beauty.
Though Ash was a cold and remote character, he completely stole the show for me. I enjoyed Lorelei, but I loved Ash, and my heart ached for him. I liked his obsessive, dark nature (yeah, I know, it was a little much but I still loved it), and his willingness to fight and kill to be with the only person he's ever loved.
The plot was brilliantly conceived, and I could hardly put the book down. I kept wanting to know what would happen next, and I loved the dark, piratey, action-packed vibe.
All-in-all, this was a very satisfying second-chance romance, and as this was my first Kerrigan Byrne, it made me want to go back and read every other story in the series.
From Here to You was tedious, cliched, and, worst of all, boring. God, if you read these books and you think that this is all that the romance world has to offer, I have news for you.
First of all, lemme talk about the insta-love. I want to bury insta-love with a shovel, but authors keep digging it up. Trex knew Darby, the super-hot waitress, was the one after one interaction. Though insta-love may be a real thing in real life, it just doesn't work in books, with VERY few exceptions. Just declaring oddly strong feelings for another person with no build-up seems creepy and not romantic in novels. Believe me.
Darby was the kind of female MC that drives me crazy. She is gorgeous and men just fall over themselves trying to protect and help her. She is helpless and never seemed to come into her own. I didn't like her overly sweet (like, fake-sweet) persona, and it couldn't relate to her at all. Her chemistry with Trex was... fine... but he felt like the savior and I'm over savior-romances.
I also wasn't expecting was the surprisingly Christian romance-feel. I did not realize that such a large chunk of this book would be about faith and God's plan, and as a non-Christian, I was not at all into that.
To top it off, I felt like I was missing something the whole time. Was there a prequel that I missed?? I was lost in a maze of characters that I felt like I should know, somehow, or that the author expected us to know intimately. It was irritating and off-putting.
I'll freely admit that I skimmed the second half of the book, and it never got any better for me. From Here to You was my last Jaime McGuire.