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Jan 21
Book Review: Rachel Van Dyken’s The Wager

Book Review: Rachel Van Dyken’s The Wager

I’ve had my eye on Rachel Van Dyken for a while and when the opportunity came to review The Wager, I couldn’t pass up the chance. Unfortunately, it’s a forgettable book and definitely left me with no desire to read anymore of her books. Ultimately it comes down to her writing and unbelievable characters and situations. 1. The characters are put into some ridiculous situations. For example, Jake and Char are on the same flight and to teach Jake a lesson (after breaking her heart), she initiates a fight that requires the intervention of an air marshal who uses peanuts to subdue Jake. But here’s the kicker-turns out Jake’s allergic to peanuts and you can very well imagine what happens next. 2. In order for Jake and Char to realize… Read more »

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Jul 31
Book Review: Will Thomas’ Fatal Enquiry

Book Review: Will Thomas’ Fatal Enquiry

Will Thomas’ Fatal Enquiry is the sixth book in his Baker and Llewlyn series. If you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Fatal Enquiry. Thomas does a good job minimizing history from other books and at no point do you feel lost reading a book in an already established series. We have good character development. Cyrus Baker is a gentleman enquiry agent and he’s a bit quirky. We don’t get to fully know him, but it’s easy to see that he’s not an easy man to work for. His assistant is Thomas Llewlyn who was once in jail for a crime and now devotes his time assisting Baker on cases. I had trouble with Llewlyn and wasn’t… Read more »

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Jul 23
Book Review: Linda Howard’s Shadow Woman

Book Review: Linda Howard’s Shadow Woman

I’ve always wanted to read Linda Howard’s books, but I’ve never had the chance to do so. When the opportunity came to review Shadow Woman via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program, I couldn’t pass up the chance to finally read an author I’ve been wanting to. Unfortunately, Howard’s Shadow Woman falls short. Character development is a little weak. We have Lizette Henry who pretty much lives a predictable life. For the past three years she’s never done anything out of character until she’s forced to call in sick. Even when we find out who Lizzy is, we aren’t given much information regarding her past. I wanted a little more to fully understand her. Despite this, she’s a likeable character and you care about her fate. Then we have Xavier, he’s a… Read more »

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Jun 09
Book Review: Molly O’Keefe’s Wild Child

Book Review: Molly O’Keefe’s Wild Child

I’ve been waiting since October 2013 to read Molly O’Keefe’s Wild Child because I was notified I’d be receiving a copy via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program, but I didn’t actually receive a copy until April. I’ll be truthful, I struggled to finish it and while it’s my first O’Keefe novel, it won’t be my last. Character development is a bit weak. Monica Appleby is America’s “Wild Child” and her antics would make the antics of today’s Hollywood young stars look like a walk in the park. As an adult, she’s moved on from that and has become a successful author. As a character, I liked her, but it was difficult to really get to know her. I understand why she kept to herself, but I wanted her to be a… Read more »

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May 19
Book Review: Nicole Jordan’s Secrets of Seduction

Book Review: Nicole Jordan’s Secrets of Seduction

Nicole Jordan combines two series in Secrets of Seduction; the final book in her Paradise series and the third in the Legendary Lovers series. If you haven’t any books in these two series, don’t worry since it is not necessary to do so. While Jordan does mention a few events from books in both series, I don’t consider them to be huge spoilers. I’ve been patiently waiting for the final book in Jordan’s Paradise series for a little over seven years. Imagine my delight when I heard Hawk’s story was finally being published and hoped it was worth the wait. Unfortunately, Secrets of Seduction was a disappointment. When I started Secrets, I came in with an open mind and if you’ve been a fan of Jordan’s work, then you know… Read more »

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Jan 28
Book Review: Jayne Ann Krentz’s River Road

Book Review: Jayne Ann Krentz’s River Road

If you’re a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz’s books then you know that for the past few years she’s woven a mixture of the paranormal into her contemporary novels including her historical and futuristic novels. I was a bit unsure if I’d enjoy River Road because as much I liked her Arcane series, I was tired of reading about the paranormal. There’s been a lot of talk about Krentz’s return to romance (just plain old fashioned romance) and it’s refreshing to see her return to her roots. Thirteen years ago, Lucy Sheridan was a teenage girl spending the summer at her aunt’s house and crushing on Mason Fletcher. Unfortunately, Mason never saw Lucy as more than a kid and when he escorts her from a party she’s attending she’s embarrassed… Read more »

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Oct 07
Book Review: Ella Grace’s Midnight Lies

Book Review: Ella Grace’s Midnight Lies

Ella Grace’s Midnight Lies is the second book in her Wildefire series. It’s not necessary to read the first, Midnight Secrets in order to enjoy Midnight Lies. Grace does touch upon a few events that occurred in Secrets, but I don’t see them as spoilers. Samantha Wilde and Quinn Braddock can’t keep their hands off each other and sparks flew the moment they made eye contact. For Samantha the relationship with the ER doctor works just fine because she often works odd hours due to her job as a police officer. Quinn can’t believe he’s found a woman worthy and one that makes him believe in love. Quinn receives a call from his ex-wife and he loathes her calls, but when she mentions she’s willing to give him an item… Read more »

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Aug 08
Book Review: Mary Balogh’s The Arrangement

Book Review: Mary Balogh’s The Arrangement

Mary Balogh’s The Arrangement is the second book in The Survivors’ Club series. It picks up a few weeks shortly after The Proposal ended and if you haven’t read the first in the series, The Proposal, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy The Arrangement. It’s not easy writing a beta hero and even more so one that has a disability. Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, comes home blind after his first battle. His mother and sisters take turns taking care of him when all he wants is to be free. When his mother invites a friend and her daughter for a visit, Vincent doesn’t mind at first until he hears the daughter utter the words that have him fleeing, “I wouldn’t mind.” He doesn’t want a woman… Read more »

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Jul 15
Book Review: Marisha Pessl’s Night Film

Book Review: Marisha Pessl’s Night Film

Without a doubt Marisha Pessl’s Night Film is probably going down as my favorite read of the year. It is also the most difficult book I have yet to review. There’s so much I want to discuss and analyze, but I can’t without giving spoilers and I feel that no review can live up to how amazing Night Film is. Scott McGrath, a former investigative journalist, is surprised to hear of Ashley Cordova’s death. Ashley was a young and brilliant pianist whose father is Stanislas Cordova, a notorious filmmaker. Cordova has always been a shadowy figure and goes at great lengths to hide what he looks like. Only one known photograph exists and that’s in a 1977 issue of Rolling Stone. Scott has plenty of reasons to dislike Cordova; after… Read more »

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Jun 05
Book Review: Mary Balogh’s The Proposal

Book Review: Mary Balogh’s The Proposal

It’s been a little over thirteen years since we last saw Gwendoline, Lady Muir in a book. She first makes an appearance in One Night for Love as the Earl of Kilbourne’s, widowed sister who offers support to her cousin Lauren when she’s left at the altar. The Gwen we see in The Proposal is different from the Gwen we meet in One Night for Love. Gone is the haughty girl who looks down on the lower class. I found it a bit hard to believe she would change her ways because I still see her as the Gwen from One Night for Love, but I remind myself it’s been thirteen years and people do change. Hugo Emes, Lord Trentham, wasn’t born an English gentleman. He was awarded his title… Read more »

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May 08
Book Review: Karen Robards’ The Last Victim + Giveaway

Book Review: Karen Robards’ The Last Victim + Giveaway

Doctor Charlotte “Charlie” Stone is expert in criminal pathology, but she hides a secret. Fifteen years ago, she was the sole survivor of the Boardwalk Killer’s attack and afterwards discovered she could see dead people. She keeps the knowledge of seeing the ghosts of victims to herself and instead focuses on what makes these monsters commit crimes. Charlie reluctantly agrees to assist the FBI in finding a teenage girl who may be the latest Boardwalk Killer’s victim or that of a copycat. There’s just a slight problem. Before she can dedicate herself to the case she needs to get rid of a pesky ghost. Michael Garland, a convicted serial killer won’t accept he’s dead and refuses to leave Charlie alone. Will Charlie be able to guide Garland towards the light… Read more »

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Apr 15
Book Review: Amanda Quick’s The Mystery Woman

Book Review: Amanda Quick’s The Mystery Woman

I’m a fan of Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) and auto-buy her books. I admit I lost interest in her Arcane series once we reached the conclusion of how Jones & Jones agency came together and she started expanding the Arcane series to include outside associates. I wanted to prep for this review by reading the last 3 books I missed, but decided it would be best to read from a new reader’s perspective without any previous knowledge as most new readers. Amanda Quick’s The Mystery Woman is the second book in her Ladies of Lantern Street series. If you haven’t read the first book, Crystal Gardens, it’s not necessary to do so. Quick does a good job giving you an overview of what exactly the agency Flint &… Read more »

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