Posts Categorized: 3 out of 5

Oct 02
Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ Chasing Christmas Eve

Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ Chasing Christmas Eve

Chasing Christmas Eve is the fourth novel in the Heartbreaker Bay series and when given the opportunity to review it, I couldn’t pass up the chance. If you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary to enjoy Chasing Christmas Eve. While Jill Shalvis includes past characters, there’s nothing I consider to be spoilers and you can enjoy previous books in the series. We have good character development. Colbie Albright is an author suffering the dreaded writer’s block. She’s a bit of a free spirit, but very responsible. You’ll like her and I personally loved the creative ways she cursed. I might be borrowing “son of a seacock.” And then there’s Spencer Baldwin, our geeky, intelligent, workaholic hero. I fell for Spence from the moment I… Read more »

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Mar 06
Book Review: Deanna Raybourn’s A Curious Beginning

Book Review: Deanna Raybourn’s A Curious Beginning

I always enjoy Deanna Raybourn’s books. I’m a huge fan of her Lady Julia Grey series and when I found out she had a new Victorian series that was about a female investigator, I knew I had to read it. We have good character development in A Curious Beginning. Veronica Speedwell is a butterfly hunter and she’s interested in science. She’s also independent despite the fact she grew up sheltered. She’s also not afraid to speak her mind. I liked Veronica, but admit to loving Stoker better! He’s a natural scientist who is a reclusive and despite not having much money of his own, likes to help others out. I loved his grouchiness! He’s a bit mysterious, but unlike past Raybourn heroes, he’s definitely easier to read. We have a… Read more »

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Jul 01
Book Review: Cathy Maxwell’s The Fairest of Them All

Book Review: Cathy Maxwell’s The Fairest of Them All

I’ve always enjoyed Cathy Maxwell’s books and sadly, I haven’t kept up with her. When given the opportunity to read The Fairest of Them All, I couldn’t pass up the chance to get reacquainted with her work! Fairest is the second in her Marrying the Duke series and if you haven’t the read the first, The Match of the Century, it’s not necessary to enjoy Fairest. We have really good character development. Lady Charlene Blanchard had a difficult childhood and I can’t imagine growing up the way she did. She’s feisty and courageous. Charlene is also very loyal to her friends and will do anything to make sure they have everything they need. And then we have Jack Whitridge, the long lost and presumed dead twin brother of the Duke… Read more »

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Dec 11
Blog Tour: Review- Toni Blake’s Take Me All the Way

Blog Tour: Review- Toni Blake’s Take Me All the Way

Toni Blake is an author I’ve always wanted to read, but just haven’t had the chance to do so. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for Take Me All the Way, I couldn’t say no. Take Me All the Way is the third book in her Coral Cave series. If you haven’t read the previous two books, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Take Me All the Way. Although I will warn you, there are some spoilers for the previous books, but not any that I consider huge spoilers. We have good character development. Our heroine, Tamra Day is an artist / landscaper and she had a difficult childhood. She’s also very shy and takes the time to get to know a… Read more »

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May 11
Book Review: Cynthia Eden’s Broken

Book Review: Cynthia Eden’s Broken

Cynthia Eden is a new author to me in terms of reading. I’ve seen her books, but never picked one up and when I received a review copy of Broken, I was intrigued! I read the synopsis and wanted to put everything aside because it had everything I wanted in a book: romance and the hunt for a ruthless killer. We have good character development. Our heroine, Eve Gray is suffering from amnesia and is scared because she finds out she fits the description of a ruthless killer’s victims. She wants answers and doesn’t know where to turn to. I liked Eve and felt her frustration at wanting to know the past, but I was worried for her! Then we have Gabe who is dedicated to his work and wants… Read more »

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Mar 05
Book Review: Christina Lee’s Whisper to Me

Book Review: Christina Lee’s Whisper to Me

Christina Lee’s Whisper to Me is the third book in her Between Breaths series. If you haven’t read the first two in the series, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Whisper to Me. I do recommend you read them only because Lee mentions a few things from the books and you might consider spoilers, but I don’t. We have good character development. Ever since I was introduced to Rachel (in All of You) I wanted to know more about her! She’s sassy, strong, and opinionated and I wanted to be her best friend! We finally get to know who she is and wow…Lee gave us a surprise and all I can say is here we have a woman who really does change her personality. The Rachel… Read more »

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Mar 03
Book Review: Lauren Layne’s After the Kiss

Book Review: Lauren Layne’s After the Kiss

If you’ve seen How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, then you know the plot quite well. As I read Lauren Layne’s After the Kiss, thoughts of Andie and Ben came to mind. If you’re not familiar with the film, basically Andie works for a magazine (think Cosmo) and decides to write a story, how a girl can lose a guy and showcases the tips of where she went wrong. On the other side is Ben who makes a bet that he can make a woman fall in love with him and if he wins, he gets a lucrative contract. Well…let’s just say Andie and Ben come together and both don’t know they are using each other. Layne’s After the Kiss is very similar to the film, but in… Read more »

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Jan 13
Blog Tour: Review-Vanessa Kelly’s How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Vanessa Kelly’s How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy + Giveaway

I love reunited lovers plots and can’t say no to anything involving spies especially in historical romance. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for Vanessa Kelly’s How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy, I couldn’t say no! Besides I’m always looking for new historical romance authors to read and Kelly has been on my radar, but I haven’t had a chance to read anything she’s written. We have good character development and Kelly spends an equal amount of time with each of her characters so we get to know them really well. Evie Whitney is quiet and always gets in trouble despite not causing it. It was pretty easy to understand which twin her mother prefers (Evie’s twin is Eden and she’s rambunctious and… Read more »

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Nov 21
Blog Tour: Review-Victoria Alexander’s The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Victoria Alexander’s The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding + Giveaway

I’ve read a few of Victoria Alexander’s books in the past and I’m always annoyed with myself for not keeping up with her. She’s definitely an author I’ve enjoyed and when the opportunity came to take part in the blog tour for The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding I knew I couldn’t pass up the chance. Even though it’s the fourth book in the series you can easily pick this up and is very much a standalone novel. We have really good character development and have a wide array of characters that play a vital role. Our main characters are Jackson Quincy Graham Channing and Lady Theodosia “Teddy” Winslow. I adored Jackson! I felt bad for his upbringing in terms of a shocking secret which I won’t… Read more »

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Oct 13
Book Review: Susan O’Brian’s Finding Sky

Book Review: Susan O’Brian’s Finding Sky

Susan O’Brian’s debut, Finding Sky, is classified as a mystery and yet it’s not really one. I know when I read a mystery, I expect there to be a murder; hopefully you don’t consider this to be a spoiler because there is none. And unfortunately, that’s just my personal preference when it comes to mysteries and of no fault of O’Brian’s or the publisher, Henery Press. In many ways, it is a mystery in terms of trying to find out what happened to the missing teenager Nicki Valentine has vowed to locate. Character development is a bit weak. While we do spend a lot of time with Nicki, we don’t know much about her other than she’s super health conscious (we’re constantly reminded of the organic food in Nicki’s house)… Read more »

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Sep 05
Blog Tour: Review-Liz Carlyle’s The Earl’s Mistress + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Liz Carlyle’s The Earl’s Mistress + Giveaway

I’ve been a Liz Carlyle fan for a few years and she’s an auto-buy for me, but admit I haven’t really kept up with her like I should. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for The Earl’s Mistress I couldn’t pass up the chance. We have good character development. Our heroine, Isabella Aldridge is trying to make ends meet and raise two girls. Her beauty makes it difficult to obtain a governess position but she’s not afraid to work hard. I had a bit of trouble warming up to Isabella because she tries to make a stand and then just goes with the flow. I wanted her to have a little more backbone. Our hero is Anthony, the Earl of Hepplewood and quite frankly I giggled… Read more »

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Aug 25
Book Review: Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Heroes Are My Weakness

Book Review: Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Heroes Are My Weakness

Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ is one of those authors I’ve always want to read, but never have because I didn’t know where to start. When I received a copy of Heroes Are My Weakness, I knew this was my opportunity! I’m glad I took the plunge because I liked it and at one point took a picture of a scene and sent a text to my sister with the words, “hubba hubba.” If you’re wondering, it was the scene in which our hero, Theo, is dressed as a Regency dandy. We have good character development. Annie Hewitt is forced to spend two months out of the year at Moonraker Cottage on Peregrine Island due to a contract made by her mother and her mother’s then ex-husband. Annie doesn’t like the area… Read more »

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