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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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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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Feb 25
Book Review: Tracy Wolff’s Ruined

Book Review: Tracy Wolff’s Ruined

I was really excited to read Tracy Wolff’s Ruined because a few friends really enjoyed it. In the end, it fell a bit flat. Character development is a bit weak. Ethan went from being this beach bum type of guy to suddenly suit wearing CEO. For the most part, he remains mysterious and even when he tells Chloe a bit of his past we still don’t know exactly who Ethan Frost is. The whole beach bum vs CEO felt a bit off. Out of all the characters we get to know Chloe fairly well. It makes sense since she also narrates it. As a narrator I think she’s trustworthy. It’s clear something traumatic happened to her and she doesn’t tell us exactly what it is nor does she give us… Read more »

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Dec 06
Blog Tour: Review-Toni Aleo’s Blue Lines + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Toni Aleo’s Blue Lines + Giveaway

Toni Aleo’s Blue Lines is the fourth book in her Assassins series. If you haven’t read any of the books in the series, I don’t think it’s necessary to do so to enjoy Blue Lines. Just keep in mind that Aleo does revisit past characters and touches upon past events, but no big spoilers that will impede you from enjoying the books at a later date. I wasn’t sure how Aleo was going to redeem Erik because he’s a jerk of the first order and I admit to wanting to strangle him. Let me give Aleo a high-five for redeeming him when I didn’t think it was possible. Character development is a little weak and I think it’s because we’ve known that Piper has a crush on Erik. It’s been… Read more »

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Nov 10
Book Review: Toni Aleo’s Trying to Score

Book Review: Toni Aleo’s Trying to Score

I’m a big fan of lovers reunited and having read the first book in the Assassins series, Taking Shots, I couldn’t wait to read Lucas’ story. If you haven’t read Taking Shots it’s not necessary to enjoy Trying to Score. Lucas Brooks hasn’t been the same since Fallon Parker walked out on him and he can’t blame her; however, he can’t remember what exactly happened in the moments leading up to Fallon discovering him in another woman’s arms. Seven years later, Fallon is living in Nashville where she works for her family. That family business serves wine at the arena where the Assassins play and she’s good friends with the team owner Elli Adler. Her world is turned upside down when she learns Lucas has been traded to Nashville and… 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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Oct 01
Blog Tour: Review-Megan Frampton’s What Not To Bare + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Megan Frampton’s What Not To Bare + Giveaway

My hands have been itching to pick up a Megan Frampton book since I first saw the cover for Hero of My Heart. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for What Not To Bare, I couldn’t pass up the chance. Lady Charlotte Jepstow likes color and more importantly to dress as if she’s had an accident with a painter’s palette. Despite being an heiress she has yet to capture anyone’s interest and reluctantly enters her third season. Her mother is desperate to see her wed and goes as far as to arrange a marriage with a widower who needs a mother for his children. What her mother didn’t anticipate was the arrival of Lord David Marchston. The moment David enters the ballroom, she’s happy to introduce… 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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