Monthly Archives: October 2013

11 Fridays til Christmas Review- A Proposal For Christmas by Linda Lael Miller and Lindsay McKenna

Title:  A Proposal For Christmas

A proposal For Christmas

Genre: Holiday  Contemporary Romance Novellas

Author: Linda Lael Miller and Lindsay McKenna

Publisher: Harlequin, Sept. 24, 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 4.5

Description from amazon.com in bold type:

Linda Lael Miller and Lindsay McKenna present two enthralling stories about the redemptive power of the holiday season

STATE SECRETS by Linda Lael Miller

Secret Service agent David Goddard never expected to spend his Christmas surveilling the president’s cousin. But after weeks of studying her, he finds that Holly Llewellyn’s life continues to remain a mystery. Tangled in the controversy swirling around them, David wonders, is it her secrets that fascinate him…or Holly herself?

**

Deet’s review– No surprise that this accomplished author has written a good story.  Holly is under surveillance because her brother is a fugitive suspected of treason.  Holly and David have fallen in love at first sight but the secrets each is keeping from the other threatens to explode their budding romance. This story’s setting is the holiday season and beyond into January. The characters are well fleshed out and side characters add to the story.  It is an interesting premise and Ms Miller pulls it off beautifully.

Deet’s Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating:5

Christmasy Feeling: 4

THE FIVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by  Lindsay McKenna

Morgan Trayhern’s toughest mercenary, Colt Hamlin, is looking to lie low this Christmas, but he may just have a change of heart when his matchmaking boss puts him in the path of Montana’s prettiest widow.

**

Deet’s review:   Abbie lost her husband in an auto accident two years prior to her friend Laura asking her to let Colt help her with the decorations for the annual Five-Days of Christmas parities held by the Black Ops headquarters.  Colt was recently off a mission and was suffering from PTSD and Laura thought he was too reclusive and needed to get out in society more.  Abbie and Colt had instant rapport that escalated to romance.

The fact that this hero was traumatized and cried quite a bit and got all emotional, made this story not quite what I want in a romantic hero.  That the H/h got engaged after knowing each other for five days also seemed a bit too much. ..for me.  The story was certainly well written, and if you are up for a totally schmaltzy story and have a full box of tissues handy then you will love this story.

Deet’s Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating:5

Christmasy Feeling: 5  sexy_santa_4-257x400

Coming Next Friday: Mistletoe and Magic

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Review- Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Title:  Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster

Genre:  Contemporary Romance (New Adult)

Author: Jamie McGuire

Publisher: Atria Books, 2012

Source: Kindle purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

**

I have to admit upfront that I did not like the characters in this book.  That said, the writing, plotting and characterization is top-notch.  The author does a terrific job of portraying two messed up college students trying to grow up and actually failing at it.  Travis is from a loving but violent background and Abby was running away from a dysfunctional parent.  They both need therapy, Travis more than Abby, although the fact that she stays with him may mean she needs therapy more than Travis.  The only characters that lean toward normal are a gay friend, Finch, and Travis’ roommate and cousin Shepley.  Even Shepley’s girlfriend, America, is a bit over the top in the “protective” department when it comes to Abby. This is a book to inspire many discussions of physical and psychological abuse.  This might have been a YA book except that it has quite a bit of sex, but even the sex did not read satisfying when the heroine is basically jumped on by her partner. Well done study of college age students with multiple problems and worth the read.

A note about the “New Adult” genre designation:  This designation is fairly new to the genres of published books.  It is generally given to books that contain content not appropriate for the “Young Adult” designation, such as graphic sex, drug use, violence, etc.  The protagonists are usually adults in their late teens (18-19) through twenties.

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Review- Never Kiss A Rake by Anne Stuart

Title: Never Kiss A Rake

never kiss a rake

Genre: Historical Romance/ Suspense

Author: Anne Stuart

Publisher: Montlake Romance, August 2013

Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Anguished by death. Driven by revenge.

Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to find the real villain and clear her father’s name. In disguise as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home of her father’s business partner to find proof of his guilt…or innocence. It’s not just clues that Bryony finds, but temptation too…

Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, immediately suspects there is something not quite right about his new housekeeper. The brooding, irresistible rake plays along because he has his own guilty secrets, and his venal, scheming wife holds the key to them, trapping him in a hate-filled marriage. But against his will he’s fascinated by Bryony, seeing past the scars on her face to show her the beauty she never knew she had. Bryony must uncover the truth and attempt to preserve her father’s legacy, before things go too far and she falls in love with a man who might very well be her worst enemy.

**

Anne Stuart is known for writing dark heroes and Adrian is the cynical, dark hero in this book.  We really don’t know whether to like him or not; he is flawed, he is married and he is a self confessed womanizer. Bryony is naive but on a mission to find out who killed her father.

If Bryony’s innocence is a bit over the top then I can forgive that.  Some plot points are arguable, like finding massive amounts of blood in a trashed room and not calling it to anyone’s attention.  This lack is explained away but not to my satisfaction.  Minor complaints aside this is a good suspenseful mystery.  This is well written and characterizations are spot on.  There is a psychopathic villain who is also an evil genius.  The seduction and sex scenes are sizzling.

This is the first book in Ms Stuart’s latest trilogy and there are indications at the end of the book as to what may come next.

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Quotes I Love- From- It Happened One Midnight by Julie anne Long

It Happened One Midnight (Pennyroyal Green Series)

by Julie Anne Long

See My Review August 30, 2013

It Happened One Midnight

“Laughing with him was strangely a bit like drinking champagne. She wanted more of it, and the more she had of it, the giddier she felt.”

*****

“Say it again.”
“I love you.” These magical powerful words that she never dreamed she’d be able to say to anyone.
And the look, look at what it did to Jonathan Redmond’s face when she said them. What a humbling power she held.
He recovered, and smiled a slow satisfied smile. “Of course you love me. How could you help it?”
He gathered her abruptly into his arms then, and he bent to kiss her senseless.

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Get Ready! Holiday Book Reviews coming every Friday Until Christmas

The 11 Fridays Before Christmas

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 There are only 11 Fridays left until Christmas.  So every Friday I will post a review of a holiday themed book.  Some will be brand, spanking new and others will be wonderful reads from the past.  I will have both full length novels and anthologies to post.  Until next Friday perhaps this fella will get you in the mood …..er…I mean in the spirit of the upcoming season. ( ya know it’s never too early)

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Review- Darius by Grace Burrowes

Title:  Darius

Darius

Genre:  Historical Romance

Author: Grace Burrowes

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2013

Source:  purchase

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

With his beloved sister tainted by scandal, his widowed brother shattered by grief , and his funds cut off, Darius Lindsey sees no option but to sell himself—body and soul. Until the day he encounters lovely, beguiling Lady Vivian Longstreet, whose tenderness and understanding wrap his soul in a grace he knows he’ll never deserve…

**

I wanted to really like this book since I had already read three other books in this series and liked them, some more than others.  However the plot of this book was so much like Lorraine Heath’s WAKING UP WITH A DUKE that I was disappointed.  I realize that there is no new plot under the sun but to have two so similar, being published just a short time apart made reading not as enjoyable for me. Of course to anyone who had not read both books then they each had their own merits.

Of course Ms. Burrowes’ writing is very good.  She is good at character development and can wring emotion out of every page.  There have been some dissatisfied reviewers who think that Darius should not have gone back to his gigolo ways after falling in love but I disagree since he was trying to extricate himself from those encounters without the threat of blackmail.  It made sense that he would not rock the boat at that time.  He does become a true hero in the book.  That Vivian’s husband would use subterfuge to carry on his dynasty was very believable, and it became apparent that he wanted the two to fall in love although one wonders why he picked notorious Darius, a man he knew only by tainted reputation.  I gave this book only an “okay” 3 stars because I had so many questions that were not answered. But that said, it had a story that was compelling.

 

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