Publisher: Entangled: Amara

Guest Review: To Save a Savage Scot by Tamara Gill

Posted April 26, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: To Save a Savage Scot by Tamara GillReviewer: Tracy
To Save a Savage Scot (Time-Traveler's Highland Love #2) by Tamara Gill
Series: Time-Traveler's Highland Love #2
Published by Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: March 26th 2018
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 209
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three-half-stars

Kenzie Jacobs is fascinated by a portrait of the roguish Highlander, Black Ben, which hangs in her ancestral home. There’s a mystery surrounding his death, and Kenzie longs to solve it by traveling through time to 17th century Scotland—and perhaps meet the gorgeous laird who haunts her dreams.

Black Ben, Laird of Ross, suited his dark name more than ever since his wife died in childbirth. He has vowed never to marry again. But Kenzie is an intoxicating elixir and even more potent than whisky. As confusing and crazy as she may seem, he can’t get her out of his system. But there’s no way they can ever work, as she does not fit into his plans.

Fate has brought them together, and Ben can’t stop Kenzie from returning to her time, though he would do anything–except marry her–to keep her with him. Kenzie has a life to get back to but leaving her favorite, though infuriating, Highlander behind, might be the toughest thing she’ll ever have to do.

Black Ben Ross has always held a fascination for Kenzie Jacobs.  Even from when she was small she was intrigued by a painting of his that hung in her cousin’s house.  Unfortunately the history book don’t know what ever happened to the man.  Kenzie decides to go back and figure it out on her own.  She should have known that her fascination would lead to deeper feelings for the man.

Ben Ross believes that he killed his wife by asking for an heir.  She died in childbirth because of a tumor but he thinks it was all him.  He leaves not long after his son is born and gets drunk.  He stays that way for many months until he lands on his friends’ doorstep, drunk and very ill.  He meets Kenzie, who has come back from the future and he’s as smitten with her as she is with him.

The two start an affair but when Kenzie tells Ben why she’s really there, neither of them are sure where the danger is coming from, or how they will keep him alive when it arrives.

This was a decent time travel romance.  I really liked both Kenzie and Ben as well as the other characters in the book – except the evil ones, I didn’t like them. 😉 The romance between the H/h was slow to start and had a lot of tension between the two to start off with.  Of course, that eventually went by the wayside and they became lovers.

I thought the author did a good job writing the time period when it came to the setting but some of the ways that the characters talked who were from 1605 was a bit too contemporary.  I was also quite surprised with how many people knew Kenzie was from the future.  I would have thought it was kept a bigger secret as they wouldn’t want her be thought a witch, but no one seemed to be too freaked out about it which was strange.

Despite my issues with the book it was a good read and I would definitely read more in this series.

Time Traveler’s Highland Love Series

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Drakon’s Past by N.J. Walters

Posted April 23, 2018 by Jen in Reviews | 6 Comments

Guest Review: Drakon’s Past by N.J. WaltersReviewer: Jen
Drakon's Past (Blood of the Drakon, #4) by N.J. Walters
Series: Blood of the Drakon #4
Also in this series: Drakon's Promise, Drakon's Prey, Drakon's Plunder
Published by Entangled, Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: January 29th 2018
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 306
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two-half-stars

Constance Owens has a gift for finding unique items in the most unlikely places, which comes in handy since she buys and sells artifacts and antiques for a living. When she purchases a set of four dragon statues, she has no idea just how unique they are, or that finding them will thrust her into a world of secret societies, men who think nothing of kidnapping and murder to get what they want, and dragon shifters.

Nic hasn’t survived for four thousand years by letting his guard down, and he doesn’t trust anyone except his drakon brothers. The loneliness haunting him has been getting worse since all his brothers have found their mates. And when he finds the woman his drakon recognizes instantly as his fated mate, he doubts he’ll ever have what his brothers have, because it seems she’s involved with the secret society of hunters who have been hunting and capturing his kind for hundreds of years.

Nic has been a bit on the outskirts of the previous books in this series. Unlike the other brothers who tend to keep to themselves, Nic seems to spend a lot of time with regular humans. He loves to party and act the playboy, particularly in Vegas. What his brothers don’t know, though, is that he’s doing it in a desperate attempt to stave off the Big Sleep. Apparently, when drakons eventually get bored with the world, they lay down and sleep forever. (Everyone implies this is just “sleep” and not death, but I don’t know, that sure sounds like dying to me.) Nic’s been feeling the urge to just lay down and give up, so he leads a wild lifestyle in an attempt to keep up his interest in living. When he hears about a woman selling highly unusual dragon statues, he goes to investigate and finds Constance. She sells antiques and other collectibles to support herself and her teenage sister. When her sister gets kidnapped by the Knights of the Dragon, she knows the statues are more important than she thought. She doesn’t trust Nic and doesn’t know how he’s involved, but she doesn’t have a lot of options for getting her sister back. She and Nic circle each other and do what they can to rescue her sister.

I have to be honest, I was pretty disappointed in this book. I didn’t like Nic or Constance much. I didn’t really feel much of a deep connection between them, just plain and simple lust. I didn’t like that Nic takes advantage of Constance’s vulnerability and worry about her sister. Constance too is wishy washy. I got why she wouldn’t trust Nic, but then she keeps getting all horny for him and letting him come around. I just never felt much there.

There were too many loose threads in the book, too. This idea of the Big Sleep is never properly explored. Why do drakons do this? How does Nic avoid it? It’s kind of plopped there and then never referred to again. There is no resolution to the larger story arc of the Knights of the Dragon. Sure one villain gets beaten here, but what about the rest of them? How come the drakons don’t put a stop to the group once and for all? What happened to Karina Azarov (the head of the Knights)? Now all four of the drakon brothers have gotten their stories. We’re told there are more drakons out there but we haven’t met or even heard the name of any others. So, is the series going to continue with a drakon we’ve never met, or is it over, leaving tons of unresolved story lines? I don’t know what to think.

Even worse, the one thread that IS resolved is Nic’s mommy issues. Thousands of years ago, when he was a child, his mom threw him out and let the villagers chase him away. He’s had a huge chip on his shoulder since then and doesn’t trust anyone, particularly women, because he’s sure they’re all rotten. Of course, it’s a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Because he doesn’t trust Constance he doesn’t tell her the truth, and because she doesn’t know the truth she has to betray him in order to save her sister. And then in the end, Nic gets a resolution of his issues that was so trite and unbelievable. It was just silly.

It’s always a bummer when a book you’ve been waiting for lets you down. If the author continues the series, however, I’ll continue reading.

Grade: 2.5 out of 5

Blood of the Drakon Series

two-half-stars


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Guest Review: A Scandal by Any Other Name by Kimberly Bell

Posted February 1, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: A Scandal by Any Other Name by Kimberly BellReviewer: Tracy
A Scandal By Any Other Name (A Tale of Two Sisters #2) by Kimberly Bell
Series: A Tale of Two Sisters #2
Published by Entangled, Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: January 30th 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 306
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one-star

Julia Bishop has led a very sheltered life. Protected by her family from those who might ridicule her for her secrets, she stays hidden away in the country. But she longs for more, if only for an evening. To kiss a rake in full view of the stable boy. Unchaperoned picnics. Romance. But she knows she’ll never experience any of those things.

That is, until a handsome duke with a mysterious past of his own arrives…

Duke Jasper DeVere left London to grieve his grandfather’s death privately, away from the prying eyes and gossips of the ton. Seeking solitude at a friend’s country manor, he’s surprised he finds himself drawn to the company of the shy beauty determined to present the epitome of proper behavior.

That is, until the mysterious woman makes an indecent proposal…

Julia can’t believe what she’s suggested to the duke. Nor that he agrees a distraction is what they both need. But what will happen when Jasper must return to his duties and leave Julia behind? Will the memories of their time together be enough for a lifetime of solitude for either of them?

Because Julia can never leave her country haven and a duke can never stay…

Jasper is distraught over the death of his grandfather – the man who raised him. He feels that he can’t live up to his grandfather’s legacy and right before the ceremony (with the Queen) that will officially make him the Duke of Abermarle, he does a runner. He decides to head to his friend Nicholas’s house in the country – not realizing that Nicholas isn’t back from his honeymoon. He runs into Nicholas’s new sister-in-law, Julia, but she tells him that she’s a cousin and her name is Juniper. Jasper is instantly attracted to Juniper and wants nothing more than to bed her.

Julia has never had adventure. She’s got spina bifida and has been sheltered her whole life. When Jasper shows up and doesn’t know who she is she sees it as her opportunity to be someone else and live an adventure.

This book. I’m not even sure how to state my feelings on it. First of all, the blurb led me to believe that Jasper couldn’t avoid his grandfather, who was alive. I mean it says “it’s difficult to avoid your own grandfather” in the blurb. More like it’s hard to avoid his legacy, cuz the man is dead!  Anyway, when Jasper runs from his own ceremony I lost some serious respect for the man. Then he shows up and acts the complete rake and fool with Julia. I found it annoying.

Julia, I could understand, wanted to live a little. Ok, I get that, but she acted so incredibly immaturely that I couldn’t help but yell at my kindle for her to get her act together! LOL  Her sister let her just do whatever, even after being caught in a compromising position and I couldn’t understand that.

Later in the book Jasper finally completes the ceremony and becomes the Duke but by that time I truly didn’t care whether Julia and Jasper were ever together. I guess I felt these two immature beings were perfect for each other but frankly, I wasn’t interested in their HEA.

When you put the book down when you’ve only read 13% of it, it’s a sign I should have see with red flashing lights. I had to force myself to go back to it and then barely got through it. I wish I could say good things about this one but it did nothing for me.

A Tale of Two Sisters Series

Rating: 1 out of 5

one-star


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