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Review: Four Dukes and a Devil by Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash and Tracy Anne Warren.

Posted July 9, 2009 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Publisher: Avon, Harper Collins


Rowena’s review for Four Dukes and a Devil (Anthology) by Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash and Tracy Anne Warren.

Fall in love with the unpredictable and irresistible dukes (and one dog named Duke) of Four Dukes and a Devil. Join New York Times bestselling authors Cathy Maxwell, Jeaniene Frost and Tracy Anne Warren, along with USA Today bestselling author Elaine Fox and RITA Award winner Sophia Nash, for tales of noble danger and devilish desire.

Delicate young ladies must be protected from him.
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First he steals her clothes, then he steals her heart.
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Most would be terrified of this powerful vampire- but not him.

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He’s “the catch of the century” but she’s the only one he can’t have.

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A young miss demands a kiss. But he won’t rest once she’s touched her lips to his.

The Irish Duke by Cathy Maxwell:

This was such a short story and in the beginning of the story, I didn’t think I’d mind until I got to the last couple of chapters. When I first started this story, I got a little excited because I loved the premise. The heroine was involved in a scandal and now she’s working as a ladies guide through the Season where parents hire her to steer their daughters toward marriages with high ranking Lords and what not. Her ticket to doing all of this was by telling everyone about the Irish Duke, the Irish Duke comes last after the English Duke and the Scottish Duke and so on and so on. Now she didn’t think too much of it since there weren’t any Irish dukes to speak of and they were in England until a very young, strong and handsome Irish duke lands on the shores of England, looking for a wife.

Roan (I liked his name) came to England to find a wife, he came into his uncle’s title when his uncle didn’t have an heir and the title came with a lot of money and Roan has big plans for all of that money, he was in the military for so long that he wants to live a long, peaceful life working on the farm but he wants to settle down with someone titled so that he can have an heir of his own. Imagine his surprise when he comes to England thinking he’s hot stuff and everyone is snubbing him. He’s a DUKE! Well he finally hears about how Susan Rogers is tainting the Irish Duke title and sets things in motion that bring these two together.

I really enjoyed the beginning of this story, how they met, the circumstances in which they met and I really enjoyed Susan’s character. She didn’t shy away from the truth of her actions in front of Roan which I totally respected her for and I loved how she was realistic. I thought Roan was a stand up man’s man and my problem was that they fell in love way too quickly and their romance was so abrupt that it wasn’t believable for me. I know that the author was working with a word count crunch but everything happened way too fast and it made the story fall flat on its face for me which sucked for me because I was totally into the story until the end. If this book was a full length novel, I think it could have been a total winner but because it was cut so short, my enjoyment suffered. I wanted so much more!

Grade: 3 out of 5

The Duke that Came to Dinner by Elaine Fox:

I really enjoyed this story, it was cute, fluffy and funny and Duke was too cute for words. The way this story opened up and the way that this story took off was perfect. We meet our heroine when she’s riding past our hero’s house on her bicycle…naked.

HA!

Our heroine’s name is Gray and she’s a teacher who is trying to let loose, she’s always been that good girl and she’s trying to live a more adventurous life so she takes a little summer vacation to have a little fun and while she’s out in the early morning on a little bike ride, she comes across a lake or something and she sheds her clothes and goes skinny dipping. She’s having a blast until she sees a dog take off with her dress and with no other clothes around, she has to suck it up and ride back to her summer house completely naked…well with her underwear because thank goodness the dog didn’t take that and while she’s taking that ride of shame back to her house, the hero of the book, Sam sees her and cannot believe his eyes.

Watching these two grow to that happy ending kind of love was too cute for words and what I liked most about it was the entire story was believable. It didn’t feel rushed, I didn’t feel cheated because a rushed ending was put in place and I thought Ms. Fox did a fantastic job of writing this story. Good job!

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

Devil to Play by Jeaniene Frost:

I have been in the biggest paranormal reading slump known to romance reader. The last paranormal that I read was Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon and next month, it will be a year since I’ve read that book but this short story was good. This short story packed a punch and it didn’t feel like the author was trying to cram everything into a few chapters, I enjoyed the story and it’s made me mighty curious about the series now. Bones and Cat are in this short story and I’m curious about them too.

Hmm.

This book is about Blake Turner who is a human possessed by a bad ass demon and the demon overtakes his body and makes him do all kinds of horrible things like murder and what not. Elise is a vampire that comes across him and takes him in and tries to help him. Watching these two grow closer was a treat and I will definitely put Ms. Frost on my list of authors to try.

Grade: 4 out of 5

Catch of the Century by Sophia Nash:

This book was another great addition to the anthology because it told the story of two people who came together and fell in love over the course of a short week and even though that’s such a short amount of time to fall in love, Sophia Nash wrote this story in a way that made their falling in love believable and enjoyable as well. You see, the story is about Victoria Givan and John Varick, Duke of Beaufort. Victoria Givan is a teacher and she’s in charge of a bunch of young men and she’s fallen into a bit of bad luck trying to get to Wallace Abbey. The Duke of Beaufort, who is the catch of the century as told by the gossip rags in their time almost runs over Victoria and her young charges so he does the gentlemanly thing and offers to escort them to Wallace Abbey which is 60 miles away from where they are.

It was such a delight to read this short story because it didn’t feel short at all, the way that the entire story fleshed out was done really well and I really got a feel for what the characters were feeling and what they were going through. It was funny to see characters (of which I’m sure are from other stories written by Nash but since I’ve never read anything by her aside from this short story, I can’t be sure) come forth and add their little spices to the story. I loved the chemistry between John and Victoria and I thought they made a beautiful couple. Great story!

Grade: 4 out of 5

Charmed by Her Smile by Tracy Anne Warren:

This was the last story in the book and I quite enjoyed this one as well. This story was another grand addition to the story, especially for me since I read Tracy Anne Warren’s last release, Tempted by his Kiss and it was good to see Cade and Meg enjoying their happy ending. The heroine in this story, India Byron is Cade’s younger cousin and the hero was one of Cade’s friends, Quentin Marlowe, Duke of Weybridge.

The story starts off at Cade and Meg’s wedding reception with India running from a persistent admirer and running straight into a surprised, Quentin Marlowe. Instead of running away from Quentin though, she runs toward him and pleads with him to kiss her…so being the gentlemen (ha!) that he is, he kisses her.

And that kiss sets into motion a whole grand scheme of getting Peter to ditch India. However, it only worked for a couple of weeks because at the next party that India attends, Peter is there, professing his undying love for her and forgiving her for her indescetion with Quentin. Quentin shows up at the party and India asks him to save her by pretending to be taken with her to thwart the advances of Peter and Quentin laughingly agrees but all the while that they’re playing this little game of theirs, they are slowly falling for each other and even though this was another short story, I felt that Tracy Anne Warren did a great job of telling their story, packing a punch with their story and keeping it well within the limits of a short story.

This story was another great addition to Tracy Anne Warren’s work and I will definitely be wanting to try more of her in the future, I think I’m a fan now.

Grade: 4 out of 5

Overall, I enjoyed this book and my favorite of the bunch would definitely be The Duke Who Came to Dinner by Elaine Fox. Great bunch of stories and a great introduction to some new to me authors so overall, I give this book a:

4 out of 5

This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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Review: Bedtime for Bonsai by Elaine Fox.

Posted December 9, 2008 by Rowena in Reviews | 7 Comments

Publisher: Avon, Harper Collins


Hero: Dylan Mercer
Heroine: Penelope Porter
Grade: 4 out of 5

Penelope Porter longed for a baby. But now that her marriage is over, she’s turned to the next best thing—a cute, cuddly puppy. Mr. Darcy’s an absolute sweetheart, but he could use a stint in obedience school. He keeps sneaking over to the shop across the street, the one owned by Baltimore bad boy Dylan Mersey. Not that Penelope minds having to fetch her dog from his handsome new friend . . .

Mr. Darcy? Only a high-society hottie would name a mischievous pooch after a romantic hero. No, to Dylan this pup’s name is Bonsai . . . and his owner’s impossible to resist. Dylan’s more rough-and-tumble than refined, but he’s about to prove he’s exactly what Penelope needs to forget her heartless ex.

Soon things are heating up between proper Penelope and dangerous Dylan as they learn that misbehaving isn’t just fun for the dog. What Penelope considers unsuitable quickly becomes unstoppable, and she discovers that true love truly is worth the risk.

This is the second book by Elaine Fox that I’ve read and I enjoyed it. She did a great job of telling Penelope and Dylan’s story. Penelope is the good girl and Dylan is the bad boy. Penelope wants to reunite with her cheating ex-husband because she feels that they’re both in different places now and she wants to see if maybe now that he has his own daughter from the woman he left her for, he’ll be more receptive to having a baby with her now because she really wants to have a baby.

Right now she has a dog. She hasn’t named the dog yet but she’s got a dog and she loves it to pieces.

She’s doing great, she’s beginning to see her ex husband and she’s getting herself ready to spill the beans to her friends and family who she knows is going to flip out because Penelope has spent so much time hating Glenn (the cheating ex husband) that to hear she’s going to go back to that loser isn’t going to make anyone happy for her. She knows that they’ll eventually get over it and support her but she knows they’re not going to be happy about it.

So while she’s got all of that on her plate, enter her hero. The bad boy trying to form a fresh start for himself right across the street from Penelope’s pen shop.

Dylan and Penelope meet for the first time with her friends and then they meet again, not knowing who the other is when Dylan gets roaring drunk and comes back to his shop, only to find out that he’s locked out of his shop and so he goes across the street where he sees a light on and before he could ask to use her phone, she calls the cops on him and he spends the night trying to get out of that mess.

Over the course of this book we see Dylan and Penelope grow soft on each other with the help of Penelope’s dog, Mr. Darcy. She calls him Mr. Darcy but he hasn’t taken to the name, he answers to the name Dylan chose for him which is Bonsai.

This book didn’t take me very long to read. It was one of those quick, fun reads that zips right on by. It wasn’t this long drawn out drama fest and I liked that about it. I enjoyed the characters, lots of recurring characters from previous books and it was nice to see Ms. Fox include everyone without them taking over the story. I loved how Dylan got along with everyone even though he was really dressed down for Pen’s party and the book was just a fun read.

Dylan and Penelope together were just like any other couple I know. They get together, they get all dumb about it and then they realize they can’t live without each other and they live happily ever after but I enjoyed getting to know Dylan. I enjoyed getting to know Penelope and it was just a good, all around book.

Don’t expect a serious plot here, this book is all fun and I’m sure if you’re in the mood for quick and light, this is the book for you. Check out the rest of the dog books by Elaine Fox:


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This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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Book Watch: Bedtime for Bonsai by Elaine Fox.

Posted November 16, 2008 by Rowena in Promotions | 5 Comments

I was browsing the Avon books website and stumbled across some books that I want to check out. Bedtime for Bonsai is definitely one of the books I want to read. I’m very much interested in reading this book because I’ve read one other book by Elaine Fox and I liked it well enough that I’m willing to give her another shot and seriously, how cute is this cover? I’m not much of a doggy person but that cover is just too cute for words and so I’m going to dig right into this book as soon as I get my grubby paws on it.

Penelope Porter longed for a baby. But now that her marriage is over, she’s turned to the next best thing—a cute, cuddly puppy. Mr. Darcy’s an absolute sweetheart, but he could use a stint in obedience school. He keeps sneaking over to the shop across the street, the one owned by Baltimore bad boy Dylan Mersey. Not that Penelope minds having to fetch her dog from his handsome new friend . . .

Mr. Darcy? Only a high-society hottie would name a mischievous pooch after a romantic hero. No, to Dylan this pup’s name is Bonsai . . . and his owner’s impossible to resist. Dylan’s more rough-and-tumble than refined, but he’s about to prove he’s exactly what Penelope needs to forget her heartless ex.

Soon things are heating up between proper Penelope and dangerous Dylan as they learn that misbehaving isn’t just fun for the dog. What Penelope considers unsuitable quickly becomes unstoppable, and she discovers that true love truly is worth the risk.

How can you not want to read a book about a woman who named her dog after Mr. Darcy? LOL, this sounds like just the right kind of book that I’m wanting to read right now so I’m going to be all over this book as soon as I can.

Are there any Elaine Fox fans out there? If so, which books are your favorite by her?


This book is available from Avon. You can pre-order it here or here in e-format.


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Review: Hello, Doggy! by Elaine Fox.

Posted March 31, 2008 by Rowena in Reviews | 5 Comments

Review: Hello, Doggy! by Elaine Fox.Reviewer: Rowena
Hello, Doggy! by Elaine Fox
Series: Guys and Dogs #3
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: October 13th 2009
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 384
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four-stars

Keenan James has made a career out of teaching women what men really want. He hosts a weekly roundtable, where he offers advice to the love-lorn, and now he's even been tapped to write a book—though he's never been able to commit to just one girl. Unfortunately, he's recently been saddled with his mom's irrepressible pooch, a golden doodle named Barbra Streisand, and his publisher has saddled him with a co-writer—a shy psychologist named Tory Hoffstra, who's determined to keep him on a short leash.

Suspecting that Keenan's nothing but a hound, Tory joins the round-table under an alias. She's shocked that he's more than just a smooth-talking seducer . . . and that he's even more gorgeous than she had heard. As for Keenan, before long he finds himself warming up to Barbra the dog and feeling the heat with Tory . . . and learning that not even his own advice could have prepared him for finally falling in love.

I have never read an Elaine Fox book before and I have a few of her books from when I stole all those books from Holly’s house all those many months ago and I haven’t had much time to pick up any of those Elaine Fox books and read them, but I got this not too long ago and read it over the weekend and I enjoyed it very much.

This was one of those really quick reads that I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I really liked. I’m not a dog person (shhh, don’t tell Ames! HA!) I’m not a pet person at all and though I can crack a smile when I read about a dog, I don’t usually get too excited about them because it’s just not me. I had a bad experience when I was a kid and I’ve been deathly afraid of dogs and animals for that matter ever since. Blame my brother.

shrugs

So I picked this book up, not very excited to read it because of my issues with dogs but I plunged right in and began the book anyway. I laughed some in the very beginning and by the time we meet both the hero and the heroine, I was digging the story. Alright, so a quick low down of the story, the story is about Tory, a psychologist who is asked to write a story with the hero, Keenan James about relationships. Now Tory has already written a self help book but she’s been having trouble getting the book released, so you can imagine her enthusiasm at writing a book with some jerk who gives women advice on his program. So it’s basically like this, Tory is a psychologist who has the credentials to write this book but Keenan has everything else she needs to get the book out there. She’s very suspicious of Keenan so she does a complete makeover on herself and joins one of his little luncheon thingies.

It’s funny how suspicious both Tory and Keenan are of each other. With Keenan thinking the new girl was a plant sent from his publisher, not caring one way or another but then there’s Tory who knows that Keenan is a fake and she wants to prove it. So many things happen in the book that had me laughing but don’t think for one second that Tory didn’t get on my nerves because she did. There were times I wanted to smack some hot damn sense into her but the book wasn’t bad, at all. Despite my issues with Tory in the beginning, getting to know her throughout the book more than made up for my initial annoyance with her, I enjoyed the book a lot. I liked Keenan’s dog too, surprise surprise! =) You’re just not human if you can’t appreciate a cute dog when you see one, or in my case, read about one. haha.

And I can’t do this review without letting you lovelies know how hot Keenan was. He was a total stud and one that I won’t mind revisiting from time to time. He has a way with women that I thoroughly enjoyed and I’m happy to say that I’ll be reading more Elaine Fox books because this one was seriously a good time.

Y’all should totally read it yourselves and enjoy a few hours of a good time!

4 out of 5

four-stars


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