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Guest Review: From Kiss to Queen by Janet Chapman

Posted July 5, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: From Kiss to Queen by Janet ChapmanReviewer: Tracy
From Kiss to Queen by Janet Chapman
Published by Jove
Publication Date: July 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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four-stars

Jane Abbott knows that she's nobody special, so instead of looking for romance she's hunting partridge in the Maine woods when a plane crashes into a nearby pond. Diving in to save the pilot, Jane instinctively gives him air by way of a lifesaving kiss, and leads him to safety through a barrage of gunfire.

The handsome stranger returns the favor by kidnapping her.

Clearly no ordinary man, and insisting Jane's life is in danger, Mark spirits his stubborn guardian angel to an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean. Only then does she discover that the mysterious Mark is actually Prince Markov Lakeland.

Soon to be crowned king of the young country of Shelikova, can Mark persuade Jane that she has what it takes to be his queen?

Jane Abbott is out partridge hunting in the woods of Maine when a plane fly’s low overhead.  She is a bit annoyed but doesn’t think much about it until another plan follows after plane 1 and is shooting at it with a machine gun.  Plane one ends up crashing into the lake and she jumps in to save the one person in the plane.  She gets him to safety but they’re not safe at all.  Plane two comes back and starts shooting at them again and then when they hear a blast the pilot lets Jane know that it was more than likely her car that they blew up.

Jane has no clue what is going on with this man named Mark (no last name) but she’s determined to get him to safety and to a phone.  She helps him trek to a small camp within two days but not before she gets horribly sick and Mark ends up taking care of Jane instead.  When Jane and Mark head to the Maine coast to meet a contact of Mark’s Jane is excited because she’ll be free to move on with her life.  Yeah, that doesn’t happen as Mark kidnaps Jane.  From boat to submarine to aircraft carrier to plane they finally land in Shelkova, a relatively new country that has recently won its freedom back from Russia.  It turns out that Mark (no last name) is actually the heir apparent to the King of Shelkova and he’s heading home to become king as his father is stepping down.

Jane wants nothing more than to go home because she knows she doesn’t belong in a palace.  She’s just an orphan that nobody has ever wanted.  Mark, however, has fallen in love with Jane and won’t ever let her go.

This was another sweet story from Janet Chapman.  She really does the sweet very well and you definitely know what you’re getting when you pick up one of her books.  This one didn’t disappoint.

In this story Mark was a bit of a bossy guy but that was kind of how he was raised.  He wasn’t always a prince but he was definitely a dominating man.  Despite that he was a nice guy who truly cared about Jane.  Yes, he fell in love with her quite fast but it was one of those things where when you know, you just go with it and don’t question things.

Now, Jane was a lady to be reckoned with, I must say.  She was her own person and did what she wanted, to the chagrin of Mark and his family. She was a bit annoying at times but I couldn’t help but like her overall.  She was a good person and truly cared about people.

The book was a good one and a nice start to what I think will be a good series.

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars

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Guest Review: The Highlander Next Door by Janet Chapman

Posted November 10, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: The Highlander Next Door by Janet ChapmanReviewer: Tracy
The Highlander Next Door by Janet Chapman
Series: Spellbound Falls #6
Also in this series: The Heart of a Hero
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: August 26th 2014
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Paranormal, Time Travel
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three-stars

Birch Callahan has seen the trouble men can cause. After witnessing her mother’s four marriages, Birch now runs a women’s shelter and doesn’t want a man in her life. But there’s something about her neighbor, Niall MacKeage. Birch can’t figure out how the cop can be so big and gruff and yet so insightful and compassionate—and sexy. Or how she’s falling for a man who acts like someone from the twelfth century.

Niall knows that Birch is attracted to him, even if she seems to distrust all men. Yet he also knows she has a secret—something that drives her to place herself in harm’s way for the women of her shelter. Niall would gladly rush to Birch’s side to protect her from harm, but with their secrets standing between them, he’ll have to reveal his own truth if he wants to keep her…

 

Tracy’s review of The Highlander Next Door (Spellbound Falls #6) by Janet Chapman

Birch and her mother have moved to Spellbound Falls and Birch is running the local women’s shelter. She doesn’t get along so well with her neighbor, the new police chief Niall, but that’s more because every time she sees him she wants to jump him. She decides that they need to have an affair and she’ll get him out of her system but that has its ups and downs as well.

Niall knows that one day Birch will be his permanently but he needs to step lightly. He’s a warrior from the middle ages who was brought through time. He is now running the local police station and that has its good days and bad. When he finds out that Birch and her mother are the targets of a family of con artists Niall is determined to keep them both safe.

This was a cute story. I have to say that I really enjoyed Niall’s character a lot. He was pretty funny without trying to be. He knew right from wrong and he had a wonderful sense of self. Unfortunately I didn’t like him with Birch and that put a damper on the whole book for me. I also had a problem with the details of his life weren’t discussed at any time with Birch. I think before they had their HEA that he should have shared the fact that he came through time. I would have loved to have been privy to that conversation.

Birch was prickly and downright bitchy at times. I’m not sure what caused her to be that way but it wasn’t endearing in the least. She treated Niall badly at first and then claimed to lust after him. I found this strange as those people I don’t like I don’t find attractive – their personality drives down their appeal so the fact that Birch wanted to have an affair with Niall when she didn’t even like him threw me for a loop. Birch did loosen up a bit during the book but I never really warmed up to her.

The suspense portions of the story were decent ones and I thought those parts of the book were well done. This book also continued the story of a new character that was introduced in the last book (which I didn’t finish). I have to say that I’m not all that excited to read about him. I think I might have had my fill of Spellbound Falls. It was a good relationship but I think it’s time for me to move along.

Rating: 3 out of 5

This title is available from Jove. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

three-stars

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What I Read Last Week

Posted March 11, 2013 by Tracy in Features | 5 Comments

Happy Freaking Monday!

How’s tricks? Do anything fun this past week?

My week was pretty bland…as usual. 🙂

I completely forgot to share a picture from the week before last. My youngest was in her 5th grade performance of “Internal Organ Hall of Fame” and she played the heart which got a Lifetime Achievement Award. Too funny. She got the only solo in the whole thing and she did really well if I do say so myself. Here’s her solo (sorry about the poor quality) and of course her hamming it up afterward.

 

So on to what I read this past week:

Is started off the week with Son of the Morning by Linda Howard. This was a wonderful book that I just loved. You can read my review on the story here. 5 out of 5  

 Next up was Mating Instinct by Katie Reus. The story is about Jayce who is the Enforcer for the Werewolf Council. He and Kat had been dating but then broke up 9 months ago when Kat left Jayce. Now he’s in her new town and she’s a newly turned werewolf. He is there on other business but he decides that he’s not going to let Kat get away this time. This was another great story in the Moon Shifters series. Reus does shifter stories well and this one was no different. 3.75 out of 5 (read for The Book Binge)

And the Miss Ran Away With the Rake by Elizabeth Boyle is the next book in the Rhymes with Love series that comes out on the 26th. The story is about Daphne and Henry. They have been corresponding under pen names and have fallen in love. They don’t know, however, that they are from rivaling families who can’t even stand to hear the others name. They fall in love again as Daphne and Henry without knowing that they are each others pen pal. It was a good story that could have been tighter. I thought the fact that their identities didn’t get revealed sooner was a bit much but it was good. 3.5 out of 5 

Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox is the second book in the Camelot series. This story is about Ellen who is fiercely independent after having been under first her mothers then her husband’s thumbs. She meets Caleb when he is hired for security by her famous brother and sparks fly. You can read my review here. 4 out of 5  

Pestilence by TA Chase was a free book on ARe not long ago. The story is about a man who is a doctor who’s wife and son die during the black plague. He is devastated and guilt ridden and kills himself. He is brought back though by Death and charged with spending his life as the First Horseman, Pesitilence. Centuries later he meets a dying man in the Amazon and they fall in love. The story decent, if a little stilted. Bart who was the dying man seemed a bit dim as he couldn’t figure out that there was something “other” about men named Pestilence and Death. Entertaining. 3 out of 5 

The Heart of a Hero by Janet Chapman in book 4 in the Spellbound Falls series. This was Nicholas story and has him courting Julia who is a housekeeper at the resort that was started by Nicholas’s friend Mac Oceanus. The story is about Julia’s struggle with her attraction to Nicholas as she was burned in her first marriage but a cheating and nasty husband. Nicholas was a great hero and I liked the book. You can read my review here at The Book Binge 4 out of 5 

Last for the week was The Duke and I by Julia Quinn. This was a re-read for me but it’s the Book Binge’s Book Club book of the month so I dug it off the shelves and devoured it. I’ll post my review this week.

 

My Book Binge reviews that posted since last Monday: 
Going Under by Lauren Dane 
The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch 
The Heart of a Hero by Janet Chapman

Happy Reading!

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Guest Review: The Heart of a Hero by Janet Chapman

Posted March 11, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: The Heart of a Hero by Janet ChapmanReviewer: Tracy
The Heart of a Hero by Janet Chapman
Series: Spellbound Falls #4
Also in this series: The Highlander Next Door
Published by Jove
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
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four-stars

Originally from the ancient mythical island of Atlantis, Nicholas has spent the last year deep in the mountains of Maine, serving as Director of Security for the Nova Mare and Inglenook resorts. Fully embracing his life in the twenty-first century, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to a trouble-prone employee, and is determined to keep her safe.

The last thing Julia Campbell needs is a man with a hero complex, especially one as handsome and imposing as Nicholas. All she has to do is keep it together until her younger sister turns eighteen, and then she can focus on her own life. But strange things have been happening at the resort—and it’s Nicholas who keeps coming to her rescue. When Nicholas is suddenly the one in trouble, Julia realizes he’s not quite what he seems—and that she’ll do anything to help the man who’s stolen her heart…

Nicholas was raised on Atlantis by foster parents as he had washed up on the islands shores with no identification. He is now working as head of security at Nova Mare, the exclusive resort run by his friend Mac Oceanus and his wife Olivia. He is alerted to an issue by one of his employees and decides to take action.

Julia Campbell works as a housekeeper at Nova Mare. She has some transportation issues because she’s been riding her bike to work but now it’s winter and she can’t ride in the snow. Her brother Reggie is being a bear about having her drive his truck and Nicholas tries to intervene. She’s stubborn and starts walking her bike home but Nicholas is a gentleman and gives her a ride. This begins a series of interactions that has Nicholas deciding that Julia is the woman for him. Julia, however, is determined that she will never get married again after her first husband turned out to be a complete ass. She tries to keep her distance from Nicholas but she finds herself drawn to him again and again.

I’ve been waiting for Nicholas story as I liked him from the first time he was introduced in this series. He just seemed like the best of the best – a great warrior and a true gentleman. When he decides to pursue Julia he’s a bit confused by her stubbornness but he refuses to give up. When Julia decides to try and scare Nicholas away by acting like a sex crazed maniac she finds that rather than frighten him it makes him like her all the more.

Julia is a strong woman. She has a reputation as the town slut because of her ex-husbands rumor starting but she has only ever been with one man. Her father is considered the town drunk so she’s had to be strong both emotionally and physically in order to take care of her family. Nicholas sees her inner strength and admires her for it but he also gets frustrated at her on again off again attitude. I had to agree with the man because she’d have sex with the guy and then crawl out the bathroom window afterward! Not once, but twice! Who does that? I know she was afraid of what she was starting to feel for him but come on, act like an adult.

Despite Julia’s childishness post sex I really liked the woman. She seemed like she really had her head on straight and was incredibly intelligent. I liked how Chapman made Julia and Nicholas so compatible both intellectually as well as physically.

There was another part of the story that had to do with who exactly Nicholas IS and while I found that interesting I found it just an ok part of the book.

The overall story was very good and I thought it was a nice addition to the series.

Rating: 4 out of 5

The Series:

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four-stars

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Guest Review: Courting Carolina by Janet Chapman

Posted December 11, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Tracy’s review of Courting Carolina (Spellbound Falls #3) by Janet Chapman

While building a wilderness trail for a new five-star resort in Spellbound Falls, underachieving playboy Alec MacKeage rescues a beautiful woman who is being chased by kidnappers and agrees to let her hide out with him for a few days. But when those days stretch past a week, Alec finds himself fighting his attraction to the mysterious Jane Smith—despite knowing the woman isn’t who she claims to be. Then again, neither is he…

On the run from her own life, Jane is really Carolina Oceanus—and she’ll do anything to avoid the six ancient-minded men her father has brought to Maine to vie for her hand in marriage. But as the maddening competition heats up, Carolina realizes that she’ll have to come clean to Alec, the seductive loner who’s managed to capture her heart…

Alec is minding his own business when he hears a scream. He finds a woman being assaulted and runs to help her. He takes her back to his lean-to – which is where he is living as he creates trails for his friends resort – and then goes back to figure out to do with the men. Only when he gets there they’re dead from lightning strikes. When the woman wakes up she begs him not to tell anyone that she’s there and to hide her. She doesn’t want her father to find her and she certainly doesn’t want whoever had hired the dead men to kidnap her to find her. Alec agrees and spends a week or so getting to know Jane. He knows that’s not her real name and eventually figures out that she’s actually the daughter of Titus, King of Atlantis – and that her real name is Carolina. But Jane likes being called Jane and she’s determined to stay away from her father. He wants her to marry and if she doesn’t choose then he’ll choose for her.

Eventually however their sojourn in the mountains is interrupted by none other than Jane’s father and he hauls her back to the resort where he’s planned a ball. He’s also scanned many centuries and has brought to her warriors to court her. But Jane has fallen in love with Alec. Unfortunately Alec has some issues about his self worth and knows he’s not what’s good for her. That doesn’t stop him from taking out the courting competition.

The third book in the series gives us Alec. A great hero who is kind, giving, protective and loving and he takes care of those he cares for. He has a low self worth when it comes to women though because he knows he’s not good for them based on past actions.

Jane wasn’t my favorite heroine, that’s for sure. She seemed both very mature at times and other times incredibly immature. I realize she had been sheltered most of her life but she’d been out in the world for a couple of years and that should made her grow up fast.

The story, for me, was on the slow side. The first part of the book didn’t show us really any true romance except for a couple of times when they were caring for each other while sick. This wasn’t exactly a fade to black type book but the sex scenes were pretty muted and we were told about them more than anything. The second half of the book had Jane and Alec separated for most of it and that was frustrating. We know by reading that Alec is in the background but we don’t see him that much. I don’t know. I felt like that should have been the time when the relationship was getting stronger and it didn’t feel that way to me.

The “intrigue” (I guess that’s how I would classify it) part of the book when it came to the kidnappers was pretty sad and almost non-existent. Alec and Jane weren’t real worried about it to tell you the truth and the conclusion to it was told to us and we didn’t actually see it. I felt this whole kidnapping scenario could have been left out of the story and we wouldn’t have missed it. Of course then Jane wouldn’t have been in Alec’s woods and hiding so…IDK. lol

In the end it was a decent read but certainly not one of my favorites. I would have liked more romance and definitely more page time with the h/h in the last half of the book.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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