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Guest Review: More or Less a Countess by Anna Bradley

Posted August 6, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Guest Review: More or Less a Countess by Anna BradleyReviewer: Tracy
More or Less a Countess (The Somerset Sisters #2) by Anna Bradley
Series: The Somerset Sisters #2
Published by Lyrical Press
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Historical Romance
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three-half-stars

Finding a worthy husband should be simple for three beautiful debutantes in Regency London. But the Somerset sisters have a way of making it delightfully complicated...

Violet Somerset has always preferred a library to a ballroom, but to please her grandmother she agreed to one London season. With nothing to show for it but heartbreak, she's reconciled to spinsterhood. Until a notorious rogue known as the Devil of Dare requests an introduction to her timid, gentle youngest sister, Hyacinth. Violet will do anything to stop the match—even if it means posing as Hyacinth herself.

Nicholas Balfour, the Earl of Dare, is enjoying the life of a rake far too much to take a wife. But he must keep his promise to his grandmother. He'll simply choose the meekest bride he can find, install her at his estate, then carry on as before. Hyacinth sounds perfect—until he discovers that her sweet demeanor hides the tongue of a viper and the mind of a bluestocking.

As Violet's ruse threatens to unravel, however, she may find the tables turned. Soon she may have no choice but to tolerate her handsome fiancée—or fall in love with him.

Nicholas Balfour, the Earl of Dare hates England. He’s been in Italy for years, since his brother died, and he never wanted to return.  Now his father is dead and he returns to England to assume the title.  Unfortunately his aunt holds all of the purse strings and she’s demanding he stay in England, find a bride, and get an heir.  Nicholas hates that he has to comply in order to live the life he wants but he agrees.  He decides he’ll find a woman, propose, get a baby in her and get back to Italy and his mistress within a few months.

Nick is at a dinner party with an old friend when he hears Hyacinth Somerset play the pianoforte.  He’s entranced and immediately thinks to court her.  He even thinks she’s pretty.  He approaches her, even though they’ve not been introduced and asks to call on her the following day. She refuses.  He’s shocked but not too put off and returns the next day.  When he finds that Hyacinth’s grandmother is gone he asks for Miss Somerset, not realizing that he’s asking for Hyacinth’s sister, Violet – the woman he was actually speaking with the night before.  He couldn’t tell Violet and Hyacinth apart (even though they’re not twins) and since Violet would do anything to protect her incredibly shy younger sister she went along with acting like Hyacinth.

Violet is a bluestocking.  She is writing a book and sketching pictures of the famous places in London. Her grandmother says that some of the places she wants to go to aren’t ladylike, so she won’t allow her to go.  Violet wants nothing to do with Nick.  He’s a rake and she wants him gone.  He keeps asking if he can call and she keeps refusing and he keeps showing up.  She finally realizes that she can use him to her advantage.  She agrees to go driving with him but directs him to the places that she wants to go.  Nick is horrified at first but then the longer he gets to know Hyacinth, the more he likes her.  In fact he starts to fall in love, which was never in his plans.  When he finds out that he’s been courting Violet, however, he’s not sure love will be enough.

This was a really cute story.  I really liked Nick even though he was a rake.  Yes, he wasn’t nice at first, only thinking of himself, but he was so kind to Violet.  I loved how he started to appreciate her quirks and even planned outings that he would never have taken another lady on.  Yes, he started out being an ass but then I started to feel bad for him because Violet wasn’t coming clean about her identity.

Violet was interesting. Like most bluestockings in romance novels she was single-minded in her endeavors. I really didn’t like her pulling the wool over Nick’s eyes and wanted her to come clean, but we don’t always get what we want. Lol.  Despite those issues I really liked her.  She had a great personality and I liked her a lot.

This was a good story and while I didn’t read book one in this series I’m positive I’ll be reading the next one when it comes out.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

The Somerset Sisters

three-half-stars


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Review: Provoked by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted July 31, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Provoked by Rebecca ZanettiReviewer: Casee
Provoked (Dark Protectors, #5) by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #5
Also in this series: Marked (Dark Protectors, #7), Fated (Dark Protectors, #1), Claimed (Dark Protectors, #2), Hunted (Dark Protectors, #3), Consumed (Dark Protectors, #4), Marked (Dark Protectors, #7), Shadowed (Dark Protectors, #6)
Published by Lyrical Press
Publication Date: June 30, 2015
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 336
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four-stars

A Time For War…

A casualty of the war between the demons and the vampires, Jase Kayrs has been missing for six long years. His older brothers want answers—but they’re going to have to get them from an unlikely source. For when Kane Kayrs tracks down Amber Freebird, what he finds is a blonde, vegan  pacifist who has no intention of using her skills in his war…A Time For Love…

Amber enjoys her life of chaotic freedom and has no intention of falling in line just because a sexy-as-sin vampire insists on order.  Unfortunately, he discovers she may be the only hope they have of finding his brother, and there’s no way he’s going to let her go—even if it means mating her to gain her cooperation.  The two are as different as can be, yet when the dominant Kane and the untamed Amber finally unite to rescue Jase, they just may find that opposites really do attract…Includes a preview of Rebecca Zanetti’s exciting new series, The Scorpius Syndrome


85,800 Words.

Based on the summary of this book, I did not expect to like it as much as I did. Amber Freebird? A vegan eating pacifist? Really? For a Kayrs vampire? Insane. Especially for Kane Kayrs, unarguably on of the smartest beings on the planet. Kane doesn’t like disorder; Amber is nothing but disorder. Kane loves eating meat; Amber loves tofu. Kane will not let his mate run headlong into danger; Amber would run into danger every day. Opposites attract in this case.

Kane went looking for Amber because they need her to fight the demons. There are very few demon destroyers left in the world since the demons hunted them down and killed them. They are the only ones that can combat the brutal psychic attacks that demons can send to a person. When Kane finds Amber, he is shocked that he found her first. She gives off so much power, she’s like a beacon telling the demons “Come kill me”. He has no idea how she has stayed hidden for so long, but he has her now. He also doesn’t think he wants to let her go.

Amber is not having any of it. Kane is crazy as far as she’s concerned. With all his talk about vampires, demons, the Realm, and witches, Amber is certain he belongs in the psych ward, not on the streets. For his own good of course. She has no plausible explanation for attraction to the crazy man. The problem is that he won’t go away. Then demons attack and she realizes that he’s not so crazy after all. Going on the run is the last thing that Amber wants to do. Her grandmother is in the hospital after a bad spill and she doesn’t want to leave her. Kane, of course, takes care of that and they are soon on their way to the Kayrs bunker.

I found it vastly amusing that Kane wanted to keep Amber out of danger, yet she had to go each time to help with the demon attacks. Amber is a pacifist, dammit. She doesn’t want to be fighting. Their story was a sweet one. I did find it sad that Amber thought she wasn’t good enough for Kane because she wasn’t educated enough. Kane handled that like a pro and it made me like him even more.

We also get an intense look into what Jase Kayrs has been going through and man, it isn’t pretty. I can’t wait to read how he overcomes his imprisonment. This was another great book in the series. This title is so perfect for Kane and Amber because Amber does nothing but provoke Kane. And he loves it. Kudos to Rebecca Zanetti.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dark Protectors

four-stars


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Guest Review: A Lady’s Honor by A.S. Fenichel

Posted April 18, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: A Lady’s Honor by A.S. FenichelA Lady's Honor by A.S. Fenichel
Series: The Everton Domestic Society #1
Published by Lyrical Press
Publication Date: April 3rd 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
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three-half-stars

Not every match is made at the marriage mart…

After a disastrous, short-lived engagement and years of caring for her ailing grandmother, Phoebe Hallsmith is resigned to spinsterhood. But if she must be unmarried, far better to be of use than languishing at home, disappointing her parents. As an employee of the Everton Domestic Society of London, Phoebe accepts a position at the country home of an old friend and discovers an estate—and a lord of the manor—in a state of complete chaos.

Losing himself in the bottle has done nothing to ease Markus Flammel’s grief over losing his wife. Not even his toddler daughter can bring him back from the brink. Now this fiery, strong-minded redhead has taken over his home, firing and hiring servants at will and arousing unexpected desire. As not one, but two, suitors suddenly vie for Phoebe’s hand, can Markus move past loss and fight for a future with the woman who has transformed his world?

Phoebe spent the years between age 18 and 23 in the Highlands with her grandmother.  She loved every minute of it and wouldn’t have changed a minute of the time she had with her Grand.  Of course those were her best “courting” years and now she’s considered on the shelf.  She was engaged in Scotland but the man broke it off stating that Phoebe was a “cold fish.”  When she returned home rather than try to find a husband she decides to continue helping people and takes a job at the Everton Domestic Society.  Her family is outraged and her oldest brother, a viscount and head of the family, disowns her.  She’s fine with that.

She is assigned to a job helping the Viscount of Devonrose get his house and family back in order.  Normally Everton ladies don’t take jobs that involve anyone they know but she is specifically requested.  She knows the family because she was very good friends with the now deceased Viscountess of Devonrose.  When she arrives at the country estate she realizes she has her work cut out for her.  When her friend Emma died in childbirth her husband, Markus, chose to kill himself with drinking. He was stuck in his grief and has been drinking practically non-stop for the past two years.  His daughter Elizabeth is being raised by what little staff hasn’t been fired when Markus goes into a temper.  The staff as well as Elizabeth is frightened of Markus and Phoebe isn’t having it.

When Phoebe arrives. Markus wants nothing more than for her to be gone.  He does promise her that he will stop drinking and the longer he goes without a drink he realizes the kind of man he’s become.  Instead of helping his grief, it was only worsening it.  He also realizes he had ignored his holdings and most importantly, his daughter.  He tries to put this to rights the damage he has done and in doing so he starts to notice Phoebe.  He doesn’t want to be he knows that what he’s feeling isn’t just gratitude for her help, but appreciation for the woman herself.  Though they both try to fight it they fall in love.  Unfortunately Phoebe’s circumstances and her brother’s meddling may keep them apart.

This was a cute story.  I really liked Phoebe and loved that she said whatever was on her mind (most of the time).  She was bossy, but the situation called for that.  I wish she had been a little bossier with her family – they were nuts.  Her brother Miles was fine but the rest?  Wow.  Just wow.

Markus was fine after he finally pulled himself out of the bottle.  He tried to make amends and was actually doing a bang-up job of it. Little Elizabeth needed her father and he was finally there for her in a big way.

The parts of the story I didn’t really care for had to do with Phoebe’s suitors.  Markus was having problems coming to terms with his feelings and his thoughts on how he could never love another woman that would replace Emma.  That didn’t make it any easier to see both his secretary and the man who had once jilted her come around to court her.  I think this part annoyed me because Phoebe was so straightforward with everything else and it almost felt like she was leading these two on instead of telling them to take a giant leap.  Yes, she said it a round about way but it bothered me that the author had her personality changing in those instances.  It just was consistent.

Despite my issues it was a good story and I’ll be looking to read more in this series in the future.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: To Woo a Wicked Widow by Jenna Jaxon

Posted April 12, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: To Woo a Wicked Widow by Jenna JaxonReviewer: Tracy
To Woo a Wicked Widow by Jenna Jaxon
Series: The Widow's Club #1
Published by Lyrical Press
Publication Date: March 27th 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 352
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three-half-stars

Lady Charlotte Cavendish is still the spirited girl who tried to elope in the name of love. That dream was thwarted by her father who trapped her into a loveless, passionless marriage. But now widowed, Charlotte is free to reenter the giddy world of theton—and pursue her desires. For hardly your typical widow, she remains innocent to the pleasures of the flesh. Yet her life is finally her own, and she intends to keep it that way.

Nash, the twelfth Earl of Wrotham, is beguiled by Charlotte at first sight—and the feeling is mutual. When he receives her intriguing invitation to a house party, the marriage-minded lord plans to further their acquaintance. But even he cannot sway her aversion to matrimony, and only with great restraint does he resist her most tempting offer. For unbeknownst to Charlotte, the misadventures of the past are revisiting them both, and bedding her could cost him everything—or give him everything he ever wanted.

After being in mourning for her husband, Charlotte is excited to be out in society. Her father had forced her into a horrible marriage with one of his peers and now that she’s out from under his thumb she wants to live. Unfortunately it’s right at the end of the season and there’s not a lot of time to get to know any men.

She has other friends whose husbands died at Waterloo or was caused by that battle and Charlotte decides to start the Widow’s Club.  They decide that to get to know the men they have their sights on they will hold a house party at Charlotte’s home in Kent.  They all invite the men of their choosing but one man invites his friend along when he wasn’t supposed to and the “friend” is a dangerous rake.  Charlotte tries to make the best of it but he won’t give up.  Who she really has her eye one, Nash, her next door neighbor in Kent, seems to have a tendre for her as well but he’s interested in marriage and Charlotte loves being an independent woman.  Can Charlotte and Nash work out their differences with everything else getting in the way?

This was a very cute book.  I really enjoyed the writing and the whole premise of the book.  Charlotte was a pretty good character and her and Nash were great together.

Charlotte was stubborn and that had gotten her into trouble with her father in the past.  Her father was an ogre and wanted to run Charlotte’s life.  I loved that she put him in her place once she got a chance to (once she was a widow).  I did want her to be a little more forceful with the gentlemen who were making unwanted advances, but she was worried about her reputation.  I would have said screw the reputation and slapped the men. Lol Nash was a great guy – we just didn’t get enough page time with him, imho.  He played a huge part but mostly the book revolved around the widow’s.

Overall a cute new series.  I’m looking forward to reading the next book to see what happens with all of the ladies.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Melting Snow by Leora Gonzales

Posted December 18, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 3 Comments

Guest Review: Melting Snow by Leora GonzalesReviewer: Tracy
Melting Snow by Leora Gonzales
Series: Braving the Heat #1
Published by Lyrical Press
Publication Date: November 21st 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 52
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two-stars

Hot

Broke college student Winter Snow wants Christmas to be over. Thanks to her annoying name, this time of year always leaves her feeling Scrooged. The only cheer she wants is cold hard cash from her mall cleaning job—until a surprise offer from a hunky firefighter sparks one sizzling midnight temptation . . .

Hotter

William Holiday needs a replacement elf for his fire station’s fund-raiser. Convincing Winter she's perfect for the part—and giving her some one-on-one training—is a task he’s happy to take on. Because her irrepressible smarts and luscious curves are making this seductive Saint Nick want to deliver all night long . . .

Burn

Winter isn't betting on more than an X-rated Xmas fling. But Will plans to show her they have more in common than their quirky last names—enough to keep their wildest holiday wishes coming true . . .

At age 27 Winter is finally going to college and working part time jobs to help with tuition and rent.  One of those jobs is cleaning a small mall at night.  While on shift one night she meets a fireman named Will Holiday who will be playing Santa.  His elf breaks her leg and Will sees Winter working and asks her to be his elf.  From that moment on the pair are together.

This short story started off well and I was hoping for a sweet but hot story.  I didn’t get that and I wasn’t impressed with anything about this book.

When Will meets Winter he likes her looks and asks her to be his elf.  When he introduces her to the rest of his fire station (they’re decorating the mall for Santa’s North Pole) he quickly stakes his claim by holding her hand. A little forward for just having met, but okay.  He then asks to drive her home and within hours of meeting they’re sleeping together. Literally sleeping.  What???  I mean, I think I would have understood it better if they’d had sex.  By the next day Will is calling Winter ‘baby’ as if they’ve been together forever and telling her he’s going to marry her someday and they’re talking about kids and – oh holy cow!

Events in this book happen at the speed of light.  There’s no character development, there’s no true getting to know you period, there’s nothing. This was a meet and screw and be together forever.  I just wasn’t buying it.  Some authors know how to pull this off, but this story just didn’t manage to do that.  Because of my skepticism with the relationship I couldn’t get into the sex scenes either and found them boring. I would have rather seen the two actually getting to know each other but maybe that’s just me.

Braving the Heat

Rating: 2 out of 5

two-stars


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