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Guest Review: The Hidden Blade by Sherry Thomas

Posted September 4, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Guest Review: The Hidden Blade by Sherry ThomasReviewer: Tracy
The Hidden Blade (The Heart of Blade Duology #1) by Sherry Thomas
Series: The Heart of Blade Duology #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: July 20, 2014
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 350
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

In the waning days of the last dynasty, in a quiet, beautiful corner of imperial Peking, a young girl's blissful ignorance is shattered when she learns that she is the illegitimate daughter of an English adventurer and a Chinese courtesan. What future is there for such a girl? But a mysterious figure steps forward and offers to instruct her in the highest forms of martial arts--a path to a life of strength and independence.

Half a world away in England, a young boy's idyllic summer on the Sussex downs implodes with the firing of a single bullet. Torn from his family, he becomes the hostage of a urbanely sadistic uncle. He dreams of escaping to find his beloved friend--but the friend is in China, ten thousand miles away.

The girl trains to be deadly. The boy flees across continents. They do not know it yet, but their lives are already inextricably bound together, and will collide one fateful night when they least expect it.

'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon' meets 'Downton Abbey,' this remarkable tale of friendship, danger, and coming of age will stay with you long after you have finished the last page.

A prequel to MY BEAUTIFUL ENEMY.

This book is a prequel to My Beautiful Enemy and a story that needs to be read before that book is picked up.  The back story to the lives of Leighton and Ying-Ying are so very important to the core of the story.  It’s also an incredibly wonderful book!

I loved reading about Ying-Ying’s life and how it differed from that of Leighton.  The rules of the Chinese culture were something I found fascinating.  Her training as a martial artist was intriguing, especially as she started it at such a young age – I believe she was somewhere between 6-8 if I remember correctly.

Leighton’s story was heart breaking.  I loved reading about the bond he had with his father, and his father’s friend, Herb, as well as the close relationship he had with his little brother.  The author could have so easily left the mother and younger brother on the sidelines of the story but she made them a big part of it and I loved that.

This is a book filled with love, though it’s not a romance.  It’s a wonderful novel of family, and also what it’s like to grow up without one.  I’ve loved Thomas’s writing before, but this was something different – and worth reading.

Rating: 4 out of 5

The Heart of Blade Duology

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What I Read Last Week

Posted November 25, 2013 by Tracy in Features | 0 Comments

Well it was a pretty quiet week for me as I’m still playing the role of gimpy girl. 🙂

Yes, still on the crutches but I’m optimistic that when I get re-x-ray’d on Friday the docs will set me free! crosses fingers Since I couldn’t get around much and the crutching exhausts me I wasn’t very active this week. This made for a lot of down time, therefore a bit of reading was done.

What I read:

First up was Dragos Takes a Holiday by Thea Harrison. This was a novella in the Elder Races series and it centered around Dragos Cuelebre and his mate/wife Pia. They head down, with their son Liam, to the Caribbean for a holiday and some treasure hunting. A really good story. You can read my full review here 4 out of 5

Next was How I Met Your Father by LB Gregg. I thought this was gonna be about telling a kid how their fathers met but it was really about a guy who meets someone’s father (don’t worry, the dad’s only 44!) Really great story. You can read my full review here. 4.5 out of 5

Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye is about an ex-Special Forces team who was discharged from the Army after an ambush that was caused by the CO. The CO was crooked but they were blamed for the FUBAR. When the daughter of the CO looks up one of the SF guys, Nick, he wants nothing to do with Becca and helping her find her brother but he finally agrees. Not only that but he gets the remaining SF guys and what starts out as a search and rescue turns in to a possible way for the men to get their honor back. This was a great story and I really enjoyed it. I’ll post my review this week. 4 out of 5

A Dance in Moonlight by Sherry Thomas was a novella in the Fitzhugh trilogy. In book 2 of the trilogy, Ravishing the Heiress, we see Isabelle Inglewood who was Fitz’s love who he had to reject in order to marry an heiress to save his family’s estate. This story is how Isabelle meets a man who looks just like Fitz which is the initial attraction but she soon finds that Fitzhugh and Fitzwilliam are nothing alike. This was a very romantic novella and I just love the way Thomas brings her characters together. So good. 4 out of 5 (This was originally in the Midnight Scandals anthology)

Rodeo Queen by TJ Kline has rodeo queen and horse trainer, Sydney, getting her dream job. Unfortunately one of the co-owners of the ranch has a love/hate relationship with her. Scott’s not thrilled with Sydney being there but he can’t seem to keep his hands off of her. Unfortunately a past lover might mess up everything that’s between them. This was a good contemp. western. I’ll post my review of this one this week. 3.5 out of 5 

Desperately Seeking Heaven by Jill Steeples has Alice falling in love with Jimmy and vice versa but there’s one hitch…Jimmy’s dead. Yep, Jimmy’s a ghost. The story was very sweet but I couldn’t get over the fact that I was seeing this lovely romance between two people who could never be together. Very frustrating. 3.5 out of 5 (read for Book Binge) 

Last for the week was Kisses, She Wrote by Katharine Ashe and it was really great. Cam is a beautiful man and a rake. Jacqueline is the quiet and plain princess whose family wants to see her married – to the man of their choosing. He reads her diary and falls in love with her. It’s very romantic and I loved it. I’ll post my review for this one next week. 4 out of 5

 

My Book Binge reviews that posted:
The Virgin: Revenge by J. Dallas
The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas

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Guest Review: The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas

Posted November 19, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry ThomasReviewer: Tracy
The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas
Series: The London Trilogy #1
Publisher: Berkley, Penguin
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Format: Print ARC
Genres: Historical Romance
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

 

Felix Rivendale, the Marquess of Wrenworth, is The Ideal Gentleman, a man all men want to be and all women want to possess. Felix himself almost believes this golden image. But underneath is a damaged soul soothed only by public adulation.

Louisa Cantwell needs to marry well to support her sisters. She does not, however, want Lord Wrenworth—though he seems inexplicably interested in her. She mistrusts his outward perfection and the praise he garners everywhere he goes.But when he is the only man to propose at the end of the London season, she reluctantly accepts.

Louisa does not understand her husband’s mysterious purposes, but she cannot deny the pleasure her body takes in his touch. Nor can she deny the pull this magnetic man exerts upon her. But does she dare to fall in love with a man so full of dark secrets, anyone of which could devastate her, if she were to get any closer?

The marquess of Wrenworth had a comfortable but unlovable childhood. His mother didn’t care for his father while she was more than attentive to him when his father was present she otherwise ignored him – as did his father. When his parents died and he came of age he worked very hard to be The Ideal Gentleman but cut himself from even the possibility of love.

When Felix meets Louisa he’s immediately struck by lust. He can tell that she’s playing a part because he does it himself but he’s still fascinated by her. He sets out to make her his mistress but when she refuses he soon proposes marriage. They make a good match but when Felix realizes that he’s feeling more than he should ha backs off and even becomes cruel.

For Louisa she’s extremely happy when she marries Felix as she’s just as much in lust with him as he is with her. She knows she can’t trust him as far as she can throw him but she thinks as long as they’re compatible in bed the rest will fall in line. How wrong she was.

I have to say I love Thomas’s books and get very excited when I see that one is coming out. This one was as wonderfully satisfying as I knew it would be.

This is such a different kind of story. Two people who are basically imposters as they really aren’t who people think they are. They recognize the others falsehood’s almost immediately but that doesn’t stop them from falling in lust. They aren’t afraid to speak of their lust and when this brings Felix to propose she be his mistress we as the reader almost felt that she would accept. But she stood her ground and he soon proposed marriage. He wasn’t quite sure how that came about but it all seemed to work. Felix found himself coming out of his shell and enjoying life – and Louisa. Of course when he realized he was losing himself and his control with her he rushes back into his shell and is even mean to Louisa. My heart just ached for both of them for most of this book. I wanted them to work but they each had to figure out how to do that before they could be happy. The writing was such that I just didn’t know how it would all get remedied in the end but it did – and wonderfully well.

I would definitely recommend this book as it was just incredibly enjoyable.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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What I Read Last Week

Posted November 11, 2013 by Tracy in Features | 3 Comments

Happy Veteran’s Day! I thank all the men and women who have fought for the country that I love. 

So last week I didn’t have time to post anything (I’ve since updated that post) and two of the things that didn’t get posted were my kids’ Halloween pictures. My youngest was a little football players sans pads, etc. and my oldest was a boxer (of sorts). They were cute! At least imho. 🙂

Alright, on to what I read last week:

I started off the week with Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley. I actually started this on Friday and it took me like 4 freaking days to finish it it was so damned long. Lol The story is about Lauren who divorced her husband after she found out he’d been cheating on her for 2 years and then drove around for 4 months trying to find a place that felt like home. She finds that place when she drives into Carnal, Colorado. She applies for and gets a job as a cocktail waitress in a bar where she meets Tate, one of the owners. Tate says some damn mean things about Lauren which she overhears and this creates a ton of tension. They eventually become lovers and while they have their issues all is good in the end. Add in Tate’s crazy ex, Lauren’s stuffy ex, Tate’s 10 year old son, a murderer on the loose and Tate as a bounty hunter and you have a lot of things going on. There were parts of this book that drove me nuts – like Tate cutting Lauren off while she’s trying to talk (and he did this often) and some other things. But other than those issues I really enjoyed the book. 4 out of 5

Next up was The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas. I just love Thomas’s books! This one was no different. The story had to do with a man who was thought to be The Ideal Gentleman and a woman who had come out and was pretending to be what every man wanted so that she could marry and save her family from poverty. Their story was wonderful and I loved reading about their romance. 4 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

Wolf’s Haven by Ambrielle Kirk was a free read recently on All Romance eBooks. The story is about Tamara who escapes from her abusive boyfriend and is saved by a werewolf. They soon become lovers but she’s not exactly welcomed into the pack that he takes over. They have to deal with that as well as the guy that Devin has to fight to take over the pack. This was a decent read. I liked the first part of the book better than the second but it was still good. 3 out of 5

Wolf’s Promise by Ambrielle Kirk is the second book in the Caedmon Wolves series. This book has Tamara’s counselor, Selene driving to Tamara to check on her as Tamara kind of fell off the map. Selene’s worried about her but Selene ends up captured by the bad wolf from book 1, Darius. He wants to rape her and have her birth his pups as his mate is infertile. She manages to stop him and gets thrown in a cell with Nick who has also been captured. He escapes with Selene and while he tries to send her home for her safety she can’t seem to go. They fall in love but Nick is cut off from love as he was betrayed before. This book wasn’t as good as book 1. There were serious, serious editing issues that made me a bit batty. That brought down the quality of the book and the story wasn’t great enough to let that slide. 2 out of 5

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins is the story of Honor who thinks herself in love with her best friend. When she’s told she better start thinking about kids as she’s 35 and her eggs start to shrivel she proposes to him. Unfortunately he refuses – and not necessarily in a nice way. This makes her start online dating and even accepts a blind date with a man who ends up being an ass. Tom is a Brit about to be deported as his work can’t renew his work visa. Honor ends up engaged to Tom and falls in love but Tom’s feelings are cut off and when things go wrong in his life he gives up on everything. You can read my thoughts on the book here. 4 out of 5

Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino was a re-read for me. The story is about Brad who is finally admitting to himself that he’s gay and his desire to date his history teacher’s TA, Sebastian. This is a great story and I loved it as much the second time around as I did the first. You can read my review from 2012 here. 4 out of 5

Good Boy by Anne Tenino is the 4th book in the Theta Alpha Gamma series and is a novella about Brad and Sebastian. It covers a situation that happens 9 months after they’ve been together. I’ll be posting my review of this book on Wednesday so check back in. I will say it was a good one. 4 out of 5

Pretending She’s His by Kelsie Leverich was a novella about a woman who wants nothing to do with love. Eva is the love em and leave em type but when her ex boyfriend, the only man who ever broke up with her (rather than vice versa) is at her best friends wedding she pretends that her friend Trevor is her new boyfriend. What starts out as pretend soon turns into reality for both. I’ll post my review for this one on Friday. Great novella and definitely worth reading. 4 out 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted:
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What I Read Last Week

Posted December 3, 2012 by Tracy in Features | 4 Comments

So what do you do when you get a call from the High School your daughter attends telling you that she’s in trouble and oh, yeah, gonna be suspended. Yikes. That’s how my week went – from bad to worse. Apparently some boy called her a bitch but instead of blowing it off my daughter the bruiser took him by the backpack straps, picked him up and when she put him down he fell and hurt himself. She was suspended for use of force. Oy. She knows better than to touch another kid in anger or any other way but apparently the bitch comment sent her over the edge. My daughter was diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder when she was younger but in her case it’s usually being incredibly argumentative…about everything. This kid obviously hit her switch and my kid got a day spent in the school office and a day at home. sigh My hubby and I sat and talked with her but it’s “I know, Mom!” If you KNOW why did you DO?  So, any wise words that have worked for you with your kids (if you have them) or worked on you (when you were a kid)??

That was the excitement for my week…on to what I read…

First off was A Dragon’s Seduction by Tamelia Tumlin. This story was about a dragon shifter who is from a, I think, alternate universe, and he’s a gatekeeper. He is after an evil dragon who shouldn’t be on Earth at all. His path leads him to sorceress who is smack dab in the middle of it all but only on the side of good. This was an ok story. Pretty predictable and not to intricate of a world, but cute. 2 out of 5

The Red Hot Holiday anthology by KA Mitchell, Leah Braemel and Anne Calhoun was next. This had Christmas stories that were all very different. I’ll post my review on Wednesday.

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton was next. This was a darned cute story about a woman who moves into an apartment and her next door neighbor is having sex almost constantly with 3 different women. She thinks he’s just a sleaze but when they eventually become friends she sees that he’s not at all. The friend and love story was great and it kept me laughing, that’s for sure. Yes, there were some thing that annoyed me – like when the heroine was more worried about her missing “O” than the hero while having sex…and other things but overall I really liked it. 4 out of 5

Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas was next. I had very mixed feelings about this book. I liked the characters very much when they were getting along but they were only getting along because the heroine had amnesia. Normally she hated the hero so much she could barely be in the same room with him. He, of course, has been in love with her since he was 14. The thing is that over the years the hero felt that he’d rather rile the heroine and send out nasty verbal barbs and have her get pissed off rather than have her ignore her completely. I just didn’t see the logic in this. I mean, I did, but what he did only made her hate him more. So while the writing was good as is usual with a Thomas novel, the story had me on the fence. 3 out of 5

My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week was the novella Just One Bite Vol. 1 anthology which includes: The Unlikely Vampire by Scarlet Blackwell, Sacrifice by J.L. Merrow, One Last Wish by Josephine Myles, Mayan Time by Erik Orrantia, Fire Can Make It Rain by Nix Winter, The Hunter & the Hunted by Stevie Woods. These was vampire related short stories with some odd, some ok, some great – they were all pretty much very hot and I liked this volume a lot. 4 out of 5

Another book I’ve had in my TBR pile for a while was The Virgin Proxy by Georgia Fox. This was a medieval erotic romance and it was really good. The story is about a woman who has lived most of her life in a convent during the Norman invasion. She is asked by fellow convent dweller to be her virgin proxy. Deorwynn will take Sybilia’s place on the wedding night, behind a heavy veil, because Sybilia’s not a virgin and she doesn’t want the marriage to go bad because of it. But Guy the groom is quite a bit smarter than the women think AND he’s got the hots for Deorwynn rather than Sybilia. I liked the characters the writing, the setting – almost everything. The cover is a bit misleading as looking at it you would think that the woman ends up with two men but while there are multiple partners at one point it’s just a h/h romance. This is book 2 in the Conquerors series so I’ll definitely have to go back and read book 1 and then on to the others. 4 out of 5

Next up was Courting Carolina by Janet Chapman. This is book 3 in the Spellbound Falls series. The story is about Alec who is out in the wilderness blazing a trail, literally, for his friends resort. He ends up harboring a woman who he found escaping from kidnappers. She, however, is the daughter to Titus and is a mythological princess from Atlantis and her father wants her to marry a warrior of his choosing. She’s run but there’s someone after her. While with Alec they fall in love but Alec plans on never getting married so that puts a kink in things. While I found this book cute and at times fun and funny it didn’t move fast at all. The second half of the book had Alec and Jane (Carolina) apart almost completely until the end and that just didn’t work for me all that well. 3 out of 5

Last was a free short I got from Amazon called Rent-A-Groom by Jennifer Blake. The story was about a woman who was using her honeymoon suite even though her wedding had been called off. A man shows up at her door claiming to be from Rent-A-Gent and is there to escort her so that her fiancé will think she’s over him. We could tell the man, Race, was up to something but we didn’t know what but it was sweet watching Gina and Race get to know each other. It was a short but the couple did fall in love in 2 days. That being said they did state that they would take it slow and get to know each other so that saved the insta-love a bit. 2 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that have posted since last week:
When the Duke Found Love by Isabella Bradford
The Bridegroom Wore Plaid by Grace Burrowes

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