Tag: Tracy’s Reviews

Guest Review: The Secret Wedding by Jo Beverley

Posted April 7, 2009 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 4 Comments


Tracy‘s review of The Secret Wedding by Jo Beverley

He had never intended to marry, but at the age of sixteen Christian Hill impulsively defended a maid’s honor only to be blamed for defaming it, and was coerced into marrying Dorcas Froggatt. But then he left to pursue his military career, putting the surreal event out of his mind. Until someone begins making inquiries about a man named Jack Hill—the alias he used when he wed Dorcas years before…

The blurb pretty much wraps up the set up to the story. Christian is young, honorable and impulsive. Unfortunately when he saves 14 year old Dorcas’ honor he gets himself into a situation he can’t get out of. It’s either marry Dorcas or go to the hangman. He wisely chooses the wedding but he does so under the name of Jack Hill.

Skip forward 10 years later. Inquiries are being made as to where Jack Hill is. Unfortunately the military can’t seem to locate him. Christian is asked if he knows the man. He states no and goes on his merry way. It finally hits him that Jack Hill is the false name he had given at his wedding 10 years before. However two years after the wedding he had received word that his bride had died. Then who would be looking for Jack Hill? Christian decides to investigate.

Caro Hill is Dorcas Froggat. She now goes by her abbreviated middle name and her married name but is it enough to keep Christian off of her trail? Caro has decided to marry again. She had received a letter two years after her 1st wedding stating that her groom had died. However certain happenings have made her doubt that it’s true. She wants to find out if she is indeed free to marry.

Christian and Caro end up meeting in a huge tangle of lies, not knowing that the other is their husband/wife and therefore someone they had wanted to avoid. Despite the lies these two come together in a most odd fashion but it is wonderful to see the romance blossoming even under extreme circumstances.

I loved the first part of this book – I was reading at lightning speed and couldn’t gobble it up enough. Christian and Caro’s meeting and subsequent bizarre yet touching romance was something I was truly enjoying. The problem for me in the book came in the reading of the second half. I found myself putting it down often and that’s never a good sign – at least for me. Caro finding out that Christian’s family needs money and her wanting to protect what her family put blood, sweat and tears into earning (she was quite wealthy) was understandable. However I thought her character went too far in the “he’s not getting my money” bit really made me start to dislike the heroine somewhat. Yes, it’s true, those are realities but I would have liked just a tad bit less reality in this case.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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


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Guest Review: How Wicked-er Can She Go? by J. Morgan

Posted April 6, 2009 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 4 Comments

Guest Review: How Wicked-er Can She Go? by J. MorganReviewer: Tracy
How Wicked-er Can She Go by J. Morgan
Published by Lyrical Press
Publication Date: April 6, 2009
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal Romance
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three-stars

 

Go Wild, Get Wicked!
Nikki is as wicked as they come.

Yeah, right — She’s the wickedest witch you’ll ever meet, if “wicked” means perky as all get out, and living off a trust fund. When her boss lays down the law, she actually has to work for a living and her world comes tumbling down. Ruining an uber geek’s chance to find true love sounds easy until Gregory Hamilton shows up on her doorstep. He may be a nerd, but one look tells her this is a man with super stud possibilities.

Turning on her inner wicked, Nikki does everything she can to prove true love ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Nikki is a pretty lazy witch. She get checked up on from time to time by the areas “head witch” from New Orleans but she pretty much just does what she wants, which is not a whole lot.

When her “head witch”, Melina, sends her lackey to check up on Nikki it’s less of a check up and more of a directive. She’s on automatic probation due to the fact that she’s not pulling her weight and she’s definitely not wicked enough – if she doesn’t help the clients that Melina sends she will be sent home to live with her mother, which from what I understand is a fate worse than death for an independent witch.

Nikki doesn’t have a choice so she decides to do what she can for the client. The client, Gregory, shows up and he wants to find true love…that one person who was meant for him. Nikki’s wicked job is to make Gregory think he’s going out to find his true love when really all she’s doing is making him hate women forever. The problem is that Nikki finds herself attracted to Gregory and is regretting sending him out with his fake charms and potions.

This was a hard book for me to enjoy. It’s told in the first person and Nikki, whose personality is supposedly perky, is more sarcastic and snarky, at least to me. She tricks Gregory into having sex with her twice, which he enjoyed, but the whole lying to him bit bugged me. Then she feels regret for lying to him about the potion and charm working to find his true love, but not about the sex part. When she decides that she’s in love with him after three days it was a bit over the top.

For Gregory’s party he didn’t seem to be into Nikki at all (although it’s always hard to tell in books that are first person pov). In fact he got up and left right after having sex with Nikki both times. When Nikki confessed her feelings to him (which seemed more of an infatuation than love) he was incredulous and could only say, “But you’re a witch!” Later he states that in truth he couldn’t stop thinking about her but I still wasn’t equating this with true, lasting love which what I think that author was going for.

Nikki does have a little fun with her magic trying to get a woman away from Gregory that I thought was cute but it wasn’t enough to make the book a great read for me.

Rating: 3 out of 5

 

three-stars


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Guest Review: Gorgeous As Sin by Susan Johnson

Posted March 31, 2009 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 7 Comments

Guest Review: Gorgeous As Sin by Susan JohnsonReviewer: Tracy
Gorgeous as Sin by Susan Johnson
Series: Bruton Street Bookstore #1
Published by Berkley, Penguin
Publication Date: March 3, 2009
Genres: Fiction, Romance
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three-stars

Fitz Monckton, Duke of Groveland, has never encountered a woman he can’t seduce—until he clashes with the beautiful Rosalind St. Vincent, whose bookshop sits in the way of Fitz’s lucrative development deal. If money won’t entice Rosalind to sell her shop, Fitz must tempt her in other ways—hopefully mutually pleasurable, and profitable to them both.

It’s 1891 and the Duke of Groveland is looking to develop some townhouses. The problem is that there’s one woman, who owns a bookstore that is stopping him. His barrister, as well as many others, have tried to pay the woman, Rosalind St. Vincent, off but she’s just not budging. The Duke decides that since he’s such a ladies man that he can get her to take the money and run. The problem: even he can’t make her move, even for an unheard of amount of money.

Rosalind had opened the bookstore and she’s quite happy with both her sales, her customers and most of all her location. Despite the fact that the Duke has offered her an amazing amount of money, and she’s in debt and would like to travel, she turns his offer down.

With a pretty simple premise this book wasn’t one I could really get into and it just didn’t do it for me. The Duke was a pompous ass and to me never really redeemed himself. Rosalind I understood a little better because she was standing up for what she believed in, her bookstore, and not giving in.

The problems for me began early in the book with the Groveland and Rosalind meeting one morning and hating each other and then by that night sleeping together. Only to wake up the next morning and hate each other again. Ugh. Don’t get me wrong, I understand lust just as well as the next person but I thought it detracted from Rosalind’s stand on her belief’s to do that. Later in the book there’s another scene involving the Duke (don’t want to give anything away) that really ticked me off and that just kind of sealed the deal on whether he was good enough to be hero material. IMHO – he didn’t make the grade.

Now that being said the writing of this book was pretty good but the story was lacking for me.

Rating: 3 out of 5

three-stars


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Re-Read Challenge Review: The Prodigal Daughter by Jeffrey Archer

Posted March 31, 2009 by Tracy in Reviews | 9 Comments

With a will of steel, Polish immigrant Florentyna Rosnovski is indeed Abel’s daughter. She shares with her father a love of America, his ideals, and his dream for the future. But she wants more to be the first female president.

Golden boy Richard Kane was born into a life of luxury. The scion of a banking magnate he is successful, handsome, and determined to carve his own path in the world-and to build a future with the woman he loves.

With Florentyna’s ultimate goal only a heartbeat away, both are about to discover the shattering price of power as a titanic battle of betrayal and deception reaches out from the past-a blood feud between two generations that threatens to destroy everything Florentyna and Richard have fought to achieve.

I read this book about 19 or 20 years ago and even then it had been out for a long time – having been published in 1982. I’ve had it on my shelf ever since and really wanted to read it again. I had read Kane and Abel, the first book in this series and it was great so immediately moved on to this one. I think I liked this book even better back then because after reading K & A I liked the bits of romance that The Prodigal Daughter had in it. The style of books that I enjoy now are much different that what I enjoyed waaaaay back when.

It’s interesting to me that the blurb for this book reads like a romance, which this book is not. It’s more a life story with a relationship intertwined. The book basically is about the life of Florentyna Rosnovski. It pretty much starts with her birth and moves on with great detail through her schooling, her successes and her failures – which there aren’t many.

Florentyna had wanted to be the President of the United States since she was 11 and her father was all for it. I don’t know that he actually believed that it was something that she could accomplish but he was behind her 100%. Her father being a polish immigrant that came to America and became a hotel mogul and subsequently a millionaire.

Florentyna made some decisions that her father didn’t care for…mainly falling in love with his life long rivals son, Richard. But they were very happy – she started her own business and eventually took over the hotel business for her father putting her political aspirations aside for many different reasons. Eventually she runs for office becoming first a Congresswoman then a Senator and eventually…well, I won’t ruin it for you if you plan to read it. 🙂

This is a really good book but I have to say it wasn’t quite as good for me as it was 20 years ago. The main issue I had with the book was the fact that I was told the story with a few instances of being shown thrown in from time to time. It drove me batshit. lol By the time I was a quarter of the way through the book I just wanted to say to the narrator, for that’s how it felt to me, to shut the hell up and let me read! It truly put a damper on my enjoyment of the book. What I didn’t even notice before drove me crazy now.

Again I say…this was a good book. It’s a great story and it’s interesting. But if you don’t like being told a story then this wouldn’t be good for you to read as it will probably have the same effect on you as it did me! I have the next book in this series that I never read but I think I’ll have to pass on it. Maybe in 20 years…

Rating in 1989: 5 out of 5

Rating in 2009: 3.75 out of 5


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Guest Review: Bound and Determined by Shayla Black (writing as Shelley Bradley)

Posted March 25, 2009 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 7 Comments

Guest Review: Bound and Determined by Shayla Black (writing as Shelley Bradley)Reviewer: Tracy
Bound and Determined by Shayla Black, Shelley Bradley
Series: Sexy Capers #1
Published by Berkley, Penguin
Publication Date: March 3, 2009
Genres: Contemporary
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three-half-stars

 

Kerry Sullivan is running out of time-and patience. With her brother wrongfully accused of embezzling millions, she can’t face one more humiliating hang-up from the man she’s begging for help. Rafael Dawson may be one of the top electronic security experts in the country — and the only man who can prove her brother’s innocence — but his phone manners are appalling. Damn Yankee. Too bad kidnapping the man isn’t an option. Or is it?

There’s nothing Kerry wouldn’t do for her brother. There are lots of things she longs to do to Rafe Dawson when he’s lying tied-up and naked in her secret hideaway. Rafe is certainly something to look at, but Kerry’s brother’s life is riding on her pulling off the impossible: getting this man who’s always in control to lose it. But when the tables get turned, Kerry finds herself at Rafe’s mercy. And the only way to get her way is to let him have his way — with her…
How far would you go to prove a family member innocent? Kerry Sullivan is willing to resort to kidnapping the man that she just knows can prove that her brother didn’t embezzle any money. She tried to get Rafe Dawson to help her by contacting him over the phone but he just treated her like a crazy woman and refused to talk to her. The question is: even with the kidnapping can she get Rafe to hop on to his computer and dig around for evidence?

Rafe’s not a happy man. He wakes up in a strange house, tied to a bed and naked as a jay bird. When he realizes that the woman that kept harassing him on the phone is his kidnapper he gets even madder. The problem is, he thinks Kerry’s really hot and would like to have his wicked way with her. Rafe turns the table on Kerry as soon as he is able and she ends up agreeing to be his play thing for 48 hours as long as he promises to look into her brothers issues. But Kerry gets more and more attached to Rafe as the days go by and she’s not sure what to do with her emotions since she knows he’ll leave as soon as things with her brother are settled. And dangit, she’s falling in love with him!

I really enjoyed this book. Yes, there was a certain amount of suspension of belief involved with the whole kidnapping and then things getting turned around on Kerry. Would a man who was kidnapped really stick around after he was freed just for sex? Not in my world, but maybe somewhere! lol But despite that issue I thought it was a great story. I liked Kerry’s spirit and her loyalty to her brother. I really liked Rafe even though he was more than confused about what he wanted from his life. I thought his character developed nicely. Then there was the whole whodunit issue – was it the brother, the best friend, the boss or the wife who embezzled the money? I pretty much guessed who the culprit was by the time all was revealed but it did keep me wondering if I was right or not.

If you’re looking for a little mystery and lots of sensual, sexual scenes between the h/h this is a good book for you to read.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

 

three-half-stars


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