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Review: American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt by Stephanie Marie Thornton

Posted July 4, 2022 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt by Stephanie Marie ThorntonReviewer: Holly
American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt by Stephanie Marie Thornton
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: March 12, 2019
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Genres: Biography, Historical Fiction
Pages: 448
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four-half-stars

A sweeping novel from renowned author Stephanie Marie Thornton...

Alice may be the president's daughter, but she's nobody's darling. As bold as her signature color Alice Blue, the gum-chewing, cigarette-smoking, poker-playing First Daughter discovers that the only way for a woman to stand out in Washington is to make waves--oceans of them. With the canny sophistication of the savviest politician on the Hill, Alice uses her celebrity to her advantage, testing the limits of her power and the seductive thrill of political entanglements.

But Washington, DC is rife with heartaches and betrayals, and when Alice falls hard for a smooth-talking congressman it will take everything this rebel has to emerge triumphant and claim her place as an American icon. As Alice soldiers through the devastation of two world wars and brazens out a cutting feud with her famous Roosevelt cousins, it's no wonder everyone in the capital refers to her as the Other Washington Monument--and Alice intends to outlast them all.

Alice Roosevelt MemeI recently saw a meme describing Alice Roosevelt online, which claimed, among other things that, “She smoked cigarettes in public, chewed gum, placed bets with bookies, rode in cars with men, stayed out late partying and kept a pet snake named Emily Spinach, which she often wore wrapped around one arm and took to parties.” It piqued my curiosity about her. I was hoping to read her memoir, Crowded Hours, but the only used copies I could find were outrageously expensive. I settled for this historical fiction novel based on her long life as “the other Washington monument”.

From all accounts, Alice was a formidable woman with a rapier wit and no fear of turning her barbed tongue on anyone – family, friend or foe. That was showcased well here, though I do wish some of it had been more show instead of tell. Emily Spinach, for example, the garter snake she used to carry in her handbag was mentioned in passing. I wish we’d seen more of that. Still, her life was a fascinating one. This novel details her childhood, her tumultuous relationship with her father and step-mother Eleonor, as well as her marriage and exploits well into adulthood to the end of her life. I know there were some creative liberties taken, but I found her life fascinating.

I enjoyed this novel quite a bit and plan to read her biography soon.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

four-half-stars


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Review: A Sorceress of His Own by Dianne Duvall

Posted June 22, 2022 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: A Sorceress of His Own by Dianne DuvallReviewer: Casee
A Sorceress of His Own by Dianne Duvall
Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Series: The Gifted Ones #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 347
Length: 11 hours and 18 minutes
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

From the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Immortal Guardians series comes an enchanting new series full of romance, danger, and loyalty: The Gifted Ones
Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.
For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon's side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed--or cursed--with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.
All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon's life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything--even the wrath of his king--to be with her.

Alyssa has been in love with Lord Dillion for years. Although they can never be together, Alyssa has found a way to be there for Dillion. Taking her grandmothers position as Dillion’s healer & advisor, Alyssa will do anything to keep Dillon safe. She hates keeping her true self from Dillon, but she’s knows it’s necessary. Dillon has one confidant; his sorceress. The woman that heals him, helps him, and keeps him safe. Without her, he would probably be dead and he knows that. Over the seven years he has been an Earl, Dillon has developed a relationship with his sorceress.

Alyssa knows that they can never be together, even if Dylan did know who she truly was. Then she heals Dillon from a fatal injury, taking that injury on herself. While Dillon always thought she was an old woman, she is also his closest friend and confidant. He’s finally seeing his sorceress for who she truly is and he knows that he will never let her go. Damn the king and damn the rules. Alyssa is not a noblewoman and she knows that Dillon will lose everything if he tries to stay with her. She’s taking the time she has with him because she knows that it has to come to an end. Dillon is determined to find a way because he won’t give up the woman that he’s been looking for. Alyssa is everything he wants in a woman and more.

I loved both Alyssa & Dillon. I loved the banter, I loved how there were no games between the two. This is a true love story. I enjoyed every minute spent reading it.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5.

The Gifted Ones

four-stars


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Review: Forbidden Miles by Claire Kingsley

Posted April 6, 2022 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Forbidden Miles by Claire KingsleyReviewer: Casee
Forbidden Miles by Claire Kingsley
Narrator: Vikas Adam, Ava Erickson
Series: Miles Family #2
Also in this series: Broken Miles, Reckless Miles
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: November 18, 2019
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 316
Length: 8 hours and 6 minutes
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four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

“You're not supposed to fall for your brothers best friend.”
Brynn Miles thought moving back to her family’s winery was a good idea. But when you’re the baby of the family, life can get complicated. Dating? Forget about it. Not with her three older brothers acting like human chastity belts.
To Chase Reilly, his best friend’s little sister has always been invisible. She’s so forbidden, he doesn’t let himself see her. Besides, she’s totally girlfriend material, and he doesn’t do the relationship thing.
Until the night Chase sees her. Really, truly sees her. And nothing will ever be the same.
Looking for love isn’t Brynn’s focus, and Chase is the one guy in the world she can’t fall for. He’s T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Untouchable. And just as forbidden as she is.
But once Chase set his sights on Brynn, there isn’t anything—or anyone—who’ll stop him.
Author’s note: A childhood crush. An irresistible attraction. The cutest scavenger hunt ever. And a surprisingly sweet hero who puts it all on the line when he falls head over heels for the one girl he can’t have.
The Miles Family series is best enjoyed in order.

Brynn Miles has always been off limits to Chase Reilly. She’s his best friend’s sister which put her in the “no touchy” category. He doesn’t let himself see Brynn, which has been working for him since she was young. That all changes in a heartbeat when he sees Brynn making out with her boyfriend at the local diner. Chase’s blinders are ripped off and he finally sees Brynn as the woman she is. Now he can’t stop thinking about Brynn and what he wants for her. He just has to convince her to take a chance on him.

Brynn is shocked when Chase actually talks to her. He’s always been around in her life, but on the periphery. Now he’s actually paying attention to her and she doesn’t know how she feels about it. She wants to believe the feeling he has for her are true, but there are obstacles. Namely her brother Cooper who is also Chase’s best friend. As for Chase, he’s never been more sure of anything than he is of his feelings for Brynn. They just have to figure out how to tell her family. Cooper was such an asshole in this book. I loved him in Broken Miles, but I wanted to junk punch him in this book. Until he isn’t. I have to say that he really redeemed himself by the end of the book.

Family is extremely prevalent in this book. I loved the dynamic within the family. Chase and Brynn’s story was such a sweet one. This book shows that love can prevail. I loved it.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5.

Miles Family

four-half-stars


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Review: Infinity’s Embrace by Anna Carven

Posted March 23, 2022 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Infinity’s Embrace by Anna CarvenReviewer: Holly
Infinity's Embrace by Anna Carven
Series: Dark Planet Warriors #6
Also in this series: Dark Planet Warriors, Dark Planet Falling, Into the Light , Out of Darkness , Forged in Shadow , Electric Heart , Brilliant Starlight
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: December 5, 2016
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
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Genres: Science Fiction
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Rescued from captivity by a group of rather intimidating Kordolians, Noa finds herself recovering at a strange facility in the middle of the desert. SynCorp's medical experiments have left her with an impossible ability she can't control, and nobody really seems to know how to help her. She's fragile and shattered, a mere shadow of her former self, and she has nowhere else to go.

She doesn't know what to make of the Kordolians, especially when she can't stop their thoughts from leaking into her mind. The silver-skinned warriors are both terrifying and protective, and when she encounters a dark, mysterious presence in the most unlikely of places, she realizes that at least one of them might possess abilities similar to her own.
The question is, does this intimidating being intend to help her, or harm her?

Warning: This book is a science-fiction alien romance. It contains swearing, violence, sensual sex scenes and silver aliens with fangs. It's definitely recommended for readers aged 18 and over.


Infinity's Embrace is Book Six in the Dark Planet Warriors Series. It will make more sense if you've read the other books first, although that's probably not absolutely essential.

Infinity’s Embrace (Dark Planet Warriors #6) by Anna Carven takes us away from the First-Division Warriors and focuses instead on the deadly assassin’s who are trained to take them down.

Ashreal was taken from his family at a young age, blinded and forced to train as an assassin, all because he showed signs of having strong psychic power. He’s sent after Tarek, the former general of the Kordolian army, who defected with his elite First-Division warriors. Ash can’t disobey a direct order from his mistress, but when he’s captured Tarek helps him find a way to break free. Ash only succeeds in breaking his bonds because of Noa, a recently rescued captive.

Noa had a beautiful life until a shady corporation kidnapped her and experimented on her. Now she can hear everyone else’s thoughts in her head and it’s slowly driving her mad…until she meets Ashreal and he puts a shell over her mind to protect her. With his help she’s able to learn to shield on her own, but there is a deep connection between them and she can’t seem to let go.

This might be my favorite of the series to date. I really liked Ashrael and Noa. Their personal struggles were so heartbreaking, which made their connection and romance so much more powerful. The overall storyarc is really progressed in this novel, and I’m interested to see where things head next.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Dark Planet Warriors

four-stars


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Review: Boyfriend by Sarina Bowen

Posted February 2, 2022 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Boyfriend by Sarina BowenReviewer: Holly
Boyfriend by Sarina Bowen
Series: Moo U #1
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Publication Date: October 12, 2021
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Point-of-View: Alternating First
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Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 247
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

A new hockey player to steal your heart this fall...

The dreamiest player on the Moo U hockey team hangs a flyer on the bulletin board, and I am spellbound:

Rent a boyfriend for the holiday. For $25, I will be your Thanksgiving date. I will talk hockey with your dad. I will bring your mother flowers. I will be polite, and wear a nicely ironed shirt…

Everyone knows it’s a bad idea to introduce your long-time crush to your messed-up family. But I really do need a date for Thanksgiving, even if I’m not willing to say why. So I tear his phone number off of that flyer… and accidentally entangle our star defenseman in a ruse that neither of us can easily unwind.

Who knew that Weston's family was even nuttier than mine? He needs a date, too, for the most uncomfortable holiday engagement party ever thrown.

There will be hors d'oeuvre. There will be faked PDA. And there will be pro-level awkwardness…

Boyfriend is a full-length book for Weston and Abbi!

Boyfriend by Sarina is the first book in the Moo U series, which features books set at this university by various authors. I haven’t tried any of the other books in this series, but this was really cute.

Weston likes to avoid his messed up family at the holidays, so he rents himself out as a boyfriend for $25. Abbi is in desperate need of a buffer at Thanksgiving, so she gladly calls the number on the bulletin board at school, not realizing it’s Weston, one of her best customers at the sports bar where she works and one of the hottest hockey players in the school. She’s kind of embarrassed to take him home, but he puts her at ease right away and makes an uncomfortable gathering a lot of fun. She never expected to feel such a deep connection to him in such a short time, but when their night is interrupted she figures she won’t see him again.

Weston doesn’t really want Abbi to see his messed up family, but taking her home with him is a better alternative than facing his father and brother alone at his sister’s wedding. They may just be faking, but he’s getting attached and wants to explore things further. Except if his family is anything to go by, falling in love is a bad idea….

I really liked the easy friendship and immediate connection Abbi and Weston had. They were really sweet with each other. They had silly inside jokes and laughed a lot together, but also shared a lot of deeper/darker things with each other. I liked that they supported each other and stood up for one another.

I still can’t take Moo U seriously. Any time it was mentioned it seriously took me out of the story. All I can picture is the Chick-fil-A cows learning how to write signs. It was also never explained what Moo U is, or why it’s called that. I know a lot of ag schools are called Moo U, but I didn’t think this was an ag school. Neither MC is studying in an ag field, so it just didn’t make a lot of sense.

Anyway, aside from that, I really loved how sweet they both were to each other. This was a happy feel-good story from start to finish.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

four-stars


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