Sunday, January 30, 2011

To Marry the Duke (American Heiresses #1)To Marry the Duke by Julianne MacLean

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


3 1/2 stars. Good and worth reading but somewhat predictable and not exceptional. I found myself skimming through part of it because it felt a lot like other books I've read.



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Friday, January 28, 2011

The BidThe Bid by Jax

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


JAX (aka Jacquelyn Frank) has created a very interesting world in ‘The Bid’. This is primarily a sci-fi romance, with some erotic and paranormal elements. The sex is hot, tasteful and intense, and the emotions ring true. I really felt Najir’s love for Hanna. I also felt some frustration with the rules of the society in this book where slavery is a huge part of their economy and culture, but so did the main characters of the book, which is as it should be.



There is a very big secret in this book, and I won’t ruin it by giving any spoilers. I just wanted to mention that the build up of suspense is very well done, and I was turning pages as fast as I could to learn what the secret was.



I have to admit I’m not usually a big fan of sci-fi romances, so that probably affects my overall rating of the book. However, of the books in that sub-genre that I’ve read, this was a pretty good one.



What I liked: hot sex scenes, action that kept things moving and was pertinent to the story, a heroine who was strong, intelligent and likeable, and a killer surprise.



What I didn’t like: a rather weak villain (though his weakness showcased the heroine’s strength nicely), the love triangle (I felt terrible for Najir), and some things that felt like they weren’t really fleshed out.



Despite the fact that I wouldn’t list this in my top favorite books, it was still a good read and I’d be interested to see if this turns into a series, especially if Najir gets his own book and the happy ending he deserves.



Note: I received a free copy of this book as part of a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads, but that did not influence my rating or review. Free is always appreciated, but I was notified of the win at the end of October and didn't get the book until mid-January.





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Monday, January 24, 2011

Some Like It Brazen (Zebra Historical Romance)Some Like It Brazen by Deborah Raleigh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Another really enjoyable read from Deborah Raleigh.



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NocturneNocturne by Syrie James

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


**************SPOILER ALERT************



Really touching story, likeable characters, great emotions... until the ending. I HATED the ending. I don't mind crying over a book (in fact, evoking that kind of emotion in a reader is very good) as long as I get my HEA. That's why I read romances! I see the author has said Nicole and Michael's story is far from over & they might ultimately be together -- that might save it, but it doesn't do anything for how I feel right now, which is empty and disappointed.



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Friday, January 21, 2011

TroubleTrouble by Sasha White

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Although I didn't love Samair as much as some other heroines I've read, she was still very likeable and intelligent, and not bitchy. Val was hot & intense, and the story overall was great. This was a pretty solid 5/5 for me.



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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Simply Forbidden (House of Pleasure #6)Simply Forbidden by Kate Pearce

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is absolutely the best erotic historical romance series out there. I love, love, love Kate Pearce. I'll post my full review once it's written.



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Monday, January 17, 2011

Scent Of A Woman (Blaze, 23)Scent Of A Woman by Jo Leigh

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I can't quite put my finger on a reason, but I'm just not feeling this book.



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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Surrender to a Scoundrel (Avon Romantic Treasure)Surrender to a Scoundrel by Julianne MacLean

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


4 1/2 stars. Just a really great read all the way around. Likeable characters, engaging plot, very well done.



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Friday, January 7, 2011

Wild for Him (Wilde Series, #9)Wild for Him by Janelle Denison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I'm giving this one 4 stars instead of 3 1/2 partly because the h/h were both so likeable, and because I really do enjoy Janelle Denison's writing. She really knows how to create an intense hero and great h/h chemistry, which I love. I found myself skimming through some parts, and I wasn't totally engrossed like I am with books I love. This was a little predictable but still a good read, and I did make it to the end, unlike some of the books I've read lately.



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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Seven Secrets of Seduction (Secrets, #1)Seven Secrets of Seduction by Anne Mallory

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Deep, seductive, passionate. Good. Not as much from the hero's POV as I usually like.



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Monday, January 3, 2011

Our Wicked Mistake by Emma Wildes

Our Wicked Mistake (Notorious Bachelors, #2)Our Wicked Mistake by Emma Wildes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


My 5-kiss review from www.TwoLipsReviews.com:



Madeline May, the widowed Lady Brewer, has killed someone. Or at least she’s pretty sure she has. Madeline’s late husband’s private journal, which contains some very explicit details of their married life, has fallen into the wrong hands and now she’s being coerced into having an affair with the blackmailing toad who has it.



Luke Daudet, Viscount Altea, may be a reckless and debauched rake but he's the only person she trusts to help her, despite their tempestuous past. A year before the book begins they had what amounted to a one-night stand. He broke off communications with her because he knew she wasn't the type to be a mistress, and he had no intention of marrying her. But now she needs his help, and there’s no way he can continue to keep his distance from the delectable widow who moves his heart as well as his happy bits.



As an added bonus, there’s a second love story line intertwined with the first: Luke's younger sister and her cousin (though only by marriage), Miles. They grew up together and he's in love with her but thinks it's impossible. Their interactions are sweet and heartfelt, and they add a lot of really great depth to the book.



Emma Wildes creates characters that I love. I really appreciate characters that are intelligent, honest, and straightforward, and Emma Wildes delivers. This second installment in the series features an emotionally tortured hero and for me, the romance is that much sweeter because we get to see him soothed by a loving woman. It’s also interesting to see the juxtaposition of jaded and experienced lovers with the young ingĂ©nue who discovers her first love with a man who has avoided all serious romantic attachments because of his secret love for her.



There’s just the right amount of danger and intrigue to keep the story moving along at the perfect pace. Our Wicked Mistake is very, very satisfying, and Ms. Wildes is an author to watch.



1/3 peppers heat rating for explicit m/f sex





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His Sinful Secret by Emma Wildes

His Sinful Secret (Notorious Bachelors, #3)His Sinful Secret by Emma Wildes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


My 5-kiss review from www.TwoLipsReviews.com:



Fans of the Notorious Bachelors series will fall in love with the familiar yet enigmatic Michael Hepburn, whom we met in the previous books. Michael marries Julianne Sutton, the woman his late brother was supposed to have married. Their families arranged the marriage years ago, and Michael is willing to fulfill his familial duty despite the fact that he barely knows the girl. His brother was in love with her and he's feeling guilty and worries that she's being shortchanged because as a spy for the Crown he's completely different than his carefree, lighthearted brother was.



Michael was a prisoner of war, and it changed him. And to complicate matters even more, he has a painful new knife wound he needs to either hide or explain on his wedding night. Michael has a lot of secrets (not to mention enemies) so he shuts himself off from her the morning after their wedding night, and she's left feeling hurt and confused.

By contrast, Michael is drawn to Julianne’s uncomplicated innocence. She’s like a ray of sunshine in his otherwise dark and dreary life. It’s an absolute delight to see her break through his seemingly cold and untouchable exterior. But Julianne is not without her own secrets, and they’re secrets that will put her in harm’s way.



His Sinful Secret also has a secondary romance. Antonia was a Spanish noble Michael met during the war. She loves Michael and Lawrence loves her, so there’s a love triangle going on. I never warmed up to Antonia, but I was, however, pleased to see that the author didn’t use some of the trite “jealous ex-lover” nonsense that I’ve read in other books.

Once again I’m very impressed with this third installment in this passionate series from Emma Wildes. It was so gratifying to see Michael's gradual change as he falls in love with his wife and vice versa. You don’t necessarily have to read the books in this series in order, but I’d recommend it anyway because you won’t want to miss a single page.



1/3 peppers heat rating, for explicit m/f sex



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Seducing the HighlanderSeducing the Highlander by Emma Wildes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Emma's books are always guaranteed winners for me. Love her writing!



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