Thursday, March 28, 2013

Santa BabySanta Baby by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I thought I could make it to the end of this one, even if I didn't love it. I think the most lasting thing I'll take away from this book is children need loving discipline, or they'll be inexcusable monsters. If you just laugh off their ongoing misbehavior as "oh well, kids will be kids", you're a moron.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Gone With the Nerd (Nerds, #4)Gone With the Nerd by Vicki Lewis Thompson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really like this author and I did make it all the way to the end of this one, but I just didn't love it. I was annoyed by the heroine's view of nerds - it's just hard for me to imagine any adult as being so utterly clueless and condescending. The villain was predictable, I didn't feel any chemistry between the hero & heroine, and many parts of the book really dragged for me. But I love a good nerd hero and there aren't that many of them out there (alphas are obviously the trend), so I'll probably read more from this series someday.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

The One That Got Away (Harlequin Super Romance (Larger Print))The One That Got Away (Harlequin Super Romance by Jamie Sobrato
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Meh. It wasn't terrible, but I can't really find any reason to recommend it. No chemistry, no heat, an iffy HEA and a predictable and weak plot. It's too bad, because the friends-to-lovers theme is one of my favorites.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Her Officer and Gentleman (Just Ask Reeves, #2)Her Officer and Gentleman by Karen Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was pretty good and a fairly quick read. It was predictable, but that's OK, too. The characters were all likable and the H/H had great chemistry. My biggest complaint is the title. He was neither an officer nor a military man. At all. Not that it affects the plot at all, but I guess it bothers me when a title has absolutely nothing to do with the book. It makes me think the editor or publisher was just too lazy to be more creative, and didn't care much for accuracy. That's NOT smexy.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Colters' Promise (Colters' Legacy, #4)Colters' Promise by Maya Banks
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I loved Colters' Woman, but this read like a snoozy epilogue with almost no heat and not enough plot to keep me interested. I skimmed most of it and was glad I hadn't paid full price.

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On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1)On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was very well-written, but a rather emotionally exhausting read. There were several times I wasn't sure I wanted to continue reading it because the heroine had so many issues & I wasn't completely on board with her even deserving an HEA. Most of the time I wasn't sure what the hero saw in her beyond lust. But her brand of crazy was mostly understandable & she wasn't just bitchy for no reason (mostly), so I kept reading. It was written in first person and we don't get the hero's POV so that handicapped it for me, too. I stayed up late to finish it so I guess that says something.

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Master of the Mountain (Mountain Masters, #1)Master of the Mountain by Cherise Sinclair
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Completely delicious and highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a well-written BDSM erotic romance.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

One Night Rodeo (Blacktop Cowboys, #4)One Night Rodeo by Lorelei James


I dislike Celia right from the start. DNF/skipping this one.

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Secrets of SinSecrets of Sin by Chloe Harris
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

OK, so here's something I despise in my romances: blatant infidelity. Here, our hero marries a young lady for her money, consummates the marriage, decides she has his heart, and leaves because he doesn't want her to have his soul, too. He's gone for four years, but not before he supposedly whores his way around the world. Then he has the gall to feel affronted when he hears she may have cuckolded him. DNF.

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A Perfect Storm (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #4)A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent. There were a few times I wanted to throttle Arizona, but I got her. Spencer was delicious. :)

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Trace of Fever (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #2)Trace of Fever by Lori Foster
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was good enough for me to keep reading and I knew I'd love Trace, but Priss teetered too close to the edge of TSTL for my liking, and a few important times she leaped right into full-blown stupid. Still enjoying the series and moving on to the next book.

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Savor the Danger (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #3)Savor the Danger by Lori Foster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series just keeps getting better & better. Steamy, suspenseful and edgy. Excellent.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

When You Dare (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #1)When You Dare by Lori Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A delicious alpha hero, lots of heart-pounding action, drama, a smart heroine and hot sex. This is looking like a great series already. :)

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Obsession Wears Opals (Jaded Gentleman, #5)Obsession Wears Opals by Renee Bernard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC
5 Kisses, 2 Peppers (M/F, oral sex, extreme sexual depravity of the
villain)

When Darius Thorne finds Isabel Netherton in his winter garden, she's half dead. She rouses just enough to beg him not to call a doctor, and he realizes she's in some serious trouble. As he pulls off her frozen gloves to rub some circulation back into her hands, he sees the gold ring on her finger. She's married. He gives her shelter and she must be very careful to not be seen, so as they spend time together in relatively close confinement they fall in love. He knows a future between them is impossible for many reasons, but he's determined to save her from the monster she married. He devises a plan to blackmail Lord Netherton, a depraved and cruel individual in the extreme. Darius is facing his own danger as well, because of the ongoing threat to the Jaded. With everything that's happening to both of them, there's quite a bit of drama and suspense in this book.

I love an intellectual hero, and Darius is perfectly delicious. He's sweet, brave, devoted, loyal, and all-around lovable. Isabel is just as wonderful, and they work very well together. I defy anyone to read this and not root for their happy ending.

Renee Bernard also shows that she isn't afraid to write an utterly despicable villain. This isn't necessarily a book for squeamish readers, so be forewarned.

This has been a thoroughly enjoyable series. It just keeps getting better and better. Obsession Wears Opals can be enjoyed without having read the previous books in the series, but I encourage fellow readers to read the entire series. It is definitely time and money well spent. Ms. Bernard is truly a talented author to follow.

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Obsession Wears Opals (Jaded Gentleman, #5)Obsession Wears Opals by Renee Bernard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC
5 Kisses, 2 Peppers (M/F, oral sex, extreme sexual depravity of the
villain)

When Darius Thorne finds Isabel Netherton in his winter garden, she's half dead. She rouses just enough to beg him not to call a doctor, and he realizes she's in some serious trouble. As he pulls off her frozen gloves to rub some circulation back into her hands, he sees the gold ring on her finger. She's married. He gives her shelter and she must be very careful to not be seen, so as they spend time together in relatively close confinement they fall in love. He knows a future between them is impossible for many reasons, but he's determined to save her from the monster she married. He devises a plan to blackmail Lord Netherton, a depraved and cruel individual in the extreme. Darius is facing his own danger as well, because of the ongoing threat to the Jaded. With everything that's happening to both of them, there's quite a bit of drama and suspense in this book.

I love an intellectual hero, and Darius is perfectly delicious. He's sweet, brave, devoted, loyal, and all-around lovable. Isabel is just as wonderful, and they work very well together. I defy anyone to read this and not root for their happy ending.

Renee Bernard also shows that she isn't afraid to write an utterly despicable villain. This isn't necessarily a book for squeamish readers, so be forewarned.

This has been a thoroughly enjoyable series. It just keeps getting better and better. Obsession Wears Opals can be enjoyed without having read the previous books in the series, but I encourage fellow readers to read the entire series. It is definitely time and money well spent. Ms. Bernard is truly a talented author to follow.

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Practically WickedPractically Wicked by Alissa Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC
4 1/2 Kisses, ) peppers (M/F sweet romance)

When Viscount Maximilian Dane first meets Miss Anna Rees, he's drunk and just inherited his title. He's not pleased to have inherited the responsibility. Despite his stupor, he manages to see the allure of Anna, which is contrary to her reputation of being a spoiled Ice Queen. For her part, Anna is sure she is simultaneously the most notorious and the most boring spinster in the world. He promises to call on her the following week, but it doesn't happen. She's disappointed, but moves on. They run into each other four years later when she goes to meet her half brother, who happens to be Max's close friend. She thinks he blew her off, but he actually did try to see her and was turned away by her controlling and manipulative mother. He is unaware of her mother's interference and thinks Anna refused to see him.

I really love Anna and Max together; they have great chemistry and communication. The early misunderstanding that kept them apart isn't dragged out too much, and that scores big points with me as a reader. I prefer characters who communicate with each other and find their conflict elsewhere.

Anna was an extremely sheltered character, almost to the point that I would consider it abuse. She rarely left her mother's bawdy house, so her scope of experiences is very limited. She's a charming blend of innocence and intelligence, which makes for a very likeable heroine.

Once again I was enchanted by an extremely well-written story and didn't really miss the lack of heat. The story moved at a comfortable pace and kept me interested from the very first page. Alissa Johnson is an author to follow and I can recommend Practically Wicked to readers who enjoy a good, not-racy historical romance.

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