Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels, #1)A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More than halfway through I still wasn't sure I wanted to finish this one. The hero was completely loathsome, and the angst was thick. But I really like Sarah MacLean's writing and I knew this would be one heck of a stellar hero redemption, so I kept reading. I'm glad I did, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Thin IceThin Ice by Liana Laverentz
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I am SO frustrated right now. I tried to finish this, I really did. I hate bitchy heroines, but I tried to give this one a chance because I thought it might have some potential and the writing is actually quite engaging. I made it to page 231 before I finally had to throw in the towel. The heroine runs hot-cold-hot-cold-hot-cold throughout the book, and while I truly do understand where she's coming from emotionally (she was abused by her ex-husband), the hero doesn't deserve the crap she puts him through. He's a sweet guy and I honestly can't imagine what he sees in her unless he's a complete masochist. If these were real life people, I'd be in her face screaming at her to fucking TALK to the poor guy, and explain why she's so scared and bitchy. After she told him for the millionth time that she didn't want to see him anymore, I decided she didn't deserve the happy ending I'm sure she'll be getting, and I'm no longer interested in her angsty emotional roller coaster.

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A Taste for Scandal (Sealed With a Kiss, #2)A Taste for Scandal by Erin Knightley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was exceptionally good, especially for a "sweet" romance - which usually don't interest me at all.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Behind the Rake's Wicked WagerBehind the Rake's Wicked Wager by Sarah Mallory

I liked his brother's story, but this one didn't work for me. DNF.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Wild About You (Love at Stake, #13)Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was so happy to see Howard get his own book! I especially liked the extra guardian powers that Elsa had - and the fact that she wasn't aware of them until they started happening. Really nice. Great addition to the series.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Seduction of Miranda ProsperThe Seduction of Miranda Prosper by Marissa Day
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hmmm... the plot was pretty thin and the characters seemed a bit underdeveloped, but overall it was OK. I've read (or tried to read) much worse. Extra points for it being a M/M/F erotic historical romance with such a deceptively mainstream cover (though it's kind of dumb that Darius isn't on there with them).

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, #12)Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sookie was more likable in this installment for some reason. Very interesting plot and another cliffhanger - so looking forward to book 13! :)

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs, #1)Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

See, this is exactly why people adore Maya Banks. THIS is what I love to read. Absolutely phenomenal. If you haven't already, be sure to go back and read her previous Highland trilogy, too.

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

FascinatedFascinated by Marissa Day
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC
4 Kisses, 2 1/2 Peppers (M/F, M/F/M, oral sex, sex in public, voyeurism, exhibitionism, menage)

Edward Randall, Baron Carstairs, is no ordinary gentleman. He's a member of an elite group of people with magical powers who serve and protect the Crown from the Fae, a very powerful and deadly enemy who want to conquer and rule the world. Baron Carstairs is what's known as a Catalyst, which means he has the ability to draw magic from the earth and channel it to Sorcerers.

Carstairs is engaged to Alicia Hartwell, a twenty-five-year-old spinster with a reputation for being a cold fish. She's not deliberately cold, though. She's honestly unable to comprehend the emotions of others. As they share a private embrace the evening of their engagement party, Edward suddenly senses something that alarms him. He fears she may be under some sort of enchantment. He realizes that he can't break it for her without hurting her; she has to break it from the inside. Of course it couldn't be as simple as breaking the enchantment and they live happily ever after. They have serious obstacles to overcome, including her family, the Fae, and Edward's own resistance to falling in love.

I thought this was an interesting approach to explaining what would probably be considered an autism spectrum disorder today. Sometimes autism is described as being locked inside oneself. Wouldn't it be nice if the solution could be something as relatively simple as breaking an enchantment?

Fascinated is passionate and very hot. I loved the connection that blooms between Alicia and Edward throughout the book. Marissa Day has written this book with an interesting blend of subgenres; the paranormal elements gave it a very different flavor. I'd recommend this for anyone who likes historicals and paranormals, and is looking for something a little off the beaten path.

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