Sunday, October 22, 2017

Grigori by Lauren Smith

Madelyn Haynes was adopted as a child and grew up with loving parents.  She always knew she was different.  When it rained, she dreamed of dragons.  For the last five years, she has been a professor of medieval mythology, reading and researching dragons.  She has been given her a three-month sabbatical to pursue her theory.  Madelyn has come to Russia to prove that theory in the Russian State Library.  She discovers a book that pictures of a handsome man and the dragon she has dreamed about.

Grigori Barinov is the oldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters.  He is sworn to protect their history and magic.  He is notified that a nosy American has requested the book that shows proof of dragons existence.  Grigori must protect his family at all costs even when her intoxicating scent attracts him to her.  After his brother kills the son of their rival family, Gregori must battle his father.  Can Gregori protect Madelyn?

I have read Lauren Smith's historical novels and liked them, so I decided to take a chance on Grigori.  I loved it!  Shifters are one of my guilty pleasured and Grigori was perfect.  I loved the setting and the characters.  It was a well-written book.  I can't wait for the next book.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Caught by the Scot by Karen Hawkins

Scottish privateer Conner Douglas has just learned that his sister passed away during childbirth and in her will, he has to marry a respectable, well-born woman to claim his inheritance.  Or, it will go to his family's enemies.

He decides to elope to Gretna Green with the sister of his childhood friend, Theodora Cumberbatch-Snowe.  However, Theodora is already on her way to Gretna Green with her fiancee.  Conner needs to marry Theodora and won't let her get away.

Theodora has been in love with Conner for years and has finally given up on Conner declaring he wanted to marry her.  She found a fiancee and now Conner is doing everything to stop her elopement.  Theodora is tired of moving due to her father's job and wants a stable home.  She knows that Conner can't provide that.  Conner will do anything to change her mind.  He sets a plan to get her to call off with the help of the crew from his ship.   On the way to Gretna Green Conner discovers that beneath Theodora's plain exterior is a passionate woman. 

Will Connor get his HEA with Theodora?

I enjoyed the characters in this novel.  Theodora was a strong woman, having run her family's household due to her mother's illnesses.  Connor is the perfect man to give her the independence she craves.  I loved the way Connor kept attempting to stall the trip to Gretna Green.  This was a great read.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Sheikh's Unruly Lover by Leslie North

Marian is flying to Parsabad to help with a huge business deal for the company she works for.  Her boss is sending her because he knows that the Chief Technology Officer that is in charge of the project is a gigantic ass and may ruin the deal that they have been working hard for.  For Marian, this trip too Parsabad is a bonus.  She gets to see her best friend Annabell and help with the deal with National Oil.

When Marian arrives in Parsabad, she meets Sheikh Omar Almasi and in instantly wary of his good looks and defensive demeanor.  Marian is forced to take over the negotiations when the CTO offends everyone in the initial meeting.  Omar is still recovering from the death of his wife two years later.  He keeps fighting his attraction to Marian.  

Omar will do anything to make sure his family business succeeds and this deal is important to the survival.  He has to work side by side with Marian while fighting the attraction he feels toward her.  When he gives up the fight, things heat up.  Will Omar be able to let go of his grief and have his HEA with Marian?

This was a great read!  I enjoyed the characters.  Marian was a great heroine.  I was thrilled that Omar got his HEA with Marian.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher.  Thank you!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Broken Duke by Jess Michaels

Adelaide Langford is leaving a double life.  In the eyes of the Ton, she is a bluestocking wallflower.  When she sneaks out of her aunt’s house, she is a celebrated actress.

Graham is starting to return to his old life after the humiliating loss of his longtime fiancĂ©e to one of his best friends.  His other friends drag him out to the theater where he sees Lydia Ford and is instantly thrown into lust.

Graham does not know why the bespectacled wallflower attracts him as much as Lydia.  He is torn and guilted by his feelings until he discovers Adelaide’s secret.

Can Graham save her from the danger that Adelaide was beginning to suspect?

The Broken Duke is the third in the series that revolves around a group of friends that are Dukes.  I felt so bad for Graham in the previous book, but at the same time relieved because everyone deserves a spouse that loves them.

When Graham found Adelaide, I was thrilled.  I love the characters in the book.  While it is about Graham and Adelaide, the Dukes and Duchesses from the previous books make appearances and play a vital part.

This is a wonderfully written novel.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and can’t wait for the next book. Jess Michaels never disappoints and is one of my favorite authors.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel provided by NetGalley and the publisher.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sadie's Highlander by Maeve Greyson

I don't remember the last time I read a time travel romance.  I was so glad I read this book!  I liked Alex and Sadie.  There were points in this book that I wished Sadie would stand up to her family. 

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The Sheikh's Contract Fiancee by Leslie North

I absolutely love Leslie North Sheikh novels!  Annabelle wanted to please her father despite their rocky relationship.  He asks her to head a merger with a company in the Middle East.  She meets Imaad and is stunned to learn that the merger includes an arranged marriage.  Imaad wants to have a fake marriage but things heat up and soon they want a real commitment.
Loved it!  I liked the characters.  I felt sorry for Annabelle and wanted to scream at her father.  But Imaad makes up for it.  Hot read!
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Bloom by Leslie North

When Antonio DeRose buys a failing tattoo studio, he gets more than the bargained for.  He finds Evie Stuart, the talented tattoo artist that he feels is wasting her talent.  No matter how many times Antonio asks her to be the head artist, Evie will refuse. 

When they mix business with pleasure, things get hot.  Will Evie become the head artist?  Can Antonio loosen up enough to find his HEA like his brothers?

I love the chemistry between Antonio and Evie.  They are both strong characters and need to learn to compromise to have their HEA.  This was an amazing series.  I liked the tattoo theme and the characters in the books.  All were well written and enjoyable.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher.  Thank you!