Monday, May 14, 2018

The Perfect Duchess by Erica Taylor

Andrew Macalister, the Duke of Bradstone, hates his family's annual birthday ball.  Except for this year, he sees one woman he thought he would never see again, Lady Clara Masson.  Several years ago, Andrew was engaged to Clara's twin sister only to have her leave him at the altar for a footman. 

Now Andrew is openly courting social pariah Clara.  When her brother assaults her, Andrew steps up and announces they are engaged.

This was a book I so wanted to like.  I loved the opening but when the author kept cramming trope after trope into the book, I didn't like it.  You have the brother hating the sister, hidden child, the mystery of girl running off with the footman.  Just too much to make the book work in my opinion.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Small Town Siren by Lexi Blake

I was so thrilled when I found out that Lexi Blake was re-editing and re-issuing the Texas Sirens Series. 

Small Town Siren is one of my favorite books.  The additions to this book made it even better. 

Joanna's Highlander by Maeve Greyson

After being forced out of her job as a successful pharmaceutical sales rep by a lying and abusive ex, Joanna is trying to start a new career with a tour company.  Joanna and her foster sister Lucia need an exclusive contract with a North Carolina theme park, Highland Life and Legends.  Since they got a temporary contract, Joanna has put Grant MacDara in the "look but don't touch" category.  Until she had the matchmaking tour group of grannies.

Grant MacDara is a medieval highlander thrust into the twenty-first century.  The woman he loved and his unborn child were taken from him.  He was haunted by his lost love until he met Joanna.  She is the most irresistible woman Grant has met and when he decides that he is ready to risk his heart again, he doesn't want to let her go.

When Joanna gets an offer she can't refuse from her old company will she risk Grant's love and break his heart?

Once I got to the first chapter, I was hooked.  I loved the time-travel plot with the hot highlander.  The characters were great.  I loved Grant.  I was really enjoying the book until Chapter 20 when Joanna's ex's wife visits with a job offer and a way too crazy story about what happened to the ex.  I felt like I had to push through until the book was redeemed with the last chapter and epilogue. 

I was also thrown by the layout of the book before chapter 1.  There was a preface which explains the foundation for the series.  Next was the prologue which explains the MacDara's family history.  Then, was an author's note.  I found the placement of the author's note threw the rhythm of the book.  I will admit that I almost DNF'd this book based on the beginning of the book until I started to read chapter 1.  Again, once I hit Chapter 1, I was hooked.

This was a book that I ended up loving.  I can't wait for the next book in the series!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Secret of Flirting by Sabrina Jeffries

I was hooked from the first chapter to the end.  I loved the characters.  I enjoyed the push and pull between Gregory and Monique.  Monique's devotion to her beloved grandmother was sweet.  I liked how this book is part of a series, yet is a wonderful standalone.  Love it!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

Dark Alpha's Night by Donna Grant

With no fault of the author, I could not get into the book at this time.  I will re-visit the book later.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the author in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you.

Tempting the Rancher, Meier Ranch Brothers Book One by Leslie North

January Rose has always been a free spirit and as a teen, dreamed of traveling the world.  The moment she graduated high school, she left Close Call, Texas and the man she loved.

Rancher Nathaniel Meier has always had to put his responsibilities first.  His father died, his mother took off to "find herself" and his brothers are away.  It is his responsibility to run the families cattle ranch.  He struggles with making a profit every year with the bank breathing down his neck.  This year, he needs all the help he can get when the last person he ever thought he would see again comes back - January Rose.

Ten years later, January has roamed the world, sending postcards from exotic locations.  She has searched for that place to call home.  Will she realize that Nat is her home?  Can Nat take a risk to tame the wandering January?

I was amazed by this book.  I loved the characters, from Nat and January to Mona and Wes when he returned home.  The plot was like a rollercoaster of emotion with the tension between Nat and January so thick you could cut it.  I felt like I was living on the Meier ranch.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Sheikh's Unexpected Wife by Leslie North

Leslie North is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors.  This book is the perfect ending to this wonderful series.  Her characters are so enduring.  I loved how spunky Genni was.  She was willing to marry a stranger so her friend can escape an arranged marriage.  I loved the chemistry between Nasim and Genni.  This was a great book!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you!