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Jun
11

How to School Your Scoundrel by Juliana Gray

How to School Your Scoundrel by Juliana Gray How to School Your Scoundrel Author: Juliana Gray Reviewer: Ang Rating: C What I’m Talking About: First let me start by saying as a rule I really enjoy Juliana Gray’s books. She writes fun, engaging characters with strong story lines that draw you in immediately and keep you turning the pages until the end of the novel. That, however was not the case in How to School Your Scoundrel, at least not for me. I have been waiting for this book since I started the A Princess in Hiding Series. I was excited to finally have all the pieces put together and really get to know Louisa. Would she...
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Apr
23

Review: The Winter Bride by Anne Gracie

Review: The Winter Bride by Anne Gracie The Winter Bride Author: Anne Gracie Reviewer: Ang Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: The Winter Bride is the second book in the Chance Sister series, and I was really looking forward to reading it. I enjoyed The Autumn Bride a great deal and was excited to learn more about the Chance Sisters, but unfortunately I was left wanting. This book had tons of potential but fell flat in my opinion. Both of the main characters, Freddy and Damaris have tons of internal conflict and heavy baggage from their past which would have made for fantastic internal dialogue or reflection, but instead we are given only snippets of their...
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Apr
10

Review: Wildflower Wedding by LuAnn McLane

Review: Wildflower Wedding by LuAnn McLane Wildflower Wedding Author: Luann McLane Reviewer: Ang Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Let me start by saying I love Cricket Creek. I love the quaintness of the small town and the southern charm it exudes. I love picking up one of the Cricket Creek novels because I know it will be like going home to the small southern towns I grew up in. I can picture myself walking down Wedding Row, enjoying the sights and smells of the river-walk, enjoying a friendly and fantastic meal at Wine and Diner, and can even picture myself hanging with friends on karaoke night at Sully’s. All of these things are why,...
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Mar
6

Review: Carolina Man by Virginia Kantra

Review: Carolina Man by Virginia Kantra Carolina Man Author: Virginia Kantra Reviewer: Ang Rating: C+ What I’m Talking About: Let me start by saying I really really wanted to like this novel. I completely enjoyed the first two in the series, and after reading the teaser in the back of Carolina Girl, I was anxious to get this book in my hands. I grew up in a military home where my father was gone so much during the first thirteen years of my life that I have very few concrete memories of him during that time. I was excited to see how Ms. Kantra was going to handle the stresses of a military family and...
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Feb
5

Review: The Countess Confessions by Jillian Hunter

Review: The Countess Confessions by Jillian Hunter The Countess Confessions Author: Jillian Hunter  Reviewer: Ang Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Jillian Hunter is the queen of the O’Henry Twist. As I was reading The Countess Confessions and nearing the last 50 to 100 pages, all I kept thinking is “Wow, she never REALLY dealt with the conflict. She let the love story supersede the conflict.” Then BOOM right between the eyes! She threw a twist at me that a) I didn’t see coming, something very few authors are capable of doing, and b) wrapped up the entire conflict in one short chapter. Well done Ms. Hunter!!! Overall, I enjoyed my trip through England with Emily...
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Jan
20

Review: How to Master Your Marquis by Juliana Gray

Review: How to Master Your Marquis by Juliana Gray How to Master Your Marquis Author: Juliana Gray Reviewer: Ang Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: What I enjoy about Juliana Gray’s books are that they are unconventional tales of betrayal, trust and ultimately redemption. Rather than the typical damsel in distress, she gives us charmingly flawed heroes and smart, strong women who find themselves in odd situations doing highly dangerous things. How to Master Your Marquis was no different. Our hero Haltherfield is a charming, devoted, strong, scarred and wounded hero who finds his path to redemption in Stephanie, a princess in hiding working as a law clerk. She is snarky, cheeky, funny and excellent to read. Together they are...
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Nov
19

Review: Moonlight Kiss by LuAnn McLane

Review: Moonlight Kiss by LuAnn McLane Moonlight Kiss Author: LuAnn McLean Reviewer: Ang Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: LuAnn McLean paints a lovely small town picture in Moonlight Kiss. She nails the charm, quirks, nosiness, friendliness, and sense of community you’d experience in a small southern town as you walk the streets of Cricket Creek with Addison and Reid. She fully embraces you in the feel and flavor of this small Kentucky town, a place I wouldn’t mind visiting if it actually existed. In addition to the sweet southern charm of the town, Ms. McLean writes engaging and sweet characters who’s chemistry you feel right from the start. Addison stumbles into Cricket Creek running from a...
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Nov
7

Review: The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas

Review: The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas The Luckiest Lady In London Author: Sherry Thomas Reviewer: Ang Rating: A-, 4 Stars What I’m Talking About: One of the things I love about a Sherry Thomas book is that the author always gives us characters with well-developed back-stories complete with realistic issues, quirks, and intellectual interests. Her heroes are deeply flawed and her heroines are smart, funny and all enjoy pursuits outside of searching for the best catch of the season. The Luckiest Lady in London did not disappoint in any of these regards. Not unlike Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, The Luckiest Lady in London plot revolves around Louisa’s search for a husband worth at least 5,000 pounds...
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Oct
24

Review: The Counterfeit Mistress by Madeline Hunter

Review: The Counterfeit Mistress by Madeline Hunter The Counterfeit Mistress Author: Madeline Hunter Reviewer: Ang Rating: DNF What I’m Talking About: Let me start by saying this book has great potential, and I was super excited to get. Spies, Refugees, French versus English, Love, Seduction, a handsome viscount as our hero and a war-torn French refugee determined to do anything to protect herself and her father as the heroine. There is so much to work with, but the reality is I’ll likely never know if all the pieces came together to reach it’s potential or not. Don’t get me wrong, I tried. For more than a month I tried to get into this book. I picked...
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Oct
2

Review: A Lady’s Secret Weapon by Tracey Devlyn

Review: A Lady’s Secret Weapon by Tracey Devlyn A Lady’s Secret Weapon Author: Tracey Devlyn Reviewer: Ang Rating: B, 3 Stars What I’m Talking About: A Lady’s Secret Weapon is the third title in the Nexus series, and I wish I had realized that going into the book. That knowledge would have saved me chapters of frustration because I could have either found the previous two books and caught up on the story line. OR known going in that a variety of relationships and other questions were going to be left unanswered, and I could have accept that and enjoyed what was in my hands. Tracey Devlyn gives us a well-written book with strong characters whose chemistry...
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