[Review]: Mask of Duplicity by Julia Brannan

Mask of Duplicity (The Jacobite Chronicles #1)Mask of Duplicity by Julia Brannan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The plot has hints of the Scarlet Pimpernel, but set against the backdrop of Jacobite England. I’ve no problems seeing through the disguise the hero Alex wears as the foppish Sir Anthony, but was slightly disappointed that the heroine Elizabeth,who prides herself as an intelligent, independent woman, did not take the time to discover the hidden layers of his character, choosing only to believe the superficial.

The writing style was a little garrulous but I plodded on to find out what happens to the two protagonists. I hope the next installment of the series proves to be more scintillating a read than this debut

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[Review]: Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen

Speakeasy (True North, #5)Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had my eyes on this book even before I finished the series debut. May intrigued me. I instinctively knew she has a secret and the way she helped Jude with overcoming his past addiction in the first novel added another layer of mystery I wanted to peel back. What can I say? I love complex characters.

In fact I had this book in my cart before I decided to add the rest of the series. Reading this out of order didn’t mar the experience. The ugly breakup in the beginning of the story was a great plot point to begin this unlikely romance. It’s actually what made it believable and had me rooting for the couple. Of course the sometimes almost comical lengths they went to in order to keep their budding relationship low key are what kept me glued to the pages.

A sweet, sensual and humorous read that carried its weight in heartfelt emotions. Definitely a 5-star keeper for me.

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[Review]: Mister Tonight by Kendall Ryan

Mister TonightMister Tonight by Kendall Ryan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was in the midst of reading Bro Code by the same author, while waiting for this book to arrive in my ereader. The moment it did, I read it without stopping, promptly forgetting the other.

For some reasons, this single-father romance just works for me. Kate and Hunter has chemistry, humour and the unexpected pleasure of love sneaking up on them. A fun and sexy romantic read that was easy to get into.

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[REVIEW]: Steadfast by Sarina Bowen

Steadfast (True North, #2)Steadfast by Sarina Bowen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m a sucker for second chances and Jude’s story of overcoming his past addiction and mistakes is nothing short of inspiring.

The fact the he’s remorseful and trying to make amends, despite struggles with prejudice and his own low self esteem and insecurities, make his transformational journey all the more believable and uplifting. I felt vindicated when Jude finally caught his break in the end.

Sophie’s unwavering belief in him and ability to see the good side of Jude made their romance all the more sweeter. The Shipleys added to the mushy small town warmth with their support for Jude.

Very satisfying and heartwarming read.

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[REVIEW]: Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

Bittersweet (True North, #1)Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series debut was free on Kobo, and the synopsis of a small town romance between a modern farmer and seemingly clueless city girl with a golden heart was just too hard to resist.

Enjoyed the humour woven into some of the encounters between Griff and Audrey, the sexy yet poignant emotional moments, and the author’s treatment of the various relationships in the lives of the two main characters.

The secondary characters were equally engaging. So much so I decided that I wanted to find out how Jude and May find their one true love. All in all a 5-star read for me.

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Part-Time Lover by Lauren Blakely

Part-Time LoverPart-Time Lover by Lauren Blakely

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I fell in love with Lauren Blakely since I first read 21 Stolen Kisses and have never looked back. She turns out swoon worthy emotional stories with just the right blend of sensuality, romance and humor.

What’s amazing about this book is that both main characters are engaging, like able and strongly developed. Having been betrayed or disappointed in love before, their subconscious fall into love was such a captivating journey to follow that you can’t help but celebrate and cheer along with their supportive circle of friends.

I’m a sucker for second chances and this story just burrows right into my heart. A happy read right to the very last page.

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Bro Code by Kendall Ryan

Bro CodeBro Code by Kendall Ryan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For some reasons I couldn’t get my head and heart into this story as quickly as I did with this author’s other books. It may be that the best friend’s sister to lovers story arc is not new but I’ve read other similar romances that captured my attention from the start.

Instead, a third into this book, I stopped and got into another of Ms Ryan’s latest and finished that in mere hours. Much as I would’ve liked to give this book a higher rating, it’s at most a 3.5 for me.

Not my favorite book from Ms Ryan.

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