Review: A Harmless Little Game

A Harmless Little Game
A Harmless Little Game by Meli Raine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A gripping mind bender that caught me in its web of suspense, drama, politics, intrigue and romantics tension. So much so I had to get the next two in the series.

The twists and turns in the unfolding plot kept me glued to the pages, guessing what’s next. Can’t wait to chase this story down to its heart pounding end!

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Review: Sweet Cheeks

Sweet Cheeks
Sweet Cheeks by K. Bromberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have a soft spot in my heart for second chance romances, and this new to me author got the recipe just right. I mean, the classic wedding date just got a lot more interesting when the date”s the one who got away, the first love that the heroine has never gotten over.

It didn’t hurt that the hero is a little alpha, a bit sweet, and a whole lot of fun. While their complicated past shaded their perceptions of how their romance never did blossom, the present wiser and more matured selves are brace enough to take that leap of faith, and fall again.

That last section where Hayes wooed Saylor via social media, inspired gifts and his A-game? That was one of the best bits of courting, beaten over by the proposal/ wedding. A 5-star afternoon well spent that puts the warm and fuzzy back into my new year weekend.

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Review: Uncivilized

Uncivilized
Uncivilized by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The synopsis reads like a cross between Greystoke and Fifty Shades, and I’ll admit that’s what got me interested enough to purchase the book.

I’m a sucker for conflicts that create sexual tension and romantic intrigue in a book, and the power play between Moira and Zach had that in spades, there were some sneaky humour thrown in which lightens the tone a bit. The story is not smexy times and hot play, there were some real tender moments as both main characters discover what they mean to each other.

The support that the people around them have for their budding relationship and how they try to guide both hard headed lovers to the path to happiness was also one that warms my heart over. All in all, this book was a good 4-star discovery for me.

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Review: Romance Super Bundle III: Always & Forever

Romance Super Bundle III: Always & Forever
Romance Super Bundle III: Always & Forever by Dale Mayer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This collection was a hit-and-miss for me. I skipped a few of the stories which didn’t engage my interest at all but these are the noteworthy ones which I enjoyed reading:

EVIDENCE OF TRUST, Stacey Joy Netze
Has just the right balance of romantic tension, passion and suspense. When a headstrong wrangler & an alpha park ranger are thrown together while he’s searching for evidence to stop a poacher killing animals in RMNP, sparks flew. But when Brittany became the target of the monster, Joel discovers he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her.

TREASURE ON MOON LAKE—Amy Gamet
Mistaken love triangle, second chance romance, tension-filled wedding and a fun treasure hunt aside, this book has enough family and relationship drama to kept me turning the pages till the end.

LOST IN MANHATTAN, Lois Winston
“A terrorist’s twisted need for revenge has claimed the lives of Sarah Montgomery’s entire family. One more kill will fulfill a promise made long ago. Can a woman who can’t remember and a man who can’t forget stop the assassin before Sarah becomes the final victim?”

This one kept me guessing right until the end. The story started off like a family drama where power and control over an aeronautical firm was bitterly contested, but develops into a tender romance and suspenseful race to find the real killer(s). Probably the best book of the lot.

LORD OF DARKNESS, Ava Bradley
An interesting alternative take on the beauty and the beast tale which was easy to read and have some tender moments which made it work for me.

Taken in its entirety though, I realize only half the books in the bundle were up my alley. Would have given this a miss if it weren’t a bargain find.

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Review: One Scandalous Kiss

One Scandalous Kiss
One Scandalous Kiss by Christy Carlyle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The synopsis piqued my interest – heroine taking a daring bet to kiss a handsome stranger. Set in Victorian London, and in a time period where suffragettes are lobbying for the right for women to vote, this story premise promises scandal, comedy and much fertile ground for a truly inspired romance.

While Lucius and Jess’ journey to happily ever after is every bit as sweet and lovely, there were some parts of the story which left me hanging — what happened to that meeting in the study with May Sedgwick and her father? — and some of the heroine’s actions exasperated me and contradicted how she portrayed herself as a forward-thinking modern woman.

It was the hero who saved he story for me, for in the end standing firm and finding a solution to his financial situation and stand-by his love. I would have loved to give this book a higher rating, but for the heroine acting a little out of character and losing that fight I admired so much in the beginning.

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Review: Elfin

Elfin
Elfin by Quinn Loftis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OK, so the synopsis piqued my interest, and since this book was free on Kobo for a limited period of time, thought I’d give it a try.

While the book could do with a diligent round of editing, the theme of light vs dark, good vs evil carried me through the plot, and as the battle between Trik and the ‘false’ dark elf king unfolded, I found myself rooting for the assassin turned hero. It didn’t hurt that the heroine’s bestie, Elora, is such a hoot with her entertaining quips and skepticism. I guess, if you prefer a light fantasy read with a more romantic slant, this could be just the right read for you.

if you could refrain from comparing this chaste and sweet little read to any heavier series with the fey/ elves as central characters, then you’d be fine.

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Review: Velvet is the Night: The Devereux Trilogy – Book Two

Velvet is the Night: The Devereux Trilogy - Book Two
Velvet is the Night: The Devereux Trilogy – Book Two by Elizabeth Thornton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This follow-up to Tender the Storm got me hooked from page one with the glimpse into the Adam’s and Philippe’s childhood and the genesis of their rivalry. As the story begins with the meeting of Claire and Philippe, and takes the reader through the switching of identities and budding love between Claire and Adam, i became absorbed by the angst and trust issues the protagonists had to deal with, all while trying to survive in Revolutionary France.

The heartaches, betrayals, big-Misunderstanding, and eventual reunion and capitulation of hearts took me on an emotional journey, that while every bit as melodramatic as the first novel, captured my imagination with its diverse setting — France then America — and its engaging main characters. Definitely another keeper from Ms Thornton, and one that bears another read. I’ve no qualms in rating this a 5-star read.

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