Review: Tender the Storm: The Devereux Trilogy – Book One

Tender the Storm: The Devereux Trilogy - Book One
Tender the Storm: The Devereux Trilogy – Book One by Elizabeth Thornton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve enjoyed Ms Thornton’s historical romances in the past and this first installment of a trilogy centered on the Devereux siblings is every bit as riveting as the political intrigues of the French Revolution which is the setting of this series.

The balance of tender romance, spy intrigue, sexual tension and historical storytelling was just perfect for me. After my recent spate of light romance stories in contemporary settings, the heavier drama of an important political period was a refreshing change that I gladly immerse myself in.

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Review: Nowhere to Run

Nowhere to Run
Nowhere to Run by Nancy Bush

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Enjoyed every heart pounding minute reading it. Especially since I guessed the identity of the killer about two-thirds of the book in.

While the few main characters are quite well developed, I found myself mildly irritated with the “hang-ups” the heroine has with going to the police. While it gave the story an anchor from which to drive the plot, and spring off twists that sent readers on a wild goose chase, at some point it became inconvenient and disengaging.

Lucky then that the hero’s character struck the right balance and gave this murder thriller some impetus in arriving at a plausible ending. The light romantic angle served as the subplot, preventing this book from becoming too gory with the high body count (nine)!

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Review: Miss Fortune Series Boxset 1

Miss Fortune Series Boxset 1
Miss Fortune Series Boxset 1 by Jana Deleon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The plot synopsis had me hooked: a CIA assassin with a blown cover forced to hide out in a sleepy Louisiana small town stumbling into a murder mystery. And … getting into all sorts of hilarious shenanigans with a pair of seniors who aren’t quite what they seem, when she’s been ordered to keep a low profile.

In the masterful hands of an author who knows how to combine engaging characters, convoluted plots with lots of surprising twists and uproariously funny writing, this whodunit series is bound to keep readers entertained. I went along with Fortune, Ida Belle, Gertis and Deputy Carter LeBlanc on their madcap adventures in Sinful, Louisiana and boy, what an enjoyable and thrilling ride that was. Which led to me chasing down the rest of the series.

Of course, I also have a vested interest in the budding relationship between Fortune and Carter, which is kept just simmering under all the crimes and mysteries that surfaced one after another. Yup, there’s never a dull day in Sinful. And I’m on to the next in the series to see what awaits the pair of crime fighters.

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Review: Outlander

Outlander
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read this book more than 10 years ago and picked it up again for another read just because I’m following the TV series on Netflix.

The book is every bit as lush in details, and well researched as I recall. I had the added pleasure of the TV series to embellish what my imagination took away from reading the book. The emotional turmoils of Claire and Jamie has never been more vivid, more heart wrenching and at the same time inspiring.

I never did get around to the next book in the series the last time round. And i find myself still contemplating another attempt this time round. Let’s see if the screen version will move me to read the next book.

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Review: Stuck-Up Suit

Stuck-Up Suit
Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The synopsis sold me on this pair of new-to-me authors. The texting, sexting and utterly entertaining banter between Graham and Soraya were what made me stay riveted to the unfolding romance between them.

The sizzling chemistry, Soraya’s snarky humour, the emotional drama and some of the most heart-melting lines from Graham had me falling in love with the book and the lovers faster than you can say happily ever after. All in all, a 5-star read that warmed my heart and elicited happy sighs from me right up to the very last page.

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Review: Black Falcon’s Lady

Black Falcon's Lady
Black Falcon’s Lady by Kimberleigh Caitlin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was intrigued by the “Romeo & Juliet” story arc of a pair of star crossed lovers caught in the feud begun by their fathers. Set against a backdrop rife with conflict, persecution and oppression of the Irish Catholics by fanatical, Protestant England, the tale bore great promise.

However, I found myself skimming som parts of the narrative as the writing became a tad garrulous and plodding. Otherwise Tade and Maryssa made an engaging couple and their story is proof that love conquers all.

Overall this is an average 3-star read that maybe, to my prejudiced eye, would have been great if I’d been more patient. I’ve another book by the same author in my TBR pile. Let’s see if that book would be more to my taste.

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Review: The Publicist

The Publicist
The Publicist by Christina George
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Author Christina George gave us an interesting peek into the the world of publishing through this rather engaging debut of The Publicist series. Being a series, the book ends on a sorta cliffhanger, and unfortunately the second and third book aren’t available at the Kobo Store as yet.

Apart from that, the pace of the story development, the romantic tension amongst Kate, Mac and Nick is another angle that made this novel intriguing and left me wanting to quickly dive into the next book to learn what happens next to Kate. A great read overall.

Now let’s just hope the Kobo editions publish soon.

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