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:

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.

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.

“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.

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 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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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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