Adult Fiction Romance

Book ReviewGirl's Guide to Witchcraft

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Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Red Dress Ink, 2006

There were so many things I loved about this book - Jane is a librarian (holla!) And the author, Mindy Klasky is a librarian as well - you go girl! This book has had some excellent attention to detail and we reap the benefits on every page. There are great plot twists, light-hearted magical fun to spice it up, good pace and solid relationships between Jane and her Gran, her best friend Melissa and to the new flip side of her life with her familiar Neko and warder David. And I'm giving special mention to...

Book ReviewThe Runaway Princess

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Gallery Books, 2012

Hester Browne does it again with a sweet romance, meandering and insightful look at what it means to be linked to the royal family. I have to admit that growing up I had stars in my eyes regarding anything princess. One summer afternoon playing with my brother he wanted to be King and me be the Queen but I told him flat out I would never be a Queen, just a princess - it sounded so much prettier and had less seriousness about it. Like her Little Lady Agency series, Hester has written a fairly thick book in The Runaway Princess. It allows us a...

Book ReviewOtherwise Engaged

Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Don't you hate a fence sitter, and yet, this is where this book falls, not bad but not great.
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JP Putnam's Sons, 2014

I have always loved Amanada Quick's historical fiction romance/suspense novels and yet, this one felt tired to me. A few old tricks have resurfaced such as a 'fake engagement' wherein the male hero proposes for the sake of society but his real intention is to sway the female heroine to marry him. I've been there, done that perhaps one too many times with previous novels by Amanda. My second disappointment surrounds...

Book ReviewDirty Laundry

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Tom Doherty Associates, 2006

What would the world be without light, fluffy books that make us laugh? Though the Sofie Metropolis series is not a deeply intense book you can't bear to put down - so what? Sometimes life requires a book that can be put down, picked up, and put down again without causing headaches. The writing team of Tony Karayianni and wife Lori Schlachter-Karayianni have penned another enjoyable mystery for us in Dirty Laundry. I love a series for the way it swivels. Let me explain. Our main...

Book ReviewBlameless

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Orbit, 2010

Quite happily gobbling my way through this series, there is much to love in book three of the Parasol Protectorate series, Blameless. And yet, I had a revelation while reading this novel. Throughout a series, we generally grow to love the main character and the challenges/struggles they endure. Surprisingly, I discovered it is not the main character, Alexia, that holds the majority of my keen interest, but...

Book ReviewChangeless

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Orbit, 2010

After reading and loving Soulless, the first book in this series, I predictably ran (literally, with my jogging pants on and everything) to the nearest book seller and bought everything they had which was sadly, just the first three of the Alexia Tarabotti books. Without wasting a minute I eagerly dove into Changeless. I was most interested in seeing how author Gail Carriger would handle the rest of the series. In book one, when Alexia and Collan get married (something that could have been stretched into a few books but was condensed into the first) what would their 'happily ever after' look like? And I...

Book ReviewSoulless

Reviewer's Rating: 
5
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
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Orbit, 2009

Like Alice in Wonderland, to tumble into the pages of Soulless is to find yourself in a warped version of the world you know and be fascinated by the characters you find there. I simply loved this book that reads like a thick stew - fantasy, sci-fi, historical, romance, suspense, adventure and the still warm freshly baked tea biscuit to go with this stew is the comedy. The best thing about comedy is the way it surprises you - especially in a historical, puritanical setting such as Soulless in the mid-1800's, Great Britain. I...

Book ReviewSwept Off Her Feet

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Simon and Schuster, 2011

What a lovely wee romance novel this is. Hester has given us a nice mix of modern girl bumbling around a family's antiques which uncovers a love story from the past. There is a perfect balance played out between the two time periods - heavy on the modern, light and just enough on the historical. Romance is the main theme of the book but it...

Book ReviewKiller Insight

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Signet, 2006

This was a fun, fourth installment in a solid whodunit mystery series. I am still loving the psychic tidbits that real-live psychic and author Victoria Laurie gives us as readers. It is a sneak peek at both the pros and cons of living a life with that special sight. One of Victoria's strengths is writing relationships that ...

Book ReviewSofie Metropolis

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
Tom Doherty Associates, 2005

As you can tell from the summary, there's a lot going on in this starter series novel, but it's all good. I quite enjoyed this book like a spritz of water in the face in the heat of summer. It reads much like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series but there's no Grandma Mazur and Sofie's mother is much more overbearing. It does have a great sense of humour much like Evanovich that had me laughing out loud and sharing parts with my husband. There's kooky characters in general within Sofie's family, her apartment building, her neighbors and her coworkers but it all...

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