Adult Fiction Romance

Book ReviewThe Sleeping Beauty Proposal

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
New American Library, 2008

I had been searching long and arduously for a Sophie Kinsella-like author and I've hit the jackpot with Sarah Strohmeyer.  I love a good comedic situation romance novel and The Sleeping Beauty Proposal is a perfect example of one hedged reply becoming a constant pie in the face in various flavours.  What makes this story yummy for us as readers is watching things wind tighter and tighter until they literally explode.  Each of us has an embarrassing moment (or many moments) and life's lesson is to laugh at ourselves.

Book ReviewThe Mystery Woman

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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Publisher: 
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2013.

This book is a silky time out from life that demonstrates all the aspects I love about Historical Romances - especially those by famed author Amanda Quick. Beatrice is the strong, independent and intelligent female heroine who approaches all things with equal intuition and reasoning logic. She is no young miss at 34 and in the time period of the late 1800's she is a mature, bonafide spinster, which means we don't get hysterical, swooning debutants...

Book ReviewWedding Night

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
The Dial Press, 2013.

I always look forward to another book by Sophie Kinsella and Wedding Night, though not tops in my rating system, did deliver some very satisfying bursts of laughter from me.  Sophie writes this entire novel from the perspective of Lottie, our honeymooner and her older sister Fliss, who is determined to make sure her little sister's wedding can be legally annulled.  It's a fun and furious kaleidoscope to switch from one sister's perspective to the other as one mishap follows another keeping the newly married couple apart.

Book ReviewThe Ashford Affair

Reviewer's Rating: 
2
I don't need my money back but I'm willing to prop a door open with this one.
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Publisher: 
St Martin's Press, 2013

I was reluctant to write this review for one reason - it is not a smash hit. I've come to the conclusion that my personal reading and movie viewing tastes do not include any historical Britians in Africa type storyline. For the same reason I disliked the movie Gosford Park, I disliked The Ashford Affair, their billboard is the same: Rich, slim blond British female seeks multiple lovers in attempts to find release from personal boredom...

Book ReviewThe Dark Heroine

Reviewer's Rating: 
2
I don't need my money back but I'm willing to prop a door open with this one.
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Publisher: 
Haper Collins, 2012.

When I saw this spanking new book fly by I first ran a check at goodreads.com to see if it was worth my while. The reviews there are mixed - this appeared to be a love/hate book. Half the people loved it, raved about it, are drooling for the next installment, the other half are bored, didn't finish, thanks but no thanks readers. This intrigued me, because, well, WHY does someone love a book? WHY does someone not? And I wanted to know where I would fall (preferably in the drool category). Half way through this novel I had my answer...

Book ReviewStormdancer

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Reviewer's Rating: 
1
I never forget a book, but in this case I'll make an exception.
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Publisher: 
St Martin's Press, 2012.

This looked like a wicked, wicked read. Who doesn't love a young, beautiful girl who can competently weld a sword? Oh, me! Over here! I do! And just LOOK at that kick-butt cover! Ghee! But despite my enthusiasm, this book was just too smart for me. Author Jay Kristoff has his work cut out for him if he wants to market this series to a wider audience. I don't know about you, but personally I didn't grow up in Japan which made this book very confusing. It felt like a crash course in terminology: major-domo, Ninth Shogun of the Kazumitsu Dynasty (say THAT one ten times fast)...

Book ReviewStranger in the Moonlight

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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Publisher: 
Thorndike Press, 2012.

After some time spent amongst the Junior Fiction and Young Adult genres, I was ready for a good old fashioned adult fiction romance. Stranger in the Moonlight did not disappoint! It is divinely cliche in all the right ways which means it's a rapid read that makes you smile at the end. Exactly what the Dr ordered this week for me! I cannot gush for you about the intelligent characters, the depth of their complex growth over the journey of the book or the mind-blowing intensity of the plot - hey, its romance for romance sake and you can't paint it with any other brush than what it is. I...

Book Review50 Ways to Hex Your Lover

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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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Publisher: 
Sourcebooks, Inc., 2008

I was twigged onto Linda Wisdom's witch series in a 'if you like' spin for something resembling Darynda Jones. Right away I liked the cartoonish cover. Immediately I liked the sassy set of characters to delve into. But instantly, I knew it was not the same caliber ride as Darynda Jones. I like sassy. I like romance. I like adventure. 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover had all of those in abundance...overflowing abundance. Jazz was so fiery it went beyond my ability to relate to her as a reader. The romance was so hot it was too hot for the lines I draw on that area. The adventure, well, it was just alright so I can't complain on that level really, but things in lists are always better in threes! There is a lot to...

Book ReviewFireside

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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Publisher: 
Mira, 2009

I loved the wintery cover on this novel and chose it as my holiday read. Perhaps, like me, your holidays are wonderful but rushed and reading goes to the backburner of priorities. This is my first Susan Wiggs novel and I'm pleased as Christmas punch to say it won't be my last. The very best scenario for reading a novel is a nice chunk of time - 3 hours, but with Fireside, I snatched 30 minutes here, 30 minutes there with a couple days in between my visits. And yet, despite the lack of a luxurious deep dive I...

Book ReviewBody Guard

Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Don't you hate a fence sitter, and yet, this is where this book falls, not bad but not great.
Publisher: 
Balantine Books, 1999

After a plethora of young adult books I felt the need for some adult level reading. I researched authors who wrote close to my newest favourite author Darynda Jones and came up with Suzanne Brockmann. I'd never read any of her books before and looked forward to an award winning, The Body Guard, by Suzanne. The rating for this book is so/so because that is exactly how I felt when I finished. There were some things I quite enjoyed, but to balance that perfectly, there were some equally low points for me. Starting with the positive, Suzanne does an exemplary job...

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