Adult Fiction Romance

Book ReviewShades of Milk and Honey

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: 
A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2010

The highest compliment I can give this book is that Mary, our author, should have the nickname 'Jane' as in, Jane Austen. Shades of Milk and Honey feels like it belongs in with all my other Jane Austen bound books. I have read my share of look-a-likes, sequel attempts and Mr Darcy in modern times tales but none of them compare with the skill of this book. Bang up job making us feel plopped right in the middle of a drawing room in the late 1800's to observe the protocol of the times while hearing the heart-felt thoughts swirling in the minds of our characters. And yet, despite this accuracy, there is a paranormal twist in that young girls of the day are taught how to employ the use of...

Book ReviewWhispered Lies

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: 
Pocket Books, 2009.

I hadn't read any of the BAD series books up to this point, but beginning with book three didn't leave you swamped with misunderstanding. Then again in books like these the bad guys are truly bad guys, the good guys are heart of gold and the little miss needing protection all make for a pretty simple layout. I'd read a few of Sherrilyn's older books before but dropped her as a frequent flyer on my library card when she...

Book ReviewSecond Grave on the Left

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: 
St Martin's, 2011

I eagerly awaited this second installment in the Charley Davidson series and was not disappointed.  Charley is her usual gritty self with a spotlight on her blase attitude towards personal danger.  In fact, if I had to paraphrase this book it's the one where Charley gets the stuffing knocked out of her time and time again.

Book ReviewFirst Grave on the Right

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: 
St. Martin's, 2011.

Normally I would not include these types of books here at Miss Gevious, but this is a classic cross-genre book that blurs the line for me - and it was a great read so I couldn't resist adding it here. True to the book synopsis, it does begin with a triple murder mystery - but we are not privy to those scenes only to the questions it leaves our characters. AND there is a heavy vein of romance throughout the book which tipped the scales for me to include it here. This is Darynda's smash hit debut novel which won some pretty chunky awards in 2009 - and with an editor like Jen Enderlin you just can't go wrong! Between you and me, something heavy must have gone down at...

Book ReviewThe Great Escape

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: 
Harper, 2012.

The Great Escape, though written sixth in the series, actually dips us back in the past and is parallel to the timing in Call Me Irresistible - book five in the series. I like Susan's books because they are on the chunky side, due in part to pacing that is medium to slow. The romance storylines are highly predictable but that's okay for me. What I liked best about The Great Escape was the setting. Lucy sets up camp for the summer in Panda's cottage - while he's not there - and doesn't know it - you go girl! As a result...

Book ReviewSweet Talk

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: 
Dutton, 2012

This was a summer spent in the deep in the mines of Junior Fiction and Young Adult genres to keep ahead of my children at home. Luckily, I found some breathing space to slide this latest Julie Garwood novel into my delighted hands. It reminded me of why I read romance at all - it is light, the flexibility we allow it is wide and varied and like a maple pecan danish don't we just love a happy ending! I have to admit that I tried Julie's books a few years ago and found them...

Book ReviewA Night Like This

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: 
Harper, 2012

When I read a romance story I love the feeling of being lighter somehow at the end of it, happier and my features a bit more carefree when I return to the land of living. Normally, I stampede and shamelessly pull all the strings possible to read any new Julia Quinn novels first when the library acquires them. In this case, I was the second person to read this book and I'd dearly love to know what that first reader thought of it. As for me, it was my first Julia Quinn novel that didn't cause me to sigh sweetly at its closure.

Book ReviewThe Mischief of the Mistletoe

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: 
Dutton, 2010

By far, this book is my absolute favorite in the entire Pink Carnation series. As to the why, well, let me crack my cranial knuckles and dive in, shall we? At every turn, this book tells a wonderful tale. Within every writing element the parts click together like a perfectly made puzzle. At it's conclusion, your step is lighter, your heart is happy, and perhaps like me you'll find yourself humming a merry tune over the mountain of dirty dishes that normally makes you grumble.

Book ReviewThe Scent of Jasmine

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: 
Pocket Books, 2011

In library terms, this book fits the description, light, paperback romance. In full definition it might sound like "honey, you’re guaranteed a happy ending". There is no hardship on your brain to read this fluffy, light, enjoyable but highly unbelievable adventure between a gentile lady and a convicted murderer. The swampy setting chosen for this tale presented unique environmental challenges (alligators that give chase). The everglades in general was a refreshing change from the normal drawing room with tea and cakes that you find in historical romances so top marks to Jude for that which raised this otherwise so/so read to a...

Book ReviewThe Lady Most Likely

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: 
Harper Collins, 2011

Between you and me, I always jump through hoops of joy whenever Julia Quinn writes something new. She holds that rarest of skills to coax readers into a lazily swinging hammock you never want to get out of. When her books end, the only regret is that the book is done. Superb writing, wonderful relationships and I always marvel at...

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