Category Archives: Book Reviews

When Beauty Tamed The Beast

When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales, #2)When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So far this is my favorite of my recently purchased books. I love Linnet and Piers – the barbs, the intelligence, and how they grow to care about each other. I love that Piers was inspired by House from the tv show and I really enjoyed how she translated him to the time period. I loved the character of Linnet and the misunderstanding that set up the entire book made me laugh. The book made me laugh and made me almost cry and I will most definitely be reading it again.

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The Duke is Mine

The Duke Is Mine (Happily Ever Afters, #3)The Duke Is Mine by Eloisa James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought this book was very amusing at times and was also sad in places. Olivia and her sister Georgiana spent their entire lives being trained to be duchesses due to a betrothal arranged before any of the three were born. Olivia, who is 7 minutes older than her twin, is the affianced, and while her intended Rupert is away at war (but safely out of action) she and her sister attend a party to hopefully find Georgie a husband. Throw in scientists, hijinks, a crazy mom, hormones, a daring rescue and true love and you have an excellent fast paced story with an almost completely happy ending. This is part of James’ Fairy Tale series and is based loosely on The Princess and the Pea (though the prospective mother in law runs tests that do not involve a pea). While I like the previous book When Beauty Tamed the Beast better, I really did enjoy this book and most certainly will be reading it again.

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Review: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Highland Pleasures, #1)

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Highland Pleasures, #1)The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was interesting.
That’s honestly all I can say.

There’s mystery, murder, an attempted murder.
Madness, love, and all that.

But it was unique in a way. Something different I haven’t tried.

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Review: Home on the Ranch (Men of the Double C Ranch)

Home on the Ranch (Men of the Double C Ranch) (Silhouette Special Edition #1633)Home on the Ranch (Men of the Double C Ranch) by Allison Leigh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read a few reviews prior to reading. I was going to read anyway.
I read about complaints about too much apologizing.
I don’t see it as him apologizing, actually, but showing that his heart truly was open, and that he wasn’t what she had thought. That she had over-heard wrong.
See, this is why you don’t listen in on conversations, you miss important parts.

I love the interaction between Lucy and Belle. My step-mom and I didn’t have that sort of relationship when I was growing up. Now, that I’m older, with kids of my own, it’s better, but then, no, it wasn’t good. At all. A large portion of it was mine, and an issue with hormones. But it’s something I’m thankful we’ve worked through.

Cage, and finding out his “unique” actual name was quite funny. What sort of parent saddles a kid with that name, especially a boy :O It’s so not a fair deal.

It was SO nice to see Squire again. I’m really stuck on that guy!

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Review: Oath of Swords

knock, knock… Hello?  Anyone remember me? You know, the other friend who reads too much? Yeah, me!  I’ve been busy with health issues and, of course, reading too much.  Now to actually post about one of those books I read. 😉

Oath of Swords is the first book in one of my favorite series by David Weber.  It is a available free for download for any e-reader and your computer from the Baen Free Library.  I have to say I love that Baen Free Library and the fact that Baen is DRM free. I would give it a 5 out of 5 stars.

I love the characters of Bahzell Bahnackson and Brandark Brandarkson and the situations they get into throughout the book.  Don’t be confused by the fact that Weber is most famous for his military science fiction – this is a fantasy genre book with sword fighting, wizards, and damsels in distress!  The banter between the two main characters makes laugh out loud even today, though I’ve probably read the book a dozen times.  The biggest female character, Lady Zarantha, in the book is a damsel in distress, but she is a strong woman in charge, not some weak ninny.  She pulls out a weapon several times though out her area of the book and is more than willing to do whatever needs done despite the Lady in front of her name.  This is adventure, fantasy, and not a romance.  There is no sappy love story moving the plot along.  The book resolves all the main issues that come up, but does leave some background issues out there so you know there is more time come.

Oath of Swords made me laugh as well as being a fun and easy read.  The characters (the ones we interact with more than a few time) are well written and develop through out the story.

Review: Kings of California Books 1-3

Kings of California Books 1-3Kings of California Books 1-3 by Maureen Child

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three brothers.
Trying to build back what they’d lost.
SUCH a good read.
I really enjoyed reading all three of the Brothers, and meeting a few of the cousins and what-not.

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Review: Expecting His Love-Child

Expecting His Love-Child
Expecting His Love-Child by Carol Marinelli
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. It was just … ok.
I think I’m getting burned out on the Presents, because they’re all blurring together and becoming the same story over and over again. I hate that. I truly and honestly hate that!

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