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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: Colters’ Promise (Colters’ Legacy, #4)

Colters' Promise (Colters' Legacy, #4)Colters’ Promise by Maya Banks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay, I feel a little weird reviewing this.
I’ve read the whole series and well, Angie {Smut Book Club} has me embracing my love of a little bit of smut.
The series is not for the faint of heart. If you’re not into erotica, with pretty explicit descriptions, this isn’t the book for you. Also, if you’re not a fan of multiple partners or BDSM, you won’t like this either. You have been warned.

It’s not as hot and spicy as the previous books. I think, honestly, there were only 3 sex scenes. If I’m going to be honest, I actually skipped over it. I actually yawned. It was sort of “Um, okay” for me. The previous ones weren’t like that, at all.

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Review: Pregnant by the Warrior

Pregnant by the Warrior (Harlequin Historical, #978)Pregnant by the Warrior by Denise Lynn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was “okay”.
It was a fine read, but it seemed to drag. I found myself skipping. I’ll admit it is a re-read, but I think I skipped then, too.

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Review: The Duke’s Perfect Wife (Highland Pleasures, #4)

The Duke's Perfect Wife (Highland Pleasures, #4)The Duke’s Perfect Wife by Jennifer Ashley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This turned out much better than I was expecting.
Hart was being portrayed as a bastard with strange sexual desires.
No, he was just into the minor leagues of BDSM. Not enough for slave and master, but it was about control.
He didn’t have any growing up, and it became almost OCD to him. He had to have control, or he felt out of control. I’m sure all of us have felt like that, one way or another, at some point in their lives.
When he’s nearly killed in an explosion, he realizes the world will still go around, even without him there to direct it’s every motion.
There’s great character growth and dimension in the books. It’s nice!

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Review: Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage (Highland Pleasures, #2)

Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (Highland Pleasures, #2)Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a re-read. The first read, I didn’t read Book 1, so some parts didn’t make sense. Now they do.

I will be honest and say that I’m glad to see Fellowes in the book. He was the unknown brother from Ian’s story.

Isabella and Mac are also from the first book, who are separated married couple. Mac is a painter, and he’s being impersonated. Isabella is the one who recognized that the painting that claimed to be done by Mac was in fact not done by him. A wife would recognize that, even an estranged one.

It led to mysteries and another attempted murder, but it was a good book, with some sadness, when they recall the miscarriage of their little boy, their first child.

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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: Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery

Barefoot SeasonBarefoot Season by Susan Mallery

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There aren’t a lot of books that can make me cry that aren’t really designed to make me cry.
This book though? I cried all the way through. Some happy tears, some heartbroken tears. All good tears.

Michelle is a war vet. She’s got a clear case of PTSD, and she’s worsening it with drinking.

Carly was Michelle’s best friend, until Michelle’s father left with Carly’s mom. And then Carly stole Michelle’s boyfriend, and Michelle stole him back.

It was all very high school (happened in high school), but Michelle is back, and they have to face those issues.

Michelle isn’t dealing well, at all, and drinking. She’s asked to take care of an abandoned and abused dog. Together, they help each other heal.

Along the way, Michelle and Carly heal their relationship as well, and relationships with a couple of great guys.

Great read, very engaging and kept me sucked in.

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