Reviews

Under the Stars by Kendra Delugar

Ruth West - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Title: Under the Stars
Author: Kendra Delugar
Publisher: Kendra Delugar
Published: June 4, 2017
Genre: Contemporary




This was a sweet, well-written book. Sophie and Gabriel were very real characters and I could relate to what was going on for each of them. The pace of their relationship development made sense and I enjoyed the story. I am looking forward to reading other books by this author.
Reviewed by Robin D.


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Romancing Dr. Love by Rebecca Heflin

Ruth West - Thursday, August 10, 2017

Title: Romancing Dr. Love
Author: Rebecca Heflin
Publisher: Rebecca Heflin Books
Published: March 7, 2017
Genre: Contemporary




Full disclosure, I’ve never read a book by Rebecca Heflin, but I will now be adding her to my ‘to be read’ list. This book, “Romancing Dr. Love” is full of humor and romance. The two main characters are people I would actually want to be friends with. Samantha has a very analytical mind which makes her not want to have anything to do with having a boyfriend. Ethan only has eyes for Samantha and is all about romancing her which she does not understand the concept of. Opposites definitely attract in this great start to a series that I will continue to read.
Reviewed by Kimberly Green

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The Princess and the Laird by C.A. Szarek

Ruth West - Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Title: The Princess and the Laird
Author: C.A. Szarek
Publisher: Paper Dragon Publishing
Published: May 9, 2017
Genre: Historical, Scottish Highlander



The book was good. It was exciting and grabbed me about 1/2 way thru to keep reading. The book was well written (meaning editing and punctuation) and the characters were trustworthy. Even the villain, although, there should have been a bit more interaction with this character, thought he was a bit lazy, but then he was a prince (ha, ha). I really enjoyed the heroine, but the hero needed more strength. He didn't seem to fight enough for me. If he had fairy blood, why didn't some of it come out? Could have given him strength. The book seemed a bit one sided, more heroine than hero, that's what lacked strength.
Overall it was a good book and I enjoyed the story enough to purchase the next one in the series.

Reviewed by Luv Smut


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Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin

Ruth West - Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Title: Canary Club
Author: Sherry D. Ficklin
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Published: October 16, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance, Young Adult



"Having people fear you gives you power. Having them love you gives you influence. Having both, well, that’s how you build an empire."

There is an obvious sense of wittiness from Masie which is both comical and dramatic. The young woman is powerful and feeds off the power and influence derived from her father, a crime boss. With a story full of speakeasies, bootleggers, and lots of action, Benny and Masie are an interesting combination. Although written with Masie, a character that is seventeen, I think the upper YA mature crowd of readers and adults will enjoy this book far more than most younger teens. The writing is reminiscent of the time period, historically written but not too difficult to read or decipher the intent of the author. There are quotes, like the one above which make you feel like the story flows gracefully and smooth, desiring for you to read more prose within the pages. Early on the author has us feeling for Benny, with his hardships after being released from prison, his fathers death, witnessing two bodies being dumped on the day of his release, and his sisters ailment that affects his family, including his mother. Getting a job with a crime boss to help pay for his sister's visit to a doctor far away seems already like trouble for a man with a prison conviction and for good reason. Add to that the fact that he will inevitably fall hard for the crime boss' daughter and you know trouble is brewing. Canary Clubpulls all the punches with witty writing, action at every turn, interesting characters, and intriguing dialogue that will make you tempted to keep reading from the first page onward. Overall, a satisfying conclusion to a well-rounded story.
Reviewed by: Marissa Vine


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Aria's Law by Misha McKenzie

Ruth West - Monday, July 31, 2017

Title: Aria's Law
Author: Misha McKenzie
Publisher: Icasm Press
Published: Dec. 15, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance




Great story that is the start of a series (Burke Witches Book One). It was engaging and the scenes seemed real. The romance scenes were a little light. Characters were interesting but the relationships needed more. There were missed opportunities for heat. I am looking forward to the next book.
Reviewed by BSMerriam


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Guardians: The Girl by Lola StVil

Ruth West - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Title: Guardians: The Girl
Author: Lola StVil
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Published: January 9, 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Romance




An exciting and page-turning read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, anxious to discover what will happen next. Guardians: The Girl is packed early on with the full explanation of what/why/how of the history of what was happening, with a little bit of an information overload. A through content edit could have easily fixed the heavy dose of information that seemed to go on for pages. The story itself was plenty creative, imaginative, with a strong dose of world-building. There were a variety of characters that were charismatic and full of detail that made for a well-rounded story.
Reviewed by: Katherine K.

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His Ex's Little Sister by Bella Love-Wins

Ruth West - Thursday, July 20, 2017

Title: His Ex's Little Sister
Author: Bella Love-Wins
Published: July 12, 2017
Publisher: Bella Love-Wins Books
Genre: Contemporary 





His Ex's Little Sister has a lot of depth and a decent amount of backstory that makes the book well-rounded, while being a quick read. I finished this story in less than two hours. Reid's character is charming and likable, even with his history of having abandoned his high-school girlfriend. He accepts responsibility for his actions and doesn't flinch in the face of danger. At times he's a little too pushy toward Robin but he's not anything like her ex-boyfriend that is just plain awful. I would have liked the author to expand on this further, making the book a little longer. Also, at times I found Reid's work to be an important part of the story but not as exciting as I'd have liked. I much more enjoyed the scenes between Reid and Robin. The ending came quick and though I appreciated that there was an epilogue added, I would have liked the pacing at the end to be slower.
Reviewed by Kate

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A Mail-Order Heart by Janelle Daniels

Ruth West - Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Title: A Mail-Order Heart
Author: Janelle Daniels
Published: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Dream Cache Publishing
Genre: Western, Historical Romance 




Traveling by train to meet her fiance, Clara quickly discovers she is one of nine brides promised to a man that died three days ago. Sawyer, the local sheriff is on the scene, attempting to settle the girls down and quell their fears. Clara immediately takes charge of the situation, and help settles all the girls down. Clara's personality is clearly defined based on her upbringing with twelve siblings. She is a strong character with a take-charge attitude that forces you to cheer for her from the beginning, even if she's making a mess in the process. Sawyer is also strong, causing them to tiff in the beginning, but at least he realizes that the women will need his help and isn't too bull-headed to offer assistance. I appreciate the lack of instalove between Clara and Sawyer. It is clear he feels something quite early on for her, as does she for him, but the romance isn't overplayed. The writing is easy to follow and the chapters are a quick page-turning read offering both Sawyer and Clara's point of view. With nine brides, there's a lot of characters to keep track of but the writing flows effortlessly and the ones that hold the most impact are easily remembered.
Reviewed by: Jenna Malone

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His Highland Heart by Willa Blair

Ruth West - Friday, July 14, 2017

Title: His Highland Heart
Author: Willa Blair
Publisher: self-published
Published: Feb 2, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance, Scottish



The story opens with Euan Brodie being shipwrecked on Ross lands, he is in hostile territory and has been separated from his crew. He is injured and wracked with guilt over the loss of his ship and crew. His first encounter with Muireall Munro is when he saves her from being swept out to sea.

Muireall was taken captive almost a month prior when the Ross clan raided her lands and stole her and two other girls as brides. Muireall has yet to be matched with a Ross clansman, but that will change in a matter of days if she cannot escape. She has tried more than once and has the marks to prove it. When she is cut off from the cove by the rising tide, she is sure that she will die. But Euan risks his own safety to save her and she feels a glimmer of hope that she might be able to get home.

Muireall and Euan don’t exactly trust each other, but they work together to reach caves above the tide line and hatch a plan to escape the Ross’. As much as she doesn’t want to, Muireall agrees to return the village and will try to persuade Ella, one of the other Munro girls to leave with her and to aid Euan escape.

After Muireall returns to the beach, she is immediately caught by the Ross laird, who promptly gives her to his second in command as a bride. Euan lets her go, but has promised to return her to her family. When she leave the cave and he doesn’t hear her, he follows her. Once he knows she is back in the village and decides to search for food and water and ends up finding Calum, one of his lost crewmen.

When Muireall is cornered by the Ross laird, she runs in the woods trying to find Euan. When she stubbles upon him, the Ross laird and his guard ambush them. In a fight for his life, Euan ends up killing the Ross laird and escaping with Muireall and Calum. When they make it to the cove to steal a boat, they find another crewman, unfortunately, he did not survive. Euan has promised to take Muireall home, but he must first return James’ body to his family. He asks her to try and be patient just a little longer.

When they arrive back at Brodie, Euan immediately wants to go back and find his other missing crew members, but Iain Brodie, Laird Brodie refuses to let him go, he also refuses to return Muireall to Munro until he knows what is happening with the Ross clan.

Over the next few days, Muireall is cared for by the Brodie clan and grows closer to Euan, but she just wants to go home, even when the Brodie clansmen return with news and Ella, she is impatient to leave.

When a Ross warrior shows up and tells Iain that they have one of his clansmen and will kill him if the man who murdered their laird and the girls are not returned to them, Muireall is frantic – she will not return to the Ross clan and she doesn’t want Euan to go either. Iain refuses to admit that they had anything to do with death of the Ross laird and sends the warrior back empty handed. Again Muireall asks to be sent home and is again denied.

When Euan is able to redeem himself and with the help of Muireall come up with a plan to make a peace offering to the new Ross laird, Iain gives Muireall permission to return home.

Before they leave, Euan admits his feelings to Muireall and is hurt that she doesn’t immediately agree to marry him. He returns her to her family and again makes his feelings known and is again rejected.

He leaves to return to Brodie and they are both heartbroken, until one of them finally swallows their pride and returns to their love. Even when our lovers are reunited, Ms. Blair isn’t finished with the story and throws in another twist or two.

This was a well written book, it flowed nicely, had a lot of tense moments, a lot of heartache and a little steam. I did feel like Muireall was unreasonable at times and maybe a tad selfish. And towards the end of the book, she really became annoying, rejecting Euan, yet being upset that he didn’t ask her father for her hand. If I was confused, I can only imagine what poor Euan was feeling 😊

All in all, it was a very entertaining read and I would be happy to recommend it to anyone who enjoys highland historicals.

Reviewed by Tracy Emro

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Forever Ours by Trisha Leigh

Ruth West - Friday, July 07, 2017

Title: Forever Ours
Author:Trisha Leigh
Published: April 27, 2017
Publisher: Evermore Publishing
Category: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance

 


Forever Ours was an easy, page-turning romance focusing on sixteen year old foster kid Claire. Reminiscent of the television show The Fosters, Forever Ours is well-written, engaging, and rather steamy for a young adult read. Chris and Claire are both likable and complex characters. Although the characters are sixteen, this book is better suited for the 18+ up crowd due to sexual content, extensive use of the F-word, and the adult situations in the story. The book is written like a new adult novel but the ages of the characters make it classified as young adult. The disclaimer on Amazon states that it was rereleased for a young adult audience which I find misleading since I would not recommend this book for the YA crowd. Having not read any previous version, I cannot say what was or was not changed.   Read More