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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review of A Highland Werewolf Wedding


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A HIGHLAND WEREWOLF WEDDING
Terry Spear

In the late 1700's, after Elaine Hawthorne's parents are killed in an accident, her two pirate uncles come to her Florida home and try to make a match with her and another notorious pirate.  Elaine balks at this and convinces her uncles to take her with them to Scotland.  Unfortunately, her uncles are arrested and hanged upon arrival, and Elaine is terrified and alone.  While fleeing from the sight of her uncles' hanging, Elaine runs into Cearnach MacNeill, who is trying to recover property stolen from his family by Elaine's uncles.  Elaine brings out all of Cearnach's protective instincts, but the very young Elaine flees him. 

Fast forward to modern times:  Cearnach and Elaine meet again, when she runs him off a tiny Scottish country road.  Elaine has come to Scotland to meet a Kirkpatrick cousin about finding her uncles' treasure stash, but after some incidents with her cousins, who didn't at first know who she was, Elaine doesn't trust them.

A HIGHLAND WEREWOLF WEDDING contains two of my favorite things:  shifters and highlanders.  The characters are engaging, and I enjoyed the interactions between the members of the MacNeill clan.  I was afraid, that Cearnach was going to keep secrets from Elaine, but I'm happy to say that he communicates with her from the beginning, is upfront about everything, and treats her as a partner.  Honesty is a great quality in a hero.  Elaine has had to fight and has been alone much of her life.  It is wonderful to see Elaine taken in by Cearnach's big, boisterous, loving clan.  I love the MacNeill clan, and since I haven't read the first two stories about them, I'm anxious to go back and read Cearnach's brothers' stories.

All in all,  A HIGHLAND WEREWOLF WEDDING is a great read with plenty of sigh-worthy brawny highlanders.  What more could you ask for?

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an impartial review. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review of A Wedding in Springtime


A WEDDING IN SPRINGTIME may be purchased here.

A WEDDING IN SPRINGTIME
Amanda Forester

Miss Eugenia Talbot's presentation to the queen is ruined, when she displeases the queen by laughing.  William Grant is the culprit, who makes her laugh and causes the faux pas that ruins her chances in society.  After this debacle, Eugenia's aunt is desperate to get her married off.  William decides to help Eugenia establish herself in society but finds himself greatly attracted to her.  Meanwhile, William's friend needs his help to capture a spy.

A WEDDING IN SPRINGTIME is a very entertaining regency romance with charming characters and many humorous scenes.  William is a likable hero with a dandyish flair for dressing and a wicked sense of humor.  Eugenia, also, stands out as a country miss, who likes to help others.  While I really enjoyed the characters of Eugenia and William, two secondary characters are my favorites:  Penelope and the Duke of Marchford.  These two characters really need a book of their own, and I hope it will be the next book in the series.  The spy subplot is fairly easy to figure out but adds excitement to the story. 

All in all, A WEDDING IN SPRINGTIME is a very enjoyable read, and I highly recommend it.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an impartial review.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review of Heart of Iron



HEART OF IRON may be purchased here.

HEART OF IRON
Bec McMaster

Will Carver, a verewulfin, tries to suppress his animal nature, especially around Miss Lena Todd.  Lena is playing a dangerous game by spying for the humanists against the  Echelon Blue Bloods, and when Will finds this out, he makes it his purpose in life to protect her.  Caught between several factions in dangerous political schemes, Will and Lena must fight for each other.

HEART OF IRON is a very entertaining steampunk romance, which is the second book of the London Steampunk series.  I greatly enjoyed the first book, KISS OF STEEL, and HEART OF IRON doesn't disappoint.  It held me captive from the first to the very end.  Let me just state upfront, that I love Will.  Will is a big, powerful, werewolf, who is intimidating on the outside, but has a real soft side for those he cares about.  Will has been abused much of his life, until he was found by Blade and taken in by him.  Will thinks of himself as an animal a lot of the time and seeks to control his beastly urges.  Will can see no way for the woman that he loves, Lena, and himself to be together, but he will protect her with his last breath.  Lena, who has been navigating the treacherous world of the ruling Echelon, has got in over her head and is in great danger.  Lena, who has a crush on Will, doesn't realize that she can trust Will, because he has pushed her away in the past.  When Lena realizes, that Will cares for her, she is determined to fight for him.

Filled with excitement and complex world-building, HEART OF IRON is a must buy book.  I'll be on pins and needles waiting for the next book in the series to come out.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an unbiased review. 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Review of Undone



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UNDONE
Sara Humphreys

Marianna Coltari, a member of the Amoveo bear clan, is trying to remain neutral in the Amoveo civil war, in which the purists are fighting against the loyalists.  The purists believe that only pure blood Amoveo should mate with each other.  Unfortunately, the leader of the purists has plans for Marianna, and Marianna's brother hires Pete Castro to be her driver and bodyguard.  Pete is a human, who knows about the existence of the Amoveo.  Marianna is close to a time, when she will lose her Amoveo powers unless she finds a mate.  When Marianna realizes that Pete is her mate, she has mixed feelings, because it is not known how a human mate will affect her Amoveo powers.  Meanwhile, the purists are plotting a nefarious scheme.

UNDONE is a great addition to the Amoveo Legends series, in fact it is my favorite book in the series, so far.  The Amoveo world is unique and exciting, and the characters are multi-faceted.  Pete is a wonderful hero, who is very protective, especially of Marianna.  The fact that he is a human doesn't slow him down from helping those in trouble.  Pete doesn't back down from more powerful beings, when defending others.  This makes him a true hero in my eyes.  Marianna has been hurt by the war, in that, her father was a purist and a casualty in the war, and now, her mother as his mate is declining.  Marianna hopes to keep out of the conflict but is forced to pick a side and take a stand for love.  Many of the characters from previous books make an appearance, and it is great connecting with them again. 

All in all, UNDONE is a very entertaining book, which I highly recommend.  The next book in this series can't come out soon enough for me.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an unbiased review.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

We Fancy Books: Happy Blogoversary + Massive Giveaway

We Fancy Books: Happy Blogoversary + Massive Giveaway: HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!! I can't believe it's already 2 years since this blog has started and it's been really great knowing...

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Review of The Passions of Dr. Darcy



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THE PASSIONS OF DR. DARCY
Sharon Lathan

Dr. George Darcy, the beloved uncle of Fitzwilliam Darcy, leaves Fitzwilliam journals containing entries for over thirty years of his life.  Thus, begins the adventures of a very interesting man.

Since Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book, I enjoy reading its sequels and retellings.  THE PASSIONS OF DR. DARCY is a well-researched book, which, also, has heart.  I love to learn, while being entertained and this book accomplishes this quite well.  The book uses journal entries to communicate Dr. Darcy's thoughts and feelings.  Dr. Darcy is a remarkable character, who is intelligent, brilliant, and engaging, and this book shines a light on his "passions", successes, and failures, and along the way his loves and heartbreaks. 

All in all, THE PASSIONS OF DR. DARCY is an enjoyable read, that Pride and Prejudice fans should enjoy.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an unbiased review.