Book Review

Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster

image003Release Date: September 24, 2013
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Age Group: Adult
Shelfability: Acquire
Pages: 448
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Publisher
Interest: Genre
Other Titles in the Series: Run the Risk & Bare it All
Buy the Book: Amazon

I really enjoyed reading this one, although I think I would have liked it even more had I read the other books in the series first. Now you don’t necessarily need to read the first two books to know what is going on. Like I said I have not read them and I still understood the story perfectly. I just think that had I read the first two, it would have taken these characters to long to win me over.

There are references to the past that the two characters make and I can only assume they happened in one or both of the previous books. After I finished Getting Rowdy I did a little research and indeed found that the characters had made appearances in the first two novels. I’m one of those people that love to get as much back story as I can, but time wise it just wasn’t in the cards for me this time around. I do plan to go back and read the first two novels and perhaps get a change of perspective on these two.

Avery is a bartender at Rowdy’s bar. He acquired it from a drug dealer apparently, which I think may have been explored in the series history. That opening scene was a whopper and I think that’s perhaps why it took me such a long time to warm up to Rowdy. It was my first impression of him and it wasn’t a good one. Though he more than makes up for it during the rest of the novel. I’m a sucker for the alpha “protector” male in romance novels. Rowdy fits the bill in that department.

Avery is hiding and she has all these secrets and no one really knows why. Rowdy is determined to figure them out and protect Avery in the meantime. The chemistry between these to…. wowzers. Hot, hot, hot.

There was a lot more mystery and suspense in this one than I expected and I really enjoyed that aspect, lots of “what the heck just happened” moments.

This was my first Foster novel and she has a new fan. Looking forward to reading all the books in the series and perhaps picking up some of Foster’s other books too!


Book Review

Romance Mini Reviews: Tempting the Best Man by J. Lynn, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean, Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks & The Countess by Lynsay Sands

14761005Tempting the Best Man by J. Lynn

April 23, 2012 | Indulgence (Entangled)

This was a lifelong crush story. You know the ones. Where the little sister has the crush on her big brother’s friend since she knew what a crush was. But all he sees her as is the little sister. Except when he really looks at her and now she’s hot and has long legs and boobs, and what was he thinking when he turned her down that one time she threw herself at him. I felt like I’d read this story before, but it doesn’t get old for me. I always wished I had a big brother for this very reason. Ha!

This would be a great book for those long winter nights that are coming up. It’s a quick read and it’s cute.

I loved that this one was told in duel perspectives. It’s so much easier to want a couple to be together when you see the inner turmoil coming from both sides. Looking forward to reading more about the Gamble brothers.

13424032One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

January 29, 2013 | by Avon

This is the second book in The Rules of Scoundrels series and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them. It’s Pippa’s story this time around and she was such a fun and quirky character. She’s brainy and she wears GLASSES! I mean come on! How many romance heroines rock glasses!? Not many, in my experience. And then Cross. Oh, Cross. If there was even a perfect counterpoint for Pippa, it’s Cross.

Pippa is so analytical that she thinks everything must have an explanation, she dissects every aspect… even love. Pippa is naive in all things involving romance and that’s why she seeks Cross out. She wants him to teach her! EVERYTHING. Even though she’s already betrothed to another. Sometimes the heart wants what it does, no analysis required. And Pippa’s heart wants Cross. The chemistry between these two, leaps of the page!

MacLean continues to amaze me! I always think going in, there’s no way she’ll be able to top the last book, and she does! And don’t just read this series, her Love by Numbers series is FABULOUS too!!

13457423Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks

March 19, 2013 | Ballantine Books

Absolutely love Maya’s McCabe trilogy, so when a friend told me she was writing another, I was SO EXCITED!!! I loved the first book of the The Montgomerys and Armstrongs (Never Seduce a Scot), but I only liked Highlander Most Wanted. I think I was expecting too much and didn’t get it. Still can’t wait to read the next book (which says it releases in 2015, what!?!?!?)!

I think what bothered me the most was that Genevieve had been frequently raped and abused during her imprisonment and yet she falls right into bed with Bowen. I get that it was different because she was in love with him, but she really didn’t have a chance to heal, mentally. Other than that, it was an entertaining story.

8437192The Countess by Lynsay Sands

January 25, 2011 | Avon

An oldie, but a goodie. The eBook for this one was on sale  awhile back and I thought… why not? And it was so much fun to read! I definitely want to get to the rest of the series when I have a chance!

When I read the summary I couldn’t get over the husband dropping dead part. I mean it sounded cute and funny! The book itself was even better than I imagined. Christiana and her sisters cracked me up! And then when the “real” Richard showed up…. swoon. Loved the chemistry between these two.

This was just a fun story, I could not turn the pages fast enough. Loved the characters! I didn’t expect to be laughing as much as I did. It was nice to read a romance that wasn’t so “serious.”



Book Review

Romance Mini Reviews: Dead Sexy Dragon, To Sin with a Viking, Extreme Love & Gone with the Wolf

16131466Dead Sexy Dragon by Lolita Lopez

August 6, 2013 | Forever Yours

The title of this one cracks me up! It was the title that caught my attention though! As you imagined this one is about a dragon, a dragon shifter named Stig. Cora is in a bit of trouble and ends up running to Stig, her (dead) older brother’s best friend. Cora has always had a crush on Stig but she’s not sure he’ll ever see her beyond his “friends kid sister.”

This is the beginning of, what I assume, is a new series. It suffered a bit from the “first in a series” syndrome, but I still enjoyed reading it. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series and learning more about this world and this dragon brotherhood. This one is quite steamy too!

17382941To Sin with a Viking by Michelle Willingham

July 23, 2013 | Harlequin

First time Viking romance for me.

Styr is sailing to Ireland with his wife and fellow kinsmen. Shortly after arriving on land Styr’s wife is taken hostage and he finds himself being help prisoner by Caragh Ó Brannon. She can’t have Styr running off after her brother who foolishly took his wife. They end up going off together to find Caragh’s brother and Styr’s wife, though things are a little complicated since they have developed feelings for each other.

I think I was expecting a bit more, but still liked this one. It was a bit different since the main character is already married so he doesn’t act upon his feelings for Caragh. There is that whole honor thing he must uphold. That leads to a few chaste embraces, kisses, a little bit of naughtiness in a tent… but not much in the steaminess department.

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the main love interest being married, but their marriage is pretty much in shambles at the beginning of the novel. So since it seemed doomed from the beginning it didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. Plus there is another book from he wife’s point of view and it seems she’s moving on too.

16224801Extreme Love by Abby Niles

April 30, 2013 | Entangled Publishing

I’ve read one other book with an MMA theme called Seducing Cinderella by Gina Maxwell, and I really liked it, so given a chance to read another book similar to that I jumped at the chance.

Extremem love is about MMA fighter Dante “The Inferno” Jones and Caitlyn Moore. Dante wants nothing more than to focus on winning he Welterweight Championship and Caitlyn is there to distract him!

I’m giving this one a “I liked it” rating. I would have enjoyed it more if not for Caitlyn. Caitlyn had lost a significant amount of weight, but still struggled with a having a healthy self image. I liked this aspect of her character as well her exercise program and her determination to teach the world that being overweight does not equal laziness or unhealthy choices. But the constant insecurities and refusal to think that anyone might find her attractive not only annoyed the heck out of me, it made me feel disconnected from her character.

Poor Dante, I don’t know what else he would have needed to do to prove to the woman that he was interested! I think I would have given up long before he did.

17830311Gone with the Wolf by by Kristin Miller

April 21 2013 | Entangled: Covet

Emelia Hudson gets a job at Wilder Financial so she can confront the CEO and see why he thinks he’s bought the building that houses her bar. Instead she gets caught at a company party in the wine cellar by a very hot guy and they might make out a little bit.

Come to find out wine cellar hottie is none other than the CEO of Wilder Financial and he can’t get Emelia out of his head. Did I mention he’s a werewolf?

Not the best book I’ve ever read, but not the worst either. Wasn’t a lot of depth to the story, but I still liked the characters.

One thing that stood out to me and this is kind of spoilery……… when Emelia gets taken after her and Drake get in the big fight at the bar, why is he not concerned? This whole time he’s had his pack members following her around not letting them out of her sight and then he just lets her walk out of this bar in what I felt like the middle of nowhere and then he’s okay not hearing from her for a few days. Seemed too much of a 360 from his previous obsessive protective behavior. And the we can have children together declaration was so CHEESY! ha! Almost too much cheese to handle.

And the big fight was a little anticlimactic.

But other than that. I liked it.


Book Review

Degrees of Wrong by Anna Scarlett

Release Date: August 28th 2012
Author Info: Website
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Age Group: Adult/Mature YA
Shelfability: Acquire
Pages: 212
Format: eBook
Source: Author/Blog Tour
Interest: Author
Challenge: None

While working on one of the wounded soldiers Dr. Elyse Morgan finds amidst a battle on her island she is knocked out, kidnapped and sent to an underwater war ship. And she’s so not happy about it. But there might be a few perks to the job. Like a swoon worthy captain. Nicoli. It’s a shame that he is engaged and off limits. Fortunately for Elyse she has a lot to keep her mind occupied, or so she tries. She’s responsible for finding the cure to the HTN4 virus and the UN will deny her nothing to make it happen. She’s not only finding the cure to the HTN4 virus, she also finding the cure for the disease that took her parents life.

Anna Scarlett is also the awesome Anna Banks author of Poseidon, which I LOVED! So, when I heard she had a “romance” coming out, I jumped at the chance to read it. And it’s fabulous people! You might notice the quotations around romance and I did do that for a reason. I would describe Degrees of Wrong as a romance book for non-romance readers. It’s definitely something that an older YA audience would enjoy. There are just a few kisses in this novel, I’d say PG-13. There is some tension, but you could easily find that in any YA novel! But it’s not the normal sexy times romance that I usually read, and I still loved it!

I loved the story. Elyse losing her parents, her personal mission to find the cure for this disease, the interference of the UN and Nicoli. Did I mention NICOLI! Elyse is one of those characters that you can’t help but laugh and smirk at. This girl has a temper, she had a brain and she has snark and she’s not afraid to use them! It can get her in trouble sometimes  and it does!

This was just a fun and entertaining book, I can’t wait for more!


Book Review

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Release Date: UK Paperback: May 24, 2012
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Harvill Secker (Random House UK)
Age Group: Adult
Shelfability: Acquire
Pages: 387
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Interest: Story
Challenge: None
Buy the Book: Amazon
Get the Audiobook: Audible

Although The Night Circus is typically shelved in “adult fiction” there is definitely cross-over appeal for young adult readers. Although, The Night Circus isn’t a fast paced action packed book and I can see that may deterring some young adult readers, but stay with it!

Celia and Marco may be the two prominent characters in this story, but it’s not their story alone. We are first introduced to Celia as a young girl. We watch as she is trained by her father, not in the way a loving father would. On the flip side, we meet Marco. And watch as he is trained, quite differently than Celia by his mentor. The two don’t know it, but they are bound together in a competition, pitted against each other by the two men who are training them.

We watch the two of them grow, and struggle. Watch as they meet and watch as they compete. All the while we are introduced to several other characters and their stories. And of course there is the Circus, which is just as much a character in itself.

And all the while we are left wondering…. what exactly is this duel and more importantly, who will win?

The one thing that hooked me in this novel was the atmosphere. It wasn’t so much the characters, I didn’t particularly feel like I knew anyone of them that well, but the atmosphere. Wow. Now that was captivating. I felt like I was at the circus myself. There is a part of the novel where one of the characters Bailey happens upon a tent containing various jars. When he opens a jar he is transported by his sense of smell and hearing to the sea. I felt like Morgenstern did that with her words. I felt like I was completely transported to the circus. Just beautiful writing.

The chapters skip through time, forward and backward. One chapter you might be dated in the late 1800′s the next might be dated to the early 1900′s at times it could be confusing, but once you understand who is telling this part of the story it makes more sense. It was amazing how all the stories came together in the end to make such a seamless ending. It was so good! So, so good!

I would definitely recommend this one for all types of readers! Especially the ones that loved to be engrossed in slow and beautiful story.

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