Review: Disenchanted by Susan Carroll

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DISENCHANTED is one of the best fairy-tale retellings of Cinderella I’ve read. Susan Carroll writes a compelling tale that is full of magic and enchantment, yet also flawed and very human characters. Needless to say, I was in love from the first page, and I can’t wait to read more!

First, the worldbuilding. Ms. Carroll built a totally new world that is full of magical elements, complete with fairies (not the small, lovable types), witches, magic potions, and more! The descriptions of the places–Midtown, Misty Bottoms, etc–were so vividly done that I can totally see them and imagine myself there.

Next, the characters. I love the total reversal of Ella’s family, that instead of the wicked stepmother, she had a kind one who really treated her as her own daughter, but she, as well as her daughters, had some character flaws that resulted in Ella doing everything for the family because it was just easier that way. See? This is what I liked about Ms. Carroll’s story. The same elements in the original fairy tale are there, like Ella being a servant in her own house, but there was a twist, and the twist also makes sense. It makes you see things differently. How wonderful is that! Continue reading

Review: Lord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare

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Tessa Dare is back with another fun, funny, romantic novella in the Spindle Cove series.

Elinora Browning is on her way to Spindle Cove to give a talk (she’s an authoress) when the coach left without her. Forced to share a ride with Lord Dashwood, her friend who’d left her so precipitously years before and who “unknowingly” inspired “Lord Ashwood Missed Out”, the pamphlet she wrote that made her famous, she hoped just to get to her destination unscathed. Alas, Dash was determined that she prove to him what he missed out on…

I’m not sure what it is about the Spindle Cove series, but it seems to inspire Ms. Dare to write the kind of stories I love–light, funny, with artful turn of phrases and tongue-in-cheek humor that made me breeze through this novella in one sitting and wishing for more. (And yes, there’ll be more with a Spindle Cove book #5 in 2016! Yay!) Continue reading

Review: Sleeping with Her Enemy by Jenny Holiday

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Sometimes I get the urge to read something light and fun, and SLEEPING WITH HER ENEMY certainly fits the bill. What I didn’t bargain for was how much I would enjoy this book, or that I would add another name to my must-read list of authors!

Amy Morrison has just been jilted on her wedding day, and who should she run into but Dax Harris, her office enemy. Surprisingly, while he and Amy have always sniped at each other, Dax couldn’t leave her alone when she was so obviously heartbroken and torn apart. So, he bought her a drink (or several) and then whisked her away to safety to his island home. Amy decided then to enjoy life as a single woman, something she’s missed out on during her seven long years with her ex, and who better to have casual hookups with than Dax, the king of hookups himself? Continue reading

Review: Only For A Night by Naima Simone

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Unbelievable hotness packaged in one dynamite of a story!

The first in The Lick Series, ONLY FOR A NIGHT is full of dirty, carnal sex scenes, but don’t let that scare you away. At its heart is a romantic story of a love that triumphed over time, abuse, insecurities and maybe even death. Let Rion (man, I love that name!) and Harper sweep you away into their erotic second chance at love. I can’t wait for the next book in the series! Continue reading

Review: The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon

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THE BASTARD BILLIONAIRE is hot yet sweet, with sympathetic, unforgettable characters you root for. I was so invested in Eli and Isa’s story that I was disappointed when I reached the end!

Eli is a bear to work for, but Isa stood her ground and wouldn’t let him run her off. I love that while Eli was attracted to Isa’s beauty, it was her fiery spirit that captivated him and “felled” him. Because of Eli’s insecurities due to his prosthetic limb, the story was full of angst and bittersweet longing on his part, yet Isa’s ready acceptance of him–all of him–finally made him realize there’s this woman who didn’t care about his missing limb, because she saw him–the man underneath the physical attributes. Although of course, aside from his missing leg, he was all man, every mouthwatering, muscled part of him.

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Review: Love Story by Lauren Layne

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LOVE STORY is a hot, sexy romantic read with unforgettable characters and plenty of angst. Ooh, the angst! I love it and I love this story a lot. This is definitely going on my keeper shelf!

I’ve read a lot of Lauren Layne’s books, ever since I first read and loved Isn’t She Lovely. I don’t remember what POV she used in that book, but as for the others, i find those books which she’d written in first person points of view to be the more unforgettable ones. I thought they came across as more intense and made me feel more. Then again, perhaps it’s the theme: both are friends/enemies-to-loves, which I love.

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