Review: Dear Jane by Marissa Clarke

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DEAR JANE is a funny, laugh-out-loud yet sexy romantic read!

For some reason, Jane Dixon couldn’t get a second date. All her first dates end in disaster. So, she was happy when colleague Eric Blackwell says that any guy would be ecstatic to get a date with her and promised to set her up with his friends. Too bad Eric himself didn’t seem to be interested.

Eric is more than interested, but there’s a non-fraternization clause at the office, plus, Jane seem to see him only as a friend…

I love the story’s slow build-up, how Eric and Jane became friends even as Eric sets her up on dates, and the “debriefing” after each date, which was hilarious. And then, I love how hot they are together, how their chemistry just sizzled. All is not smooth sailing, but I love what Eric did to win her back. Marissa Clarke is a new-to-me author, and I’m definitely watching out for her next books!

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Review: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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I am lost.

WINTERSONG is magical, with a fairy tale atmosphere that is heightened by the lovely, lyrical writing. Though there are echoes of Labyrinth (my favorite childhood movie!), the author took it beyond that to create a story and characters that are unforgettable and that will live in you long after you have finished reading the book. I can say definitely that WINTERSONG is a book that will go on my keeper shelf and that I will reread over and over until I have wrung the last bit of magic from it.

Told from the first person of view, Liesl or Elisabeth makes an engaging, self-aware narrator, and from her narration, we see how she grows from girl to woman, not just in terms of physical, but also in her emotional and mental maturity, in the self-actualization that she attains at the end. Her realization that she is “Elisabeth, entire”. The author takes us on this strange, wondrous, compelling journey, and while more astute readers may guess there’s only one outcome to this story, yet the journey to that end is filled with growth and realizations that both characters (Elisabeth and the Goblin King) would not have attained without these experiences.

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Review: Playing with Fire by Kate Meader

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PLAYING WITH FIRE is the magnificent, hot hot hot follow up to Flirting with Fire. What makes it hot? Dominant hero, saucy-mouthed heroine, power games in and out of the bedroom. Combine that with witty dialogue, and you’re in for an amazing ride you don’t want to end!

When firefighter Alexandra Dempsey saved major Eli Cooper’s life, it helps bring up his ratings in his bid for re-election. And the fake dating’s a win-win. But what happens when the fake turns all too real?

I’ve read a lot of books, and it’s rare to find one where both the hero and the heroine are larger than life. Rarer still for me to love both so much that I wish the book would just go on and on and on. (Ms. Meader, that’s a hint for Eli and Alex to have meaty cameo roles in the next book, if not a novella.) In some books, the hero would overshadow the heroine or vice-versa, but not so here! They’re both just so loud (in a good way) and bold and they’re just perfect for each other. Continue reading

Review: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

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THE DEAL is a fabulous, page-turning, super enjoyable New Adult romance. I couldn’t stop reading, and this is one long book! Needless to say, I was bleary-eyed by the time I lift my head from my kindle, but I don’t regret every minute I spent with Garrett and Hannah.

Garrett Graham needed to pass his Ethics midterms or else he would be benched and there goes his shot at bringing his team to another championship. So, when he learns that Hannah Wells had aced the exam, he asked her to tutor him for the make-up exam in exchange for helping her to bag Justin Kohl, the guy she’s been crushing on. However, after an explosive kiss leads to the most satisfying sex of their lives, Garrett has to figure out how to make her see that the guy she wanted all along is right in front of her… Continue reading

Review: A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

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A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN is a breath of fresh air in the market of historical romances, where one story tends to blend into another. A phenomenal read, and by the time I reached the end, I wanted more! I can’t wait for the next book, which comes out in 2017!

Anyway, my review: I became interested in all things Sherlock due to the BBC show Sherlock. That’s why I was intrigued when I read the blurb. I wanted to know if Sherry Thomas, whose historical romances I loved, could pull it off. And she did!

I don’t read a lot of mysteries, but I thought the mystery here was well done and logical. There are enough red herrings to keep you guessing, and there are also lots of surprising twists and turns in the story–both in Charlotte’s life and in the mystery–that would keep you involved until the very end.

For me, one of the factors of this novel’s success is the heroine–Charlotte Holmes. She’s a very unusual heroine, strong, very smart, her mind runs on a different plane than ours, and I guess it’s reasonable to assume that she’s modeled after Sherlock Holmes. However, the way the author presented her, Charlotte is not a sociopath. She’s just…different, and her powers of observation are top-notch. She’s also empathetic, enough that I was rooting for her until the end. Continue reading

Review: Smut by Karina Halle

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SMUT is a super enjoyable new adult read, with unforgettable characters and hilarious laugh out loud moments.

Amanda was horrified when she was teamed up with Blake in their writing class for a final project. She didn’t like Blake because he was and has been derisive of her since the start of class, and anyway, she didn’t think he really knew how to write. What was a business major doing taking up a writing class? She was sure their final project was toast, but she thought she should make an effort, if only to show their teacher that she’d done her best. To her surprise, Blake’s writing was good, and his portrayal of the main character had depth. Before she knew it, her opinion about Blake was changing and her attraction to him was weakening her resolve to keep things only about the project… Continue reading

Review: Do You Want to Start A Scandal by Tessa Dare

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And she’s back! DO YOU WANT TO START A SCANDAL is vintage Tessa Dare–with heartwarming romance and cheeky laugh-out-loud banter.

I haven’t read the 3rd book in the Castles Ever After series, but for the first two books, I thought the theme of having the heroines inherit a castle and for the story to revolve there sounded a bit forced. And well, rather limiting. And well, some rather ridiculous stuff happened in the books. I’m glad to see the author had abandoned it in this book and decided to have the heroine get the castle in the usual way–by marrying the man who already owned it.

Though this book is the 4th book in the Castles Ever After series, the heroine is Charlotte Highwood, sister of Diana and Minerva Highwood from the Spindle Cove series. Continue reading