Review: The Lady and the Highlander

The Lady and the Highlander
The Lady and the Highlander by Lecia Cornwall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow a great fairy tale romance that is a little on the dark side with lots of love and light shining through. Author Lecia Cornwall puts together a brilliantly written plot in this book that was so involved and detailed that I was in awe.

There is so much to this book that I can’t talk about because I don’t want to ruin it for those who will read it. So a few things I will share is that there are truly evil people in the world such as Bibiana, Laire’s new stepmother, and Babiana’s servants the French manservant, Rafael, old Terza, and her dark and dangerous sealgair, Iain. The reason for their deception and what they intend to do is stuff out of fairy tales.

Another this about this book is that not all evil people are truly evil, are they? I just couldn’t believe that Iain was as evil as he was coming across. and I kept wanting him to redeem himself as he hunted Laire to kill her.

How the innocent Laire goes about trying to save her family while running for her life still makes my heart skip a beat. I was on the edge of my chair praying she would get away and find help to save her family.

There is a whole cast of surprising secondary characters that will warm the readers heart when they read this book. I want to tell everyone about them but then that will really spoil the story. I am sorry but this is a book you should read to get the full flavor of it.

I give this 4 STARS for the authors ability to show the darkness and the light of people with hope, redemption, the desire to survive and love as its main theme.

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Review: Never Trust a Pirate

Never Trust a Pirate
Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chocked full of intrigue, secrets and adventures Author Valerie Bowman draws in the reader with this fully developed romantic storyline. One of the things I highly respect is how the author runs us on a merry chase in this book trying to solve the mystery behind who Cade Cavendish and Danielle LaCrosse really are behind their cool facades. The addition of the steamy sexual tension between these two make this a hot romance as well.

The hero of this book, Cade, will cause any woman’s heart to beat quickly as his character comes across as the bad boy type. His constant evasion of speaking the truth was frustrating for everyone who cared for him but it really adds to the story by causing the reader to wonder who he really is and is he really as bad as we think.

Danielle, the heroine, is the perfect person to foil and mess with Cade’s cool reserve which she does quite often. Her character drew me in because she is not a helpless female in spite of her hard times. I love her “take no prisoner” philosophy as well as her softer side towards her ill mother and the others in the Cavendish household. I’d like to think that if I was in her position I would be just like her…. strong and not a victim.

I give this book 4.5 STARS for creating characters that are hard to pinpoint and neatly categorize.

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Review: Buck Naked

Buck Naked
Buck Naked by Evangeline Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Priceless…..I want to go through the same thing as Sadie well only as far as the youthfulness. The author does a stellar job in Sadie’s character as she walks the reader through Sadie getting younger looking and the very very strange things happening wherever she goes. Sadie’s confusion over her changes and her upset with the men it understandable. I like that her confusion doesn’t come across as her being simple minded.

Buck Naked has a well written plot including lots of drama and unforgettable scenes. It includes the gruff Mathis and the reader will come to love him as they read through the book to see how he became the recluse he is in this story. I love a gentle Alpha who can jump up to the plate when needed and Mathis is this sort of man. His character is like a prickly pear. Thorns on the outside and pure sweetness inside. His internal tug of war over Sadie and his needs and desires is portrayed in a believable manner.

For secondary characters…..

The cold but gorgeous villain, Keller, is delicious…. and I am sure the female readers will be hot for him. In fact, I am looking forward to his story because I really feel all villains deserve a happy ending. Well not all but this one does.

While Dr. Samantha, Sadie’s twin, plays a prominent role in this book and her no-nonsense attitude will make a great second book to this series because she has so much attitude along with her smarts and beauty.

I give this book 4 STARS for being unpredictable.

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Review: Between a Wolf and a Hard Place

Between a Wolf and a Hard Place
Between a Wolf and a Hard Place by Terry Spear
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Everyone likes a quick fast fun read…. well this is that book. This lighthearted read is perfect for those times that you really don’t want to think about complicated plots. It has a beautiful love story and a large cast of characters to keep every reader involved in the plot. There are some funny scenes to this book that made me chuckle and just thinking about what was going on still makes me smile.

Ellie’s secret takes on quite an amusing turn and it adds some spice to this story along with Brett’s idiotic statement to Ellie. But I can’t tell you what that is I don’t want to spoil the book for you.

At certain points in the book I wanted a little more zing to the plot but this didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the read. For this reason, I give it a 3.5 STARS.

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Review: My One True Highlander

My One True Highlander
My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What can I say; this is an amusing full of heat captivating read much like book one to this series. Author Suzanne Enoch really knows how to write a book that knocks ones socks off.

In this second book to the No Ordinary Hero series I feel in love with both the hero, Graeme and the heroine, Marjorie as well as Connell, Graeme’s youngest brother.

Graeme is just a messy character but of course this is to be understood since he is a laird and raising his three wild brothers. The reader will thoroughly enjoy his interactions with his brothers and their shenanigans.

Marjorie warms my heart with her trying so hard to be accepted in proper society and it is heart wrenching to read through the pages of what happens to her and her reactions. Despite everything she is not a woman to give up thus she gives Graeme a mighty battle. I love when a man falls like a tree for a feisty woman. The reader will enjoy reading the interaction between these two.

The brothers who would be considered secondary characters are in my opinion right up there with Graeme and Marjorie for interest and had me laughing many times as well as feeling pain for what they were going through since their parents’ death.

Because this deals with real life situations and finding love one deserves I give it 5 STARS

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Review: I Dared the Duke

I Dared the Duke
I Dared the Duke by Anna Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the second book to The Wayward Wallflowers series I fell into deep admiration with Beth’s character. I am not sure this statement is grammatically correct but it is what I mean. Beth needs to be needed, as do most people though they are unaware of this need. The fact that she is conscious of this and finds ways to satisfy this part of herself is spread throughout this book in an appealing manner. I like that the author does give her a backbone to not be walked on and to be able to think of her best interests. It is refreshing to read a female lead character that thinks of others wellbeing. 

Alex’s hidden secrets are surprising and painful. It is clear throughout the book that he didn’t understand how one moment in time could affect others for the rest of their lives and possibly ruin his future. In his character one sees how one’s thoughts create a life that is not satisfying and can in fact be very destructive. 

Secondary characters in his grandmother and his close friend Darby the Marquess of Daberville add very interesting scenes to this romantic amusing and fun read. I really enjoyed this read and love how it addressed bullying in a discrete manner.

I look forward to the next book in this series and give this book 4 STARS for addressing how destructive words can be to one’s future.

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Review: My Sugar Daddy

My Sugar Daddy
My Sugar Daddy by Trinity Blacio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An unexpected read is the thought that comes to mind as I write this review. I was drawn to the blurb then cover and was looking for an erotica read when I decide to select this book. I wasn’t sure how I would like this book the opening chapter wasn’t filled with enough drama for me…. but lo and behold this book picked up the paced and soon I was cheering for both Daniel and Grant to have a happy ending with Laura.

What was exciting was the addition of Roman their other brother into the storyline. With his presence, the plot thickens and this book takes a turn to the exciting. I love how the story expands and adds elements.

Secondary characters are not as developed as the primary but they are presented in a manner that makes the reader curious to know more about them. Thus, I look forward to reading the next books to this series.

I give this 3.5 STARS for surprising me with the direction on the plot.

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