Stevie‘s review of The Trouble with True Love (Dear Lady Truelove, Book 2) by Laura Lee Guhrke
Historical Romance published by Avon 30 Jan 18
I enjoyed the first book in Laura Lee Guhrke’s new series every bit as much as all those in her previous series, and was greatly looking forward to learning more about the world of Lady Truelove – as well as meeting some new characters – in this second book. Once again, much of the plot revolves around the Weekly Gazette and its popular column that gives this series its title, but this time there’s a new editor, not to mention a new Lady Truelove.
Amazingly, this is my first Christine Feehan book. I did read one of her novellas way, way back when, but don’t remember anything about it, so I’m not counting that one at this point. From the little bit of feedback I’ve gotten about this book, I’m wondering if I should have started here.
This series is a departure from the usual lighthearted romances from Susan Mallery. Here in Mischief Bay, California she takes a deep look into the strengths and frailties of human relationships. This book is about the complicated nature of women’s relationships – mothers, daughters, sisters and wives and the everyday challenges women face. read more…
I’ve read and enjoyed a few series that promise twists on well-known tales, linked together by female friendships, and so I had high hopes of this first story in what would seem to be a trilogy, with its retelling of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion: albeit set quite some years before that play was written. Our leading lady in this adventure is Retta: Lady Henrietta Parker, a soon-to-be wealthy heiress who has turned down a number of eligible society gentlemen for fear that they care more for her fortune than for her personality and would have few interests in common with hers once the initial bloom of attraction wears off.
Kristie J’s review of The Learning Hours (How to Date a Douchebag, Book 3) by Sara Ney
New Adult Romance published by Amazon Digital Services 26 Sep 17
I noticed this on GoodReads and despite the horrendous title, I was intrigued enough to give this book a try. And I’m ever so glad I have a GoodReads account and I go trolling friends with similar tastes. I found this book most delightful.
I have a bit of a thing for LGBT stories featuring spiritual leaders; I’m not drawn specifically to those involving Church of England clergy, but that does seem to be the faith in which the majority of those protagonists seem to crop up. Rural communities are also a common factor, possibly because it’s trickier both to be different and to meet like-minded people in a village setting, compared to in the big city. Having recently read Beacham’s story about a romance between a female vicar and an atheist, I was keen to see how Jenny Frame tackled a similar set-up, so much so that I read the first book, set in the same village, immediately beforehand, in order to get some idea who all the other residents might be.
This book is not at all like the Sea Haven and Sisters Of The Heart series by Ms. Feehan. The members of Torpedo Ink are damaged in ways most normal humans cannot comprehend. Can Anya Rafferty, with her own demons, hold her own in this dysfunctional family full of violence and angst?
The American frontier is always truly portrayed when in the hands of Caroline Fyffe. She begins a new series with this book, giving readers characters who once again paved the way for those who came after them. While the real pioneers blazed trails, settled homesteads, and tamed the wild west, they were also made of sterner stuff to get through the adventurous and often difficult times ahead, passing such characteristics down to future generations. The Brinkman sisters are exactly like you would imagine any of your ancestors who came west were, when there were no guarantees for what they would find once their journey ended, only for a new one to begin.
I wanted to start my reading year of 2018 with a bang. I was reading a different book, and, while I was enjoying it well enough, it didn’t have the wow factor I was looking for. So when I got notice this book had downloaded, I put that other one aside and picked up this one right away. Based on how much I enjoyed the first two books in this series, I thought Nikan Rebuilt would be a winner. And, boy, was it ever.
Because I’ve been disappointed in a couple of my favorite authors lately, and because our own Kristie J can’t get enough of L.A. Fiore’s books, I decided to try one for myself. Holy cow, this was the perfect place for me to start. This book is intriguing, adventurous, sad, joyous, romantic, and so much more. It’s layered over and over again that I’m not sure any review will even come close to the experience a reader goes through while in the midst of treasure hunting and characters finding themselves where they never believed they could some day be. I will try to do this story justice, but, believe me, it’s best you just pick it up and find out for yourself what’s between the pages.