Friday, July 13

Review: Retrosexual

Retrosexual Retrosexual by Ainsley Booth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Short but saucy. Mysterious but sexy. A tad disappointed that this was only a novella--maybe it could been stretched more because Stew deserves a lengthier story. But also glad that I was even able to get a Stew story at all. I've always been intrigued by him ever since I read Prime Minister. But hmmm, I shall never think of him the same way ever again.

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Review: With This Man

With This Man With This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I learned that there was going to be a fourth Jesse Ward book, I was over the moon. Ecstatic! But then the apprehension came in just as fast. We all know what happens when a movie or book series gets overly drawn out. Good thing I have such high faith in JEM because she never ever disappoints.

Ahhh, more Jesse. Who am I to say no to a super extended epilogue to this man's story? It was still so fun to read about him and Ava and how crazily good they are together. They were still oh so hot together, too! And that's why what happened to Ava was really a whammy to the nth degree. "Losing" the love of your life like that was surely hair-pullingly frustrating for Jesse and for Ava to live through everything that were suddenly unfamiliar was sure to have been scary.

Suffice it to say that I enjoyed this book--all the highs and all the lows. Without giving away any spoiler, I just wanted to say though that I was a bit disappointed with the ending, the true twist. I was able to guess it correctly and there's just some times that you wished you weren't right. This was one of those times for me.

But over all, this is still definitely a reco to everyone who loved reading about Lord Jesse.

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Thursday, July 12

Review: The Controversial Princess

The Controversial Princess The Controversial Princess by Jodi Ellen Malpas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A royalty-Hollywood romance, for me, is always going to be a hit or a miss. I don't think there's an in-between for it. At least that's what I think. But it's ironic that I think that because this book turned to be memorable for me for another reason--my emotions all over the place while I was reading it!

I don't know why--it could be because I was on the longest reading drought I've ever had in my life--but I had so much feels while I read this. Half of the time I would forget that one character was a princess while the other was a Hollywood heartthrob because I was really feeling their chemistry as a couple, really rooted for them and for their relationship to work out. And it was until boom! That ending....wuuuuuuttt?!

I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book! I'm sorry but I actually did not know that this was not going to be a standalone read. After coming out of hibernation, I just looked around for the comfort authors I was sure would get me back on track on my reading challenge. I was not mistaken in choosing this book! Hate waiting for the second book for a few more weeks but I am hopeful more books can keep me distracted until then. Fingers crossed!

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Friday, January 19

Review: Royally Endowed

Royally Endowed Royally Endowed by Emma Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It took me some time to get my hands on this last book in the series and now that I've finished reading it, I hate myself for not reading it sooner.

I loved, loved, loved this book!!! It's hard to say because I really enjoyed all of them...but this was probably my most favorite in the entire series. Logan was just an easily likable character. Even if I did not immediately feel warmly towards Ellie when I first read about her in the first book, she turned out to be a well deserved equal to Logan.

The book spanned for a number of years and that was probably what I liked best about it. I felt like I was really part of Ellie and Logan's lives and was there to observe how they grew into each other's existence. Its pacing was unhurried and the story felt longer than it really was. But only in the best of ways because that's how I usually want my favorite books to go--to not end!

I can't wait to read the new series spin-off and see how old friends fare.

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Wednesday, December 27

Review: Royally Raised

Royally Raised Royally Raised by Emma Chase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ha, this was a fun short read. Makes me giggle inside (and grin on the outside!) reading about Henry getting a dose of his younger self in the form of his daughter. This series is proving to be such an easy series to read with all these easily lovable characters...that I look forward to maybe reading Jane's book. Fingers crossed on that one.

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Tuesday, December 26

Review: Royally Matched

Royally Matched Royally Matched by Emma Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sooo, I have been pitifully absent in the reading game for the most part of the year. This was the longest reading slump I have ever had in my entire life. I can only promise to do better moving forward since there's just no sufficient excuse for it.

I finished this book a while back. Months ago, in fact. But I haven't gotten around to reviewing it so I had no choice but to reread it while I'm enjoying my holidays. And I was thankful that I chose to pick this book up to break my slump--this was a great read. Well, we can never go wrong with an EC read.

I had my doubts about Henry when I first met him in the first book. But this book turned out to be one wonderful surprise and made me change my mind about our hero. His chemistry with Sarah is crazy good and I just gobbled it up. Even if this was a reread, I did not hurry through it. And I still felt all the wonderful things I did the first time I read it. Ahhh.

And the best part was right at the end. EC gave us a rather extended epilogue and I loved that best. Because the characters needed a bit of more growing up to do, I really appreciated that touch. I hate when I'm given a hurried closure, an abrupt ending. Not so with this book. This book had the right touch of royally good to it...and the best way to pick up my reading again.

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Wednesday, May 17

Review: Pucked Off

Pucked Off Pucked Off by Helena Hunting
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was a long time coming! I've been getting up close with Lance and I thought I knew what I was getting from his story. Turned out I didn't. What a trip! Although Lance was a constant fixture in the past few books in the series, I really wasn't ready to decide on how I feel about the guy. And I really thought that I was getting a story with Tash. See just how good HH is in making me believe all that?

Lies. All lies.

Because what I got was an even sexier story, an even more beautiful lady for Lance. And I finally decided that I do like him. The earlier books felt light after reading this one. This read had more angst and had a more darker tone that I was not expecting but unexpectedly enjoyed because it gave so much more character to Lance and Poppy. Such a good read!

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