Sunday, July 22

Review: The Swedish Prince

The Swedish Prince The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ahhh, one of the themes that I will never get tired of is a contemporary royal romance. And this was a great one!

I loved this book from start to finish. I loved the well established characters and their eventually development. Viktor might have been on vacation under a different identity when he met Maggie but I was glad that it didn't dragged on for long and he was outed early on in the story. The nuances of the story might seem over the top--I figured that royal relationships might not start that easily--but it just added to the fantasy that maybe it is.

Yes, the story was not perfect but it provided sufficient entertainment. And who am I to let this one pass me by despite the quite unexpected low reviews? Definitely not letting that Eastwood-y cover pass me by. Nuh-uh.

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Review: Full Mountie

Full Mountie Full Mountie by Ainsley Booth
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I am a big fan of the first two books of the series and I could re-read them and re-read them and not complain. Suffice it to say that because of that, Lachlan had become one of my favorite characters and I was pretty excited to get my hands on his book.

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against an MM romance. I have some favorite ones, too. But this book turned out to be a different kind of surprise. Although I wouldn't blink at reading an MM story, I still don't have a handle for an MMF (or any combo of more than two parties) story. I just can't grasp how that kind of arrangement would work. But I guess, to each their own because I'm sure there are countless out there in this exact kind of relationship.

Although I wished a different ending for Lachlan, I would still say that this was still a good read. It's like a movie that, despite the ending that you didn't want, you cannot deny that it was still a great movie.The AB and SH duo still works--and I hope they never stop working together in coming up with these stories.

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Review: Bad Night Stand

Bad Night Stand Bad Night Stand by Elise Faber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was my very first Elise Faber read and I found it surprisingly good. Lately, I've been preferring to read authors I've already read because there are just too may new stuff going around and too many potential time-wasters. I'm just lucky to have found this!

With the million and one stories about one-night stands out there, a great chemistry between the main characters and with some very interesting secondary characters--potentials for the next succeeding books in the series--are always appreciated. This book was fast-paced (I just realized it was 250 pages!) and the conversation exchange was never boring. The subplots were great, too.

Other than the weird dual POV--Abby's was in first person but Jordan's wasn't, this was an enjoyable read. Overall, the book was a great starter in introducing the rest of the characters. I am already looking forward to the rest of the books in the series

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Review: Dry Spell

Dry Spell Dry Spell by Vi Keeland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this very short read with the right mixture of funny and sexy. The only thing I hated about this is that it wasn't longer--it wasn't even novella-length. It would've been a more enjoyable read.

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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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