Category Archives: Romance

Chasm by L.K. Kuhl

What do you do when your children are missing and your world crashes?

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title: Chasm
Author: L.K. Kuhl
Series: Stand-alone.
Publish Date: May 5, 2016
Genre: Romantic thriller
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Source: Provided by the author.

Publisher’s Description:

What happens when you’re in love with your children’s abductor?

Taylor Vine thinks she can fight off the demons of her past when she moves back home to Estill Springs, Tennessee, but it doesn’t take long to see that things aren’t quite that easy. The bumps she hears in the night soon escalate, keeping her up at nights, and it isn’t long before her most precious possessions, her children, get abducted. She finds herself in a race against time to try to find them before it’s too late. One wrong move and the outcome could be disastrous.


Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: One of the qualities of a good book is the setting. Kuhl hit the success button with this novel. The symbolic desperation and gloom that fill many of the characters’ lives is also symbolically represented by the setting. I did like the characters. Their emotions were described with gut-wrenching detail and seemed very honest and very real to me.

Dislikes: The plot and sub plots were not brought to satisfying conclusions to me. It almost seemed like the author knew where she wanted the story to go but it fell short and seemed like there was still something left to be settled. While I did like the characters, they seemed to make the wrong decisions even after talking themselves out of making it in the first place. There were spaces in the story that were oddly verbose and overly descriptive.

There was so much going on it this one that I was both intrigued and deterred by everything that was going on. For this reason I give the book 3 rocking horses. 

Other recommendations…

Check out these other romantic thrillers: Naked in Death by J.D. Robb, Don’t Tell by Karen Rose, Lone Wolf Rising by Jami Brumfield.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

I Dared the Duke by Anna Bennett

A trip not to be missed.  Regency romance takes a ornery and damaged Duke bent on finding his own killer before himself is killed with a brilliant woman that loves to be needed.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title:  I Dared The Duke
Author:  Anna Bennett
Series: The Wayward Wallflowers #2
Publish Date: April 4, 2017
Genre:  Regency Romance
Source: Publisher

Publisher’s Description: DARE TO FALL IN LOVE

Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is known throughout the ton for three things: the burn scars on his neck, his ornery disposition, and the trail of broken hearts behind him. None of which would concern Miss Elizabeth Lacey in the least—if she weren’t living under his roof. As his grandmother’s companion, Beth is all too concerned with the moody and compelling duke. Incensed by his plans to banish the sweet dowager duchess to the country, Beth refuses to do his bidding. If Alex wants her help, he’s going to have to take her dare…and grant her three wishes.

Alex adores his grandmother, which is precisely why she must leave. A string of unfortunate incidents has him worried for the safety of everyone around him—including the dowager’s loyal and lovely companion, Beth. But the notorious wallflower isn’t as meek as she appears, and as their battle of wills heats up, so does Alex’s desire. He’s dangerously close to falling in love with her…and revealing secrets he’d rather keep hidden. How can he convince her that his darkest days are behind him—and that, for the first time in forever, his heart is true?

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers.  *BEWARE*


 

Nervous Nellie says…

Regency romance at it’s finest.  I started this book and could not put it down.  There is a couple of swear words, a little sex, dangerous situations and a remarkable heroine.

This story is a prime example in what happens when rumors are spread and words are spoken without thought to the feelings of the recipient.  Alex is labeled as a rake.  Rumor has it that he steals wives and beds maidens with no thought but that of himself.  Alex has got some issues, don’t think he doesn’t.  He lies by omission regarding his conquests and he was the callous, insecure person who started the smear campaign against Beth and her sisters just because he could.  How Beth fell for him, I don’t understand.

Beth is a caring, smart and maybe a little OCD heroine in this story.  She deserves the respect of all the ton, but with Alex’s slanderous attack when she was younger, she was castigated and exposed to those that have to make themselves feel better by tearing down someone else.

I like Beth but I think she deserves someone much kinder.  Actually, the suitor that was in competition for her could have been much better for Beth.  Oh, well.  Beth decided and that’s all there is to that.

The story had elements of a mystery – who was trying to kill Alex?  Beth was put in danger a couple of times but it was, in the end, Alex’s grandmother that saved the day.

I was totally into this book from beginning to end.

 

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

The Second Time Around by Ella Quinn

Did you know that in England in the 1800’s a widow could not have guardianship over her own children?  This lesson is taught after weaving together a romance that will make your afternoon a little brighter in the end.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title: The Second Time Around
Author: Ella Quinn
Series: The Worthingtons #2.5
Publish Date: February 28, 2017
Genre: Regency Romance
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description: Can a beautiful Worthington widow find love again? Depends on who’s asking . . .

Before he died, Patience was the Earl of Worthington’s second wife. So why shouldn’t Patience be allowed a second chance at marriage, too? Of course, finding a new husband was not something the mother of four had ever planned on. But a surprise encounter with her first love has suddenly made the impossible seem possible all over again . . .

It seems like a lifetime ago that Richard, Viscount Wolverton, was halfway around the world, looking for adventure . . . while Patience, at her coming-out, was left with no choice but to take old Worthington’s hand. Richard never forgot the woman whose heart he yearned for—and now that he’s back, he’s not going to let her slip away again . . .

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers.  *BEWARE*


 

Nervous Nellie says…

This book is a regency romance.  The description pulled me in hook, line and sinker.  I learned a little along the way as well.  This is a novella, so it’s a quick read.  This can be read as a stand alone if you dare. There are people, places and relationships that would be more clear with the reading of prior books in the series.  I have not read the prior books and I was fine – it all depends on the reader. There is some sex, no violence and a happily ever after.

Ella Quinn has created a book that is the epitome of tearjerker and history lesson.  It’s a bit sad for the soft hearted and it’s a hard lesson in regency England’s history regarding equal rights of women. The romance was something legends are made. The kind of story with never ending love that haunts castles was what I felt between Patience and Richard.

We all know that in history women aren’t always treated fairly.  I’m not very educated in the ways and means of life in the 1800’s England, but when a mother can’t even have guardianship over her own children when her husband passes-it’s a sad situation. Be sure to grab tissues, because I know I shed plenty of tears over this story.  That’s not to say it wasn’t an enjoyable read.  It’s one of those stories that gets my emotional neurons firing.

Luckily, this story has a a good guy for a guardian of his half siblings and his step mother.  If he was half the man his father was, Patience would still be miserable. Matt, Patience’s step son, was the shining example of a good man that most men hope to be.  Richard, the love of Patience’s life, was the man that was stuck between a rock and a hard place.  I was grateful to see in this case, family really DOES do for family.

 

Other recommendations…

…you might try  Amy Corwin’s books Fencing For Ladies or The Bricklayer’s Helper.  You might also want to look into Alexandra Hawkins Lords of Vice series.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

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Jasmine by Kris Michaels

Join the romances at Guardian Security as Jasmine finds the love of her life.  Number 6 in the series – don’t miss it!

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Author: Kris Michaels
Series: Kings of Guardian #6
Publish Date: January 27, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source:  Purchased ebook from Amazon.com

Publisher’s Description: Jasmine King loved her chosen profession until she was assigned as Chad Nelson’s personal security officer.

The sex-fueled country superstar was either a stone cold killer or the target of a deranged psychopath. Regardless, the self-absorbed bad boy was now hers to protect, and she’d be damned if she’d fail—despite the singer’s best efforts to make things difficult.

One minute Chad Nelson was the reigning king of country music and in the next, an FBI murder suspect in not one, but two murders. As if that’s not bad enough, he’s in the cross-hairs of someone who wants him dead. He’s got a front row seat to the destruction of his wildly successful and carefully constructed life.

Jasmine and Chad are plunged into a deadly situation when the race to get him to safety reveals pursuit by not only Chad’s enemies but worse, Guardian’s. Now, positions are reversed as the country star reaches back to a military past to help free Jasmine from a bloody confrontation. Thankfully, Chad’s not the shallow performer Jasmine originally suspected, and she’ll use any advantage to protect her man as Guardian scrambles to find the killer.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers.  *BEWARE*


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Another stellar story from the world Guardian Security. I haven’t seen much of Jasmine in any of the previous books, so to read her story was a treat. Jasmine is tough and don’t forget it. She can hold her own against anyone but that goes against every chivalrous bone in Chad’s body. He’s a down home country boy that was taught to respect his elders and open doors for ladies.

Jasmine and Chad fell together fairly quickly, but there is a lot of stressful situations that presented themselves so they had to bond fast. The mystery whodunnit was fairly easy to figure out, but that’s not the point of the book. The point is to join the King family and welcome another member to their ever extending family.

badge5v5Jared makes the most appearances since he’s head of the domestic side of Guardian security, but Drake, Dixon, Doc, Amanda, Frank, Joseph, Ember, Jason and some extent Reece and Faith all made it out to the ranch to meet the singer that their sister hooked her star to.

I love this King family. It’s hard to pick a favorite because they all have their own unique situations. I’ll be interested to see more of the family in the next book. I’ll even be more interested to see WHO is in the next book!

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Since I Fell for You by Bella Andre

Need a sexy bodyguard?  Hell, no says Suzanne.  Then she gets a look at him.  Whoa.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

30340087Title: Since I Fell For You
Author: Bella Andre
Series: New York Sullivans #2
Publish Date: January 10, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator Eva Kaminsky
Source: Audible

Publisher’s Description: Suzanne Sullivan doesn’t need a bodyguard. After all, she’s one of the most successful digital security specialists in the world―so she can most certainly take care of herself despite the problems she’s been running into lately. Unfortunately, her three brothers don’t agree. So when Mr. Way-Too-Handsome shows up bound and determined to protect her, whether she wants him there or not, sparks definitely start to fly. Because she has absolutely no intention of falling for the bodyguard she never wanted in the first place…

Roman Huson has vowed to do whatever it takes to protect Suzanne Sullivan from harm. And her brothers would kill him for so much as looking at her the wrong way. The only problem is that he’s never been hired to work for anyone so beautiful, or brilliant, before. Between trying to keep up with her―and working like hell to keep from kissing her breathless―he’s up against the most difficult challenge of his life. Especially when it turns out that the passion, and connection, between them is hotter than anything he’s ever known…

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers.  *BEWARE*


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This is a contemporary romance that I received from Audible to try out the series.  I started with this book, but it certainly can be a stand alone with no problem.  There is plenty of moony eyes and sappy sentiment, but no graphic sex.  Plenty of thinking about it, a couple of hot scenes, but no erotica.

Eva Kaminsky’s performance was good. Her voice range distinguished each character, male/female, each had their own voice.

badge3v4I like romances as a book choice. This book seemed to belabor the fact that the hero was damaged. However, I have read/heard about heroes much more damaged who were not so blind. His past wasn’t as bad as he made it out to be, and the heroine was wordy about her attraction and love for the hero, which made me roll my eyes on more than one occasion. The story was good. The narrator was very good. I would listen to another book by this author, but these characters were a little over the top in my limited world experience.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

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