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Salacious Robinson by Sylvia Day

Monday, April 30, 2012

Salacious Robinson (novella)

Sylvia Day
Contemporary Romance/Erotica
Published in 2010

H/h - Jason and I (not me you creeps!)
Setting: Why on earth would I care? *snores aloud*

Read in Apr, 2012.
My rating:
                
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Soooo, hmmmm... This is a 5 page quickie. I needed one to further my GR challenge. Yah, I know it’s shameful but can’t help it when RL is intruding and I’m lagging behind my goals.

The King’s Courtesan by Judith James

The Kings Courtesan
Rakes and Rogues of the Restoration #2

Judith James
Historical Romance
Published in 2011

H/h - Captain Robert Nichols/Hope Matthews
Setting: London/Nottinghamshire, in the era of Charles II, 1662.

Read in April, 2012.
My rating:

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Well, I was disappointed with many things in The King’s Courtesan, which is a follow-up of Libertine’s Kiss. The biggest trouble for me was, I couldn’t get over the fact that Hope was Charles’s mistress once and she had this starry-eyed infatuation for a fickle womanizer like him. She being a courtesan for such long years, it was so unbelievable (among other things) that I found myself rolling my eyes more often than not. Then, she and Robert’s chemistry was lacking, their communication felt forced, when not distant. It was sad because the book started with a beautiful scene and I was anticipating the moment when they get to relive it at some point of the story... *sigh*

Libertine's Kiss by Judith James

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Libertine's Kiss
Rakes and Rogues of the Restoration #1

Judith James
Historical Romance
Published in 2010

H/h - William de Veres, the Earl of Rivers/Lady Elizabeth Walters
Setting: Kent and London, in the era of Charles II, from 1658-60/61.

Read in April, 2012.
My rating:

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In Libertine's Kiss, we get to meet a notorious rakehell, whose character is loosely based on John Wilmot; a poet and a close friend of Charles II. Now-a-days, I’m often leery about reading books on rakes; they annoy me and most of the times, I don’t feel any respect, love or affection for them. Not all author can convince me about a so-called ‘bad boy’ and so, I’d like to congratulate JJ for making me fall for this one, for convincing me that William was someone worthy of love and affection. I had ups and downs in this book too, some pet peeves I’d rather not read about but I knew that any woman lucky enough to get past his prickly barriers would be helluva lucky girl!

Highland Rebel by Judith James

Monday, April 23, 2012

Highland Rebel
A Tale of a Rebellious Lady and a Traitorous Lord

Judith James
Historical Romance
Published in 2009

H/h - James Sinclair, The Earl of Carrick and Carlyle/Catherine Drummond, The Countess of Moray
Setting: London, Ireland and Scotland, in the era of James II, probably 1685-1690.

Read in Apr, 2012.
My rating:

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Personally, Highland Rebel was a mixed read for me. I felt emotions varying from laughter to annoyance while I was at it. So far, I don’t think I’ve read a Romance set in the Restoration-era England and so, again, I totally appreciated JJ’s Historical research. This book started out with a bang; the hero, a real charmer who looks at life with mockery and does whatever it takes to survive. The heroine, a fiery Highland beauty, made me instantly like her a lot. But as I said, in the course of the story, I came across plenty of let downs and pet peeves of mine in the story that hindered my full enjoyment of it.

Broken Wing by Judith James

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Broken Wing

Judith James
Historical Romance
Published in 2008

H/h - Gabriel St. Croix/Lady Sarah Munroe
Setting: Beginning of the Napoleonic rule; probably 1799-1804, spanning from France, England to the Mediterraneans.

Read in Apr, 2012.
My rating:

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This debut book by Judith James is by no means formulaic. I’ve read many of those in my long years of Romance reading and while I loved some of them to bits, others bored me to death. I totally appreciated the storyline of Broken Wing, the historical research JJ obviously done so well and created someone like Gabriel; a man you can’t just NOT adore, love and respect, even though his past was every bit sordid. Varying bunch of emotions gripped me while I was reading it: laughter, tears, shock, dread... I felt I myself was being tortured with Gabriel. But overall, I wasn’t bored once and I wasn’t disappointed, which is where I can truly say that I’m glad that I’ve read this book.

A Good Student by Elliot Mabeuse

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Good Student

Elliot Mabeuse
Contemporary Romance/Erotica (BDSM)
Published in 2008

H/h - Conner Devlin/Emma Fiore
Setting: Present time.

Read in Apr, 2012.
My rating:

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This review has some adult quotations so if you’re offended easily, don’t proceed please.

I had a lot of high hopes for this book, mostly because the theme intrigued me, also this got some really positive reviews altogether. Then again, I’ve been a student of Literature myself and the theme tickled some of my secret fantasies. lol Even though a big age difference generally turns me off, I still gave it a go. But I ended up being bored by the time I was about 70% into the book. It honestly felt like dragging on, without much happening.

A Rough Wooing by Virginia Henley

Saturday, April 14, 2012

A Rough Wooing (novella)

Virginia Henley
Medieval Romance
Published in 2012

H/h - Sir Lancelot Greystoke/Douglas Elliot
Setting: Beaumont, Northumberland, 1603.

Read in Apr, 2012.
My rating:
                              
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I was originally going to give this book a 2 star yesterday or make it DNF after reading the 1st  2/3 chapters. But I decided to give it another chance and read it with a clear head (don’t ask!) later. I did today and well, it wasn’t that bad a book. VH’s writing is great. But to me, in the beginning there were just too many historical clap-trap that made my head spin and bored me to sleep. Also, it took me a while to get hold of the characters because it felt like I was reading in the middle of a novel. But the story picked up soon enough and I would’ve given it a higher rating, had I not ended up disliking the heroine, Douglas. Yes, her name is DOUGLAS.

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