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Redeemed by Kerrigan Byrne

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Redeemed (novella)
Highland Historical #5/The Mackays #2

Kerrigan Byrne
Medieval Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy
Published in 2013

H/h - Daroch MacLeod/Kylah MacKay
Setting: Medieval Scotland.

Read in Apr, 2013.
My rating:

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Now, this was gooooood! When I read the first book of this sub-series, Released, I was disappointed because some of the things didn’t work out for me. But with Redeemed, Kerrigan proves again that she knows what she’s about. Redeemed was the story of second banshee MacKay sister, Kylah and the mysterious Druid, Daroch. I mentioned in my review of Released that I could feel the intensity and attraction between the two and I’m glad to report that that’s how it stayed all through their own book.

To Dream Again by Laura Lee Guhrke

Monday, April 29, 2013

To Dream Again

Laura Lee Guhrke
Historical Romance
Originally published in 1995

H/h - Nathaniel Chase/Mara Elliot
Setting: London, 1899.

Read in 2013
My rating:

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To Dream Again by LLG had a little slower pace for my liking but overall, it was an honest, heartfelt read. The hero, Nathaniel was a whimsical inventor with a brilliant mind. No rake or bad boy but an eager, good man. The heroine, Mara had her heartaches and trust-issues, and even though at times, I was quite frustrated with her, I still liked her.

Highlander Taken by Juliette Miller

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Highlander Taken
Clan Mackenzie #2

Juliette Miller
Medieval Romance
Pub date: May 28, 2013 (ARC review)

H/h - Kade Mackenzie/Stella Camerone
Setting: The Highlands, Scotland, in the time of King William III.

Read in April, 2013
My rating:

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I was so impressed with JMillier’s debut novel, Highlander Claimed, I was quite impatient to read the next in the series. I loved her writing, her intense hero and sweet heroine in book 1. But, sadly, Highlander Taken was a big disappointment for me, even though JMiller’s writing was as beautiful as ever. Maybe I had really high expectation, I don’t know but I liked neither the characters, nor the storyline.

Prelude to Heaven by Laura Lee Guhrke

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Prelude to Heaven

Laura Lee Guhrke
Historical Romance
Originally published in 1994

H/h - Alexandre Dumond, Comte le Junot/Lady Teresa Ridgeway
Setting: London and France, 1818.

Read in Apr, 2013.
My rating:

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After reading and loving LLG’s Breathless and Conor's Way, I was itching to read her other older books. I’m so glad I picked Prelude to Heaven because this was a pure comfort read for me. The story was hurt-tugging and so beautiful. Our emotional and intense hero Alexandre was every girl’s dream. I liked Tess a lot too. There were tears, laughter, heartache and love. There were enjoyable banters and scenes between Alexandre and Tess that kept me entertained for the most part of the story.

The Jezebel by Saskia Walker

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Jezebel
Taskill Witches #3

Saskia Walker
Historical Romance/Paranormal/Erotica
Published in 2013 (ARC review)

H/h - Roderick Cameron/Maisie Taskill
Setting: Scotland, 1715.

Read in Apr, 2013
My rating:

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Book 3 of Taskill Witches series, The Jezebel was a good read, I give you that. Once again, I loved the back-story of the witch-hunt and how everything was woven in the story in general. What I thought was missing was a good romance between Maisie and Roderick. Oh yes, there was sex aplenty, as any SW book but I thought between all the suspicions due to Maisie’s abilities and trust issues, they didn’t have enough time to connect... at least I didn’t think so. I’ll try to elaborate in my review.

A Riding Crop for Two by Karyn Gerrard

Friday, April 05, 2013

A Riding Crop for Two (novella)
Riding Crop #2

Karyn Gerrard
Historical Romance/Erotica (mild BDSM)
Published in 2013

H/h - Gideon Broyles, Lord Cravenbrooke/Olivia Durham
Setting: London, 1887.

Read in Mar/Apr, 2013
My rating:

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I very well remember the free novella The Riding Crop which helped me finding a new author a year or so ago. Since then, I’ve read a few of KG’s stories. I loved that novella and thought there should’ve been a few more chapters to Olivia and Gideon’s story. But I took the end as ‘the end’. Then last month I found that they are getting another novella to wrap things up, so there was NO WAY I wasn’t reading A Riding Crop for Two. Overall, I was content with the story but some things didn’t feel ok and/or rushed (as in most short story/novellas).

The Libertine by Saskia Walker

Monday, April 01, 2013

The Libertine
Taskill Witches #2

Saskia Walker
Historical Romance/Paranormal/Erotica
Published in 2013

H/h - Lennox Taskill/Chloris Keavey
Setting: Scotland, 1715.

Read in Mar, 2013.
My rating:

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At the end of book 1 of the series The Harlot, it was clearly indicated that Jessie has long lost siblings and I was hoping to read their stories too. Since I liked that book, I was really glad to know about the news of the sequels. The Libertine is Jessie’s older brother, Lennox’s story. I can’t say the whole book was fun for me because on the first half, I thought every male in it is an a-hole, and that includes Lennox too. I was quite pissed. Let me tell you in my review exactly why. But, I did love the rest because the story picked up after that, and caught me by total surprise!

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