Review: Lure of the Dragon by Anna Lowe

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I have been struggling to finish a book recently. This happens every few months; I begin to feel overwhelmed by Real Life, and I’d rather mindlessly play Crafty Candy than try to concentrate on something to read. When this happens, I usually shift gears to shorter romance, and since I’m in the mood for shifters, I grabbed Lure of the Dragon when it popped up on KU. The promise of balmy island breezes, sandy beaches, and dragons had me hooked.

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Review: Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

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I love this series! Please say there will be more! While I have recently started Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels books, and I enjoy them immensely, there is something about the Hidden Legacy series that makes it stand a tier above Kate (Poo Penny will disagree, but she’s read ALL of Kate, and I’ve only listened to the first two audio books).  Oh, wait! That something is Mad Rogan. He’s all that, and he’s only endeared himself to me more as the series continued. And the world building is fascinating. I love the idea of insanely powerful people, gifted with magical abilities, fighting for dominance over the other magical families. Read more

Audio Review: Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

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I am on an urban fantasy kick, thanks to Ilona Andrews.  Because I don’t want to get burned out on her writing, I decided to grab a few other longer series that I missed out on. I remember getting a review copy of one of the later Kitty Norville novels, but since I hadn’t read any of the previous books, I set it aside. When I saw that the first installment was available as an audio book at the library, I happily clicked Borrow, and the rest is history.

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Early Review: Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Review by Poo Penny

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Dragons. Beasts. Legacies. A teeeeny tiny spoiler, but I don’t think it will ruin anything.
Do I really need to sell this book to you, if you have read Burn for Me and White Hot then you KNOW what to expect, kind of. Except it’s better. It’s more. I just hope that there is another book, or some kind of short story after that epilogue. I need more.

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Review: The Cowboy’s Twin Surprise by Cathy McDavid

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Cathy McDavid is one of my favorite Harlequin Western Romance authors.  Her characters are normal, down to earth characters. They could be my neighbors. Not a billionaire in the bunch. It’s so refreshing to read about regular, ordinary people, who make the best of things by working hard, celebrating family, and enjoying the small victories that make each day worth living.

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Review: Stake Night by Susan Archer

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I borrowed Stake Night using Kindle Unlimited because it is about Saddlebreds.  I was wondering how accurate the author would be portraying the run up to showing at the World Championship show in Louisville, and because I love reading about horses. There aren’t a lot of books about the saddleseat disciple, so I was eager to give this book a spin.

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Review: Daisy and the Dead by Sarah Bale

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When I saw this on Netgalley, I started salivating.  I LOVE zombie stories!  All of the running and fighting and trying to survive – I find zombie stories irresistible.   What I didn’t realize before I hit the request button is that Sarah Bale writes erotica.  That’s not a deal killer for me, but when I read books with zombies, I want ZOMBIES.  Not spankings and heroines who defiantly proclaim they won’t be sleeping with the big bad leader of the gang who saved her – and promptly jumps into bed with him. Without protection (which the hero claimed to always use, until sleeping with our heroine) during a zombie apocalypse, where an unplanned pregnancy would certainly spell disaster. Not to mention STDs. It’s not like there’s a doctor on every corner anymore. Smh.

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Mini Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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Meh. I found this slow and it didn’t hold my interest. I read to about the 30% point, and then skimmed and jumped to the end. I don’t know if I wasn’t in the mood for it or what, but it didn’t meet my high expectations (maybe that was the problem – how could it be as good as I built it up to be?). Dimple, at times, was just as selfish and abrasive as Rishi accused her of being, and Rishi, while I liked him, was too passive and too accepting of the role his family put him in. My favorite part of the book was when he broke out of the expectations placed on him and finally fought to come into his own. IDK. Maybe I have just become tired of the YA romance genre.

Grade: 2.5 stars

Review copy obtained from my local library

About the book:

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.