Review: The Bull Rider’s Cowgirl by April Arrington

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April Arrington is a hit or miss author for me. This was hit. Her voice has improved with every installment of the Men of Raintree Ranch, and The Bull Rider’s Cowgirl held my attention from page one. Jen’s fears of not being good enough, and of ending up like her mother, working long hours in a diner for a meager salary, eat away at her. She is determined to win big in the rodeo finals in Vegas, hoping to use the prize money to make a more comfortable life for both herself and her widowed mother.

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Review: The Guardian’s Virgin Ward by Caitlin Crews

 

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Good God!  I love Caitlin Crews’ writing.  I have said that numerous times. But some of her books just don’t work for me.  This one.  Ugh.  I loved the beginning.  Liliana is bold and feisty, and she pushes back when Izar tries to control her.  But then.  Not so much.  She becomes a doormat when he whisks her away to Saint Moritz after seducing her and deciding that he will marry her.  Just.  Yuck!  He’s her guardian, and while she’s trapped in the villa, all I could think of was – Stockholm Syndrome.  Yuck!  I wasn’t convinced in any way that their love was genuine, or that it would last.  Because.  YUCK!

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Dueling Reviews: The Italian’s Pregnant Virgin by Maisey Yates

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Poo Penny and I both read The Italian’s Pregnant Virgin by Maisey Yates, to completely differing results.  I messaged Poo Penny to read it because of the science (or lack thereof) in the story.  Poo is a chemical engineer, so I was eager to hear her take on the premise behind the story.  I thought it was ridiculous, though it didn’t really effect my enjoyment of the story.  Poo, on the other hand – YEOW! 

Poo Penny’s Take:

UM. Alright, well that was weird. Lots of spoilers ahead.

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Review: Bound by His Desert Diamond by Andie Brock


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This is another new to me HQN author. The book was suitably soap opera-ish, and I enjoyed Brock’s writing style. Too bad I didn’t care for either protagonist. Anna was a doormat, and Zahir was just not at all likable. The lack of security for either one of them, as they are both royalty, was also maddening and unbelievable, especially since Zahir insisted that terrorists were a huge problem in his country, and his parents had been murdered by an assassin. The thought of them driving each other around on sightseeing tours, Anna in a beat up jalopy, no less, just seemed the height of a security incident in the making. Despite how impoverished her country was, her father would have still been forced to cough up a serious ransom if she had been kidnapped. Anyhoooo….

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Review: Baby on the Oregon Trail by Lynna Banning

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I love stories about traveling West on the Oregon Trail. I can’t imagine surviving the journey across thousands of miles in a covered wagon, battling the elements, hungry, thirst, disease, and the Native tribes. I am always drawn to these stories, and Baby on the Oregon Trail was mostly a successful read.
At first I couldn’t stand Jenna or her stepdaughters. They were all so mean and unpleasant. I could certainly understand Jenna’s frustration; she’s pregnant, she’s been forced on a journey she don’t want to be on, and her husband has just been shot dead for trying to steal a horse. Now in charge of her late husband’s bickering daughters, she’s at her wits end. She doesn’t even know how to hitch and drive the two old oxen that pull the wagon. And she’s terrified of large animals. She has no survival skills, and they have just started out on the long trip West. Ugh.

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Review: Defying Her Billionaire Protector by Angela Bissell

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Another stalker story! There was never a confrontation with the stalker, and the suspense elements were almost non-existent, so I never felt that uncomfortable surge of anxiety that the heroine would be in deadly danger, so all was good. The stalker sub-plot was used as a convenient excuse to whisk Marietta away to Nico’s secluded island. While a touch too convenient, I could roll with it. Who doesn’t want to spend a week on a beautiful island with a devastatingly attractive man?

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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist #3 by Hiromu Arakawa


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Edward, Al, and Armstrong are on their way to the boys’ hometown so Ed’s auto-mail can be repaired after his arm was destroyed in the fight with Scar. I enjoyed this lull in the tense drama of the series. Their hometown is isolated and idyllic. Pinako and Winry helped them after they dabbled into forbidden alchemy, and it’s obvious that there is a great deal of affection between all of them. These chapters are also a great opportunity to catch your breath, because the rest of the volume is one shocking revelation after another, followed by lengthy fight sequences.

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Mini-Review: His at Night by Sherry Thomas

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Review by Poo Penny

This was different than the other Sherry Thomas books I have read. This didn’t have a ton of moments that grabbed at your heart strings, it didn’t rip them away, and it didn’t leave you feeling devastated at the end. First, it was more about the journey, and the romance felt secondary to me. Especially the sex. I really liked it. Second, the two main characters, Elissande and Vere, are both pretending to be people they aren’t, until they are married. Then Elissande decides she must stop, and eventually she sees through Vere’s character.

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