Manga Review: A Wife in Time by Mami Ishikawa and Cathie Linz

 

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I think I’ve read this previously, but since I never wrote a review, and I can’t find it on my shelves at Goodreads, I read it again.  I liked it much better this time around.  The only irritating / grating plot point was Kane’s initial treatment of Susannah.  He believes that she seduced his younger brother, because, you know, his brother said so.  It doesn’t matter how many times Susannah denies it, or how much time Kane spends in her company, he refuses to reverse his stance on this point.  It just frustrated me that he never had the faith in her to believe her about what happened with his brother.

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Manga Review: The Maid and the Millionaire by Naoko Kubota and Myrna Mackenzie

 

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Anna has been taking care of Donovan Bennett’s house in Lake Geneva, but when she hears the renowned doctor will be arriving soon, she panics.  Donovan’s young son was killed in a tragic accident just six months before.  Since the accident, Donovan’s life has fallen apart.  He’s resigned from his job and allowed his marriage to fall apart.  When he arrives at the house he’s never visited with his family, he lets Anna know that she can keep her job for two more weeks, and then he wants her gone.  He just wants to be alone and he doesn’t need house staff taking care of him or his house.

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Manga Review: FukuFuku Kitten Tales V1 by Konami Kanata

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FukuFuku Kitten Tales is typical of Konami Kanata – Cute!  FukuFuku has her owner wrapped around her little claws in this collection of short slice of life comics  about the kitten and her elderly owner.  From her first day in her new home to her first introduction of the joyous warmth of the kotatsu, FukuFuku quietly and endearingly takes ownership of her new person. 

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Manga Review: In His Lordship’s Bed by Yamada and Michaels

 

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Eleanor is forced to wed Lord Buckland after a mishap at an inn.  The silly girl accidently mistakes his room for hers, and falls asleep in his bed.  After they are discovered in the bedroom together, Nicholas must marry Eleanor to protect her reputation.  Eleanor has long admired him from afar, but the thought of being married to a man who doesn’t love her puts a damper on the happy occasion.  When Nicholas shares his expectation that his new wife will give him an heir, Eleanor is less than enthused at the prospect.  Can they overcome their strained beginning and make their marriage a happy one?  Not if Eleanor doesn’t stop slapping her new husband!

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Manga Review: Sheikh’s Betrayal by Yuri Takagi and Alexandra Sellers

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This was a big NOPE!  At least the cultural differences between Desi and Salah were addressed, in a simplified manner, which is rare in a sheikh romance.   When Desi was 16 and Salah was 19, they met and fell in love.  Salah was in Canada for his studies, and Desi was immediately drawn to the handsome, mature man.  This was the first NOPE for me – the fact that Salah and Desi had an affair when she was under age creeped me out, considering his views on sexuality.  When her modeling career suddenly takes off, Salah rejects her love, comparing her to a prostitute.  In his country, good girls don’t take off their clothes and pose in a bikini for a magazine spread.  He comes off as pompous, judgmental, and authoritarian, and Desi, bless her 16 year old heart, rejects his love, realizing that a lifetime with Salah in his native Barakat might not be the wisest life choice for her.

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Manga Review: Secret Nights at Nine Oaks by Kyoko Sagara and Amy J Fetzer

 

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I really enjoyed this one!  Phoebe, the victim of a celebrity stalker, has taken refuge from the press at her best friend’s home, Nine Oaks.  Her sister’s older brother, Cain, has been a recluse at the plantation since his wife’s tragic death years earlier.   When Phoebe was 17, Cain stole her first kiss – and also broke her heart.  Still not over him, she’s determined to make him rejoin the living and stop mourning for his late wife. 

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Manga Review: Desert Prince, Bride of Innocence by Miyamoto and Graham

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Review:

This had pretty art and an angsty story. Jasim assumes that Eleanor is trying to seduce his older brother, the crown prince, in a bid to better herself. Eleanor is just a young woman visiting the man her mother loved and lost. When the King forbid the crown prince from marrying her mother, her mother married a professor instead. Doomed to a loveless marriage, her mother and father were unhappy and their discontent was reflected in their emotionless home. All Eleanor wants now is a husband and a family she can love.

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Mini Manga Review: The Sheikh’s Chosen Queen by Tsukasa Shimeno and Jane Porter

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Review:

Pretty art gives life to a predicable tale of second chance at love.

Jesslyn fell in love with Sharif years before, but a misunderstanding drove them apart. Now, in return for a favor, he asks her to tutor his three young daughters. At first frustrated by the girls’ lack of emotions, Jesslyn works tirelessly to win their trust and restore their joy for life. When she begins to suspect that Sharif’s mother might be the cause of the girls behavior, she has to convince Sharif that she has only their best interests at heart. His villainous mother once again attempts to sabotage their relationship and nearly succeeds! How can you dislike the evil mother-in-law to be? The story works well in comic format, and there’s enough conflict between all of the characters to keep the pages turning.

Grade: B / B-

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Jesslyn just wants to enjoy her summer vacation in peace. But in order to protect one of her students, she needs her ex-lover’s help. Sharif, the sheikh of a desert kingdom, will protect the lad if she tutors his little girls over the summer. But Jesslyn still hurts from the loss of Sharif. Months after they broke up, Sharif married another woman and had three children—she doesn’t want to be hurt again. There’s a familiar, yet dangerous gleam in his eyes…but what choice does she have?