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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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist #2 by Hiromu Arakawa

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As Edward and Al continue their quest to get their original bodies back, they encounter danger, and see how far a desperate alchemist will go to keep his license.

This volume broadens the examination of the dark side of alchemy and the theory of equivalent exchange. What is the life of young girl worth, when her father has run out of options in his research? When he does the unthinkable, Edward realizes how close to the edge of darkness he came during his efforts to perform forbidden alchemy. Does it matter that he only wanted to see his mother again? When you look at what he lost, his brother’s body, as well as his arm and leg, for what he got, a lump of flesh that couldn’t even be called human, the price seems steep indeed. The whole system is rigged to so that the truly power hungry are willing to sacrifice the unthinkable to bend the rules. Alchemy can do so much good, but in the hands of the wrong person, it can corrupt absolutely.

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Mini-Reviews: The Billionaire’s Legacy 3 – 4

 

 

Here are some more reviews from Harlequin’s The Billionaire’s Legacy series.

Book – To Blackmail a Di Sione by Rachel Thomas

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While I usually enjoy fake fiancée books, I didn’t care for this one. I just didn’t like Liev, and I didn’t buy his backstory. Instead of making him sympathetic, I thought it made him seem weak. And going to jail for 5 years for stealing a stale loaf of bread and potatoes? Even if it was in Russia, that seemed an unbelievably harsh sentence for a 13 year old. You’d think that at least he would have been given 3 squares a day, but that was never mentioned – only that he burned for revenge as he labored hard in prison. His rage was also misdirected, because Bianca’s brother wasn’t the person who had “destroyed” his parents. I guess I did like that the grandfather was hardly in this installment of the series, pressuring his grandkids and making them do really stupid things to get back the jewels he sold off when he was younger. Though they all seem more than ready to do reckless and unwise things to get the “lost mistresses” back all on their own.

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Review: A Di Sione for Greek’s Pleasure by Kate Hewitt

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I thought this was going to be a winner until about halfway through, when the heroine and hero actually started spending time together. As they revealed their tragic pasts to each other, I found that I just didn’t care about either one of them. Angelos was especially hard to sympathize with; he’s a grumpy, stern, unapproachable man who has basically ignored his young grieving daughter for 7 years, choosing to write letters to her instead of speaking to her because he’s not worthy of her love. Instead, he hides away from her, leaving her on his private island paradise while he works around the globe, keeping busy so he doesn’t have time to think about her, his deceased wife, or the fire destroyed his life. I just wasn’t feeling it.

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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

 

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I am rereading these; I don’t think I ever finished reading the series. Grabbed the first 9 volumes at the library (it was easier than digging through boxes to find my copies!). I love the concept of equivalent exchange and that magic has a cost. In order to get something through magic, you must be able to sacrifice something equally as valuable. When Ed and Al try to bring their mother back from the dead, their sacrifice isn’t nearly enough to revive her. Al loses his body, and Edward loses a leg. In order to get his brother back, Edward must sacrifice his arm; all he gets in return is Al’s soul, which he bonds to an empty suit of armor.

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