Manga Review: A Wife of Convenience by Yoshiko Hanatsu & Kim Lawrence

May Contain Spoilers

Despite some initial confusion with the story, as well as a few questions about word choices used in the translation, A Wife of Convenience was a pretty entertaining read.  At first I hated the cover, but Rosie’s slightly overwhelmed expression perfectly reflects her state of mind during the first part of the story.  This has a couple tropes I enjoy despite myself.  There’s twin sisters swapping places, the hero’s family is filled to the brim with selfish losers who try to meddle in their lives, and a marriage of convenience to keep the family business out of the hands of said selfish losers.

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Review: One Rodeo Season by Sarah M Anderson

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I am a big fan of Anderson’s writing, so I try to read her books as soon as they are released.  I loved Ian, but Lacy – I didn’t have such warm feelings for.  She loudly, and repeatedly, insists she doesn’t need anyone’s help, despite the fact that she so obviously does.  She grated constantly on my nerves.  Ian, on the other hand, made mistakes when he was younger, and strove constantly to be a better person.  This is somewhat of a challenge, because of his hot temper, but he tries oh, so hard, for the entire book.

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Manga Review: Abby and the Playboy Prince by Riho Sachimi & Raye Morgan

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I decided to read Abby and the Playboy Prince because of the title.  What girl can resist a prince? Especially a fun loving, playboy of a prince.  I found this to be a mixed bag.  It features a trope I love – reunited childhood friends – but there wasn’t much spark between the protagonists.  I don’t even think Mychale kissed Abby until their wedding scene at the very end of the book.  What kind of playboy is that?

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Manga Review: Wife by Contract, Mistress by Demand by Marito Ai & Carole Mortimer @emangadotcom

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I’m glad that I didn’t read the synopsis prior to reading Wife by Contract, Mistress by Demand (and wow, that is a mouthful, like too many Harlequin titles!), because it doesn’t make any sense. What’s a money-grubbing mare??  Anyway, like most Presents, the hero is an alphahole, but the story, thanks in part to the art, wasn’t bad.  I prefer my heroes to not be such enormous jerks, but, hey, I guess the conflict has to come from someplace.

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Review: Elijah and the Widow by Rebecca Kertz @LoveInspiredBks

 

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I decided to borrow Elijah and the Widow from my local library because the cover is cute. I was also curious to see how the romance would play out in an Amish community.  I was a bit afraid that there would be too much religion worked into the narrative, but that wasn’t the case at all.  What there was was seamlessly woven into Martha and Elijah’s daily lives, without being the slightest bit preachy.  Some of the Love Inspired titles haven’t worked for me because they were too preachy for me, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this story.

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Secret Baby Scandal by @JoanneRock6 @TastyBookTours

 
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SECRET BABY SCANDAL
Bayou Billionaires #4
Joanne Rock
Releasing May 1st (Digital)
Releasing May 10th (Print)
Harlequin Desire

 
His proposition: pretend they’re a couple to end a scandal. But she has secrets of her own…
Tatiana Doucet has dealt with sexy, arrogant athletes most of her life. But Jean-Pierre Reynaud is a whole different animal—in bed and on the field. Unbeknownst to him, their one amazing night produced a son. Now her family’s biggest football rival is back, offering a seductive wager she can’t refuse.
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Review: Falling for the Rancher by Tanya Michaels @HarlequinBooks

 

May Contain Spoilers

I don’t know what the problem is, but I have been having one heck of a hard time becoming engaged in any book I pick up.  At times like this, I always reach for a Harlequin.  They are like palette cleansers for me, and help to recharge my reading mojo.  I did enjoy Falling for the Rancher, but at times I was bored and felt that the plot didn’t move swiftly enough to hold my attention.  Jarrett also burned too hot and then cold for my tastes, due to his guilt about his sister’s accident. 

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Review: A Surprise for the Sheikh by Susan M Anderson

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I have loved several of Sarah M Anderson’s books in the past, so I was eager to get my hands on A Surprise for the Sheikh.  My local library obliged by purchasing a copy, so I checked it out with a great deal of anticipation.  I was disappointed when this book didn’t work for me.  I thought the hero was a big old zero, and his poor behavior definitely required a lot more groveling to make up for all of the grief he caused.

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