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

 
Two Fabulous Prizes…Enter Below!

 
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

 

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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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Review: The Big Break by Cara Lockwood

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Both Jun and Kai are flawed, flawed characters.  Jun is trying to raise her son on her own, after being rejected by her tiger mother, who died shortly after.  They never reconciled, leaving Jun wounded and defensive.  Her mother was perfect and wise, and Jun obviously screwed up by listening to a smooth talker when she was 19 and ending up pregnant and abandoned by both the father AND her mother.

 

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Secret Baby Scandal by Joanne Rock

 
Two Fabulous Prizes…Enter Below!

 
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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Manga Review: Heartthrob for Hire by Sara Nakayama

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I could not resist the title.  Heartthrob for Hire. Doesn’t that make you want to drive right into the story?  The blurb didn’t hurt either.  Kate’s family and friends think she’s gay because she hasn’t had a boyfriend, and after meeting Roy, Kate jumps to the erroneous conclusion that he’s a gigolo, because how else could a retired football player afford his luxurious digs?  It’s obvious that he’s selling his sexy body for big, big bucks so he could purchase an entire apartment building.  Kate is sadly out of touch with reality, and it took meeting Roy for her to reconnect with her family and with her life.

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