Mini DNF Reviews– A Handful of Harlequins

 

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DNF @ 30%

I was just not feeling this one. There was zero chemistry between the protagonists, and Mason was a complete douche. After his rage at EveMarie’s betrayal was allowed to fester for 15 years, he has returned to victoriously snap up her family’s horse estate, which is in foreclosure. After the death of his horse trainer father, he and his brother magically because millionaires, thanks to his wealthy society mother, who died when he was a child. Now that he’s back, not having earned his fortune, he can’t wait to rub his wealth and power in EvaMarie’s face. The tables have turned! He’s the rich one now. Ugh. I hated Mason and couldn’t put this down fast enough. NEXT!

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Review: Her Small-Town Cowboy by Mia Ross

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This book caught my eye because the hero runs a horse farm. How could I say no to that? The Love Inspired line doesn’t always work for me, and this was a case were the results were definitely mixed. I enjoy them more when they are less preachy, and more about finding inner strength and acceptance.
Mike runs his family’s struggling farm. He’s been having a hard time since the unexpected death of his father, a renowned thoroughbred trainer. He’s also carrying a huge chip on his shoulder after his wife abandoned him and his infant daughter. He’s done his best to raise her and his world revolves around her, as well as the rest of his family.

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Review: The Desert King’s Secret Heir by Annie West

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This book irritated me at first. Arden is a single mother, skimping to provide the best for her 3 year-old son. Her world is turned on end when she is reunited with Idris, her holiday lover and Dawud’s father. Only now she learns his true identity is Idris, Sheikh of Zahrat. Discovering that he lied to her, and then abandoned her, breaks her heart all over again.

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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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