Manga Review: The Dangerous Mr Ryder Part 1 & 2 by Masako Ogimaru

 

May Contain Spoilers

I latched onto The Dangerous Mr Ryder when I saw the cover for the second volume.  It’s really cute and it hinted at crossdressing.  Something I love, but most especially enjoy in a historical.  This was a fun, exciting read.  I loved the character designs, and thought Jack’s hair was particularly engaging.

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Review: The Bull Rider Meets His Match by Jeannie Watt

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I didn’t enjoy The Bull Rider Meets His Match as much as other Watt’s books. The twins were the best part of the story, as tough guy Grady stepped in to help his sister after a series of unfortunate events sets her back. Grady moves back home to the property he owns with Annie, and realizes that she’s been busting her tail to make ends meet while he’s been traveling the country riding bulls. He is resolved to spend his down time back in his home town, closer to his family.

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Reunited with the Rebel Bride by Catherine Mann

 
Enter to Win a Print Set of Bayou Billionaires (Bks 1&2)
HIS PREGNANT PRINCESS BRIDE &
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REUNITED WITH THE REBEL BILLIONAIRE
Bayou Billionaires #3
Catherine Mann
Releasing on April 1st, 2016 (Digital)
and April 5th, 2016 (Print)
Harlequin Desire


Is it a real reunion, or one for the cameras? It’s a second-chance romance from USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine Mann!
 
Football star Henri Reynaud won’t let his career go down without a fight. If the only way to win is to reconcile with his estranged wife, he’ll do what it takes. But spending time with Fiona Harper-Reynaud isn’t just some ruse. The sultry beauty belongs in his bed.
 

Fiona doesn’t know where her sexy husband’s public act ends and his real feelings begin. Can she afford to fall a second time for the man every female wants? One thing is undeniable—their attraction has never flared hotter!
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Manga Review: A Husband to Belong To by Marito Ai

May Contain Spoilers

I decided to read A Husband to Belong To because of that shirt.  The hero is wearing a purple shirt, with a blue bandanna, and the couple is standing in front of a stained glass window.  I couldn’t resist the shirt or the window.  And he has blue hair.  I don’t know if I have revealed this deep dark secret about myself yet.  I rarely read the descriptions for series romance (comic or prose) before I read them, and usually pick my new category read by the title, author, or cover.  That turned out to be okay with this one because the hero is a cowboy.  Once that fact was revealed, his clothing made a little more sense.

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Manga Review: An Old-Fashioned Girl by Akemi Maki

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This is old school Harlequin Romance at its best.  Patience and her aunts are having some hard times.  After their investments go bad, her elderly aunts are forced to rent out the family mansion.  Patience is worried about the future; how is she going to financially care for her aunts after the rental period is over?  She decides to look for a job, and fortune smiles upon her, she is offered a position working for the doctor who rented the family mansion.  Julius is working on a book, and the housekeeper impresses upon Patience the importance of silence.  Patience is not one of Patience’s better virtues, as the busy doctor is about to discover.

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Micro Review: This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak

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I read This Heart of Mine a few weeks ago, and I definitely have mixed feelings about it.  Despite Phoenix’s upbeat outlook on life, I found this read depressing. The poor woman spent half of her life in prison because nobody gave two craps about her. The entire town judged her negatively because of her mother’s mental illness. Even after serving her time, she was harassed and bullied. Phoenix lost everything due to a teenage prank gone bad, and I thought it was unfair that she had to pay all of the consequences. I’m still not convinced that anybody, other than her son and Riley, has her back or truly believes she deserves a second chance.  She didn’t have a single positive adult role-model when she was growing up, so it is no wonder she struggled to find herself and a place to fit in.  She still has so many issues to work out, I’m not confident that Phoenix’s HEA is, indeed, forever.  And don’t get me going about Riley; he didn’t prove to be the staunchest of her supporters in the past, so how am I to believe he will be in the future?

Grade: C+

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Manga Review: Crowns and a Cradle by Mayu Takayama and Valerie Parv

May Contain Spoilers

When Sarah wins a vacation to Carramer, she’s excited to enjoy an all expenses paid trip with her infant son.  She could never afford this on her own, and she’s looking forward to unwinding on the island’s beaches.  When she’s singled out by the Prince and discovers that she’s really a princess, she’s shocked.  She knew that she was adopted, and her questions about her birth parents were ignored.  After she meets her grandfather, the Grand Duke, she’s infuriated.  He only wants Christophe, her son, and now the Grand Duke’s only heir. 

The biggest disappointment with Crowns and a Cradle was the lack of depth given to the setting. I have no real sense of what the culture or structure of Carramer is like, and it was frustrating that the background on the island was so flimsy.  How did Josh’s family come to rule Carramer?  Why can only male offspring inherit the title?  Why couldn’t the Grand Duke adopt Josh and pass the title to him??

The events also seemed so dated. Sarah’s teenaged mother was forced to give up her baby because she came from a “good family.” Sarah broke off contact with her family after she got pregnant and was dumped by her boyfriend. The people around her were hostile and didn’t support her decision to keep her baby and raise him by herself. Josh confiscated her passport and the Grand Duke, wouldn’t even consider her wishes for how her infant son was raised. It just seemed more like attitudes from the 60s than from 2002 when this story was originally published and it infuriated me.

Grade: C-

Review copy read on Scribd

About the book:

Sarina wins a radio station prize draw to go on a vacation to the island principality of Carramer on the south Pacific Ocean. As she arrives with her heart full of anticipation, she is greeted by none other than Prince Josquin of Carramer! “What could the royal family possibly want with me?” Sarina’s anxious question is met with a shocking answer from the Prince: “You’re the princess of this land. And we need you.”