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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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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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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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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Mini-Reviews: The Billionaire’s Legacy 1 – 2

 

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I wanted to read this Harlequin series because several of my favorite authors contributed a volume.  Here are my thoughts on the first tow volumes of The Billionaire’s Legacy.

Book 1 – Di Sione’s Innocent Conquest by Carol Marinelli

I feel that this author’s writing style is very dry and that keeps the protagonists at arms length. I never really got to know their inner thoughts and feelings, and instead of feeling the characters’ emotions, I was told what they are. I didn’t care for that. I also thought Matteo was a selfish, spoiled rich kid who was using his parents’ failures as an excuse for his bad behavior. I did enjoy the racing bits, and wish there had been more of that.

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Review: Rodeo Father by Mary Sullivan

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I had a few problems with Rodeo Father, but most of them stemmed from the supporting cast.  Rachel, pregnant and struggling to provide for her family, was recently widowed.  Her husband, a reckless man with little skill keeping a roof over his growing family, died in a motorcycle accident.  With few options open to her, Rachel was forced to move in with her mother, a woman with hardly a nurturing bone in her body.  When a stranger purchases the house that Rachel has been saving every penny for the down payment, it doesn’t seem that life can get any more unfair.  Travis, a man who has no intentions of setting down roots anywhere, purchased the house for his sister and her young sons.

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