Review: The Bull Rider Meets His Match by Jeannie Watt

May Contain Spoilers

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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Manga Review: The Millionaire’s Runaway Bride by Miho Washizuka

May Contain Spoilers

I purchased The Millionaire’s Runaway Bride because it was on sale at Amazon.  Sometimes that’s all the motivation I need!  Also, I liked the cover illustration.  The colors are appealing, and I liked the angular lines of the characters’ faces.  So how did I enjoy it?  Read on!

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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

May Contain Spoilers

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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Mini Review: Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz

May Contain Spoilers

Up From the Sea is a moving story of a boy who survived the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011. The account of his fear during the quake and flight from the deadly ocean surge is suspenseful and very scary. I can’t imagine experiencing it myself. His worries about the fate of his family is also very emotional. Kai has lost everything, and his helplessness and hopelessness resonate through the author’s use of free verse. How can he go on, knowing that his mother, grandmother, and grandfather have all died? Everything he loved and took for granted is gone. His family, his friends, his school, even his soccer ball – gone.

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Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

 

May Contain Spoilers

The Mercy Thompson series has become one of my favorites.  I enjoy it so much that I’ve read the entire series in a little over a year, something that I never do.  I usually get bored with an author’s writing style if I read too many of them so close together, but that’s not happening with these books, mainly because I like the primary characters and the world building so much.  I also enjoy Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series, but I am one book behind, mainly because, argh! what am going to do after I get all caught up with her other werewolf pack?  The wait for the next book in either series will be agonizing.

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Manga Review: Idol Dreams V2 by Arina Tanemura

May Contain Spoilers

I admit that I have a love/hate relationship with Arina Tanemura comics.  I love, love, love the art, but the stories don’t often work for me.  Usually, when they are written for a younger audience, I just feel too old to enjoy the trials of a grade school heroine.  Her latest series to be translated into English, Idol Dreams, is intended for an older audience, and it still didn’t work for me.

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