Review: His Defiant Desert Queen by Jane Porter

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I read His Defiant Desert Queen because it was included in the Harlequin Presents bundle that I borrowed from the library.  I randomly checked it out because it also included a Caitlin Crews title.  I didn’t read any of the descriptions prior to  gobbling them up, and I definitely had mixed success with this collection.  I had so many reservations about this title, my first by Jane Porter.  Though I ultimately enjoyed it, I had to resist the very strong urge to DNF it at the beginning.

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Review: Blame it on the Rodeo by Amanda Renee

 

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My Harlequin-o-rama continues with Blame it on the Rodeo.  I borrowed this because Lexi is a vet, and there’s a horse on the cover.  I had no expectations going into it, and truthfully, I didn’t even read the entire synopsis.  Sometimes that bites me in the rear, but this time I was pleasantly surprised, and I could not put this book down.  I loved it!

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Review: At the Count’s Bidding by Caitlin Crews

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I am having a love-hate relationship with Crews’ books.  I love the raw emotion of her writing, but gosh darn!  Her heroes can be such douche bags!  Since At the Count’s Bidding features the revenge trope, I was expecting Giancarlo to not be the nicest guy at first, but I had a hard time wrapping my head around how awful he could be.  It was hard for me to accept him as heroic or romantic, and I wondered what Paige saw in him.  I started to think that the only reason she was allowing him to treat her like that was because of all of that guilt she carried.  For what?  For something she did ten years ago, when she was just barely out of her teens.

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Manga Review: Personal Relations by Mayu Takayama and Heather MacAllister

 

 

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I was more than annoyed when I learned that Scribd was drastically cutting back on their romance catalog.  I signed up for an annual subscription shortly after they acquired 15,000 backlist Harlequins.  Harlequins are my crack, so I’ve been dismayed that my favorite authors will no longer be available there, after they took my money and still haven’t emailed their customer base about their actions.  So, I decided to spend most of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday reading manga on the website.  I haven’t been a power user until this weekend.  I was more than content to know that that huge library of Harlequins was there, waiting for me when I had time for them.  Now, I am going to be a power reading, and get my money’s worth from the subscription.  I figure I have about 4 months of minimal reading to make up for. 

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Review and Giveaway: Wicked Embers by Keri Arthur

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I loved Fireborn, so I was eager to dive into Wicked Embers.  While I did enjoy it, the non-ending was a letdown for me.  I prefer at least the illusion of completeness, even if I know that the larger, more complicated plot threats won’t be wrapped up until later in the series.  I didn’t even get my faux ending here; instead, Emberly, Jackson, and Rory manage to survive a no-holds barred battle with some vampires and bam!  It’s the last page.  So the grade did take a knock for that.

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Review: The Heart of a Cowboy by Trish Milburn

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I am a sucker for cowboys and veterinarians, so when I saw that The Heart of a Cowboy had both, I instantly borrowed it from my local library.  While parts of the story had me rolling my eyes, overall, I thought this was a good read.  Lots of soul searching from both protagonists, a dark secret that’s been entrusted to Natalie, and genuinely likable supporting characters had me finishing this off in less than an afternoon.

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Review: The Sheikh’s Princess Bride by Annie West

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I waited a long time on library hold for The Sheikh’s Princess Bride.  After reading The Sultan’s Harem Bride, I was interested to see what happened to Asim’s sister, Samira.  I was ultimately disappointed, though, because the book featured one of my least favorite tropes – the miracle baby.  There wasn’t one hint in the synopsis about it, or I probably wouldn’t have checked it out from the library.  This trope almost never works for me, so it was no surprise that it didn’t work here, either.

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Mini Manga Review: An Uncommon Abigail by Kyoko Sagara and Joanna Maitland

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This is another .99 Harlequin manga that I nabbed from Amazon.  An Uncommon Abigail would have received a higher grade if it had been the complete story, but there are a lot of loose ends that need to be tied up.  I am assuming those will be tied up in The Prodigal Bride.  When I purchased this, I did not realize that it is not complete in one volume, and there is no mention of that fact in the manga itself. I had to use Google-fu and Amazon to track down the next volume.  (The Fortune Hunter is the first volume – it took me even longer to figure that out!  I only managed that because I finally located the original book the manga is adapted from.)

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