Manga Review: In His Lordship’s Bed by Yamada and Michaels

 

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Eleanor is forced to wed Lord Buckland after a mishap at an inn.  The silly girl accidently mistakes his room for hers, and falls asleep in his bed.  After they are discovered in the bedroom together, Nicholas must marry Eleanor to protect her reputation.  Eleanor has long admired him from afar, but the thought of being married to a man who doesn’t love her puts a damper on the happy occasion.  When Nicholas shares his expectation that his new wife will give him an heir, Eleanor is less than enthused at the prospect.  Can they overcome their strained beginning and make their marriage a happy one?  Not if Eleanor doesn’t stop slapping her new husband!

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Manga Review: Sheikh’s Betrayal by Yuri Takagi and Alexandra Sellers

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This was a big NOPE!  At least the cultural differences between Desi and Salah were addressed, in a simplified manner, which is rare in a sheikh romance.   When Desi was 16 and Salah was 19, they met and fell in love.  Salah was in Canada for his studies, and Desi was immediately drawn to the handsome, mature man.  This was the first NOPE for me – the fact that Salah and Desi had an affair when she was under age creeped me out, considering his views on sexuality.  When her modeling career suddenly takes off, Salah rejects her love, comparing her to a prostitute.  In his country, good girls don’t take off their clothes and pose in a bikini for a magazine spread.  He comes off as pompous, judgmental, and authoritarian, and Desi, bless her 16 year old heart, rejects his love, realizing that a lifetime with Salah in his native Barakat might not be the wisest life choice for her.

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Manga Review: Secret Nights at Nine Oaks by Kyoko Sagara and Amy J Fetzer

 

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I really enjoyed this one!  Phoebe, the victim of a celebrity stalker, has taken refuge from the press at her best friend’s home, Nine Oaks.  Her sister’s older brother, Cain, has been a recluse at the plantation since his wife’s tragic death years earlier.   When Phoebe was 17, Cain stole her first kiss – and also broke her heart.  Still not over him, she’s determined to make him rejoin the living and stop mourning for his late wife. 

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Review: White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan

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Zoe’s mother rescues Great Pyrenees, massive, white dogs with fur that coats everything.  Her father is a veterinarian, and he occasionally rescues animals in need as well.  With her parents setting an example of compassion and love, Zoe realizes that her new neighbor, Phillip, needs rescuing, too.  Phillip hasn’t spoken since his parents started having troubles, and now he’s living with his aunt and uncle, hopeful that his parents can work out their differences.  His aunt is overwhelmed, not sure how to care for him or show him the support he needs.  His uncle is never home, busy with his career.  When Phillip sees Kodi, Zoe’s family dog, he is instantly drawn to the large, gentle animal.  Watching their interaction, Zoe is determined to use the animals to help Phillip come out of his shell.

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#Zombies Review: Crossbones by John L Campbell

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Review:

I have enjoyed previous installments of the Omega Days series, so I felt a little let down by Crossbones.  Xavier and his ever dwindling band of survivors have made a somewhat comfortable home on the U.S.S. Nimitz , a grounded Navy vessel.  Things are finally looking up, until Evan and a crewman go missing on a helicopter run.  While Xavier is frantically trying to determine their fate, three of the children on board start playing in a forbidden area of the ship.  When one of Calvin’s sons leads a zombie away from the other children, he becomes trapped in an uncleared area of the ship.  To add to Xavier’s headaches, a group of survivors requests sanctuary onboard, and the kind hearted priest feels he has no choice but to let them aboard.  He doesn’t know that they have only their own best interests at heart, and that they are going to instigate a slaughter of his friends.

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Manga Review: Desert Prince, Bride of Innocence by Miyamoto and Graham

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Review:

This had pretty art and an angsty story. Jasim assumes that Eleanor is trying to seduce his older brother, the crown prince, in a bid to better herself. Eleanor is just a young woman visiting the man her mother loved and lost. When the King forbid the crown prince from marrying her mother, her mother married a professor instead. Doomed to a loveless marriage, her mother and father were unhappy and their discontent was reflected in their emotionless home. All Eleanor wants now is a husband and a family she can love.

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Mini Manga Review: The Sheikh’s Chosen Queen by Tsukasa Shimeno and Jane Porter

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Review:

Pretty art gives life to a predicable tale of second chance at love.

Jesslyn fell in love with Sharif years before, but a misunderstanding drove them apart. Now, in return for a favor, he asks her to tutor his three young daughters. At first frustrated by the girls’ lack of emotions, Jesslyn works tirelessly to win their trust and restore their joy for life. When she begins to suspect that Sharif’s mother might be the cause of the girls behavior, she has to convince Sharif that she has only their best interests at heart. His villainous mother once again attempts to sabotage their relationship and nearly succeeds! How can you dislike the evil mother-in-law to be? The story works well in comic format, and there’s enough conflict between all of the characters to keep the pages turning.

Grade: B / B-

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Jesslyn just wants to enjoy her summer vacation in peace. But in order to protect one of her students, she needs her ex-lover’s help. Sharif, the sheikh of a desert kingdom, will protect the lad if she tutors his little girls over the summer. But Jesslyn still hurts from the loss of Sharif. Months after they broke up, Sharif married another woman and had three children—she doesn’t want to be hurt again. There’s a familiar, yet dangerous gleam in his eyes…but what choice does she have?

Review: I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne

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Review:

While I enjoyed this novel overall, a few things didn’t work for me. Every time Madison stuck her nose into Jackson and Mollie’s business, I wanted to wring her neck. Every time Mollie felt guilty or sorry for Madison, I wanted to wring her neck. Madison had zero depth, and it made her irritating. The fact that anyone cared about how she felt was astonishing, considering she’s the one who divorced Jackson at a time when he needed her support the most. Ugh!

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