Review: Devil’s Mark by Megan Crane

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Review by Poo Penny

Well, actually the story progressed quite nicely surrounding the MC in this book, and I enjoyed the back and forth between Uptown and Holly, I had planned on rating this book 3.5 stars, and rounding up, however, there was something that really pissed me off. In the scene where they have sex, good ole virginal Holly says the MOST ridiculous thing for someone to say in a contemporary setting.  Something along the lines of “you don’t have to wear the condom with me, I want to feel you.” And well, MAYBE, after dating for a while and sleeping together together for a while, in the heat of the moment, it’s something you forget, but not your first time. You barely know the guy, but you KNOW he has sex regularly, you want to find out about STD’s the hard way? Or get pregnant? Whatever, this really hits a nerve with me though. How stupid can you be. At least he left it on.

I am enjoying the DKMC drama, turns out Digger is up to something. I am curious to find out what since the club found out he was working with Sugar, supposedly a nemesis of theirs. and what will happen when Whale stops showing up to stuff?

Grade: 2.5 stars

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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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Review: Ultimate Courage by Piper J Drake

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I was really enjoying this until the end, when Alex ditches Elisa in her moment of need. He knows that a crazy stalker is after her, and he abandons her without a concern for her well-being, after losing his sh$t when he hears a rumor about her. I thought that there was more trust and substance to their relationship by that time, that he knew and understood all of the awful things she was forced to do until she could make a break for freedom after escaping from her cruel, controlling fiancé. But, nope, he didn’t even give her the benefit of that doubt.

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Review: A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans

 

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Review by Poo Penny

Alright, to be honest the only reason I am still reading this series is because I really want to know who wants to destroy the Libertine Scholars! I liked the romance between Portia and Grayson, but I felt like a lot of the dialogue was… trite. For instance, when he was of course taking her v-card, he “felt humbled.” Seriously? I could have done without that line. And he said to Portia after something about feeling “honored and humbled that he would be the first and only man to know her in such a way.” UGH!!!

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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-Review: Ready Set Rogue by Manda Collins

 

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Review by Poo Penny

Ugh! This book. It was at least 100 pages way too long, and Kerr wasn’t even a rogue! When I see a title like this one, I expect the main guy to be a rogue! Not the exact opposite. And, let’s just leave aside the lack of chemistry between Kerr and Ivy, but they did the deed in the rain, in a cottage, that was abandoned no less, on a walk back from the village, after knowing each other for only a day and a half? PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFT. I was so disappointed with the murder-mystery aspect of this book too. As soon as it was discovered there was a child, it was like the author wanted to leave the largest, driest breadcrumb for you to find straight back to who that could possibly have grown up to be.

That made sense right? I tried. I love historical romances, I read them almost daily, and this one I am hoping to forget very soon. Sorry, it didn’t work for me.

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Dueling Reviews: A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

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Poo Penny and I both read A Rogue by Any Other Name recently.  We both enjoy Sarah MacLean’s novels, but this one worked better for Poo than it did for me.  Here are both of our thoughts on the first book in The First Rule of Scoundrels series.

Poo Penny’s Thoughts:

I really liked this one! I have said it before, I LOVE when the couple starts out as childhood friends, and something happens to drive a wedge between them, and as adults they feel like they are no longer friends. They have become enemies. Well, in this one, the hero, Michael, loses his lands in a card game when he is young, and becomes impoverished. He then disappears from society. Penelope, continuing to think of him as her friend, she writes him letters that she eventually stops sending because he never replies.

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