Review: The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim

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Review by Poo Penny

Jing is first sold at 11 years old, at the insistence of her Aunt Mei, who I came to despise. She is sold as a bride-to-be to the Guo family for their 3 year old son, and it turns out he is quite nice to her, but everyone else in that family is horrible to her. One night during a ghost festival she learns that she can see and speak to jing, which are spirits that can be in animal or bug form, or… apparently any form in this book, later there is a tree form. I guess it is more accurate to say they reveal themselves to her, since her sister in law apparently heard one of the jing and freaked out. She endures most of her time there stoically, but when her sister in law accuses her of stealing, she is basically tortured. It was horrible, ugh!

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Review: Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen

 

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Review by Poo Penny

This was delightful! Angelique is a strong female lead, who is intelligent, and the backbone of her family. Her brother is an idiot. Boy, if I were her, I would have slapped the shit out of him in the scene after she wakes up from bringing him home in his drunken stupor. The hero, Alex, is not overly domineering, which is a relief. He doesn’t act like just because he is interested in Angelique he gets to dictate much of anything, but he does try to be overly helpful in a lot of situations.

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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: 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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Review: One for the Rogue by Charis Michaels

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Review by Poo Penny

I didn’t think there was anything that set this romance apart from the other bajillion romances I have been reading lately. In fact, this one annoyed me with the emphasis that Beau had put on Emma’s V-card, and I don’t mean lady parts. I know, it is a typical trope for the women to be “virtuous” while the men “sow their wild oats”, but it does get annoying. I really do hate the double standard.

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Review: When You Wish by Alexandra Ivy

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Review by Poo Penny

This is a complication of the three stories in the Cresswell Sisters series.  Each of the Cresswell’s respond differently to being the daughter of the renowned jewel thief, the Devilish Dandy, and while I found each of their stories cute and unique is parts, ultimately I felt like the leading men in all 3 stories were basically the same.

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