Dueling Reviews and Giveaway: Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

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I have heard good things about Beverly Jenkins’ books, so when the opportunity arose to be part of the blog tour for Breathless, I jumped at the chance.  I thought it would be fun to ask Poo Penny to read and review the book, too, so we could give you two opinions of the title.  Poo was not a fan; this was not her cup of tea. I had a mixed, but overall, positive reading experience.  Check out our reviews and then enter for a chance to win a copy of Breathless for yourself!

Poo Penny’s Review:

All right, I am sorry. I really tried. I wanted to really like this one. But, it had a few things already going against it that I don’t typically like in my romances. First, its a western, and second, its a western. Alright, so I guess that didn’t sink in when my Aunt told me it was a western, all I heard was it was Avon Books, Dare’s publisher, and I was like, Tessa Dare! I love her.

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Review: The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne

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Review by Poo Penny

Well, first let me say I found the history in this book quite interesting. I quite liked that bit.

What I didn’t like was Collin in the beginning. Ugh! He is in a brothel and he sees Ginny serving, and he wants her. He must have her. So he pays for her, no one else can touch her. And she kind of likes the attention, but she’s a virgin. She’s like, no! I don’t do this boss, and the boss is like, you will because I’m an a$$hole. So she and Collin do it, and of course he has the girthiest man parts, and wow that was a weird scene. He takes her virginity, and then she lets him cry. Whatever. Flash forward to a year later, and she has been thinking about him ever since. WHAT? This is where I kept reading only because I liked the background, and I was so mad at Imogen(Ginny) for being obsessed with Collin.

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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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