Review: A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

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Review by Poo Penny

Maybe it is unfair that I started this book when I started a new job, and had just begun driving my 17 hour trek from Florida to Texas, but it took me nearly a month to make it through this one. I adore Tessa Dare’s writing style. She is witty, her characters have personalities, flaws, and are relate-able. Oh, and her sex scenes are spot on. This book however… I was left wanting so much more. Bram was ok, Susanna was ok. They were just ok.

And I didn’t care for the cove scene, because that sounded so uncomfortable. I liked Dinner the most! The silly little lamb, and he wasn’t even mentioned at the end! Or maybe he was, and thats how done I was with this book when I finally reached the last few pages.

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Review: Lord Sebastian’s Secret by Jane Ashford

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Review by Poo Penny

There wasn’t anything in this book that was asking me to keep reading. The chemistry between Sebastian and Georgina was tolerable, but they are already betrothed, and they already like each other. The only conflict is that Sebastian first began to court her for her money, and then later decided that she was more than that, and has never told her the truth. There is no good back and forth between the two of them, so I was pretty bored. I liked Georgina’s little sisters, they at least had some kind of personality.

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Mini Review: To Wed A Scandalous Spy by Celeste Bradley

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Review by Poo Penny

I am torn about this book, on one hand I enjoyed the premise. An Earl undercover compromises his reputation for his country, and becomes known as Lord Treason, while searching for the real person committing treason. He finds himself one morning with a young woman whom he inadvertently compromised, so he proposes. Seems reasonable enough. Willa says yes, but all of a sudden she hates him. What? She said yes! I didn’t get the flip flop of her opinion.

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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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