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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Review: Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare

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This was an absolute delight.  Dare’s writing is so effortlessly amusing that it’s difficult to break away from her books once I’ve started them.  I saved this for the weekend, and happily breezed right though it.  The characters, main and supporting, are all well drawn, with hidden depths that are slowly teased into view.  It was fun meeting up with old favorites, and Charlotte’s mother is a new gem.

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Review: Waiting for an Earl Like You by Alexandra Hawkins

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Review by Poo Penny


This was a pretty enjoyable and quick read. I do not typically enjoy the whole twins thing, because I would assume that there are certain mannerisms that each twin possess that other people would pick up on. This is about Thorn, the Earl of Netherwood, and Miss Lydall, Olivia. Thorn’s twin, Gideon, and Olivia have always been close friends, and Thorn has always been a little jealous of that, and since he is the heir, he has had to act with more modesty.

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Review: The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie

 

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Review by Poo Penny

Wow, this was delightful. The first chapter or two were a little rough to get through, gosh the grandfather is an evil bastard. But when Prudence gets herself in a funny little situation, Gideon is all too happy to let her talk herself into circles. The scene with him, Edward, Prudence(obviously), and Great Uncle Oswald at the beginning is hilarious! I read it at least 3 times because it made me giggle like a dork.

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Review: If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell

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Review by Poo Penny

This book started out pretty good, with some cheeky letters between the Duke of Osborne, or Dalton as he likes to be called, and Lady Dorothea, also known as Thea. I was enjoying their story right along until… I am not even sure when I started to get annoyed with them! All I know is I was thinking, yeah right, a lot. Thea insists she is not trying to saddle him with marriage to her by getting them caught in a compromising position, but all she does is provoke him into compromising positions. And for the love of god, can we stop with the men who prove that they are men by kissing the girls. Yes yes we get it, you kiss so well.

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