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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Mini-Reviews: The Billionaire’s Legacy 3 – 4

 

 

Here are some more reviews from Harlequin’s The Billionaire’s Legacy series.

Book – To Blackmail a Di Sione by Rachel Thomas

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While I usually enjoy fake fiancée books, I didn’t care for this one. I just didn’t like Liev, and I didn’t buy his backstory. Instead of making him sympathetic, I thought it made him seem weak. And going to jail for 5 years for stealing a stale loaf of bread and potatoes? Even if it was in Russia, that seemed an unbelievably harsh sentence for a 13 year old. You’d think that at least he would have been given 3 squares a day, but that was never mentioned – only that he burned for revenge as he labored hard in prison. His rage was also misdirected, because Bianca’s brother wasn’t the person who had “destroyed” his parents. I guess I did like that the grandfather was hardly in this installment of the series, pressuring his grandkids and making them do really stupid things to get back the jewels he sold off when he was younger. Though they all seem more than ready to do reckless and unwise things to get the “lost mistresses” back all on their own.

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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: A Di Sione for Greek’s Pleasure by Kate Hewitt

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I thought this was going to be a winner until about halfway through, when the heroine and hero actually started spending time together. As they revealed their tragic pasts to each other, I found that I just didn’t care about either one of them. Angelos was especially hard to sympathize with; he’s a grumpy, stern, unapproachable man who has basically ignored his young grieving daughter for 7 years, choosing to write letters to her instead of speaking to her because he’s not worthy of her love. Instead, he hides away from her, leaving her on his private island paradise while he works around the globe, keeping busy so he doesn’t have time to think about her, his deceased wife, or the fire destroyed his life. I just wasn’t feeling it.

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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

 

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I am rereading these; I don’t think I ever finished reading the series. Grabbed the first 9 volumes at the library (it was easier than digging through boxes to find my copies!). I love the concept of equivalent exchange and that magic has a cost. In order to get something through magic, you must be able to sacrifice something equally as valuable. When Ed and Al try to bring their mother back from the dead, their sacrifice isn’t nearly enough to revive her. Al loses his body, and Edward loses a leg. In order to get his brother back, Edward must sacrifice his arm; all he gets in return is Al’s soul, which he bonds to an empty suit of armor.

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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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Mini-Reviews: The Billionaire’s Legacy 1 – 2

 

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I wanted to read this Harlequin series because several of my favorite authors contributed a volume.  Here are my thoughts on the first tow volumes of The Billionaire’s Legacy.

Book 1 – Di Sione’s Innocent Conquest by Carol Marinelli

I feel that this author’s writing style is very dry and that keeps the protagonists at arms length. I never really got to know their inner thoughts and feelings, and instead of feeling the characters’ emotions, I was told what they are. I didn’t care for that. I also thought Matteo was a selfish, spoiled rich kid who was using his parents’ failures as an excuse for his bad behavior. I did enjoy the racing bits, and wish there had been more of that.

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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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