Manga Review: A Wife of Convenience by Yoshiko Hanatsu & Kim Lawrence

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Despite some initial confusion with the story, as well as a few questions about word choices used in the translation, A Wife of Convenience was a pretty entertaining read.  At first I hated the cover, but Rosie’s slightly overwhelmed expression perfectly reflects her state of mind during the first part of the story.  This has a couple tropes I enjoy despite myself.  There’s twin sisters swapping places, the hero’s family is filled to the brim with selfish losers who try to meddle in their lives, and a marriage of convenience to keep the family business out of the hands of said selfish losers.

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Review: One Rodeo Season by Sarah M Anderson

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I am a big fan of Anderson’s writing, so I try to read her books as soon as they are released.  I loved Ian, but Lacy – I didn’t have such warm feelings for.  She loudly, and repeatedly, insists she doesn’t need anyone’s help, despite the fact that she so obviously does.  She grated constantly on my nerves.  Ian, on the other hand, made mistakes when he was younger, and strove constantly to be a better person.  This is somewhat of a challenge, because of his hot temper, but he tries oh, so hard, for the entire book.

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Micro Review: Slamdunked by Love by Jamie Wesley @entangledpub

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I decided to read Slamdunked by Love because of the revenge subplot.  I am in no way, shape, or form a basketball fan, so at first I was hesitant.  The game scenes were fast paced and kept to a minimum, so they didn’t bother me, and I even found them somewhat exciting.  For basketball. Just kidding!  But, seriously, if you avoid sports stories because you don’t have an interest in sports, the book focuses on the behind the scenes aspects of the game, keeping the actual gameplay brief. Don’t let that stop you from picking up the book.

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Manga Review: Abby and the Playboy Prince by Riho Sachimi & Raye Morgan

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I decided to read Abby and the Playboy Prince because of the title.  What girl can resist a prince? Especially a fun loving, playboy of a prince.  I found this to be a mixed bag.  It features a trope I love – reunited childhood friends – but there wasn’t much spark between the protagonists.  I don’t even think Mychale kissed Abby until their wedding scene at the very end of the book.  What kind of playboy is that?

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Manga Review: Wife by Contract, Mistress by Demand by Marito Ai & Carole Mortimer @emangadotcom

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I’m glad that I didn’t read the synopsis prior to reading Wife by Contract, Mistress by Demand (and wow, that is a mouthful, like too many Harlequin titles!), because it doesn’t make any sense. What’s a money-grubbing mare??  Anyway, like most Presents, the hero is an alphahole, but the story, thanks in part to the art, wasn’t bad.  I prefer my heroes to not be such enormous jerks, but, hey, I guess the conflict has to come from someplace.

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Review: Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn

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I have a few reservations about this book. The first being the publisher’s decision to break the story into 4 overpriced chunks. This is a short novel, about 275 pages, and it’s far from a complete story. The ending is abrupt and jarring; not really an ending at all. The last page is more like a commercial break, so you can scrape together to 1o bucks to purchase the next installment. Hopefully my local library will acquire a copy of all future books in the series.

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Review: Falling for the Rancher by Tanya Michaels @HarlequinBooks

 

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I don’t know what the problem is, but I have been having one heck of a hard time becoming engaged in any book I pick up.  At times like this, I always reach for a Harlequin.  They are like palette cleansers for me, and help to recharge my reading mojo.  I did enjoy Falling for the Rancher, but at times I was bored and felt that the plot didn’t move swiftly enough to hold my attention.  Jarrett also burned too hot and then cold for my tastes, due to his guilt about his sister’s accident. 

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Review: Sword-Dancer by Jennifer Roberson

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I have wanted to read this book for years, and now that I have, I was disappointed that it’s told from Tiger’s POV, not Del’s.  I wasn’t his biggest fan, and I thought that his thought-processes and speech patterns were too modern for the story. Tiger, a Southern, was raised in a misogynist culture where women have few freedoms.  Del, a Northern, came from a culture that afforded women more freedom, leaving plenty of opportunity for conflict between Tiger and Del. 

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