Review: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

 

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I haven’t read many historical romances lately, so after a seeing a lot of positive buzz for Romancing the Duke, I decided it was time to read Tessa Dare’s latest release.  I have read a couple of her books, and have enjoyed each one.  I found this one utterly charming, just like the feisty protagonist, Izzy.  I raced through, and was sorry when I reached the last page.  I really need to hit up more of Tessa Dare’s backlist.

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Novella Review: The Art of Goodbye by Gwendolyn Heasely

I really enjoyed Where I Belong, so I was eager to catch up with Corrinne and see what she’s been doing since her days in Broken Spoke, Texas.  The Art of Goodbye takes place over the evening before she leaves for college, with brief flashbacks to the spring, when she visited Broken Spoke to attend prom with her new friends.  That evening didn’t go quite as she had planned, so Corrinne has carefully crafted a schedule of events to celebrate her last night in New York City.  She is on a rigid time table, and when these plans don’t go as expected, either, she learns a valuable lesson.  There is no art to saying goodbye, and sometimes, things just happen.  Trying to control every situation to make a perfect memory isn’t possible and it’s better to just go with the flow.

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Novella Review: Driving Mr Wrong Home by Shirley Jump

Driving Mr Wrong Home was not my favorite novella in the Billionaire Matchmaker series, and I’m not sure why.  It has all of the elements I usually find engaging; a second chance at love trope, a road trip across the country, and a feisty little dog that demands pets and attention.  I think the problem I had is with the heroine’s personality, and I didn’t feel that she really changed much during the story.

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Novella Review: Love in the Shadows by Barbara Wallace

 

Love in the Shadows features Charlie’s mysterious owner, the billionaire Mr B, and Jenny, a woman who has lost the ability to trust in love.  She’s been running from her past and has settled in Chandler’s Cove, making friends with Mia, Marney, and Gabby.  A dedicated school teacher, she has worked hard to remake herself, and she’s content with her friends and her new life.  That is, until she meets Nick.  Suddenly she’s confronted with a riot of emotions, which has her running scared and leaves Nick with confirmation that he is truly a hideous monster.

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Novella Review: Love Unleashed by Jackie Braun

 

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Love Unleashed is the second book in the Billionaire Matchmaker series that I have read.  As I stated previously, the big draw for me is Charlie, the rambunctious little canine who acts like a catalyst to brings the couples together.  The protagonists of this novella are Mia, a florist, and Gideon, the town vet.  It features my favorite trope;  Mia rejected Gid when he proposed six months ago because she is terrified of commitment, and both are still hung up on the other.  Mia is carrying around a ton of baggage that is preventing her from trusting Gid.  After bouncing between her drug addicted parents and the foster care system, she feels that she can’t trust anyone and that all relationships are doomed to failure. 

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Review: The Remaining by DJ Molles #zombies

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This book came along at a perfect time.  I am under a lot of stress and in a bit of a funk, and my usual romance comfort reads weren’t holding my interest.  When that happens, I usually turn to post-apocalyptic titles, and bingo!  there was The Remaining on Netgalley.  This was such a good read!  I read it in almost one sitting, and if you enjoy zombie tales, I can’t recommend it highly enough.  This is so far from my usual read, too, in that there wasn’t one speck of romance anywhere.  This is a straight up run away from zombies and try to save the world adventure yarn.

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Novella Review: The Sheriff’s Secret by Susan Meier

 

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The Sheriff’s Secret is part of The Billionaire Matchmaker series, which features a four-legged matchmaker.

The Sheriff’s Secret is a quick, sexy read, and even though Dell could occasionally be a shallow jerk, I really enjoyed this story.  Marney is a jewelry designer whose work has been picked up by a shopping channel, so she is enjoying her success and reaping in the benefits of her hard work.  Single again after catching her husband cheating on her, she’s lost everything in the divorce; her condo, their mutual friends, and even her parents’ respect.  They can’t get over how she could allow her ex to get away.  He was a lawyer and made them feel like they had made a huge jump socially.  Never mind that he was a cheating scumbag and that Marney is doing just fine on her own, her parents just won’t let her forget what a prize she let go.

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Review: Safe in the Tycoon’s Arms by Jennifer Faye

 

Safe in the Tycoon’s Arms is kind of an angsty read.  Single mom Kate is struggling to pay the medical expenses for her young daughter, who is suffering from a brain tumor.  Already in debt up to her ears, she’s finally found a surgeon willing to perform the operation that may save Molly’s life.  The only catch?  It’s an experimental procedure, and her insurance company won’t cover any of the costs.  Now Kate has to come up with a down payment for the hospital charges, or they won’t allow the doctor to perform the operation.  At least the guy is being decent enough to waive his fees….

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