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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Review: A Surprise for the Sheikh by Susan M Anderson

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I have loved several of Sarah M Anderson’s books in the past, so I was eager to get my hands on A Surprise for the Sheikh.  My local library obliged by purchasing a copy, so I checked it out with a great deal of anticipation.  I was disappointed when this book didn’t work for me.  I thought the hero was a big old zero, and his poor behavior definitely required a lot more groveling to make up for all of the grief he caused.

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Review: The Big Break by Cara Lockwood

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Both Jun and Kai are flawed, flawed characters.  Jun is trying to raise her son on her own, after being rejected by her tiger mother, who died shortly after.  They never reconciled, leaving Jun wounded and defensive.  Her mother was perfect and wise, and Jun obviously screwed up by listening to a smooth talker when she was 19 and ending up pregnant and abandoned by both the father AND her mother.

 

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Manga Review: Heartthrob for Hire by Sara Nakayama

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I could not resist the title.  Heartthrob for Hire. Doesn’t that make you want to drive right into the story?  The blurb didn’t hurt either.  Kate’s family and friends think she’s gay because she hasn’t had a boyfriend, and after meeting Roy, Kate jumps to the erroneous conclusion that he’s a gigolo, because how else could a retired football player afford his luxurious digs?  It’s obvious that he’s selling his sexy body for big, big bucks so he could purchase an entire apartment building.  Kate is sadly out of touch with reality, and it took meeting Roy for her to reconnect with her family and with her life.

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