Dueling Reviews and Giveaway: Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

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I have heard good things about Beverly Jenkins’ books, so when the opportunity arose to be part of the blog tour for Breathless, I jumped at the chance.  I thought it would be fun to ask Poo Penny to read and review the book, too, so we could give you two opinions of the title.  Poo was not a fan; this was not her cup of tea. I had a mixed, but overall, positive reading experience.  Check out our reviews and then enter for a chance to win a copy of Breathless for yourself!

Poo Penny’s Review:

All right, I am sorry. I really tried. I wanted to really like this one. But, it had a few things already going against it that I don’t typically like in my romances. First, its a western, and second, its a western. Alright, so I guess that didn’t sink in when my Aunt told me it was a western, all I heard was it was Avon Books, Dare’s publisher, and I was like, Tessa Dare! I love her.

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Review: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

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I haven’t read Kerrelyn Sparks yet, so I was looking forward to giving How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days a shot.  Unfortunately, I was a bit underwhelmed. I found the book irritating at times, and the political structure made no sense.  And the Mad, Evil King – he was such a non-issue it was disappointing.  While he got his just rewards, it happened off-page, and justice was doled out by a secondary character. Disappointing!

Luciana is an orphan who lives on the Isle of Moon.  She and her fellow foundlings live a comfortable life in the convent.  The nuns earn money translating and selling books, which they are famous for, but Luciana and the other girls seem to have an idyllic life puttering around the beaches and playing fortune-telling games.  When a stranger appears, accompanied by a coffin, Luciana’s recent fortune-telling seems about to come true.

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Review: The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne

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Review by Poo Penny

Well, first let me say I found the history in this book quite interesting. I quite liked that bit.

What I didn’t like was Collin in the beginning. Ugh! He is in a brothel and he sees Ginny serving, and he wants her. He must have her. So he pays for her, no one else can touch her. And she kind of likes the attention, but she’s a virgin. She’s like, no! I don’t do this boss, and the boss is like, you will because I’m an a$$hole. So she and Collin do it, and of course he has the girthiest man parts, and wow that was a weird scene. He takes her virginity, and then she lets him cry. Whatever. Flash forward to a year later, and she has been thinking about him ever since. WHAT? This is where I kept reading only because I liked the background, and I was so mad at Imogen(Ginny) for being obsessed with Collin.

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Dueling Reviews: The Italian’s Pregnant Virgin by Maisey Yates

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Poo Penny and I both read The Italian’s Pregnant Virgin by Maisey Yates, to completely differing results.  I messaged Poo Penny to read it because of the science (or lack thereof) in the story.  Poo is a chemical engineer, so I was eager to hear her take on the premise behind the story.  I thought it was ridiculous, though it didn’t really effect my enjoyment of the story.  Poo, on the other hand – YEOW! 

Poo Penny’s Take:

UM. Alright, well that was weird. Lots of spoilers ahead.

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Guest Post: Nicola Davidson, Author of The Devil’s Submission

 

Today we have a guest post from Nicola Davidson!  Her book, The Devil’s Submission, hits shelves today!

Nicola Davidson’s answers to Lady Eliza Deveraux’s (The Devil’s Submission) top 5 irritating habits…

We, the footmen and maids, love and respect our mistress Lady Eliza. But sometimes…GOOD GRIEF.

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Review: Bound by His Desert Diamond by Andie Brock


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This is another new to me HQN author. The book was suitably soap opera-ish, and I enjoyed Brock’s writing style. Too bad I didn’t care for either protagonist. Anna was a doormat, and Zahir was just not at all likable. The lack of security for either one of them, as they are both royalty, was also maddening and unbelievable, especially since Zahir insisted that terrorists were a huge problem in his country, and his parents had been murdered by an assassin. The thought of them driving each other around on sightseeing tours, Anna in a beat up jalopy, no less, just seemed the height of a security incident in the making. Despite how impoverished her country was, her father would have still been forced to cough up a serious ransom if she had been kidnapped. Anyhoooo….

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Review: Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen

 

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Review by Poo Penny

This was delightful! Angelique is a strong female lead, who is intelligent, and the backbone of her family. Her brother is an idiot. Boy, if I were her, I would have slapped the shit out of him in the scene after she wakes up from bringing him home in his drunken stupor. The hero, Alex, is not overly domineering, which is a relief. He doesn’t act like just because he is interested in Angelique he gets to dictate much of anything, but he does try to be overly helpful in a lot of situations.

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