Miss Fellingham’s Rebellion, Lynn Messina

Miss Fellingham's Rebellion: A Regency Romance

 

Miss Fellingham’s Rebellion, Lynn Messina
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I’m quite an eclectic reader, I like to mix and match genres to keep my mind fresh. I don’t often delve into a historical but when I’m in the mood something like this – with its gentle, subtle wit appeals.
I love the way in this book Catherine, as a female of the time and limited in what she can do, manages still to make life work for her. Outshined by her younger, prettier sister she’s content to be left alone to her reading, journals, broadsheets, political tracts…When she needs to sort out her mother and mothers friend Lady Arabella’s latest moneymaking scheme she falls foul of their next idea. They agree to stop the selling of commissions thankfully, but have come up with a plan to find Catherine a rich husband, and solve the problem of money that way!
Poor Catherine, she’s not the dainty, pretty empty headed girl most are, but tall, striking and forthright in opinion. Passed over in her season for the “pretties” she’s been given up as a spinster by her family. They’re quite harsh in their criticisms never seeming to think Catherine will be upset, and in fact she does seem to have become inured to it – til she meets the dashing Deverill….Of course she overhears Lady Arabella asking him to flirt with her, as he’s the current leader in Fashion she knows others will follow his lead…After hearing her faults lined up and Deverill saying he needs something to relieve his boredom Catherine determines not to play their game. She gets into some humorous scrapes while rescuing her family from their scheming, and trying to keep herself away from Deverill. Its hard though when he’s the only person she’s been attracted to in a long while, who she can talk to as anther equal, who’s happy to discuss corn laws and the Elgin Marbles with her.
I love the gentle wit and subtle sarcasm in this book, its not “in your face” but added in quietly much as it would have been at the time, when ladies had to watch every word and step, and it was so easy to cause offence and be outcast. Just looking at the wrong person and upsetting them would be cause for being ostracised by everyone.
Its a fun read, I appreciated the humour, loved Catherine’s way of sorting the family problems! If you want a fun, light historical this is your book.
Stars: Four.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers.

Taste of Darkness, Katie Reus

Taste of Darkness

 

Taste of Darkness, Katie Reus

Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I enjoyed book one in this series, so looked forward to this story. Once again I wasn’t disappointed, its an interesting romance with a spark of adventure thrown in.
I had problems with Drake though…I know he’s been trapped in hell for a very long time, and was only a child when he was first there but…the novel did seem to focus on his needing to learn so much to cope with the modern world, and for me I need my male leads to be strong, tough, able to cope with everything, and though Drake was physically strong, somehow the other parts seemed to make him less of the “heroic Alpha” type male than I like. Still, he was tough when it was needed and had no trouble asserting himself when it came to Victoria’s protection. .
Victoria I liked, the pack tend to treat her as a child still, as even the youngest are decades older than her. She’s allowed that though, feeling grateful that they took her in. She has ways of asserting herself when necessary though without causing offence, and it takes a strong, confident personality to tread that fine line. Though she’s a healer we didn’t see much of that talent in action – maybe in another book…
Until Drake’s family come calling the pack don’t know anything about Dragons – until Drake they were believed to be mythical, so there’s lots to learn and on a visit to his relatives with Victoria and a couple of other pack members they are plunged into great danger. Someone seems out to kill Drake and sees attacking Victoria as a way of getting to him. It’s in these battle scenes Drakes strength comes out, and for me he began to act like the strong male I expected.
Its a fun adventure, trying ( and failing on my part) to work out who’s behind the plot to kill Drake. I enjoyed meeting and learning about the dragons, and with exchange visits being set I’m sure we’ll see more of them in future. Overall it was a fun read, but some parts were just a little too slick and easily settled for me, and there were a few oddments like Drake making the knife for Victoria that puzzled me. How? Without funds or tools where did he get the materials etc to create it – Dragonfire can only do so much surely!
Stars: Four, another light fun read from Katie. A one off probably for me, I prefer something a bit deeper but for those who want an easy to read fun paranormal this is perfect.
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Home the Hard Way, Z.A. Maxfield

 

Home the Hard Way, Z.A. Maxfield
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I love good romance – well good for me anyway :-) I need romance with a solid backstory, where the characters feel real, and have real experiences. Thats all here in this novel, two amazing leads, lots of genuine secondary charaters, a plot that so real in that bigotry and small town pettiness always exists, and the romance – the push/pull, the one step forwards and two back – that was fabulous. I like some tension too and the mystery here let that play out superbly.
I was drawn ionto the story quickly, poor Dare, left town as a teen after his father’s suicide, and now he’s back. Demoted after his mess-up at his last post in the city he’s been lucky to get this transfer. He needs to stay out of trouble to get his career back on track, and of course the local officers have a bit of a chip about him being there, normally one of them would have been promoted. So poor Dare is on a hiding before he’s even started. Then he tries to pick up his friendship with Finn. Finn is difficult to work out – first I thought he was a “victim” type character – he’s had some awful experiences at school and beyond after Dare left. He’s 5 years younger than Dare, and he was always Finn’s protector. Once he left it seems Finn was on every bullies hit list. Not only is he gay but he’s got a strange kind of beauty that seems to rub people up wrongly, and of course his mothers promiscuity doesn’t help, even though she’s long dead, drowned in a river when he was just a child. As I got to know him though I realised he had an inner strength, and an inner beauty that shows through. He’s got a way of looking at people and sizing them up, and he knows Dare needs help but isn’t yet in a postion to ask for it. He’s also still feeling off after Dare never continued contact when he left, never answered any of his letters or calls. Now it seems Dare thinks he can just waltz back in and Finns not having it.
It’s a small town story, full of gossip and innuendo, people who add two and two and come up with five, with secrets new and old being held. When Dare comes in and starts asking about his dad’s suicide he stirs up a hornets nest. His dad’s death never felt right to him, no note, nothing to suggest that was what he was going to do – once he starts looking however it stirs up a whirlwind, nothing of the past seems to be what is was, and there are mysteries in the present beginning with a death that may or may not be suspicious, and ending with danger and murders. As ever with a suspense I like to try to work out “who dunnit..” but I was totally off course. Of course I’d only the clues that came out as the book continued, but even when some big secrets were revealed I was still way off track!
Then there’s the romance side. That was really good. Dare isn’t sure about his sexuality – its always been a bit fluid, though mostly he’s been with women, but something in Finn brings back all the protectiveness he felt when they were kids. Finn isn’t that little boy anymore though, and he’s been through so much that changed him. Dare isn’t really in the profession that looks kindly on gays either…though even there people are hiding what they are it seems. I really enjoyed the back and forth between Finn and Dare. People do change and it was good that they didn’t just fall into each others arms, but had to learn about each other as adults and accept the changes. That’s where I felt Finn had changed so much, but then he’d been through some terrible life threatening experiences, and gained stength through the measures he took to cope. He too has a weakness though, he’s learned control works for him and he’s not willing to go back and be the one being protected. Dare and Finn have a long way to go before they can be happy.
I loved this book, its got depth and understanding of human nature. I felt for poor Finn and really admired hm as an adult. He could have just given in, but he matured into an adult with a special kind of strenth without losing his loving caring nature. His aunt, Lyddie, who he lived with and was caring for in the last stages of her cancer, was a really good character, very wise, very all seeing and loved him deeply. I loved the sound of the mask he was making for her! I love glitter and glitz, and I’d enjoy knowing a real life Lyddie. Dare turned out to be so different to my first perception of him, as did a couple of other characters. There’s a minor BDSM side to the story too, and it’s explained very clearly and makes sense. Sometimes that’s just thrown in casually, and doesn’t fit the story but the author feels all romances have to have it added for titillation… but here its just perfect and adds an extra dimension to the characters. The sensuality ios good too, not overloaded on sex but little scens that are slipped in when appropriate and add to the understanding we have of the characters. When it is there its very sensual and seductive.
Stars: Full five! This is one of those stories that feels as it you know the characters, and getting to understand them better gives a feeling that the surface face they present inst the real one, and there are many, many people like that. It’s a great read, I really was gripped by the whole thing, plot, characters and concept.

ARC supplied by Netgalley and Riptide

Sugar on the Edge, Sawyer Bennet.

 

Sugar on the Edge, Sawyer Bennet.
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews.
I’m become a real Sawyer Bennet fan, this my third novel of hers now and once again I loved it. For me it has the perfect blend of romance and drama, sex and story. It’s the third in a series, but a stand alone and I can vouch for that as I’ve not read the first two ( though I will, some time…)
Gavin as the British author trying to work through a tragic past and finish his novel was perfect. A real jerk to Savannah at first, and uncouth and unrepentant in his drunken state. That was more or less full time, he was using alcohol to keep the past at bay, and cover his emotions. He’d bought an expensive house in a small town where his agent hoped the seclusion and change of scene would help him concentrate. So far though it wasn’t working…then Savannah comes into his life. She’s a photographer, but working only part time as an assistant to a real sleazeball man, and cleaning two other houses besides Gavin’s just to make ends meet. She’s exhausted and he mistakes that for her being a pushover, no back bone. He’s lots to learn though – she’s stood up publicly to one arrogant arse and isn’t going to take stick from another! Savannah is a lovely girl, and been through her own trauma in the past. she’s made a new start here, and has made some great friends. She’s very attracted to Gavin – well who wouldn’t be  he’s hotness all round. Underneath the abrasive rudeness he’s actually a nice guy too, and soon he and Savannah are lovers. What’s going to happen when he returns to England though – his term here is only to finish the book, do some tours and then he leaves.
I saw some of the drama coming, but never the less it worked well, and the sadness was played out, drawn into pages and pages as I need, not just over and done quickly. I need the drama this provides, I need to feel the emotion and tears, otherwise it becomes just another bland romance and Sawyer has done this for me in each book I’ve read so far! The sex scenes are good too – hot and sensual without being overdone, and they mix perfectly with a good, realistic story.
One crit though and its the UK/US language divide again…early on Gavin says something – I think its a comment on sidewalks but we’d say pavements. I can’t quite recall that part, though I noticed it at the time, then later when he’s talking to Brody, he says he’s got a glass of liquor to finish..We don’t say that but specify, in this case it would be a glass of whisky…small things though and comments only not criticisms.
Stars: Five, great read. Fun sexy romance.
ARC supplied via netgalley and publishers.

So I married a werewolf, Kristen Miller, Forbidden Kiss,Shannon Leigh.

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So I Married A Werewolf by Kristen Miller

 

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Carter Griffin, enforcing officer for the Seattle Wolf Pack, has been offered the promotion of his dreams…if he can find a wife to prove he’s over his playboy ways. But Carter’s already been there, done that. Faith Hamilton needs money to put her younger brother through college. Okay, and she totally wants Carter, her sexy next-door neighbor, to look at her as more than a friend. It’s too bad size 12 and plain isn’t his type. At all. When the two friends strike a deal to help one another out, will it spark a love neither anticipated?

 

 


So I Married a Werewolf, Kristin Miller.
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews.
Having read some of Kristin’s novels before I knew this would be a lighthearted paranormal read, but TBH it was a little too light and fluffy for me…As always its well written, but I just found the plot somehow seemed a bit too contrived, a little too cliched. Still there were moments that made me laught out loud, the time when the little teacup yorkie was humping Carter’s foot and he asks her to make it stop “come, come” she calls and he’s “ can’t you use another word?” – that made me smile, and there were similar humorous moments that lifted this book up.
I did get irritated that a size 12 was considered big – but that could be the UK/US division at work again – here 12-14 is what most ladies are and its certainly not considered “big”….I liked Faith, she was a get on with life person, and I wish I had her secret when it comes to money making from her blog!! A loving sister, she was sacrificing her dreams to help her brother fulfil his, and that’s a generous thing to do. She deserved love and to be loved. Carter had been a freally good friend but it seems her heart splintered a little more with each shallow, dipsy girl he went out with, and yet he couldn’t see her real value, or maybe he wouldn’t let himslef? At times he was such a jerk, flitting aimlessly from woman to woman for purely physical reasons.. I liked him to begin, and then he seemed to go into some odd jerk mood, when he was hung up on the fated mate stuff, and his jealousy issues – they weren’t Faith’s fault, yet she was suffering the fallout from him. .I’d hoped the psycho ex would play a bigger part – I do love a good “bit ch” in a romance but sadly her appearences were minor :-(
Overall it’s a decent read but lightweight for me. It doesn’t matter of you’ve not read earlier books about the Seattle werewolf pack as it’s easy to pick up and read as a standalone novel.
Stars: 3 – an OK read but I’ve liked others of Kristin’s better.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and Publishers.

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Author Bio: New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Kristin Miller writes sweet and sassy contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance of all varieties. Kristin has degrees in psychology, English, and education, and taught high school and middle school English before crossing over to a career in writing. She lives in Northern California with her alpha male husband and their two children. She loves chocolate way more than she should and the gym less. You can usually find her in the corner of a coffee shop, laptop in front of her and mocha in hand, using the guests around her as fuel for her next book. Book Synopsis: Carter Griffin, enforcing officer for the Seattle Wolf Pack, has a problem. He’s been offered the promotion of his dreams…if he can find a wife to prove he’s over his playboy ways. But Carter’s already walked the matrimonial road and bought the stinkin’ T-shirt. Besides, a werewolf only gets one fated mate. Been there, done that. All werewolf dog trainer Faith Hamilton wants to do is earn enough green stuff to put her younger brother through college. Okay, okay, so she also totally wants Carter, her sexy next-door neighbor, to look at her as more than a friend. It’s too bad size 12 and plain isn’t his type. At all. The two friends strike a deal to help one another out. They must face a variety of challenges from a psycho ex-girlfriend to a Yorkie with a shoe fetish…and that pesky problem of only having one-fated mate in a lifetime. Will a relationship ruin their friendship…or spark a love neither anticipated? Tagline: Love, laughter, howling ever after… Goodreads Book Link: http://bit.ly/SoMarriedWerewolfGR Amazon Buy Link: http://bit.ly/SoMarriedWerewolfAM Barnes & Noble Buy Link: http://bit.ly/SoMarriedWerewolfBN Entangled Page: http://bit.ly/SoMarriedWerewolfEP Rafflecopter Code: a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Forbidden Kiss by Shannon Leigh

 

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Rom Montgomery seeks the unobtainable: forgiveness. He wanders across continents and through time searching for salvation and the means to right an ancient wrong. To gain the respect and position she’s desired in the academic world, Jule Casale hopes to discover the unknown artist behind a masterpiece of Renaissance art. When Jule comes knocking on Rom’s door, it’s the closest he’s ever come to finally finding redemption. The closer he draws to correcting his past mistakes, the more his secrets threaten to destroy the woman who might hold the key to his future.

 

 


Forbidden Kiss Shannon Leigh.
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews

I thought this sounded intriguing, but I’ve mixed feelings now I’ve read it. I like the paranormal aspect, the thought of Rom waiting all that while just trying to put right an old wrong and then ….
Still, I was never a huge Shakespeare fan anyway, and retelling of old stories in a modern way – even with the extra slant – very rarely works for me. I’d have enjoyed this more if it was a whole new story. Rom and Jule were great characters, certainly strong enough to carry their own story and I’d have enjoyed a tale with them in a similar theme, but without the restrictions of staying true to an old story. I didn’t really “feel” the other characters, they seemed too stilted, too artificial, too moulded to fit the plot lines. Rom though – was a dream… surviving for centuries, missing his lost love, and he’s all that Jule could want, goodlooking, kind, loving, rich , and when they get together – as she puts it…he’s like nothing she’s ever known. Clearly all those centuries of experience have paid off :-) Something to be said for the older man!! 600 years older.
Jule, independent, intelligent, ambitious and determined and yet a dutiful daughter and loving sister. I didnt really see how she could still want to please her father even after finding out what he’d done? Maybe if I’d actually read that play – but at an all girls school we didn’t study that one, clearly too much for our delicate female sensibilities! Though Shylock and the pound of flesh, and the dotty, murerous Lady MacBeth were considered fair game. Sex nil – violence one!
So, if you enjoy old tales made new, you’ll like this. It’s well written and ends neatly but it was just an OK read for me.
Stars: Three.
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Book Title: Forbidden Kiss
Author: Shannon Leigh
Release Date: 7/28
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Jule Casale is the perfect daughter. Obedient. Trustworthy. Loyal. With her high profile Italian family, her public image must be impeccable. And now to gain the respect and position she’s desired in the academic world, she hopes to discover the unknown artist behind a masterpiece of Renaissance art.
Rom Montgomery seeks the unobtainable: forgiveness. Those who could grant him relief are dead. Instead, he wanders across continents and through time searching for salvation and the means to right an ancient wrong. But when Jule comes knocking on his door, it’s the closest he’s ever come to finally finding redemption.
The closer Rom draws to correcting his past mistakes, the more his secrets threaten to destroy the woman who might hold the key to his future.

Tagline: True love is eternal…
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Four Weeks Till Forever, Nadia Lee

 

Four Weeks Till Forever, Nadia Lee
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I enjoy this sort of read, where the players are forced together through some sort of deception.
Mark was a good lead, intelligent and attractive, rich but also generous. His mother thinks it’s time for him to marry – in real life would a man like him let his mum rule him that way? No of course not, but to enjoy the story we need to accept that as a plot contrivation…He’s been attracted to Hilary for a while now, but she shies away from any of his attempts to get to know her better. Then she owes him a favour, and this party proves the catalyst for him to call it in and get closer to her, the chance to see if there could be something more between them. Hilary was lovely, she’s worked really hard to leave behind her background – a Jerry Springer type upbringing…and, disillusioned by past dates, she now plays it safe as with her current doctor boyfriend. So what if there’s no real passion – he’s solid and dependable, nothing like her feckless father. Then she gets a huge, heart-breaking shock, just in time for Mark to swoop in and provide a face saver. Its Mark though, and where he’s concerned she’s too attracted to him for him to be the safe bet she likes. She knows his reputation and doesn’t want to become one in a long line of cast offs, it’ll break her heart when he leaves, as she knows he will.
So its a fun read, some heat and I could feel the pull between them, the sensual attraction though there’s little sex in the book, for those who find too much a turn off. There’s some real humour too, with characters providing huge contrasts in personalities and lifestyles. Along with that there were some very sad parts, fulfilling my need for drama. I enjoyed Mark’s attempts to make amends and woo her back…
Stars: Four, a fun read, with good, real feeling characters.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers.

Hollywood Dreams, Mae Archer

Hollywood Dreams

 

Hollywood Dreams, Mae Archer
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I love film star romances, so often they provide some lovely, jealous, bitchy ladies….so I was really looking forward to reading this. Add in that I’m a wheelchair user too so I was interested to see how Tom ( as Beau) would cope with that.
Sadly though the film element was barely there – it worked as a vehicle for the double persona but we didn’t really get to connect with any film making, publicity, all the stuff that makes books fun. Instead we got a book very centered on Beau and Maree, and then Tom and Maree. The wheelchair bit – no, one week isn’t enough to build muscles to the extent he could do what he did, as one section mentions. I liked that Tom mentioned how acting as Beau made him realsie how different life is when in a wheelchair – when I first became disabled it was like living in a whole new world with people bythely saying their premises were user friendly and then i’d find there were steps ( “well, it’s only a couple”) or loos that may have had lowered handbasins but which didn’t have space to get wheelchair in – not the time to find that out when you’ve had a few drinks and are dying for a pee….
I found it difficult to accept that Maree didn’t recognise Tom – I know he was in disguise, and she was looking for someone disabled, but when they got closer she must have had some deja vu moments – even if she only thought maybe they were related or something? They did get really really close, something must have seemed familiar? Then the suspense angle, a good idea but I didn’t feel it played out that well, it seemed a bit too contrived rather than natural. To be honest I’d rather have seen more of the romance and the film angle – the stuff I was hoping for. Still, subjectivity and all that, and for many this book will be just what they want. For me though it’s an average romance, not great but not bad.
Stars: Three – its a decent read, just not one to make me hold my breath and be filled with emotion.
ARC supplied by Netgalley

Ivy Entwined, Laura Simcox

Ivy Entwined (A Something to Celebrate Novel) (Entangled Edge)

 

Ivy Entwined, Laura Simcox
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews

I thought this sounded fun. It was one of those though that’s an OK book, a decent read, well written and yet didn’t quite make any more that that for me…I’m looking for drama, emotion, a storyline that tugs at me. I need to like the characters too and here I just didn’t quite belive in them. Marcus seems to get the flack for deceit and yet Ivy was doing the same thing so I couldn’t see why she was so righteous….
Clearly town planning in US is different to here in UK, as it takes years sometimes for new stores to get passed. We’ve had our own Megamart style battle here – all the same arguments trotted out as Ivy and co give against Megamart – it took fourteen years for Tesco to get permission in our town, and yet here in the book its done in days? Ditto the land sales/exchanges – here it takes weeks and papaers in mutliple copies, there its just a simple pop in to office and its done…Still, maybe its just artistic licence? Whatever it was, it lead to a feeling of unreality for me, when I need to feel the story is real. I did like the chemistry between Marcus and Ivy and that certainly brought some heat and action to the story and the twist at the end – I didn’t see that coming.
Stars: three, its a decent read but not one to really get the heart racing for me. Still, if you like simple small town romance this could be a winner for you.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and Entangled publishing.

Leashing the Tempest, Jenn Bennett

Leashing the Tempest

 

Leashing the Tempest, Jenn Bennett

Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I don’t usually enjoy novellas, I find bringing new characters and situations into an interesting story is just too difficult with a limited word count. When they are part of an existing series though that’s not a problem as the word count can focus on the storyline, because we already know the characters and their situations. I love this series, and Jupe is a great star of it IMO! He’s just such a typical teen, motor-mouth, impulsive but kind hearted. Having gone through the teens with my own kids, and now the oldest of the grandkids I can’t imagine how much more difficult it would be if they had Jupe’s demon Knack of persuasion…..and Lon and Cady are taking him out on the water, far away from others to help him learn control of it. Kar-yee has agreed to be “guinea pig” for him, and given he has a huge crush on her even though she’s far older than his thirteen he’s full of energy.
Lon and Cady think that out on the water, far away from people Jupe can’t do any harm…optimism at it’s best. As usual trouble seems to follow Cady, and throw in Jupe’s typical teen limited self restraint and of course they’re soon all in Deep S hit….storms, a captain who’s incapacitated, a demon determined to get her bargain enforced, and it’s what seems to be fast becoming a normal day for Cady and the family. Action, adventure, danger, and then some warm loving kisses.
I love Lon and Cady, they made a great pair, and work together so well. Lon has a quiet strength and lots of patience, and as loving dad to Jupe he clearly needs all of that. One of the best things about this series is the meld of characters, they bring together events that feel realistic, they have problems and and bad days just like all of us, and the stories read as if its a chaotic everyday life group of people, albeit with some exceptional talents. I’m sad in a way that its just a four book and one novella series, but sometimes its right to keep stories limited. I’ve seen too many series I’ve initially loved go sadly downhill as they get strung out into further books, when clearly there’s nothing new for the characters to experience. Well done Jenn for keeping it to a short but fabulous series that will be read and re read by me and many other fans.
Stars: Five, a great short addition to the series.
ARC supplied via publishers

Link to reviews of individual books:

http://jeanniezelos.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/kindling-the-moon-arcadia-bell-1-jenn-bennett/

http://jeanniezelos.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/review-from-jeannie-zelos-book-reviews-2/

http://jeanniezelos.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/binding-the-shadows-arcadia-belljenn-bennett/

http://jeanniezelos.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/banishing-the-dark-jenn-bennett/

 

Unravel Me, Lynn Montanago

Unravel Me: HarperImpulse Contemporary Romance

 

Unravel Me, Lynn Montanago
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
So, the description asks if we fell in love with Lia and Alistair in Catch my Breath? Well, yes, I did! It was a perfect read, and I was really pleased to get book two for review, and as Lynn seems to write quickly hopefully there’s not too long to the last part…and the good news for those who like me Hate cliff-hangers – once again this ends at a natural break, with a hint for what comes next but no cliff-hanger. Thanks Lynn :-)
So, we catch up with Lia and Alistair. Once again there’s travel, and a cross country romance that brings it’s own problems, but this time there’s more thrown in the mix and the dastardly Nathan appears, doing his usual stirring and of course Alistair is very unhappy. What secrets is Nathan  holding though? What does he know when he’s so secretive about revealing anything,  but telling Lia he still loves her and just wants to help. Can she trust him? It’s a great read again, with a perfect mix of hot and sensual sex, balanced with a terrific story. I need a story first and sex second mix. A book with all sex little story just doesn’t cut it for me. Nathan is a real anti hero and so perfect here, and Alistair is so in love with Lia, but still finding his way in such an unfamiliar situation for him. They had a lot to cope with and his past is still bringing problems not just to his mental state, but in the real world too. Lia loves him, but gets frustrated sometimes at his unflinching over protectiveness – he can’t seem to help being that way, and yet it reminds her too much of Nathan. The secondary characters, her friends and family, work colleagues and his acquaintances are good – they help the balance of story, sex and excitement.
Overall its a book I raced through, really easy to read and kept me enthralled in the story. I need to feel attached to my characters, if I don’t connect with them and care about what happens I can’t enjoy a book, and here I love Lia and Alistair and am rooting for their happy ending.
Stars: Five again – its a terrific second part and a great follow up to the perfect beginning novel. One for the keepers files!
ARC received from Netgalley and publishers

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