Archive | March 30, 2014

Lost in You, Sommer Marsden


Lost in You, Sommer Marsden
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
Sommer has written many books I discovered and yet this is the first one I’ve read of hers. Its classed as erotic romance, and I’m a sucker for that so thought I’d try it.
So, Clover Brite ( all I can think of is Rainbow Brite for some reason each time I read this…) She’s got some troubled back-story, is close to her gran and honorary aunt. They are a terrific duo – I want to be them when I’m old! Clover seems old for her years in many ways, she’s paranoid about responsibility and not letting anyone down, and maybe some of that comes from her childhood, where her mum struggled to bring her up alone when her wealthy father ducked out, leaving them without support. Its left her with a kind of reverse snobbery in a way, she’s anti rich people even though she doesn’t realise it.
She’s trapped in her latest work project with the sexy, handsome and wealthy owner when a bad storm hits. They get really close ( really, really close with some scorching sex scenes) for the couple of days they are there, and Dorian is blown away by Clover. Though they get on well then, once they’re out in the real world again she won’t give him a chance, thinking he’s out of her league, that she just won’t fit in his world. Luckily Dorian doesn’t give up when he wants something. I liked Clover, loved the way she took care of family, and worked hard at her work, but sometimes she was so negative I wondered just why Dorian kept trying. And yet I understood why she did it, and luckily it seems so did he. Dorian is a great character, he’s got his own problems, and until meeting Clover was content to just let his life drift along. She’s changed him though, he makes an effort for her and is hurt when she won’t respond. I felt for both of them, laughed when things went right, and was upset when, as always, things went wrong, there were misunderstandings and they were apart.
I enjoyed this book, scorching sex, well written and varied, not just clothes off, six thrusts, done, rinse and repeat as we so often get…I’d rather read less, than those repetitive scenes, sometimes it’s as if they’re cut and pasted in at intervals through-out the book. Ones like this where its varied and well placed are a gem. Sadly though, despite all the good things, there were two big put offs for me, which lost it a star. Clover, though I liked her she was so very, very negative, it almost came out as a “poor me” whine at times and it detracted from her. Then there’s the first third of the story where they are stuck in the building – that went on just too long for me, and I began to wonder if the whole book was going to be like that, just too much when I wanted more outside influence on them. It was a great way to get together, but for me needed to be shorter, and I found myself skipping parts to get to the story. Still, that’s just me, as ever others will feel very differently 🙂 It’s priced at £1.99 for 200 pages
Stars: Four. Sexy, spicy romance.
ARC received via Netgalley .

Playing to Win. Shelley Munro

Playing to Win. Shelley Munro
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
So, in the mood for a straight romance I chose this. Its a romance, and also a puzzle with danger coming to Kate along with the solution.
I liked Kate, she’s mum to her dead sister’s child, and she and Jamie have carved out a contented life for themselves. Then their world is turned upside down when tabloid papers print a story over Jamie being local hero and rugby player Lane’s son. Of course as always they’re not interested in the truth – just want scandal for the ratings. Kate is bombarded with Press at her home, Lane completely blind sided by the fact he may have a ten year old child, and Jamie struggling with insecurity wondering if he’ll be taken from Kate…Kate’s firm and insistent, nothing will take him away from her, though she’s willing to let Lane build a relationship with him.
Along the journey to the truth there’s a potential kidnapping, danger and attacks on Kate’s home and business, and threats to her safety. Lane steps up his protection of her and gradually falls in love. He just needs to persuade Jamie and Kate that they should be a family.
Its a fun romance with a snippet of danger, not heart stopping but a more subtle kind that creeps up quietly and lands with a bang. The police were great characters too, becoming regular visitors. The protagonist didn’t really come as a shock to me, but it was well done, and everything added up – I hate when we find out who the “baddie” is and it doesn’t fit the clues we’ve had, none of that here though. Looking back we can see how things build up to that dramatic climax and reveal.
Priced at £0.99 for 228 pages its long enough to let the reader get into the plot. Its a bargain for lovers of gentle contemporary romance.
Stars: Four, fun read but a one off for me.
ARC supplied by Netgalley

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