Archive | July 2014

In Still Darkness, Dianne Duvall

In Still Darkness (Immortal Guardians)

 

In Still Darkness, Dianne Duvall
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews

Well, I love this series and it was great to get this little novella about how Jenna and John joined the team. In the later books she’s already part of that, but this tells us how it all came about. Its kind of back in point from where the novels currently stand, where they are fighting the Vampire King’s army and have just discovered the new drug they are attacked with. Richart saves Jenna one night from a vampire attack, and is attracted, and as he has to take her home he of course knows now where she lives, and that John is her student son. He manages to bump into her at work one night, after a few weeks of checking silently on her ( or stalking her as his second Sheldon says!) and from there they meet for coffee etc. and begin dating….and then we find out more – can’t tell it or that’s the story gone Winking smile It’s not all romance and sex though – there’s the usual mix of danger and mayhem too.
Its a novella and usually i say i don’t like them, but when it’s part of an existing series I don’t mind. what i find hard is knowing the characters and a story in limited words but like this I already know the characters so that leaves only the story to emerge.
Stars: Five, great read, good to learn how Jenna and Richart meet.

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Shifter’s Claim, Part IV, A.C. Arthur and whole book Shifter’s Claim, A.C. Arthur

 

Shifter’s Claim, Part IV, A.C. Arthur
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
So, I’m on the home stretch with part four of this series. Priya knows about the shapeshifters, and that knowledge places her in danger. She still needs to rescue her brother – though Bas now knows about that and is helping, and she’s discovered she’s in love with Bas…..so her loyalty lies with the shifters despite her job. What should she do now though? Knowing that Bas won’t accept a human as more than a brief lover, what’s next for her?
Bas however knows inside himself she’s his mate and is struggling to accept it. In the middle of this there’s the threat from the Rogues, the drug shipment they interuppted to puzzle out, and the ever present danger of their species being made public. No wonder he’s feeling frazzled especially with his thoughts years back on when he failed to protect his human lover from these same Rogues…then there’s a new opening plot onto the next in the series brought in too….
It’s only a part book, but wow, its got a lot packed in. Somehow there was almost too much for me, as I felt the problems that we’d been seeing were over very quickly, and without the drama I expected. I still had problems with Priya’s and Bas actions – they just didn’t sit right at times for me but…that’s the way it goes.
Stars: Four, a decent read but I felt there was so much packed in that the plots we’d been engrossed with were glossed over almost in conclusion.
ARC supplied via Netgalley.

 

Shifter's Claim (The Shadow Shifters)

Shifter’s Claim, A.C. Arthur
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
This is the complete book, the same one released in four sections. It features a group of cat shifters, not sweet tabbies but Big Cats, Tigers, Jaguars etc…They’ve been around hundreds of years and have moved from their jungle origins to live among humans. Keeping the species secret is important. Bas is one of the lead enforcers in ensuring that anything likely to reveal them is kept away from the media. Priya is a reporter and is being blackmailed into revealing them via her job, Someone has her brother and is keeping him under severe conditions to ensure she does it. All she has are some anonymous emails and a picture of Malik bloody and beaten… Add in the Rogues, a group of renegade shifters who want to reveal their existence and who make money by unscrupulous deals and drug running, and we can see the tensions within the different groups. Throw in the attraction between Priya and Bas and its light blue touch paper and stand back…
Overall its a fun read, but it didn’t keep me glued to the page. At times there was so much going on that it detracted from the events as I just didn’t know what to concentrate on.
Stars: Four, Its agood read, but light in parts.
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Hideaway Cove, Anna Sullivan

Hideaway Cove (A Windfall Island Novel)

 

Hideaway Cove, Anna Sullivan
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I thought this sounded intriuging so put in my request. I like romance that has a bit of an edge to it – something extra to lift the story, and the missing heir mystery seemed a good fit.
So, when I began I was a bit confused and had to keep referring back to pages read, as there seemed to be mention of people and events as if the reader knew about them and yet…I didn’t. Then I looked up on web and found this is a second book, and though the romance in each is separate and complete, the missing heir is a theme that runs through both. It wasn’t a big problem and I picked up on what had happened fairly well as I continued with the story.
Jessi, is the protective mum of seven year old Benji, I can just imagine how being a single parent on a small island was. Luckily she’d got her best friend and business partner with her. Maggi is the pilot for the transport company they run, and she was the subject of the last book along with Dex, a PI looking for the missing heir(s). Now he’s brought in help by way of geneologist Holden. Hold is a real Southern gentleman, a natural charmer, but he’s having to work hard with Jessi. They’re both attracted, but she is vehement about protecting Benji from hurt, and feels that as Hold will be leaving once his job over, she’s not going to enter into anything. Slowly he wears her down, and when they do get together its explosive.
It’s not a story of red hot, carnal, erotic bed hopping, but of a real romance, of the slow sensuality of glances and soft touches, of sweet kisses and then building up into white hot, sizzling passion. But that takes time and fits in with the gentle theme of the story, where there is a mystery to unfold, danger is threatened and puzzles as to who is behind it needs to be worked out. It’s about Trust too – can Jessi let go enough to trust Hold as her heart wants, and can he let go of his past too – he’s holding some big secrets close to his chest. And of course secrets always come out at the very worse time….
It’s a fun read, a story to take in slowly, to enjoy, to ponder over. When the sad parts came, the heartbreak, the emotion, I was upset for them – both of them, understanding how each felt. The danger element played out well too, felt very real and fitted the story perfectly. In all a romance with a solid story to tell, and I’d be happy to continue with the next book in the series.
Stars: not quite a five, a four and a half.
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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.

Covets have all the sexiness, emotion, and happily ever after that readers have come to expect and love from Entangled. They are firmly grounded in the contemporary world, but each novel brings in supernatural twists, breaking the contemporary and paranormal rules, alike. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books you’ll be coveting next, visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, LIKE their Facebook page, and join the Book Club.
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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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Book Title: So I Married a Werewolf Author: Kristin Miller

Release Date: July 28

Genre: Paranormal

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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.
ARC supplied via publishers.

 

 

Book Title: Forbidden Kiss
Author: Shannon Leigh
Release Date: 7/28
Genre: paranormal (COVET)
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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.
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