Posted in 5 star, Book Review

Montian men and proper ladies: A review of Prince Charming by Julie Garwood

When her fiancé runs off with her cousin Taylor is utterly humiliated, and runs off to live with her Uncle in Scotland. But, her Grandmother, Lady Esther– one of London’s wealthiest matriarchs– lay’s dying, and she refuses to allow her money to be passed onto her ridiculous family. Together, Esther and Taylor were going to pull of the scam of the seasons.

Desperate to escape the warship of her Uncle Malcolm,  she marries Lucas Ross, a devastatingly handsome American Rancher. The agreement was nothing more than a business arrangement, Esther’s money would allow Lucas to return to his ranch in Montana, and Taylor had her one reasons, a precious legacy she would do anything to protect. Nothing more than stranger’s destined to part in Boston, they both hold their own secrets. But as they traveled, and her new husband spoke of the freedom of Montana, and new future is taken shape in her mind. A future where maybe Lucas Ross stuck around. Prince Charming by Julie Garwood is an intriguing tale, of learning to trust, of finding family, and coming to love those you least expect.

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Manipulation is an art: A Review of the Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

Sir Horace Lance is a formidable and blunt person and so when he asks, or more accurately demands, his sister Lady Ombersley take charge of his daughter Sophia as he goes on a diplomatic mission to Brazil, she can do naught but accept.

When Sophia arrives on the doorstep of this family, she instantly sets everything unraveling. She is quite surprised to find the family rather in a mess. The cold and tyrannical Charles, rules the family with an iron fist. He is engaged to a rather dull, overscrupulous lady of the ton, who’s own qualities and characteristics seem to bring out the very worst in Charles. Cecilia is rather infatuated with a poet who is as beautiful as he is absent-minded and forgetful. Poor Hubert has found himself tangled up with a money lender and afraid to go to anyone for help. However, they have nothing to fear, for the Grand Sophy has arrived, and she is determined to bring joy and love back into this family that has taken her in. She hadn’t reckoned on Charles, the eldest son and heir of the Ombersley’s, who has one thought from the moment she shows up in her unconventional ways, to marry her off and get her out of the way as quickly as possible. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer is an entertaining delight, full of intriguing characters and even more delicious mischief and manipulation.

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A most convoluted love triangle: A review of A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

She’s found the love of her life.

Unfortunately, he loves her sister.

It’s 1916 and war brews on the horizon, a dark thought in the back of all the minds of the citizens of America, but the O’Connor’s refused to allow fear of the future to hold them back. Faith O’Connor finds herself drawn to a man entirely wrong for her, Colin McGuire, a rogue, who is forbidden by her family and shares none of her morals, who is also secretly dating her sister. All the beginnings of a doomed relationship. However, when Colin’s affections shift, it threatens to break apart the peace and comfort of the O’Connor family. When the draft is enacted many of the O’Connor’s loved ones are shipped overseas, and they return to Ireland, longing for the return of men who are fighting for their country. A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman, is a delightfully expansive tale that deals with the realities of family, passion, genuine love, morals, and religion.

I don’t know if I have mentioned to you guys that I have been on a serious kick for a little ooey gooey romance, and I have been gobbling these novels up recently. Probably to make up for the months of not reading and then devouring a bunch of classic tales and writing one too many literary analysis, that or I am trying to caramelize my brain with all the sugary sweetness. However, this tale, while a romance was not just sugary sweetness, in fact, it was quite a bit more, frustrating to say the least, and powerful.

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Time-Travel ain’t for ignoramuses: A review of The End of Eternity by Issac Asimov 

Andrew Harlan, is an Eternal, a man who resides out of time, and whose job is to make small exacting changes that effect the whole of reality. These Reality Changes are painstakingly calculated shifts, that are made for the “benefit of mankind” but everything has a cost, and some more than could ever be comprehended.

On an assignent, Harlan meets a woman, a gender Eternal’s do not often get to interact with. She is a Timer, someone who exists within real world and real time. He quickly falls in love with Noÿs Lambent. Then he learns that with the next Reality Change the woman he loves will vanish, cease to exist, a casualty in the never ending journey for the good of mankind. He risks everything to sneak her into Eternity and will do anything to save her. The End of Eternity by Issac Asimov is a masterful tale of science fiction, and Eternity is a world of wonder and utterly fascinating.

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Some Deep Shit: A review of Grendel by John Gardner

The first monster of english literature to haunt us, terrifying and brutal, Grendel has stalked the nights for centuries. Despite his brutality, we have always wondered how Grendel become the heartless, merciless monster Beowulf fought? How did he come to hate humanity, to start the ritual of attacking Heorot each night? John Gardner attempted to answer these questions in his beloved novel named after the first monster himself. Usually I gifted you with a lengthy synopsis, but in this case there is an exception, I can’t really prattle on about the basic plot, since there is no real plot other than Grendel becoming Grendel. Grendel by John Gardner was poetic, deep, philosophical, and entirely too complicated to follow without re-reading…several times.

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A sassy lady and her brooding laird: The Secret by Julie Garwood

Judith (Elizabeth) Hampton had made a promise to her dear Scottish friend, at the time of her child’s birth she would be at Francis Catherine’s side. Nothing would keep her from offering her support, not brooding lairds, and uncooperative councils, nor cruel uncles, especially not the biased hatred that existed between the English and Scottish. Her friend was her prominent reason, but another secret, private matter also motivated Judith, to go to the Highlands and learn about, and meet her father the Laird Maclean. However, she was unprepared for the sight of Laird Iain, the man who would escort her to Francis Catherine. He was powerful and compelling, and she couldn’t help but be intrigued. As Judith and Iain grow closer in trust and affection, surely nothing could separate them? Not even the truth about her father, a devastating, powerful secret. The Secret by Julie Garwood was a sizzling romance that drew me in head first, garnering laughter and a great deal of smiles.

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A deliciously vicious tale: A review of Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Superpowers don’t make you a superhero

Victor Vale is your average college student, brilliant, arrogant, lonely, and just the tiniest bit sociopathic. When Eli moves in to be his new roommate, he recognizes something dark hidden behind that perfect exterior. The twos ambition is a match for each other, and they become unlikely friends. Then their senior thesis: Victor studies adrenaline, and Eli near death experiences. When they work together they discover something extraordinary, under the right circumstance these two things combined can develop extraordinary abilities in someone. Not one to merely keep things academic, Victor pushes to take this to the experimental, things go as horribly wrong as can be expected.

It’s ten year later, and Victor has just escaped prison, mind consumed by revenge, determined to “catch up” with his old friend, with the help of Mitchell, a massive tattooed convict whose size hides his extreme intelligence, and a young girl, whose quiet unassuming ways hide a remarkable ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission of his own, to eradicate every other super-powered person he can find. Leaving death and destruction in his wake, his hands red with the blood of the extraordinary, except for his sidekick, an enigmatic woman, with a will no one can match. Both men wield terrible power on their side, driven by long ago memories of pain, betrayal, and loss, revenge is the only answer either can see, but who will survive the night? Vicious by V.E. Schwab is a delightfully dark, and entertaining read, that deals with broken people with extraordinary powers.

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A feisty lady and a sexy laird: A review of The Bride by Julie Garwood

 

By edict of the king, Alec Kincaid, a powerful Scottish laird, must take an English bride for his own. Neither he, nor Jamie, the wife of his choosing, a feisty beautiful woman, were particularly pleased with the command, but both live up to their duties. Alec finds Jamie’s beauty to be entrapping and distracting, he longs to posses and tame her, vowing to make her his. Jamie, however, vows to never succumbed to the highland barbarians arrogant brooding nature and tantalizing touch. She resists him whole heartedly, but he’s more than he first appeared, and she finds her heart thawing inch by inch. Soon it’s not only her heart in danger as strange accidents occur and rumors about Alec murdering his first wife flare up. The Bride by Julie Garwood, is a delightful romance, that tugged the heart strings and made me smile.

Everything I heard about this book spoke highly of it, all to its praise, reviews were practically singing of it, and if I am honest I was a bit…disappointed. Now don’t get me wrong it wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy the book, in fact I could hardly put it down, it was simply my expectations for it were quite high, probably due to the unrelenting singing, so the reality fell a little flat. If I had heard nothing of the book I may have enjoyed it more.

So as you read ahead realize for anything negative I say, I did in fact enjoy the book. (Slight spoilers ahead in reference to general things about the story and minor plot points.)

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Nazis, skinshifters, motorbikes, and a girl to change things: A review of Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin

“Once upon a different time, there was a girl who lived in a kingdom of death. Wolves howled up her arm. A whole pack of them—made of tattoo ink and pain, memory and loss. It was the only thing about her that ever stayed the same.

Her story begins on a train.”

The year is 1956, and the Nazis won the war. Hitler rules the Third Reich, their territories are expansive, Imperial Japan rules alongside them with a shaky alliance. To commemorate this Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito hold a cross country motor bike race, called the Axis Tour, a dangerous and deadly competition, a race of death and blood, where only the strong survive. The reward for the victor; prestige, money, and a chance…a chance to meet the reclusive Hitler himself. Yael is a former death camp prisoner, and her life has consisted of nothing but pain, ash and needles. The five wolves tattooed up her arm are to hold onto the love ones she has lost. Her pain and suffering have given her a special gift and an unwavering goal, win the race and kill Hitler.

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Jane Eyre and The Rockstar: A review of Jane by April Lindner

When her parents died Jane Moore is forced to drop out of college and look for employment to sustain herself. Through her lack of interest in popular culture and tabloids, she earns a job at Thornfield Park as the nanny. Her enigmatic boss is none other than famous rock star Nico Rathburn, who just happens to be on the brink of an enormous comeback. Unsure at first of her boss, due to the numerous scandals he had been a part of, she soon finds herself irresistibly drawn to him, but not all is as it seems as secrets lurk about the halls of Thornfield. Jane is April Lindner‘s amazing retelling of Charlotte Bronte’s classic Jane Eyre, only this time with rockstars!

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