Harlequin Mini-Reviews and Giveaway

I’ve decided to group all of the Harlequin series reviews into one post each month. I read a lot of these books, but don’t review most of them. I wanted to acknowledge the great series books I read without posting separate reviews. I hope that you will take the time to read each review. I’m going to give a copy of one of the books reviewed each month. To enter just leave a comment with which of the books reviewed you would love to read (Also included this month are JUST ONE KISS and SAVAS WILDCAT that I already reviewed). I will post a list of available titles at the bottom of this post. (US Addresses only. Winner will get to choose between e-book or print copy. Contest will end 5/19/12 at 5pm central)

About the book:

“I don’t want to love you.”

Just one night? Yeah, right. Pippa Laingley should have known better. When an unplanned evening of passion with Cameron Hollingsworth results in unplanned pregnancy, she’s at a crossroads. She knew going in that the enigmatic entrepreneur had built a fortress around his feelings. What she’s just discovered is that he’s loved and lost before—wife and child. Tragically. Now Cam stands to lose it all again. If he lets Pippa get too close. If he pushes her away with loveless arrangements of fi nancial support. Either way, he’s doomed…unless he can let himself love again.

Maya Banks’ writing always gets me emotional. Her characters are so realistic to me that I get way too caught up in what happens. Pippa is a lovely character – full of dreams and aspirations – who has her entire world turned upside down when she finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand. Cam is a damaged character. He was hurt once and won’t open up or allow himself to become vulnerable again. The way to happily ever after for these two is a hard road, but in the end they find that they can’t be without each other. I loved their romance. I also loved the epilogue, where we get to see all four couples from the mini-series living their happily ever after – a perfect ending.

the book girl gives UNDONE BY HER TENDER TOUCH a 5/5

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 About the book:

THE MAN WHO COULD NEVER LOVE

Waking up in a stranger’s bed, Henrietta Markham encounters the most darkly sensual man she has ever met. The last thing she remembers is being attacked by a housebreaker—yet being rescued by the notorious Earl of Pentland feels much more dangerous! Since the cataclysmic failure of his marriage, ice has flowed in Rafe St. Alban’s veins. But meeting impetuous, all-too-distracting governess Henrietta heats his blood to the boiling point.

When she’s accused of theft, Rafe finds himself offering to clear her name. Can Henrietta’s innocence bring this hardened rake to his knees?

I really enjoyed this story. It was wildly romantic. Rafe is a very damaged character and I was thrown when he revealed what had happened between him and his late wife. His actions, which at first seem a little mean and rude, make complete sense. Henrietta is sweet and a bit naive. She grows up during the course of the book and learns things about herself and real life. RAKE WITH A FROZEN HEART is a lovely historical romance.

the book girl gives RAKE WITH A FROZEN HEART a 4/5

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About the book:

Come to Camp Winnehatchee!

For new experiences. (With boys!)

For the great outdoors. (Where you can find yourself in nature. With boys! )

For adults-only activities. (Best shared with men! )

For venture capitalist Adam Sutherland, attending Camp Winnehatchee’s reopening was a no-brainer. He’s even reuniting with former camp counselors to chip in and help revive the camp. What he isn’t expecting is to find a girl sleeping in his bunk. Or that the girl is none other than Julia McKee, who went from shy and awkward Good Girl to
scorching-hot babe….

But the good girl is all gone…and she’s headed off to Paris! But before she goes, Julia intends to show her bad-boy childhood crush just how to put the “wild” back into the wilderness! And this time, he’ll be the one left wanting more….

NOT JUST FRIENDS is a sexy, sweet romance about falling in love with a teenage crush. Julia had a huge crush on Adam for the ten long years they both attended summer camp. What she didn’t know was that the feeling was mutual. When they meet back up after friends buy the camp the attraction is instantaneous and electrifying. I loved how quickly the couple falls in love and how they deal with the feelings that build so quickly. I also liked that Julia doesn’t give up on her future plans for Adam – that they work together to make their relationship work no matter where they are or what they are doing.

the book girl gives NOT JUST FRIENDS a 5/5

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About the book:

A diamond like no other…

From the moment he turned up late to her charity’s meeting, placating everyone with a tip of his Stetson and a lazy smile, Angela Beck knew that Sam Diamond was going to be Trouble with a capital T.

Angela is the prickliest woman Sam’s ever met—let alone had to work with! He’d love to still her sharp tongue with a kiss, but first he has to get close enough to awaken the complex woman beneath the deliberately cool exterior. And that’s something only a real cowboy can do…

THE LAST REAL COWBOY is a sweet romance with deep and interesting characters. Sam has led a sheltered life and hasn’t had to deal with anything harsh. Now, his father has had a stroke and his mother has left him her seat on the board of a woman’s half-way house. I loved that although Sam was confident and accomplished within his own world, that in Angela’s world he was out of his element and not afraid to admit it. Angela has a turbulent past, but has overcome *most*of her fears and is moving forward to help others that have dealt with abuse. I loved how these two characters learn from each other and become so much better together than they ever could be apart. A very sweet and emotional romance. **This book also includes another story – THE RANCHER’S RUNAWAY PRINCESS – which I have not read yet, but thought I would mention.**

the book girl gives THE LAST REAL COWBOY a 4/5

 

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About the book:

“Holy Smokes. I’m A Father.”

Sabrina McKinley broke Jonas’s heart when she left him for another man. Then the eldest Callahan brother gets
the surprise of his life when he sees her again…holding his son. Even at six months, his bouncing baby boy was
wearing the legendary Callahan smile Which means Sabrina has got to marry him, even if Jonas has to drag her to the altar.

Sabrina’s been head over heels for the hunky cowboy doctor since the day she first came to Rancho Diablo; it’s always been Jonas keeping her at arm’s length. She won’t settle for anything less than the real deal—the love and happiness that Jonas’s five brothers have found.

But when a revelation about a family secret comes out, Sabrina can see Jonas is ready to look toward the future. He won’t be the last bachelor on the ranch. After all, he’s a Callahan!

A CALLAHAN WEDDING didn’t really work for me. I enjoyed the story, but felt as if I was missing a lot. This book is part of a mini-series and I believe that to get the enjoyment out of A CALLAHAN WEDDING the reader needs to have read the other books. Jonas and Sabrina’s relationship must have started in one of his brother’s story and was picked up in the middle for this book. I couldn’t understand the motivation of the characters and why Sabrina could admit she was in love with Jonas, but not marry him.

the book girl gives A CALLAHAN WEDDING a 3/5

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GIVEAWAY:

TO ENTER:

Leave a comment telling me which book you would choose to win:

  • JUST ONE KISS
  • SAVAS WILDCAT
  • UNDONE BY HER TENDER TOUCH
  • RAKE WITH A FROZEN HEART
  • NOT JUST FRIENDS
  • THE LAST REAL COWBOY
  • A CALLAHAN WEDDING

US addresses only, please. Make sure to check to see if your name is chosen.

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Contest runs through 5/20/12 at 5pm cst.