5/5, ebook, Paranormal Romance, puchased book, review copy

About the book:

Vampire Nick Christos might have been born in the Middle Ages, but those days seem tame compared to the last eight years spent ruling the Supernatural Council. The only respite in his long days of governing is with his sweet neighbor Casey Meyers. Sure, he’s forced to take a cold shower after every encounter, but no way will he risk anything more with a human. Not with his blood thirsty ex on the prowl and out to ruin Nick’s life.

But when said crazy ex shows up at the ball and flies her freak flag high, Nick has more to worry about than keeping his hands off his neighbor. He’ll have to stay closer than ever if he hopes to keep her alive, but will she want to leave him forever when she learns the truth?

I have always been a huge fan of Candace Havens. I especially love her paranormal romance books. They are written with the right balance of humor and sexiness. TAKE IT LIKE A VAMP is no different. Nick is one sexy vampire dude. He is super rich, super good-looking, and super nice. I liked that there wasn’t anything really wrong with him. He wasn’t terribly broody or angst-ridden. His only flaw is that in trying to protect Casey from things he hides some bits and pieces of his life from her. Casey is also an amazing character. She’s super flawed (in her own mind) and constantly puts herself down (and Nick builds her back up), but unlike most characters that act this way it didn’t get on my nerves. I’m not really sure why it didn’t, but I liked her warts and all. The action between Nick’s ex and Casey is fantastic. The story moves quickly and is hilarious. The sex (when Casey finally gets her way) is explosive. I’m hoping that we get more set in this world created by Ms. Havens. (I really, really want Nick’s best friend Linc’s story!!)

the book girl gives TAKE IT LIKE A VAMP a 5/5

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2/5, 4/5, Contest, puchased book, review copy

I love Harlequin romances! Here are my mini-reviews and a chance for one commenter to win the book of their choice (from the books reviewed) in either print or digital.

About the book:

Ever wonder what happened to the guy most likely to…

Score with the prom queen?
Lauren and Seth were the high school “it” couple—until Seth disappeared on prom night. But a reunion gives Seth a chance to show Lauren an evening long overdue.

Not date a Playboy Bunny?
Ali was the highlight of geeky Will’s high school years. But now that he’s ditched the nerdiness, he’s 100 percent of calculated hotness…and Ali won’t be able to say no.

Ride out of town on a Harley?
Rebel Scott “Rip” Ripley always had a thing for the elusive Erica. But reunion night holds a few sexy surprises when Erica decides it’s time to take the bad boy for a ride.

I really enjoyed this anthology. Each story is about reconnecting with “the one that got away”. The characters are well-defined and the back story between the couples told quickly in the beginning of each story. The book reads very quickly and the stories are sexy and romantic.

the book girl gives THE GUY MOST LIKELY TO… a 4/5

About the book:

The moment he sees Melissa Weber, photographer Jack Shea knows he wants her—as a model. (And maybe a little more.) Stunning, serene and very, very sexy, she’s perfect. But keeping his hands off Melissa is going to be way harder than he thought….

Once Melissa is in front of the camera, she comes to life, channeling a raw passion that the camera—and Jack—find irresistible. But each time she bares her body and soul, the intense sexual current between them grows stronger. And the more they give in to temptation, the more they both risk becoming exposed!

It took me a while to get into this story, but once I did I really enjoyed the characters and romance. Jack is charming and flirtatious, but underneath he is not as confident as he comes across. The women in his life think that he is a player, but he isn’t. He is looking for someone special and really likes every woman that he sleeps with. Melissa is a different kind of heroine. She has hypertension and has spent time practicing yoga and taking classes in order to keep herself calm and busy. When she is around Jack her blood pressure evens out and she feels better than she ever has. The sex scenes are electric and well written.

the book girl gives LIGHT ME UP a 4/5

About the book:

“You are so wrong for me.”

Levi had to agree—he was. He was leaving Chicago in a few short weeks. He didn’t do commitment—ever. But everything about this night, this girl, was so good. So right. Until at 11:59 p.m. she got out of his bed, got dressed and left!

What had he done? Things had hardly started and she was off! Yet he was bored with simpering women he couldn’t get rid of. Elise was a breath of fresh air. How was he going to find her…and get her back in his bed—for the whole night this time? It seemed Mr. Levi-and-Leave-Them might have found the one woman to leave him begging for more.…

My favorite thing about this book is the way Levi and Elise find themselves in a full-blown relationship when all they wanted was a one-night stand. It’s so sweet and romantic the way their relationship evolves. Even though there are some bumps along the way Levi and Elise are perfect for each other. Levi had a bad upbringing and doesn’t think he is capable of a relationship and Elisa has a plan that she doesn’t want to a man to interfere in. These two have to find a way to overcome their fears. The only thing that didn’t work for me was the ending. In the epilogue there are references to characters that haven’t been a part of the story and the way they are written in it seems like the reader should know who they are.

the book girl gives NEVER STAY PAST MIDNIGHT a 4/5

About the book:

The man behind the reputation

Connor Matthews has to be the only surgeon ever to ride his motorbike into the E.R.! And Dr. Kate Graham is determined to disapprove, even if it made a sick little boy’s dream come true. Connor’s love-’em-and-leave-’emreputation is hospital legend, so Kate’s steering well clear. Although, Connor’s sinful sexiness is coming critically close to cracking the shield around Kate’s fragile heart….

Heartbreakers of St. Patrick’s Hospital
The delicious doctors you know you shouldn’t fall for!

This story felt flat to me. The relationship between Connor and Kate happens behind the scenes mainly. We are told that they get close, but don’t see it. When they do finally come together it seems to happen to quickly. Also, Kate is very cold and standoffish, but the reader isn’t told why until the end. The characters would have been more likeable if the reader had been let in on why Kate was the way she was.

the book girl gives THE LEGENDARY PLAYBOY SURGEON a 2/5

About the book:

Spurned and publicly humiliated by the father of her child, Princess Emmeline d’Arcy has no ring, no wedding date and no legitimacy for her unborn baby.

And the last straw? Having to trade in her gilded lifestyle and pretend to be her twin sister, otherwise known as Sheikh Makin Al-Koury’s personal assistant.

Accustomed to being waited on hand and foot, Emmeline finds herself having to jump to the click of her boss’s skillful fingers—day and night! But once the sheikh uncovers her shameful past, will his touch be nothing but a scorching memory?

Princes Emmeline came across spoiled and selfish in her sister’s book (NOT FIT FOR A KING?), but in HIS MAJESTY’S MISTAKE we get to see the real Emmeline. She has spent her whole life being told what is wrong with her and never being praised for the things that she accomplished. Makin has spent his life being loved and nourished and is shocked when he sees the way that Emmeline is treated by her mother.   I love the way that Makin protects and takes care of Emmeline. The romance between the two of them is sweet and lovely. I really enjoyed this story.

the book girl gives HIS MAJESTY’S MISTAKE a 4/5

About the book:

The news that wild socialite Veronica St. Germaine has cleaned up her act and stepped into her father’s shoes as ruler of a Mediterranean principality creates a tabloid frenzy! But it’s not just the paparazzi that are out for blood.…

Duty demands that bodyguard Rajesh Vala must protect Veronica—whatever the cost.… But Veronica has always rebelled against commands, and she isn’t making Raj’s job easy!

He calls it safeguarding. She calls it being held captive at his beach house. Both realize that the attraction between them is inconvenient.… Veronica is forbidden, not for bedding!

Veronica and Raj have both had unpleasant pasts that have led them to want very different things. Raj doesn’t believe he will ever have a home or family and Veronica wants nothing more than a family of her own and a man who loves her. These two shouldn’t work together, but they do. They balance each other in a way that makes them perfect for each other. Their story is tense and emotional.

the book girl gives CAPTIVE BUT FORBIDDEN a 4/5

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Contemporary Romance, Contest, puchased book, review copy

Another great month of Harlequin romances! Here are my mini-reviews and a chance for one commenter to win the book of their choice (from the book’s reviewed) in either print or digital.

About the book:

Anything can happen on a magical midsummer’s eve…

Marketing director/workaholic Mimi Burdette has The Plan—work for her father and date his right-hand man. Problem is, there’s no heat in the relationship. Not even a spark. And worse still, Mimi is having some seriously sexy, panties-ablaze dreams—and the star looks a lot like Xander McKinley, the hunky firefighter next door.

Mimi’s dreams might be due to the strange tea she drank. Or the predictions from the fortune cookie she ate. Or they could be due to Xander’s smokin’ hotness. But whether it’s magic or just old-fashioned fireworks, Mimi is about to break all of the rules—including her own!

I enjoyed this book, but felt that it was missing some important element. The characters are well fleshed out and the love scenes are sizzling, but I felt there needed to be something more between the sex.

the book girl gives BLAZING MIDSUMMER NIGHTS a 2/5

About the book:

The Marshalls…

A rich, powerful family that mixes business, politics…and pleasure. If the U.S. had a royal family this would be it!

The tabloids just couldn’t get enough of A-list couple hotshot producer Finn Marshall and Hollywood wild
child Caitlyn Reese. Then Caitlyn fled the glaring lights of Tinseltown, leaving an indelible mark on the Walk of
Fame—and an empty seat on the back of Finn’s motorbike.

Now Cait is back! She’s still got the X factor, and Finn is struggling to banish his X-rated thoughts! Because one thing is for sure…he isn’t interested in just a quick Hollywood retake. To interest him, it’ll have to be a full-budget epic remake….

I enjoyed this story, but wish there had been more romance. Cait and Finn had a tumultuous relationship in the past and neither one thinks that they are good for each other. So, now that they are again in each other’s lives they try to keep their distance from each other to no avail. However, the attraction between the two of them is just too strong for them to resist and they must find a way to not go back to the destructive behavior of the past. I really enjoyed the way the characters come into themselves during the book. I wish there had been more of Cait and Finn as a functioning couple instead of just the last chapter.

the book girl gives REDEMPTION OF A HOLLYWOOD STARLET a 3/5

About the book:

The CEO’s second chance…

Max Montgomery had it all: charm, good looks and a career as CEO of the family business. Marriage to Kate Hunter was the icing on the cake. Until a devastating family secret sent his world—and then his marriage—crashing down around him.

Years later, Max is accidentally reunited with Kate, who also has a secret—the daughter he’s never met! Bonding with adorable Trisha may come naturally, but with the shadows of the past still haunting him, recapturing the heart of the woman he’s never stopped loving is quite a different matter…

THE TYCOON’S SECRET DAUGHTER is a story of redemption and second chances. I’m usually not a fan of books with an alcoholic character, since I have a father who is one, but I really enjoyed this story and the changes that happened to Max because of his strength of character. Kate has trouble seeing him as anything other than the man who ruined their marriage and frightened her. It takes them spending time together and getting to no one another as the people they are now instead of the people they were for them to find their way to a happily ever after. The story is emotional and heartwarming.

the book girl gives THE TYCOON’S SECRET DAUGHTER a 4/5

About the book:

THE PERFECT MISMATCH!

It seemed as if all the Fortunes were finding love—all of them except Emily. Pretty, poised and smart, the oldest Fortune daughter had given up on Mr. Right and was now looking for Baby Right.

And then she met a man.

No one would ever picture rough-around-the-edges Max Allen with a pampered princess like Emily. The tall,
shaggy-haired airport manager had never caught a break in his life. After he’d lost baby Anthony, he vowed never to love another child. And now he’d fallen hard for a polished, sophisticated woman intent on having a baby. Was Max headed for another heartbreak? Or could the well-heeled Ms. Fortune be the one who finally made him whole?

FORTUNE’S PERFECT MATCH is a sweet story of getting what you didn’t know you wanted. Emily Fortune wants a baby and isn’t willing to wait around for her perfect man. She tries adoption and in-vitro with a sperm donor. But in the midst of all the baby planning something happens that she never thought would…she meets Mr. Right. Max doesn’t want children after loosing a child that he thought was his but wasn’t. I loved this couple. They are very different and they struggle with those differences. The only thing I didn’t care for was Emily’s blind pursuit of having a child at the expense of all else. I loved the happily ever after ending to this story.

the book girl gives FORTUNE’S PERFECT MATCH a 4/5

About the book:

It was the stuff of fairy tales: Hannah agreed to help out a princess, and within hours finds herself engaged to a king! This dangerous charade has to end fast—the electrifying chemistry between them feels far too real!

Zale’s royal bride-to-be looks like the pampered princess he’s being forced to wed—yet she’s transformed into a feisty woman who makes his blue blood run hot! But is she fit to be his queen? Zale will just have to tempt her out from beneath her tiara to find out!

I’m a huge fan of Harlequin books featuring common heroines and royal heroes. NOT FIT FOR A KING? is fantastic. I loved the inner turmoil that Hannah feels at impersonating a royal princess. The attraction between Zale and Hannah is intense and very romantic. The emotional roller coaster of the last third of the book leads to a very happy ending that put a smile on my face.

the book girl gives NOT FIT FOR A KING? a 5/5

 

About the book:

Defending His Legacy…At Any Cost

When scandal threatens the luxury auction house that bears his family’s name, Vance Waverly suspects the media feeding frenzy is an inside job. Could his gorgeous assistant, Charlotte Potter, be plotting Waverly’s downfall? There’s one way to fi nd out: seduce the truth out of her!

Charlie is between a rock and a hard place. She can reveal Waverly’s secrets to her unidentifi ed blackmailer or lose custody of her child. Whatever she does, she’ll lose the career she loves. But losing the man she’s come to love—her big, bad boss—could put her over the edge…

GILDED SECRETS is a sweet, romantic story with two great characters. I loved Charlie. She is a single-mom who wants one thing – to make a good like for her little boy. Vance Waverly wants nothing to do with love, but finds himself drawn to Charlie and her son. I loved his internal struggle about the feelings that come about for Charlie. Charlie also struggles with her feelings for Vance, but mainly because she doesn’t want to do anything that could hurt her child. When someone threatens Charlie, Vance knows that he will do whatever necessary to protect her. A very sweetly written romance.

the book girl gives GILDED SECRETS a 4/5

About the book:

A shocking Sicilian secret…

Louise Anderson’s heart pounds as she approaches the imposing castello. Only the Duke of Falconari can grant her grandparents’ dying wish—but this is the same man who said arrivederci without a backward glance after their night of unadulterated passion…

Caesar can’t believe the woman who almost ruined his precious reputation still fiercely fires his blood. Discovering that their union created more than just salacious memories, he agrees to grant Louise’s request…in exchange for a demand of his own.

That she wears his band of gold!

I’m not really sure if I liked this book or not. I loved the ending when Caesar realizes what he feels for Louise, but the rest of the story wasn’t romantic at all. Caesar is racked by guilt about things that happened in the past, but he doesn’t apologize. Louise is bitter about the way she was treated in the community and by Caesar. She doesn’t want anything to do with him, but has to see him. I didn’t feel a real connection between the hero and heroine until the very end of the story.

the book girl gives A SECRET DISGRACE a 3/5

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5/5, Contest, Historical Romance, puchased book

About the book:

Is This Love Real?

Raised in a girls’ school, Annabelle Quinn longs for the world outside the walls of the academy. When she’s hired as the governess to an orphaned duke, Annabelle never expects the child’s breathtakingly handsome guardian to capture her imagination – or her heart.

Or Are They Living In A Fairy Tale?

Falling for his young nephew’s governess is an irksome complication in Lord Simon Westbury’s orderly life, but Annabelle’s quiet beauty and wry intellect are too much to resist. Meanwhile, a mysterious danger looms over the remote Cornwall estate. Will their newfound desire stand the test of time? Or are some happy endings just too good to come true?

IF THE SLIPPER FITS is a fantastic historical romance. I love the characters, the setting, the plot, the writing…everything. Annabelle isn’t a wilting flower and she holds her own with Lord Simon quite well. Lord Simon begins the story very cold and stand-offish, but by the end he is very loving and changed. There is a mystery – someone shoots at Annabelle and the Duke of Kevern – and a fantastic twist at the end. I felt happy reading this book and finished it with a smile on my face. I can’t wait for the next book in the Cinderella Sisterhood series!

the book girl gives IF THE SLIPPER FITS a 5/5

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5/5, Contemporary Romance, ebook, puchased book

About the book:

Sure, opposites attract, but in this sexy, smart, eBook original romance from Ruthie Knox, they positively combust! When a buttoned-up banker falls for a bad girl, “about last night” is just the beginning.
 
Cath Talarico knows a mistake when she makes it, and God knows she’s made her share. So many, in fact, that this Chicago girl knows London is her last, best shot at starting over. But bad habits are hard to break, and soon Cath finds herself back where she has vowed never to go . . . in the bed of a man who is all kinds of wrong: too rich, too classy, too uptight for a free-spirited troublemaker like her.

Nev Chamberlain feels trapped and miserable in his family’s banking empire. But beneath his pinstripes is an artist and bohemian struggling to break free and lose control. Mary Catherine—even her name turns him on—with her tattoos, her secrets, and her gamine, sex-starved body, unleashes all kinds of fantasies.

When blue blood mixes with bad blood, can a couple that is definitely wrong for each other ever be perfectly right? And with a little luck and a lot of love, can they make last night last a lifetime?

I adored this book. There is so much happening emotionally with both characters. Cath has made mistakes in her life that have made her weary of being happy and finding love. She doesn’t trust herself. Nev has spent his life following the path his family sets forth. After seeing each other many times waiting for the train, they meet after one of Cath’s “mistakes”. She is roaring drunk and he takes her home and takes care of her. Once she is sober their attraction is undeniable and they embark on a relationship that isn’t really a relationship. I love the emotional growth the two characters go through and how they help each other to become whole again. This book made me feel – happy, sad, and everything in between. This book is sure to satisfy readers who love complex character.

the book girl gives ABOUT LAST NIGHT a 5/5

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3/5, puchased book

About the book:

ALL-NEW IN AN EXTRAORDINARY ROMANCE. 

Return to the captivating storytelling of New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks, and her stirring saga of three brothers and one indomitable woman—of wounded hearts, family, and forgiveness… 

When it came to overcoming the odds of a tragic past, Lily was determined to move on. The three Colter brothers helped her do it. They taught her new ways to love, new dreams to share, and offered her a new life that she never thought possible. Now is a time for celebration, and what better way than with a long-awaited family reunion, a homecoming that will bring together the entire Colter family and a few surprises no one anticipated. But first, there’s something from Lily’s past she still needs to reconcile—even when all the while she is holding close to her heart a newfound secret that will change her future, forever enrich the Colter legacy, and make every promise come true.

I enjoyed this story, but don’t think it should have cost $7.99. It’s short and more like a novella than a full story. I loved getting to see what had been happening with the family since the last book and I’m hoping that the addition of Lauren, Max’s sister, means that there will be a book about her in the future. This really isn’t a “romance” more of a where are they now type of book – an extended epilogue.

the book girl gives COLTER’S PROMISE a 3/5

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3/5, Erotic Romance, puchased book

About the book:

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Ok. I have several different thoughts about this book. I’ve decided to do a numbered list instead of a regular review.

 

  1. The writing – The writing isn’t great. It’s not even good. There are sentences that make no sense. There is a confusion of British and american terms. Also, lots of repetition. It feels like it wasn’t edited.
  2. The sex – I must read a lot of dirty books, because this didn’t seem all that scandalous to me. I believe that Maya Banks and Lauren Dane’s erotic romances are much hotter. There is an abundance of naught-times in the book, but they actually do feel right within the story.
  3. The characters – This is the one thing that I liked and the reason I kept reading. Christian and Ana are both so intriguing.  I wanted to know more about them and their relationship. Christian is so aloof and doesn’t really reveal much about himself and Ana is a pretty open book.

Will I be reading the rest of the trilogy? Yes, I will. The first book ends on a cliff-hanger of sorts and I want to know what happens between the couple next.

the book girl gives FIFTY SHADES OF GREY a 3/5 (mainly for the characters and not the writing)

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3/5, ebook, Erotic Romance, puchased book

About the book:

When Julie Streeter dropped out of law school to care for her little sister, one of the things she missed most was her crush-worthy classmate, Matt Ellis. Now, he’s visiting the firm where she works as a paralegal and is just as sexy now as he was then.

Matt Ellis never expected to run into Julie again–certainly not at the law firm where he’s been sent to investigate leaks to the opposing team. When he finds the list of things she’d like to try before her thirtieth birthday, very sexy things, on the office copier he offers to be her list buddy while he’s in town. And to his surprise, Julie agrees.

Will their mind-blowing chemistry lead to more than just a fling, or could what started out as a crush turn into something neither one of them expected?

I adored Manda Collins debut historical romance, but her erotic romance didn’t work for me. I liked Julie and felt like her character was fully realized, but Matt was flat. I know that the length of the book (72 pages) has something to do with how deep the author can go into the characters past and reasons for their actions, but there was a distinct lack of back-story for Matt.  The tension between the characters is well written and sexy, I think if this book had been longer and had more character depth I would have enjoyed it more.

the book girl gives LEGALLY YOURS a 3/5

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Contest, puchased book, review copy

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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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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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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“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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  • JUST ONE KISS
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  • UNDONE BY HER TENDER TOUCH
  • RAKE WITH A FROZEN HEART
  • NOT JUST FRIENDS
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  • A CALLAHAN WEDDING

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5/5, ebook, Historical Romance, puchased book

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A DUKE IN DISGUISE…
The day was as hot as the pond was inviting. It’s not as if anyone in Little Huffington was going to happen upon a secluded vale on the Duke of Greycliffe’s lands. And Venus Collingswood didn’t want to get her shift all wet. It was the perfect setting in which to plan her lovely bookworm of a sister’s betrothal to the mysterious new duke arriving seven days hence. If only she had a suitable accomplice…

Andrew Valentine, Duke of Greycliffe, never thought arriving at his own household a week early would cause so much trouble. The housekeeper thinks he’s his own cousin. Actually, the chance to not be the duke for a while is a pleasant opportunity indeed. It might even help him interrogate the delectable little nymph he’s discovered swimming in his pond—if he can manage to get a word in edgewise…

This sweet, funny novella is the perfect introduction to a new series. I loved both Drew and Venus. They are both young and fun. I can’t wait to find out how Venus’s matchmaking goes with her own children. My only complain is that I have to wait till June to read the next story – BEDDING LORD NED.

the book girl gives THE DUCHESS OF LOVE a 5/5

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