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Book Review + Giveaway: Less Than a Lady by Eva Devon

Book Review + Giveaway: Less Than a Lady by Eva Devon

I received this book for free from NetGalley, the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review + Giveaway: Less Than a Lady by Eva DevonLess Than a Lady by Eva Devon
Published by Entangled, Select Historical on December 28, 2015
Genres: Romance, Historical
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four-stars
To win a lord, you can’t be a lady…

Darcy Blake, Earl of Chase, is a solider, rogue, and a loyal king’s man. Commanded to spy on the luscious actress Amelia Fox, Darcy must pretend to be her student for a court theatrical. He is certain he can school her in the art of seduction while discovering if she is a traitor. But to his shock, he finds Mrs. Fox teaching him an entirely different kind of lesson.

As London’s most popular actress, Amelia is famous at court, and she doesn’t have a husband to tell her what do. Unfortunately, the king has ordered her to train the rakehell Lord Chase to act for the court. Before long, the earl is driving her wild with desire and awakening her heart to love. As an actress, society dictates she can never be more than Lord Chase’s mistress, and Amelia has vowed never to be less than a lady.

When Darcy learns the witty actress is indeed linked to a traitor, he’ll have to decide if love or loyalty will rule the day.

History has seldom, if ever, been kind to women, and this is part of the reason I enjoy historical romances so much; it’s like taking back and reconquering periods during which we were oppressed. It’s also heavy on the fantasy and fairy tale elements, given that the sort of romance between classes we often see in historical fiction is highly unlikely to have happened in fact (at least insofar as matrimonial prospects are concerned).

Happily, this is exactly the kind of romance that blossoms between the main characters of Eva Devon’s Less Than a Lady, actress extraordinaire and Puritan’s daughter Amelia Fox and Darcy Blake, Earl of Chase and friend to the king. READ MORE »

Book Review: The Year We Became Invincible by Mae Coyiuto

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Year We Became Invincible by Mae CoyiutoThe Year We Became Invincible by Mae Coyiuto
Published by Anvil Publishing on July 30, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary YA
three-half-stars
Dear Future Reader,

If you’re reading this book, it’s either:

1. You’re my future partner

2. I’m famous and my writings have been immortalized

3. You’ve violated my privacy and these are not meant for you

Let’s hope it’s not the last one. Before this year, I had my life all planned out. This book contains the story of the year that changed my life (well, my life so far). It’s the year I learned how to be invincible. That wasn’t really specific, but I guess you have to read on to see what I’m talking about.

Love,

Camille

There are a lot of young adult novels in the market that are more misses than hits, even if they’ve been penned by authors who are bestsellers and award winners. While I think that writing involves the writer cultivating more life lessons to enrich their world view, there are times when I wonder how it would look like if someone from a particular age bracket wrote a book involving characters in their own age?

This is currently being done, especially with the advent of community writing websites. But there are times when I feel like the author writes too hard into the character, making it seem unauthentic. I remember reading a YA novel where the teenage characters spoke in superfluous metaphors that made me go, “Teens don’t talk like that!” So I was pleasantly surprised when author Mae Coyuito requested for a review of her novel that will soon grace Philippine book store shelves. Among the three book bloggers at Will Read for Feels, I read a lot local books, so I jumped on the chance to review this book.

The Year We Became Invincible is an epistolary novella where the main character, Camille Li, writes letters to her “future partner”, describing the highs and lows of her every day life. Camille has her life planned out—down to the last detail. But when she meets a group of adventure-seeking individuals, Camille goes on an adventure of self-discovery, learning a lot of things about herself, her family, and friends in the process.

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Book Review: Between Tristan and Hannah by Alora Kate

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Book Review: Between Tristan and Hannah by Alora KateBetween Tristan and Hannah by Alora Kate
Series: The Four Seasons #4
on January 5, 2015
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
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three-stars
Hannah’s unconditional love helps Fall talk about his painful past in an attempt to move forward. Old wounds are healing, but new uncertainty is looming for Hannah. Tristan told Summer a secret that he’s never told anyone and he knows she is struggling with believing him.

The story continues for Fall, Hannah, Summer and Tristan as they start new journeys of trust and relationships. They’ll be tested. Their bonds will either grow stronger or crumble under the pressure.

I should start by clarifying that while I got a copy of this book for free, I actually won it  from the author in a contest rather than as part of a review opportunity. I decided to review it for the blog, but rest assured that the opinions stated here are my own honest thoughts on the book. I’ve decided to read more new adult and college romances as part of my reading goals for the year, and this resolution was strengthened when I had to do research for the Will Read for Feels guest post on NAAlley.com.

I read the first novella in the series, From Summer and Fall, which is currently available for free from Amazon, as well as Between Tristan and Hannah in a single sitting. I’ll admit I’m a bit of a sucker for the two romantic tropes in these two books (which are sequential and should be read as such): “falling for my best friend’s big brother” (in the case of Hannah and Fall) and “falling for my best friend’s little sister” (in the case of Summer and Tristan). Call it a hangup from all the Nora Roberts-type books I read in high school, not to mention old-school Harlequin, Silhouette, and Mills & Boon bundles. READ MORE »

Book Review + Excerpt: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

Book Review + Excerpt: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

I received this book for free from TRSoR Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review + Excerpt: Rock Hard by Nalini SinghRock Hard by Nalini Singh
Series: Rock Kiss #2
Published by TKA Distribution on March 10, 2015
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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four-stars
In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

Review

I’ve checked out Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changelings series before, but Rock Hard was my first encounter with her contemporary romance writing. It was the blurb that pulled me in, because it hit a lot of my reading sweet spots. Alpha male? Check. More-than-meets-the-eye heroine? Check. Opposites attract + forbidden romance? Double check. That said, I had pretty high expectations from this read, and I’m happy to say that Nalini did not disappoint.

As titles go, Rock Hard is quite misleading. It brings to mind a band theme when the closest thing to a musician in the novel is the boyfriend of Charlotte’s best friend, Molly, who starred in the series’ first book, Rock Addiction. If I had to suggest an alternative title, The Mouse Tames the T-Rex seems just about right, though it does sound kinky. Those animals are the perfect fit for Charlotte and Gabriel. Charlotte’s this meek but extremely competent worker who prefers to hide in the background, and Gabriel’s a pro rugby player turned businessman who’s just as aggressive in the office—and in the bedroom—as he was on the field. Their personalities are established in the first scene alone, where Charlotte mistakes her new boss Gabriel for an intruder in the office one Saturday afternoon. There’s no insta-love here. Instead, Charlotte’s practically quaking in her boots, thus setting off Gabriel’s temper. READ MORE »

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