The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt Review

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I have been wanting to read this book for the longest time and I finally sat down and did just that.

The first fifty pages of the book went by and a little slowly. I think the overall tone of the book is rather slow paced one in the first place. But after I passed the first a hundred page of it I really got into the book.

Anna Wren and Edward de Raaf remind me respectively of Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester. I wonder if the author was as inspired by their love story as I was. Since I enjoyed Jane Eyre very much, I enjoyed this book as well. I also liked that Anna and Edward weren’t classically beautiful. It made the book seem much more realistic.

I give the book five stars. It hit on all points for me and I’m looking forward to reading more from Ms. Hoyt!

When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Krammer review

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Before I write my thoughts on this lovely book, I have to admit something. I have never seen When Harry Met Sally beside the clip of the infamous fake orgasm scene by Meg Ryan. But I will try to watch in the future.

When I started reading the prologue and it introduced 13 year old Molly with her love poem, I knew I was going to love this book. It had already gotten off to a good start with the humor.

The first chapter begins in 1816 ten years after the prologue. The reader is reintroduced to Harry. I have to say that I like him right away. He was charming and funny and completely lovable.

The heroine Molly was my kind of heroine. She was so funny and she knew what she wanted. I especially loved when she told Harry to pull his breeches down. You go girl!

Harry does eventually realize he loves Molly after they’ve parted. He proposes to her and they get their happy ending. The end with the gifts from the other Impossible Bachelors was sweet as well.

I give it five stars because I thought it was perfect. Lovable hero and heroine. Funny and good storytelling!

By His Majesty’s Grace by Jennifer Blake review

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I feel the title of the book describes perfectly what happens in the end of the story.

When I first bought this book, I had originally thought it was going to take place in Henry VIII’s court, but instead it takes place before he’s even born. It’s my fault really because I automatically assumed the blurb meant King Henry as in the eighth one. I was pleasantly surprised to see his father in that position.

I have been wanting to read more medieval fiction though and I think this book was a good introduction to it. The piece really does feel like it takes place in the 1480s.

I did the heroine Isabel was rather cold at first, but she eventually came around to Rand. But I suppose since she was forced into the marriage, she had reason to be cold. I liked that the romance between Rand and Isabel just didn’t happen right away. I did get the feeling that Rand was feeling Isabel way more than she did him initially, but she came around near the end of the book. I thought the mystery was resolved in a pleasant way as well.

I’m giving this book four stars. I liked it, but the only thing that kind of turned me off was the author note at the end. No one knows if Richard III actually killed the Princes in the Tower and I thought it was a bit unprofessional of the author to say that he did. The answer to that mystery is lost to us.

Someone To Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas (Spoilers)

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I first came across Kleypas’s books when I was shopping at Barnes and Noble. The cover of the book (Mine at Midnight) looked pretty and despite the known fact that you should never judge a book by it’s cover, I bought. I haven’t actually read that particular book yet, but I’m glad that I have tried Ms. Kleypas’s work.

I picked up Someone to Watch over me on Monday. I’ve been in a romance mood lately and I was craving some a bit longer than the last Harlequin I read. I read the blurb on the book and decided to go with this.

The book open with the hero called on to the scene for an attempted drowning. It turns out that he was acquainted with the woman. He takes her home with him. He believe her to be the woman he was once knew. But the woman known to him as Vivien doesn’t act the way he once knew her to be. On top of this she’s lost her memory from the murder attempt.

Grant(the hero) finds him intrigue with Vivien and as a way to pay her back he decides to his way with her. But over time she softens him and once they become intimate he realizes she can’t possibly be the same woman.

I remember when I was about 100 pages into this book I had already figured out the twists. I’m not a master at unraveling memories, but I’m not dim either. A light blub went off in my head and I had figured the woman with Grant was a twin and I even had suspicions about how had tried to kill her. Turns out I was right. Yay me!

I want to applaud the author for not slut shaming the real Vivien. Considering when the book takes place, I think it would be easy for her to shame Vivien. On another note, I loved the fact that Grant said that women always afraid of strangers, when it’s the men closet to them that cause them the most harm. That seemed really progressive of a 19th century man to say.

All in all I really enjoyed Someone to Watch Over Me. I give it four stars. It was a good book, but the mystery was kind of meh. But I’m really looking forward to reading more of Ms. Kleypas’s works.

Thoughts on Caitlyn’s Prize by Linda Warren

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First thing that I want to mention about the book is the cover. It depicts a scene in the book. What I’m about to say isn’t important to the story, it’s just a minor detail. The dress that Caitlyn wears is described as strapless. The dress the model is wearing has a strap. A thin strap, but it’s a strap.

Now that’s off my chest. I can’t remember when I picked up this book, but I probably picked it up because of the cover or the blurb on the back. Most likely the cover because I’m shallow like that. 😛

I haven’t read many stories about cowboys, so I would consider this book to my introduction to the whole cowboy genre. I liked the fact that Caitlyn was a strong heroine and she never gave up even when Judd pressured her or some his ranch hands tried to bring her down. She was also caring without being too sentimental. I thought Warren fleshed her out fully.

Judd on the other hand was more mysterious. When he’s introduced he seemed to be good person, but slightly misogynistic. It’s revealed to be a result of his upbringing. I liked how the author explained it all and didn’t have Jude try to explain it out. He took responsibility for his actions.

I give it four stars. It was very enjoyable and I loved the heroine and I warmed up to the hero. I’m really interested in learning more about Caitlyn’s two sisters as well.

Thoughts on Trouble at the Wedding

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With this book finished, I have read fourteen books toward my goal of a hundred books and I have six more books to read for the month of February.

I picked up this book at the beginning of the month. I lusting after it for at least two weeks and when I saw it at the bookstore, I just had to have it. I settled down to read and I have to say it didn’t disappoint me.

I immediately connected with the heroine Annabel. She comes from the South and she’s new money. While I’m not particularly rich, I am Southern girl. I also felt the same way about certain situations in my life as Annabel did. The feeling of being an outsider and just wanting to fit in. I also liked that Annabel had some fire to her.

Christian was a perfect hero for me. He didn’t get on my nerves and he just seemed lovable. He also seemed to genuinely care about Annabel. I really believed in Annabel and Christian’s love story, which is important to me because I haven’t felt that way about other books where romance is a prominent theme.

I give it four stars only because I would have like to see an epilogue. I’ve obviously gotten to use to the use of epilogues from other authors and I’ve come to expect it. But the ending did leave me feeling satisfied. I plan to check out the other books in the series!

An Obsession with Flappers

I don’t know when I exactly became obsessed with the Flappers and the Roaring Twenties. All I know is I read two books that were set in the Twenties and it went from there. Now I’m rapidly consuming information about this period in American history and one of the books I’ve read on that journey is Flapper by Joshua Zeitz.

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I started reading this maybe a month ago, but I put it down for some reason, although it was interesting and on a subject that I enjoy.

But on this past Saturday I picked it back and rapidly got consumed in the book again. It starts off focusing on the Fitzgeralds. Theirs is a fascinating story. From there each chapter mentions some of the major players in the 1920s. Of course it’s more of general book, but I liked the glimpses of Clara Bow, Coco Chanel, etc. I’ll definitely be looking into more definite biographies of some of the women that helped make America modern.

In two chapters Zeitz mentions non-white flappers, which is really interesting to me as I’m women of color. But it was more like a paragraph. That was my only qualm with this book. It would have been great to learn about WOC flappers as well. But I got the general idea.

The book introduced me to people I’d never heard of before and it touched on one of my favorite people from the Jazz Age: Dorothy Parker. I felt like the book served as an introduction to some of the most important people from the Twenties.

I thought the ending was nice. In previous chapters Zeitz talked about how Americans became consumers. The Stock Market crash of 1929 changed things a bit of course. I thought it was great that Zeitz showed how the flappers influenced even today’s generation. That really hit a chord for me.

I give Flapper a solid four stars!