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Review: Kismet

Kismet
Kismet by Monica Burns
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

like someone mentioned in another review, its been a long time since i’ve read a sheik romance – I stopped reading them several years ago because they were just ehhh…so I was pleasantly surprised when I picked this one up. I loved the sexual tension between the two main characters and that fact that the heroine was a courtesan and had taken control of her own sexual future made her appealing, especially considering that its a historical. The setting in Morocco made it visually appealing, I felt, at several times, I was in the desert with the Bedouin.

My only tiny nitpick comment was in one part where the author used some arabic in greetings and made a mistake – I don’t know a lot of arabic, but the part that was incorrect was one of the first things that we learnt and it has stuck in my head since. That being said, I will def. be looking for more booksby Ms Burns in the future – in particular, to see if there are any featuring Allega’s friend who gets married in the first part of the book, and Sheheen’s cousin, Charles who plays a pivotal role in this one to see if he gets his HEA eventually.

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Posted by on August 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Broken Rules

Broken Rules
Broken Rules by Jade Buchanan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book reviewed for The Romance Reviews – original review can be found here – The Romance Reviews – Broken Rules

Can your first love be your true love?

Returning home after ten years of being away, Jonah is unsure of what he will find following the death of his mother. His best friend growing up, Neil, is there to provide him with support through the tough time he is going through, but could there possibly be something more between the two of them? Jonah has always felt something for Neil, but is unsure whether it is reciprocated. But now he is going to find out.

This was the first book that I have read by Jade Buchanan and it definitely won’t be the last. I was intrigued about the premise from just reading the description. I have to admit that I’m always a sucker for the first time love, returning home type story…I guess it’s that fairytale dream of always finding your true love, or in the words of one of my favorite movies, “Twu Wuv” (The Princess Bride).

Jonah was a character that I felt like I could connect with. While I am not in the same situation that he found himself in, I did leave home at about the same age as him and have only been back once in the last twelve years and he is returning home for the first time in ten years. Then there is Neil, Jonah’s best friend growing up, they were the kind of friend that you wish your son or daughter could have in life, until Jonah left town. Now he is back, a Police diver and looking to re-establish his friendship and maybe more with Jonah.

But like with all romance novels, there has to be a source of conflict, for Jonah and Neil, it is the fact that they’re on the opposite side of Canada to each other. Jonah has his work as a social worker and Neil is limited in his location by where there are diving units. It’s a good thing that this is the first book in a trilogy because I can’t wait to see what happens between the two of them in later books.

I’d give this book 4 out of 5 stars, but will be on the look-out for more books by Ms. Buchanan in the future.

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Posted by on August 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Almost A Spinster

Almost A Spinster
Almost A Spinster by Jenna Petersen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure i was going to write a review of this until someone just left me a comment asking what I thought and it gave me a chance to sit down and thing. I liked the stories to an extent don’t get me wrong. But I had a hard time with the believability of them – yeah, you laugh, because i do read a lot of romance, but these ones just seemed to be missing something. I never really got the feeling that each couple fell in love with the other – I think if the author had broken them up into 3 longer stories and developed the characters and situations a bit more they would have been better reads. That isn’t however going to stop me from reading stuff by Ms. Petersen in the future – I’m intrigued enough by her writing style to do just that.

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Review: Sandpipers’ Secrets

Sandpipers' Secrets
Sandpipers’ Secrets by Jade Archer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have to admit, i’m normally not a fan of books where a couple is adding a third into an already established relationship because I always feel like I am missing something. And I felt the same way through the beginning of Sandpiper’s Secrets – but about halfway through the story picked up and I really enjoyed it. Will definately interested in reading another in the series – maybe with Raven (the guy at the end), hopefully he will find his HEA ;)

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