February Novel Review Wrap Up

Undone by Shannon RichardUndone by Shannon Richard

Challenges
– 100 books in a year
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

Review

Hell Without You by Ranae RoseHell Without You by Ranae Rose

Challenges
– 100 books in a year
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

Review

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Book Review – Hell Without You

Hell Without You by Ranae Rose
Title: Hell Without You
Author: Ranae Rose
Series: n/a
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services Inc. (Self-published E-book)
Release Date: September 5th 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1-4921-6559-0
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Time changes everything, except what’s meant to be.

Seven years is a long time – long enough to transform Clementine from a small-town teenager with a broken heart into a woman ready to take on the world, but not long enough to make her forget about the man she was never suppose to see again. A temporary return to Willow Heights thrusts her back into Donovan’s life and home, unearthing heartbreak and obsession that have stood the test of time.

He left seven years ago too, for war and other things Clementine can only imagine. Coming back to town where he grew up in the shadow of poverty and drug addiction makes no sense, and neither do Clementine’s feelings for him. He could never forgive her for leaving, could he? Even if she had no choice.

Now, she has the freedom to choose…and so does he. Every day in Willow Heights makes it clearer: all he ever really wanted was her, and nothing will change that. Not even a taste of hell that drove them apart in the first place.

My Thoughts

My what a short and sweet little romance this was. It really did have my heartstrings pulled from cover to cover. I never imagined that Trevor would meet his end, I mean I envisioned something happening involving Trevor, Clementine and Donovan but not his death. If anything I thought his demise would be at the hands of Donovan and not Donovan’s friend and co-worker/employee Mike.

I’m really glad and had a teary eyed moment in the end where she and her mother’s relationship finally started to mend together. It’s really an eye opener to how people react and how much it takes for a person to realize their wrong.

I feel Trevor fully deserved what he got, and that justice was fully served for Clementine and the others that weren’t as lucky as Clementine to get away.

This novel highlighted the fact that true love can and will withstand the tests of time and anything that life has to throw at it. Novels like this give my big romantic sappy heart that something like this will one day happen for all of us.

I wasn’t disappointed with this novel, it was a truly a feel-good romance and I look forward to reading more works from Ranae Rose.

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: Hell Without You
Author’s Website: Ranae Rose
Amazon: Hell Without You by Ranae Rose

Book Review – Undone

I’ve got another review for you today, I know I haven’t been as active this month, but I hope to be with work finally settling back into an equal pace.  This will be my first review for an Arc from NetGalley, so without further adieu…

Undone by Shannon Richard
Title: Undone
Author: Shannon Richard
Series: Country Roads – Book #1
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Release Date: July 2nd 2013
ISBN 13: 978-1-4555-4723-4
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Things Paige Morrison will never understand about Mirabelle, Florida:

Why wearing red shoes makes a girl a harlot
Why a shop would ever sell something called “buck urine”
Why everywhere she goes, she runs into sexy-and infuriating-Brendan King

After losing her job, her apartment, and her boyfriend, Paige has no choice but to leave Philadelphia and move in with her retired parents. For an artsy outsider like Paige, finding her place in a tightly knit town isn’t easy-until she meets Brendan, the hot mechanic who’s interested in much more than Paige’s car. In no time at all, Brendan helps Paige find a new job, new friends, and a happiness she wasn’t sure she’d ever feel again. With Brendan by her side, Paige finally feels like she can call Mirabelle home. But when a new bombshell drops, will the couple survive or will their love come undone?

My Thoughts

What a lovely feel-good novel this was. I don’t exactly know where to begin with my thoughts. The whole novel was like a movie playing in my head, for one because you can picture yourself in the setting of Mirabelle and place yourself in Paige’s shoes as being the outsider in a small town. The novel was humorous in most spots, so much so that I was told to stop “cackling” roughly around midnight. But it was also sad in others like with the death of her father. It was a tear jerker both happy tears and sad tears.

The main characters were your typical – girl meets boy, boy and girl fall in love, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back and they live happily ever after – couple. < This most of the time isn’t a bad thing and wasn’t in this case. Paige and Brendan had their share of flaws and skeletons in their closet, and were easily relatable as I mentioned above. I could place myself in Paige’s shoes.

In the beginning I never would have guessed that Brendan would get her a job working in a funeral home, that had been a twist I wasn’t expecting at all. It did end up working out for her in the end and she actually enjoyed working with what she did. I also didn’t expect her father to pass away with cancer. That plot twist was a blinding, mostly because how the author introduced it into the plot was subtle but out of the blue – like all of the sudden he wasn’t feeling well and had pain and the only one who noticed had been Brendan. I don’t know about Pancreatic cancer from personal experience and each instance could be different but when a family member of mine had cancer you could tell there was something wrong, it slowly got more noticeable. They should had been able to notice but in the defense of Paige and her mum, they probably didn’t know the signs that started to show that he had cancer.

All in all it was a very good read and I’m excited to read all about Jax and Grace’s relationship…hopefully in the second book.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads: Undone
Author’s Website: Shannon Richard
Amazon: Undone by Shannon Richard

Game of Thrones – Character Dissection

So I started rereading A Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, the other day so that I can finally review it. It’s one long series that I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying, both reading and watching the television series.

Upon starting to read it from the beginning again, I decided to make a character chart of each of the character and note down little pieces from each so I can remember what’s going on. The way the book is written is different from what I’m used to, each chapter is told in a different character’s point of view. So instead of sticking to one main story line your subjected to the main plot plus the little side plots. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of.

When I read the novel the first time I found that if I didn’t like a certain character I tended to skim through their chapter just to get to another character I liked more. It didn’t happen so much in this book as it did the others in the series.

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It’s actually proving to be particularly handy and I’m glad I’ve done it, I’ll most likely continue to do it throughout the rest of the series.

January Review Novel Wrap Up

I’m going to try to do a monthly wrap up of the novels I’ve read, link their reviews and mention what Reading Challenges I counted them towards, and since I don’t think I’ll get any more reading done for the month of January I’m just going to post it now. However if I do, then I’ll update this post accordingly.

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Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year 2014 Reading Challenge
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
– 2014 Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge
– Just For Fun Reading Challenge 2014

Review

An Earthly Knight

An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year 2014 Reading Challenge
– 2014 Everything YA Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014
– Meet the Protagonist Reading Challenge 2014
– The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge 2014

Review

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Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2014
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014
– The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge 2014

Review

Daughter of Oreveille by Tricia Ballad

Daughter of Oreveille by Tricia Ballad

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014
– The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge 2014

Review

The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins

The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins

Challenges

– 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014

Review

Book Review – The Laird Who Loved Me

The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen HawkinsTitle: The Laird Who Loved Me
Author: Karen Hawkins
Series: MacLean Curse – Book #5
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: August 25th 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4165-6026-5
Source: owned (paperback)

Synopsis

Handsome Alexander MacLean enjoyed his intoxicating flirtation with lovely Caitlyn Hurst…until she embarrassed him in front of the entire ton. Orchestrating Caitlyn’s attendance at a fashionable house party, Alexander plots her downfall. But to his fury, her charm and wit thwart his plan to ruin her.

Her disastrous London season left Caitlyn filled with regret and determined to make things right with Alexander. She’s delighted to find him at the house party to which she’s unexpectedly invited – but it’s clear that the sexy, arrogant Highlander hasn’t forgiven her. So Caitlyn comes up with a bold scheme, proposing an unusual contest drawn from legend: each must complete a set of “mythic” tasks. If Caitlyn succeeds, Alexander promises to relent and forgive her previous rash behavior; if he succeeds, she will join him in his bed! But can Caitlyn force Alexander to give up his quest for vengeance without giving up her heart in return?

My Thoughts

I did mention that I loved historical romance a few posts back and this book was no exception. I usually use a book in that genre as a pick me up after a really crappy day…or week and this book served it’s purpose. I spent a matter of hours reading it, and the book left me in an aura of belief that something like that could actually be out there.

The book was absolutely hilarious, the character’s crazy antics were one that I haven’t had the pleasure of reading about. Although this book is part of a series (number 5 in the series) this was the first of the series that I’ve read and I found that I don’t really need to read the other ones to know what was going on previously. The novel hinted with the tale of the curse and mentioned brothers and sisters of Alexander but not enough to leave you clueless. The author gave you enough to get you through the book without having to read the entire series.

I loved Caitlyn but I didn’t like how all the men were attracted to her, really can anyone have that much charisma that they attract an entire room full of men? I liked her personality and spirit, how she never gave up and always was looking to prove peoples (Alexander) wrong. I didn’t like  Georgianna, but I feel like her story or plot line didn’t quite get a finish, unless I missed something. Sure she had a hand in the fight between Alexander and Dervishton but was that it? Yes she made Caitlyn feel two inches tall the night she left but Georgianna wanted to ruin Caitlyn and felt that she didn’t try hard enough. I wanted Caitlyn to come out on top in the first place but I also would have liked her to have had the chance to knock Georgianna down a peg if she had tried like she had expressed to ruin Caitlyn.

I’m very glad that Alexander came back in the end because after everything they put each other through they really did deserve their happy ever after together. I even actually shed some tears in the end.

The end of the book hinted at maybe another book, with the next generation? Caitlyn and Alexander’s children, I think I would definitely read the rest of the series from start to finish.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads: The Laird Who Loved Me
Author’s Website: Karen Hawkins

Book Review – Daughter of Oreveille

Daughter of Oreveille by Tricia BalladTitle: Daughter of Oreveille
Author: Tricia Ballad
Series: Oreveille Cycle – Book #1
Publisher: Faeland Press
Release Date: November 16th 2013
ISBN: 978-0-615-910390
Source: Goodreads Giveaway (Paperback)

Synopsis

Brianna will inherit everything – if she can play by the rules.

Instead she rejects yet another fine noble of the Faelands in favor of a half-Fae commoner.

The House of Oreveille has been without a Defender since her father’s death in the jotnar wars. Her mother’s drunkard second husband has neglected his duties; the estate has fallen into decay and rumors are flying that the grand house of Oreveille, protector of the border between Gaia and the Faeland for thousands of years, may soon fall.

How much will Brianna be forced to sacrifice to protect the life – and the man – she has chosen?

My Thoughts

First off I must express how overcome I was with emotion with this novel, and I’m absolutely thrilled that Gabriel has come back…in the form of Gabe, yay!!

This novel was probably the quickest read (2 hours give or a few minutes) that I’ve had in a long time, and the only regret that I have…well two actually is for one that I wished it was longer. The story was over as fast as it began and I wished it didn’t have to end. The other being I hit a bit of confusion, when the novel jumped or so I thought into the future. The chapter page stated it was still the same time (month and year) as when the book started, even though on the second page in the chapter (chapter 23) they talked about how it had been years. Left me a bit confused as to how much time had passed since they first left her home. < Now that, that bit is out of the way let me get on with what else I have to say that’s positive.

The characters were so easy to fall in love with…well with the exception of Cordov and Brianne’s mother…by the end of the novel I was kind of glad they ended up with each other because in a sense they deserved each other. They were both manipulative in ways that ended in Gabriel’s death. Hell if Cordov hadn’t of told Gabriel to pretty much kill Brianne’s step father then they would have never had to leave in the first place and Brianne could have had help to properly heal Gabriel’s wound. Brianne did however become Madam of the house in the end I can only assume her mother passed on, or shall we see her in the next book? The author for me left a lot of questions hanging. For instance what happened to Brianne and Gabriel’s daughter Kathleen?

All in all it was a different kind of novel with the Fae elements, a refreshing read for me and I can’t wait to read the second installment when that becomes available.

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: Daughter of Oreveille
Authors Website: Tricia Ballad

Book Review – Hard As It Gets

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Title: Hard As It Gets
Author: Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink – Book #1
Publisher: Avon Books
Release Date: November 26th 2013
ISBN: 978-0-06-226788-7
Source: Owned (Paperback)

Synopsis

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey’s tattoo parlor. Becca Meritt is warm, sexy, wholesome – pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He’s left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander’s daughter. Loyalty won’t let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn’t expecting to want him so much. As their investigating turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge…

My Thoughts

I don’t know exactly what I was expecting with this novel. It was most definitely a quick read and was quite gripping. It kept me on the edge of suspense and I often found myself wincing when it came time for the bad guys to jump into the scene and hurt poor Becca.

I was quite sad with the ending, I think I expected more, a little bit more of the adventure and thrill with the crime plot and more with Becca and Nick’s relationship. I quickly came to like Becca and Nick however there were times when I’d throw the book down whenever he decided to play the hardass card and became a complete prick.

I’m hoping there’s more of their story in the sequel but from reading the synopsis of the second book it doesn’t like there will be. I was quite interested in her tattoo even if it wasn’t a permanent one. I will read the second novel and probably the third just to see the story continue since I love the plot so far. As far as being a contemporary romance novel, it sucked on my romantic scale. Sure they had their moments but the novel was mostly tied up in kidnapping aspect and Nick dealing with his issues over Becca’s father and bringing in his team and dealing with their issues with Becca and her deceased father.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads: Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

Author’s Website: Laura Kaye

Book Review – An Earthly Knight

An Earthly KnightTitle: An Earthly Knight
Author: Janet McNaughton
Series:
Publisher: HarperTrophyCanada
Release Date: March 2nd 2004
ISBN-13: 978-0060089948
Source: Owned (Paperback)

Synopsis

The year is 1162. Sixteen-year-old Lady Jeanette Avenel has always enjoyed her freedom as second daughter of a minor Norman nobleman in Teviotdale, Scotland. But after her sister, Isabel, disgraces the family, Jenny is suddenly thrust into the role of eldest daughter. Now Jenny has been chosen as potential bride to the heir of the King of Scotland. While learning the customs of the royal court, Jenny is drawn to the mysterious young man rumored to have been kidnapped by fairies, not knowing his past holds a secret that threatens everyone close to him – including Jenny.

My Thoughts

This book has been one I’ve read over a hundred times. I loved to read it growing up as a child and teenager and as an adult I still found the delight in the plot. It was gripping from beginning to end and just as it used to when I was younger I wound up dreaming of the setting and myself in Jenny’s shoes looking for adventure. I’ve found a love for historical romance novels and though I can’t be positive I’m pretty sure this book was the beginning one that started it all.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and hate. I could see myself as Jenny and sympathizing with her and her sister about the choices they had to make and the emotions that felt during the novel. It was also easy to hate William from the start there was an air about him that said something wasn’t right. The whole plot with the fairies brought a magical element in, and I saw fairies in a different light. Normally when I think of fairies I think of small, harmless mystical beings but the author cast a different light on them that was refreshing.

My favourite character had to be the nurse Galliane. She seemed to know everything…Jenny said through eavesdropping and the author hinted at that a little bit but it seemed to me, she had a good intuition when it came to her girls Jenny and Isabel. Just as Jenny has when it comes to the people who try to get close.

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton

Author’s Website: Janet McNaughton

Update

So by the end of tonight I should have two new book reviews posted for you all to read. I am making a fabulous start to my reading this year with three books under my belt – well I think I have anyway. I should have a few others read within the next week as I had a terrible accident which resulted in a really bad ankle sprain and it could end up that my ankle might be broken provided I get a second opinion. I’ll be laid up in bed for the next week with nothing better to do than get some of my reading out of the way.

I wanted to say that I received a new novel in the mail – thanks to a Goodreads giveaway. I won the novel “Daughter of Oreveille” by Tricia Ballad and finally received it today in the mail. Super excited to get a start on reading it so stay tuned for that review.

Books on my shelf this week to read:
1. An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton
2. Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye
3. Daughter of Oreveille by Tricia Ballad
4. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
5. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
6. The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carleson < courtesy of NetGalley