Thursday, September 29, 2011

Review: A Dash of Scandal by Amelia Grey

When Millicent comes to the aid of her injured aunt, she never imagined her "help" would require her to do all of the legwork her aunt can't do– attend society's most fashionable events in order to help write her aunt's gossip column!

But the devastatingly handsome Chandler Preswick, Earl of Dunraven, is on to her when he sees Millicent writing notes on her dance card. Outraged, he believes she's connected to the mysterious "Mad Ton Thief " and vows to expose her. Millicent must stop him before they are both plunged into scandal. If only he weren't so irresistibly attractive... description taken from here.

I really liked A DASH OF SCANDAL.  I didn't know, however, that it had previously been published in 2002.  That said, some of you might have already read the book, being that it has already been on the market for some years now.  I have to say though, I really like the new cover, it's much more vibrant and attractive.

I thought the plot was great.  I had read a historical a while back, though I cannot remember what it is called, that has a girl wandering around the rich types at a party sneaking to look for information.  A DASH OF SCANDAL reminded me somewhat of that book, which I also enjoyed reading. 

The characters were nice, I liked them.  I love rakes (what girl doesn't).  And our hero is a gorgeous rake, something you cannot resist in a romance novel.

Overall -- I enjoyed reading Grey's story.  It was a cute romance and recommendable.

Until Next Time,
Happy Reading!

**I was sent a copy of the book in order to write a real and honest review. I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own.**

Review: Utterly Charming by Kristine Grayson

He could be her own personal Prince Charming if only dreams did come true...

Mysterious, handsome wizard Aethelstan Blackstone hires a beautiful, hardworking attorney Nora Barr to get a restraining order to protect Sleeping Beauty from the evil stepmother.  But if Sleeping Beauty is supposed to be his soul mate, then how come he's becoming bewitched by Nora?

And when Nora finds herself baby-sitting a clueless maiden from the middle ages, avoiding a very wicked witch, and falling hard for the man whose magic she doesn't believe in, she begins to think that love itself is only fairy tale...  description taken from the back cover.

As soon as I started the book I knew I liked Greyson's writing style.  Her characters are well formed and the introduction of the characters in the beginning I found to be humorous.  I didn't really know what to expect when dealing with a mix of modern and old fairy tale, but I was interested since the very start.  The "Sleeping Beauty" is named Emma.  She isn't so much a sleeping beauty though unless you call a young, pretty girl in a thousand year old coma a 'Sleeping Beauty'.  From the back cover description of the book, I expected more of a "true" fairy tale characters, which made we wonder if it would mix well.  But, because Greyson wrote the characters in the way she did, with characters based off of the idea of the original fairy tale characters, it worked beautifully.

Blackstone is our hero in UTTERLY CHARMING.  He is the gorgeous wizard that women stop on the sidewalk when he walks by and starts drooling.  Blackstone first seems handsome, easy going, calm and cool.  Later on though, he shows these vulnerabilities, going from sure and cocky to looking somewhat helpless and sad, that made him more endearing in my opinion.

Nora is a good character.  Blackstone is a strike of luck for Nora, who was going broke quick, her own law practice not working as well as she was hoping it would.  Blackstone offered her a huge sum of money to basically do nothing, and with that money, Nora started to thrive. 

Ten years later, after the introductions are made, the action, drama and (or not-so-much-yet) romance starts.

I liked the book.  It was a refreashing change to what I normally read, and it was beautifully written.

Until Next Time,
Happy Reading!

**I was sent a copy of the book in order to write a real and honest review. I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own.**

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

blurb of Unleashed by Sara Humphreys - Amoveo Legend Series

Here is the back blurb of Humphreys' book Untouched, the 2nd book in the Amoveo Legend Series.  The book comes out in April 2012.  Read my review here of the 1st book in the Amoveo Legend Series, Unleashed.

From the outside, Kerry Smithson appears to have it all -- beauty, brains, money, and fame. However, Kerry harbors a crippling secret. One touch will tell her your deepest secrets and cause her mind-numbing pain. Adept at avoiding even the lightest of touches, isolation and loneliness has become her way of life. However, her world is turned upside down from the moment she encounters the disarmingly handsome Dante Coltari. Little does she know that Dante harbors a secret of his own. One that would change the course of their lives and intertwine their fates, forever.

The blurb came from the author's website.


Until Next Time,
Happy Reading!

**I was sent a copy of the book in order to write a real and honest review. I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own.**

Review: Unleashed by Sara Humphreys

What if you suddenly discovered your own powers were beyond anything you'd ever imagined...

Samantha Logan's childhood home had always been a haven, but everything changed while she was away. She has a gorgeous new neighbor, Malcolm, who introduces her to the amazing world of the dream-walking, shape shifting Amoveo clans...but what leaves her reeling with disbelief is when he tells her she's one of them...

And shock turns to terror as Samantha falls prey to the deadly enemy determined to destroy the Amoveo, and the only chance she has to come into her true powers is to trust in Malcolm to show her the way... description taken from here.

Unleashed is the 1st book in Humphreys' Amoveo Legacy.  After checking out the author's website, I found out that the next book, Untouched, will be out in April 2012.  The website also mentions to stay tuned for information about the 3rd, 4th, and 5th books in the series, which I hope to see soon.

I though Unleashed was a really cute paranormal romance. I liked Humphreys writing style, the story line was great, the characters were well written and the romance was there.  I loved the way that Malcolm and Sam were drawn together.  They just knew that they fit together, that they belonged.  Malcolm was especially endearing (but then again, as women, we always tend to like the male leads more than the female leads).

I can't wait to see more of her shape shifters in her next books, so here's hoping that some of her other books also come out in 2012.

Until Next Time,
Happy Reading!

**I was sent a copy of the book in order to write a real and honest review. I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own.**