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Review: Lady Claire is All That by Maya Rodale

February 15th, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

Publication date: December 27, 2016

Publisher: Avon

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Series: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes

About the Book:

Her Brains
Claire Cavendish is in search of a duke, but not for the usual reasons. The man she seeks is a mathematician; the man she unwittingly finds is Lord Fox: dynamic, athletic, and as bored by the equations Claire adores as she is by the social whirl upon which he thrives. As attractive as Fox is, he’s of no use to Claire . . . or is he?

Plus His Brawn
Fox’s male pride has been bruised ever since his fiancée jilted him. One way to recover: win a bet that he can transform Lady Claire, Society’s roughest diamond, into its most prized jewel. But Claire has other ideas—shockingly steamy ones. . .

Equals A Study In Seduction
By Claire’s calculations, Fox is the perfect man to satisfy her sensual curiosity. In Fox’s estimation, Claire is the perfect woman to prove his mastery of the ton. But the one thing neither of them counted on is love . . .

My Thoughts:

This book sounded like so much fun from the synopsis that I had to give it a go. While I will say it was a quick read and I actually really enjoyed the entire Cavendish family, I found that I didn’t fall for Claire or Fox.

The main reason I can’t say I was in love with this book despite Rodale having a breezy, easy and fun to read style of writing is that the hero just didn’t have much substance. Fox openly admits he’s not the smartest and he relies on his good looks, title and athleticism to carry him through life. At first I figured this was just a facade and we would see deeper depths to his character but we don’t. Yes, he ends up being rather sweet but he is what he is and there are no hidden depths of intelligence, caring for others or any real sense of responsibility to anything. It really made it hard to fall for him as a hero because I want more than just a pretty face. To compound this once he does fall for Claire almost his entire plan to win her over is to use his body. Up until the very end he talks about how he’s going to physically entice her, he uses his body to pleasure her and he keeps himself in peak condition to keep her happy and satisfied in bed. While we know there is much more to Claire I feel like in his head he truly thinks the only way he can keep Claire is by pleasing her physically.

There are plenty of other people who enjoyed this book so it probably just wasn’t my cup of tea. I will say I did love Rodale’s writing style which made the book a quick, fun read. I just wished I had loved the hero a bit more. The highlights for me were the other Cavendish siblings and I can’t wait to James’ story!

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Review: Falling for the Highlander by Lynsay Sands + Giveaway

February 10th, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books
 If Dougall’s not careful, this Scot might just end up tying the knot…
FALLING FOR THE HIGHLANDER
Highlander #4
Lynsay Sands
Releasing Jan 31st, 2017
Avon Books

About the Book:

If there’s one thing Lady Murine will not abide, it’s her virtue being handed over to the highest bidder. When her scoundrel brother does just that—in exchange for a few Scottish horses, no less—she’s appalled, but she refuses to stand by and let it happen. She’s determined to take matters into her own hands, even if it means braving the countryside alone—or worse, with a tempting Scot by her side.

Dougall set out to sell a few horses to an English lord; he never expected he’d help smuggle a beautiful fugitive back to Scotland instead. When her brother offered Lady Murine for a few horses, Dougall was disgusted and promptly turned
him down. But encountering the runaway lass on the road out of town sets something pounding in Dougall’s heart. There’s something about this fierce woman that makes him want to do more than just help her escape. He wants to
protect her—with his life and his heart.

If Dougall’s not careful, this Scot might just end up tying the knot…

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed The Highlander Takes a Bride and love highlander books in general so I jumped on this one. Lynsay Sands definitely has a flair for writing a fun, steamy historical romance and this book had me laughing out loud at certain points.

The main reason I didn’t rate this book higher was I never found myself really in love with either Dougall or Murine. Dougall is by no means a bad hero but I didn’t really see why he was any more attractive than his brothers to Murine. His brothers were the ones who were always more thoughtful about what Murine may need like a new dress to replace her destroyed ones or had more insight into how she was feeling. I know it’s not an unusual state for the hero to be baffled by these sorts of things but since Dougall didn’t do much else to rise about his brothers it did baffle me a little.

I liked Murine more though the fainting did get on my nerves a bit at the beginning. She grew on me when she saves the brothers during a fire showing her grit and brains. I really like when a heroine isn’t just a sit there and fret type of person.

The story line kept me interested throughout the entire book though the villain is pretty obvious and there weren’t any twists or turns. I think it was really the style of Lynsay Sands writing that kept me engrossed. I am hoping to see the other Buchanan brothers get their own story, in particular Aulay.

About the Author:

 
Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as  well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there’s occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. Please visit her on the web.
 

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Release blitz: Paying Daddy’s Debt by Alexa Riley

February 9th, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

 

 

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When Ash Carpenter imagines a schoolgirl, the image doesn’t match her. She wears long skirts that are sort of frumpy. Her bulky sweaters hide her shape, and her hair is always in a messy bun. Her tennis shoes are clunky and worn, and there are runs in her thick tights. Her dark-framed glasses hide some of her face…but not all of it. Because he’s caught sight of those ice-blue eyes, and they’ve pierced him to his core.

She walks by his office every day, but one afternoon she’s missing. It’s then Ash finally decides he’s tired of waiting and it’s time to collect what he’s owed. She’ll come with him, because there’s no other choice. She’ll pay her daddy’s debt any way Ash sees fit.

Warning: Oh, honey, this is about to get filthy. If your delicate sensibilities can’t handle the dirty, then step aside for those of us who can. It’s quick, but it’s just the right length, if you know what I mean. *slow wink, elbow nudge, goofy snort*
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Alexa Riley is two sassy friends who got together and wrote some dirty books. They are both married moms of two who love football, donuts, and obsessed book heroes.
They specialize in insta-love, over-the-top, sweet, and cheesy love stories that don’t take all year to read. If you want something SAFE, short, and always with a happily ever after, then Alexa Riley is for you!
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Review: Size Matters by Alison Bliss

February 7th, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

 

Publication date: November 29, 2016

Publisher: Forever

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the Book:

The rules of (fake) engagement . . .
Leah Martin has spent her life trying to avoid temptation. But she’s sick of low-fat snacks, counting calories, and her hyper-critical mom. Fortunately, her popular new bakery keeps her good and distracted. But there aren’t enough éclairs in the world to distract Leah from the hotness that is Sam Cooper – or the fact that he just told her mother that they’re engaged . . . which is a big, fat lie.

Sam sometime speaks before he thinks. So what started out as defending Leah’s date-ability to her judgmental mother soon turned into having a fiancee! Now the plan is to keep up the fake engagement, stay “just friends,” and make Leah’s family loathe him enough to just call the whole thing off . But Sam has an insatiable sweet tooth, not only for Leah’s decadent desserts but her decadent curves. Her full lips. Her bright green eyes. Yep, things aren’t going quite according to plan. Now Sam has to convince Leah that he’s for real . . . before their little lie turns into one big, sweet disaster.

My Thoughts:

Being a big girl myself the fact that this book had a plus sized heroine on the cover immediately caught my eye. When I saw it go on sale on Amazon I decided to give it a shot since the reviews were so positive.

I have mixed feelings about this book because it really was such a fun read and it did make me laugh a lot. That said the heroine really did start to get on my nerves. I have low self esteem due to always having been “the fat girl” but I thought a lot of Leah’s reaction were way overboard. Even if you add in the fact that her mother is always criticizing her and her ex was a douche she took totally innocent comments and blew them way out of proportion. And the fact that it wasn’t just once but numerous times really grated on me. Yes I would have self doubt but I wouldn’t always be so aggressive in assuming the worst about everyone and every word that came out of their mouth.

Other than that though I really enjoyed reading the book and I am really excited to read Valerie’s book. She sounds like she’s plus sized but embraces her great qualities too which I think will make a great heroine. That combined with Alison Bliss’s great sense of humor that comes across in her writing I think will make an amazing, must read romance.

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Review: The Seventh Plague by James Rollins

February 2nd, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

 

Publication date: December 13, 2016

Publisher: William Morrow

Series: Sigma Force #12

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the Book:

If the biblical plagues of Egypt truly happened–could they happen again–on a global scale?

Two years after vanishing into the Sudanese desert, the leader of a British archeological expedition, Professor Harold McCabe, comes stumbling out of the sands, frantic and delirious, but he dies before he can tell his story. The mystery deepens when an autopsy uncovers a bizarre corruption: someone had begun to mummify the professor’s body–while he was still alive.

His strange remains are returned to London for further study, when alarming news arrives from Egypt. The medical team who had performed the man’s autopsy has fallen ill with an unknown disease, one that is quickly spreading throughout Cairo. Fearing the worst, a colleague of the professor reaches out to a longtime friend: Painter Crowe, the director of Sigma Force. The call is urgent, for Professor McCabe had vanished into the desert while searching for proof of the ten plagues of Moses. As the pandemic grows, a disturbing question arises.

Are those plagues starting again?

Before Director Crowe can investigate, a mysterious group of assassins leaves behind a fiery wake of destruction and death, erasing all evidence. With the professor’s body incinerated, his home firebombed, Sigma Force must turn to the archaeologist’s only daughter, Jane McCabe, for help. While sifting through what’s left of her father’s work, she discovers a puzzling connection, tying the current threat to a shocking historical mystery, one involving the travels of Mark Twain, the genius of Nikola Tesla, and the adventures of famous explorer, Henry Morgan Stanley.

To unravel a secret going back millennia, Director Crowe and Commander Grayson Pierce will be thrust to opposite sides of the globe. One will search for the truth, traveling from the plague-ridden streets of Cairo to a vast ancient tomb buried under the burning sands of the Sudan; the other will struggle to stop a mad genius locked within a remote Arctic engineering complex, risking the lives of all those he holds dear.

As the global crisis grows ever larger, Sigma Force will confront a threat born of the ancient past and made real by the latest science–a danger that will unleash a cascading series of plagues, culminating in a scourge that could kill all of the world’s children . . . decimating mankind forever.

My Thoughts:

When people ask who are my favorite authors, James Rollins tops my list so I am shocked that I’ve given 3 stars to two of his books in a row (I wasn’t a fan of Warhawk either). It really saddens me to do so but The Seventh Plague never really drew me in.

The story concept sounded fascinating and I love the entire Sigma Force but something just seemed to be missing from this one. I felt we didn’t get into the heads of the characters as much this time around which was one of my favorite things about Rollins past books. I loved Gray and Seichan from the start and even Kowalski really grew on me in The Bone Labyrinth so I was shocked not to enjoy them more in this story. It seemed like we were going to dive deeper into Seichan’s characters as she starts delving into the idea that she doesn’t really fit anywhere but that is never fully explored. I suppose it might be addressed in future books. I did like that Kat was finally out in the field again. It was a little frustrating that she had been relegated to a behind the desk job playing the wife and mother role that doesn’t really utilize her amazing intellect and ability in the field. I wish that had also played a larger part in the book.

The storyline also never really picked up for me. I didn’t become invested in it as I have the past mysteries that were the basis of past books. I did love Crash & Burn that came out right before The Seventh Plague so I’m hoping Rollins’ next book is more along that style.

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February 1st, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

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Review: It Started With a Kiss by Marina Adair

January 31st, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

It Started With a Kiss by Marina Adair

Source: Received for review

Publication date: January 31, 2017

Publisher: Montlake

Rating: ★★★★★

About the Book

With a kidney transplant behind her, Avery Adams is determined to channel her inner adventurer and explore everything life has to offer. Only problem is, the closest she’s ever come to a real-life adventure was sixth-grade science camp. So to seize the summer in her rustic Sierra Nevada town, she takes a job as a guide at the local adventure lodge. But Avery doesn’t realize her biggest challenge will register at six-plus feet of rugged good looks and alpha-male charm.

As a member of the Sequoia Elite Mountain Rescue team, Tyson Donovan has made a life out of cheating death and rescuing weekend warriors from the treacherous terrain. “The world is my home” is more than just a motto; it’s what scares off women who would otherwise try to tie him down. When his dad’s health lands the family’s adventure lodge in serious danger of going up in flames, he moves home—and quickly remembers why he left. Until he meets Avery, the irresistible new guide who makes him want to stay.

Tyson gives the inexperienced Avery a lesson in romance that her books could never teach her. And with her undeniable spirit for life, Avery shows Tyson the healing power of love. But with one misstep, everything comes crashing down, and they’ll both have to take the biggest leap of all—into the kind of adventure that lasts a lifetime.

My Thoughts

I feel like I’m a broken record when it comes to reviewing Marina Adair’s books but they are just that good. I will warn you that this book brought tears to my eyes but it was so good!

I loved both Ty and Avery’s characters from the very start. Both characters have backgrounds that makes your heart break for them and have you rooting for them to get their happily ever after. It’s not smooth sailing but so satisfying watching them each overcome the stumbling blocks in their life.

Their romance was so touching to watch as it develops and was so satisfying to finish. You can’t go wrong with Marina Adair. She’s definitely an auto-buy author for me.

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Review: Under Pressure by Lori Foster

January 26th, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

Under Pressure by Lori Foster

Source: Received for review

Publication date: January 24, 2017

Publisher: HQN Books

Series: Body Armor #1

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the Book:

He can protect anything except his heart

Leese Phelps’s road hasn’t been an easy one, but it’s brought him to the perfect job — working for the elite Body Armor security agency. And what his newest assignment lacks in size, she makes up for in fire and backbone. But being drawn to Catalina Nicholson is a dangerous complication, especially since it could be the very man who hired Leese who’s threatening her.

What Catalina knows could get her killed. But who’d believe the sordid truth about her powerful stepfather? Beyond Leese’s ripped body and brooding gaze is a man of impeccable honour. He’s the last person she expects to trust — and the first who’s ever made her feel safe. And he’s the only one who can help her expose a deadly secret, if they can just stay alive long enough…

My Thoughts

I loved almost every Lori Foster book I’ve read and I was curious to see what Leese’s story would end up being. Sadly I’ve fallen into the minority of not enjoying this book as much as her other series. It’s possible this is because I have read the Ultimate series (which this is a spin off of) and it seemed such a jarring change since we never see the transition Leese made from MMA to being a body guard. At the same time it makes reference to this just being a year later so I found some of it hard to believe that Leese was as good of a body guard as he’s made out to be after so little time. He demonstrates so many skills that I had my doubts he could have excelled at so quickly (I could be wrong of course but it was just the feeling I got).

I also wasn’t too enamored over Cat. I felt like it came up way too much over how she was lying to everyone, keeping secrets hidden from Leese, etc. After awhile I was like we get it, you’re lying to him and you have no plans of telling him any time soon, please stop mentioning it. She eventually grew on me enough to care what happened to her but I never fell for her like I have previous heroines.

My favorite characters actually ended up being Sahara and her assistant. I can’t wait to hear more about her story and find out what happened to her brother. It’s only touched upon in this book but I assume it will come later in the series.

The story itself was interesting and kept you guessing as to what would happen next which I always enjoy in a story. All in all I would say Lori Foster is always worth reading but I’m hoping to enjoy the next book more so.

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Review: Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

January 23rd, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Publication date: January 24, 2017

Publisher: Avon Books

Series: Heartbreaker Bay #3

Rating: ★★★★★

About the Book:

 There’s no such thing as a little in love…

Elle Wheaten’s priorities: friends, career, and kick-ass shoes. Then there’s the muscular wall of stubbornness that’s security expert Archer Hunt—who comes before everything else. No point in telling Mr. “Feels-Free Zone” that, though. Elle will just see other men until she gets over Archer . . . which should only take a lifetime . . .

There’s no such thing as a little in lust…

Archer’s wanted the best for Elle ever since he sacrificed his law-enforcement career to save her. But now that she’s earned happiness and success, Archer just wants Elle 24/7. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco Earthquake, and Archer doesn’t want to be responsible for the damage. The alternative? Watch her go out with guys who aren’t him . . .

There is such a thing as…

As far as Archer’s concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging her dates, she gets mad—and things get hot as hell. Now Archer has a new mission: prove to Elle that her perfect man has been here all along…

My Thoughts

When I read The Trouble with Mistletoe I mentioned that the supporting cast blew me away and that was definitely true about Elle and Archer. I couldn’t wait to read their story and it definitely did not disappoint.

Both characters were scrappy, had their flaws and had you falling in love with them. The chemistry was sizzling and I loved their sparring as they tried to fight their attraction. I loved Elle’s character because she’s strong and independent but not stupidly independent. She makes her own choices but doesn’t do stupid things just to prove she is independent. Archer is just sex on two legs and while I would have shared Elle’s frustration with Archer’s meddling in her life, I still couldn’t resist him. Then you toss in Joe and Spence who had me cracking up constantly and this was a book I fell in love with.

I am dying to read Spence’s story. Definitely glad this one blew me out of the water after The Trouble with Mistletoe being just meh for me.

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Review: Taking Care of the Target by Cindi Madsen

January 23rd, 2017 by Debbie's World of Books

Taking Care of the Target by Cindi Madsen

Source: Received for review

Publication date: January 23, 2017

Rating: ★★★★½

About the book:

Vince DaMarco always liked Cassie, the shy waitress who works at the restaurant that serves as a front for his mob boss uncle. Unfortunately, she witnesses a back alley hit, and while fleeing, she’s struck by a truck. Now she’s at the top of the hit list. Desperate to stop anyone who’d draw out Cassie’s death, Vince volunteers to take care of it.

Cassie Dalton has no recollection of her accident, but she’s told she’s lucky to be alive. A few years are missing from her memory, and the unsettling feeling that something isn’t right—along with the creepy sensation that she’s being watched—won’t go away.

Vince shows up right when Cassie needs him most. In a world of confusion, the rugged stranger is the one thing that makes sense. But little does she know, she’s found refuge in the arms of the very man who’s been sent to kill her.

My Thoughts

I am a huge fan of Cindi Madsen’s sweet romances and new adult romances so when I saw she was releasing a romantic suspense I jumped at the chance to review it.  She certainly did not disappoint and I fell in love with both Vince and Cassie. The chemistry between the two was so thick that you could feel it and watching the two dance around each other until they came together was great to see. The story line was interesting and I really enjoyed the supporting characters as well including Vince’s brother.  Cindi Madsen just has a way of writing a story that sucks you in and takes you on a great ride. Definitely recommend Taking Care of the Target if you love a great romance with a dose of suspense tossed in.

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