Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Review: You Were Mine - Abbi Glines

You Were Mine (Rosemary Beach, #9)You Were Mine by Abbi Glines
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, this book was a lot more emotional than I had expected. I did not have any prior knowledge of either character, being completely new to the series. Perhaps my feelings would have been different if I had started the series at the beginning and had read about these characters before reading their book, but I doubt it.

Bethy has not led an easy life. At 16 she met the love of her life. At 16 she watched him walk away. She had to deal with a lot by herself so I don't blame her for how she led her life until Jace came into her life. She was doing the best she could to cope. Jace changed her life and she found herself falling in love again. After losing Jace she felt she had lost a part of herself and she blamed herself. Tripp has loved Bethy since she was 16 but because of forces beyond his control, he had to walk away from her always intending to come back. Unfortunately when he did, it was too late and she had moved on... with his cousin. The loss of Jace did something to both of them. Tripp was determined though to love and watch over Bethy from afar even if she never forgave him for leaving her so many years ago.

Tripp is honestly what did it for me in this book. That a man would love a woman so much that he would watch over her and protect her even if it means watching her move on with someone else is beyond romantic. He's the kind of characters romance novels revolve around. Which is why I waited with baited breath for these two characters to work through their problems and their tragic shared past and create their own happily ever after.

Great story! This is definitely one I will read repeatedly in the future.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Review: Cursed - Lucy Leroux

Cursed - A Spellbound Regency NovelCursed - A Spellbound Regency Novel by Lucy Leroux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second story I've read by this author, the first being a much shorter story included in an anthology, and honestly, I've been asking myself why I waited this long to read more of her work. I'd like to say I'm a lover of historical romances, but in all honesty, I'm pretty picky about which ones I read. Cursed was recommended to me by a fellow book lover as something that I might really enjoy and she was so right.

A historical romance with paranormal elements, Cursed managed to capture my attention and keep it. I was drawn in by the mystery of Matteo's malady and the expense hit father would go to in order to help his son. Enter our heroine, Isobel who is hiding a secret of her own that could possibly be the solution to Matteo's curse and the story truly gets interesting.

For someone who is choosy about what historical books she reads, I found myself devouring Cursed. I found it well written and intriguing. Definitely an author I will continue following in the future

Review: Coming in Hot

Coming In Hot Boxed SetComing In Hot Boxed Set by Gina Kincade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I will admit that there were times while I was reading this anthology that I seriously wondered WTF. The grammatical errors and the mistakes gave me serious doubt that it was professionally edited. I put it down several times and picked up other books to read to wash the aggravation of poorly edited stories out of my head. Now, normally this is the point when the book gets either deleted or archived on the assumption that it's just not worth the headache. Thankfully, my OCD kept me from putting this aside for very long though. Otherwise, I would have missed a few gems in this bunch.

So why 4 stars if I had to drop it several times throughout the entire thing and move on to something more polished? I paid .99 for it. The way I see it, half the stories were pretty good, at least 3 of them stand out and I would definitely read those authors again. So at that price, it was worth it. Would I read the entire thing again? God no. But I did bookmark the stories that I did enjoy and have added more books by those authors to my tbr. So at .99... is it worth it? Definitely. Just keep in mind you may have to go in a couple stories before you find one that is actually edited properly and grasps your attention. Don't give up too quickly on this one... trust me, read on... it's worth it. It does get better.