Monday, October 20, 2014

The Sweet Surrender of Janet Buchanan Paula Quinn

What it’s about
New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn continues her Highland Heirs series in this not-to-be missed novella.


Janet Buchanan is no man's property. She refuses to marry her family's sworn enemy-consequences be damned. She'd rather take a dagger to the brute herself. Yet when a tantalizing-and infuriating-man from her past comes to her rescue, Janet finds herself undeniably tempted by his hot, hungry kiss.


Notorious for his prowess as a lover and a fighter, Darach Grant has only one goal in mind: to defend his kin's land from the impending siege of a hostile clan. The last thing he needs is the delicious distraction of Janet Buchanan-the only woman who can stir his ire as deeply as she warms his blood. But Janet's intended will stop at nothing to claim her, forcing Darach to choose between surrendering his honor . . . or his heart.

Kathleen & Kristen’s Dual Review

What Worked
Kathleen says: Paula Quinn sure knows how to write a book with authentic  Scottish brogue, it REALLY added a lot to my overall enjoyment of this story.
The banter between Darach and Janet was fun to read.
I really liked that Darach was a poet and a song writer. He also said some very romantic things that made me fall in love with him.
The sensual chemistry between Darach and Janet, I could REALLY feel the attraction they had for each other.

Kristen says: Janet and Darach's story was a nice introduction and set-up for  this new series.
The witty banter between Janet and Darach. They had a love/hate relationship that was very amusing, and made it a fun read.
I also loved that this was about the third generation of the MacGregor and Grant clans from a series perspective, and I think it's fantastic that readers get to move on with this family. 

What Didn't  Work
Kathleen says: The ending was abrupt. I was expecting more, but the end came at 75% on my Kindle which threw me for a loop. I was NOT ready for it to end at that point, and thought there was going to be more.

Kristen says: A dramatic event towards the end of the book felt somewhat fabricated and wrapped up too quickly. This might have been necessary because of the book's length,  but  I wish the author would have considered giving this deserving couple a full length novel. Janet  and Darach's story didn't reach its full potential. 

Best Scene(s) and/or Quote(s)
Kathleen says: I really enjoyed the scene when Darach realized that Janet had been sleeping in his bed chamber after he had been gone from Ravenglade for a while. It was funny reading how Janet tried to explain the letters that Darach had found in his chamber that she had written about him.
Janet heard someone playing a lovely tune on the bagpipes only to find that it was Darach who was playing them.
There was a very dramatic event involving Janet at the end which really affected Darach. Then what he did after that was a very exciting part of the book!

Kristen says: When Janet realizes that Darach has returned to the castle and she needs to move back to her own room. It was a fun scene to read and I grinned the whole time.

I also loved this scene and banter between the two of them! 
“How d’ye know there are twenty-six Menzies in their camp,” she asked him. How could he possibly know for certain? “Or where their camp is exactly?”
 “I counted them.” He glanced up when their cook, Kevin, her cousin twice removed, entered the Great Hall. “Ye…” He wasn’t just an arrogant fool, but also a mad, arrogant fool.
“Ye counted them?” she asked him, almost speechless. She cast her gaze to Will.
“Aye,” Darach told her, “this mornin’ while they slept.”
He was mad… or utterly fearless and possibly able to get them out of this. “Why did ye not kill them all then?”
 “Because as skilled a fighter as I am, I canna’ kill twenty-six men at once. Really, Miss Buchanan, plans must be made before an attack.” He cast her brother an impatient look, then returned his gaze to her. “Ye will bring m’ plans to ruin if ye try anything foolish.”
 She wanted to shout at him that she didn’t care about his plans. It was her life to be sacrificed to a bleating goat. Was she supposed to entrust her life to a man she’d met all but two times, and both times, he was beaten to a bloody mess? He could barely defend himself, let alone her and a castle. She was afraid.

Favorite Character(s)
Kathleen says: My favorite character was Darach. I thought the fact that he was a poet, a song writer and could play musical instruments  was a refreshing character trait. Of course, he was also a fearsome warrior and always ready to defend and keep his loved ones safe. He was sexy, good in bed, and said some really romantic things which added to his overall appeal. In my eyes he was the perfect Highland hero.

Kristen says: Janet...she was feisty, strong-willed but yet vulnerable, the perfect blend for a heroine.
Darach...he was a full-fledged warrior with the heart of a poet.  At times it embarrassed him, but I loved his hard edges along with soft side. 

Overall Thoughts
Kathleen says: The Sweet Surrender of Janet Buchanon grabbed my attention from start to finish.  For a it had a pretty jam-packed story line. Even though Darach was my favorite character I also LIKED Janet too. She was smart, brave, strong and faced her fears head on. I could easily feel the attraction these two had for each other. Paula Quinn didn't disappoint with the heat level either. These scenes were spicy and written very well, just the way I like them. There were also a few action scenes that added excitement.

It’s been a while since I last read a book by Paula Quinn and  after reading this book I can honestly say that I’ve been missing out. I now feel the need to read more of her excellent Scottish romances.  ~  4 Stars!    

Kristen says: I really enjoyed this novella, it had a lot of depth , humor and characterization considering the length of the book.  However, I think Janet and Darach were a little short changed, they deserved to have their full story told, which in a way it was and sort of wasn't.  The book did focus on their relationship and not so much on what went on with the secondary characters, which I appreciated, but because I enjoyed these two so much I wanted more. Maybe a short epilogue would have done the trick and satisfied my need to know more....a little peek into the future. 

One thing I would recommend is that readers brush up on the past history of these families so you don't find yourself confused as to who is related to who. There is a family tree in the beginning of this book which you can reference and it's a great tool to refresh your memory, it certainly helped me.

Overall , The Sweet Surrender of Janet Buchanan  was delight to read and I am very much looking forward to jumping back into clan life with the Grants and MacGregors!  ~  3.5 Stars!

*A copy of the book was provided by the author and Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley*


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Quickie Review: Silver Nights With You by Sawyer Belle

What it’s about
The town was lawless, the people rough, and nothing west of the Missouri River set the wagon wheels spinning like the glitter of silver and gold. When Lila Cameron stepped off the bullet-riddled stage coach in Gold Hill, NV life never looked so bleak. That is, until her father announced that they would be staying. She took on her new life with pluck, wading through a sea of sin and everything that ever made the west wild, and just when she felt in control, she found herself targeted by three men. One who wanted to wed her. One who wanted to bed her. And one who wanted her dead.

Morgan Kelly wanted a wife and a peaceful life in the shadows of the Sierras. When the young debutante from the east coast swept into his town, he fell instantly. But she made it clear that her affection lie elsewhere and he did his best to let her go. Fate and the devious intentions of other men pushed them together, and there was no going back for either of their hearts. But the way forward was filled with danger.

Against the backdrop of the greatest silver boom in the history of America, Morgan and Lila fight through the perils of early mining, western justice and the fear of hope.

Karla’s Review

4 Stars! Good old fashioned western romance that was a joy to read.
I like Sawyer Belle's style! It's the complete package. Great storytelling, wonderful historical setting, some shoot-em-ups, romance with a little sizzle, a feisty heroine, a hero to die for and a sweet conclusive ending! looks like the author will be going back to Virginia City, Nevada, home of the great silver boom, and writing about two of the colorful characters that we got to know in this book! Count me in!! 

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Keep Me Safe (Slow Burn #1) by Maya Banks

What it’s about
A sizzling story of a woman who risks her life and her heart to find a wealthy man’s missing sister—the first novel in a sexy new romantic suspense series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks

When Caleb Devereaux's younger sister is kidnapped, this scion of a powerful and wealthy family turns to an unlikely source for help: a beautiful and sensitive woman with a gift for finding answers others cannot.

While Ramie can connect to victims and locate them by feeling their pain, her ability comes with a price. Every time she uses it, it costs her a piece of herself. Helping the infuriatingly attractive and impatient Caleb successfully find his sister nearly destroys her. Even though his sexual intensity draws her like a magnet, she needs to get as far away from him as she can.

Deeply remorseful for the pain he’s caused, Caleb is determined to make things right. But just when he thinks Ramie's vanished forever, she reappears. She’s in trouble and she needs his help. Now, Caleb will risk everything to protect her—including his heart. . .

Kathleen’s Review

Story Rating ~ 2.5 Stars
Hero Rating ~ 3 Stars
Heroine Rating ~ 3 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 2.5 Stars
Heat Level ~ 3 Stars
Ending ~ 2 Stars
Overall Rating ~ 2.5 Stars

Keep Me Safe started out really good. I liked the direction the story line was going and loved that it was creepy. Then the story took a backwards slide and it took sometime before it picked back up.

I thought Caleb was a good character, but I found it hard to believe that he fell in love with Ramie so fast. I didn’t really feel the connection between them until the end of the book.

I loved Ramie's psychic abilities and I thought her back story was well done, however I got tired of her thinking she was a coward throughout most of the book.

There were a few sex/love scenes, but for me they were not up to Maya Banks’ usual sensual level. I felt some of them took place at a very inappropriate times, which made me feel that they were just added for the sake of adding a sex scene. 

There were some fabulous action scenes and that’s what made the read for me. Without them this book would have been a bust. 

I felt the way they caught the killer was not very believable , it was rushed, and would have loved for this part to be drawn out a little more.

I have to say that I thought the overall part of Ramie's abilities was a great touch, but it could have been a much better story if it would have continued on the eerie side, instead of the romance, which in the fell flat in the end. It should have focused on one or the other.  

*A copy of the book was provided in exchange for an honest review*

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

New Beginnings by Kyle Adams

What it’s about
Urban Sinclair thinks he has it all. An amazing life, a nice house he shares with Tyson, his boyfriend of eight years. Urban learns the hard way that life is full of unexpected surprises and people aren’t always as happy as he thinks. Unexpectedly single and heartbroken, Urban knows he can only take it one day at a time. A daunting endeavor while he still shares a house with the man responsible for shattering his heart.

Before Urban can even begin grieving, let alone moving on, Tyson makes a shocking revelation that spins his world around for an extra loop. Can this new surprise show Urban that life isn’t about endings but about making memories and sharing limitless new beginnings?

 Available at: Torquere Press

 KindleRomance’s Review
5 Stars!
Although Kyle Adams is known for his lighthearted and funny stories, "New Beginnings" shows us a different side to his writing. My stomach was in knots and my heart felt like it was being ripped apart as I read the beginning of this lovely story. Fortunately for me, the angst didn't last too long. I enjoyed getting to know Urban and watching him deal with the emotions of everything that was happening to him.

* A copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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