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Book Review: A Will and A Way by Claudia Harbaugh

SilkWords, LLC
Published April 7, 2015
78 Pages

When Pippa’s father dies, she learns he was an earl — and that she is illegitimate. Part of her inheritance is a London Season, although she must masquerade as her half sister’s cousin.

Provincial Pippa knows nothing of rakes and routs, and she fears repercussions should Society discover her deception. In this sweet Regency romance, Pippa must remain faithful to herself as she navigates the ton and seeks a husband. But if she does meet a man she can love, will he be able to overlook the circumstances of her birth?- Goodreads

*Short review for a short read*

This is a very short story; 4 chapters, 78 pages. So it is a decent read in between your reads.

If you are expecting development of character or intense emotions or even a fight, it doesn’t happen in this read. It is very straight forward and the romance leaves a lot to desire. I wouldn’t say that it is insta love but the I loves you are thrown fairly quick and overall the men and selfish human begins.

Pippa is intelligent, strong willed and honest. Which apparently aren’t qualities you find in women of her time. Compared to her sister, she sticks out; only if she speaks. Other than that she is considered that beautiful plain. But to the point,

I don’t necessarily have an issue with this book. It is extremely short, so things move very fast and there isn’t a whole lot of build up. One thing I give this book credit for it does its best to stay away from predictably. Considering how short it is, I was surprised that everything I thought would happen didn’t happen, exactly how I thought.

I didn’t necessarily want more from this world or book. It was just a decent filler between reads. My recommendation is read it because you are curious because if you decide to read it because of hype, you will be disappointed.

2 Pickles

Webtoon Wednesday: My Dear Cold-Blooded King by LifeLight

Linetoons
Published March 12, 2017 On Going Series

Born a humble peasant, Kihara Mei has lived simply day by day as a merchant in the capitol, and never assumed things would change. But, one fateful day would change the course of her b7 life, when faced with a deadly challenge against dangerous royal assassins. Now, with the eyes of the dreaded Blood King upon her, her life of simplicity would now become a tangled web of secrecy, deceit, and desire.- Goodreads

I’m a sucker for romantic historical fiction. Done well, you will have a fan for life. My Dear Cold Blooded King is a on going series and it is done pretty well. Kihara isn’t a naive woman, who is unable to defend or speak for herself. The woman is badass to a certain extent. She doesn’t really think things through and is emotional  and makes fast decisions without real consideration of herself and others. But despite this, she is a strong character even when she is unsure of her feelings.

Before you ask, yes, there is a love triangle. At first, I didn’t think the author was going to go that way but yeah it happened and I can’t even say I am really mad about it. It doesn’t fully drive the story as there are a bunch of other things going on but it is there and noticeable.

Speaking of love triangle, the leading men in her life…. I like them both but I prefer the second one over the first one. But honestly both wouldn’t be a bad choice.

My biggest issue with this read is that a lot of chapters are a lot of fluff. You really do not notice it until you are caught up and waiting for the next chapter to drop.

But the story flows really well even though the author is clearly stretching it. The artwork with music (because you can play music to your read) is fantastic. Its in color and detailed. I really really enjoyed this comic but kind of wish it would get to the point.

Overall, if you are a sap like me, you should read this.

4 Pickles

 

Historical Romance: One Pink Rose (Claybornes’ Brides (Rose Hill) #2) by Julie Garwood

Pocket Books Published June, 1, 1997 150 Pages
Pocket Books
Published June, 1, 1997
150 Pages

Travis Clayborne is the youngest of the Clayborne brothers and he knows exactly what he wants and what he doesn’t want in life. So when he is escorting, Emily Finnegan to Golden Crest, Montana, to become a bride… a mail order bride, he isn’t exactly sure what he signed up for.

Emily is determined to be in control of her life; even if that means marrying a man she has never met. But falling in love with a rugged stranger makes her question, is she really in control?

*Short Review*

Julie Garwood is one of my favorite authors. Her romances are lovely for a lack of better term and this book is no different.

It is a short romance; so things move rather quickly. However, it wasn’t distasteful nor did it feel rushed. I would say it takes place about three/four days and the chemistry is instant. What is great about this book, is it doesn’t feel like lust. Their attraction their love feel genuine and I chalk that up to good writing.

There was no predictability within this novel. Yes, the elephant in the room is there but that is known from the summary. Other details in this novel was placed very well without hint to what will happen next. There was color in the surrounding and there wasn’t extra characters that were unnecessary.

However, my biggest issue with this book is it was too short. I would have loved a bigger plot and some more tension between Travis and Emily. I have no problem was snippets of romances but I would have loved so much more of this.

This is book two but you don’t feel like you are missing something by not reading the first one.

3 Pickles

Historical Romance: A Raven’s Heart (Secrets and Spies #2) by K.C. Bateman

Lovesewpt To Be Published Oct. 18, 2016 266 Pages
Lovesewpt
To Be Published Oct. 18, 2016
266 Pages

The War with France is over but England is still on its toes. William Ravenwood knows he cannot trust anyone. After been kidnapped at the age of 19, he vowed never to let his guard down again. Part of a spy ring and a smuggler known as the Raven, Ravenwood is no longer a innocent man. 

Desperte to find his friend Kit, who is missing and presumed dead, Ravenwood teams up with the only woman who has ever made his blood boil, Heloise, his best friend’s little sister.

For the past 6 years, Heloise has been avoiding Ravenwood, since her confession when she was 16 years old. As brilliant coder and England’s greatest asset, avoiding him isn’t too hard. But when she decodes a message that details how Kit is alive, avoiding Ravenwood is not an option. 

Trying to ignore the heat between each other, Ravenwood and Heloise must find Kit and in the process let go of their secrets.

Surprise, surprise; I liked this book. To say it isn’t a typical romance novel, would be a lie but at the same time it is also untypical. It is typical in the sense you get that lust turned love at almost every page. I was actually surprised at how soon the desires started flowing. I guess maybe because this is book two? Which I didn’t notice until I was working on the review. It didn’t feel like a book two and I chalk that up to good writing.

I liked Ravenwood and Heloise because they were intelligent and not the I just read books intelligent but Heloise was passionate about words and history and that was shown throughout the book. I really loved that part of the book it made it so much more than two grown people worrying about society and their feelings.

The romance was typical, so I am not going to get too much into it. But will say that their lust/love was unconventional and I liked it. It was good to see something different and it was actually believable. I can’t say that I didn’t like something about this book. The pace was great, there was a good amount of drama and history and it balanced the romance well.

Overall, a quick read that will want you to read another one.

4 Pickles

The Heartless City (The Gold and Gaslight Chronicles #1) by Andrea Berthot

Curiosity Quills Press Published Aug. 17, 2015 241 Pages
Curiosity Quills Press
Published Aug. 17, 2015
241 Pages

Henry Jekyll is an amazing doctor that was desperate to save the world he ended up creating a new species of monsters. For years, he was able to keep this secret to himself… that is until he decided to tell his rich friends. In the end, his drug was mass produced into a pill, creating monsters roaming the London streets resulting in a quarantine.

 13 years later, London is unrecognizable and still under quarantine. Elliot Morrissey, son of a prominent doctor and cure seeker, has had a freak accident of his own and now is able to feel everything from everyone he is around. He finds an ally in Iris Faye, a waitress who has some of her own special abilities.

Together they try to find, who is still make moves after the death of Jekyll.

 

*Short Review*

 

This wasn’t a bad read but it isn’t for me. I liked the beginning and I love the concept of this book. But its flare died down and I was shocked at how open and honest Elliot and Iris were to each other so soon. I thought their romance was cute but it was nothing that got my heart pumping and wanting to know more about.

The pace of the novel was only slow because of the tone; the dullness of it stayed throughout the book even when things were well. This killed the book for me because I felt nothing. I didn’t like Elliot. He was overly sensitive to the point where it was annoying and it made me doubt him as a leading character. I don’t mind sensitivity but have something to back it up with. Iris was alright. There nothing too spectacular about her that I am going to comment on. I wanted more development from the both of them. I feel that they remained the same throughout the book.

Despite that I thought it was a good story. It was a twist to a classic we all know and although the story was predictably from beginning to end, the author did do a good job highlighting a side that no one has thought of.

I wanted more intensity within this novel, less predictability, more character development and spark . . . a lot of spark in the romance. Overall, this wasn’t for me.

2.5 Pickles

Book Review: These Dark Wings (Ravenmaster Trilogy #1) by John Owen Theobald

Head of Zeus Published Feb. 11, 2016 320 Pages
Head of Zeus
Published Feb. 11, 2016
320 Pages

12 year Anna Cooper is experiencing the war first hand. After her mother is killed and her father lost in the North Sea, she is sent to live with her Uncle, the Ravenmaster Uncle she never met, at the Tower of London. 

In the tower of secrets, a ancient legend tells that if the Ravens leave the Tower, the Nazis will win Britain. When the Ravens begin disappearing and it is up to Anna to go through the war torn town to find them. 

*Short Review*

The reason this book is a short review is because it is a slow i,e boring read. Therefore, I lost enthusiasm very fast, This does not mean that it wasn’t a thoughtful and creative; it was but it was lacking on some passion and a bigger voice from Anna. Her tone remains the same throughout the entire book and it is unfortunate because she goes through some things that shape her.

The pace of the novel is slow and it feels like the author struggled to keep it moving. The excitement wasn’t as exciting as I though it would be nor was the mystery within this book. I did enjoy the history i.e. the war that the author was able to capture. The imagery of it was great and that is what I liked most about this book.

But overall there could have been so much more done to this book. So it was a tad disappointing.

2 Pickles

NetGalley Review: The Reluctant Duchess by Sharon Cullen

Loveswept To Be Published Nov. 10, 2015 Kindle Edition
Loveswept
      To Be Published Nov. 10, 2015
               Kindle Edition

Lady Sara Emerson has lived an isolated life since the murder of her cousin. Two years later the killer now wants Sara. So she turns to the only person she believes that can help, her cousin’s fiance, the Duke of Rossmoyne.

Ross never really noticed his fiance’s cousin but now that she has come to him he can the beautiful woman she became to be. But Ross will not let his attraction to her stop him from returning overseas away from the unforgiving society. 

But what are Sara and Ross supposed to do when their attraction turns into something deeper and Sara’s stalker gets closer to his kill?

The thing about historical romance is people are expecting a complication romance that involves either a bad boy and/or a outspoken woman. People feel that you can’t have a love at first sight romance. People forget that historical romance provide a fantasy of unfiltered passion and love. People forget to just enjoy the cuteness of it.

Okay I am off my soapbox.

I love this book. Finished it in one sitting. I loved Ross much more than I loved Sara. He wasn’t a bad boy, which I appreciated the author for not going that route. He was a grown man who knew what he wanted and was honorable. He was also a man that loved and loved fiercely. He was perfect to me. I loved reading his point of view.

Just because I loved Ross more than Sara doesn’t mean I didn’t like Sara. I enjoyed the fact that the author didn’t make her an extreme. What I mean by that is Sara wasn’t an outcast because either she was plain or because she was too modern. She was a perfect mix of what society wanted from her and being her own intelligent person. Sara was cute, shy but not stupid by any means.

The actual story was written well too. There was some slight predictability but nothing too major that made me want to roll my eyes. The pace was wonderful the downtime didn’t actually feel like downtime.

My only issue with this book is I wish there was more tension or for the lack of better term more focus on the murder and someone coming after Sara. I felt that it became too much about their relationship and less about the pending danger.

Overall I really liked this book.

4 Pickles