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NetGalley Review: Heart of Ice by Sibelle Stone

Self Published Published Feb. , 2015 213 Pages
Self Published
Published Feb. , 2015
213 Pages

Lucinda Stafford is not an average governess. With almost no experience with children, she leaves her life of comfort to prove to her father that she isn’t a spoiled brat and can take care of herself. So when opportunity arises, Lucinda takes a job to care for two energetic children.

Grayson Thorne isn’t what you call a neglectful father. With only weeks to prove his geothermal plant can generate electricity, he hires Lucinda but is thrown of his tracks when he becomes attracted to her. 

When an ancient evil awakes and threatens the peace that the town has come to love what will Lucinda and Grayson do for the sake of the children as well as their growing love?

This was such a cute book. I love the fact that the romance was able to really show in this book without the heavy sexual acts. What I loved about this was how simple it really was. It wasn’t overly dramatic or heavy with the unnecessary. It focused on two adults who weren’t childish about their emotions and who always put the children first.

Lucinda is extremely intelligent and not one of those women who need to constantly remind you of her intelligence. For me that is what makes her beautiful because she didn’t need to try. Even when taking care of the children it was something that flowed. The author did a really good job making this character seem effortless.

As for Grayson, he was okay. There was nothing spectacular about him in the sense of all the other typical leading men in historical romances. Just a guy that still grieving his wife and the decisions he didn’t make. I liked the fact that he was a regular guy not a bad boy.

The flow of the book was good and I have no idea why the author threw in the folklore. It was mentioned briefly in some parts of the book so I was extremely surprised that out of no where there comes some beast ruining everyone’s life.  I felt disappointed because there really wasn’t any need for it.

Overall, I really liked this book.

3 Pickles.

Romance Review: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke #1)

Cue the Awes

                 Avon  Published June 26, 2007               384 Pages
Avon
Published June 26, 2007
384 Pages

When Miranda Cheever was ten years old she was teased for not being beautiful. However, Viscount Turner, then 19 years old, took her home after her best friend’s birthday party and told her she will be beautiful, Miranda fell in love.

Eight years later, Miranda still believes in her love for Turner. However, Turner scorned by a marriage gone terribly wrong doesn’t believe in love but he does believe that Miranda is more than just a girl grown into her beauty.

I though this book was the perfect love story. Most historical romance like to drip the pages with sex once the two main character become intimate. However, with this book it was the opposite. Yes, there is sex but the two aren’t constantly having it. They are growing into each other dispute the mishap that occurs.

I also liked the fact that Miranda wasn’t naïve. Innocent is completely different from being naïve and Miranda was far from foolish. She was intelligent but that too intelligent that all she did was read and talk about politics. She was much livelier and didn’t need Turner to open that door for her to be free. This made her a very likeable character.

Turner was like any man who went through a real bad relationship. Annoying and holding a grudge against all kinds of love and romance. He wasn’t a bad boy though. He was respectful, and honorable which is also different from most historical romances.

The writing itself was great; not too complicated and not forced at all.

Truly this is the perfect romance. This book gets 10 out of 10.

 

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Book Review: Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

Adults Only

 Grand Central Publishing      Published Aug. 1, 2010          382 Pages
Grand Central Publishing
Published Aug. 1, 2010
382 Pages

I love love historical romance but was a bit bored with this book.

Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire is looking for a killer in St. Giles London unable to navigate the streets Huntington hires Temperance Dews, widow and care taker of orphan children, as his guide.

In return of Temperance helping Lazarus will introduce her to high society so she can find a benefactor for her orphanage. But of course when a single attractive “innocent” woman is around a well known ladies’ man things tend to heat up.

Temperance was very hard to like . . . honestly I’m pretty sure I didn’t like her. The author made her too innocent as if she was this saint and her sexy side needed to be released.  Even when you discover her big secret it’s still like really . . .? Huntington was too cliché other than the fact he liked being tied up there was really nothing to him.

The story itself was slow. Granted there is not a whole lot of action in a historical romance I think that if a book involved alley hoping in the middle of the night, a killer and money it should thrill more than my sexual thoughts.

As for the sex scenes . . .  let’s just say innocent or proper is not the term to use for Temperance.

Overall, the book gets 7 out of 10. I just wasn’t into it.

 

 

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