Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride by Victoria Alexander

Image linked from Goodreads
When I clicked on this book and realized I was auto-approved through NetGalley, I squeed so long and high that my dog started barking.
Long story short, this book was not as good as the first two in the series but still quite enjoyable.
Delilah, Lady Hargate, is enjoying getting to know her sisters. When they were younger, her twin sisters tended to leave her out of things but they're trying to rectify that now. In defense, Delilah became the "good sister," able to look down her nose at her sisters. But, recently, she's slipped. Just a little. While in New York, Delilah pretended to be someone she wasn't and spent the night with a handsome stranger. A handsome stranger who has just shown up for her sister's wedding. It turns out the man, the American, Samuel Russel, is the groom's best friend.
While Delilah tries to hide a number of secrets (she's not as perfect as everyone thinks, she's not as rich as everyone thinks) she also tries not fall in love with a man who is so completely wrong for her. So what if she wants to jump right back into bed with him? So what if she's feeling something a lot like love?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Unexpected Duchess by Valerie Bowman

The Unexpected Duchess (Playful Brides, #1)Lucy and her friend Cass are on the verge of being labeled old maids. They are dangerously too close to being put on the shelf. But Cass has a suitor. A very... determined... suitor. A newly minted Duke, a war hero, has set his eyes on her. Derek Hunt, the Duke of Claringdon, has promised his (dying) best friend that he will come back and marry Cass. Ever since he was young, Derek has been taught that the only way to live life is to make a decision and then follow through. So he's going to marry Cass. And, hello, he's a duke so her parents aren't letting him get away.

However, Cass and her friend Jane both think that Derek would be much happier with Lucy and they're going to be working to see if they can't help the two warriors find their HEA.
Okay, issues. Lucy is supposed to have this sharp tongue. We're told that over and over. But it's not really demonstrated in her conversation. And the ploys, would a twenty-three-year-old former deb really stand behind her friend and try to imitate her voice. And I think the author was trying to draw a parallel between Lucy and Derek and Beatrice and Benedick. But the slap-slap-kiss relationship would better describe Lucy's brother and her friend, Jane (can't wait for that story). Great use of Shakespearean themes (butler named Shakespierre?) though; I do see Lucy and Derek as Kate and Petruchio. But in an ending where Petruchio realizes that he doesn't especially want to change the woman with whom he first fell in love.

Followed by Playful Brides #3 (I DNF'd the second book) The Unlikely Lady

Friday, May 16, 2014

Suddenly last Summer by Sarah Morgan

Image linked from Goodreads
I'm quite enjoying Sarah Morgan's (SM) books. It's always lovely to find a new contemporary author that you can enjoy. Especially one who hasn't jumped on the BDSM bandwagon. The sex in this one is hot, but not super-explicit.
We are re-introduced to two characters from the first book, Elise and Sean. Elise is a French chef, both by nationality and cuisine She's had a hard life, including losing the only person who was her real family, her mother while they were in the midst of an argument. But she was rescued from a bad situation by Sean's twin, Jackson, and has created a new family for herself at Snow Crystal Resort.
When Walter, the family patriarch (Sean's grandfather), collapses from a heart attack, Sean is called home, to the place he hates most to go. Even with the promise of returning to Elise with whim he had a torrid one night stand last summer, Sean does not want to go back. The place his grandfather loves was a burden to Sean's father and the place Sean only wanted to escape from. Even becoming a well-known surgeon hasn't lessened the disappointment Sean sees in his grandfather ever time he returns to Snow Crystal.
This is a great story where Sean and Elise are going to have to meet halfway in order to find their HEA. And I liked that SM was really able to get them to that point in a believable and fun manner.

Previous Books in the Series: Sleigh Bells in the Snow
Next Book in the Series: Maybe this Christmas

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Searching for Perfect by Jennifer Probst

Image linked from Goodreads
So now it's Kennedy's turn to find her true love. Do you need to read the first book in the series? Nope. But I think it's the better book. I had to take some time and mull over this book because, once again, I can’t figure out why I enjoyed this book. It had so many of the plots that are usually major irking points. I mean, can we just talk about the fact that Nate's initials spell "nerd?" The author uses Kennedy to point this out, but did it really need to be done? It's like Nate's nerdiness was being slapped in our face over and over. The fake tan, the unibrow, etc., etc. It's just too much.
I won't go on and on because there may be things that others may not notice and I don't want to bring them up.
This is almost as irritating as not being able to put your finger on why you don’t like a book. The scenes, though explicit (which I don’t usually enjoy,) were actually fun to read. And watching Nate’s growth was also fun.