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Book Review: Building Celebration House by Annette Drake – A Paranormal Romance Novel

Book Review: Building Celebration House by Annette Drake – A Paranormal Romance Novel

Book Details Title: Building Celebration House Author: Annette Drake Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: March 1st, 2017 Publisher: Baskethound Books My Thoughts I love anything paranormal, which is why I picked up this Building Celebration House,  after reading the blurb, even though I never thought […]

Book Review: Dying Breath by Heather Graham – A Krewe Of Hunters Novel

Book Review: Dying Breath by Heather Graham – A Krewe Of Hunters Novel

Book Details:   Title: Dying Breath Author: Heather Graham Series: Krewe of Hunters Publisher: MIRA Publication Date: May 30th, 2017 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Suspense   My thoughts:    Ghosts, FBI, and romance, what an awesome, unexpected combination! Well, not exactly if you are a fan of Heather Graham, (which I am), but I love […]

Book Review: Kendra Elliot Buried – Emotional, Raw And Unpredictable

Book Review: Kendra Elliot Buried – Emotional, Raw And Unpredictable

Book Details:

Title: Buried
Author: Kendra Elliot
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: March, 26th, 2016
Genre: Suspense, Mystery, Romance

My thoughts:

Emotional, raw, and unpredictable, those are the first three words that come to mind when I think of Buried. Some books are predictable, others feel like you may know what could happen next, and then there are books like Buried, where you don’t have a clue, and that is a good thing.
I fell in love with all of the characters, even if the cast was rather large, which made it at times hard to remember who was who in the beginning, but once I got further into the story that went away, because all of the players – even the villain – were interesting, and made me want to know more.
The quick chapters, moved seemingly from point of view to point of view, without being distracting, which says a lot about the Authors ability to weave an interesting story. No matter who’s side of the story I read, I felt completely connected and engulfed by the story.
Yes, this is a mystery, but it contains the right amount of romance, not the rushed kind, but the organic flowing connection between two people who were connected through past and present tragedy. Which brings me to another point I enjoyed this book.
While this story plays in the present, it has deep ties to the past, deep ties that lead us – the reader – to follow along plot turns and twists, that made this story so special. As with all mysteries, I am not able to share with you any of the details without spoiling it, so I won’t, but I have a feeling there are at least a few moments where readers will be surprised. I love that type of mystery.
Buried was a fascinating and fast read, that made me wish for more, even though the ending was more than satisfactory, and left no stone unturned.

Book Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

Book Summary:

2014 Daphne du Maurier Award Winner

International Thriller Writers 2014 Thriller Award nominee—Best Paperback Original Novel

Eighteen years ago, Chris Jacobs walked out of the forest, the lone survivor of a school bus load of children who’d vanished two years before. His memory was gone, his body beaten and emaciated.

Today, the sad remains of the missing children have been discovered along with evidence that they were held captive for years. But investigative reporter Michael Brody’s brother is still missing. He sets out to question Chris, hoping his memory has returned.

Constant fear of being found by his kidnapper has driven Chris into hiding. The only lead Michael has is Chris’s sister, Jamie. As they race to find Chris, Michael and Jamie somehow find each other among the decades of wreckage. But locating Chris may not be so easy. Now grown, his scars go far deeper than skin.

In Buried, the next thrilling Bone Secrets novel from bestselling author Kendra Elliot, a damaged hero digs deep into his terrifying past…and unearths a chance at love for the future.

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Book Review: Formula For Danger by Desiree Holt – A Suspenseful Romance With A Paranormal Twist

Book Review: Formula For Danger by Desiree Holt – A Suspenseful Romance With A Paranormal Twist

Book Details:  Title: Formula For Danger Author: Desiree Holt Series: The Phoenix Agency – Book Six Publisher: Kindle Press Publication Date: September 17th, 2017 Genre: Romance, romantic suspense Heat Warning: Steamy! My Thoughts: Formula For Danger by Desiree Holt is the first book in this […]

Book Review: The King’s Captive by Amber Bardan – A Dark, Twisted Romance

Book Review: The King’s Captive by Amber Bardan – A Dark, Twisted Romance

Book Details: Title: The King’s Captive Author: Amber Bardan Publisher: Harlequin Publication Date: Feb. 13th, 2017 Genre: Romance, Erotica   My Thoughts:  If you are a long time reader of this blog, you will probably already have heard me rant about how much  I dislike […]

Book Review: The Sheikh’s Unruly Lover by Leslie North – Part Two of the Sharjah Sheikhs Trilogy

Book Review: The Sheikh’s Unruly Lover by Leslie North – Part Two of the Sharjah Sheikhs Trilogy

Book Review: The Sheikhs Unruly Lover by Leslie NorthBook Details: 
Author: Leslie North
Series: The Sharjah Sheikhs Book Two
Publisher: Relay Publication
Publication Date: September 18th, 2017
Genre: Romance, Multi-cultural romance
Heat Level 
4 out of 5 – graphic details, but not erotica

 

My thoughts:
I want to begin by stating that The Sheikh’s Unruly Lover by Leslie North is a contemporary romance novel that can be read as a stand-alone book, just as the first installment of the series is, which is a plus, in my opinion. It is also an HEA, so if you love those types of books, read on.
While I don’t mind fast moving romance novels and novellas, I do not like stories that feel rushed, simply to get to the end. But sadly that is exactly what this book was.
The storyline had potential. I wanted to like it a lot, heck at times I downright enjoyed the book, but the sex happened to quick, and so did this supposed connection between the two main characters.
The tragedy that Omar was supposedly trying to get over unrealistically became no longer a burden, way too quickly, which left no room to establish real chemistry and made me think that the only thing he felt for her was lust confused with love. So they had great sex. That does not make true, and deep love.
Therefore I had a hard time with this book and did not enjoy it as much as I did – finding the first installation of the trilogy much more romantic and fluid.
I hope that the third book in the series will improve. As a hard-core Leslie North fan, I am surely looking forward to finding out.

 

My rating:
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Book Summary:

Following a recent merger, American executive assistant Marian is sent overseas to meet with her company’s new Arab business partner. But once Marian sees who she’ll be working with—the handsome Sheikh Omar Almasi—she’s instantly wary of his good looks and brooding demeanor. When circumstances force her to step into her boss’ shoes, Marian is more than ready to prove she should be taken seriously…even if it means working side by side with the surly, sexy sheikh.

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Two years after losing his wife to cancer, Omar is more driven than ever in his family’s oil business. He opposed the merger with the US tech firm, and now that it’s done, he refuses to compromise himself for corporate Americans. But Omar is caught off guard when he meets beautiful, business-savvy Marian. The woman drives him wild with her stubborn determination and her distracting allure. He’s never had to work so closely with someone so…feminine, and the more time they spend together, the more he has to fight his impulses.

Soon their attraction is undeniable, but with the wound of his wife’s death still not healed, Omar may never be ready to move on…unless Marian can show him how to love again.

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Book Review: Arm Candy by Patricia Ryan – A Contemporary Romance with a Memorable Cast

Book Review: Arm Candy by Patricia Ryan – A Contemporary Romance with a Memorable Cast

Book Details: Title: Arm Candy Author: Patricia Ryan Publisher: Hakely Books Publication Date: August 10th, 2016 Genre: Romance         My thoughts: I am going to begin with what I did not like about Arm Candy. I did not like that the main […]

Book Review: A Stardance Summer by Emily March – An Eternity Springs Romance Novel With Lots Of Heart

Book Review: A Stardance Summer by Emily March – An Eternity Springs Romance Novel With Lots Of Heart

Book Detail: Title: A Stardance Summer Author: Emily March Publisher: St. Martins Press Publishing Date: June 27th, 2017 Genre: Romance I received an ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review My Review: Whenever I want to read something heartwarming, and genuinely […]

Book Review: The Sheikh’s Christmas Baby by Leslie North – Romance

Book Review: The Sheikh’s Christmas Baby by Leslie North – Romance

book review, romance, Leslie NorthI received a copy of this book for free via Netgalley in return for an honest review

I know, I am a little late in getting around to reviewing The Sheikh’s Christmas Baby, but just because it was Christmas themed, it was still a pretty hot novel. Another part of the Shadid Sheikhs Series Book series by Leslie North, this book as easy to read, entertaining and steamy as the rest of the novels.

I am glad that Leslie decided to give all brothers their own book, and I love how she closed it. Of course, I will not spoil it for you, but I do have to say, that unlike in some other series I have read, this one is tied up all sweetly with a nice Christmas bow.

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Well developed characters, and a plot that was fast-paced, sweet, and romantic, fitting in well with the series, while also able to be read as a stand-alone book. I like Leslie North, and this was her at her best.

This second-chance novel reunites two people who should have never been separated and are a perfect fit. But because of misconceptions, and outside influences (what is it always with other people meddling in affairs they don’t belong in – that is not just in novels but happens too often in real life. You would think people would learn? No? – Well, it makes a great suspenseful read, but not such a good experience) the two have to find each other again, after being apart.

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Of course, that makes it hard to trust one another, and Leslie managed to explore that very well, without being melodramatic. And when you add financial problems to the mix, there are all kinds of emotions involved, which again, the Author fleshed out in details, making this an emotional, relatable read.

Oh, and dogs are involved. As a dog lover (and owner of two rescue pups), that is always a plus point in my mind.

A great end to a very good series.

Book Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

Book Details:

Title: The Sheikh’s Christmas Baby – Shadid Sheikhs Series Book 3
Author: Leslie North
Publisher: Relay Publishing
Publication Date: December 19th, 2016
Genre: Romance, General Fiction (Adult)

Warning: This is not a clean novel

Book Summary:

Their passionate affair ended in heartbreak when he left without warning. When he returns unexpectedly, can their heat melt away the hurt of the past?

Kashif Shadid has always craved adventure. With one last chance to win the Iditarod dog sled race before assuming his role as Sheikh, he’s returned to the Alaskan wilderness to train at a legendary sled dog farm. But returning means coming face to face with Kristy Cohen, the woman who captured his attention years ago. He’s thrilled once again by her icy beauty, but her farm is facing financial ruin. Kashif’s eager to take control, however, getting her to agree with his plans may be a challenge.

Kristy Cohen works hard to keep her sled dog farm afloat while raising her young daughter. Faced with declining revenues and a changing climate, Kristy’s struggling, but she’s not willing to turn her back on her business model. When Kashif Shadid shows up out of the blue pushing her to make changes, Kristy’s response is as cold as the Alaskan snow. She fell for tall, handsome Kashif once before. After four years without a word from him, she won’t be making that mistake again.

This time, Kristy’s guarding more than just her heart. With her farm and her daughter to consider, can she ever risk taking a chance on Kashif again?

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Question: Do you have a favorite cold weather novel? I find that cold weather romances always warm my heart, no matter how miserable it is outside! Share your favorites in the comment section below!

Happy Reading

 

Claudia


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Book Review: Happily Evan After by Michelle F. Irwin

Book Review: Happily Evan After by Michelle F. Irwin

Today, I want to share with you my thoughts on Happily Evan After by Michelle. F. Irwin. What a unique, and adorable story! Imagine that, after you died, and you are assigned to become a cupid? After years of working as this mystical being, you […]