Monday, March 28, 2016

I Kissed A Rogue by Shana Galen


384 Pages | Casablanca | Historical Romance | 2/22/16
 
This series will always have a special place on this blog because the first book, Earls Just Want To Have Fun, was the first book I reviewed for this site. I was drawn to Galen's books because of the fun titles, but what I've come to appreciate about this series is how  the aristocracy and the lower class rub elbows. Admittedly, going into this book I felt series fatigue setting in but I was curious how she would write the roguish youngest Derring sibling, who dabbles in crime solving.

When Lady Lillian-Anne Lennox is abducted by the villainous street criminal, Beezle, she escapes just in time to accidentally witness him murder a member of Parliament. Now Lila needs some witness protection and amateur sleuth Sir Brook Derring advises Lila get a bodyguard or hide in the country. But Lila is in her last season and she can't hide out and her father doesn't want people seeing her with a bodyguard and knowing the trouble she's caused. It would be socially unacceptable to have some random man following her around. Unless......

It’s marriage of convenience time ! Well, forced marriage of convenience time. No, seriously. Lila's father makes King George force Brook to marry her.

All I could think while I was reading this book *in the tune of LMFAO's Shots* was Tropes! Tropes! Tropes ! Tropes ! Tropes ! Tropes ! Tropes ! This book has all the romance tropes; Marriage of Convenience, Enemies to Lovers, Forced Proximity, Pet Moppets. I don't think this is a bad thing, but it's like if you wanted a hodge podge of tropes this is the book for you.

Galen delivers another out of the box historical romance as we say goodbye to the Derring family.


SIDENOTE

I love this cover ! That dress is everything.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Countdown To Zero Hour by Nico Ross


Nico Rosso | Carina Press | Romantic Suspense | 2/22/16

When Hayley Baskov, a down on her luck chef takes a job as the private chef for The Orel Group, a powerful Russian mob organization , she has to keep her cool while dodging guns, knives and dangerous men. None more dangerous than Art Diaz, the head honcho's bodyguard who has a penchant for sharp knives.

Except, there is more to Art than it appears, he is actually an undercover solider for hire. For Art setting up a strike against the Russians isn't just a job, it's personal (yeah, I said it) because the Orel Group is responsible for the death of his father.

Hayley and Art are cooking up a sizzling chemistry, but can they both keeps theirs wits about them alone in the desert with some of the most dangerous men in the world ? Even though it has a meandering middle, Countdown To Zero Hour has an tense action packed ending where nothing is off limits.

Hayley's role felt more like a love interest and less like a heroine. Her main motivation in this story is to cook well and  get paid so she can open her restaurant. This is in contrast to Art who is this highly trained and skilled super solider who has this weighty backstory, trying to stay undercover and also bares the brunt of a lot of racism from the Russians because he's half Mexican.

It seems like all Hayley has to do in this book is stand around and be protected, which might have been fine if the chemistry between Art and Haley had more follow through. I don' think this book is setting out to be a great romance, but I just wanted the characters to have a bit more emotional investment with each other.

SIDE NOTE

Yes, I may have read this book because of  how JACKED the covers are. I also like the naming conventions the next one is called One Minute To Midnight. I just want to know what happens at midnight.

*received via NetGalley



Wednesday, March 9, 2016

When A Scot Ties A Knot by Tessa Dare





Looking to avoid the social pressures of entering society, British heiress Madeline Gracechurch starts a correspondence with a fictional fiance, a highland captain named Logan Mackenzie who is " off fighting in the Napeloenic Wars". After a few years, when her lie starts weighing on her, she decides to kill him off and be done with it.

With everyone thinking she is heartbroken, her family sends her  off to their Scottish castle to mourn and live in peace--which is perfect for the extremely introvered Madeline

That is until a real Logan MacKenzie shows up at her door.

The real Captain Logan MacKenzie has been getting her fake letters for years. With the war over he needs land for his men who have lost everything and Maddie presents the perfect opportunity. He threatens to reveal Maddie’s lies unless she marries him so he can have proper rights to the land. That’s right, blackmail. Which means….it’s  Marriage of Convenience Time !

I heard a lot about this book from bloggers and I see why---our heroine Maddie is basically your typical nerd. She’s bookish, introverted, socially anxious and loves science.

My favorite thing about this book is how Maddie thinks Logan is pretty attractive but it’s not until she sees him wearing his spectacles and reading a thick book in bed that she's all like:





Now, the plot description makes it seem like Logan would be kind of a jerkass, but he is actually the biggest  woobie I have read in anything ever. Seriously. In fact his entire band of men are sob story after sob story--don’t even get me started on the guy with the brain injury who has a  dead family but keeps forgetting about them because he can't retain long term memories.

I listened to this on audio and the narrator, Carmen Rose did a great job. Jess mentioned to me that books with Scottish characters are often written in dialect so I’m glad I did this on audio and I wasn’t reading the accent. Also, I’m sure I’d trip over some of the Scottish pronunciation.

I see why Tessa Dare is so popular. Her books are historical but clearly have a modern and very feminist bent. I didn’t think I’d be into the marriage of convenience plots, but she made me enjoy it. Also can I just say from Say Yes to the Marquess to Romancing the Duke this series has the best names.