Welcome to another review!
It has been a while since I reviewed books that I got from #Netgalley. I have been trying to improve my percentage and reading and reviewing the books I have got is really the only way forward. Having tackled a few of the books on there, I find that I am quite disappointed with the ones that I read. Some were really great, others were just about 2 to 3 stars.
Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Mistletoe and Mr Right by Sarah Morgenthaler
It’s been a while since I read a romance story and this one is just so sweet. Lana is planning to build a large hotel in a small town and the people don’t want this. We can hilariously tell this from the huge penis carved in the snow. Lana is rich and nothing is going to stop her from building her hotel, not even if her guests have to stare at a phallic-shaped drawing outside their window.
Then there is Rick who is well known in town, while it might not be all for good things. People like to gossip about his failed marriage and his divorce. I kept thinking, small-town small imagination (my opinion). Anyways since Rick and Lana met they have been insanely attracted to each other. But their attraction didn’t really pull me in like I would have loved. Anyways he is pulled into her life and soon he has to handle more than just his divorce gossip. He is now being seen with one of the most despised women in town.
I really enjoyed the ending. While some exciting things like her falling through the ice to save a boy were commendable and exciting, the book just was a ‘calm’ book. Definitely good for Christmas.
Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available to me
I gave this book 3.9 out of 5 stars
As You Were by Elaine Feeney
Following Sinéad who has just found out that she has terminal cancer. she is unwilling to tell her family about her diagnosis and she soon gets herself admitted to a hospital where she meets four other patients who all have tragic stories to tell. We get to know more about them at the same time explore the new reality that Sinéad has found herself in.
Whilst this book really explored and exposed the strength and tenacity of women and the power and strength they have. The main character wasn’t really doing it for me. While I do believe that is the main angle of this book. I do not think Sinéad was a character that was meant to be loved by the readers, I think what she was meant to be was understood. I understood her and that made reading about her and the abusive relationship she had with her father, her cheating on her husband, and little mention of her children. It was strange but understandably so. On many occasions while I was reading, I couldn’t help but think, she is doing this because she doesn’t love herself.
If you are looking for a book that highlights the journey of strength, courage, and determination, then you can check this one out
I gave this book 3.2 out of 5 stars
Brazen in Blue by Rachael Miles
I rarely read historical romance but with this book, I am definitely going to be reading a lot more of them. This book starts with Lady Emmaline who is about to get her future locked away in an arranged marriage. But little does she know that the man who had rejected her heart would be knocking on her door for help. This is when we meet Adam Locksley who although likes and wants Emmaline, believes he shouldn’t be with her because of his social standing and his lack of land ownership. Anyways, Emmaline takes his request as a way out of her pending marriage. With both of them needing each other, they come up with a compromise and we follow them on a journey to uncover a plot against the government.
With Emmaline’s ability to recall people’s voices, they set out to find the villain whose voice she had heard before. They run away from home and travel around England, trying to find the arch-villans, the Charters, and also hide from her betrothed.
There are several romantic scenes that were just tasteful. I quite enjoyed it but the ending left me so annoyed and I need the next book as soon as possible!
I gave this book 3.75 out of 5 stars
All Stirred Up by Brianne Moore
Thanks to #Netgalley for making this book available to me.
It took me a very long time to actually get into the flow of this book and the characters. None of the characters did it for me. Individually not interesting and collectively no chemistry. The main characters who we were supposed to be rooting for just did not deliver for me. So I do have to state that I might be overly critical of this book because I really wanted to like it and I read it multiple times hoping that I was just missing something. It was too long and certain scenes were unnecessary and did not add to the progression of the story.
Susan broke up with her boyfriend Chris after something heartbreaking went down with her family. Little did she know that he was also going through a tough time. Years later, her family’s business is sinking and the once successful Napier family was bankrupt. And the last line for her family was the struggling flagship restaurant they own in Edinburgh, Elliot. Once she arrives in Edinburgh she sees her ex-now-popular-boyfriend at the airport. He pretends not to see her because he is still hurt that she left him without an excuse. Chris is an extremely popular TV show star of a cooking show or something like that. He is in Edinburgh because he is also planning to open a new restaurant. You can basically see where this is going with the upcoming rivalry and media attention!
I gave this book a 2.5 out of 5 stars. It was just in the middle for me.
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