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I bit the bullet and moved the blog over to WordPress while it is still young and relatively easy to move. Unfortunately it has broken the www.bookaholicanon.com address for now so please use the longer WP address to link to me. 🙁
My hope is to have the URL back to normal in the next day or so and then never ever ever trying to do this again!!!
Enjoy and more reviews to post over the weekend with a guest poster on Wednesday, October 3rd.
This is my first Linda Lael Miller read and I don’t think it will be my last. While this one was a very quick read and HEA it was still a good enough read that I will take a look at the back-list in the series.
Sawyer has just arrived in Blue River, TX in the middle of a snowstorm. He is in town to take over as marshal for his cousin but ends up with more than he had ever imagined. As he is riding to the hotel he is shot by an unknown assailant and ends up falling off his horse in front of the schoolhouse. Lucky for him he ends up being found by Piper who brings him in and binds his wound as best she can.
Piper is a strong woman but in those times it just isn’t proper (no matter how innocent it actually is) for a single woman to share a house with a non-relative male. She ends up having her reputation tarnished but Sawyer proposes a marriage in order to keep the gossips at bay. Yeah sure they have only known each other for a few days, most of which he was sleeping and recovering from the gunshot, but hey we are in the world of romance books so all must work out in the end.
I think the reason I liked the romance even in such a short span was that Sawyer didn’t push her to truly do anything Piper didn’t want to. I also liked what you saw of Piper and her willingness to do what’s right even at the cost of her reputation in a time where a single woman with no family desperately needed to hold on to it otherwise she could end up jobless and resorting to prostitution to survive. She’s strong and mouthy which will suit Sawyer and his extended family perfectly in the long run.
This was an enjoyable quick read and I thank NetGalley.com/Harlequin Books for letting me read it in exchange for my honest review.
An Outlaw’s Christmas – Linda Lael Miller – 3 Stars
Please suspend belief for the amount of time it takes you to read this and if you do so it isn’t a bad read.
Cassie is a work-a-holic who is stuck working as an accountant for her family’s construction business when she would rather be getting her hands dirty. She uses escorts at various social functions rather than letting a man in to her life. All this changes due to mistaken identity.. and man is he some sexy man meat in a tux… She lets her hair down at the party and ends up having some amazing sex with the man she thinks is an escort. In the course of a few short days she ends up with a lot more than she ever bargained for and finally gets out of her shell with both her family and her work.
Josh is just stopping by for a meeting when he is mistaken for Cassie’s escort for the evening. He is instantly drawn to her and goes along with the charade never giving her his last name. You see he is the competitor that keeps stealing contracts out from under her family’s construction business. He’s a good guy and immediately wants more from this wildcat hidden under ice… I liked what he was willing to do to prove he wanted to be with her and even though it was quick I enjoyed where it went.
I liked the view of her family but to be honest I wish that the author had used a bit more time and made this book a little longer to make the ending believable.
Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Grand Central Publishing for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.
So I went in to this thinking… “Can she really get me bawling a second time?”…
The Angel takes up not too long after The Siren. Nora is now back with her Søren and is playing sub to his Master again.
Nora – In this book she is where she thinks she belongs but her heart still aches for her Wesley. I will tell you she is still as manipulative as ever but I got the sense she is fundamentally broken at this point. Søren doesn’t seem to make her 100% happy but she also doesn’t feel that she should speak with Wesley again for his sake. She’s still kick ass but I sensed a deep sadness from her in that maybe what she thinks is her heart and soul might not be all that after all. Do I think she and Søren are a match… Yes… but at the same time I can’t seem to believe that maybe it isn’t the best of matches for her. She’s not completely happy but still manages to have some great moments with both Søren and Griffin in this book. Her moments with Michael were wonderful as in her heart she knows who she is getting him ready for.
This is a nice sweet read where you have a true sense that the main pair really are in it for the long haul at the end.
Jack is in trouble… He’s due to be married in the next couple of days and realizes he doesn’t want to go thru with it. Put on the spot by his new ex he says that he is in love with the first female name he can come up with… Melanie. She’s his manager for his hotel and once he says her name he starts to wonder… hmmmm what if… He starts to spend more and more time around her and her son which was a lot of fun to see.
Melanie is trying to rebuild her life after a huge tragedy in her past. She blames herself for what happened and wonders if she could have prevented it. She’s a wonderful mom but keeps to herself as her secret could cause more pain and destruction for her son. She’s lonely though and hurting but under Jack’s care comes out of her shell more and more until the past comes back to haunt her. I was a little frustrated with her but I can understand why she felt the way she did. I loved how she finally let go and even with the tension you could see what she really wanted even if she fought it.
Nice sweet read and happy that NetGalley.com and Carina Press allowed me to read this in exchange for my honest review.
This was a decent read but I think I need to go back and read the first one.
Sola has had a ton of enhancements done to her by her dictator father. She’s married to Javan and it turns out she’s pregnant. She doesn’t quite know how to handle this news as she plans on going to Earth to kill her father even though it will be extremely dangerous mission. Her husband desperately wants to keep her and the baby safe but Sola is determined to do what is best for Earth even if that means losing Javan.
Javan seemed to be a good man stuck in a relationship where he wasn’t kept in the loop about everything. He doesn’t like her lies but that is all she has known since she was a child. I liked what I saw of Javan but in this read he wasn’t there much.
I think the pair was a good fit for one another once the truths all came out but Sola is not a sympathetic or warm heroine. Understandable with her upbringing but made it a bit difficult to get completely warmed up to the relationship.
I’m planning on reading the first story to see if it helps with my thoughts of her but it wasn’t a bad read as is.
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.
I must bow down to the Mistresses… 😉
Ok the people on Twitter (you know who you are) that said this book was deliciously dirty didn’t even come close to how truly naughty this book is. I mean decadence can’t cover it.. you feel like a bit of a voyeur but man oh man can it give you some ideas.
I felt for poor Noelle when she ends up kicked out of Eden to make her way in the Sectors. She is quickly seen as prey and ends up getting juiced by someone that wanted to take advantage. Luckily for her she lands in the arms of a very sexy, dangerous man. She’s innocent, naive and believes that the thoughts and feelings she’s been having are shameful. You may think this makes her weak but as you get to know her and watch her grow … she’s strong and such a lovely character. Sure she likes to submit… sure she likes to play with both men and women but… she’s no weak plaything…
Jasper.. *fans self*… man oh man can he get your motor running. He’s growly… possessive… sweet… lost…. and man oh man can he come up with some interesting things to say and try out. I loved watching him in both his dealings with Noelle and the rest of the world we were immersed in. I loved his ability to both want to keep her but knows that what he needs to do is let her come out of her shell by not completely stifling her. He does some typical male bs but hey I can forgive a lot.
Now… my comments would not be complete without mentioning the next pair that we will hopefully see… and man oh man this will be an amazing book when the Mistresses give it to us..
Dallas and Lex… dude these two are scorching in this book but man oh man… Their book should be absolutely positively scorching.. They burn up the pages in this one and dear GAWD will they be hot …
I’m looking incredibly forward to more from this dystopian world and have to say they can send them to me any time they wish… I mean I’ll buy them anyway but….
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Kit Rocha for letting me get my greedy hands on it in exchange for my honest review.
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