[Review] Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 16th February, 2016

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Review] Reign of Shadows by Sophie JordanReign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Series: Reign of Shadows #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on February 9, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
four-stars
Amazon
Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

I am big fan of Sophie Jordan’s adult romances. I knew this was a book I needed to read. Oh man, it was so good!

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Set in fantasy world that has gone dark literally, Reign of Shadows was a book that was anything but boring. I really ended liking this book! For me the pacing was fast and the plot interesting. The story is about a girl named Luna who is blind but it is not a hindrance in a world filled with darkness. Luna has been in hiding all her life. She was raised in the safety of tower with only her parent’s trusted servants to raise her.  All her life Luna has only wanted to leave the tower and find out what else was out there.  One day her life is forever changed when saves a guy and his travelling companions. Now Luna must leave the tower because there is danger greater than dark and the creatures who roam it.

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I would classify Reign of Shadows as a romantic fantasy. It is the kind of epic fantasy that is lite on the world building and heavy on the relationships. I liked Reign of Shadows because I like kissing and I like a book with a lot of intense action. I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through because I never knew if Luna and Fowler were going get a chance to make out or fight for their lives. I liked this fantasy story that built up relationships because the world was so bleak. I liked the bit of light that the romance offered. This is the kind of epic fantasy that is right up my alley and I was not disappointed. Holy ending Batman, I need the next book in this series like right now!

 

[Review] Remembrance by Meg Cabot

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 4th February, 2016

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Review] Remembrance by Meg CabotRemembrance by Meg Cabot
Series: The Mediator #7
Published by William Morrow on February 2, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 400
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
four-half-stars
Amazon
Fifteen years after the release of the first Mediator novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot returns with a deliciously sexy new entry to a fan-favorite series. Suze Simon—all grown up and engaged to her once-ghostly soulmate—faces a vengeful spirit and an old enemy bent on ending Suze's wedded bliss before it begins.

You can take the boy out of the darkness.

But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.

All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva).

But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight.

From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child, to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night.

Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?

What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?

If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.

I admit the first time I read The Mediator series I was not officially a teen but I was close enough to it. I freaking loved this series. I love Suze and Jesse. I love the Suze and her wacky ghost adventures. I can remember when the sixth book came out, my friend and I went to the book store that day. Then I proceeded to re-read the entire series because I wanted it all fresh when I got to what I thought would be the last book in one weekend. When I saw there would basically be a reunion story set six years after Susannah graduated high school, I was like sign me up. I am excited for all these reunion stories. If Gilmore Girls can do it then so can Meg Cabot for The Mediator series. We all know our favorite ships end with a happily ever after but it doesn’t hurt to see it or get it in writing years later. Knowing these things for sure makes me oh so happy!

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Susannah and Jesse are together. Big surprise. Suze is now finishing up a degree in child counselling and Jesse is well on his way to becoming a medical doctor. Susannah is also working as intern at her old high school. On one fateful day Susannah gets a call from her old mediator nemesis Paul. Paul tells her that he bought her old house and if they bull doze it down it will release a curse that could affect her finance Jesse. If you have read the prior books then you already know why this could be bad for Jesse because of what he used to be. On this same day, she treats a student for cutting herself and finds out the student is haunted by a scared and sometimes over reacting ghost child. That is how Susannah finds herself taking a walk down memory lane while solving the case of the holy terror ghost child.

I could not get enough of this book. It was like attending a family reunion. Everyone you love is there and some people that you could live without. I highly enjoyed seeing how everyone turned out. Susannah step brothers are thriving. Her brother Brad has triplets. Those girls are a riot. The scene in the hospital waiting room had me rolling. Remembrance was fun, wacky, and everything mediator. Of course, who wouldn’t want to see it in print when the ship I was shipping for so hard finally ties the knot? I could not keep the big grin off my face as I read this book because it was just that good. Suze may be all grown up but I like that she is just as zany, crazy, and a force of nature that she always was. If you are like me and are a die-hard fan of The Mediator series then read this book!

[Audiobook Review] The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 31st January, 2016

I received this book for free from Audible, Netgalley, Purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Audiobook Review] The Killing Jar by Jennifer BosworthThe Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux on January 12, 2016
Genres: Horror, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Source: Audible, Netgalley, Purchase
Goodreads
three-half-stars
Amazon
“I try not to think about it, what I did to that boy.”

Seventeen-year-old Kenna Marsden has a secret.

She’s haunted by a violent tragedy she can’t explain. Kenna’s past has kept people—even her own mother—at a distance for years. Just when she finds a friend who loves her and life begins to improve, she’s plunged into a new nightmare. Her mom and twin sister are attacked, and the dark powers Kenna has struggled to suppress awaken with a vengeance.

On the heels of the assault, Kenna is exiled to a nearby commune, known as Eclipse, to live with a relative she never knew she had. There, she discovers an extraordinary new way of life as she learns who she really is, and the wonders she’s capable of. For the first time, she starts to feel like she belongs somewhere. That her terrible secret makes her beautiful and strong, not dangerous. But the longer she stays at Eclipse, the more she senses there is something malignant lurking underneath it all. And she begins to suspect that her new family has sinister plans for her…

I think this was one of those books I tried to read the Netgalley ARC of it but just couldn’t seem to get into it. I waited until the audiobook came out. I don’t know if was a different mindset or if I just really liked the narrator but I had no trouble finishing the audiobook. The Killing Jar is definitely one of those stories that for me you either like it or you don’t. It is this realistic horror fantasy wrapped up in a coming of age story. It is weird but at the same time strangely intriguing. The Killing Jar is full of The X-Files references but I think that is just one more reason why I ended up kind of liking it. The story line is something straight out of a monster of the week episode on The X-Files.

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Kenna is a girl that can suck life right out any living being with just a touch.  Kenna is searching for the truth of what she is.  When she is just a little girl she sucks the life right out the sociopath boy next door after he drowns her sister’s kittens. From then on she knows she must never touch anyone again. Then, one night Kenna years later to find that same boy’s crazy dad in her house. She kills again to save her family. Kenna’s mom doesn’t know what to do because this time they can’t explain away the strange death. Kenna finds herself at Eclipse, a commune, meeting a grandmother she never knew. Things are not what they seem at Eclipse. Kenna is starting to realize that the oasis she thinks she has found is more like a Hotel California because her grandmother will do anything to keep Kenna from leaving.

I don’t want to give too much away about the ending but just think: weird, strange, and most definitely odd. The things these people are into is definitely something like in The X-Files or Twilight Zone. The story was fascinating and once I was hooked I couldn’t stop. It is this odd horror story and yet Kenna is also coming into her own in the midst of it. The Killing Jar is definitely worth the read if you like odd stories. I was not expecting it to go down the paths it took. In the end, I did like The Killing Jar. I have to say some theme songs were running through my head as I listened to this book.

[Review] The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 2 Comments 28th January, 2016

[Review] The Dark Days Club by Alison GoodmanThe Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Series: Lady Helen #1
Published by Viking Juvenille on January 26, 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Regency
Pages: 496
Source: Purchase
Goodreads
four-stars
Amazon
London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

I grew up on Regency era romance novels and YA supernatural thrillers. When I saw the description for The Dark Days Club I was like, “Yes, Please!” The Dark Days Club combines two of my favorite things a supernatural thriller set in Regency England.

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The Dark Days is about a young woman who has just come out in high society and is in her first season. Lady Helen thinks her first season will be just like all the other young women who have come before her. Meaning it will be filled with balls, promenades in Hyde Park, and, of course, the main purpose of a season husband hunting. Lady Helen is not like the other young women in society. Lady Helen can see the essence of demons and has the strength of two men. Lady Helen is part of a long lineage of demon hunters. Lady Helen has to make a decision to marry and settle down or to become a part of The Dark Days Club.

I really think the author tried to capture some of the authentic qualities about the Regency era while still giving the story a fantastical element. Demon hunting, dances at Almacks, and dashing lords, oh my. The best thing I can say about The Dark Days club was that it was so fun to read. I liked that the main point of the story is about young woman trying to decide if she wants to break the mold set for her. I am know how lucky I am to be a woman in the modern era. I have to give Lady Helen props for wanting something more in a society where a woman should be seen and not heard. I think this story was a really good start to a series that I can’t wait to read more. I am dying to know what adventures Lady Helen finds herself in next.

[Audiobook Review] Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 11th January, 2016

I received this book for free from Audible, Netgalley, Purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Audiobook Review] Passenger by Alexandra BrackenPassenger by Alexandra Bracken
Series: Passenger #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on January 5, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 496
Source: Audible, Netgalley, Purchase
Goodreads
three-stars
Amazon
passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

I was so excited to read this book. I loved the Darkest Mind trilogy. Plus this book had time travel, pirates and cute boys. Sadly it didn’t live up to my expectations. I had such a hard time getting into this book that I ended up buying the audiobook. The story was so long that I know there times I zoned out. I was just expecting more excitement and swashbuckling times but instead was more like action, drone on and on, and then maybe a little more action again. I have to give Passenger three stars because it ended up being a shrug this okay kind of book.
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It is a unique concept, people who can travel through all of time using passages. To think someone could go back in time and see the Titanic or go forward and be there when the first person lands on Mars.

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Etta is a girl that from 21st century New York. She just wants to play her music and try to get through her audition. She finds herself on an 18th century ship and the adventures begin. Etta finds out she is a traveler and has a mission to find the astrolabe a traveler artifact that all the families will do anything to get their hands on. Like I said the concept was interesting. It was just way too long. It was some action, angsty prose, some kissing, and more angsty prose. I think the thing I really liked was the romance between Nicholas and Etta. It was sexy and explosive. It was one of the few times when instalove didn’t make me want be like get real. It really felt genuine. I have to say it was wondering what was going to happen next in their relationship that pushed me to finish this book.

 

In the end, I can truly say I didn’t hate Passenger but I certainly wasn’t blown away by this book either. The narrator did a decent job with all the accents and didn’t detract from the story. If anything the narrator made it easier to get through this book. Mostly this book was, dare I say it, boarding on boring. I was expecting a story that would make HBO but instead it felt so overly dramatic and epic that for me the story became something more like on Lifetime Movie Network. I will probably read the next book because just like those overly dramatic Lifetime movies I probably won’t be able to stay away.

[ARC Review] The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah Maclean

Amy's Reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 28th December, 2015

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[ARC Review] The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacleanThe Rogue Not Taken by Sarah Maclean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #1
Published by Avon, HarperCollins on December 29, 2015
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
four-stars
Amazon
LADY SOPHIE'S SOCIETY SPLASH

The youngest of the infamous Talbot sisters scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree, striking her sister’s notoriously philandering husband and landing him backside-first in a goldfish pond. And we thought Sophie was the quiet one…

When she finds herself the target of very public aristocratic scorn, Sophie Talbot does what she must to escape the city and its judgment—she flees on the back of a carriage, vowing never to return to London…or to society. But the carriage isn’t saving her from ruin. It’s filled with it.

ROYAL ROGUE'S REIGN OF RAVISHMENT!

The Marquess of Eversley was espied descending a rose trellis—escaping an irate Earl and his once-future countess. No lady is safe from Eversley’s Engagement Ending Escapades!

Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, a quality that results in a reputation far worse than the truth, a furious summons home, and a long, boring trip to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the trip becomes anything but boring.

WAR? OR MORE?

He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, and suddenly opposites are altogether too attractive…

I like this book a lot but I have come to expect nothing less from a Sarah Maclean book. The Rogue Not Taken had everything I look for in a historical romance: hot chemistry, witty dialogue, and of course a romance that can make me smile with joy.

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The Rogue Not Taken is about a young woman named Sophie. Her and her sisters are known as the Soiled S or the Dangerous Daughters because their names are always in the scandal sheets. Their father bought their way into the aristocracy. The best thing I can compare them to, is think of them as the Kardashian sisters. Because the ton loves to hate them. Sophie is not happy being in the lime light. She is the sister known as the plain one. The unfun sister. The plump sister. All Sophie dreams of is running away and opening her own bookshop. I must admit I connected with Sophie. I too think of myself as plain and boring. I love books and when I was younger had a dream of opening of my own bookstore.

I liked this story because Sophie hops onto the carriage of the Marquis of Eversley in a fit of impulsiveness and finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. I fell into some serious like with Sophie and King. When Sophie is with King there is nothing plain or boring about her. He brings out the passionate and headstrong woman. I like a heroine that can tell a handsome man off. I found myself quite a bit at the barbs exchanged in this story. The Rogue Not Taken was quite entertaining. I found myself letting go of a happy little sigh by the end of the book. As always, I look forward to reading more books by Sarah Maclean.

[ARC Review] Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Amy's Reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 27th December, 2015

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.
[ARC Review] Thicker Than Water by Brigid KemmererThicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Kensington Books on December 29, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 322
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
three-stars
Amazon
Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

After I have had more time to think about how I feel after reading this book, I find myself giving it more of a 3 star rating than a 4 star. I felt that the story started out strong. It is about a guy named Thomas who can’t remember a thing about his mother’s murder. He meets up with Charlotte the only person in town to give him the time of day and they begin looking into the death of his murder. I like the idea of a who done it murder mystery with some sexy romance thrown in. I was really digging this book and could not put it down. Then the book takes a turn for the weird. I know some people will probably like this aspect but for me it was like what the what.

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From this point on there are spoilers.

 

Like I have said, the aspect of murder mystery was appealing to me. All Thomas can remember of that night is waking up to find his mother strangled. He has no idea how it happened. There is no sign of a forced entry. His mother’s new husband was at work so he has an alibi. Someone came into the house night and killed Thomas’ mother. Thomas is new to town and of course the number one suspect. He is pariah in town. Charlotte befriends him and sees something good in Thomas. They have an instant attraction. I liked that it was instalust and not instalove. It is the explosive chemistry that Charlotte and Thomas have that had me hooked. Not to mention I had to know who killed Thomas’ mom. For the first ¾ of the story I was riveted. I was reading this book on my lunch and on my breaks at work. I really could not put the book down. Then it all goes downhill for me.

Thomas and Charlotte discover that he has an older brother that he never knew anything about. This older brother comes out of the wood work to take Thomas in. Then bam out of left field, he explains that the men in Thomas’ family have this power of persuasion. They can persuade anyone to do anything within reason. At this point in the story I was come on really this is where the story is going. Everything I was loving about the story a nice clean mystery and a sexy love affair was getting muddied up by this twist. I kind of the thought the twist of some mystical abilities was unnecessary. I loved the story up until this point but then the plot twist just made it kind of ridiculous. After the twist it was hard to tell who had been persuaded and who was really doing what they wanted, who had feelings for whom and who really did kill the mom. I still find it hard that Thomas could have been persuaded to do what he did to the people he loved. It all seemed so forced for some unnecessary plot twist.

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For me, I felt that the brother/persuasion plot line was unneeded and quite frankly kind of messes up the story. I was expecting something else from this book. In the end, I really liked the beginning and I liked the relationship between Thomas and Charlotte. I felt that the connection it was quite explosive and through it all I was routing for them. It was the beginning that saved me from really disliking Thicker Than Water. Even after everything, I am hoping for a sequel because I feel like there is more to this story. Especially, if the author is going pull out unknown family members and secret abilities. There has to be more than what was explained.

[Review] Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 20th December, 2015

[Review] Wild Reckless by Ginger Scottby Ginger Scott
Series: Harper Boys #1
Published by Independent by Author on February 24, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Source: Purchase
Goodreads
three-half-stars
Amazon
Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.

Instead, a nightmare took over.

It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.

Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.

Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.

And those things…they were the scariest of all.

I have to admit that Wild Reckless was on my radar after I saw it as a nominee on Goodreads Choice Awards. Then I read the synopsis and I thought this was a book right up my alley. I am sure if you have read my reviews then you know by now that I am sucker for all things romance. Wild Reckless is about a new girl falling for the town bad boy. I don’t know it was a good story but I just felt it was pretty generic.

After I spent time going over my thoughts I realized that maybe a part of is just too old to truly find Wild Reckless a truly swoon worthy read. Maybe I picked it expecting it to be more fluff than it actually was. I honestly think the angst and the back forth between the love interests give Wild Reckless more of a New Adult feel. There was just so much broken angst. Whenever Owen would get scared he would take off but Kensington would just keep coming back for more. Why? She saw something in and he got to her like no other boy ever had in her life. Again, back to the “I think I am too old for that kind of stuff”. I did the chase the guy thing when I was Kensington’s age but I don’t think nowadays that I would put the run around that he puts her through. He takes off in his in pickup so much and she is just expected wait around patiently while he gets his act together.

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You may be thinking, did you like any of this book? Yes, because I guess that I too would have been hard pressed to give up on Owen completely because he is so broken. If this had been my story I probably would have been keeping my options open while becoming Owen’s friend first. I do like that this story is in the end a story about the power of love. It is not a story about two people falling and poof all their problems disappear. Clearly Owen and Kensington still had issues to work out before they could live happily ever after. It is story about how the power of love can provide the strength and courage it takes to face one’s problems and heal. When a love is right, it should lift a person not pull them down.

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I think in the end that is the kind of Owen and Kensington find with each other. That is why I find myself giving Wild Reckless 3.5 stars because I like the love story but had issues with how Owen treated Kensington in throughout the book.

[Review] How to Seduce a Scot by Christy English

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 17th December, 2015

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Review] How to Seduce a Scot by Christy EnglishHow to Seduce a Scot by Christy English
Series: Broadswords and Ballrooms #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 1, 2015
Genres: Historical, Regency, Romance
Pages: 352
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
four-stars
Amazon
He's the terror of the ton...

The plan is simple:
1. Descend from the Highlands to face the aggravation of a London Season;
2. Foist his wild sister off on some gullible English lord;
3. Retreat before the ladies of the scandalized
ton can get any ideas.

Determined to see his hellion of a sister wed, Highlander Alexander Waters is willing to face anything—even the English. He just didn't expect his own rough manners to cause such a riot...or for a blooming English rose to catch his eye.

Gently bred Catherine Middlebrook must find a respectable man to marry or her family will be ruined. She won't allow herself to be distracted by Highland barbarians...no matter how her body may thrill whenever Alex is near.

Catherine wasn't part of the plan, but as their battle of wills escalates, Alex comes to realize this "proper" English girl is as wild as the Highlands themselves...and nothing will stop him from having her.

I don’t know why but it took me a couple of tries to get into How to Seduce a Scot. I think I had to be in the right mind set to read this book. I discovered it is the right kind of book to read while on vacation a book that would help me relax. I needed a good romance that would provide that happy feeling that only a good happily ever after can provide.

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How to Seduce a Scot is definitely the kind of story I was looking to escape into while I was on a mini vacation. It is a romance novel that comes with all the trimmings. Boy meets girl, girl and boy are attracted to each, and then girl and boy spend the rest of the story coming to terms with said attraction. In How to Seduce a Scot, Catherine is a young English debutante that needs to marry for money. Alex Waters is a handsome Scot that may not have a title but he has made money in trade. As soon as Alex and Catherine meet the sparks fly. They have an instant attraction. Alex has vowed to never marry and Catherine must marry because the fate of her family hangs in the balance. Add in the mix another suiter that is more than willing to marry the lovely Catherine so therefore Alex starts to see the green eyed monster. Add in Alex’s willful tomboy sister Mary and her antics and it is a recipe for a highly amusing story.

I am sucker for happily ever afters and a good romance that can sweep me off my feet. I think How to Seduce a Scot delivered. I especially found Mary’s lesson in self-defense immensely funny. Especially when she teaches Catherine how to throw a knife and use a rope ladder. People may laugh at Mary but I agree with in the assessment that those skills are great life savers for young debutantes. Of course, I liked the romance between Catherine and Alex. Even if there were times I wanted to shake Catherine and tell her to get with the program. How to Seduce a Scot is exactly what it promises, a predictable romance full of fun antics and swoon worthy moments. Therefore, I am giving it four stars because it just the escape I was looking for.

 

[Spotlight Tour] How to Seduce a Scot by Christy English

Spotlights & Tours 0 Comments 7th December, 2015