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Finding Pride (Pride Series Book 1)
Finding Pride (Pride Series Book 1)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth My Time, June 22, 2015
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Ugh!

The storytelling, grammar and sentence structure were all over the place:

""Mmm, my turn," Todd said, just before he claimed her lips in a soft kiss. Chester let out a low nicker and then started grazing on the sweet grass nearby. He kept the kiss soft until she let out the smallest of moans and wrapped her arm around him.

Even though I knew the author meant that Todd was the kisser, not the horse, Chester,—the writing drove me nuts. This was 42% into the kindle addition and I just couldn't bring my self to read anymore.

Unfortunately, the poor grammar and typos were not the only problem—the storyline was very disjointed as well.


Bound to the Bachelor (Bachelor Auction Book 1)
Bound to the Bachelor (Bachelor Auction Book 1)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good, June 7, 2015
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Thought this one was just barely ok. The writing, and plot were so forced and formula. There was no clever ease into the romance. It almost seemed like someone else wrote this. Sarah Mayberry is a better writer when she put her characters on home turf. She tried to "Americanize" this and it wasn't subtle enough to make it work. 'The Other Side of Us" was so much better than this story. So predictable chapter by chapter—hero and heroine act like they can't stand each other— the stud, ex-marine, that doesn't want commitment, has to protect his heroine—falls madly in love—happily ever after—done. ...

"he rained blows on his sparring partner, every fiber of his being focused on the task at hand." "She looked straight into his cornflower- blue eyes and knew she was not welcome here, not in the least." "Not to mention washboard abs and shoulders to make a woman weep."
"..he was grinning, his whisky-brown eyes full of life and laughter." "He nailed her with his deep blue gaze"—every sentence is pretty close to this level of creativity.


THE HEART BREAKER (Rocky Mountain Brides Book 2)
THE HEART BREAKER (Rocky Mountain Brides Book 2)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hero was such a jerk, September 20, 2014
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Hero was psychologically cruel and abusive for too long. Heroine was a pushover and it was hard to believe that she would be seduced into having sex so easily when the hero was such a jerk. I enjoy a good steamy sex scene when it serves a purpose in the plot but there were too many repetitive sex scenes and I kept waiting for the heroine to say "no, you're not getting any until you can treat me with kindness and respect." Every time she gave in and was seduced immediately was so frustrating to me.The writing was too simplistic and not very engaging.


The Hero: Book 3 of Thunder Point series
The Hero: Book 3 of Thunder Point series
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2.0 out of 5 stars Did Not Finish "The Hero", August 3, 2014
I'm so glad I borrowed this online from my library. The writing is mediocre, characters are one dimentional, the story line is far fetched. I only read 65% of the story because kit was boring and I lost interest. There were too many characters to care about and I could just predict that Devon's daughter would be abducted by her dad Jacob and I predict that Spencer would rescue her--didn't get that far into the story--but I'd bet anything thats what happened--and then of course Devon,Mercy, Spencer and Austin lived happily ever after-the end--2 stars. Not worth finishing.


The Famous Heroine/The Plumed Bonnet (Dark Angel)
The Famous Heroine/The Plumed Bonnet (Dark Angel)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just think that Mary Balogh gets romance better than almost all other Regency romance writers, July 28, 2014
Just think that Mary Balogh gets romance better than almost all other Regency romance writers. She takes her time. She is patient with her characters--they really get to know each other. Her heroes and heroines have a dialog and a relationship and know each other before they succumb to the physical. Even when her characters are physical right away--her scenarios are believable. Her dialogue seems authentic for the time period.

I did like "The Plummed Bonnet" more than "The Famous Heroine."


Watching Tessa
Watching Tessa
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1.0 out of 5 stars Could Not Finish, July 28, 2014
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Juvenile writing style--did not even finish, and the premise was forced and not romantic at all.


The Secret Pearl
The Secret Pearl
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heart Wrenching Every Time, September 27, 2013
This review is from: The Secret Pearl (Kindle Edition)
I own a paperback copy of this reissue from the early 2000s. I have read "The Secret Pearl" several times. I just reread this story for the fourth time. I like romance novels when they are well written and have engaging plots. Unfortunately I find that that synopsis is rare in romance novels. And so, when I'm just looking for a good story--like a movie that you love to revisit, I reread a sure thing every now and then. When Mary Balogh is on target, her romance novels are so good, I can read them over and over again and still enjoy them. "The Secret Pearl" is one of those stories for me. The premise of the book is dark and harsh, a virgin on the run for being framed for murder takes to the streets as a prostitute in the opening scene. She is desperate and starving. Her first encounter en trade with the Duke of Ridgeway is brutal and terrifying--yet the Duke becomes her hero, and because Mary B is such a formidable writer, she makes it seem possible. There are many noble and tender scenes of humility and courage in this story. The romance is tender and moving.

The reason I can't give this five stars, however, is the one plot device that sort of did not work for me. After the Duke's "transaction" with Fleur (heroine)--he feels guilty about how roughly he took her virginity and he sets her up as the governess for his daughter. Even though Balogh describes Fleur's speech and silk gown to indicate that she is probably at least middle class to justify the appointment, I think putting Lady Pamela, the dukes daughter in the care of a prostitute was somewhat farfetched. When he hired her he had no background or solid references on his employee. But because the relationship between the heroine and hero is very romantic in the body of the story somehow I could look past this.

I also have to defend the hero/heroine and respond to the one-star reviews here. I think the heroine is totally justified in being terrified of the hero for a good portion of the book. The heroine was a naive virgin and her first sexual experience was painful and violent, and before she really got to know the hero she had a realistic assumption in her mind that he could have his way with her and it would be horrible and traumatic again, at any time he chose. In the Regency era, women were considered property. Realistic for the time period.

Again for the era, once you were married you stayed married--the hero would not scorn his wife and leave her. He was willing to sacrifice his own happiness in order to save face for his family honor. Realistic for the time period.

This story reminds me of and old great black and white movie and I will probably read it again after a few years from now.


The Other Side of Us (Harlequin Superromance)
The Other Side of Us (Harlequin Superromance)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Like Wiinning the Lottery, September 3, 2013
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I was super surprised that I finally found a decent read that was free! Realistic and witty dialogue, a real-life story with believable angst and characters. The sex scenes, particularly the first one, are graphic. And the author is explicit and doesn't leave too much to the imagination. I was a bit shocked by some of the description, but it was steamy and real. I did not however, think it seemed like porn because it was not just sex thrown in for sex, it was part of a real life-like story. If you like romance novels but don't want descriptive sex acts in your stories than this is not for you.

This book did not get 5 stars from me because it was a bit simplistic--basically driven by 2 characters. I would have liked the secondary characters to be a bit more involved in the story, and maybe the hero and heroine to go back to their old lives and careers for a reasonable amount of time--and then get back together. The resolution was a bit rushed, too soon happily ever after.

Overall I really liked this book. I will definitely read more Sarah Mayberry.


Harper's Bride
Harper's Bride
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3.0 out of 5 stars Harper's Sweet as Syrup, August 22, 2013
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Harper's Bride is a light fluffy romance that is somewhat entertaining. The basic plot is that the villain, Coy, Melissa's husband, barter's with the hero, Dylan Harper to pay-off his debt. Coy offers to trade his wife (aka cook and housekeeper, bed warmer) and his baby daughter to Dylan Harper in exchange for his bad credit. Since Dylan realizes that Melissa is mistreated by her husband and Coy is basically a total loser, he agrees, but he is really not looking for a wife at this point of the story.

I did like that the relationship evolved and it wasn't a "wham bam let's hit the sack kind of story." The plot works for the most part because of the slow evolution of the love story. There were some segments that didn't work for me. It was hard to believe that when Melissa returned home with enough money of her own to put food on the table and rent a decent place, she would seek her family out for a visit. Melissa's father was physically abusive, an alcoholic and never worked to support her family, and her brothers were basically of the same moral character. And when she return's her family members have had no great metamorphosis--which the reader kind of expected. Because Melissa evolves into a stronger more independent woman--that part of the story made her seem pretty stupid, which was inconsistent from how she was otherwise portrayed.

The hunky description of Dylan with the long blonde hair didn't work for me either--I kept picturing Fabio on a stereotypically corny romance novel cover, and that's not sexy for me, just kind of goofy and funny.

All characters are somewhat simplistic, as is the writing, and the ending seemed sort of abrupt and rushed happily ever after. Overall not bad --not great either.


The Vizard Mask
The Vizard Mask
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4.0 out of 5 stars Long but entertaining, August 16, 2013
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I found "The Vizard Mask" to be a believable account of the atrocities of being a woman in the 1600s. The writing and dialogue were authentic for the time period, and the history that surrounded the fiction was very interesting. This story is not for the faint of heart. The cruelty, torture and illness are graphically described and the book is very long. This is historical fiction not a romance novel, and the distinction is obvious through the sophisticated detail and history presented.

The fictional story is loosely based on a real actress--Peg Hughes and she was in fact the mistress of Prince Rupert in the later half of the 17th century.


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