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Rendezvous With A Romance

I love paranormal and historical romance novels. I love talking about books and finding out about new authors and books to read. I also love supporting and promoting my favorite authors.

 

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Set the Night on Fire
Laura Trentham
The Warrior of Clan Kincaid - Lily Blackwood

Ever since book one, I have looked forward to the next book in this series.  The characters are so captivating and intense.  Cull the Nameless is such a dark and dangerous character; with his slave background, his cold demeanor, and how he responds to Derryth.  Derryth comes across as a spoiled young girl too superficial and selfish, until she is almost raped and then capture by Cull and his army who are hellbent on taking Inverhaven.  What Cull and Derryth do not realize is that he is the third and youngest lost child of the murdered Laird Kincaid and that the Wolf of Badenoch wants him to take it and kill the “imposters”, not realizing that they are in fact his brothers.  The story is engaging, intense, action-packed, passionate, poignant, and perfect.  I LOVED the “I chose you” scenes between Cull and Derryth.  I’m glad that in the end, he got his name, and a family, and a woman that loved him so much.  His ordeal, I think, was the worst of the three brothers and he definitely deserved a happily ever after.  Loved every second of the story and highly recommend the series.

One for the Rogue - Manda Collins

A cute story about a head-strong and independent woman set on staying unmarried and focusing her life on her geology field, and one equally stubborn male geologist that can’t help butting heads with her every time they meet.  The story had adventure, a murder mystery, a theft that needed to be solved, and two people so perfect for each other that they couldn’t help but get onto each others’ nerves every chance they got.  It also had passion and a sweet love story.  It did have a few slow moments but overall it was an enjoyable and well-developed story. It didn't have any emotional strife or tension that can heighten a story, but it was cute and enjoyable and I liked the two main characters quite a bit.

The Duke of Lies - Darcy Burke

This was a fun story.  Verity and Kit were great characters and they carried the plot really well.  I liked the concept; a man pretends to be a duke in order to steal funds to buy a new ship, meets his dead half-brother’s clearly abused widow and her son, and comes to realize that life on land can be home even more so than the sea if you have the right people in it.  Their adventure was enjoyable and entertaining, and I am glad Rufus ended up in fact being dead because, from all accounts, he was a horrible man, and I’m glad that Verity found true happiness with a man who could appreciate her. Beau, her son, was a priceless character, and I think it was definitely him who won Kit’s loyalty and love first. He was just too precious to resist and Kit was no match for him.  The villain and conflict were engaging and fit the story really well. Overall, I really liked this story.  I haven’t read a lot by this author but I definitely wasn’t disappointed.  It has passion, suspense, adventure, humor, and strong characters that all blend into a great love story.

Only With You - Nicole Perkins McLaughlin

Oh, my goodness! This was such a great, yet heartbreaking, story.  The ordeal Aiden went through as a kid, and how much he struggled to deal with it in the present while trying to be with Hannah, broke my heart.  The topic was definitely handled well, the story was perfectly paced and believable being he had to struggle with real demons. Hannah was the perfect match, but it did break my heart as she tried to get Aiden to open up and he kept putting roadblocks up.  Loved every second of their story; it was priceless, poignant, and perfect.  I am really glad Aiden got to have a happily ever and when he proposed to Hannah was both funny and beautiful. Her reaction was priceless. This is a must read and the series, I have read two thanks to NetGalley, is definitely one to put on your TBR list. I couldn't put it down.

The Crusader's Kiss: The Champions of Saint Euphemia - Claire Delacroix

I think this one is my favorite of the series so far.  Everything seems to have come together well for a great story; strong characters, complex conflict, highs and lows, strong dialogue, and great adventure.  It lacked some of the weaknesses I found in the character development of book one, The Crusader's Bride, and though I enjoyed book two, The Crusader's Heart, this one just seemed to be a stronger well rounded story with the elements that make for a great romance.  I enjoyed it a lot.  I loved how strong Anna was, how noble and honorable Bartholomew was, how well they worked together, and their story was so enjoyable and entertaining. The villain was strong, the conflict was believable and was a good match for the two main characters.  They really had to work together to overcome their obstacles. Definitely a very enjoyable story with all of the aspects I look for in a epic romance. So good!

A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.

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#43 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Rendezvous With A Romance

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Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Heather, an avid reader who loves romance stories.

 

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What are you reading right now? How do you like it?

 

 

I just finished Laird of the Black Isle by Paula Quinn  and started The Snow White Bride by Claire Delacroix. I loved Laird of the Black Isle and it is too soon to tell about The Snow White Bride.

 

Laird of the Black Isle - Paula Quinn   

 

 

When have you discovered you’re a book lover?

 

I was in middle school when I picked up my first romance novel, but it wasn’t until I was teaching that I became a voracious reader. It became my escape and has kept me sane.

 

 

Why reading is important to you?

 

It keeps me sane. It is the thing I do that keeps me happy and helps me get through rough school years.

 

Rendezvous With A Romance

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

This is hard to answer, but here goes. If someone were to ask me to recommend must read books, the list would include:

 

Bec McMaster's Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk #1), Monica McCarty's The Chief   (Highland Guard #1), Sherrilyn Kenyon Born of Night  (The League #1), Christine Feehan's Shadow Rider   (Shadow Rider #1), Christine Feehan's Bound Together  (Sea Haven #6), Karen Marie Moning's Shadowfever  (Fever #5), Nalini Singh's Archangel's Blade   (Guild Hunter #4), Jeanine Frost's Destined for an Early Grave   (Night Huntress #4) and At Grave's End  (Night Huntress #3), Sherrilyn Kenyon's Styxx  (Dark-Hunter #22...

 

I really could go on and on. There are so many books that are absolute must-reads, in my opinion.

 

Kiss of Steel - Bec McMasterThe Chief - Monica McCartyBorn of Night - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Shadow Rider (The Shadow Series) - Christine FeehanBound Together (A Sea Haven Novel) - Christine FeehanShadowfever - Karen Marie Moning

Archangel's Blade - Nalini SinghDestined for an Early Grave  - Jeaniene FrostStyxx - Sherrilyn Kenyon

 

 

 

Your short bio says: “I love supporting and promoting my favorite authors and promoting my favorite authors.” How do you do that?

 

Through my blog and being part of some of my favorite authors’ reading teams. Every book I read I review on various sites, Goodreads, BookLikes, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles. I also post on various social media platforms. Any way I can get the word out about the books I read, I do. That is how I support my favorite authors.

 

 

How do you find new books to read?

 

Goodreads and Amazon mostly, and a few publishing companies will send me books to consider. That is definitely where I have expanded the types of romances I read the most.

 

 

You’re an English and creative writing teacher. How do you encourage kids and your students to read more?

 

I don’t hide that I like to read, if they see I like to read then they start asking questions. I also have books in the classroom and anytime someone says they wish they could like reading but haven’t found anything they can stick with I just start asking questions about what they like. What sort of movies and TV shows do they like? Do they like fantasy, sci-fi, spies, horror, etc. and I go from there and recommend an author or a book that fits those interests. 

 

 

Your blog name says all about your favorite book genre - romance. Do you switch between the genres or are you loyal to your favorite reading path?

 

I’m definitely loyal to romance. But from there, there are so many sub genres: paranormal, historical, contemporary, Regency, Medieval, cowboy romances, small town romances, Steampunk, etc.

 

 

Do you read one book or several at a time?

 

One at a time for sure

 

Reviewed Shelf

 

 

  1. Your BookLikes Shelf presents over 800 read titles! How much time do you spend reading?
  2. Every free moment I can. I do not have kids, so when I come home from work I like to curve up with my dogs and read. I don’t watch a lot of TV. I don’t leave the house without a book just in case I find myself somewhere waiting.

 

 

A library or a bookstore?

 

Bookstore

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster, Luck Is No Lady by Amy Sandas  , and I Knew You Were Trouble by Soraya Lane

 

Kiss of Steel - Bec McMasterLuck Is No Lady (Fallen Ladies) - Amy SandasI Knew You Were Trouble - Soraya Lane

 

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Both, I like to rotate between the two. I’ll read eBooks for a while and then switch to paperback to rest my eyes for a time.

 

 

Three titles for a holiday break?

 

 

This one is hard because I read whatever I have on hand that I have purchased or have received from NetGalley/publishers at the time of the holiday. So three books I plan on reading over the summer break I just started include: A Crown of Bitter Orange by Laura Florand, Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Torched by Donna Grant

 

 

 

 

Favorite quote?

 

Pride and Prejudice (the English teacher inside of me peaking through with this one):

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

(1.1-2).

Favorite book, one of many of the favorite lines from it.

 

 

If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?

 

Either a glass of wine or hot chocolate, depending on how I’m feeling.

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

 

Thank you!

 

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The Risk of Rogues - Sabrina Jeffries

A short read that doesn’t fall to the curse of the novella.  It was well organized, characters had a backstory that made this quick courtship make sense; I absolutely loved how frank they both were at the very beginning of the story. That scene was so refreshing from the sometimes drawn out, keep secrets, tell only half truths, protect the other none sense that can make for a really good romance; however, it was nice that all of that was skipped in this story.  It had a perfectly orchestrated plot and development of the love story.  It was perfect in every way.  Refreshing and enjoyable from start to finish.

The Mercenary's Bride - Claire Delacroix

A super short and cute story.  It takes place at Inverfyre with one of the Hawk's and Aileen's children.  The premise was good, conflict believable, and the plot was interesting. However, there was no passion.  Three kisses and nothing else. If you have read the Rogues of Ravensmuir and the Jewels of Kinfairlie, then definitely read this because it goes along with both of those series.  The story would have been better if it had been longer. The curse of the novella strikes again.

A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.

The Snow White Bride - Claire Delacroix

I have looked forward to seeing Alexander find his true love, and I did hope that his two sisters that he meddled with in their love lives got a bit of vengeance, too.  I have to say the way it all played out was interesting, entertaining, and enjoyable.  It had the emotional tension I like in romances; the couple definitely had a lot to work through before they could be happy.  The story Eleanor tells about her first husband and what he did to her horse was the most heartbreaking moment in the story, but it was also the moment the couple truly connected with no more doubts or fears. I enjoyed their story, it did have some slow moments, but overall I enjoyed their adventure and their love story.

Laird of the Black Isle - Paula Quinn

Paula Quinn’s story telling is always epic, passionate, romantic, and the dialogue with its hints of the Scottish dialect always makes for a great read. I love her characters and her plot lines, and this one is just like all of the rest in the MacGregor series, epic and entertaining. Lachlan has scars, but they reflect more of what is damaged on the inside more so then what is on the outside. He couldn’t protect his wife and daughter two years ago and after going on a rampage of vengeance, he secreted himself away in his castle in the Black Isle with no intention of ever leaving. However, a messenger arrives on his door and says that his daughter is alive and if he kidnaps a MacGregor lass, then he will be told who has his daughter. He doesn’t know whether to believe it or not but the chance that she is a live is a chance he has to take; so he kidnaps Mailie and brings her back to his home to await the arrival of the man who wants her. What he doesn’t expect is a strong-willed, spirited girl who fights him every step of the way and has a sharp tongue that won’t leave him in peace. Mailie sees only a monster until she begins to see beneath his exterior gruff and cantankerous demeanor. When she finds out what motivates his actions, she can’t help but want him to find his daughter, though she doubts Sinclair told the truth. As they await a response to his message that he has her, they get to know each other and she doesn’t let him be. She forces him into the light and forces him to love again. I loved every second. Loved the characters and the storyline. The conflict and antagonist where strong and well developed. Paula Quinn paints a magical adventure set in the highlands of Scotland with characters that jump off the page and a plot that stays with you even after you set the book down. Loved it.

Night - Marion Wiesel, Elie Wiesel

I have read Night several times, and every time I read it I am reminded of why it is such a great book.  I picked up some 9th grade English classes this school year and it was on the required reading list. I really looked forward to re-reading it with the students. It was amazing to watch them get drawn in to his story. They were shocked at the atrocities that were committed, were able to understand and follow Elie's journey and I had a few say they loved the book or that it was a good read.  

It is such a powerful, well-written, and eloquent account of what Elie and so many other Jews went through during the Holocaust. If you haven't read it, it is definitely one that needs to be added to your TBR Bucket List. His use of internal dialogue, first person narrative, and reflection throughout the story pulls the reader in and keeps their attention.  You become a witness to what happened. Beautiful.  Powerful. Memorable. And one of my absolute favorite books of all time.

It's All About The Duke - Amelia Grey

He is the last rake of the St. James trio that used to leave a wake of broken hearts and empty pockets all around London who isn't married.  He has quieted his ways now that he is turning 30, and it doesn't help that his two partners in crime are happily married. Being he is the last Rake of St. James, he is the last one still talked about in the scandal sheets of Miss. Honora Truth. No one knows who he or she is, but he is tired of the sins of his past coming back to haunt him.  When he is asked to become the guardian of an innocent young lady, his first response was no, but one night he had a bit too much to drink and wrote to agree.  Come morning, it was too late to back out, so now he is responsible for Miss. Marlena Fast.

The moment Rath walks up her door step and introduces himself, she is sure her secret has been found out and he is there to send her to Newgate.  But no, he is there because he is her new guardian and she doesn't know what to do about that.  The more time they spend together the more she comes to see that he isn't the evil rake she has painted in her scandal sheets, and the people she also wrote about are not evil either. The more she gets to know them the more she feels guilt over her actions. As Rath and Marlena get to know each other, it becomes clear that they both have feelings for the other. Rath ends up not wanting her marry anyone but him, but will be be able to forgive her for writing the scandal sheet and starting a rumor at White's that could have led to his friend's sisters getting hurt when they debuted?

I enjoyed their story.  They were entertaining characters and the story was well developed.  There were the occasional slow part, but for the most part the plot moved steadily and the conclusion was exactly like I wanted it to be.  Overall, enjoyable and entertaining.

All Night with the Cowboy - Soraya Lane

I loved the second book in the River Ranch series.  Loved the back story, the characters, the conflict, the cameo of Ryder King from The Devil Wears Spurs, and the whole storyline was great.  Twelve years ago she walked away from the man she loved because her parents gave her an ultimatum, him or college.  He has never forgiven her for walking away without an explanation, and he never wanted to see the girl who broke his heart again, but when he takes a catastrophic spill while riding a bull, she is the only PT that has a chance at getting him back into bull riding shape.  There is only one problem, she has planned a vacation that is years over do and she will only work with him if he is willing to go with her.  She knows it is a mistake, but when she finds out the extent of his injuries she can’t say no. So off to Fiji for an extended stay and rehabilitation with the only man she has ever loved and who now hates her.  Their chemistry was great, the emotional tension added to the conflict, and their story was both entertaining and enjoyable.  Loved every second of it and didn’t want it to end. The author is quickly becoming a favorite. Her characters are strong and dynamic. Her story lines are entertaining and engaging and they are just fun to read.

His Highland Rose (His Highland Heart) - Willa Blair

This one had a descent plot and character development. It was slow at times but overall it was good. The conflict is believable and strong. The dialogue was good and the tension between the two main characters did add to the overall development of the storyline. I did think that there were parts that could have been stronger; this one didn’t grab and hold my attention like other historical romances. It did have some passion, though it did stick to the tame side of it. It wasn’t my favorite but of the three I read for NERFA this one was the best because at least it did have some passion and the plot was believable and well developed if not intense.

True As Fate - Laurie Alice Eakes

I received this books as part of the NERFA romance writers contest to be judged. First, the good aspects: the plot was amazing, the characters were strong, the conflict well-developed and multifaceted. I loved the characters and their adventure. Chloe was such a strong female protagonist and she kept Ross on his toes.  Ross was complex and well-defined.  You understood his motivations, his drive for vengeance, and even why he clung to the ideal that Chloe’s sister represented. Overall great story. Now for my one and only negative…it was more a historical fiction then a historical romance. Yes they kissed and they were attracted to each other but beyond one, maybe two, passionate kisses there is absolutely no passion.  No sex, no indecent moments, nothing. If you can keep in mind that this isn’t really a romance, then you will love the story because it was great, but I expected a romance and didn’t get it.  Yes it is a love story, but a tame and “proper for the times” kind of love story.  I’m giving this 4 stars because the plot and characters are strong enough and entertaining enough that I kept with it, but I am disappointed there was no passion.  If it had that it would definitely be a 5 star romance all the way.  I do recommend it, just go into it knowing there won’t be the traditional romance novel qualities that we look for and enjoy when we pick up one to read.  

Rolf's Quest - Aubrey Wynne-Jones

I received this book as part of the NERFA romance contest. The plot line was good and the characters were strong; however, I found it moved a bit slowly and there was no passion.  A few kisses and that was it. The villain was really strong and the conflict believable, but I was bored some of the time. It would have been better if it wasn’t so tame, it reminded me of Alexandra Ivy’s historical/paranormal romance series Immortal Rogues, it teased and hinted about the passion, but didn’t deliver. When I pick up a romance, I want the passion as well as a good plot, characters, and conflict.