Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Ice Prince

The Ice Prince (Harlequin Presents)The Ice Prince by Sandra Marton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

To be honest Sandra Marton’s THE ICE PRINCE was a fairly light reading. I was surprised at how good the writing style was very precise. I would read more of her books to see if they are better than this one because the only thing I didn’t like was how the plot was set up in the middle of the book. However I was expecting a light and entertaining read, so in that regards I got 3 stars worth of reading.

Since this was a very short book, the characters didn’t get much of a chance to develop. Which I think is a shame because most of the story they are banging each other like rabbits when they barely know each other. I think if the characters knew each other, I would have found this book more romantic than porn-like.

I liked the second half of the book more than the first half since Draco and Anna started getting to know each other while they were touring the city. The only problems I had was that everything was so full of dues ex machina moments where everything was hand-waved and therefore the conflict didn’t play much of anything besides getting them into bed (which was slightly amusing).

Now this book did have a happy ending, which didn’t surprise me. But I will try to find the Orsini series it is in. I’m hopeful that the other books are better because I was blown away at how good the writing was.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Savor the Moment

Savor the Moment (Bride Quartet, #3)Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So far I really like the Bride Quartet series, even though SAVOR THE MOMENT isn’t my favorite book of the series (so far). Don’t get me wrong SAVOR THE MOMENT was an okay book in all around good series, but my favorite book in this series is BED OF ROSES.

I have to say that Nora Roberts can write about friendship and humor very well. I liked that she gave time for characters to interact as a group because that added something to the entire series. A lot of my favorite scenes were when characters had big get together parties and events. In this book, I really liked that all the characters had a big vacation together.

I liked Del’s character in this book and the second one more. He sounds like an impossibly sweet and caring man. To a degree I almost couldn’t find him too realistic, but I did like that he was very considerate of others. If it wasn’t for Carter, I could really like Del quite a bit to be my favorite male character in the series.

Laurel wasn’t my favorite character in the series. However I did grow to like her a little bit more in this book. In the previous two books she felt like a background character than a major character since she wasn’t as fleshed out. Now that I know a lot about her, I could like her more. I liked that she was very good friends with her business partners while still pursuing romance.

Reading the Bride Quartet series has been a lot of fun and laughs for me. I found this to be light reading while I read a lot of classics and war books. I almost forgot how fun it was to read romance novels that focused on both friendship and romance, so I will definitely read more Nora Roberts books after I‘m done with HAPPY EVER AFTER.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Through Z Adult Romance Reading Challenge 2011 to 2012

EDIT: As long as the first letter in the author's name or title corresponds to the blank slot, it shall be allowed to prevent an unequal amount of books by one author. The most books by one author shall be two titles.

EDIT 2: Bold means read and reviewed.

A. A Siscilian Romance by Ann Radcliff
B. Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts
E. Emma by Jane Austen
F. Fae by Heather McAlendin
H. Holding Her Breath by Nicole Green
I. The Ice Prince by Sandra Marton
M. Marriane Stephens' Second Sight Dating
N. Nights in Rodanthe by Nicolas Sparks
O. Out of the Rain by Debby Macomber
P. Petals on a River by Kathleen Woodiwiss
R. Romeo, Romeo by Robin Kaye
S. Sweet Love edited by Violet Blue
T. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
W. With this Ring by T.A. Chase

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bed of Roses

Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet, #2)Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked VISION IN WHITE, but I loved Nora Robert’s BED OF ROSES more. Thankfully both books are in the same series because I sometimes find series to be very tricky to rate. Both books are full of friendship, romance cheese and casual dating; it’s definitely very much a chick lit and woman’s literature book.

I liked Emma and Jack as a couple, even though Jack wasn’t big on being in a relationship. It’s wasn’t one of those books that had the “instant relationship love connection” pairing going on because the main character pairing both lovers were very close friends before hooking up. They had a lot of sexual tension together and were cute together.

In the series overall, Emma was my third favorite character after Parker and Carter. I really liked that she had a diverse character background compared to most female leads in the romance genre. I could picture her very easily in my mind than her friend Mac. The only thing I didn’t like was that Emma piffed off Jack deliberately.

I have to admit this series is shaping up to be one of my guilty pleasure reads. When I want fluffy with some sex thrown in, this maybe my go to series after I’m done with the last two books. The way Nora Roberts writes her male characters is very good; I love kind, friendly and funny male leading characters (which are hard to find in the current young adult romance market). Other than that I can’t wait until I get the last two books in this series.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Vision in White

Vision in White (Bride Quartet, #1)Vision in White by Nora Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

VISION IN WHITE is the first Nora Roberts book I ever read, so I was not sure on how well the writing was going to be. All I was expecting was a cute fluffy read about a woman and a guy falling in love, but the book was so much more than that. I found it to be very funny and well written for a first book of a series; it’s not my usual genre but I highly enjoyed it because I needed a change of pace from the young adult romance books.

I’m well aware that there are bunches of books about friends running a wedding business together, but the spin that Nora Roberts put on it was wonderful. Even though Roberts didn’t go into graphic detail about the friends, I could believe that they were good friends by the dialogue and actions.

My favorite part of this book was Carter Maguire, the love interest of Mackenzie “Mac” Elliot. This is the first book in a long time that I’ve read that had a genuinely sweet and caring male lead, so this was a big plus for me since I like to read books where nice guys get lovers. I liked Carter and his family; they were adorable.

Apart from that I think Mac’s name threw me for a loop because I thought she was a guy until I read the book flap’s summary right after I read a few pages. I know her nickname is short for Mackenzie, but Mac is a very hyper masculine nickname. I liked her character and could relate to her, and I can’t wait to read the sequels and more Nora Roberts' books.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Too Broud to be Bought

Too Proud to be BoughtToo Proud to be Bought by Sharon Kendrick

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've been reading Harlequin books since I was 15 years old, and I thought I had outgrew them when I hit the ripe old age of 21. Today I saw this book for less than 4 dollars, and honestly I was curious to see if this kind of light reading would interest me again, so I bought it. I've been wanting some light fluffy reading because I've been reading a lot of long 600 to 1000 page novels... Pretty much this book was a definite change of pace for me.

This book was a lot better than the last Harlequin book I read. I think the editor did a better job at catching grammar mistakes because I found very few. The only grammar mistakes I could find were not putting commas where they were needed, but I did wonder why some places had overused the same adjective on the same page.

I have to hand it to Sharon Kendrick for writing some occasioanally good dialogue and interesting characters. I could tell which character was speaking at all times without having to reread parts multiple times. Zara was fun to read about; I love strong willed, hard-working and stubborn heriones who mostly don't let men rule over them. I could understand both main characters' motivations for doing the things they did.

For an adult romance book, the sex scenes were written very well and steamy. I liked that those scenes weren't overtly graphic, but they had enough heat to them to make me blush a little. I still felt like I was reading tame book porn though.

I liked the story, but I wished it was longer and more fleshed out. Some parts were cliched, but I still found the reading experience enjoyable. For me this was a fast read.

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Edit: This also posted up on my other blog Reader's Quest.