Oct 25, 2016

Book Review: Death and Her Devotion

It should be the happiest weekend of Officer Stevie Taylor’s life. She’s finally going to marry Police Chief Zane Duncan and live happily ever after in Solitude, Oregon. But all wedding plans grind to a halt when a dead body is found at a nearby campground.

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I really like the town and the inhabitants of Solitude.  I got a chance to become familiar with them in earlier books so a quick novella was the perfect length for this episode but only if you know the players.  DEATH AND HER DEVOTION has a lot of secondary characters, a lot of action and not a lot of room to go in depth  with what makes everyone tick.

We do get a chance to really get to know Stevie as she tries to solve a crime and get married all at the same time.  Both Stevie and her groom Zane were secondary characters in earlier novellas and fully deserved their story being told.

I do recommend this novella to any of my readers who have been following the happenings in Solitude.  I loved this episode and am very happy that Montlake Romance is going to continue with these mini-series of novellas.  To find the earlier books on Amazon, just click here

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Oct 22, 2016

Book Review: Throne of Novoxos

The brave warrior, Prince Comron Van Laven, lays at death’s door after a near fatal transport crash. His life is in the hands of his mortal enemy who does the unthinkable…she saves him…in so many ways. Together the two must battle for survival against the harsh elements, deadly assassins and vicious animal attacks. But that’s only the beginning of their struggles.

Once rescued, they must confront the bitter enmity that exists between their worlds, in addition to the dark family secrets threatening to destroy them. Bound by their deep bond, the two embark on a new odyssey where all forces have turned against them and are seeking their lives. But with the help of some shadowy mercenaries, the two just might make it to the throne of Novoxos to stake their royal claim and defeat their enemies.

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I so love a good space opera filled with space and land battles, impossible relationship and interstellar politics.  And I do have to say that the THRONE OF NOVOXOS has all of those and more.  

When I first started reading the book and met Comron I was immediately taken back to Dune but that impression didn't last for long.  While there are politics, they seem to be more approachable then the ones in the old sci-fi standby.  And to tell you the truth, I found Comron to be a bit of an ass.  I know that a good portion of that is his upbringing by his insane father but still.

The character that I really liked is the one that Comron fell in love with Vaush.  She is down to earth and just wants to make the world, or in this case worlds, a better place for everyone to live.  So of course she saves Comron even though their families are deadly enemies because that is the type of person she is.

I really enjoyed THRONE OF NOVOXOS with its fast pacing, interesting characters, an unauthorized love and danger around every turn.  I do think that my readers who enjoy space opera will enjoy it. There are a few sex scenes but nothing too graphic so this book would work for older teens as well as adults.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Oct 21, 2016

Book: Review: The Honorable Heir

An American heiress and widow of a rakish English earl, Catherine has returned to New York high society determined to make amends for the scandal she caused when she crossed the Atlantic to elope with her best friend’s suitor and win the title of Lady Bisterne. But a ruined reputation isn’t the only thing that’s followed her home: Lord Tristram Wolfe, the rightful heir to the Bisterne estate, has vowed to track down his family’s stolen jewels—gems he’s certain Catherine stole.

Catherine has more to think about than charming, handsome Tristram and his accusations, even if he’s beginning to change her mind about never returning to England. Back at her family’s Tuxedo Park estate, she resolves to restore her honor by earning the forgiveness of her best friend and protecting her younger sister from other fortune-seeking Englishmen with dubious titles, all while abiding by the etiquette of the Gilded Age.

Yet when Tristram’s quest takes a dangerous turn, she must decide whether to follow the rules or save her accuser’s life.

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I really hate writing a review where nothing stands out on a book.  Yes I enjoyed reading THE HONORABLE HEIR but that was for the time period then the characters.  I enjoy reading how many constraints society placed upon people in the past.  There were some beautiful descriptions of surroundings which makes sense as New York can be beautiful in the winter.

What I found lacking in this books were the characters.  We do get to learn a bit about the main characters but there are hoards of secondary characters that do contribute to the storyline yet wit the exception of Catherine's sister, I couldn't tell you who was who.  I don't like having to go back through a book to find out just what this person has done because they are so unmemorable that it just didn't stick in my mind.  

I also trying to wrap my mind about the idea that any self respecting woman would fall in love with someone who is continually accusing her of being a thief and attempting to kill him.  It just doesn't make sense to me.

This is one book that I wouldn't feel right recommending to my readers.  There are just too many well written historical romances out there so I would give this one a pass.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.