The Book Worm

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: The Highlander's Reward

Book Review: The Highlander's Reward, by Eliza Knight

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She belonged to another… But was destined to be his… Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she arrives in Stirling, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her she fears she's more in danger of losing herself. The last thing Magnus Sutherland wants is to marry the beautiful English lass he saved. As the laird of his clan, he has a responsibility to his clan and allies. But when Arbella is attacked by one of his own men, he determines the only way to keep her safe is to make her his. A decision that promises to be extremely satisfying. Magnus brings Arbella to his home of Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands. And that’s where the trouble begins… Their countries are at war and they should be each other’s enemy. Neither one considered their mock marriage would grow into a deeply passionate love. What’s more, they were both unhappily betrothed and those who've been scorned are out for revenge. Can their new found love keep them together or will their enemies tear them apart?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: Winter's Heat


Book Review: Winter's Heat, by Denise Domning


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Rowena of Benfield's hopes for a life as a powerful churchwoman are dashed when she's forced into a marriage to a rich and powerful lord. Embittered by his second wife's betrayal, Rannulf of Graistan wants nothing from the new woman in his bed except an heir. Then a tide of treachery rises around them and their only hope is to trust, to cherish and to love unconditionally.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: Making it Right

Book Review: Making it Right, by Catherine Bybee

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Some kids inherit a family business; Jo Ward inherited a badge. Once voted Most Likely to End Up in Jail, the town wild child has become sheriff—hell-bent on uncovering the truth about her father’s mysterious death. Life is quiet in rustic River Bend, but Jo longs for something beyond her small hometown and the painful memories it holds. All that keeps her sane is the support of her best friends, Melanie and Zoe.
But when Jo signs up for an expert law enforcement training seminar, she meets Gill Clausen, whose haunting eyes and dangerously sexy vibe just may challenge her single-minded focus. Commitment-phobic Jo can’t deny her attraction to the arrogant federal agent, and when odd things start happening around River Bend and danger surrounds her, she realizes she’ll need his help to discover who’s out to remove her from River Bend…permanently.
As Jo and Gill work together, it’s clear they make a great team. But can Jo loosen her grip on the past enough to let love in and reach for the future?

Friday, June 9, 2017

Review: Single White Vampire

Book Review: Single White Vampire, by Lynsay Sands


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Roundhouse Publishing editor Kate C. Leever's first letter to her new author was meant to impress upon him the growing demand for vampire romances. And even though he'd expressed little-to-no desire for any publicity, book tours, or similar, it was clear this was an author just waiting to be broken out - despite himself, if necessary.
When she suggested attending a romance convention his response - unusually quick to arrive - was succinct: 'No.'

But Kate was adamant: Mr Lucern Argeneau was going to attend a romance convention and meet his fans. By hook or by crook, despite his reclusive nature and odd sleep patterns, the surly yet handsome author would attend. And she was sure that, once there, he would reveal himself to be a true charmer.
Of course, that was before she realized that his 'romances' were more like biographies, and it's literally her neck on the line ...
SINGLE WHITE VAMPIRE is a hilarious romantic comedy where a vampire finds his habits of a lifetime overturned and an unlikely romance blooms.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Review: Come Sundown

Book Review: Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts


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Love. Lies. Murder. A lot can happen... COME SUNDOWN
Bodine Longbow loves to rise with the dawn. As the manager of her family's resort in Western Montana, there just aren't enough hours in the day - for life, for work, for loved ones. She certainly doesn't have time for love, not even in the gorgeous shape of her childhood crush Callen Skinner, all grown up and returned to the ranch. Then again, maybe Callen can change her mind, given time...
But when a young woman's body is discovered on resort land, everything changes. Callen falls under the suspicion of a deputy sheriff with a grudge. And for Bodine's family, the murder is a shocking reminder of an old loss. Twenty-five years ago, Bodine's Aunt Alice vanished, never to be heard of again. Could this new tragedy be connected to Alice's mysterious disappearance?
As events take a dramatic and deadly turn, Bodine and Callen must race to uncover the truth.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review: A Sudden Crush


Book Review: A Sudden Crush, by Camilla Isley

 
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Joanna Price is a city girl with the perfect life. She loves her job as a book editor, she just married Liam, high profile bestselling author and the man of her dreams, and she's headed to the Caribbean to enjoy two weeks of paradise for her luxurious honeymoon.
Connor Duffield is a gruff, grumpy rancher from the Midwest. He is a country boy who has a no-nonsense approach to life, more scars than he'd like to admit, and he hates city girls.

So it's just a misfortune they have to sit next to each other for a six hour plane ride. Even more so when their flight is caught in the perfect storm and Joanna wakes up stranded on a desert island with Connor, the very man she hoped she would never have to see again.
Why are they alone on this forsaken island? What happened to Joanna's husband?
When her dream honeymoon turns into a hilarious tropical nightmare, Joanna's first thought is survival. However, she and Connor will quickly discover just how boring paradise can be. As the days turn to weeks, and then months, this mismatched pair will have to learn how to coexist and how to resist the sparkles of an attraction they weren't prepared to feel.
When they are finally rescued will Joanna's marriage be saved as well, or will the life she knew and loved be in ruins?

Friday, June 2, 2017

Review: About That Man

Book Review: About That Man, by Sherryl Woods
 
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How could the sensible daughter of Trinity Harbor's self-proclaimed patriarch have taken in the boy caught hot-wiring her car? Whether the boy is a modern-day Huck Finn or not, Trinity Harbor is in an uproar. But for Daisy Spencer, guiding the orphaned ten-year-old is easy, an escape from her own tragic past. She can ignore the town's nay-saying. The only real obstacle is…that man. 
That man is the boy's uncle, Walker Ames, a tough DC cop who sees his unexpected nephew as his last chance at redemption. Soon he's commuting to the charming fishbowl of a town, where everyone assumes he's seduced Daisy—their best Sunday-school teacher! But to Walker, Daisy is a disconcerting mix of charming innocence and smart-mouthed excitement in a town that's not as sleepy as it looks.


Genre: contemporary romance

Publication date: March 2017

Mature content: yes

Review: I loved this book. Loved the characters (well, most of them), the story and the way certain sensitive issues are dealt with. There is a lot happening in this book, but the author manages to make it all fit in a convincing way. Still, I had a few issues, which are the main reason I'm rating About That Man with four stars instead of five.

I have to admit I was a bit troubled by the way King Spencer (Daisy's father) tries to control the lives and decisions of everyone around him. Not coming from a small town myself, maybe I just can't grasp the situation correctly, but the whole thing strikes me as unrealistic. Bottom line, King Spencer comes across as a bully and just don't like bullies.

Also, everyone's concern with the yankees is a bit odd. Again, maybe it's my European mentality, but that war was fought over 150 years ago, isn't it time to let it go? How can anyone say that Walker isn't good enough for Daisy because he's a yankee? And then they discover he was born in Richmond and suddenly he's totally Ok. Really? Do people still live by those rules?

And finally, it also seemed strange that at this day and age a woman would get in trouble at work because she's living under the same roof with a man out of wedlock. Granted, she's a highschool teacher, but if there are drug issues at school shouldn't the principal be more concerned about those instead of meddling in private aspects of her life?


Nevertheless, and personal rants aside, these are details that should not detract from the fact that About That Man is still a wonderful romance novel, and I recommend it. This was the first book I read by Sherryl Woods and I will certainly go back for more.


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