Genre: Historical

Review: Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy

Posted May 26, 2015 by Ginny in Reviews, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy / 0 Comments

Review: Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy
The Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy
Series: The Twelve Kingdoms #3
Genres: Epic, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on May 26th 2015
Format: eARC
Pages: 438
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by: Ginny
Also in this series: The Mark of the Tala
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Book Description:

Three daughters were born to High King Uorsin, in place of the son he wanted. The youngest, lovely and sweet. The middle, pretty and subtle, with an air of magic. And the eldest, the Heir. A girl grudgingly honed to leadership, not beauty, to bear the sword and honor of the king.

Ursula's loyalty is as ingrained as her straight warrior's spine. She protects the peace of the Twelve Kingdoms with sweat and blood, her sisters from threats far and near. And she protects her father to prove her worth. But she never imagined her loyalty would become an open question on palace grounds. That her father would receive her with a foreign witch at one side and a hireling captain at the other--that soldiers would look on her as a woman, not as a warrior.

She also never expected to decide the destiny of her sisters, of her people, of the Twelve Kingdoms and the Thirteenth. Not with her father still on the throne and war in the air. But the choice is before her. And the Heir must lead...


My Thoughts:

I began reading Jeffe Kennedy’s work a little over two years ago… and it’s been a really wonderful journey to take with her through her contemporary, erotic novellas into this full-fledged fantasy romance series.

When I began this series with “The Mark of the Tala” back in June of 2015, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Sure, she’d written some fantastical shorter novels before, but this seemed different somehow. I wasn’t wrong.

Jeffe Kennedy has joined the ranks of other amazing fantasy writers in creating her own world with its own rules and creatures; it gives you a full escape from reality and you’re swiftly whisked away into the Twelve Kingdoms and the drama and magic that unfolds.

In this third, and final book of the series, you finally get to see things from Ursula’s perspective. Ursula reminds me a little of Brienne of Tarth, from “Game of Thrones”, though the cover art would suggest a slightly more feminine-looking woman. But I digress —

Ursula is the eldest child, the big sister and the heir to the High Throne, much to her father’s dismay. Her father is a man’s-man, close-minded and small. And the depths of his deception surprised even me. But Ursula has been raised to be the son her father never had — a warrior with a code of honor. She’s always been good at handling her father, and taking the barbs he throws her way with the grace that would make any lady proud — she’s a beautiful contradiction.  She’s always attempted to make her father proud until the end of book two when she finally fully defies him and goes her own way to help her sisters.

Enter in Harlan, who is taken with her immediately — a mercenary hired by her father as extra protection for himself, due to his own personal paranoia. Their love story is a beautiful one, and definitely one of the better ones I’ve read in a while. I like the symbiotic relationship they have and how he’ll allow her to be herself, but also demands that she let him see behind the mask that she shows the world. He breaks her down in the best of ways and together they triumph.

This series has left me with a serious book hangover. Do not read this as a standalone novel — buy all three and enjoy the marvelous world that Jeffe Kennedy has created for us all… afterwards, put your own review up and show some love. I am incredibly happy that I was given the chance to review this, and to come full circle after reviewing the first book. You can be damn sure that I’ll be buying the hard copies of books 2 & 3.

New Release Review: A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe

Posted October 22, 2014 by Sherri in Historical Romance, Reviews / 5 Comments

New Release Review: A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe
A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe
Series: Somerfield Park #1
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on November, 4 2014
Format: eARC
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley

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Book Description:
When his father, Lord Somerset, tumbles off the roof, Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is called home from his Grand Tour to take the reins of the estate while the marquess recuperates. Somerset is in serious financial difficulty, which can only be remedied by marriage to an heiress, Miss Sophie Goodnight, lately arrived from India with her nabob father.

Unfortunately, Richard believes he has already lost his heart to Lady Antonia Pruett. And Miss Goodnight isn’t too keen on becoming Somerset’s purse with feet, so she foils their families’ attempts to throw her and Richard together at every turn. To make matters worse, the reason Lord Somerset fell off the roof in the first place is a secret that threatens to upend all their lives.


Reviewed by: Quiana
Richard Barrett and Sophie Goodnight find themselves on the cusp of an arranged marriage. An arrangement that is the brainchild of their meddling families. Richard’s family estate is in near ruins and the family is low on income, but Sophie’s family is rich; which would make them a match made in heaven. Right?

What I loved most about this book were Richard and Sophie. Two people from different worlds, but when they truly start to get to know one another, something wonderful develops between them: love. But first they have to overcome their own personal baggage. While willful and independent, Sophie has decided to guard her heart. And honorable and loyal Richard is in love with another woman, and is reluctant to marry Sophie for money. And on top of that, there’s a scandal brewing around the Barretts. But in spite of the surrounding drama, Richard and Sophie find themselves growing closer and closer.

Overall, I must say that I really enjoyed this book. It had everything I could ask for in a delightfully entertaining historical romance novel. There was romance, mystery, scandal, blackmail, a bevy of intriguing and colorful characters, and a couple of twists thrown in for good measure. Once I picked this book up I couldn’t put it down.

Review: Finding Miss McFarland by Vivienne Lorret

Posted August 20, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 7 Comments
Review: Finding Miss McFarland by Vivienne Lorret

Finding Miss McFarland by Vivienne Lorret Series: Wallflower Weddings #3 Genres: Fiction, General, Historical, Regency, Romance Published by Harper Collins on 2014-08-05 Format: eARC Pages: 300 Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Delaney McFarland is on the hunt for a husband—preferably one who needs her embarrassingly large dowry more than a dutiful wife. After the unspeakable incident at her debut, Delaney knows marrying for love is off the table, but a marriage of convenience—one that leaves her free to live the life she chooses—is the next best thing, never mind what that arrogant, devilishly handsome Mr. Croft thinks. Delaney plans to marry for money … or not at all. Ever since the fiery redhead burst into his life—in a most memorable way—Griffin Croft hasn’t been able to get Miss McFarland out of his mind. Now, with the maddening woman determined to […]

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