Tag: Quiana’s Reviews

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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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: What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte

Posted October 15, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 5 Comments

Review: What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte
What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte
Series: The McCauley Brothers #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on November 4, 2014
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley

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Mike McCauley had his soul mate for a precious time before she died giving birth to their son. She left him with the best boy a guy could want, so why is everyone playing matchmaker? He's sick of it . . . until he meets Delilah Webster.

For some reason, the foul-mouthed, tattooed mechanic sets his motor running. He sees the loving woman buried within. But the closer they get, the more the pain of past wounds throws a monkey wrench into a future he's not sure he can handle.


Reviewed by: Quiana
What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte is book 4 in the McCauley Brothers series. Mike, single father to a young son, Colin, is still mourning the death of his wife six years later. The only woman to recently capture Mike’s attention is one Delilah Webster (Del), and not necessarily in a good way. The tattooed Del is outspoken, a little rough around the edges, and is really good at ruffling Mike’s feathers. But Mike’s son, Colin, seems to like Del. So maybe there’s more to Del than meets the eye. But it’s up to Mike and Del to figure out if it’s just attraction or something more. And if it’s more, are they both brave enough to take a chance on love?

What I liked most about this book was Del. I loved how strong and capable, and often blunt, Del was. And as much as she put forth the persona of someone tough and always in control, that wasn’t the case. Del dragged around a lot of emotional baggage as a result of growing up with a cruel mother, and engaging in relationships with men who treated her poorly. So one can imagine just how reluctant Del was to allow herself to open up to Mike once it became clear to her that Mike was special. She was vulnerable around Mike in ways she did not want to be. To see her work through that vulnerability was painful, but rewarding in the end.

I had a more difficult time warming up to Mike. The narrative states that Mike is known as a nice guy. And while I did consider Mike a mostly good guy, I had a very hard time seeing him as nice. And maybe that was intentional: a persona he presented to the world. But in actuality, he was a lot more complex than just a “nice guy”. He was a guy who couldn’t move past his wife’s death, and as a result at times, treated Del less than ideal. He was a guy who took jabs and sneered at others in secret, especially Del. Which, by the way, turned me off the character more than anything. He wasn’t all bad. He loved his family, was a good father, and made Del happy when he wasn’t taking jabs. But, like I said, I never warmed up to him.

Overall, I thought What to Do with a Bad Boy was enjoyable enough. I might have had a few issues with Mike, but Del, their relationship, along with the plot and supporting characters, made this book a worthwhile read.

Review: Sidekick by Auralee Wallace

Posted June 11, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 8 Comments
Review: Sidekick by Auralee Wallace

Sidekick by Auralee Wallace Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy Published by Escape Publishing on June 1, 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 249 Source: NetGalley Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James. Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start […]

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Review: A Masterpiece of Our Love by Nikki Lynn Barrett

Posted May 20, 2014 by Sherri in Contemporary Romance, Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: A Masterpiece of Our Love by Nikki Lynn Barrett

A Masterpiece of Our Love by Nikki Lynn Barrett Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Suspense Published by Self Published on March 17, 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 290 Source: NetGalley Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Two Lives Torn by tragedy. Eight-year-old Becca and twelve-year-old Hunter cling to each other and life after surviving a plane crash which stole their families. Two Souls Seeking Love. Each year, from the time she was old enough to travel on her own, Becca met up with Hunter on the island that altered their lives forever. Until he stopped showing. Her constant. Her link to the past. Gone in the blink of an eye. Two Lives Bound by Secret. Suffering more heartbreak, Hunter returns to the one place he’s always sought comfort, the island where he and Becca met. It was the place that stole from him, […]

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Review: The Right Side of Mr. Wrong by Jane Linfoot

Posted May 16, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 3 Comments
Review: The Right Side of Mr. Wrong by Jane Linfoot

The Right Side of Mr. Wrong by Jane Linfoot Genres: Contemporary Romance Published by HarperImpulse on March 6, 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 174 Source: Author, NetGalley Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: One-off, moving on sex, wasn’t meant to be this hot… When determined singleton Shea Summers is persuaded to become the “wife” of the Lord of Edgerton Manor, the last thing she wants to do is play house with a stranger. Brooding playboy Brando Marshall is far from happy when Shea turns up at his sprawling estate with production crew in tow. Surely she’s just another woman after his wallet? And if she’s looking for Mr Right, she’s definitely hitting on the wrong guy. Then again, after catching an unscheduled glimpse of her knickers, perhaps Brando needs to teach this “gold-digger” a lesson! She’s seizing the moment, he’s breaking the […]

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Review: Frisky Business by Tawna Fenske

Posted April 28, 2014 by Sherri in Contemporary Romance, Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: Frisky Business by Tawna Fenske

Frisky Business by Tawna Fenske Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 6, 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 352 Source: NetGalley Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Marley Cartman is fed up with arrogant rich guys who treat her like garbage, so she vows to only date men with modest paychecks and a little dirt under their nails. Her new boss, William Barclay, is exactly the kind of man she’s trying to avoid: an eccentric millionaire with duct shape shoes and an unexplained vendetta against her. But as Will and Marley butt heads over grumpy badgers and phallic artifacts, they discover that sometimes the opposite of what you want is exactly what you need. Quiana’s Review: Frisky Business was a humorous and fun tale about Marley and Will: two characters who are still dealing with the after effects of bad […]

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Review: Model Position by Kitsy Clare

Posted March 27, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: Model Position by Kitsy Clare

Model Position by Kitsy Clare Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Novella Published by Inkspell Publishing on February 16, 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 77 Source: Author, Tour Host Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: In Manhattan’s glitzy gallery scene love and art are perilous games. Will Sienna dare to play? All too soon, artist Sienna Karr will graduate art school and be flung out into Manhattan’s glamorous but cutthroat gallery scene. Luckily, she’s just met Dave Hightower, heir to the hippest gallery ever. He’s asked her on a date, and offered to introduce her to the gallery owner, his intimidating aunt Lydia. Sienna’s excited! Now she’ll be able to climb the ranks and make those all-important art connections. Trouble is, she’s falling hard for the sexy live drawing model, Erik, whose sizzling green eyes seem to pierce right into her soul. Dare […]

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Review: The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone

Posted March 26, 2014 by Sherri in Contemporary Romance, Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone

The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone Series: Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #3 Genres: Contemporary Romance Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 01, 2014 Format: Ebook Pages: 321 Source: NetGalley Also in this series: The Summer He Came Home, The Christmas He Loved Her Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: He can’t wait to leave… Mac Draper finally has everything he’s always wanted: An amazing career. A New York City apartment. He’s this close to being free of his past forever. But a mind-blowing encounter with the sexy yet tough-as-nails Lily St. Clare has him delaying his plans to put Crystal Lake in his rearview mirror for good. She’s finally found a place to stay… For Lily St. Clare the charming small town of Crystal Lake is her haven – a place she can hide from her famous, back-stabbing […]

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Review: Mine to Crave by Cynthia Eden

Posted March 24, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: Mine to Crave  by Cynthia Eden

Mine to Crave by Cynthia Eden Series: Mine #4 Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense Published by Self Published on March 10, 2014 Format: eARC Pages: 280 Source: Author, Tour Host Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Eden continues her dark and sexy “Mine” romantic suspense series with…MINE TO CRAVE. HE TAKES WHAT HE WANTS. From the moment that billionaire casino owner Drake Archer sees Jasmine Bennett, he’s obsessed. Consumed by desire for the mysterious redhead, Drake will do anything necessary to claim her. Yet as desire rages between them, danger is stalking ever closer. Drake’s past isn’t dead, and the ex-Special Forces agent will soon have to face the ghosts he left behind. SHE’S HIDING SECRETS. Jasmine isn’t who she pretends to be. She’s a woman on a mission—and she’s supposed to be stealing secrets […]

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Review: Hot and Bothered by Kate Meader

Posted March 18, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: Hot and Bothered by Kate Meader

Hot and Bothered by Kate Meader Series: Hot in the Kitchen #3 Genres: Contemporary Romance Published by Forever on March 4, 2014 Format: Ebook Pages: 284 Source: NetGalley, Publisher Also in this series: All Fired Up Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: A Fire They Can’t Put Out . . . Although her baby boy keeps her plate full, Jules Kilroy is ready to take her love life off the back burner. Despite a bevy of eligible bachelors, it’s her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca, who’s fueling her hormones with generous servings of his mouth-watering Italian sexiness. But Jules learned her lesson once before when she went in for a kiss, only to have Tad reject her. She’s vowed never to blur the lines again . . . After a lifetime of excuses and false starts, Tad has finally opened a wine […]

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