Review: How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days by Laura Lee Guhrke

How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days (An American Heiress in London, #2)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

★★★★ & a half ★

Edie and Stuart were such an amazing and touching couple to read. I absolutely loved and adored Stuart and he's made a spot onto my Top 10 heroes list! The depth of his emotions and his patient and tender way of treating Edie after her horrific past is truly some of the best emotional reads I've had in a very very long time and which caused me to cry tears while on the treadmill at the gym. Well done Ms. Guhrke. I'm so happy that I picked up this book as its been quite some time since I've read Laura Lee Guhrke and its brought her back to the forefront. She's a reliable good read every time.

This story is a marriage-of-convenience-finds-love plus reconciliation story, if that makes sense, and I love those. I must figure out a label for these books as they are a favorite theme of mine. A similar book in this category that is amazing is Private Arrangements. Edie and Stuart both seem to marry one another out of necessity only, but we come to find out slowly that its much much more for Stuart and quite possibly Edie as well. However they have a very serious obstacle to overcome and a sensitive issue to address. The way that Laura Lee Guhrke writes the story and the way that Stuart handles the minefield is utterly amazing and so very touching. I could literally feel the love and pain going through that man and it made me love him and this book. My only complaint and the reason for the half star deduction is the ending felt like it wrapped up just a little bit too suddenly and neatly. I yearned for more for the ending with this book, though I just didn't want it to end. I did read this one out of order, but you will not find it impacts your enjoyment of the book at all. Definitely take a chance on Ms. Guhrke with this book if you haven't before, I don't believe you'll be disappointed.

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Review: Never Too Much by Lori Foster

Never Too Much (Brava Brothers, #2)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm fast becoming a Lori Foster fan which just thrills me! You can't have too many authors in your back pocket. This is the second and final, I believe, book int he Brava Brothers series...not any other brothers that I'm aware of. While I still was unhappy with ending of this book, I loved everything else about it. Ben is an amazing hero and Sierra's tough independence was refreshing. She certainly had cause for her prickly exterior and it was a lot of fun watching Ben struggle with the challenge of destroying her walls. The steam was very hawt and the story moved along nicely. I'll be checking more out by Lori Foster and I'm happy to take recommendations from her fans on the direction I should go!

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Review: Too Much Temptation by Lori Foster

Too Much Temptation (Brava Brothers, #1)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed everything about this book. I was a little bit disappointed with the end, only because I felt it was a little abrupt and not as sweet as I was expecting considering the feelings of both Grace and Noah. My only other experience with a Lori Foster book was Jude's Law, which I did not enjoy at all. I chose this book to read to participate in a challenge as it fit the parameters set. I'm really glad that I did as I've found that I really do like Lori Foster's writing and the chemistry and steam she weaves between the characters is amazing.

Noah and Grace have known one another for about 3 years, Noah being the long lost grandson of the matriarch who Grace works for. We meet Noah just as he's breaking off an engagement to the woman of his grandmother's choice and sort of reeling from the fallout from that. Grace is a self described 'big' girl and has all the hang ups every woman has about her body and self image and then a lot more. Noah is the greed god who comes in to convince her otherwise. At first I thought that I would find Grace's insecurities too annoying and over exaggerated, however I can empathize and relate and that always makes a story for me. While it may have had a huge presence in the story, it worked and it fit. I loved the way Noah dealt with it and the way he stuck by his girl. I would have wished for just a little bit more romance on his part.

I'm so glad I picked this book up, I'm happy to give Lori Foster another chance and I've already moved on to Never Too Much

Romance: ★★★
Steam: ★★★★
Hero: ★★★★★
Story: ★★★

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It's in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis

It's in His Kiss (Lucky Harbor, #10)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was Sam and Becca's story, which from the teaser we got prior to publication, I was super excited about. I thought Sam would be a little bit different in character than he turned out to be...more quiet and darker. He actually turned out to be a quintessential Shalvis hero. Someone you can't help but fall in love with and drool over, nothing too dark or unlovable. I found this installment to the Lucky Harbor series to be another solid addition to the town we've all come to love and was not bored in the least. I'm curious and excited to move forward with Olivia's story.

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What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

What I Know For Sure
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There were a few great moments in this book, good reminders, and wise words to live your life by. However, though I do like Oprah, I found myself a little irritated or just tired at times of her voice and inflection in reading her own book. It may have been a better experience for me for someone else to have narrated. All in all, it was good, not great...and I will probably revisit again the bookmarked sections I appreciated most.

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Review: Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor

Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers, #1)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'd like to preface this review with a very important note:

I do not like books with pregnant heroines. Its just a personal preference. I've never been able to get into the story, connect or relate with the characters in a book with a pregnant heroine. In addition, our pregnant single mother in this story has 4 other young children - which puts me even further out of the story. How do you manage to have a meaningful relationship with a brand new person in your life with your attention and energies being pulled in so many directions - AND have the progression of that relationship be believable??? I've NO idea, but apparently Claudia Connor does, and quite, quite well at that!

Matt and Abby meet on a beach while both are on vacation and Matt is immediately and irresistibly drawn to not only Abby, but her children as well. What seems to be a fleeting connection that will quickly be let go, easily moves into something more long-term and deep.

I found this book to be a really really great read. I was shocked to find myself deeply involved and eager to return to their story time and time again. I loved all of the characters, the talent that Ms. Connor displayed with each character was amazing and draws you deeply into the lives of her characters. The love story is superb, steamy, realistic and romantic. No one is perfect in this story and conflicts that happen are not glossed over, but faced in a realistic manner that adds to the richness of the story and writing.

Give this one a chance as I believe, like me, you will find it time well spent as well as a very well written, tender and steamy romance. I'm so glad that I did and I will be checking into this author's future work.

**I was kindly gifted this book by the author for an honest review.

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Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander, #1)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This will be a short review because there are literally thousands of in depth reviews out there for this book, and I just didn't love it enough to put that kind of energy into a review of that magnitude. I do feel that this book has sort of become required reading for romance lovers everywhere. You can't go anywhere without hearing about Claire and Jamie, their love story and the epic that is Outlander. So off I finally went to tackle this notorious book...besides the series is out now and I love that a romance novel was taken to such heights.

In short...

1. I loved Jamie Fraser...I mean..what a man with the largest and most amazing capacity to love.

2. Claire was amazing as well. I listened to this book and it was my first audiobook which may have led me to miss some things, but I did find her ability to adjust to her circumstances of time travel just a little too smooth. I expected a little bit of freaking out.

3. This book was waaaaaaaaay too long. I really feel like we could have had the same sort of grand love story with at minimum 200 pages shaved off. I really just wanted so many things to move along and quickly.

4. I loved the ending, it was so so romantic, and loving and just sigh worthy and it made me feel that the whole thing was worth it.

5. This book is sufficiently hot.

Ultimately, I felt Outlander was a good book, but not amazingly great in my opinion. I suspect some of my feelings towards it may be because I listened to it. At times I did go back and read parts over, and stop listening in order to just read faster at exciting parts. I also suspect I'll enjoy the series more and that will possibly cause me to appreciate the book more. I have no plans to continue the series at this point, but am not opposed to checking out other titles by the author.

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