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What a piece of work is man

Published March 28, 2013 by francesothomas

Let me say immediately I love, love, love Cora Carmack’s book Losing It.  I am far from a twenty-something, yet all the feelings of being part of a young theater crowd came rushing back. The heroine of the novel Bliss is a believable combination of insecurity and smart mouth. The hero Garrick says just exactly what every girl wishes her boyfriend would. And in a British accent. Even the cat is funny.

Sweet Surrender

Published March 26, 2013 by francesothomas

Gayle Callen is a new author for me, so I was happy to receive an advance copy of her book to review. I don’t know how I missed her before this. Surrender to the Earl does not disappoint. The book will be released on May 28, 2013 

Callen does a good job of describing the challenges her blind heroine Audrey must master, from avoiding furniture that has been moved without her knowledge to pouring tea to dining without being able to see the plate. One can’t help but admire her determination.

The Earl has a strong sense of honor worthy of any romance hero but not enough to fight off his growing attraction. And Audrey’s lack of sight adds an unexpected sensuality as the two fall in love.

The reconciliation between Audrey and her sister is a nice touch too. I wonder if Blythe will warrant her own book.

 

This review is being presented today as a part of the Avon Addicts event The Avon Affair. The Avon Affair is running from March 17th to 30th and will include reviews on the following blogs:

Pure Textuality

A Tasty Read Book Reviews

Rusticating in the Tropics

Toot’s Book Reviews

SOS Aloha

TBQ’s Book Palace

Romancing the Readers

The Book Cellar

The Romance Reviews

Blithely Bookish

 

Enunciation isn’t everything

Published March 23, 2013 by francesothomas

I cannot resist an author whose dialogue and descriptions make me laugh out loud. Tessa Dare is such an author. I was lucky enough to obtain a pre-release copy of her next novel due out May 28, 20

Any Duchess Will Do takes us back to Spindle Cove and introduces an enterprising serving girl, Pauline. She is every bit as spunky and original as the earlier heroines in this series.

Pauline is whisked off to London to undergo a Pygmalian-esque makeover by a Duchess who is desperate for grandchildren. Her son, the Duke, has picked Pauline out of a roomful of possible brides-to-be as the most unlikely prospect.

Pauline, of course, proves irresistible to said Duke, with or without a metamorphosis.

 

This review is being presented today as a part of the Avon Addicts event The Avon Affair. The Avon Affair is running from March 17th to 30th and will include reviews on the following blogs:

Pure Textuality

A Tasty Read Book Reviews

Rusticating in the Tropics

Toot’s Book Reviews

SOS Aloha

TBQ’s Book Palace

Romancing the Readers

The Book Cellar

The Romance Reviews

Blithely Bookish

 

 

Cruisin’

Published March 20, 2013 by francesothomas

I dream of taking a Viking river cruise through Europe some day. Until then, Stepahnie Laurens’s The Reckless Bride was the next best thing. 

The dashing military man, Rafe, and Loretta, the about-to-come-into-her-own heroine, sail the Danube and the Rhine. Since Loretta is writing surreptitious travel columns to send home, there are lots of descriptions of the towns along their route.

For much of the journey, the twosome is accompanied by Loretta’s Great Aunt Esme, Lady Congreve. This indomitable lady is reminiscent of the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey. She, of course, knows a romance is afoot well before the lovers do. 

This novel is the last of the Black Cobra Quartet series. By the end of the book, various and sundry characters from several of Laurens’s earlier series have gathered to tie up all the loose plot ends. 

 

This review is being presented today as a part of the Avon Addicts event The Avon Affair. The Avon Affair is running from March 17th to 30th and will include reviews on the following blogs:

Pure Textuality

A Tasty Read Book Reviews

Toot’s Book Reviews

SOS Aloha

TBQ’s Book Palace

Romancing the Readers

The Book Cellar

The Romance Reviews

Blithely Bookish

Let’s hear it for the strong, silent type

Published March 17, 2013 by francesothomas

 Although I live on a rural island with cows pastured across the road, I must admit I will always think of myself as a city gal. So when I got a copy of Lori Wilde’s A Cowboy for Christmas as an Avon Addict, I didn’t delve into it right away.

 It turned out to be a sweet yet realistic story.

 The heroine must deal with the news that her child has a disability. As she grapples with the conflicting opinions, mostly unsolicited, about what is the best course of action for her son, she must learn to think for herself. This means she has to stand up to her mother-in-law, a woman with her own secrets to resolve. The lead character and the mother-in-law come to satisfactory outcomes with their issues and with each other.

 And the cowboy hero is all you could wish for in a Christmas present.

 

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This review is being presented today as a part of the Avon Addicts event The Avon Affair. The Avon Affair is running from March 17th to 30th and will include reviews on the following blogs:

Pure Textuality

A Tasty Read Book Reviews

Toot’s Book Reviews

SOS Aloha

TBQ’s Book Palace

Romancing the Readers

The Book Cellar

The Romance Reviews

Blithely Bookish