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Cuddles Collection Cot Bed Flannelette Sheets (White, Pack of 2)
Cuddles Collection Cot Bed Flannelette Sheets (White, Pack of 2)
Price: £8.95

1.0 out of 5 stars Abysmal waste of money., 20 Nov. 2016
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These sheets are appalling quality. Unfortunately I had already ordered them before the previous review was posted but I have to agree completely they are so thin they are actually seethrough. They are covered in loose bits so feel rough and are totally unsuitable to use for a baby in case of inhalation of the loose bits. The only option is to throw them away a total waste of money if I could award no stars I would.

by Julie Garwood
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.00

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worthy of this author, 4 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Sizzle (Hardcover)
Much as i hate to criticise Julie Garwoods writing as she has long been one of my favourite authors, i really must review this book as it is absolutely awful. Perhaps that is a bit unfair it would be absolutely average for another author but I, like many others expect much better from Garwood.
Its the typical story of a gorgeous, huge, ruggedly good looking FBI agent (who fortunately has dual nationality so he can be descended from one of the scottish lairds in her previous much loved book The Bride) who helps out a friend (of 2 weeks) by bodyguarding the friends sisters flatmate (yes! a tortuous very loose connection) who in the space of a day has several people trying to kill her for very complicated, ridiculous reasons. The story and characters are very shallow and so nauseatingly impressed by each other - the hero manages to solve various other crimes along the way much to the admiration of the poor ordinary detectives who have worked cases for ages only to have the hero solve them for them in 5 minutes.
A lot of time is given to one of the "hitmen" which really doesn't add to the story. Having read several pages describing all his previous "hits" and getting very frustrated and bored i realised i was supposed to be laughing but it was just not funny and went on far too long.
The romance between the two leads was lukewarm with hardly any verbal interaction and in the end i really didn't care what happened to either of them, the book was immediately consigned to the charity shop bag before i went off to cry with disappointment and disgust.
I know that a lot of my points could also be made of her previous books which despite being some of my all time favourites i have to admit are a bit corny. BUT they are written with style and a real flair for making you love the characters and are also really witty, and the romance is heartwarming leaving me with a big silly grin on my face while i am reading them. This book is a watered down version without any redeeming factors, i gave JG the benefit of the doubt on Fire and Ice and Shadow Music but 3 poor books in a row does not bode well and i won't be buying anymore of her books until they have been reviewed - unthinkable!!
Look on the Fantasy Fiction website for a list of her earlier work and try them first my favourites include The Secret, Ransom, Saving Grace, The Prize and most of the rest of her medieval and regency books.

The Cinderella Deal
The Cinderella Deal
by Jennifer Crusie
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goody, 28 Jan. 2010
This is a reissue of a 1996 book of Crusies and as you would expect is as good as the others of that era ( for a chronological list of authors work try the Fantastic Fiction website particularly useful for series).
It is a funny, warm story of opposites attracting, a conservative, buttoned up history professor persuades a colourful warmhearted and slightly scatty artist to pretend to be his fiancee so he can get the job of his dreams. Its a shortish book (278 pages) like most of her earlier works were but it does not feel rushed or shallow, it just misses out on the development of other key characters which makes her later books more compelling.
In my opinion JC is one of the best chick lit authors around, if you like her books i can also recommend Julie Garwood and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, if you haven't tried her books before give this a go but her very best are Welcome to Temptation, Faking It and Fast Women.
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Seduce Me At Sunrise: Number 2 in series (Hathaways)
Seduce Me At Sunrise: Number 2 in series (Hathaways)
by Lisa Kleypas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting good read., 25 Jan. 2010
Excellent second story in the Hathaway Family series. A precis of the story is well described in other reviews so i won't go into that , but i feel i must take issue with some of the points made by other reviewers.
Firstly it is a series about a FAMILY ! That should give a little hint to people buying it that other family members are included!! I personally think the inclusion of the rest of the family was handled brilliantly, the ongoing love story between Cam and Amelia was not intrusive but charming and rather difficult to avoid considering the relationship between Cam and Kev which although obvious was not really supposed to be a big surprise. There were plenty of hints in both books i don't think LK thinks her readers are all idiots without the ability to work some things out for themselves.
As far as the ending being contrived and wrapped up too well i think it just gives another thread to the ongoing story not all the hints given in the book about Kev were explained - unless i missed something !!
In short a sensitive love story, with lots of interesting characters i can't wait to read more about, i am going straight onto Pollys story Tempt me at Twilight as soon as i have finished this review.
I delayed reading this book for several months because of mixed reviews, don't be out off its a great book which leaves you thirsting for more.
Did i mention the hot but believable, sex scenes which leave a warm and fuzzy feeling---aaaaaah

by Karin Tabke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Definately not recommended., 16 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Jaded (Paperback)
I read this book having read and enjoyed the authors "Master series" set in the post norman conquest, but KT doesn't seem able to "move with the times", this book was absurd.
The plot was thin, the setting bland and the characters were totally unsympathetic especially the female lead. She doesn't seem to see anything wrong with running a club which caters to the rich and powerful as long as her or her employees just entice and don't actually provide sex. These rich powerful men pay enormous fees to join this club so they can date gorgeous, smart women. They can't have sex with them but keep coming back for years because the promise is there - get real please
But suddenly with a new change of ownership this changes and sex is now on the menu and the members change from gentlemen to rapists overnight, there are so many holes in this story its incredible, the characters are so ridiculous and cold i didn't care what happened to them it was a real hard slog to get through to the end i flicked through the last 1/4 of the book

Covet: Number 1 in series (Fallen Angels)
Covet: Number 1 in series (Fallen Angels)
by J. R. Ward
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant start to a new series, 5 Oct. 2009
Brilliant, fantastic, superb! The start of a new series from JR Ward which is even better than the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Although i was hooked on the BDB series and will continue to buy the rest of the series i was getting weary of the heart wrenching pain and anguish the heroes were suffering ( and had been suffering from for hundreds of years).
This series promises to be much lighter. Covet - still had its share of angst but it was toned down much more and the characters were more rounded and sympathetic for it. Jim is a fallen angel who has been chosen by both good and evil for one final battle for supremacy,( both sides have to agree on the one representative and each side has reason to believe he will side with them). He has 7 missions to save souls from the deadly sins the first side to 4 wins, now obviously hes not going to win them all so the outcome in each story will not be obvious, you have to bear with the beginning of this book as there is a lot of "setting up" of the rules and it does confuse a little, the story is set in Caldwell home of the BDB but there is very little crossover, this is more supernatural than "other races" and there is little in the way of super powers in this story but hints of more to come.
The whole story is a bit of a tease with tidbits of information to get you hooked, there is humour, a lovely romance, a really vile baddy and a couple of brilliant sidekicks, and not too much darkness.
For those of you irritated with all the abbreviations in BDB (sorry but it is a bit of a mouthful) there are far fewer in Covet, also gone are the silly names and although i fully approve of heaven being set in England, i thought the Brideshead revisited version a bit of a joke - then again maybe it was meant to be and i missed the point!!
It was too engrossing to devour in one sitting so i read it in 2 days but must confess when i wasn't reading it my mind kept going back to what was going to happen next! Now the frustrating wait for the next in the series.

Wicked Pleasure (Bound Hearts)
Wicked Pleasure (Bound Hearts)
by Lora Leigh
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Money spinner only. No originality., 7 Aug. 2009
I can't understand how people find this authors writing sexy. The story line is pitiful, the characters totally unsympathetic and the sex scenes whilst numerous are so repetitive they are boring. This is the second book by LL i have tried as she is recommended by so many people, i don't consider myself a prude but really the story is woven loosely around crude sex scenes which are totally not sexy, no raised pulse or hot flushes reading this, this is more like 60's style pornography, just doesn't rate it today.

On the Loose
On the Loose
by Tara Janzen
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.43

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun in the Jungle, 4 Aug. 2009
I loved this book, and was really pleased with the absence of tortured souls as in the last in this brilliant series Crazy Sweet. This book is more lighthearted and the two main characters play off each other so well it makes for a really fun read. C Smith Rydell is a SDF agent assigned to protect an apparently pampered socialite, Honey York, who he shared a hot one night stand with in the previous book. Predictably neither have been able to forget their connection but live in completely different worlds until Honey is blackmailed by the CIA into delivering a "package" to a guerrilla camp in the El Salvadoran jungle and Smith has to keep her out of trouble, he soon learns there is a lot more to her than meets the eye and the sparks fly in the steamy jungle setting, there are the usual trademark Janzen sex scenes which are always done so well but the best part is the warm humour between the two. As usual we are introduced to the two leads in the next book (Cutting Loose ) Zach and Lily. Although the action all takes place over a day or two as in all TJ's books there is some long distance involvement with the other Steele Street characters from previous books which enhances the story. I must admit i spent most of the time reading this book with a silly smirk on my face!

No Choice But Seduction
No Choice But Seduction
by Johanna Lindsey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One to many., 20 July 2009
I think its time to put the mallorys to bed if this is the best that JL can come up with, its getting very irritating to read about this family which has the most stunningly attractive, spirited, witty, women in london (all of them ) as the wives. All the husbands are devastatingly handsome, tall, strong, reformed rakes who are now devoted to there wives so much it makes you want to gag. The dialogue is so corny it is truly cringe worthy , James's "puppy and puss " makes me want to give him a good slap, despite him being the best pugilist in the whole world! The main characters are weak and the heroine is a whining ninny, the plot so contrived it is a farce. I'm quite happy to suspend belief, and have over the top characters in books after all it is fiction, but this is just too, too much you need to have a story to go with it
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Guardian Angel
Guardian Angel
by Julie Garwood
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 14 July 2009
I love nearly all of Julie Garwoods books the only exception being the very disappointing Shadow Music. This is a wonderful example of her historical novels, a spirited heroine who runs rings around the typical macho hero, comedy, intrigue and a few pirates flung in for good measure not to mention the sizzling romance. Second in the Crowns Spies Series following The Lions Lady.

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