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No More Secrets (Mills & Boon Vintage Cherish)
No More Secrets (Mills & Boon Vintage Cherish)
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5*, 3 Sept. 2016
3.5*
Characters:

Heroine: 27 year old independent, curvy & petite bookshop manager (and book lover). She's not those silly, clumsy bimbo types who usually feature these books. Nor is she the Sad/Poor-Me pathetic type either. Level-headed, girl-next-door, competent type.

Hero: 31 year old very tall, funny, Software Engineer who's manly without being aggressive. He's very attached to his family, particularly his older sister and her kids.
He's nothing like those overly-dramatic creepy $exist swarthy lothario, super rich but weird types who <U>usually</u> feature as hero's in these books (with a title like The Italian/Greek/Spanish/Delete-Where-Appropriate Millionaire's Virgin Captive or something equally silly).

Positives:

1. Solid characters

2. No insta-lu$t -->(she finds him attractive BUT she's swooning and drooling over him at the get-go). It's a gradual attraction

3. Hate-turns-to-Love type of romance

4. They build a friendship first before they become lovers

5. Lots of chemistry

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Negatives:

1. Some of the themes <s>may</s> not be Politically Correct today (the heroine assumes the hero is a gay and there's some references to that that isn't PC in today's world). Not exactly homophobic either

2. Certain misunderstandings were pretty obvious to deal with and loads of opportunities were missed in clearing up the air

3. The "Other Love Interest" guy was such a creepy that he was obviously there to be used as a foil against the Hero to make him look perfect. Really dislike it when author's do that as it's so obvious. Although towards the end chapter, "Other Love Interest" guy makes a good plot device.

4. There's could have been a bit more oomph to the story

Overall an enjoyable book without dramatics and fluff.


A Passionate Proposition (Mills & Boon Modern)
A Passionate Proposition (Mills & Boon Modern)
Price: £1.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DNF - got boring, 31 Aug. 2016
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I bought this on my phone, which doesn't show the low-scoring reviews that can be seen on my tablet on the Amazon US site.

Negatives:

1. Way too much swooning. The heroine alternates between swooning or hating the hero. She barely functions as the so-called independent mature woman she claims to be

2. Heroine is the very skinny boyish figured type. Hero's are never boyish figured, and most people wouldn't want to read about a hero who isn't manly. So it's the same for me- I like womanly curvy heroines (unless the storyline works better e.g. sports romances, or female warrior types).

3. There's too much unnecessary angst that got boring

Anyway I gave up


An Autobiography: Or the Story of My Experiments with Truth (Penguin Modern Classics)
An Autobiography: Or the Story of My Experiments with Truth (Penguin Modern Classics)
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 26 Aug. 2016
harrowing account that isn't full of unnecessary detail.


The Hating Game: the funniest romcom you'll read this year
The Hating Game: the funniest romcom you'll read this year
Price: £1.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars many gushing 5* reviews - beware. Not bad, but not as good as Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James, 22 Aug. 2016
This is one of those books that has loads of gushing 5* reviews that praise it to the skies but it doesn't quite deliver.

It's an inferior girly-girl alternative(?) of Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James , just not as mature, well-written or consistent

Negatives:

1. Characters were not consistent.

Heroine:- Lucy Hutton is meant to be the nice, sweet, sociable character who is a people-pleaser (opposite of Joshua Templeman).
BUT some of her actions and internal monologues are petty and b*tchy, particularly her derision over short guys, which is ironic considering her own diminutive size.

Plus, being such a NICE person you'd think she'd have loads of friends BUT she only HAD ONE FRIEND called Val, who dumped her over something that wasn't her fault . Clearly they weren't as "best friendly" as Lucy assumed.... Which leaves me to think - why doesn't she have any friends? Many people have busy careers and still manage to have friends **scratches head***

- Joshua Templeman is meant to be a Scary Go-Getter Mean Guy, but he comes across as more of a Sad Little boy, Suffering Daddy-issues, Billy-No-Mates and huge insecurities.

2. Misunderstandings galore - these started to become ridiculously cliche and farcical. I won't recount them all, but Lucy's constant refusal to acknowledge Josh's feelings and calling their developing relationship a "one-night'stand" was becoming tedious.

3. Cliche Plot Devices - in Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James, there is "Another Love Interest" for the heroine, but he's not used a foil to make the hero look good, if anything he makes the hero look bad. Hence when the heroine chooses the hero above the "Another Love Interest" i only demonstrates how much the heroine loves the hero despite his flaws - and NOT because the hero is the best offer she's had.

4. Hate changed to Love too soon without the gradual transition in Practice Makes Perfect

5. Lucy Hutton's character was very petty and ridiculous at times. She was very infantile at times with her cutesy "I'm so cute and small and everyone loves me." The way she treated Danny, and had no qualms in using him to get one-over Josh was very b*tchy, particularly as she constantly criticized him.

Also, the way she was constantly drooling over the GIANT HERO was irritating. At the beginning of the book she gates him and by 50% she's drooling constantly over his good looks **sigh***

6. <.b>Cringe-worthy Scenes - e.g. the scene between Lucy & Anthony was cliche and silly, particularly Lucy's defence of Josh **cringe cringe cringe**

7. Expensive - way too expensive at 6.99

Loads more negatives, but i don't have time to list them all. But overall, NOT a bad book. but Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James is far superior, particularly for women with brains.


By Marriage Divided (Mills & Boon Modern)
By Marriage Divided (Mills & Boon Modern)
Price: £2.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars starts off great then get's so boring i gave up after 65%, 19 Aug. 2016
totally agree with the other reviewer on the US Amazon site who said that:

"This book starts out with a lot of promise. The story and characters, if properly developed could have been wonderful. Sadly the whole book falls flat."

I read the sample and was excited to read the rest until i got up to 50% of the book and i could feel myself forced into finish it. Then I reached 65% and GAVE UP. Way too many books out there with much more action.

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This book goes like this:

Hero: I'm Tall, Dark, Handsome & Super Rich and a Self-Made Man that made everything with my bare hands and can fix everything and am Super Efficient.

Heroine: I'm the Beautiful but Poor Little Rich Girl, who's life is so difficult and complicated because I have to deal with OH-SO TRAGIC situations such as having a mother who needs to accept not being OH-SO FILTHY RICH anymore.

Hero: wow heroine is stunning. I've never seen anyone so beautiful in all my travels around the globe and 36 years or so on this earth of 7 billion people. But boo-hoo she's treating me so coldly polite, while i want to make an impact!

Heroine: oh I'm a damsel in distress, which i hate being. Now hero will have to save me because my car isn't working...

---------------------> the above was the good bits <---------------------

Heroine: ohhh I'm upset with the hero as I don't wanna be with him because he's oh-so masterful and I don't want to give up my independence.

Hero: i wanna pursue the heroine by becoming the best Knight in Shining Armour there is and fix all her problems.

----------------> after hero has fixed all heroine's probs <----------------

Heroine: I'm upset with hero over some vague detail.

Hero: i think heroine looks down at me because i'm NEW MONEY. OI'm so upset.

Heroine: I will date hero to prove I'm not a snob.

Hero: she's dating me because she wants to prove she's not a snob.

Heroine: actually that's not true. I am falling for hero but i need lots of reassurances that this will not affect my life in x y and z detail.

Hero: yes heroine is sleeping with me. She's beautiful and i'm going to objectify her all day!

heroine: oh this romance is sooo good. Hero is so amazing.

--------------> they start a Mutual Admiration Society so intense that it's tedious <--------------

Heroine:

Heroine: oh no! Hero bought me a car! I feel like a kept woman

hero: what's her problem?? **scratches head**

Heroine's mother: what's the heroine's problem?

Heroine's sister: what's the heroine's problem?

--------> now don't get me wrong, i appreciate that being an Independent woman it's not nice feeling like a "kept woman" but this was getting ridiculous and as a plot device boring.
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Accidental Nanny (Mills & Boon Vintage 90s Modern)
Accidental Nanny (Mills & Boon Vintage 90s Modern)
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Sizzles: enemy turned lovers romance with loads of tension and chemistry, 17 Aug. 2016
I remember reading this years ago and it does not disappointment.

It's the best Lindsay Armstrong boo, full of chemistry, tension and so much romance that it sizzles off the page.

I liked these old M&B books because it was more about character and a slow development then straight to love and bedroom scenes.

This is more of an Enemy turns Lover Romance, with the heroine wanting to get revenge for the hero thinking she's a silly airheaded rich girl and her wanting to prove she's not, so on a whim she becomes the nanny and tension flies!


Prairie Courtship (Mills & Boon Love Inspired)
Prairie Courtship (Mills & Boon Love Inspired)
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable, 14 Aug. 2016
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4.5*

Very enjoyable book, but did get confusing when it jumped from scene to scene as there isn't any gaps between the paragraphs

Overall, liked it very much but I did think they got together very soon without much drama

Positives:

1. No insta-lu$t, they fall in love slowly and the heroine isn't even considering romance and attraction until well into the book, while the hero finds the heroine attractive but isn't interested in romance so lots of resistance and tension

2. Loads of chemistry

3. Strong characters

4. Loads of good subplots

Negatives:

1. Some of the fights between the hero and heroine were repetitive reasons (her patients need time, he needs to move the wagon train etc)

2. There wasn't enough clear details regarding their ages and Mr Thatcher aka the hero's age or description

3. The ending seemed rush in how they get together

But overall I liked it and recommend


Hiraeth: a mark - marc
Hiraeth: a mark - marc
Price: £1.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars the next book ruined this book for me, 13 Aug. 2016
Was really hoping to like this book but in the next book she has a baby with another man. Completely ruined it for


The Wrangler's Inconvenient Wife (Mills & Boon Love Inspired Historical) (Wyoming Legacy, Book 4)
The Wrangler's Inconvenient Wife (Mills & Boon Love Inspired Historical) (Wyoming Legacy, Book 4)
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars lots of action and drama, 13 Aug. 2016
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Very enjoyable read- very emotional as it deals with orphans.

This book makes one realise how difficult it is for all those children that don't have the safety nets that we do. And all those kids who have been rejected or abandoned.

It has a very sweet romance, which could have been a little longer. But the sub plots and actual plot was very well written and action pact with fast paced drama.


Wooing the Schoolmarm (Mills & Boon Love Inspired Historical) (Pinewood Weddings, Book 1)
Wooing the Schoolmarm (Mills & Boon Love Inspired Historical) (Pinewood Weddings, Book 1)
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 ----> sweet, uplifting story of personal redemption and family bond., 10 Aug. 2016
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4.5 ----> sweet, uplifting story of personal redemption and family bond.

Good positive plot ---> check
Romance ---> check
Loads of chemistry ---> check
Strong solid characters ---> check
no insta-lu$t ---> check

Overall, a very enjoyable plot. The only negatives I have is:

1. Ellen's character was far too simplistic in it's selfishness. It's obvious she's been placed in the plot as a direct contrast to the heroine and it's too cliche

2. i would have preferred more angst between the hero and heroine over the heroine's initial lack of faith


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