Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pale Queen Rising by A. R. Kahler

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"As the royal assassin, Claire is used to moving between the mortal world and the Winter Kingdom. When the queen commands her to kill, Claire does the job and doesn’t ask questions. Her deadly skills and loyalty are soon tested when Claire is sent to the Immortal Circus, one of the many places where “Dream” is harvested from the imaginings of mortals. There she must find the culprit who is causing Dream to mysteriously disappear before the Winter Kingdom’s supply is depleted enough to threaten its very survival. But when she meets Roxie, a beautiful mortal singer with a strange link to the Dream thieves, Claire quickly recognizes an odd and unexplained connection that may cloud her judgment. As each new clue unveils another secret, Claire finds herself confronting the riddle of her own buried past—and a dangerous illusion that, as part of the Immortal Circus, is just another act in the show."

I sit here wondering just how to write a review for this book that won't get me sued!

Have you ever read a book that in less than 24 hour's you've forgotten most of it? That about the only thing you can remember is that the main character is an ass-hat -a supposed kick-ass heroine that is anything but kick-ass?  For the life of me I can't even remember if she actually ever really raised a hand.  I think all she actually did was talk smack, threaten people and be the worse cliched character I have ever read.

The plot wasn't even all that great and it was a tiny bit obvious to this reader (and "tiny" was a wee exaggeration)

You want an actual adult read about the Fae?  Then read Laurell Hamilton's Merry Gentry series -yes you will want to throw the books against the wall for her usage (over-usage---way way overused !)of the word "spill" in all of its forms! But at least you won't be treated like you are brain-dead.

The other thing that I took great issue with, was the fact that this author seemed to have taken a character or the idea of this character from another author. Yes there are a lot of magic wielding, big mouthed, female lead characters lately-but this seemed overly obvious to me.

I HATED Claire.

Oh well, can't love 'em all!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller

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Christmas in Mustang Creek (The Brides of Bliss County)                                                                                                                                          

September  29, 2015
by Linda Lael Miller

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 Size: 683 KB
·        Print Length: 272 pages
·        Publisher: HQN Books (October 1, 2015)
·        Publication Date: September 29, 2015
  • Series: The Brides of Bliss County
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (September 29, 2015)

No one does the holidays like Linda Lael Miller, whose Christmas novels have warmed the hearts of millions of readers the world over! Charlotte Morgan grew up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, and couldn't wait to escape to the big city. But life in New York isn't as fabulous as she'd like to admit—she's lonely, doing a job she doesn't love and dating too many frogs she meets online. There was one potential prince, though—Jaxon Locke, a veterinarian with definite possibilities—but his move to Idaho to fill in at his dad's vet practice ended things just as they were getting interesting. What Charlotte doesn't know is that he misses her, more than he expected… Meanwhile, Charlotte's great-aunt Geneva—the woman who raised her—needs to enter an assisted-living facility. So, just before Christmas, Charlotte moves back home. When Jax catches wind of her move back West, he's determined to get to Wyoming and do whatever it takes to win her back. Christmas in Mustang Creek is a magical time in a magical place, not least because of a mysterious visitor named Mrs. Klozz. She knows that love is the greatest gift of all, and she's ready to help out Santa by giving these two a push in the right direction!”

This was a perfectly acceptable Christmas romance; however, I hated the fact that the first half or so of this book was mostly filled with inner-dialogue and a lot of angst. 

You have to understand the level of romance in this book –this couple had already been in love and things just didn’t truly work out.  Each one wanted something different out of life. Now that Jax has heard that Charlie is back in Mustang Creek and he comes and takes a job there to win back Charlies heart.  Sweet and perfect for the season right?

The second half of this book engages the reader so much more and the sexual tension builds.    They sure do get a lot of help from Mrs. Klozz, Aunt Geneva and a possible business venture –eventually Charlie and Jax get their HEA and a lovely Christmas to boot.

It was a lovely read, but I’m not so sure that it is going on my re-read shelf…for sure it will go on to my Christmas books shelf though and maybe someday down the road I’ll pull it out again.

ARC Supplied by publisher.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery

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Marry Me at Christmas (A Fool’s Gold Novel-#19) by Susan Mallery
·        Series: Fool's Gold (Book 21)
·        Hardcover: 336 pages
·        Publisher: HQN Books (September 29, 2015)
  • File Size: 751 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (October 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2015

Wish upon a Christmas star with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery's sparkling Fool's Gold romance! 
To bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug, organizing a Christmas wedding sounds like a joy—until she finds out she'll be working closely with the gorgeous brother of the bride, movie star Jonny Blaze. How will a small-town girl like her keep from falling for the world's sexiest guy? Especially with mistletoe lurking around every corner! 
Jonny came to Fool's Gold looking for normal, not for love. Happily-ever-after only happens in the movies. Still, nothing about this quirky town is quite what he expected, and "ordinary" Madeline is the most extraordinary woman he's ever met. Refreshingly honest, disarmingly sweet. Achingly beautiful. 
Planning the perfect wedding leads to candlelit dinners and strolls through snow-covered streets. And Madeline finds Jonny in real life even more captivating than her celebrity crush. But will the action star be brave enough to risk his heart and step into the role of a lifetime?

 It was spoken about in the last book(s) that Maddie (Madeline Krug) has a total girlie crush on Jonny Blaze (was that supposed to be a stage name?) and it sure does make  for  interesting moments while Jonny and Maddie plan Jonny’s sisters’ wedding!
The story takes the usual path that all of the other Fool’s God novels do : inner angst, (in the past Jonny loses everyone he loves) mild to medium personality differences, some long-term goal differences and one half of the couple falling in love but seeing the futility in it and then  finally sex.  Mildly descriptive to a point, this was one of the ‘cleaner’ books I have read in a while that wasn’t Amish based.  Oh no don’t get me wrong, there is sexy thoughts et al, I just didn’t blush trough them all.
This was a sweet book and it will definitely be put on my re-read pile!

ARC supplied by publisher.