This week, the pairing matches up a little better. Both books I'm sharing with you today are contemporary, clean romances. One is a full-sized romance novel. The other is a bit shorter. Read on and see what you think.
Book Review: The Billionaire's Secret Marriage by Tamie Dearen
The Billionaire's Secret Marriage by Tamie Dearen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed reading this book which included characters with disabilities. Since the author knows what that life is like, I think it made the story more believable in some ways. The way the hero overcame the trials in his life was a pretty amazing journey. The fact that there were redeemable antagonists also helped me enjoy this story a little more.
If you love happily ever after tales, contemporary romance, rags to riches tales, or simply want to see more stories in which disabled people are overcoming obstacles and succeeding at life, then you might enjoy this romance tale. I felt like it was a pretty clean romance and something I wouldn't mind my own teenage daughters reading.
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I've link the author's name in the title to her website if you'd like to check that out. :)
Book Review: The Sugar Cube by Rebecca Howard
The Sugar Cube by Rebecca Howard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I knew when I downloaded this book it was going to be short and a sweet romance. Those two things when combined usually entail a simple plot. In this case, it was like a very small window into these characters' lives. It felt a bit rushed to me, but I liked the overall tale.
As for the characters, the heroine seemed spot-on. I think most women feel there's room for improvement in the way they look. I know I did for a long time. Some days I still feel extremely average and quite invisible or forgettable. I don't like how awful this woman felt about herself. It made we want to know more about /why/ she just couldn't seem to get past that difficulty in her life. When it came to the hero, he really was too good to be true. I like how he handled the problems the heroine threw at him, though. He was likeable enough but I'm not sure I felt I could relate to him.
Oh, the words! There were so many grammatical errors. I've read worse. Shoot! I've written worse myself. But another run-through would've been nice on the author's part. There were several places the word 'on' was used when 'in' should've been used...an obvious typo that could've been detected by most quality online editing programs that now exist. I hope the author will go back through, edit, and update the book because it's a cute little story.
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Thanks for reading all my book reviews through the weeks. I hope you're finding new books to love and new authors to support.
Next month will hopefully bring out more of the non-fiction and fantasy side of my reading. The trouble with many non-fiction and fantasy books (true fantasy books) is the length. I just can't read them fast enough to keep up with my reading goal. That's why I couldn't finish the biography I started on Stevie Nicks (and was enjoying, by the way...). I hope to get back to that one in the future. I'll probably drop my reading goal down to maybe 60 or so books next year. I've found it very hard to keep up with the 100 books goal this year. What a challenge, indeed!
Until next time...
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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