I've got a couple of historical romance book reviews for you this week. I hope you'll see something you like. As the holidays draw near, my commentary may grow shorter. I still have plenty to do to keep me busy -- busy enough to wonder if I'll have much time for revisions and writing at all. :/
Book Review: Larken (Grace Hall #1) by S.G. Rogers
Larken by S.G. Rogers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I truly enjoyed reading this Regency romance novel. It kept me turning pages. The characters really came to life in my mind and the setting was written so well. The plot was full of the unknown, too, keeping me guessing. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys Regency romance, sweet romance, clean reads, and adventure.
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Hmmm...this one's really short. In addition to that, I must confess to this one being lost in my memory banks somewhere. Even my review doesn't spark a memory. So this one is probably similar to other clean reads within the Regency Romance genre. I do know I tend to like this author's work.
Book Review: Undeniable (The Oregon Trail #1) by Laura Stapleton
Undeniable by Laura Stapleton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I gave this book three stars because the basic plot is pretty compelling. I had a hard time believing the heroine would choose the life she was having to live. I also had a hard time believing how she dealt with the different curve balls thrown at her.
I had trouble reconciling the hero being called 'moral' in the beginning in such a way that it makes him sound like a man of integrity. Then when it's put to the test, I felt he failed where he shouldn't have.
I liked the way the other characters were written, for the most part. The book included humor, adventure, era-appropriate struggles and triumphs, and a happy ending. I read the snippet of book two which was included at the end of this book. I don't think I'd like it very much. I must confess to downloading a sample from the third book in the series after reading the description. I think I'll like it better than the others, so I'll probably download it in the future.
I'd recommend this to those who enjoy historical romance, spicy romance, and the old west and frontier life.
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***Spoiler Alert!*** If you don't want the story spoiled, skip this bit or stop reading here. What I hated most about this book is the lack of self-control on the part of the "moral" man. That's not heroic. Some folks may say it's at least believable, to which I'd agree...but not to calling him moral. The whole time he's lusting after a woman who he originally thinks to be married. As one who has dealt with the infidelity issue and overcome it victoriously, that not only infuriates me, it disgusts me. Other than that, the story was engaging and I wanted to know what happened all the way to the end. I was just really saddened by what I consider to be serious character flaw for a 'hero'.
So, yes, I know my opinion on the second book isn't going to be a popular one. I'm OK with that. And since these reviews really are supposed to reflect my perception of the books, I feel a bit better about them at least being honest. I don't like leaving one or two star reviews but I have done it. I must confess, it ties my stomach in knots wondering when someone will leave a scathing review on my own book. Yikes! <sigh>
Do you review the books you read? How do you feel about giving less-than-stellar reviews for a book?
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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