The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang Review

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoag review
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoag, ISBN 9781786496768, 321pp

I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Lately I’ve been buying books based on how many times I see them on bookstagram or on people’s blogs. I skip over a breakdown of the blurb and just see what the person thought about it – if they loved it or not and roughly what genre it is. The Kiss Quotient was a book that fell into this unknown category. I put my trust in fellow book lovers and went into it a bit blind.

And I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It’s a romance with lots of steamy scenes but it has enough differences to make it stand out. Continue reading

The Governess Game by Tessa Dare Review

The Governess Dare by Tessa Dare review
The Governess Game by Tessa Dare ebook, 384pp, Pub August 2018

I automatically buy Tessa Dare‘s books as soon as they come out. She is one author whose books I love to read and I’ve read them all. So when The Governess Game was released the other week I just had to buy it on my kindle.

Tessa Dare writes historical romance and her books are pure entertainment. If you like reading books about sexy Dukes, rakes and cads and independent, feisty, take charge women, then you will like these books.

The Governess Game tells the story of Alexandra Mountbatten, a comet chasing, clock-winder spinster who goes for an interview to wind up the clocks in the home of Chase Reynaud — a rakish libertine who is in line to inherit a Dukedom. Continue reading

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne Review

The Hating Game review
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, ISBN 9780349414263, 363pp

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne was so much fun to read. I read this book in less than 24 hours because I just had to find out what would happen next to the two protagonists. It’s the perfect chick lit book when you just want to read something light and entertaining. And like eating your favourite dessert, you won’t be able to resist devouring this book in one go.

The Hating Game tells the story of two arch-enemies, Lucy and Josh (or Lucinda and Joshua as they refer to one another). They are the assistants of two rival co-CEOs in a publishing company that was formed in a merger between two publishing houses. Lucy is nice and liked by everyone apart from Josh. Josh is not nice or liked by anyone, especially Lucy.

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The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare: A Review

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare, Kindle edition, published August 2017, purchased from Amazon

This is a quickie review for a satisfying and entertaining historical romance ebook I read in under 24 hours. The Duchess Deal is the latest release from Tessa Dare, an author who I happily stumbled upon a couple of years ago. Since then I have read all her books. Yes, there are steamy sex scenes in The Duchess Deal as per this genre and there is also a feisty heroine and a physically and mentally scarred Duke, but there are also laughs, drama and romance which is what always keeps me coming back to this genre when I just want a fun read.

Set in London sometime after the Battle of Waterloo, The Duchess Deal tells the story of a brooding, scarred from battle, Duke of Ashbury (a kind of beast-like figure) who was cruelly abandoned by his fiancée due to his disfigurement and has become a recluse. He is not the nicest of men as a result and drives his servants crazy by being demanding, rude and never leaving the house. But Ashbury decides it is time he does his duty to the title and find a wife to impregnate and then send off to a house in the country once she is with child. Afterall, who could love a hideous beast like him? Continue reading

Nora Roberts has the perfect writing formula

The Witness by Nora Roberts (488 pages, ISBN: 9780749955168, Pub 17 April 2012, Piatkus)

Reading a Nora Roberts book is like sitting down for a chat with a really good friend. You know it’s going to be entertaining; you know there will be a juicy story or two in there; and it leaves you feeling pleasantly satisfied.

Nora never lets me down. I know I’m going to get a plot which involves either a female or male protagonist with issues. The woman will be feisty and independent, yet vulnerable in some way. The man will be ruggedly handsome and instantly attracted to the woman – not without some angst. The story will be set in small town, beautiful America somewhere. The characters will cook a lot, eat a lot, fight a lot, make-up a lot, resolve a life-or-death situation, and there is usually a cute dog thrown in there as well. And it always ends with all the problems and issues resolved and happily ever after.

This is not a criticism. Nora is a fantastic storyteller and I keep on buying her books because I know what I’m going to get. In Nora’s latest book – The Witness – it’s the female protagonist, Abigail Lowery, who has issues. At the age of sixteen she witnesses a double-homicide carried out by the Russian mafia. She goes into protective custody and when her safe house is no longer safe, she runs … and keeps on running. The interesting thing about this character is that she is socially awkward and brilliantly gifted à la Lisbeth in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (though not quite as messed up). She has an eidetic memory and can even computer hack her way into FBI records.

The love interest, Brooks Gleason, is the small town Chief of Police. He is intrigued by this woman who arrived in town a year ago and keeps to herself. He decides that despite her rudeness, social ineptness, and her complete lack of interest in him or anyone else in the town that she is the woman for him – and he pursues her relentlessly. (Where is this guy in real life? Note to self: move to a small town near the Ozarks, Arkansas, and act weird to attract a hot cop’s attention.) Will he learn the truth about her terrible past? Or will she run again?

There are other richly constructed characters populating the pages, a Russian mafia back-story and some other twists and turns. Oh, and of course there is a cute dog!

Nora Roberts may never win any Booker Prizes from the literary powers that be, but damn does she know how to construct characters and write believable dialogue. Perhaps after writing more than 190 books (according to the publisher’s website), her stories can sometimes feel a bit déjà vu to fans, but she always pleases. That’s why she has sold millions of books! If you want a good read with a smattering of suspense and a large dollop of romance, you’ll enjoy this book. I know I did.