Review: Forbidden Angel

Book CoverForbidden Angel by Sandra Lee Rice
My Rating: 2-Stars
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: out now
Formats: Kindle Unlimited, eBook ($3), Paperback ($8)

Normally I wouldn’t review such a poorly written book that I randomly picked up on Kindle Unlimited, but I was floored that there is a  plethora of strong reviews for this book on Goodreads. The premise sounds good, but the writing technique was poor. The book had several problems:

  • Absolutely no white space/scene break between scenes. Characters would seemingly do the equivalent of teleporting or time traveling (for example: in one scene the two main characters are down by the barn, and suddenly in the next paragraph the male lead is looking out his study window). This was jarring and confusing.
  • Almost-but-not-quite-fully-omniscient point of view. I normally don’t like full omniscience, but I think I would have in this book had it not been for the previous problem of zero scene breaks.
  • Too much side story and too many characters. This book needs an editor to go through and kill those darlings (sorry, Penelope and Michael, and solicitor who likes honey).
  • The villain was too adept at his villainy ways while at the same time being absolutely terrible at it. He’s constantly drunk, and reportedly poor, but somehow can afford to follow people all over the place and find time to stay upright while doing so?
  • The main plot dragged on for so. freaking. long. Again, kill those darlings. This dragged because: 1) too much subplot/too many characters; 2) too much drama with the villain without any actual action taken on it; 3) unnecessary detail; and 4) the “Who is Angelique… really?!?!” subplot.

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Review: Beyond the Limit

Book CoverBeyond the Limit by Cindy Dees
My Rating: 1.5-Stars
Genre: Military Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Formats: eBook ($6), Paperback ($7)

I was really excited by the blurb for Beyond the Limit. A SEAL team is tasked with training women to prepare for becoming the first Navy SEALs—something that platoon leader Griffin Caldwell doesn’t believe is possible, and something that Navy media officer Sherri Tate believes she can prove.

The hero was obnoxious about women in the first chapter, but I let it slide. Second chapter, let it slide. But when it takes 15 of the 25 chapters for Griffin to show some sign of change that is never truly achieved? Unforgivable.

I was torn on whether Beyond the Limit was a 1-star, 1.5-star, or 2-star read for me. After a couple of days of reflection, I decided that it’s a 1.5-star book. There is so much more bad to discuss than good. Continue reading “Review: Beyond the Limit”

Review: Kingdom of Exiles

Book CoverKingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau
My Rating: 4.5-Stars
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Formats: eBook ($6), Paperback ($7)

Kingdom of Exiles is a unique, action-packed fantasy romance. The strong start to this series promises that great things will follow.

Leena Edenfrell is a Charmer, a person who can tame magical beasts of varying classes. “Taming” sounds simpler than it is, too — sometimes the act requires self-sacrifice or willingness to endanger oneself. An unfortunate circumstance led to Leena being exiled from her homeland and she seeks a way to return home. Continue reading “Review: Kingdom of Exiles”

Review: One Night of Passion

Book CoverOne Night of Passion by Erica Ridley
My Rating: 4.5-Stars
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: May 12, 2019
Formats: eBook ($3), Paperback ($9)

One Night of Surrender is the third book in the Wicked Dukes Club series, co-written by Darcy Burke and Erica Ridley.

With the two most eligible bachelors now off the marriage market, Thaddeus Middleton is on the hunt for a wife. With a promised inheritance coming to her in a few years, Priscilla Weatherby is playing a game of pretending-to-but-not-really-looking-for-a-husband.

One rejected invitation to a dance changes everything for this pair. Continue reading “Review: One Night of Passion”

Review: One Night of Surrender

Book CoverOne Night of Surrender by Darcy Burke
My Rating: 4.5-Stars
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2019
Formats: eBook ($3), Paperback ($10)

One Night of Surrender is the second book in the Wicked Dukes Club series, co-written by Darcy Burke and Erica Ridley.

Isabelle and Valentine were once lovers from different walks of life, separated by life and duty. Both are widows of unhappy marriages. Neither wants to relive the experience again.

Financial troubles led Isabelle to become a governess, and when the family she works for lodges for a temporary stay at Valentine’s townhouse in London, the two are reunited. Isabelle tries to avoid Valentine, while Valentine is thrilled to see his former love interest and pursues her. She finally opens up, and as they uncover each other’s pasts, the two must reconcile what they are willing to let go of if they want a future together—especially after Isabelle’s employer puts her life into sudden upheaval. Continue reading “Review: One Night of Surrender”