Romance

Book Review: Virgin River

Virgin River

Title: Virgin River
Author: Robyn Carr
Series: Book 1
Genre: Romance, Adult Fiction
Publisher:
Page Count: 500
Status: Completed
Type of Book: Kindle Ebook
Received: Library Loan
Rated: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Notes: Trigger warnings for detailed pregnancies, abandoned babies, army men returned from war, brief mention of spousal abuse, teens making poor choices, and occasional harsh language, as well as lots of injured patients, background death of a husband

This book didn’t quite live up to my expectations of what I wanted out of a romance. While the romance was very sweet and well handled, I just didn’t come away feeling super attached to the characters. I really liked Jack’s character, but Mel seemed a bit over the top and really dramatic. To be fair, she did have a lot going on but she seemed overall whiny and just not what I was in the mood to read about.

I should note, this is apparently being turned into a Netflix series, another reason that I snapped up the book to read and see if it was worth trying out. I love medical dramas, especially medical dramas set out in the wilderness where there isn’t as much medicine, help, or whathaveyou. The medical scenes in this book where well handled, coming from a grandmother who was a nurse and my mother who was a nurse, I recognized a fair bit of this book was definitely well researched. My hat goes off to the author for a splendid job, and I will be passing this book along to my grandmother who likes this type of romance more than I do.

I spent maybe three and a half hours with this 500 page chunker, fyi. I simply flew through the pages, staying up till eleven o’clock to see what happens with Mel and Jack. The author’s writing style makes me think vaguely of Nora Roberts and Susan Mallory; the book was easy to read, and there was plenty going on…it was just too “cute” and “awwww” for me, if you get what I mean. I wanted a bit more than just mellow romance that was barely a 4 out of the 10 romance scale for hotness.

Overall, not bad but not sure I’ll continue trying out the author. Depends on what mood I’m in I guess. 3.5 out of 5 stars, and the jury’s out whether I’ll try out the Netflix series.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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Historical Fiction Book Reviews, Romance

Netgalley Review: Realm

A Realm

Title: Realm
Author: Alexandra Weis
Series: Standalone
Genre: Historical Romance (Adult Fiction)
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Page Count:
Type of Book: Netgalley ARC, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley, from the Publisher
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: Not available on Goodreads yet, so have to wait to review this there.

This was a long book with over 60+ chapters. It took me about four and a half days to read, it was long, but worth it. I loved the history of this book, the Greeks and the Persians, and I loved the characters and world-building. The storyline was good, but a little over halfway I was just wanting to be done already. There was so much there, that I think the author would’ve done better if she’d split the book in two. Or perhaps its just my short attention span these days, lol.

A woman unlike any other, she will conquer the unconquerable and be loved by a man who is worshipped as a god.
When her homeland is conquered by the mighty Alexander the Great, Roxana—the daughter of a mere chieftain—is torn from her simple life and thrown into a world of war and intrigue.
Terrified, the sixteen-year-old girl of renowned beauty is brought before the greatest ruler the world has ever known. Her life is in his hands; her future his to decide. Without formal education or noble blood, Roxana is chosen by the Greek conqueror to be his bride. Soon she comes to know profound happiness and unyielding desire in her warrior’s arms.
However, being the king’s consort comes at a heavy price. To survive her husband’s treacherous kingdom, she must endure continuous warfare, deadly plots, jealous rivals, victory-hungry generals, and the stigma of being a barbarian. Persian blood will keep her from claiming the grandest title of all—queen—but her reign will seal the fate of an empire.
History tells his story. This is hers.

-As seen on Netgalley.

My main gripe with this is that it seems while there was a strong female lead character, most of the other women weren’t fighters, and looked to her for her bravery and strength. She’s so much stronger and better than the rest of the women that I encountered in the book, it grew a bit annoying. Though I still liked Roxana’s character, sometimes she grated on my nerves.

Also, Alexander seemed a bit like an entitled a**. Then again, so do most men of that era, thinking that they should own and control everything. I probably wouldn’t have lived long in that time period, lol.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely a refreshing change of pace from my typical read, and I always appreciate that when reading new books. Overall, I’m giving this 4/5 stars.
Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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Romance

ARC Kindle Review: Hearts Abroad #1

Hearts Abroad

Title: Hearts Abroad
Author: Skye McNeil
Series: Book 1
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Page Count:
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook, Amazon Gifted
Received: from the publisher/author
Review Word Count:
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: @BewareoftheReader you might enjoy this one! I know how much you love a good romance story!

Notes2: First time I’ve tagged anyone here on wordpress, hopefully I got it right!

I love fluffy romance, but I generally have to be in the right mood to read them. This was one of the better fluffy romances that I’ve read, and ranks right up there with Mary Poppins and all the fluffy Harlequin holiday movies you can probably think of. It’s a feel-good love story, complete with twin little girls and a billionaire single dad.

I really liked this one. I won’t say I loved it, because I don’t think I’m there yet, but I can definitely see myself re-reading this again and again in the future, because it’s just that much of a fun book to read. I really liked how this one had art exhibits, planes, and even an enormous library. Scotland was mentioned quite a bit, and as the next book may take place in Scotland, I’m definitely interested in reading the continuation of the duology? Series?-not sure how many books will be in this, but they’re definitely well worth reading.

There’s even an Alfred in this book, and he’s even compared to the same Alfred from Batman, which I found hilariously awesome.

Overall, I’m rating this a 4/5 stars for the delightful atmosphere this book had, and the perfect timing in wanting to read an entertaining and fluffy hearted romance. My thanks to the publisher/author for providing me with this light atmospheric novel, and I highly recommend it to romance and contemporary fans all.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

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Fantasy Book Reviews, Romance

Paperback Book Review: Lord of the Fading Lands

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Title: Lord of the Fading Lands
Author: CL Wilson
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Avon
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: Paperback, Library Loan
Review Word Count: 1,000
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Ah, feel the love in this book!

As most followers of mine probably have guessed, I’m not one for romance. But if it’s meshed with fantasy and done really well, then I am all for the romance. Take this book for example. You have a woodcarver’s daughter + the King of a magical species = Instalove! Granted, normally I detest Insta-love, but this was well done and the King is very sweet and not at all an overbearing ass which is something you see all to frequently. But before we get into the nitty gritty review, let’s get on with the warnings, shall we? Because there may be quite a few trigger warnings in this book for readers.

Warnings: one sexual assault, forced betrothal, a man that doesn’t know the meaning of the phrase ‘no means no’ especially when the woman you attack repeatedly tells you no, the King tells you know, her parents tell you know, and the High Council tells you no. Evil mages doing naughty things to women in the bedroom, manipulations, political intrigue, a mother that can be rather harsh and unknowingly cruel towards her daughter by calling her ugly and telling her she didn’t think she would ever get marriage from anyone let alone a king…hmmm. Not sure there’s anything else you might need but a box of tissues.

This book was fun to read, and it’s been a while where I can honestly say that it was fun because of the emotional roller coaster ride! There’s loads of entertaining scenes, and plenty of romance, adventure, political intrigue, and bad guys aplenty in this book. I spent most of the day flipping through the pages, wondering how things could get resolved in time for the ending, and alas there is a happy cliffhanger. I say happy cliffhanger because the characters are together and happy, but there’s obviously loads of things unresolved, leading up to book two. I checked on Goodreads and there’s at least four books in this series, but I’m not positive that’s the grand total.

This book wow’d me with its believable characters. It was the characters that made this book, and the world-building only helped spur it along. I’m irritated that I’ve left this on my TBR for so long but pleased that I have yet another series to attempt to finish*.

The story is as follows:

Ellie is a woodcarver’s daughter, who is often told by her mother who only wants what is best for her that she is hopelessly ugly and possessed by dark spirits so she can never hope to get a man. She had always thought her oldest adopted daughter would be unwed, and happily left her to her own devices, which was reading books about the Fae. Ellie, knowing she has no prospects, is horrified when her parents decide to let Den marry her; a fat little man that doesn’t understand the phrase ‘no means no’.

A whole country away, the King of the Fae senses his mate in distress, and after touching the forbidden object known as The Eye (no, not from Lord of the Rings, stop that) it shows a woman in the country he loathes, and so he travels to it, in the hopes of finding his Truemate.

There he finds her, and rescues her from the man who insists that she is his wife to be. Den doesn’t want her for her ugly looks or her skills, of which she doesn’t have hardly any, or even of her lack of money. He wants her for her magic-and he knows he can gain a mountain of wealth using her for her magic. Hence, he schemes with a suspicious sea Captain, and the two of them plot.

Meanwhile, Ellie is meeting the Queen of the Country, she’s learning the Fae language, learning about their magic, and getting to know the King better so that in three weeks they can be married. It would have originally been one week, because the King can’t stand the country and has to fly back home as soon as possible so that he can mate with his mate, but her parents talked him out of one week to three weeks, and that they have to properly be wed in a church.

There’s quite a lot of politics that get flung in later, and there’s some ruckus about an attempted murder, but the book does end on a happy note which made me happy as well. I liked the characters, and the worldbuilding, and the twin daughters, Ellie’s little sisters, were utterly adorable. It was all very well done, and I’m definitely interested in book two, but don’t need to read it immediately.

Has anyone else read this series, and is it worth continuing on? If so, let me know in the comments!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

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LGBT Book Reviews, Romance

Edelweiss Review: The Unbinding of Mary Reade

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Title: The Unbinding of Mary Reade
Author: Miriam McNamara
Series:
Genre: YA, LGBT, Adventure
Page Count: 300
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook, New Release
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Get your box of tissues ready!

Wow, this book! This book definitely tops my LGBT pick of the month! With pirates, adventure, and heartbreak around every corner, it’s hard not to fall for this little treasure. (See what I did there?)

Warning: physical abuse between husband/wife, cheating, and at least one blink and you miss it attempted suicide towards the end of the book

Mary Reade is a girl who disguises herself as a boy so that she can have more freedom. After her mother helps her to become a man, Mary lives her life as a pirate, learning how to fight and sail and survive out on the high seas.

It’s there, out in the open ocean on board a ship that they’re battling, that she meets Anne Boney, a beautiful woman that Mary falls hard for.

This book sparks so many emotions, that I had to have the tissue box close to hand several times. There are so many unfair things about women back then that infuriates me as well. And I’m still not to happy with all the forced religion either. Such a horrible time, but also such a magical time. It’s hard to describe exactly how this book made me feel when reading it, I’m sad that I put it off for so long, but I had quite a few other books to get to first.

I highly recommend this book, especially if like an honest feel-good lesbian pirate story that showcases the good in people as well as the bad. It’s an epic romance that deserves higher praise and isn’t getting nearly enough attention as it’s been getting. Being Bi myself, this book hits hard and is completely merciless in examining just how horrid men can be about women in disguise.

5/5 stars and I am definitely adding this to my automatic ‘to buy’ list!

-Until next time,
Pass Me That Book.

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