To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

To Beguile a Beast (Legend of the Four Soldiers, #3)To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The word HUMPING was actually used!
When I was in elementary school, the Van Halen song Jump was popular. One day in the lunch room, someone had the song playing on their boom box (yes I’m older than you) and this boy would yell, “HUMP!” every time the song said ‘Jump’. We all exploded into giggles at his comic genius. That’s what the word brings to mind. Certain words, like ‘hump’ or ‘wiener’ are just funny – and don’t belong in romance novels.

I think this ends my Beauty & the Beast jag. 2.5 stars rounded up. The characters & plot were well done, I just don’t like explicit stuff. I think the author’s style is too adult for me, and I’m not talking about the silly humping (!) thing.

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A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught

A Kingdom of Dreams (Westmoreland, #1)A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Surprise Sucka! I’m good!

I’ve been on a Beauty & the Beast retellings kick, and this was on one of the lists. I’d say there’s only a very vague semblance to the fairy tale. The story was wonderful! Warring clans in England and Scotland, spitfire male & female protagonists, and good storytelling.

I was pretty wary after reading the prologue. Jenny was having this silent conversation with God, so I was sure that would dominate the story. While I’m quite spiritual/religious myself, I don’t enjoy Christian Romances. Most are cheesy and the entire plot revolves around the main character’s faith in God. I prefer non-fiction inspirational books.

So. Jenny does pray a few times and is determined to do what is right. It was appropriate for her character (her father sent her to a convent for two years & didn’t speak to her) and seemed to flow naturally with the story. I never felt that it was a main theme, was preachy, or tried to teach a moral. It was nicely done. The story would appeal to a wide audience, as the theme was really about staying true to your personal beliefs and convictions in the face of adversity.

Jenny is wily and determined. She’s brave and reckless, no hint of a Mary Sue. I was saddened by her desperate drive to please her father and regain favor with her clan.
The Wolf, be still my fluttering heart, was brilliant and ruthless. He brings Sun Tzu to mind – master General, strategist, war philosopher. Alpha done right.

There’s a bit of sexual coercion, not actual rape, that would normally earn a NOPE from me. Considering the age of the book and the way things played out, I was able to give it a pass. Some sex, written tastefully – probably PG13.

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When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales, #2)When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Got this at the library, cuz I’m too cheap to buy it & read it with some dignity on my Kindle.
It’s actually way more bubble-gum-pink and lavender than it looks in the picture. Told the librarian, “um…yeah, one of my Goodreads friends told me this was good.” Silence.
“It’s a Beauty & the Beast retelling.” Nods. Silently shames me.

This was a surprisingly fun book to read! Author’s note at the end said that Piers, the cranky beast of a doctor, was based on Dr. House from the TV series. He’s brilliant, in constant pain, and a total a-hole.

Linette wasn’t a typical, boring Mary Sue. She wasn’t afraid to dish it right back at him, resulting in the the kind of witty banter that I love.

Witty banter maketh the romance novel. Seriously. Think of Elizabeth Bennett. Darcy admired her fine grey eyes, but it was her intelligent wit that he couldn’t resist!


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Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

Practice Makes PerfectPractice Makes Perfect by Julie James
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Payton Kendall & J.D. Jamison have been frenemies for the 8 years they’ve both put in at their law firm. They have this whole ‘I love to hate you’ thing going, which is entertaining. I mean, never in a million years would I suspect that they’re secretly in love or something. As the last two remaining associates in their class, they’ve been assured they’re both going to make partner. But wouldn’t ya know it, the firm decides that only one of them can make partner & the other one will be sent packing. Thus begins a fierce competition between Payton & JD. Nothing really surprising here, but Julie James writes some pretty funny stuff! I read the first book in her FBI series and while it was hilarious, it was a bit too descriptive & the male MC is constantly thinking about sex & getting all hot & bothered. Not my thing. Practice Makes Perfect had a nice amount of sexual tension without overly descriptive scenes & overly horny characters. I decided to try this author after reading Emily May’s reviews. It gave me some good laughs. I’m a little irked about never finding out what J.D. stands for. James Dean? John Denver? John Deere?

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Demon Possession by Kiersten Fay

Demon Possession (Shadow Quest, #1)Demon Possession by Kiersten Fay
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Apparently, Demon guys are super duper horn dogs. Just looking at a pretty girl turns ’em on. Sebastian just can’t seem to stop telling us about his thingy and he calls it his ‘shaft’. So I kept hearing this guy’s theme song.

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Not a winner for me. Analia is a self sacrificing Mary Sue, and everybody loves her. Demon + Captain of a spaceship should = true love in my book. Alas, I didn’t like Sebastian much either. He was all never-gonna-fall-in love, which was great. He had to go ruin everything by getting all cheesy. He didn’t do the Alpha thing. Talked the talk but didn’t walk he walk, too bad. Not my cuppa tea.

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Arabella By Georgette Heyer

ArabellaArabella by Georgette Heyer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

One of my less favorite Heyer Regencies, but still worthwhile.

Arabella is the typical seeking-a-rich-husband-on-behalf-of-her-destitute-family heroine, needing a successful season. Her pride is bruised when she overhears a conversation about her chasing after a certain rich gentleman. She tells an obvious lie about being a rich heiress in an attempt to recover her dignity, and were treated to an entertaining tale as that lie spins out of control. Oh what a tangled web we weave…

Arabella is naive & I really wanted to knock her in the head a few times, but overall, a fun HEA read.

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