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French KissFrench Kiss by Dee Dawning

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This was officially my first erotica. I didn't want it to be Fifty Shades of Grey, even though everyone and their mother is reading that book.

I liked it, but I felt the story was rushed. I didn't know when I bought it, that the book had only 93 pages.

I didn't really connect to the characters and they seemed more stereotypical than I would have liked.

The change in POV from Rene and Cher was jarring. It wouldn't have been so bad if the author hadn't have done in it the same chapter. In a few instances, the POV changed from first to the third, so yeah.

Still I enjoyed the book and I might have a look at the rest of Ms. Dawning's works.



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The Life of Elizabeth IThe Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


After having some doubts with Weir's authorship with Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings, I was glad to be reassured with her biography of Elizabeth I of England.

I've always loved Elizabeth. Her story captivated me. The girl who had lost her mother at such a young age and lived in such a perilous age brought glory to her country once again. I had watched countless movies with her and the fascination grew from there.

I knew of the important facts of Elizabeth's reign, but with this book I got a better look at it. Weir made Elizabeth come alive again.

The book starts where The Children of Henry VIII left off with Elizabeth's ascension. There are twenty seven chapters and an epilogue and even that didn't seem like enough to me. Luckily Weir a listed a great bibliography, so I'll be checking out some of those.

This a great biography. Weir doesn't shy away from Elizabeth's faults, but also praises her achievements. I was truly sad when the end came.

There is an author's note in the back about Elizabeth in film. I was a little dismayed when she took the piss out of the Cate Blanchett films since I love her portrayal of her, but with reading this book I can see the flaws of the film. Still I am planning on watching a few of her approved Elizabeth roles.



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Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right (Impossible Bachelors, #2)Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right by Kieran Kramer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The second book in the Impossible Bachelors series was charming. I didn't love it as much as I loved When Harry Met Molly, but I thought it was a good addition.

Poppy was a likable heroine. I thought the rules of the Spinster Club were understandable and I could totally get behind them. Nicholas was handsome and definitely roguish. He didn't have the boyish charm of Harry, but he seemed more adult if that makes any sense haha.

I did like hearing from Harry again. I wish we could have seen Molly other than the mention of her and Harry at the ball, but I enjoyed the book nonetheless. I will continue to read the rest of the series.



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Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of KingsMary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings by Alison Weir

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


What I knew of Mary Boleyn came from biographies on Anne Boleyn. I looked forward to reading this book seeing as it was written by Weir.

I enjoyed the book, but for some reason I couldn't really connect with Mary like I did with Anne. Maybe it's because of the lack of information on her, but the text felt like it was missing something. The parts I most enjoyed were the first index where it talked about Mary's children and their connection to their cousin Elizabeth.

The book had all the facts, but I felt it was missing something that I can't quite put my finger on. It didn't feel very personal. But I can understand what with the lack of information on Mary Boleyn, how this may have had something to do with it. I'm still looking forward to reading The Life of Elizabeth I by Weir though!



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After the Abduction (Swanlea Spinsters, #3)After the Abduction by Sabrina Jeffries

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I picked this book as I so often do because of the cover. The updated cover not the same one as this edition. I know it is a horrible habit of mine, but it hasn't come back to bite me in the ass just yet. I vaguely recall reading the blurb and finding it interesting, I bought the book along.

Once I started reading it, I thought the the whole twin escapade and the whole secret identity was interesting, but I got bored of it pretty quick. I was more interested to find out what would happen when Juliet found out that Sebastian did parade as Morgan and he was the one that actually kidnapped her. I thought Jefferies did a good job it.

I also thought Sebastian was written very well. I could understand his reasons for not wanting to come out and say the l-word. Some many heroes are written to be love-phobic, but I could never understand a lot of their reasons other than the default: men don't want to commit. Sebastian did actually want to marry Juliet rather earlier on. But Spoilers )

I give it 4 stars. Really enjoyable, but the whole twin act sort of got on my nerves. I didn't know that this book was apart of a series, so I'll be going reading the rest of them sometime in the near future!



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The Leopard Prince (Princes Trilogy, #2)The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This was my second Elizabeth Hoyt novel and as soon I settled into, I remembered why I loved The Raven Prince so much. Hoyt is adapting making the hero and heroine jump off the page. I was really rooting for George and Harry and I was really invested in their love story. The story felt raw and all too real.

I also liked how Hoyt weaved in the story of the Leopard Prince with George and Harry's. The mystery was so-so, but I don't think it detracted from the story at all.

I will be checking out the rest of Ms. Hoyt's back catalog. I just cannot get enough!



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By Grace Possessed (The Three Graces, #2)By Grace Possessed by Jennifer Blake

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was my second Jennifer Blake novel and I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first Three Graces novel.

The love story between Cate and Ross was done really well I thought. It didn't seem to be too rushed, which really irks me in all types of genres, not just romance.

The only thing that I could possibly complain about is that Blake would start explaining things about certain people like Elizabeth Woodville or someone else. I can understand why she did since not everyone might not be familiar with this time period and hell even I found myself learning something. But I felt it could have been done in a better way rather than just an info dump. But other than that I really enjoyed the story.



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The Children of Henry VIIIThe Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I have previously started this book, but I only got forty pages into it before something else caught my attention. After I finished The Six Wives of Henry VIII I wanted more Tudor stuff, so what better to read than this? After I've always been fascinated by those three royal children.

This book gave me more insight into Edward VI. Although it didn't delve too deeply into his reign. Edward seems to me to have been a puppet through most of his reign. But he did set the groundwork for the Protestant religion in England and he desperately tried to prevent his sister from undoing that by naming Lady Jane Grey as his successor. Although that was technically illegal.

Mary undid Edward's work and return England to the Church of Rome. She married the foreign Phillip II of Spain, which wasn't received well. I really did feel sorry for Mary when her pregnancy turned out to be a phantom. She really wanted that and with all the drama in her life, I think it would have made her happier.

Of course after Mary died, Elizabeth came to the throne and this is very the books ends with Elizabeth receiving news of her ascension and her uttering that famous line from the Bible. I'm ordering Weir's biography of Elizabeth, which I don't know why I haven't done this already since I acquired two of her books before 2009 and not one on my beloved Elizabeth? For shame. But I will devour that biography as soon as it's in my hands.

Oh and I've forgotten Lady Jane Grey. I knew her fate before going into the book, but I felt for her because she never wanted to be Queen and was pressured into by her parents. Her story is a sad one.



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The Six Wives of Henry VIIIThe Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I had originally read this book way back in 2002 when I was twelve and it spawned a fascination with the Tudor era that has continued to this day.

On rereading this book again, I rediscovered little details, although I remembered most of the book, which is surprising as I hadn't really read the full thing in ten years and my memory has been affected by my medicine. I think it's a testament to how good of an historian Alison Weir is. She makes Henry and each wife seem alive and she doesn't condemn them for their actions. You have no idea how it feels to sympathize with Henry of all people haha, but I did during his early years with Anne Boleyn.

Next on the list to read will be The Children of Henry VIII by the same author, after that probably her biography of Elizabeth I. It seems as though my love of the Tudor era is still going strong!



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Elizabeth: Virgin Queen?Elizabeth: Virgin Queen? by Philippa Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was officially my first bio on Elizabeth I, though I've read a lot about her father's reign and I own a biography on her mother, Anne Boleyn.

This particular one focused on whether or not Elizabeth had any children and the possibilities when they could have born as well as commenting on other things of Elizabeth's reign. I really enjoyed and I thought the author didn't have any bias on who might have possibly been Elizabeth's child. But like her previous book The Other Tudors: Henry VIII's Mistresses and Bastards I did notice a few mistakes. Just on birth date and years, but it was easily overlooked.

I give this book 4 stars. Very interesting, but it was a little light on other important aspects of Elizabeth's life, though I suppose if you're looking for a general biography of Elizabeth, you might look elsewhere.



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The Ballerina BrideThe Ballerina Bride by Fiona Harper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This was really a perfect little book. I thought the author did a good job of making the characters seem real and the romance didn't seem rushed despite the fact that it took place over the course of a week tops. I liked the reality TV premise as reality television is a guilty pleasure of mine, I will not lie. I've always been interested in ballerinas, but I don't know much about the art, so I can't say if it was a valid interpretation of it.

I'm giving it five stars, it was very satisfying and I'm glad that I was so adamant in buying this ebook. It looks like I got my money's worth!



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As of 2: 10 pm this afternoon, I finished A Storm of Swords. All 1,062 pages of it. I honestly thought at the beginning that I wouldn't be able to finish a book with that many pages, but I so did. Fucking ace bro!

Here's my review. I am still reeling from the epilogue. I'm not spoiling anyone, but it was fucking sweet!

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Wow this book was a hell of a ride. It makes the first time on two counts. It was the first time in the long time that after I finished one book in the series that I went and started the next one. I usually wait awhile before reading the next book in a series, so I won't overdo myself. But I simply couldn't wait with ASOIAF. I just had to know what happened next. The second first is that this is the first time in like forever that I've finished a book with this many pages. I always look upon similar books with dread. But it honestly didn't feel like it was that long. I looked forward to reading more of this saga.

The epilogue was just beautiful. I won't spoil anyone because I fear I may have done that already with my status, but I'll just say that it's perfect.



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Yesterday I also finished my required icons for [community profile] thefandomzoo. My fandom was Gossip Girl of course and I decided to do the color red with Blair. I've put them below the cut. I'm still learning, but I'm really proud of them. Feel to snatch one if you like it. Credit is nice, but no hotlinking bitches ;D

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Skater BoySkater Boy by Mari Mancusi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I bought this book after I saw it featured on Nook Lovers, which is site that complies affordable books for the Nook. The ebook was going for a good price and I had the money, so I decided to buy it. Add to the fact that it's by a author I enjoy.

Dawn is the sheltered heroine who becomes fed up with all the pressure her parents put on her. First she meets the girl Starr and then the boy from the other side of the track, Sean. I've been a big fan of Romeo and Juliet since I was in high school, so the star crossed lovers thing appealed to me.

The book is a quick read and it's really sweet. I found myself laughing out loud during a few moments. I definitely plan on reading more of Ms. Mancusi's stuff.



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The Other Tudors: Henry VIII's Mistresses and Bastards The Other Tudors: Henry VIII's Mistresses and Bastards by Philippa Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I picked up this book when I went out to the Barnes and Noble for the first time since August 2011. I don't regret buying this book at all and the fact that I got it on a sale made it even better.

I've been fascinated with Henry VIII's reign since 2002 when I was twelve years old. Over the years I've collected books (non fiction and fiction), DVDs, and anything related to the Tudor reign. But surprisingly I hadn't heard of some of the women and children in this book.

I liked how each section spotlighted a different woman. I wish the author would have went into more detail about the ladies, but she gives the basics on each woman and the start of her affair with Henry.

I did find some mistakes in the book. Small mistakes, but seriously listing Elizabeth I's death year as 1605? Really editors, you didn't catch that?

All in all I give the book four stars! Good, but could have been better.



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The Raven Prince (Princes Trilogy, #1)The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I have been wanting to read this book for the longest time and I finally sat down and did just that.

The first fifty pages of the book went by and a little slowly. I think the overall tone of the book is rather slow paced one in the first place. But after I passed the first a hundred page of it I really got into the book.

Anna Wren and Edward de Raaf remind me respectively of Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester. I wonder if the author was as inspired by their love story as I was. Since I enjoyed Jane Eyre very much, I enjoyed this book as well. I also liked that Anna and Edward weren't classically beautiful. It made the book seem much more realistic.

I give the book five stars. It hit on all points for me and I'm looking forward to reading more from Ms. Hoyt!



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Before I write my thoughts on this lovely book, I have to admit something. I have never seen When Harry Met Sally beside the clip of the infamous fake orgasm scene by Meg Ryan. But I will try to watch in the future.

When I started reading the prologue and it introduced 13 year old Molly with her love poem, I knew I was going to love this book. It had already gotten off to a good start with the humor.

The first chapter begins in 1816 ten years after the prologue. The reader is reintroduced to Harry. I have to say that I like him right away. He was charming and funny and completely lovable.

The heroine Molly was my kind of heroine. She was so funny and she knew what she wanted. I especially loved when she told Harry to pull his breeches down. You go girl!

Harry does eventually realize he loves Molly after they've parted. He proposes to her and they get their happy ending. The end with the gifts from the other Impossible Bachelors was sweet as well.

I give it five stars because I thought it was perfect. Lovable hero and heroine. Funny and good storytelling!

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I feel the title of the book describes perfectly what happens in the end of the story.

When I first bought this book, I had originally thought it was going to take place in Henry VIII's court, but instead it takes place before he's even born. It's my fault really because I automatically assumed the blurb meant King Henry as in the eighth one. I was pleasantly surprised to see his father in that position.

I have been wanting to read more medieval fiction though and I think this book was a good introduction to it. The piece really does feel like it takes place in the 1480s.

I did the heroine Isabel was rather cold at first, but she eventually came around to Rand. But I suppose since she was forced into the marriage, she had reason to be cold. I liked that the romance between Rand and Isabel just didn't happen right away. I did get the feeling that Rand was feeling Isabel way more than she did him initially, but she came around near the end of the book. I thought the mystery was resolved in a pleasant way as well.

I'm giving this book four stars. I liked it, but the only thing that kind of turned me off was the author note at the end. No one knows if Richard III actually killed the Princes in the Tower and I thought it was a bit unprofessional of the author to say that he did. The answer to that mystery is lost to us.

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First thing that I want to mention about the book is the cover. It depicts a scene in the book. What I'm about to say isn't important to the story, it's just a minor detail. The dress that Caitlyn wears is described as strapless. The dress the model is wearing has a strap. A thin strap, but it's a strap.

Now that's off my chest. I can't remember when I picked up this book, but I probably picked it up because of the cover or the blurb on the back. Most likely the cover because I'm shallow like that. :P

I haven't read many stories about cowboys, so I would consider this book to my introduction to the whole cowboy genre. I liked the fact that Caitlyn was a strong heroine and she never gave up even when Judd pressured her or some his ranch hands tried to bring her down. She was also caring without being too sentimental. I thought Warren fleshed her out fully.

Judd on the other hand was more mysterious. When he's introduced he seemed to be good person, but slightly misogynistic. It's revealed to be a result of his upbringing. I liked how the author explained it all and didn't have Jude try to explain it out. He took responsibility for his actions.

I give it four stars. It was very enjoyable and I loved the heroine and I warmed up to the hero. I'm really interested in learning more about Caitlyn's two sisters as well.

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