Book Review: Rege’s Rescue by Dena Garson

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.reges_rescue_dena

Reviewer: Andrea

The Summary:

Rege Rovnitov battled his way out of the darkest hell hole in the charted universe to become the best tracker in four galaxies. Fighting injustice, he and his brotherhood have spent their lives with one foot on the shady side of the law. When the daughter of one of his allies is abducted by slavers, he offers his skills to bring her home. On such a dark and dangerous mission, he never expected to find a woman full of goodness and light.

After years in the spotlight as an interstellar songbird, Amethe Madigan only wants to regain a normal life. Her plans are upended when a band of slavers take her captive and drag her to the galactic port known as Sin City. With Rege’s help, she narrowly escapes being sold to the highest bidder, or worse, turned over to whoever ordered her kidnapping. As they race across galaxies evading her mysterious abductor’s attempts to possess her, she makes the mistake of falling in love with a man whose idea of a normal life is anything but safe.

Rege promised to rescue Amethe but she could be his salvation from a dark and lonely existence. In the end it won’t matter who saved whom. Where love is concerned, it’s winner takes all.

The Review:

I honestly didn’t expect to like this novel. It sounded like a space opera, which it not at all my genre, but I was so wrong! Rege’s Rescue was a great romance novel and may have opened a whole new world for me to explore.

The novel begins with fantastic action, a la in medias res.  I love when a novel does that. Too much preamble makes me antsy and frustrated, and Amethe’s story doesn’t have any of that.  The reader is immediately thrust into her daring rescue. The great dialogue catches you up and keeps you from getting lost even with the crazy names of characters and places. You won’t be bored or exasperated—I promise. This one is all about the love story. It’s not one of those space movies your husband forces you to sit through.

The character development is good within the context of the novel though the back story was a bit weak on Rege. I would have liked to have heard more about his history. The writing is also quite good with fast pacing and numerous turns to navigate. At times, some events were serendipitous, and the grand finale was a tad corny, but those things didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story. I could easily see a series in this one!

4 Stars


 

Book Review: The Untamed Earl by Valerie Bowman

51l0ttFuCmL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Reviewer: Andrea

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

The Summary:

AN INDECENT PROPOSAL

The Summary:

Lady Alexandra Hobbs, the daughter of the Duke of Huntley, has intended to marry Lord Owen Monroe since she first glimpsed him from the window of her bedchamber, back when she was just a girl. But the duke has already chosen Alex’s infamously spoiled elder sister, Lavinia, for Owen. And now there’s no turning back.

Owen has spent most of his bachelor years drinking, gambling, and skirt-chasing. He won’t see another pound from his parents, however, until he’s engaged to Lavinia. Desperate, he accepts an offer from her innocent and spirited—and absolutely beautiful—sister Alex: She will turn him into a perfectly tamed suitor, and show him how to woo the shrew. But when Alex’s true motives come to light, will their bargain lead to recriminations—or to a romance that defies everyone’s expectations?

Award-winning author Valerie Bowman once again delivers romance and wit in The Untamed Earl!

The Review:

Alex’s story is like the worst case of middle-child syndrome ever! Stuck between the heir apparent and the spoiled, hateful sister, poor Alex is a tinder-hearted do-gooder. She is everything you expect from a heroine—the diamond in the rough, sugary, with a tiny streak of daring. I loved seeing her as an adolescent in the novels opening chapter. It was refreshing and interesting to see the beginnings of her love for our hero, Owen, the typical ne’er-do-well rake.

I wish Owen had more depth, however. He felt a bit flat for me with the incessant drinking and “I’m a worthless lout” attitude. Their story also fell together pretty easily. I would have liked more of a struggle. I like my lovers more star-crossed with more angst. The plot lacked a strong development, but the novel was sweet and without too much smut. It was an easy, fast read and just the fix romance seekers would want.

4 Stars

Book Review: Turned by Kaylee Rae

Reviewer: Andrea51qRFqApW-L._UY250_

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

The Summary:

What do you do when zombies are the least of your worries?
Retta Torres is a typical girl-next-door, engaged to her high school sweetheart and embarking on her dream career as an aspiring suspense author. But without warning, her world is brutally flipped upside down and everything that means anything to her is vehemently ripped from her grasp.

But that isn’t even the worst of it…not at all. Soon, she’s faced with surviving in an apocalyptic world tormented by the Undead, only the zombies aren’t the only evil she must face. There’s an even more sinister force that lurks in her shadows, but will she realize it before it’s too late?

The Review:

I don’t have extensive experience with zombie novels, but as a fan of The Walking Dead, I was very excited to read this one. However, I had issues from the beginning. The writing seemed immature at times, and the characters, while entertaining, were unrealistic. For instance, Retta has been repeatedly raped yet seems to carry little psychological baggage as a result. In fact, during her escape from her captor, she stops to compliment the “so handsome” Jasper while kissing his neck and rubbing his “dripping with sweat” biceps. Often I felt this novel was more soap opera than survival, and as it progresses, it becomes even more so (SPOILER ALERT) complete with an escaped mental patient and a mad scientist hell-bent on world domination.

When I was approached about reviewing this novel, I downloaded my copy directly from Amazon since at the time the novel was free on the site, and I was quite taken aback by the number of errors. The copy I downloaded is, unfortunately, much more like an ARC (advanced review copy) than a polished novel. It’s in desperate need of a proofreader. Not only were there numerous missing words and “extra” words, but there was at least one instance of the use of an incorrect character name.

 

2 Stars