#BookReview: Owning It by Leah Marie Brown

owningitSummary:

The chance of a lifetime . . . or just another bad decision?

Delaney Lavender Brooks needs to grow up. At least, according to her parents. After getting evicted from her apartment and wrecking her car, Laney is almost ready to trade in her paintbrushes and surrender to a more sensible 9-to-5 existence. Almost. Until she’s awarded an internship at a prestigious art gallery in Paris. What else can the free-spirited artist do but follow her dreams? Even if her latest attempt at chasing rainbows might cost her a real future . . .

Once in the city of lights, Laney is almost undone by the glaring truth: maybe she isn’t sophisticated or talented enough to make it as an artist—or an independent woman, for that matter. And when she’s hotly pursued by a seductive Frenchman, she has to wonder if she’s about to be a fool for love, too. Soon Laney’s greatest challenge is not proving herself to her parents, but having the courage to live the life—and love—of her dreams . . .

Review:

Owning It was a fast-paced chick lit read that had me smiling while imagining myself in Paris. I thought the beginning was such a funny way to start the book, and it captured my attention immediately. When Laney got to Paris I was still definitely engaged in the story, but I didn’t quite feel the connection between Laney and her romantic interest. I did enjoy meeting the secondary cast, especially Rigby, and the interesting scenarios Laney always managed to find her in.  I wish I would have felt more between Laney and Gabriel but still a fun read.

4 stars

Book Review: Tangled in Sin by Lavinia Kent

Publication Date: April 18, 2017Tangled in Sin

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

Reviewer: Andrea

The Summary:

An innocent young woman flirts with scandal and becomes the mistress of her own forbidden desires in this stimulating Regency romance from the author of Mastering the Marquess.

Lady Cynthia Westhope can’t believe the shocking rumor is true. Her childhood friend, the daughter of a duke no less, has become the madam of London’s most exclusive and notorious brothel. Though she’s known as “Sin,” Cynthia is scandalized—and surprisingly curious. Just picturing the whips, the chains, the uncontrollable urges men gratify behind closed doors sends a jolt of electricity through her body. Still, Sin can’t imagine taking part in such games—until she’s snatched off the street during a raging storm and swept away to a remote cottage.

When James Winters encounters the comely virgin, he assumes she’s one of Madame Blanche’s fresh new beauties, especially after Sin pulses in ecstasy as he ravishes her. Then he discovers that she’s Lord Westhope’s virgin daughter . . . or was. Now they will both be compromised, unless James devises a plan to save Sin from disgrace. Before long, they’re entangled in a web of tempting propositions, family secrets, and sensual intrigue—and bound together so tightly that James never wants to let go.

The Review:

This is the second Bound and Determined novel that I have read, and true to form, it is both traditional and not. The plot was a little tired. Girl gets trapped with boy in a secluded locale. Boy feels honor-bound to marry girl, girl resists, until they both realize they can’t live without each other. The typical historical romance storyline, but where these novels differ the ordinary is in their handling of mature content. This series will make you wonder what all those starched, stiff Victorians were really doing behind closed doors.

The more interesting story to me was that of James’s sister, Jasmine, a fallen woman from a good family who ends up with a baby and a brothel. That’s really the story I wanted to hear. Cynthia and James were both a little too goodie, goodie for me, too perfect. I like my protagonists to have more angst–just a touch. It was a quick read but lacked a real storyline for me. It was just okay, nothing new.

A little disappointed with this one.

3 stars

 

Book Review: The Rebel of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood

Release Date: December 6, 2016rebel

Reviewer: Andrea

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

The Summary:

Since childhood, Magnus has been led to believe he is the Laird Alwyn’s bastard, and raised to hate the Clan Kincaid. But when he learns he is without a doubt the son of the murdered Laird Kincaid, his life as he has always known it is shattered. Now, hiding his knowledge and his fury, he returns to Burnbryde Castle, awaiting the chance to strike against the man whose treachery robbed him of his legacy. His first act of rebellion: to steal a kiss from the redheaded beauty who’s betrothed to the Alwyn’s eldest son and heir.

Since her arrival at Burnbryde, Tara Iverach has been confined to a tower to guard her virtue before she marries. But after a surprise embrace with a lean, bare-chested Highlander who claims to be the Alwyn’s oldest son, she can’t contain her excitement over her good fate. Unfortunately, he is the wrong eldest son, and she is set to marry his cruel and lecherous half brother, Hugh. Can Magnus conquer his rivals and claim his Kincaid destiny before the woman who’s captured his heart becomes his sworn enemy’s bride?

The Review:

This novel is a sequel; however, even if you haven’t read the first, you’ll have no trouble with this one. Plenty of backstory will provide you with all the information you need to enjoy The Rebel of Clan Kincaid once you pass the prologue.

While this is another “worthy bastard” story, the plot and execution of Rebel is all it’s own. For a part of the novel, Magnus and Tara don’t see each other’s faces, beginning their courtship covered by hoods and whispering through barred windows. The verbal tango, along with the extensive restating of past events, did grow a bit tiresome after awhile, though, and I wished the author would just get on with it.

Once the story truly got rolling, I enjoyed it. Magnus is, of course, the consummate hotty with his defined muscles and golden hair, and his love of Tara is typical but entertaining. In the midst of their obstacle-ridden love, the story of Magnus’s ill-fated family is slowly revealed, and a la deus ex machina, good prevails.

3.5 Stars