RRAH Book Review

May RRAH reviews ….

Hello my bookworms!!

Have you noticed it’s middle of May already?! This is ridiculous! This year’s just flying away from me…I’m still recuperating from my January fall and felling better some days, and then there are some that just plain suck… The weather’s not helping much either…Some days are outright gloomy, and then some are so warm and sunny that make me want to be a cat and just lazy around the house….

Even with my mood swings I managed to read and review some of the books Nancy from Romance Reader At Heart had sent me, so here they are….

Shall I start with the ones I liked, then slowly end with the ones that disappointed me a bit? Okay, you talked me into it!

LOVE FOREVERMORE by Madeline Baker

The West – it had been Loralee’s dream for as long as she could remember, and Indians were the most fascinating part of the wildly beautiful frontier she imagined. But when Loralee arrived at Fort Apache as the new schoolmarm, she had some hard realities to learn..and a harsh taskmaster to teach her.

Shad Zuniga was fiercely proud, aloof, a renegade Apache who wanted no part of the white man’s world, not even its women. Yet Loralee was driven to seek him out, compelled to join him in a forbidden union, forced to become an outcast for one slim chance at LOVE FOREVERMORE.

“Once in a while, I’ll venture out of my comfy regency ‘zone’ and stumble on a real ‘gem’ of a book. This is the case with LOVE FOREVERMORE.” – Melanie

LORD MIDNIGHT by Donna Cummings

Gabriel DeVault, a dashing highwayman, lives to avenge himself against the uncle who stole his title and tried to kill him as a child. One night’s robbery yields unexpected riches when his uncle’s spirited bride-to-be falls into Gabriel’s arms. Now his plans for vengeance include seduction of the innocent miss, in the home that once was his own.

Marisa Dunsmore is blackmailed into wedding the cold and calculating Edmund DeVault, Lord Westbrook, to protect her beloved aunt. When her attempts to escape the upcoming marriage fail, she turns for help to the man she knows as Lord Midnight, entrusting him with her love, and her future.

Soon Gabriel must choose: saving the woman who stole his heart, or destroying the man who stole his life.

“I’m giving this story a Top Pick rose because it’s well written with three-dimensional characters (and some secondary ones that are memorable as well), fast paced with witty dialogue, and in one word: DELICIOUS.” – Melanie

TEXAS BRIDE by Joan Johnston

Miranda Wentworth never imagined becoming a mail-order bride. Now marriage to a stranger is her only hope of finding a home where she and her two younger brothers can escape the brutality of the Chicago orphanage where they live. With any luck, she can even start a family of her own, once the three of them are settled at Jacob Creed’s Texas ranch. But Miranda has one gigantic concern: Her husband-to-be knows nothing about the brothers she’s bringing along. What if he calls off the deal when he discovers the trick she’s played on him?

Jake Creed is hanging on to his Texas ranch by his fingernails. His nemesis, Alexander Blackthorne, is determined to ruin him. Jake will never give up, but he’s in desperate trouble. His wife died six months ago in childbirth, along with their stillborn son, and his two-year-old daughter needs a mother. The advertisement Jake wrote never mentioned his daughter—or the fact that he has no intention of consummating his marriage. He’s determined never to subject another wife to the burden of pregnancy. But Jake doesn’t count on finding his bride so desirable. He doesn’t count on aching with need when she joins him in bed. And he never suspected his bride would have plans of her own to seduce him.

“I am all in knots waiting for WYOMING BRIDE (Hannah’s story), MONTANA BRIDE (Hetty’s story) and BLACKTHORNE’S BRIDE (Josie’s story). I am not a patient person, so I’m reading all her books while waiting for these to hit the shelves or my Kindle.” – Melanie

PERFECT STRANGERS by Rebecca Sinclair

Gabrielle Carelton is one of Queen Elizabeth’s most devoted ladies-in-waiting. But her loyalty is put to the test when Her Majesty commands her to marry Scotsman Collin Douglas. When Gabrielle is kidnapped by Collin’s twin brother, not even Good Queen Bess can save her.

Dubbed the Black Douglas, devilishly handsome Connor is known throughout the land for his magnificent feats of strength and cunning. But now he is in need of an heir. An English bride will bring peace to the warring nations — and give him the son he craves. What he doesn’t expect is a woman as passionate as she is proud … and a desire that knows no boundaries.

Set against the pageantry and savage splendor of 16th-century England and Scotland, here is the story of a man and a woman who begin as enemies and strangers — and find a love that will triumph against all odds.

“All I have to say is, WOW! This book blurb doesn’t do this book justice.” – Melanie


Miss Julianne Gatewick is in a pickle. It started when her brother’s best friend-for whom she’s long nursed a secret tendre-agreed to act as her guardian for the Season, only to seduce her with a risqué waltz. But when the music stopped and the expectant ton waited for Marc Darcett, Earl of Hawkfield, to claim her as his own, he made his disinterest clear. Rather than succumb to humiliation, Julianne does what any self-respecting, recently discarded young miss with a wicked sense of humor would do. She secretly pens a lady’s guide to enticing unrepentant rakes . . . and it becomes the hottest scandal sheet in London.

Every honorable rake knows that friends’ sisters are forbidden. But suddenly Julienne has a spark of mischief in her eyes that Hawk can’t resist. Try as he might to push her away, he spends his days listening for her laughter and his nights dreaming of kissing her senseless. He’s always avoided innocents and their marriage-minded mothers, but has the man least likely to wed finally met his match?

“There’s a lot to recommend this read, but the romance of it would be my first recommendation. The second is the humor; the third, pace; and last but not least are the three-dimensional characters, even the secondary ones.” – Melanie

THE REBEL PRINCESS by Judith Koll Healy

Paris, October 1207. There is nothing that Princess AlaÏs of France wants more than to settle down with her lover, William of Caen, and to reveal to his ward, Francis, that she is his mother. but intrigue is afoot in the palace, and tensions are pushed to the brink when a much prized relic is stolen and young Francis goes missing. frantic for his safety, AlaÏs will risk life and limb to find the boy—donning a disguise to outwit cunning enemies as she makes her way into unfamiliar territory to save her son, and perhaps prevent a bloody holy war that threatens her beloved France.

From the opulent halls of Paris to austere monasteries in the south of France, The Rebel Princess combines history and suspense in an unforgettable tale involving one of the most enigmatic and intriguing female figures in medieval history.

“Where to start? This was a very, very, very long read for me. I would start reading it and stop, then repeat the exercise for the next month and a half.” – Melanie

TO PLEASURE A DUKE by Sara Bennett

It has taken Eugenie Belmont but a moment to decide whom to marry . . .

Unfortunately the gentleman in question, the Duke of Somerton, hasn’t yet offered—a mere formality for a confirmed member of the Husband Hunters Club of Miss Debenham’s Finishing School. Like her friends, Eugenie is unwilling to wait demurely until the perfect mate happens by. And, despite the handsome duke’s imposing reputation, she can feel his heated glances in her direction are charged with desire . . . and possibilities.

Saddled with a dukedom, a haughty dowager, and an irresponsible younger sister, Sinclair St. John is far too occupied with important matters to indulge in romantic whims. But for the first time in his life, a brazen temptress has him utterly distracted. He could—and he should—dismiss her and court someone more befitting his station. But he is irresistibly drawn to this bewitching woman . . . and must match her game of seduction, move for passionate move.

“This is my first ever book by this author, and my last, sad to say.” – Melanie

And there you have it, my bookworms. Now, remember! It’s always possible that what I liked you may not, and vice-versa. These are only my opinions based on what I like, and what I preffer. If you’d like to purchase any of these books, click on the cover and it’ll take you to Amazon.

Now off I go to see what’s left on my Kindle…


25 thoughts on “May RRAH reviews ….”

  1. Sorry to hear you’re still battling your injury. Hopefully it won’t be much longer for you to be fully recovered.

    I’m currently reading The Proposal by Mary Balogh. I did have a few problems with the previous book I read, The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts. While some of it was very good, there were some rough patches. For one thing, the heroline was absent for the fikrst 50 pages of the book. This is quite unusual in a Nora Roberts book. Also, the book is presented as two people in love all their lives when that wasn’t the case at all. They were wonderful friends that gravitated towards one another.

    1. Thanks Kim…me too.

      I have MB’s book on my To Buy List, but I read some mixed rev’s about it. Can you believe I never ever read NR?! Maybe some day…

  2. Many things. 1. LOVE the picture at the top. 2. Maybe accupuncture to supplement your shots? 3. I almost never read anything other than regency, either (except Lisa Kleypas and Karen Hawkins modern), but I’m going to get TEXAS BRIDE. 4. I’m not entering the contest, BUT the last book I finished was a spy novel called KILL SHOT by Vince Flynn. 5. I cannot count the number of romances I haven’t finished recently. It’s very frustrating.

    1. Hey you!!!

      1/Thanks, I love it too. Wish I lived then and participated in May Games 🙂
      2/I’m thinking that will be my next venue (btw shots are done & rehab as well, so it’s up to me and exercise now)
      3/you’ll love TB a lot I think
      4/Why aren’t you?! And how are you liking the spy novel so far?
      5/Too funny 😀 Agree with you!

    1. Those sound good…I’m not into contemporary (has to be either Lisa K or Susan EP) for me to venture out…How do you like it so far? I checked out the synopses and it does sound good, but it reminds me of…Mary Balogh’s book…can’t place the name but will try…

  3. I have heard good things about some of the books you recommended. the two Westerns were new to me, but are now on my Wish List. I like the authors and love Westerns. LORD MIDNIGHT and HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL were already on my list. I love medievals and PERFECT STRANGERS sounds perfect. Thanks for the blurbs and quickie reviews.

  4. Right now I’m reading Shannon McKenna’s “Fade to Midnight.” The last book I started, but couldn’t finish or get into was Hope Ramsey’s “Last Chance Beauty Queen.”

  5. I just finished and ARC of A Scandalous Scot that Karen Ranney sent me and can I just say that I was up all night! WONDERFUL! Karen never disappoints me. Immortal Hope by Claire Ashgrove was another really great read I just finished, along with Fair Weather by Barbara Gaskell Denvil. I have to say that I haven’t picked up anything in quite a while that left me wanting. That’s a good thing, though. 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity in the drawing.

    Sending positive, healing thoughts your way.

    1. Hey Leah!

      With me, KR is hit or miss…I love love loved the Highland lords series and The Devil Wears Tartan, but after reading A Highland Duchess (which I rev’d here on b2b) I was turned off….

      Thanks for your ‘good vibe’ 😀 It’s greatly appreciated and needed 😀

  6. Mmm…I just added a couple to my TBR list reading this post. Can’t stop myself!
    I am reading Lady Amelia’s Mess and a Half. It is pretty good so far, though I still can’t figure out where the “Mess” part comes into play…

    1. Lexi!!!!

      OMG! I started that one and then remembered that I haven’t read Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel, so now I’m in the middle of that one. Have you read it? I think it’s important because Amelia was having an affair w/Forest and I’m thinking that’s something I’m not gonna like…Forest ends up with Lana who is Jake’s sister, but Amelia loves Jake…AWKWARD Christmas gathering…

  7. I’m working my way thru Sabrina Jeffries Hellions of Halstead Hall series which I am enjoying very much. It’s been a while since I’ve selected a book to read that I haven’t connected to, but I do tend to read authors I’ve like before or have had recommended.

    1. Diane,

      You will love each and every one of hellions. They are all amazing and SJ’s writing as well. Enjoy them. I did 😀

  8. I am reading If I Fall by Kate Noble. Loving it so far, but I’ve been so busy that its taking me a while to read it. I can usually read a book in a few days but I am not even half way though this one and have been reading it for two weeks. Bedtime is my reading time and I’ve been so tired that I fall asleep after reading just a few pages.

  9. I’m going to start reading Kathy Maxwell’s Lyon’s Bride today. My younger son’s name is Ryon and I just know as I read it I’ll be thinking about him and replacing Lyon with Ryon as I read!

    I had won a copy of Vicky’s Dreiling new book How to Seduce A Scoundrel but there was a mix-up and I received a different book instead so I’m planning on downloading it soon on my Kindle with a gift card I received as a present this week. I’ve been wanting to read it as soon as I had heard it was being released because I loved her first book so much. Glad that you loved it so much and hope she has fabulous sales on it because I want to read more of her stories in the future!

  10. I am reading Julia Quinn’s When He Was Wicked. Only book from the series that I have not read. I just finished Barefoot in the Sand by Roxanne St Clair and loved it. This is the first romance by Roxanne that I have read. Love her suspence like the Guardian Angelinos. I can’t wait for the next book of the series.
    I think of any books recently that I have not liked. I think that sometimes they take longer to read, but once I start I have to finish. That is just me. I think the most recent was a couple of years ago, the book was the Host by Stephenie Meyer. I finished the book and ended up loving it, but the first couple of chapters I struggled with the book.

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