Tuesday, May 27, 2014

True to the Highlander by Barbara Longley (The Novels of Loch Moigh)

True to the Highlander (Loch Moigh, #1)3.5 Stars

This was a time travel romance that takes place in Scotland. Some of my favorite aspects right there: I love books that take place in Scotland (I wonder if Scottish people realize the obsession the rest of the world has with them) and it is about time travel. I compare all time travel books against the Outlander series so my expectations are high. This did not meet those standards, HOWEVER, when compared to pretty much every other attempt at time travel romance, this was extremely well written.

I think the hardest part of time-travel books is writing in the correct response by both the person who does the time traveling and those they eventually try to convince. There must be a certain level of disbelief on both sides because…it is time travel, but on the other hand if there is too much denial it is just plain annoying. This author struck the right cord on this topic which is a HUGE part of the storyline.

Altheia was likeable as was Malcolm. I actually didn’t see where the book was going, although I knew that Black Hugh would come back to play some part of the story line. I liked the little bit of extra that Altheia brought with her visions and I liked that Giselle was responsible and it wasn’t some mystic portal that no one has found until now.

The jury is still out on whether I want to read the next one although I read the first chapter with Robley and found that engrossing so that is a good start.

Veiled Threat: Book 7 (A Rylee Adamson Novel) by Shannon Mayer

Veiled Threat (Rylee Adamson, #7)I was in the middle of reading another book (actually I was 85% finished) when I saw this book had come out; I snatched it up (on my Kindle) and dove in that minute. I absolutely LOVE this series. I haven’t read anything else by this author because I am nervous it won’t be as good. That is silly! I am potentially missing out on some fantastic reading!

This book takes up about a month after the last one finished. Rylee gets a break from fighting and takes a mini-holiday with Liam. The whole Liam-is-going-to-die thing was ever present and I am torn. I love Liam and so a part of me is hoping that all these cryptic comments from others about how Liam is more than a Guardian will explain the whole business. But I also am starting to like Doran now, but no wait…he can’t replace my Liam! It is so confusing and I feel like a teenager!

Orion is still the villain in the series, but we get a small glimpse of him in this book. We don’t have a lot of time with Pam or Milly but that is ok. We get lots of Alex (who is also changing) and that is awesome. I love Alex! There are a lot of new characters, both good and evil and Rylee gets to meet someone who is related to her.

These books always seem too short, but when it is nonstop action maybe that is for the best. I look forward to reading the next book and finding out what else Rylee can do. It’s all coming together!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Will by Kristen Ashley (The Magdalene Series)

The Will (Magdalene, #1)
I keep debating between 3.5 and 4 stars, but I always round up anyway so let’s move on from that.

This book reminded me more of old school Kristen Ashley. I have read all of her books, but her recent releases have lost something for me. My all-time favorite is the Rock Chick series, which along with the budding romance has drama and action. While this one didn’t have the action that I love, I did enjoy most of the book.

Josephine Malone is the granddaughter of Lydia Malone who is a beloved matriarch of Magdalene, Maine. When she dies she has left some odd requests in her will. Because of this Josie is thrown together with Jake Spear and his family. These two are polar opposites and don’t get along very well, but Lydia wanted them to be friends so when trouble finds Josie, Jake is there to take her back.

I enjoyed Josie a lot. I’ve read some reviews of others who didn’t like her. She spoke in a very proper way which was part of the barriers Josie had built in her life. She is in love with her boss of twenty years.

Jake was a boxer and an owner of the town’s strip club. Not my favorite thing. There was a strip club in the Rock Chick series, but none of the heroes owned it and went there primarily to keep an eye on their trouble magnet ladies. It wasn’t a huge part of the book but I could have done without it. He could have done a variety of other vaguely illicit things that would have been more palatable.

Overall, I am looking forward to reading Coert’s story and will keep reading this series.