#review #LastManShedLove #romance #kindleunlimited #ebook 

Sharing here about the lovely review for Last Man She’d Love from The Book Elf. Thank you!

A snippet from the review:

“I like the way her heroines are not clingy damsel in distress. They don’t need to be rescued; rather they can do the rescuing for others.”

I like that a reviewer appreciates the same quality in the heroines of my book that I do.

Read the full review at:

http://www.privytrifles.co.in/2018/02/book-review-last-man-shed-loved-by.html 

Find more about the book:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07475QM2N 

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#review #Afterthefuneral by #AgathaChristie #whodunnit

This is Agatha Christie’s 29th book, maybe 30th as listed in some of the lists. If you enjoy Poirot’s mysteries, there is no reason to miss this one.

​I picked up this book because of the intriguing blurb and, of course, because of Poirot too. It didn’t disappoint. I had read the dentist one earlier (One, two, Buckle My Shoe) and found it a bit far fetched, in that the detective knew special facts which were outside the reach of the reader. In such a situation, the reader can’t be expected to have a surmise of their own. However, in this book, the facts are laid out and you can even make your own guesses. Without actually steeping up the action, Christie manages to increase the anticipation of revelation towards the end. Quite unputdownable and interesting as it provides an interesting theory of how others see us as compared to how we see ourselves. Also the tricky role of mirrors in our life.

#review False Colours by Georgette Heyer 

False Colours is a light historical romance by Georgette Heyer. You can read more about the book at Goodreads.

My review:

I found this book an absolutely enjoyable read. Quite as funny as Cotillion and Friday’s Child by the same author, without the slightly prolonged last part of Friday’s Child. The end was a bit tame, but the whole story went by without the dreaded sagging middle which sometimes creeps in even the brilliant works of Georgette Heyer. All in all, a light hearted and very comedic love story. The shades of grey are very well done in the characters. 

#review #BathTangle by Georgette Heyer 

Bath Tangle is a historical romance by Georgette Heyer. It features two strong protagonists and a sort of double romance with two secondary characters which are much more likeable than the main characters.

​I really didn’t know how to rate this book. The beginning and the end are so much better than the middle.

First of all, I had a different impression of it than what the book turned out to be. I picked it up, thinking it would be something in the line of a light adventure, maybe similar to the Corinthian. The cover gives the impression of more liveliness than is present in the story. 

*Warning for spoilers ahead.*

The start gives us a different picture of the heroine than what we find as the book progresses. She doesn’t come across as headstrong and bad tempered in the beginning, but soon that image is dispelled. The book becomes dull for a few pages but perks up as the setting changes. 

Serena and Ivo are not very lovable or aspiring protagonists. The plus about the book is they had been depicted with all their faults without any excuses. However, continued clashes and battle of wills just makes the reader tired. The ending provided some insight and of course a lot of romance but I did wonder what sort of life they would have together if they can’t get along with each other. Moreover, they are unlikely to retain many friends either. A romance rather like Wuthering Heights, though a bit mellower.

Another thing I missed was that very little explanation was given for their past. Little or no account why they became engaged or why it failed. It would have helped to understand them better.

The reason I ended up giving four stars was that there was an uplifting feeling in reading Serena’s totally independent nature. She does become aspiring in the sense that she doesn’t care about anyone’s opinion and cuts herself no slack, so to speak. However, it is clear she can do as she pleases because of the license her position and social status gives her, so that takes away any feeling that she has faced any hardships to become what she is. Still it was good to read this sort of female character.

#Review The Courage to Love Her Army Doc by Karin Baine

The Courage to Love Her Army Doc by Karin Baine is a medical romance from Harlequin.

The heroine, Dr Emily Clifford is a dedicated medical professional who has been oversensitive about her birthmark all her life because of a bad parent. Her failed marriage makes her even more emotionally scarred. She seeks refuge at a beautiful Fijian island where she takes her medical skills but is surprised to find another doctor already there. Dr. Joe Braden has his own personal demons to fight.

One of the hallmarks of the book is that it is thoroughly researched. The medical and cultural backgrounds are firmly blended together to form a realistic picture. I liked the portion about dengue and what the author put in as dengue remedies because the disease and the remedies are quite prevalent in India and shows how much thought author has put in the research.

Emily is vulnerable yet strong. Damaged hero Jason is worth drooling over. Both are confused by their mutual attraction and even more complicating is when her brother comes to learn of it. The author has handled it sensitively. When they get stranded on the island, Jason’s determination yet uncertainty about saving them from storm makes him very human. Emily learns new strengths as the book progresses and how she overcomes her weak self image forms the crux of discovering romance.

All in all, a well written and tender romance.

#Review #HisChristmasSurprise by Kaffeinated Konversations

​Thanks to Kaffeinated Konversations for a fabulous, heartfelt review by the lovely Kavita Singh

“His Christmas Surprise is a romantic novel penned by Summerita Rhayne. It is beautifully wrapped with warmth. It isn’t flashy or tacky but the story grows on you as the characters channel their personalities into realizing love.”

Read the full review here:

http://www.kaffeinatedkonversations.com/his-christmas-surprise/

Download a sample of the book:

Or read initial chapters at Wattpad:

http://my.w.tt/UiNb/TUK2g6ZjSC

#review Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer 

I recently began to re-read These Old Shades which I remember quite well. I was soon engrossed in the book, but before I could read more than a few chapters, I got the chance to read the sequel Devil’s Cub. I was intrigued because I couldn’t remember my first reading of it at all and I began to read eagerly. I had given it five stars, so I was curious to know the story.

​Well, I finished reading it and I must say my second impression is somewhat different than the first one. For one thing, although I find the characters are very well etched and Georgette Heyer hasn’t hesitated from being true to the characters at the risk of alienating the reader and making the hero appear less than likeable, still it rankles that the hero’s character has little to none redeeming features. In fact…

 *warning spoilers* here

… you might almost say that apart from being in love with the heroine – a kind of possessive love – he doesn’t have much to recommend him. GH upholds the nobility of his birth and we’re supposed to understand that it excuses much of his excesses which also make him less boring, which in turn is a sin greater than even attempt to murder. *disclaimer * in case this appears as a negative review, I should assert I’m a fan, and enjoy GH romances very much. Maybe because this was a sequel, she didn’t have much room to play with.

Her style, wit and the flow of narrative is impeccable. Sadly, I found Leonie very silly in the book. She had no role at all. The part which the Duke of Avon played even more mitigated the relevance of putting her in the story. She comes across as a blindly devoted mother and when it’s a son as irredeemable as Vidal is, that doesn’t put her in a good light. There is no motivation for Vidal to be the way he is. If he had to face cruelty or neglect or even being over indulged…but well *shrugs* 

That this tale is an extremely readable and enjoyable one, no one will deny.