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Review: No Rest for the Wicked by M.L. Sparrow

28009289Title: No Rest for the Wicked

Author: M.L. Sparrow

Published: November 27th, 2015

Length: 258 pages (ebook)

Genre: Historical Romance, Fantasy

Source: Author (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤

book blurb

(from Goodreads)

When a rich gentleman finds a beautiful young woman lying in the snow, on the brink of death, he takes her back to his house and, when she has recovered, employs her as a maid. Immediately Elira realizes that Anthony Luther is no ordinary man and nothing about the house she now lives in is as it seems, for Anthony is a powerful wizard.

Inexplicably drawn together, they begin a tentative romance, but it’s not just Elira’s uncertainties and the rules of upper-class society which drive a wedge between them; rivalries and a precious family heirloom, a priceless necklace of unforeseen power handed down through generations, threaten not only the couple’s happiness, but also their lives and the safety of the people around them.


my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Another M.L. Sparrow book? Count me in! Of course I said yes to reading this. She has become one of my favorite authors. And this was a historical romance, which I have a soft spot for. Plus, the cover is great! I was definitely intrigued.

WHAT I LIKED

The romance. Okay, M.L. Sparrow has this unique ability to make you forget about the rest of the world and other distinctive parts of the plot and solely focus on just the romance. I forgot about the zombies in The Demon Inside. I forgot about the horrible conditions and place that people were living in in Ghetto. And this time, I forgot about Anthony being a wizard and having magical powers. I absolutely LOVE that she can do that. I haven’t come across that with any other author. Plus, this romance was sweet. He hires her as his maid, and they fall in love. And there’s this whole social class issue that he doesn’t care about but everyone else seems to. It’s just all very sweet.

The characters. I really liked Anthony. He had this protective, intense side, but also this easy-going side with a sense of humor. I loved it. And I adored Moira, the cook/housekeeper. She may have been Anthony’s employee, but she definitely wasn’t afraid to voice her opinions about certain things. And she had this nurturing side, which was sweet.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

The pace. It started off a little slow. It took me awhile to really get into it, which is not usual for this author’s books.

Elira. Honestly, she kind of bugged me. She was very naïve, and it got a little irritating at times.

Not enough magic. I really enjoyed the idea of Anthony being a wizard. I just wish there was more to that part of the story. I wanted more magic and more fantasy feud-type stuff. I kind of pictured this epic battle taking place, but that didn’t really happen for me.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Okay, I may not have liked this one as much as M.L. Sparrow’s other books, but it was still good. It had its moments, and the romance was great. I just wish the pace was a bit faster and it had more of the fantasy, magical stuff. However, I’ve been such a big fan of Sparrow’s, so I’m really looking forward to her next book.

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3 out of 5 Hearts!


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about the author

(from Goodreads)

I’m not really sure what to say about myself – my real life is definitely not as exciting as my imaginary one! I’m currently working in childcare and writing in my spare time. All my life I’ve dreamed of becoming an author, except when I was little and wanted to be a farmer!
Besides writing, and obviously reading anything I can get my hands on, my other passion is travel. After finishing college I took a break from education to travel, visiting Mexico, Sri Lanka and, my personal favourite, Japan. One day I hope to be able to combine the two and travel while writing professionally.

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Review: Finding Gabriel by Rachel L. Demeter

25659511Title: Finding Gabriel

Author: Rachel L. Demeter

Published by: Momentum (Pan Macmillan)

Length: 362 pages (eBook)

Genre: Historical Romance

Source: Author (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

 

book blurb

(from Goodreads)

Colonel Gabriel de Laurent departed for the war intending to die.

Gabriel returns to the streets of Paris a shattered and haunted soul. Plagued by inner demons, he swallows the barrel of his flintlock pistol and pulls the trigger.

But fate has a different plan.

Ariah Larochelle is a survivor. Orphaned at twelve and victim to a devastating crime, she has learned to keep her back to walls and to trust no one. But when she finds a gravely injured soldier washed up on the River Seine, she’s moved by compassion. In spite of her reservations, she rescues him from the icy water and brings him into her home.

Now scarred inside and out, Gabriel discovers a kindred spirit in Ariah—and feelings he imagined lost forever reawaken as he observes her strength in the face of adversity. But when Ariah’s own lethal secrets unfold, their new love is threatened by ancient ghosts. Can Gabriel and Ariah find hope in the wreckage of their pasts—or will the cycle of history repeat again?

Perfect for fans of Gaelen Foley’s Lord of Ice and Judith James’s Broken WingFinding Gabriel features all the dark romance, searing passion, and historical intrigue of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.

my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

The author contacted me and requested that I read and review this book. Sometimes, I look at a book, I just don’t feel it, and I feel bad declining a review request, but for this one, I took one look at Finding Gabriel and I knew I had to read it. The cover screamed historical romance, which is one of my favorite genres. And the blurb made me want to read it even more. I like the whole two-damaged-people-finding-love thing. And this one kind of took it a step further. He tries to commit suicide, and she finds and saves him? Yes, please! So, my initial thoughts were 100% positive.

WHAT I LIKED

The writing. Rachel L. Demeter is a new author for me, so I didn’t know what to expect. But, I was SO impressed. Pretty much from the first couple pages, I knew she was a fantastic writer. To be honest, a lot of the books I read entertain me, but I feel like I could’ve written them. That definitely wasn’t the case here. The writing style, the descriptive language, everything just seemed so professional yet understandable and relatable at the same time. I never would’ve guessed that she only has a couple published books. It really felt like I was reading a 10-15 year veteran’s book. So, that was an awesome surprise.

The romance. Gabriel and Ariah have both been through the unimaginable. They have each suffered very different tragedies in life, and I think that is one thing that brought them together. They recognize sadness in each other, which draws them to one another. Plus, their relationship gradually grew. There may have been instant attraction, but it wasn’t insta-love, which was great! I really liked that it was hard for both of them, for their own unique reasons, to move on with life and allow themselves to be happy again. It just made the journey and the ending that much more enjoyable.

The plot. I absolutely LOVED THE PLOT! The guy shoots himself in the head, somehow lives, and is rescued by his female knight in shining armor. Doesn’t that sound must-readable?! Plus, I really enjoyed gradually learning their secrets and haunted pasts. It was suspenseful, heartbreaking, and romantic. Loved it, loved it, loved it 🙂

WHAT COULD’VE BEEN BETTER

Not enough dialogue. While the book was so well-written, I think it was more focused on the content and descriptions that it lacked dialogue. For me, I LOVE dialogue. It just makes the connection between the characters so apparent. It makes me feel all the feels and really care about the relationships. In my opinion, there just wasn’t enough here. I wanted to hear more conversations between Gabriel and Ariah. I wanted to hear him profess his undying devotion to her again and again and again. Okay, that is a little extreme, but you know what I mean 🙂

OVERALL THOUGHTS

This was such a good book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes, I wanted more dialogue, but that was really my only complaint. Everything else about it was flawless. I’m so happy I got the chance to read it, and I have to give a big shout out and thank you to Rachel L. Demeter for giving me the opportunity to read and review it!

my favorite quotes

“…we are limited only by ourselves. Reality is what we make of it – and faith fuels our hope. Nothing more. It is not intended to be a crutch. Neither is it a magical way to wash away our past mistakes and sins. True faith takes time, determination, and courage – and ends with hope.”

“The only journey worth traveling starts from within.”

“Sometimes we must give people the chance to surprise us.”

“We all must chase our destiny. It drives us, fuels our blood, and inevitably defines our character. One’s true measure emerges only from the lengths we will journey to achieve it.”

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4 out of 5 Hearts!


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about the author

(from Goodreads)

I live in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, my goofy lowland sheepdog, and high school sweetheart of eleven years. I enjoy writing poignant romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and explore the redeeming power of love.

Imagining dynamic worlds and characters has been my passion for longer than I can remember. Before learning how to read or write, I would dictate stories while my mom would jot them down for me. I hold a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, I ensure every character is given a soul.

I endeavor to defy conventions by blending elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some themes my stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness.

My dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through my words. ♥

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Book Review: Alaina Claiborne by M.K. McClintock

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Title: Alaina Claiborne (Book 1 in the British Agent Novels series)

Author: M.K. McClintock

Publisher: Trappers Peak Publishing

Length: 257 Pages

Genre: Historical Romance

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

My Review:

In Alaina Claiborne, the first book in the British Agent Novels series, by M.K. McClintock, the setting is nineteenth-century England. Alaina’s life is forever changed at the age of ten. Years later, she is still dealing with the tragedy and often suffers from nightmares about that night. She needs to find the people responsible and finally know the truth. Then she meets Tristan. Not only are they instantly drawn to each other and there is an undeniable attraction, but their lives also seem to connect in more ways than one. They soon find themselves searching for a man who has caused so much pain to so many people. But will their newfound love for each other help or hinder their mission?

I’m a big fan of historical romance, and this one did not disappoint. The time period and the setting were all realistic and written well. And I really enjoyed the beginning of Alaina and Tristan’s relationship. Even though parts of their relationship seemed a bit rushed, how they met and how they talked to one another was equally believable and butterflies-in-my-stomach worthy. The balance among romance, mystery, and adventure was perfect. Usually, one outweighs the other, so I was pleasantly surprised. In addition, the plot had some unexpected twists, which made the story that much more interesting. With memorable characters and an entertaining plot, Alaina Claiborne has it all. M.K. McClintock has definitely written a great start to what I know will be a great series. I look forward to reading the rest.

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