Anna's Review of The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan

The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan

Title: The Countess Conspiracy

Author: Courtney Milan
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Publisher:  Courtney Milan
Genre: Historical Romance
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The Countess Conspiracy is an incredible read with incredible characters. Violet it a brilliant woman who is forced to hide intelligence from the world. Or I believe it's more correct to say they 19th century world she lives in won't even give her a chance to demonstrate that she is more than just a womb.

Violet and her longtime friend, Sebastian conspires together and it is Sebastian who brings her paradigm shifting theories on evolution to the world. Sebastian agrees to do this for her, because he has loved her for forever and Violet is completely oblivious.

What happens next is what makes Courtney Milan's books so wonderful, her characters never fail to surprise me. As the story unfolds we see emotional and physical pain that Violet has suffered. Violet has suffered because she is a woman in the 19th Century and there were no other options for her. Together, Violet and Sebastian fall in love and re-write the rules.

This book manages to be poignant and funny at the same time!

Anna’s Review of The Bottom Line by Shelley Munro

 Title: The Bottom Line
Author: Shelley Munro
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Publisher:  Samhain Publishing 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 272 pages
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Spicing up her sex life sounds exciting…until the fantasy hits the fan. When Maggie Drummond buys an erotic romance novel by mistake, she gets more than an unexpected eyeful. She gets an introduction to a world that arouses her to a fever pitch. Spanking. Her boyfriend isn’t interested in pushing his vanilla-flavored sexual boundaries. Then there’s Connor Grey, who haunts her fantasies like a magical genie. As a source of masculine advice for her and her female friends, he’s off limits. The only safe place to explore her fetish is her anonymous blog. The recent changes in Maggie don’t escape Connor’s notice. Now that her boyfriend has dropped her, he can finally—carefully—make his move. Given his family history, laying a hand on any woman, even in fun, is a line he’s reluctant to cross. But for Maggie? Anything the lady wants. As Maggie gives in to the temptation to let Connor add some sin to her life, she finds herself juggling lies, half-truths, friendship and sensual delights. Her job is in jeopardy—and she’s falling in love. Exploring her fantasy is one thing, but she’s beginning to question if indulging her own pleasure is worth the cost to everyone around her. Especially Connor… Warning: Contains explicit sex, spanking, and the good, the bad and the ugly about friendship.

Anna’s Review

This is my first romance by Shelly Munro, but it won’t be my last.  I really enjoyed this book on so many levels.  This book does have a little bit of a spanking element to it, but really that’s not what the book is about.  Maggie and Connor’s story is a wonderful friends to lovers romance.   Both of these characters are incredibly likable and charming. Maggie’s character really changes and blooms as the story progresses.  She discovers what she really likes about herself and what she really wants out of life and apparently spanking during sex is one of them.  

I couldn't  help but be drawn to Conner since he thinks Maggie is perfect just the way she is and does everything her can to make their relationship work.  Maggie runs into some trouble because she breaks a pact with her friends where they had agreed that none of them would date Conner. I won’t go into details because I don’t’ want to spoil the story but the couple has to learn a great deal about themselves and honesty before they can find their HEA.

The story is engaging, funny and the sex scenes are hot. For your next great read pick up the Bottom Line!

Anna’s Review of Crashing the Congressman’s Wedding by Elley  Arden

Title: Crashing the Congressman’s Wedding
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
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Publisher:  Crimson Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 180 pages
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Alice Cramer is tired of being pitied for her family’s transgressions, so she resolves to break out of the gutter and into the spotlight. As long as her local congressman can forget about their checkered past and help her secure a federal grant to open Harmony Falls Little Theatre, she’ll be the brightest star in town. But when Alice stands up in church and stops the congressman’s wedding, she dives headfirst into fresh scandal.
Why is Harmony Fall’s golden boy, Justin Mitchell, speeding down the interstate sans a new wife but with the local drama queen he’s been trying his whole life to avoid? Alice Cramer may have saved him the hassle of an arranged marriage to a woman he didn’t love, but she’s also put a business transaction big enough to save an entire town in jeopardy - not to mention his reputation.
Soon Alice and Justin are dredging up and indulging in an attraction that threatens all their dreams and aspirations. But what if life together is the dream that matters most?

Anna’s Review

It took me a while to like the Alice and Justin characters and maybe it was the fault of the plot itself.  I had trouble accepting the idea of an arranged marriage in the 21st century and I found the idea of Alice being from a “bad” family a little tired.  It just wasn’t working for me.  So I really struggled with the first part of this book.

However, Justin’s transformation pulled me in and saved the story.  He comes to realize after Alice crashes his Wedding that his life has been going in the wrong direction and quickly starts making changes.   I was still frustrated with Alice’s character, I felt she really never believed she was “good enough” and was too bogged down in what the town thought of her.  Despite these flaws, Justin and Alice romance was charming and I was glad to see to them both realize that life is so much simpler when you let yourself be happy.

If you’re looking for a sweet romance about the one who got away, check out Crashing the Congressman’s Wedding.

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Title: Wallbanger
Author: Alice Clayto
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Publisher:  Gallery Books 
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance
Length: 384 pages
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Book Blurb

The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an—um—intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed “dating hiatus,” and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly. . . .
In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight...

 ANNA's Review

My Kobo had kept recommending Wallbanger, but I didn't like the idea of a guy who was banging a different woman every night.  To me that didn't sound very romantic.  Then a friend of mine insisted that I would love it so I took her advice and read it and I’m glad I did.
This book was so much fun!  It was sweet, charming, sexy, romantic and made me laugh out loud.  The book was not what I expected.  Simon was not an insensitive womanizer and Caroline wasn’t a pathetic woman falling for a great set of abs. Okay, so Simon did have a great set of abs, but that’s not why she fell for him.
I really loved Caroline.  She was a smart, independent woman that was totally comfortable being on her own.  She adores Simon, but doesn't want to become part of his harem. 
Alice Clayton tells their story through Caroline’s odd sense of humor that keeps the reader laughing throughout the whole book.  The book also is rich with great secondary characters that have romances of their own which only serves to add to the fun.
I highly recommend this book.

The only thing that keeps me from giving it five stars is that I felt that the ending was too drawn out.  

Title: All the Way
Author: Jennifer Probst
Length: 159 pages
Publisher: Entangled 
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The food critic…

Miranda Storme never expected to see Gavin Luciano again. Three years ago, they had an intense affair—and then he bolted. Now he’s back, and Miranda has the pleasure of a little payback: a scathing review of his restaurant. Revenge is a dish best served the first chance you get…

And the restaurateur…

With three months to make his family’s struggling Italian restaurant successful, a bad review is Gavin’s worst nightmare. But this isn’t just about the meal. He's finally realized what he left behind and is determined to spend the next eight weeks proving himself to her in the kitchen…and in the bedroom! This is one dish she won’t be able to refuse.

Anna’s Review

I’m a big fan of Jennifer Probst’s Married to a Billionaire series, and I was really looking forward to reading her new book.  This story just lacked her usual charm and I often had trouble liking her characters.
Miranda is extremely bitter over Gavin’s break-up and Gavin expects her to leave her life behind once he declares his love.  Miranda eventually gets over her anger and Gavin realizes that his life needs to change if he wants to be with her.  I just didn't enjoy the journey they had to take to get there.

The restaurant scenes and Gavin’s family were charming and entertaining, but they didn't make up for the romance that just seems to miss the mark.

I will continue to read Jennifer Probst’s work, she’s a fun author.  This particular book just didn't do it for me.

  Anna’s Satin Sheets Romance Review of Crisis of Identity by Denise Moncrief

Title: Crisis of Identity
Author: Denise Moncrief
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Publisher:  5 Prince Publishing 
Genre: Romance, Romantic Suspense
Length: 189 pages
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Tess Copeland is an operator. Her motto? Necessity is the mother of a good a con. When Hurricane Irving slams into the Texas Gulf coast, Tess seizes the opportunity to escape her past by hijacking a dead woman’s life, but Shelby Coleman’s was the wrong identity to steal. And the cop that trails her? He’s a U.S. Marshall with the Fugitive Task Force for the northern district of Illinois. Tess left Chicago because the criminal justice system gave her no choice. Now she’s on the run from ghosts of misdeeds past—both hers and Shelby’s.

Enter Trevor Smith, a pseudo-cowboy from Houston, Texas, with good looks, a quick tongue, and testosterone poisoning. Will Tess succumb to his questionable charms and become his damsel in distress? She doesn’t have to faint at his feet—she’s capable of handling just about anything. But will she choose to let Trevor be the man? When Tess kidnaps her niece, her life changes. She must make some hard decisions. Does she trust the lawman that promises her redemption, or does she trust the cowboy that promises her nothing but himself?

Anna’s Review
I loved the concept for this romantic suspense story.  The idea of somebody stealing someone’s identity to escape your problems only to find yourself caught up in that person’s problems was incredibly intriguing to me.   Crisis of Identity started off with a bang and kept me turning pages.  Unfortunately, that’ didn't last.
The author didn't take the time to develop the main characters.  Tess, Trevor and Jake are very one dimensional people.  I found it very frustrating that I virtually knew nothing about any of them.  The author was very slow to reveal information about Tess and her background.  It wasn't until halfway through the book that we start to get an inkling of Tess’ background, and then it seemed like a cardboard cut-out of a hard life.
The plot that had so much promise became nothing but a series of attempts on Tess’ life and the books resolution left far too many questions unanswered.  A second sub-plot was carelessly swept aside with little explanation.
The romance in this book was practically non-existent.  The author never built a credible relationship between the Tess and Trevor.  After their first kiss he declares he loves her.  Really? Why? Just when the couple finally begin to communicate Trevor disappears and doesn't reappear to the end of the book.
The book was filled with grammatical errors and unrealistic dialogue.  The strongest curse Tess uses in the book is “jeesh.”  This from a woman whose boyfriend was a drug dealer, her mother was an alcoholic and her father was abusive?

Crisis of Identity was a good concept that failed.

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