Category Archives: Romance Reviews

Throwback Thursday: Truth or Date – Book Review

 

Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of BRD’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

Book Review of Truth or Date by Portia MacIntosh

 

My Review:

Truth or Date is the first book by Portia that I’ve ever read and it’s definitely not going to be the last.  I’m in love with 90% of all CarinaUK’s book and authors and this was definitely no exception.  I read the book in 2 days and it was so addicting!

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Caraval – Book Review

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber 

“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world.”

Scarlett and Tella are two sisters trapped under the iron fist of their powerful, abusive father on the small island of Trisda, with Scarlett’s seemingly only escape from the cruelty being through an arranged marriage. However, this all changes when the two sisters receive invitations to partake in Caraval, the annual week-long performance in which the audience participates in the show. With the help of Julien, a young sailor, Scarlett and Tella are secretly taken to the show.

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Editorial Review – Walking Through Fire

 

Title: Walking Through Fire

Author: C. J. Bahr

Genre: Romance, Fantasy/Paranormal

The first in a paranormal romance series, Walking Through Fire sets a tone for adventure, mishap, and spicy romance. This book covers Laurel Saville’s story as she visits northern Scotland on the heels of a messy breakup. Her best friend, Beth, has a bed-and-breakfast there which she shares with her husband, Grant, but Laurel’s never had a chance to visit until now.

But her arrival is a bit untimely. She’s come during the Primrose Festival, which is when Simon MacKay’s ghost supposedly returns to her very room. Some say he comes looking for Jacobite gold, the very gold he’d killed his father over, while others claim he doesn’t exist.

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Editorial Review – Unveiled Secrets

 

Title: Unveiled Secrets

Author: Carmen Oprea

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Unveiled Secrets is a story of how Leila Isidro, a thirty-something who struggles with her foster mother’s recent death, grows into a woman who knows where she came from and where she’s going. As such, it’s more of a women’s fiction story than pure romance, though there certainly is romance included as part of the growth.

Leila works for Denis Fraga, a handsome, mysterious man with a reputation for loving and leaving the women in his life, but when he starts pursuing Leila, he tells her this is new, this is different. But Leila struggles to believe him—she had a painful breakup with her fiancé at the altar on their wedding day— and her difficulties increase when she keeps finding Denis with Liz, a beautiful actress and model who seems quite eager to keep him attached to her.

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Throwback Thursday: The Crown – Book Review

 

Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of BRD’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

Book Review of The Crown by Kiera Cass

It’s been a while since I have read a book from The Selection series, and this second part of The Heir, The Crown was interesting in a different way to the previous books.

Eadlyn, Maxon and America’s daughter is destined to rule and is the first Princess to hold her own selection. As sheltered as her life has been, meeting the suitors has definitely broadened her horizons and Eadlyn also learns how cut throat politics can be. She faces the age old dilemma of sacrifice-duty or love?

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Throwback Thursday – Lost in Shadows

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Lost in Shadows by Anita Devito

Romantic suspense is one of my favourite genres, as such I jumped at the chance to read and review Lost in Shadow. The blurb hinted at exciting things to happen, which made me eager to read this one. I was pulled into the story from the moment I began reading. The suspense at the drama at the start was riveting and I eagerly turned the pages as I wanted to know how the events would unfold.

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Topaz and Lace – Book Review

 

Topaz and Lace by Amber Laura Young

When I first came across this novel, the title didn’t appeal to me. The blurb didn’t really catch my fancy either. I shrugged and turned away from it. But then I read a few lines of writing by the author from another work, and I was immediately impressed. There was so much atmosphere there in those few sentences that it made me check the novel again.

I took a peek in the book. After reading the first pages, I knew I wanted to read it all. I still don’t know what the title as to do with the book, but I found it nigh on impossible to put down!

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Throwback Thursday – Casanova

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Casanova

I loved him more than life.

He broke me and he didn’t even know it.

I ran from him.

He didn’t chase me.

He never needed to, because he knew I’d come back.

He was right.

Death brought me home to him.

Brett Walker.

Drop dead gorgeous and filthy-mouthed with a smile that turns saints to sinners.

A casanova to his core.

My ex-best friend.

And the bad boy whose reputation precedes him—the same reputation I’m tasked with turning to gold… Or so they think.

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Throwback Thursday – House of Judges

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House of Judges by Keary Taylor

 

Book Synopsis:

Alivia once led a House full of immortal vampires, but now everything has been stripped away. Her friends have turned their backs on her, convinced she betrayed them and their Born kind. Taken prisoner to the King’s Court, she awaits her trial. But the sins of her father threaten to blacken her chances of clearing her name.

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Editorial Review – The Caretaker

 

Title: The Caretaker

Author: Carol Schoenig

Genre: Romance

The Caretaker by Carol Schoenig tells the story of Phae as she tries to make her own life after an abusive marriage and many years as a single-parent.  She decides to go to Spain to work as a caretaker for an estate.  There, she meets Finn and the two start a romance.

This book is much more than a simple, straight-forward romance story.  Phae is older than your typical love-interest (aged 64).  Both she and Finn have loved and lost before (he is also a widower).  Their love is complicated by family matters.  Schoenig goes against the old trope of parental interference and instead it is Phae’s children who try to stand between her and Finn.

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