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A May bride
(A Year of Weddings 1 #6)
Published April 22nd 2014 by Zondervan
ARC provided from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review
She’s prepared for her wedding all her life … but she forgot a few things.
This novella is not really a romantic, I think that the series have started to focus more on religion/God than the romance itself, which is a shame because the authors have forgotten to develop the relationships and feelings.
In a May Bride, Moseley focused on the theme of religious extremist that can lead to sorrow and bitterness and tear a family apart.
A March Bride
(A Year of Weddings #4)
Published February 25th 2014 by Zondervan
ARC provided by the Publisher through Netgalley for an honest review
I found that in a series of 12 novella, not enjoying one is normal. Actually I am surprised that I haven't only given one star so far given that this is series of Christian novellas. However, this one was a big nono :(
The beginning started off a little shaky but I understood the conflict and it seemed like a fairly good one... until the author lost track of what she wanted to tell.
Susanna was for 80% of the time weak because the author wanted her to be like that for plot convenience, Nathaniel was cliche and a lousy king to be pretty honest, even the citizens of Brighton lacked in personality.
Estava eu hoje de manhã a preparar o meu café e pergunto ao meu homem: Hoje é quinta? E ele, ainda mais confuso que eu corrige-me e diz que é sexta… *rubs hands* You know what this means!
O que eu mais gosto na feira do livro
Não é da ginginha, nem do champagne que eles ofereceram há dois anos de forma a ludibriarem-me a comprar os livros com apenas 10% de desconto (you’ll never catch me alive). Desde que comprei um e-reader que já não leio tanto em papel, apenas compro livros em promoção ou então se for uma novidade baratinha aproveitando códigos, descontos e oferendas aos Senhores das Trevas (nome tão sexy). O bom dos ebooks é que me permitem comprar muitos e baratuchos (não os tugas, esse tenho na mesma que aproveitar tudo ali em cima) e a minha estante não fica tão cheia … quer dizer, encher até enche, mas eu não sei como.
Aconteceu-me uma coisa que nunca antes me tinha acontecido: a meio do livro deu-me um “vipe” de inspiração para escrever fantasia urbana. Houve algo na escrita de Painter que activou algo no meu cérebro e levou-me a escrever passado meses de nada.
A escrita de Painter até pode não ser nada de especial, mas o mundo construído e desenvolvido pela autora aliado a personagens cativantes e um enredo que mantém o suspense, acção e romance em doses certas servem para cativar o leitor para o segundo volume, publicado pela ASA.
DISCLAIMER: Não li nenhum dos livros anteriores a este da mesma série.
A família Bedwyn está de volta.
Neste segundo volume, Balogh traz-nos uma história de paixão e sedução através de dois protagonistas adoráveis que conseguem sem quaisquer problemas manusear uma plot que poderia ser previsível. Apesar de tudo, Balogh consegue safar-se bastante bem nos acontecimentos, tecendo uma narrativa com vários momentos de tensão, paixão, erotismo e um pouco de contos de fadas.
The moment I lay my eyes on her, I know….I know she is my one. Her expressive eyes captivate my own, imprisoning my thoughts. Her angelic face shines like a beacon calling to me, and my heart is helpless to stop it. It answers its call only to be denied, swiftly. I never thought I’d experience the feeling most pussy men feel of ‘their world stopping’ when they see their soul mate, or whatever the hell they call it. My world definitely stopped…it stopped and fucking shattered to pieces since there is no way in hell it would ever happen because she’s taken. Not by just anyone…she’s with my best friend. What does that make me? I’ve been asking myself that since she got here. So, I suck it up and remain quiet, I stay away from her and try to blend in, until Dylan calls me.
“Jake, come here! I’d like you to meet Trish.” Dylan yells. There is no way I can avoid this.
I give Dylan a chin nod. “Hey, man. What’s up?”
“Jake, this is my precious Trish. Honey, my best friend Jake.”
She’s even more breath taking up close. She’s so petite with her long, silky, brown hair and expressive eyes that seem to see through me. Her flawless, delicate skin seems to glow against Dylan’s tanned arms, her kissable lips stretch into a magnificent smile that lights up my world and breaks my world, all at the same time.
“Hi, Trish.” I’m dying to hug her, but seeing my best friend’s smiling face full of pride stops me. I extend my hand, regretfully, settling for a hand shake.
Dylan releases her, and as she grabs my hand, the moment her skin touches mine, heat travels from my fingertips straight to my heart and shoots its way fast and hard to my dick. I can’t control myself; I pull her in for a hug. Against all logical reason, and against all odds, four words leave my mouth.
I whisper in her ear. “You are so beautiful.”
She rewards me with yet another heart stopping smile. I can’t look away, even when she does. She’s back in Dylan’s arms, and my heart aches. Brian nudges me and signals for me to go around back. We both excuse ourselves, and for the first time since Trish got here, I’m able to breathe properly.
Brian doesn’t waste time and confronts me right away. Obviously, he wants to nip this in the bud.
“What was that about, Jake?” His accusatory tone puts me in a defensive mode.
“What’s what?” I act as though I don’t know what he’s talking about. Fear slowly works its way up my body, straight to my stupid brain. If Brian noticed, did anyone else?
“Don’t mess with me. I saw the look you gave Trish. Don’t, Jake. Do not cross that line.” His eyes not leaving mine, his tone low interlaced with a warning.
I scrub my face with my hand. “Don’t you think I know? It’s just a stupid crush, alright? I’m sure a good fuck would fix it.”
I start laughing, while looking at Brian. I need to deflect this situation ASAP.
“You shouldn’t really talk, dude. You’ve been eyeing my sister, and not once have I stopped you, asshole!”
Brian told me a couple of months ago he wanted to date my sister, but he refused to make the move, only because he doesn’t want to mess with our friendship. He respects my dad and me, too much. Bullshit excuse if I’ve ever heard one. Plus, he said, that she’s older and might not want to have a relationship with a younger guy.
“Don’t go there, Jake. I told you how I feel about her, and why I refuse to make a move, besides she’s not with anyone. Trish is with Dylan. Do I need to remind you, he’s your best friend?” He forcefully asks, pointing his finger at me.
With my hands on my waist, I look at him, seriousness blanketing my face.
“Brian, what do you think I’ll do? I’m not going to deny I feel a different pull every time I look into her eyes…I can’t describe it. It’s as if I’m drawn to her, a force pulling me to her,” I start shaking my head. “But, I know my place, Brian. You know me, man. I won’t hurt D like that.”
He sighs. “I know, Jake. It’s just when I saw you look at her, I’ve never seen you look at anyone like that. It’s as if everything stopped. You couldn’t even tear your eyes away from her. Just pray Dylan didn’t notice it.”
As we walk back, my eyes search around, looking for her. She’s seated, sandwiched between Roxy and Tami. I could tell they love her, already. I notice Cody eyeing Roxy, and as I turn toward Brian, he too is looking at Tami, the same way Cody is looking at Roxy. Damn, all three of us are looking at three girls who can never be ours. I search for Dylan, but he isn’t around. Why would he not be attached to Trish baffles my mind. If I were him, I would be…like white on rice.
As my eyes wander back to Trish, I promise myself I will be a friend to her, no matter what. There’s no way I could not be around her. I am fucking doomed. How could I forget such a face, but most importantly, how could I deny the pull I feel for her…how can I stop it…control it? I don’t think I could break it, even if I tried….it just simply is… unbreakable.
Some books are weird, Nancy Thompson “The Mistaken” was one of those books that by the end of it I was neither sure that this was a romance or a thriller. However as much as the genres were blurred there were some good things where you could catch a glimpse of Thompson’s talent and other parts that needed work.
Nick was the best thing that happened to this book. His character was balanced in a spiral of chaos and ruin. Whenever he appeared accidents happened, lives were destroyed and changed and the smell of death was near. You could sympathize with him even knowing that he was a death magnet, but he had personality. And he was important. It would be his mess that would have affected other people and it is amazing to see how a character even offset influences the rest.
The plot had some action scenes that were well written and you could feel the vibe, this was not one of those books where you know what is going to happen next so you keep on your toes in order to see what is going to happen.
Roma 40 D.C.
ADELE VIERI CASTELLANO
Preço: € 15.9
O fascínio da Roma antiga ganha vida num romance de tons sedutores e misteriosos.
Roma 40 d. C. Gaio Júlio César Germânico, Calígula, é imperador. Marco Quinto Rufo é o segundo homem mais poderoso de Roma. Lívia Urgulanila tem um passado para esquecer. Ele é um homem endurecido pela floresta germânica, bonito e forte, que não conhece o medo ou limites. Ela é uma aristocrata refinada e arrogante cujo destino já está escrito.
Mas os deuses decidiram de outra forma e quando Rufo a toma para si, não imagina remotamente as consequências do seu gesto. Roma não é uma província onde tudo, incluindo raptar uma mulher, é permitido. E mesmo que o próprio Calígula decida dar-lha, conquistar o coração de Livia irá ser a tarefa mais difícil e temerária que Rufo já empreendeu.
Irá Lívia entregar o seu coração a um homem cruel que não hesita diante de nada?
A riverting affair is an anthology with three Steampunk romance novellas whose authors I have never met/read before. The first good thing is that they could have published this separately, but instead: good guy publisher appears and publishes just one book. You made a redhead very happy!
Another book from A year of wedding series and I have realised that this is probably one of the best Christian series of novels. Not that I have read a lot of them. Mostly I find Christian romance dull and people relying too much on God, but this series really gets to the general public, whether you are Christian or not.
Generally because it conveys different messages and the main one is not: have faith. The key message in An April bride is: everything will be all right if you trust the other person and you don’t give up on him/her. Marshall is a great male character, even going through issues after an incident in Afghanistan, he comes home with memory loss and does everything to make it up to his bride… that he really can’t remember. He is a sweet man and he can behave even when Stella is being a drama queen.
Now Stella... She was a character that I couldn’t really understand at the beginning. She is obsessed with the wedding and comes on as annoying (she is), but let’s face it: she only had one boyfriend: Marshall. She is innocent, not very experienced in life and this wedding was her escape from Marshall’s attack. In the end, I could understand why she behaved like that. Not all female characters need to be courageous and bold (just don’t be annoying). Also Marshall’s attitude towards her excessive behaviour was cute as hell (pardon mi French), it is really nice to see a male character caring and devoting. I look forward to read more of this series.
War changes everything . . . even their love.
Bride-to-be Stella Carson can’t wait to marry her longtime sweetheart Marshall Henderson. But Marshall has been away serving his country and after suffering a head wound and being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome, he has distanced himself from Stella by asking her not to visit him in a Washington, D.C. hospital.
Marshall returns to Louisiana just four weeks before the wedding, but as the big day draws near, Stella wonders if the man she’s loved for most of her life still wants to marry her.
I don’t mind long descriptions. I also don’t like to say “God this book was terrible.” There is only one thing in this book and that is the passion that the writer has for Venice. This is an odd way to start a review, but it is true. I adore descriptions of places and things that make me feel like I am there, right where the character is. Also I love if the setting and the plot combine. And I really REALLY wanted to love the book - look at the cover, it is gorgeous! Lovely! The synopsis as you can see promises a LOT.
However “The echoes of love” failed with too many things, things that I consider too serious to not be noticed in a review. You see it was not just the atrocious length of the descriptions. I understand that in order to provide a glimpse of a city you will want to take your time, but when you take one page to describe a room another to describe what type of clothes the character wears and the shampoo she is using and why, I figure it is not just wanting the people to know about things, it was to hide that there was no plot. Either that or we were all tricked and this was planned to be a travelling guide and suddenly the author changed her mind and decided that this would be a novel... Every 10 pages of eternal descriptions, you would find a very brief scene with either a dialogue OR a scene where the protagonist has flashbacks of her clichéd past.
Compared to the previous book, the bride from January, Allie is not such a great protagonists. She is conflicted and sure that she will fulfil the curse from her family just because all women had failed marriages in her family. In this one you could feel the influence of Christian messages. Nevertheless I wish Allie would have been different, more bold and courageous! She was the one creating her own problems with almost no need. Like Merida said in Brave: there are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it.
Happily ever after guaranteed. Allie left the love of her life at the altar—to save him from a lifetime of heartbreak. When a Valentine’s Day wedding brings them back together, she struggles against her family’s destructive history. Can Allie ever realize that a marriage is so much more than a wedding dress? History repeats itself when Allie Andrews escapes the church on her wedding day—in the same dress passed down for generations and worn by all the women in her family—women with a long history of failed marriages. Allie loves Marcus, but fears she’s destined to repeat her family’s mistakes. She can’t bear to hurt Marcus worse. Marcus Hall never stopped loving Allie and can only think of one reason she left him at the altar—him. When the two are thrown together for his sister’s Valentine’s Day wedding, he discovers the truth and realizes their story might be far from over. Can Allie shuck expectation and discover who she is as a bride and in the Bride of Christ? And if she ever walks down the aisle, what dress will she wear?
Ahhh my favourite so far! Madeleine chemistry with Arthur is amazing. The plot conveyed by Raney gives us a good humour small novel with misunderstandings and lots of feelings. Arthur is a gentleman and Madeleine is an endearing female protagonist. The author managed to slowly build their romance in the few pages she had and, once again, without noticing the “Christian” part. I will be looking forward to read more books by Deborah Raney.
Who can work in a house that's overrun by contractors and carpenters? Not Madeleine Houser, a successful novelist who gladly accepts the help of her octogenarian friend, Ginny, to arrange for a temporary office in the charming bed and breakfast owned by Ginny's friend, Arthur. Maddie’s never met the innkeeper––but a friendship grows between them as Maddie and Arthur leave messages for each other each day. To Maddie’s alternate delight and chagrin, she seems to be falling for the inn’s owner––a man who's likely many years her senior––and who she’s never even met.
This novel was all cute and lovely!
A December bride is an endearing novella, perfect to be read during Christmas time. Seth is a male character that many female readers will appreciate for his dear personality. He protects her without overwhelming her and treats her right. That’s right, you can read a sweet novel where the protagonist is not an asshole and still enjoy it!
I then found out that these books were Christian romances and I even liked it more! Although I am not a religious person, I like when a book conveys religious messages without being too aggressive.
What started as a whim turned into an accidental - and very public - engagement. Can Layla and Seth keep up the facade in Chapel Springs this holiday season - for the sake of her career . . . and his heart?
Under normal circumstances, Seth Murphy, the best friend of Layla O'Reilly's ex-fiance would be the last person she'd marry. But the news of their upcoming (and phony) nuptials convinces a big client that Layla may be high-society enough to work for his agency, a coup that would put her fledgling home-staging business on the map. Seth has secretly loved Layla for years, even when she was dating his best friend. Maybe she'll never forgive him for the way he hurt her back then, but he has to try. And Layla is willing to keep up their engagement farce until she's landed her client. For Layla, it's the chance to save her career. But for Seth, it's his last chance to win her heart.
O segundo livro da série “A lenda dos quatro soldados” não desaponta, embora o meu favorito seja o terceiro para já. A história tem um pouco de erotismo e a protagonista, Melisandre, é uma mulher bastante corajosa, tanto nas atitudes que tem para com o marido como para os outros. Desde o início é ela que molda a história e a forma como ela se desenvolve, sendo que neste segundo livro a subplot do que aconteceu em Spinner’s Fall fica um pouco para segundo plano.
O foco principal está na relação entre Lord Vale e Melisandre – enquanto ele foi abandonado no altar e viu o seu primeiro noivado ser cancelado, Lord Vale acha que não tem sorte nenhuma no amor… ou então é a palavra “casamento” que não gosta dele. Quando Melisandre propõe que eles se casem, bom é normal que ele receie que ela vá fugir com alguém, mas à terceira é de vez e para mal dos seus pecados Lord Vale casou-se com uma mulher que lhe enche as medidas, mesmo que ele seja na maioria das vezes um idiota para ela.