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Mr Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn

 

Oh dear. There comes a time when I want to weep, and now is that time. I love Julia Quinn as an author, and I was really happy when this book came out. I eagerly downloaded it (it was an ebook). However, I want my money back. This book is a total waste of time and money.

This is the second in a series – the first being “The Lost Duke of Wyndham.” However, it appears that rather than having 2 different books with the same characters appearing in both books and with different stories – this has the same scenes as the first book but told with different point of views. There are some new scenes, (scenes that were alluded to in the first one) but not enough to warrant an entirely new book.

Once I had realised this, I skim read through and lost all sympathy and interest in the characters. I really didn’t care.

Surfice to say, I am disgusted that a) Julia Quinn agreed to release this book and b) that her publishers seem to have total disregard for her readers by trying to fobb off the same story with the same scenes in two separate books. It’s such a shame because the first book in the series was brilliant.

I want my money back. I think it may take me some time to forgive Julia Quinn for this. All I can hope is that it was her publishers idea and that she was forced to do it….

Rating: 0/10

(I don’t normally rate books I didn’t finish, but this is an exception)

Add a comment October 12, 2008

Moonshadows by Melinda Hammond

I was eager to read this book as soon as it was released. Here is the synopsis:

Right man, wrong century?

Feeling trapped between an attraction to her rich, handsome boss and loyalty to her penniless boyfriend, Jessica “Jez” Skelton hopes a visit to her aunt’s house will clear her head. Instead, a box of inherited letters raises the dust of the past—and clouds her present even more.

The eighteenth century letters resurrect the tragic love story of Sarah, a woman who was mysteriously erased from the family history. A woman whose love for a rich and powerful lord forms a disturbing parallel to Jez’s life. Is it a warning not to succumb to her boss—or risk suffering the same unhappy fate?

Piers Cordeaux knows his advances are forcing Jez into a corner, but he can’t seem to help himself. Something about her reaches deep inside him, awakening needs that all his money can’t satisfy. He can’t shake the conviction that they are meant for each other.

As Jez tries to ignore her growing attraction to Piers, she is drawn deeper into her ancestor’s desperate story. And she begins to wonder if her connection to Piers is an accident…or the work of a ghost whose determination to claim his lady reaches across two centuries of time.

Well what can I say? Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

Why can’t mainstream publishers release more stuff like this? It was such a nice change, well-written, page turning (or the ebook equivalent of page turning). It had everything, a simple yet enthralling storyline, great characters you really cared about and a lovely ending.

I love historical fiction (it had that), I love modern fiction (it had that too)…On the publishers website here, it categorisies it as a paranormal romance. I wouldn’t call it *that* paranormal (not that I’m an expert). Anyway, if you a reader who isn’t sure about paranormal books – don’t be put off by that label.

I loved the way Piers chased Jez, and the historical paralelled story worked really well along side it and was very moving. There were eerie bits that were enthralling. It was a bit like Cinderella meets the ghost of christmas past.

I would say more, but I would have to be more specific and I don’t want to give the story away – you’ll have to discover it yourself by reading it!

Well done Melinda, a great book. Hope you do more like this.

Rating 9.5/10

2 comments September 5, 2008

The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn

Hurrah! Julia Quinn has a new book out!

Oh No! It’s only out in the USA and I live in the UK….

Ahh But I wouldn’t let a trifling thing like the Atlantic Ocean get in the way of me reading the latest book from one of my favourite authors!

I bought it as an ebook of course (I used ebooks.com). It was approximately £4.50 and I would have paid double that (don’t tell Julia’s publisher!)

Anyway, here is the synopsis:

Will the real Duke of Wyndham please stand up?

Jack Audley has been a highwayman. A soldier. And he has always been a rogue. What he is not, and never wanted to be, is a peer of the realm, responsible for an ancient heritage and the livelihood of hundreds. But when he is recognized as the long-lost son of the House of Wyndham, his carefree life is over. And if his birth proves to be legitimate, then he will find himself with the one title he never wanted: Duke of Wyndham.

Grace Eversleigh has spent the last five years toiling as the companion to the dowager Duchess of Wyndham. It is a thankless job, with very little break from the routine… until Jack Audley lands in her life, all rakish smiles and debonair charm. He is not a man who takes no for an answer, and when she is in his arms, she’s not a woman who wants to say no. But if he is the true duke, then he is the one man she can never have…

I loved it, loved it, loved it! I could rave all day how much I loved this book. It was classic Julia Quinn, and after being slightly disppointed with her last book (The Secret Diary of Miss Miranda Cheevers) I was glad to see that Julia is back to her usual form. I won’t tell you what actually happens in the book, but Julia has created a wonderful story and she slowly reveals things about the main characters that makes it entralling and a real page turner. Jack the main character has a “problem” that is revealed later on in the book and though I have read another book where the hero has this same “problem”, she did a great job.

I suspect she created her Dowager Duchess (the old dragon) based on Lady Catherine De Burgh. But I won’t speculate!

So overall, I couldn’t put it down (read it in 24 hours). The ending was a surprise – it felt like it was leading up to a different twist, but I wasn’t disappointed.

A lovely heroine and hero, great love story, great secondary characters and another book out in September that’s kinda tied to this one….can’t wait!

Rating 10/10

2 comments May 31, 2008

The Cinderella Substitute by Nell Dixon

After the disaster that was Pillow Talk, I needed something I knew would be a good read in order to restore my faith in modern fiction. So of course, I read a Nell Dixon!

The Cinderella Substitute is the first published of the Mayer family siblings (like the other’s I’ve reviewed). Here is the synopsis.

In the two years since the tragic car crash that killed his fiancée, Nathanial (Nate) Mayer has successfully avoided another relationship. His family and especially his twin sister Nathalie are worried.

Jennifer (Jenni) Blake is Nate’s personal assistant. Hired after the accident, she has had her own problems to deal with, including the deaths of her adoptive parents and the debts incurred by their nursing care. But those difficulties pale into insignificance when Jenni finally traces her birth mother…

This was another page turner from Nell. Each of the stories are very individual to the characters and this one was just as good as the others. I really liked Jenni, and the embarassments she felt at being poor. I also loved her slow “make over” she gave herself.

The picture painted of Nate was good too – a workaholic but with a big heart. He really swept Jenni off his feet. Really sweet the way he did little things for her. (And it’s the little things that make all the difference!)

Definitly recommended again!

Any criticisms? Well I’m a great hater of people who own second homes in rural area’s – and Nate had a holiday home in Devon that was at empty most of the time….ok ok I know it’s fiction!!! (Reality check!!) But I’m sure Jenni will get a lot more use out of it when they are married….won’t they Nell??

Rating: 8.5/10

1 comment April 21, 2008

Dangerous to Know by Nell Dixon

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I seem to be on a roll with Nell’s books. This one I read very quickly and like her other books, I enjoyed very much. This one has a lot more action than the others I’ve read, but it was just as good.

In this one we get to know Jerome and Gemma and how their relationship develops when Gemma is dumped by her boyfriend and Jerome begins to realise that he wants a more serious relationship.

I particularly liked the fact that the heroine was a character I’ve met before and that in the other story (Be my Hero) she was a bit of a mouse of a girl, but in this one she got to have her day (and get her man).

The plot was very interesting and had a lot of real life connections (the evil man who wants to trash the countryside to build houses for a start!) and you did wonder what was going to happen next. It’s a rollercoaster ride. Like Nell’s other books I wished it had gone on for longer.  

I liked it that Jerome has liked Gemma but could only make a move on her now that she’s single.  Also, the fact that Gemma needs to re-discover herself when she’s single again and realise that her ex was just bringing her down.

Jerome was very dangerous to know…poor Gemma, she certainly puts up with a lot, but he was worth it, I feel.

Rating: 8/10

Dangerous to Know is available as an ebook here.

1 comment March 31, 2008

Be My Hero by Nell Dixon

Having promised to look out some more of Nell Dixon’s writing, I did just that and have read “Be My Hero”, a novella (I think) as an ebook. (Again at a bargain price of £1).

This story didn’t disappoint – it’s one of love lost and re-gained (always a good one in my opinion). The plot revolves around two people who are tormented by their past and need to get over current problems in order to get together. It was heart-warming and though at times you really felt for their problems (especialy the woman – don’t want to give anything away) it was a lovely ending.

This story is one of a series (that can be read independently). I’ll be checking out the others because the supporting characters were well drawn and interesting. Thank you Nell for few hours of happy reading.

Criticisms? Well actually only one with the publishers website Moonlit Romance – it’s not easy to navigate or look around and I’m no techo-phobe! Though on the plus side – they do take paypal!

Rating 8/10

Add a comment March 13, 2008

Marrying Max by Nell Dixon

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This review is for my first EBook. Well, the first book I’ve purchased as an ebook….there are plenty of free ebooks available on the Girl Ebooks website. I have a Blackberry phone, and download my ebooks onto that. Very handy!

This book is the winner of the Romantic Novelist Association Romance Award in 2007. That is the sole reason why I read it, and I must say, I enjoyed it a lot. I’m sure what titles it was up against, and I must admit, it’s not usually the sort of book I read, it being a “category romance”, and it NOT being a historical.

The characters are are well drawn, believeable and likeable and the storyline is very good, and though the things that happen are not world changing, you feel they are for the characters. Which, in fact makes me think Nell Dixon did a very good job in writing it. As each chapter ends, you read on quickly to find out what happens next.

As usual, I won’t give away any plot details, but if you like escapism with a happy ending, then this book is definitly for you.

There is a gentle humour in the story and I found myself chuckling very often.

My only criticism of it is that at the ending could have been a bit longer. It felt a little rushed, but I suppose this genre has a shorter wordcount. But if the only criticism for a book is that it wasn’t long enough, then it can’t be too bad!!

I will be looking out for other works by Nell Dixon.

Marrying Max can be purchased from Samhain Publishing at the bargain price of approx £2.25. What are you waiting for?

Rating 9/10

4 comments March 3, 2008

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