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Haunting Mr. Darcy - A Spirited Courtship by Karalynne Mackrory
Haunting Mr. Darcy - A Spirited Courtship

Lieder Madchen, March 20, 2015

4.5 Stars

If you love Pride and Prejudice (obviously, otherwise why are you looking at a book with Mr. Darcy in the title?) and Just Like Heaven, this is the perfect book for you. As I am a fan of both, that makes it perfect for me. Sweet and funny and charmingly written, Haunting Mr. Darcy is irresistible.

Following a terrible accident, Elizabeth Bennet finds herself in a marvelous library, and believes herself to be having a lovely dream. Until she sees Mr. Darcy, and her dream takes an unpleasant turn. Why is Mr. Darcy, of all people, in her head? She soon realizes it is not a dream, and that her spirit is stuck to Mr. Darcy.

This is when the fun truly begins.

Poor Darcy thinks he's going mad as Elizabeth follows him through his normal, everyday life, chattering away when he is the only one who can hear her. I laughed so hard while reading their banter and the bemusement of those around them. While the premise may sound a little dark, this is, for the most part, a lighthearted tale.

Aside from Darcy and Elizabeth, I loved the secondary characters. At Longbourn, the Bennets hover anxiously over Elizabeth, with Lydia making a particularly strong showing that was unexpectedly sweet. Col. Fitwilliam was the best, though, in my humble opinion, as he prompted my favorite scene in the novel (it involved a great deal of port). And, of course, one mustn't forget the incomparable Mr. Carroll, the butler of Darcy House.

Overall, I really, really liked this book. Maybe not quite as much as Ms. Mackrory's previous novels, but enough that I have no doubt I will be re-reading it more than once in days to come.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Westin's Chase (Titan #3) by Cristin Harber
Westin's Chase (Titan #3)

Lieder Madchen, March 20, 2015

Jared's story. I was looking forward to it with great anticipation, and it did not disappoint in the slightest.Jared and Sugar had such a sizzling chemistry, there were sparks flying on every page. Since they first met, their relationship has been one of bantering, occasional colleagues. Both of them try very hard to keep it that way, even though their friends know that they are perfect for each other. When they get caught up in one dangerous situation after another, though...You can see where this is going. It was endlessly entertaining watching master-of-all-he-surveys Jared fall in love with madcap, independent Sugar.

The storyline was good, with an evil twist. It wasn't all that much of a surprise twist, because there was quite a bit of foreshadowing, but rather more of a oh, no, I can't believe this is actually happening kind of twist. It was evil, but I loved it. At least, once I got past my initial anger at its sheer evilness.

Like the other Titan novels so far, this book is just fun. Explosions, gunfights, betrayals, steamy romance and addictive as heck.

I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Winters Heat: Titan #1 by Cristin Harber
Winters Heat: Titan #1

Lieder Madchen, March 20, 2015

This book jumps right into the action with a kidnapping and rescue in the first chapter, making me feel like I was watching an action movie. Despite that, it took me a little while to get into it. The pacing at first was a bit awkward, making me wonder once or twice what the heck was going on, but that cleared up in the first quarter of the book and it was smooth sailing from there on out with a fun, romantic adventure.

Mia and Colby are a good, straightforward pair of protagonists with excellent chemistry. They do have jump-into-bed-too-fast syndrome, but it was done well enough that they didn't lose the tension and spark that makes a romance entertaining. Plus they still had to learn each others' secrets. Arriving at Colby's home and meeting both his mother and adopted daughter was an interesting twist that added dimension to their relationship.

All in all, this was a fun novel with solid characters and storyline and a few spectacular action scenes mixed in.

I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Blood Hunter #3: Death Defying by Nina Croft
Blood Hunter #3: Death Defying

Lieder Madchen, January 19, 2015

Callum Meridian, Leader of the Universe and discoverer of the element that makes people immortal, is a very complex hero. For one, he is not particularly heroic.He has done terrible things over the centuries, some deliberate, others through carelessness, and only now is he beginning to realize the extent of the repercussions. For some reason, this makes him one of my favorite characters in the series, which is weird, because I don't usually go for the morally ambiguous types.

Tannis, captain of El Cazador, is not a particularly heroic person either. Or, at least, she doesn't picture herself as such. Her actions say differently on more than one occasion. While Callum is strangely fascinating, Tannis is the one I wish I could have as a friend.

Death Defying is significantly darker than the previous books. There are not so many laughs, but instead there are dazzling displays of temper, lovely new characters (I knew the Rebel Coalition would show up sometime), answers to questions that I have been asking since the beginning, and a wonderful aha! moment when I realized just how much sneaky foreshadowing led up to the finale. I'm not sure whether said foreshadowing was planned ahead or not, but either way, it was very, very well done.

This book is the one that really cements all the world building of the previous novels and ups the scope of the storyline from this point on.

I received an e-copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Blood Hunter #1: Break Out by Nina Croft
Blood Hunter #1: Break Out

Lieder Madchen, January 19, 2015

I'm always on the lookout for a fun new space opera and Break Out certainly fits the bill.The stage is a Firefly-esque spaceship full of misfits who pull dubious jobs while trying to survive a dangerous universe. When they are hired to break a prisoner out of jail, they get more trouble than they bargained for.

I love the crew of El Cazador de la Sangre. Rico, the hero, is the charming, ne'er-do-well vampire/owner/pilot. Captain Tannis is the standoffish but unfailingly loyal captain. Janey (of the dark and dubious past), Daisy (who is actually part daisy due to genetic experiments), Al (a suspicious cabin boy) and the Trog (who is mostly very quiet) fill out the rest of the crew. And then there is Skylar, who is lying to them all and yet cannot helped but start to care for them.

The pace is fast-moving, but not so fast that you miss out on the world building, which was very well done. I got a very clear view of the galaxy El Cazador travels without ever feeling like there was too much exposition. Overall, a solid, entertaining beginning to a series. I wouldn't recommend reading it as a standalone, though, because there are several things that are left unexplained.

I received an e-copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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