Review: Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

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Kiss of Steel
By Bec McMaster
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: September 4, 2012
Series or Standalone: London Steampunk #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads

Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

I’ve been in a terrible reading slump the last few weeks and have been picking up books left and right only to have none of them hold my interest. And then I picked up Kiss of Steel on a whim and I was hooked. I’ve seen this book around for a while but never actually picked it up. After seeing a bookstack photo on Instagram for the series by author Bec McMaster I decided to see if the library had it as an ebook, and lo and behold they did. 

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Review: Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

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Scandal in Spring
By Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: July 25, 2006
Series or Standalone: a href=”/tag/the-wallflowers/”>The Wallflowers #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

After Devil in Winter not being my cup of tea, I was desperately hoping that Scandal in Spring would finish the Wallflowers series on a high note. And boy, did it do that! 

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Review: A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn

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A Murderous Relation
By Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Series or Standalone: Veronica Speedwell #5
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars



MY REVIEW

A Murderous Relation is Stoker and Veronica’s fifth adventure in the Veronica Speedwell series. While I love this series dearly, this is my least favorite in the series. Don’t get me wrong – I still really enjoy this book, but I also wanted more from it the first time I read it. On my second reread, I did grow to appreciate it a bit more, but I still think it’s the weakest book in the series thus far. 

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Review: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

Secrets of a Summer Night
By Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: October 26, 2004
Series or Standalone: The Wallflowers #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

Despite being a historical romance fan, I’ve surprisingly read very few novels by Lisa Kleypas. After reading Then Came You and Dreaming of You and loving both of them, I decided to dive into some of her backlist, starting with the Wallflowers series.

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Review: Beauty Tempts the Beast by Lorraine Heath

Beauty Tempts the Beast
By Lorraine Heath
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: September 29, 2020
Series or Standalone: Sins for All Seasons #6
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars


MY REVIEW

The final book in a series is always bittersweet – and this one was no except. In the Beauty Tempts the Beast, we get a historical romance twist on Beauty and the Beast (obviously).

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Review: The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

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The Ex Talk
By Rachel Lynn Solomon
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: January 26, 2021
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars




If you’re a fan of rom-coms, The Ex Talk is definitely for you. This book was so much fun and I had a blast while reading it. There were definitely a few parts that were a little over the top and required some suspension of disbelief, but I honestly didn’t mind at all as this book left me with a smile on my face at the end.

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Review: When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath

When a Duke Loves a Woman
By Lorraine Heath
Publisher: Avon
Release: August 21, 2018
Series or Standalone: Sins for All Seasons #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars




MY REVIEW:

I really enjoyed this second installment in this series! Gillie was a really interesting character in the first book (from the little we saw of her) – a female tavern owner who is fiercely independent. I knew she’d be a great lead in this book. And yes while she’s independent, it does seem like she isolated herself from others as a form of protection. I was worried this would cause major issues later down the line as the relationship between Gillie and Thorne progressed, but it didn’t as Gillie realized letting someone in could fill a need.

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Review: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

A Curious Beginning
By Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Series or Standalone: Veronica Speedwell #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars




First off, I love, love, love the entire Veronica Speedwell series, so this is probably going to be a long review. 

I randomly discovered this series in 2018 when trying to find something one night to read, and it was a suggestion on Overdrive from a recent book I had read. I added it to my TBR list based on the synopsis, but little did I know how good the story it contained would be.

Since my first read of this book in 2018, I’ve read the entire series 4 times through and will likely continue to reread it. On each reread, my appreciation for these stories and characters grows so much. 

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