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#BlogTour #BookReview Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella by Sun Chara @sunchara3 @rararesources #YearofSun

#BlogTour #BookReview Manhattan Millionaire's Cinderella by Sun Chara @sunchara3 @rararesources #YearofSun

#BlogTour #BookReview Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella by Sun Chara @sunchara3 @rararesources #YearofSun Title: Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella

Author: Sun Chara

Published by: HarperCollins UK on Oct. 17, 2013

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Pages: 114

Format: eBook

Source: Rachel's Random Resources

Book Rating: 6/10

Will their wedding night be a one-night stand or a merger for keeps?

Global real estate mogul, Cade Sloan should’ve listened to his own advice: trust no one, and never a woman…especially not his 24-hour bride gone AWOL with his millions. Nina, mousy secretary turned sexy vixen, will repay every penny with interest…

When Cade gears up for a takeover, there’s sweet hell to pay. Nina owes her husband a wedding night and he’s hell bent on collecting… his way, his time, his pleasure.


Review:

Mysterious, fast-paced, and romantic!

Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella is a short, passionate rom-com featuring the dominant, wealthy Cade, and the fiery, determined Nina as they enter into a marriage of convenience that benefits both of their hidden agendas.

The prose is taut and edgy. The characters are unique, devious and insistent. And the plot is ultimately about life, love, dominance, family, money, corruption, desire, lust, and deception.

Overall, Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella is a quick, entertaining read with a great premise that I wish was just a little bit longer so that the characters could be fully drawn and the plot could be a little smoother, more fluid, and easier to follow.

 

This novel is available now.

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Giveaway:

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Thank you to Sun Chara and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Sun Chara

Sun Chara, an Amazon top 100 bestseller, writes sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary romance for HarperImpulse. JABBIC winner, Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella launched her writing career, spinning the ‘global millionaires’ series’. She makes her home in southern California, and has appeared on stage/film to rave reviews in How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me. With a Masters Degree in Education, and membership in SAG/AFTRA and Romance Writers of America, she enjoys sipping Frappuccinos topped with whipped cream/sprinkles, and dancing on the beach…making everyday a celebration!

 

#BookReview Lake of Dreams by Linda Howard

#BookReview Lake of Dreams by Linda Howard Title: Lake of Dreams

Author: Linda Howard

Published by: Pocket Star on May 2, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 96

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Pocket Books, NetGalley

Book Rating: 6/10

Dreams and reality collide—with potentially deadly consequences—in this stunning novella from New York Timesbestselling author Linda Howard, available for the first time as a standalone ebook at an unbeatable price!

House painter Thea Marlow hasn’t been sleeping very well. Her nights are plagued by dreams, the setting by the water and the mysterious man who appears in them always the same. But the outcome of the dream changes nightly: sometimes the man loves her…and sometimes he kills her. Desperate for some much needed relaxation, Thea travels to her family’s remote country lake house. Imagine her surprise when a knock at the door reveals the man from her dreams…who happens to have just rented the house next door.

So will he love her—or will he kill her?

Originally published in the anthology Everlasting Love by Linda Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz, Linda Lael Miller, Kasey Michaels and Carla Neggers.


Review:

This is a short story novella that was previously released twenty years ago.

The story, itself, is a mix of romance, suspense, and the paranormal. And I would say it’s heavy on the romance and light on the suspense.

Unfortunately, for me, I found this story to be a little bit jumbled and a tad unrealistic. I also found the characterization to be quite flat.

I am a fan of Linda Howard, but this definitely wasn’t one of her best.

 

 

Thank you to Pocket Books and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

#BookReview A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

#BookReview A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick Title: A Reliable Wife

Author: Robert Goolrick

Published by: Algonquin Books on Jan. 5, 2010

Genres: Historical Fiction

Pages: 305

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased

Book Rating: 6/10

Rural Wisconsin, 1909. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for “a reliable wife.” But when Catherine Land steps off the train from Chicago, she’s not the “simple, honest woman” that Ralph is expecting. She is both complex and devious, haunted by a terrible past and motivated by greed. Her plan is simple: she will win this man’s devotion, and then, ever so slowly, she will poison him and leave Wisconsin a wealthy widow. What she has not counted on, though, is that Truitt — a passionate man with his own dark secrets —has plans of his own for his new wife. Isolated on a remote estate and imprisoned by relentless snow, the story of Ralph and Catherine unfolds in unimaginable ways. 

With echoes of Wuthering Heights and Rebecca, Robert Goolrick’s intoxicating debut novel delivers a classic tale of suspenseful seduction, set in a world that seems to have gone temporarily off its axis.


Review:

In a nutshell, I was disappointed.

I picked up this book thinking it might be good to put into book club. Unfortunately, I decided it wasn’t good enough.

For me, the characters were flawed, unlikable, and unrealistic. I couldn’t sympathize with any of them.

The story was quite dark and seemed to overly revolve around sex. Now don’t get me wrong I don’t mind a little sex in a book. However, this book took that to another level. Literally, if the main character wasn’t having sex, then he was talking about sex or he was thinking about it.

On a positive note, the story did have some beautiful sentences and the harshness of life in the early 1900s in the Midwestern United States was clearly depicted. And even though for some the plot might have been predictable, I think for others there would be a few unexpected twists.

Overall, I would say if you are someone who has lots of time to read, give it a shot. If not, I would suggest giving it a miss.

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