Truly, Madly (Lucy Valentine, #1) by Heather Webber

Truly, Madly (Lucy Valentine, #1)

Title: Truly, Madly
Author: Heather Webber
Published: Feb 2010
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780312946135
Source: Won From Goodreads

Description: Meet Lucy Valentine; sassy, fabulously original…and psychic.
Lucy hails from a long line of matchmakers known as Valentine INC. According to family legend, the Valentines have been blessed by Cupid with the ability to help couples find true love. Trouble is Lucy’s powers were zapped away by an electrical surge and now all she can find are lost objects.
But what good is that in the matchmaking world?
Lucy is about to find out when she tries to solve a murder and winds up falling into a romance of her own.

I Give This Book  4 Stars!

This book caught my interest from the moment I saw it.  I was glad to have won a copy.   It completed exceeded my expectations.  I was afraid that the psychic accept of this story would be a tad bit corny in combination with the romantic elements.  But, it worked better than I imagined.  Lucy was a fiery lead character.  In one book she manged to draw me in and I look forward to reading the future books in this series.  The mystery elements balanced out the romance perfectly.   It even surprised me and wasn’t predictable.  The secondary characters added to the story and were developed enough to be a great supporting cast for future books.  Overall, a great read and looking forward to more of this series and more from Heather Webber!

* Watch for my giveaway for this book tomorrow!
Published in: on January 22, 2010 at 7:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

The Heretic Queen

Title: The Heretic Queen
Author: Michelle Moran
Published: September 2008
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780307381767
Source: Library

Description: In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake history. 
The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family—all with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names. A relic of a previous reign, Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh’s aunt, then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen.  Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince, and despite her family’s history, they fall in love and wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one. While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history.

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

I’ve always loved the history of ancient civilizations.  But, history class is just facts.  It does not make you feel like you are there.  It does not give you a taste of what life might have been like.   Michelle Moran does.  I can not imagine the research that goes into her work.  The minute you open the cover of one of her novels, you are there.  I love the settings, the characters, and the story itself.  I like how she takes what is known and weaves into her story, so in the end you are not sure if the book was fact or fiction.  I also enjoyed that in both books I’ve read, she has included biblical references.  And, I’ve completely missed them until I’ve read the author notes in the back.  Michelle Moran leaves me talking about her books long after I’ve read them!

Heart of the Sea (Gallaghers of Ardmore / Irish trilogy #3) by Nora Roberts

Heart of the Sea (Gallaghers of Ardmore / Irish trilogy #3)

I Give this book 3 Stars!

Description: Darcy Gallagher has always believed in the pull of fate, the magic of legend…and the importance of money. She longs to find a rich man who will sweep her away — into a world filled with glamour and adventure, and the exotic life that is her destiny…
A wealthy businessman with Irish blood, Trevor Magee has come to Ardmore to build a theater — and uncover the secrets hidden in his family’s past. He thought he had given up on love long ago, but Darcy Gallagher tempts him like no woman ever has.   She’s gorgeous, intelligent, and she knows what she wants — and he’s more than willing to give it to her. But as their mutual attraction flares into passion, they look into their hearts — and find out what happens when you truly believe…

While it wasn’t a bad way to wrap up the series, I just didn’t like this one as much.  I would have liked to seen more of Darcy’s softer side.  It’s there, but it seems the story focuses on how shallow and selfish Darcy can be.  I liked Trevor (who wouldn’t like a handsome rich man who comes and sweeps you off your feet!)  But, I didn’t feel their romance was as believable as the ones in the first two stories.   I also wish there was more focus on Carrick and Lady Gwen when the spell was broken.  The legend is so woven into the story and then all you get at the end is their riding away on a winged horse.

Published in: on September 14, 2009 at 2:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Tears of the Moon (Gallaghers of Ardmore / Irish trilogy #2) by Nora Roberts

I Give This Book 3.5 Stars!

Description: Pretty tomboy Brenna O’Toole and absentminded Shawn Gallagher have known each other all their lives, and since she was a teenager, Brenna has secretly burned for Shawn. To her dismay, the musically inclined dreamer has never shown and equal interest in her.
But now, she’s ready to make him take notice. Under the guise of helping him with his musical compositions, she further insinuates herself into his life – and maybe his heart – with a little help from Carrick, the faerie prince.
Shawn is resistant to the change in his relationship with Brenna. He likes his life just the way it is. He has no desire to marry or to test the waters of a career in composing, but Brenna pushes and the mystical Carrick prods, he finds he must reevaluate his choices in life.

I liked this one a little more than the first.  Brenna is an interesting lead female because she isn’t your typical female.  It made for an interesting romance.  I also liked the changes the Gallagher family goes through in this one.   While there is a continuation from the first book, it picks up a couple months after the ending.  It ends basically the same way as the first.  You want the next story, but you’re not left hanging.

Published in: on September 12, 2009 at 5:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Jewels of the Sun (Gallaghers of Ardmore / Irish trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts

I give this Book 3.5 stars!

Description: With her life in turmoil after a failed marriage and growing disappointment over her career, Jude Murray sets off on a journey to Ireland. To her grandmother’s cottage on a faerie hill in Ardmore. There she hopes she will be able to find herself again.
But the mystic charm of Ardmore grows on Jude – as does the handsome and kind pub owner, Aidan Gallagher. She soon finds herself caught up in the charm and fantasy of the land and people around her, challenging her beliefs and all that she thought she wanted out of life.

I don’t read romance that often.  It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I usually enjoy other books more.  I love the series “In Death” published under J.D. Robb, so every once in a while, I’ll pick up a Nora Roberts book.  I always enjoy them, I just don’t usually seek them out.  This was no exception.  It was a really good for a romance book.  I  loved the Irish parts of it.  Now some people I’m sure hate the Irish cliches, but in a book like this I think it’s wonderful.  I love the setting, the folklore, and the people.  And the romance part wasn’t to over the top for me.  It’s part of a series, but I think it works as a stand alone book as well.  While the main characters in #1 are still in #2, they are no longer the focus.  And I assume the same for #3.  

Published in: on September 9, 2009 at 2:45 pm  Comments (1)  
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