While I am back from my lengthy blog hiatus, I continue to have issues coming up with the time and inclination to write detailed blog reviews like I used to. I still want to share what I think about the books I'm reading so I am trying this new format out to keep my head above water when it comes to my Need To Review list. Basically, the Drive-Thru Book Review posts will consist of multiple two to three sentence reviews that hopefully will intrigue you enough to either try the book out yourself or look for more information about them.
Someone to Hold (Westcott Family #2) by Mary Balogh (historical romance) -- 4 Stars
Archetypes/Tropes: Artist Hero, Beta Hero, Teacher Heroine, Class Differences, Scandal
Review: This was a slow-burning, but very emotional romance. I thoroughly enjoyed the development of the heroine and how she was able to take charge of her life for the first time. The hero's character journey was also interesting.
A Most Unlikely Duke (Diamonds in the Rough #1) by Sophie Barnes (historical romance) -- 4 Stars
Archetypes/Tropes: Beta Hero, Forbidden Love, Big Secret, Female Friendships
Review: I liked the two main characters and thought they were an interesting couple. The plot was a little out there, but the writing style helped keep it easy to read. I look forward to reading more in this series.
Idol (VIP #1) by Kristen Callihan (contemporary romance) -- 4 Stars
Archetypes/Tropes: Musician Hero, Musician Heroine, Cabin Romance, Next Door Romance, Multi-Person Narrative
Review: Enjoyable romance with a unique heroine and a swoon-worthy hero. I liked the way that Libby and Killian were able to spend time together before being thrust into his rock star world. Their issues felt relatable and helped them grow as a couple.
White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews (urban fantasy) -- 4.5 Stars
Archetypes/Tropes: Alpha Hero, Detective Heroine, Opposites Attract, First Person Narrative
Review: This was intense and supremely satisfying. Nevada is climbing the ranks of my favorite heroine list and Rogan is almost as intriguing. I love the emphasis on family especially in such a tumultuous, untrustworthy world.
When the Scoundrel Sins (Capturing the Carlisles #2) by Anna Harrington (historical romance) -- 3.5 Stars
Archetypes/Tropes: Rake Hero, Bluestocking Heroine, Friends to Lovers
Review: I really liked both the main characters and thought they were a great couple. I got frustrated with the constant back-and-forth on whether Belle was going to marry and, if so, who. The "mystery" surrounding the vandalism on the estate was very predictable and I don't think served much of a purpose in the overall storyline.
Hidden Hearts (Lovestruck Librarians #3) by Olivia Dade (contemporary romance) -- 4 Stars
Archetypes/Tropes: Beta Hero, Librarian Heroine, Cabin Romance, Friends to Lovers, Small Town Romance, Interracial Romance
Review: This was such a sweet story! I loved the way that Miles and Mary became friends before falling in love. They both had issues to overcome and it was admirable to watch them do so. I did think the ending was too rushed.
The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3) by Sarah MacLean (historical romance) -- 4.5 Stars
Archetypes/Tropes: Tormented Heroine, Class Differences, Troubled Marriage, House Party, Angst
Review: I hated the hero for the way he treated the heroine in the first book of the series, The Rogue Not Taken, but Sarah MacLean did a wonderful job reforming him. She does an amazing job making her characters feel human with their flaws while also providing enough charm to make me love them. My emotions ran the gamut while reading this and I was engrossed from beginning to end.
The Lawrence Browne Affair (Turner #2) by Cat Sebastian (historical romance) -- 4 Stars
Archetypes/Tropes: Con-Artist Hero, Reclusive Hero, Employer-Employee Romance, Class Differences, Opposites Attract, Forbidden Love
Review: Such a powerful and thought-provoking romance! I loved the way the relationship between Lawrence and Georgie developed. The overarching theme of family in this series is fascinating and really adds something to the character dynamics.
Perfect For You (Sunshine Creek Vineyard #2) by Candis Terry (contemporary romance) -- 3.5 Stars
Archetypes/Tropes: Alpha Hero, Employer-Employee Romance, Unrequited Love
Review: I thought this book was cute. I adored the heroine and liked the hero (for the most part). The hero's family was amazing as well. I just had a hard time getting motivated to keep reading though I can't pinpoint anything wrong with the book itself.
Kindred in Death (In Death #29) by JD Robb (romantic suspense) -- 4.25 Stars
Archetypes/Tropes: Kick-Ass Heroine, Alpha Hero, Murder Mystery, Revenge, Established Couple
Review: This was intriguing, but sometimes difficult to read due to the fact that the victim is a sixteen year old girl. I am always fascinated by the way that Eve is able to put together the pieces with these cases and this was no exception. I loved the ending and the way that the villain was finally caught!