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Heartbreaker - Julie Garwood Surest sign of a great book: You never want it to end.

[b:Heartbreaker|107789|Heartbreaker (Buchanan, #1)|Julie Garwood|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1344390055s/107789.jpg|2604130] was a great book.
Sins of a Duke - Suzanne Enoch This book is not what I had in mind for Sebastian's story at all. The plot was tiring, I loathed the heroine, and I still think he'd have been much better off with a sweet-natured, witty, and kind woman instead of the deceitful, sly, and arrogant one he ended up with.

This is my least-liked book of the four, even though Sebastian was previously my favorite hero. Overall, however, the series is interesting enough that I'm certainly not regretting reading it. Something about Enoch's style completely agrees with me.
Something Sinful - Suzanne Enoch Beautiful story overall, but I never really warmed up to the heroine.

3.5/5 stars
An Invitation to Sin - Suzanne Enoch What makes [b:An Invitation to Sin|833926|An Invitation to Sin (Griffin Family, #2)|Suzanne Enoch|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1342498938s/833926.jpg|2484648] different from hundreds of other historicals:

1. The heroine is a painter.
2. She has no interest in getting married.
3. The hero falls in love first.
4. The heroine is logical, mature, and self-composed.
5. The hero isn't approaching or in his thirties; at the mere age of 24, he might be one of the youngest HR heroes I've come across so far.
6. The hero isn't a hardened cynic or rake. Yay.
7. The story takes place in the countryside, rather than in the ballrooms of London.
8. The ending is realistic, believable, and perfect, minus a cheesy epilogue.
Lord of Scoundrels - Loretta Chase What did I miss? :|

2.7/5 stars
It's in His Kiss - Julia Quinn
"'If you want to know if a gentleman loves you,' her mother said, 'there is only one true way to be sure.'"
Lady Danbury leaned forward. Even Hyacinth leaned forward, and she was holding the book.
"'It’s in his kiss,' her mother whispered. 'It’s all there, in his kiss.'"


3.5/5 stars
The Lost Duke of Wyndham - Julia Quinn Bland. Great ending though.
It Happened One Wedding (FBI / US Attorney, #5) - Julie James I NEED THOSE SHOES. AND THAT DRESS. AND THIS BOOK.

A Summer in Sonoma - Robyn Carr Almost dropped it several times throughout the story.

Sometimes sweet.
Ultimately predictable though.
Meh.
Most of it and
Especially the later half was extremely boring.
Ruined Walt. I'll never get over that.

I blame my age at least partially for my lack of enjoyment of the story.
Not sure if I'll pick up anything else by the author.

Slow and cheesy ending.
Overall, a disappointing read.
Not 2 stars, nor 3, but honestly just 2.5 stars.
Occasionally very interesting.
Marty and Joe's story was my second favorite.
Adored the first half, and Julie and Billy's romance.

Also, I loathed Cassie. And had a lot of trouble feeling the relationship between the four supposed best friends. Maybe it's just the author's style that doesn't work for me, but something about their so-called lifelong friendship never rang true for me.

*Buddy read with my best frenemy, Jenny. Check out her review here.*
Onyx - Jennifer L. Armentrout Dropped at: 32%

Reasons:

1. I hate Katy. And Daemon.
2. There might be some originality in that this concerns aliens and not vamps or werewolves or angels, but the rest of the story is so cliched that that little point doesn't matter at all.
3. I roll my eyes 4 out of 5 times at everything Daemon says to Katy, and everything Katy thinks in her head. For the sake of my eyes and mental sanity, let's go our separate ways, series.
4. Because if I have to force myself to read on, it ain't worth reading to begin with.
5. I'm probably too old for this.
6. Stupid, unnecessary love triangle is STUPID. And unnecessary.

Trust me, that's just the beginning of what will be an endless rant if I continue. Suffice it to say I gave it an honest shot, hated it, and am moving on.
This Song Will Save Your Life - Leila Sales

Does anyone have any idea why those particular letters in the cover are pink? Nevermind, Melanie's smart and she figured out it spells "LOVE". Yay! :)

Also: I can't wait to read this!

Also, also: That cover is soo beautiful! And unique. I'm absolutely in love with it! >_<
Forever and a Day (Lucky Harbor, #6) - Jill Shalvis 4.5/5 stars

I loved this story SO much! Loved absolutely every single thing about it. I laughed out loud more times than I could've possibly counted and said awww at least a hundred times! Mini-review to come, maybe.
See Jane Score - Rachel Gibson Funny, touching, romantic, and interesting all at once, I loved this story! It was absolutely perfect for the mood I was in. My first read by RG and I can't wait to read more.

A few things I loved about [b:See Jane Score|60223|See Jane Score (Chinooks Hockey Team, #2)|Rachel Gibson|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1330265531s/60223.jpg|58587]:

1. The heroine isn't TSTL at all! She's professional, mature, and sweet. I loved Jane.
2. The hero is absolutely swoon-worthy, but not overly cliched.
3. The relationship between Jane and Luc develops naturally and realistically.
4. No over-the-top drama in here. Thank God.
5. Well-developed side characters. I especially liked Luc's sister.
6. The writing flows smoothly and simply; you don't need to think too much with this one. A plus as far as I'm concerned!
7. I skipped book 1 but didn't feel lost at all. Yay.
8. SJS has a perfect balance between sports talk and romance. I enjoyed both aspects of the book.
9. I still get the warm fuzzies whenever I think about this story.
Obsession - Jennifer L. Armentrout Does anyone want to buddy read this with me? That is, if there's still someone out there who has yet to read it. ;P
Promise Me This - Sarah Ashley Jones 3.5 stars
Happenstance (A Second Chance, #1) - M.J. Abraham Dropped at: 38%

Reason: Meh.

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