Friday, February 15, 2013

2 Presents Reviews: A Ring to Secure His Heir by Lynne Graham & The Ruthless Caleb Wilde by Sandra Marton - 5 Star Review!

Hi all!

I needed some good old-fashioned romance :) 





Author: Sandra Marton
Release date: 18th of December 2012
Published by: Harlequin
Imprint: Harlequin Presents
Series: The Wilde Brothers #2
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 192 in e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

Caleb Wilde, infamous attorney, has a merciless streak and a razor-sharp mind… Years of relentless work have hardened Caleb’s heart – until one New York night changes everything. Now he’s haunted by the memory of tangled sheets, unrivalled passion and one woman – Sage Dalton. The siren of his dreams is, in reality, the woman who played him for a fool – but still nothing can satiate his burning desire for her. So when he learns that Sage has something very precious that belongs to him, a gift from their one night, Caleb will stop at nothing to claim it!

Review:

I’ve read a fair share of Harlequin Presents (it’s one of my biggest guilty pleasures) and there have been some utter disappointments and some really engaging and emotional reads. Fortunately, this book belongs to the latter, in the really positive side of the spectrum.

I liked most aspects of this story, here’s a few:

A big plus was that there was a decent amount of dialogue and actual conversations between the characters, not only describing their feelings for pages and pages. In addition, the dialogue was mostly quite interesting too, nothing too standard or general as is the case with too many Harlequin romances.

I really appreciated the actual chemistry between the characters. But, as always, love and desire (insta love) comes quite fast in Harlequins stories, blink and you might miss it, but here, although again not nearly enough time devoted for that for my liking, everything just clicked and was spot on with what I got to know and how I pictured the characters and how the story flowed. I didn’t doubt that Caleb and Sage were insanely attracted to each other and that love could blossom from this stable and strong chemistry.

I liked the hero and heroine, they weren’t your typical alpha male and nurturing poor female needing care, they actually had personalities, appealing ones at that. They had their moments but, overall, a strong and compatible pair that was entertaining, romantic, infuriating, emotional and perfect all at once.

The way they met was slightly cliché: the hot rich hero come to the rescue, but I liked that Sage didn’t go down easily and Caleb didn’t have to do everything by himself, she was a force to be reckoned with.

And as usual, what is a Harlequin without the big misunderstanding, and several in this case, BUT however corny, unlikely or silly I’ve always had a soft spot for them, mostly because of the amounts of angst that comes with it, in tolerable doses of course. The angst here I approve of.

Me no like, much:

Was I the only one that felt the David line of the story kind of felt short and too convenient? Would have liked to see and know more.

Characters:

Sage was sweet and tough, she held her own against all and fought for what she considered important to her. While still vulnerable and caught in diverse misfortunes, I admired her determination and independence. I especially liked how she stood up to Caleb and did it quite successfully, even though, he is the one who is supposed to be the hotshot attorney.

Caleb actually came across human and, thus, likable unlike many carbon copy alpha males. I liked how he showed his care, love and respect for Sage. He was able to let loose and not be this intimidating rich cold only-business kind of guy. I loved the conversations he had with his brothers.

Overall:

Definitely one of my favorite Harlequin Presents. It had all the good stuff that I usually expect only that it took those to another level. A quick and romantic read.



5 stars!







Author: Lynne Graham
Release date: 18th of December 2012
Published by: Harlequin
Imprint: Harlequin Presents
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 192 in e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

An unexpected glitch in his plan... Working late is nothing new for tycoon Alex – and it’s the perfect excuse to get close to office-cleaner Rosie Gray. He’s promised his ailing godfather he’ll discover whether his long-lost granddaughter is a worthy heir. Intoxicated by the after-hours attention of this mysterious, suave businessman, Rosie finds her dreams destroyed with the slamming of the bedroom door on their one-night stand. Discovering she’s pregnant, she goes to confront him – but no one at work has heard of Alex Kolovos… They do, however, know Alexius Stavroulakis, the CEO, and he has a glittering proposal for her!

Review:

I’ve read many Lynne Graham books and she has been number one in my favorite Harlequin Presents writers for quite some time already, but unfortunately, this book wasn’t up to her usual standard. It’s a wonderful guilty pleasure romance that I’m accustomed to expect from her, so I can’t complain, but, still, I was left slightly hanging.

All the aspects why I like her books were there – the über alpha, the penniless damsel in distress, the unexpected baby, the slow burn till love is found and declared - but they seemed to lack the usual extra angsty spark that comes with her other stories I’ve read. I can’t fully put my finger on it.

The main couple was the biggest pro for me. They were the standard types but managed to be distinct and memorable in their own subtle ways in the quite tight framework of standard Harlequin Presents romance characters. I loved that they grew and developed and definitely weren’t standing in the same place as in the beginning. Another things I liked was the addition of the cute dog, I love animals!

My biggest con was that I wasn’t completely satisfied by the climax or the “stealing back the girl part,” it was kind of anticlimactic and I was expecting something more. When I notices that it was the end, I was clicking my kindle back and forth to be sure that it definitely was over or I missed something. It felt abrupt.

Characters:

I liked the heroine Rosie, she was such a doormat at first but I admired that she pulled herself together, grew an actual backbone, made choices and acted as a noticeable force and opponent to Alexius, to the level that he couldn’t completely walk all over her at all. She was quite a tough cookie by the end to which I can only applaud her for.

I liked that Alexius didn’t fall in love with Rosie too fast and reacted quite realistically towards her, the baby and the whole unexpected situation. I appreciated that he wasn’t completely taken and didn’t feel a huge connection with the baby, it was refreshing to see him coming to grips with becoming a father and not reacting like a emotional blob when seeing the first ultrasound of the baby. He was your typical guy, ok, a hot, Greek billionaire, but still. He was a complete alpha but I liked that he wasn’t too overprotective, controlling or determined to take over her life. He was actually kind of awkward, which was cute in its own way.

Overall:

Not my favorite Lynne Graham story but an enjoyable romance nevertheless. Don’t let it be your very first from this author, because she has written some heart melting swoony angsty goodness that will make you just sigh with joy.



3 stars!


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3 comments:

  1. I so agree that these tend to be hit or miss, but after reading your delightful reviews I will be adding The Ruthless Caleb Wilde to my list!

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  2. Thanks for the feedback!
    Really really good Harlequin Presents are quite rare so definitely pick up the first one :D

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