Wednesday, August 6, 2014

2 Presents Reviews: Uncovering Her Nine Month Secret by Jennie Lucas and The Future King's Love-Child by Melanie Milburne

Hi all!

Two extremely cheesy Harlequin romances this time! :D




Author: Jennie Lucas
Title: Uncovering Her Nine Month Secret
Release date: 1st of August 2014
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Romance
Published by: Harlequin
Pages: 192 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

"You wouldn't have been able to resist either, believe me."

He broke down my defenses as if they were paper. One dark, unfathomable glance from Alejandro, the notorious Duke of Alzacar, and I was his. It was only later that I realized why he'd seduced me, and I had no choice but to flee.

Nine months on, he's found me. No matter how my body and my heart react to him, I can never let the duke take our son away from me. But Alejandro will stop at nothing. I just have one card left to play….  

Review:

Another hidden baby plot with a spurned lover and lots of misunderstandings! I was simply drawn to this like a duck to water, but a couple of aspects didn’t entirely let me enjoy this book to the full extent.  

I loved that it had a noticeable Cinderella-vibe going on. You have the poor orphan forced to the attic by a selfish and cruel relative, but then she catches the eye of the biggest fish in the sea and instead of leaving a slipper for the guy to find, this time the slipper aka the baby is taken by the heroine and the guy searches the world for his lost loved one. I really liked this plotline, however unlikely and regardless of the illogicalness or the gaping plot holes. Things don’t have to make sense in fairy tales or Harlequin Presents and that’s why I love both.

I also liked the idyllic life in the Spanish countryside and the mystery surrounding Alejandro and his little secret, which I basically solved already during the first hint, but it was still exciting to follow.

My biggest hassle was with the heroine. While determined and self-respecting, she just acted so juvenile and flighty. She had the making of a backbone, but it wasn’t evident enough for me to like her. The situations where she displayed confidence and a set mind were also the places where she usually acted against logic or based on some misplaced fears or fleeting bursts of sudden emotions.

As a con the exaggeration of the evilness of villains was too over-the-top, their reasoning in the first place for the ill intent and the extent it went to was to the point of comical and annoying. Well, at least the villainy ended quite funnily from one side and extremely for another.

Overall:

I was hoping more from this, the premise was so promising regarding my personal guilty pleasure plot devices. I generally still liked it, but I only wish the heroine would have had more character and acted more like a sensible adult. Well, you can’t have everything all the time, at least the hero was quite likable.

3 stars!






Title: The Future King’s Love-Child
Release date: 12th of November 2009
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Romance
Published by: Harlequin
Pages: 192 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary: 

Cassie Kyriakis was wrongly accused of murdering her father and jailed, leaving her wild-child roots and Seb, her one true love, behind her....

Now, the throne awaits Prince Sebastian Karedes!

Seb once loved Cassie so passionately he would have chosen her over his kingdom. But she rejected him. Now that she's been released from prison, he discovers that she may be innocent and that she gave birth to his baby in her cell! Sebastian must choose between honor and duty. He will claim his love-child--but what about Cassie?

Review:

This is an older Harlequin and with the amount and pace they’re put out, not to mention the recycled a couple of dozen words they use to form titles, it would have disappeared amongst others if I accidentally hadn’t clicked on it and if the synopsis hadn’t caught my attention. I’m all guilty for liking hidden baby plots combined with misjudged heroines whom the hero has to grovel to and work hard to win back her affections. So, yes, a great angsty reconciliation romance with a cute kid was what I expected and more or less received.

What I got:

Cassie was an incredibly likable, strong and, especially, mistreated and misunderstood heroine – exactly what I was hoping for. Abruptly having been woken up to a harsh reality from her wealthy socialite days to being locked up in prison, pregnant to boot, she had to grow up and fight day and night for her little boy. I loved her adoration for her son and how she handled her misery and distressing situation – this was one tortured heroine. She also wasn’t as naïve, juvenile, unintentionally egoistic and illogical as too many Harlequin Presents heroines tend to be.

Sam was utterly cute, sweet and shy. I’m also glad that he wasn’t just there as a plot device, he actually SPOKE and was included in the story line and events – he was a full-fledged character. I was fond of each and every moment he had a scene with his mom or dad. It’s funny, but many other Harlequin Present have the kid just for the sake of it or as a means to an end.

Well, who doesn’t like a Cinderella-like plot with a prince and a heroine needing to be taken care of and spoiled after many hardships? And despite the hero being a self-serving douche for some time, he did grow into the shoes of a good hero in the end. 

What I didn’t get:

Sebastian didn’t grovel nearly as much as he should have! Well, he did make the right decision in the end with sacrifices from his side as well, so I guess I can just turn a blind eye this time.

It was short and went by too fast and, as usual, the plot in itself was kind of basic and none-existent, but such is the case with 99% of Harlequin Presents. Honestly, I don’t really read them for the “brilliant” and “complex” plots anyway so I shouldn’t whine about this.

Overall:

Since I liked the plot and the heroine then this is already worth 4 stars. You can’t always ask more from a Presents novel and this certainly outdid itself compared to most others. I enjoyed and liked!

4 stars!

LIIS

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