Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Review: The Light of Day by Kristen Kehoe

The Light of Day 
(Beyond the Horizon,#2)
by Kristen Kehoe
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.92
Published on: October 2014 

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


Every action has its own consequence… 

Cora Whitley has learned the hard way that there are some choices you can’t escape, you merely survive. And she is, surviving that is. She’s living, breathing, eating, sleeping, working, all of the things you do when all you’re trying to do is get from one day to the next without truly remembering who you were. 

Jake Ferrari recognizes Cora the minute he sees her. Maybe it’s because somehow he knows she’s as broken as he is, or maybe it’s because when he looks at her he sees that the life he thought was over when his elbow blew out and his pitching career came to a halt can now be something different. Something better with her. 

But nothing comes for free, not even love. Follow Cora and Jake as they piece together their lives and deal with the consequences of falling in love with the one person they know they can’t have. 


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? Look at the cover. That's why. I loved it. Then I read the synopsis and thought this is something I think I'll like.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: The first in the series was 99 cents on Amazon, so I decided to read that one first. I really loved the first one, so I was excited to read the second one. 

The two novels are very distinct and different. The writing of The Light of Day seemed much more for an adult audience, whereas Beyond the Horizon seemed more for young adult readers. The Light of Day also had a much sadder tone and message. 

It dealt with some heavy issues, which honestly, I thought the author could have delved into more. 

However, having said that, this novel is an emotional, intriguing read. It was very different from what I expected...heavier even, and yet heavy in unexpected ways. 

I thought the romance was well developed, but there was something off about the couple for me. 

Anyway, if you're looking for a book that tackles serious issues without diving too deeply into them, this book deals with depression, family issues, diseases, addictions, and many other issues. 

A deeper novel than you'll find in many other New Adult novels. 

The Characters: Liked Jake. Had a hard time connecting with Cora. However, having said that, the characters were intriguing. 

Major Strengths: Surprisingly deep. 

Major Weaknesses: Moved slowly at times. 

So why 3 stars? I enjoyed it, but it didn't quite hit 4 stars for me. 

Can I read the series out of order? It alludes to events from the first novel and characters from it are mentioned in significant ways; however, it can be read as a stand-alone. 

Warnings/Side-notes: I honestly don't remember. I know it was for a more mature audience. 18 plus. But I can' remember if it was more on the young adult side or more on the adult side. 

The Wrap-up: An intriguing, albeit unexpectedly deep read that I enjoyed. I'll be interested in what the author comes up with next. 

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Survived the semester....What did I miss?

Hello Page Turners,

Sorry the posts have been sporadic lately. I was taking an intense load of classes this semester, working too many hours, and studying for the LSAT. 

Still waiting to get my scores back, but I think it went well. That means I've got a lot of reading to catch up on. 

What did I miss in the last four months? 

I definitely need some book recommendations. What were your favorites?

Love,

Danica Page 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Review: Something in the Air by Marie Landry

Something in the Air
by Marie Landry 
New Adult Realistic Romance 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.62
Published on: November 10, 2015

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Her life hasn't gone as planned, but she's about to realize that sometimes the best things happen when you stop expecting life to be a certain way...

When Rose Morgan put off her college plans to help her mother through a difficult time, she thought it would just be a bump in the road of her journey. She got a job to help pay the bills and started picking up the slack at home. But three years later, her bumpy ride hasn’t smoothed out yet, and Rose feels stuck. She’s working at a job she hates and living with a manipulative mother. She’s tired of feeling like her life has stalled, tired of the resentment and anger building inside her with each passing day.

Then Declan Connelly appears in her life, and even though the hot Irishman is seriously tempting, Rose is determined not to let him in. She’s afraid to suck anyone into her bizarre life, especially someone who seems too charming for his own good. She soon learns there’s more to Declan than his sexy accent and charismatic personality, though. He’s a good man, and he wants Rose in his life, baggage and all. He’s got his own, and he isn’t scared away like she originally feared he would be.

Everything in Rose’s life is changing quickly. It’s finally her time--time to figure out what she wants and what her future holds. Time to get swept off her feet and not fight it. But when her plans might take her away from all the amazing new things in her life, including Declan, Rose has to make a choice. Is she willing to chase her dreams, even if it means letting go of love?
 


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It looked like something I'd like. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I wanted to like this one so much. The plot sounded incredible, it had sexy Irish men in it, and it was about self-discovery. It seemed like everything I like. Yet, it just fell flat. 

The writing style irked me and I'm not quite sure why. The characters didn't do what I wanted them to. And the plot just fell flat for me. 

Having said that, I probably wouldn't have written any of that if I hadn't gone in with such high expectations. 

On a whole, the novel wasn't bad. It was intriguing and I enjoyed it. It just wasn't quite what I was expecting. 

Having said that, I think many fans of new adult fiction will enjoy this one. It's different in many ways, particularly the last 25%, than many novels in this genre. It is an intriguing book; it just wasn't what I was expecting. 

So why 3 stars? Fell kind of flat for me, but it was still one that I enjoyed. 

Warnings/Side-notes: As far as new adult novels go, this one is on the tamer side, but it is still meant for older audiences. 

The Wrap-up: Lots of potential, didn't quite live up to it. However, all in all not a bad book. 

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review: Falling like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter

Falling like Snowflakes
(Summer Harbor,#1)
by Denise Hunter
Adult Contemporary Inspirational Romance 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.26
Published by: Thomas Nelson 
Published on: September 8, 2015 
Pages:352

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Eden Martelli is too busy fleeing the clutches of danger to realize she’s running straight into the arms of a new love.

Speeding north through rural Maine, Eden Martelli wonders how her life came to this—on the run with her mute five-year-old son dozing fitfully in the passenger seat. When a breakdown leaves them stranded in Summer Harbor, Eden has no choice but to stay put through Christmas . . . even though they have no place to lay their heads.

Beau Callahan is a habitual problem solver—for other people anyway. He left the sheriff’s department to take over his family’s Christmas tree farm, but he’s still haunted by the loss of his parents and struggling to handle his first Christmas alone.

When Eden shows up looking for work just as Beau’s feisty aunt gets out of the hospital, Beau thinks he’s finally caught a break. Eden is competent and dedicated—if a little guarded—and a knockout to boot. But, as he soon finds out, she also comes with a boatload of secrets.

Eden has been through too much to trust her heart to another man, but Beau is impossible to resist, and the feeling seems to be mutual. As Christmas Eve approaches, Eden’s past catches up to her.

Beau will go to the ends of the earth to keep her safe. But who’s going to protect his heart from a woman who can’t seem to trust again.


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? Because I adore Hunter. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This wasn't my favorite novel by Hunter, but I did really enjoy it. 

Hunter's writing style is always refreshing and her characters are always intriguing. I thought that the novel started out kind of slowly and dragged at times, but I still did enjoy it very much.

I also felt like Hunter threw us into a world where it felt like a lot of things had happened before the novel started. I kept thinking I had missed a few books before this one. Yet, it was the first in the series. 

However, having said that, Hunter created a set of characters that I want to keep reading about. I can't wait to see what happens next in the series. As always, the characters were complex and Hunter touched upon some tough issues. 

Fans of Hunter will enjoy the novel, but I don't think it was her best. 

Major Strengths: Strong writing. 

Major Weaknesses: Felt like there was a lot of missing backstory. 

So why 3 stars? Not my favorite Hunter but enjoyable. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some violence. 

The Wrap-up: I can't wait to read the sequel. 

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, November 23, 2015

Review: Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman

Chivalrous 
(Valiant Hearts,#2)
by Dina L. Sleiman 
Adult Christian Historical Fiction 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.09
Published by: Bethany House 
Published on: September 1, 2015
Pages: 386 

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Strong and adventurous Gwendolyn Barnes longs to be a knight like her chivalrous brothers. However, that is not an option for her, not even in the Arthurian-inspired Eden where she dwells. Her parents view her only as a marriage pawn, and her domineering father is determined to see her wed to a brutish man who will break her spirit.

When handsome, good-hearted Allen of Ellsworth arrives in Edendale searching for his place in the world, Gwendolyn spies in him the sort of fellow she could imagine marrying. Yet fate seems determined to keep them apart. Tournaments, intrigue, and battles--along with twists and turns aplenty--await these two as they struggle to find love, identity, and their true destinies.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? Because I adored the first in the series. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I adored the first one in the series so much that I was scared to read this one. I was worried I would be disappointed. I loved Merry Ellison (Robin Hood) so much that I didn't see how this one could possibly measure up. I shouldn't have doubted.

I thought that the connection to Camelot was slim at best, which I actually liked. I wasn't looking to read a retelling of that story. And that isn't what I got. 

The novel loosely alludes to that story, but it is a great piece in and of itself. 
The plot line was masterfully crafted and kept me engaged for the entire story. 

The Characters: Gwen and Allen were characters that left me intrigued from the very beginning. They were well crafted, complex characters. 

Major Strengths: The plot line and overall story arc was fantastic. 

Major Weaknesses: It did drag at parts, not too bad, but just a little. 

So why 4 stars? Not without its flaws, but I still greatly enjoyed it. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, it alludes to events and characters from the first. Allen, himself, is a character from the first, but you could read this out of order. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Minor violence. 

The Wrap-up: Fantastic. I can't wait to see what's next for Sleiman. 

Love,

Danica Page

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Review: Bathsheba by Angela Hunt

Bathsheba
(Dangerous Beauty,#2)
by Angela Hunt 
Adult Christian Historical Fiction 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.15
Published by: Bethany House 
Published on: August 1, 2015
Pages: 368
Buy on Amazon

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

After sending his army to besiege another king's capital, King David forces himself on Bathsheba, a loyal soldier's wife. When her resulting pregnancy forces the king to murder her husband and add her to his harem, Bathsheba struggles to protect her son while dealing with the effects of a dark prophecy and deadly curse on the king's household.

Combining historical facts with detailed fiction, Angela Hunt paints a realistic portrait of the beautiful woman who struggled to survive the dire results of divine judgment on a king with a divided heart.


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? I adored Esther, and was curious on her take of Bathsheba. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I'm always cautious of reading biblical historical fiction, but I enjoyed Esther so I decided to give it a go. 

Hunt does a fantastic job of weaving biblical narrative with a great deal of imagination. 

The story of David and Bathsheba is one that has always intrigued me. I loved how Hunt made it come to life. 

All of the characters seemed much more relatable and the writing was well crafted. If you love stories of romance and intrigue, then definitely give this one a chance.

Major Strengths: Creativity and yet staying true to real account. 

Major Weaknesses: Slow beginning. 

So why 3 stars? An enjoyable retelling of the tale, but one that started out slow. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, this is unrelated to the previous one.

Warnings/Side-notes: Vague sexual references and violence.

The Wrap-up: A great story that I enjoyed. 

Love,

Danica Page

Review: A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter

A Noble Masquerade 
(Hawthorne House,#1)
by Kristi Ann Hunter
Adult Historical Inspirational Fiction 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.11
Published by: Bethany House 
Published on: September 8, 2015
Pages: 365

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother's old school friend, a duke--with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she's heard stories about but never met. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marcus, her brother's new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling in love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned.

When Marcus accidentally discovers and mails one of the letters to her unwitting confidant, Miranda is beyond mortified. And even more shocked when the duke returns her note with one of his own that initiates a courtship-by-mail. Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men--one she's never met but whose words deeply resonate with her heart, and one she has come to depend on but whose behavior is more and more suspicious. When it becomes apparent state secrets are at risk and Marcus is right in the thick of the conflict, one thing is certain: Miranda's heart is far from all that's at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.
 


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? Because I adored the cover. It's beautiful. Also, the summary sounded interesting. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Not at all what I was expecting. The characters in this book were beautifully developed. Their interactions were nothing short of impeccably crafted. I found myself laughing hysterically as Miranda and Marsh interacted. 

The plot was predictable as was the suspense, but I loved that Hunter decided to add the suspense in. I adored A Scarlet Pimpernel and ever since anything on the French Revolution. 

I would have liked to see the suspense played up more, but it was well written. 

Major Strengths: The characters and the writing style. 

Major Weaknesses: There were certain elements that didn't seem wrapped up enough at the end for me. The two halves of the book felt disconnected. Also, the suspense needed to be played up more. 

I also felt like this was a sequel not the first novel. I then found out there was indeed a novella written first. While this can be read as a stand-alone, I would have liked to have read the other one in the series first. 

So why 4 stars? Because I loved it despite its flaws. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, but I would have preferred not to. Events that happen in the novella prequel are alluded to a lot. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Minor violence.

The Wrap-up: I can't wait to see what's next for Hunter and to read Georgina's story. I'm not sure how she'll make her likable. 

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, September 21, 2015

Review: Drawing Fire by Janice Cantore

Drawing Fire 
(Cold Case Justice, #1)
by Janice Cantore 
Adult Inspirational Romance 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.46
Published by: Tyndale House Publishers 
Published on: June 1, 2015
Pages: 425

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

One case from her past defines homicide detective Abby Hart.With a possible serial killer stalking elderly women in Long Beach, California, Abby's best lead is Luke Murphy, an irritating private investigator who saw a suspect flee the scene of the latest homicide. When Abby discovers that the most recent victim is related to the governor, she's anxious to talk to him about a cold case that's personal to her--one Luke is interested in as well.As she learns more about the restaurant fire that took her parents' lives years ago, Abby discovers why Luke is so invested in finding the ones responsible. The more they uncover, though, the more questions they have. Can Abby find peace without having all the answers?

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It's Christian suspense. That's like my favorite genre ever. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I'm always leery about reading Christian romantic suspense novels because I adore them so much. That means I have high expectations, and when a book doesn't live up to those expectations, it's doubly painful. 

This one started out slow, but quickly enough it captured my attention and I was racing to finish it. 

Cantore did a great job of creating complex characters and combined that with great writing.

While this wasn't my favorite romantic suspense novel, I did really enjoy it and am looking forward to reading the sequel. I can't wait to see what happens next. 

If you're looking for an intriguing romantic suspense more on the suspense side than the romance side than this is the novel for you.

This is a series that doesn't switch main characters for the sequel. That's always risky, but I'll admit I'm intrigued to see what happens in the next one. I think in this case it's going to work out. 

Major Strengths: Strong writing and an intriguing plot. 

Major Weaknesses: Just lacked that extra kick to grant it a 4 star status. 

So why 3 stars? While I did enjoy it, I thought that it was a little bit predictable and it lacked that extra umph. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Minor violence. 

The Wrap-up: An intriguing novel that promises to be the start of a great new series. 

Love,

Danica Page

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Review: One Good Thing by Lily Maxton

One Good Thing 
by Lily Maxton
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.5
Published by: August 18, 2015
Published on: Bloomsbury Spark 
Pages: 200 

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Danielle is fresh out of college and should be ready to face the world, but she's terrified of failing, both in her life and in love. Everything feels safe, from her boring starter job to her tiny, depressing apartment-that is, until she meets Evan, the coworker who pokes all of her buttons in all of the right ways. He's cute, sweet, self-assured and has a way of seeing the brave, sarcastic woman underneath her worries. He also has a way of getting her into the most compromising positions … in the most unlikely places. 

As their work email heats up, their relationship moves from friends with benefits to more than just benefits. But, like all fledgling couples, they'll have to overcome a few obstacles on their way to their happily ever after, including evil German Shepherds, boomerang ex-boyfriends, scheming coworkers, and company parties gone awry. 

Fall head over heels for this standalone New Adult Contemporary Romance, and see how your life can change when you finally find that One Good Thing.


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It looked cute. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I didn't go in with super high expectations. I expected the book to be a fun, cute read that was quick but didn't leave a long-lasting impression. That's what I got. 

The book was funny and did make me smile and laugh, but it wasn't super deep. 

I did, however, really like Evan's character. He was funny and I thought he was a hoot to read about. 

I thought the dynamic between them was realistic and fun. However, I read a book with pretty much the same plot mere days later, and I enjoyed that one more (Neanderthal Seeks Human).

Having said that, I'd still recommend this one. It was fun and fans of the genre should enjoy it. 

Major Strengths: Cute, fun read. 

Major Weaknesses: Predictable. 

So why 3 stars? It was an average book, but I enjoyed it. 

Warnings/Side-notes: For 17+ for sexual references meant for older audiences. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable, fun read but not one that particularly stood out. 

Love,

Danica Page

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Review: Stupid Love by Cindy Miles

Stupid Love
(Stupid in Love,#1)
by Cindy Miles
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.06 
Published by: TKA Distribution
Published on: September 10, 2015
Pages: 247

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

MEMORY 

Casualties. 

That’s how I refer to the guys who’ve had the bad fortune to fall for me. They only see long legs that they wish were wrapped around them, a cat-like smile, and the reckless abandon to take on any wild dare. It’s all a game to me. Show me a bridge, and I’ll leap over the side. Give me a car, and I’ll race it. Give me a heart, and I’ll break it. I always win. I even showed Death who was boss a long time ago. 

Or so I thought. 

Now, time is running out, and I’m losing fast…and big. I met someone. Jace Beaumont. He’s smart, and good, and I dream about spending days exploring the summit of his perfect lips. But, I’m a grenade. I know I should leave him be. I can’t. 

JACE 

Study, class, work, repeat. That’s all I have time for. At twenty-five years old, I have a bit more mileage on me than the average college freshman. But, that’s what happens when you spend your youth drinking, partying, and bagging girls like it’s a full-time job. Now, I have goals. There’s just one kink in my plans. Her name is Memory. She’s every guy’s dream girl. She’s intoxicating. She’s trouble. I want to stay away. I can’t.


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? The cover looked fantastic and I've enjoyed previous things by this author. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  I really adored the book. It was interesting and stood out from several other New Adult books I've read recently.

I thought Cindy did a great job of creating quirky, entertaining characters who were enjoyable to read about.

The name Memory did throw me for a loop though. Who names their kid Memory? 

The writing was fast paced, and I thought that the plot was interesting. Without giving any details away or spoiling anything, a lot of the plot reminded me of "A Walk to Remember." Now, I'm not talking about the ending--just the overall book. Girl who's sick who's only parent is a dad. Starts dating a guy. Doesn't tell him she's sick...you get the idea.

However, Memory was far from being like the girl in the book. She was a kick-butt character, a daredevil, and intense.

Major Strengths: Meaningful books and an engaging plot. 

Major Weaknesses: Dragged a bit at times. 

So why 3 stars? A fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed, but it wasn't quite of a 4 star caliber. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, although be prepared to want to read the previous two afterwards. 

Warnings/Side-notes: New Adult. References to sex (fairly vague) and references to drinking. 

The Wrap-up: A book that I'm glad I took a chance on. 

Love,

Danica Page

Monday, September 7, 2015

Review: Find Me in Manhattan by Shealy James

Find Me in Manhattan 
(Finding Series, #3)
by Shealy James 
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.44
Published on: April 21, 2015 

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

She wants freedom from life on the farm. 
He wants to forget a life-changing tragedy. 
She’s a student desperate to be taken seriously. 
He’s a veteran trying to go back to ordinary. 
She falls in love easily. 
He finds it hard to feel at all.
A chance encounter. 
A mirage.
A dream.
He tries to rescues her. 
She wants to save herself. 
It takes danger to bring them together… 
…and fear to tear them apart.

Can they find love in a city known for heartbreak?


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? I liked the title. That was what drew me in. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book was an enjoyable one that I'm glad I read. While it lacked that extra depth to be an excellent read, it was still a fun read.

I went in with high expectations (unusual since I hadn't heard of the author or the series before, but I did). That might also contribute to why the book didn't quite reach a 4 star rating.

However, having said that, I enjoyed the novel. It was well written. The plot was fairly fast paced, and the writing was good. I've read books that were better than this one before, but it stood out from the crowd.

An enjoyable read recommended for fans of new adult. 

So why 3 stars? Just didn't quite stand out enough to be a 4. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, I did. 

The Wrap-up: Fun, quick read. 

Love,

Danica Page

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review: Lady at Arms by Tamara Leigh

Lady at Arms 
(Lady, #1)
by Tamara Leigh  
Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.04
Published on: January 17, 2014
Pages: 350
Buy on Amazon (It's free) 

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

LADY AT ARMS: A “clean read” rewrite of Warrior Bride, published by Bantam Books, 1994

HE WAS THE VILEST OF MEN
Lizanne Balmaine has spent years honing her skills at arms, determined she will never again be at the mercy of any man. When she comes face to face with the one who stole her future, she seizes the opportunity to exact revenge. Soon he is her prisoner, at her mercy. But something is different about him, something that makes her question her purpose. Is it possible a man can be so changed? More, can she right the wrong that could lay ruin to her family?

SHE WAS A QUESTION NEVER BEFORE ASKED OF HIM
Ranulf Wardieu does not seek a bride, nor a settling of scores when his mission for the king places him in the path of a beguiling, raven-haired maiden. But fascination turns to fury when she imprisons him. Accused of wrongdoing, the nature of which she refuses to reveal, he discovers the lady is as skilled at wielding a sword as she is at verbal sparring. When he bests her at her game and his jailer becomes his captive, he is determined to learn what wrong he has done her. However, as they engage in a battle of wits and wills and he glimpses her woman’s heart, he discovers Lizanne is a question never before asked of him—one his own jaded heart refuses to answer.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? It's free. And it looked amazing. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book exceeded my expectations. I absolutely adored it. It was a clean book. It wasn't Christian fiction but it was clean. 

I loved the characters and the plot. The characters were multifaceted and intriguing. 

The plot was addicting and contagious. I couldn't stop reading. It was suspenseful and engaging. 

The novel was a clean read but that didn't mean there wasn't a whole lot of tension. 

This is one novel that kept me reading from the very first page until I turned the last one.

Fans of historical fiction should love this one. 

I can't begin to explain what my favorite part of the book was. It was a tie between the characters and the plot. 

A fantastic read. 

The Characters: I have always had a thing about women who were also kick-butt warriors. That might have started with Tamara Pierce when I was much younger, but it never faded. I loved being able to read another one sort of similar to that as an adult. Lizanne was a great character.

Then there was Ranulf. He was such an intriguing, great character as well. 

Major Strengths: Everything. 

Major Weaknesses: The fact that it ended. 

So why 4 stars? It was incredible. I loved everything about this one. A fantastic read. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Although it's clean, I'd still say 17+ due to some sensitive matters discussed in the novel. 

The Wrap-up: A fantastic novel. I can't wait to read the next one. 

Love,

Danica Page

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