This feature is for short reviews, reviews of books in a series where it might feel repetitive, or (as Michelle suggested) books I was too lazy to write a “real” review for. Today’s books I read for book club and, with the exception of the last one, were DNFs. So I wanted to share them, but not spend a lot of time on reviewing.Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
Published by DAW on July 5th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
When a book has been sitting on my currently reading this long and I’ve forgotten it and feel no need to pick it up and see what happens…. I guess that means it’s time to DNF. I’m giving it 2 stars despite my DNF however – because when I was reading it I didn’t hate it. I just don’t care what happened.
Being a superheroine is hard. Working for one is even harder.
Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco's most beloved superheroine. She's great at her job—blending into the background, handling her boss's epic diva tantrums, and getting demon blood out of leather pants.
Unfortunately, she's not nearly as together when it comes to running her own life, standing up for herself, or raising her tempestuous teenage sister, Bea.
But everything changes when Evie's forced to pose as her glamorous boss for one night, and her darkest comes out: she has powers, too. Now it's up to her to contend with murderous cupcakes, nosy gossip bloggers, and supernatural karaoke battles—all while juggling unexpected romance and Aveda's increasingly outrageous demands. And when a larger threat emerges, Evie must finally take charge and become a superheroine in her own right... or see her city fall to a full-on demonic invasion.
Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
Published by HQN Books on May 31st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I’m giving this two stars because, had I finished it, I think it would have been a “meh” book for me. However, I’m done reading books that are only “meh” so I’m quitting it after two days with no desire to even pick it up. The characters were okay, though they blended together a bit for me. I thought I would find their business more interesting as I was in event planning once upon a time, but (as far as I got) there was very little actual work happening. Nothing about it was bad, I just found myself not interested.
bestselling author Sarah Morgan introduces a sizzling new trilogy about three best friends embracing life—and love—in Manhattan
Cool, calm and competent, events planner Paige Walker loves a challenge. After a childhood spent in and out of hospitals, she's now determined to prove herself—and where better to take the world by storm than in the exhilarating bustle of Manhattan? But when Paige is let go from the job she loves, she must face her biggest challenge of all—going it alone.
Except launching her own events company is nothing compared to hiding her outrageous crush on Jake Romano—her brother's best friend, New York's most in-demand date, and the only man to break her heart. When Jake offers Paige's fledgling company a big chance, their still-sizzling chemistry starts giving her sleepless nights. But can she convince the man who trusts no one to take a chance on forever?
The Scottish Duke by Karen Ranney
Published by Avon, Harper Audio on November 29th 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance
Length: 9 hours 22 minutes
I loved this book and, were it not for the beginning, would be giving it 5 stars. My only complaint was the way the pregnancy happened – it was just a wee-bit too much for me. I loved the characters and especially the mother-in-law.
New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney returns with the first novel in a new series about dashing, charismatic dukes—and the women who tame them…
Though raised as a gentleman’s daughter, Lorna Gordon is obliged to take a position as an upstairs maid at Blackhall Castle when her father dies. Alex Russell, the Duke of Kinross, is the most tempting man she’s ever seen—and completely unattainable—until, at a fancy dress ball, Lorna disguises herself as Marie Antoinette and pursues an illicit tryst…with scandalous consequences.
Months after his mysterious seductress disappears, Alex encounters her again. Far from the schemer the distrustful duke assumed her to be, Lorna is fiercely independent and resourceful. She’s the one woman capable of piercing his defenses. But when danger threatens Lorna, Alex must prove himself not just the lover of her fantasies, but the man who will fight to protect her.
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