Colby’s Child by Patricia Watters

Colby’s Child by Patricia Watters

Rated 3 out of 5 White Roses.

Content rated with the Pale Pink Rose.

Jenny MacDonald knows that Jason Colby is nothing more than a con artist. He may have fooled the whole town into thinking he’s a saint but she knows better! He’s the man responsible for her husband’s death. It doesn’t matter if the way he acts is contrary to how her husband described him. His kindness is not fooling her! Neither is his good looks…

Jason knows what kind of a man he is and he knows that he doesn’t deserve a woman like Jenny MacDonald. He just can’t let her know the truth about her husband and how he really died. The fact that he wants Jenny has no bearing on the situation, he can’t have her. His past will never let him have the future he really wants.

Now here’s my humble opinion…

Even though I liked this story, I still couldn’t help but get aggravated with our hero. He wants to be with Jenny, he technically is with Jenny but he can’t keep her. His stubborn attitude bordered on the ridiculous. In fact, if he simply shared the truth with Jenny when he had the opportunity it would have saved them both a lot of heartache and trial. It woudl have also saved the reader, that is me, from constantly thinking, “Are you serious, man?” But if he had done that, then we, the readers, would be left without a story.

Colby’s Child was still pleasant and even had touching moments where I felt the pain of the characters in the story. It just focused so much on Jenny wanting to make a relationship between them work while Jason kept putting her off and not giving her a real reason why beyond that she deserved better. The truth, when it was revealed, made me think, “That’s it? That’s the reason you pushed the love of your life away?” And as nice as the premiss of the story was, with an alpha who thought he didn’t deserve the love of a good woman, it didn’t have much of a plot beyond that.

Don’t Forget To Smell The Flowers,

The Rose Courtesan

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Colby’s Child sold by Amazon Kindle May 2011.

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Celebrating Friendships & Ringin’ In 2012 Giveaway!

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Remember we’re giving away the FIRST SEASON of FRIENDS on DVD to one lucky person.

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The Royal Sheikh by Katheryn Lane

The Royal Sheikh by Katheryn Lane

Rated 3.5 out of 5 White Roses.

Content rated with the Yellow Rose.

Clare McKay is a talented young woman working to get registered as a fully qualified architect when a chance encounter (or two) with Sheikh Rafiq Al Kahil drastically changes her life. Not only does he save her job and give her the opportunity to see her design come to reality, he also takes her to the Arabian desert where Clare is presented with temptations that are hard to resist. But no. He’s got a horrible reputation with women. He’s the Playboy Prince. She can’t, and she won’t, fall for his charms.

When Rafiq thought to ask Clare to show him some designs of a house, he didn’t actually think she’d create a vision of his dream home. So when she places the requested blueprints in front of him, he can’t help but feel a grudging respect for a woman he’s already attracted to. Clare just doesn’t seem like any of the woman he’s been with before who are only after him for what they can get out of the relationship. What can he say? What can he do, that will let her know he’s very serious about her?

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I must say The Royal Sheikh is sweet in its simplicity. Two people, by fate or by mere coincidence, meet once, meet twice and each time, they happen to feel a connection that draws them to the other. It is a storyline we may have already heard a time or two but sometimes those stories are ones worth repeating because they’re just nice to hear about again.

While The Royal Sheikh doesn’t quite stand out in the romance genre it was still pleasant to read about how Clare and Rafiq fall in love. The writing is well done. In fact some of the details in the story were actually quite interesting to read about and they were done subtly enough that people might not even realize they’re learning something new. So while it may not be the next great romance, for a first time writer, Ms. Lane is definitely on the right track.

Hugs & Kisses,

The Lustrous Courtesan

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The Royal Sheikh sold by Amazon Kindle July 2011.

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Contest & Free Giveaway!

We at the Reading Haven hope you all had a wonderful and delightful holiday season as well as an awesome new year celebration.

We want to continue ringin’ in 2012 by giving you an opportunity we ourselves enjoy!

Friends are what make this world a marvelous place and we Book Courtesans love our friends. So what better way to celebrate friendship than by giving away the gift of Friends.

That’s right! We’re giving away the complete FIRST SEASON of FRIENDS.

Contest starts… well, right now! All you have to do is leave a comment in ANY of the posts with your first name and the first initial of your last name. Only one comment per person!

The contest ends Saturday, January 7 at midnight EST.

Winner will be drawn at random and will be named and notified.

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Love & All That Jazz,

The Book Courtesans

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His Indecent Proposal by Lynda Chance

His Indecent Proposal by Lynda Chance

Rated 4 out of 5 White Roses.

Content rated with the Fire Rose.

If David Bennett wants to play the game of office politics, he’ll need to find a wife and fast. What better way to show the old bastards on the board of directors that he’s not a fast and loose player but a stable and settled businessman than by being a family man? At least that’s what he’s being advised. However, he didn’t take the idea seriously until Jenna Hardin opened her mouth and teasingly offered to apply for the position of his wife. Then for some odd yet delicious reason, the thought of getting married seemed to be less ridiculous.

Jenna really needs to learn to bite her tongue. She just overheard part of a conversation while in the office break room and couldn’t help but interject a little humor. She should have known it wouldn’t have turned out well when she saw David Bennett was the one looking for a wife. Now he’s offering her a business/marital contract: marry him for two years and she’ll get two hundred thousand dollars. She knows she should refuse him. He just makes it impossible for her to say, “No”.

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Well, readers, if you ever wanted to find a story where the hero dominates, then His Indecent Proposal is the story for you. Seriously, “alpha” is too tame a description for David Bennett. He just possesses… and he does it in a way that draws you in. This courtesan can fully understand Jenna’s predicament in this tale. She wants to fight him but at the exact same time she just wants to give in and let him have his delightfully wicked way. Any sensible and sensual woman would want to be in her shoes.

This is an erotic novella so it is a shorter and quicker read. It does however give you a good taste of the writing style of the author and personally made me wish I had more to read about the two main characters. Now, while Jenna makes for a so-so heroine, David Bennett is what makes this story worth while. As I implied before, he not only mastered in the bedroom, he simply dominated the whole story. For it’s price on the Kindle, I’d say it’s worth it just to read about David.

Hugs & Kisses,

The Lustrous Courtesan

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His Indecent Proposal sold by Amazon Kindle November 2011.

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Tides of Passion by Tracy Sumner

Tides of Passion by Tracy Sumner

 

Rated 3.5 out of 5 White Roses.

Content rated with the Red Rose.

For the unstoppable Savannah Connor, it is not enough to just be aware of the unfairness women (especially the underprivileged) suffer in the patriarchal society she lives in.  She has to fight for women’s rights, protesting all over the country.  In the year 1898, it is not surprising that the “sassy, liberating rabble-rouser” has been arrested thirteen times.  Yes, dear readers, our heroine is a bona-fide trouble-maker extraordinaire – but of course, for the right cause.

Frankly, Constable Zachariah Garrett, most likely, will be more sympathetic with her “profession” if it does not complicate his.  Keeping peace, safety, and order in Pilot Isle (as well as retaining his self-sacrificing, “saintly” reputation) is his responsibility.  And Miss Connor is Trouble (with a capital T) from the get go, especially to his remarkable self-control.  She threatens more than his sanity, she also threatens to unleash his wild, fun-loving real self.

Naturally, there are more complications to them getting together (for sure, you saw that coming).  Both of them are stubborn with baggage galore.  Zach is a widower with a son, and he promised never to marry again due to so much guilt.  Savannah also views marriage in a negative sense (you would too if you have male chauvinistic pigs for a father and brother).  However, from the very start, they find each other irresistible.  But, giving in to that attraction will cause so much complications, enough to turn their world upside down.

With Tides of Passion, Ms. Tracy Sumner created two well-rounded, complex protagonists that readers will like.  I always appreciate strong, intelligent heroines, and Savannah most definitely surpass that.  Despite coming from a privileged life, she devoted herself to improving the life of the more unfortunate women.  Zach actually is as devoted as Savannah to the people of Pilot Isle, risking his life many times.  So, he is a perfect match to her.  I also like the fact that he never really (okay, he does try, albeit unsuccessfully) controls her.

The only thing I disliked about Savannah is her use of big words.  It makes her condescending at times, and I prefer not needing a dictionary beside me if I am trying to relax and enjoy a novel.  She and Zach also talk too much when they are making love which lessens the sensuality and believability of the scenes. 

Nevertheless,  the dialogue is witty and hilarious.  Savannah is a riot (pun intended).  For sure, dear readers, you will find this novel entertaining too, and I do recommend it.

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler,

The Mischievous Courtesan

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Tides of Passion (Seaswept Seduction Series) sold by Amazon Kindle October 2011.

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