Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Convict's Bounty Bride - Review-

Lena Dowling offers us a unique romance story about a man who allowed himself to be sent to an Australian prison colony in return for money and a bride.

James Hunter knew what he wanted and needed to get ahead.  He just never realized that both what he wanted, needed and bargained for could be found in the same woman.  Lady Thea Willers is a headstrong, opinionated woman who hates the idea of marriage, loves to ride astride a horse and wants a job with her father at the bank.  She has no place in her life for a man and especially not the man that she was basically sold too.  In return for keeping her brother out of jail her father bargained her!

Lena Dowling takes on a fast romantic story with all of the elements.  I say fast since this is a Novella and only about 65 pages.  It is a quick and easy read for those without a lot of time.  It give you everything a full romance gives you but in less book space.

The only downside to this book is that it is so short you really don't get many of the details you crave.  Everything happens too fast to be fully satisfying.  However, I know this is the risk that you run anytime you read any Novella.  I would love to read some of Dowlings full sized books to get a real understanding of her abilities as an author. 



Mark of the Sylph -Review-

Normally I hate coming in on a series that I have not read the first book on.  However, Mark of the Sylph by Rosalie Lario, stands alone.  while it does reference book one, they explain enough so that you don't need to read the prior book to enjoy the story. 

How would you feel if Demons killed your family and terrorized you as a child? Maya Flores has that issue.  Not only that but she is immune to magic.  This means that she can see through all magic and that is exactly what sexy Half-demon Taeg needs.  So when Taeg kidnaps Maya she has to learn to live with having a demon around and keep her nightmares under control.  Oh and did I mention that there is a sword, an angel, a dragon, and more?

I loved this book it had a lot; it had a fast story line that was easy to keep up with, understandable characters and the true meaning of losing prejudice.  Not only that but it also had some hot, not so vanilla, sex scenes.  I mean who can resist a super sexy half demon.  Not Maya that is for sure. 

Things that could be improved in the book would be some of the descriptions of the demons that Maya sees.  While they do give you a good understand of what she is seeing I think that there was room for some amazing embellishment on what was done. 
I really can’t wait to see what happens to the rest of the half brothers and what trouble they get into.