Genre: Romance

Review: Finding Colin Firth – Mia March

Review: Finding Colin Firth – Mia March

*I received a free ARC of Finding Colin Firth from Gallery / Threshold / Pocket Books via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review* Finding Colin Firth is a surprising contemporary novel following three women whose lives become connected in a small town in Maine. A beautiful depiction about all the choices women have to make in their lives, and the social pressure for them to always do ‘the right thing’. And I really appreciated reading a contemporary romance that takes feminism and gender roles seriously, but just as a part of the story, not in a preaching or debating  way. Bea finds out that she was adopted a year after her mother died, she receives a letter in her […]

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Review: The Russian Temptation (Foreign Affairs #2) – Nikki Navarre

Review: The Russian Temptation (Foreign Affairs #2) – Nikki Navarre

*I received a free ARC of The Russian Temptation from Aspendawn Books via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review* The Russian Temptation is a thrilling spy / romance set in a hidden city in Siberia for the most part. Funny, filled with assassination attempts, a strong and very smart female main character and international diplomacy, it’s a fast-paced read that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the most part. Skylar is quirky and fun, very intelligent, diplomatic, gorgeous and she speaks several languages. She has worked months to get to the hidden city of Khimgorod and evaluate a chemical plant she thinks is selling chemical weapons to countries that will use them in war. Once […]

Posted 28 February, 2014 by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews in Reviews / 7 Comments
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Review: A Groom for Christmas – Cara Marsi

Review: A Groom for Christmas – Cara Marsi

*I received a free ARC of A Groom for Christmas from Painted Lady Press via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review* A Groom for Christmas is a very sweet Christmas romance, that starts out with Graceann who needs a fake fiancé for the holidays, so that her mom will stop setting her up with all the suitable (or not so suitable) men she knows. When Jake Falco walks into the coffee shop Graceann is in with her best friend, she walks over to say hi, and see if he has something to do for Christmas and New Year. Jake is back home to see if things are as awful as he remembers from growing up, and Graceann’s proposition intrigues […]

Posted 26 February, 2014 by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews in Reviews / 10 Comments
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Blogtour Review: Defining Destiny – Deanna Chase

Blogtour Review: Defining Destiny – Deanna Chase

*I received a free ARC of Defining Destiny from Xpresso Booktours in exchange of an honest review* Defining Destiny is a beautiful story, in which actual soul-mates have an almost magical connection. However, being soul-mates does not mean they treat each other right, showing love and respect when they should, and some use that connection as a selfish excuse to get what they want for themselves. Lucy met her soul-mate Cadan when she was 19, and their magical connection is singing together. Defining Destiny shows their singing as a way to make both them and their audience feel something much stronger than they would on their own. When Cadan and Lucy sing together, their voices merge and make a kind […]

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Review: Unleashing Mr. Darcy – Teri Wilson

Review: Unleashing Mr. Darcy – Teri Wilson

*I received a free ARC of Unleashing Mr. Darcy from Harlequin HQN via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review* Unleashing Mr. Darcy is a sweet and humorous tale about the dashing über-British Donovan Darcy, dog-show judge extraordinaire and all-American beauty Elizabeth Scott. From New York to London, they try as hard as they can not to fall in love with each other. From different sides of the track (and the ocean) they don’t really seem to have much in common. Well, apart from the fact that they both love dogs, that is. Elizabeth has just lost her job as a teacher in a posh private school when Unleashing Mr. Darcy starts, and at her first dog-show with her Cavalier […]

Posted 21 February, 2014 by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews in Reviews / 15 Comments
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Review: Facade (Games #2) – Nyrae Dawn

Review: Facade (Games #2) – Nyrae Dawn

*I received a free ARC of Facade from Forever Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review* Facade took a hold of my heart, ripped it out of my chest and shredded it to pieces! So much dark sadness, so many emotions, I fell in love with both the characters and the beautiful prose. The storyline depicts a harsh reality – for all of the characters, and the incredibly deep sadness they feel and try to get rid of in whichever way might work is an important part of their journey. Laney and Adrian are both dealing with a lot of mis-placed guilt, and in order to function in the world, they both put up a facade […]

Posted 20 February, 2014 by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews in Reviews / 7 Comments
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Review: The Bridge – Carol Ericson

Review: The Bridge – Carol Ericson

*I received a free ARC of The Bridge from Harlequin Intrigue via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review* The Bridge is a fantastic romantic thriller. Color me both intrigued and confused, as well as more than a little hot and bothered! Sean is a brooding, strong police detective, and when he first meets Ellie, he’s amazed by her resilience. She singlehandedly escaped from a would-be killer who had stuffed her in his trunk, and she is still strong enough to answer questions, get back home to deal with another unpleasant surprise and go to the police station with Sean. The suspense is there from the opening sentence, when Ellie is hiding in the fog near the bay by the […]

Posted 19 February, 2014 by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews in Reviews / 12 Comments
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Review: Gwynneth Ever After – Linda Poitervin

Review: Gwynneth Ever After – Linda Poitervin

*I received a free ARC of Gwynneth Ever After from Michem Publishing via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review* Gwynneth Ever After is your typical romance novel with a seemingly unattainable hero, a ‘normal’ but heroic woman and a slightly predictable storyline. It really worked for me anyway, though! I laughed, I cried, I cringed and by the end of the story, I definitely wanted more. Gwyn has raised her three children alone ever since her former husband, Jack, left to get milk when the twins were babies, and he just didn’t come back. After realizing that he didn’t really feel fit to be a father, Gwyn has lived solely for her children – making sure they have all […]

Posted 17 February, 2014 by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews in Reviews / 14 Comments
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Review: Her Valentine Fantasy – Nancy Warren

Review: Her Valentine Fantasy – Nancy Warren

*I received a free ARC of Her Valentine Fantasy from Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review* Her Valentine Fantasy is a whirlwind romance, hot, sexy and a little unexpected. The humor is ever-present, but not overwhelming, and I loved the swift and breathless way the characters fell for each other. A look, chemistry, a sexy way to explain the dessert and voilà, recipe for a beautiful valentine fantasy ready to be served. Jessica and Sam’s first meeting in Her Valentine Fantasy is pretty unconventional! Sam is the owner at Benedict, where Jessica is out on a first date with a banker – a very boring banker. Sam, however, who is waiting tables […]

Posted 14 February, 2014 by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews in Reviews / 21 Comments
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Review: A February Bride (A Year of Weddings #3) – Betsy St. Amant

Review: A February Bride (A Year of Weddings #3) – Betsy St. Amant

*I received a free ARC of A February Bride from Zondervan Fiction via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review* A February Bride is the story of Allie, and how and why she ran away from church in her wedding dress, even if all she ever wanted was to finally marry Marcus. Her reasons for running are pretty shallow in my opinion – she loves him, and he loves her, but she’s got this idea in her head that her family is cursed. That all the women in her family are bound to hurt the men in their lives, and throw them out just so they can marry a new and improved version. So Allie thinks the best thing to […]

Posted 10 February, 2014 by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews in Reviews / 18 Comments
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