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March 17, 2016

Naughty Nooners with Darcie Wilde, Anne Calhoun, & Laura Griffin



I was on a (thankfully) short and mild reading slump a couple of weeks ago and my remedy to it is to read shorties! 



The Bride Behind The Curtain by Darcie Wilde | Regency Makeover 1
Serial | Historical Romance | InterMix | March 15, 2016
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3.5 stars

I always root for the underdogs especially when they're up against mean girls. The Bride Behind The Curtain is like that with a classic ugly duckling theme going for it. I love the hustle and bustle of the Season, and Adele and her friends' grand scheme to be the belles of the ball to shed their wallflower statuses. It was exciting, the gradual transition leading to the big presentation. Mission accomplished! 

The romance I'm unsure of. On one hand I love how honest and earnest Adele and James' courtship is. That said, James is so flawed, a self-proclaimed "gold digger" searching for a rich wife to bail out his family. Honorable intentions but there's much to be desired regarding his means. Things are still unresolved at this point and I'm not convinced that James will be a good husband for Adele. He might redeem himself down the road but I'm unconvinced, Adele deserves more. 


The SEAL's Secret Lover by Anne Calhoun | Alpha Ops 1
Novella | Contemporary Romance | Swerve | February 2, 2016

Oh Anne Calhoun, why do you write such great romances?! 

The SEAL's Secret Lover is a small departure from ACalhoun's other more cerebral and emotional Irresistible series. I initially thought that this is a romantic suspense, turns out its contemporary romance. A vacation fling turned love of a lifetime! It's flirty, hot, and very intense. I love the progression of Keenan and Rose's relationship, it's very straightforward with minor complications and zero drama. 


At The Edge by Laura Griffin | Alpha Crew 1
Serial | Romantic Suspense | Pocket Star | March 7, 2016

For a shorty, At The Edge had me white-knuckling my ereader. Imagine crashing into a tropical jungle (my very verdant home country, the Philippines!) followed by a nail-biting rescue only to discover that the plane crash wasn't an accident, but an assassination and because you survived, the bad guys are now after you?! 

Reading At The Edge is like watching an action movie. This shorty is relentless in that the mystery/thriller/action/sexy were continuously alternating, LGriffin will have your heart beating fast from start to finish. I love what the story is hinting at and I am excited to know WHY this is all happening and what clusterfuck the bad guys are trying to hide. 








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38 comments:

  1. I like the sound of those. Shorties are a great way out of a slump. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. And great way to catch up with my Goodreads goal. Hahaha!

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  2. The cover of The Bride Behind the Curtain is stunning, I love the colors! I will definitely add it to my wish list.

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  3. I'm glad you have a remedy to slumps, Braine. ;) I'm going to have to break down and read ACalhoun...seriously, you seem to always gush about her. :)

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    1. I don't want to jinx it, but she has yet to disappoint me

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  4. it's sometimes nice to have books like that! I heard about the first one but maybe not the others

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  5. I like reading short stories when I'm in a bit of a reading slump and don't feel like spending 2 hours reading a full size book. Those sound pretty good too.

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    1. And the pace is usually fast with shorties.

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  6. As much as I'm not a fan of the "golddigger" aspect, at least there is the switch to where it is the woman with the money for a change. I agree that reading short stories are a great way to get out of reading slump. I'm in a bit of one at the moment. I'm doing okay on audio, but reading a book is hard for me right now. Nothing seem to be helping. Oh, well, I'll find something soon.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. True and I like that he was forthcoming about it and it's not used as a device later on to create conflict. So the story didn't go the predictable route in that sense

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  7. Novellas have become my saviors when it comes to slumps! Even if they aren't the greatest -t hey go by so fast it doesn't matter lol But a good one can set everything straight again.


    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. Especially when it's done well. The length can work for or against the story. It takes a skillful writer and editor to pull it off.

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  8. There are something about novellas and short stories that always work for me. I love them most when they make me want the full book in the series right away. Great reviews!

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    1. They're convenient tooo when you want to pass the time or in a slump like I am. And I agree, when it's done right a novella can sell an entire series to me as well

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  9. LoL I love the title of this post. It's perfect. I don't really have a remedy for when I'm in a slump. I just keep pushing through and hope that I finally find a book that can pull me out of it. Maybe I should try your method. ;) At the Edge definitely sounds like the book to read when you need a pick-me-up.

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    1. When I'm in a slump I get bored easily or my ADD is on overdrive so shorties fits my attention span.

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  10. Look at you! Guess your reading slump is over, eh? I wish I could say the same for myself. Sigh.

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    1. I'd like to think I'm getting over it. I've been reading but it has to be something specific. Right now it's contemporary romance so we'll see as I attempted to start The Beast.

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  11. Huh I never thought to check out novellas when I'm in a slump. Great idea :D Glad these worked for ya!

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    1. Instant gratification. When I'm in a slump a full length novel gives me the hives like I'm already bored. So shorties are perfect for my short attention span

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  12. I need all these books in my life, but especially At the Edge :)

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    1. At The Edge is awesomesauce! It's throbbing with suspense and danger

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  13. Actually all these appeal to me. I can see why it got you out of a slump. Oh I haven't read a Laura Griffin book in a while now. I SO need to fix that! :D

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    1. That's my first LG and I loved it! I'm officially a fan

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  14. Shorties can really help when you're in a slump. I like to read them once in awhile and always feel so accomplished when I am able to finish a book so quickly.I like the cover for the Bride Behind the Curtain. It's too bad the romance didn't work, but it sounds like a fun one besides that. The Seal's Secret lover sounds like a great romance. I am glad to hear you enjoyed all of these!

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    1. Anne Calhoun can do no wrong IMO and it being a contemporary romance is such a pleasant surprise.

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  15. Glad your slump is over! Reading shorties is a great idea- I'll keep that in mind the next time I fall out of the reading groove!

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    1. Some people say rereading their favorites help too. I don't do rereads so shorties it is :)

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  16. Glad these shorties got you out of your slump. I've done that a few times. I've got the Laura Griffin on the wish list pile so I'm glad it was a page turner.

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    1. I hope you wish gets granted soon, it's really really good!

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  17. I want to read the Edge books, and of course I reviewed The Bride Behind the Curtain

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  18. I've never tried short stories to get out of slump! I will try it next time! :)

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  19. Calhoun's series is so fun. And so dang hot! I enjoyed the second one. Can't wait for the third to get here :)

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