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I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent. 


Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.


A+  Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A    Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A-   Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+  Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B    Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B-   Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+  Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C    Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C-   Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D    Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E    Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish


updated July 9, 2015

Currently reading

Operation: Endgame (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Book 6) (English Edition)
Philippa Ballantine, Jeanne H. Ballantine, William Morris
Just You and Me (A Contemporary Romance Collection)
Fiona Miers, Caitlyn Lynch, Liz Durano, Deelylah Mullin, Cate Farren, Jacquie Biggar, Vicki Batman, Kate Richards, Brenna Zinn, Dalton Diaz, Tierney O'Malley, Desiree Holt, Nicole Morgan, Ashlyn Chase
Bitter Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 14
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Progress: 27 %
Merely Magic - Patricia Rice Ninian is an outsider in her small village. Although she grew up among the villagers and counts some as friends, the legend of the Malcolm witches keep the superstitious denizens at a cautious distance. On the night of the Beltane, Ninian watches the villagers from a far before moving on to collect some herbs. On her walk she discovers that Lord Drogo, the Earl of Ives, has moved into the Wystan castle - the first Ives to live there in generations. She is instantly taken with the dark stranger, and he is held captive by Ninian’s charm. Soon a series of events ties the two together.

I throughly enjoyed this love story. Ninian and Drogo are both stubborn yet not so obstinate that they are willing to give their relationship a chance, even with all of their differences. They undergo a “one-step forward, two-steps back” type of courtship, but find their way in the end.

There are a slew of side characters as well. Some we get to know more than others. One is Drogo’s step-sister, Sarah. She is meddlesome and overly protective, but her heart is usually in the right place. I enjoyed watching Sarah go from front and center to the background as Ninian learns to “take her place” as head of the household. I would have liked to know more about Sarah - her strained relationship with her mother, her children, etc.

Sourcebooks Publishing has re-issued this delightful tale, and I for one am glad. It’s an honest look at true love through diverse and sometimes dire circumstances. I can only hope that Sourcebooks will re-issue the subsequent stories!

My Rating: 4 stars: Really enjoyed - strongly recommend (A-)

For my full review, please visit my blog at http://twimom227.blogspot.com on 3/3/2011.