With the start of a new week, comes a new batch of romance novels. In case you've forgotten which books of the ones I've reviewed are coming out this week, here is a quick synopsis.
- I Spy a Duke by Erica Monroe (10/5): I wasn't overly fond of this book for its slow pacing and a hero who wasn't big on giving his heroine options. In the last decade of the 18th Century, James, Duke of Abermont, runs the covert organization known as the Clocktower. His new governess, Vivan Loren, is hiding something and he needs to know what because he can't put his family in danger again. Vivian's brother was murdered almost 2 years ago and she wants answers. A mysterious man offers her those answers and in return he wants her to spy on James for him. Things get complicated when her brother's killer threatens her and the only person who can help her is James. DNF
- Cinderella's Shoes by Shonna Slayton (10/6): This enchanting YA is the conclusion to a two-book series that started with last year's Cinderella's Dress. Both books take place in the mid-1940's and follow teenaged Kate Allen as she becomes The Keeper of the Wardrobe for the real Cinderella (known here as Kopciuszek). In this outing, Kate and her boyfriend, Johnny, travel to post-war Europe in search of Kopciuszek's shoes because Kate believes that the shoes should (a) be with the dress and (b) would help her find her father, who went missing during the war. This series is pure magic and although the ending to this book was more than a little unrealistic, it was still such fun to read. (Plus, when your plot hinges on the fact that Cinderella is real, realism isn't exactly a prerequisite.) 5 Stars
- The Christmas Cottage/Ever After by Samantha Chase (10/6): This is a re-issue of two previously published novellas, featuring the Callahan family and their "magical cottage" that promises an everlasting love to couples that spend their wedding night in it. I much preferred The Christmas Cottage, which was Lacey and Ean's story to Ever After (Ava and Brian). If this was just The Christmas Cottage, it would have gotten a much higher rating (4 Stars), but the addition of Ever After (DNF) lowered the overall rating to 2.25 Stars.
- Home for Christmas by Lily Everett (10/6): I was not a fan of this book at all and only managed to get to the beginning of Chapter 2 before calling it a night. It just wasn't for me, but maybe it is for you. Libby Leeds writes a successful article for a food magazine and is told in no uncertain terms that she must go home to Sanctuary Island and host a war hero and his family for the Christmas holiday despite the fact that she hasn't set foot on the island since she was 8 years old when her parents died. I felt this book was completely unrealistic and it literally hurt my head to read it. DNF