Happy September, fellow romance lovers! Reading Rebel Reviews has been updated and has a new look! This past month I have changed and updated my site with a new logo and content. The most significant change is I am broadening the scope of my reviews to include paranormal romance and contemporary romance along with historical romance. I am super excited! I have my first paranormal romance review in October! In other news, my office/library is coming together beautifully! Stay tuned for pictures in the coming months! I have had an extremely busy August. I reviewed twenty-two books this past month. They include eight five-star reviews, nine four-star reviews, four three and one-half-star reviews, and one three-star review. Below is a recap of those reviews.
Book Review Recap
Book Of The Month – August
I had quite the inner battle trying to decide on the book of the month. I have two excellent candidates that I kept wavering back and forth. The runner-up is To Catch A Raven by Beverly Jenkins; I adored this amazing book. However, Kellan and Gwen won out! I loved everything about this story! Kellan and Gwen are perfection! I fell under Kellan’s spell, and Gwen’s struggles endeared me. The Scoundrel Falls Hard is a bright, shining star. Sophie Jordan has created romance magic in the form of a female blacksmith and a con man’s marriage of convenience. I cannot talk enough about this book!
I loved The Scoundrel Falls Hard for many reasons, firstly because of its uniqueness. There are no balls, debutantes, or even a rake to be found! This is a story of what happens when a female blacksmith ends up in a fake engagement with a lifelong con man. The plot grabbed my attention from the first chapter. The first few chapters of this book had me laughing. The situation Kellan and Gwen find themselves stuck is so ludicrous that it is hilarious. Even though the story is humorous at times, it still delivers an unusual romance, quirky characters, and a super entertaining plot!
Kellan is a criminal, a lifelong thief with a conscience. Kellan is dragged from con to con by his worthless, conniving, very charming father. The kind of life Kellan lives is transitory, lonely, and almost gets him killed. I liked how Kellan was a thief, but he still had rules he followed, lines he wouldn’t cross. He preys on the gullible but tries not to harm anyone truly, and yet he does. I loved Kellan’s inner battle between being a better man or staying the untrustworthy, charming villain. This desire sneaks up when he meets a beautiful, unconventional woman.
Gwen Cully is an unforgettable character. Gwen is six feet tall, physically strong, and fiercely independent. Gwen has carried on her father’s and uncle’s occupation as the town’s blacksmith. Without any help and a shady competitor, Gwen is on the verge of poverty. Although Gwen is capable and intelligent, her insecurities about her physical appearance have erased her self-esteem. Gwen sees herself as the oddity her town has called her.
From the first scene, this couple’s antics entertain. I loved Kellan and Gwen’s dynamic. Both barely hang on in their occupations, yet they find strength and belonging in one another’s arms. The romance and passionate connection the couple creates is a joy to watch unfold.
The Scoundrel Falls Hard is the third book in The Duke Hunt series. This outstanding and entertaining romance stole my heart! Sophie Jordan has outdone herself, creating characters that catch your eye with a plot that is as endearing as it is eye-catching. I loved every second of this book. Do not pass up this sparkling, witty, unforgettable romance!
Upcoming book reviews for September
Until Next Month!
Well, that is a wrap for August! I am so happy we are going into fall; it is my favorite time of year. I am a baker, and fall is an excellent time for cookies and cakes! I hope everyone starting school has a safe, fun year. Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog; this is a passion project hobby for me. If you’re an author or publisher, I would love to hear from you; I always look for new authors and books to review and promote. Until next time…