Eire’s Captive Moon Review


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Title:  Eire’s Captive Moon

Author:  Sandi Layne

Published:  2013 by The Writer’s Coffee Shop

Genre:  Historical Fiction

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Chagris was found, well she was found inside her mother.  A local medicine man found her mother about to give birth in a cave and he helped her.  Chagris’s mother passed away right after, and the medicine man helped raise Chagris and taught her his ways.  Fast forward to Chagris’s adulthood.  She is married to not one, but two men; twins.  Her town is ransacked, her husbands slaughtered, and she is taken captive by a man named Agnarr.  She not only becomes his slave in the proverbial sense, but also his to use for sex.  Agnarr is kind in the way that he doesn’t beat her and treats her gently.  Will she find love with him or kill him in revenge for her husbands’ deaths?

I won this book in a giveaway and brought it with me to pass time while I waited for my son in speech class one day.  I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.  I came home and read it that night, then finished it two days later.

This book outraged me, or rather Chagris being a slave did.  It baffles me that her owners just wanted her to serve them with no complaints but they just killed her family and took her to a foreign land.  Don’t they see that?  I know that this is probably how things were with slavery, but wow, did it make my blood boil.  And the fact that it made me mad just shows that it’s a well written book.

Although she’s being put through hell, Chagris has someone that she can talk to, another slave taken at the same time as her, Cowan.  Cowan is valued for his knowledge of many languages and translating abilities.  He wants Chagris to keep her head up and stay safe, because although he isn’t acting like it, he can’t wait to be free himself.

Will there be romance between Chagris and Cowan?  Or Chagris and Agnarr?  Neither, or perhaps both?   I guess you’ll have to read it to find out.  All I’ll say is I’m glad I picked it up because I was pleasantly surprised.



My Rating:  4 out of 5 stars



*****I won this book in a giveaway from the publisher, The Writers Coffee Shop.*****



A Lot of Pride and Some Prejudice Review


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Title:  A Lot of Pride and Some Prejudice

Author:  Petronela Ungureanu

Published:  2013 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, LLC

Genre:  Historical Romance, Novella

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Portia Thorpe grudgingly agrees to a marriage arranged by her father to Lord Salisbury.  He is much older than her and she has no interest in him; she just decides to do it for her father’s sake.  But Portia changes her mind when she meets Lord Salisbury’s brother, Phillip.  She feels an instant attraction to him and decides to back out of the marriage.  However, things don’t always go as planned as there is a sudden death in Portia’s family that turns all her plans around.

I was not expecting this book to be so wonderful.  The flow of the sentences was just smooth and refreshing.  I felt like I was thrown back in time.  It was such a nice change from the contemporary romances and other books I’ve been reading lately.

One major issue was the grammar and editing mistakes.  In one instance there were no quotes when someone was talking.  I counted at least three times when people ‘took a sit’ instead of ‘took a seat.’  And I really don’t know if this was done on purpose or not, but the beginning was one huge paragraph.

One other thing that irked me was how quickly Portia fell for Phillip Salisbury.  Her heart hurt a lot when she found out he was engaged.  It is the fact that she only met him the day before that bothered me about that.  Maybe if she had even spent a little more time with him it would have felt more justified.  Or maybe I’m just not a love at first sight type of girl?

Besides the grammar and love at first sight issues, the only thing that I wish was different was that it was a little longer!  It was a super-fast enjoyable read.  If someone could go back and re edit, I think that would make a world of difference.

All in all, I definitely recommend.  Keep an eye out for Petronela Ungureanu for she has a talent with words.


My Rating:  4 out of 5 stars





*****I received this book free from the author, in exchange for an honest review.*****     

***Thanks to Rachel from Parajunkee for the blinky stars!***

‘Twas the Night Before Mischief Review


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Title:  ‘Twas the Night Before Mischief

Author:  Nina Rowan

Published:  December 2013 by Forever Yours

Genre:  Novella, Historical Romance, Holiday

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I’m not usually into novellas unless it’s part of a series I follow.  But I picked up ‘Twas the Night Before Mischief after reading Reading With Analysis’s thoughts on it.  (Awesome site, check it out!)  Plus I hadn’t already read a Christmas book this year and I was feeling like I wanted to.

Penelope Darlington falls for the wrong guy, a rake with a bad reputation.  She runs off with him, only to be abandoned when his mother won’t let him marry her.  Staying at an inn with hardly any money left, Penelope isn’t sure what is going to happen next.  In walks Darius Hall, the earl’s son and also her childhood family friend.  Darius is to bring Penelope back home, per her father, but love will be found between the two along the way.

Darius was a bit too serious for me.  He was incredibly smart and a bit odd in his way of thinking.  He was awkward and couldn’t always project his thoughts the right way, causing friction between himself and Penelope.

Penelope was decent, nothing about her bothered me.  But then again, nothing about her really stood out to me either.

I did enjoy the story, but it just didn’t stick with me.  So if you’re looking for a quick read, it is a good book, just not great.




My Rating:  3 out of 5 stars




*****I received this book free from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.*****   

I, Walter Review

I, Walter

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Title:  I, Walter

Author:  Mike Hartner

Published:  2013 by Eternity4Popsicle Publishing

Genre:  Historical Romance, Fiction

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Walter is living in tough times with his family in Elizabethan England.  His father thinks things will get better, his parents are constantly at odds with each other about money, and his older brother has left home and is nowhere to be found.  Walter decides he’s had enough of this life, and sneaks off to live on his own.  He manages to survive by himself, and eventually finds his way onto the ship of the royal navy as a member of the crew.  On one of his first trips he finds a kidnapped girl, Maria, on a defeated pirate vessel.  He brings her aboard the navy’s ship to safety, and so starts their relationship.  Walter continues to rise in ranks in the navy while trying to earn Maria’s fathers approval for marriage by making money and being successful.  Walter meets with fortune, loss, and a lot of adventure along the way to win Maria’s hand.

Walter, to me, is the epitome of the perfect person.  He is almost too good and rich in luck.  Maybe this is because of his poor upbringing, but sometimes in the book I was just like, really?  He succeeded again?  I guess he just had good instincts and business sense.  Another thing that bothered me was how he just up and left his parents one day without a word.  I think this bothered me so much because I am a parent, so I would be heartbroken if that happened to me.  But times were definitely different back then, and Walter did go back to his parents and make amends.  Maybe that was supposed to be the one flaw in his otherwise perfect character.

I also felt that maybe this book was categorized wrong.  It’s supposed to be a historical romance, but I felt like it was definitely more of an action adventure book.  That’s not a bad thing, just something that I noticed.  Walter and Maria were definitely in love, but I felt like it was missing that special spark and feel of a romance novel.  The adventure part of the book was much better than the romance, in my opinion.

Now that the negatives were addressed, it honestly was a good book.  I bet you weren’t expecting that after all those remarks, but it really is a good story.  When I started the book I was planning to go to bed early, but figured I’d start I, Walter and read a few chapters first.  All of a sudden it was 1:30 in the morning!  The story obviously held my attention, and I really enjoyed Bart, who is a secondary character, the second in command on the ship.

If you’re looking for an adventure on the high sea, pick up I, Walter for a quick, fun, read.  I can easily see this book turn into a movie one day.


My Rating:  3 1/2 out of 5 stars



*****I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.*****



About the Author:     Mike Hartner


Mike Hartner is a father, son, author, patriot, geek (ret), and husband.  His love of all things genealogical led him to writing, and writing has now led him to fiction and a large epic saga.  He lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife and son.  His latest book is the historical romance, I, Walter.

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