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Twice a Princess

Guest Author - Elizabeth Darrach

Hello, and welcome back! Well, our weatherman failed us again, promising 3 - 6 inches of snow, and we got a coating. I'd sigh, but I'm tired of sighing over it in disappointment. So instead I'm going to settle in with some good reading material and a cup of tea after I start the bread machine so there's fresh bread to go with tonight's potato soup.

My March pile isn't quite as towering, and after this week, will have shrunk quite a bit. But I picked up some personal reading material over the weekend, so I still have lots to read here. And hopefully, so do you!

First up this time is the latest from Susan Meier, Twice a Princess (Silhouette Romance #1758)
Twice a Princess (Silhouette Romance #1758)
, the final book in this miniseries, with Princess Meredith getting her turn at finding a happy ending. If she can, that is. She thinks finding her hunky boss, Alexander Rochelle, his true love is her last task to throw off the curse put on her by her godmother, but it's hard to fix up a man you're falling for yourself, isn't it? Except Alec knows the whole story, or so he thinks, and Merry still thinks he's someone else. This one is fun, a really quick read, perfect for lightening up with dreary winter atmosphere. It's earned four arrows.

Next is Wendy Markham's Hello, It's Me
Hello, It's Me
(Warner Forever). Annie Harlowe's habit of calling her late husband Andre's cell phone just to hear his voice is a little sweet, if morbid. Thom Brannock is nothing like her late husband, and they have precious little in common. But something draws them together. I thought the idea behind this was cute, the calling the cell phone to keep the connection with her dead husband, but I didn't like it as well once I got into the story. The story is sweet, not at all steamy, but I had a really hard time getting into the heads of these characters. I just didn't love this one. It's only earned two arrows.

Deirdre Martin's Total Rush
Total Rush
(Berkley) is next. Gemma Dante doesn't have a terrible life, but doing the love spell brings her results she's not quite prepared for. Firefighter Sean Kennealy isn't exactly her type, but he sure does do something for her hormones. I was disappointed with the way this one turned out--Gemma's grandmother plays a large part in the beginning which then dwindles away to mostly nothing in the latter stages of the story, and even her one last 'hurrah' doesn't put much focus on her, and it seemed to me their relationship was probably the second-most-important one in the story, after Gemma and Sean, though the rest of her family tends to take over when they're onstage. I will say, I liked this one better than her first two books, but the way it turned out didn't make me think much more fondly of it. I'm giving it only two and a half arrows.

Finally, we have Susan Crandall's Promises to Keep
Promises to Keep
(Warner Forever). Doctor Molly Boudreau's life isn't perfect, but it's not bad. Then, when a patient leaves her new baby in Molly's care and gets murdered, she decides to take the baby and run. Her family's welcome isn't what she'd imagined it might be, though she realizes that she can't tell them the truth about the baby in order to keep them safe. Dean Coletta's missing sister might be linked to Molly, and he's determined to find out all her secrets. I found myself wishing the suspense end of this one played a bigger part, particularly toward the end, when it turned into more of a family drama than anything else. Another disappointment this week, this one gets three arrows.

Until next time, happy reading!

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