My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh

Review of My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh Overall: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Plot/Storyline: ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ“– ๐Ÿ“– Feels: ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹ Romance: ๐Ÿ’ž ๐Ÿ’ž ๐Ÿ’ž ๐Ÿ’ž Emotional Depth: ๐Ÿ’” ๐Ÿ’” ๐Ÿ’” Sexual Tension: โšก๏ธ โšก๏ธ โšก๏ธ Sensuality: ๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐Ÿ”ฅ Sex Scene Length: ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ† If youโ€™re looking for a fairly good book, My Fake Rake is one of them. While not excellent, it had a good storyline, a friends to lovers trope and likable characters. It commences with introducing the heroine, Grace, and her hobby of reptile research. It seems that she has an acquaintance, Mason, she admires enough that she wants to marry him, but he only sees her as a woman of science, not a woman. So, she devised a plan with her friend Sebastian (our hero) to make Mason jealous by making Sebastian into a rake. Sebastian is a poor, bookish man, dressed in shabby clothing and for a man who studies anthropology, he suffers from social anxiety. However, he has a major crush on Grace and agrees to let her Pygmalion him into a rake. He succeeds with help from her and his college buddies, and in the process, they fall in love. In this story, the shyness to share real feelings is the real issue. Both characters have problems sharing what they feel because they are trying so hard to not get in the way of the othersโ€™ happiness. The sensuality is great, at moments, and had wonderful potential to open to more. The scene where they sneak off to a village festival is fantastic, as is the following love scene, however the author could have done so much more with the steam. It moved rather quickly, a kiss and then encounters that are platonic and then the love scene. While the love scene was well-developed, more tension could have added to the story. I am intrigued enough to read the second book, so hopefully the author ramps up the steam. All in all, an enjoyable read when one wants a simple read.

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Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Review of Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas Overall: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Plot/Storyline: ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“– Feels: ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹ Romance: ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž Emotional Depth:๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’” Sexual Tension:โšก๏ธโšก๏ธโšก๏ธ Sensuality: ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ Sex Scene Length: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† Let me just say that I was determined to not like this book. Something about Dr. Garrett Gibson just didnโ€™t interest me. I picked it up and put it down about twelve times until this week. I just couldnโ€™t get into it. However, Iโ€™m glad I picked it back up. Itโ€™s a lovely book. Itโ€™s not the steamiest book Iโ€™ve read, although we know Lisa is wonderful with her love scenes. And the tension wasnโ€™t necessarily there though the whole book, but Iโ€™ll tell you what was: love. I think itโ€™s truly a book about love. We begin with lady doctor Garrett Gibson, who is so like many of our modern day women: passionate...about her career, caring...about her family, strong...in that she can defend herself, loyal...when it comes to her friendships. BUT she neglects her love life and doesnโ€™t quite know how to relax. When she meets Ethan Ransom, well, her world is turned upside down. He sweeps her off her feet, but finds it hard to commit to a life with her due to his work, which is understandable considering he does some dangerous things. Garrett falls head over heels, and he for her, which is refreshing that the love came so easy to them, when itโ€™s so difficult to unearth in many books that you often want to shake the characters. This love Lisa builds within Garrett and Ethan is the kind where thereโ€™s instantly something exclusive and intimate about it. Of course, with Garrett being a physician, thereโ€™s an injury and some danger. Thereโ€™s a little political bit and some long lost family members, just to make it interesting, but itโ€™s all believable and incredibly well put together. The words of Garrettโ€™s Irish accented lover are poetic and gentle, leading us to believe he truly does cherish Garrett, even through her moments of insecurity as she tumbles headway into love, and becoming a woman outside of her title of Doctor. He supports her, includes her, and doesnโ€™t belittle her by telling her that her help isnโ€™t wanted. He figures out a way for her to help, and in the end she saves him. Like I said, I didnโ€™t expect to like Garrett, probably because she was a lot like myself in that we were so interested in our career with few romantic interactions, that when we did fall in love, it is the stuff of magic. This magic came with both the practicality and hopefulness we secretly have inside, that someone will accept us for ourselves and the fact that the only self-confidence we have in ourselves is through our work. At the half-way mark, I felt what she felt. I felt the love she had and how she had self-doubt at moments, but dove fully into love. And that is why I loved Garrett. Now Ethan has my heart from the second he had Garrettโ€™s heart. His little Irish accent, his pet words for her, and his gentleness endeared me to him, but the fact that he didnโ€™t try to change Garrett made me love him. Itโ€™s like he seemed to recognize this woman needed cherishing. All in all, wonderful story. Donโ€™t let the lack of tension or sensuality dissuade you from reading this book; sometimes you just need a book about love. No trauma, although they have it, no denial of feelings, nothing but honest to goodness, true love. Happy reading!

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