Video Book Review of Seduce Me at Sunrise (The Hathaways, Book 2)

Our Review:

This happens to be one of my all-time personally favorite historical romances and one of my all-time favorite romance authors.  But this in particular is one of my favorites of hers.  You have the story of Winifred Hathaway and Kev Merripen.  It is the second book in Lisa Kleypas’s Hathaway series.

Basically, Kev Merripen was a Gypsy boy who was treated like less than a dog by his Gypsy tribe, and was left for dead.  The Hathaway family took him in at a young age, and he was very angry and wanted to leave before he hurt them or made their lives miserable.  However, when he met Win Hathaway, he felt like she was his soul mate.  But he didn’t want to hurt her, so he always kept himself at a distance.  Still, he made the decision that would never leave her side.  Win basically became the center of his life.

This book in the series jumps back in time to when they meet and then travels forward to the current day of the story where Win is going away to get better because she’s been sick for a couple of years.  Merripen does not want her to go, but she does anyway and then comes back two years later finally healthy.  She wants to have relationship with Merripen and she wants him to finally admit that he’s in love with her so they can get married.  He refuses to do it because he is convinced that all he is going to do it is hurt her.

What I Like About This Book:

The reason I love this book is because a third of this book has all this wonderful teen angst that we forget about as we grow older – that feeling that just seeing the other person is enough to make you happy.  It’s got these two teenagers hovering around each other that don’t feel like they can be together, but they both want too.  They’re a perfect match in so many ways but they’re also complete opposites.

What I Don’t Like About This Book:

The only thing I did not like about this book is the fact that it had to end because the whole story is fantastic.  The whole story is filled with passion and Sizzle.  The sex scenes are great, so if you don’t like sex scenes, don’t read the book.  I personally don’t mind.  And the ending is fantastic.  Thankfully, since it is the second book in the series, you get to see some of their story before and you get to see their story after. But to put this book down with just them is probably the worst part of the book.

So – easy read.  Great passion.  Great sizzle.  I highly recommend it.  Five stars all the way.  Definitely read this one if you like Historicals.


Book Description by Amazon

Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins—and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation…and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.

Then, Win returns to England…only to find that Kev has hardened into a man who will deny love at all costs. Meantime, an attractive, seductive suitor has set his sights on Win. It’s now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny—or risk losing the only woman he has lived for…



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Video Book Review of Wreck of the Nebula Dream

Our Book Review of “Wreck of the Nebula Dream” by Veronica Scott



Story Premise:

Titanic in Space meets The Fifth Element


This is a science fiction book and normally I don’t like science fiction books, but the author asked me to review this book, and so I went ahead and read it.

As the book started, it reminded me of the Fifth Element.  You have a military hero named Nick Jameson who is Traveling on a shuttle to a cruise ship.  The ship is called the Nebula Dream, thus the title “Wreck of the Nebula Dream.”  The first nineteen percent of the book, the author doesn’t really tell you what the Plot is.  She doesn’t ever come out with it.  So you’re kind of going through it thinking, “What is going on?  He’s walking around this cruise ship.  He’s seeing people.  He’s observing, but he’s not really talking or interacting with people.”  So you kind of think, “I don’t know if I like this.”

Then at the twenty percent mark – according to my Kindle – this Nebula Dream, which is on its maiden voyage trying to get to a destination faster than any ship has ever gone before, runs into a meteor shower.  Then, you’ve got a shift that is breaking apart.  You’ve got passengers fleeing in the lifeboats and you’ve got Nick Jameson trying to help people get off the ship.  He’s the only one that’s realizing that the ship is in serious trouble because the Captain has basically left them all for dead so he can save face with the company.  When the hero realizes this, he knows he needs to do something to get somebody to come rescue these people because the captain had a problem with the engine. When he had a problem with the engine, in order to still make his destination on time, he took a shortcut through enemy territory.

So we’ve gone from “The Fifth Element” to “Titanic” to enemy territory, and the enemies that I imagine or something like the Reavers from “Firefly” or “Serenity.” They’re very violent.  They like to eat and torture people.

As the book goes on, the hero picks up a very strange group of people that are wandering around trying to save people.

All in all, I really liked the book.  I really did. I gave it five stars because I’d read it again. Once you get past that twenty percent mark, it’s an adrenaline rush ride all the way to the end.  It’s action.  It’s adventure.  It’s tension.  It’s just a little bit of romance – not a whole lot – and it’s a satisfying ending.  The writing is excellent and it’s easy to read.  If you can just get past the first twenty percent, you’ll enjoy it a whole lot.

So definite read.  Five stars all the way.


Book Description from Amazon

A reimagining of the Titanic disaster set in the far future among the stars… Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets. All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction. But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?


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Video Book Review of The Hunger Games

    • I Could Read This Book Over and Over



Book and Movie Review of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Story Premise

A 16-year-old girl volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a battle to the death between 24 randomly selected teenagers.

Our Review

I waited until after I saw The Hunger Games movie to do this review just so I could tell you the difference between the movie and the book to give you a general idea of the story.  The story is about a girl named Katniss Everdeen who is sixteen years old and she lives in a country called PanemPanem is divided into twelve districts, which are basically like large cities that fenced in by electrical fencing in order to “protect” the people that live there. These twelve districts are ruled by a Capital.  Seventy-four years before the book, there was a thirteenth district that revolted and tried to free itself from Panem.  And Panem wiped it off the face of the Earth.

Now in order to keep the other twelve districts inline, what they do is every year, they have the televised Hunger Games and they make each district sacrifice up one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to come to their Hunger Games and fight to the death.  Katniss’s sister is picked to be the tribute for her district and Katniss is so horrified by this that she volunteers to take her sister’s place.

So basically Katniss’s sent off to the Hunger Games where she is to compete to the death.  That’s the general premise of the story.

The movie stayed as close to the book as they possibly could. The main difference between the book and the movie is that you get more time in district twelve in the book.  In the movie, they kind of gloss over the beginning and they gloss over the end, and they stick to the battle between the teenagers – the fight to the death, which is great.  It’s detailed; it’s interesting; it’s fantastic to watch.  It just as good to read.  But there is stuff that is set up in the beginning of the book that makes more sense in the story then in the movie.  Then again in the end of the movie, they glossed over that as well and they cut out a lot of stuff to wrap it up.  They sped through the beginning and they sped through the end in the movie, so I recommend definitely reading the book.  It’s an easy read.

What I did not like is that there wasn’t a whole lot of romance in the book.  Suzanne Collins definitely could have done more on the romance side.

All in all, I give it five stars because I could (and have) read this book again and again.  I love this book.  This one is so well done and it’s so interesting that I’m definitely keeping it and I’m definitely reading it again.

The Hunger Games Movie Description from Amazon


Book Description from Amazon

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.

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  • Recommended Age: 12 years and up


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