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Prince of My Dreams (Lisa Kleypas, Stokehurst #2)

2 out of 5 stars

Cut to the Chase:
Prince of My Dreams is part fantasy, part romance, split into several sections The initial courtship and marriage between Emma and Nikolai happens rather quickly.  Their interactions are interesting but underdeveloped — part way through the book we flashback in time seeing Nikolai in his great, great, great grandfather’s body, falling in love with Emelia (his great, great, great-grandmother), implying that they are reincarnated soul mates.  I like fantasy, and I like romance, but this was an odd integration of the two and felt more like different novels competing for attention as opposed to a functioning fantasy romance It  falls under the I-don’t-regret-reading-it-but-there-are-better-options-out-there camp.
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Midnight Angel (Lisa Kleypas, Stokehurst #1)

0 out of 5 stars

Cut to the Chase:
Halfway through this book, all I could think was: how much more is there? I finished reading it not because I derived any enjoyment from the story, but because I’m the type of person who has to finish a book.  The plot twists vacillated from fantastically unbelievable to just plain wearisome and the love story of the main characters was forced, underdeveloped, and completely unsatisfying.  The most interesting parts of the novel were small side plots about an impregnated maid, a Maypole party, and descriptions of the Russian landscape.  Think of it this way: I suffered through this book so you don’t have to!

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