Books I Forgot To Review In 2020 Pt. 2

Monday, January 18, 2021

by Chloe Neill
Series: Captain Kit Brightling #1
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Publication Date: November 17th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷1/2

Well, that was a boatload of fun! I was very excited to pick up The Bright and Breaking Sea 1) THAT COVER 2) a lady captain 3) historical fiction goodness! Plus, it came highly recommended from a close friend, so I wasn't going to resist. As expected, this book was very entertaining and a lot of that had to do with the endearing protagonist, Kit. Kit has worked up her way through the ranks and plays an important role to the Queen. Her latest orders have her teaming up with Rian Grant, an intense and quiet viscount, to rescue a captured spy and to gain intelligence on an exiled emperor. This task takes them on a perilous, swashbuckling journey across the sea on Kit's ship. We also learn of Kit's magical affinities tied to the powers of sea on this adventure. The world-building in The Bright and Breaking Sea was introduced fairly slowly which I appreciated, with the author providing just enough to keep me knowledgeable of the world. There's still much to learn about the magic-laced historical setting presented in this book and I'm quite eager to learn more, especially about the foundling house. There's also a budding romance between Kit and Rian. They don't start off on the right foot since they come from very different worlds and have misconceptions about each other. There was some good banter between them and there's just enough here to satisfy me as a romance reader. I am definitely hoping the sequel will be more romance-driven. If you like slow-burn fantasies with interesting characters, magic, and political intrigue, I highly recommend this one.

Relationship disclosure: None

by Jayci Lee
Series: The Heirs of Hansol #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: December 1st 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷

The Heirs of Hansol series has been the primary reason why I've slowly gravitated back towards some of these shorter Harlequin romances. I enjoyed the first two books and Colin, the main character in Off Limits Attraction, was presented as an intriguing character with his backstory in book 2. While I liked Off Limits Attraction, I don't think it lived up to my expectations. I remember also being fairly moody at the time that I read the book so my mood certainly could have influenced my opinion of the story. Colin and ice-princess Jihae meet when they commit to a business collaboration. However, Colin is hiding the fact that he is the cousin of the Garrett song, the man Jihae was previously arranged to marry. Right off the bat, there was some deception going on in this relationship, so if that's not your thing, you may not care for this romance. I'll say that I thought both Jihae and Colin had good chemistry together - I liked the dynamic of an ice princess melting around a cool and charming hero - but there was something about their relationship that I was not entirely convinced by. The physical attraction was there, but I needed to see a bit more of their emotional connection to each other. Ultimately, I didn't necessarily feel like theirs was a romance that was particularly memorable. I also missed the family dynamics that played a big part in the previous books. I still think this is a fun series, especially if you enjoy family sagas with lots of dramas. 

Relationship disclosure: Jayci Lee and I are mutuals on social media. This does not affect my rating and review of her book.

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