Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante and Hold Me Cowboy - Mystery + Romance Short Reviews

Every once in awhile I read a book that regardless of whether or not I liked it there just isn't that much to say about it.  When that happens I like to try and pair a few up for some short reviews.  Today are two books that are completely and totally different.  One is a historical mystery with lots of intrigue and drama and the other is a cowboy romance with lots of um well... I guess you could say - heat.

Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante by Susan Elia MacNeal

Summary: Maggie Hope, American born British spy, goes to Washington to prevent a scandal that could jeopardize America's involvement in the war.

What I liked:
The World War II time period and the comparison between life in the UK and the US at the time.  I know with talking to my grandparents their lives weren't affected all that much by rationing.  My grandfather remembers that tires were hard to come by and you just patched the ones you had until they were basically all patches and my grandmother remembered that her mother couldn't make jams because she couldn't get enough sugar but other than that they didn't feel many restrictions with daily life.
I also found Maggie's shock at seeing FDR in a wheelchair and thought that really helped with the time period.
The characters were easy to get attached too.  Maggie herself is a bit too perfect but I loved David and Tom and all the rest.

What I didn't like
The mystery felt a little lost with everything that was going on.
I picked this one up right after reading The Queen's Accomplice and I think it was a little too much Maggie all at once.  She can come off as a bit sanctimonious (she's right but it can get a bit old) and I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read a few books in between.

Overall: I like this series but it's not one I'll be binge-ing on.  I liked the American element but I enjoyed The Queen's Accomplice more.  

Hold Me Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Summary: Madison West and Sam McCormick have known each other for years and argued for just as long.  Then a no-strings attached weekend turns into 12 days of fun and nothing will ever be the same.

What I liked:
While this is the 2nd book in this specific series and who knows what number book set in Copper Ridge it can be read as a stand alone without any problem.
I like the dynamic of the relationship between Madison and Sam.  On the surface it appears to be a strong attraction mixed with a strong dislike but there are hints of so much more.
Maisey Yates' writing style keeps me reading and the pace is super quick.

What I didn't like:
This isn't so much as a dislike as it is just not my personal preference.  There is a lot of heat in this one.  Yates' books normally have a good bit of spice but this was pretty heavy all the way through.  I prefer romances that focus more on the emotional side of the characters.
The title made me cringe.  That has nothing to do with my enjoyment of the book but it's definitely one I was glad to have on my Kindle versus in print!

Overall, I enjoy Yates' writing and her ability to create prickly characters and keep them likable but this just isn't quite my style.

Any books you've read recently that just don't leave you with much talk about even if you enjoyed them?


  1. I like your idea of joining a couple of reviews together for books that you don't have all that much to say about even if enjoyed. For my romance books I like the emotional rather than the heavy heat tack too.

  2. That mystery sounds right up my alley and because of seeing it on your blog before (or at least the series) I have it on my wishlist. :)

  3. Just read another review of Hold Me Cowboy and I think you both felt the same way.