Book Reviews

Review Roundup – November 2nd to 8th, 2020

Olivia Gaines continues her Happily Ever Afters, and Nia Arthurs somehow manages to fix a marriage.

This week, I made my way through Olivia Gaines’ A Modern Mail Order Bride series, and I’m happy to say that it actually holds up. I even had time to try out Nia Arthurs.

North to Alaska by Olivia Gaines

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Quick Read

As Amanda Perkins makes her way to Alaska, she’s ready to begin her life in the wilderness with the man of her dreams. What she finds is not that, but what she gets is much better.

This book is much quicker than I expected, and it doesn’t connect to the series the way that I thought it would. However, I think it was a good read.

I think it needs to be said, that Amanda’s feeling about the situation were valid, and I think that Riley Bishop could be a bit callous at times, but it works out in the end.

It’s an interesting series opener, but I would definitely recommend it.



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Earn Me by Nia Arthurs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Not An Eye Roll In Sight

Stone comes home to an empty house and no wife in sight. Nataya is done with not being a priority. How can these two make their marriage work again?

If this book didn’t end with a Happily Ever After, I would have fought somebody. Talk about a rollercoaster! I wouldn’t have been mad if Nataya had chosen to go ahead with a divorce because that is definitely not something you can just let go of.

No grammatical mistakes, the plot was well done, and the pacing was good. I’d recommend this book who likes a good emotional journey with their romances.



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Montana by Olivia Gaines

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Something New

Pecola Peters wrote about mail order brides, but her stories fell flat because she had nothing to ground them in. Now that she’s in a mail order marriage of her own making, maybe she’ll find some new inspiration.

I think the only repetitive thing about these stories is how quickly they move. Gaines has some small tells, but I’m beginning to realize that they’re necessary. Every story is ultimately its own adventure, and I like that.

I recommend this story to anyone who likes to see a marriage be built.



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Wyoming Nights by Olivia Gaines

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Darlene Patterson suffered a crippling blow in life, and almost couldn’t get herself back together. But when her best friend takes her on a husband-finding trip, Darlene meets the man of her dreams in Daniel Wilstrom.

Another hit for Olivia Gaines. I’m super intrigued about these stories because I think they’re all different. I like that this relationship is a second chance for both characters, and there’s no expectation of a young baby because they’ve both had kids.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes their love interests closer to fifty and trying something new in life.



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Oregon Trails by Olivia Gaines

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Kalinda Marsh was a master at reinventing herself, and when Paul Darton came with his offer she was happy to jump on. But sometimes you can’t go forward without going back a bit.

I think I’ve just come to love Olivia Gaines’ ability to create a good story. There’s nothing truly formulaic about these books. Gaines tells the story she sets out to tell, but it’s a different story every time.

I will say that reading Oregon Trails right after Wyoming Nights can be a bit confusing because they’re both essentially about marrying men that basically live in national parks. However, Gaines makes enough of a distinction between the two stories that it’s not too terrible.

I would recommend this story to anyone who likes being able to start over and finding new adventures. I thought it was a great read.



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On A Rainy Night in Georgia by Olivia Gaines

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Aisha Miller had spent her life fending off unwanted advances from shady men, so when she found herself in an impossible situation she prayed for a savior. She finds that and more in Gabriel Neary.

I didn’t like this one as much as I thought I would, but that’s not to say it wasn’t a good read. The next two books in the series essentially stem from this one and can all be connected to Gaines’ The Technicians series. I appreciate how Gaines handles her fictional universe, and I think it really comes through in this book specifically.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes serial romance writers who like to change things up. Gaines knows her strengths, and she plays to them, but she doesn’t do it in a way that makes you feel cheated.

I look forward to finishing this series.



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