Jill Hamilton

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Smashwords book reviews by Jill Hamilton

  • Lucky in Love on Feb. 08, 2013

    Cute, dumb fluff. Emphasis on dumb. It's a sweet story, but in desperate need of a professional editor's polish. There were too many typos to overlook. The phrase 'luxurious throbbing' was used to death. It didn't even make sense. It felt more like a description of an event. The hero even said it to the heroine at the end. I did not like the men in general. Making a wager on a girl's happiness. Two of them insisting she's going to marrying them despite her constant refusals. They were all overly cruel. I didn't hate the heroine, but I have no idea WHY she loves him and chose him. It seemed he was the best of all options. Not a 'I can't live without you' deal. I don't recommend it, but I don't say stay away.
  • Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers) on April 07, 2013

    I truly loved this book. It actually helped me find strength in battling my own demons. However, I'm not a fan of sex in books and I'm definitely not a fan of premarital sex. The story would've worked just fine if they'd just been making out in the barn. It made me like her less. And that's too bad because otherwise this could have been a new favorite.
  • Scamp's Lady on April 21, 2013

    I liked it. It has a good plot and kept me interested. Yes, there is sex in the book, but at least they waited 'til they were married. I think it could be a great book with a little editing. Punctuation mistakes - missing commas, periods and quotation marks. I'm not a fan of first-person thinking, even in italics, which the author didn't do. Within three sentences the story went from third person to first person and back to third person. It made it a little to follow. I understand what the author was trying to accomplish, but having a scene from the dog's perspective just didn't work. Looking forward to more from her.
  • An Unsuitable Occupation for a Lady on May 04, 2013

    Not bad. Not great, but not horrific. There were some typos that would not be found in a spell check - 'if' for 'it', 'know' for 'now'. It did feel a little disjointed at times - she never wanted to marry to suddenly wanting nothing more than to marry him. There was no path showing what made her change her mind. There was very little from the hero's perspective, especially at the beginning, so it was a big surprise when he announced his desire to marry. It would've been nice to learn more about him. It ended so abruptly I didn't realize it was over at first. I've generally not a fan of sex in my books, and this was forgivable considering they were married when it happened and ended up being a crucial part of the plot. I understand why the second scene was there as well, but I just wish there was a way to tell the story without describing every detail. Overall it's a good plot and with a little more polish could be a very captivating book.
  • The Governess Affair on May 08, 2013

    Has so much potential. It wants to be fluffy, but that's hard when dealing with rape and the consequences. At least they were married before they had sex, although I did skip most of it. Thought the masturbation reference crossed a line. Really wanted to like it more.
  • Rose in the Brier on May 10, 2013

    So much potential. It needs a massive edit - the constant tense changing was enough to give me a headache. The punctuation was atrocious. It was a huge mess. The plot was pretty good, until they missed a step. I loved the hero until it turned out he wasn't so much of a gentleman. And the heroine was likable until, believing she isn't worth much, sluts herself. Like mother, like daughter I suppose. Devising her own birth control proved she knew she wasn't behaving. I would have thought that being mistreated because of her status, she would have never wanted to risk having her child treated the same way. Selfish is as selfish does. At least there weren't graphic sex scenes. I left a bad taste in my mouth when they set up as lovers. This could've been a really great book. I'm more saddened than disappointed.
  • The Earl's Inconvenient Wife on May 13, 2013

    I haven't giggled over a book in a long time. There were some very clever, funny scenes. And yet, there were some phrasing that threw me out of the book - the maid had been married until her husband died. Uh, really? I wanted to smack the older sister the whole time, which I'm sure was the intent. The hero was understandably wounded and hurt, but I didn't like him humiliating her in the stable. I just wanted to cry for her. As it was a marriage of convenience, at least the 2.5 sex scenes - yes, .5 - were married sex. They felt out of place and were overly long. I skipped them. I liked it, but I didn't love it.
  • The Earl's Inconvenient Wife on May 13, 2013

    I haven't giggled over a book in a long time. There were some very clever, funny scenes. And yet, there were some phrasing that threw me out of the book - the maid had been married until her husband died. Uh, really? I wanted to smack the older sister the whole time, which I'm sure was the intent. The hero was understandably wounded and hurt, but I didn't like him humiliating her in the stable. I just wanted to cry for her. As it was a marriage of convenience, at least the 2.5 sex scenes - yes, .5 - were married sex. They felt out of place and were overly long. I skipped them. I liked it, but I didn't love it.
  • Lady Ambleforth's Afternoon Adventure by Ann Lethbridge, Barbara Monajem, Annie Burrows, Elaine Golden, Julia Justiss and Louise Allen on May 28, 2013

    Haven't laughed that hard over a book in a while. I would love to see this as a play. It did get a little difficult trying to keep track of all the different men - one just showed up out of nowhere. But the end was totally unexpected. Just loved it.
  • My Favorite Major (Regency Romance Book 1) on May 29, 2013

    Fun story. Great plot. At least they waited 'til they were married, although he did get a little more ahead of himself than he should've. Just once I'd like to see a woman not throw herself on the sacrificial altar - "I'll marry you, just don't kill him!" - and come up with a better plan.
  • The Wronged Princess - Book I on June 12, 2013

    Wonderful premise. Has great potential. Needs an editor's polish. And please, please, please, give the prince a name. Everyone else gets to have one, why can't he? Thank you for pointing out the largest hole that's always bothered me with the Cinderella story. Can't remember the color of her hair, her eyes? What she looks like? Only one condition on who he'll marry? Men.
  • Resurrected on June 14, 2013

    Oh, the beautiful potential. For a Christian romance where people spend half their time in prayer or trying to figure out the Lord's will - there's a lot of religion, lots on forgiveness - I was put off by the scene in the bushes. So, giving into your primal urges if OK if it's with the person you eventually marry? They were outside! Just a few feet from the street. Not cool. Had to laugh that the heroine later had the nerve to be outraged by her mother's immoral behavior. Hello kettle. Then the hero turns creepy and stalkery by not respecting her wishes and giving her the space she wanted. At least he acknowledged it later - when he sought her out for the purpose of telling her he was leaving her alone. Men. Overall, cute, sweet, heart wrenching story. It was too short.
  • Hanchart Land on June 23, 2013

    Massive typos - punctuation and spelling. Stupid, cowardly heroine. Oversexed hero. He'll sleep with her, but he refuses to trust her? Nice. Too much, what if? Could he/she? Either trust each other or don't, but move out of limbo. Too bad, basic plot has a lot of potential.
  • His Prairie Princess (Prairie Brides, Book One) on June 23, 2013

    Cute, sweet and clean. Enjoyed it.