I started this book one night with the intention of having it carry me through two days of leisurely reading. I finished this book in about 4 hours; II started this book one night with the intention of having it carry me through two days of leisurely reading. I finished this book in about 4 hours; I simply couldn't put it down.
If you are offended by the "c" word, the "f" word, or graphic sex talk at all, then stay away from this book, because these two are E X P L I C I T! While Lisa Valdez writes the sex in such a detailed manor, you feel you have a front row seat; Passion and Mark give new meaning to talking dirty.
Yes this book is erotic, but it is also very emotional. At one point in the story I was sobbing big, ugly, red and puffy-eyed, loud tears. When obstacles threaten what they have there is some very real pain and heartache.
My only regret after reading this book was that I quit smoking 6 years ago, because damn, I could have used a cigarette! ;)
Over the years Spindle Cove has been a place where parents/ guardians send the ill behaved or physically weak women in their lives to recuperate or juOver the years Spindle Cove has been a place where parents/ guardians send the ill behaved or physically weak women in their lives to recuperate or just get them out of their hair. Spindle Cove has become a haven for those ladies who don’t quite measure up to society’s standards. It is now known as Spinster Cove to outsiders.
Susanna came to Spindle Cove years ago and has since made it her home and her mission to help out other young women. She is looked to as a leader of this little community and she likes the way things are in her life. When an old friend of her father’s shows up and adds too much testosterone to the estrogen rich environment, Susanna plans on fighting to maintain the status quo.
This was probably one of the best historical romances I have read. The storyline was unique and the characters weren’t picture perfect, but colorful and wonderfully human. The romance had all the heat that I love and the characters were sizzling with sexual tension. But what I really loved about this book was the humor. I ba ha ha’d and laughed out loud so many times while reading, this book had some extremely hilarious moments. The wit the characters display, the personalities and the flaws of the people, the snappy dialogue and the refreshingly funny story made this book easily one of my favorite reads this year.
There is one scene where a married lady who has sought refuge at Spindle Cove after discovering her husband and marriage aren’t all that she hoped they would be, recites a poem. It is one of the most cleverly written scenes and the poem itself had me nearly choking on my coffee. The author’s delivery was perfect. That scene alone is worth reading this book, it was so freakin’ funny!
I can’t wait to see where the rest of this series goes, and I am going to check out this author’s other works. She made me a fan!
This is a keeper for me! The illegitimate daughter of royalty, Mairin Stuart is wanted for her land and her dowry. Because of that she has been in hidiThis is a keeper for me! The illegitimate daughter of royalty, Mairin Stuart is wanted for her land and her dowry. Because of that she has been in hiding amongst nuns since a very young age. When an evil Laird kidnaps her from the Abby with the intent of making her his unwilling bride, she escapes with the help of a little friend and soon finds herself captive by yet another Laird.
Laird Ewan McCabe’s people have been through a lot in the last 8 years, determined to rebuild and make his clan stronger than ever, Ewan sees a match between he and Mairin beneficial to both of them. He needs her money and land, she needs a protector.
I absolutely loved this story! Mairin is enchanting and feisty and has the humorous habit of speaking thoughts out loud without knowing she is doing so. Ewan is strong and 100% yummy alpha male but it doesn’t take long for Mairin to chisel away his armor and get to his softer side.
This book had me laughing out loud at Mairins sass and antics, and struggling to read through misty eyes when both she and Ewan’s vulnerability came through. The supporting cast is extraordinary and each one made an impression on this reader. I really had a hard time setting this book down when I needed to get back to the real world. I was so involved and having so much fun with this Scottish group I wanted to extend my visit more and more.
This is one of those books that I will read and reread over and over again. It just had everything I look for in a romance novel and I cannot wait to read the next two books in the series!
I remember reading this in middle school and loving it. Re-reading it was fun and I still loved it. It is a really wordy novel, she says in 100 wordsI remember reading this in middle school and loving it. Re-reading it was fun and I still loved it. It is a really wordy novel, she says in 100 words what most people say in 10, but I love the writing and the words. I cried about 100 times while reading this, it is romantic, and tragic and heart breaking and romantic again. Loved it, so glad friends of mine suggested a re-read!
Perfect ending to a perfect series. Usually with a series of books there is at least one you aren't that crazy about. With this series I found I enjoyPerfect ending to a perfect series. Usually with a series of books there is at least one you aren't that crazy about. With this series I found I enjoyed all four immensely and this last one was the best. Daisy is a fiery heroine and her story was perfect for her.
I look forward to the Wallflowers Christmas book in October this year....more
Playing the mystic, Madame Esmerelda, is what Jenny knows and what she is good at. Brought up in a school for ladies she was groomed and schooled withPlaying the mystic, Madame Esmerelda, is what Jenny knows and what she is good at. Brought up in a school for ladies she was groomed and schooled with the skills necessary to be a gentleman’s wife, unfortunately, due to her mysterious parentage that would never happen. Alone in the world, Jenny makes her living by wearing the garb of a Gypsy and if you cross her palm with silver, she will make up a few lies and leave you with a little bit of hope.
When the Marquess of Blakely, Gareth Carhart, learns that his hapless cousin, Ned, has been paying Madame Esmerelda to guide him along in life, he is outraged. He follows Ned to Esmeralda’s door and demands proof of her foreseeing talents. He knows a charlatan when he sees one and when Madame Esmerelda tells him of his future and a few tasks he must complete in order for her reading to come to fruition, he is even more confident that she will be proven a fraud soon.
While the Marquess persona and the Esmerelda persona may not like or fully understand one another, the sparks fly between the real people behind those facades. Jenny and Gareth find themselves wanting what they know they can not have, and loving what they know they shouldn’t.
I was shocked to find out this was a debut novel. This book has all the polish and fluidity of a veteran romance writer at her best. Jenny and Gareth’s characters are complex in that they both lead dual lives. Both of them have lost sight of who they really are because they have been playing at someone else for so long; Jenny as a fortune teller, Gareth as a Marquess.
Following them along the pages as they rediscovered themselves, their lives and discovered love for the first time, was a blast. The story is laced with passion, humor, emotion and wonderfully memorable characters. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!
Usually I start off a book review with a little synopsis of the story. With this book I am not quite sure what to say that would be any different fromUsually I start off a book review with a little synopsis of the story. With this book I am not quite sure what to say that would be any different from the back cover blurb. There is just so much going on in this tale that to try and say anything more would be to say too much or not say enough… if that makes any sense.
The characters pull you in and they all have a ton of baggage to unload and sort through. The three siblings that this story centers around are as complicated as they are enchanting. I found myself rooting for them every step of the way and enjoying the way they cleaned up their pasts to make room for the future.
What I can say about this book is that I absolutely loved it. I found myself smiling at the nuttiness that is their lives. There just isn’t anything about these three that is simple, or boring. The sex scenes were delish and really added a lot of fun to the story. It’s a thoroughly fantastic read. It was cleverly written, impossible to set down and just practically perfect in every way.
This is the first book I have read by Lynsay Sands; it will not be the last. This was a wonderful and very unique historical romance.
I find in most rThis is the first book I have read by Lynsay Sands; it will not be the last. This was a wonderful and very unique historical romance.
I find in most romance novels that one or both of the characters are either horribly flawed or practically perfect. In this book Clarissa and Adrian aren't either. They are two very real, normal people, with strengths and weaknesses. They both have flaws, but they also have wonderful qualities.
Clarissa isn't stunning, but she's a pretty girl who happens to be as blind as a bat. She has some past issues that are hindering her progress in finding a husband. Her stepmother has taken away her spectacles so the suitors that do come calling are subjected to her clumsy fumbles.
Adrian, an Earl, was once considered quite the catch in the ton. Then in a war he was injured and a scar was left down the side of his face. After returning from war he was subjected to women who fainted at the sight of his face. He left the ton for several years, he returns to appease his mother and start looking for a wife.
Adrian first approaches Clarissa at a ball when he learns she has horrible vision. He figures she will make the perfect wife for someone with a scarred face. Even though his reasons for approaching Clarissa at first seem selfish, what I liked best about this story was that Clarissa and Adrian genuinely liked each other from the start. They became friends and then they fall in love. Neither the story nor the romance was rushed; it seemed like a very natural progression.
There are some pretty funny moments in this book as well. The thoughts that run through Clarissa's head as she is having her first sexual experience had me laughing out loud. Then there is also an incident involving 'smashed pie', that was hilarious.
The mystery portion of the story was a little weak, but not enough to deduct stars from my rating. I would say this is one of the best historical romances I have ever read. It was very hard to put down. Enjoy! ...more