3.5 stars. Such an unusual premise! DREAMING OF YOU is an unusual historical romance story about two people who first meet in the dark, both forced to 3.5 stars. Such an unusual premise! DREAMING OF YOU is an unusual historical romance story about two people who first meet in the dark, both forced to hide their identities from each other and to secretly conceive a child so a wealthy, ruthless Earl will get his heir.
I wavered between 3 & 4 stars, but decided to 'round up' because the unusually storyline did keep me captivated and interested despite a few glaring plot holes. The characters of Gavin and Melody were interesting and likable, and I grew to really like both of them. The ending was also a nice touch, and another reason I rounded up.
But while the forced seduction felt a bit off, it was the small (but still significant) misunderstandings between the hero and heroine toward the later half of the story that kept me from giving it a higher rating. (view spoiler)[Really? Gavin believed the Earl was the victim? As much as I liked these two together, I couldn't believe for one second that Gavin would ever believe Melody -- a naive 18 y/o virgin, obviously married to an old Earl not of her choice -- would be the 'mastermind' of anything so nefarious, and somehow capable of manipulating that curmudgeonly old Earl. Yes, Gavin did have the nasty cousin whispering falsehoods about Melody, but the cousin was so disliked by Gavin that it is hard to believe he would believe any of it. But somehow he did. (hide spoiler)]
It was the unusual storyline that I enjoyed most. It was a bit clunky, but surprisingly well done for what it was.
Another great fairytale fantasy romance by Grace Draven!
ENTREAT ME is a creative retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and unfolds with a slow cadence th Another great fairytale fantasy romance by Grace Draven!
ENTREAT ME is a creative retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and unfolds with a slow cadence that sets the tone until the final ultimate test of true love versus true evil.
“Behold the beast, my beauty.”
A four hundred year old curse meant to turn man into beast during the magical flux has captured Ballard and his son Gavin. Isolated in his crumbling castle, Ballard shoulders most of the curse in hopes Gavin can have a normal life. And just maybe find a way to break the curse.
What strange madness gripped this place that no one—not even her sister who’d been known to weep over a crushed spider—seemed bothered by the horrendous sounds emanating from the castle depths?
Louvean, a dark haired widow, and her beautiful sister Cianna find themselves Gavin's guest at his father's strange and remote cold castle, but the horrifying sounds beneath the floors tells them it may not be the safe haven they sought. They agree to spend the winter in exchange for protection against a morally reprehensible creditor, time which Ballard and Gavin need to learn if these two ladies can help break the curse.
“The castle had a strangeness about it--places where torchlight flickered one way while the shadows it cast scampered another; stairs ended in opposite directions without ever turning."
I loved all of the characters in this story. Grace Draven has a way of writing heroes and heroines thick with both virtues and flaws, and Ballard and Louvean are no exception. Before the curse Ballard was a ruthless warrior married to a woman he did not love in order to take her land. Louvean has a well deserved reputation as a shrew, which was nothing less than entertaining. Her tit-for-tat comments were priceless, especially when going up against the castle's magician.
The romance between Ballard and Louvean was the main focus of the story, and it was endearing. I loved how Louvean was able to look past his appearance, especially during the flux, and love the man inside. And Ballard growing need for Louvean was down right palpable at times! They made a great couple, and their romance quite believable.
“He hadn’t known it was possible to embrace lightning until he’d held her, and the experience had left him exhilarated.
Do you love her?"
For those wondering, this story is different than Master of Crows, a book I still consider one of my all time favorites. ENTREAT ME is a slower paced story without as many moving parts. It remains focused on the romance and not as heavily on the fantasy, dangers and world building. While I would have loved the story to move faster in places and give us more of the nail biting world building, I think the pace of this story worked great. It was equally as captivating, just in a different way then with MOC.
Thanks to Grace Draven for providing an ARC of this story.
Wow, Sarah MacLean is easily becoming the historical romance author to beat. Her stories are so well crafted and honed, a4++ HOT Sexual Tension Stars!
Wow, Sarah MacLean is easily becoming the historical romance author to beat. Her stories are so well crafted and honed, and the passion and sexual tension so damn thick! I can see why she is an automatic buy/read for so many historical romance fans.
This is Cross and Pippa's story, two brainiacs who believe in scientific proof over simple luck. With less than two weeks before her wedding, Pippa convinces Cross to help her with a research project so she will better understand the ways between a married man and woman. Shocked beyond belief, Cross thwarts her attempts over and over until he finally has no choice.
In truth, this story was downright ridiculous on so many levels, but I enjoyed every minute of it regardless! You never knew what these two were going to do next, and I certainly didn't see that ending coming. The passion between these two was AMAZINGLY HOT.
((((Oh my God, MacLean has mastered writing sexual tension.))))
I listened to this one on audiobook, and the narrator was fantastic. ...more
Wow!! I LOVED IT! What an amazing holiday story with the MacKinnon's. I can hardly believe Pamela Clare was able to pack so much story into only 26,00Wow!! I LOVED IT! What an amazing holiday story with the MacKinnon's. I can hardly believe Pamela Clare was able to pack so much story into only 26,000 words.
There was even a romance for Killy too! That bit made me laugh so hard I had trouble focusing on the pages. And then there were so many heart melting and touching moments as well. Christmas dinner, gifts, mistletoe, squirming babies, the rangers...etc.
The ending made me tear up as it was such a fitting end. This is a MUST READ for any fans of the MacKinnon series. ...more
2 -- IT BREAKS MY HEART TO WRITE THIS --stars. I love Sarah MacLean, and I really wanted to like this, but the story was a big WTF?!!
Words =/= actions 2 -- IT BREAKS MY HEART TO WRITE THIS --stars. I love Sarah MacLean, and I really wanted to like this, but the story was a big WTF?!!
Words =/= actions
Oh right... a guy hell bent on revenge and can only see his hate for this woman, buys her a new wardrobe and fusses over non stop?? WTF? Oh, how evil!! (NOT!)
Selfish actions =/= I love you
So for a lady feeling guilty of framing the Duke for murder and causing him so much pain, she proves it by causing more pain and then more pain?
And then everyone lives happily ever after?? WTF?
When pigs fly (yes, they even had a pet pig in this story!)
This was a bummer as I had been enjoying this series, but I am not calling it quits. On the plus side, Sarah MacLean is such a great writer she nearly had me buying this concocted story. Her writing is solid, it is just the absurd story line that I couldn't take. ...more
I really enjoyed this one. It was a bit over-the-top as most of her books are, but it kept me captivated. The storyl 4* 'It Aint What You Think!' Stars
I really enjoyed this one. It was a bit over-the-top as most of her books are, but it kept me captivated. The storyline was different than most historical romances I have read, which is partly what kept me interested all the way through to the very emotional ending.
Victor and Isabelle were husband-and-wife and madly in love, but then they were separated 10 years ago due to the underhanded machinations of greedy lying relatives. They now each believe the other person is a thief and a criminal. Whew!
After ten years of searching, Victor finally finds his missing wife living in Scotland under an assumed name. Because of her (or, so he thinks), ten years ago he was wrongly accused of stealing royal jewels. Hired to investigate a woman with possible dubious intentions toward a young Barron, low and behold he discovers it is her. Does she plan to become a bigamist and marry the rich Barron? Steal royal jewels?
Isabelle has been running from her evil, greedy family for a decade. Her sister and brother in law are rotten, no-good thieves. The man she married at age 18 abandoned her, revealing himself to be nothing but a liar and thief too. Heavy with child, she creates a false identity and soon moves to Scotland as a jeweler's apprentice.
When Victor and Isabelle cross paths again, the anger and resentment boils high for both. Victor wants his revenge, and Isabelle will do anything to protect her daughter Emily. The daughter Victor knows nothing about.
This was really a fun and angsty read, and even had a few interesting secondary characters. The Barron was such a clueless, bumbling nerd that I couldn't help but love him. The ending was over-the-top, but also well done. I couldn't figure out how they could possibly break free from their situation, but Sabrina Jeffries gave us a great ending that worked. I especially loved watching Victor and Isabelle come to trust each other again, and felt horribly heart broken for them once they realized how senseless their separation had been.
Next up is likely Tristan's book (I hope!). If I am correct, we get a glimpse of his heroine in this story. If so, that will make one of the funniest 'how I met my wife' stories. (view spoiler)[He essentially grabs her off her horse when she stumbles into a secret plot, and threatens to shoot her to keep her quiet and the secret secure. All the while flirting with her too. She promises to keep quiet in exchange for a favor from the investigation firm, which will be decided at a later time. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, I am enjoying this new series by Sabrina Jeffries. I have read nearly every novel she has published, and once again she delivers a fun and entertaining romances with a good dollop of steamy passion. ...more
The ebook is now just $4, and you can get the audio book for an additional $3.49
----- What a fun, romantic, s Price drop & audiobook deal! 1/28/2014
The ebook is now just $4, and you can get the audio book for an additional $3.49
----- What a fun, romantic, sexy, adventurous historical romp by one of the best authors writing in this genre. What the Duke Desires was a great start to a new series, I look forward to more!
Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, is searching for his long lost brother. He is such a likable character, and not the typical snooty, snobby or ego driven Duke. I loved his humor, loved how quickly he opened up to Lisette, and loved how he didn't ever hold Lisette's 'bastard' status against her.
So when Max and Lisette set out on a road trip disguised as married commoners, their passionate story made for a fun romp to read. ...more