I love fairy tales and reimaginings of them. This story loosely based on Cinderella had me intrigued, but sadly I had to DNF this book half way througI love fairy tales and reimaginings of them. This story loosely based on Cinderella had me intrigued, but sadly I had to DNF this book half way through.
I enjoyed the fact that the heroine, Bronwyn Murdoch was plain, a spinster, but a woman who loves her family (step sisters and step mother). A nice departure from the typical ideal of Cinderella. Bronwyn's family was different as well. They were not awful as depicted in many versions, but were not perfect.
I did not care for the hero at all. Prince Aleksey was trying to stay away from the marriage noose and wanted nothing more than a willing woman in his bed. He is part Romany and wanted control as a leader of his people, but that was left to his grandmother, who wasn't convinced he was up for the task and insisted that he marry. Aleksey was immature and only wanted to bed our heroine. Even hoping for love, this reader never felt he would redeem himself because he was so immature. It made reading this book frustrating. Couple that with a slow pace to the story in general, I had to give up and pursue other books instead. I only recommend this book to fans of the author.
Thank you to Pocket Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ...more
I tried really hard to like this book. I loved Grace Cabot as a fiery supporting character in book one, but was left puzzled with this one. Grace goesI tried really hard to like this book. I loved Grace Cabot as a fiery supporting character in book one, but was left puzzled with this one. Grace goes to Bath to trap a friend into marriage after learning of her family (sisters and mother) will be forced to move out after Grace's stepbrother remarries and wants to set up his own house.
Grace's wildly impulsive plan goes off with several hitches, mostly being the fact that she traps the wrong man into marriage, The Earl of Merryton. Both have personal demons that they must face, but reading about both character's constant belief that they were not good enough, frankly drove me batty. I became disinterested and had a hard time slogging through. I am still interested in reading the younger Cabot sisters books and hope that they are in the same tone as book 1, The Trouble With Honor.
*Thank you to Harlequin for providing me with a copy of this book....more
This is the first novel by Julia London that I have had the pleasure to read. The first book of The Cabot Sisters series, "The Trouble with Honor" isThis is the first novel by Julia London that I have had the pleasure to read. The first book of The Cabot Sisters series, "The Trouble with Honor" is about the beautiful, bold, and slightly scheming Honor Cabot.
Honor's stepfather is on the brink of death and Honor knows that her step-brother's fiance Monica has put it into Augustine's head to have Honor, her sisters, and her mother move out once they are married. Said marriage is postponed because of the Earl's poor health. Honor knows she must do something to delay the marriage so her sisters and her mother will be taken care of. Honor's mother was in a carriage accident that altered her memory and sometimes temperament. She fears the ton will shun her and her family and deem her mother crazy.
George Easton, illegitimate son of a duke, nephew to a king has a devil may care attitude he presents to the world. He has amassed a fortune to prove to the ton that he is worthy and does not need society. He invested in a risky venture and could possibly be on the brink of ruin. Honor meets George at a gaming hell and decides that George could be the answer to her problems. After all, he's not socially acceptable, but good looking and a ladies man, perhaps he can seduce Monica away from marrying Augustine.
George eventually agrees to Honor's scheme. But the two become friends and fall in love. They learn together what is really important in life. There are many road blocks to the two's love and even some rejection, but eventually they decide that love is more important that society or material things.
I really liked both Honor and George even though they were frustrating at times. Their love was believable. I enjoyed reading about Honor's sisters as well. Book two will be about Grace Cabot. The ending of this book hints at some trouble she has ended up in. And I am anxious to read her book. I even didn't mind Monica in the end. I definitely will read more of London's work. I recommend this book to all historical romance fans. Fans of the author will not be disappointed.
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I had a hard time getting into this book. It had an interesting premise, but was not for me. Sea stories are just not my cup of tea, but I wanted to tI had a hard time getting into this book. It had an interesting premise, but was not for me. Sea stories are just not my cup of tea, but I wanted to try a new author and Alison DeLaine's book seemed promising. I recommend this book to fans of historical romance who enjoy squashbucking tales.
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"Lost in a Royal Kiss" is an introduction to Kelly's new series, The Renegade Royals. It has a refreshing premise that will tempt fans of historical r"Lost in a Royal Kiss" is an introduction to Kelly's new series, The Renegade Royals. It has a refreshing premise that will tempt fans of historical romance to download this novella.
Linnet St. Clare has her hands full raising her brother and sister while her mother is busy as a royal governess and living apart. Nevermind potential spinsterhood. Linnet has secretly longed for Sir Anthony Tait, a powerful man at court that she crosses paths with often. One night she arrives on his door step with Dominic, an orphan boy raised with the royal princes to teach the princes how to relate with all stations. Dominic is in a world of potential trouble after trying to beat Prince Ernest after flirting with and impregnating his only friend, Chloe the Latin Tutor's daughter. Linnet needs Sir Anthony's help to keep Dominic out of trouble.
Even though this was a novella and an introduction to a series, there is so much emotion involved between the characters. It was believable. Linnet really cares and wants to help others while shouldering a mountain of burden upon herself. Sir Anthony loves Linnet too and wants nothing more than to help her and must convince her that they belong together.
Linnet is stubborn and independent but discovers at a house party that Sir Anthony wants what she wants. Love, marriage, and a family but not at the cost of Linnet's family. He sets out to seduce her and then convince her they want the same things. The two reach their happy ending. Chloe is sent away to have her baby but we will see more of Dominic in the next couple of books. I can't wait to see how he has grown as a man. He becomes a chief spymaster and has a personal mission to help the royal illegitimate children find their place in society. Griffin Steele, the baby of Chloe and Prince Earnest will get his own book (Book 2, "Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom"). I own a couple books by Ms. Kelly, but have not read them yet. This was her first work that I have had the pleasure of reading. I simply cannot wait for the release of book 1, "Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard!!"
*Thank you to Kensington for providing a copy of this novella in exchange for a review....more