This book is the second in Ms. Campbell's first series, Sons of Sin. I read this one first, I couldn't wait once it arrived, and I wanted to mention tThis book is the second in Ms. Campbell's first series, Sons of Sin. I read this one first, I couldn't wait once it arrived, and I wanted to mention the caveat that it doesn't have to be read in order. The hero and heroine from the first book, (Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed) are mentioned briefly a couple of times. I never felt lost or that I was lacking in general information. The Sons of Sin are three friends with questionable heritage that made them all illegitimate in some way. Instead of letting this label cripple their lives, these men have risen above what society expects.
Genevieve Barret, our heroine is a beautiful bluestocking. She quietly pursues an academic hobby in medieval history. She wants nothing more than to break gender barriers, become a public and notable historian and be free to lead an independent life. She expects to gain her entre into the academic world by writing an astonishing paper on the Harmsworth jewel.
Rector Barret, Genevieve's father is an easy character to dislike. He is selfish, childish, has a dubious academic career focusing on Edward IV's disappearing princes. He puts no one's needs or concerns above his own, least of all the protection of his daughter.
Sir Richard Harmsworth is the notorious Harmsworth bastard who leads an idle life, but still has trouble with society's label. He can prove his worth if only he could locate the missing Harmsworth jewel. An artifact that was passed down among his family that proclaims the heir. Of course obtaining the jewel is much harder than expected.
Richard masquerades as a country gentleman curious about studying history with the Rector. He knows of Genevieve and sees her as no major threat to obtaining the jewel and if seduction is needed, so be it. He quickly discovers that he has met an intellectual match wrapped up in a beautiful and fiery country woman. There is more to Genevieve and Richard then first meets the eye. They both are dimensional characters as revealed over time.
There is slight mystery to this story, attempted murder, a local country lord that is smarmy that you will read a lot of. What I loved about this book is the fact that it didn't take the hero and heroine forever to realize that they loved each other. No long drawn out cat and mouse games, just two lovers exploring love together and realizing that they can get through anything to be together. Campbell's story is written in a lighter vein, but it is very engaging. The love scenes are somewhat steamy. A Rake's Midnight Kiss is my favorite book by far from the author. She writes loves stories like this one exceptionally well. I plan on reading the first book of the series next. I recommend this book to all fans of the author and fans of historical romance. ...more
"Immortal Eclipse" is a fascinating paranormal mystery with a dash of horror and romance.
Skylar Blackwell is a fashonista and photographer in the ind"Immortal Eclipse" is a fascinating paranormal mystery with a dash of horror and romance.
Skylar Blackwell is a fashonista and photographer in the industry who inherits her uncle's mansion in Carmel. Which couldn't have come at a better time, because Skylar's life seems to have a few changes in it. She didn't have much family left, but Skylar was a very compassionate character, with a lot of moxy, not just an empty-headed girl who loved designer shoes and purses. She decides to go to the mansion to put her beloved uncle's affairs in order, but can't help but wonder if there is more to her uncle's death.
The mansion, Summerwind is and old, creepy secluded place that employs an interesting group of people. Skylar soon becomes an amateur sleuth and does some digging into the history of the house and her uncle and his research. Curiously, ever since Skylar got to the mansion and started living there weird paranormal activity happens and people keep turning up dead. Which leads her to believe even more that her uncle was murdered.
Dorian Delacroix is the mysterious caretaker with personal ties to the estate. He at first pushes Sklyar away, but succumbs to his attraction. Everyone is a suspect in the beginning, including Dorian, but his history is revealed as well. He and Sky figure out that she is a doppleganger and in danger. They must stop the villains or die trying. If only to avenge the murders and take back their lives.
Immortal Eclipse had interesting twists and turns, the villains were not hard to guess but the downfall was different than this reader expected. Skylar finally has peace and has found what she was always looking for.
Soule has a talent for keeping a reader interested in the mystery storyline and to keep reading to find out what happens. The story never drags, but keeps a brisk pace. This is the first time I have read the author, but not the last. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy paranormal romances or paranormal mysteries on the lighter side.
*Thank you to Disenchanted Publishing who provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review....more
Zoe Underwood is labeled a wild child. What seems like an impulsive trip to the Australian coast to see her stepbrother, is actually an act of a youngZoe Underwood is labeled a wild child. What seems like an impulsive trip to the Australian coast to see her stepbrother, is actually an act of a young woman who knows what she wants.
Zoe has desired her step-brother, Matt Cantrell (no blood relation) since her father and Matt's mother married. Matt was already out of the house, so Zoe saw him at family holidays occasionally. Trying to figure out what to do with her life, she decides to make a brave show and let Matt know that she is a woman and she could be what she wants. Their reunion happens when she turns up at his place, luggage lost, his apartment empty and makes herself at home in his bed. Naked. Matt thinks his girlfriend who sort of broke off the relationship, is not mad any more and in his bed... he was in for a surprise.
I admired Zoe for letting Matt know up front that she wasn't a little girl anymore, that she wanted him sexually, and that there was no impediment to a relationship because they weren't actually related. Of course Matt doesn't see eye to eye with Zoe, but quickly gives into temptation. The two quickly heat things up in and out of the bedroom. The former girlfriend of Matt's makes a reappearance to create conflict in the story. An unlikeable and almost seeming bitter woman that doesn't want to accept that her relationship is over and derives satisfaction about spreading rumors about Zoe and Matt. The two over come this and even face their parents, for a happily ever after that was hinted at.
Munro did a great job setting up the story with enough information about the characters, without taking away page time of the loves scenes. So often short stories lack enough background info and end abruptly, but this one didn't. This reader has only read one other work by the author, but will definitely read more in the future. I recommend this short story to readers who enjoy erotic romance who are looking for a story to entertain for a little while and one that will provide a satisfying end.
*Thank you to the author who provided me with a copy of this book through NetGalley....more
Too Hot to Handle features Merry Kade (best friend introduced in book one, Close Enough to Touch). Merry gets a great job for her new career as a museToo Hot to Handle features Merry Kade (best friend introduced in book one, Close Enough to Touch). Merry gets a great job for her new career as a museum curator in Jackson. This just happens to be where here friend Grace moved to and met her love, Cole.
The hero, Shane whom we met in book one, who is also a resident at the Stud Farm, an apartment building Grace's eccentric aunt owns. He happens to have a personal mission to make sure a historical town that is a ghost town now does not become a museum and tourist trap. He finds out Grace's friend and new temporary roommate is in charge of restoring the little town. Merry quickly finds out that this job is a sham. Part of a legal battle to make one side look like they are being serious with historical renovations when in reality they do not want much work done. Merry is a trusting, bit of a geek, who just wants her new job to actually mean something to her and others. Kind of a way to add to and define her confidence. She gets her sexy neighbor, Shane to help her restore. Of course at first she doesn't know the truth behind Shane or the lawsuit.
This reader had a hard time connecting with the characters and the story. Much more so than book one. I was hoping that Victoria Dahl would be back on top of her game with this one, sadly it didn't happen for me. Because of the lack of connection and investment with this story, I couldn't finish this one. I will not read any more books in this series and will just wait for a new one from Dahl.
For new readers, I recommend reading "Talk Me Down." For avid fans of the author, I recommend this second book in the Jackson Series only if you are following the series.
*Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book....more
Leigh Bailey is an "it" Hollywood starlet on the brink of marriage to her rocker fiance. She is secretly having second thoughts since the relationshipLeigh Bailey is an "it" Hollywood starlet on the brink of marriage to her rocker fiance. She is secretly having second thoughts since the relationship has not been the same in several months. Even though she has reservations she is a good girl, and lets others in her life determine life choices that effect her happiness, including her mother. When Leigh receives a phone call after dressing for her wedding, she knows the only sensible thing to do for herself is to go on her honeymoon alone. Yes, she is a runaway bride. She hides out and decides that she wants from life. No more letting other people run her life.
Leigh meets the resort pilot, Will. An altogether not likeable guy, that in a moment of near weakness was going to personally cash in on Leigh's misfortune. Will and Leigh get to know each other as acquaintances, then as friends and lovers. Will discovers that he has a partner to support him in his dream of opening up a beach bar and club. Leigh finds a new purpose in life, but all of this is not realized right away. There are trials for this couple before all turns out well. This story was entertaining, but did drag sometimes. The relationship between the two main characters was not always believable and may have attributed to the story dragging in some places. The love scenes were true to the author, but not the steamiest. Fans of the author will enjoy this book. Even though I didn't love this book, I will read more in the future from this author.
* Thank you to Harlequin and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review....more
"Simply Scandalous" was a good ending to the House of Pleasure Series. I must preface this review by saying that this book cannot be read as a stand-a"Simply Scandalous" was a good ending to the House of Pleasure Series. I must preface this review by saying that this book cannot be read as a stand-alone. Many of the minor characters are recurring and have had their own books in the series.
This book was about Richard Ross from the Ross-Delornay family. A retired spy that lost the love of his life, a french loyalist who was shot in front of him in France. Although, things are not what they appear. A man by the name of Vincent Lennox mysteriously shows up and reminds Richard of Violet, the love he lost. Vincent is indeed Violet. Now relocated to England with her newly found twin brother, Jack to start life over. Violet was a French spy and now part of her organization is out to eliminate her.
Once Richard discovers the truth, he is entangled in a plot to discover who is trying to kill Violet. During this process he falls in love with Violet again. They both had to learn to trust each other and their love again. It was a satisfactory love story and an ending to the series.
There was a side love story in this book. Richard's sister, Emily is a sheltered somewhat spoiled young woman. She is a bit of a spitfire and wants what she wants. She decides she wants Ambrose, an employee and manager of The Pleasure House and good friend of Christian Delornay. Ambrose is also a former slave and although he loves Emily, he doesn't believe he is worthy to be hers. Emily will have to fight for what she wants and Ambrose will have to accept his life and his love for Emily.
The love scenes in this book, while not the steamiest in the series, will not disappoint fans of the series. I look forward to Jack Lennox's book in Pearce's spin off series, The Sinners Club. The Club was introduced in this book.
* Thank you to Kensington and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book. ...more