At the mention of a stray dog, animal lover, Beatrix, the youngest of the Hathaways, is hooked. When Prudence gets ready to toss aside a letter from C...moreAt the mention of a stray dog, animal lover, Beatrix, the youngest of the Hathaways, is hooked. When Prudence gets ready to toss aside a letter from Capt. Christopher Phelan, a possible suiter of Prudence, Beatrix ends up answering it while signing Prudence's name. One letter leads to another and another when suddenly intense feelings are displayed on each side. With that knowledge, Beatrix writes a letter stating she is not who he thinks she is and to stay safe and come and find her but as it's to personal, she writes another more formal one.
Of course, the personal one is the one that is accidentally sent.
And, at the end of the war, Christopher comes home. Only, he is greatly changed. Loud noises or commotion makes him cringe or duck for cover. While talking to Beatrix, a platter fell and he threw her to the ground and covered her. At times, he completely goes numb and drinks as he tries to acclimate himself to "normal" every day living once again. He is considered a hero, yet each time he is reminded of this he feels the loss and the emotion from the battlefield.
Through time spent together, Christopher comes to realize that Beatrix, whom he once made fun of, is the woman who wrote the letters. Her calm and peace and full acceptance of him just as he is plus the knowledge of the letters draws him to her. Beatrix and Christopher are a lot a like. Both feel out of sorts with the rest of society. Both personalities work when they are together and become a whole.
As they discover their love for each other, Beatrix doesn't want to hold back. She knows what she wants and she doesn't want to wait any longer for him. Christopher, as much as he loves her, is afraid. He's changed and he is afraid he will somehow hurt her.
This is a romance after all and after Beatrix basically seduces Christopher, they marry. The middle towards the end of the book had some slow spots. However, the caring, the humor, the closeness of the Hathaway family pulls it off in the end. (less)
The start of another vampire series where the good guy vampires find that having a woman around only enhances their lives rather than holding them bac...moreThe start of another vampire series where the good guy vampires find that having a woman around only enhances their lives rather than holding them back like they think they will. These are the classic tough guys who don't believe in love, until suddenly that certain woman enters their lives and something just clicks. At first they try to say it's all about the sex, but c'mon... we all know it is about a whole lot more. All in all, this first book of the series which has to introduce not only the characters but the world, focuses on Lucan, the head of the Order (a group set out to destroy rogue vampires) who is close to turning, until.... :) (less)
This is the first Debbie Macomber book I have read. It was a bit like reading a historical romance where man has to find wife to take care of wayward...moreThis is the first Debbie Macomber book I have read. It was a bit like reading a historical romance where man has to find wife to take care of wayward kids that are messing up his life... however, the main characters who stayed open and true themselves grew on me and I read the book within 3 days. Nice pleasant easy, pass the time book. (less)
Eve Newman has always had a "thing" for her brother's friend, Macklin Quinn. Secret is... he has always had a "thing" for her two, however, neither of...moreEve Newman has always had a "thing" for her brother's friend, Macklin Quinn. Secret is... he has always had a "thing" for her two, however, neither of them have ever acted on their feelings. When Eve, a journalist, gets a tip that leads her to discovering a murder, she is thought of by the killer to be a loose end.
Eve turns to Mac. As a former Marine, he has what it takes to protect her. Feelings bubble to the surface and although they pull away after a searing kiss, they both know that something is going to change between them, but whether they turn away from each other for good or fall into each other's arms is uncertain.
Eve is run off the road and then on the same day, she and Mac are nearly blown up. And what is supposed to be a simple charity event turns into a near murder.
I'm not sure why exactly I was nearly bored with this story. Read in one day, it followed the typical romantic suspense formula, which has been done so many times maybe that's why I can't give it more than three stars. Good, easy writing, nice characters, only no twists, turns or anything that really makes this stand out than others. A nice in-between filler before moving on to another series, but that's about all. (less)
**spoiler alert** I loved Lord of Scoundrels so much that I went for the next Loretta Chase book I could find. The Last Hellion was definitely an I lo...more**spoiler alert** I loved Lord of Scoundrels so much that I went for the next Loretta Chase book I could find. The Last Hellion was definitely an I love you/I hate you sort of book. Lydia Grenville is a woman on a mission- to help those who are less fortunate. Vere Mallory, Duke of Ainsworth (who made a brief appearance in Lord of Scoundrels) could care less about anyone or anything. He does what he wants, take what he wants, consequences be dammed. So when this sudden attraction keeps pulling them together, how does an author bring them together? A horse race to the marriage alter (or inn as the case may be). In the end we find characters from other books all come together and they all are happy go lucky from then on. The end of the book seemed a little smashed together for me, but hey... all in all, a "good read"..... :) (less)
Charles Somerset has asked for Lady Caroline Kendrick's hand in marriage and was turned away by her father. When he learns of Caroline's engagement, h...moreCharles Somerset has asked for Lady Caroline Kendrick's hand in marriage and was turned away by her father. When he learns of Caroline's engagement, he plots to make her his. As Caroline sets sail to visit a friend, half way through the journey, she is kidnapped by a pirate named Satan. When she learns Satan's true identity, for the rest of the voyage she is courted both in and out of bed until Satan marries her and then leaves his pirate life behind to become gentleman Charles Somerset again. (less)
This book picks up right where the first in the series ends. As Leila still deals with some of the side effects of Vlad saving her in book 1, she fear...moreThis book picks up right where the first in the series ends. As Leila still deals with some of the side effects of Vlad saving her in book 1, she fears that her own weakened abilities may never return to her. Plus, Vlad has been acting so distant lately. Although distant, Vlad has special plans for her which gets misconstrued and leaves Leila reeling in pain. She determines that without him truly caring for her, it hurts less to walk away than to stay. Vlad's pride lets her go.
When Maximus returns her to Marty, he secretly sticks around to insure that everything will be all right for her and it is good that he does. An explosion injures Leila and it is thought that she and Marty are dead, however Maximus hears her in the rubble and helps rescue her.
Not knowing who wants her dead (what if it is Vlad himself?) Maximus and Leila, who awakens with her own abilities back in place set out to discover who has tried to kill her. In her dreams, Leila turns to Vlad, who, knowing she is alive has sworn to find her and kill Maximus for his betrayal. But before Vlad can get to them, they are ambushed and Leila finds herself kidnapped once again while Maximus is shot with liquid silver. If it isn't removed soon, he will go mad with it.
After kicking some bad guy ass, Leila finds herself once again face to face with Vlad and soon, back in Romania. Together they go on the hunt together again and with joint effort, discover who is behind the kidnapping once again.
There's more to this story, but I won't spoil it. This book had a faster pace to it and when Vlad really commits to something, wow... look out. Although a softer thread is shown in his personality when it comes to Leila, he remains his arrogant, annoying, macho, egotistical self. I found Leila to be a little less impressive in this book, and though I would have liked her to have more growth, the story still held it's own which is why I read it in a day!!!!
As a trilogy, I am looking forward to book #3..... (less)