The matriarch of the clan has bequeathed Sin, the fifth son of a fourth son of an eighth son, a solar system. The only condition to claim said solar sThe matriarch of the clan has bequeathed Sin, the fifth son of a fourth son of an eighth son, a solar system. The only condition to claim said solar system is that he gets a bride. And the easiest way to get a bride is to ask the Intergalactic Dating Agency for help.
Even before they reach Earth, Sin gets the good news. They found his match. And she's perfect for him...But when he goes to meet her, and take her with him onto his spaceship, he realizes Zoe has no idea what he's talking about. And she has no intention of being his bride. She has no intention of even dating him, least of all mating him.
So Sin does the gentleman-y thing (probably for the first time in his life) and leaves. But there's one peculiar thing about a fated match: you don't mess with Fate.
I loved this story. Loved it to bits. It had it all. Sexy hunk of a hero, a spunky heroine, sweet and hot romance, alien tech, fraternal rivalry and a little bit of suspense-driven damsel-in-distress-ing.
There weren't as many faux pas due to cultural differences and language barriers as in the previous two stories, and I must say it worked very well without that (unnecessary) repetition. The two leads were awesome, their first encounter funny, and their budding romance cute and sweet as heck, until it went hot. Really hot. Sin was a sweetheart with a merc mentality, but a heart of gold and a code of honor that knocked that merc-mentality out cold when the moment called for it. Zoe was your typical non-believer Earthling, but with a solid head on her shoulders and a sharp mind that didn't let her be blind or in denial for too long. She had her issues (thanks to the brick to the head incident) that held her back for the duration of the story, but it didn't make her whiny or idiotic. She actually came through as pragmatic and a realist, which is a breath of fresh air in a romance. Especially one involving drop-dead gorgeous aliens. ;) The supporting cast didn't have much of a role, except to propel the story forward with nicely-timed explanations or expository scenes; I still loved Sin's two crew mates, Honey and Ivan, though. I hope their stories are the two remaining ones in this mini series, because I'd love to see more of them.
I loved the narrative style and voice, the pacing was spot-on (maybe the whole thing dragged a little in the second half, during the "suspense" part, but I didn't mind, since I knew the ending was near), the characters were rather well fleshed-out, and the premise worked well. Overall, a great story....more
Edward Clark comes back to England as a favor to a friend, to save that friend’s younger brother. That he is supposed to save that younger brother froEdward Clark comes back to England as a favor to a friend, to save that friend’s younger brother. That he is supposed to save that younger brother from his own, the one who betrayed him and left him for dead seven years ago, is an added bonus. Revenge, after all, is a dish best served cold.
Little does Edward know that he’ll end up saving someone else from his little brother’s (rather demented, if you ask me) wrath, losing his heart, and gaining an unwanted title in the process.
This was by far the best book in the series (for the better part of the book), then unfortunately lost its momentum and never truly regained it toward the end.
Both the leads were amazing in this one. I loved Edward in all his scoundrel-ly, you-can’t-trust-me, I’m-a-liar-and-a-cheat glory with his heart of gold, principles, and deep-rooted honor, and Free with her free-spirited, stubborn, independent nature, though she still knew her limitations. She had principles, integrity, was whip-smart and didn’t let herself be browbeaten. Which is why her decision to run after learning the truth about Edward came as a huge surprise. She was an elitist (only backwards), she spent years deriding lords, inventing jokes (with her friend) about them, she’s been looking down on them for so long, that she figured being lords defined them. Even though she knew better, she still run, she still thought the worst of Edward, not because she knew who he was (she loved him, for crying out loud), but because of what his title supposedly made him. This is one flaw in Free that cannot be overlooked, and that made her act very OOC.
Other than that, I have absolutely no complaints. The supporting cast was wonderful, as always, it was nice seeing Oliver and Robert in more than cameo roles, and the last scene was hilarious. The pacing was flawless, the writing spot-on, the baddie got his due, everybody lived happily ever after...Loved it. ...more
Sebastian Malheur has been in love with Violet Waterfield for half his life (if not more), but she only wants him for his penis. And not in the way heSebastian Malheur has been in love with Violet Waterfield for half his life (if not more), but she only wants him for his penis. And not in the way he wants her to want him for his penis. For the past five years he's been presenting her scientific discoveries as his own, since she's a woman and no one would take her seriously. But now his "celebrity status" has started to chafe. He feels like a fraud, he's at the end of his tether as far as his strange relationship with Violet, and he's had it. He's quitting.
I hated the heroine. Hated her! We've spent half the book in her head, seeing how she thinks herself cold and stone-like, how she has no feelings, that there's just emptiness inside...WITH NOT EXPLANATION AS TO THE REASON WHATSOEVER! And then you expect me to feel sorry for her, empathize, understand her once she finally spilled the beans? Sure, she's had a shitty hand dealt to her, she's suffered through years of spousal emotional abuse, but she also spent HALF THE BOOK emotionally abusing the hero. Tit for tat? I don't think so.
Violet ruined the book for me.
I loved everything else. Sebastian, the hero, was an absolute teddy bear, a martyr in his own right, trying to make everybody around him feel better (no wonder Violet latched onto him, the emotional vampiress that she was), even at the sake of his own happiness, and I really wanted him to be happy. Pity, he chose the wrong woman for that. The writing, once again, was excellent, though it (and the pacing) suffered due to the insufferable heroine. I liked the absence of politics in this one, though I must say the trial in the end was utterly and completely chauvinistic, and the supporting cast was once again great (I loved Violet's mother).
But, as I wrote earlier. The heroine ruined the book for me. I couldn't stand her for the first half of the book, and though that dislike lessened a little in the second half (thanks to her hero), I really couldn't get into her story....more
A loud, slightly rude heiress with a penchant for lace and bold colors, and a quiet, reserved illegitimate son of a duke with his eye on the ParliamenA loud, slightly rude heiress with a penchant for lace and bold colors, and a quiet, reserved illegitimate son of a duke with his eye on the Parliament...These two opposites meet, and attract, but life isn't a fairytale, love even less so. She vows not to marry, he knows she's the last woman he would offer marriage to. They're unsuitable to each other, so why can't they stay away?
Another lovely addition to this series with a great cast and story, with the political views and struggles of the day wonderfully woven in, great pacing, and a lovely side romance.
I must say, I preferred the side romance to the main one, mostly because I couldn't stand the hero. I absolutely adored Jane in all her lacy, colorful, loud glory, while Oliver was a complete ass. Sure, he was kind, and chivalrous, and good looking, but an ass. Where was the dowager Duchess of Clermont and her umbrella to smack him over the head? Repeatedly. Sheesh. He came to his senses in the end, realized what an ass he was, but it was a little too late for me. Jane was definitely a better person, I would not have taken him back. He didn't deserve her.
Still, a lovely story. With an ass of a hero, but a lovely story nevertheless. I loved the supporting cast (even Aunt Freddy, bless her soul), the political "unrest" brewing on the sidelines, and am looking forward to Sebastian's story. I wonder how he'll get back onto his feet....more
Doctor Jonas Grantham's presence is a constant reminder of Lydia's humiliation five years prior. She knows he's judging her, mocking her, condemning hDoctor Jonas Grantham's presence is a constant reminder of Lydia's humiliation five years prior. She knows he's judging her, mocking her, condemning her with each sardonic smile, each gaze, each spoken word...But in this Christmas season, Lydia will learn not everything is as it's presumed, and some hurts need to be dealt with instead of buried.
I only said I would stop talking to you, he'd written. I never promised to stop loving you.
This. This is what I've come to expect from this author after reading The Governess Affair. Not a plot encumbered with character issues and depression, or so filled with historical politics that the story could barely be categorized as romance. This.
A character study, really, but dealing with sympathetic, realistic characters the reader can empathize with (though the heroine went on my nerves a little), and circumstances and situations that, despite their historical settings, can resonate in our modern times as well. And romance, a true romance with its share of cuteness, sadness, happiness, and bitter-sweetness. A romance that paints a smile on your face, brings out moisture in your eyes, and makes you sigh happily in the end.
The narrative style and voice never disappoints, the length was just perfect (less likely to bog the story down with ballast and clutter if it's short), and the characters simply shone through.
Don’t get me wrong, I was well written, I love Ms Milan’s style and voice. The problem was everything***eBook available for free on Smashwords***
Don’t get me wrong, I was well written, I love Ms Milan’s style and voice. The problem was everything else, really.
It was too long. Definitely too long with obstacle upon obstacle thrown into the MCs path—less is more, and this book had one conflict too many for my taste. And since it was too long, and too damn convoluted, the pacing suffered. It dragged and it got boring, helped by the two main leads. The woe-is-me, nobody loves me, I’m nothing, I don’t deserve happiness, I’m all alone and depressed got old pretty soon (in the first third of the story, to be precise), and I just couldn’t sympathize with either of them. I know you’re suffering, my heart is bleeding for you (not), now own it, grow a pair, and move on, don’t drag it on and on, using your “issues” to create more and more conflict. Sheesh! I simply wished someone would come along and slap them silly...Or for a sudden plot twist that introduced the true MCs of the story. Alas, it didn’t happen and I had to endure. I could’ve DNFd it, I know, but I held out hope, until there was no more hope. And then the book was over.
I loved the supporting cast. The scene on the train with Violet and Sebastian was hilarious, I was a little on the fence about Lydia, but I warmed up to her, and Oliver who was so much like his father (not sire, but father, the man who raised him). And that recounting of the fainting spell in the courtroom with the dowager duchess and her umbrella. She might’ve been cold toward her son, but I loved her in that bit (and the epilogue).
This was all wrong for a freebie, in my opinion. A freebie should be one that entices the reader to read the next books in the series (something along the lines of the “starter” of this series), not something that kicks you in the teeth while you’re already writhing in pain on the ground.
Sorry, but this one was a huge disappointment....more
The Duke of Clermont sics his man of business on a governess to whom he apparently promised employ and is now***eBook available for free on Amazon***
The Duke of Clermont sics his man of business on a governess to whom he apparently promised employ and is now sitting (every day, all day) on the park bench on front of the Duke's London home, demanding compensation for "breach of contract". But not all is as it seems, and Hugo Marshall quickly realizes the Duke was less than truthful, and he has no intention of turning to "darker" methods of turning the woman away...
This is the first book by this author I've read (courtesy of InstaFreebie), and I can honestly say I'm glad I did, since it offered a surprisingly fresh approach to historical romance. The story was different, not improbable or implausible, because we all know things like that happened back in the day when women lived and died at the whims of men, but becuase I've never read the subject matter in historicals before. It was different, it was fresh, and it was damn nice to read.
The two leads were wonderful, though the heroine's motivations were a bit murky at times, providing a bit of doubt as to her final leap into love. They were fleshed-out, multi-layered, and felt rather real for a fictitious couple from two centuries ago. In comparison, the "villain" ended up more like a caricature than a person, but I guess the length of the story didn't allow more insight. He got his in the end, though, and that's what counts.
I liked the narrative style and voice, the pacing was good, and the epilogue set in Eton intriguing. I'm looking forward to the next book....more
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The constant jumping between first and third person POV, the voice and***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley (in Bad Boys After Dark set)***
The constant jumping between first and third person POV, the voice and a narrative style of a grade-school homework assignment, and too many paranormal elements thrown into the mix...I just couldn't finish it....more
Three friends, Posey, Georgia, and Rima are chosen as egg donors and travel to rural Pennsylvania, a town called Stargazer. But not all is as is seemsThree friends, Posey, Georgia, and Rima are chosen as egg donors and travel to rural Pennsylvania, a town called Stargazer. But not all is as is seems, since the girls are supposed to donate eggs while they’re still inside them, mating and letting themselves get impregnated by three gorgeous aliens, Bond, Rocky, and Magnum (yes, named after Earth’s “heroes”).
This is what you get reading a series written by various authors (especially authors you don’t know). It’s either hit or miss. I loved Cutlass, the first book in the Intergalactic Dating Agency series, and part of a different miniseries in the “larger” one, there wasn’t a thing I even remotely liked about this one.
The characters all acted like children (understandable for the aliens, but utterly unfathomable for the girls), the heroine was strangely fixated on her outer appearance (constantly griping about her BMI), for a book titled after the (alien) hero, the story mostly revolved around the heroine and her three friends, some elements of the plot were idiotic; like fixing the alien ship with honey (???) and the Fall Festival “battle”, the “villain” and the whole “suspense” subplot about Satan worship that degenerated into the let’s-pretend-to-be-members-of-an-old-religious-group spiel was maybe supposed to be funny, but wasn’t, and the romance (if I can call it that) was almost non-existent and completely unbelievable, since we barely spent time with the two leads to get to know them and see what was likable or lovable about them.
Template-y and formulaic, with flat, one-dimensional characters, slow, and with some elements so out of the left field that made the story feel almost like a parody or satire. Unfortunately, it took itself too seriously to garner any laughs....more
Bastien Smith has been in agony for the last two weeks. He knows he's found his mate, he's scented her, but the scent is so elusive, not even his leopBastien Smith has been in agony for the last two weeks. He knows he's found his mate, he's scented her, but the scent is so elusive, not even his leopard can follow it, pinpoint it down. Because she smells funny. Sometimes like a changeling, sometimes like a human. He's been roaming the city streets every night, yet nothing. Then his mother releases him from her matchmaking party to drive a Pack elder home, and there she is. On Pack territory, on the older woman's front steps...His mate.
This was yet another great story with engaging characters, nearly flawless pacing, enough cuteness and sexiness to be able to sell it, and a slight mystery to boot, involving Kirby and her "nature". I loved Bastien and Kirby, the chemistry between them, their nascent bond, the romance, and the playfulness. Beautifully written....more
Earth is the new addition to the Intergalactic Dating Agency's list. The planet it apparently filled with single women waiting for that special guy, tEarth is the new addition to the Intergalactic Dating Agency's list. The planet it apparently filled with single women waiting for that special guy, that Mr Right. Women who apparently aren't that picky about Mr Right not being human. So the powers that be at the IGDA are starting to accept applications of aliens of male sex from around the universe to be matched with human women.
Cutlass or whatever the hell his true (long) name is, is the first, and he's matched with Chloe who managed to beat "the rush", since female applications have also started pouring in. They have two weeks to make it work, and then it's mate or bust.
I simply adored this story. Adored it to bits. The MCs were wonderful, and funny (especially with the whole culture and language barrier thingy), Cutlass was just perfect (oh, my), Chloe and her inner monologues quirky as heck, the story was super cute, and super hot (oh, my), and the length spot on.