Okay...I read this based on a GR friend’s recommendation and while I liked it, I wasn’t overly impressed. Unfortunately.
I’m a huge fan of paranormal rOkay...I read this based on a GR friend’s recommendation and while I liked it, I wasn’t overly impressed. Unfortunately.
I’m a huge fan of paranormal romances, no matter which time period they’re set in and this one had pretty much all—paranormal powers, a curse, an ancient creature determined to get back its ‘mate’...
Still, it was a tad too long...Or too slow, depending on the point of view. Because nothing really happened until the last few chapters. The explanation as to what was truly going on came too late in the story, if you ask me, the entire truth coming just a few chapters before the end. And of course, the big showdown also happened at the same time, making the ending of the book seem crowded, while the beginning and middle were slow and rather uneventful.
What also bothered me was the narrative style. Too prosaic for my taste, winding descriptions where just a few words could’ve done the trick.
What the story didn’t lack was angst. And tension. Which I liked. And the BeautyAndTheBeast-esque storyline. Which I also liked. And the growing relationship between the hero and heroine was a nice respite from other HRs out there. Still, the parts I liked didn’t compensate for the rest, landing this book in the 3-star category.
And I’m sorry to say I won’t read the sequel. Nothing’s compelling me to....more
Two paranormal investigators are called on a case on Christmas Eve. A woman's neighbors, that never have sex, are going at it like bunnies. They mustTwo paranormal investigators are called on a case on Christmas Eve. A woman's neighbors, that never have sex, are going at it like bunnies. They must be possessed. So Elly and Lucas go to investigate, only to be sucked into the hot-spots leaving spirit's spell.
I don't know. It was a hot'n'steamy quickie, but too much of a quickie for me, but that's to be expected from a freebie. Call me spoiled, but I missed a story to make this one more than a hot, mindless encounter courtesy of a naughty spirit.
Or I just wasn't in the right frame of mind for this. Who knows....more
This book started so slow it was almost a DNF for me, but since I'm a pretty stubborn reader, I stuck with it. Boy am I glad I did, because it turnedThis book started so slow it was almost a DNF for me, but since I'm a pretty stubborn reader, I stuck with it. Boy am I glad I did, because it turned out pretty great.
I love me some darkness in my books, especially when it comes to the hero. And an assassin as a hero is as dark as it could get. I love the fact Ms. Gray made him a noble assassin, killing only those that deserved it, but he was still an assassin and as far away from the noble hero as possible. And I absolutely loved him for it. Also, his inner struggle when it came to the heroine (should I kill her or bed her or both) was a nice touch, adding more emotional depth both to him and to the story.
As much as I loved Reyes I couldn't say the same for Kyra. There was just something off-putting about her that prevented me from connecting with her. It wasn't the darkness in her, because that made her the perfect counterpart and companion to Reyes, it was just something about her, maybe the way she was written, that just didn't click with me.
Also, Foster was great, and reading about him as well, while Serrano was a different matter entirely. I could've done without revisiting him throughout the story (and in the end I did, I'm afraid).
I wouldn't have minded a more "elaborate" ending, though. It all seemed a bit rushed, and I missed some buildup to the final scene, but all in all this was quite a satisfying little story....more
Special Agent Dean Taggert, member of a special Cyber Action Team (CAT) dealing in Internet-related murders, comes into the small town of Hope Valley,Special Agent Dean Taggert, member of a special Cyber Action Team (CAT) dealing in Internet-related murders, comes into the small town of Hope Valley, Virginia, pursuing a case that might have something to do with a missing person reported seventeen months ago.
Up until now, everybody in Hope Valley, Sheriff Stacey Rhodes included, though local girl Lisa Zimmerman had simply taken off with one of her druggie boyfriends. A video, found on a "specialized" website catering to the lowest of the low on the humane scale, appropriately called Satan's Playground proves them all wrong. Lisa had been murdered that night seventeen months ago...And she knew her killer.
Having literally escaped back home to Hope Valley from what she's seen and experienced during her stint in state police, Stacey Rhodes, can't believe blood and death have invaded her small, serene home town. And that the killer, with a deadly handle of The Reaper, still on the loose, slowly but inexorably letting go of his grasp on reality, could be someone she knows, someone she works with, someone she loves.
With the time between the murders escalating and the Reaper becoming more and more brazen with his Internet murder-auctions, Stacey, Dean and his CAT team race against the clock to uncover the Reaper's identity and save his next intended victim...
This is the first book in a suspense/thriller series (it appears a trilogy for now) by Leslie Parrish. Fade to Black started with a compelling and utterly chilling prologue, and the suspense didn't let up until the fast-paced, completely unexpected finale.
The plot was great, well-developped and well-written, the pacing great (thought it dragged its feet a little at the beginning, but that's to be expected with a first book in any series), the characters were nicely drawn and "fully-dimensional", the dynamic was great and the chills and thrills throughout the story compelled me to finish this one in one sitting.
Though some might find the multiple-character POW and procedural part of the story somewhat boring and uneventful, it helped develop the reader's understanding of the characters and what made each of them tick, brought the whole apprehending-the-killer procedure a little closer to the reader's understanding, along with nicely sketching the initial team dynamic, which, as the story progressed, developped into true team-work. Six completely different characters, literally forced to work together sight unseen, developped a new, strong team-bond throughout the story, promising even more excitement in the future.
I absolutely loved the cat-and-mouse game between the killer and his pursuers, the clues that seemed to bring them closer to the killer, yet contradicted themselves at the same time. The suspect list was an arm long, with new clues pointing in different directions and possibilities with each page, and I loved the utter surprise the Reaper's identity presented. Never saw that one coming.
The different twists and turns, smaller sub-plots, great characters, wonderful pacing, the chilling suspense, and that little touch of romance (though I wouldn't miss it if it weren't there) make Fade to Black a truly wonderful and compelling read. A great first installment in this series and I can't wait to read the rest.
P.S. Shawna, thanks a bunch for pointing me in the direction of this beauty. ;)...more
I really have to thank Shawna for recommending this to me. I certainly had no clue this series (or start of it) even existed, until she pointed me inI really have to thank Shawna for recommending this to me. I certainly had no clue this series (or start of it) even existed, until she pointed me in the right direction. If this didn’t have a strong romantic plot somewhere in the middle of it, it could easily be classified as straightforward thriller…And I loved every minute of it. Well, almost.
Savannah is plagued by a sadistic serial rapist, later dubbed Nightmare Rapist, and the police task force assigned to the case is chasing ghosts around town. The guy is methodical, doesn’t leave any clues, and there appears not to be any link connecting his victims. Ryne Robel, ex-Boston homicide detective and head of the task force has finally gotten his wish – another investigator assigned to the case, but his hope quickly dwindles when Abbie Phillips enters the conference room. She doesn’t look like an investigator, she’s tiny and dainty. She actually isn’t an investigator, but an "outside consultant", a profiler Ryne’s boss hopes will be able to figure what makes the rapist tick and help put him away for good.
Despite his initial resistance at working with her, Ryne quickly develops a deep respect for Abbie and her "psychobabble BS" regarding the rapist and his methods. And something more. Their attraction is surprising and explosive in its intensity, even more so with their mutual painful pasts and dark secrets. And that same attraction could also prove a fatal distraction as the rapist is getting a little too close for comfort.
As I said, this could’ve been a straightforward thriller with its hefty dose of police procedures, investigations, and chilling insights into the villain, but thanks to an equally hefty dose of extremely believable romance (and lust-filled bedroom scenes), it safely landed into the romantic suspense category. Not that I would miss the romance if it weren’t there – the story and the writing was just too amazing.
This was a very well written, chilin’ and thrillin’, gripping novel with en edgy style, great plot and story flow and even greater – much flawed but for that so much more human – characters, intense suspense, and so many twists and turns to make your head spin.
P.S. The only things bothering me were the heroine’s sister driven subplot and the rather abrupt and a little unsatisfying ending. You just can’t wrap up 300+ pages of investigation and red herrings in a few measly pages of a slightly deus-ex-machina-like resolution....more
A sweet, cute, bubbly romantic comedy of an ex-teenage pop-star attempting to reinvent herself back home, but her klutzy attempts at turning herself iA sweet, cute, bubbly romantic comedy of an ex-teenage pop-star attempting to reinvent herself back home, but her klutzy attempts at turning herself into a cool redneck chick only succeed in gaining the attention of former bull-rider turned fishing-camp supervisor.
Nothing special about it, it was fun and light. The only problem was the fact I actually liked the secondary romantic plot (between Grady and Sierra) a lot better than the budding romance between Dakota and Trace. Oh, well....more
I can't believe I'm writing this, but for someone who's a great fan of Ms. Brant's first three installments in the Mindhunters series, this one came aI can't believe I'm writing this, but for someone who's a great fan of Ms. Brant's first three installments in the Mindhunters series, this one came as quite a disappointment.
The first big problem was the pacing in the first half of the book. Nothing (except for the kidnapping) major happened!
The second problem were the two leads. They were just bland. There was no spark (whether when they were alone or together), no real depth, no "life". They were just there like two cardboard cutouts going through the motions.
Even the villain was sort of "meh".
In my opinion, the only things saving this book from descending into 1- and 2-star rating were the plot (the premise was great, the entire thing was developped nicely, but it severely lacked in execution), and Adam Raiker, whom we saw a lot more than in the previous three books. I'm daring a guess this sub-arc in the series is all about him (at least that's what the last paragraph in the book makes the reader believe...not to mention all the little tidbits strewn here and there throughout the story)....more
Though I couldn’t escape the feeling of déjà-vu (I read Sun Stroked by the same author a day earlier), this was still a hot little number of an antholThough I couldn’t escape the feeling of déjà-vu (I read Sun Stroked by the same author a day earlier), this was still a hot little number of an anthology – also thanks to the firefighter factor. And yet again, the middle story wasn’t for me (I don’t like ménage plotlines – I just can’t get the whole sharing-of-the-person-you-love thingy, but that’s just me).
While the second one didn’t exactly play to my tune, the first and the third more than made up for it. Now, if only the firemen in my town possessed one of those "special phones in their sleeping quarters". ;)...more
This second book in Christy Reece's Last Chance series was one hell of a ride (and so much better than the first book), mostly because of the big bossThis second book in Christy Reece's Last Chance series was one hell of a ride (and so much better than the first book), mostly because of the big boss himself, Noah McCall, who’s intrigued me the first time he appeared (in Rescue Me) and I was glad I didn’t have to wait a few more books to read his story.
A dark past has molded Noah McCall into the man he is today. The founder of LCR (Last Chance Rescue), an organization specializing in helping the innocent, turning victims into survivors, he’s driven by revenge. He needs to find the human-trafficker that killed the man who gave Noah his purpose, and put him behind bars forever. But to do that he needs help. So he turns to Samara Lyons, the woman who’s been haunting his dreams for the last year.
Samara is still angry with herself for succumbing to her attraction for Noah last year, after the wedding of the man she herself planned to marry. She’s even more angry with him for having her deposited her on the bed that night (fully dressed), kissed her forehead, and disappeared from her life. But now the hot, arrogant, sexy, infuriating man is back and he needs her help in tracking down an online predator. Her body’s reaction to Noah tells her to say no, but her conscience demands she says yes.
Now, Noah is working with Samara to bring the bastard to justice, all the while fighting off the powerful, almost debilitating attraction, all the while trying to keep her safe. Unfortunately not all things in life come easy, and even the strongest of men are bound to succumb to their weaknesses and fail.
Noah was the quintessential romance leading man. Hot and sexy as hell, with a dark, painful and mysterious past that determined his actions and behavior, arrogant and infuriating to the max – which was all just a mask to hide his thoughts and true feelings, and he lived in such a deep denial it would’ve been comical if it wasn’t so heart-breaking.
Samara was his complete opposite (and so his perfect match) and probably one of the few people he couldn’t manipulate and (sometimes) saw through his mask. Her appearance could fool people into thinking her fragile and in need of coddling, but despite her small height and the face of a teenager, the woman had spunk and a spine made of steel. And she was determined to show Noah it was okay to love her.
Unfortunately the poor guy had no idea how to love, because no one ever taught him what love was, how it felt. He thought he had no heart, so he couldn’t love anyone. He thought he had almost no humanity left, so he couldn’t risk loving anyone and getting them hurt. The only thing he had to offer, was his protection, the only way to show he cared was by protecting the people he cared about. It was up to Samara to show him how wrong he was, but everybody underestimated just how stubborn (and afraid) the guy was…Until it was almost too late.
I loved this story, Noah and Samara were splendid characters, Jordan and Eden (h/h from Rescue Me) made a few appearances and I liked them more in this story than in theirs, the villain was twisted enough for me to like him (as much as I could ever like a villain) and look forward to him getting his just reward, the action scenes (thought not many) were satisfying enough, the sex scenes hot and nicely conveying the participants’ thoughts and perfectly outlining the growth of their feelings from each other (from hot, steamy, quick and furious sex to hot, steamy, slow and tender lovemaking). Noah with his stubbornness, fear and indecisions made us all sweat almost to the very end, but when he finally did snap out of it – awww. Yet he still remained in character. Nicely done, Ms. Reece....more
Your wife is alive. Four simple words and Ethan’s life implodes. Again. After losing his wife in a plane crash, a year after her death someone concoctYour wife is alive. Four simple words and Ethan’s life implodes. Again. After losing his wife in a plane crash, a year after her death someone concocts a sick joke. Making him believe she might be alive. There’re pictures of her being a prisoner in a Colombian drug cartel camp. Guard change schedules, topographic maps, camp layouts...Everything he might need to get Rachel out of that hell. If he believed she was still alive that is.
And he does. Despite everything, he does. Because maybe, just maybe, a miracle is happening, and he’ll get his second chance. A second chance to do it all again, differently, to be a better—a good— husband to the wife he tried to selfishly push away a year ago. To be the man worthy of her love...But first, he must get her back. Then, their trials will only just begin.
What? Is it possible? A man that isn’t perfect? Are you sure? In Romancelandia? Really? Could it be? And what’s that you say? Their marriage wasn’t that perfect either? Wow!
Because Ethan is far from perfect (besides his height, dark good looks, and apparently being hung like a horse). This guy has made mistakes, big ones (which the reader finds out through the course of the story), and he’s convinced there’s no way of making amends. After all, his wife is dead. Then, a miracle happens (which makes us realize this is Romancelandia after all). He gets a second chance, he gets a do-over. And he’s adamant to not fail this time. Yeah, well, life, despite this being Romancelandia, isn’t always that easy, because he makes the biggest mistake of them all. He lies to his wife. Sure, he’s trying to protect her. Sure, he’s trying to rebuild their lives. Sure, he’s trying to forget the past and concentrate on their future. Still, a lie is a lie. And that makes Ethan real. Yes, I know, it’s fiction. But it’s those flaws that make Ethan a realistic character. He doesn’t get everything right, he’s not perfect, and that’s why he’s “real”. Despite being a fictitious character, we can relate to him, because of those flaws he has and the mistakes he makes.
Though this is pretty much both Ethan and Rachel’s story, I appreciated him more. I don’t know why. Maybe because he was the screwed up party in their relationship (despite everything Rachel went through), maybe because he had the most to be ashamed and afraid of, maybe because he had the most to make up for. And he didn’t get the “privilege” of a blank slate like Rachel did. He had to do it all from scratch, while still retaining every single (good and bad) memory of their life together before her “death”. Yes, I felt compassion toward Rachel for the hell she’s been through, but I loved Ethan to bits. Also because there was a moment where Rachel, despite being a great heroine (and a perfect match for her husband), reverted to that stereotypical heroine I hate with all my heart. It was a fleeting moment that ended almost as soon as it began, but it left a sour aftertaste in my mouth after pages and pages of excellent heroine behavior.
As for the rest, I absolutely loved the banter between brothers. It really gave an impression of real family and created yet another connection to the characters, both primary and secondary. The pacing was excellent, the plot tightly-woven, and the suspense intense, though I missed a more “profound” explanation for the villain’s actions.
Ms. Banks has created an amazing story, that despite being classified as a romantic suspense, was more a tale of second chances, new beginnings, and self-discovery. It worked perfectly and I only hope the next book in this series is as good (or better) than this one....more
This book started great. The power-and-money-thirsty CEO having the owner of the company killed and blaming it all on the daughter of said company ownThis book started great. The power-and-money-thirsty CEO having the owner of the company killed and blaming it all on the daughter of said company owner, because she scorned his advances. What more could you want? Well, maybe the haughty heiress running for her life across the country with a bullet-hole in her shoulder, with no money, no hope for help (being framed for her father’s murder and all), crossing the Mexican border with her maid’s passport. Oh, and constantly chased by a hired killer.
It sounds great, doesn’t it?
Pity, the whole suspense thingy lasted only until the heiress settled in a picturesque little Mexican town. The third day of her stay she saw a broken man on the beach, a man who’s apparently escaped death just like her – and turned out to be the hero of this story, two months later they met face to face as he fished her out of the sea…And we slowly trudged forward.
I need my romantic suspense novels to keep the suspense throughout the course of the story. This one failed miserably to keep me intrigued. If it weren’t for all-too brief glimpses of the hired gun (aptly named Barrett) methodically searching for Charlotte, though the track’s been cold for two months, and slowly narrowing down her options, I would’ve probably given up altogether.
The initial premise was great, but the author failed in executing it. Any slower and the plot would be moving backward. The characters were rather flat, I didn’t like neither of the two and kept hoping for the killer to catch up with the chick sooner. The lukewarm tension between Charlotte and matt simply ruined the already non-existent suspense until I had nothing else to look forward to than some bedroom action – which never came!
And in the end I was robbed of the grand finale as well. It seemed rushed, without the usual (and much needed) climax-building. And it was definitely too easy and over too soon. And the epilogue was completely redundant.
A battle for human souls between good and evil, between Death and Satan, between Gatherers and Demons is at large. Both Death and Satan are vying forA battle for human souls between good and evil, between Death and Satan, between Gatherers and Demons is at large. Both Death and Satan are vying for one human soul in particular, that of a fourteen-year-old girl. The only one standing between them is Lachlan MacGregor, immortal Scottish warrior.
I liked the premise and the author’s slightly different take on the good ol’ battle, but unfortunately I soon lost interest in the melee. The story was all over the place, the pacing extremely uneven, there was no real buildup (at least not an intriguing and gripping one), and I just couldn’t empathize with the characters. Lachlan seemed like a cardboard cutout and why, oh why, did he have to wear priestly clothing? A disguise so people left him alone. It would be easier to just tell them to bugger off and he would’ve spared the heroine some inner recriminations about "wanting the hunky priest". Rachel was annoying at best and extremely annoying at her worst, and don’t get me started on her daughter, Emily (the big hoopla of the story). Where do author get the idea troublesome, sullen, rude teenagers are appealing as characters? I simply wished the big bad demon got his way and end of the story.
Devon has been in love with Jordan all her life, dreaming of marrying him since she was thirteen. Eight years later, her dream of love finally comes tDevon has been in love with Jordan all her life, dreaming of marrying him since she was thirteen. Eight years later, her dream of love finally comes true, but a terrible lie almost destroys her life.
Seven years later, Devon exists no more. She’s resurfaced from the terrible tragedy of that long ago night a new woman, with a new face, new body, and a new name. But unfortunately, the past can never be buried for long and hers comes back with a vengeance when Jordan, needing closure, contacts her boss asking for help in finally finding out what happened to Devon.
This could’ve been a really good book. The theme of human-trafficking was intriguing—not something other books deal with or deal with at a quite smaller scale— and the main conflict between the two leads could’ve been astonishing. Unfortunately the said two leads ruined it for me.
For someone who apparently could hold his cool under any circumstances, Jordan was quite adept at channeling his inner prick and jumping to wrong conclusions at the throw of a dime. Okay, this might have added that extra touch of realism, but I just wanted to smash his face into a wall. Eden a.k.a. Devon was a true pearl in the dysfunctional-heroine department. I know the trauma she’d experienced was horrendous and left a huge impact on her, but the therapists she’d seen after it should’ve been fired on the spot, if their idea of healing the deep emotional scars and using the horrific experience to turn her into a strong resilient woman was to turn the fragile, shy little girl into an emotionally-detached, rather schizophrenic woman. I just couldn’t stand her! And the two of them together convinced me even less. Sorry, but I just didn’t feel the love, people. And their communication simply blew. Why is it that most conflicts in romance novels stem from the fact the h/h can’t (or won’t) communicate. A good long, cathartic talk could’ve speeded up the process and spared me some extensive eye-rolling.
Now, onto the good points of this story. The main theme, as I mentioned earlier. Chilling, suspenseful, gruesome at times, and extremely well executed. I wouldn’t have minded a little more info on the inner-workings of LCR, and maybe an extra action scene or two. And the second, biggest good point—Noah McCall. I kept looking forward to his scenes, and though his rather Machiavellian machinations (why do hunks always like to play God with people around them?) reminded him a lot of Jonas Wyatt (director of the Bureau of Breed Affairs in the Breed series by Lora Leigh), I loved the guy (or maybe I loved him because of that). He was the perfect romance hero, attractive, harboring potentially dark secrets, good at what he did…And when he met his heroine (I peeked at the blurb for the next one, I admit it), I could literally see sparks flying. He more than compensated for the lack of sparkage between Jordan and Eden....more
And the trilogy ends on a same bad note as it started with in The Desert Lord's Baby and continued in The Desert Lord's Bride. A jerk of a hero (and raAnd the trilogy ends on a same bad note as it started with in The Desert Lord's Baby and continued in The Desert Lord's Bride. A jerk of a hero (and rather gullible for a king) and a glutton for punishment heroine (typical for a SD category book) who haven't yet (and probably never would) master the art of communication, a rather non-existent plot, and again lots of meaningless sex.
Yet another book based on a misunderstanding (this one started seven years ago), lots of incomprehension, and severe lack of communication that doesn't involve moaning, grunting, and roaring in release....more
A hot, let me repeat that, HOT little short story. Maybe a little too hot with a little too little plot (I have no idea what I just typed).
I wish Ms.A hot, let me repeat that, HOT little short story. Maybe a little too hot with a little too little plot (I have no idea what I just typed).
I wish Ms. Kennedy would've expanded the whole deal a little, make it seem less like PWP. I still liked it, though. The two really had some chemistry going, and lots of time to make up for (two years, people!).
The heroine's reaction after learning the news surprised me, though. I would've smacked the bastard silly. And what was with him taking that long to go after her?!
All in all, a sweet (I use that word a lot, I know), short, steamy hot quickie of a story, perfect for a rainy afternoon (or at least the rainy amount of time it takes to read a short story)....more
Oh, wow, what a good job at mixing genres. There was a bit of everything, contemporary romance, historical romance, suspense, erotica, time-travel...AOh, wow, what a good job at mixing genres. There was a bit of everything, contemporary romance, historical romance, suspense, erotica, time-travel...And somehow, don't ask me how Ms. Kery did it, it worked perfectly.
The pacing was wonderful (though there were a few slow spots here and there), the plot was well-plotted and well-written, the characterization was spot-on, the suspense was chilling, the sex was smokin' hot and light on BDSM (for those, like me, who aren't exactly fans of the genre), and though the story was a bit predictable, there were enough gripping twists and turns thrown into the mix to keep things lively and interesting.
I loved the comparison between Chicago in the 1906 and today, and Hope's sweet, wide-eyed discovery of the future. Spot-on and extremely enjoyable to read. The suspense part of the story was thrilling and chilling, with a slightly different angle to the villain and his "operation" than what we're used to. Nicely done.
I absolutely adored Ryan and Hope together, the sparks flew when just their eyes met, you can imagine the conflagration when other parts met as well. And now we finally come to the big problem, at least for me. Hope was a bit too eager to embark on a sensuous journey of sexual discovery with Ryan. I know she was a rather modern woman in her time, free-thinking, and she did have quite a lot of contact with the seedier part of town, but 25 years of social conditioning can't go up in smoke just by meeting a hot stud. Her quick responsiveness was the only thing that bothered me in this story. Seemed a bit unrealistic.
A cute, light, and quick read, perfect for a few minutes of escape from reality. Though Lindy sometimes made my eye twitch with her small-town, buttonA cute, light, and quick read, perfect for a few minutes of escape from reality. Though Lindy sometimes made my eye twitch with her small-town, buttoned-up, librarian sensibilities, I liked this short, short story a great deal. I actually ended up wishing it was a bit longer....more
I’m speechless. Actually speechless and I can’t remember the last time it happened to me after finishing a book.
There was so much going on in this stoI’m speechless. Actually speechless and I can’t remember the last time it happened to me after finishing a book.
There was so much going on in this story I could never do it justice no matter how long or detailed the review, so I’ll keep it simple. This was a complex story of long friendships being broken because of an act out-of-character, of trust toppling when someone does something unexpected, of bonds made in a blink of an eye, of “survivor’s guilt”, of wondering how something good can be born out of hurt, pain, and betrayal...
Gosh, this sounds so lame, but I’m still speechless.
This book was made of four stories intertwined into one with great characters, realistic problems and troubles, moments of magic, bitter-sweetness, romance, laughter, and tears. It was definitely on the “heavier” side of romance, nothing light-weight about it, but still a real pleasure to read.
And yes, I’m still speechless. But there’s one thing I can say. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!...more
Upon his return from the Spanish Main, his ship heaving under the weight of the gold taken at sword's point, Captain Michael Goddard is arrested underUpon his return from the Spanish Main, his ship heaving under the weight of the gold taken at sword's point, Captain Michael Goddard is arrested under charges of high treason against Queen Elizabeth and England.
Escaping the leader of the Spanish party, he meets Meg, a tavern maid, who helps him escape his pursuers, leading him safely to the rendezvous with Queen Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Regina thus entrusts him with the mission to expose the members of the Spanish party,the real traitors who would see Philip, King of Spain, on the English throne.
This is a wonderful mix of history, swashbuckling adventure, and love in the Elizabethan era.
Captain Michael Goddard is a man on a quest to redeem his name and win the only woman he loves, the woman who is certainly more than meets the eye. Michael and Meg embark on an almost impossible mission of unmasking the traitors within and battling the Spanish invasion from across the Channel.
An exquisitely written tale of perils and breathtaking romance is definitely a must read. Unfortunately it's quite a feat to obtain....more